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Serving New Edinburgh, Rockcliffe, Vanier, Pineview and surrounding communities Year 2, Issue 1

October 27, 2011 | 24 Pages

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A successful heritage forum organized in part by New Edinburgh Community Alliance hopes to create unity across Ottawa when it comes to promoting, defending and saving the city’s heritage.

Held at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New Edinburgh, the Heritage Forum for Ottawa Communities attracted members of more than 10 community associations to the Oct. 15 event organized by Heritage Ottawa and alliance’s heritage committee. Paul McConnell, the committee’s chair-

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Future of Beechwood Avenue property still uncertain MICHELLE NASH michelle.nash@metroland.com

A once vibrant part of Beechwood Avenue is now simply a vacant lot in the heart of New Edinburgh following a fire in March. The future of the property, however, still remains uncertain. Rumours have been circulating about what could replace the former retail strip, but at this time there are no concrete plans for developing the piece of land. “There is no doubt people are sniffing around,” Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark said. The question that remains on most residents’ minds is what could be built? Joan Mason, president of New Edinburgh Community Alliance, believes that question is hard to answer, but she said the alliance will be watching for anything that comes up. “We will be keeping tabs closely as possible and we will work closely to make sure everyone will know about the Beechwood Community Design Plan,” she said. The Beechwood CDP was developed in 2006 to help guide the development in the area over the next 20 years. The development of the plan was based on the city of Ottawa’s official 2003 plan as well as information gathered as part of the 2002 Beechwood Av-

enue Revitalization Project. The board believes this plan will hold up against any undesirable development because of what it clearly states. “Development applications that propose major increases in the level of intensification or major changes to the land use provisions as contained in Sections 2.1 to 2.4 shall not be permitted without amending this Plan,” the CDP reads. On either side of the property, Clark explained there are buildings which reach heights of seven and nine storeys. “Would a nine-, eight- or seven-storey building be out of place there?” Clark asked. The Beechwood CDP states no building higher than six storeys can be built on the main street strip of the village. Clark’s main concern is parking and how any potential development would affect the surrounding street network. “I will be demanding that there is adequate parking,” Clark said. The building nearby on MacKay Street that was affected by the fire is not structurally sound and may have to also come down, Clark added. Currently, the councillor has not had any rebuilding or redevelopment proposals land on his desk, but he said he is ready for when they come. At a recent New Edinburgh Community Alliance meeting, Mason said the

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There has yet to be any firm plan for redeveloping a stretch of Beechwood Avenue destroyed by fire back in March. board hopes to see a return of commercial space to the strip. “It is a gold mine,” Mason said.

A call placed to the owner of the property, Helen Carter, was not returned by this paper’s press time.

Ideas, experiences need to be shared From FORUM on page 1 The day’s events opened with a heritage walk around New Edinburgh, which showcased successes, failures and challenges faced by those who are looking to preserve the neighbourhood’s heritage. Heritage Ottawa president Leslie Maitland later spoke about the state and importance of heritage across the city. McConnell said he felt it was an opportune time to hold such an event. Working on heritage committees in Ottawa can be a very overwhelming experience, he said, and he hoped the forum would help create a larger pool of support and resources from which to draw. “What is important to remember is that the community groups are made up of volunteers and often they don’t know where to get the help,” McConnell said. For him, the success of the forum hinged on creating common ground and having heritage committees across the city share ideas and past experiences. The hope is that Heritage Ottawa will facilitate the connection between the communities. McConnell said one thing the entire group agreed on is that there is strength in numbers. “We went through a catalogue of initiatives from different communities to help raise awareness,” he said. “We are hoping if there is some sort of listserv connection on the Heritage Ottawa website then that would be a great mechanism to allow discussion as well as expanding the group in the future.” Maitland agreed, adding that Heritage

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New Edinburgh Community Alliance member Paul McConnell organized a heritage forum that invited community associations from all over Ottawa to share their heritage preservation experiences. Ottawa needs to become a more effective way for all the communities to connect across the region. One of the ways Maitland hopes to do that is by advocating and using their large membership participation more effectively. In a document created by McConnell for the forum he concluded that the most important aspect for reaching audiences to promote heritage is to take full advantage of what neighbouring communities have already accomplished. “The intention of the forum is to achieve a large pool to check on common interests and of sharing the burden and learning from each other and helping community groups becoming stronger and effective,” he said.


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East end community organizations will be hosting a number of Halloweenthemed events this year, offering safe and fun activities for area children. The Working Together for Vanier Beautification will be hosting a special walkabout on Oct. 31 to provide families in the neighbourhood a safe and happy way to celebrate Halloween. The Vanier Community Service Centre will also be handing out candy on behalf

of the beautification committee during the evening. The walk begins at 6:30 p.m. at Marier Park, on the corner of Marier and Carillion streets. Rockcliffe Park will also be celebrating Halloween, offering a safe night for children six to 12 years old to party at the Rockcliffe Park Recreation Centre on Oct. 29. The party starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. for children in the area. New Edinburgh will also be hosting a Halloween event at the Stanely Fieldhouse on Oct. 30. The Halloween Howl will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Municipal board appeal changes little at convent site MICHELLE NASH michelle.nash@metroland.com

