February 14, 2014 Serving the Glebe community since 1973
Vol. 42 No. 2
ISSN 0702-7796 Issue no. 456 FREE
Photo: John Dance
Historic first for the Glebe!
Back row, left to right: Old Ottawa East Hosers: Andrew Matsukubo, Charlie Hardwick-Kelly, Marcus Kelly, Cindy Courtemanche, Cameron Stewart. Glebe Goal-Getters: Liam Perras, Sophie Verroneau, Adam Perras, David Perras, Keavin Finnarty, Rachael Dillman, Councillor David Chernushenko. Kneeling, left to right: Old Ottawa East Hosers: Ian White, Natalie Saunders, Mike Souilliere.
small Photos: Cassie Hendry; photo of heron park hackers: John Dance
For the next year, the Glebe Goal-Getters hockey team can honestly lay claim to bragging rights for their win – a historic first – of the annual Capital Ward Councillor’s Cup. Reportedly “friendly but intense, ” the tournament was played January 25, and participants were encouraged to be timely, appropriately dressed and sporting the right “shinny attitude.” First introduced in 2008 by former Councillor Clive Doucet, complete with trophy, the shinny tournament is now in its seventh iteration. The tradition is being carried on by Councillor David Chernushenko, who happily officiates with “the usual risk to body and reputation.” In addition to the Glebe Goal-Getters (black jerseys), this year’s friendly competition, hosted at Brantwood Park, again included cross-canal rivals the Old Ottawa East Hosers (green jerseys) and team challengers Old Ottawa South Moose (in blue)
and Heron Park Hackers (in red) In the end, the Glebe Goal-Getters triumphed, winning the championship round 8–7. The tournament rules make sure this faceoff among friends remains a true shinnyfest – hockey players 14 years and older play four-on-four without goalies, with at least one female player per team at all times. Guaranteed at least three games of 20 minutes each, the four teams’ skaters must wear helmets and abide by guidelines to keep the puck on the ice at all times. No bodychecking, slapshots or abuse of referees is allowed. Above all, and in the spirit of the tournament, is the admonition to have fun and be a good sport since “nobody remembers the highest scorer. Everybody remembers the jerk!” Next year, with the Glebe hosting, let’s turn out in spades to cheer on the players.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
February 14 – March 5 Andrew Cardozo art exhibition, Roast ’n Brew February 15 Bach and the Post Romantics piano recital Southminster United Church, 7:30 p.m. February 21 Seventeen Voyces concert Southminster United Church, 7:30 p.m. February 23 Tennis on Ice Community & Skating Party St. James / GNAG community rink, 2 p.m. February 25 GCA meeting, GCC, 7 p.m. March 3 GNAG registration, spring/summer courses online, 9 p.m. March 6 – April 3 Bhat Bhoy art exhibition, Roast ’n Brew March 10 – 14 GNAG March Break camps, GCC March 26 – 29 Family in a Box community theatre, GCC, 7:30 p.m.
Abbotsford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 BIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29-32 Business Buzz . . . . . . . . . 12-13 Babies of Glebe . . . . . . . 17-19 Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Councillor’s Report . . . . . . . 10 Culturescape . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Film . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
GCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8,9 Glebous&Comicus . . . . . . . . 25 GNAG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Grandparents . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 MP’s Report . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-23 Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
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taste in the glebe
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On January 16, 2014, GNAGâ€™s Taste in the Glebe proved once again that on the Ottawa scene itâ€™s a go-to festival of tantalizing tastes and aromas, each year surpassing previous expectations. Organized by a volunteer committee under the leadership of chair, Tahera Mufti, and with the assistance of more than 20 volunteers, Taste served 422 guests with libations from more than 12 wineries and breweries. Some 35 participating restaurants from around the city delivered delectable nibbles into the hands of food aficionados only too pleased to partake in the meandering feast while visiting with owners and chefs alike. It created quite a buzz in Scotton Hall in the Glebe Community Centre. It is heartening to report that some $18,000 was raised at this fundraiser to benefit the Community Development Fund, which supports projects like the St James / GNAG Community Rink and subsidizes new program initiatives.
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Ping-pong at Abbotsford! Judy Hatt is a bit of a ping-pong addict. She likes the idea of spreading the word to other folks about this great game. After all, it’s good exercise for people who are getting older and don’t feel up to skating or biking. It’s social and it’s cheap. The only problem is, if word gets out about how fun pingpong at Abbotsford can be – she might have to compete for space on the game schedule at the Bank Street senior’s centre. “I’d be very disappointed if I couldn’t play two times a week,” said Hatt. T h is Abbotsford member is almost 80. A documentary about an international over-80 ping-pong competition inspired her to take up the game after not playing for many years. “You should see these elderly Chinese women slamming the ball around,” said Hatt. She says she’s spent a lot of time in Arizona in the winters. There, she’s seen snowbirds playing from morning until night. So Hatt put that inspiration into a proposal. She asked the folks at Abbotsford at The Glebe Centre if this centre would consider hosting the odd game. She was told they’d introduce ping-pong – if Hatt herself could find a cheap table. And that’s what she did. “The table was free [as it turned out, it came from an Abbotsford employee]. They bought two paddles
Photo: Pat Goyeche
By Julie Ireton
Judy Hatt (with the shorter hair) and Ilse Turnsen play ping-pong at Abbotsford with characteristic intensity and laughter.
and balls and the next day we played. It was totally awesome,” said Hatt. Now Hatt and a couple of friends get together on Wednesdays and Friday afternoons to chat and play. There’s a schedule for folks to sign up. Hatt says she works hard at the game and actually works up a sweat. But she says the beauty of it is she’s still able to carry on a good conversation, so it’s social too. Last year, one of Hatt’s partners was suffering from severe symptoms caused by Parkinson’s disease. She says pingpong is easing those symptoms. “He’s
invitation First Church of Christ, Scientist in Ottawa is celebrating its centenary!
Does Christian Science really heal sickness and sin? A public lecture by Christian Science practitioner and teacher, John Q. Adams from New York, New York. Saturday February 22 at 2 pm in the church auditorium.
We hope you will join us !
288 Metcalfe St., Ottawa
but maybe just not too many others. All Abbotsford members are welcome to sign up for ping-pong. The table is set up every Wednesday and Friday between 2:30. and 4:30 p.m. Just drop by or call 613-230-5730 to reserve your time. Abbotsford at the Glebe Centre is located at 950 Bank Street. It is the old stone house directly across from Lansdowne and is a centre for adults 55+. Julie Ireton is a journalist and teacher who keeps Glebe Report readers upto-date on Abbotsford adventures.
Prayer, Healing, and You! Practical help, right where we need it. You’ll: • Explore how healing is possible through the practical
application of scientific prayer.
The weekend of February 22nd and 23rd marks 100 years since the first service in our edifice. In recognition of this milestone, we extend a warm and special invitation to those who have attended our church or Sunday School over the years and also to the wider community of Ottawa to join us in the following events.
a wicked player and he says he can walk and do other things because he stays fit by playing ping-pong every day.” Hatt takes part in other exercise programs at Abbotsford. She’s familiar with the Tai Chi and yoga classes offered at the centre. She says at her age, it’s important to do exercise to get the heart rate going. And that’s exactly why she keeps going back to ping-pong. Hatt thinks it’s fine if others sign up to play a little table tennis at the centre on Wednesdays and Fridays –
Organ Concert & Open House An Organ Concert featuring well known organist Mervyn Games on our fine Casavant organ from 11:00 to 12 noon following the service and release of a special centenary CD. An Open House in the Sunday School following the concert, with displays related to the church’s history. 12 noon to 2:00. And of course from 10:00 to 11:00, all are welcome to attend our regular service, and children to attend Sunday School!
• Hear experiences that show people have put this
prayer-based healing system into practice.
Does Christian Science really heal sickness and sin? Saturday, February 22nd at 2:00 pm First Church of Christ, Scientist 288 Metcalfe St. (at Gilmour)
John Adams is an international speaker and practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing. He originally moved to New York City from the Midwest to pursue an acting career, studying with Lee Strasberg and Herbert Berghoff. Adams was healed of a serious drug habit through his study of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. This healing changed his life, bringing renewed commitment to his spiritual journey. He sold his businesses and in 1985 took up the full-time work as a practitioner of Christian Science healing.
This lecture is sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist in Ottawa
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Mayor Jim Watson
Hélène Merritt celebrated with files By Yvonne van Lith and Glebe Report
Editor’s note: Hélène Merritt has been a regular contributor of book reviews and bibliographic essays to the Glebe Report since 1994.
