So, how long

So this new look at services may help us

to be more understanding of the challenges

our municipalities face.

Ha! Ha! Just kidding. We can expect to

have those

radically alter our attitudes as taxpayers.We

pay taxes; we demand good services and we



services. This is an outlook that cannot be

January? Are you some sort of masochist?

clearing away the white stuff. Pace

easily altered.

You can start a weight-loss program in


Anyway, while we are out on our stroll,


As for layering, the proper attire can


we might also notice litter. Alas, rural roads


enhance the enjoyment of any winter


a stormy day in September.

outing. We can never underestimate the

tires, household appliances, and yes, the

Procrastination and indecision are not


So, now that we have settled into 2012,


deadly vices, are they?

moisture-wicking material is a must.


illegally dump garbage, resolve to slap

Still, there is no time like the present to

And put something on that head.

either become part of your daily routines,

yourself on the side of the head and go pick

make an attempt to improve ourselves, or

Speaking of heads, and where your

or have already become ancient history.

up your trash.

to offer free advice. It is always fun to tell

heads are at, do you believe you are

Congratulations to those of you who


others what to do. And we could all use a


have fulfilled your promises. You are

are a lot of speeding motorists out there.

little morale boost at this time of year.

If yes, take a bow. If not, what would


In fact, we ought to be cautious at all

However, to avoid a preachy tone, let us

encourage you to become more active?

a new and improved version of your


try to make this exercise into a collective,

First, let us all take a walk. You don’t

former self.

cyberspace. Remember — fun is fun until

self-empowering, collaborative effort, an

need to be one of those earnest striders. A

If you have not respected those

you lose your identity.

all-inclusive discussion. Think of this as


promises, you are not alone — research

We should all make an effort to plant a

being sort of like Facebook, without the


shows that most resolutions are ditched

tree. If you live in an apartment, help

baby and vacation photos.

world from a different perspective.

24 hours after they have been made.

someone plant a tree. Heck, buy a tree and

Let us, together, toss out some ideas on



donate it to somebody.

how to collectively live better and fuller

Walkers give the impression that happy,

some traditions, such as New Year’s

Of course, there are the standard

lives, shall we?

healthy people live here. And happy

resolutions, hang around.

resolutions – recycle more, floss, volunteer,

Let us begin this chat with the

people walking happy dogs are veritable

Optimismwins out over experience at

read more, laugh more, develop a new skill,


public relations tools, in the best sense of

the dawn of a new year. Blame it on the

hug a pet.


that term.

festive spirit, or spirits. But for some



Walking gives you a chance to chat


else does.

For instance, we know that, as a society,

with your neighbours, to wave at passing

life-changing resolutions at a time of year

We ought to also keep in mind that we

we ought to become more active, in the

motorists and to better appreciate your

when it is almost impossible to live up to

should not be too demanding of ourselves.

physical and community senses.


such long-term commitments.

Nobody is perfect.

We are also aware that we should

At the same time, you may also better

Face it – how can you give up on sinful

exercisemore but not hurt ourselves in the

appreciate, from ground level, the

habits during the festive season, when



you are surrounded by so many



temptations to indulge? Sure, you know

us, if you do venture out into the winter

Like us on

help to install and maintain.

youmust lay off the desserts, but howcan

wonderland, remember two words –

If the surface is smooth, it probably

you do that without insulting your

moderation and layering.

will not be that way for long. If there are

favourite aunt, who has slaved over a

Never overdo anything.

ruts, they will likely get worse.

woodstove for hours to create those


Shovelling snow is a free form of



exercise, and can actually be fun. But too

our vehicles. The harsh, changing

for generations?

