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HOME SWEET HOME The Jahau family officially moved into their Habitat for Humanity home after the family of five shared a one-bedroom apartment.

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A YMCA on Lockhart Avenue could be turned into an eight-storey, 147-unit retirement home – but Carlingwood residents have concerns over shadowing and loss of recreation space. Residents voiced these concerns at an open house held at Woodroffe United Church on Nov. 9. As of Sept. 2012, Claridge Homes will take

possession of the recreation space that was struggling financially. In spring 2010, the facility announced its plan to sell the property that was later acquired by the developer. The current property is roughly a storey high and sits beside Woodroffe Avenue School and a park that includes a pool. Just down the street there are a few apartment buildings that stand at about seven storeys high. Heather Anderson of the Carlingwood Community Association and members of

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Habitat home dedicated in Ottawa West KRISTY WALLACE kristy.wallace@metroland.com

Mang and Misak Jahau came to Canada from Burma with their three daughters in the fall of 2007. They lived in an unsafe neighbourhood, and the family of five shared a one-bedroom apartment. But all of that changed recently when the Jahau family got keys to their new, refurbished home on Pinecrest Road – thanks to Habitat for Humanity. “It was a joy working with this family,” said Ellen Henderson, the organization’s chair of the family partnering committee and also the Jahau’s family partner. “It’s just such a thrill, and I’m sure (the family) will really prosper here.” The dedication became an emotional moment when Misak, the mother of the family, made a speech thanking Habitat for Humanity for their new home. “We never thought this moment would come to pass in our family,” she said, her eyes welling up with tears. “We thank all of you coming here to celebrate and share happiness with our family. Thank you for your love, concern and everything you have done for us.” She said the home dedication comes

as a relief since times were uncertain for the family of five. “There were times not knowing where we would sleep tomorrow, and many sleepless nights not knowing,” Misak said. “But today the day has come, and the sun has risen for our family now.” Misak and her husband Mang have also recently become Canadian citizens. Mang has worked at the east end Restore every Saturday putting in eight and a half hours a day, while Misak has attended full-time night school for Eng-

“It’s just such a thrill, and I’m sure (the family) will really prosper here” Ellen Henderson Habitat for Humanity chairwoman lish while managing the family needs at home. Donna Hicks, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity, commended the Jahau family for leaving Burma to give their children a better life. “They will have a safe and decent place to grow up, with wonderful neighbours who look forward to having you as their neighbours,” she said.

Orgaworld wins appeal, but green bin unchanged

By TRACEY TONG They fundraised, cycled, and supported local cancer research to the tune of $1.8 million.

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Recently, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation recognized its top fundraisers in September’s Ride the Rideau, fuelled by Nordion – a 100-kilometre Ottawa to Merrickville bike tour in support of research at The Ottawa Hospital – for their outstanding contributions and to show them the impact of their fundraising.

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Diapers and dog feces can now be accepted at the facility that processes Ottawa’s organic waste – but that doesn’t change what you can put into your green bin. The provincial Ministry of the Environment gave the go-ahead for Orgaworld to accept diapers, dog waste and compostable plastic bags on Nov. 7. “The decision does not impact the city’s own green bin program, which prohibits the inclusion of plastics, diapers, feces, etc.,” wrote city solicitor Rick O’Connor in a memo to members of city council. According to the city’s contract with Orgaworld, the facility also needs the city’s consent to accept those types of waste from other places (Orgaworld can process organics for Ontario and Quebec). When Orgaworld originally received the ministry’s approval in 2009, diapers and dog waste were left out because the MOE was worried about the possibility of foul odours. Any type of plastic bag is forbidden as well – including the “green” compostable bags that have been adopted by many stores. It didn’t take long for Orgaworld to appeal. But both the city and the MOE opposed that appeal. River Coun. Maria McRae declined to speak about the decision on the advice of the city’s legal department. Once city

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The Jahau family officially moved into their new home by cutting a ribbon to the door on Nov. 9.

The event, which raised $2.7 million in just two years, has quickly grown to become the top cancer fundraiser in eastern Ontario. This year, more than 715 riders – from Starbucks baristas to CEOs of major corporations – took part in the event.

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lawyers and the solid-waste department have a chance to go through the 116-page decision, they will give councillors a more comprehensive analysis of what the decision means for Ottawa, O’Connor’s memo states. Orgaworld’s 10.2-hectare site on Hawthorne Road is approved to process 1,200 tonnes of organic waste (residential, commercial, institutional or industrial) per day, or 150,000 tonnes per year. The city’s environment committee was set to receive an update on its contract with Orgaworld during a meeting on Tuesday, after this newspaper’s deadline. For updates, visit www.yourottawaregion.com

The top fundraising team for the second year was the Brick Peddlers, led by event champion Robert Merkley of Merkley Supply Inc. Ottawa’s construction and homebuilding industry has embraced the event – other teams recognized included ones from the Ottawa Construction Association, Minto, Boone Plumbing and Heating Supply, and PCL, among others. Individual riders who raised $10,000 or more were also inducted into the Peloton Club at the event. The top fundraiser was Mike Caletti, who raised $68,988. Other members included Dr. Joel Werier, Mike Bray, Greg Capello, Claude Des Rosiers, Roger Greenberg, David Herlihey, Greg Kane, Neil Maholtra, Brock Marshall, Robert Merkley, and Charles Armand Turpin. “The overwhelming support that we have received from some of the biggest names in the Ottawa business community shows how crucial cancer research is,” said Tim Kluke, President and

CEO of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation. CEO of title sponsor Nordion Steve West, who also took part in the ride, said as a company, “Nordion is extremely proud to support Ride the Rideau as it continues to contribute to cancer research that will benefit patients in the Ottawa region, and around the world.” Funds raised from this year’s event are supporting a number of related cancer research initiatives, including clinical trials and the development of novel targeted therapies. “Each cancer, like each patient, is different,” said Dr. Duncan Stewart, CEO and Scientific Director of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and a Ride the Rideau participant. “By developing personalized therapies that are tailored for each patient, we will be able to give people treatments that are more likely to work from the very beginning.” Registration for Ride the Rideau 2012 has opened. To learn more about and sign up for the event, to be held Saturday, September 8, 2012, visit www.ridetherideau.ca.

