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September 15, 2011 | 32 Pages

Daycare crunch at college Support worker strike shuts daycare’s doors JENNIFER MCINTOSH

The NCC wants input on how Ottawa will look in the distant future. 20

REMEMBER The city marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States. 22

As the clock ticks on the upcoming withdrawal date for classes at Algonquin College, a group of young mothers is pondering what to do if the daycare doesn’t open soon. “The withdrawal date is Sept. 19 and we aren’t sure; we were left with no options,” said Angela Scherr, a 23-year-old business administration student. Scherr, who is in her final year, with plans to graduate in April and head to university, said she has a smaller class list than some of her friends because she attended summer classes, but times are still tough. “I am watching the other kids on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and we are taking turns on the Tuesdays and Thursdays, but we have no time for assignments,” she said. And there was no time to plan. See YOUNG page 4

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DRIVE-THRU PIZZA Firefighters look over the scene after a driver smashed into the College Square Pizza Pizza outlet on Sept. 9. The driver was left shaken and bruised, while the store had to be closed pending a structural inspection. See story on page 3.

Walkers smash goal for Parkinsons JENNIFER MCINTOSH

The 16th annual Parkinson Society Ottawa’s SuperWalk, held at Andrew Haydon Park on

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Sept. 10 managed to raise a record breaking $146,493. Parkinson Society Ottawa director Hilary Evans said the number of participants was astounding.

More than 750 walkers, supporters and volunteers gathered to celebrates the participants who raised the funds. See WALK page 3 494366



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Car smashes into College Square pizzeria Driver, diners jolted, but no serious injuries NEVIL HUNT

Customers inside the Pizza Pizza outlet at College Square were shocked when a motorist almost turned the restaurant into a drive-thru on Sept. 9. A compact car jumped the curb, crossed a walkway and struck the front of the pizzeria shortly before 2 p.m., depressing the front wall by about 30 centimetres. The restaurant is located just off Navaho Drive. Ottawa fire captain Robert Leclaire said two diners were seated right where the car made contact with the brick wall.

“Insulation and stuff went flying inside,” Leclaire said, adding the diners weren’t hurt. Luckily, the plate glass windows above the brick wall didn’t smash. The driver of the small Toyota that struck the wall was shaken and suffered some bruises, Leclaire said. The woman driving the car, who appeared to be in her 30s, was unsteady on her feet as paramedics and firefighters assisted her from the front seat of her car to a stretcher. Students from nearby Algonquin College milled about, snapping photos of the crash on smartphones. Pizza Pizza and the attached Subway were closed, and Leclair said the city would need to call in a structural engineer to assess the building. He said he was concerned that the wall might collapse when the car was removed from the scene.

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More than 750 walkers enjoyed a walk for Parkinson’s at Andrew Haydon Park on Sept. 10. The day raised more than $140,000 for to help those with the disease and to fund research.

Walk brings hope

Continued from front This year’s slogan was There is Hope in Our Walk.” The walk in Ottawa happens simultaneously each year with 90 other cities and towns across the country that hold walks on the same weekend.

The festivities at Andrew Haydon Park were kicked off with a speech from the mayor and following the walk there was a performance by musician Maria Hawkins. Funds raised will support the organization’s mission to ease the burden of Parkinson ’s

disease and find a cure through support services, education, research and advocacy. According to the Parkinson Society of Ottawa website, there are more than 8,000 people and their care givers affected by the disease in our region.



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Young moms stuck without daycare Continued from front Scherr said when she talked to staff at the college’s learning centre in late August, she was given the impression that a strike was unlikely to happen, so when the trio of women walked to the centre on Sept. 1 to find the doors locked, it was quite a shock. Even the logistics of withdrawing are terrifying as it would mean possibly having to give back student loans that have been partly spent, trying to live off the wages of a part-time job and surrendering the children’s treasured spaces at the daycare. Not to mention potentially losing child care subsidy from the city because they wouldn’t be students any longer. GRAD DELAYED For Scherr, it will mean delaying graduation and the making of a better life for her and her two-year-old son Anthony. The group wants to take action, but isn’t sure how to push forward. They have started a letter-writing campaign to local media, the union and management in an attempt to shine a light on their situation. “The two sides haven’t even begun negotiating again,” she said. On Sept. 13, Scherr took on another child for her friend who is in the nursing program, but the practice is simply not sustainable. “I can’t get any assignments done while I

money,” Sebag said. “But that’s not it, we have them,” she said, adding that three or are looking for job security. four children under the age of three make “If you work part time at the college your doing anything other than caring for them hours aren’t guaranteed, you have no bennearly impossible. efits and no pension. It’s a two-tiered sysFive hundred support staff walked at Altem.” gonquin walked off the job on Sept. 1, along But Don Sinclair, CEO of the college emwith 8,000 others from the province’s 24 colployee council, said the deal the union was leges. offered is the best the colSandra Markus director lege can offer in this ecoof communications for nomic climate. Algonquin College said The deal proposed by before the strike deadline “We can’t do it the colleges to OPSEU that the college would without the daycare; included a 1.5 per cent work on a contingency salary increase in year plan to keep things runsomething has to one, another 1.5 per cent ning as smoothly as posbe done” in year two and a 1.75 sible. per cent increase in year “We may have some stuthree. dents waiting in line lonThe college’s bargainger for services and fewer Angela Scherr ing team said the offer choices at the cafeteria, will raise the average anbut everything will go fornual salary of support ward as scheduled for the staff by $1,845 to just more school year,” she said. than $58,000 after three years. But for the small minority impacted by Sinclair said what the union wanted – the daycare closure, it could cost them their three per cent per year for three years – just diplomas. isn’t possible, but said management is ready The sticking points in the talks have been to get back to the bargaining table at any pensions, wages, benefits and job security. time. On the first day of the strike, Edna Sebag Scherr and her friends aren’t taking sides, – who usually works as a client services but they would like to see the college dayofficer at the college – said the strike isn’t cares declared an essential service. about the money, but job security for her col“We can’t do it without the daycare; someleagues. thing has to be done,” she said. “Every one seems to be focusing on the

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A 900-kilometre trip down the Ottawa River continues, and will at one point include a crew of 10 high school students. The students will take part in the third leg of the trip which will cover 220 kilometre of the Ottawa River.


Grant keeps paddles in the water MICHELLE NASH

The Ottawa Riverkeepers have received an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to help promote and analyze data from the organization’s 900-kilometre trip down the Ottawa River that got underway in early July. Ottawa Riverkeeper Meredith Brown has been leading a team, which includes scientists, canoe experts and historians on the first river-long study of the waterway, dubbed the Great River Project. The three-month long trip that began on July 4 is studying the state of the Ottawa River from Fort Temiscamingue, Que., to Montreal where the river flows into the St. Lawrence River. Natasha Wilson, executive director of the Ottawa Riverkeepers, said the $58,000 grant will offer the organization the ability to pay for the trip as well as have the funds to analyze data collected and educate the public about the results. “This money will be used to help fund the community events, education and materials needed to complete this journey,” Wilson said. “We are very excited to continue to work with the Trillium Foun-

dation.” The Ottawa Riverkeepers have been receiving funding from foundation since 2002, money Wilson said is integral to promote the importance of keeping the watershed safe. The expedition has already covered the first 300 kilometres of the river and the third stage of the five-leg journey got underway on Aug. 13. The funding has also allowed the Riverkeepers to invite 10 students to participate in the leg of the project. “This money is being used to get students on the water,” Wilson said. “To make them ambassadors of the Ottawa River and hopefully become future leaders of keeping the watershed safe. “We have a diverse range of students from both Quebec and Ontario and from all areas of the watershed,” Wilson said. After an information session, the students departed from Rapides des Joachims in Quebec and planned to finish their portion of the trip at Portagedu-Fort, also in Quebec, on Aug. 20. It wasn’t all work for the young travelers, however: the students had a day of whitewater rafting on Aug. 18.



