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Greely Players help eight young performers EMMA JACKSON

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The Greely Players have set a new record as they help eight young actors and musicians get to school with their annual bursary, which normally only goes to one or two recipients each year. Financial success and a desire to help as many young university and college students as possible drove the Ottawa South theatre’s high number of recipients this year, said president Anne Peterson, who added that each recipient is entirely deserving. “Each of the winners has unique talents and strengths. The musicians were active in many other areas apart from music and maintained excellent academic marks. The four recipients entering theatre studies not only performed on stage, but each of them helped out back stage, including choreography, tickets and t-shirt sales as well as set building. This is a huge help for a volunteer organization,” Peterson said. She said the theatre group, which operates out of the Greely Community Centre, filled the seats for Cinderella in 2010 and Willy Wonka in 2011, allowing them to support so many young performers with $500 cheques this summer. “We feel it’s important to be able to give back to the community that supports us,” she said. “The Greely Players hopes that these award winners can be successful in their chosen field of performing arts, and will continue to donate their time in the spirit of community volunteerism.” Metcalfe resident Mychele Lebrun, 17, was one of the eight recipients, chosen just as she heads off to Sheridan College near Toronto to study performing arts and musical theatre. The De La Salle High School student said she discovered the joy of singing first through the Ottawa Children’s Choir, but when she joined the Greely Players in Grade 8 she fell in love with musical theatre. See PERFORMERS on page 11

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Drivers are urged to start the school year off right by driving safely as school buses return to the streets.

As the new school year begins, Ottawa drivers are being reminded to take extra care on the road to keep the city’s children safe. Although the posted speed limits in the city’s school zones may seem slow, the extra caution helps prevent accidents in which children can be severely injured or worse, a release by the provincial government warns. The statement urges drivers to start the school year off right by driving safely as school buses return to the streets and children start walking to their classes this week. Drivers can keep children safe by stopping for school bus signals and never passing a school bus when its red lights are flashing. “We are working closely with our partners to make sure kids have safe access to their schools,” said Jennifer McKenzie, Ottawa Carleton District School Board trustee for Somerset and Kitchissippi wards. She said the board works closely with the city’s many community associations, who are on the ground to ensure proper crossings are in place for kids to get back and forth to school. Parents have also been urged to keep their children safe by reminding them of the importance of staying safe on school

buses. According to Ontario Transportation minister Kathleen Wynne, back-to-school season is an exciting time for parents and children, but it’s also a great opportunity for drivers to refresh their knowledge of the rules of the road. “We can keep children safe around schools and buses by being safe drivers – slow down, look up and prepare to stop when the red lights are flashing.” Every day, more than 800,000 children ride a school bus in Ontario. Although injuries to school bus passengers are rare in Ontario, they happen most often while students are boarding the bus or crossing the street. Ontario School Bus Association executive director Rick Donaldson said school bus safety is something everyone needs to be aware of. “It’s not just bus drivers and students who should know the rules, but also parents and motorists,” Donaldson said in a statement. “With the large number of students transported by school bus every day it is important that these rules are reviewed periodically to ensure safety throughout the school year.” Caution will not only ensure the safety of children, but also help drivers avoid costly fines and insurance rate increases. Drivers can get a fine of up to $2,000 and six demerit points for failing to stop for a school bus.

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As students start to think about the new school year, city council is beginning to think about its new budget year. Mayor Jim Watson wants public consultation on the 2012 budget to start this September. He set up an email account,, to solicit early comments and suggestions for the city’s spending priorities. The draft budget is expected to be released on Oct. 26. Each department’s budget will be presented to the committee that oversees it – similar to the process that was used for the budget this year. Community consultations will begin shortly afterwards, with four meetings scheduled for Nov. 1 to 4. The meetings will be spread across the city in the east, west and south, with a central meeting planned for city hall. The locations of the meetings will allow rural residents to attend “with relative ease,” according to a

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city report. More consultation will take place from Nov. 7 to 28, as each standing committee considers its draft budget. Council will consider approval of the final budget on Nov. 30. City council agreed to raise the municipal portion of the tax bill by no more than 2.5 per cent each year of this term of office – a promise Watson made during the 2010 election campaign. For the upcoming budget, non-discretionary costs associated with maintaining existing city services should be considered the top priority, according to a city staff report. Council will also be looking to set out a number of “strategic initiatives” funded by the money the city receives thanks to the province’s uploading agreement. The city received a windfall of $25 million from that agreement last year ($14 million of which was directed at housing projects), but Ottawa is set to add only $5 million to that amount in 2012. Ottawa will get $120 million annually from the agreement by 2018.

