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West Edition Serving Britannia, Carlingwood, Westboro, Island Park and surrounding communities Year 2, Issue 2

November 3, 2011 | 24 Pages

PLAYGROUND FOR ALL A group of parents are busy fundraising for a new primary play yard at Woodroffe Avenue Public School.


A GREAT, GREAT FIND A Mechanicsville resident recently penned a book about his distant great grandfather who played an important role in history.


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HOOPING IT UP AT WICKEDLY WESTBORO Hula hoop instructor Robyn Brehaut, left, and Amanda Jette-Knox of the Westboro Village Business Improvement Area give Dovercourt Recreation Centre mascot Dovercat a big hug during a zombie walk as part of the Wickedly Westboro festival on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Roman Avenue homes could yet be saved KRISTY WALLACE

MUGGLES’ GAME The Ravens and Gee-Gees were among eight universities to participate in the inaugural Canadian Quidditch Cup.


Twenty-five homes on Roman Avenue could be saved if city council decides to build a Transitway tunnel under Connaught Park and avenue instead. The city’s transportation committee was to vote on a report on Nov. 2 recommending the city cancel its plans to expropriate homes along Roman Avenue, next to Highway 417. City staff said the best idea is to revert

back to a plan dating to 1996 that involves constructing a 400-metre tunnel that would run under Connaught Avenue and a National Capital Commission-owned park, as well as an OC Transpo garage. In 2008, the city estimated it would cost $138 million to dig, construct and cover over the tunnel. That was deemed too expensive, so the city began looking at taking over Roman Avenue and using the space for the western Transitway extension linking the current Queensway stop with a Transitway route recently opened between Pinecrest Avenue

and Bayshore Shopping Centre. City officials said they want a rapid transit corridor that can accommodate buses first, and be converted to light rail in the future. Paul Coma, a resident of Roman Avenue, said he doesn’t want to get too excited until the decision actually passes. “I’m not getting my hopes up,” Coma said. “If it passes then I’ll get excited, but I’ve always been that way. I don’t know what will happen. It might not even pass.” See TAYLOR on page 7

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Woodroffe Avenue PS moms fundraise for the future KRISTY WALLACE

Even though their own children might be older and moved onto senior grades in a few years, a group of Woodroffe Avenue Public School parents are making sure future generations of children can benefit from an improved primary school yard. “It’s important for our community,” said Josephine Dyrkton, mother of Grade 3 student Azad and senior kindergarten student Zara. “My son won’t benefit from it, but my daughter might get to see it – and other kids going forward.” Last year, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board had to remove a wooden play structure in the primary yard where children in Grades 1 through 3 spent their time at recess. The board’s maintenance department deemed the structure unsafe. Anticipating its removal for a few years, the school’s council has already raised $34,000 and received a grant of $1,000. In December 2010, the school council formed a playground renewal committee to help push the project forward. The committee includes par-

ents Dyrkton, Melinda Tan, Jean Byrne, Tara Finlay, Denise Wai, and three consultants Anne Windle, Jason Smalley and Wendy Hough. In January, the committee surveyed students, parents and teachers to find out what they would like to see in the play yard. The survey showed that people wanted the whole yard re-done. “It’s a big, expansive yard,” said Dyrkton. “There are a lot of kids who use it, and we have an opportunity to be creative.” As part of the revitalizations, the committee wants to put a new play structure in the school yard. In addition, members want to have an outdoor classroom and turn some of the asphalt area into an artificial turf soccer field. Tan said the outdoor classroom would be a great addition to the play yard. “One of the biggest issue is that kids in portables are stifling in warm weather,” said Tan, whose child Saer is in Grade 1. “It’s sort of a necessity, and it benefits them to learn outside, especially different subjects.” The team also wants to develop the field into a low mound with

Photo by Kristy Wallace

From left to right, Woodroffe Avenue Public School moms Jean Byrne, Melinda Tan, Tara Finlay and Josephine Dyrkton are busy fundraising for a new and improved playground for the school. play houses, trees, pathways and also create a garden with trees and picnic tables. Byrne, one of the moms who has been helping drive the initiative, said the project might take a few years and they’re hoping to raise $345,000. “I don’t know if we’re going to accomplish all parts of the plan, but whatever we accomplish is

for the community,” Byrne said. She added that the committee’s first goal is to raise $100,000 by March 2012 so the new play structure can be installed before the next school year starts. Dyrkton said members of the committee have been working hard to start fundraising initiatives for the school yard immediately.