The Kaniacs – The Ottawa Hospital Foundation Board Chair Greg Kane, centre, and his sons, Graeme, left, Oliver, right, and Adam Kane – were recognized as one of Ride the Rideau’s top fundraising teams. Greg Kane was also inducted into the Peloton Club. Photo: Tracey Tong/the Ottawa Hospital Foundation

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A parade of business dignitaries lined up to applaud the city for its 2012 draft budget. The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce hired a group of experts and accountants to analyze the city’s budget, and they determined the city is doing a “good job at managing the public purse,” said Erin Kelly, executive director of the Chamber. Sticking to predictable tax increases is the biggest benefit to businesses that the city can offer in its budget, Kelly said.

“Stability is a competitive advantage in today’s world,” she said. Kelly was one of a handful of business luminaries who spoke at a special budget meeting of the city’s finance and economic development committee on Nov. 7. The committee oversees areas such as city administration, Service Ottawa, the light-rail implementation office, accessibility and support for council’s activities. The committee endorsed its portion of the budget during the meeting. But the back-patting didn’t end there. Jeff Westeinde, chair of the board of

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the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) said the budget will “bring more focus and urgency and create the winning conditions we need to prosper.” City council’s leadership has already led to more collaboration across the business sectors, Westeinde said, adding that he, too, supports predictable tax increases. But it wasn’t all congratulatory. Kelly said the city really needs to focus on building reserve funds to pay for infrastructure upgrades and other capital projects. Borrowing money should be limited to large-scale projects, she said, and the cost of regular infrastructure maintenance should come from operating expenses and reserves. City treasurer Nancy Simulik said the city plans to contribute $178 million to reserves in 2012. Kelly also expressed concern over the city’s plans to cut down on staffing costs by reducing the growth of the municipal civil service. She said growth should happen when necessary, so as not to “stifle

prosperity.” On a related note, Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley asked how many staffers would have to be cut to avoid any salary cost increases. Simulik said the equivalent of 500 full-time positions would have to be eliminated if the city wanted to keep staffing costs flat from one year to the next. Contracted salary increases (including cost of living increases) will amount to $50 million in 2012, Simulik said. Glebe resident Bob Brocklebank, the only citizen to speak on his own behalf at the meeting, asked the committee if Ottawa has a plan to deal with anticipated cutbacks to the federal public service – the largest employer in the city. He also called for more “active oversight” from city councillors when it comes to how the city spends its money. An annual conference on the state of the city’s economy would go a long way to ensure initiatives are actually working, Brocklebank said. City council is set to vote on the final budget on Nov. 30.

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THE HOLLY AND LACE BAZAAR The Holly and Lace Bazaar calls itself the biggest church fair in the city. There were more than 700 people lined up before the doors opened on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. With 370 volunteers working at 35 stations in the First Unitarian Church Congregation’s bazaar, people filled through the church, some coming back twice or three times to bring home all the goods they purchased. Operating since the late 1980s, the bazaar accepts donations only five days ahead of the event and any left over items, such as books, are donated to good causes in the community.


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Ottawa is talking the talk on saving urban trees from being cut down, but now it needs to walk the walk, say city staff. It has been two years since the city enacted a bylaw aimed at protecting trees larger than 10 centimetres in diameter on private properties larger than one hectare in the urban area. The bylaw also applies on “distinctive” trees of more than 50 cm in diameter on properties of less than a hectare. The city needs to approve a report to chop down a tree in those situations. The policy’s heart is in the right place, but it’s not doing much good because city staff are completely swamped and unable to keep up with the work needed to enforce the bylaw, according to a report the city’s planning committee heard on Oct. 8. Since the bylaw came into effect in June of 2009, the city has reviewed tree conservation re-

ports for 119 new developments and 96 developed sites. All of those reports must be vetted by a planning department forester, and right now, the City of Ottawa only has one on staff.

“They don’t remove them unless they have to due to safety and maintenance issues” John Dickie Eastern Ontario Landlord Organization The department’s draft 2012 budget includes a request to hire another forester to help enforce the bylaw. That was good news for Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs, who said the issue was of “critical importance” to residents in her ward and across the city.

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“There’s no teeth to the bylaws that exist about cutting trees down (that) you don’t have permits for,” she said. City staff proposed another

Many city 311 services to be online by 2012 LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

When the city completes a technology shift to create a Service Ottawa system, residents will be able to make service requests by email, Facebook or even Twitter. That change will start to take place this month, but deputy city manager Steve Kanellakos assured city councillors that traditional methods of contacting the city, such as phoning 311, will still be available. The new options will provide better service and better twoway communication, said Kris-

ta Oswald, a city staffer who gave the finance and economic development committee an update on the project on Nov. 7. Service Ottawa will include automatic reports and notification to the person who made the request. “This is one of the key initiatives that will actually change how people experience the frontline services,” Kanellakos said. It will also change how city staff works by streamlining requests. For example, if someone calls the city to request tree trimming for an unsafe branch,

city foresters would automatically receive that instruction on their mobile devices, and the person who called it in would be automatically notified that the trimming is taking place. Right now, that notification doesn’t occur, and the process is delayed by paperwork. With the introduction of Service Ottawa, the city is aiming to ensure all the information it gives out, whether it’s over the phone, in person at a service centre or online, is the same. Right now, there can be some discrepancy as information is located in many different places and not always updated.

