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VIMY RIDGE Students from across the region will be walking a metre for every one of the 3,598 Canadian soldiers who died at Vimy Ridge.

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HAVE A COOKIE FROM HOME Metcalfe resident Sgt. Neil Washer made a special presentation to the Metcalfe Sparks, Brownies, Girl Guides and Pathfinders on Wednesday, Nov. 2 to thank them for the 108 boxes of Girl Guide cookies they sent to Kandahar. Washer had a local Afghani sew a Girl Guide flag for the girls as a thank you.

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Kandahar, which Washer sent up in an aircraft as part of a mission on May 22, 2011 before making its way to Canada as a thank you for the girls. Washer was on tour from February to August 2011 working as a liaison between various countries stationed in Kandahar. Having put his own daughter through the Girl Guide program many years ago, Washer called the Girl Guides head office in Canada to see if he could order about 10 boxes to Kandahar as a treat. Head office passed the request on to the

Metcalfe troupes, who quickly decided that they would ask the community to help sponsor those boxes instead of making him pay. “This was the day before we do our annual cookie blitz in the spring,” explained Margot Winter, the community guider for Metcalfe and Osgoode. “We had the girls ask people if they would like to buy a box for the troops, and on cookie blitz night we sold six or seven cases worth.” See COOKIES on page 4

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The city was planning to expand a pilot program of serve-serve library check outs, but that’s off the books for 2012. Instead, the Ottawa Public Library will focus on continuing to add radio frequency identification tags on its books and other materials. Owing to a direction from city council, all departments must keep proposed tax increases under 2.5 per cent, so the selfserve kiosks were put on hold because there wasn’t enough money to go around. A report indicates the city has to account for a revenue shortfall and the standard increases in salaries and costs due to inflation. The pilot project at the Hunt ClubRiverside Community Centre has been successful, but it makes sense to put the kiosk program on hold because there is new technology being developed, said Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder, chairwoman of the library board. If the city waits, there could be better, perhaps even cheaper technology available soon. Using radio frequency identification tracking is a bigger priority for the library because it’s becoming standard practice in all libraries as a way to better track materials and to handle more bor-

rowing efficiently. A radio frequency identification chip is like a bar code, except it doesn’t have to be individually scanned with a laser. Instead the tags send of a frequency that is picked up by equipment in the library, so it’s easier to keep track of what’s in stock at the branch. The city is set to spend $1.08 million on the radio frequency identification project in 2012, and another $250,000 each subsequent year until 2015. The library expects it will cost an additional $1.74 million to run its services in 2012 – a 4.4 per cent increase. Part of the pressure comes from a program that sends borrowers emails to remind them to return their books. That has made people more diligent about returns, meaning the library makes less money from late fines. But the library is on track to introduce online fine payments in late 2011/early 2012, which the city expects will increase the amount of money it actually collects for fines. Another issue is the lack of upperlevel government contributions in 2011. While the city received $5.42 million to build in the Greely library and renovate other branches (Alta Vista, Vanier, Cumberland, Sunnyside, Ruth E. Dickinson and Vernon) in 2010, no funding came through in 2011, “creating a need” to try

to find similar grants in 2012, the report states. Some of the projects the library expects to spend money on this year include: upgrades to bring the main branch elevator up to code, replacement of the shingles at the Rockcliffe branch, repairs to windows at the Rideau Street branch and fixes to the Sunnyside branch parking lot. There is also money to renovate the aging Hazeldean branch and to expand the Beaverbrook branch so it can serve more people. The library board accepted the draft

budget on Oct. 26 and it will debate it on Nov. 14. City council is scheduled to vote on the budget on Nov. 30. Ottawa’s network of libraries served 33.6 million people who borrowed 10.5 million items in 2010. It’s ranked as the top city service for client satisfaction. In terms of the provincial picture, the Ottawa Public Library moves 11.7 items per capita (per 100,000 people) – a high number. But the service manages to keep costs below the provincial average of $1.64 per capita.

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Osgoode Legion must modernize to survive EMMA JACKSON emma.jackson@metroland.com

In February 1961 the village of Osgoode welcomed a building from the Rockcliffe air base to become the town’s very own legion, offering a safe space for veterans to talk, drink and heal with men who understood what they’d gone through. Fifty years later, those World War Two vets are disappearing; only four WWII veterans stood up during the Osgoode Legion’s Remembrance dinner last week. Membership is dropping, nonmilitary members are outnumbering the veterans, and young vets from the Gulf war, the Afghanistan mission and various peacekeeping missions are not using the Legion like the previous generations once did. “People don’t get involved with the Legion aspect of it that they used to,” explained Rob Brewster, who at 52 is by far the youngest member of the