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OC Transpo riders can now find out when their next bus will arrive by sending a text message. The transit authority launched the realtime service on Aug. 31. It uses GPS data from buses to let riders know when their bus is coming – not just when it is scheduled to arrive. To use the service, text your stop number – listed on the sign at each bus stop – to 560560. Riders can also sign up for personalized alerts at They can choose which routes they want to receive information about and whether they would like to be alerted to bus cancellations, detours and whether Transitwaystation elevators are out of service. There is no additional charge for the service, but users should check what type of text-message service is included in their cell-phone plans to avoid additional phone charges. Andrew Milne, a developer who worked with OC Transpo to create the SMS service, said the city chose that format because it enables the largest number of transit users to take advantage of the service.

the process of integrating its systems so all data is the same, no matter if it is providing SMS updates, the phone-in schedule or the information drivers have on the bus. “The issue with open data is that we had is that we’re not able to necessarily control all the information that’s being pushed out,” Mercier said. That is even true for OC Transpo’s integration with Google Transit, Mercier said. If Google doesn’t update the information at the same rate as OC Transpo, customers see different information depending on which source they turn to. “So the customer gets a little confused as to what is the accurate data,” Mercier said. Mercier said OC Transpo wants to do everything it can behind the scenes to ensure the data customers receive is as upto-date as possible. But Rudenberg said “that doesn’t really explain why they won’t release it today.” It’s not a technical issue keeping the transit authority from making the data public, Rudenberg said. All the city needs


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OC Transpo launches bus arrival text-message to do is draft a policy or terms of use for the information. Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney, who heads the city’s IT subcommittee, echoed Rudenberg’s concerns. Tierney wants the data to be open, and he will ask staff to explain why that isn’t possible yet. “In my mind, if we’re able to have this (SMS) service, we should be able to provide the raw data,” Tierney said.

BUS GPS DATA STILL MIA Transit users will have to wait a bit longer for real-time data to become available in transit smart-phone applications. That’s because OC Transpo still isn’t ready to publically release the data stream that is used to create the SMS updates. OC Transpo originally released that data this spring, but yanked the data stream, saying it needed refining. That move put Jonathan Rudenberg’s Where’s My Bus? app out of commission. Rudenberg, a member of Open Data Ottawa, said he wished OC Transpo had released the data at the same time as the alert service, but he is encouraged by the steps OC Transpo has taken and the fact the announcement made mention of open data. Alain Mercier, the transit authority’s general manager, said OC Transpo is in


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Route 144 won’t change through Albion construction EMMA JACKSON

As transit users across the city geared up for sweeping OC Transpo route changes on Sunday, Sept. 4, residents in Findlay Creek will hold on to the existing path of Route 144 just a little longer. Construction to build an intersection at Findlay Creek Drive and Albion Road has waylaid city plans to redirect the route west to the Leitrim park and ride through the new Albion intersection. Construction has taken longer than expected because of a series of hold-ups, including drawn out permit approval processes and Hydro line delays, according to Tartan Home’s vice president of land development Pierre Defresne. The intersection was supposed to be open at the end of July, and is now scheduled to open mid-

September. City of Ottawa staff said that because of these delays Route 144 will continue its pre-Sunday, Sept. 4 route until construction is finished. Currently the route heads down Findlay Creek Drive to Kelly Farm Drive, where it does a loop and then heads back out to Bank Street. Once the changes take place, route 144 will be extended west of Findlay Creek to Leitrim Station via Albion, Leitrim and Gilligan “in order to bring service closer to new residents and provide a connection to Route 99,” according to the OC Transpo website. The route will also detour off Bank Street between Queensdale and Conroy, operating instead along Athans, Sixth, Queensdale and Conroy. This will replace part of route 142, which was cancelled in the city’s route optimization changes. 494692


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9/11 photo exhibit unveiled at United States Embassy MICHELLE NASH

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Images like this one surround the United States Embassy gates as part of the 10th-anniversary commemoration of the Sept. 11 attacks. The display is a means of paying tribute to Canada’s role in helping residents of New York and citizens of teh U.S.

