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The Airport Parkway’s pedestrian bridge is going nowhere fast, with construction several months behind because of poor weather and demanding designs. By the end of October, the multiuse-pathway bridge should have already spanned the Airport Parkway between Cahill Drive West and the South Keys plaza, allowing pedestrians and cyclists safe passage to the plaza, O-Train and Sawmill Creek boardwalk throughout the winter before final touches were applied in the spring. Instead, the unfinished A-frame support for the innovative cable-stayed bridge stands at the side of the road, and no bridge deck has been put in place. City of Ottawa project manager Jeffrey Waara said the delays came from prolonged design discussions with the rebar manufacturers, who supply the all-important support structures that keep the bridge upright. “This is a very complicated structure. The manufacturing of the rebar has taken longer than anticipated. There have been a lot of technical solutions to look at,” he said. Weeks of back and forth between manufacturers and the city ate up time as they tried to decide which type of rebar would best suit the unique design. “Ultimately the rebar manufacturers are the experts. It’s more just discussion to best execute the design,” Waara said. Wet weather was also a factor, according to River Ward Coun. Maria McRae, who has championed this project for several years after a pedestrian was killed attempting to cross the busy road. “The rain (in September and October) had prevented the contractor from installing the special rebar, the green stuff, which is epoxy coated. They couldn’t be up there working on it when it was raining, and also the crews are restricted when they’re working on that,” McRae said. The special green rebar must also be shaped and bent into formation before it can be coated, which means that if designs have to be re-jigged even slightly the rebar must be redone offsite. See DESIGN on page 4

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HAUNTED BLOSSOM PARK Grade 8 undead bride Asma Ahmed and her evil groom have been indulging in killing sprees for over 100 years from the library of Blossom Park Public School on Sixth Street off Bank Street in Ottawa South. The school’s intermediate classes, along with lots of help from teachers and school board representatives, spent a week turning the school’s large library into a labyrinth of horror for the entire school to enjoy on Halloween day. For more Halloween photos, please turn to page 12.


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Fare changes on the way for OC Transpo LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

Scrapping annual and semester passes and hiking the U-pass rate for university and college students are part of a plan to restructure OC Transpo fares in 2012. Overall, transit fares would go up by 2.5 per cent next year, if the transit commission OKs the draft budget presented on Oct. 26. Transit boss Alain Mercier said the new Presto passes expected in the spring will do away with the need for annual passes, which were discounted as an incentive for people to front the cost of a year’s worth of passes to keep them out of the lengthy lines to top up monthly passes. Annual passes only make up four per cent of the passes OC Transpo sells, Mercier said. The new fare structure also scraps semester passes and makes the annual U-pass permanent – along with a far hike. Those passes will cost university students $180 per semester ($360 per year), up from $290 for the year in 2011-12. After a year of testing out

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OC Transpo plans to re-jig its fare structure – including elminating annual passes – in 2012 as it prepares to introduce Presto smart cards to replaces passes. the U-pass, OC Transpo decided the increased rate will cover the cost of providing that pass, Mercier said. The U-pass is incorporated into tuition for all university students – whether they use it

or not. The suggested fare for the new, flat-rate rural Para Transpo service is $8.25 in the draft budget. The draft budget also contains an extra $5.5 million to

add 66,000 annual hours of service to keep pace with demand on the system. Diane Deans, transit commission chair and councillor for Gloucester-Southgate, said that money is needed to keep

up with ridership growth – not to make up for cuts made this September to help save $20 million a year. The number of buses in Ottawa will go down next year – from 1,023 to 990 – but that’s because OC Transpo will have more large, high-capacity buses. Some of those buses will be double deckers, but the city will have to wait a bit longer before those arrive. There were three spots where overpasses were going to have to be altered so the taller buses could fit through, but the bus supplier designed a new, “low-profile” double decker that will fit. But the process of designing a new type of bus is delaying production, so the double deckers won’t begin to arrive until later in 2012. Next year will also mark the start of a project to add passing tracks to the O-Train to increase service. Trains will run every eight minutes instead of every 15. By the end of 2012, the city will also have 480 new parkand-ride spaces – 100 at the new Scotiabank Place park-and-ride and 380 at Trim Road.

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Mayor vows to fix broken planning process in 2012 LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

Ottawa’s planning process is broken, and 2012 is the year to fix it. That was the message Mayor Jim Watson delivered in his speech launching the city’s draft budget for the upcoming year. Between his positive messages about the city’s investments, Watson struck a serious tone when speaking about growth and development. “Our planning process is not working the way we need it to work,” he said. “Nobody is happy with the situation. Communities are frustrated. Industry is frustrated. Staff are frustrated.” Watson said there needs to be “a renewed focus and energy to create a service culture in planning.” Developments are one of the most common issues residents and politicians spar over at city hall, but Watson said the days of developers and builders treating zoning and community design plans as “mere suggestions” are over. The mayor put developers on notice that the urban design review panel, a group of independent experts that

makes suggestions on major urban projects, is here to stay. The city plans to finalize updated guidelines for infill homes next year – a process that started last fall. Hosting a planning summit in 2012 will also set the stage to kick off the review for the 2014 official plan update, as well as a refresh of two of the city’s major foundational documents: the transportation master plan and the infrastructure master plan. The city also plans to create a “green express lane” for developers whose building plans strive for greater environmental sustainability. Developers that include “better build” techniques, such as solar water heaters, solar panels, rainwater re-use, recycled materials and reduced waste, will get their proposals fast-tracked. Other environmental initiatives in the 2012 draft budget include: $2.4 million toward to pay for retrofits to city buildings to reduce energy costs; $450,000 for the city’s operational sustainability program and create a neighbourhood sustainability program; and $750,000 towards the ongoing task of developing a five-year environmental strategy.

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GOOD LUCK FUNDRAISER Osgoode teen Megan Swift watches as friend and partner Kait Moore writes out the latest fundraising installment for the Women’s Breast Health Centre at the Ottawa Hospital. the two girls have raised about $10,600 for the centre by making and selling good luck spiders, small beaded spiders that can bring different kinds of luck and good fortune. The girls sell their spiders as well as handmade earrings, angel pendants and other unique items at the Metcalfe Fair throughout the summer, and take custom orders online. The latest cheque presented on Friday, Oct. 28 was for $4, 438.34.