An Ontario Municipal Board hearing regarding the redevelopment of a convent on Presland Road has left some in the Overbrook community with little to celebrate. “It was good that we were allowed to offer some input, but the decision was already cast in stone,” said Overbrook Community Council president Sheila Perry. The hearing held on Oct. 18 was in response to an appeal by the owner of 161 Presland Rd., Joel Pinsky, regarding the recently approved re-zoning of the property from minor institutional to a low- to mid-rise apartment dwelling. The community council did not appeal the decision themselves, but rather had hoped to add weight to Pinsky’s case. Perry and two other board members came to the hearing in hopes of speak on behalf of the community. They were happy they had the chance to express the community’s concerns, but really felt it did not make much of a difference. Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark agreed. “There has been not much line of attack because this thing has been done for some time, I could only try to delay it as much as possible,” he said. Group Lepine applied to the city in June 2010 to change the zoning of the property to permit a 307-unit rental apartment building. The building consisted of two 12-storey buildings on the east and west ends of the property with a six-storey terraced building in the centre. Since the initial proposal, the Overbrook community has been trying to fight the development. Perry said the community would like to see something that is more to scale with the rest of the

community. According to city spokeswoman Jocelyn Turner, an amendment to one portion of the proposal was reached at the OMB hearing. “The City, the owner and the appellant, the adjacent landowner, appeared before the Ontario Municipal Board on October 18, 2011. Following agreement between the three parties, the zoning was amended,” Turner wrote in an email. The amendment was that the length of the six storey portion of the building, which runs along Presland Road, will be reduced by seven metres, with additional terracing also required. The zoning was otherwise approved. Pinsky was unavailable for comment at this paper’s press time. Perry said she is not walking away from this defeat without learning a lesson or two. “I have learned that zoning is everything. It is very important, we have seen how quickly that can change,” Perry said. The community council has also learned it is important to be a part of the planning process from the early stages. “We need for the community to be respected,” Perry said. “Intensification is a huge focus with the city, and the official plan calls for that, but we need a healthy respect to the community.” Clark feels communities understand and respect the idea of intensification, but become averse to it when it takes the form of a significant development in their own backyard. “It is not an unusual reaction for people to have.” Clark said. The Overbrook Community Council is currently working on a draft community design plan which they hope will be integral to how future development will take place in their neighbourhood.

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swers. A panel of experts including Ritchie, jennifer.mcintosh@metroland.com Dr. Clare Gray, a pediatric psychiatrist and head of CHEO’s crisis intervention Parents were encouraged to stay inprogram, Dr. Tina Daniels, a professor volved in their teenager’s life and continin Carleton University’s psychology proue asking questions during a talk about gram and Denise Waligora, director of suicide, depression and bullying at Sir education programs at the Mental Health Robert Borden High School on Oct. 25. Commission of Canada. Dr. Phil Ritchie, a Children’s Hospital The talk was moderated by Dr. Ian Manof Eastern Ontario psychologist who speion, a clinical psychologist and executive cializes in mood and anxiety disorders, director of the Ontario Centre of Excelsaid open communication is not only imlence for Child and Youth Mental Health. portant during times of crisis, but every Manion said parents have to remember day. to listen to their children, and keep an eye “Imagine if you haven’t talked to your out for any changes in behaviour, style of teen in a few weeks and then suddenly dress, change in friends or dip in school. want to sit down and have a serious discusAmong the questions from the audience sion about something like depression,â€? he and the ones submitted online before the said. “It’s not going to go very well.â€? talk, a common theme was how to tell the For Ritchie, the father of teenagers difference between normal teen angst and himself, the conversation around the dina problem that needs more attention. ner table is still paramount. “School performance can be a barom“You also have to remember to be asketer,â€? Gray said. “If the child is doing well ing the right questions,â€? he said. “If you at school that’s a good sign because they ask how was your day, you’re going to get have to get up and interact with others fine, but if you ask what was the best part and do their homework.â€? of your day or the most challenging, they Gray cautioned that a dip in grades or can’t answer that with fine.â€? depressive behaviour should be gauged The two-hour long talk was organized by other factors such as length of time. by CHEO, the Royal Ottawa Mental Health The panelists agreed that once parents Centre and the Ottawa-Carleton District feel there is a problem, the community School Board. Hundreds of parents, and should be engaged. even some teenagers, turned out for an“The first step is talking to the primary care physician and looking to see what resources are available in the community,â€? Gray said, adding the Youth Services Bureau has a drop-in clinic for mental health assessment. 1',!#  One mother, whose daughter is on the waiting list for programIn 3 Easy Steps... ming at the Royal Ottawa asked MAKE YOUR about how to deal with a probCOMMERCIAL QUALITY lem when the resources weren’t WINES AT OUR PLACE available in the community. for as per batch “Children aged 16 to 18 seem to (yields 29 btls) little as fall in a black abyss, CHEO won’t OR Save even more & take them,â€? she said. Make Your Own Beer Manion said while the over& Wine at Home whelming need for services was 1*#-,,-5 a sad comment on society, he 435 Moodie Drive, Bells Corners 613-721-9945 didn’t know of one community 957 Gladstone Ave. W., Ottawa 613-722-9945 2030 Lanthier Drive, Orleans 613-590-9946 that could say that its mental health services were adequate to ABC>I@LTFKBP@LJ fit the need. R0011151140

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Alastair MacIntyre and Rameesha Fatima were two of the many students who signed a purple T-shirt in memory of Jamie Hubley. Queen Elizabeth Public School intermediate students will be framing the shirt and placing it in the school’s lobby.