“We thought we had more time, so Jean and everyone’s been working double time to get everything underway and start getting money in,” Dyrkton said. The committee members said they’re open to corporate sponsorship, but they’re also amazed at the amount of people who want to give as well. Byrne said there are one set of twins who are now in Grade 1 who asked for playground donations for their birthday, and donated $200 to the project. Another student in Grade 5 also approached them and asked if he could put on a concert to raise money for the playground. Also, the group has entered the Aviva Community Fund contest for a chance to win $100,000 to $150,000 for the project. The contest funds the projects with the most votes, which can be done online at: . Dyrkton overall, they hope they can also get some community involvement. “Getting the community involved and kids involved is fundamental too,” she said. “Most parents like to know their kids are in a good playground.”

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GETTING DRESSED UP FOR HOWL-O-WEEN More than $4,000 was raised at the Howl-O-Ween PugStock event organized by Under My Wing – Pug Rescue held on Sunday, Oct. 30. The organization rescues pugs and provides them with medical care, loving attention, comfort; balanced food, companionship, and eventually a loving forever home.

Mayor vows to fix broken planning process LAURA MUELLER

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 frus-

trated.” 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 pro-

cess 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 fasttracked.

Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes thinks the city might be unprepared to deal with an influx of new condos in the city’s urban core. In Somerset Ward alone 3,600 units that have been given zoning and site-plan approvals. Buildings containing another 430 units have been given permission to start construction. Condo booms in other central wards, such as Kitchissippi and Rideau-Vanier, add to those numbers. “If we’re going to absorb an extra 4,000 people, that’s great, as long as we have the infrastructure capacity,” Holmes said. Right now, there is no one collecting that type of information, Holmes said. But she convinced the vice chairwoman of the planning committee, Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder, to put forward a motion asking the city to study the effects of that level of intensification in Somerset Ward. “We’re not up on what’s really going through the planning department, and we have no policy on investment,” Holmes said. The city has been working on a policy to take advantage of a Planning Act tool that lets the city charge developers for near-

by perks, such as sidewalk upgrades and parks. But Ottawa’s “Section 37” policy, as it’s called, has been stalled as the city works with developers to iron out the details of how the calculations would work. Meanwhile, the city set an intensification target of 36 per cent, but demand for condos and a rush to get approvals before development charges kicked in August in Somerset Ward have pushed intensification levels to 43.8 per cent downtown. A new central library, a community centre and parks are a few of the things Centretown needs in order to attract more families, Holmes said. “We really need some families moving downtown,” Holmes said. She wants schools to stay open, and families will hesitate to move to areas that don’t have parks and other amenities. “Without that sort of infrastructure for family support, it’s going to remain a singles area, which really limits this whole city’s development.” Other cities have policies to attract families downtown, and that might be something Ottawa should look at, Holmes said.

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Ottawa police budget stays on target

Fare changes on cards for OC Transpo in 2012 LAURA MUELLER

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 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


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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. 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 park-andride spaces – 100 at the new Scotiabank Place park-and-ride and 380 at Trim Road.