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Algonquin College president announces retirement JENNIFER MCINTOSH

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love to hear the personal stories,â&#x20AC;? Gillett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am also very proud of the way Algonquin is viewed in the community. Now people see it as an equal to our universities. I value that.â&#x20AC;? Some of the challenges Gillett said he faced were dealing with lack of funding and available space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have for many years said we arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t given enough funding for what we do and I still feel that way,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have done what we can to work more efficiently and advocate for more space. I am confident that will continue to happen.â&#x20AC;? Gillett has cut the ribbon on seven new state-of-the-art buildings during his tenure, including a 1050-bed residence, the advanced technology centre, and the police and public safety institute. Four more building are on the way to completion before he retires at the end of 2012. Gillett isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t committing himself to any concrete retirement plans yet and says he wants to stay in the public eye volunteering on all the boards he currently serves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love my job, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to go,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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Lions Club member Peter Henry and his guide dog Zeus are joined by nine-yearold Sarah McCarthy at an information table previewing the Purina Walk for Dog Guides. The walk gives all dogs and their owners the chance to fundraise for guide dogs to be trained to help Canadians with visual, hearing, medical or physical disabilities. school, 501 Old St. Patrick St., just off the Vanier Parkway. Registration for the walk starts at noon. The walk will start at 1 p.m. and the Lions expect most walkers to be done



Your dog can help raise funds for specially trained dog guides at the Purina Walk for Dog Guides, helping Canadians with visual, hearing, medical or physical disabilities. The five-kilometre walk is free for residents and their canine companions, who raise funds by attracting pledges and making personal donations for the parade of pets. Lions Clubs across the national capital region are joining forces to organize the event on Oct. 16, including clubs from Kanata-Hazeldean, Cumberland, Rockland, Navan, Gloucester North, Ottawa South, Stittsville and Gloucester. Kanata-Hazeldean Lion Peter Henry, who is visually impaired, and his friend and guide Zeus, an enthusiastic Labrador retriever, are busy raising funds and seeking registrations at various locations in the region. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Access to specially trained dog guides is the key to a productive and happier life for people with disabilities,â&#x20AC;? said Henry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a fun, petfriendly event that goes a long way to helping people.â&#x20AC;? It costs close to $20,000 to raise and train each dog guide and match them with the appropriate client, but with fundraisers such as the Purina Walk for Dog Guides, they are provided at no charge. The walk starts at De La Salle high

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Notice of Public Meeting New Chapman Mills Elementary School Grade, Program, and Attendance Boundary Study Monday, September 26, 2011 Adrienne Clarkson Elementary School, Gymnasium 170 Stoneway Drive, Ottawa Presentation at 7:00 p.m. The Board is seeking community input on a proposed grade structure, program, and attendance area for a new Chapman Mills elementary school to be built at the corner of Chapman Mills Drive and Leamington Way. The new school is planned to open in January 2013. Schools which may be impacted by grade structure, program, and/or boundary changes include: Adrienne Clarkson ES, Barrhaven PS, Berrigan ES, Cedarview MS, Farley Mowat PS, Jockvale ES, Mary Honeywell ES, John McCrae SS and Longfields-Davidson Heights SS. )RUFRQWHVWUXOHVDQGFRQGLWLRQVYLVLWK\GURRWWDZDFRPLSDGFRQWHVW

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It takes a nation to save a child


et’s talk about suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24, according to recent numbers from Statistics Canada. Studies show a significant percentage of adolescents contemplate a plan or attempt suicide without seeking or receiving help. The issue exploded onto the radar of Ottawa parents last year after the parents of Daron Richardson publicized the details of their 14-year-old daughter’s suicide on Nov. 15, 2010. During a press conference following his daughter’s death, Richardson said he and his wife talked about difficult subjects with their daughter like alcohol and drug abuse and sex. But they never discussed mental health. “I wish we did talk about it before,” he said. “But we just didn’t think it was there.” Dr. Ian Manion, a CHEO clinical psychologist, said in many cases parents don’t seek help because of the stigma of mental health issues. This week, we begin a three-part series that discusses the issue of youth suicide and what we as a community can do to combat the problem. Because the first step in facing any problem is talking about it. We’re hoping this series will help educate people

about mental health issues and enable parents, family, friends – everyone – identify the resources available in the community. It only takes one caring person to make a difference, but we have to be comfortable with asking the hard questions. One of the first steps should be taken by our government – did you know that Canada is the only G8 country without a national suicide prevention strategy – basically a playbook that allow different agencies and groups to work together to combat the issue. On a grassroots level, we need to teach the issue in schools, provide suicide-prevention training for any adult who works with groups of children. Parents must learn how to identify potential mental health problems, a skill that begins with knowing how to talk to their child. Children lack emotional maturity and they have never been taught the language skills need to express their emotions. So many keep it bottled up inside – and some just can’t handle it. This is a national problem in need of a national solution, from the ground up. It takes a village to raise a child – it might need a nation to save them.

Trying to get by in a scary world


ow that we are all safely back at school or work (or retirement) and now that Sept. 11 commemorations are over and the provincial elections are on, could we now begin living our lives without being frightened all the time? The politics of fear certainly didn’t begin with 9/11, but that horrible day certainly helped it along. Now, politicians at all levels are leaving no rock unturned in their attempts to frighten us into voting for them. Fear of terrorists has, of course, brought us an unbroken string of restrictions on our liberty, an endless series of inconveniences to travellers, an upsurge in suspicion among groups. Fear of crime has become a political staple, despite convincing statistical evidence to show that we are experiencing less crime, not more. The media are accomplices in this: those crimes that do occur are covered in gruesome detail and featured most prominently. On television and in film, even in popular literature, the climate of fear is helped along by daily helpings of gore. In series after series, book after book, movie after movie, crime is on the loose, and very violent crime at that.

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town If we, contrary to the evidence, fear for our lives, who can blame us? This does not bring to an end the list of fears to which we are subjected. Some of them are actually worth thinking about, such as fear for the environment. Pollution, crazy weather, threats to drinking water – all are real. Oddly, we seem to react less to them, in terms of changing our behaviour, than we do to the fictional crime waves we see on TV. We just go on polluting and being wasteful, at the same time we lock ourselves away from imaginary monsters. Another pretty good fear is the one for our economic security. Bankers are lurching around like Keystone Kops, corporations are eliminating jobs instead of creating them, governments are (a) stimulating the economy and then (b) not

stimulating the economy and the stock market is going crazy. This reflects the mood of the people who invest in it. They are scared. Should they be? All we know is that the economy would be in better shape if they weren’t. Then there is the fear of taxes. This is a creation of politicians and many Canadians will experience it this year as voters go to the polls in a bunch of provinces, including this one. Despite the fact that we have been paying taxes for hundreds of years and taxes give us schools and highways and hospitals and defence and police protection, taxes are now scary, something like one of those guys in goalie masks you see on the late movie. No one said that we were rational people, but isn’t it strange that the people who are there to save us from the waves of crime and terrorism that we fear exist courtesy of something that is deemed to be so scary, namely taxes? Never mind. The premier of Ontario is being labelled a “taxman,” as are the premiers of other provinces and all the premiers will deny being taxmen and vow not to do anything to raise taxes. Which is nice, except that in an unfearful world someone might recognize

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Ottawa public health and the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre celebrate the opening of two new sexual health clinics in Barrhaven and Kanata. From left, associate medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa board of health member Timothy Hutchinson, executive director of Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre and South-Nepean Community Health Centre Wanda MacDonald, Barrhaven Coun. and member of the Ottawa board of health Jan Harder, Somerset Coun. and chair of the Ottawa board of health Diane Holmes, medical officer of health Dr. Isra Levy.