Osgoode Legion executive. “It’s seen it glory days and it will probably never be at that level again.” Last week only 50 people came to the legion’s annual Remembrance dinner, and Brewster is nervous this weekend’s 50th anniversary dinner on Saturday night will be a similar disappointment, despite a roster of local celebrities including Mayor Jim Watson, Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod and Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson. He said participation is still there, but the dynamic is different. Not only are there less bodies – dart nights used to be so packed you could barely throw your turn – but there’s less heart, too. “The (young veterans) participate, they’re at all the Remembrance Day ceremonies, but the participation is not at the same level,” Brewster said, explaining that the camaraderie and

companionship that men and women used to depend on has fallen to the wayside. On the bright side, the legion is now more of a community hub than a place to reminisce about the war. It’s open to everybody – Brewster himself is a civilian – and almost every day a different community group, recreational activity or event takes over in the building on Sunstrum Street. Brewster said this is an excellent starting point to keep the Legion alive. “In Osgoode, the legion is the main meeting centre for all the community associations. So my concept of it is we have to go with the flow. There aren’t so many veterans anymore but we should never, ever forget why it began. So to keep that there, we have to kind of modernize, and treat it a little bit more like a business,” he said. Brewster has attempted to do just that. Since joining the ex-

ecutive three years ago, he has brought wi-fi Internet access to the building and installed flat screen televisions, projectors, and screens. He’s in the process of convincing the rest of the executive to bring in a debit card machine for events. Although the rest of the executive members, many of them in their 80s, don’t understand the need for all these modern gadgets, Brewster said he’s pushing hard to bring the legion into the modern world so it can survive for generations to come. “The big mission now is to keep it going so we can pass it on. For the people who are maybe still there but are too elderly to participate, it’s a symbol that we can’t let go. We have to keep the memory of the reason it’s there, but modernize it so we can draw more members,” he said. The executive has applied for

a Trillium Foundation grant along those lines, presenting the legion as an important community centre instead of an exclusive veterans’ club. “When we made the application to Trillium the emphasis was to highlight it as a community hub. We have births celebrated there, weddings, anniversaries, and even memorials and wakes. The majority of the associations that are in Osgoode are now using the legion for their meetings, their dances, and their events,” he said. Brewster said no matter how the legion changes over time, the important thing is to keep the institution alive by any means possible, and to remember why it started. “The next generation that may care less about it than we do, but there’s something inside me that says don’t let it go. If it goes, it’s gone, it doesn’t come back,” he said.

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A case holds 12 boxes, meaning that in one night alone the girls had sponsored 72 boxes – 62 more than Washer had originally asked for. By the time they shipped the cookies, they had collected 108 boxes of the vanilla and chocolate goodies. “I knew that some cookies were coming, but I had no idea 108 boxes were coming,” Washer laughed. “It just blew me away. The guy that brings the mail was like, ‘What the heck is going on!”

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Washer distributed the cookies around the base to British, US and Australian troops, and to some locals he knew. He gave them to the base’s laundromat workers, who were from Africa, the Phillipines and Nepal and had never tasted the treats. He also sent a bundle to the “Role Three” hospital in Kandahar that acts as an intensive care unit for seriously injured children, civilians and military. “I made sure the little kids also got some of your cookies,” Washer told the approximately 60 Sparks, Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders gathered at Metcalfe Public School for his special presentation.

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Sgt. Neil Washer explains to his audience how important their efforts are to soldiers in Kandahar. Washer said the Afghani locals were excited to taste the North American treat, especially since Afghanistan is currently working towards rebuilding its Scouting system, which has been dismantled and banned a number of times during the last century. “The reaction when I gave the cookies to some locals, they were really, really pleased to get them,” he said. Throughout the presentation Washer showed the girls a slide show of his time over seas, including photos with

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, Bubbles from the Trailer Park Boys and several NHL hockey players. He had meant the flag and its mission certificate to be presented last spring by his wife, but because of the Canada Post mail strike the package didn’t arrive until the Girl Guide season had ended. Since he was already home, he decided to present the token in person.


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RECREATION Included in the draft budget is a freeze on recreation fees, as well as a few goodies for Ottawa south communities. The Barrhaven South Recreational Complex, a full-service community centre to be constructed by fall 2014 near Greenbank and Cambrian Roads, received $43.3 million. It will include a twin-pad arena, a pool, a gym, and outdoor facilities. A new community building in Chapman Mills got a $1.3-million boost. Construction on the new 3,000 square-foot building is scheduled to start in 2012.

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More than 20 seats were filled at the City of Ottawa’s public budget consultation for Ottawa south, held Nov. 3 at the Rideauview Community Centre. But only four of those seats held members of the public, estimated one city staffer. The rest were staff members on hand to answer questions on a variety of topics, including transit and policing. The meeting saw seven questions from five people, and finished early. Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches hosted the meeting, alongside Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Keith Egli and Rideau-Goulbourn Coun. Scott Moffatt. “I’m not surprised it wasn’t a full house,” Desroches said in an interview. “Slash and burn budgets are the ones that attract large crowds and strong reactions. “This budget resonates with residents.” The councillors kept the evening’s spotlight fixed on the Ottawa on the Move program, which promises to spend $340 million to fix up the city’s transportation networks. It will include the resurfacing of more than 200-kilometres of paved roads, between 2012 and 2014.