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. The increase amounts to about $13 per year for an average household, according 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 after council decided to impose the 2.5 per cent increase limit. 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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Lanes, paved shoulders part of $340M Ottawa on the Move plan LAURA MUELLER

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 $340million 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 criti-

cal missing links” in the bike-pathway network and using existing cycling facilities such as the Corktown Bridge and new lanes and bridges. West-end residents will be looking at more construction on Woodroffe Avenue, as the city plans to reconstruct the road (and the water and sewer lines beneath it) from Baseline Road to Highway 417. Woodroffe will also be resurfaced between Richmond Road and the Ottawa River Parkway. Carlington will see a full rebuild of Admiral Avenue between Crerar and Anna avenues. The city is also planning to repave Bayshore Drive between Richmond and Woodridge Avenue South, Carling Av-

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Have your say on the city budget OTTAWA THIS WEEK STAFF Now is your chance to tell the city how you want to see it spend your tax dollars. Participate in the following public consultation sessions for the 2012 budget: • East: Tuesday, Nov.1, 7 to 9 p.m. Shenkman Arts Centre, Richcraft Theatre, 245 Centrum Blvd., Orleans • West: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Holy Trinity Catholic High School,180 Katimavik Rd., Kanata •South: Thursday, Nov. 3 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.Rideauview Community Centre, 4310 Shoreline Dr., Riverside South •Central: Friday, Nov. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. City Hall council chambers, 110 Laurier

enue from Corkstown Road to Bayshore, Dovercourt Avenue from Broadview Avenue to Churchill Avenue North and Crerar from Merivale Road to Fisher Avenue. Baseline Road will also get new pavement between Merivale and Prince of Wales Drive (in three phases) Traffic cameras will be added to the intersection at Baseline and Fisher. 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. Fisher is set to get sidewalk repairs from Meadowlands Drive to Appleby Private.

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Ave. W. Departmental budgets will also be debated by the city’s standing committees. Anyone can make a five-minute presentation at the following meetings, which begin at 9:30 a.m. at city hall: planning (Nov. 8), transportation (Nov. 10), library board (Nov. 14), environment (Nov. 15), transit commission (Nov. 16), community and protective services (Nov. 17), agriculture and rural affairs (Nov. 18), information technology subcommittee (Nov. 21), police services board (Nov. 28). You can also send an email to the mayor’s office: Council will vote on the final budget on Nov. 30.

Please attend one of our open houses to learn about new funding and help develop policies to protect local sources of municipal drinking water. Funding and most policies will apply in the shaded area on the map.

Open Houses 4 pm to 8 pm with a presentation at 6 pm November 16 Almonte Old Town Hall 14 Bridge St.

Policies could place requirements or restrictions on the following types of activities in areas near sources of municipal drinking water (shaded areas). The goal is to take steps to prevent leaks or releases of contaminants near drinking water. These activities could also be eligible for funding to help implement extra safeguards. • • • • Submitted photo

IT’S TRICK-OR-TREAT TIME AT CITY HALL Mayor Jim Watson was joined by city councillors Kathleen Hobbs and Shad Qadri at the fifth annual Halloween party in support of the Ottawa Food Bank’s Baby Supply Cupboard at the city hall on Oct. 29. Hundreds of people lined up to donate non-perishable baby food, formula, diapers, wipes and other baby needs.

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November 22 Merrickville Community Centre 106 Read St.

November 24 Perth Legion 26 Beckwith St.

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City allocates $12M for cycling in draft budget


Pinecrest intersection makeover to improve pedestrian safety KRISTY WALLACE

A triangular-shaped platform on the corner of Richmond and Pinecrest roads was meant to help people crossing the dangerous intersection “It wasn’t a be-all, end-all, but it provided a sense of physical security,” said west-end resident Geoffrey Sharpe, who recently visited the construction site and was told the platform located at the right turning yield lane was being removed. He said the platform, referred to as a pedestrian traffic refuge, has been critical for pedestrian safety over the more than 20 years since it was placed there. “What we have now is one of the most dangerous crossings in entire City of Ottawa,” said Sharpe. Bay Ward Coun. Mark Taylor agrees that the intersection is dangerous, and said that between 2006 and 2008 there were

eight collisions where a vehicle didn’t stop while turning right at the turn channel and hit a pedestrian. “(The right turn channel) acts like a slingshot and people go faster,” said Taylor. Taylor said the city decided to rebuild the intersection and remove the turn channel, as well as improve drainage so there aren’t any big puddles people try to avoid while walking across the street. The city is also putting in pedestrian countdown signals and audible signals, the councillor said.. “The purpose is to make it safer for folks crossing the street, and give them more time to do it,” Taylor said, adding that the new intersection would slow the traffic more. Sharpe said even before the pedestrian traffic refuge was put in place, crossing the intersection was still “ridiculous.” “This is negligence in every