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$12-million for cycling in city’s draft budget Bike lanes part of $240-million ‘Ottawa on the Move’ plan LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

Ottawa will be overhauling many more of its roads in 2012 in preparation for traffic snarls that are expected during the construction of the city’s light rail system. The city revealed its draft budget for next year on Oct. 26, and with it Mayor Jim Watson announced a new initiative called “Ottawa on the Move”: a $340-million program that will rebuild and resurface a lengthy list of roads across the city. Much of that money is coming from new debt in order to keep the residential tax-rate increase to 2.39 per cent – below the 2.5 per cent limit council imposed last year. That translates to about an

extra $75 per year for the average urban homeowner. City treasurer Marian Simulik said the additional projects are needed to ensure Ottawa’s roads can handle traffic disruptions during the construction of the central LRT system starting in 2013, and to stimulate the economy. Ottawa on the Move includes resurfacing more than 200 kilometres of roads between 2012 and 2014. That includes more than 70 kilometres of bicycle lanes and paved shoulders – part of a large investment in cycling infrastructure. The city plans to spend $24 million on cycling infrastructure alone over the next three years – including a plan to connect Vanier through the downtown core to Westboro with

an east-west “bikeway,” by “filling in critical missing links” in the bike-pathway network and using existing cycling facilities such as the Corktown Bridge and new lanes and bridges. A pedestrian bridge over the Rideau River at Somerset and Donald streets in Overbrook is part of that, and there is money in the 2012 budget for the design. The Champagne/O-Train corridor pathway connecting Carling Avenue to the Ottawa River Parkway is also on the list (a key portion of that trail – a pathway under Somerset Street West – was constructed this year). Cycling lanes will also be added to the McIlraith Bridge connecting Main Street and Smyth Road over Riverside Drive and the Rideau River, along with extensive repairs. Billings Bridge will be fixed and Heron Road Bridge rehabilitation will also be finished. Pedestrians weren’t forgotten in the 2012 budget. After several

years of only improving sidewalks when roads are rebuilt, the city will spend $4 million over the next three years on sidewalks alone. Again, the central area will see the bulk of that benefit with a smattering of sidewalks to be fixed, including: Bruyere Street (Sussex to Dalhousie), Cathcart Street (Sussex to Dalhousie), Range Road (Laurier to Somerset), Waller Street (Besserer to Daly), Cooper Street (Cartier to Queen Elizabeth Drive), Drummond Street (form the dead end to Clegg) and several more. Traffic cameras are planned to be added around the city, including intersections at Bronson and Sunnyside avenues at Carleton University and at O’Connor and Catherine streets. As for roadways, Bronson Avenue is back on the list for rebuilding. Other road projects in the central area: • St. Patrick Street from Mur-

ray Street to west of Beausoleil Drive • Mackenzie Avenue from Murray to north of Rideau Street • Albert Street from Bay Street to Bronson • O’Connor from Isabella to Somerset • Slater Street from Bronson to Elgin Street • Walkley from Russell to the CNR overpass • Dauphin Road from Haig Drive to Smyth • Haig from Dauphin to Cork Street • Baycrest Drive from Heron Road to Sandalwood Drive • Kilborn Avenue from Bank to Kilborn Place The draft budget includes money for design work for the Sawmill Creek/LRT Corridor Pathway that will run from Walkley to Brookfield Pathway, creating a multi-use pathway linking Hunt Club Drive to Hog’s Back and Mooney’s Bay.

Thin design requires ‘surgical accuracy,’ project manager says From BRIDGE on page 1 Furthermore, the fussy design demands utmost accuracy. “It is a very thin structure, so we do have very specific sized steel and it has to be placed with almost surgical accuracy, very precise. It’s not a standard overpass,” Waara said. The design features a city of Ottawa logo-inspired “O” in the tower, which is also difficult to construct. Waara said construction will stop over the winter because they don’t want to pour concrete in the cold weather, which will push the project back several more months. The bridge should be complete in June 2012, a full eight months after it was pegged to be open to

pedestrians. McRae said she supports stopping the construction for the winter, especially since the bridge is meant to improve safety for residents in the area. “Nobody’s in a rush to get this done the wrong way. Anything that has to do with safety and the longevity of the project of course I’m going to support,” she said. “I’m definitely disappointed that this delay seems forced on us, but on the other hand I’m not going to second guess engineers.” She noted that she was disappointed in the lack of communication between city staff, project leaders and politicians, but she’s pleased that at least the delay will not cost the city extra money. The construction com-

pany will absorb the cost of the delays. When finished, the approximately $5 million pedestrian bridge will be a state-of-the-art piece of architecture, designed in part to provide a ‘wow factor’ for visitors entering the city from the Ottawa International Airport. John Sankey, president of the Hunt Club Community Organization and a retired engineer, said he understands the necessity of the delays. “Fundamentally this is a very leading-edge design in just about every aspect. And when you push things some things get pushed back,” he said. Despite the delays, Sankey said the bridge will be worth it in the end.

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The pedestrian bridge over the Airport Parkway has been delayed, and the bridge won’t be open now until June 2012. “It is going to be a stand out structure to any engineer that sees it. They’re going to say,

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The Manotick community policing centre – and other Ottawa CPCs – could be on the move. Mayor Jim Watson has asked the Ottawa police service to keep an eye open for a new location for the Manotick CPC in particular, due to a steep increase in the rent for the current space at 1131 Clapp Ln. Meanwhile, in other areas of the city, some landlords are providing free space for community police centres. A new lease for the Manotick CPC, which the police services board approved on Oct. 24, would see the rent increase by six per cent each year, rising from $49,239

in the first year to $62,163 in the fifth year of the contract. The Manotick office has been in that location for 15 years and it’s the only space that’s really appropriate for a community policing centre in that area, said Ian Fisher, the director of police facilities. But that seems to have made the building’s landlord overconfident, Watson said, because the latest lease renewal includes a steep six per cent hike in the rent for each year of the five-year lease renewal. “Sometimes when people see the government coming, they think ‘bottomless pit,’� Watson said. But in other areas of the city, including the Ottawa south CPC at 2870 Cedarwood Dr., landlords provide space at

no cost. That’s an agreement the city has had with Minto Group for about a dozen years for three buildings it owned. TransGlobe Realty is continuing the same tradition for the Cedarview building it recently took over from Minto. The mayor asked police Chief Vern White to check out some other options, including cityowned buildings that aren’t in use, such as some of the spaces at Watson’s Mill, and even places such as Legion halls. The lease can be broken with 90 days notice, so if the police find a better deal, the Manotick CPC could move.

