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Lansdowne, South March Highlands votes a go: city LAURA MUELLER

Riverside Drive and Carling Avenue have the dubious honour of once again making the CAA’s Top-20 list of worst roads in Ontario.


NCC PUTS BRAKES ON TREE CUTTING The NCC is warning residents not to cut down trees along its pathways in an attempt to preserve the natural foliage.


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UPHILL BATTLE Two girls from St. Francis Xavier Secondary School lead a pack of midget girls’ athletes up the Green’s Creek toboggan hill during the national capital high school cross-country running championships on Thursday, Oct. 28 at the Hornets Nest in Blackburn Hamlet. Turn to page 18 for more on this story. 420912


Despite the reservations of councillors and residents, city council will legally be able to vote on proposals for Lansdowne Park and the South March Highlands during its “lame-duck” period, says the city’s solicitor. Rick O’Connor, the clerk and lawyer for the City of Ottawa, sent a memo to city council advising that provincial restrictions on lameduck councils would not apply to the Lansdowne vote. Council is in lame-duck status until the new council is sworn in on Dec. 1, because less than two thirds of the current council members will be returning. That means the council’s power is restricted under the Ontario Municipal Act; in particular, council cannot approve any spending over $50,000 that was not already pre-approved before the election nomination day (Sept. 10). Council votes on the first stage of the Lansdowne site plan, as well Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson’s motion to swap land to save part of the South March Highlands from development, are set for Nov. 19 and 24. “We can still deal with some of it,” Wilkinson said. Council can vote on 12 acres of land that can be swapped at no cost, Wilkinson said. The developer, Urbandale, already agreed to that, she indicated. She said she is working with city staff and the developers to ensure the portions of the matter that this council can vote on are taken care of, while giving a strong recommendation to the next council to purchase or swap the rest of the 29 hectares she proposed. Capital Ward Coun. Clive Doucet said he doesn’t think it matters whether the current See ‘Lame duck,’ page 6


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Incumbent councillor Steve Deroches blew away his competition in the Oct. 25 election and will return to represent Gloucester-South Nepean.

Desroches wins in landslide Incumbent will serve Gloucester-South Nepean for second term DANIEL NUGENT-BOWMAN

Steve Desroches had little trouble dispatching his sole challenger in Gloucester-South Nepean on Oct. 25. The incumbent will take on his second straight term in the ward, knocking off political rookie Stephen Knight in the process. Desroches earned 84.4 per cent of the vote. “I’m honoured to serve another four years,” he said after the votes had been tallied. “Residents have said that they want us to work constructively and collaboratively together and I certainly continue to work with my council colleagues.” Desroches added that he’s excited to get the opportunity to work with close friend and former Carleton University graduate Jim Watson – who is the city’s new mayor. “I don’t think it’s any secret that I’ve known Jim for some 20 years and he’s been a mentor to me,” he said. Desroches said he’s proud of the headway that’s been made in terms of infra-

structure construction in the ward and now wants to focus his efforts on schools and community centres, which he said are “bursting at the seams.” As for Knight, he had trouble coming to grips with the loss initially. “I’m disappointed,” Knight said the night of the election. “I guess the public wants to keep paying more taxes.” Because of the loss, Knight said he will now defer his mayoral campaign for two elections so that he can instead run as councillor next time. “I’m going to have to do a lot of hard work the next time around,” he said. “This time I’m not going to hold back.” Knight added that he will take volunteers and contributions in the future so he reaches more people. But that’s what Desroches tried to do during his campaign. He called the voting process a “report card” on his four years on council, adding that he didn’t take his reapplication lightly. “I worked just as hard as I did on the last campaign,” he said. “I did not take it for granted.”

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NCC wants to re-grow trees along pathways Signs will discourage people from cutting for better river view LAURA MUELLER

The rehabilitation of a forested area in Belltown will serve as a model for how the National Capital Commission (NCC) will address trees being cut down on its land. But despite those efforts, residents in the area say trees and shrubs will likely continue to be cut down because people want better views of the Ottawa River. The NCC is planning to plant more trees and protect existing vegetation along the river north of Carling, between Andrew Haydon Park and Britannia Park. A bike and pedestrian path were re-paved this fall and benches and other features were added, and now the NCC is looking at how to improve the environmental aspect of the area. Deforestation is a particular concern in the area because the river’s edge gets a lot of impact from water rushing around

a turn in the river, said Julie Mulligan, the NCC landscape architect who is managing the project. The NCC will put up educational signs advising people that the pathway is a rehabilitation area and no cutting is allowed; however, if trees continue to be cut down, the NCC will erect a 1.8-metre (six-foot) high chain link fence to protect the trees. It’s an approach the NCC will likely use as a model for other locations with similar concerns, Mulligan said. “This will help us address this in other areas where it happens,” Mulligan said. But some residents in the neighbourhood say signs will do little to stop the cutting. “They want the view of the river – that’s why they moved here,” said Lance Pelletier, who is familiar with the area because his grandparents have lived on Scrivens Street for more than 50 years. “I think you’re still going to see cutting,” he said.

Daniel Aarons, who lives on nearby Boyce Avenue, said he doesn’t want to see any more trees cut down. But he added that he thinks the area is already pretty forested and wondered if it was necessary to plant more trees. “It’s pretty natural right now,” he said. Trees, shrubs and other vegetation are vital to prevent soil erosion and ensure that the waterfront area acts as a buffer between the river ecosystem and the urban area. “Its importance is not that it is highly ecologically significant, but it acts as a filter,” for pollutants and stormwater, Mulligan said. Many of the homes in Belltown would have been built when the area was cleared of all brush and served as a beach from around 1910 to 1970, Mulligan said. She said the area is probably more forested now than it has been for 100 years, because of a recent realization

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Residents have long been known to clear brush and trees from along the Capital Pathway to increase views of the Ottawa River – a practice the NCC wants to see stopped. about the importance of vegetation in “riparian” or waterfront areas. “We are starting to see regeneration, and we need that more than ever because of increasing

urbanization,” Mulligan said. There are three areas where the views will be maintained, Mulligan said. Three stormwater drainage areas restrict tree See ‘Pathways,’ on page 5