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A right-turning lane at Richmond and Pinecrest roads has been removed, including a pedestrian traffic refuge. sense of the word,” Sharpe said. “(As a pedestrian at this intersection), you feel like a piece of meat that two knives are trying to cut into. By removing the pedestrian traffic refuge, we’re making something more dangerous for pedestrians that

was dangerous enough 22 years ago.” He said even though the triangle is being removed, pedestrians can also still use the traffic island in the middle when crossing from one end of Richmond Road to the other.

“The problem was that people were running across the channel to the island,” Taylor said. “(The channel removal) makes for a longer distance (pedestrians have to walk), but they won’t be walking across with cars shooting at them.” R0021162120

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Jaclyn Madill is carrying on Dovercourt Recreation Centre’s tradition of giving back to the community through its most recent fundraiser, Fit for Heart, which benefits the Heart and Stroke Foundation. “A lot of our clients are interested in fundraising opportunities,” said Madill, who is the manager of health and fitness at Dovercourt Recreation Centre. “(The fundraiser) is a nice opportunity for them to get to know each other, and for them to give back to the community.” Last week, the recreation centre aimed to raise $2,500 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The centre has raised a total of $800, but Madill said they are still raising money. Throughout the week between Oct. 24 and 30, Madill said there were three ways people could give back to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. First, she said Dovercourt account holders were encouraged to do seven fitness visits in seven days and raise pledges for this task. Unlimited access to all the

group fitness classes and fitness centre were given to Dovercourt clients. She said the second way people could was just to donate, and their name would be added to the facility’s “heart wall.” Finally, Dovercourt clients were also able to donate by registering early for winter classes. The facility donated $2 from every registration to the cause, and this will continue until Nov. 22. “It’s all basically a sneak preview,” said Madill. “Everything for the winter is available even before the publications are available.” Madill said she’s led the Fit for Heart fundraiser at previous jobs, and said she hopes it becomes an annual event at Dovercourt. While Heart and Stroke month falls in February, Madill said October seemed like a better month to do the fundraiser. “Our busiest time of year is in October,” she said. “It suits our traffic better to do it in the fall.” For more information on Dovercourt’s activities and upcoming events, visit the website: .

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Dovercourt takes fitness to heart for fundraising effort


Issue among most important for Taylor From AVENUE on page 1 He said he’ll be “ecstatic” if the decision goes the residents’ way. “This nonsense has been going on for close to 30 years,” he said, adding that if it doesn’t pass, the community will keep working to try and save the homes. “We’ll keep hammering at it.” Bay Ward Coun. Mark Taylor said the issue has been one of the more important ones he wanted to address when elected last year. “Of all the issues in the ward, this was the one we did an issue-specific canvass piece for,” Taylor said. “It means so much to people who live there. It’s not a question of dollars ... this is a question of quality of life.” He added that if the issue passes, it will mean a lot to members of the community who had to hold off aspects of their life waiting for a decision. “What it means is finally, after 25 years, they can rest easy,” Taylor said. “They know their homes won’t be expropriated, their property values will return to normal, and it’s a big weight off their shoulders.” Coma whichever way the situation goes, he feels Taylor has been supportive of the commu-

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Houses on Roman Avenue could be spared from expropriation if transit committee approves a Transitway tunnel under Connaught Park and avenue. nity – especially those living on Roman Avenue. “He’s working hard,” said Coma. Coma and his wife, Christine, have lived in their Roman Avenue home since the 1970s and raised a family there. In an interview with Ottawa This Week back in January, Christine said the home has meant a lot to her. “A lot of people say it’s only a house,” she said. “But there are memories in this house, and in this neighbourhood.”


