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EMC news - If there is a day the Hillcrest High School band will never forget, it is March 25, when they performed O Canada as a FedEx cargo plane transporting a pair of giant pandas touched down at Toronto’s Pearson Airport. China is allowing two of its giant pandas to spend five years at the Toronto Zoo followed immediately by another five years at the Calgary Zoo, marking the first time in more than 20 years that a giant panda has been loaned to a Canadian zoo and a first for a ten-year loan from the Chinese government. The pandas were the sole cargo on a FedEx cargo plane that flew halfway around the world from Chengdu Shuangliu to Toronto. Fifty students who make up the high school concert band left Ottawa at 4 a.m to participate in the ceremony, after it was announced they had won the FedEx Canada Panda contest. FedEx will also be donating $5,000 to Hillcrest High School for winning the contest. See PLAYING, page 2
Film fan Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches visits the set of the Ontario French television station’s Motel Monstre, a series filmed in Ottawa, to help celebrate their 60th episode.
100 marijuana plants seized in south Ottawa 40-year-old man, 39-year-old woman charged by Ottawa police Spirit Award nominations are open for youth ages 12 to 21. – Page 37
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EMC news - Ottawa police investigators seized more than 100 marijuana plants following a raid at a south end home on March 26.
The drug unit executed a search warrant on the 300 block of River Road, near Limebank Road. The total value of the seizure is estimated to be approximately $111,000, according to a police release. A 40-year-old man and a 39 year-old woman were charged jointly with production of a controlled sub-
stance as well as six charges under the Ontario Fire Protection and Prevention Act. “Once inside, police found a marijuana grow operation in the residence consisting of 100 plants,” the release read. Police are requesting anyone with information related to a suspected marijuana grow operation to call the Ottawa Police drug unit at 613-236-1222 extension 5080 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477.
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Music teacher Jeannie Hunter described the experience as humbling. “This is such a wonderful opportunity. Our success is a tribute to the kids’ creativity and our Hillcrest community’s support,” said Hunter, adding that the band was proud to represent Ottawa at the event. The schools were required to submit a video of their band or choir performing any song for them to have the chance to win the contest. “We really didn’t have a lot of planning time since we got to know the details on Thursday, one day before the March break,” said Hunter. “We shot it before lunch on Friday, edited it, uploaded it and that was it.” FedEx spokesperson Adrian Grundy said coordination of the panda shipment from Chengdu to Toronto took “more than 100 people” on two continents, and that the bears will be kept in “specially designed enclosures” for the duration of their more than 11,700-kilometre journey. “Obviously it caters for their needs to go to the toilet,” he said. “And it’s only carrying the pandas and their travelling bamboo and things like that.” The bears will also have water, apples, some favourite toys, two attendants and a veterinarian with them every step of the way. Teacher Hunter said the $5,000 donation is a sizeable chunk of money, certainly far more than her budget. “It is going to allow us to make a few legacy purchases,” she said. Hunter added that students will
have a say on how that money is spent. “It will be a collective decision with the kids and me,” she said. Five-year-old panda Er Shun and four-year-old Da Mao will be quarantined for 30 days at Toronto Zoo and kept away from the public until a special exhibit opens later this year. Besides winning the contest, the Hillcrest band were also awarded passes for the zoo to go back once the panda exhibits opens. “I felt a sense of disbelief in some ways when I figured out we had won, because it all happened so quickly,” said Hunter. She said the competition has energized her and the band even more. “I feel excited and motivated. It’s been great for the school spirit. It was a fantastic opportunity to bring everyone together,” said Hunter. She hailed FedEx for running the contest. “It is fantastic that FedEx thought of doing it and donating the money to a high school music program,” said Hunter. “The arts are so important and funding can be so difficult. It’s great that they thought of this as an opportunity to help other people as well.” She said the entire experience was a great surprise for her. “It is quite an unusual opportunity to play O Canada for two giant pandas,” said Hunter. “It wasn’t something that was even in my mind and then boom it happened.” With files from Torstar Wire Services