Construction underway for new path near Albion See ‘Pathways,’ on page 5 growth, creating natural clearings to the river. “We agree – that is an opportunity for a clear view,” Mulligan said. Residents in the area led the charge to stop cutting when they commissioned a study in 2002 and ’03. The results of that report, called the Belltown Trees and Vistas Community Study, formed the basis for the NCC’s rehabilitation plan. Cutting of trees was one of the issues that came up when the NCC held an open house at the Nepean Sailing Club on Oct. 26 to get public feedback on the plan. Low-hanging tree branches would be trimmed back to prevent them from injuring cyclists and pedestrians. Branches lower than three metres high from the path would

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Trees and vegetation surrounding newly paved section of the Capital Pathway in Belltown will be renaturalized, with a buffer area around the path for cyclist safety. be cut back. One metre on each side of the path would also be cleared. Planting could begin next year, as both the City of Ottawa and the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority have commit-

ted funds to purchase plants and trees, Mulligan said. CAPITAL PATHWAY REHABILITATION

A number of other pathways are being built as part of the

NCC’s Capital Pathway rehabilitation program, which will improve and expand paths in the 170-kilometre path network. A new 1.4-km section of the Greenbelt Pathway has been completed between Hunt Club

Road and the Bruce Pit area. The first phase of a 7.7-km section of the same path is just finishing construction between Russell Road and Davidson Road near Bank Street and Albion Road. It will be completed by the end of November, Mulligan said, and the second phase is slated to be done by the spring. The NCC has asked the city to consider putting a pedestrian crosswalk with a light to allow people to safely get across the four lanes of Bank Street just north of the Capital Golf Centre. While that new pathway doesn’t connect to existing paths at the moment, Mulligan said there are plans to link it to the Osgoode Link Pathway, a 22km path owned by the City of Ottawa. The Hog’s Back Park recreational pathway rehabilitation is completed and the pathway is useable for the public; however, construction around the pavilion parking area is still in progress until the end of November, so people must detour at Hog’s Back Road to reach the locks. The Vincent Massey Park recreational pathway is mostly completed along the river edge from Heron Road to the O-Train bridge.


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Lame duck council faces votes Lansdowne and South March on the agenda ing negotiations with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), council or next council but not the actual amount votes on the Lansdowne of the project. plan, because the incomIn a previous memo ing council appears to be to council dated Oct. 26, “much more developer O’Connor told councilfriendly,” he said. lors that transferring He said he doesn’t agree previously approved funds with O’Connor that council between projects would can vote on the issue, benot be restricted. Much cause the site plan is just of the city’s corporate acone portion of a project tivity can continue durthat will cost the city a subing this period, because stantial amount of money. council has delegated “You don’t green-light authority to city staff a project like that in one through the approved vote,” he said. “You can’t budget. separate them.” O’Connor told councilHe noted that the next lors that “legal and operacouncil appears to be fiscaltional staff will continue ly conservative, so Doucet their due diligence in said he doesn’t see why reviewing this matter the new councillors would as the report in question want to take on the debt asCOUN. CLIVE DOUCET (Lansdowne) is finalized, as sociated with the Lansdowne well as with regard to any other reports that project as proposed. may be considered by council prior to the end John Martin, who started the Lansdowne Park of this term.” Conservancy to put forward an alternate proO’Connor declined a request for files city posal for Lansdowne, sent a letter to O’Connor staff were reviewing in light of the lame-duck stating that the vote should be held for the new status of council. council because council only approved continuFrom ‘Lansdowne,’ page 1


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Refugee health program secures funding, looks to expand LAURA MUELLER

A one-of-a-kind health screening program for refugees is back on its feet after receiving $50,000 in funding. The program, which brings a nurse practitioner to Reception House (also know as Maison Thérèse Dallaire), has operated since 2008 and serves about 600 government-funded refugees who settle across the city. The program received $77,500 from the Champlain Local Health Integration Network when it started two years ago, and has since received about $45,000 more from the LHIN, but funding ran out in March, said Jack McCarthy, executive director of the Somerset West Community Health Centre. “We were in the 11th hour,” McCarthy said. “It could have all gone down the tubes.” The health centre partners with the Catholic Immigration Centre (CIC) to run the health screening program, which McCarthy said is essential for the

high-risk population it serves. The CIC had been finding money to keep the program going since last spring, McCarthy said. “It’s an important piece to get them ready and starting to adapt,” he said. The nurse practitioner, assisted by clerical helpers, provides immunizations, OHIP cards and basic health screening to refugees. These refugees are people who may have suffered severe persecution, including torture, imprisonment, forced labour and forced relocation in their homeland and are considered to be more at risk than the general refugee population. McCarthy said last week’s funding announcement bodes well for a potential expansion of the program to include all newcomers – something McCarthy said he hopes could happen as early as the spring. He said he is optimistic that the LHIN could play a role in that expansion by providing ongoing funding, instead of the onetime grants it has been receiving to this point.


Canadian Tire now offering groceries Store known for its auto shop and hardware offers food in all nine Ottawa locations Need some milk with that winter tire change? How about a loaf of bread with that motor oil? Ottawa residents can now purchase staple food items at their local Canadian Tire. Encouraged by the positive response from customers, Canadian Tire has ex-

panded its food program across all nine stores in Ottawa, which includes two stores that have been offering food over the last couple of years. “As a customer-driven organization, Canadian Tire is consistently working towards becoming a one-stop shopping destination for our customers,” says

Duncan Reith, senior vice president, merchandising, Canadian Tire. “The food expansion in Ottawa is a direct result of the consumer demand we have experienced since offering food in select stores.” Canadian Tire first offered food in its store in the Orleans community in November 2008, followed by the store on Carling Avenue in November 2009. Starting this month, all nine stores in Ottawa will sell a range of food staples including pantry items, fresh bread,

dairy and frozen prepared meals. The selection will include several nationally-recognized brands at competitive prices. Canadian Tire joins other retailers, like Wal-Mart and Shoppers Drug Mart, that already sell grocery items. Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited is has 482 Canadian Tire stores across the country. More than 58,000 Canadians work across Canadian Tire’s organization from coast-to-coast in the enterprise’s various business units.