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Open Houses 4 pm to 8 pm with a presentation at 6 pm The draft 2012 budget for the Ottawa Police Service is on track to stay within the limit of 2.5 per cent city council set.

Ottawa police budget stays on target LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

The Ottawa Police Service had no trouble staying within the budget increase limit imposed on it by city council. The police service introduced a draft budget for 2012 on Oct. 26 that would see an increase of $9.3 million over 2011. But with tax assessment expected to grow by $4.1 million, the police will only need an addition $5.2 million, or 2.5 per cent, to meet their budget goal. “It’s always a challenge to meet a target,� said police board chair Eli ElChantiry. “This is something we can work with.� The increase amounts to about $13 per year for an average household, accord-

ing to a police press release. The police expect to spend $270.3 million on the gross operating budget and $10.7 million on capital projects. The process was much smoother than last year, when the police service was forced to cut $6 million from the draft budget it planned to present after council decided to impose the 2.5 per cent increase limit. That meant the planned Ottawa South police station near the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge was delayed indefinitely. It won’t be looked at again until after 2014. The cutbacks also meant the police service will curb growth by only hiring officers to replace those who are retiring – not to grow the size of the service.

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Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod will fill the senior position of education critic in the Progressive Conservative shadow cabinet at Queen’s Park during the coming minority parliament. MacLeod previously served as the PC critic for government accountability. “I’m not just an MPP, I’m a mother to a child in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. Education is very important to me and to all parents across the province,� McLeod said. “Children spend a large part of their early life in the classroom, so we want to make sure that experience is positive. We want to be sure it’s a safe experience with productive outcomes.� MacLeod said she has requested a briefing from the ministry of education, and said she is getting familiar with the issues. She said her new role will give her more opportunity to fight for schools in her home riding of Nepean-Carleton, where Findlay Creek, Riverside South and Barrhaven are all lacking adequate school infrastructure for their growing communities. “One way I’ll be able to help is dealing

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Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod has been named the education critic. with the fact that we are a high growth board and community, and we need to make sure growth school boards are receiving adequate funding to keep up with the growth,� she said. Ottawa-Carleton District School Board trustee for the area Mark Fisher said MacLeod will be an asset to the riding’s cause to bring more school funding into the area.

“I’m certainly looking forward to working with her, she’s certainly aware of the issues in Findlay Creek, Riverside South and Barrhaven. I think the awareness she has around those issues can only help as we work with the Ontario government to get funding secured in the short term rather than the long term,� Fisher said. MacLeod has also met with school board trustees, area MPPs and the minority Liberal government on an antibullying initiative. She’s working with Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley, who just lost his son to suicide, on another anti-bullying project and has been in talks with mixed martial arts fighter Daniel Puder to see if his Californiabased anti-bullying program could work in Ontario. “What we need to do is find out what’s working and help our schools and our principals, make sure kids can cope with this issue, and also make it socially unacceptable to watch bullying happen and not reporting it,� McLeod said. MacLeod was first elected in a 2006 byelection and subsequently re-elected in 2007 and 2011. She is a mother of a six-year-old Ottawa-Carleton District School Board student.

E-waste collection day for Osgoode EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

Osgoode Public School is asking area residents to take a load off by donating their abandoned e-junk, in an effort to fundraise for the school, de-clutter basements and save the environment. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, residents from across the region can bring their broken, outdated or obsolete electronics to the parking lot of the Osgoode Foodland on Osgoode Main Street. For every tonne of electronic waste collected the school will earn $185 toward field trips, books, classroom supplies, new technology and even a new information sign outside. Just about any piece of broken or unwanted electronic item can be dropped off except for microwaves and other kitchen appliances. The school’s parent council, which organized the event, will even organize a pick-up around 10 a.m. on Saturday morning for those who can’t make it to the

event or can’t lift their items. Anne Duquette is on the parent council executive and said the event promises to be a win-win situation. “The service is to the residents, and we’re not asking them for money. Environmentally it’s a great thing, and it brings awareness so next time people won’t just put (electronic waste) in their garbage can,� she said. It also gives the school a leg up with extra funds to buy additional school supplies. Recycle Your Electronics is the e-waste diverter run by the Ontario Electronic Stewardship, which is responsible for collecting and processing e-waste from fundraisers as well as businesses that collect year-round. Recyclers break each item down into glass, metal and plastic to be recycled or reused, and toxic chemicals like mercury are disposed of properly. For more information call Duquette at 613-826-1018 or visit www.recycleyourelectronics.ca.

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The repaving of Parkway Road has begun, but the project has been upgraded to a two-phase project stretching into 2012 because of unforeseen complications. According to Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson, the repaving of Parkway Road between Bank Street and 8th Line Road was to cost $2.5 million and be completed in one phase by the end of 2011. However the road base was in unexpectedly poor condition, meaning that entire sections of the road will have to be re-

moved and rebuilt. This has increased the project’s cost to $4 million and has divided the work into two phases. The first phase will be finished by the end of 2011, and will cost $1.5 million. The second phase in 2012 will include the reconstruction from John Quinn Road to 8th Line Road at a cost of $2.5 million. Parkway Road from Sale Barn Road to John Quinn Road will be closed until Nov. 25 to facilitate a quicker completion of the section.


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Governor General Award winner Kim Pate talks to students about misconceptions surrounding Canada’s prison system.

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Police were called to a townhouse on Heatherington Road after human remains were found in the backyard on Monday, Oct. 31.

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Standing before a crowd of students on the morning of Oct. 19, passing around the medal Gov. Gen. David Johnston had given her the day before, Kim Pate was struck by the significance of the date. Her Governor General’s Award was one of six given to commemorate Persons Day, Oct. 18, the day a Supreme Court victory made women legal “persons” and opened to them the doors of public office. But, for Pate, Oct. 19 held a more solemn meaning. That day marked the fourth anniversary of the death of Ashley Smith, she told students at Barrhaven’s John McCrae Secondary School. The troubled 19-year-old choked herself to death in a federal prison in Kitchener, Ont., while being held in isolation. The Moncton, N.B., teenager had a six-year sentence and more than 180 charges to her name, many of them stemming from repeated strip searches which she was accused of resisting, Pate told the students. But it was a breach of probation that first landed her in prison, she said: for throwing crab apples at a postal worker. “Part of the reason we do what we do is because we don’t think young people should end up in prison,” Pate said. For nearly 20 years, the Ottawa resident has served as the executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. The Governor General’s award celebrated her work as an “internationally-recognized advocate for marginalized, victimized and criminalized women.” Pate used her podium Wednesday morning to educate students on some misconceptions surrounding the Canadian prison system. Women, she noted to some surprise, are the fastest growing prison population in Canada. The federal government’s omnibus crime bill, she said, will worsen the problems facing the prison system, without making the streets any safer. With overcrowding is already a significant issue, the bill flies in the face of evidence that more would be achieved giving inmates better support, rather than longer sentences, she said. “Imagine being in a space the size of most people’s bathroom with three other people,” Pate challenged the teens. “Canada has had a history of some of the best conditions, but now we’re using gymnasiums.”