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Teens walk to Vimy to remember fallen soldiers KRISTY WALLACE

France on April 9, 2012 where students will take part in the 95th anniversary ceremonies for the Battle of Vimy Ridge. “I think that being at Vimy ... will create an indelible experience for our students. They will experience the craters and tunnels at Vimy,� said Hall. “They will have a feeling of pride just being there and that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Most of all, they will realize that the soldiers who fought at Vimy were not too much older than they are now.� Michelle Frost, a teacher at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Kanata, is organizing the walking trip and the trip to France for 10 students who applied to go from her school. Frost, who teaches Grade 10 history, said the trips are important in helping young people understand what veterans have gone through. “I think we need to give kids the opportunity to be hands-on,� said Frost. “To be part of a significant occasion is going to be very meaningful for these kids. I hope they walk away with a sense of pride, a sense of respect and understanding. These soldiers were young people – not much older than they are.� Young, who’s in Grade 12 at Holy Trinity Catholic High School, thinks young people need something more to connect to when it comes to Remembrance Day. “Right now, students are being told these were our veterans and the wars we fought in, but they aren’t connecting to it,� she said. “They need something they can understand.� Arnold agreed that she doesn’t feel young people understand enough about Remembrance Day. “They think of (Remem-

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As she marches from the War Memorial to the Canadian War Museum on Remembrance Day, Grade 12 student Elizabeth Young will remember her great grandfather who fought at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Grade 11 student Samantha Arnold will think of her family members who have a military background. Julian Hall, a high school teacher, will remember his grandfather, William D. Smith, who served with the British army in the Falkland Islands. “I had the opportunity to travel to the southern tip of South America very close to the Falkland Islands,� said Hall. “I experienced the tough, bleak, rugged landscape. I was able, for a moment, to realize how difficult it must have been to be stationed in a place so bleak and being so far from home.� Hall wanted high school students from across Ottawa to also experience those sights and feelings first-hand – so he’s headed this year’s Walk to Vimy event which will take place downtown on Remembrance Day. After ceremonies take place at the National War Memorial, Hall and a group of students and teachers from schools across Ottawa will walk a distance of 3.6 kilometres from the memorial to Vimy Place where the War Museum is located. Each metre they walk will represent one of the 3,598 Canadian soldiers who lost their lives at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Money raised from the walk will go towards the cost of a school-run trip to R0011163660-45-11

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Students from across Ottawa will be walking from the War Memorial to the Canada War Museum on Friday, Nov. 11 in honour of Remembrance Day, including students from Holy Trinity Catholic School in Kanata. From left to right are Julie Nguyen, Grade 11, Samantha Arnold, Grade 11, and Elizabeth Young, Grade 12. brance Day) as something that just happens every year,� she said, adding that she feels she still needs a greater understanding even though she comes from a military background. “(After going to Vimy Ridge) I’ll have the image of what it was, instead of trying to imagine it.� Hall said teaching young people the importance of Remembrance Day had an additional purpose – to empower stu-

dents, and teach them to be brave just like Canada’s veterans. “It takes bravery to stand up against someone who is displaying aggression against you,� said Hall. “We are living in a time where students can see ruthless dictators being removed from power on a frequent basis. This ensures that we continue to live in a free country and is due to the gallant efforts of our soldiers here and overseas.�


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Farmwife We have a new addition to the Fisher farm. The Farmer brought a Suffolk ram home in the back of his truck last week. As he put the tailgate down and the ram hopped out onto the grass, I asked my husband what we should call our new sheep. Funny how this is always my first thought but it doesn’t occur to the Farmer that the animal needs a name. “Uh, let’s see. He has floppy ears,” the Farmer replied. Well we couldn’t call him Floppy. That would just give the poor ram a complex. So I named him Philip. We put Philip in the horse stall for now, after installing additional barriers so he couldn’t hop out over the feeders to freedom. The first night all he did was bawl until he was hoarse. We should have thought ahead. Sheep hate to be alone. The next morning we found a nice little ewe to keep him company. There might be a lamb or two born ahead of season in February–March. Philip is very tame. He likes to have his nose rubbed and he comes right over to the side of the stall to be petted. I brought him a handful of sweet feed this morning to reward him for his good behaviour. He will have to stay in his stall until December, when he will be released to breed the females. We can’t put him in the barn with Rambo, or they might start fighting in the aisles. Love is in the air this time of year. The animals can smell that strange perfume and it makes them a little crazy. Speaking of the ewes, we found the ringleader who was