Munter will oversee $2.25 billion regional health budget cy in Ottawa with 20 locations in Ottawa. Munter, 42, served as a city and regional councillor for Kanata from 1991 until 2003. He was defeated by Mayor Larry O’Brien in the 2006 municipal election. Munter has served on the Ottawa-Carleton District Health Council (1994-97) and as co-chair of the Regional Task Force on Health Care (1998-99). In addition, he has been a member of the Ontario Public Health Capacity Review Committee and chair of its governance panel (2005-06).

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radiation oncologist Jason Pantarotto, to treat two tumors located on her spine. Before CyberKnife, Krista’s only options were brain surgery (she has had 5 to remove other tumors) or five-week courses of daily radiation treatment that could damage not only her tumors, but healthy tissue as well. Today, she needs no anesthetic before her procedure, experiences only slight soreness on the spot where she has been treated, and spends less time in hospital. CyberKnife is especially effective against brain, lung, prostate, spinal, liver, pancreatic and kidney cancers. While it is not “the cure”, it does help ensure that patients like Krista get more compassionate, effective, and timely care. Christelle would approve. Nicolas Ruszkowski is VP Communications and Outreach at The Ottawa Hospital. Each week, he will share behind-the-scenes insight from the hospital. E-mail him at


Kanata Kourier founder and former mayoral contender Alex Munter has been named the CEO of the body that oversees health-care funding for most of eastern Ontario. Munter will officially begin his duties as chief executive officer of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) on Jan. 24, 2011. He will succeed the current CEO, Dr. Robert Cushman. Munter’s most recent role was as the executive director of the Youth Services Bureau, a children’s mental health agen-

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Outgoing council should take note of voter confidence The winds of change are blowing in city hall’s direction – 10 new councillors and a new mayor will enter council chambers come Dec. 1. But until then, we’re going to hear a lot of quacking. Not the usual politicking or the sort of lamenting that came from councillors and candidates during the election period. No, the quacking we have now is the sound of a lameduck council on its last legs. The current council is riding out the last wave of its term, but that wave hasn’t crested yet. Unlike municipalities that take things slowly during the post-election period (lame duck or not), Ottawa will be forging ahead with a number of significant votes. While there is no legal requirement to push ahead

with votes or delay them until the new term begins, there are different schools of thought on the matter. In St. Catharines, for example, the city clerk told media that staff is reducing council’s workload to save some contentious votes for the new council to “put their stamp on,” even though it is not a lame-duck council. Of particular interest back in Ottawa, the first site plan for Lansdowne will come before council this month, and because there is no dollar figure attached, it’s up for this council to give it one more kick at the can. Council can’t vote on things that will cost the city more than $50,000, but that won’t stop it from tackling rezoning Les Soeurs de la Visitation con-

vent in Westboro, and a portion of a land exchange deal for the South March Highlands proposed by Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson. Both of those issues are expected to be on the agenda. While it is comforting that our current council isn’t throwing in the towel and intends to get something done before it leaves, councillors should consider the way voters have spoken. Electors gave council a resounding new mandate, and whether or not we see much change in position with the councillors-elect, the point is that voters wanted something new. The voters have put their faith in a new slate, and that’s something council should be aware of as it wades into votes this month.


Steering the boat with a hockey stick


nce it was clear that Jim Watson was going to the next mayor of Ottawa, a somewhat distracted television commentator tried to sum things up: “Jim Watson is someone who can stickhandle the city over some turbulent waters,” he said. A word to the wise: Keep Jim at city hall and away from canoes. This is not to say that there wasn’t someone in the mayoralty race with expertise in paddling with a hockey stick. With 20 candidates in the race, it is entirely possible. The problem is, how could any of us voters have known? On election day, the sight of those 20 names on the ballot was a shock, accompanied by a momentary fear of being able to find your favourite’s name. And it brought to mind an ancient gem of local political wisdom — that candidates with names beginning earlier in the alphabet have an advantage. There are clearly some flaws in the theory — for example, the fact that a candidate beginning with W won this time; and in the previous election, the candidate beginning with O beat the candidates beginning with C and M. Still, you can see how a less than perfectly informed voter might take the easy way out when faced with 20 choices

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town and looking for someone who can stickhandle over troubled waters. Now, we would not even be considering such options if the voters were well-informed about those 20 candidates. But even with all our sophisticated means of communication that does not seem possible. Those responsible for news coverage and candidate debates, our main sources of candidate information, narrowed their focus to four mayoralty candidates, leaving the other 16 to fend for themselves. This is understandable. You’ve probably been to all-candidates meeting where, before you get to hear the candidates you’re interested in, you have to endure what feels like hours of the ravings of nuisance candidates, going on about substances in the water, magnetic orbiting public transit systems and the need for cat licences. But here’s the


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tion. Those seeking to know anything at all about the elections for school board could find information on the websites of the candidates, which was a good thing considering how little attention the elections received in the mainstream media. But let’s not forget that there are many people – 15 per cent of us, according to Statistics Canada – who don’t have access to the internet from home. Furthermore, some of the much-touted forms of social media such as Facebook and Twitter, are used by a much smaller percentage of the population than you might think. Here, as in so many other parts of our existence, technology won’t save us. We are up the creek without a hockey stick.