Two new sexual health satellite clinics open JESSICA CUNHA

The expansions are part of a three-year strategy by the Ottawa board of health to address gaps in sexual health services in the city. “By expanding the Kanata satellite clinic, and opening a brand new clinic in Barrhaven, OPH is increasing its service to our communities,” said Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder, who is also a member of the board of health. “These new clinics will increase the reach of sexual health services throughout the city.”

Two Sexual Health Centre satellite clinics were set to open in the city this week. A new Sexual Health Centre satellite clinic was set to open in Barrhaven on Wednesday, Sept. 14, while the Kanata office was moving and expanding its services as of Tuesday, Sept. 13. The new Barrhaven drop-in centre – in partnership with the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre – is locatRECORD NUMBER OF VISITS ed at 4100 Strandherd Dr., suite 201, at the South Nepean Community Health Centre. The new clinics will provide free testing “About a year ago we evaluated our exfor STIs, birth control, free counselling on isting satellite clinics,” said Andrew Henhealthy sexuality, HIV testing and other driks, program manager for the healthy sexual health services. sexuality and risk reduction program. “After a record number of visits to the “We looked at the infection rates, the pregSexual Health Centre on Clarence Street nancy among young women, abortion in the second quarter of this year, it is rates and we did that on a geographical clear that increasing our capacity for sexlevel, a neighbourhood level. We felt that ual health services in Ottawa needs to be a Barrhaven was an important area to offer priority,” said Diane Holthese sexual health sermes, chair of the board vices.” of health and Somerset The new office will offer services on Wednes- “These new clinics will ward councillor. “I am proud to say that these days, from 2:30 to 5:30 increase the reach of new clinics will help p.m. meet these needs.” “STI (sexually trans- sexual health services The new Kanata dropmitted infection) rates in centre is located at have been steadily in- throughout the city. ” the West End Family creasing in the last 10 Jan Harder Care Clinic at 80 Michael years in Ottawa – chlaCowpland Dr., and offers mydia and gonorrhea extended hours: Tuesspecifically among days, from 5 to 8 p.m. and youth,” said Dr. Isra Levy, Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 the city’s medical officer p.m. of health. “Increasing For more information on the Sexual the ease of access to OPH (Ottawa public Health Centre satellite clinics, visit ottahealth) sexual health services is a crucial or call the OPH information step in eliminating gaps in the priority arline at 613-580-6744. eas of our city.”

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Suspect arrested in pharmacy robberies

Ottawa police have charged a 35-year-old Ottawa man following two pharmacy robberies, including one in Nepean that involved a foot chase. Sept. 8, at about 12:15 p.m., a lone male suspect entered a grocery store along the 200 block of Grant Carman Drive. The suspect proceeded to the pharmacy and passed a note making a de-

mand for prescription drugs. The suspect was armed with a knife at the time. The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed quantity of prescription drugs and was then arrested by police a short distance away following a brief foot pursuit. No injuries were sustained during the course of the robbery. The Ottawa police robbery

unit is investigating and has linked the suspect to a previous pharmacy robbery on Aug. 17. They believe the same suspect entered a pharmacy situated along the 1000 block of Carling Avenue and passed a note making a demand for prescription drugs. No weapon was seen. The suspect fled with an undisclosed quantity of prescrip-

tion drugs. No injuries were sustained during the course of the robbery. A 35-year-old Ottawa man is charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of wearing a disguise, two counts of breach of undertaking, and single counts of uttering threats and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public.



A fundraising event for the Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) Foundation’s Care Grows West campaign packed a punch on Sept. 10 – bringing the campaign a mere $250,000 from the goal of $35 million. The Rhythm and Rum Ball managed to raise $180,000 in one evening for the campaign. Patrons got a taste of Barbados, thanks to the campaigns connection to the Greenberg family, which has a taste for the Caribbean island. “As a frequent visitor who knows the ins and out of Barbados and loves this island and its wonderful sun, sea and sand as well as its music, people, its food and hospitality, I think everyone enjoyed themselves at the Rhythm and Rum Ball,” gala patron Shirley Greenberg said in a press release. The evening featured rum punch recipes, tropical appetizers and live entertainment from the Nepean Panharmonics Steelpan Band as well as a performance by the Merrymen – a Caribbean band who came out of retirement and flew to Ottawa especially for the event. Guests were given door prizes and one lucky winner scored a trip for two to Bar-

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bados courtesy of the Barbados Tourism Authority. A gift in the form of a $5-million donation was also made public during the event by hospital foundation executive director Melanie Adams. “It’s very gratifying to see how much

“It’s very gratifying to see how much support our community gives to our hospital, ensuring QCH is there for you when you need us ” Ron Prehogan support our community gives to our hospital, ensuring QCH is there for you when you need us,” said QCH Foundation chair Ron Prehogan. “I think of the thousands of individuals that will benefit from our redevelopment project and new services such as the Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre, the new dialysis unit, a second MRI and CT scanner, expanding ambulatory care facilities and surgical suites. It’s tremendously rewarding to be a part of it.”

In the last Ontario election, the Liberals were elected by 52.1 per cent of voters. The number of electors casting ballots has been steadily declining since 1990, when it was 64.4 per cent. This year, Elections Ontario is looking to increase those numbers. In a bid to battle apathy, for the first time the elections authority is making it possible to vote all month. There are also a number of changes to make voting more accessible to people with mobility concerns or disabilities. Voters can still head to the polls on Oct. 6 and cast their ballot as usual. But if it’s inconvenient or impossible for you to get to the returning office on Oct. 6, you can mail in a special ballot any time between now and Oct. 5. To do so, download a special ballot application form from or call 1-888-668-8683 or email to have a form sent to you. The special ballot can be taken to

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Dust off those antiques and sharpen up your bargaining skills because Sheldon Smithens and Scott Cozens, the Canadian Pickers, are heading to the Ottawa area. The pickers are not sure if they will be winding down the back roads of Lanark or Renfrew counties, or at a flea market in the Ottawa suburbs, but the History Television stars are coming to town to kick some tires, and name a price. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re exactly sure where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going,â&#x20AC;? admitted Cozens, during a telephone interview from Calgary, Alta. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take a flyer or go to a flea market, or go knock on some doors.â&#x20AC;? They are scheduled to be in the greater Ottawa area from Thursday, Sept. 22 to Tuesday, Sept. 27. If you think you have something valuable enough to land you a spot on the show, they are encouraging you to let them know. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you are interested in being on Canadian Pickers, and have lots of vintage items, memorabilia, collectibles, or antiques to sell for cash, then let us know,â&#x20AC;? stated a press release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our hosts want to meet people and hear their stories.â&#x20AC;? Photos by Jennifer McIntosh