encouraging the herd to go running down the road on a daily basis. Gretel was easy to spot, as she had burrs all over her head from crawling under fences. She’s also extremely loud, with a voice that sounds suspiciously like my old enemy, the lamb squasher. I should get the book out and compare ear tag numbers. Anyway, she is currently serving as a companion to Rambo, who doesn’t really mind being alone but certainly prefers to have the company of a female if possible. And just like that, he doesn’t seem to stink anymore. It’s as though he has stopped applying that awful ewe-attracting cologne, because it worked. He caught one. I know I said I wasn’t going to write about my cats anymore but I feel this is the end of an era. I have no more tiny kittens in my basement. Since April, I have adopted out no less than 43 kittens after stealing them from 10 female barn cats. Sheila, our barn cat-turnedhouse cat, was a real trooper. Not only did she nurse her own four kittens but she also nursed kittens from two other litters that I had stolen and brought into the house to tame. As I adopted them out one-by-one and sometimes two-by-two, Sheila would sit at my feet and let out this litany of complaints. I think it went something like, “You bring these cats in here, force me to feed them when they don’t even smell like mine, then just as I start to get used to them you take them away.” I learned to let her smell each kitten just as it was being packed up and shipped out. That seemed to work, and she no longer spent the evening calling and checking under furniture for her missing charges. And now it’s just Sheila and Shamus, a six-month-old male in the house.

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n Remembrance Day, we honour the fallen soldiers who lie in Flanders Fields and near battlefields around the globe. We thank those veterans whose presence at the National War Memorial in Ottawa and at cenotaphs throughout the country reminds us of the sacrifices that make our freedom possible. Gathered near Parliament Hill, amid the pipes and parades, it’s easy to overlook the memorial itself. But take a good look at the bronze figures walking through the soaring granite arch. Guided by the winged figures of Peace and Freedom, they leave the guns of war behind and wearily make their way to what they hope will be a peaceful future, free of the hell from which they came. Now look even closer, at their faces. Are these the same boys and girls who left their farms and towns as fresh-faced teens to take on the world? No. They seem to have aged decades in just a few years. The sculptor has captured their utter fatigue, their hollow eyes and spent spirits. And even this powerful rendering is a sympathetic portrayal of the true cost of war. As Canadians celebrate veterans and honour their

service, we would do well to remember those faces. The soldiers now returning from Afghanistan might not be so dramatically changed in appearance, but inside, many have aged decades in just a few months. Many more do not carry in their hearts the peace and hope for the future the monument symbolizes. It is well and good to rename highways and make speeches. But society – and government in particular – must be willing to get into the trenches and deal with the less public, much thornier issues of mental health, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and reintegration to “normal” society for veterans who left as innocents and return broken in body and spirit. The government must match its grand rhetoric with funding to rehabilitate wounded soldiers and educate those who don’t yet understand the demons they grapple with. But Veterans Affairs programs are being cut, and the opposition’s investigation into those cuts has been stifled by government MPs. Adding the dates of the Afghan mission to the war memorial will hardly signal its end. Our soldiers have fought and suffered; the country must in turn fight for them now that they are home again.

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omewhere along the way, large organizations begin putting their own interests ahead of the people they serve. It happens everywhere – in private companies, in government, even in the non-profit sector. It’s why everything takes so long and nobody answers the phone. You see it all the time, although you don’t always recognize it. Organizations begin to do things for their own convenience, rather than the convenience of the public. It is most dramatic in government, because government’s only function is to serve the public. The recent kerfuffle over public spaces at Library and Archives Canada is a classic example. For years, several ground floor rooms and a medium-sized auditorium have been rented out to community groups, large and small, at a modest cost. The Library even renovated its auditorium in 1994, to improve its acoustics and make it more comfortable, an apparent sign of continuing commitment to public programs. Then the Library’s own public programming, including some outstanding musical and literary events, virtually disappeared, presumably for the usual budgetary reasons. Nevertheless, LAC continued to make its rooms available to community groups. A recent news story says that 350 events hosted by 45 differSouth Edition

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town ent groups will have been held at the Library by years’ end. That could change, if the government does not react to public pressure. LAC announced recently that Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) would take control of the ground floor bookings starting in January. According to the announcement, the government would charge community groups market rental rates (translation: higher) and demand that groups wanting to use the auditorium and meeting rooms get permission from Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose. Some vague security concerns were cited, along with a suggestion that the government might need those rooms for itself because of a shortage of meeting spaces in the capital. Both arguments were greeted with skepticism by the affected groups – the government needs more meeting spaces? Why not go to

Bridgehead? Or, better yet, hold fewer meetings. The government has begun backtracking and the final outcome of this particular struggle will take a while. Meanwhile it is useful to consider the words of a spokesperson for LAC, a contender for bureaucratic confusobabble of the year: “LAC is not a department that is specialized in property management, so it was logical that it be transferred to PWGSC, the department that has both the responsibility and expertise in this area, of which LAC has always been a tenant.” Roughly translated, what this means is that the public was becoming an inconvenience – you know, coming through the door, going into the rooms, sitting on the chairs. Serving the public took a certain amount of effort and it would be much easier if the government just served itself. Serving themselves is what more and more large organizations are doing, both in government and in business. When you go into a big store and can’t find any staff, do you think that was done with you in mind? Do you think someone wanted to serve you better when they replaced human attendants in parking garages with machines? It certainly didn’t serve the economy