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A sommelier I’m not With 15 to 20 people at our dinner table every Sunday evening, we go through a lot of wine at our house. A while back, Mom started providing her homemade wine to help us cut costs. Now some people turn up their nose at homemade wine, because they feel it is not up to their standards. I’m not exactly a connoisseur, but I’ve had some pretty expensive wine in my travels – and in many cases I would prefer the taste of the homemade stuff. Mom needed help bottling her wine batch the other night, so I met her at the Brew-by-You on Prescott Street, ready to pitch in. The first thing I noticed when I entered the place was the water stain up the wall to the ceiling. Apparently Mom had had an altercation with the bottle-rinsing mechanism. She smiled sheepishly and handed me an apron. I watched as she placed one bottle after another under the plunger, filling them with wine. Her routine had a rhythm to it. When she paused for a moment to rinse out a few more bottles, I watched as the wine rose up the side of the bottle to the neck…“Aah! It’s going to spill over!” I panicked. Mom jumped and rushed over to look at the equipment. “No it isn’t, silly. It stops when it gets to the top.” Phew. For a minute there I was having visions of Lucille Ball at the conveyor belt, popping one chocolate after another into her mouth when the assembly line backed up. Except it would be Mom and I, taking turns putting our mouths under the plunger to catch the overflow in between bottles. I told the owner of the shop what I was imagining. He handed us two wine glasses for sampling. “Something tells me the two of you would do just fine if that happened,” he said, and walked away. I was given the job of corking the bottles. “Good. I hate that job,” Mom complained. When I asked why, she said, “Because I hate that stupid little machine.” I watched the shop owner demonstrating how to use the manual cork plunger. Position the bottle, pop the cork into the funnel at the top, squeeze the handle

DIANA FISHER Accidental Farmwife down to bring the cork into position and plunge. Simple. I looked at Mom. Something tells me she had had a bad experience with the bottle slipping and spilling in the past. I made a note to be extra careful. The machine was quite stiff to operate so after a half dozen bottles, I was already starting to sweat. I paused to lose a layer of clothing. Mom looked at me and smiled. A-ha. So that’s why she gave me the corking job. Next, Mom chose labels and started applying them to the wine bottles. I was allowed to pick out the sleeve-things for the bottle top. Fun, fun. I chose a rainbow of colours, each one complementing an accent on the label art. Mom watched as I popped one sleeve after another onto the bottle tops. “Normally I colour-coordinate them according to wine type and size of bottle,” she said. “That way I don’t have to take them out of the case to see what I’ve got.” Well, that makes sense, but my way is more fun, I said. I pushed the bottles into a huddle in the corner of the countertop. Then I carefully placed one at a time into the heated coil ring, to shrink the sleeve. “What happens if you leave it in too long?” I asked. “It begins to smoke and melt,” the shop owner said, raising one eyebrow at me. Mom may find a few singed sleeves on her bottles but after the first half-dozen bottles, I got the hang of it. At the end of the evening, we sampled our wine and pronounced it delicious. “Mmm. Yummy. Two more months and it’ll be perfect. Just in time for Christmas.” Who does she think she’s kidding? That wine isn’t going to last until December unless we put it in her basement and completely forget it’s there.

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Triathlete gives back to the community Kids of Steel gets kids involved in sport JESSICA CUNHA


Laurel Johnson is giving back to the triathlon community by helping organize the Kids of Steel triathlon and duathlon every year. “The triathlon community in general is an extremely supportive community,” said the recent Paul Van Steen Sport Achievement Award winner. “I think it’s part of the culture – if you race, you give back to the community.” Johnson has been volunteering with the Ottawa Kids Triathlon, the organization that puts together the runs every year, since 2005. In 2008, she became the race director of the Uplands Kids of Steel and is also now the vice president of Ottawa Kids Tri. The whole idea behind the event is to get children involved and active, she said. “The kids that are doing it re-

ally, really enjoy it,” said Johnson, who finished her sixth Ironman competition in early October. Participants’ ages range from 3 to 15, she said. Children age 3 to 5 compete in a duathlon where they run, bike and run. Upwards of 5 years old, participants swim, bike and run. “It’s a real race,” said Johnson, who lives in Bridlewood. “The focus is not on winning or losing, the focus is on participation. There’s an incredible sense of accomplishment you get when you achieve something.” The organization offers training camps at the race site for kids to get a feel for the track, but she said most kids don’t train for the events because the distances are appropriate for their ages. As they get to the teenage years, it starts becoming more a competition, she said. “At that age, the kids are kind of competitive,” said Johnson, who also works for the Department of National Defence in the legal department. “The thrill of competition means you need other people around to push

yourself.” Triathlons and duathlons suit many different abilities, she said. Whether the child is a great runner, swimmer or biker is not the end goal, but to see them have fun. “Whatever they’re getting out of it shows on their faces,” said Johnson. “The kids have fun.” Ottawa Kids Tri usually put on two races a year, one at CFB Uplands and one in Westboro, with an average of 120 to 200 children participating in each event. It only costs $35 to register, which helps cover the cost of the event. “It’s a lot of fun for $35,” said Johnson. She said her team, which is called Team Packed Apps, is looking at the idea of funding underprivileged kids. “The idea is kids who are getting into trouble, on the fence as to which way their life is going to go, this will help,” said Johnson. “They become part of something that’s really productive.” For more information, visit the website at www.ottawakid

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Twelve-year-old Pierce Tansey makes his way along the running portion of the competitive triathlon course geared toward youth. A part of the Kids of Steel event, Tansey had to run, bike and swim before he got to the finish line. Children under five years of age take part in a shorter duathlon, where they run, bike and then run again before passing the finish line.

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Canada Post issues four new holiday stamps “This year’s Christmas stamps represent the finale of a banner year for Canada Post’s stamp program,” stamp services director Jim Phillips said in a statement. “Many of our stamps have sold out. “As well, they have created a historical mosaic of our country in 2010: the Olympics, the girl guides 100th anniversary, our Navy’s 100th, and the Roadside attraction series, just to name a few,” he continued. “We’re excited about what 2011 will offer with the celebration of baby wildlife, Canadian recording artists and Canadian innovations among others.” The Collection Canada 2010 album, also released on Monday, features all of the definitive and commemorative stamps issued in 2010, each with their own inside story. This year’s edition highlights the 2010 Winter Olympics and the gold medal stamp in honour of one of Canada’s proudest moments in history; the first gold medal ever won by a Canadian at an Olympic Games held on Canadian soil.