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Photos of flowers, children’s drawings and letters surround the United States Embassy gates in anticipation of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks in New York. As part of the commemorations, embassy staff unveiled an exhibit on Sept. 2 that pays tribute to Canada’s role in helping both residents of New York and citizens of the U.S. on that fateful day. Thank you, Canada: A 9/11 Commemorative Photo Exhibit is a collection of photos taken from the days and weeks that followed the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. David Jacobson, the U.S. ambassador, wanted to show his country’s gratitude for the comfort Canadians offered on that day. “Along the length of this building, Canadians placed bouquets of flowers,” Jacobson said. “They left candles, red, white and blue balloons, stuffed animals, drawings by children and the heartfelt words of men and women inscribed on homemade cards - words of sorrow and elegy, words of support and of resolve. On its own, each act was an intimate gesture of sympathy. Taken together, they became a powerful symbol of solidarity.” Jacobson hopes the exhibit will celebrate the spirit and resilience which spread all the way from his country to the embassy at 490 Sussex Dr. Mayor Jim Watson, federal environment minister Peter Kent, city councillors and staff and the chiefs of Ottawa fire, police

U.S. ambassador David Jacobson is using a photo exhibit on the gates of the embassy to thank Canadians for the help and comfort they offered following the Sept. 11 attacks. and paramedic services came to mark the occasion. “Today we turn our thoughts to the survivors and those who perished,” Kent said. Watson recalled what he was doing the day of the attacks and how he, like many others, was glued to the television, watching the events unfold. “Ten years ago, for one day, Canadians wanted to help friends in need,” Watson said. “It was an emotional sight to see and this exhibit does a magnificent job to commemorate that day.” Jacobson and the embassy are honoring the bond of friendship between the neighbouring countries. “In a moment of tragedy, the citizens of the United States knew they were not alone,” Jacobson said. “Suddenly, we all stood together across the boarder.” Jacobson will visit Gander, N.L., on Sept. 11 to meet with the families that opened their homes, schools and community to more than 6,200 stranded passengers whose flights were diverted on the day of the attacks because the U.S. closed their airspace. The exhibit will remain on the gates of the embassy until the end of the month.

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at the computer. The freezers are full of free-run chickens, and the turkeys (named Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving) are almost ready to head off “on holiday” themselves. Tomatoes litter the ground of our garden and we have potatoes, carrots, parsnips and beets to dry and put away for Sunday dinners to come. The Farmer (Head Farm Chef) and I will fight over the tomatoes, as he wants them for spaghetti sauce and I want them for fresh salsa. We are so busy this time of year; it makes me wonder what we do all winter. We will experience a momentary lull between Thanksgiving and Easter, when no lambs are born (well, there might be a couple) and the only real farming activity will be keeping feeders full of hay and water troughs free of ice. I’m looking forward to that quiet too, as I have a book to finish. Dad would have been 70 years old this weekend. That’s really hard to believe. He always used to say he wasn’t going back to teaching until his birthday had past. That worked out for him most years; not all. I’m sure he will be present in spirit as we roam the halls of our alma mater one last time at the North Grenville District High School reunion on Sept. 17. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you there.



he flowerbeds that I was stressing over a month ago are now bursting at the edgings with hosta and sedums, chrysanthemums and lavatera. Even the weeds look good. But then, is there such a thing as a weed? I think they’re all just wildflowers gone astray. Unsolicited sowings. Now that autumn is almost here, I am going to take a brave shovel to my cramped perennials and split them. I’m going to move them around to give them more space, and then I’m going to dump heaps of composted sheep manure around each planting to keep the weeds down. That’s my plan. I love nothing more in the fall than to move plants and rocks around. It gives me a true sense of satisfaction. And those heavy wheelbarrow loads do wonders for the arm muscles. For those of you who are mourning the end of summer, consider this: in September, you can actually get into the garden without fear of being carried off by a swarm of mosquitoes. The soft, refracted rays of the sun carry plenty of vitamin D with far less danger of sunburn or heat stroke. The evening breezes are much more conducive to a good night’s sleep. I love the fall. Everyone seems to have more energy in autumn. Business picks up again, and it’s a new year for students

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Squeaky wheel gets the grease


here are three inevitable things in life: death, taxes and people who complain about taxes. Every year after the City of Ottawa puts out its budget plan, hundreds of people make the trek to city hall to decry cuts to various services and programs. Sometimes that works. Often, the information comes a little late in the game for councillors, and the changes go through anyway. Individuals dead set against tax hikes and community groups worried about cuts to services and programs might want to be a little proactive this year instead of reactive. If you want the city to preserve a department’s or program’s budget line, contact your councillor or email The councillor, elected by you (or despite you) is at least somewhat politically tethered to the wishes of their constituents. If a councillor receives a thousand emails demanding the funding of a $100-million dog shampooing beauty parlour and no other emails or phone calls about other issues, guess what?