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few years ago, I had a manager call me into her office. “What the hell is the matter with you?” she asked me. I was shocked. I was only working as a freelancer, and I had a great relationship with this manager. “You think just because you’ve pushed out a couple of kids that you’re worthless?” she continued. “I want you to go in there and demand a day rate worthy of someone with your level of education and experience.” And I did. And it earned me a significant raise on my daily rate as a consultant. The blogosphere has been lit up with stories over the past few weeks about the ways women stunt their career development. The main reason women fail to get ahead, according to one group of management experts from the Harvard Business Review, is that they lack self-confidence. Analyzing it afterward, I realized that I was setting a low rate because I was worried I wouldn’t get any work otherwise. Having been on maternity leave for a couple of years, I wasn’t sure my previous experience still “counted.” But by setting my rate far lower than the competition, I had inadvertently undervalued my skills and experience and demonstrated a lack of confidence to clients. Plus, I was setting a bad precedent. I’ve interviewed a number of women

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse over the past few months that have made it to the top of their companies, and in some cases, their industries. Although they have all faced different challenges and lessons to get to where they are, I noted some commonalities among them. All of them chose to view their mistakes or fumbles as opportunities. Too often, we beat ourselves up over our perceived failures. Not these women. Rather than becoming all-consumed in guilt and self-doubt, they were able to say, “OK, I made a mistake this time. What did I do wrong? What did I learn? How can I do things differently next time?” These same women were not afraid to ask for feedback. If you have low self-confidence, asking for feedback, especially 360-degree feedback, which allows your peers, managers and staff to provide constructive criticism on your performance, could sound like a devastating exercise. But if you want to get over this hurdle, it’s important

to have a clear idea of your strengths and weaknesses – or to put it in more favourable terms, your development areas. Really, the only way to do this is to get a variety of external perspectives. Learning to seek out and accept feedback can help you boost your strengths and encourage you to spend time working on your development areas. Plus, you’re less likely to be caught off guard when a client or boss tells you something seemingly negative about your skills. Perhaps the one thing that didn’t come up in these interviews was the following: Women, especially mothers, have a tendency to feel guilty. They feel guilty when they’re at home with the kids and they feel they should be working. They feel guilty when they’re at work, maybe doing overtime, and feeling like they should be spending more time with the kids. This contributes to apparent low self-confidence in a more subtle way. The best way to overcome this is to focus 100 per cent of attention on work when you’re at work. And when you have time with the kids, don’t think or talk about work, but give the kids 100 per cent of your time. It’s not easy. Depending on the type of work you do, it can be harder to compartmentalize your life. But it’s essential if you want to give each area of your life your best and be confident at the same time.

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Deborah Lyall will join Ottawa artists John Benn and Barbara Carlson at the Metcalfe Town Hall this Saturday and Sunday. Lyall creates vintageinspired silhouette graphics, while Carlson uses found objects from around Ottawa to create her unique drawings. Benn, more traditional, will showcase his plein air oil paintings of landscapes in Ottawa South. oil paintings of various landscapes and scenes found in Ottawa South. Plein air painting sounds just like what it is: the artist takes his materials, sits outside in the elements and paints the scene in front of him from start to finish. “The man is amazing. He paints outside in the cold. He will be outside being eaten by bugs all day, and it’s done in a short amount of time. Plein air painting tends to be a little more coarse,” Lyall explained. Benn used to be a well-known etcher in the capital as well, creating intricate scenes and land-

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Public School and kept in touch throughout her life until he died this year. “He always encouraged me in art, and he always said ‘How come you’re not doing it?’ I thought framing was going to be it for me. But I got this bug to start doing my own stuff about a year ago. I started working with fabric and multi media work and this is what’s happened,” she said, gesturing to the chaotic studio hung with dozens of her signature vintage silhouettes. Postage stamp-inspired cameos, variations on old-fashioned underclothes, colourful flowers, old trucks and

vintage formalwear pop out of their frames around the room, outlined in black and backed with bright colours. A quilt comprised of ornate paper stars is dedicated to Robb, whose funeral Lyall spoke at several months ago, and whose family will be at the art show. Prints of individual quilting squares will be on sale for $40. “This gentleman always said to us, ‘Don’t live on the sidelines of your life; reach.’ So, of course, I made stars,” she said. The art show will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information call Lyall at 613-821-4663.

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scapes around Ottawa. “It’s a really good mix, the three of us together. I think it will be an interesting show,” Lyall said. Lyall grew up in an antique shop and now runs a picture framing business out of her log cabin home near Greely, where she is famous for making shadow boxes to display heirlooms and cherished items. Now 50, after 20 years of framing other peoples’ art, she decided last year to start making her own. She was inspired by her grade six teacher Bob Robb, who taught her at Blossom Park