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Surprise results surface at junior A showcase weekend DAN PLOUFFE Unpredictability ruled the day as the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) season opened at the Kanata Recreation Complex with 12 matches over three days this past weekend. The Hawkesbury Hawks, the league cellar dwellers for the past three seasons, are a perfect 2-0, claiming the 02 defending national champions from Pembroke as one of their victims. The Nepean Raiders opened their season with an 8-2 pasting of Smiths Falls and then blew a 2-0 lead the next night to Carleton Place. And not many would have picked the Ottawa Jr. Senators to win both games considering their coach and general manager resigned before the start of the season, but that’s just what happened with dominant 6-1 and 5-2 victories. Don’t count Darren Graff amongst the surprised. The man who takes over general manager and assistant coach duties for the moment knew the potential his Ottawa lineup carried. “We’ve got a good core of returning veterans. We’ve got a playoff team here, I think,” Graff said, highlighting the first line of Drew Anderson, Conor Brown and Devon Rice as one of the league’s best. “We’ve got a good hockey club, an entertaining hockey club that’s going to come out and work hard. I don’t see why we can’t make some noise.”

Ottawa’s no. 1 unit combined for 18 points in the two games, while Ed Zdolshek posted a pair of solid victories in goal. With former Hawkesbury head coach and general manager Martin Dagenais calling the shots behind the Jr. Sens bench in the interim, Graff says the club plans to add a new staff member in the coming days or weeks and then decide who will occupy what role thereafter.

“We’ve got a good hockey club, an entertaining hockey club that’s going to come out and work hard. ” Darren Graff

Peter Ambroziak resigned for family reasons prior to training camp, although he stayed on to run the camp until the regular season began. “I was really looking forward to working with him this year,” Graff says. “The skillset he brings was on par with anybody else in this league. Unfortunately it was just not a good situation at the moment. Coming back to Canada with a young family, it can be a little overwhelming at

times. “Great guy, gonna miss him.” The Nepean Raiders emphasized the fact that their 8-2 blowout victory over Smiths Falls was only one game, and that fact became all the more noticeable the next night when four consecutive second-period Carleton Place goals proved their undoing in a 6-4 defeat. The season-opening shallacking did however hint at what kind of potential this year’s Nepean lineup carries. “We know we’ve got a lot of skill,” said Raiders captain Craig Cowie, who had a pair of goals and a pair of assists in the 8-2 win but was held off the scoresheet against Carleton Place. “We’ve worked on building a lot of speed in practice, and it showed. They couldn’t keep up with us.” In his first season with the Raiders, Cowie was part of the team that finished atop the league standings with Pembroke and made it to the finals, and he sees the same flashes in this year’s squad. “There are a lot of similarities – a lot of speed and a lot of skill,” said the 20-year-old Nepean native. “It worked for us then. Hopefully we can pull through at the end this time.” The Kanata Stallions appear to have some work left to do before they host the Fred Page Cup eastern Canadian championships later this season. They lost 4-1 to Cornwall and then 6-3 to the suddenly high-flying Hawks.

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Wildlife sanctuary set to open in fall JESSICA CUNHA

After two long years of planning the Constance Creek Wildlife Refuge in Dunrobin is set to open in September. Lynne Rowe, founder of the rescue for injured or orphaned animals, said she’s thrilled everything is coming together for the Sept. 18 grand opening. “That is extremely satisfying after two years,” she said. “We can make this happen. We can provide for the animals.” The Ministry of Natural Resources is in the process of granting Rowe approval to open. Her project also received a number of grants to finish developing her property to house small mammals and an adjoining pasture for deer. “I’m confident by the grand opening we’ll have our authorization,” she said. Her garage has become a raccoon quarantine room – each litter of raccoons must be kept separate for two weeks to avoid spreading infections and diseases. She has cages set up to house small mammals such as squirrels, a dividing fence to keep domestic animals away from the wildlife, and a medical

trailer to treat the animals. “Here we are two years later and my property has been transformed,” said Rowe, adding the only things left to do is finish painting and installing a chainlink fence around her property. “(The deer enclosure) has been inspected and is off-site from here.” The pasture will provide a wide-open area for deer to be rehabilitated and introduced back into the wild with minimal transport and moving involved, she said. GRAND OPENING “This place is going to look great for our grand opening,” said Rowe. “It’s going to be a really fun day.” The big day is set for Sunday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Onsite entertainment will include a magic show, face painting, live music, a petting zoo and a tour of the wildlife facilities. “People will be able to see what we’ve accomplished and hopefully get involved,” said Rowe, adding she’s still looking for ongoing financial support from the community. “I still desperately need that.”

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Claire Arseneau, Melissa Kerr, Alison Collins and Melissa Lyon paint the garage which will be the raccoon quarantine room at the Constance Creek Wildlife Refuge. The centre is set to host a grand opening on Sept. 18. She said none of this would be possible without the countless volunteers who have been donating their time to build the wildlife refuge. “I have met some of the most wonderful people,” she said. “They really care about the

place; they really care about the animals.” On Aug. 18, a number of employees from Lush donated their time to help with painting, finishing the fencing and other small jobs around the property. “Now that we get to have

people come in and legally accept wildlife it feels like a huge gain,” said Melissa Kerr, a longtime volunteer with the refuge. “Wildlife will have a home. Yeah, I’m excited. We’re moving forward.” Rowe said she’s looking at starting an internship program at the refuge where she’ll teach people about caring for animals and running a sanctuary. “We need volunteers here every day,” she said. “We’ll make it a very rich experience for them.” Because there are few wildlife centres and they tend to fill up quickly during the spring months, Rowe said she’ll likely see animals come from as far away as Prescott, Alexandria and Renfrew. “I was just hit hard at the overwhelming amount of demand (for a wildlife rescue,” said Rowe. Two summers ago a person brought an orphaned fawn to her farm and the closest place that could take it in was in Napanee, Ont., she said. That spurred her to take action and begin to construct the Constance Creek Wildlife Refuge. Visit for more information.

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Long-time volunteer receives Valentine award JESSICA CUNHA

Charanjit Wadehra has donated countless hours of his time to volunteering efforts was presented with the Frank Valentine Award at the Kanata Seniors’ Council annual general meeting on Monday, Sept. 12. The former Bell High School teacher was awarded the prestigious honour because of his long-term involvement volunteering in the community. “I had zero idea,” he said after being chosen. “I was surprised.” The award is given to a senior over age 55 who volunteers his or her time, focuses on seniors’ needs, provides outstanding leadership and works for change. Wadehra has been volunteering since he retired as a physics teach in 1993. Since then he’s been involved with various organizations: • As the business crime prevention co-ordinator for the Ottawa police for 18 years. • As a volunteer driver with the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre for 18 years. • The Indo-Canadian Association for one year. • On the board of the Kanata Seniors’ Council since the beginning in 1996. • On the board of directors for the Council on Aging for three years. • Raising funds for the Heart Institute at the University of Ottawa for six years. • The co-ordinator for the Punjabi Senior Group for 15 years. • The Ottawa Community Immigration Services Organization for two years. “I dedicate this one to my wife,” said Wadehra after he received the award, be-