Your ward is probably in line for a $100-million canine beauty parlour and a 10 per cent tax hike to pay for it. Sound absurd? Well, over the past decade staff have come up with some pretty strange suggestions to pare the budget, ranging from cuts to community rink maintenance to closing local library branches. If you want council to hold the line on taxes — give your councillor a call. But, as Mayor Jim Watson said during the last round of budget talks, if you are demanding no cuts to one budget area, be prepared to offer suggestions where the city can cut programs or services. Keep in mind, this council is committed to limiting a tax increase to below 2.5 per cent. Translation: the cuts, they are a coming (sung to the tune of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a Changin’”). And council has a limited scope to what they can cut: they must keep their hands off essential services. The beginning of September is also the start of the city’s budget season, with only three months until the budget is set for final approval. Remember: the sqeaky wheel gets the grease.


When weather becomes more than idle chatter


verybody talks about the weather, they always say. But this year, everybody really does talk about the weather. From big winds to big rains to big droughts, the weather has been all over the news and all over our conversation. Mind you, the news media always make a big deal out of the weather – was there ever a year when the Queensway was not a skating rink, when Old Man Winter’s icy fingers did not grip the city, when summer did not send a furnace blast of hot air across the region? But it has been different in the past year. Severe drought in Somalia coinciding with photographs just the other day of New York City streets under water. Tornado zones in the U.S. experiencing many times the normal occurrence of tornadoes. The most severe flooding on record in places such as Manitoba. And then: earthquakes in places that don’t normally get earthquakes and, in the places that do normally get earthquakes, such as Japan, earthquakes large enough to cause death, destruction and a crippling of the entire economy. The weather suddenly is worth talking about, not just in idle conversation, but in concrete terms, involving such things as flooded basements, power outages and South Edition

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town trees falling down. And that’s not just in Japan, but the Ottawa Valley too. It used to be that Canadians felt immune from severe weather. Sure, there was the cold, but it was predictable and it didn’t last all year. And as a reward for suffering through the winter, we got a kind of exemption, we felt, from the tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and earthquakes that afflicted other, usually warmer parts of the world. There was an advantage, we always felt, to not living in Paradise. It is less so now. Even in the Ottawa Valley, where the hurricanes don’t reach and the flooding is usually minimal, we’ve had winds and water at a level high enough to be more than an inconvenience. Everyone remembers what fell down during the sudden windstorm during Bluesfest. Those with slightly longer

memories will remember the rain and flooding that hit many basements in late winter. Tornadoes have been closer by than we’re used to and there have been, in the last year and a half, two significant earthquakes, one large enough to send people out of downtown office buildings and into the streets. Everyone talks about the weather, and now the talk is about more than whether it will be a nice day for a picnic tomorrow. The other half of that old saying about the weather, often attributed to Mark Twain, is that nobody every does anything about it. Actually some people have been asking governments to do something about it for years. Those would be the members of the climate change movement, people concerned that our activities on the planet, particularly our consumption of fossil fuels, is wreaking havoc with the environment. For a while, their fears were expressed as concern about “global warming,” something that felt more or less benign to lots of people, particularly those in cold climates. Global warming? Does that mean shorter winters, golf in February? What’s not to like? More recently, the focus has shifted to climate change. Climate change does not

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The first week of school made me realize that I was staying ‘stop,’ ‘sit still,’ ‘be quiet,’ and ‘you’ll have to wait for supper,’ more often than is good for their psychological wellbeing. ” OK, I’ll admit, the above is what a perfect day looks like. While it’s not the norm, I find striving for excellence makes the mornings and evenings around school bearable and sometimes even enjoyable. Because if we’re in a rush in the morning, I yell. If supper’s late on the table, I yell. And if we don’t have time to read books before bed, they yell. Although it feels like I’m micromanaging the craziness, the teachers seem to be reaping the benefits of our new routine. As it turns out, all the exercise and nourishing food outside of school hours has turned them into studious, calm beings during the day. More on that next week.