change to make the bylaw more effective. Staff suggested switching the rule so that sites larger than one hectare would need to fol-

Storing information in a central Service Ottawa database should fix that, Oswald said. There will be other features, too, including virtual tours of city facilities, an opportunity for businesses to create online profiles and a real-time notification system to instantly add information about “unforeseen events” or emergencies to the greeting of all city phone lines. By the end of the year, Oswald said 145 service transactions will be able to be completed online. That figure represents almost 70 per cent of the top calls to 311. Automating many of those requests by putting them online will cut down on the city’s labour costs by eliminating the equivalent of 47 full-time jobs,

low the “distinctive” tree rule, rather than the 10-centimetre rule those owners must currently abide by. Following the 10-cm rule just made for an “onerous” process, when most requests dealt with diseased or unsafe trees, or simply regular tree maintenance, according to Martha Copestake, the city’s planning forester. The Eastern Ontario Landlord Organization agreed. John Dickie, the chair of the organization, said trees are an attractive feature landlords do their best to keep and maintain. “They don’t remove them unless they have to due to safety and maintenance issues,” he said. The changes will still create the same result for which the bylaw was created, Copestake said. “This is consistent with the original intention: to protect big old trees in residential neighbourhoods,” she told the committee.

Oswald said. By the end of 2012, when the transition is complete, 400 city phone lines will be reviewed and consolidated into the 311 service, and two service counters and two call centres will also be consolidated. Other Service Ottawa initiatives include: buying teleconferencing equipment to reduce travel costs for staff, adding more advanced technology to manage the city’s vehicle fleet and retrofitting city buildings to make them more energy efficient. The project will cost $79 million to implement and is expected to save $40 million annually by trimming operating costs. With files from Geoff Davies.

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Students tackle bullying with honour code KRISTY WALLACE kristy.wallace@metroland.com

If Sasha Mews saw another student being bullied, she’d refuse to be a bystander. Claire Sethuram would step in and ask how the bully felt if they were being picked on. Kyle Dickinson and Ben Rogers would try and help – but would turn to an adult if they couldn’t handle the situation. Mary Ann Turnbull isn’t surprised to hear her students’ reaction to bullying. Every school year, students at Turnbull School are required to sign the Honour Code, which includes the Code of Compassion that each student must follow in their day-to-day life. “If you want to change behaviour, you have to show what needs to be done, not what doesn’t need to be done,” said Turnbull, who’s the school’s director. “The values we had when we founded the school have not changed. While the school is bigger and we have more students, we come to school everyday to be kind to each other, bring no harm to anyone else and be the best you can be.” Schools across Ottawa have focused on the subject of bullying as part of Bullying Awareness Week. But many focus on preventing bullying all year round, including Turnbull School. “Those campaigns are reactive, whereas we’re proactive and we’re educating children around these social competencies all the time,” said Turnbull. The idea behind the school’s Code of Compassion is simple. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Show kindness to everyone, not just our friends. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Every month, certain students are even

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Students at Turnbull School would step in and help if they saw another student being bullied. From left to right are Sasha Mews, Grade 5, Claire Sethuram, Grade 7, Kyle Dickinson, Grade 6, and Ben Rogers, Grade 7. rewarded for displaying certain traits like optimism, cooperation and appreciation. “It’s normal that, at times, children disagree. We try to teach them the value of ‘cooperation’ so that they are better prepared to work out their differences in a more collaborative and respectful manner,” said Buddy Clinch, junior school vice-principal. Sasha, who’s in Grade 5 and was award-

ed for optimism during the 2009/10 school year, said the school even has a buddy system for new students. “If there’s a new student in Grade 5, we would have a buddy who would stay with them during recess so they’d have someone to play with,” she said. The partnership also serves another purpose, said Ben. “The buddy shows them around the

school. It’s a way to be inclusive,” he said. The students also have advice for other students who might be getting bullied and might not know how to handle it. “Don’t change who you are to make others happy,” said Sasha. “If you like something and someone doesn’t, don’t try and change what you believe.” She added that if a student is being bullied, they should try and understand why the bully is acting that way. “Maybe they’re having difficulties and they’re trying to express it,” Sasha said. Claire, a Grade 7 student at the school, added that it’s important to treat others the way you want to be treated. “Sometimes a bully wants to change but (those who were bullied) won’t want to include them because they’ve been mean for so long,” she said. “But if a bully keeps being nice, then you will want to include them.” Various schools across Ottawa are also taking part in the “Healthy Transitions” program this year, which is a new suicide prevention program that Ottawa Public Health started for students in Grades 7 and 8. “Healthy transitions . . . absolutely does address bullying,” said Benjamin Leikin of Ottawa Public Health in an interview with Ottawa This Week. “We address it and give students the tools to talk to others in a time of need.” Ottawa Public Health also ran Playground Activity Leaders – or PALS – in 40 different schools last year. The bullying prevention program trains students in Grades 4 to 6 to be leaders in conflict resolution and communication on the playground. With files from Laura Mueller

C. difficile patients down to two at CHEO

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A fifth patient with a bacteria infection commonly known as C. difficile was admitted at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario on Nov. 10, officials said. The original three cases were discovered at the hospital on Oct. 31 and the hospital declared the outbreak on Nov. 3, two more cases were reported last week. Three of the patients have been discharged and two are undergoing treatment, according to a statement from CHEO. The patients are in isolation at the hospital, with visitor restrictions in effect for the entire unit. CHEO said it is working with Ottawa Public Health and taking all the necessary steps to stop further spread of this infection. Guidelines and best practices from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care are being closely followed. “We are asking them to make sure they are wearing gowns and gloves when they enter the room and we are keeping visitors and immediate families to a minimum – parents and caregivers only,” said Belanger. The main symptoms of C. difficile are diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain or tenderness. A person can carry the bacteria for some time before symptoms show up and they start to feel unwell.