Glebe Update Allison Dingle: Mayor’s City Builder Award
Mayor Jim Watson with Allison Dingle, recipient of the Mayor’s City Builder Award, and City Councillor David Chernushenko
his fall I presented long-time Glebe resident Allison Dingle with the Mayor’s City Builder Award. This award recognizes great volunteers in our City and for many years Allison has been just that. Since 1978 she has served on the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra (OSO). She has also been the Fundraising Chair since 1986. The OSO is one of the great cultural institutions in our City but without Allison’s work it would not have enjoyed the success it has. Finding corporate and individual donors for the Symphony while helping to steer its direction as a Board Member are timeconsuming and often thankless jobs to which Allison brings a firm devotion and endless enthusiasm. Still they are not the full extent of her volunteerism.
For over 20 years she has been an Area Captain for the Cancer Society of Canada and since 1994, she has chaired the Centretown Emergency Food Centre. In addition, Ms. Dingle served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of the Centretown Churches Social Action Committee.
It is an impressive body of volunteer work that Ms. Dingle has put together. We are lucky as a City to have somebody this compassionate as a resident. She will tell you, as she did me, that she is just one of the many people in the organizations she works on behalf of who do great work. And while that is true, those who work alongside her know that she is an essential and irreplaceable part of all of these groups. Thank you, Allison, once again for your work to promote the arts, the health of our residents, and the plight of those less fortunate than ourselves. Congratulations on receiving the Mayor’s City Builder Award.
Mayor’s Family Day Skating Party Winter fun on the Rink of Dreams
Monday, February 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West Skating, mascots, free hot chocolate, and more!
On Friday, January 10, the community celebrated the life of Sunnyside Branch’s children’s librarian, Hélène Merritt, who died in December. Over 140 people attended the event at Southminster Church, sharing songs, stories and memories. Members of the Big Soul Project choir gave a moving rendition of “I Was Here.” In honour of Helene’s firm belief in reading without fear of judgment, “The Rights of the Reader” (see box) were spoken aloud in English and French by members of the audience. Author/poet JC Sulzenko read beautiful poetry. Stories from some of Hélène’s favourite picture books, like Rhyming Dust Bunnies, entertained the younger crowd and several people shared their memories of Hélène. Yvonne van Lith, coordinator of the Sunnyside Branch, spoke of Hélène as a children’s librarian extraordinaire. It’s an amazing job that requires enormous wells of patience and flexibility. Hélène had those in spades. She helped families and children through some of their most important moments, stressing early literacy and school-readiness skills. She helped kids find the books that would get
“She saw her ‘story time children’ grow into adults and have children of their own and bring their children to the library. She touched many lives and made a difference.” them excited about reading and keep them reading. She made the library a place where kids wanted to be, and introduced them to the big world outside of their community. She loved her job. She loved witnessing the excitement of a child who got his or her first library card and the child on a class trip to the library who exclaimed “wow” on entering the library for the first time. In her more
Hélène Merritt, 1958–2013
Reader’s Bill of Rights
1. The right to not read. 2. The right to skip pages. 3. The right to not finish. 4. The right to reread. 5. The right to read anything. 6. The right to escapism. 7. The right to read anywhere. 8. The right to browse. 9. The right to read out loud. 10. The right to not defend your tastes. –Daniel Pennac than 20 years with the Ottawa Public Library, most at the Sunnyside Branch, Hélène built relationships with parents, youth, teachers, caregivers and the community at large. She believed in the “golden rule” and the principle of compassion in daily life. She became a part of the community. She saw her “story time children” grow into adults and have children of their own and bring their children to the library. She touched many lives and made a difference. Hélène also worked in adult services and helped the branch reach the French-speaking community, maintaining and developing the French book collection and bringing a Cercle de lecture to Sunnyside. Because she was so well read and an excellent writer in two languages, she wrote many book reviews and blogs keeping everyone alerted to great books she had discovered. It has been said that “libraries are the mind and soul of their communities, and librarians are the mind and soul of the library.” In gathering to celebrate Hélène Merritt, who touched many lives, the community remembers with love her kindness, her laugh, smile, sparkling eyes, her librarianness and her gentle spirit. Yvonne van Lith is coordinator of the Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library. She was a close colleague of Hélène Merritt.
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Keeping an eye on your ocular health on near objects. It is a result of natural changes to the crystalline lens inside our eyes. The crystalline lens is responsible for adjusting the precise focusing distance of our eyes. With the assistance of fine muscles, the lens thickens and becomes rounder when focusing on close objects; accordingly, the lens thins and flattens to allow for focusing at a distance. Over time, the lens loses its elasticity and becomes harder to re-shape resulting in an inability to focus on close objects (Yanoff & Duker, 2008). Patients typically first notice the effects of presbyopia in their early 40s. Pushing reading material further away will compensate for the reduced focusing ability of the lens; but makes reading smaller print more difficult. Furthermore, as we focus on near objects, our eyes must simultaneously turn inwards to maintain proper alignment. The focusing and alignment systems of our eyes are innately linked; as such, diminished focusing ability in presbyopia will result in improper alignment and eye fatigue. Unnecessary strain and headaches eventually prompt patients to seek help from their optometrist.
By Dr. Jay Mithani
Editor’s note: This month, the Glebe Report is introducing a multi-part series of health articles by Glebe residents Dr. Jay Mithani, an optometrist, and Dr. Sharin Mithani, a resident in family medicine at the University of Ottawa. Until June, they will alternate writing articles but both will focus on a preventive approach to health issues from their perspective and training in evidence-based medicine. For the past few weeks or months, has reading or working at close range become an arduous act of straining the eyes and pushing reading material closer or further from you until the focus seems right. If you are in your 40s without prior issues focusing on close-range objects, you might want to read more about presbyopia. PRESBYOPIA – WHAT IS IT?
Presbyopia is a normal aging condition that results in a progressively diminished ability to focus
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COMPENSATING FOR PRESBYOPIA
As part of a comprehensive health examination of your eyes, a doctor of optometry can diagnose presbyopia if present. With additional testing, the degree of presbyopia is quantified and suggestions can then be made on how to compensate for
presbyopia. Progressive lenses in spectacles are a popular choice of treatment for patients, as they provide focus at multiple ranges. These lenses are also known as no-line bifocals and they work by having prescriptions that differ between the top and bottom of the lens. A progressive lens gives clear distance vision at the top of the lens, clear intermediate-range vision in the middle, and clear arms-length vision at the bottom of the lens, in a graduated manner. It may seem daunting to switch to this style of lens, but the effect is seamless as we typically do the majority of our reading below eye level. The lenses do take some time to adapt to, but the vast majority of patients have restored reading vision, provided additional frame measurements are accurately taken when filling the prescription. Newer, more advanced “digital” lenses reduce adaptation time and provide clearer, wider zones of vision. Talk to your optometrist about progressive lens options that may be available to you. Some patients opt for alternative methods of compensating for presbyopia. With a line bifocal, there is no graduated increase in prescription from the top to bottom of the lens. A line bifocal provides clear vision in just two zones: distance and arm’s length range, foregoing a clear zone for the intermediate range of one to four metres in front of the eyes. Therefore, line bifocals are typically not a preferred choice for most patients.
For patients who wear contact lenses, there are solutions in the form of both multifocal contact lenses and monovision fitting of contact lenses. With the monovision option, a patient’s dominant eye is determined and fitted for adequate distance vision, while the other eye is fitted for adequate near vision. With time, the brain adapts to the unique visual ability of each eye, though this technique is not successful in all patients. It is important to have a trial first of presbyopia-compensating contact lenses. Fina lly, monovision may be induced surgically via laser refractive surgery, providing the greater freedom of no glasses – this option requires further assessment by a physician trained in laser surgery. Always feel free to discuss your options with your optometrist (Doctors of Optometry Canada, 2013). Presbyopia, an inevitable part of life does not have to be a burden. As this article illustrates, there are many solutions available. Keep in mind that presbyopia continues until about the age of 65, so eyewear changes will be necessary approximately every two years. Your optometrist will keep you seeing clearly and comfortably, while ensuring the optimal health of your eyes. Doctors of Optometry Canada. (2013). Presbyopia. Retrieved from Eye Health Library: www.doctorsofoptometry.ca/ presbyopia/ Yanoff, M., & Duker, J. S. (2008). Ophthalmology. Edinburgh: Mosby.
Glebe resident Jay Mithani is a practising optometrist.