cause of the late nights and early mornings. His wife, Promila said she’s happy he volunteers so much of his time since she can’t due to medical reasons. “I’m pleased someone has taken these responsibilities,” she said. “He’s involved in so much volunteer work. I’m very happy about it.” During his down time, Wadehra enjoys playing bridge, square dancing and fixing any broken item that comes across his path. He’s also working on the ninth annual Dhadkan – meaning heartbeat – fundraising event for the University of Ottawa’s Heart Institute. The event will be held at the Ottawa Convention Centre on Oct. 14, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 each and include all drinks, food and entertainment. This year, the event is featuring guest speaker Dr. Sudodh Verma, along with Californian comedian Tapan Trivedi. “We have raised $7.3 million for the Heart Institute,” said Wadehra. The Frank Valentine Award is named after Frank Valentine, who advocated for seniors’ issues in Kanata and was the instigator behind the formation of the Kanata Seniors Council in 1996. Wadehra said he’s known Valentine since the beginning. “I have known Mr. Frank Valentine since the very inception of the Kanata Seniors’ Centre,” he said during his acceptance speech. Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson said she was happy Wadehra was the winner. “I was really pleased to hear it was you,” she told him.

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Crime Prevention Ottawa is calling for nominations for the third annual Community Safety Awards, to be held on Nov. 7 at Ottawa City Hall. The awards honour all those who make a difference through their community safety and crime prevention efforts. Nominations are being sought for individuals, groups or programs in the following categories: community safety volunteer,

community safety program, community safety leader, business leader in community safety, youth leader, enforcement professional, and City of Ottawa community safety award. Nominees come from all walks of life. They are the women, men and young people who volunteer or work in the areas of community safety and crime prevention.

executive director Nancy Worsfold. “Their stories are inspiring. We believe they should be shared to encourage others to build better neighbourhoods, create safer environments and prevent crime.” City residents and organizations can nominate any individual, group or program for an award. The criteria and nomination form can be found at: The deadline for submissions is Oct. 11. Crime Prevention Ottawa contributes to crime reduction and enhanced community safety in Ottawa through collaborative evidence-based crime prevention.

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Grappling with suicidal thoughts leaves youth feeling isolated. Part one of our three-part series tells how realizing they aren’t alone can be like flicking on a light switch – and the tragedy that can happen without that illumination. LAURA MUELLER


illiam Ross is something of a magician. First, his sleight-of-hand tricks impressed his friends

at school. Eventually, he moved on to fooling staff and fellow patients at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario’s mental health ward. But before that, Ross tried to pull his trickery on Ottawa police officers, who had to cart him to CHEO in a squad car to prevent the amateur Houdini from escaping his handcuffs and harming himself. And lately, the 17-year-old Ottawa resident has been working magic on his own life, astounding family and friends with his seemingly supernatural ability to bounce back from the darkest deadend track. In less than a year, Ross went from what appeared to be a pretty well-adjusted teenager who loved BETA testing video games and cooking, to a shadow of himself, obsessed with compulsive thoughts of trying to end his life. And now, mere months later, he has rebounded, an outcome his mother, Suzanne Ross, could barely bring herself to dream of. Suzanne, who comprises a large part of her son’s support system, still lives by a phrase repeated to her by a relative of her own: “You can be cautiously optimistic when things are going better, knowing that there could still – and probably will – be slips and things that are going to happen,” Suzanne says. “It’s not going to happen overnight.” DIMMING THE LIGHTS By the same token, William didn’t get to that dark place – a deep depression he likens to all the lights being turned out – overnight. “Everything up until that point was like dimming out the lights,” he says. William says he really began to slide down the slippery slope to self destruction after last summer. Some romantic relationships that went foul didn’t help his tendencies towards obsessive compulsiveness and anxiety, William says. But it was surrounding himself with a social circle that turned out to be more focused on partying and backstabbing than trust and friendship kicked the process into high gear. He was partying too much. Peer pressure led to alcohol and “mild” drug use.

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William Ross has made huge strides in tackling his demons since last summer, when he tried to take his own life and ended up at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario for treatment. Spray-paint art is a recent addition to William’s repertoire. Right, he creates a painting earlier this spring as a gift for his grandfather.

OUT OF THE DARKNESS A series about youth suicide Part 1: Two youths struggle with suicidal thoughts - with radically different outcomes “I’ve had a little bit of a shadowy, dark past,” he says. “Over time, things had just gotten worse.” When Suzanne looks back, she realizes that all the classic warning signs were there. Her son wasn’t sleeping at night, but he would sleep during all hours of the day – when he was home. Most of the time, he was out with friends – partying, although she didn’t know it. “I thought it was a normal progression – to give him a bit of independence,” she says. “He never gave me a reason not to trust him.” Eventually William lost the energy to do any of the activities he was so passionate about. He didn’t care to test out video and computer games to help work out the bugs before they hit the market. The sharp-witted teen’s interest in school waned. And most obviously

for Suzanne, her son completely stopped taking over the kitchen of their two-storey Orleans home to whip up a culinary masterpiece. “When I look back those are all signs,” she says. “If you notice a change in your child’s behaviour, pay attention to it, because it may be nothing, but in our case it was a clue.” The clues started long before William’s back-to-back visits to CHEO last autumn, which wasn’t his first visit to the hospital’s mental-health ward. In fact, it all started in the very home in which William still lives with his mother, father and brother. William’s spirit started to crack when he was only six, but it wasn’t until more than six years later that William finally admitted to his mother why. He had been raped by someone close to the family. By that point, William was already undergoing therapy for anxiety, a process that lasted three years. “I talked about how I didn’t really trust people; how I didn’t really trust myself,” he says. He thought releasing the secret helped him get over that hurdle, but looking back, he says he was wrong. His world continued to crumble. It wasn’t until last year, he began to pick up the pieces. By the end of the summer, William couldn’t force himself to stop fixating over harming himself. Every object, from ballpoint pens to

pieces of string, became weapons of self harm in William’s obsessive gaze. Luckily for William, it only took one attempt for him to recognize he needed help. Less than 12 hours after putting three thin, shallow cuts into his chest with an X-Acto knife, William was talking to a psychologist at CHEO. Before his family even clued in to what was happening in his head, William asked his mother to drive him to the hospital before he couldn’t stop himself from severely hurting himself. “I knew that I wanted it, but I didn’t want it,” he says. “It was like in the short term, I had wanted to hurt myself, but I knew that eventually I might not want this, and I just needed help.” William spent three weeks at CHEO See page 17