An Ottawa construction crew had a scarier Halloween than they bargained for on Monday, Oct. 31 when they discovered human remains in the backyard of a townhouse unit on Heatherington Road. Ottawa police are investigating the remains and why they would be buried in a residential backyard. The human remains have “most likely been there for a number of years” according to the city coroner, but police don’t have an estimate as to how long. “It’s going to have to be analyzed before we can know that,” said police spokesperson Marc Soucy. An archeological team has been called in to help exhume the remains, which Soucy said would be complete by the end of Tuesday, Nov. 1. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Major Crime Section at 613-236-1222 ext 5493 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS) or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.

The man spent about 20 minutes in the water after his boat capsized about 50 feet from shore while he was retrieving buoys from the private pond around 1 p.m.

He was able to hang on to the side of the boat while his friend called 911. He was not wearing a lifejacket. Ottawa fire services rescued the man using an inflatable water rescue boat and returned him to shore, where paramedics treated him for hypothermia and took him to hospital.

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oads, transit, taxes, police: the introduction of a city budget is a deluge of information about the way our representatives plan to spend our money this year. But some things shine through brighter than others. Amongst the splashy additions of road projects and congratulatory back-patting over keeping the tax increase under 2.5 per cent, Mayor Jim Watson boasted about a pretty hefty influx of cash for cycling. Compared to the $2.8 million per year for cycling included in this council’s first budget for 2011, the city is now set to invest $24 million in cycling over the next three years – including $12.2 million in 2012. “We will be working hard to fill the gaps in our cycling network to improve interconnections and safety so you can get where you are going by bike,” Watson said in his speech top council when the draft budget was tabled on Oct. 26. From paving shoulders to finishing the Champagne pathway and constructing a pedestrian and cycling bridge over the Rideau River, the draft budget boasts a laundry list of projects to make

getting around the city easier on two wheels. It’s something cycling advocates say they are heartened to hear on the lips of politicians. And unlike his predecessor, Larry O’Brien, Watson isn’t reticent to hop on a bike himself. When it comes to city staff, politicians and the National Capital Commission, there was no outspoken supporter for cycling until a trip to Copenhagen a couple of years ago, said Alex deVries, vice president of local advocacy group Citizens for Safe Cycling. After that, “we could see very quickly a transformation on the part of politicians,” deVries said. While the NCC and the city are often seen as being at loggerheads with each other, cycling is the one thing that appears to have brought them together. City and NCC staff are working together on projects like the Wellington Street segregated bike lane, and there is a working group that includes community members and meets quarterly. And if the budget is a reflection of what people – especially politicians – are thinking about, it’s going to be a good year for cyclists.

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hen someone gives us a new toy, it’s only natural to thank him. When someone gives millions of people new toys, it’s only natural that the world thanks him. And that’s why you’re still reading, weeks after his death, tributes to the late Steve Jobs. And who can say they’re not deserved? Although he didn’t accomplish it single-handedly, Jobs made computing accessible to the average person. Before the MacIntosh computer, you had to be a bit of a geek to function easily in the computer world. The Mac made that world more friendly, which is an important contribution, given the fact that the computer world is now the world. Whether we like it or not. Many people don’t, but they’re stuck with it and having easy-to-use computers makes their lives more bearable. However, it’s not the several generations of Apple desktops and laptops that earned Steve Jobs the gratitude of millions. Those weren’t the toys he gave us. No, the inspiration for all those heartfelt tributes was the creation of the iPod and the iPhone. Those two small devices were, predictably, snapped up by early adopters and, less predictably, by just about South Edition

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town everyone else. You can measure how significant that was by thinking back to the year before the invention of the iPod and what you were doing then. That was the year 2000. Your music was probably on CDs. If you wanted to listen to music while you went for your morning run, you had to carry a bulky portable disc player or, if you were a bit behind, laboriously transfer those discs to tape cassettes to be played on your Walkman. Or, if you were one of those perhaps fortunate people untouched by technology, you listened to your CDs (or phonograph records) at home and listened to the birds when you went outside. If someone had told you, in the year 2000, that you would, within the year, be loading your CDs into the computer and then transferring songs onto a device

the size of a deck of playing cards, you wouldn’t have believed it. Now millions do it. What a toy! It’s not all good. The advent of the iPod and digitized music generally has caused a crisis in the music industry and made it more difficult for many musicians to earn a living. Fixated on their shiny toys, most people don’t seem to notice. The impact of the iPhone is more visible. You see it in people on the street who never look up, people in restaurants who never speak to their partners, people who seemingly talk to themselves in shopping centres. You hear it in electronic noises that echo in theatres. The upside is that people are connected at all times. They need never be out of touch. They can talk to their friends from a forest. They can settle every argument by Googling the answer from the tavern. The office can contact them at the church. From anywhere, they can get directions to the nearest phone store, in case there’s something newer. The benefit to humanity is difficult to measure, but no one who has the toy is going to give it up, or stop looking for the next one.

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OPINION THIS WEEK’S POLL QUESTION What part of the 2012 draft budget has you most excited or outraged?