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Jim McKeen, Rebecca McKeen and Greg Best delivering the 2013 Glebe Spree prize cheque to lucky winner Sylvie Reichert and her family
New traditions and new beginnings Above is an image of the Glebe that documents a new tradition, against the backdrop of the McKeen’s market, a local family business that can boast of roots in the Glebe going back more than a century. In its third year, the holiday season Glebe Spree promotion is organized by the Business Improvement Association (BIA), and since 2010 has been enjoying growing success. Among Glebe residents and shoppers from other neighbourhoods, the draw for the grand prize of $10,000 has become a source of anticipation and the topic of fanciful conversation. Looking to the new year, participants wonder, “Who might be this year’s winner of the draw?” and “What would I do with it if I won?” Such thoughts have made for animated pub discussions. But, of course, Glebe Spree is not the only news at the Glebe BIA. A new executive director, Andrew Peck, has taken over the helm of the BIA as it enters a new and challenging phase of development, both in the organization itself and in the Glebe. You can meet Andrew Peck in print on page 15, and you may well get the chance to have an informal chat with him in person as he embarks on some Bank Street strolls to get acquainted with shop owners and residents alike.
As the reality of construction at Lansdowne literally fills the park of old, and an opening date approaches, momentum seems to be building in the community organizations to embrace a pragmatic approach to advancing community interests. As Christine McAllister points out in her column on page 9, based on the need to look ahead and the premise that making a success of Lansdowne is ultimately in the best interests of the community, the Glebe Community Association has reached out to Bernie Ashe of OSEG to start talks on “our mutual interest in the development’s success and how we might work together to achieve that.” To try to carve out those areas of common interest, ongoing contact and connections with all stakeholders will be needed. And to achieve that, a channel of communication among differing interests and differing perspectives must be put in place. At the very least, a commitment to engage in ongoing good-faith discussions should yield a viable working forum when the time comes for very real problems on the ground to be solved. Think traffic and parking. Think urban park. Think new beginnings. Julie Houle Cezer
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Contributors this issue Bhat Boy Micheline Boyle Rob Campbell David Casey Julie Houle Cezer David Chernushenko Rev. Howard Clark John Dance Paul Dewar Clive Doucet Andrew Elliott Adelle Farrelly Bobby Galbreath John Gall Katrina Geary Giovanni Sheri Segal Glick Abigail Gossage Pat Goyeche Roland Graham Martha Green Paul Green Cassie Hendry Alrick Huebener Julie Ireton
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letters Say goodbye to Cattle Castle sightlines Editor, Glebe Report Ottawa is poorly endowed with buildings of unique and arresting design. The Parliament buildings, the National Art Gallery and our own Aberdeen Pavilion (a.k.a. Cattle Castle) stand out in an otherwise unoriginal and mediocre crop that provides little to inspire visitors and residents alike. Now that the Lansdowne Park development is emerging to its full size and scale, it is time to say goodbye to our views of the Cattle Castle. Around the perimeter of the park, they are being obscured or have disappeared completely. The view from Holmwood Avenue is gone, being replaced by a wall of townhouses. The view from the Driveway is sporadic at best, while from Bank Street it is no longer possible to see the full width of the front façade. Attractive views are what make a city interesting. While, in this instance, it is doubtless too late to open up the views of the Cattle Castle, maintaining sightlines of buildings of architectural interest should be a key factor when considering and approving future proposals for other sites. A lesson should be taken from Paris where the Les Halles development placed all the commercial structures underground and introduced a park at ground level, thus maintaining the magnificent view of the St-Eustache church for the pleasure of all. From a design perspective, in approving the plans for Lansdowne Park, Ottawa has lost a big opportunity. In future, let us all be more imaginative.
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Parking challenges at The Glebe Centre Editor, Glebe Report The Glebe Centre Family Council, representing the interests of the residents of The Glebe Centre LongTerm Care Home and Abbotsford, is concerned about the difficulties experienced when visiting loved ones or participating in Abbotsford’s programs. Parking has always been challenging, with limited visitor parking spaces, and this has been amplified with the construction at Lansdowne Park. As a result, on Oakland, Woodlawn and Holmwood avenues, parking spaces are now less available to staff, volunteers, residents and family members, some of whom may have accessibility challenges. It is the Family Council’s hope that our concerns for the many staff, volunteers, family and friends who need to park in proximity to The Glebe Centre will continue to have the goodwill of the community and that no further parking restrictions, such as the shortening of the current three-hour parking limit, would be considered by the local residents. We hope to work with stakeholders to come up with creative and sustainable solutions.
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by Bobby Galbreath
I’ve said it before; the Glebe is a blessed neighbourhood. It has precise boundaries, consisting of the Queensway, the Rideau Canal and Bronson Avenue. Bank Street is a vital and busy shopping and traditional mainstreet corridor that serves as a meeting place and a neighbourhood focus. The boundaries and the village character of our community make the Glebe an enviable place to live. Some of that village character has been changing though. There have been several developments that seem to have altered the nature of our community. There is a huge commercial and residential development at our south end, our mainstreet is under constant pressure to have its business capacity increased, and house properties are often being gobbled up and replaced with two or more units. A few houses have been converted to between 15 and 20 bedrooms. Will occupants of such buildings retain the same level of affection for the Glebe and contribute their talents to the community? We’ll just have to wait and see. GLEBE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION PLANNING COMMITTEE
Monitoring, studying and proposing policies related to changes in zoning is the work of the Glebe Community Association (GCA) Planning Committee, currently consisting of seven members, all dedicated to being resources for the community on zon-
ing and planning issues. Quite often the GCA Planning Committee is also asked to organize community responses to developers’ proposals for specific properties. Every project is reviewed separately and community input is sought in a way that is appropriate for the proposal. The committee also becomes involved in other activities that relate to the planning of the Glebe. Sometimes there is a need to represent the Glebe to and with other community associations or to provide input directly to the City of Ottawa’s ongoing development of planning practices and procedures. Members of the Planning Committee must take into consideration that the City Planning Department is revising the Official Plan, the Transportation Masterplan and the zoning bylaws to better direct the nature of development in communities throughout Ottawa. We know that many building control policies are being changed at the same time and will all be presented to City Council in March. ZONING REVISIONS
Some of the zoning revisions focus on trying to preserve the special qualities that exist in all communities throughout the city. It’s a difficult task. Such revisions include expanded consideration given to neighbouring properties in terms of the changes allowed, and a reduction in allowable building height from 11 m to 10 m in R3 and R4 zones. These changes have
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yet to be adopted. In particular, there has been an effort to limit the conversion of lowdensity residential uses to three or more units with high occupancy. On April 24, 2013, City Council established an embargo on the further conversion of residential units to higher occupancy uses until such time as new zoning bylaws are put in place governing the nature of the conversion phenomenon. To limit the overdevelopment of low-density dwellings, the City Planning Department has proposed: •
eliminating the distinction between conversions that increase the number of existing dwelling units and new construction; establishing limits on the number
of rooming units permitted in a “converted rooming house;” and • providing a requirement for a rearyard amenity area based on the number of dwelling units. The effect of these measures will be to halt the multi-bedroom conversions that have disturbed so many in the community. Should you have questions about zoning and planning, you should know that the Planning Committee meets once a month at the Glebe Community Centre – on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. – and all are welcome. Please join the planning conversation at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bobby Galbreath is chair of the Glebe Community Association Planning Committee.
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GCA turns a corner
What’s not to love about winter? Besides the snow, ice, slush and snowwww.glebeca.ca banks, we in the Glebe are blessed with some local skating rinks (including the new St. James/GNAG and long-established Glebe Memorial rinks), the Rideau Canal and a few options for modest tobogganing (Chamberlain field and Brown’s Inlet). And that’s before yummy hot chocolate from a local coffee shop, a glass of red wine at the wine bar or porter at a pub. But best of all, you can trudge through the snowy sidewalks to the Glebe Community Centre every fourth Tuesday of the month, to join the Glebe Community Association Board meeting! It takes place this month it on Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m.at the Glebe Community Centre. I was excited to see new faces at the GCA meeting on January 28. All residents are welcome to attend and participate (save for proposing or voting on motions). While we have a robust committee process where much of our research and engagement occurs, GCA members’ comments contribute to our understanding of issues and whether or how we should advocate on their behalf. STUDENT HOUSING
This month’s meeting was very interesting for me. It was the first one I have chaired, since becoming president, in which a few of the motions were not supported by the board. Of particular note was the motion to sign a letter to the mayor from a collection of community associations, urging the development of a student housing policy. While most participants felt that was a good idea, we decided not to sign the letter (which you can view on our website in the January 28 agenda notes), which also called for a “freeze on the development of any student housing that is not on the campus of a post-secondary educational institution.” I was heartened to hear residents talk about the importance of diversity in a community and that students strengthen our neighbourhood. Of course there is the “conversions” issue (changing single-family homes into multi-unit complexes, which sometimes provide housing options for students), which the GCA is tackling through its Planning Committee. In the end, we decided not to sign the joint letter, but to show our support for the idea by writing a letter to the mayor calling for a student housing policy.