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‘My life’s a lie’: Jesse Graham Unable to cope with his emotions, Jesse committed suicide at 17 GEOFF DAVIES


esse Graham loved to win. And often, he did. On the soccer pitch, in the classroom, in excited debates or board games, Jesse found joy in things that pushed his limits. He loved to push back. Those who loved him smile as they remember his mile-wide competitive streak. They laugh to think of his firedup rants, notorious for leaving everyone in stitches. He was a fierce friend, a devoted son, and now a full year has passed since his death. The beam in Jesse’s basement bedroom was low, so it was easy enough for his father, Jeff, to lift up his dangling body and untie the noose. It wasn’t quite six in the morning by the time Jesse – brother to Katie, Zachary, Kelsie, Jarred and Lauren – was stretched out on the floor of their home in Balderson, Ont., with his mother and father bent over him, performing CPR. By the time the paramedics arrived, the boy who loved to win, who dreamed of becoming prime minister or practising law, was dead. “We never had a real inkling that Jesse was suicidal,” says his mother Shelly, who is a nurse. “He never once said to us ‘I’m depressed.’ He didn’t look depressed… he didn’t do all the things… the signs of suicide that you look for. He didn’t give anything away.” Randy Thompson, 19, and Jesse were best friends through high school, right up until Jesse hanged himself in the early hours of June 18, just days away from graduation, at the age of 17. “I went through a couple months of just numbness,” says Randy. He was right there to witness the changes in his friend. At 16, Jesse was a ball of fire. He was clean-cut, not into the same drinking and dosing scene as some of his peers. He went to youth group at his church every Thursday. He liked to hang out with the brainier kids. He liked debates, not chit-chat, and attacked them with the same ballistic energy that made his teacher hide the classroom dodge ball and his friends steer clear of him during soccer games. A year later, he wasn’t himself. His parents noticed it, his friends did too. He was angry. “He’s 17 and lots of boys get angry at 17, because they’re finding their way. So you try to give him space; give him enough room to kind of figure things out,” says Shelly. Obstacles multiplied and hope dwindled. Jesse kept his pain to himself. He never sought help, but he sought comfort elsewhere. Beer, liquor, cigarettes, pot, sometimes harder stuff. Jesse tried to get out of his own tormented head,

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Shelly and Jeff Graham hold up a photo of their son Jesse who committed suicide just over a year ago. The Balderson couple hopes his story helps others in similar situations. but it made things worse. Jesse’s grades first started slipping as he began Grade 11. For a guy remembered as exceptionally bright, with test results placing him among the country’s most gifted kids, this was unusual. Shelly’s description of her son fits both a perfectionist and a buzzing mind. Nothing, even the simplest assignment, was worth handing in unless it was just right. Not long before, he used to cruise through the curriculum without a problem. But now he was lagging behind, and getting in trouble in the classroom to boot. What was happening? LOOKED LIKE DEFIANCE “We didn’t have a clue. It looked like laziness, it looked like defiance,” says Shelly. “We realize now it was none of the above. He was frustrated with himself and he didn’t know what was wrong with him.” Toward the end of his life, Jesse started to figure it out. After doing some research online, he announced to his family that he thought he had Attention Deficit Disorder. The family doctor concurred, and started him on Concerta, a psychostimulant similar to Ritalin. That was a couple of months before his death, says Shelly. ADD, says Shelly, was just part of his problems. The other part wouldn’t become known until after Jesse’s death, after his suicide note was published on the front page of a major daily newspaper. The Grahams’ phone rang one day, a few weeks after Jesse’s death. On the line was Louise Brazeau-Ward. Brazeau-Ward is an internationally-renowned expert on dyslexia. She started the Canadian Dyslexia Association, after witnessing her own son’s struggles with the condition. At Heritage Academy, the specialty school she runs in Aylmer, Que., she teaches kids how to overcome dyslexia. The article in the newspaper said your son had ADD, she said to Shelly, but why didn’t it mention his dyslexia? Dyslexia? The Grahams had never

suspected their son had the condition, which impairs ones ability to read and write. No one, not even his teachers, had noticed anything out of the ordinary. But there were signs, and you could see them in his suicide note. Lisa Taylor does screening and testing for the association. With her 20 years of experience in the field, they were brutally obvious. “I call them no-brainers,” she said in an interview at her Kanata office. Taylor says she spent two hours picking out possible indicators in Jesse’s note: capital letters reversed; hesitations, where Jesse started writing one letter and chose another; back-and-forth switches between cursive and printing. “At 17, you don’t reverse your B’s and D’s.” On behalf of the Canadian Dyslexia Association, Brazeau-Ward offered to test the Grahams’ two youngest children – Jarred, 12, and five-year-old Lauren – for dyslexia, as the condition is hereditary and often shared among family members. They made the offer “in Jesse’s honour”, declining payment for tests that can cost around $450 each. Turns out the hunch was right. The association’s testing found Jarred to be mildly dyslexic. After a separate assessment by the school board, he now uses computer programs to level the educational playing field. Lauren proved to be too young for test results to be conclusive, but her mother expects she’s not out of the woods yet. Meanwhile, their cousin was also identified as having similar learning disabilities, just as she was putting high school behind her. On the living room couch of the family home, Jeff can still quote the words from his son’s final message. “I hate myself,” Jesse wrote. “My life’s a lie.” “I believe the lie was he put on a happy face. He had all this pain inside,” says Shelly. Now that Jesse’s gone, no test can be done to prove it, but his parents believe he suffered from dyslexia, and that it helped pushed him over the edge. “It makes me wonder how many kids are out there that haven’t been picked up.”

‘It was knowing I’m not alone’ From page 16 before asking to be discharged, but a breakdown the next day sent him back to CHEO in a police car after authorities were called to his home when he threatened to harm himself. Help came in the form of talking. William went back to CHEO, and through the Children and Youth - Specialized Psychiatric and Mental Health Services program (a partnership with the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre), he dedicated himself to tackling his demons. There, he tried everything. From counselling to art therapy to deep breathing, William says he was open to anything. “I was tired of fighting myself,” he says. He stayed on that track after he left CHEO and started a stint in the outpatient program at the Royal Ottawa. For three months, he made daily treks to the Royal to attend family therapy, individual therapy, stress therapy, to learn calming techniques, meditation and different ways of coping. But most importantly, he was able to connect with other people who were in the process of overcoming their own issues. “It was the talking – it was the other people, and it was knowing I’m not alone,” William says. “Knowing there are other people going through different issues, other people going through similar issues, other people going through the same issues. “Knowing there are other problems, problems that are worse and problems that are – not necessarily better, but different – I learned that I’m not alone, and that was the biggest thing.” Now, more than a year after he hit rock bottom, William says he has a new definition of “normal.” Knowing that he is just one of many people dealing with mental illness has made all the difference. And now he thinks of mental illness as what it is – just one type of the many ailments that may strike a person in his or her lifetime. It was when people stopped treating him differently that he was able to make progress, he says. Just having people there to listen – not judge, offer advice, or give opinions – made his road to recovery possible. William says he doesn’t have any regrets today because the experienced helped shape him and make him a stronger person. But that could have been much different if he had succeeded in his attempts to kill himself. “If I had killed myself, I would have somehow gotten myself back to life so I could kill myself again for doing that. That’s how stupid it was,” he says. When he thinks back to that point in his life, he often reminds himself – and others going through a similar ordeal: “No matter how bad your situation is, you’re always comfortable somewhere.” Getting to the comfortable place isn’t impossible, William says, and he is living proof.