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Local runners impress at home OFSAA DAN PLOUFFE National capital runners earned seven top-10 finishes on their home course as nearly 1,500 of the province’s best high school cross-country runners descended on the Hornet’s Nest for the OFSAA championships on Saturday, Nov. 5. Organizers couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day, and the star attraction of the competition came through to the delight of the hometown fans as Glebe Collegiate Institute’s Yves Sikubwabo blasted his own course record by over one minute and 15 seconds to easily win the senior boys’ event. “I’m so happy,” says Sikubwabo. “It was my last year for (high school) cross-country, so I’m very proud. Especially my family, they keep on encouraging me and saying, ‘Yves, we believe you can do it.’ ” The Glebe midget girls captured the region’s only other medals with a very strong debut performance against the province’s best to take antiquebronze for fourth place in the team event. The medalists included Claire Smith, Tara Robinson, Emma Barrett, Juliana Rhead and Alexa Livingstone, who persevered despite having the flu to place 51st out of 242 runners. “I just wanted to run at OFSAA,” says Livingstone. “The big hill was the hardest for me. My legs were dead.” At least Livingstone knew what was coming at her from previous races. Several out-oftown competitors in the midget girls’ event actually cried their way up the big toboggan hill by the Montreal Road exit to Highway 174. The hill was where midget boys’ competitor Arjun Walia started picking off a large number of runners en route to a 17th-place finish in the midget boys’ race in a time that was over a minute faster than his

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Olivia Robertson’s final push to the finish earned the Brookfield athlete a top-10 result in the junior girls’ event at the OFSAA cross-country running championships on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Hornet’s Nest. national capital silver medalwinning performance the week before. “I didn’t even realize it. When you’re running in a group with people who are pretty much at your level, you push so much harder,” says Walia, who wore Nepean City shorts to thank his former soccer club for giving him his running fitness. Brookfield’s Olivia Robertson made a mad dash to the finish and managed to crack the junior girls’ top-10 because of it. “I wasn’t really happy with my whole race, so then I just thought I may as well go as hard as I can now,” says Robertson, who believes she started her race too fast. “There were four

or five people in front of me and I saw them slowing down a little bit, so I just went for it.” A. Y. Jackson’s Brendon Howard hung tough in the junior boys’ event to place seventh overall, while teammate Alec Jarvis came in at No. 15. “I moved up 10 places from the middle to the end,” says Howard. “This race was a lot harder, but I felt good.” Franco-Ouest’s Emma Galbraith ran a consistent race to crack the senior girls’ top-10 with a ninth-place showing. “It was OK,” says Galbraith, who placed higher in the same event last year. “I felt strong through the race, but there was a lot of competition.” Charlene Rhead came in 13th

out of 246 athletes, and she finished in the same place in the team event with the other Glebe senior girls. Nepean’s Scott Donald ran a smart, consistently hard race from the start to earn an eightplace finish in the senior boys’ event. “Everyone was asking me how I thought I was going to place, and I didn’t respond to any of them,” Donald explains. “But deep down, I wanted top10, so I’m really happy about that.” Earl of March’s Erica Van Wyk earned the national capital association’s first top-10 result of the day by placing eighth in her OFSAA debut in the midget girls’ competition.

After a month in which Nepean swept aside nearly all their Central Canada Hockey League rivals, three Raiders players have picked up player of the month honours for October. Picking up his second consecutive Corporate Hype Player of the Month award is Raiders captain Craig Cowie. The forward collected 12 goals and 18 assists in 12 games to lead his club to a 11-1 record in October. Cowie now has 49 points (17 goals and 32 assists) in 20 games this season. Matt Zawadzki, meanwhile, was named goalie of the month after collecting six wins, including two shutouts, and posting a 1.71 goals against average and .942 save percentage. The third Raider to be honoured was defenceman Mac Weegar, who picked up his second consecutive rookie of the month award. His defensive contributions went along with two goals and 10 assists in October. Weegar currently leads all rookies in scoring with 20 points (six goals and 14 assists). Honourable mentions for player of the month went to Carleton Place defenceman Dustin Darou and Brockville forward Ben Blasko. Cornwall’s Lukas Hafner and Cumberland’s Patrick Martin were honourable mentions for the goalie of the month, while two more defencemen, Brockville’s Brandon Cole and Chris Maniccia of Smiths Falls, were honourable mentions for the rookie of the month award.

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DAN PLOUFFE In the course of the football game, there probably couldn’t have been a much more inconsequential play. Down 21-0 to the undefeated Myers Orleans Bengals with under a minute to play, there was no way the Nepean Redskins were going to win the National Capital Amateur Football Association Midget ‘A’ Cup final on Friday, Nov. 4 in Gatineau. But as their kick returner ran hard, bounced off one tackle, then got his leg caught before lunging ahead with a last-ditch effort to fight for every possible yard, there couldn’t have been a more telling play for Redskins coach Steve Viau. “They never quit,” Viau says of his players. “Thirty seconds left – our guys are ready to go and saying, ‘C’mon boys, we got 30 seconds left.’” It’s the type of attitude that makes a coach “more proud of these guys than any father could be.” The Redskins battled through the NCAFA season without a starting quarterback until the very end of the season, struggling to put points on the board, but providing stalwart defence