Coma said he will be at transportation committee on Nov. 2 to hear the outcome. In the report, Taylor writes that the change will “end 25 years of stress and anxiety in this neighbourhood” and return the value of people’s homes to a normal market value. Transportation committee’s decision took place after Ottawa This Week’s deadline, but find out the results at: . With files from Laura Mueller

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Budget a win for pedal power


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 construction 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. “It’s not just the dollars, it’s in their willingness to make a bold statement like that.” 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 even 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.


Just what the world needs – more toys


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

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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When you think about it, both these devices, the iPod and the iPhone, are things the world could quite easily get along without. That could be said of most toys. But what can’t be said about most toys is that the world economy now seems to consist of more and more companies trying to invent and market similar gadgets. This, in a world that should really be spending its resources bringing fresh water to billions who need it, eradicating diseases such as malaria and creating affordable housing in every country of the world. The world has many pressing needs and builds better phones. Toys are us. That’s probably not what Steve had in mind.

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Going green BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse


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 contractors 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 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 NRCan-certified 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.



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Prostate cancer benefit concert ready to rock the house

Clare Gardens, remembered Dear editor, I read with interest your recent article on the “re-vamped” Clare Gardens (Clare Gardens a park designed for all generations, Sept. 1, 2011). In it you refer to the space as having been called the “forgotten park.” As a boy growing up in Westboro in the ’50s and ’60s I remember when we used to call it “The Second Bush.” The “First Bush” closer to my home on Avondale Avenue was the vacant lot at the top of Athalone. It was then owned by the Hydro Utility. At present new homes are going up on that site. One feature much appreciated by us youngsters was the total natural lay of the land in the Second Bush. It flooded in the spring so much so that sometimes walking through it was impossible or life threatening (or so we then imagined). A detour down Tweedsmuir took longer and was not as much fun. My former father-in-law can remember in times of flooding, towing outhouses from neighbouring Tweedsmuir properties (which backed on the bush). When the waters receded they left the structures high and literally dry. Owners then had to get horse and wagon to retrieve their wayward structures. Before the days of television this was all great fun.


at Sanderson Entertainment Law, the pre-eminent entertainment law firm in Canada. He said he is looking forward to the concert, which he said promises to be a great time. “It is going to be balls to the walls – full out rock and roll. One a gigantic rock party,” Werner said. He hopes this concert will shed some light on a type of cancer that men tend to shy away from speaking about or even going to the doctor to be checked out. Joining Werner and Laframboise will be Werner’s longtime friend, Mike Dannkert, as well as the other bandmates, Murray Soehn keyboards and Ralph Buch on drums. Werner said they have been chatting about the songs they want to perform, but said he is looking forward to simply jamming with a bunch of great muscians – all for the benefit of helping raise money for a good cause. “I think it is going to be really fun event,” Werner added. Tickets are $15. There will be prizes, including a guitar autographed by Werner. For more information about the event, please email .

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PITCHING IN AT THE PARK Sandra Bowles and her daughters, Katie and Julia, took part in the Clare Gardens fall cleanup on Oct. 22. As part of the day, residents also planted more than 100 daffodils donated by Ritchie Feed and Seed.

We had to walk through the bush twice daily on our way down to Champlain High School. This also involved running over CPR railroad tracks by Scott Street and sometimes through the CBC studio/garages on Lanark Avenue. When cold weather caused a flash freeze after some mild weather we had an enormous skating rink. The famous Ottawa Architect, Barry Hobin, grew up in the lovely angular house opposite the bush and I can not help but think that it was this vista that

gave him his appreciation of natural settings and sunlight. I was actually sad when I saw the straight, raised and paved path installed in the park 20 years ago. Sanitized progress is not appreciated by everyone. I have often thought of putting down some of my recollections into a series of articles or a book. It sounds trite, but I think some of the newer residents would have a greater appreciation of their present environment if they knew from whence it sprang. Michael Curry