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Centrepointe sets the stage for more shows JENNIFER MCINTOSH

The grand opening of the Centrepointe Studio Theatre was a vision 25 years in the making according to artistic director for the City of Ottawa theatres, Charles McFarland. “It’s great to be here tonight celebrating the vision of Barbara Feldman, the founding manager of Centrepointe Theatre,” he said. The expansion of the theatre – used by international stars and local theatre groups – has been in the works since the 1990s and was set to go ahead in 2002, but for amalgamation and lack of funding. The theatre has been in use since a May preview show of Hamlet by the Ottawa Shakespeare Company, but officially kicked things off with a performances by Ottawa band the Peptides. Following the Peptides, patrons were serenaded by Mark Masri – who will be playing at the Shenkman in December. McFarland said the theme of this year’s line up is going to be Where You Live, highlighting the availability of great shows locally. “We can see amazing things right here in our neighbourhoods, without having to go downtown,” McFarland said. With a performances in the areas of rock, pop, Celtic, jazz, folk, classical, Canadiana, comedy and live entertainment – there promises to be a show for every taste and style. Following the opening of the new theatre was Celtic Thunder, with names like the Crash Test Dummies and John Prine set to hit the stage later in the season. Italian sensation Zucchero will be at Centrepointe in October, and in keeping with the international flavour, patrons can catch Australian Pink Floyd just a week later. There also promises to be comedic delights with the Arrogant Worms hitting the stage in November. In the spring Mel Brook’s musical Young Frankenstein will run for two days. Over at Shenkman, things get started off with Fred Eaglesmith in October, followed by 54-40 in November. On the comedic side, the Good Love-

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The Peptides, a local band, performed for patrons at the grand opening of the Centrepointe Studio Theatre and the announcement of the 2011-2012 lineup. of performance thanks to the start-ofthe-art lighting equipment made possible by a Trillium grant given to the local theatre company GOYA. “Barbara’s vision made it possible for me to call and ask for what I think is one of the largest grants every given to a community theatre group,” said Gord Carruth, founding president of GOYA. “And the confidence in our theatre group and the fact that we are the only

Singer Mark Masri sings to the crowd during the grand opening of the new Centrepointe Studio Theatre.

lies are slotted for Dec. 13, followed by Mark Masri and a rendition of Led Zepplin’s IV in late December and early January. The lineup was met with applause from the audience at the studio theatre’s opening. McFarland said the new theatre was more than equipped to handle any kind

A member of the Peptides belts out a tune during their performance on Sept. 12. one doing exclusively Canadian shows is why we got it.” Jim Tsarouhas, executive vice president of Tofcon Construction Inc, said that Tofcon was founded with the mind to work on projects that would benefit the community. “This was the first foray into a community theatre project,” Tsarouhas said of the new Centrepointe Studio Theatre. “And we are proud to be a part of it.”

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The National Capital Commission wants to create a plan for the Ottawa region that is as much about cultivating a Canadian identity as it is about planning the future of the region. The NCC is launching a series of consultations this fall termed “Capital Conversations,” and for the first time ever, it will fan out across the country to get the perspective of Canadians from across the nation to have a say in what happens here in the next 50 years. It’s called Horizon 2067, and the NCC says it is the most ambitious and farreaching planning exercise it has ever undertaken. “More than any other area, we have the responsibility to tell the Canadian story,” said André Préfontaine, executive director of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. “A capital is a place of meaning and influence, and it represents the country to the rest of the world as the center of foreign diplomacy.” The society, which publishes Canadian Geographic magazine, is the NCC’s partner in the initiative and will run a series of feature stories on Horizon 2067. The very high-level plan will be an “overlay” for all planning in the capital region. It needs to be a “meaningful ini494216


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Marie Lemay, CEO of the National Capital Commission, right, speaks to the media about the NCC’s plans to go nationwide with its consultation on a 50-year plan for the capital region. tiative for all Canadians,” said Pierre Dubé, the NCC planner in charge of the plan. The idea is to create a “people place,” he said. The NCC uses terms such as “vibrancy,” “commemoration” and “celebration” to describe what it will try to achieve with the plan. One specific goal is to find a way to better integrate public servants and their isolated “campuses” with the urban fabric of the city. But there are challenges ahead. The Horizon plan can’t override or replace the plans set out by the 13 municipalities that encompass the capital region, and it remains to be seen how engaged the rest of Canada will be in the process. And when it’s done, in 2013, it remains to be seen how the cross-jurisdictional plan will be implemented and who will pay for what. But Marie Lemay, chief executive officer of the NCC, said the plan and the research and consultation that go into it will be a valuable tool for all levels of government, and other agencies. “All of the players realize we cannot do it alone,” Lemay said, adding that the process will be about building on and leveraging the resources of the different stakeholders. The first consultation, called “Capital Conversations,” kicks off in Ottawa on Sept. 27, followed by events in Quebec City; Halifax; Victoria and Edmonton. The three-year process will cost $750,000, said NCC spokesperson Lucie Carron. The consultation will add an

“A capital is a place of meaning and influence, and it represents the country to the rest of the world as the center of foreign diplomacy.” André Préfontaine Executive Director additional $650,000 to the bill. People can provide comments online at You can follow the initiative on Twitter @horizon2067 and by searching #cc2067. CAPITAL CONVERSATION When: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Keynote speaker: Lawrence Cannon, former federal minister of foreign affairs. Speakers: Richard Florida (senior editor, The Atlantic), George Hazel (MRC McLean Hazel Ltd. planners), Florence K. (singer/songwriter), Stephen Lewis (Ryerson University professor, former diplomat). Where: Ottawa Convention Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr.



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• SEPT. 18 Heritage Ottawa walking tour of the Chaudiere industrial district at 2 p.m. Cost is $10. Meet at the former Naval Association building on Victoria Island. The area around the Chaudiere Falls has been the core of OttawaGatineau economic life from aboriginal times until the present. The walk will look at sites of this industry on both sides of the river as well as the falls and the potential for heritage redevelopment. Guide will be Chris Warden, co-author of the 1990 Chaudiere district master plan for the NCC. Information at 613230-8841 or www. Sustainable Food Practices workshop (organic food and gardening, local food, wild foods), lead by Kathryn Guindon at Barrhaven United Church, 3013 Jockvale Rd., from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Suggested donation of $5 to cover presentation costs. Information at Longfields Community Church invites everyone in Barrhaven to an afternoon of family fun at its property at 3376 Woodroffe Ave., south of Strandherd. An afternoon of good food, great activities and wonderful music, all oriented toward families: bouncy castle, crafts, games, videos, activities. Free admission. For information call Rev. Darren Milley at 613-295-6192 cell or

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Firefighters pay respects to 9/11 heroes EDDIE RWEMA

A solemn ceremony to honour local firefighters who died in the line of duty also paid tribute to those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. Hundreds gathered on Friday, Sept. 9, for the 10th annual service for fallen firefighters that began with a march of about 150 firefighters from the Ottawa Police Headquarters on Elgin Street to the Ottawa Firefighters Memorial on Laurier Avenue. Several dignitaries, including Ottawa Fire Chief John deHooge, Mayor Jim Watson and U.S Ambassador David Jacobson, delivered messages that paid tribute to those who had selflessly given their lives in the line of duty, including the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11. “As we rush out of the burning building, it is the brave men and women of Ottawa Fire Service that are rushing in that building to save lives,” said Watson. The mayor said that each and every day firefighters risk their own lives in order to save and protect the lives of others. “They deserve so much gratitude for the work they do to keep us all safe.” Speaking only two days before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Watson told those gathered at the service that the events of that tragic day changed people’s lives and the world forever. As the news of the attack broke, Watson recalled rushing to the nearest television set to watch in horror at what was unfolding not only in New York, but at also at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pa., where one of the four hijacked jet liners crashed.

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Ottawa firefighters march to city hall as part of a ceremony to honour fallen colleagues during the 10th annual Firefighter Memorial Service held on Friday, Sept. 9. ity and to their fellow firefighters.” The fire chief presented flowers and certificates to the families of the fallen firefighters and a bell rang out after each name was read. Retired firefighter Peter Ryan, fighting back tears, said he was there to re-

member all those that have gone. “It doesn’t matter whether it is Ottawa or somewhere else,” said Ryan who served with Ottawa Fire Service for nearly 40 years. “When we loose someone we all feel it. It is like loosing a member of your family.”