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Patrick Mates has volunteered for more than five decades not because he wants recognition – but because he cares about his community. So when Mates received a community safety award for his volunteer efforts recently from the City of Ottawa, he was in disbelief. “It’s nice to have recognition and nice to have a thank you,” said Mates from the Wellington Community Police Centre based in the Hintonburg Community Centre. “You don’t get too many thank you’s in your job.” Mates, along with the United Neighbours Environment and Beautification Working Group, were west-end recipients of the awards that took place at city hall on Nov. 7. Mates volunteers with the Ottawa Police Service as a home security inspection volunteer at the Wellington Community Police Centre, and has been there since 2003. Today he coordinates the program and trains the Ottawa police’s 350 home security inspection volunteers. “I thought home security would give me direct input, or direct contribution, to my neighbours,” said Mates. “This

program motivates me.” Andrew Milton, the community police officer for Hintonburg, nominated Mates for the award because of his passion for the job. “I’m very confident in his ability, and he’s out there representing the Ottawa Police,” said Milton. “Patrick’s very passionate about it. He’s a fantastic resource to have here.” Mates said he retired a few years ago, and couldn’t imagine spending his time any other way. “It’s a job for me now, except I don’t have a paycheck,” he said. “It’s very gratifying to help the community. It’s a way of informing people on how to stay safe and how to protect themselves and their neighbours. I think it’s a worthwhile cause.” The United Neighbours Environment and Beautification Working Group was also an award winner under the group category for the community safety awards. Made up of 65 members, the group was established in 2008 and introduces initiatives to help better their community. Some of these initiatives include community gardens, workshops, neighbourhood clean-ups, crime prevention through environmental design audits, special events, and a program to “Take

Back Regina Lane” from speeders. Robynn Collins, the group’s coordinator said she and the other members were delighted when they found out they won. “It’s nice to be recognized for putting our efforts together to beautify the west end,” Collins said. The group is funded by the Trillium Foundation and Crime Prevention Ottawa, and Collins said the group is making an impact on residents of all ages and backgrounds. “I think the group shares a common vi-

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A pair of paramedic dispatchers found themselves on the front line of an emergency, and three years later they are being hailed as heroes. Kanata resident Tara Josey and Orleans resident Nadine Leduc were having coffee at a shop in Ottawa south in January of 2008 when they heard gunshots from the parking lot and ran outside to find a wounded man motionless in the parking lot. While panicked bystanders fled, the two women, who were both employed as paramedic service communications of-

ficers at the time, administered first aid until paramedics arrived. “We take calls and hear it all the time, but being there and seeing it was totally different,” Josey said. “At the time, we didn’t really know what was happening. We didn’t really think about it.” The women were too busy helping the injured man to think of the potential danger of a shooter in the vicinity. “It didn’t fully sink in until later,” Josey said. Mayor Jim Watson recognized Josey and Leduc’s efforts with Awards for Heroism during the Nov. 9 council meeting. On Oct. 28, Governor General David Johnston gave both women Medals of Bravery.

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e’s small, unprotected and takes his life into his hands nearly every time he takes to the streets. But to read any of the stacks of plans the City of Ottawa has written regarding transportation, that lowly pedestrian is actually king. You wouldn’t know it by looking at our roads. Even downtown, where walking is the most common way to get around, the foot-powered among us have to deal with a list of challenges including (but certainly not limited to): unplowed walkways, crumbling sidewalks, sidewalks too narrow for the level of foot traffic they attract, sidewalks cluttered with “street furniture” such as parking metres, cars that park on sidewalks, pedestrian signals that don’t last long enough for your average athlete to make it across the street, aggressive red-light right-turning drivers… and the list goes on. And who is looking out for these poor pedestrians at city hall? There is a transportation planner charged with putting the city’s pedestrian plan into practice. But that is only part of her job, and in a city of almost a million people, we should have at least three or four dedicated pedestrian planners, accord-

ing to Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes. The city’s plans are good, but when streets, sidewalks and crosswalks are being designed, those good plans don’t seem to make it into the engineering side of the projects, Holmes said during her summit on pedestrian safety on Nov. 8. She’s urging pedestrians to take matters into their own hands. Without a cohesive and noisy group of people to advocate for walkers, nothing will change, Holmes said. Eight pedestrians were killed on Ottawa roads last year alone – a pretty average year for fatalities of our streets’ most vulnerable users. Forty walkers were killed on Ottawa streets between 2005 and 2010. Those deaths added to the total of 115 pedestrians killed in Ontario in 2010 – a figure that spurred the province’s chief coroner to launch an inquest. November is a particularly dicey month for sidewalk users. Between the time change and drastic differences in lighting conditions and weather, drivers and pedestrians need to be extra alert this month. So be careful and aware on the roads this month, and every month. As Holmes says, it’s up to pedestrians to “take back the asphalt.”