Queen Elizabeth students make stand against bullying MICHELLE NASH michelle.nash@metroland.com

In reaction to the news of an Ottawa teen’s suicide, students at Queen Elizabeth Public School came together to stand against bullying and help forge an atmosphere of acceptance Jamie Hubley committed suicide on Oct. 15. He was only 15 years old, but wrote in a post on his Internet blog that he was tired of life and could not take living anymore. The only openly gay student at A.Y. Jackson Secondary School in Kanata, Hubley had been blogging for weeks prior to his death about being bullied at school. On Oct. 20, the day of his funeral, Lisa Allen, a Grade 8 teacher at Queen Elizabeth decided it was important to bring their intermediate students together to discuss the importance of acceptance and being students who can make a difference. “We think it is extremely important to come together and discuss as a school the importance and stop judging people because they are different,� Allen said. Grade 7-8 staff and students filled the auditorium to participate in a memorial for Hubley. Most wore a purple t-shirt for the occasion. The staff also spoke to the students about bullying in all its forms and how they could help make it stop. “You will be going to high school next year and you can make the difference,� Allen said. “We will not be the bully or a bystander.� Allen and the rest of the staff had discussed with their students the importance of not just standing by and letting someone become a victim of bullying. “We are here to help. Look at the amazing staff around you – we are all here to help,� The staff had arranged to show two slide shows. The first showed images and quotes from students who had killed themselves only a short time after coming out to friends and family that they were gay. Allen closed the presentation with an anti-bullying slide show created by Cathy Wever Elementary School in Hamilton

The group of more than 100 students then observed a minute of silence. Allen suggested the students use that time to reflect on how they can make change happen so bullying in schools can stop. Students signed a purple T-shirt in memory of Hubley to be framed and placed in the front hall of the school. Allen also mentioned they will take a photo of the shirt to send to the Hubley family. HUBLEY DEATH FOCUSES CITY STRATEGY The death of a city councillor’s teenage son by his own hand is reminding council of its efforts to prevent other families from suffering the same tragedy. The city decided to do more to help prevent youth suicides last year, when it began a $300,000 program, but as the 2012 budget process gets underway, the issue struck close to home for Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley, who lost his 15-yearold son, Jamie, to suicide on Oct. 15 The city’s board of health decided to dedicate money towards youth suicide prevention this year, following the highprofile suicide of another local teen, 14year-old Daron Richardson, the daughter of Ottawa Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson. The latest death resonated with health board chairwoman Diane Holmes, Hubley’s council colleague representing Somerset Ward. “We’ve seen the numbers go up,� Holmes said. “There are all kinds of organizations that are quite concerned about this because of the suicides we’ve seen in the last five years.� That could mean a stronger focus on the city’s program in the future, Holmes said. “We’ll look at initiatives next year again. If that remains a top priority, and I assume it will be, then maybe we’ll try to look for more money.� For 2012, the funding is set to remain at $300,000, which the board of health approved in its last meeting. With files from Laura Mueller


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On Oct. 25, 2010, Jim Watson became the leader of a very different city than the one he served during his last term as mayor. Watson was a downtown councillor for Capital Ward in the 1990s before he led the former city of Ottawa as mayor. Now, he is fond of showing off a map of how many major Canadian cities can fit within the amalgamated city’s borders. (For the record, it’s Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.) As a mayor who rushes between dozens of events across the city each week, Watson said the biggest lesson he learned is simply how vast Ottawa is. “Ottawa isn’t just about Parliament Hill and downtown,” Watson said, “It’s much richer than that.” Watson’s Mill in Manotick is his new favourite spot in post-amalgamation Ottawa, Watson declared without any hint of irony. But he is learning about the issues and challenges of other suburban and rural communities across the city. “What I understand better today than I probably did a year ago is that geography does play a key role in decision making,” Watson said. That lesson will take centre stage in 2012, the second full year of his term as mayor. While Watson has checked many items

off his list of election promises, a couple of the big ones – such as his promises to reduce the size of city council and to look at creating a “borough” system – have yet to be touched. Watson sought to assure Ottawa residents that he was still committed to looking at those possibilities during the next year. When the governance subcommittee meets, likely in December, it will set off the process. Watson’s goal is to avoid decisions like the one that led to the construction of a roundabout in Orleans, which no east-end councillors supported but was propped up by the rest of council. “It’s a matter of empowering councillors in their communities,” Watson said. What it’s not about, Watson said, is creating a new layer of bureaucracy. The goal would be to shift local decisions into the hands of the politicians who represent the citizens who would be directly affected. Caucuses for the east, west, central and south areas of the city could be one way to handle that, Watson suggested. The borough system is one of very few promises that have yet to be checked off in Watson’s binder of commitments made during the election. But some of those accomplishments are just the start of something bigger, Watson said. The seniors’ summit was one such promise. While Watson can check it off his list (the summit was held Oct. 3), that

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Taking a page out of his policy handbook (actually, a recycled binder), Mayor Jim Watson reflects on his achievements and priorities. was just to “get the dialog going.” One thing Watson said he wished he hadn’t done was his suggestion to name the new city archives after former mayor – and accused anti-Semite – Charlotte Whitton. “I take full responsibility for that,” he said of the unpopular suggestion he decided to turf after significant outcry. The mayor said he doesn’t like the tendency of politicians to be shortsighted.

Top light rail bidders announced LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

Three consortiums of companies from around the globe have been chosen to vie for the $2.1-billion contract to build Ottawa’s light-rail system. The three groups of companies banded together to respond to a call for qualified bidders. The chosen trio was whittled down from a list of six conglomerates that responded to the call. With billions of dollars in light-rail projects to their credit, the companies competing to build Ottawa’s system are some of the top firms from around the world, said Mayor Jim Watson. While only one consortium will be chosen to do the design, construction and maintenance of the LRT system, the other two groups will each get $2 million. Watson said each losing bidder will likely spend about $10 million to prepare a design for their proposal. The city will get to keep those designs, too, so those ideas could be incorporated into the final design. The lead company for the first consortium, Ottawa Transit Partners, is Vinci Concessions, recently completed a 23-kilometre light rail line leading to France’s Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport. The company was also a partner in building a six-kilometre subway line in the port of Antwerp, Belgium, in 2008. Possibly its best-known project in Canada is the Confederation Bridge connecting Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick.