With all the ghosts and goblins tucked away for another year, Canada Post is setting its sights on the holiday season. On Monday, Nov. 1 Canada Post issued four new Christmas stamps, ending this year’s stamp program with a mix of modern-day tradition and religious spirit of Christmas. The Christmas ornaments series typifies modern-day tradition, depicting colourful glass-blown bauble images created by Canadian designer Michael Zavachy and is available in domestic, U.S. and international rates. The Madonna and Child stamp acknowledges the religious significance of the holiday and features a spectacular representation of this sacred scene depicting an image of a sculpture created by Antonio Caruso. Canada Post issued the very first Christmas stamp in the world over 100 years ago on Dec. 7, 1898. The only indication it was a Christmas stamp was the worlds XMAS 1898 written across the bottom of the stamp. Canada Post started issuing annual holiday-themed stamps in 1964.

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There’s a new group in Ottawa that’s been tearing up the regional racing circuit, and now they’d like to spread that success across the globe while making the nation’s capital the prime destination for high-performance distance runners in Canada. “Ottawa’s definitely had some elite runners, but as far as I know, they’ve never consolidated into a group,� says head coach Ian Clark, a long-time Ottawa Lions coach who now leads a dozen athletes with a combined nine national titles and eight appearances for Canada at world championships. “This is sort of our growing period and I think we’ll only get better.� Only a few months old, the Ottawa Elite Running Team was born from an idea by Hillcrest High School grad Mike Woods, who now directs the team along with manager Elly Robertson, a St. Mark Catholic High School grad. The 23-year-old former Pan American junior champion in the 1,500 metres has struggled through major injury problems the past few years, which started in his final year at the University of Michigan. Ready to tackle the comeback trail once again after his second surgery on the navicular bone he’s fractured three times, Woods felt a pull to remain in Ottawa, where he enjoyed his best success as a teenager. “I really do like Ottawa,� Woods explains. “I have a great group of friends here, and the best running I’ve

ever had was under Ian.� The problem Woods faced was that he didn’t really have many other top runners to train with locally. So he contacted a few old friends who also recently completed university in the States as well as a few others who will join them after the NCAA season. Woods then explained his vision of an elite group that could train together and recruit sponsorship to several other top athletes in the Ottawa running community, and off they went. “Our goal is to perform well at international events and get people to go to the Olympics,� Woods notes, adding they’ll also place an emphasis on competing in local events. “We do realize for people to be interested in the sport in Ottawa, we need to excel in Ottawa. It’s



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From left Kyle Desormeaux, Russell Christie, Yves Sikubwabo and Pat Marion speed up the hill next to Terry Fox Athletic Facility during an Ottawa Elite Running Team practice.

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New runner dominates cross-country meet Newcomer is all smiles after win DAN PLOUFFE

Everyone at last week’s national capital crosscountry running championships was talking about the new phenom, and Yves Sikubwabo lived up to all the hype. He blew away last year’s OFSAA silver medallist and the rest of the field by over a minute-and-half to win the senior boys’ event at the Hornets Nest in Blackburn Hamlet. “I’m very happy,” Sikubwabo smiled. “I’m happy because I won, and I’m happy because of all the people shaking my hand, and calling my name.” The 17-year-old spent plenty of time after his race signing autographs and posing for photos with competitors and other youngsters as the crowd gave him the full star treatment. “It elevates my joy,” Sikubwabo said of the attention he’s been receiving. “They really lift me. It’s amazing.” Sikubwabo led the sevenkilometre race from the start, and was all smiles as

he proudly displayed the Glebe Collegiate Institute logo on his singlet when he crossed the finish line in a time of 23 minutes, 14.96 seconds. It was a superb day for all the Gryphons senior boys, as Sikubwabo, Philip Marshall, David Borish, James Freda and Andres Carranco combined to easily win the team competition by 18 points over Merivale. Sikubwabo, a Rwanda native who competed at the 2010 world junior trackand-field championships in Moncton, N.B., only began school a week-and-half ago after taking a bus to Ottawa and becoming a refugee this past summer. The ESL student (whose second language is actually French after Kinyarwandan) attended practices before and after school each day to meet the total of 13 required to compete in the city championships. Sikubwabo never really ran in a cross-country race before winning the Queen’s Invitational against some of the province’s top university runners in mid-October. The 1,500 m specialist admitted that he finds

it “tough” dealing with the elevation changes and the muddy areas of the course, and he’s not ready to make any predictions for next week’s OFSAA provincial championships even if just about everyone is now picking him to win. “I’ve been practising and training, but I have no idea what lies next,” Sikubwabo noted, emphasizing many people have also helped him along another unknown path – adapting to a new life in Canada. “There are a lot of people who continue to support me. I want to say thank you to all of them, and all the spectators here in Ottawa – I really like them, and I hope they like me.” SURPRISE WIN FOR JUNIOR GIRLS’ CHAMP Sikubwabo recorded the largest margin of victory of the six city final races by a longshot, although it was Glebe teammate Charlene Rhead who pulled off the biggest upset of the day in winning the junior girls’ competition. “I’m kind of surprised,” said Rhead, who had never before beaten silver medallist Lindsay Kary of St. Matthew or third-place fin-

isher Samantha Klus from Bell. “I’m normally third when I race against those two. It feels great.” Glebe coach Kirk Dillabaugh credited Rhead for running a “really smart” race by distancing herself from Klus, a powerful sprinter, near the Green’s Creek toboggan hill and then tracking down Kary, who started out a little too hard for the windy conditions. Dillabaugh shared highfives with all the Glebe junior girls – Rhead, Alexa Derksen, Annabelle Harvey, Emily Copeland-Dinan and Rowan Harris – who booked their trip to OFSAA with a first-place finish in the team competition. “Usually as kids progress through high school, you lose some through attrition, but this group just seems to be growing, so it’s exciting,” Dillabaugh added. “They have fun. They really like the team aspect of it.” A pair of Brookfield runners will also attend OFSAA – junior boys’ fifth-place finisher Connor O’Neill-Dee and midget girls’ champion Olivia Robertson. “I’m really excited,” said Robertson, an Ottawa