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TURNING THE CORNER ON LANSDOWNE
There’s no doubt that the Lansdowne development has had an impact on our community spirit. We’ve spent a lot of time “fighting” the project and still are spending time working on Lansdowne-related issues (note our Traffic Committee’s one-year participation on the Lansdowne Traffic Advisory Committee). But now it’s time to look ahead at how we are going to make this all work, because it is in our neighbourhood’s best interest that the Lansdowne development be a success. It is absolutely certain there will be challenges once the site is opened: day-to-day and event-related traffic; noise from the cinema after the late movie ends; garrulous patrons from the restaurants and pubs; and potential safety concerns, to name a few. And that is exactly why we reached out to the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), the organization developing Lansdowne Park with the City. Members of the GCA Board met with Bernie Ashe, CEO of OSEG, to talk about our mutual interest in the development’s success and how we might work together to achieve that. We were very pleased with the open discussion and their willingness to get together. One outcome of our initial meeting is a schedule of continuing meetings with OSEG on a monthly basis. In addition, OSEG’s newly hired Traffic Demand Manager will begin to work with the GCA Traffic Committee. Thanks to Bob Brocklebank, Carol MacLeod, Catherine McKenna and Brian Mitchell for joining me in this meeting. THIRD AVENUE FIRE
On a sad note, as you read in the last issue of the Glebe Report, there was another fire in the Glebe (on Third Avenue) just before Christmas. One of the tenants seems to have been able to keep much of his belongings, but the secondfloor tenants (a mother and high-school-age daughter) lost much of what they owned in the fire. A few years ago when there were a number of fires in the neighbourhood, the GCA helped displaced residents with a small donation and help in organizing a fundraiser. This time, the GCA has again agreed to make a small donation to the displaced tenants. There is interest in organizing a fundraiser, but we need some help. If you have ideas and ability to put those ideas into action to help one of the Glebe’s families, please send us an email at email@example.com.
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The Bronson Avenue safety initiatives approved last year are central to my vision for safer, more attractive walking and cycling routes. We should be able to start work on redesigned ramps connecting with Colonel By Drive this year, then add a signalized crosswalk south of the Canal in 2015. I also expect detailed design of the Rideau River Western Pathway to go ahead, providing another river’s edge route all the way to the Lees transit station via Old Ottawa South and Old Ottawa East. Lansdowne rollout
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Whether you love it, hate it or are ambivalent about the “new Lansdowne,” construction is nearing completion. We will soon find out how many people are willing to get there without driving. Will our fears of congestion and parking bedlam prove overly pessimistic, or will the traffic situation become a crisis in need of emergency measures? See next item. A bridge too far?
Though construction of a Fifth Avenue/Clegg Street pedestrian bridge is not slated to start before 2020, I’m launching a campaign to identify non-traditional sources of funds. I think we need this bridge now, both for local residents and to provide another route for visitors to Lansdowne. If enough other people share this dream, we may find ways to raise private, foundation and corporate money. Ideas are welcome. A bridge too narrow!
I’m pressing for reallocation of space to create bike lanes on the fear-inducing Bank Street Bridge. Pedestrians need the sidewalks, so bike lanes would be carved from the four car lanes. The bridge has been narrowed to accommodate construction for two years now. The world did not end. So why not experiment with a three-car lane design, plus two proper bike lanes? The Pantry
The Pantry, in a very similar form to the one that so many patrons know and love, will likely stay open for an additional two years. While a rental agreement had not yet been finalized at time of publication, discussions involving all affected parties led to an agreed-on approach to enable The Pantry to operate in the Glebe Community Centre until its 40th anniversary in June 2016. The space would also become available for more community uses, in keeping with some general guidelines that would maintain the atmosphere of the “tea room” dining area (but would no longer be formally part of The Pantry). More details will follow soon in this column and at capitalward.ca Glebe Parking Garage
Construction on the Glebe Parking Garage on Second Avenue is expected to begin in March and end in November, providing additional parking for Bank Street businesses and Glebe residents in anticipation of higher demand for parking with the Lansdowne redevelopment. After the draft design was completed, and before issuing a tender for bids to construct the garage, the City hired an outside firm to complete a third-party review to ensure the design meets all applicable standards. Bronson renewal
The renewal of Bronson between the Canal and the Queensway will move ahead, with public consultations this spring. I cannot see any way of turning this heavily used artery into a “complete street,” but I look forward to your ideas on ways to calm Bronson and make it safer and more attractive for everyone. Farmer’s Market
The “Lansdowne” Ottawa Farmer’s Market that moved to Brewer Park in 2012 is staying in Old Ottawa South for one more season. The Market Square at Lansdowne will not be ready for this spring/summer. The changeover will likely occur in time for a Christmas market at the Aberdeen Pavilion. Infill housing and conversions
Moving from NIMBY to YIMBY was a central theme of my platform in 2010, so I’m eager to see City reports recommending changes to how infill development occurs, and where and how home conversions are allowed in urban neighbourhoods. I have pushed the City to establish clearer rules by which infill (and some conversion) projects can be carried out, so we can all say Yes In My Back Yard, at least most of the time. Park improvements
It’s difficult to create new parks in a dense older neighbourhood, so I’m working with City staff and community associations to make minor improvements to existing parks with a specific fund available to the ward councillor, and to identify medium- and long-term needs requiring larger capital investment.
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Cuts to frontline services continue No more home mail delivery
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This sneaky and short-sighted move will have a negative impact on seniors and people with disabilities who may not be able to leave their homes easily to collect their mail. Many constituents have also voiced their concerns to me about their privacy and the security of their mail if it’s not delivered to their home. One constituent mentioned the importance of the relationship they formed with their postal carrier, as mail carriers often act as Good Samaritans keeping an eye on the neighbourhoods they serve.
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Canadians were not properly consulted about this major decision to eliminate home delivery. The consultation that did take place happened over the Internet by invitation only, which prevented the people who would be most seriously impacted by the decision from having their voices heard. You don’t try to save a business by cutting services, driving away customers and raising costs. If this misguided decision goes ahead, Canada will be the first G7 country without home mail delivery. My colleagues and I believe that reliable and accessible mail delivery is vital to Canadians. We also believe that Canada Post can modernize and improve its services without going down the road to privatization. The NDP has proposed other revenue-generating options for our postal service, for instance by offering financial services. This would expand access to banking services for Canadians in underserved areas of the country. Postal banking has proven quite successful in other countries such as France and Italy. France’s Banque postale offers a wide range of financial services, with particular emphasis on services for NGOs and low income clients. On January 27, many of us joined hundreds of Ottawans in Centretown to oppose the cuts. That so many braved the freezing temperatures that day to make their voices heard is a testament to their strong opposition to this wrong-headed proposal. Furthermore, my colleague and NDP critic for Transport, Olivia Chow, MP, will be introducing a motion in the House of Commons calling for opposition to the decision to cancel home delivery. This latest announcement from the government follows on other rounds of cuts to frontline services, such as closures of local Canada Revenue Agency tax counters, the continued automation of services for veterans, the inability of Canadians to receive assistance in person at local immigration offices, or to get through to an employee on the EI phone line. When it comes to service delivery, it’s clear that the Conservative government is trying to get out of the business of serving Canadians! I invite you to join the campaign my colleagues and I have started to save our postal service by signing our petition, available on my website at pauldewar. ndp.ca, or by calling my constituency office at 613-946-8682 to request a copy.
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Flapjack’s Pancake House is parked in the back alley of Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s off Bank Street. With no engine, the truck is stationed permanently to cook up some deliciously Canadian treats.