A collaboration between a Canadian Idol judge and an Ottawa band has added up to a rockin’ benefit concert to help raise money for prostate cancer research. Rockin’ For The Boys will be held at the École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges amphitheatre and will feature Canadian Idol judge Zack Werner, who will accompany the Ottawa-based Blue Jacks for the concert on Nov. 5. Werner met Blue Jack band member Ron Laframboise through social media a little over a year ago, and when Laframboise contacted Werner to do a benefit concert he didn’t hesitate to say yes. “As celebrities, we all have the responsibility to work in charitable causes, breast cancer is a hugely publicized – prostate cancer needs more (people) to advocate and to want to stand up and talk about it,” Werner said. Werner has 20 years working in the music business, from being in the band Thick As Thieves to working as management to going back to his roots as a lawyer



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When Marcel Pronovost began sifting through his family history about 20 years ago, he came across an astonishing find about an ancestor who dates back nine generations. His distant great grandfather, a fur trader named Mathieu Rouillard, was a settler of New France and was the first known European to be buried in Louisiana upon his death in 1702. The Mechanicsville resident took his findings and turned it into a book entitled Feu et Lieu – La vie tumultueuse de Mathieu Rouillard et de Jeanne Guillet. . Now he’s translated the book into English, with the title Hearth and Home. He hopes the move will expand the story’s readership, including to some of Rouillard’s countless descendants who live in western Canada and parts of the United States. Many of these descendants are under the name Pronovost, with various spellings, and Saint-Cyr. “He traveled through North America searching for fur, and he had a very interesting life,” said Pronovost. “Most people at that time in New France either had the choice of agriculture or fur trading because it was the only way for them to make money.” Researching an ancestor this far back was relatively easy, he said, because Rouillard was usually in and out of court since he was unable to pay back loans he was given. Another way he found information was by looking at records of Rouillard’s fur trading trips. “In Quebec, it’s much easier to go back,” Pronovost said. “(The archives) are very easy and well kept.” While on a trading expedition in the Mississippi delta, Rouillard died in 1702 and is the first known European buried in the state of Louisiana, 20 years before

the founding of New Orleans. Pronovost also documents information he found on Jeanne Guillet, Rouillard’s wife, who kept the family together during her husband’s long expeditions. “His wife was holding a tight ship when he was away,” said Pronovost, who added that he would like to write a sequel on Guillet. There are also documents on her, because she was in and out of courts fighting debts left behind by her husband after he died. “She lived for 25 years after he died and she raised her family by herself. With a lot of hardship, she did very well. Two of his children became prominent in Quebec and she did it all by herself.” While the book looks at Pronovost’s ancestors, he said Ottawa residents would be interested in the Ottawa River’s role in the fur trade, which is highlighted in the book. “Everybody was coming through here before the construction of the railway,” he said. “The Ottawa River was the main artery, and fur trading is so important in the history of Canada. Without fur trading, we wouldn’t be here today.” Even though his family records were more readily available because of court documents, Pronovost encourages people to look up their own family history. He said the best way to find this information is to interview older members of the family, and even visit Library and Archives Canada which has a genealogical centre. “It’s important to know where you come from,” he said. “Research your own family – you might find something very interesting.” Hearth and Home can be found at Collected Works on Wellington Street West, Perfect Books on Elgin St., Books on Beechwood, and Octopus Bookstore on Third Avenue.

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It was eight years ago on Oct. 31 that Max Keeping left the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus, his prostate cancer treatment complete. “Eight years later, I celebrate,” said Keeping to large audience at the Hampton Inn and Conference Centre, which hosted Ottawa’s first-ever Wake Up Call breakfast. “The cancer has not returned, and everyone who’s a survivor should shout it from the rooftop.” Prostate Cancer Canada, in partnership with Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada and The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, hosted the Wake Up Call Breakfast in support of prostate cancer research. The event started in Toronto about nine years ago, and has expanded east and west over the years. Ken Alger, district vice-president of TD Canada Trust, said the breakfast started at a time when prostate cancer was an issue that didn’t receive much attention.