Ottawa Transit Partners is also the only one of the three bidders to include a trainmaker – Montreal-based Bombardier – on its roster. But more partners will be added to each consortium as they prepare their bids, Watson said. The second bidder, Rideau Transit Group, is headed by ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc., a subsidiary of the Spainbased Grupo ACS, which touts mostly highway projects. It constructed the new 42-kilometre Nouvelle Autoroute A-30 in Montreal. Bouygues Travaux Publics S.A., the lead company for the third consortium, Rideau Transit Partners, is based in France. It lists several tunnel projects on its website, including the “Chunnel” between France and England. The city originally expected to choose four groups to bid for the LRT project, but rail implementation manager John Jensen said limiting it to three qualified consortiums will result in the “best tension” in the market. The competition between the three consortiums will begin later this month when the city issues a request for proposals. Working with Infrastructure Ontario, the city will choose a winning proposal in December of 2012 and construction is set to start in late 2013. The construction of the light-rail line between Tunney’s Pasture and Blair Station is expected to generate $3 billion of economic activity. It is estimated that eight per cent of the labour for the project will come from within Ottawa.

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“I have always taken the view that we need to be in the crow’s nest, looking out 30,000 feet,” he said. “Not worrying about what’s happening tomorrow or the next week, but how we can better prepare ourselves and the next generation for the challenges facing the city.” That’s why sustainability initiatives are important, Watson said, and he’ll keep picking away at that file. He was excited about an event unveiling the city’s first four electric ice-resurfacers that was held on Monday. It’s something that might seem minor, but a consensus around council and the celebration small stepping stones is a drastic change from the last term of council – something else Watson is proud of. “There is not a day when I am not out at some function … where people don’t come up and appreciate the fact that we’ve brought some calm and stability to city hall,” he said. When it comes to the legacy Watson is trying to leave after this term of council, the mayor wants to follow in the footsteps of Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement. “It’s a philosophy which was pretty straightforward, but I thought very relevant: ‘Always leave the campsite in better shape than you found it,’” he said. “Our collective responsibility as leaders is to leave our community in better shape than we found it – economically, socially, culturally, environmentally and financially.”

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Ottawa-Vanier MPP Madeleine Meilleur, left, and Ottawa WestNepean MPP Bob Chiarelli were named to Premier Dalton McGuinty’s new cabinet on Oct. 20. to executing the projects that were announced in the last term that include providing funding for Ottawa’s light rail project, the widening Highway 417 from Nicholas Street to Highway 174 and fixing the 174/417 split, among others. “We need to make sure it is done on the timely manner,” he added. Each of the 22 ministers appointed this term have prior cabinet experience. The total number of cabinet positions has

been reduced from 28 last term. According to Chiarelli, the rationale of downsizing the cabinet is because the premier wants “to lead by example” by showing Ontarians that their government aims to be fiscally responsible. “Reducing the size of government means that individual ministers will have to work harder, work more with less staff and lead by example,” said Chiarelli. Though he acknowledged that both of those ministries will

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City rolls out broad smoke-free consultation LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

After some criticism that it will be difficult to consult the patio-goers and owners who would be affected by an expanded smoke-free bylaw, the city is rolling out its consultation on the plan. A report states Ottawa Public Health has made “substantial efforts” to ensure that the views of the largest possible cross section of Ottawa residents is represented. The city has broken the people affected into three groups: the public, who use the city’s parks, beaches, patios and mu-

nicipal properties; businesses, especially bar and patio owners; and other City of Ottawa departments. But on Sept. 19, board of health member Merillee Fullterton said she was concerned about the speed at which the process was moving along and the unintended consequences that could result. “We do need to understand the repercussions of what we’re creating,” Fullerton said. The consultation will include both an online survey (accessible until Jan. 20, 2012) at ottawa. ca\health . Comments can also be submitted through the Ottawa Pub-

lic Health information line at 613-580-6744. Area public meetings concerning the issue will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: • French session: Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Orleans Client Service Centre, 255 Centrum Blvd. • Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Sandy Hill Community Centre, 250 Somerset St. E. Separate meetings will be held for community groups and businesses, such as restaurants, bars and water-pipe establishments. That area meeting will be on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sandy Hill Community Centre (250 Somerset St. E.).

in the cabinet so that we can get on with the job of serving Ontarians in these tough economic times,” said Naqvi. “Making a cabinet is never an easy task for any government leader,” he added. “I know every single cabinet member very well personally and they are all very able people and I am confident they are going to deliver on it.” The new cabinet saw WindsorTecumseh MPP Dwight Duncan continue as finance minister with the added responsibility of deputy premier. Kitchener Centre MPP John Milloy will be a busy man, in charge of both community and social services while also taking on the role of government house leader, while Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal remains as chief government whip.