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The Nepean Redskins made it to their second NCAFA Midget final in as many years, but they couldn’t defend their title this time around up against the Orleans Bengals, who completed an undefeated season with a 21-0 victory on Friday, Nov. 4 in Gatineau. in giving up an average of six points per game during a 4-4 regular season. With a 23-13 playoff victory over the Ottawa Colts, Nepean

was off to its second consecutive Midget title game, although the result wasn’t as kind to the Redskins this time around. “It doesn’t feel great to lose,

but we’ll be back,” says Viau. “We play with dignity and walk out with our heads held high. If we lose, we lose with dignity. We lost (on Friday), but they’re still

smiling.” Defensive leader Ryan Lawther was named the Redskins’ MVP in the contest, a fitting tribute to a player who always gives maximal effort and also helps out with younger teams, says Viau. The Bengals were the class of the Midget division this season, scoring over three times as many points as they allowed en route to a perfect 10-0 record. “Every bar that we set, they met,” says Orleans coach Ntare Bainomugisha, whose entire coaching staff is made up of players with at least university experience. “It was awesome. And the kids are such good kids.” In other NCAFA ‘A’ Cup finals, the Cumberland Panthers beat the Bel-Air Copeland Lions 4228 in the Mosquito championship, the Myers Riders Pee-wees downed the Bell Warriors 28-21 and the Gloucester South Raiders knocked off the Riders 14-7 in Bantam play. ’B’ Cup champions included Orleans, Bell, Gloucester South and Cornwall, while the Gloucester South Tykes and Mosquitoes took home ‘C’ Cup crowns along with Gatineau and West Carleton.

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Local figure skaters won the lion’s share of the medals at the Skate Canada Eastern Ontario Sectionals, hosted by the Gloucester Skating Club this past weekend. Zoe Gong was one of several division champions from Minto Skating Club, earning the novice women’s title while skating to James Bond-inspired music and wearing the hand-made costume her mother put together. “My jumps weren’t perfect but I did land them,” says Gong, a 14year-old Earl of March Secondary School student who’s enjoyed the chance to be graceful and dynamic with the James Bond theme. “It has more of a storyline than my other programs.” Gloucester’s Nikki Mattocks, who had a standout free skate, won silver in the category. Minto’s Lisa Nasu-Yu, who moved to Mississauga this past March to pursue her training there, took third, while Gloucester’s Kelsey MacLean was fourth. Gloucester’s Sonia Tang, a top contender in the category, had to withdraw due to an Achilles tendon injury suffered in training. The Lancaster Road-based Minto club produced a remark-

able sweep of the top eight positions in the pre-novice women’s event, with Sophie Fu, Sheena Hardwick-Kelly, Analisa LoveTedjoutomo and Morgan McMillan occupying the top four spots. The Minto ice dancers, led by novice champions Samantha Glavine (who competes under the Rideau Skating Club banner) and novice men’s singles silver medallist Jeff Hough, occupied their usual top spots at the competition. “Our expression was the strongest (part of the performance),” says Manotick’s Glavine, noting improvements can still be made on their footwork. “We were acting in character and just skating to the music.” The Sectionals doesn’t attract a great number of dance teams, but it does still provide a forum to practice for later events. “I really wish we had competition. Maybe with the Ontario Winter Games more will come,” says South Carleton High School student Alex Gunther, part of an enthusiastic young ice dance pair with fellow Gloucester skater Chelsea Sheridan. “We practice three mornings a week. School starts at 8 a.m. and I get there at 8:25, but I love to skate in the mornings.”

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Rideau’s Samatha Glavine and Minto’s Jeff Hough were novice ice dance championships at Skate Canada’s Eastern Ontario Sectionals Nov. 5-6 at the Gloucester Skating Club. Waking up for early-morning training sessions is not the most glamorous part of ice dancing, but it’s part of the drill, notes Minto skating coordinator Darryl VanLuven. “Sometimes they get put off to the side since they

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skate at 6:30 in the mornings,” VanLuven adds. “Not many people get to see that, but those teams have been working hard this year.” Minto’s Ian Gibson picked up a bronze medal in the novice men’s category, while

Anna McCorriston of Minto just missed out on junior women’s gold by less than a point behind Gloucester’s Elizabeth Comeau, a first-time Sectionals champion who leapfrogged teammate and bronze medallist Jennifer Pettem after the short program. Gloucester’s Ben Guthrie scored 126.50 points in the senior men’s competition, while Nepean’s Alaine Chartrand topped the senior women’s category and Gloucester’s Sarah and Steven Clarke placed second in junior dance. Gloucester’s Hailey Fournier edged Minto Alexis Dion to win the juvenile women’s competition and Rideau’s Andriyko Goyaniuk topped the pre-novice men’s field, ahead of Gloucester’s Josh Allen and Minto competitors Hugh Brabyn-Jones and Cameron Hines in second through fourth place. The top four competitors in each category advanced to the Skate Canada Challenge in Regina, Sask. from Nov. 30-Dec. 4 – the final qualifier for the Canadian championships – where VanLuven expects athletes from Eastern Ontario will fare quite well matched up against their counterparts from across the country.