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t was inevitable that official Ottawa would tire of the occupation of Confederation Park by protesters linked with the world-wide Occupy Wall Street movement. A number of reasons have been cited but the official one is that the National Capital Commission has to begin planning for Winterlude and that there is no space in the capital’s winter festival for people in tents. Typically short-sighted, the NCC, in deciding to part company with the Occupy Ottawa protesters, has failed to recognize the potential value in keeping Occupy Ottawa around. There was no need to play the heavy and risk all that bad publicity. The NCC’s goals could have been met without quarreling simply by letting Occupy Ottawa stay and building Winterlude around it. Let’s consider: Do the rest of us really need Confederation Park right now? It’s nice in the spring and fall for people to grab a coffee on a park bench, great in the summer when the jazz festival is around, but in the winter? Not really. It’s a short-cut to and from the Rideau Centre. Those park benches get cold. So Occupy Ottawa has not really inconvenienced anyone. The inconvenience arrives with Winterlude when the park is suddenly alive with the sound of chis-

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town els and the creation of ice sculptures begins. That’s what the NCC is worried about – the Occupy people getting in the way of the sculptors and the tourists and the corporate sponsors and whatnot. But listen: the tourists would be delighted to be around real, live Occupiers; what exciting stories they could bring home. The corporate sponsors have fancy hotel suites they can hang out in if the sight of tents gets them down. But the most important reason for keeping Occupy Ottawa in the park is that ice sculpture is just made for political protest. Imagine the park if the Occupiers were allowed to participate in the ice sculpting. Instead of all those familiar loons and polar bears and ornate things that look like chandeliers, we’d be see-

ing ice sculpture with real relevance. Imagine seeing evil bankers carved in ice, their hearts appropriately cold. Imagine the collapse of capitalism in a tableau glistening in the sunshine. Imagine the challenge of creating a fair taxation system out of ice. These protesters have already demonstrated their creativity in many ways. Who’s to say they wouldn’t be up to this challenge? In fact, it almost seems as if they have been thinking along those lines. Here’s a spokesman for Occupy Ottawa quoted last week in response to the NCC’s stated need to have the park back. “We know that there are events that are planned in future and we will work with the NCC to ensure that those events can be attended by the general public and we can have a nice time together.” Doesn’t it sound as if he can’t wait to get in there and carve some ice – perhaps a statue of Europe, melting, or a bust of Bernard Madoff. It is sad that he and his friends won’t get the chance. Ottawa has a proud history of turmoil just waiting to be immortalized in ice. Think of the Pipeline Debate, the Coyne Affair, Belinda Stronach Crossing the Floor, the G20 Protest, several Nights of Long Knives

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and various famous gestures by Pierre Elliott Trudeau. These guys in tents were just the ones to bring some political relevance to Winterlude. But they have to somewhere else. Say, how about LeBreton Flats? There’s a space that no one seems to need. On the bright side, a lowered visibility for the Occupy folks may not be all bad. The movement may be running out of steam and risks becoming boring. The possibility of confrontation with the authorities can bring out the rock throwers in hoodies, which won’t help the movement. It might be time to regroup and change tactics. Still, it’s a shame to miss Winterlude.

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Does Ottawa need a strong, vocal advocacy group for pedestrians?

A) Absolutely. It’s dangerous out there for pedestrians, who need better protections.

B) Ottawa already has plans, they don’t need an advocacy group to implement them.

C) It would be better to empower the existing pedestrian advisory committee.

D) If pedestrians get their own advocacy group, I want one for drivers too.

LAST WEEK’S POLL SUMMARY With so many options in the national capital, how do you observe Remembrance Day?

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B) I head to my local legion to remember 30% those who have fallen with those veterans who remain.

C) My school or workplace observes a mo- 10% ment of silence at 11:00 a.m.

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BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse There are certain costs that are fixed – such as rent, mortgage, or your bus pass – and others that are variable, such as groceries, utilities, coffee, and entertainment. (If you have minimum payments on loans or credit cards, include these as a fixed costs for now.) If you’re having trouble getting started, try paying cash for everything for one month, and save every receipt – for groceries, gas, even a pack of gum. Dump the receipts in a shoebox each evening. This will give you a good idea of your variable costs. Annual or semiannual costs, such as Christmas gifts, property taxes, and gym fees should also be broken down and included in your monthly budget. Keep in mind, it’s against human nature not to spend available money. One way to avoid this is to have your pay directly deposited into a savings account, instead of into your chequing account. On the first of each month, transfer your budgeted spending dollars (minus your annual or semi-annu-

al costs) into your chequing account. Continue to pay cash for everything. Once your chequing account is empty, you have no more money to spend that month. The first month I ever tried this my available cash ran out one week before the month’s end. It was an eye opener to force myself to live without that cash for a week. Even though I knew there was money in my savings account, I didn’t touch it. Instead, I made some pretty creative meals out of what was left in the cupboards and I stayed away from the mall. Money always seems complicated because it has so much control over our lives. One of the best ways to take back that control is to force yourself to understand money at its most basic level. Here’s the formula: cash in must be greater than cash out. It’s that simple. Before you start worrying about debt-levels and saving for RRSPs, it’s imperative to make that formula part of your life. Looking around at all your neighbours driving brand new cars, purchasing big homes and cottages (that they probably can’t afford), and flying to Florida every winter, you’ll probably have to learn to live without some of that luxury. But in the end, it’s worth it. You’ll be financially literate. You’ll own the money, rather than having it own you. And that just may make you feel like the richest person in the world. R0021162120

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oney makes the world go around, but what do we really know about it? Not much, according to most financial institutions taking part in financial literacy month. And this is not about knowing the difference between stocks and bonds. It’s more about – what they called in the old days – knowing how to balance a chequebook. But with credit so widely available and financial education so unavailable, most Canadians, so statistics suggest, are getting taken for a ride. One of the first steps toward financial literacy is understanding how to develop a budget. I encourage my children to do this before they hit the white elephant table at the local school fundraiser each Christmas. We count out their quarters, nickels, and dimes, do some quick math, and figure out how much they have to spend before they go in. It’s important to me that they understand both the value of the money, and how much they actually have in hand, (something most adults don’t get). This saves them the embarrassment of getting to the “checkout” with a 20-dollar bill, (an unfathomable amount to their little brains), and thinking they cannot afford a 25-cent item. (This happened to a little girl last year.) Working out a budget is easier than you think. It’s really about figuring out everything you spend in a month.