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take a lot of his time and attention, Chiarelli maintained that Ottawa West-Nepean remains his priority. “I was elected by the people of Ottawa West-Nepean and my priority is to serve these people and continue the partnership we have built together,” he said. “I am going to continue having a hard working constituency office, which I will continue to oversee and for which I will continue to be available” Many observers had speculated that Yasir Naqvi, who was re-elected to a second term in Ottawa Centre, might feature in the new cabinet, but it was not to be. Despite the omission, Naqvi said he has the utmost confidence in the new cabinet. “The premier wanted to ensure we have experienced people

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hen Ottawa voters went to the polls a year ago, they elected an entirely different council. By the time it was sworn in on Dec. 1, 2010, it seemed that Ottawa had breathed a collective sigh of relief after four years of an antagonistic council led by a rookie, maverick mayor. And while there is something to be said for a new era of civility around the council horseshoe, it has certainly made our job as a newspaper more difficult – something Mayor Jim Watson loves to playfully point out. But the bigger issue is the laundry list of minor accomplishments Watson touts, only a year into his most recent tenure at the helm of the city. Sure, it has only been one year. But including such milestones as bidding on a FIFA World Cup (but not actually landing the tournament) or signing a short contract extension with the transit union leaves us less than impressed. But you have to walk before you can run, and this council is making progress towards greater goals. It didn’t start the process of getting eastwest light rail, but this council will get the photo op when the first shovel hits the ground. And

eventually, this is the council that will sign off and build a revitalized Lansdowne – whatever it ends up looking like. The first truly far-reaching accomplishment this council will have a chance to make a decision on is coming up in the new year. After marking a decade since amalgamation in 2011, Watson has committed to spending 2012 looking at whether our expansive city would be better represented by a borough system – and a smaller council. It would be the first big shake-up in the way Ottawa is governed since the 11 former municipalities joined together. It’s also a decision that could put more heat on councillors for the decisions that affect their wards. That would be a welcome change from the consensus building and lack of debate that elicits complaints about the way council currently operates. It’s only Year 1, but we hope it’s time for councillors to stop touting the promises they’ve checked off their lists, and begin looking to what new promises they can make for the future.

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hat really scares the children about Halloween isn’t the guy with the three junked cars in his driveway or the house with the fake spider webs and recorded screams. It isn’t the neighbour who, once again, will open the door dressed up as Richard Nixon. Nor is it the incessant warnings about tooth decay. No, what children really dread about Halloween is the lecture from grownups about how much better Halloween used to be. It must be terrible for the kids – all dressed up in their expensively purchased Disney-themed costumes, excited and looking forward to lot of candy, then having to endure the speech about how this isn’t going to be half as much fun for them as it was for their parents. They know it by heart. Back in the day, nobody bought costumes at the costume store; costumes were made out of string and popcorn and charcoal, but kids enjoyed them much more than they do today. People gave out homemade candy at the door and nobody worried about it. Your parents didn’t have to wait at the curb for you. The weather was nicer. People were nicer. Zombies and princesses hadn’t been invented yet. Everything was East Edition

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town scarier and nobody gave out dental floss. The kids have heard this all a million times and they dread hearing it again. They dread it even more than the Halloween Safety Tips. They dread it even more than hearing their parents say that in the old days they didn’t need Halloween Safety Tips. There are two ways of looking at this. Either something went wrong with Halloween, or nothing went wrong with Halloween. In support of the nothingwent-wrong theory is the fact that every generation thinks that things were better when they were kids. And why not? They were kids; kids are not aware of every social or economic ill surrounding them. So maybe nothing is all that wrong with Halloween. Maybe older people just imagine that things were nicer when

they were young. On the other hand, if something really did go wrong with Halloween, the irony is that the same people who bemoan the loss of a simpler Halloween are responsible for the more complicated and allegedly less fun one we have today. It wasn’t some mysterious corporate plot that produced today’s Halloween. It was people like us, the people who give the Halloween lecture. We conspired in the making of Halloween into a big deal. After all, if no one had patronized the shopping centres when they decided to make Halloween a major merchandising event, Halloween would not have become a major merchandising event. If we had ignored the style sections when they urged adults to dress up and make Halloween an adult occasion, adults would not be dressing up and muscling in on the children’s day. If we had fought off the pressure to buy our kids the latest and greatest costumes, the kids would still happily be wearing sheets and riding borrowed brooms. So it’s a bit rich when we condemn Them for ruining Halloween. Them is us. Meanwhile, there is still the possibility that Halloween is not ruined at all for the people who matter – the kids. Fortu-

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New Edinburgh resident Janet Uren always loved theatre and was involved in acting during high school and university. But it wasn’t until much later in life she decided to make a return to the stage by starting her own theatre company, Linden House. Since the early days of the company, Uren has always made room for helping out a good cause. This year’s concerts are no different.

“It works as a way to raise an audience for the show as well as have community organizations benefit,” Uren said. Linden House produced the 1921 play by Somerset Maugham this season called The Circle, which opened on Oct. 20. Uren both produced and stars in the play, taking on the role of Lady Catherine Champion-Cheney. Founded in 2007, Linden House performs its plays at the Elmwood School auditorium. Uren and director George Stonyk, a Lindenlea resident, have been

producing a show every October since Linden House began, contributing the proceeds from four nights of the play’s run to charity. Linden House was never about making money for Uren anyway. “It is all about the joy of producing and offering theatre in this neighbourhood,” she said. This year the New Edinburgh Community Alliance, May Court Club of Ottawa, the IODE Laurentian Chapter and St. Bartholomew’s Church will all be recipients of Uren’s theatre

company’s profits. Each association will sell their own amount of tickets and in return, will receive half of the evening’s proceeds. As an Elmwood School alumna, Uren also sees that the school itself benefits from one night’s performance. The proceeds from that show go towards the old girl scholarship fund. Linden House actors rehearse at the Rockcliffe Retirement Residence for eight weeks prior to their opening show. Linda Marchand, who will be

playing the role of Anna Shenstone, has performed in four of the five plays the company has produced and said she is especially excited about this season’s play. “It is such a fine play, it just has so many layers to it,” Marchand said. The shows are run completely by volunteers and Uren said a lot has since she started this venture. “I used to do everything, but now, I have so many talented people working on the show.” The play runs until Oct. 29. Tickets are $25 and available for purchase online at www.lindenpro.ca or at Books on Beechwood.