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grand prize for the second year in a row at the Housing Design Awards held by the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association on Oct. 22. Cornivelli’s 1,388-foot-square bungalow, called the Napoli, built far above Energuide 80 standard, is expected to cost less than $150 per month in monthly energy costs. Company president John Cornivelli insists the added cost of building materials to bring the Napoli up to such a high level of efficiency is about three per cent over current standards, proving “you don’t have to be a tree-hugger to use less energy.” If you’re renovating this year or next, now’s the time to get your head around green building. As an added incentive, the federal government recently reintroduced its popular EcoEnergy Retrofit program. Until March 31, 2012, homeowners can have their houses inspected by an NRCancertified energy auditor and then undertake renovations to improve the energy-efficiency of their homes. Grant-matching at the provincial level could help you save thousands of dollars toward window, furnace and insulation upgrades. Kermit the Frog once said “it’s not easy being green,” but with today’s new building standards and incentives, it’s about to get a whole lot easier. R0021162120

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y eldest son was playing Lego in the basement the other day. He was putting an addition on his solid brick home. “Is that built to new energy-efficiency code standards?” I asked. He looked at me, blankly. If you’re thinking about undertaking a major renovation or building a new home this year, this is a question you’ll want to ask yourself and your contractor: Will your renovation meet the stringent new energy-efficiency standards outlined in the provincial and federal building codes? In Ontario, the Energuide 80 standard, a complex energy-efficiency ranking developed by National Resources Canada (NRCan) comes into effect on Dec. 31. Once the upper echelon, “star” ranking of building, is now set to become the new baseline for building and renovating. It will force contrac-

tors to build to a 17 per cent higher energy-efficiency rating than they are now. Any province or territory that has not already addressed energy efficiency in its code is also expected to adopt the Energuide 80 standard into law by this time next year. That’s because the federal code – which acts as a national guideline for binding provincial legislation – is undergoing some mega-changes, which account for energy-efficiency for the first time. “It’s the single biggest change we have ever introduced as an interim change in the national building code,” says Frank Lohmann, senior technical advisor on housing and small buildings at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). The good news is that you don’t have to install solar panels on the roof or compostable toilets to meet the new standards. But you’ll have to be willing to fork out some extra cash for better insulation in basements, attics and walls, along with high-efficiency heat recovery systems (HRVs), furnaces, windows and doors. In the long run, however, it’s expected you’ll see some hefty cost savings in your energy bill. Raising the minimum standard bodes well for the future. In Ottawa, Corvinelli Homes just took home the

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DIANA FISHER Accidental Farmwife er pointed out the window and said to me (his eyes when his glasses aren’t handy), “What’s that in the middle of the field? What’s that? Is that a coyote?” My eyes searched the view for what he was pointing at. Suddenly it moved and came into focus. Camouflaged perfectly against the sandy grass and rocky ground, a young coyote ambled across the field. Just two days earlier, a bold and brazen coyote came right into the barnyard and stole a fat lamb. The Farmer had been out hunting in the middle of the night but could not find the thief. Now here it was, at cocktail hour. And the Farmer couldn’t find his bullets. The entire dinner party gathered at the porch window and yelled out the coyote’s movements as the Farmer ran upstairs and down, searching frantically for his bullets. I couldn’t help but think this wasn’t a recommended pre-dinner activity in any Martha Stewart or Good Housekeeping party guidebook. Finally, the Farmer found his bullets, loaded his gun, located the coyote (who had waited patiently at the corner of the field) and let ‘er rip. His shot was true. Moments later we had dinner guests pulling on boots to go and inspect the mangy mutt. My husband the multi-tasker came in, washed his hands, served the veggies into the chafing dish on the buffet table and began carving the meat. And what was I doing all this time? Playing hostess with the mostest, of course. Earlier in the week I had done my share

of farming, I figure. I came home from a client meeting in Ottawa to a message on the phone from the neighbour: “Your sheep are on the road again. They have been in and out of the pasture all day.” Great. I took a shortcut through the field and opened the big swing-gate to the pasture before heading out through the bush to the road. There were my sheep, in two different groups. One was heading up the hill to the neighbour’s house. The other was heading toward County Road 20. I emerged from the forest in the middle of them. I decided to get the ones headed for the highway first. I cut through the cornfield, headed them off on the road and managed to turn them back the way they came, waving my arms and making menacing growling sounds. I’m sure this activity is most confusing to Gracie and the other sheep who know me as the bearer of good things such as sweet corn and apples. But they willingly headed off into the bush. Next, I ran down the road to get the other bunch. Just as I reached them, the neighbour’s dogs came off the porch, barking. My sheep turned tail and ran towards me, bleating in fear. I jumped into the ditch and let them pass, hot on the trail of the first bunch of sheep. Now I had 100 sheep wandering through thorns and brambles in the forest. I could hear them complaining. I picked my way back through the bush into the field and lured them through the gate very slowly, with a bucket of sweet corn. The last sheep came through just as Mocha the cow noticed the sweet corn in my hand and came bounding over, tossing her head and hips like a bull in the ring. The sheep broke out three days in a row last week. They can see meadows and corn fields through weak fences and leafless trees now. I guess this kind of bad behaviour is to be expected until snow covers the ground and sweet hay fills the feeders.

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Findlay Creek residents are invited to the community association’s annual general meeting on Monday, Nov. 7 to discuss issues in the growing Ottawa South community. Guest speakers at the evening event will include Gloucester South-Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches, Ottawa police chief Vern White, South Nation Conservation Authority representative Katherine Watson, Taggart spokesperson Jeff Parkes and local school trustee Mark Fisher. Issues to discuss include roads and

transportation, bringing an elementary school to the neighbourhood, and new developments. The association will also offer updates on the central park currently under construction as well as issues of safety and security in the community. The meeting is open to all community association members, and those who are not members can purchase one between 6:30 and 7 p.m. before the event begins at 7 p.m. in the Lions Hall of the Fred Barrett Arena on Leitrim Road. For more information visit www.findlaycreek.ca or email president@findlaycreek.org.

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STEVE AND GERRI: Gloucester South-Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches officially opened the Rideauview Community Centre’s new Well Baby drop-in clinic for infants aged zero to three months on Friday, Oct. 28. Gerri the Giraffe, new parents and kids from the nearby Global Child Care facility stopped in to ring in the new program, which will make public health nurses available for new parents who have questions about their infant. The drop-in clinic is the 10th of its kind in the city, and will run from 9:30 to 11 a.m. every Friday at the centre on Spratt Road in Riverside South. For more information visit ottawa.ca/health

Royal twist to for osteoporosis EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