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If you missed the many Oktoberfestivities last month, never fear: the Osgoode Township High School’s varsity girls’ hockey team is hosting their “Oktoberfest in November” dinner and auction this weekend to raise money for their upcoming European hockey tour. The team is heading to Germany, Austria and Slovakia next March to play against five different women’s hockey teams from those regions, and they’re fundraising to offset the cost of the 10day trip. Oktoberfest in November will be held Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Emerald Links Golf Club off Mitch Owens Road in Greely. For only $10, guests can enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner, music by the Osgoode Township High School jazz band, and – perhaps best of all – an evening of auctioneering and entertainment from NHL trivia guru Liam Mc-

Guire. He’ll be spewing off NHL factoids all evening while auctioning off such coveted items as Ottawa Senators tickets against the Montreal Canadiens, free labour and services from local tradesmen, a signed Daniel Alfredsson jersey, and several autographed hockey sticks. “The items are still coming in,” said team coach Gary Theoret. He said that while the event aims to make money, it’s a community-oriented event and the team will be happy with whatever they raise towards the trip. “If people come and have a good time and they buy something, fantastic. If not, if they just have a good time, then they just add to the atmosphere,” he said. The 19 team members will tour three countries for 10 days, playing five different hockey teams from a variety of leagues depending on skill level. Theoret said he tries to match them evenly with a team at the same skill level, even

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Osgoode Township High School teacher and girls’ varsity hockey coach Gary Theoret will take 19 high school hockey players, including Daniella Beiersdorfer, Jenna van Koppen and Emily Theoret, to Europe in March to play against five European women’s hockey teams. The team is holding an Oktoberfest dinner and auction at Emerald Links golf club on Saturday. if that means playing against a women’s team instead of a high school. The girls will also glean cultural and historical benefits from the trip, visiting historic sites throughout the countries to get a sense of the culture. They will even have dinner with some of their rival teams in an effort to create ties with female hockey players in other countries. “The girls will get their education through travelling, instead of looking at a picture in a book,” Theoret said. “It’s got a wow effect as far as history goes. Everywhere you go there’s something that resonates.” The varsity hockey team, which includes students from Grade 9 through 12, has taken a European hockey trip

every four years since year 2000, allowing every team member to visit the continent once in her high school career. The girls have been fundraising since the spring with various events, but their Oktoberfest auction will be their biggest event yet. Theoret said they are hoping to raise $10,000 overall to offset the cost of the team mates’ fare. Each seat on the trip costs about $3,100. Many team members are bringing their families with them, but the families’ tickets will not be subsidized by the fundraising, said Theoret, who has a daughter on the team. For more information about Oktoberfest in November or to buy tickets, visit www.othspanthers.ca or email Gary. Theoret@ocdsb.ca.

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PRESIDENT’S STICK A TRADITION Rideau Trails Association president Robert Groves, right, presents the association’s President’s Stick to Gloucester South-Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches, who is also deputy mayor. The stick was first given to the Rideau Trail Association in 2007 by Mayor Jim Watson, then the minister of Health Promotion in the provincial government. To honour the association’s 40th anniversary this fall, the stick was carried by more than 200 association members along the 300-kilometre trail that stretches between Kingston and Ottawa, ending at the Bytown Museum on Saturday, Nov. 5. The association formed in 1971 in an effort to create a continuous walking trail between Kingston, Smiths Falls, Perth and Ottawa.


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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

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

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

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

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. 308226

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

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU? • The opportunity to be part of a company at the cutting edge of the digital media industry; you’ll never get bored in our fast-paced, constantly evolving and challenging environment. • We’ve got your health in mind; you’ll get a comprehensive benefits package, including 4 weeks vacation and a group RRSP plan • The sky’s the limit; our uncapped commission plan provides unlimited earning potential • The opportunity to work with other talented and awesome people

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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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

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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a cyclist. The city needs cyclists to use the infrastructure it’s building in order to justify the expense, he said. “Having someone responsible for it, you have performance measures of how well they are getting people out of cars,” he said. The city isn’t using social media right now, but it did start an email newsletter last year that already has 1,500 subscribers. The city does more “classical outreach,” said transportation planner Zlatko Krstulich. That includes talking to the roads and cycling advisory committee (a citizens group) and consulting with communities about cycling facilities planned for their areas. As for social media, Krstulich said “that’s something we would take on as more of a broader communications strategy.” But in the meantime the city has “really increased the ways we communicate with cyclists,” he said. “So we just want to make sure that works well and we can manage it.” Ottawa is more involved in planning events, many of which are done in partnership with the Enviro Centre. That includes the successful Bike to Work Month (May), which had 861 pledge online this year, and a community contest measuring which mode of transportation was faster: car, bike or transit. Open data related to cycling, including the trip counters on routes such as the Laurier Avenue segregated lanes, will be available soon, and city staff hopes that data will be shared and take on a life of its own online.

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Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind will host their Christmas bazaar and bake sale on Saturday, Nov. 12 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. You can also order fresh holly for the holidays. 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. Are you excited about Christmas? We are! Check

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