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Boys and Girls Club mixes it up with recording studio JENNIFER MCINTOSH jennifer.mcintosh@metroland.com

From Justin Bieber to Johnny Cash, young people at the Boy’s and Girl’s Britannia Clubhouse busted out their musical stylings on Nov. 8. The clubhouse officially opened the new recording studio, which had been in the works for the last year. The recording studio, which is housed in a small space at the Clubhouse on DuMaurier Avenue, was originally a weight room. Over the years the small room off the gym became a storage area. “We knew we had to do something with it,” said Scott Bradford executive director of the Boy’s and Girl’s Club. “So we started planning with the kids.” Bradford said it soon became obvious that it would be a good place to have a recording studio, so they approached Cadence Design Systems – their neighbour on Morrison Drive, who throws an annual fundraiser for the club – and the rest is history. “We figured it would probably cost about $20,000 so we were lucky that it all came together,” Bradford said. Cadence managed to raise $17,000 towards the cost, with the rest coming from the Gail Humphreys Fund. Peter Humphreys, the father of the late Gail Humphreys, said the family was proud to be part of something that would honour her memory.

“Gail was very fond of the Girls and Boys Club and we though creating a fund would make her happy. This is great,” he said of the studio. The studio features the latest Pro Tools recording software, which the volunteers and staff were taught how to use by local mixer and engineer Jay Fee. Now the kids will also have a space to practise and learn to play a variety of different instruments thanks to donations and the time of volunteers. The room already has a wall of fame of sorts with signed pictures from Ottawaarea talent. Bradford said that the recording studio has also brought local talent to the club. “Now the Brothers Dubé are members so we are able to draw from their expertise,” he said. Funds from Cadence and the Humphrey family also paid for Jabar Burrell and Olyad Motuma to attend Camp Rockstar, where they got to learn how to jam with band mates, write songs and make recordings. “I have always liked music and it was really neat to be able to write,” Jabar said. “I still have my rhyming book.” Olyad said the pair had been friends for awhile before they attended the camp together. “We got to perform together at the end of the camp and a lot of people from the club came with their parents and everything,” he said. “It was really cool.” Daniel Brunette, an outreach worker

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Olyad Motuma and Jabar Burrel performed a song they wrote at Rock Star summer camp during the official opening of the new recording studio at the Boys and Girls Club’s Britannia Clubhouse on Nov. 8. “Imagine the ownership a 14-yearold will get from laying down their own tracks,” he said.

for the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, said learning the arts is as important as sports and other activities.

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One of the main concerns residents in the area had included the loss of recreation space in the community. “The main problem is (the YMCA) is not being replaced – and on top of that, we’re building an eight-storey retirement home,” said Anderson. “People are upset about (losing) the Y. We need a community space.” Ottawa resident David Jeanes added that there isn’t enough recreation space in the Carlingwood community. “This part of the area is underserved,” Jeanes said, adding that the two closest recreation centres are Dovercourt in Westboro and Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre in Britannia. “That’s a long way to go for seniors.” Bay Ward Coun. Mark Taylor said he would try his best to accommodate recreational needs in the community, but there is a lack of physical space in Bay Ward for a large facility. “We don’t have the physical space in Bay Ward to build a Nepean Sportsplex,” Taylor said. “I will accommodate needs in the community but the challenge is we can’t build a community centre in all the areas.” He added that the purpose of the

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Bay Ward Councillor Mark Taylor and Neil Malhotra, vice-president of Claridge Homes, answered residents’ questions about a new development at 200 Lockhart Ave. open house was for residents to bring their thoughts forward to the developer. “We’re looking for discussions tonight about what the community wants,” Taylor said. Malhotra said that Claridge was happy to find ways to maintain some space

in the development for the community. But there are challenges, he said. “(In Carlingwood) you have an aging population and young families, and those needs aren’t the same,” he said, adding that he wants to look at what the needs are for the community longterm.

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Saints and Lions finish one step shy of football titles DAN PLOUFFE The Immaculata Saints and the St. Mark Lions suffered similar fates on Saturday, Nov. 15 as both schools put up a good battle but wound up falling to east-end opponents in the senior Tier 2 and Tier 1 national capital high school football championship finals on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Minto Field. The Saints lost 14-13 to the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Lancers, while the Lions dropped a 17-2 contest to the St. Peter Knights, who won their fourth consecutive senior title. “We’re naturally disappointed, but the score I don’t think is indicative of the game,” says St. Mark coach Paul Brown, whose troops were the better team after falling behind 17-0. “There were just a couple breaks here and a couple breaks there, but it was really a close game.” The Lions couldn’t have experienced a much more demoralizing moment than in the final minute of the first half. St. Mark was finally driving in on the Knights, but wound up fumbling the football inside the St. Peter five-yard line. The fact that the Lions, led by quarterback Nick Gorgichuk along with Christian Fournier and Andrew Ellis, came back and continued to press for points in the second half against such a strong opponent impressed Brown. “I was really proud of them,” says Brown,

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The St. Mark Lions weren’t able to put any offensive points on the scoreboard in a 17-2 defeat to the St. Peter Knights in the national capital high school senior football Tier 1 championship game on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Minto Field. who also savoured the experience of coaching his son, Curtis. “They’re a tremendous group of kids and they put their whole heart and soul into this. Unfortunately you don’t always get the bounces your way, and (the final) was case and point. “But our guys hit hard and fought hard, so they should be proud of themselves.” Making it to the championship game remains a cause for celebration, highlights Brown, whose squad knocked off St. Matthew in the semi-

final round. “It’s getting harder and harder and harder (to compete with St. Peter). They’ve got a lot of big, strong young men with a lot of football experience,” says Brown, who received strong contributions from graduating players Taylor Moran, Kyle Wilson and Dan Ferguson. “I expect St. Pete’s to run the table for many years. They’ve got a great setup. They’re a big school, lots of kids play football and they have great coaching. Those three things make it really hard to