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The media landscape in Ottawa made a dramatic and positive change with the debut of four new community newspapers on Oct. 28, 2010. Metroland Media – Ottawa Region expanded a year ago when it launched its four editions of Ottawa This Week. Over the past year, Ottawa This Week has been providing hyper-local content to the communities it serves with hardhitting news, investigative series, profiles of residents, thought-provoking editorials, entertaining opinion columns, local sports and arts and culture. Not only does Metroland Media – Ottawa Region bring more local stories to the homes of Ottawa residents, the company has also been committed to partnering with the community. Many of our staff members sit

on boards, volunteer at events, and take pride in the communities we cover and live in. Metroland has been forming generous partnerships throughout the city. We were proud to sponsor the first-annual Light the Night Walk in Ottawa in 2010 by taking part in the event and hosting the turn-around watering station. We returned this year as both sponsors and volunteers. We also sponsor the United Way Campaign and Habitat for Humanity, and take part in various other community fundraisers and events. As Ottawa This Week pauses to celebrate its first year anniversary, staff members are looking forward to another year filled with events, fundraisers, and providing readers with the great community-focused content they’ve come to expect from Metroland.

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More than just a newspaper Ottawa communities are active, and you make a lot of news. That’s evident in the armslength list of stories we set out to write each week, and inevitably more are added as our reporters fan out across the city. And you don’t have to wait until Ottawa This Week shows up on your doorstep on Thursday to read them. Our website, www.yourottawaregion.com, is filled with news from Ottawa This Week and Metroland’s other community newspapers in the Ottawa area, including the Kanata Kourier-Standard, Stittsville News and West Carleton Review. Click on the “Communities” button at the top of the page and choose “Ottawa” to find all the stories we reported on in the city. Or, type your community’s name, such as “Westboro” or “Blossom Park” in the search bar at the top of the page to

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Mobile apps are part of a Metroland-wide project, a partnership with Toronto’s Polar Mobile, billed as the largest mobile app delivery in Canadian history. Together the companies have built more than 500 newspaper apps (five distinct mobile platforms for each of Metroland’s 104 newspaper titles). “We are truly excited to take our leading community brands into the mobile application

space with this unique and comprehensive solution, giving our readers and customers new ways to interact with our award-winning local content,” said Ian Oliver, president of Metroland Media Group. Search “Ottawa This Week” in the Android Market, the iPhone App Store or wherever you download your apps. Of course, like our newspapers, it’s free.

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A little over a year ago I moved to Ottawa. Sure I had visited twice before, with fond memories of the Parliament buildings and the Rideau Canal, but once I settled into life in Ottawa, I soon realized there is so much more than the national tourist spots. Not knowing much about the east end, I was schooled early on, simply by getting lost along the winding Vanier streets. Now I pride myself in my ability to get from Vanier to Rockcliffe Park to Pineview without making one wrong turn. Over the course of the year I have found the best part about covering the east end for Ottawa This Week is the people in the various communities. Man, have I met a lot of great people! I’ve had the opportunity to talk with residents who are very passionate about their community and, in turn, have made me passionate about reporting on events and issues. From ever growing questions surrounding the east end interprovincial bridge, the status of the former Rockcliffe air base, the efforts that go towards beautifying a neighbourhood, heritage preservation in New Edinburgh and Rockcliffe and development issues and concerns in Overbrook – it is clear east end residents care about their communities. And I love getting to be the one who is there to cover the events and report on the issues. Like all the other communi-

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ties, Vanier welcomed me within minutes of my arrival with a kiss on both cheeks. The first event I attended transformed into many great stories about the Wabano Aboriginal Centre for Health. I also met a number of great community leaders since my first day. Community Associations across the east end have been kind enough to let me sit in on their meetings and both public and private schools have opened their doors. Together, over the past year, we have battled the emerald ash borer, suffered a huge loss due to a devastating fire and celebrated anniversaries, ground breaking ceremonies and community involvement. In the coming years I look forward to being at your side. Je me sens très choyé d’avoir l’opportunité d’être journaliste pour le Ottawa This Week, East Edition. Je tiens à remercier tous les résidents d’Ottawa-Vanier que j’ai eu la chance de rencontrer et je suis impatient de faire de nouvelles rencontres. Merci.


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Patricia Lonergan, managing editor of the urban group of Metroland Media community newspapers in Ottawa (and yourottawaregion. com), snagged second place with Sasha, a German shepherd, at a dock diving competition in support of area dog rescue groups held at the Rideau Carleton Raceway.

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(L-R) Ottawa This Week reporters Michelle Nash, Kristy Wallace, Emma Jackson and Eddie Rwema pose with their “mummy” pumpkin, carved for the Children at Risk celebrity-carved pumpkin contest. The jacko-lantern, which came with 12 Ottawa 67’s tickets, was put on the auction block to help raise funds for Families with Autism.

Ottawa This Week in your community Staff members at Metroland Media – Ottawa Region, the publisher of Ottawa This Week, do more than just report on news and events. They also take an active part in community events across the city. Whether it’s carving a pumpkin for charity, judging tourtieres at a farmers’

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Metroland Media desktop support analyst Nick Ierullo and managing editor Patricia Lonergan cheer on participants at the second-annual Light the Night walk, held Saturday, Oct. 22 in support of Leukemia and Lymphoma research. This is the second year Metroland Media – Ottawa Region sponsored the walk and sent a crew of volunteers to help.

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Ottawa This Week East reporter Michelle Nash speaks with Meaghan Shanahan about an art project intended to help clean up closed store fronts in Vanier.