Tudor Hall in Ottawa South will live up to its royal name this weekend when Queen Elizabeth II’s executive chef, Michael Dunn, takes the stage as guest speaker at the ninth annual Bone China Tea for osteoporosis. This Sunday, Nov. 6 guests can enjoy high tea with a twist: the event will include a traditional tea service but also a catered luncheon, a live auction and a chance to hear an insider’s stories about the royal family. “For 16 years he was executive chef to the royal family, to Queen Elizabeth and the other folks. He now lives in Canada and has won many awards,” explained Jack Fraser, who volunteers with the Ottawa chapter of Osteoporosis Canada and helped promote the event. High-profile defence lawyer Lawrence Greenspon will serve as the event’s live auctioneer for the second year in a row, offering up exciting prizes like golf packages, Ottawa Senators box seat tickets, a week at a Whistler, British Columbia chalet and brunch with celebrity sisters Grete Hale and Gay Cook at their 183year-old home in Hintonburg. Tickets are $50 and money will be given to the charity’s Ottawa chapter, which provides support groups for those living with the disease and spreads awareness about preventing and mitigating symptoms. November is Osteoporosis Month in Canada. Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time, which can lead to painful fractures and breaks during a minor fall or even everyday activities. The disease affects one

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in four women and at least one in 10 men over the age of 50 in Canada. Although treatable, there is no cure for osteoporosis. Evidence shows that complications from this disease are some of the main reasons many Canadians are forced to reside in nursing homes and long term care facilities. “More and more people who have osteoporosis have a fall, and when they have a fall often over half have to be confined to a nursing home or full care at home. So that’s what worries all of us and why it’s important to hold onto our bone health,” Fraser said. Fraser’s wife Merle, who was diagnosed with osteoporosis in her spine when she was in her 40s, said Canadians are getting the disease at younger ages because young people aren’t consuming enough calcium to build up good bone while they can. “The concern now with young people is the girls have built their bone mass by 16 or 18, and the boys by age 20. If they haven’t been practicing good nutrition and exercising, they’re not off to a good start,” she said. She noted that osteoporosis is highly genetic, which means that good nutrition and exercise can’t prevent or mitigate the disease completely. However they are important to keeping those with the disease strong so that they have a better chance of withstanding a fall. The Bone China Tea with a Twist Buffet Luncheon will be held on Sunday, Nov. 6 from noon to 3 p.m. at Tudor Hall, 3750 North Bowesville Rd. off Uplands Drive. A partial tax receipt will be provided for the price of the ticket. Reservations are required and can be made by phone at 613-829-8819 or by email at bct2011@bell. net.


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Cast members Davis Jermacans, left, Andrea McCleary, Bill Steele and Judy Beltzner make up the sordid love square on stage this weekend as Isle in the River Review presents My Darling Judith. “No matter where you are in life, you’ll get it. The audience gets both the man’s point of view and the woman’s and it’s a laugh a minute. It’s not vulgar at all, but there’s a bedroom conversation, for instance, that ev-

eryone would identify with and maybe learn from.” Due to a last minute casting change, ITR will only run its annual fall production on one weekend this year, starting Thursday, Nov. 3 and ending

Sunday, Nov. 6, with the everpopular dinner theatre on Saturday night. The group’s Sunday matinee has also undergone changes, with an afternoon of complimentary sandwiches and tea for

the group’s large patronage of senior citizens. “The afternoon shows tend to draw out our senior citizens and we’re hoping to appeal to them by offering the dainties as a special treat for their patronage,” Orton said. On top of changes to the schedule, patrons can now reserve tickets online by phone. ITR will be collecting donations for the Break a Leg Bursary, which ITR offers to graduating students from St. Mark’s High School and Osgoode Township High School who are going on to study theatrical arts at a Canadian post-secondary institution. The bursaries are awarded in the spring to one qualified applicant per school. Students may apply online. My Darling Judith runs Nov. 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults or $13 for students or seniors. The dinner theatre performance is Saturday, Nov. 5, with the bar opening at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30. Tickets for dinner theatre are $45 in advance only. To reserve tickets, call 613-860-1291 or reserve online at www.itrtheatercompany. com.

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Osgoode’s community theatre group will treat villagers to a sordid romp through matters of the heart this November, as it presents My Darling Judith for one weekend only. The Isle in the River Review’s newest production has only four cast members who play a group of interconnected and romantically involved adults embroiled in a complicated love square for the ages. My Darling Judith tells the story of a philandering, lying, cheating husband who has grown tired of his eccentric wife. He contrives to unload her onto one of his employees so he can start a new life with his sexy young mistress, Anna. A mature comedy ensues that director John Orton said is universal. “What I like about (playwright Norm) Foster is his wit and humour,” said Orton. “He makes people think but also laugh. It’s not slapstick, it’s true to life humour that everybody can identify with.” Orton said the relationships that form and flounder on stage are familiar to the audience no matter what stage of life they’re in.

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STAFF WRITER Clean out your attics, closets and lock boxes, because t h e Tr e a s u r e H u n t e r s R o a d s h o w i s c o m i n g t o Kemptville. Roadshow specialists are in town examining gold and silver jewellery, old coins and more. While the Roadshow will accept anything that’s old and valuable, they will be focusing on: gold and silver coins made before 1968, U.S. coins made before l970, military items, fine art, musical instruments, pocket and wrist watches. Scrap gold is expected to be a popular category this week due to soaring gold prices. Buyers for the Roadshow have noticed a tremendous increase in the amount of gold coming to the shows, and for good reason. Record gold prices have Roadshow guests cashing in on broken or outdated jewellery with our fair and honest purchase offers. The Roadshow encourages anyone planning a visit to take a minute and examine their jewellery box or their lock box at the bank and gather anything that is gold. If a guest is not sure if something is gold, bring it anyway and the Roadshow staff will test it for free. Other gold items of interest include gold coins, gold ounces, gold proof sets and dental gold.

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Jr. Sens change-up stymies 73’s MATTHEW JAY matthew.jay@metroland.com