The following are a few tips on how to jazz up your child’s breakfast cereal so they will actually look forward to eating in the morning and hopefully develop a life-long habit. 1. Top it up. Give them the option of creating their own special recipes with toppings such as sliced bananas, strawberries and apples. Let them name it and post the “recipe” on the fridge



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D) The whole family is ready and looking forward to the new school year.

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3. Dress up the table. Serving cereal in colourful or patterned bowls, with a fun spoon and placemat just might do the trick. Your child might make the association between breakfast and playtime if they have visual stimulation that lets their imagination run wild.


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C) Things were difficult the first couple of days, but I’m getting used to it now.

2. Let them choose the cereal. Kids will often eat what they have had a say in choosing, so give them an option of a few selections at the grocery store. Some great options include cereals kids love such as Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, Rice Krispies, MiniWheats, Corn Pops and Froot Loops. While each is fun and delicious, they are also low in fat and nutrient dense with many essential vitamins and minerals such iron, B vitamins and zinc.


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he school year has started. Each morning at the bus stop, I find myself apologizing to the neighbour parents for my kids. While the others rest easy, holding onto mom and dad’s hand, waiting patiently for the big, yellow school bus, my kids are hyperactive, very loud, and a little violent. “I promise I didn’t give them sugar for breakfast,” I say meekly, as they attempt to mask their disapproving grimaces. Not only do I give them a balanced breakfast, but I manage to get them into bed early so they get a full 11 hours of sleep. And I take them to the park at 7 a.m. to run them around for 20 minutes before bus time. It’s not because I’m saintly. The older the boys get, the more energy they seem to have. Hard as I try, I can’t wear them out. The first week of school made me realize that I was staying “stop,” “sit still,” “be quiet,” and “you’ll have to wait for supper,” more often than is good for their psychological wellbeing. In fact, I might have been talking to a dog. So I’ve changed my tune. I’ve got to match their energy and their appetites. And in order to do that, I’ve got to be prepared, mentally and physically. First, it means getting up half an hour earlier than the little monsters, so I can have a quiet, reflective cup of coffee before facing the madness. I’ve got a protein-packed breakfast on the table – no sugary cereal for us – before their

(NC)—Experts worldwide agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, for kids and adults alike. But unfortunately for parents, some children just don’t see it that way. Whether it’s the taste, or that they’re just not hungry, fussy eaters can be hard to please first thing in the morning. Regardless, it’s important that kids consume a well-balanced and nutritious meal especially as they go back to school. Since mornings can be hectic, serving ready-to-eat cereal is a great option for many parents as it’s quick, simple and they can feel confident that their kids are getting the important nutrients and the energy they need for the day. More information about the nutritional benefits of choosing cereal can be found online at


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The Russell Fair may be older than Canada, but it’s by no means stuck in its ways. Starting this year, a series of adult lifestyle workshops will run throughout the day on Friday Sept. 9, which is usually reserved for school children who come from around the region to learn about agriculture. Outdoor decorating and horticulture, dog training, cooking and entertaining, travel and real estate are on the schedule, along with some wine tasting and stained glass art classes. “We’re trying to expand on our Education Day, because in the past it was only geared towards the kids,” explained Russell Fair committee member Theresa Wever, who planned the adult workshops. “As the fair’s been growing more people are coming Friday with an expectation for more things to do. We thought, we’re calling this Education Day so let’s do some seminars for adults on topics that will hope-

fully draw some interest.” Between 1 and 4 p.m. on Friday, visitors can attend the free 30-minute workshops with the price of their admission in the Russell Curling Club. Beyond the House landscape designer Cindy Cluett will start the day with demonstrations on how to make an attractive outdoor arrangement for your entranceway. Pampered Chef consultant Linda Tassé will then show visitors a number of tips, tricks and tidbits to make cooking and entertaining easier. Tassé will bring supplies to make a mango salad and some sauces. John Tobias and Sonja Carlow from the Sutton Group real estate firm will then cover key aspects for buying or selling a home in the Ottawa area, before professional dog trainer Ann Hazlett brings in a furry friend to teach visitors how to train puppies and dogs. Shannon Vidal from Winchester Travel will then offer an introduction to world travel and, depending on the audi-

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Education Day was once reserved for students to learn about agriculture. This year, the Russell Fair has added a series of adult lifestyle workshops to broaden their offerings for all demographics. ence, offer tips for planning vacations with families, friends or as a special group such as a wedding.