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Flapjack’s Pancake Shack The distance from urban hustle to backwoods cabin lifestyle just got a little shorter. A new food truck has permanently parked in the back alley of Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s off Bank Street to serve up a new take on Canadian pancakes. Flipping up tradition in an urban oasis
“We wanted to create the Canadian feel and pancakes are super-Canadian,” says Corey Sauvé, owner of Flapjack’s Pancake Shack. “For the past century they’ve been like a Canadian comfort food. So we wanted to have the lumberjack feel.” Several sturdy trees hug the open-air patio space and an array of log chairs
and tables make for a rustic cottagelike feel. “We’re trying to make it a nice atmosphere back here,” Sauvé says. “Escape the busy Bank Street traffic and come back here, enjoy your pancakes and hang out.” It’s a makeshift getaway in the centre of the Glebe’s main strip, and like just about anything makeshift, it’s got a certain charm to it. Backwoods décor sets the scene along with strungup lights and images of their signature mascot, Flapjack. He’s a burly-looking lumberjack with a spatula and axe tattooed on his arm. Sauvé envisions him as a character coming from the woods and bringing his maple syrup down for everyone to try. Flapjack’s menu is a bit off-thebeaten-path and boasts a variety of hearty options. The “panwiches” may be among the heartiest. Get started with a breakfast of egg, bacon and cheese sandwiched between two
buttermilk pancakes. The Paul Bunyan and Jam is legendary and the iconic Big Joe Montferrand couldn’t be forgotten on this menu. Customize your own stack of pancakes with a choice of 30 toppings ranging from bacon crumble to strawberries. There’s something nostalgic about the Campfire, Sauvé’s personal favourite, with marshmallows and Nutella melted between two-gram cookie buttermilk pancakes. The Banana Log Splitter is another sticky classic, and to sweeten the deal even more, everything comes with gourmet, real Canadian maple syrup. Flapjack’s will soon be packaging and selling bottles of the syrup which comes straight from a Québec maple farm. They’re also planning to have a tub with taffy on snow for Winterlude. With its location just off Bank Street, social media have become the modern tool of choice in getting the word out about this urban oasis. “Our social media presence replaces the street front so we like it like that. It becomes like that hidden kind of gem,” Sauvé explains. Friends tell friends or share online through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. “You know they must have loved it when they bring back all of their friends. Then you see those friends come with other friends and it’s awesome the way people network and spread the word.” Saturday and Sunday mornings are busiest and despite the challenging cold weather, Sauvé says the business is off to a great start. In its first few weeks of operation, Flapjack’s has acquired its own group of regulars, some of whom text-message in their orders when they’re en route. Flapjack’s cook, Sacha Foster,
sees the food truck concept as a nice change from the typical menu and waited-table dining experience. “Some people want to get out of the restaurant and try something new and the food truck just happens to be that kind of thing,” says Foster. Sauvé came up with the idea for the business while studying at Carleton University and found Beaver Tails to be the only company with a business model revolving around a uniquely Canadian food. He says finding the right business partner in Max Anisman has made that a reality. The two are already working on expanding to other locations. The next location will have a more permanent cabin-like structure and they’ve also purchased another truck for a third location. Sauvé says the welcome they’ve received from the community and neighbouring businesses has made the Glebe an ideal location to start flipping pancakes. “The Glebe is awesome,” exclaims Sauvé. “There’s always people walking around, lots of young families. We wanted this to be not only a place for friends to go, but a place for families to go. We couldn’t have asked for a better place to start our first one.”
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If you’re a fanatic about pastries, you’ll be among friends at Delightful Tastes on Bank Street.... Warming to its red walls and coffee-shop-like atmosphere, you will quickly be drawn to the display of extravagant cakes, triple-chocolate mousse, caramel tarts, scones, short breads and a feast of mouth-watering treats. If you are there for lunch, you’ll also find specialty coffees and flavoured teas along with wholesome soups, salads and sandwiches. While the tempting goodies aren’t short on sweetness or rich flavours, there are a few ingredients intentionally left off many recipes. Gluten-free and sugarfree are popular options and the entire store is completely nut-free. “Many people walk in and are like ‘wow this is fantastic, we’ve just been waiting for something like this in this area,’ and gluten-free and nut-free are not easy to find,” says general manager, Alice Gonzalez. While some choose the options out of dietary preference, others steer toward gluten-free
and nut-free because of allergies. Guil Fernandes started Delightful Tastes eight years ago at the company’s main location at Hunt Club and Greenbank roads. Along with his business partner, Nubia Cermeño, he has worked to grow the company to three locations, including another recent shop at 2121 Carling Avenue. The company employs over fifty staff, from cake decorators to catering specialists. Gonzalez and Fernandes are long-time friends and have both worked in the bakery industry for at least 15 years. The idea for the nutfree shop came from a chat the two had while working at different shops many years ago and realizing how many customers were asking for nutfree products. “He asked me, do you think that’s a market? Do you think we need to go there?” recalls Gonzalez, who saw the potential with so many nut-allergies amongst kids. “That’s one of the reasons he decided to give a little twist to his company and offer 100 per cent nut-free products, and at the same time, that other line of glutenfree and sugar-free. Kids love pastries, just as Guil and I love pastries. So, for those parents that have those worries, we can guarantee your kid is going to be fine having a cupcake – any kind of cupcake in our store.” In addition to catering to those with food allergies, the shop in the Glebe has become popular with the student crowd who frequently drop in after class to hang out, enjoy a snack and open up their laptops. For others, it has become a place to meet up with friends through the day or to chill in the evening before heading to the next social activity. There’s also a deep Latin theme at Delightful Tastes, with Gonzalez and Cermeño coming from Venezuela and
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Delightful Tastes is full of tempting and yummy treats, some of which are glutenfree and sugar-free, and the entire store is nut-free.
Fernandes from Brazil. In fact, a live Latin band fills the shop with salsa, merengue and jazz music every Saturday night starting at 5 p.m. Gonzalez came to Canada 13 years ago to learn English and study business. After working in several parts of the service industry, she zeroed in on the bakery line and worked her way up to managing one of Ottawa’s biggest bakeries in the Byward Market for seven years. “I enjoy making pastry, I enjoy food, I enjoy when customers say ‘this is fantastic’ and come back because it’s good,” Gonzalez says of her motivation. She says being involved with the community and giving back is central to their business philosophy and is especially important in a tight-knit neighbourhood like the Glebe. “It’s not just because our name is going to be there, it’s also because we’re doing something for the community and that’s what we care about,” says Gonzalez. “If you live around here you need to meet your neighbours.” In addition to participating in fundraisers and community events, Delightful Tastes will have monthly neighbourhood activities as well as a few seasonal specials. This month they’re featuring chocolate-dipped
strawberries and heart-shaped pastries for Valentine’s Day. The excitement is expected to heat up with warmer weather and a few ideas for Canada Day are already in the works. Gonzalez says that although she misses her family and the ocean back home, there’s a lot to celebrate in Canada. “This is a fantastic country. It’s very beautiful and giving a little touch of Venezuela to the area is not bad,” she laughs. “It’s a nice challenge and I’m open to that.” For more information, contact email@example.com or just drop by. Writer and Glebe resident Ian Miller contributes the Glebe Report Business Buzz column every other month. Delightful Tastes 775 Bank Street 613-854-9010 www.delightfultastes.com Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sat, 9 a.m.– 10 p.m Sun, 9.a.m. – 6 p.m.
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As a giant thank-you to neighbours, volunteers, staff and friends, GNAG is hosting a giant end-of-season Rink Party on Sunday, February 23 at 2 – 5 p.m. at the St. James / GNAG skating rink, with BBQ, refreshments, a fully licensed cash bar, tennis on ice, curling workshop, skating agility and fun games. Please join us and help celebrate a great first season. MARCH BREAK CAMP IS NOW ACCEPTING REGISTRATION!