Internationals soccer player who hasn’t set any particular performance target for the provincials. “I’m just proud of myself to be going.” The Hillcrest midget girls (bronze medallist Kelsey Grimes, Augusta Eve, Lauren Hamilton, Kate Sutin and Jane Dewing) will join in on the OFSAA fun as well thanks to their second-place team performance. Glebe captured the boys’, girls’ and overall aggregate titles ahead of Nepean and Colonel By with 32 points. The best two teams of five runners (with the placings of the top four athletes combining to form the team score) from the national capital meet qualified for OFSAA, along with the top-three individuals not already qualified

with their team. The OFSAA provincial championships will take place Saturday, Nov. 6 in Etobicoke. OFSAA QUALIFIERS • Glebe junior girls (first place) – Charlene Rhead, Alexa Derksen, Annabelle Harvey, Emily Copeland-Dinan, Rowan Harris • Glebe senior boys (first place) – Yves Sikubwabo, Philip Marshall, David Borish, James Freda, Andres Carranco • Hillcrest midget girls (second place) – Kelsey Grimes, Augusta Eve, Lauren Hamilton, Kate Sutin, Jane Dewing • Brookfield’s Olivia Robertson (first, midget girls) • Brookfield’s Connor O'Neill-Dee (fifth, junior boys)


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A runner from Osgoode makes his way down the course at the national capital high school cross-country running championships on Thursday, Oct. 28 at the Hornets Nest in Blackburn Hamlet.

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OFSAA cross country location up for debate DAN PLOUFFE

The OFSAA cross-country running championships will be coming to the nation’s capital this time next year, but where exactly the competition will be staged remains up in the air. Two locations are the front-runners – Walter Baker Park in Kanata and the Hornets Nest in Blackburn Hamlet. “Both courses have their drawbacks, and both courses have something to offer,” explains Glebe cross-country coach Kirk Dillabaugh, noting opinion is divided amongst the OFSAA organizing committee members. “Personally, I’d like to see it out in Kanata. It’s something different.” Dillabaugh lists the wide-open Walter Baker layout as a big advantage for spectators, it’s easy logistically to set up the course as well as sponsor/registration tents, and there are indoor washroom facilities next door at the Kanata recreation centre. “Some of the concerns out there is that it’s kind of boring,” Dillabaugh adds. “It’s not as exciting as it could be since you’re running around soccer fields for the most part. We do have that little stretch through the woods, and the hill, but it’s pretty flat for the most part. “That’s what the Hornets Nest has to offer – it’s definitely hilly terrain and there’s a lot of trail running.” But the Hornets Nest also has its problems – two-way traffic during a few segments in the woods can cause confusion, and with the spread-out course, it’s quite difficult for spectators to follow the action. “Especially for the midget girls’ and junior girls’ race, you see them run around the soccer fields and

then they disappear until the race is over,” Dillabaugh notes. Another major concern is that the first portion of the trail through the woods near Green’s Creek is now paved, which wasn’t the case when OFSAA was held at the Hornets Nest nearly a decade ago. “OFSAA’s the first week of November,” Dillabaugh cautions. “If we get any snow, ice or freezing rain – even without it, those downhills are pretty treacherous with the pavement.” The athletes who wear cross-country running spikes especially hate pounding down on pavement, although Natalie Côté sees a solution – it would require lots of them, but the Colonel By coach suggests they put down padded mats to cover the paved section. “(The Hornets Nest) is not the best course, but the other one is a field where you zigzag the whole time,” Côté says. “I think cross-country should be kind of muddy and tough. They keep saying the (Kanata) course for the spectators, but cross-country’s about the kids.” Dillabaugh would actually prefer to host the high school provincials at Mooney’s Bay, although that’s not an option because there isn’t an area that could accommodate the required 65-metre wide start line. Côté, meanwhile, would like organizers to look into holding the race around Pineview Municipal Golf Course. The organizing committee will meet at the conclusion of this fall’s cross-country season to choose the future OFSAA location. “Some people will be unhappy either way, but at the same time, we’re eager to put on the best OFSAA we can,” Dillabaugh emphasizes. “No matter which site gets chosen, I’m sure everybody will jump on board.”

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It would be difficult to find a cross-country athlete who enjoys the paved portion of path just inside the woods near Green’s Creek. It’s one drawback of the Hornets Nest course, which hosted OFSAA almost a decade ago, before the pavement was laid.

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back as the Coyotes lost for the first time in five games this year. The Coyotes wrapped up their second regular season in the national capital high school league on Tuesday, Nov. 2 against Longfields Davidson Heights, already guaranteed of a second-place finish in the standings. The playoffs begin next week.

Jr. Sens left out of Team Canada East roster ANDREW SNOOK

The Central Tier 1 Junior A Hockey League (CHL) will be sending eight players to represent Canada East in the World Junior A Hockey Challenge taking place from Nov. 8 to 14 in Penticton, B.C. Unfortunately, there will be no Ottawa Jr. Senators on the roster this year. Canada East’s competition in Pool A will be Sweden and the United States. Pool B will be made up of Canada West, Russia and Switzerland. Ottawa was not the only team that had its players left out of the roster. Players on Kanata, Carleton Place, Hawkesbury, Nepean, Gloucester, Kemptville, Smiths Falls and Cumberland were also left off the roster. The eight CHL players selected for Canada East’s roster are Brockville’s

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Farmers’ market stunned by Lansdowne changes LAURA MUELLER

The Ottawa Farmers’ Market found out the city plans to reduce the market’s space at Lansdowne the same time the public saw the plans. “We didn’t even realize there would be a change,” said Andy Terauds, president of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market. “We were caught flat-footed.” Terauds said the farmers’ market has been working with the City of Ottawa for two years to ensure the market’s future at Lansdowne is secured, and to plan for future expansion of the market. On June 28, city council approved the development of a permanent space for the farmers’ market at Lansdowne, based on guidelines developed in partnership with the farmers’ market and J.C. Williams Group. Council agreed to “make provisions to incorporate these principles,” including a provision to have 150 market vendor stalls measuring three-by-six metres; that would translate into 2,700 square metres of space dedicated to the market.