Finally, stained glass artist Mona Saunders will lead an art class to show visitors how to make a “one of a kind art

piece” in stained glass. Between sessions, representatives from Pelee Island Winery will lead complimentary wine tastings all afternoon. “We’re trying to touch on a bit of everything,” Wever said. “In the past we’ve really promoted it as our school education day, so we have about 1,200 kids come through. But we’re realizing that we’re having more people that are looking for a different experience.” Friday is technically day three of the approximately 150-year-old fair, which opens Wednesday, Sept. 8 in the evening and runs until 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11. Friday’s entertainment lineup includes performances by Chilliwack, Spirit of the West and Kim Mitchell. “We have our bigger entertainment show on Friday night, so if people want to come out for the day we have enough stuff to keep them going all day,” Wever said. The fair is held at the Russell Arena in the town of Russell, southeast of Ottawa.

Young performers pursue theatre and music education From GREELY on page 1 “It gives you a chance to get out there and show what you can do and prove yourself as a performer. It shows you how much joy you can bring to other people through your music,” she said. Lebrun began her Greely Players career as part of the chorus in the 2007 production of Annie Warbucks, and then played the lovesick Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof in 2008. From there she played Anne Shirley’s best friend Diana in Anne of Green Gables in 2009 and the cook in Cinderella in 2010. In March

2011, Lebrun helped with ticket sales and other back stage aspects of Willy Wonka. She has also performed with Goya and Orpheus theatre groups throughout high school. Lebrun will attend a oneyear performing arts program at Sheridan College that covers all aspects of theatre from acting to set construction, before she moves into the four-year musical theatre undergraduate degree. From there, she would like to take a masters’ degree in musical theatre at Michigan University, which boasts a competitive

program for thespian hopefuls. She said she hopes to someday play the role of Elphaba in Wicked – otherwise known as the Wicked Witch of the West. “I saw the show when I was 10 and I just fell in love. It’s so amazing. She has such a power struggle, she’s so strong and passionate,” she said, adding that she would also like to play the tragic young mother from Les Miserables, Fantine. “They’re more challenging, they’re not fluffy characters, they have depth to them.” Fellow Greely resident Adam Robillard also received a bur-

sary. The St. Mark High School student was involved in his school productions as well as four Greely Players productions. He has been accepted into the University of Ottawa’s theatre program. Osgoode resident Michelle Stewart has been involved with Greely Players and Osgoode’s Isle in the River theatre company, and is attending Algonquin College’s theatre program in the fall. The other five bursaries were awarded to Greely Players living outside the Ottawa South area. Kanata resident Jesse Ger-

vais, choreographer for Willy Wonka this year, will be taking the University of Ottawa theatre program in the fall. Canterbury High School student Kyle Burghout will study music performance in violin at University of Ottawa. Fellow Canterbury students Diana Fernand, Maria Warren and José Ramon Hernandez Garcia will all study music, with Fernand heading to McGill University for flute, Warren studying French Horn at the University of Western Ontario and Garcia attending Humber College’s Jazz Performance program.

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Chefs cook for Red Cross awareness EMMA JACKSON

Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans suffered a bitter loss last week when she went up against three other local celebrities in an unconventional cooking competition in support of the Canadian Red Cross. Two real-life chefs and two non-chef teams went head to head at the South Keys Walmart to raise awareness of emergency preparedness in case of a disaster on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Using only non-perishable foods such as canned chicken, spam and tinned beans and vegetables, the four teams had 30 minutes with no power or water to make a main course and dessert that a family of four could eat in case of an emergency. “If you were in a disaster situation, would you know how to make a delicious meal for you and your family, without power, without water? Would you have the supplies to do that?” Red Cross volunteer David Fraser asked the crowd of spectators who gathered in the Walmart entranceway to watch Deans and her competition get to work. The Red Cross recommends that families have 72 hours worth of non-perishable food and supplies in their house

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Walmart employee Tony Crawford, left, helped Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans and her assistant Beverley Munn make a non-parishable meal during the Red Cross emergency preparedness cook-off in South Keys. Deans’ team didn’t win, but her butterscotch trifle greatly impressed police inspector Mike Sanford, one of the judges. in case of an emergency that knocks out power, water and other services. The four teams grabbed their ingredients and started cooking at 11 a.m., each with their own style. The judges included Canadian Red Cross secretary general Conrad Sauvé,