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EMC news - It took a few tries, but eventually a 180 pound dummy crashed into a speeding car at the National Research Council on March 25, the culmination of joint study between Ottawa students and police. The simulated crash was part of an eight-month-long study conducted by Carleton University engineering students and Algonquin College toolmaking students, working in conjunction with Ottawa police to help better understand exactly what happens when a cyclist and car collide. “We have a number of theories and a couple of ideas of what the data will look like, but it all depends on how the dummy hits the car,” said project coordinator Brigitte Babin, a fourth year biomedical and mechanical engineering student. The simulation had a dummy “cyclist” ride down a track, as a sedan was speeding past - with the inevitable crash occuring between the two vehicles. After three failed attempts where the dummy sailed behind or in front of the car, the fourth attempt was a success, resulting in a crash of potentially deadly proportions. Babin’s classmates, all in students in Carleton’s department of mechanMICHELLE NASH/METROLAND ical and aerospace engineering, deCarleton engineering students set up a crash simulation at the National signed and built the electronics for Research Council on March 25 with the help of the Ottawa Police Ser- the crash, while Algonquin College’s vice. It took a few tries, but the students eventually managed to crash a mechanical technician-toolmaking program handled the mechanical el‘cyclist’ into a car, which was driving 30 kilometres an hour.
ements of building the dummy. The test involved multiple cameras located at every angle of the crash site as well as a camera on the cyclist’s helmet and the vehicle. Sensors built by the students were placed inside the dummy, in its head, chest and arms to help determine the impact of the crash. Ottawa police served as a resource for the students throughout the eight month study, which began last fall. Det. Alain Boucher of the police trafﬁc unit participated in the study, offering up data, information and experience along the way.
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Babin said it has been this sort of help that has been crucial to the project and students’ success. “It has been a really great experience and the police have been a tremendous amount of help,” she said. On the day of the crash simulation, Boucher and the remainder of the trafﬁc team, including the collision investigators, were present to reconstruct the crash between the sedan and the cyclist. The ofﬁcers gathered the information as they would with any crash, but this time, the students had
the data to back up the ofﬁcers ﬁndings. It’s this kind of collaboration that Boucher said he believes will help the police better understand accidents in the future. “We are interested in terms of the collision investigation,” Boucher said. “This is a training day for us. There is little information out there and no real world information on cyclist and vehicle accidents. This crash simulation brings us much closer to a real world situation.” According to the police, on average in Ottawa, there are more than 300 collisions reported involving vehicles and cyclists per year. With a number of bike paths crossing city streets, the segregated bike lane on Laurier Avenue and the city’s plans for expanding cycling routes and paths across the city, Boucher said collisions will be on the rise as cycling use increases. Between 2007 and 2011, there were 1,253 incidents where the cyclist was injured and a total of 12 fatalities. “We anticipate a rise in collisions (and) we are trying to be ahead of the gain,” Boucher said. “My hope is it won’t happen, but we will be prepared. We are just keeping our training up to snuff.” Ottawa paramedics, ﬁre department and the National Research Council all helped the students on the day of the crash test. The results from the crash will be studied, and later presented by the students at the end of this semester.