Metroland Media – Ottawa Region’s Terry Tyo, Alistair Milne, Deb Bodine and Patricia Lonergan join members of the United Way for the official launch of the $33.5 million campaign currently underway.

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CROSS-COUNTRY CONFERENCE FINALS Members of the Ashbury Colts cross-country team were among those who braved the soggy conditions at the Hornet’s Nest on Oct. 20 for the conference championships. The Glebe Gryphons dominated the competition, taking the boys, girls and grand aggregate titles.

(NC)—Once we reach 60, special attention is needed to keep our immune system working properly, health specialists say. By paying avid attention to nutrition, seniors can go a long way towards keeping infections away. On the other hand, neglected nutrition may make contact with the harmful germs much worse. “As we age, it becomes harder for the immune system to fight off even just cold and flu viruses,” says Sherry Torkos, pharmacist and author of The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. “It is a broad field of study and researchers continue to ask why. Some think the body becomes less able to produce the cells that fight off illness. Others point to the fact that seniors often eat less and this deprives the body of the nutrients needed to keep their immune systems strong. It is a fact that many older people are undernourished and this lack of important vitamins and minerals could be the reason for vulnerability to chronic illness and disease.” Immune-building tips Many seniors are pro-active when it comes to maintaining the best possible health, so take a look at some of their every day measures:

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• OCTOBER 29 The Interchurch Refugee Group and Knights Refurbishing Computers Inc. will collect your unwanted electronics – both working and not – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We’ll take your old radios, TVs, phones, computers, monitors, printers, cameras (digital & nondigital), VCRs and stereos. Drop-off is at the parking lot at Rothwell United Church, 42 Sumac St. in Beacon Hill. Volunteers will unload your vehicles and sort your donations. Computers and accessories which are working or can be repaired will be refurbished by KRC and provided to refugees and other families in need for a very low cost or for free. All other electronic waste will be sold to a recyling company and proceeds split between the two non-profit groups. A Barnyard Halloween The Canada Agriculture Museum presents its annual Barnyard Halloween Party! The whole family can enjoy a trickor-treat scavenger hunt through the barns, fun games, and a costume parade around the Museum grounds. Make caramel apples, a pumpkin dessert, and other sweet treats in the demonstration kitchen. Decorate your own pumpkin to take home with you this Halloween.

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• NOVEMBER 4-6 Visit six distinguished homes in Ottawa decorated for the holidays as part of Homes for the Holidays 9th annual Charity House Tour to support The Hospice at May Court. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Ticket booklets are $35 and are on sale as of Sept. 9. For ticket booklet sale locations or to buy online, visit: www.hospicemaycourt.com or call 613-260-2906 ext. 232.

• NOVEMBER 5 Bazaar, Saturday November 5 from 10a.m. to 2p.m. Lunch from 11: 30 a.m. to1:30 p.m. There will be a bake sale table, arts and craft, used books & toys, white elephant table and a grocery table to purchase a ticket for a draw for baskets of groceries giveaway. Everyone welcome! Located at 320 Olmstead St, near Montreal Road & Vanier Parkway. Call Assumption Parish at 613-746-8503 or Tina Kuchciak at 613-731-8687.

• NOVEMBER 12 The Villa Marconi Craft and Bake Sale will take place where there will be gift ideas for everyone. Funds raised by Villa Marconi will be donated to our Residents’ Council. If you would like to rent a table and sell baked goods or crafts, call Antonietta at 613-727-6201 ext. 6660 for further details.

The Capital City Football Club of Ottawa is headed to the championship final of the 14team Canadian Soccer League in its first year of competition thanks to a 5-0 victory over Toronto’s Serbian White Eagles this past Sunday, Oct. 23 at Terry Fox Athletic Facility. “Next Saturday is the finals,” said striker Mahir Hadziresic, almost a hint of disbelief in his voice that the statement was true. “I really wasn’t expecting it. We’re a new team, but it’s our season and I think we’re going to win.” Capital City led only 1-0 for much of the contest thanks to a first-half goal by leading scorer Sullivan Silva, but the decisive stages came shortly after the 70minute mark when Ottawa continued to attack even though it was the White Eagles who were behind. Not long after sending a hard drive off the crossbar, Hadziresic was rewarded the all-important goal. “If we had sat back, they would have just kept attacking and attacking and eventually they would break through,” explained the former Ottawa Fury, Nepean Hotspurs and Ot-

Photo by Dan Plouffe

Capital City FC forward Akil DeFreitas takes a shot on the Serbian White Eagles goal during the Ottawa club’s 5-0 CSL semifinal victory at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility on Sunday, Oct. 23. tawa South United player. “We needed our second goal, and we got it, and it put them on their heels.” Moments later Ottawa native Will Beauge, who came on in place of Silva, scored the goal that made it certain the City boys would advance to the final in the team’s final game in front of their hometown fans. “It’s obviously exhilarating for us,” said Beauge, who was

followed with another goal by Hadziresic and then an Eagles own goal. “We’ve put so much effort and time into this season. I don’t think there’s any other clubs that have invested as much time as we did in terms of preparation and commitment.” Capital City will face Toronto Croatia in the final on Saturday, Oct. 29 – the only side to beat Ottawa on two occasions this season, both by 2-0 margins.