The plan presented on Oct. 14 included 2,225 square metres of useable space in Aberdeen Square. The total square is 54 metres wide, 25 of which actually forms the square itself. There are two, seven-metre wide swaths of road running along each side of the square, as well as a sidewalk. While they have the number of stalls right, Terauds said, he wasn’t sure about the space allotted for each stall. “I just don’t know how you do it,” he said, referring to how 150 vendors, with carts and trucks, were supposed to fit into the square in the current design. City planner John Smit said the proposal presented on Oct. 14 fits with council’s direction. In June, council approved a requirement to have a “multi-purpose” farmers’ square with 150 three-by-six stalls, Smit said. “From my understanding in terms of the work that’s been ongoing to firm up the size of that space, I understand it can accommodate the direction of council with respect to the number of stalls,” Smit said. Smit added that some of the space allocated as “road” in the

plan could be used for the farmers’ market because the street will not be separated by a curb. The market could spill out to the east and west of the square if needed to accommodate the 150 stalls, Smit said. RE-FOCUSING THE SQUARE But the farmers’ market won’t be the only event happening at Aberdeen Square – designers presented a myriad of uses for the space, which is designed to be flexible and allow a “diverse array of programming opportunities” throughout the year. Suggested options in the first site plan include: tailgate parties, outdoor cinema, livestock show, outdoor banquet and more. “If they (the farmers’ market) can locate there seven days a week, 365 days a year, that would be great, but we’re not sure that’s achievable in the immediate short term, and maybe even not achieveable in the long term.” Smit said. “If we could, it would be fantastic.” Currently, the market runs on Thursdays and Sundays, seasonally. Landscape architects describe it as a “formal, paved plaza” laid

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On Oct. 14, designers presented this initial visualization of the new farmers’ market setup at Aberdeen Square. out in front of the north façade of Aberdeen Pavilion, surrounded by the relocated Horticultural Building on the opposite side. It forms part of the “buffer” between the urban park at the canal side of Lansdowne, and the retail and residential mixed-use area along Holmwood Avenue and Bank Street. Terauds was also frustrated at the apparent name change for the site, which he said the

city had agreed to call “Market Square.” Now, all the plans indicate it as “Aberdeen Square.” On top of that, there are plans for a large food retailer at Lansdowne off Bank Street, which Terauds said will take some of the focus away from the local producers who offer wares at the market – especially if the market is not operating every day. See ‘Market square,” page 29


Permanent market space needed Farmers need to know the city is committed: Terauds From ‘Farmers’ market,’ page 28 Part of the difficulty is that the farmers’ market has not yet had an opportunity to discuss plans for the square with the landscape architects in charge of designing it: Philips Farevaag Smallenberg Landscape Architects. The Vancouver-based firm won a competition to design the urban park portion of Lansdowne, which initially did not include the Aberdeen Square. Terauds said representatives from the market had been consulting with city staff and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), which pitched the park’s redesign to the city and is taking the lead on the retail and mixed-use portion of the plan. Moving forward, Terauds said he would be meeting with city officials on Nov. 1. He said working with a new design team is “just a matter of bringing them up to speed” on discussions and directions that have already been established. Smit said that once coun-

cil approves the first stage of the site plan (which will be on council’s agenda this month), the “big picture” will be set and staff and designers will fill in the finer details. With a new slate of city councillors set to take office on Dec. 1, Terauds said he hopes the new council upholds the original plan. “I’d like to see the new council hold up the previous decision that was made about the space,” he said. “In a sense, it’s a whole new ballgame. City council has changed significantly.” ROOM TO GROW Securing permanent space at Lansdowne is key to making the farmers’ market viable in the future, Terauds said. “It’s a matter of confidence,” he said. Farmers need to have complete assurance that the city is committed to providing the infrastructure to support the market, Terauds said. Otherwise, local producers won’t have much encouragement to invest the significant amounts of money needed to get their

operations off the ground. “Vendors absolutely require knowing the long-term picture,” Terauds said. “They want to know that they have a reliable place to sell it, and until they know that, they are going to hold off.” Ottawa has the highest percentage of agricultural land inside the city’s borders, Terauds said, but much of it is being used for large-scale, “extensive” farming. Expanding market opportunities at Lansdowne (and eventually across the city) would encourage producers to reclaim some of that land for smallerscale intensive farming. He sees opportunities for the farmers’ market’s expansion into other areas of the city with smaller, satellite operations, but Lansdowne is the hub that will make it happen. The market started in 2006 with 19 vendors on the first day, and ended the summer with twice that number. Now, 140 vendors sell their wares at the Lansdowne market, and last year, more than 215,000 people visited the market.