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EMC news - Residents who came to city hall on March 25 to help the municipality figure out how to better engage with them were disappointed that the “consultation on consultations” didn’t break the city’s mould. Participants in the first session of the series were not happy they did not get a presentation on the city’s current consultation guidelines, what works and what doesn’t work from the city’s perspective. “Instead, they focused on ‘principles’ and ‘values,’ both of which were ill-defined and overlapping,” said John Dance, president of the Old Ottawa East Community Association. Other participants were angry that city staff came to them with a pre-determined set of four values such as: “The public should have an opportunity to express their views about decisions that affect their lives.” The proliferation of the word “should” throughout the draft documents bothered many participants, including Steve Clay of Alta Vista, who insisted it be changed to “must.” The city could always find a way to exercise that “should” clause and exclude citizens’ voices, said Catherine Boucher, a member of the Centretown Citizens Community Association. Glebe Community Association and Federation of Citizens’ Associations member Bob Brocklebank said citizens are tired of being treated as “window dressing” to fulfill the city’s requirement to say it consulted people. The March 25 consultation re-
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flected the tenor of many city consultations, said several participants, including Dance. He said it’s difficult for residents to respond to the city’s request for feedback when they are not presented with “real options.” “You’re saying, ‘This is how we are going to do it,’” he said. “You need to go back farther.” Sharing information and helping citizens be informed about the issues they’re being consulted on are important, Clay said, and others agreed. Manjit Basi, one of the founders of a new community-engagement nonprofit called Citizens Academy, said, “Empowerment is a pre-requisite to collaboration.” Central Park resident Stuart Sykes agreed. If the underlying requirements and process doesn’t change, altering the way consultations are conducted won’t make much difference, he said. For instance, rezonings are not designed to reveal details of what’s planned for a new building early on, he said. “To be effective, it needs to be from the ground up,” Sykes said. Colleen Hendriks, one of the city staffers leading the public-engagement consultation, said her team wants to get all city departments on board with using the consultation toolkit that will be developed. “We do aspire that there will be improvements across the corporation (of the City of Ottawa),” she said. There was some discussion about when it is appropriate for the city to consult, versus when it is appropriate – and what it means – to collabo0307.R0011951345
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rate with citizens, or simply inform them. Manor Park resident Penny Thompson said the city needs to look at everything about the process, even down to small details like ensuring consultants and city staff wear name tags to identify themselves at community meetings. Some things the city does are working, participants said. Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes was the only councillor to participate in the first session. She listed two types of consultations that seem to go smoothly: the process for redesigning roads heavily engages neighbours and road users, she said, and open house-format meetings work well when they are followed by a presentation and discussion. However, city staff is sometimes reluctant to move into the group discussion format because it can become oppositional, Holmes said. The idea of having a small working group or public advisory committee of residents, consultants, proponents and city staff that intensively reviews projects was debated. Boucher said those groups do work, but they are sometimes akin to “secret societies” because it’s unclear how the members are chosen. A number of meetings and an online survey available at ottawa.ca will be used to create a staff report that will be reviewed by a small group of key stakeholders in the summer before it is presented to and debated by the city’s finance and economic development committee in the fall.
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The 20th Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival will be held at Mooney’s Bay Park on June 21. Canadian rocker Sam Roberts will play a free show during the festival.
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EMC news - For its 20th anniversary, the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival has chosen to bring Canadian rocker Sam Roberts to play a free show at Mooney’s Bay Park on June 21. The festival that runs from June 20 to 23 will also feature performances by Great Lake Swimmers, The Balconies, Autumns Cannon, Kalle Matson, Devin Cuddy, Sam Cash and the Romantic Dogs and hip-hop artist The Joynt. “The celebrations surrounding the 20th annual edition of our festival are going to be really spectacular and this year’s free concert line-up is a refection of that,” John Brooman, Dragon Boat Festival chief executive ofﬁcer said in a release. “We look forward to seeing everyone at the festival this summer and we will be announcing a few more surprises in the coming weeks.” Patrons will also have the opportunity to
see two spectacular stunt shows from the Craz-E-Crew BMX team and the Chris Clack Bicycles stunt show. There is also lots going on in the family area, from facepainting and drum making to performances by ventriloquist Tim Holland, Lil John the Clown, The Great Balanzo of Acme Circus, and illusionist Chris Pilsworth, among others; the Canadian Raptor Conservancy Birds of Flight Show, The Paddling Puppeteers, a display of critters from Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo and, of course, a bouncy castle. Brooman said his organization was thrilled to present such a diverse group of quality performers. Free admission to the event grounds attracts more than 85,000 spectators who converge over the course of the weekend to take part in the multi-day celebration of the arts sports, culture and heritage. The festival that began in 1994 as a halfday celebration has grown to become North America’s largest dragon boating event, with about 200 teams and 85,000 spectators.