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Max Keeping hosted Ottawa’s first-ever Wake Up Call Breakfast at the Hampton Inn on Tuesday, Nov. 1, which sought to raise awareness of prostate cancer. “Research investment was low, public awareness was poor, and men were hiding from the facts,” Alger said. “Men didn’t like to talk about that kind of thing, and men were not getting tested annually. Because of late diagno-

sis, they had minimal chance of survival.” Today, he said the type of cancer has received much more attention, which is encouraging. “Research investment has increased sharply, and the pool

of prostate cancer researchers are growing steadily ... political interest is very much needed and appreciated, we’ve seen unprecedented media interest and public awareness is growing,” Alger said, citing “Movember”

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From soy-based products to recycled wood, the future of car construction materials is going in a more eco-friendly direction. And on Oct. 17, Woodroffe High School students who are interested in pursuing a career in car manufacturing learned about environmentally-friendly products starting to appear in cars. Dave Rossy from Lincoln Heights Ford acted as the teacher, and introduced these sustainable options to the students. “I enjoy doing these sessions with kids because I like their reactions, and I like being challenged,� he said. Some of the more eco-friendly ways




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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 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 ringshaped 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 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. Teams from Queen’s, McMaster, Ryerson and Toronto universities also participated. “It’s been great so far, teams are having a lot of fun and (are) excited to be representing Canada and to be helping foster the growth of quidditch in Canada,� said Hill. The game, which is relatively new in Canada, is slowly taking universities across the country by storm, helping to explains the level of participation and standard of play. “Quidditch in Canada is quite new and so it is really daunting for a lot of teams to think about competing with other teams,� said Hill. 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

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McGill University, shown in the dark shirts playing against the University of Toronto, remain the top ranked team in the country after winning the first-ever Canadian Quidditch Cup, held at Carleton University on Saturday, Oct. 29. created by students at Middlebury College in Vermont in 2005. At the time it was played by a group of friends on Sunday afternoons as an alternative to bocce ball.

Third-year Carleton student Kelly McKenzie said her team was using the tournament to prepare for the world championships, which will be held this month in New York.

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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 GeeGees at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility, it was Brown’s first competition back in town after moving to Guelph to start her first semester in September. “I love being back in Ottawa,” says Brown. “There were so many people cheering me on. It’s great seeing everyone.” 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

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. “I’m not surprised that we won as a team, again.” REBOUND FROM INJURY

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Carp’s Joanna Brown earned the OUA rookie-of-the-year award as she helped her Guelph Gryphons to the team title at the provincial university championships on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility. 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-

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 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 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 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 third-year 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 GeeGees in 44th and 57th place, while Guelph’s Andrew Nixon and Toronto’s Tamara Jewett were the men’s and women’s champions.

Capital City run falls step short of big prize DAN PLOUFFE 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,

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Andre Manders had one of Capital City FC’s best scoring opportunities in the final, but Ottawa was kept off the scoreboard in a 1-0 loss to Toronto Croatia in the CSL championship game on Saturday, Oct. 29 in Toronto. 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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WHO ARE WE? Metroland Media, Ottawa Division, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Torstar Corporation and southern Ontario’s most trusted and respected community media source. Our digital media division, manages a network of leading community, specialty and vertical websites across Ontario reaching over 6 million unique internet users every month.

WHO ARE WE? Metroland Media, Ottawa Division, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Torstar Corporation and Ontario’s most trusted and respected community media source. Our digital media division manages a network of leading community, specialty and vertical websites across Ontario, reaching over 6 million unique internet users every month.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STUFF THAT’S NOT ON A RESUME • Type-A personality, highly competitive, self-motivated and driven by results • A hunter mentality, with the confidence and drive to excel at generating and closing new business • Highly motivated by monetary incentives • Extremely ambitious with an outstanding work ethic and unprecedented drive for immediate results • Energized by deadlines/pressure with a passion for exceeding targets • A believer in digital media, where it is today and where it’s going

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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tour fundraiser, showcasing a great selection of oil paintings inspired by the Ottawa River and Gatineau Hills forests. A portion of the proceeds from on-site sales and silent auction will be donated to the Ottawa Riverkeeper. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 195 Woodroffe Ave. For more information call 613729-9351 or visit: .