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The Immaculata Saints celebrated a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown by Chad Ouellette, but their 13-7 lead didn’t hold up as Sir Wilfrid Laurier prevailed 14-13 in the national capital high school senior football Tier 2 championship game on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Minto Field.

overcome.” Only four schools entered the top tier league this season, which meant Immaculata had to overcome more rivals in the 12-team Tier 2 loop to reach their championship game. The Saints lost just once in the regular season, and then avenged that defeat with a playoff victory over Holy Trinity, followed by a win over St. Patrick’s to reach the final. Immaculata trailed 8-0 for much of the game, but three-straight big passes from quarterback Gilbert Chiasson covering over 80 yards, followed by a 100-yard Chad Ouellette interception return, gave the Saints a pair of touchdowns and a 13-8 lead. “To be down that many points and then see our guy return that 100 yards for a touchdown made all the time we put in as coaches worthwhile,” says Immaculata coach John Whyte. “I’m very proud of them with the way they played.” Sir Wil pounded the ball on the ground over and over again for the winning touchdown drive, although the game became “secondary to anything else” when Chiasson had to be taken from the field on a stretcher with a feared neck injury after taking a hard block in the final minutes. “He was upset he couldn’t finish it for the team,” notes Whyte, who was hopeful his player wasn’t too terribly hurt since he was conscious and had full feeling throughout his body while lying on the ground. Whyte was very pleased to watch the development of some of his veterans such as Chiasson, Josh McLean, Devin Brazeau and Nick Dorion in recent years, and highlighted the role local clubs such as the Ottawa Colts played in helping his squad. “We just started six years ago, and we’ve been in the final twice,” Whyte adds. “The program is growing and hopefully we can keep going from there.” St. Peter also won the national capital junior football title 15-7 over Sir Wil in the middle portion of the championship day triple-header.


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When Pete Hammond found out he had cancer in the mid-1990s, he felt a sense of relief. “My honest first reaction was I was super grateful, because this is an honourable way out,” he said. The reason Hammond was grateful was because he was sick – not physically, but mentally. His story, as well as three other Ottawa musicians, will be told at the Guests at Voices: Musicians for Mental Illness concert that will benefit the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health. Hammond wanted to get involved in the fundraiser because, more than 15 years ago, he remembers seeing everything physically tear up in front of him at work. He suffered a panic attack so bad that he ended up curled in a ball on the boardroom table, locking himself in the office. “My job was to count screws. Thousands of them,” Hammond said. “On a good day, this would drive me nuts. But this wasn’t the day for it.” He said he should’ve seen it coming, but he didn’t understand what depression or panic attacks were at a young age – so he didn’t think to get help. “Everyone to a certain extent has something going on in their head and certain situations bring it out,” Hammond said. “But I felt like I had lost my

mind and I wasn’t coming back. This wasn’t the dramatic, bullshit teenager stuff. I really thought I broke something in my head and I wasn’t coming back. (I thought) the best thing for me was to go into the woods and blow my brains out. That’s terrifying.” When he contracted chicken pox, he found out he had cancer when he got his chest X-rayed. “It was a relief, that’s how sick I was,” Hammond said. “I said, I don’t have to go blow my brains out and I can see how this goes. If this kills me, it’s better for my family if I go out like this.” But Hammond fought the cancer, and survived. While he says there’s “no such thing as post mental illness,” he feels healthy now. And since his 20s, he’s worked in suicide intervention, started his band Loud Love to keep people’s spirits up, and is a self-professed “clown.” He even wants to have an element of humour when he performs at the benefit concert. “It’s just something I feel really, really passionate about, because what the hell else am I going to do in this world?” said Hammond. “It’d be great to go out and make tons of money, but having a second chance at life, I have to do something meaningful.” Amy Read, the concert’s organizer, recently went public with her personal experience with mental illness. She felt she was ready to do it after dealing with an anxiety condition since she was only six

or seven years-old. She suffered through crisis periods, including in her early 20s when a friend died. “I hit a major wall,” Read said, adding she’s now in a period of recovery. Over the last decade, she slowly began telling family and friends and most recently did a television interview where she spoke publically about it. “There’s still a fear there, and judgment of what people will think of me,” she said. “But I’m facing that fear and doing it anyways.”

She hopes the concert will educate people and raise awareness of mental illness – and hopefully start to de-stigmatize it. The event will feature singer-songwriters Hammond, Amanda Rheaume, Ana Miura, and Lynne Hanson who will perform in a song-circle and lend their voices and personal stories of mental illness. The concert takes place Nov. 17 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the National Art Centre’s Fourth Stage. Tickets are available at the NAC box office or on Ticketmaster.

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Ottawa west writer ‘astonished’ at recent find KRISTY WALLACE kristy.wallace@metroland.com

When Ian Prattis was recently sorting through his filing cabinet, he stumbled upon a yellowing manuscript tucked away. He dug it out, read through it, and couldn’t believe what he had found. It was a book he had written in 1975. “I didn’t have the skills then of how to get things published, so after a few attempts, I just forgot about it,” said Prattis, a west-end resident who recently published and kept the original name of the book, Song of Silence. Prattis said the book was written when he was going through tough times, but the book isn’t autobiographical. Instead, he said the story is an allegory for life’s difficulties he was experiencing – including a long-distance failing marriage while trying to maintain his career at Carleton University. “I was not doing a good job with either. I was at a very difficult crossroads in my life – not in a good state of mind. I was a mess,” Prattis said. “I thought, how on earth did I write a book when I was in a poor state of mind? It was astonishing for me on many levels.” The novel is set where his wife lived – the Hebrides, which is an island chain in the North Atlantic off the northwest coast of Scotland. Prattis describes the book as reading