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Preparing for your Baby We have all seen the ads. A pregnant woman glowing with a happy face, and round belly, watching kids play on the swings while she sips her decaf latte. She warmly lays a hand on her unborn child. The sun is shining. The birds are tweeting. You may ask: is this the reality of being pregnant? It looks simple! While pregnancy is a special time, it can also have emotional and physical ups and downs. While the sun is shining, and the birds are tweeting, what you do not see in the ad is what the woman is thinking. Some common thoughts of parents-to-be are: • “How am I going to prepare for this baby?” • “How do I get ready for breastfeeding?” • “How do I keep my baby safe and healthy once he/she is here???” Prenatal classes are a great way to obtain answers to many of your questions and more. Ottawa Public Health (OPH) offers online prenatal education with free companion classes for parents-to-be and those looking for a refresher. The course includes three in-person sessions, each 2 hours in length. Classes are in the evening or on Saturday mornings at four library sites. Sites include Nepean Centrepointe, Ruth E. Dickinson (Barrhaven), Alta Vista and Cumberland. These classes can:
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• help pregnant women and their partners feel more conﬁdent about the upcoming birth; • feel better prepared for breastfeeding and; • help parents make informed decisions about labour, birth and the care of their baby. The classes are led by a public health nurse. They provide pregnant women and their partners with expert information and the chance to meet with other expectant families. Katie Souliere, a pregnant woman, recently took the OPH prenatal class at the Cumberland branch. Her and her husband said that “after participating in the prenatal classes [they] felt better prepared for baby’s arrival in terms of what to expect before, during and after the labour. [They] now feel more conﬁdent about bringing baby home…”. Katie says that while there is a lot of information available online, she and her husband “…weren’t aware of the amount of resources available in the community to support [them] with postnatal care such as breastfeeding and postpartum depression support groups.” So, grab your decaf latte, take a seat in the sun, open your computer and go to www.ottawa.ca/ prenatal. Enroll in our free prenatal classes. It will provide you with the conﬁdence, knowledge and breastfeeding information for your new baby.
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vomiting, weight loss, pneumonia, brain damage and in rare cases, death. Older children and adults may experiencemilder symptoms but nevertheless, can still spread the infection to others. Every year in Canada, whooping cough kills 1 to 3 infants who did not receive or follow the proper vaccination schedule.
Pertussis is a highly contagious infection that affects the respiratory system and spreads easily in the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, and talks. Symptoms are initially mild (similar to the common cold) but as the weeks progress, the mild cough may turn into a severe, violent cough, lasting weeks to months. Babies and young children are at the greatest risk of serious complications, such as breathing difﬁculties, choking spells,
The ﬁrst dose of the pertussis vaccine is given at 2 months of age; however, babies are not fully protected until they receive all the doses of this vaccine. During this time, babies and young children are surrounded by parents, older siblings, grandparents, friends, caregivers and others who unknowingly may be infected with pertussis, and can transmit it to the child.
April 20-27, 2013, is World Immunization Awareness Week. Take this time to talk with your health care provider to see if you and your family are up-to-date. Immunization In Ontario, there were 230 cases of pertussis in 2011, and 792 cases in 2012. In Ottawa, saves lives! Protect your loved ones; there were 48 cases of pertussis in 2012 alone. get vaccinated. This is the highest number of pertussis cases reported in our city since a local outbreak occurred in 2003 . Better vaccination rate in all age groups will help control this preventable disease.
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As of August 2011, all adults from 19 to 64 years of age in Ontario who did not receive one as a teenager are eligible to receive one publicly funded dose of the tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine to better protect adults against pertussis and importantly, to decrease the transmission of the infection to young children.