many people suffer heart attacks while

conditions wreak havoc on our roads and


RETAIL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY FOR AN AGENCY STORE IN EACH OF THE FOLLOWING COMMUNITIES: LCBO RFP# 2012-101 L’ORIGNAL LCBO RFP# 2012-102 ST. EUGENE An excellent business opportunity is now available to established retailers in L’Orignal and St. Eugene. The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) is seeking a responsible, customer-focused retailer to operate an LCBO Agency Store in L’Orignal and St. Eugene. To qualify, the applicant must have an existing, currently operating retail business in the community and commit to operating the Agency store within established LCBO guidelines. To facilitate the sale of beverage alcohol products, the operator may be required to enter into separate commercial arrangements with the LCBO and domestic beer suppliers. The successful applicant will also be required to participate in a special LCBO server-training program to ensure the responsible sale of beverage alcohol products. Since 1962, the LCBO has authorized more than 200 Agency stores to serve communities that have requested service but where the local population is too small to support a regular LCBO or beer store. These Agency stores are operated by local retailers within their existing retail business. Agency VWRUHFRQWUDFWVDUHQRUPDOO\DZDUGHGIRUD¿YH\HDUWHUP,QFRPPXQLWLHVZKHUHWKHUHLVFXUUHQWO\ an Agency store, as the contract nears expiry, the LCBO will take into consideration the fact that new businesses in the community may have been established and will allow an opportunity for all EXVLQHVVHVLQWKHFRPPXQLW\WRFRPSHWHIRUWKHQH[W¿YH\HDUWHUP Operating an LCBO Agency Store provides a retailer with an excellent opportunity to increase revenue and attract customers while providing local residents with beverage alcohol services. Agency stores DOVRGHOLYHUHFRQRPLFEHQH¿WVWRWKHFRPPXQLW\LQPDQ\FDVHVWKURXJKMREFUHDWLRQDQGLQFUHDVHG FXVWRPHUWUDI¿FIRUORFDOPHUFKDQWV ,QWHUHVWHGEXVLQHVVHVPXVWUHTXHVW by mail the application package for this competition before end of business day, Friday, February 3, 2012 and must quote the following information: RFP# 2012-101 L’Orignal RFP# 2012-102 St. Eugene Request for Application Package Request for Application Package Procurement and Contract Procurement and Contract Management, LCBO Management, LCBO 1 Yonge Street, Suite 1404 1 Yonge Street, Suite 1404 Toronto, ON M5E 1E5 Toronto, ON M5E 1E5 Please note: An application fee of $100 must be included with your request in order to receive an application package. Make the cheque or money order payable to the LCBO only. ,QRUGHUWREHFRQVLGHUHGIRUWKLVEXVLQHVVRSSRUWXQLW\DSSOLFDQWVPXVWVXEPLWWR/&%23URFXUHPHQW and Contract Management a completed proposal in the required format before the closing date and time, Friday, February 17, 2012, 3 p.m. local time . Late submissions will not be accepted and will be returned unopened. lc


DDP N° 2012-101 L’ORIGNAL DDP N° 2012-102 ST. EUGENE

Une excellente occasion d’affaires s’offre aux détaillants de L’Orignal et de St. Eugene. La Régie des alcools de l’Ontario (LCBO) recherche un détaillant responsable et soucieux du service à la clientèle pour exploiter un magasin-agence de la LCBO à L’Orignal et St. Eugene. Pour être admissible, vous devez exploiter un commerce de vente au détail déjà établi dans la localité et vous engager à respecter les lignes directrices de la LCBO. Pour faciliter la vente de boissons alcooliques, le candidat choisi pourrait avoir à conclure des ententes commerciales différentes avec la LCBO et avec les fournisseurs de bières canadiennes. Le candidat retenu devra également suivre un programme de formation spécial de la LCBO qui a trait à la responsabilité reliée à la vente des boissons alcooliques. Depuis l962, la LCBO a autorisé plus de 200 magasins-agences qui desservent les localités qui ont GHPDQGpXQVHUYLFHGHYHQWHG¶DOFRROPDLVGRQWODSRSXODWLRQHVWLQVXI¿VDQWHSRXU\pWDEOLUXQH VXFFXUVDOHUpJXOLqUHGHOD/&%2RXXQPDJDVLQGHELqUH/HVPDJDVLQVDJHQFHVVRQWFRQ¿pVjGHV détaillants locaux et s’annexent à un commerce de détail existant. Le contrat d’un magasin-agence est normalement d’une durée de cinq ans. Au cours de la cinquième année d’exploitation d’un magasin- agence, la LCBO tient compte des nouveaux commerces établis dans la localité et donne à tous la chance de présenter leur candidature pour le prochain terme de cinq ans. Un détaillant qui exploite un magasin-agence a la possibilité d’augmenter ses revenus en attirant une FOLHQWqOHDGGLWLRQQHOOHWRXWHQRIIUDQWDX[FLWR\HQVGHVDORFDOLWpOHVSURGXLWVHWVHUYLFHVGHOD/&%28Q magasin-agence contribue également à l’économie de la localité souvent par la création de nouveaux emplois et par l’augmentation de l’achalandage chez les autres marchands locaux. Les commerçants intéressés sont invités à faire la demande du dossier de soumission pour ce concours par la poste avant 17 h, le 3 février 2012 . La demande doit être adressée de la façon suivante :

DDP N° 2012-101 L’Orignal Demande du dossier de soumission

DDP N° 2012-102 St. Eugene Demande du dossier de soumission

Service des achats, LCBO 1, rue Yonge, bureau 1404 Toronto (Ontario) M5E 1E5

Service des achats, LCBO 1, rue Yonge, bureau 1404 Toronto (Ontario) M5E 1E5

NB : Des frais de soumission de 100 $ sont exigés au moment où vous faites votre demande de dossier de soumission. Veuillez acquitter ces frais en joignant à votre demande un mandat ou un chèque fait à l’ordre de la LCBO. Les candidats doivent soumettre leur formulaire de proposition complet et dans les normes au Service des achats de la LCBO avant 15 h (heure locale) le 17 février 2012 . Les propositions reçues en retard ne seront pas acceptées. Elles seront retournées à l’expéditeur sans être lues. lc

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