• NOVEMBER 4 The Royal Canadian Legion Westboro Branch will host an event featuring guests of honour, Brigadier General Atkinson P.J., CD Chief of Staff, Vice Chief of Defence. Cockails will start at 6 p.m. with dinner following at 7 p.m. The event will require Legion dress or semi-formal attire. Dinner will also be served. Tickets are $15 and are available Now at the Westboro Legion Bar. There will be no tickets sales at the door. The deadline to purchase tickets is Oct. 28. The Legion is located at 389-391 Richmond Rd. Call 613-725-2778 for more information.

• NOVEMBER 7 There will be a talk by award-winning author, singer songwriter and Ottawa Citizen Columnist Phil Jenkins at the Westboro Beach Community Association Annual General Meeting. Hear the story of Westboro. Admission is free and all are welcome. The meeting will take place at Churchill Seniors Centre, 345 Richmond Road, 7at 7 p.m. For more information visit: .

• NOVEMBER 5 By the Book, a used bookstore and cafe operated by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA), is holding its monthly halfprice book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive. Drop by for great buys on hundreds of books (most under $2).

• NOVEMBER 11 Fall Harvest Community Pot Luck and Concert, hosted by the Village International Mennonite Church, 206 Montreal Rd., with Canadian singer/ songwriter Bryan Moyer Suderman. Bryan performs music for all ages. There will be a potluck from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Bryan will be performing from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a suggested donation of $5 for

• NOVEMBER 5-6 In support of the Ottawa Riverkeeper, Margaret Chwialkowska is hosting the 5th annual art studio

adults, free for children, and food donations for our local food bank, Partage Vanier. Invite your friends and neighbours, and bring a meal to share.

• NOVEMBER 12 Please join Villa Marconi for our 7th Annual craft and bake sale. There will be gift ideas for everyone! Funds raised by Villa Marconi will be donated to our residents’ council. If you would like to rent a table and sell baked goods or crafts, please call Antonietta at 613-727-6201 ext. 6660 for further details. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind’s Christmas bazaar and bake sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is located at 4120 Rideau Valley Drive North, Manotick (between Barrhaven and Manotick, off Prince of Wales Drive). For further information about the bazaar and bake sale, or to donate items, please contact 613-692-7777.

• NOVEMBER 12-13 Two-day workshop on non-violence takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1226 Wellington Street West (at Holland). Participants must register in advance. There is a fee of $20 per person, however sliding scale is available. For more information

and to register, visit the website: , email: or call 613-761-9997. Friends of the Farm are hosting a craft and bake sale with an incredible selection of items to choose from, and don’t forget to pick up some delicious baked goods. The sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. The event will be located at Building 72, C.E.F., east off Prince of Wales round-about. For more information, call 613-230-3276 or visit: www. .

• NOVEMBER 14 Please join us for the Caldwell Family Centre Seniors Centre Open House from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 1485 Caldwell Avenue. All adults including seniors and caregivers are encouraged to come, enjoy refreshments and tell us what senior and adult programming you would like. Health education, drop-ins, social activities, financial literacy, exercise groups and a community kitchen are a few of our ideas and we’d like to hear what you think. We hope to see you there!

• NOVEMBER 15-16 Art Lending of Ottawa will be hosting an exhibition at the First

Unitarian Church hall at 30 Cleary Ave. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. In addition to our regular members’ exposition, the show will feature a Christmas boutique. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 613-224-8028 or visit the website at: .

• NOVEMBER 19 Food bazaar takes place at St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, located at 579 Parkdale Ave. from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be a deli, frozen foods, candy, baking, gift baskets, German food table and a coffee shop. Come and enjoy an evening of cultural dances, spoken word, music and comedy with delicious ethnic finger foods for sale during intermission at the Bronson Centre at 211 Bronson Ave. The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $25 for the early bird and $30 at the door. Proceeds will support group activities for immigrant women and children. Tickets can be purchased online at: , by calling 613-729-3145 or by email at: . The event is hosted by Immigrant Women Services Ottawa (IWSO).






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