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A tale lacking in substance
n the play Macbeth, Shakespeare describes life as â€œa tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing.â€? He just as easily could have been referring to the cityâ€™s planning process: endless meetings filled with talk but often devoid of discussion. It is a process that is frustrating for the public, frustrating for city staff, and, at times infuriating for the developers. The element of conflict is baked into the recipe of site plans and rezoning applications â€“ a development proposal never meets everyoneâ€™s vision of the character of the surrounding neighbourhood. But conflict should be an opportunity for rational discourse and a little constructive give-andtake, resulting in a compromise. Instead, it often turns into a standoff between two diametrically opposed camps. It drags on for months at community consultations and at city hall before finally (in worst case scenarios) landing at the feet of the Ontario Municipal Board. Too often we witness members of the public show up at consultation meetings armed only with emotional arguments. Bitter words are often exchanged, but little else.
If the city wants to encourage rational discourse and limit pointless debate and time spent wasted arguing lost causes at the OMB, it must start by educating the public. We sympathize with the publicâ€™s confusion about the planning process, with the city still trying to harmonize its zoning rules â€“ something which hopefully will fall into place during the review of the Official Plan. It starts and ends with education. The city already offers planning primer courses throughout the year, explaining how planners evaluate development proposals, zoning rules, how secondary plans fit with the cityâ€™s official plan and a discussion about how the OMB works. More people might take advantage of this set of courses if they were offered throughout the city â€“ instead of just at city hall â€“ and working in conjunction with the various community associations that pepper the municipality. Developers, for their part, can also participate in the process, by participating in or speaking at some of these courses. Providing a forum for rational debate meets the needs of everyone â€“w developers, the city and the public included.
The cuddliness factor and Canadian politics
ess than a week after the tabling of his governmentâ€™s budget, Stephen Harper went to Toronto to meet two pandas arriving from China. The news pictures coming out of that event were much nicer than the news pictures coming out of the budget because there were no pandas involved in the budget. Stephen Harper knew that. He didnâ€™t get where he is by not understanding such things. Everybody looks better standing with a panda and everybody sounds better talking about pandas, even when what they say is absurd. For example, hereâ€™s what the prime minister said at the Toronto airport: â€œOver the coming years these pandas will help us learn more about one another while serving as a reminder of our deepening relationship, a relationship based on mutual respect and growing collaboration.â€? This will come as quite a surprise to the pandas, who figured that all they had to do in their lives was stay in the cage, eat bamboo, breed and get used to people in Toronto Maple Leafs caps waving at them. Now they find out they are supposed to help Canadians and Chinese learn more about each other, as well as serve as a
CHARLES GORDON Funny Town reminder of a deepening relationship. What a job description for a panda. But what a great coup for the prime minister to be at the centre of this happy event, surrounded by more photographers than ever show up at, say, the opening of a new prison. This is because pandas are cuddly -- not that youâ€™d ever want to try to cuddle one because they are big and have sharp teeth and probably donâ€™t understand English or French very well just yet. At a safe distance, however, pandas are more cuddly, even, than dogs. We know this because of developments in the Pooch CafĂŠ comic strip in the Citizen, where the dogs are deeply concerned that their capacity to be adored by people is being Published weekly by:
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undermined by cute pandas. All of this is to say the prime minister chose wisely. It also suggests one of large problems confronting Canadian politicians is a shortage of pandas. All of them would like to be seen next to one and be able to make speeches about how they serve as reminders of deepening relationships. Imagine Jim Watson, mayor of Ottawa, being able to talk about pandas instead having to say something, one way or the other, about casinos. That would be such an improvement for him. Even if he had bad news to announce, such as the decision to locate a casino on the lawn of the Supreme Court, having a panda beside him when he made the announcement would make it so much more palatable. Similarly, having a panda present at the announcement of each new 23-story building in Ottawa, would make the looming shadows over residential neighbourhoods so much easier to take. The panda, not the building, would be in the shot. Put a panda on the west lawn of the Museum of Nature when you announce that it is going to be a parking lot. Put a panda in front of CIDA when it closes. Hey, how about the Ottawa Pandas as
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the name of the new CFL team? Who could object? Sadly, there are simply not enough pandas to go around. Already in short supply, they donâ€™t breed as enthusiastically as they might (maybe they just like to cuddle). So just to get two to come to Canada is a pretty great thing. In the absence of pandas, the hunt is on for creatures of significant cuddliness who could serve politicians as an acceptable substitute. Our customary national symbols, the beaver and the Canada goose, have enemies. Penguins, also celebrated in Pooch CafĂŠ, would find our climate too warm. Clever politicians have already found a substitute: hockey players. Wasnâ€™t Barack Obama posing with some of them just the other day?