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“One particular image that stands out in my memory are the numerous firefighters who tirelessly searched for victims,” said Watson. “Their effort to save lives was truly heroic.” The service at city hall was also marked by the unveiling of a plaque at the Ottawa Firefighters Memorial by Jacobson, which included a piece of steel taken from the remains of the ST. RICHARD’S World Trade Center. ANGLICAN CHURCH “To those who rushed in and Worship Services never rushed out and to all of Sunday 9am - 9am Bible Study you who risk your life so that 10am Supervised Nursery & Sunday School Classes Thursday Eucharist 10am so many others may live, I can 8 Withrow Avenue 613-224-7178 only say thank you,” said Ja“WORSHIP THE LORD IN THE BEAUTY OF HIS HOLINESS...” cobson. He said he was humbled to be among some of Ottawa’s bravest men and women. Sunday Services “Shortly after Sept. 11, restat 9 or 11 AM ing among the cards, flowers 205 Greenbank Road, Ottawa and Teddy bears outside my (613) 829-2362 Child care provided. Please call or visit us on-line. embassy, someone left a fireBuilding an authentic, relational, diverse church. fighter’s jacket,” Jacobson said. “And written in that jacket was St. Patrick’s Fallowfield a thank you to the firefighters Roman Catholic Church who had lost their lives in New Saturday 5:00pm York. It said, ‘You rushed in so Sunday 9:00am & 11:00am that so many others could rush Mon,Wed,Thurs,Fri 8:30am out.’ ” Tuesday 6:45pm DeHooge said the day of re15 Steeple Hill Cres., Nepean, ON membrance serves as a trib613-591-1135 ute to all firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Abundant Life Christian Fellowship “(The events of 9/11) invites you to experience strengthened our resolve to Healing of Body, Soul and Spirit through Knowing Christ and His Promises protect our communities. It has Confederation High School 1645 Woodroffe Avenue (beside Nepean Sportsplex) brought Canadians and AmeriWeekly Sunday Service: 10:00am - Noon Children’s ministry during service cans closer together,” deHooge Pastors John & Christine Woods Upcoming Events: said. “Today we honour our (613)224-9122 See website for details local heroes. We are here to reflect on their service to human429966

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Perhaps you haven’t found the right company to “click” with or the right opportunity to really show what you can do. We may have a career for you as a member of our multimedia sales team. Some of the things you’ll enjoy about working as part of the sales team at Metroland: • Being part of Metroland’s adventure in the online and offline world • Working in a fast paced innovative working environment • Advising clients on cutting edge technologies and industry trends • Becoming an expert in the Web, publishing, and delivery • Self-directed earnings potential In this position, you will be called upon to: • Identify and discuss advertising needs with prospective customers • Understand and promote METROLAND MEDIA products and services relevant to each new potential client acquisition • Design proposals for customers based on needs assessment • Maintain positive and effective customer relationships Requirements: • A can-do attitude with a drive for success • Good Internet skills • The desire to earn the income you want based on sales results • Excellent communication skills • Media experience is an asset, but not required. • Valid driver’s license and ability to provide his/her own transportation Metroland Media attributes its success and winning culture to its dedicated employees. We are committed to offering you a best-in-class total rewards package, ongoing growth and development opportunities, plus a dynamic and innovative working environment. Forward your resume in confidence to Nancy Gour (ngour@metroland. com) by September 30, 2011.

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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 - 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 hunter mentality, with the confidence and drive to excel at generating and closing new business • Highly motivated by monetary incentives • Extremely ambitious with an outstanding work ethic and unprecedented drive for immediate results • 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 • 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

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

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 Please reference “New Business Acquisition Representative” in the subject line.

Interested candidates are requested to forward their resume, cover letter and salary expectations to Please reference “Manager, Digital Media” 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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2011 Jetta Trendline Cash Purchase from $16,999 plus tax only. Includes $1500 cash credit OR Lease from $209*/48 months @ 2.9%, 16K/year lease 60 Jettas in Inventory

2011 Golf Trendline Cash Purchase from $21,999* plus tax only. Includes $2000 cash credit OR Lease from $315*/48 months @ 2.9%, 16K/year lease 25 Golfs in Inventory

The All New 2012 Passat has arrived – come in for a Test Drive today! with CASH PURCHASE OR choose finance rates from 0.9% for 72 months.

SAVE UP TO $7000


• While quantities last • Airfare and Hotel Included • Vegas Trip applies to all in-stock 2011 models

OTTAWA’S FASTEST GROWING VOLKSWAGEN STORE. PREOWNED VW CERTIFIED PURE 2 year/40,000 kms Factory Warranty INCLUDED in Selling Price VW Financing rates from 0.9% for 24 months L@@K ONLY 51,000 kms 2007 Golf City Hatchback 4 cyl 5 speed manual trans. Priced to Sell @ $9995. INCLUDING VW Certified PURE Warranty 2 years/40,000 kms. Blue/Black $199. per mo over 60 mos $1250 dwn @ 2.9% Stk# D0119

2008 Golf City P@PULAR Hatchback Hatchback 5 spd, Air Conditioning, Power Windows & Locks, Heated Seats & Alloy Wheels. Black on Black Priced to sell @ $14,995. Includes VW Certified PURE 2 yr/40,000 kms Warranty. Finance @ 2.9% over 60 months Stk# D0135

2007 City Golf Automatic Air Conditioning with ONLY 30,000 kms. $255. per mo over 60 mos with $1500. dwn @ 2.9% Stk # D0122 Priced to Sell @ ONLY $12,995

L@@K Rare 2010 Passat Wagon 4 cyl 2.0 : Turbo 200 H.P. Automatic with Alloys, Heated Seats, Satellite Radio, Blue Tooth & Media Pkg. @NLY 10,000 kms. LIKE NEW. Factory Warranty up to 120,000 kms Priced to Sell @ $29,995. Stk# P0170. Silver/Black Leatherette L@@K @ ME !!! RARE 2010 Jetta Wolfsburg Edition * 2.0 L Turbo 200 H.P. @NLY 6900 kms Automatic/Sunroof/17” Alloy Wheels. Plus extended VW Certified PURE Warranty. Black on Black. $26,995. Stk# D0156

L@@K * RARE 2008 Highline EOS Hard-Top Convertible with Panoramic Power Glass Sunroof Included. 4 cyl 2.0 L Turbo 200 H.P. Power Driver’s Seat, Leather Seats, Dual Zone Air, 6 Disc CD Changer, 18” Alloy Wheels with 4 BRAND New Tires. Close to $50,000. NEW * SAVE $$$$ Pre-owned @NLY $29,995. with Balance of Factory Warranty PLUS 2 year/40,000 kms VW Certified PURE Extended Warranty INCLUDED. 195 Robertson Road, Bells Corners



Ottawa This Week - Nepean - SEPTEMBER 15, 2011


* Total due at delivery is: Jetta $553, Golf $785 includes: down payment, first payment, security deposit and PPSA. 15 cents per kilometer exceeded. Pre-owned prices are for cash purchase only, prices include all fees, HST and license extra.

Ottawa This Week - Nepean  
Ottawa This Week - Nepean  

September 15, 2011