Wish List HUGE SELECTION OF: • Granite • Laminate • Quartz • Solid Surface

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• FREE in Home Consultation • FREE Undermount Stainless Steel Sink* (Over $500 value) *Minimum 30 sq feet required

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Ottawa.ca to get a makeover Dec. 12 LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

A makeover for Ottawa.ca, the city’s website, is getting closer,

and users will like what they see, according to the chairman of the city’s information technology subcommittee. The new site will be launched during the subcom-

mittee’s meeting on Dec. 12. “It definitely looks a lot more user friendly,” said Beacon HillCyrville Coun. Tim Tierney. “It will definitely put us more at the

top of the scale, whereas now, let’s face it, right now we’re not quite near the level of competition with the other municipalities.” The biggest complaint coming from members of the public is the city’s website isn’t the easi-

est to navigate. “That will allow people to find what they are looking for, and that’s what our biggest complaint is and I don’t blame people,” Tierney said. “I work here as a councillor and I can’t find stuff half the time.”


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Is working with energetic, passionate people right up your alley? If so, Metroland Media Group is looking for you!

WHO ARE WE? Metroland Media, Ottawa Division, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Torstar Corporation and southern Ontario’s most trusted and respected community media source. Our digital media division, manages a network of leading community, specialty and vertical websites across Ontario reaching over 6 million unique internet users every month.

WHO ARE WE? Metroland Media, Ottawa Division, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Torstar Corporation and Ontario’s most trusted and respected community media source. Our digital media division manages a network of leading community, specialty and vertical websites across Ontario, reaching over 6 million unique internet users every month.

THE OPPORTUNITY As we continue to expand our successful digital sales initiatives, we are currently seeking an energetic, talented and self-assured Manager of Digital Media to drive new business sales throughout the Ottawa region. We’re looking for a motivated leader who demonstrates a sense of urgency, without creating unnecessary chaos. The ideal candidate will have strong management experience and a proven track record for attaining outstanding results through the motivation and development of a sales team. This role requires knowledge of the digital advertising space, the competitive landscape and a solutions oriented approach to selling.

THE OPPORTUNITY We are looking for New Business Acquisition Sales Representatives to sell the company’s fastest growing product - Deals4U.ca This innovative program promotes local businesses to local consumers through a special “daily deal.” You’ll use your knowledge of what’s great about our city to develop and grow the local market by securing commitments from the most desirable local households, businesses, and services including restaurants, spas, nightclubs, retailers, theaters, tourism venues, and more. This position offers salary (commensurate with experience) and generous commissions based on revenue, sales targets and company goals

WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DO • Manage and develop a team of “hunters” who are exclusively focused on generating new business/clients • Utilize your expertise to maximize revenue and develop strategies to ensure superior execution from your team • Consistently monitor team performance relative to targets and adjust plans accordingly to ensure that targets are achieved • Mentor your team and strive to make them better; we expect them to continually improve as a result of your expert leadership • Work through obstacles/objections with your team members, while ensuring superior customer satisfaction at all times • Ongoing reporting, tracking and forecasting

WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DO • Develop and cultivate leads using multiple sources including cold calling and door-todoor prospecting • Continuously set up face-to-face meetings with qualified prospects (15-20 appts. per week) to present our marketing solutions • Generate compelling proposals for potential advertisers, demonstrating how our programs will meet their business needs • Explore and exhaust all possible leads to ensure that we don’t miss out on any opportunities • Maximize advertising revenues by acquiring prospect commitment • Address customer requests/concerns in a timely and appropriate manner, ensuring superior client satisfaction at all times • Consistently meet and/or exceed monthly, quarterly and annual targets

ABOUT YOU • A track record of successfully driving revenue, with a focus on acquiring new business • Previous experience in a sales leadership role, with preference given to with digital advertising sales experience • Demonstrated ability to coach and develop successful “hunters” • Top notch presentation/communication skills, with a natural ability to build positive relationships • Extensive knowledge of the local digital media/advertising landscape • Highly skilled in all Microsoft Office applications, with expert knowledge of Excel

ABOUT YOU • Proven track record as a hunter, exclusively focused on acquiring new clients and converting new business leads • Previous sales experience, with preference given to those with digital advertising sales experience • Top notch presentation/communication skills, with a natural ability to build positive relationships with potential clients • Extensive knowledge of the local digital media/advertising landscape • Sound knowledge of sales and marketing practices • Highly skilled in all Microsoft Office applications

STUFF THAT’S NOT ON A RESUME • Type-A personality, highly competitive, self-motivated and driven by results • A confident and influential leader with the ability to motivate and inspire • Proactive and optimistic, with a “can do” attitude • Can be decisive and demonstrate timely decision making, often under complex and demanding circumstances • Energized by deadlines/pressure with a passion for exceeding targets • A believer in digital media, where it is today and where it’s going WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU? • The opportunity to be part of a company at the cutting edge of the digital media industry; you’ll never get bored in our fast-paced, constantly evolving and challenging environment. • We’ve got your health in mind; you’ll get a comprehensive benefits package, including 4 weeks vacation and a group RRSP plan • The sky’s the limit; our uncapped commission plan provides unlimited earning potential • The opportunity to work with other talented and awesome people

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU? • The opportunity to be part of a company at the cutting edge of the digital media industry • Ongoing development and opportunities for advancement • We’ve got your health in mind; you’ll get a comprehensive benefits package, including 3 weeks vacation and a group RRSP plan • The sky’s the limit; our uncapped commission plan provides unlimited earning potential • The opportunity to work with other talented and awesome people

Looking for your next career challenge? If so, Metroland Media Group is the place to be!

Looking for your next career challenge? If so, Metroland Media Group is the place to be!

Interested candidates are requested to forward their resume, cover letter and salary expectations to john.willems@metroland.com Please reference “Manager, Digital Media” in the subject line.

Interested candidates are requested to forward their resume, cover letter and salary expectations to josh.max@metroland.com. Please reference “New Business Acquisition Representative” in the subject line.

Metroland is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Metroland is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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