Ottawa Hospital saves under Retrofit program Hydro Ottawa presented two cheques totalling nearly $70,000 to The Ottawa Hospital on Monday, Oct. 25. The funding was for the hospital’s participation in the Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program (ERIP), which is funded by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA). These incentives helped to support major upgrades of the heating and cooling systems at two of the hospital’s sites, which will annually save almost 800,000 kWh of electricity for an estimated $85,000 in annual cost savings. The resulting decreases in greenhouse gas emissions will also significantly reduce the hospital’s carbon footprint. “The Ottawa Hospital is an internationally recognized leader in patient care, education, and research,”said Rosemarie Leclair, pesident and CEO of Hyro Ottawa. “The hospital is also a leader in fostering a culture of conservation in our community. “Through these most recent and past energy efficiency projects, it is saving more than $1 million in annual electricity costs. The hospital’s investments clearly demonstrate that envi-

ronmental stewardship makes good business sense.” In 2010, The Ottawa Hospital set out to reduce the energy inefficiencies at its Civic Campus located at 1053 Carling Ave. by investing $188,900 to retrofit the ailing heating and cooling systems at two of its buildings: the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and The Ottawa Hospital’s Pavilion building. As a result of this investment, the Heart Institute will save a healthy $55,845 in electricity costs every year, while the Pavilion building will save an additional $29,995 annually. These retrofits will pay for themselves in just over one year. These retrofits will also contribute to a healthier Ottawa by diverting some 255 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from the atmosphere. The Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program (ERIP) is a province-wide initiative funded by the Ontario Power Authority (OAP) and administered in Ottawa and Casselman by Hydro Ottawa. For more information, please visit Hydro Ottawa’s website at conservation.

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• NOV. 13 AND 14 The Friends of the Farm invite you to their crafts and bake sale. Items available include jewelry, porcelain, weaving, wood crafts, photography, clothing, soap, pottery, clay, tapestry and much more. The sale takes place in Building 72, Arboretum, Central Experimental Farm, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission & parking. For information please call 613-230-3276, www/

•NOV. 17 Frosty’s Fair takes place at Trinity Anglican Church (1230 Bank St.) from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Includes silent auction, books, crafts, jewelry, knitting, fish pond, lunch available. Info: 613-733-7536 or www.

• NOV. 7 Osteoporosis brunch fundraiser at Tudor Hall, 3750 North Bowesville Rd. from noon-4 p.m. Guest Speaker Shirley Westeinde, silent and live auctions including one week condo in Maui with return air; club 100 level Senators Suite (16 tickets for Sens vs. Oilers Nov. 29); elegant in-home six-course dinner; and more. Reserve bids accepted. $50 ticket, with partial income tax receipt. For more info call 613829-8819. 422241

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Manotick Brass Concert and St. Stephen’s Choir will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, 579 Parkdale Ave. Proceeds from the concert will go to Manotick Brass and St.

The Institute for International Theological Education will be holding a public information evening at 7 p.m., in the Ottawa Public Library (main branch) meeting room, for this year’s upcoming Ottawa/India course. The evening will include a slide presentation and information session, as well as a question/answer period. For more information please contact Dr. Louise Graves, 613-225-4486 or

•NOV. 28 Ottawa Brahms Choir Christmas Concert will be held at 4 p.m., St. Thomas the Apostle, 2345 Alta Vista Dr. The Choir presents Christmas Favourites under the direction of Kurt Ala-Kantti, with the Polished Brass Quintet and pianist. Tickets are $18 in advance at Leading Note on Elgin, and European Delicatessen on Merivale Road; $20 at the door. For more information, contact Leo Heistek 613 749-2391; www.OttawaBrahmsChoir. ca

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Riverside Drive named in Ontario’s 20 worst roads Kennedy, manager of public and government affairs for CANNEO. “With a municipal election having been recently conducted in Ontario, CAANEO is hopeful that new and returning municipal politicians will continue to keep their respective municipal infrastructure portfolios at the forefront.” This year six roads from CAANEO’s territory made the Top 20 list, proof that

motorists in many local communities are frustrated with aging roads and bridges. Pelican Falls Road in the Municipality of Sioux Lookout came in at the top of the list, partly because an area high school took the initiative to let others know about the state of the rural roadway. One voter noted the potential dangers associated with driving on Pelican Falls Road:

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Riverside Drive was voted the 14th worst road in Ontario.

“As a charter bus driver I do frequent trips into Pelican Falls (High School) and the road is in places unsafe with potholes, frost heaves and broken asphalt. Previously, I have refused to drive students on this road due to the condition of its surface. This definitely is the worst road that I have had to drive on in Ontario. Something must be done by the powers to be before a tragedy occurs.” No strangers to the Top 20 list, Riverside Drive and Carling Avenue again made the list, a clear indication that Ottawa drivers want to see rehabilitation finally clean up these main roadways, noted a statement issued by CAANEO. A new road on the Top 20 came from Pembroke, as residents complained about its broken and patched pavement. The Top 20 list of worst roads is now in its eighth year. It is a joint venture between CAANEO, CAA South Central Ontario, CAA Niagara and the Ontario Road Builders’ Association.

TOP 20 WORST ROADS IN ONTARIO 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Pelican Falls Road, Sioux Lookout Vermillion Lake Road, Sudbury Lawrence Road, Toronto Finch Avenue, Toronto Burlington Street, Hamilton Dufferin Street, Toronto Eglinton Ave. West, Toronto Ritston Road, Oshawa McLeod Road, Niagara Falls Welland Avenue, St. Catharines Steeles Avenue, Toronto Onion Lake Road, Thunder Bay Cecelia Street, Pembroke Riverside Drive, Ottawa Kingston Road, Toronto Fourth Avenue, St. Catharines Bayview Avenue, Toronto Palmer Road, Belleville St. Clair Avenue, Toronto Carling Ave., Ottawa


Riverside Drive has the dubious honour of being on the annual top-20 list of worst roads in Ontario once again. Following a six-week campaign in which CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO) encouraged motorists to voice their concerns for crumbling infrastructure in their respective communities, the Ontario Worst Roads Campaign has released its highly-anticipated Top 20 Worst Roads list, with an astounding six roads from CAANEO’s region making the final list. Of the 20 roads on the list, Riverside ranks 14, marginally worse than Carling Avenue, which sits in the 20th spot. “Appreciating the diverse municipal roadways nominated to this year’s list, CAA North & East Ontario is extremely pleased with the results, as it clearly demonstrates the fact that any municipality, regardless of size, can have a road nominated and recognized as being in need of repair,” said Korey

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Saturn Vue Plus Taxes 6.99% for 84 Mths

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