Walmart district manager Kevin Raymond, Ottawa fire chief John deHooge and Ottawa Police inspector Mike Sanford, who judged the teams on their originality and edibility among other things. Deans made a curry-infused bean and canned tomato salad

OYA says yes to youth yoga EMMA JACKSON

While summer dwindles down, teens and tweens can still offer their salutations to the sun as the Osgoode Youth Association introduces a new set of yoga classes for youth. Beginning Saturday, Sept. 17, O-YA will offer two six-week yoga sessions on Saturdays through Manotick’s Maitreya Yoga Studio. From 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday mornings, tweens aged seven to 11 can bring a parent to the O-YA centre to try out the ancient exercise form together. From 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., teens can come by themselves or with a friend to try out the craft. O-YA director Nicole McKerracher said the six-week session is a pilot program to see how teens in the area respond. More sessions will be added if there is enough interest. The program is part of a $19,500 grant from the City of Ottawa which mandated the not-for-profit centre offer more physical activities and health and well-being classes. “We thought yoga was a really great combination of those

things,” McKerracher said, noting that before each class the yoga instructor will offer a decaffeinated, herbal and organic tea time. She will also lead a relaxation period after the class. McKerracher said O-YA is constantly trying to offer new programs that rural youth wouldn’t necessarily be able to find or afford in the area. The six-week session is only $20 per teen or tween/parent pair, which is much cheaper than most regular yoga courses offered around the city. “That’s a really big part of our mandate, to make things accessible for rural youth that they otherwise would face a barrier to, whether that’s a transportation barrier or cost,” she said. The city’s grant subsidized most of the program cost, she said. The tween/parent partner yoga is a particularly unique set-up, she said, but is expected to be helpful to both the instructors and the students. “It’s easier sometimes for parents to help kids keep their focus so the instructor can concentrate on just teaching yoga,

without having to control the class,” McKerracher explained. “It’s nice for (the parent and tween) to connect as well, it will be a unique experience for them.” Instructor Carole Houde will pay special attention to the youths’ needs as they learn the art, since youth require slightly different instruction and techniques than adults. “Carole has done a lot of work with teaching yoga for youth, and she’s very knowledgeable about it,” McKerracher said, explaining that children’s bones and ligaments are still growing and must be careful of overstretching. There’s also the issue of shorter attention spans in general. To register for Yoga for Youth, parents and teens can visit the O-YA website for registration forms, which can be dropped off at the centre on Osgoode Main Street. For more information call 613826-0726 or email o-yacentre@ Registration is limited and the deadline to register is Wednesday, Sept. 14.

with a canned chicken burrito. Her team created a trifle for dessert using butterscotch pudding, the fruit from individual fruit cups and chocolate chips. Although the celebrity judges were impressed by Deans’ creations – Sanford finished every bite of his trifle – it was

Gabriel Pollock, head chef of the Grounded Kitchen and Coffeehouse in downtown Ottawa, who took the top prize for his bean and beet salad with chocolate granola dessert. “This is something that would be quick and easy to make, and gives you a good balance of carbohydrates and protein and all the other nutrients,” he said, adding he was pleased to compete in the charity event. “It was a whole lot of fun. It really was an interesting idea, trying to come up with some decent food from the ingredients you have to have if you don’t have access to power or water that we’re used to having all the time.” The other chef teams included Brian Vallupuram, executive chef at the Lord Elgin Hotel, and Stuntman Stu and Angie Poirier from the Majic 100 radio station. Canadian Red Cross secretary general Conrad Sauvé said being prepared for emergencies is becoming more and more important in Canada, where people are increasingly feeling the affects of natural disasters. “Unfortunately we’ve had the same number of house fires and so on, but we’ve had more and more Canadians affected by things like the floods this spring and the tail end of the hurricanes,” he said.

Bank Street police station back to regular hours OTTAWA THIS WEEK STAFF The police station at Bank Street and Leitrim Road in Ottawa South has resumed its regular front desk schedule after a summer of reduced hours. Beginning Monday, Sept. 5, the station’s front desk services will be open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Front desk services include reporting an accident or incident, as well as submitting and obtaining criminal and police records checks. Front desk services are also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the central station at 474 Elgin St. AIRPORT INDUCTED INTO WORLD ROLL OF EXCELLENCE The Ottawa International Airport has been named to the Airports Council International’s roll of excellence for air-

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Manager, Digital Media

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

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 - 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

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; 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 “Manager, Digital Media” in the subject line.