We are currently accepting registrations for our very popular March Break camps, March 10 – 14. Our fantastic lineup caters to all interests. Enjoy your spring break at the Glebe Community Centre and experience one of our specialties: • Super Odyssey Traditional Camp (SK – Grade 6) • Kinder Break Camp (3 – 6 years) • Art Camp (5 – 7 & 8 – 10 years) • Pottery Camp (5 – 10 years) • Dance Camp (6 – 8 & 9 – 12 years) • Computer Camp (8 – 10 & 11 – 14 years) • Galloping Gourmet Camp (6 – 8 years) • Musical Theatre Camp (8 - 14 years) FAMILY IN A BOX Theatre
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March 26 – 29, 7:30 p.m.: Four evening shows of GNAG’s Community Theatre production of Family in a Box. This piece is the result of a play-writing program offered here at the centre last fall, facilitated and animated by Glebe-based theatre artist, Eleanor Crowder. The show promises drama, comedy and real-life stories. Come see your neighbours tell a captivating story about –who else? Your neighbours. While one of the Glebe families in the story practically bursts the seams of their house, another character has no clue to her origins other than a box left to her from the ravages of war. The surprise theme in the story takes us to the Korean War and Seoul, where Canadians helped to ensure a democratic election in 1948. How does that history tie into the modern Glebe? We invite you to open the box with us. Family in a Box dioramas
Eleanor Crowder and the GNAG team invite you as community members to take part in the process by building your own Family in a Box. Remember those wonderful dioramas where you created a miniature world in a cardboard box? We challenge you to tell your family’s story in a diorama. We’ll display your family’s box during the run of the show. Your entry will include your name in a draw for tickets to the show, for you and your family. Your Family In A Box can tell the story of your family history, your life in the Glebe or a particular scene from a dramatic episode in your family’s life. The choice of material is your own, but please make sure that like any artist, you use copies, not originals, of any precious family photos or valued objects, since this is a public exhibit. Your box will be returned to you on Sunday, March 30. GNAG staffer Clare Rogers is your contact for the Family in a Box project. An actor and a writer on the show, Clare will give you all the details you need to enter the draw for tickets and to include your Family in a Box in our exhibit. Find her at email@example.com or 613-233-8713. Family in a Box entries should be brought to the community centre on Saturday, March 22, between 3 and 4 p.m. Include your name, contact information and the number of family members on your entry. Let us know if you’d like to be videotaped telling the story shown in your box. We’ll feature those videos on our website. Tickets for the show Family in a Box are on sale at the front desk as of February 1. Adults ($22), seniors and students ($17) will enjoy the best the Glebe has to offer. Family In A Box celebrates memory and the values every family passes on. Join us for the show and tell us your story.
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Meet Andrew Peck, the new Glebe BIA executive director
“He knows that Glebe merchants appreciate the
By Carol MacLeod
fierce loyalty of residents Photos: courtesy of andrew peck
Andrew Peck is the Glebe Business Improvement Area’s newly minted executive director. On December 9, he started his job in the Business Improvement Area (BIA) office, overlooking Bank Street at the end of the second floor hall in the block between Fifth and Thornton. Prior to December, Andrew Peck headed the Enterprise Centre at the Argyle Street Y. In partnership with the Province of Ontario, that program offers self-employment and business development seminars and workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs, stressing skills such as business fundamentals, market analysis, marketing strategy, teambuilding and Internet and technology, and providing entrepreneurs with opportunities to meet community leaders and established entrepreneurs. As well, Peck has for many years run his own marketing company and various small businesses. These hands-on experiences will serve him well in his new challenge. BIA membership is about 300 property owners, merchants and services situated in a T-shaped area along Chamberlain/Isabella and down Bank Street to the canal bridge. Soon it will include the stores at Lansdowne. Peck’s current focus is getting to know all these members to ascertain their needs and understand their issues. He wants to be well connected to the BIA membership. Together with the BIA board, Peck is developing a strategic plan to preserve the authenticity of the neighbourhood as well as promote the
Andrew Peck, the new exectuve director of the Glebe Business Improvement Area (BIA)
commercial area both as the premier street-front shopping district in Ottawa and as a tourist destination. One priority is beautifying Bank Street and making sure it is safe and clean. Several key storefronts are, or are soon to be, vacant. He expects the consultant’s report on “branding” the Glebe shopping area, available in mid-February, to be useful in attracting tenants. Peck maintains that all business is local, in that for the most part shoppers want to be no more than 10 minutes from a shopping destination by whatever mode of transport. Malls providing shopping convenience are a challenge to street-side merchants. While he thinks businesses go through cycles, he recognizes that the last few years have been particularly challenging for Glebe businesses. He knows that Glebe merchants appreciate the fierce loyalty of residents but maintains that to thrive, they need to attract shoppers from beyond the community too. He believes that implementing an effective strategic plan and marketing is key to reversing fortunes. To attract
and keep shoppers from outside the Glebe, he realizes that shops have to be unique. Among the local people with whom he has talked so far, he gets the impression that there is general agreement that Lansdowne needs to work. Lansdowne will bring people to the neighbourhood, and the BIA would like to find ways to encourage them to stay longer. However, it is important to respect views not just of the merchants but also of the community at large. Together the BIA and the community need to look at Lansdowne, and particularly the park, for opportunities for neighbourhood/ BIA collaboration. He feels the BIA can move forward with its neighbourhood community in the context of its mandate by being true to the authenticity of the Glebe, by strengthening what the Glebe already is and making it better known. Andrew Peck sees the residents as the BIA’s best marketing tool. “When you love where you live,” he says, “you want to tell the world.” He thinks it
but maintains that to thrive, they need to attract shoppers from beyond the community too.” makes good business sense to make sure residents feel they have a stake in a healthy Bank Street. He also thinks the BIA should lead the business community in being active in the community. He plans to open dialogue with community groups including the Glebe Community Association and the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group, which he sees as partners. His approach is to focus on areas of agreement and then discuss other issues. Peck grew up in Victoria-by-theSea in Prince Edward Island, and the house in Wakefield in which he and his family now live backs onto the Gatineau Park. He likes being close to the outdoors. He enjoys the sense of pride such tight-knit communities have. He sees the Glebe, with its older houses and well-treed streets, as a small community in a larger city. He hopes to become well connected to Glebe residents and plans to do so by walking Bank Street. Carol MacLeod, a Glebe resident of many years, has been an active participant in numerous community organizations.
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The playful spaces of Christopher Griffin Born and raised in Toronto, Christopher Griffin studied illustration at Sheridan College and was enjoying a budding career as an artist in the 1990s when he decided to join his sister in Ottawa. It was 2000 and a busy year in the Glebe. Feeling the need to contribute, Griffin looked up the Green Party and volunteered during the municipal elections. The campaign offices were located in a dilapidated former confectionery at the corner of O’Connor and Pretoria. The building caught Griffin’s imagination; by the end of the year, he and his wife, Oresta, had purchased the building. They were not familiar with Ottawa, so landing in the Glebe, as with elements in Griffin’s paintings, was a happy accident. In fact, based on their impressions of the building they had acquired, they were a little concerned about the neighbourhood! The rundown confectionery had been treated unkindly over the years. There were bars on the windows, a fading Kit Kat sign above the main door, floors that had seen generations of wear and tear, and a front door with a two-inch gap along the bottom that allowed the cold winter wind to blow snow into the ground floor gallery. The second floor hadn’t fared much better. Having been used as a rooming house, every space had
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By David Casey
been chopped up into bedrooms, every door had a lock and the floors were littered with old mattresses and pizza boxes. After years of neglect, signs of life and love began to emerge as window bars were replaced with Griffin’s bright and energetic paintings. After the winter, they undertook a full-scale renovation of the building. Neighbours, quickly noticing the change, began showing up at the door for a friendly chat, peering with curiosity around the art studio. Renovations and additions of the past were stripped away and the building began taking shape as a home. Doors and wide planks of beautiful oak flooring were salvaged during the demolition of the Dutch embassy in Rockcliffe and put
to use in the Griffin residence. None of these doors was the same size, but with the house stripped to the studs, framing doorways to fit the doors was easy. Garage doors became closet doors in the master suite. Sixty-yearold cabinets salvaged from the Dutch embassy were painted lime green and installed in the kitchen, fitting in perfectly with the butcher-block countertops, stainless steel industrial sink and cork floors. The only original feature of the house is a Victorian banister leading to the second floor. The well-travelled couple has decorated their home with furniture and interesting pieces. An enormous crocodile skull from Papua New Guinea is mounted on the living room wall, and an antique wood dining room table, lovingly used, sits beside a mid-century teak hutch. Much like Christopher Griffin’s work, his living space manages to be playful, sophisticated and varied, yet entirely cohesive. The exterior also began to change. The unsightly convenience store was transformed into an enormous piece of art, blending concrete carvings, wood, metal and a little history. Griffin undertook to carve a series of enormous bas-relief friezes into the wet concrete on the side of the house. Given a seven-minute window in ideal conditions, he frantically carved whales, sunflowers and a huge flock of birds while workmen quickly applied concrete over the entire house, which soon became a stunning example of modern architecture with an incredibly personal touch. Griffin believes that we appreciate Victorian homes not simply for the amount of detail, but for the attention given to those details – the placement of each articulated brick and every detailed
wood carving at the peak of the roofline or veranda. The push-back against modern infill isn’t necessarily against clean lines and new building materials. It’s the sense that it is prefabricated, and not created with love. With his experience as a painter, an observing eye and personal touch, he was able to combine the two sensibilities. Inspired by the 23 owners of the building, he installed carved plaques on the southwest corner of the house delineating its ownership history dating back to the Algonquians and the Crown. He also installed plaques naming the businesses that had occupied the ground floor. Griffin creates everything with a sense of simplicity, nobility and playfulness, whether in his living space, the exterior of his home or his art. He ponders the reasons for cave drawings, sure that those early artists were unencumbered by artistic theory and pomp. Drawing from these primitive works, his paintings venerate simple animals, from the mighty elephant and buffalo to the toad or turtle, while evidence of past masters like Van Gogh, Matisse and Basquiat gleam through. Seeing beauty in the visual noise that surrounds us, from streetlights, wires and signs even to gum on the sidewalk, he isolates shapes and celebrates them in his sometimes serene, sometimes chaotic pieces. It is clear that Christopher Griffin’s personality permeates his work. In his mid-40s, he goes about his art with the unburdened freedom of a 30-year-old and the quiet confidence of a philosopher with a lifetime of experience. From a young age, David Casey has been involved in the study and practice of art.