A little mid-game line juggling by the Ottawa Jr. Senators was enough to shake up the team’s fortunes to the tune of a 3-1 win over the Kemptville 73’s at the Jim Durrell Complex on Oct. 26. Down 1-0 after a first period that saw the 73’s play a physical, pressing game that limited the Jr. Sens scoring opportunities, head coach Rick Dorval split up his top line of Conor Brown, Drew Anderson and Devon Rice, who had notched a combined 80 points heading into the game. The move helped energize the home team, who went on to score two goals in the first 10 minutes of the second period. Dorval said he’d been mulling breaking up the top line for a few games and it had been just the tonic to get past a stubborn Kemptville squad. “It’s been a few games now (and in) the games I expect them (Brown, Anderson and Rice) to step up in and be leaders they haven’t,” he said. “I’ve given them a couple warnings and it was time for me to send them a message that ‘You know what? If you’re not going to play as a unit and be dominant as you should be, then

we’ll split you up.’” Brown was shifted to a line alongside winger Ben Robillard and centre Joey House, while Anderson and Rice played with Matt Rosebrook. The effect was almost immediate, with House scoring from Brown and Robillard just before the five-minute mark and Rice and Anderson combining to set up defenceman Paul Landry for the gamewinning goal at 8:42 in the second. Robillard, who added an empty-net goal with only a fraction of a second on the clock in the third period, said Dorval’s move was a much needed change. “I think him mixing up the lines made everyone try that much harder,” he said. “Things just weren’t working. We lost the last game to Smiths Falls and things weren’t going our way. And then in the first period (tonight) it was the same thing. And then everyone started getting into gear, everyone was playing their roles.” For Dorval, he was happy with the way the team responded in the second and third periods. “Some of the kids saw that as an opportunity and they picked up their game playing around those guys,” he said. “It really worked out. Would it work out al-

ways? Who knows, but in this situation tonight, it did.” Eddie Zdolshek stopped 16 shots in net for the Jr. Senators, while Ryan Mulder turned aside 31 shots for the 73’s. Defenceman Ross Scherma scored the lone goal for Kemptville. Ottawa’s fortunes took another hit the following night on Oct. 27 in Cornwall however, when the Colts defeated the Jr. Sens 5-2. The defeat was Ottawa’s fourth in six games following a seven-game winning streak that started as Dorval was hired at the end of September. The coach said the up and down nature of the Jr. Sens season so far was an indication the team wasn’t always sticking to the game plan. “Not much has changed. I think the effort hasn’t been there in certain games,” Dorval said. “I’ve told some of the boys when things aren’t going well we’re trying to extend our shifts and do things out of the ordinary. I’ve told them we’ve got to forget about those (games). “The games that we have to win, those are the games we have to step up and get it done, so when you go to the Cornwalls and the Pembrokes and the Brockvilles, if you happen to lose at least you aren’t losing as much ground. But these are the

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Ottawa forward Ben Robillard drives past Kemptville’s Jesse Lussier towards the net during the Jr. Senators’ 3-1 win over the 73’s at the Jim Durrell Complex on Oct. 26. games – the ones that we did lose (against Kanata, Cumberland and Smiths Falls), those are six points that we need to keep ground in the top end of the league.” The Jr. Sens will have a chance to get back to winning ways against the Pembroke Lumber Kings on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jim Durrell Complex.

Carleton loses to McGill in Quidditch Cup EDDIE RWEMA

play in the real world. The sport is a fast-paced combination of rugby, soccer and volleyball, and involves the prominent use of broomsticks. Matches are played between two teams of seven players riding broomsticks, using four balls and six elevated ring-shaped goals, three at each end of the quidditch field. “Three chasers on each team throw a volleyball back and forth between themselves as they attempt to score on one of three goal hoops on the other side of the field,” said Andrea Hill, founder and captain of Carleton’s team. Each goal is worth 10 points. The hoops are guarded by a keeper who acts as a goalie. McGill defeated host Carleton in the

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Carleton University’s quidditch team sailed through to the finals of the Canadian Quidditch Cup unbeaten, but failed to avoid a defeat against Canadian champions McGill University. McGill maintained its title as Canada’s top-ranked quidditch team after dominating Canada’s first-ever official quidditch tournament. Carleton played host to the first Canadian Quidditch Cup on Saturday, Oct. 29, with teams from seven Canadian universities as well as one from the U.S., St. Lawrence University. Originally a fictional sport from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, quidditch was modified into “ground quidditch” or “muggle quidditch” for

final by a score of 160-80 after what organizers called a hard-fought game. “Our team is quite strong, we are doing quite well,” said Hill. The University of Ottawa placed third after falling 100-10 to Carleton University in the semifinals. St. Lawrence University walked away with the tournament’s sportsmanship award. The game, which is relatively new in Canada, is slowly taking universities across the country by storm. Carleton’s quidditch team was founded last year and more than 60 students are now involved with the team. “In general people are enjoying the game,” Hill said. The real-life version of quidditch was created by students at Middle-

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Capital City FC’s first season in the Canadian Soccer League stopped one goal short of the ultimate dream as the Ottawa club fell 1-0 to Toronto Croatia on the road this past weekend in the championship final. “The players worked very hard,” said Capital City coach Shaun Harris, who believed his team was the better side overall in the deciding game. “The ball just didn’t go in the back of the net for us – everything but.” Hayden Fitzwilliams scored the match’s lone goal before the 20-minute mark for Toronto Croatia, who withstood City’s second-half attack that included a prime opportunity by Andre Manders in the late stages. Missing from the Ottawa lineup was Mahir Hadziresic, who’d turned into a major offensive weapon after joining the club from overseas near the start of its 10-game unbeaten streak leading up to the final. “Something came up in training this week and he wasn’t available to the team,” said Harris, acknowledging that the forward who scored two goals in Capital City’s 5-0 semifinal victory over the Serbian White Eagles could have made an impact in the final. “We just didn’t feel he was fit to play.” The defeat in the championship game put the wraps on Capital City’s remarkable first year in the 14-team CSL, where

they went 15-4-7 to finish third in the regular season standings before knocking off the Montreal Impact Academy and the Serbian White Eagles in the playoffs. “I don’t think anyone but maybe ourselves internally within the organization felt that we were going to be as good as we were,” said Harris, who thanked club president Neil Malholtra, the club’s staff and the City of Ottawa for their help. “We worked very hard to get where we were. It is unfortunate we came up a goal short, but our players worked very hard and the organization supported us very well.” Harris also commended the local fans who made the trip down to the provincial capital for the final. “We probably had more supporters than the team from Toronto, so I thought that was absolutely terrific,” Harris said. “It showed an awful lot for our organization for how far we’ve come in just seven months.” Although “no one wants to lose a cup final,” it wasn’t too difficult for the club to find the silver lining in the loss, knowing that if they were able to come within a goal of a title in year one that five or 10 years down the road, the possibilities are immense. “We’ve definitely set the bar very, very high in our first season,” Harris added. “We’ll build off this going forward and we’ll be a contender next year and hopefully bring a championship back to the city.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

STUFF THAT’S NOT ON A RESUME • Type-A personality, highly competitive, self-motivated and driven by results • A confident and influential leader with the ability to motivate and inspire • Proactive and optimistic, with a “can do” attitude • Can be decisive and demonstrate timely decision making, often under complex and demanding circumstances • Energized by deadlines/pressure with a passion for exceeding targets • A believer in digital media, where it is today and where it’s going