Interested candidates are requested to forward their resume, cover letter and salary expectations to 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.


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


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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

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OSU U17s approach historic title DAN PLOUFFE The Ottawa South United under-17 boys are on the cusp of achieving a feat so rare for a soccer team from the nation’s capital that their club’s founding president isn’t sure if it’s even happened before. With one game left on their Ontario Youth Soccer League schedule – albeit the deciding one – the 10-5 OSU Force have a chance to win the east division title with a road victory over Glen Shields on Saturday, Sept. 10 north of Toronto. “There might have been one team maybe 10 or 12 years ago, I just really don’t remember,” OSU president Bill Michalopulos says of the last time someone from Ottawa won an OYSL division title. “It’s a rare thing. Most teams from Ottawa will go play one year and then they’re relegated. The overwhelming majority of the teams, unfortunately that’s what happens to them.” But to hear Force coach Russell Shaw tell it, this is no ordinary soccer team. They do, however, embody the true meaning of team, he believes. “There are 17 players who have all started this year,” Shaw notes, highlighting the squad’s depth as a crucial tool in the second leg of back-to-back road matches against fresh Toronto clubs. “This lineup is very deep. I bring two guys off the bench who are lightning fast and then bring in two other guys who are lightning fast, and we just wear teams into the ground.” Besides their soccer attributes of speed, tremendous athleticism, defending well as a unit and boasting several game-changers, Shaw identifies the players’ commitment and dedication to one another as the main key to his squad’s success. “They’re the easiest team on the road,” says Shaw, whose group performed well at major U.S. showcase tournaments in Dallas and North Carolina, and won its group at the Disney event. “You never have to worry about them being 17-year-old boys because they’re so good with each other and all want the same thing.” Isaac Johnson and Kevin Pitre have been standout contributors in the midfield, while provincial team defender Mekonen Lovemore-White has been a hand-

ful for opponents plying as a striker and sits second on the OYSL scoring chart. Topping the Force’s weapons arsenal is league-leading scorer Marco Natoli, who has 17 goals in 15 games. “He’s unpredictable. His deception, his decision-making, his first touch – he’s just on another level,” Shaw raves. “When you watch him play, he’s the first one the scouts always notice.” Evidence of that fact is that Natoli has been invited to train with several European club academies, the Vancouver Whitecaps, and the Canadian U17 national team. But he’s declined all those offers, including Team Canada’s. “The time they were doing their camp conflicted with this team,” Shaw explains. “He wasn’t pushed that way by us by any means – we’d push him the other way – but it was his choice. He’s a very team-first kid.” Natoli uses the word “family” to describe his soccer teammates, and that’s a big part of why he gave up individual opportunities to stay with his hometown group. “Our goal was to win OYSL. We said it from the beginning of the year,” the Grade 11 St. Pius X Catholic High School student notes, brushing off his accomplishments as the league’s top goal scorer. “I guess it’s kind of big, but I’d rather win the league than the scoring thing. I don’t even look at that.” To ensure they win the division crown and secure a place in the OYSL final against the west division champion on Oct. 1, the Force must beat Glen Shields in Saturday’s season finale. OSU was victorious 5-1 in the clubs’ only other meeting this season, but the Force are also coming off their worst defeat of the campaign, a 5-1 loss against 68-1 Woodbridge. But the coach isn’t overly concerned since his group always seems to rise to the challenge in the most important games, and because the players who hail from Carp to Cumberland across the city are set on accomplishing something special for Ottawa soccer. “It’s really been a dream season,” Shaw smiles. “Now we’re working hard to finish it.”

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• SEPTEMBER 13 The once-a-month Messy Church initiative hosted by St. Martin’s Anglican Church at 2120 Prince Charles Rd. is underway from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. It is a wonderful way for young families to enjoy a fun-filled exploration of church and faith via crafts, stories, songs and games topped by a meal together. No fee to participate. Open to all families with toddlers to preteens. Register in person at 4:30 p.m. or in advance by phone: (613) 722-6077 or email: .

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• SEPTEMBER 17 Fall Harvest Festival at the Osgoode Museum! The Osgoode Museum will be hosting their very first Fall Harvest Festival Sat. Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy shopping from the fruit, vegetable and craft market vendors, sample delicious local corn, apple cider and pumpkin pie, go bobbing for apples, and participate in our scarecrow-making contest and horseshoe tournament! Admission is free. Information:

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