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January 28, 2013 Parents: Aloisia & Eric Soutar
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Porter Adam Newton February 25, 2013 Parents: Janet & Ryan Newton
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March 4, 2013 Parents: Suzanne Seaman & Jack Eaton
March 18, 2013 Parents: Olivia & Steven Craft
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April 29, 2013 Parents: Jacqueline Best & Paul Tyler
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May 3, 2013 Parents: Andrea & Louis Desmarteau
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July 5, 2013 Parents: Rebecca Wurm & Michael Stastny
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Heroes and Heroines Bhat Boy March 6 – April 3 WHY YOU SHOULD SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ART COMMUNITY
“Pangnirtung Fjord,” Nunavut by Andrew Cardozo (30 x 40 in.)
Andrew Cardozo February 14 – March 5 Andrew Cardozo’s paintings are a breath of fresh air on an epic scale. His portrayal of the Canadian landscape is uncluttered by the trappings of mankind. The scale of the paintings is almost infinite, as you creep your way across the prairies and to the far north. His paintings of gigantic landscapes dwarf the very idea of human scale. Cardozo is drawn to epic subject matter, from the ocean at Prince Edward Island, to his mesmerizing mountains of Nunavut, encountered in his travels across the country. Always an outdoorsman, and drawn to the col-
our blue, his Canada is unconquered and wild. His simple, masculine paintings strive to capture the silence of great spaces. There is something to be said for quiet and simplicity, in this age of road signs that contradict your GPS and cyber-help groups for people addicted to social media. Maybe we should all just shut off our phones for a few minutes and look at Andrew Cardozo’s paintings instead. Andrew Cardozo is a long-time Glebe resident and proud father, who studied art at the Ottawa School of Art. Come meet the artist on Thursday, February 27 from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. Roast ’n Brew 843 Bank Street
I am bringing my Heroes and Heroines exhibition on tour to the Glebe this coming March. With so few art galleries in the Glebe, there are not many places to have a real exhibition, but I am going to cross the line and bring this show all the way over from Westboro, where all the fancy galleries are. These playful depictions of Canadians getting up to history are a turn away from my traditional work. At last, you can catch up with all the lessons in Canadian history that you slept through in school: Margaret Atwood slaying Stephen Harper with a pen from the back of a horse; Lady Aberdeen arriving at the Cattle Castle with her petticoats in a twist; a mournful Pamela Wallin with her Siamese cat in her carpet bag, condemned to circle the earth in orbit for eternity by the Conservative Party. There is a painting of a rather proud Jim Watson on his float at the Pride Parade; everyone loves a good painting of the mayor. Even I, the artist, descending from the sky with a pink umbrella, seem fated to make an appearance at the Roast ’n Brew coffeehouse at Bank and Fifth. Come on, Glebites, lets get hip, not just hip replacements, and show those Westborians that we can go to art shows too. These are great paintings, and I am not just saying that because
“Lady Aberdeen’s Moonlight Arrival,” by Bhat Boy, 2014 (12 x 12 in.)
“Pamela Wallin,” by Bhat Boy, 2013 (8 x 10 in.)
I am Bhat Boy. Come out and see me. Reception on Saturday, March 22, from 2 to 4 p.m., and be prepared for spring! Roast ’n Brew 843 Bank Street Bhat Boy is an artist and one of the more colourful residents of the Glebe, who writes regularly for the Glebe Report.
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What do master gardener Ed Lawrence, legendary songwriter James Keelaghan and local jazz singer Karen Oxorn have in common? They are all part of Ottawa’s best-kept musical secret, the Grassroots Festival, taking place April 25 to 27. Lawrence will do a session to introduce kids to gardening. There will also be participatory singing, ukulele building and performances for all ages. Bob Nesbitt, the festival producer, is excited to be organizing the festival for a third year. “This is an affordable festival, with top-notch entertainment,” says Nesbitt. “We have lots of other surprises to announce in the coming weeks, so follow us on our website, Facebook and Twitter. All daytime activities on Saturday and Sunday are free and designed to appeal to everyone. Tickets will be sold for the evening performances on Friday and Saturday, including Keelaghan and some terrific folk acts from Ottawa and beyond.” The festival happens close to the Glebe, at the Royal Canadian Legion, Montgomery Branch at 330 Kent Street. It kicks off Friday night with a bluegrass concert with local groups. Saturday night’s main concert is James Keelaghan, with opening per-
formances by Amanda Bon and Gilles Leclerc, Max Cossette, who will present the song she wrote for Grassroots, and a kids’ choir whose members will write a song together at the festival under the direction of Missy Burgess.
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Springing for Ottawa’s Grassroots Festival
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Ed Lawrence, the popular broadcaster of down-to-earth gardening advice on radio and television, will again lead the workshop, “Introducing Kids to Gardening.” It is hands-on learning – Lawrence shows kids how to plant big sunflower seeds in each child’s little flowerpot, which they take home and plant in the garden, or just leave in the pot. With the festival at the end of April, the timing is perfect, just before planting season. Andy Rush from Kingston is the kind of choir director singers seek out, because he makes singing together so much fun and meaningful. He has led folk choirs at the Blue Skies Music Festival and at the Ottawa Folk Festival. Rush will again lead the festival’s Weekend Choir aimed at anyone who wants to join. I sang in the choir last year. He began with simple exercises to warm up and assess our skills. He explained the history of each song and why it was chosen for this event. We started with two people but built to a dozen over the weekend, singing an aboriginal chant, a song by a young Toronto songwriter and a rousing version of “Stand By Your Man.” It helps, but is not essential, if a critical mass of experienced singers show up. Rush is famous for creating instant choirs, picking great repertoire and arranging on the fly, so the singers feel confident, have fun and sound great. Missy Burgess, a well-known Ottawa songwriter, performer and recording
Scenes from last year’s Ottawa Grassroots Festival. Make your own fun at evening concerts and daytime concerts, sing-alongs, dancing and workshops for all ages when the third annual Grassroots Festival happens, April 25-27, 2014.
artist, will again lead the “Kid’s Songwriting” workshop for ages 5 to 9. Advance registration is required. The workshop begins by asking all the kids for their ideas on what they want in a song. Missy works with the kids to make up a song together. All of the kid’s ideas are melded into a single song that they sing, some proudly, some shyly, but all together on stage, to an appreciative audience on the final day of the festival. New this year is a ukulele-building workshop (primarily for kids), music and movement for toddlers and parents, and exploring the banjo. All events are indoors, so they go ahead, rain or shine. The full program will be announced on March 5. Like the world’s smallest record store in Stuart McLean’s radio program, Vinyl Café, the Grassroots Festival makes a virtue of being small. “Performances are intimate,” says Nesbitt, “workshops are hands on. People can talk to artists and they can sing, drum, dance and make art together. I see a lot of smiles. “I am thrilled by the enthusiasm of musicians, kids, parents, volunteers and sponsors for the festival,” says Nesbitt. “The festival’s success is due to their strong support. The interesting thing is
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One tangible and fun way to get involved with the festival is to attend the Laura Smith concert on March 8 at the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage. The concert is presented by Chris White to raise funds for Grassroots. Another way to get involved is to volunteer. The festival needs help in areas big and small – food preparation, sales (food, pin and CD sales), surveys, driving, signage, green room prep, volunteer check-in, set-up /teardown and the silent auction. Contact the volunteer coordinators at ogf. email@example.com and experience all that the festival has to offer. The excitement building around this event is contagious. So mark your calendars and spread the word. It’s something worth catching! Go to ottawagrassrootsfestival.com or Facebook: Ottawa Grassroots Festival Twitter: #OttGrassroots. Alrick Huebner is a Glebe resident who volunteers with the Ottawa Grassroots Festival.