like an extended prose poem, and said it focuses on the cycles of maturing, downfall and redemption of one family. He said the main message of the book is in the end, everything turns out alright. “If people are in really hard times, and very desperate times, there’s always the possibility of transformation and redemption,” said Prattis. “That’s the message I read now in 2011. But in 1975, I was just writing. I wasn’t thinking about that message. But I think reflecting on it now, 36 years later, the whole idea of redemption is very substantial.” He added that once he converted the manuscript into an electronic document, he only wanted to fix the spelling mistakes and keep the rest of the book the same. “It was a gut instinct,” Prattis said. “I wanted to let it stand as it was.” Prattis said the novel is his eighth published book, but the first one he wrote. He’s already received feedback from readers, including his wife and close friends. “Their response was overwhelming,” he said, adding that his publisher said he also couldn’t put the book down. “That’s not usual in publishers.” For more information on this and other works by Prattis, visit his website at: www.ianprattis.com/songofsilence. htm .

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Ian Prattis has uncovered a book he wrote 36 years ago tucked away in a filing cabinet, and is now publishing the book entitled Song of Silence.

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Ryan Lotecki and Charlynne Lafontaine have been chosen to play an important role in Somerset Street West’s reconstruction. Their art work has been selected to decorate the streets and bring a sense of identity to the area. “(We felt) fantastic,” said Lotecki, referring to when the pair found out their work had been chosen to line Somerset Street West. “Every time you win an opportunity to socially contribute from your area of study, it is both rewarding and humbling.” Based on resident feedback and comments from an open house recently held in Hintonburg, a city art selection committee chose Lotecki and Lafontaine’s work to be commissioned for the street’s reconstruction. The artist team will enhance lighting on Somerset Street West using a type

of glass that will illuminate and cast colours and light against the sidewalk. Natural sunlight, and streetlights at night, will pass through the glass forms that are attached to the street poles by curved aluminum rods. There will also be sculptures in two specific areas along the street. To reflect the growth of the community, there will be 10 sculptures attached to a light pole at the Somerset Street West bridge. The sculptures are inspired by morphology, and the glass forms on the bridge will morph from a seed pod to an open vessel to look like a flower blossoming. The second set of sculptures will be set up at the intersections of Rochester and Booth streets. These sculptures will be inspired by the Chinatown Royal Arch and will include blue, red, green, and gold glass forms. Lotecki said coming up with the idea was just a matter of the pair putting their heads together and applying their

abilities as artists. He added that they had some ideas that evolved into what their work looks like now. “There were many ideas that, over the course of three months, streamlined into what we have now,” Lotecki said. He added that he hopes their work contributes to both the community, and the entire City of Ottawa. “The intent is always to create a pleasing environment,” Lotecki said.

“If everywhere we looked were traffic signs and adverts, the aesthetic of any city would be deficient.” The City of Ottawa’s Public Art Program commissions artists’ work to be displayed in public spaces. It is funded by municipal development projects where one per cent of those funds are put aside for public art. Lotecki, an Almonte-based artist, was one of the artists who was commissioned under this program to create the Wellington marbles that line Wellington Street West.

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•NOV. 17 Voices: Musicians for Mental Illness is an inaugural benefit concert that will raise funds for the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health and will take place on Thursday, Nov.17 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the NAC’s Fourth Stage. The evening will feature singer-songwriters Amanda Rheaume, Ana Miura, Peter Hammond and Lynne Hanson as they perform in a song-circle and lend their voices and personal stories to a cause that is too often hidden in the shadows.

•NOV. 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: www.immigrantwomenservices. com , by calling 613-729-3145 or by email at: infomail@immigrantwomenservices.com . The event is hosted by Immigrant Women Services Ottawa (IWSO). Caldwell Family Centre invites everyone to their Christmas bazaar and craft sale (featuring crafts, jewelry, garage sale, preserves, tea room and home-baked treats), from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Church, 1359 Chatelain Avenue (corner of Kirkwood). For more information call Andrée at 613-728-1268. Annual Bazaar Luncheon and Bake Sale takes place at St. Luke’s Anglican Church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., located at 760 Somerset Street West. A turkey-a-la-king lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission for adults is

$10, and seniors and children are $8. There will be an elevator available and the event is sponsored by Chi Rho Fellowship Group.

•NOV. 20 Ottawa Authors and Artisans Fair 2011 takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jack Purcell Centre, 320 Jack Purcell Lane at Elgin Street, room 203. More than 50 local authors and artisans will display and sell their work. Table rental fees for OIW members are $35 for a full table and $20 for a half table. Fees for nonmembers are $40 for a full table and $25 for a half table. To register, email your confirmation to Bob Fowler at: bfowler613@hotmail.com and mail a cheque payable to Ottawa Independent Writers to: 22 Parkside Cres., Nepean, ON K2G 3B5. For more information visit: www.oiw. ca . Canadian Showtime Chorus Craft Sale and Auction will be a much anticipated annual event with auctioneer J.J. Clarke. Fun, song and refreshments all included in the ticket price of $15! The event will take place at 2 p.m. at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre. For more information call 613-596-5783 or email: mgmt_team@canadianshowtimechorus.com .

•NOV. 22 Join us at the Westboro Nursery School Open House from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 411 Dovercourt Ave. Bring your children to visit our classroom and meet the teachers. Registration is now open for our afternoon program in January 2012. We are a parent co-operative preschool for two and a half to five year-olds staffed by registered early childhood educators. Our hands on, play-based curriculum includes introduction to French, sign language, school readiness, music, daily outdoor play and more. Visit: www.westboronurseryschool.ca or email wns@westboronurseryschool.ca for details.

•NOV. 26 The Olde Forge Annual bazaar will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2730 Carling Ave. Shop early to get one of our famous Christmas puddings. Baking donations are gratefully accepted. For more information call 613-8299777.

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

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

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

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

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

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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