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

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

Interested candidates are requested to forward their resume, cover letter and salary expectations to josh.max@metroland.com. Please reference “New Business Acquisition Representative” in the subject line. 308223

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

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

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

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

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

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DAN PLOUFFE It was a happy homecoming for Ottawa natives Allan Brett and Joanna Brown, who swept into town on Saturday, Oct. 29 with their powerful Guelph Gryphons to capture both the men’s and women’s team titles at the Ontario University Athletics cross country championships. Hosted by the Ottawa Lions and University of Ottawa Gee-Gees at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility, it was Brown’s first competition back in town after moving to Guelph. “I love being back in Ottawa,” says Brown. “There were so many people cheering me on. It’s great.” For Brett, a fifth-year senior who’s been an All-Canadian in all four of his seasons with the Gryphons, the wait was a bit longer for a return to the Mooney’s Bay site where he hadn’t competing since graduating from Hillcrest High School in 2005. “It’s always great to come back to the hometown crowd and my old stomping grounds,” says Brett, who had a couple flashbacks to his training with the Lions while racing at the OUAs. “We used to go up and down that hill about 10 times after pretty much every workout, so I was definitely used to it.” It was a familiar sight for the local cross-country community to see Brown and Brett accepting champion medals. Brown earned OUA rookie-of-the-year honours in finishing 15th in the women’s

five-kilometre race, while Brett helped complete Guelph’s seventh consecutive sweep of the women’s and men’s crowns with his seventh-place showing in the men’s 10-kilometre event. “It doesn’t get old, that’s for sure,” says Brett, who will finish his master’s degree in bioengineering after his final season of university eligibility. “Every year the team is just as hungry as ever.” Brown knew the quality of the Guelph program when she decided to move to the location of the triathlon high-performance training centre, but just how good the other athletes were still caught the former OFSAA cross-country champ a little off-guard. “In high school, I was just more fit (than others),” says Brown, who’s loved getting back into cross-country although the surges and constant hills and corners contrast with her recent triathlon training. “It’s so humbling to train with these girls. They’re so driven, but at the same time, they know how to have so much fun. REBOUND FROM INJURY Life in Guelph has been kinder to the Carp native than her last summer in the nation’s capital. The former Bytown Storm triathlete didn’t have an uninterrupted two-week stretch in 2011 where she was able to do her regular amount of run training due to “freak injuries” that continued to strike, such as stepping on

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Fall Luncheon and Bake Sale at Metcalfe’s St. Andrew’s United Church, 2677 8th Line Rd. from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch includes soup, sandwiches and squares. Cost $8.00. Further info call 613-821-2075.

Isle in the River Review presents My Darling Judith, a comedy by Norm Foster. Performances are November 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. and November 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the Osgoode Community Centre. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for students and seniors. Dinner Theatre is Saturday, Nov 5. Bar opens at 6 p.m., dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Dinner Theatre tickets are $45. To reserve tickets, call (613) 860-1291 or visit www.itrtheatercompany.com

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Mom-2-Mom Sale at St. Paul’s Church: From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 5 come to St. Paul’s in Osgoode to find great deals on baked goods, plant sale, gently used toys and clothing, children’s books, snowsuits, winter boots, maternity clothes, baby equipment, and games! No booster seats, car seats or helmets. Great bargains for everyone! Please tell any young parents and grandparents about our sale. Tables are $20 or share for $10. For table rental, please contact Phillipa at (613) 826-1246 or Liz at (613) 826-3389.

The Gloucester South Seniors present their Christmas Bazaar & Bake Sale on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4550 Bank St. at Leitrim. Home baked goods, plants, books, nearly new items, jewelry, attic treasures etc. Refreshments available. For info call (613) 8210414.

Adults are invited to the Osgoode Township museum on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. to learn the Art of Crochet. Try your hand at some basic crochet stitches, and make your very own winter hat or scarf...or both! Cost is $25 per participant. Call (613) 821-4062 to register.

The Greely hills are alive! The Greely Players’ 2012 production will be ‘The Sound of Music’ from March 28 to April 1. An information meeting about auditions and other ways to get involved will take place Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. Auditions will take place November 12 and 13 or by appointment. Detailed audition information can be found at www.greelyplayers.ca.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind will host their Christmas bazaar and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Purchase some homemade baked treats and other unique items. Other items include Christmas cards, beanie babies, doggy bone Christmas wreathes, 2012 calendars, and exclusive Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind apparel. Check it out at the national training centre, 4120 Rideau Valley Drive North, Manotick. For further information about the Bazaar & Bake Sale, or to donate items, please contact (613) 692-7777.

management in order to have a schedule that allows her to take part in Olympic preparation camps with the likes of Paula Findlay and Simon Whitfield. “School is obviously important to me, but right now the priority is athletics. And I want an Olympic gold medal, so that’s my focus.” GEE-GEES FINISH MIDDLE OF PACK

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Hillcrest High School grad Allan Brett helped his Guelph Gryphons to the team title with his seventh-place finish. a crabapple and dislocating a bone in her foot. The final blow came at the world junior triathlon championships in Beijing where Brown crashed twice during the bike portion of the race and wound up placing sixth after winning a bronze medal the previous year. But it’s been smooth sailing so far in Guelph since the All Saints Catholic High School grad got back into running a week after arriving at school with a cast on her wrist. “It’s been awesome training again,” says Brown, who switched from studying biomedical sciences to marketing and

The host Gee-Gees wound up 11th in the women’s event and 10th in the men’s competition with teams made up almost exclusively of Ottawa-raised athletes. Although Clara Moore and Isabelle Kanz – who was the top Gee-Gees female in 43rd of 111 – were rookies, the Nepean and Garneau high school grads have trained in the same Lions group as thirdyear runner Julia Britton for around four years. That’s helped create a strong bond between the athletes that got together for a team dinner – and the prerequisite watching of the Say Yes to the Dress TV program – the night before the race even though they weren’t on the road. “That’s one of the best parts of being on the team,” says Britton, a Sir Robert Borden grad. “Everyone in our group is so positive and motivating and friendly.” Justin Jakeman and Matt Vierula were the top male Gee-Gees in 44th and 57th place, while Guelph’s Andrew Nixon and Toronto’s Tamara Jewett were the men’s and women’s champions.

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