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hereâ€™s something about money. We love it and need it, but it also scares the hell out of most of us most of the time â€“ especially at tax time. And itâ€™s not just those of us who may have to remit funds to the government this month. Even friends who are expecting a windfall this April are feeling nervous about having a lump sum dropped into their bank accounts. Why? According to a new book released by Money Coaches Canada founders Karin Mizgala and Sheila Walkington, weâ€™re scared when we lack control. Unstuck: How to get out of your money rut and start living the life you want, offers a ground-up guide to uncovering how you feel about money, what you should and want to be doing with it and assessing what you already know. Unfortunately, the statistics suggest most of us havenâ€™t got a clue. â€œPeople have lost the ability to look at the value of money,â€? says Judith Cane, with Money Coaches Canada in Ottawa. â€œTheyâ€™ve forgotten what the function of money is â€“ that
BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse youâ€™re exchanging cash for a product or service.â€? No surprise, Cane says much of it has to do with our societyâ€™s reliance on virtual money â€“ in the form of lines of credit and paying with plastic. â€œI often take clients back to using envelopes of cash,â€? says Cane. â€œPutting that $20 per hour you earned into an envelope and then taking it to the grocery store to buy food helps to create that link between what youâ€™re making and what youâ€™re spending.â€? And that link is an important one. The basic principle around money is that what comes in must be greater than what goes out. But when money never touches peopleâ€™s hands, they not only lose track, but they fail to comprehend that principle. Thatâ€™s when things get scary, says Cane.
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Congratulations to River Ward resident Emma Miskew and her teammates for winning the Bronze medal at the 2013World Womenâ€™s Curling Championship in Latvia. Ms. Miskew and her teammates should be proud of their accomplishment. These young women were excellent ambassadors not only for Canada, but for Ottawa as well. Please join me in giving a â€˜HIGH FIVEâ€? to Emma Miskew (Third) and her teammates Rachel Homan (Skip), Alison Kreviazuk (Second), Lisa Weagle (Lead) and Stephanie LeDrew (Alternate) for the Bronze medal. Well done team!
ELECTRIC NEWS FROM CAMPBELL FORD The first all-electric 2013 Ford Focus in Ottawa was sold by Campbell Ford, located at 1500 Carling Avenue, here in River Ward. I had fun checking out the new Ford Focus Electric at the Ottawa Gatineau International Auto Show on March 21, 2013 at the Ottawa Convention Centre. Ford Canada is expanding their line-up of hybrid and electric vehicles for 2014 and their entire line-up of hybrid and electric vehicles are for sale in Ottawa. If you or someone you know owns an electric vehicle, you can charge it up at City Hall, as part of a joint pilot initiative between Hydro Ottawa and the City of Ottawa.
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to appeal to a broad range of individuals â€“ speciďŹ cally, those who want guidance with money thatâ€™s not tied to any products, services or investments. â€œThere is a huge demand for ďŹ nancial planning services like this right now,â€? says Cane. The fact is everything about money has become more complex. Just when we think weâ€™ve got a handle on things, the situation is apt to change. Much of it comes down to demographics. The sandwich generation means families with young children are trying to account for childcare and eldercare costs simultaneously. A high divorce rate means people are learning to raise families on a single income, at the same time dividing up what they own and, perhaps more importantly, what they owe. Young professionals are waiting longer to start families, which means they have more disposable income for longer than they did historically. And at the other end of the spectrum, the Baby Boomers are retiring en masse and theyâ€™re projected to live for a very long time on their pensions. Itâ€™s almost as though every family could use its own certiďŹ ed ďŹ nancial ofďŹ cer, says Cane.
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