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Big Soul Project supports Ancoura What happens when you bring Big Soul Project Community Gospel Choir and Band together with a cause as worthy as Ancoura? You get a joyous benefit concert in support of creating homes for people living with a mental illness. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, March 29, at Southminster United Church.
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Ancoura is a registered charity in Ottawa whose mission is to provide a fulfilling environment for adults living with a mental illness, through the anchor of stable and affordable housing, and the caring hearts (coeur) of supportive community. Each home has a “circle of friends” – volunteers who assist residents in their daily tasks and enjoy social activities together, so they can move from “homeless and alone” to “belonging together.” In recognition of its community service, Ancoura received the 2013 Inspiration Award from the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health. Ancoura does not receive any government funding. First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa has been a steadfast supporter and fundraiser for Ancoura, and is the sponsor of this event. This is where Big Soul Project steps in – to stage a benefit concert for Ancoura.
Big Soul Project Lifting you higher
As you may have learned from reading the January issue of the Glebe Report, Ottawa’s vibrant Big Soul Project led by Roxanne Goodman entertains and inspires audiences with songs performed with a soulful beat. The music has its roots in gospel, R&B, reggae, pop and Motown. The choir’s enthusiasm is contagious and dancing in the aisles at concerts is always welcomed. Many of the choir members live in the Glebe. If you walk by Fourth Avenue Baptist Church on Monday evenings, you just might hear them practising. Choir director Roxanne Goodman has commented that “she’d like
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By John Gall
Big Soul Project fuses the vocal energy of a large community choir with the smooth grooves of their talented R&B band.
to start a choir for homeless people.” Her dream is really in the spirit of Ancoura, which also means chorus (chœur) – residents and volunteers united in one voice. Mental health and music
Big Soul Project, ready to raise their voices in a benefit concert for Ancoura
One family, active as members of Ancoura and First Unitarian, shared the following during a recent chat: “We have a son who suffers from mental illness and would have been a candidate to live in an Ancoura home if it had been available at the time he needed it. He now has stable housing, but this took years to secure. He is our family expert on modern bands. Listening to music is an important part of his life with mental illness. He plays guitar, both classical and folk, and often visits Compact Music. As a family and as former residents of the Glebe, we all experience the benefits of music for mental well-being,
including the joy of singing. We are glad to support this fundraising concert and we hope Ancoura will grow to meet the needs of so many other families who face the same challenges as our son.” Come support Ancoura and celebrate the coming of spring with Big Soul Project, Saturday, March 29, 7:30 p.m. at Southminster United Church. Tickets: $20 for adults ($25 at the door), $10 for children under 12, available at Compact Music (785 and 206 Bank St.), Ottawa Folklore Centre, or by contacting Paul McGinnis, 613829-7156, email@example.com or John Gall, 613-237-3214, firstname.lastname@example.org. John Gall is a member of Ancoura and First Unitarian. A tenor who likes to practice while strolling along Bank Street, he has adopted the Glebe as his “shopping home.”
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talented and generous musicians who have expressed willingness and enthusiasm to perform. The winter series will feature many novelties. A string quartet has been programmed in early February, and several jazz presentations, including a flamenco guitar and piano duo, are planned as well. Series artistic director, Roland Graham, will present a solo recital of music by J. S. Bach and Chopin. Further, the Southminster pipe organ will be put through its paces in the Ottawa debut of one of Canada’s most gifted organ virtuosos. Perhaps most special of all will be the talented students from Hopewell Elementary School, under the direction of their new teacher, Marya Woyiwada, in an exciting program of popular and classical works arranged for band. Marya is the daughter of the well known and much-loved music teacher, Alison Woyiwada, who taught legions of Hopewell children from our local communities. In the course of the series, audiences
will hear a stunning array of exquisite classical and contemporary works including a Beethoven string quartet, piano works by Rachmaninov, Medtner, Gershwin, Chopin, Debussy, Bach, Liszt and Ravel (including Chopin’s unparalleled, masterful Fourth Ballade), Schubert’s arpeggione sonata, violin sonatas by Mozart, Schumann, Beethoven and Brahms, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, and Stravinsky’s Petroushka, among many others. Concerts in the Doors Open For Music at Southminster – DOFMS for short – take place on Wednesdays at noon and last 45 minutes. They are open to absolutely everyone. While there is no formal admission fee, audience members are strongly encouraged to give as they are able, since the series depends for survival upon weekly donations. We hope to see many returning and new faces at our concerts throughout the year. More information, including a complete series overview with art-
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our culture. Great numbers of people learn the piano as children and many homes still have them. But where do we hear accomplished pianists playing live? How do we expose students to the breath-taking beauty of the solo piano repertoire played with some level
of mastery? How do we inspire an ongoing love of the piano and its music if we never genuinely experience it? Outside the summer festivals and the university faculty series, and excluding chamber music and concerti, there is precious little solo piano music to choose from in Ottawa. This is what the MPRS has been created to address, and with two brilliant and well-attended concerts last fall, it is well on the way to fulfilling its mandate. For the third concert in its five-part series, our celebrity performer, Serhiy Salov, will return to Ottawa for a program of Bach, Debussy, Ravel and Mussorgsky, in a program that, as the list of composers suggests, encompasses a wide variety of styles and cultural influences. From J. S. Bach, of 18th-century Germany, we will hear the exquisite collection of dances in the 4th Partita in D Major, along with excerpts from the “Musical Offering;” from Ravel, the ballet-inspired La Valse in the composer’s own transcription for piano (written in1920). To complete the program, Salov will present his own arrangements of large-scale orchestral works by Debussy (Nocturnes) and Mussorg-
By roland graham
On Saturday, February 15, 2014, Southminster United Church will once again be the site of the Master Piano Recital Series (MPRS), which has quickly become recognized as one of the most important additions to the local arts scene. Filling a niche in a city that is otherwise overflowing with music of almost every variety, the MPRS, as its name suggests, focuses on the rich legacy of classical piano, bringing superb pianists performing marvelous repertoire, live, in the heart of the Ottawa community. A survey of current programming at the major arts venues in Ottawa reveals just how little access to solo piano music there is in our city. This is remarkable, considering how permanent a fixture the piano is in
Doors Open for Music at Southminster Winter and spring 2014 By Nancy E. Watters
Wednesdays until June 2014, Southminster United Church is thrilled to offer its popular Wednesday noonhour concert series. Building upon the success of steadily increasing numbers and strong public response throughout 2013, the church has embraced the music series as a primary form of ministry, outreach and dialogue with the broader Ottawa community. If the constant stream of requests to perform is any measure, artists in the region are also showing their support for the series. One of the biggest challenges as an artistic director has been to choose from among so many
Serhiy Salov will perform a Bach and Post-Romantics program at Southminster United Church on February 15.
sky (Night on a Bare Mountain). Serhiy Salov is an artist known at the highest international level. He is the first prizewinner of three international competitions, and has performed with several of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. This will be his second appearance in the MPRS this year, following his last-minute replacement of a pianist who was unable to perform in December. Tickets for all concerts in the MPRS are available at Compact Music in the Glebe (785 Bank), the Ottawa Folklore Centre (1111 Bank) and The Leading Note on Elgin (370 Elgin). At $30 for adults and $15 for students, this concert represents exceptional value for the price. More information can be found on our Facebook page or by calling the Southminster Church office at 613-7306874. February15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Southminster United Church 15 Aylmer Avenue Roland Graham is the director of music at Southminster United Church and artistic director of Doors Open For Music @ Southminster.
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Serhiy Salov performs Bach and the postromantics
Southminster United Church at 15 Aylmer Avenue, site of Doors Open for Music at Southminster
ists and their programs, can be found on our website at www.SouthminsterUnitedChurch.com, or by calling the church office at 613-730-6874. Nancy E. Watters is a member of the Southminster Music Task Group.
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At the flicks with Lois and Paul Museum Hours
by Lois Siegel
by Paul Green
Museum Hours is not an action film. The film invites, even requires, contemplation, as it slowly moves through the palatial Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History) in Vienna, Austria. We are introduced to a museum guard and a female visitor to the city, as well as to the exquisite artwork on the walls. Being a guard is tedious, so it’s not surprising that Johann (Bobby Sommer) is drawn to engage in a conversation with Anne (Mary Margaret O’Hara). Anne has come to Vienna to see a comatose cousin in a local hospital. Her cousin is frozen like a painting. The museum becomes a reprieve from a depressing situation. Johann finds Anne interesting, someone who offers variety in a rather thankless job. Earlier in his life, we learn, Johann had been a band manager. He feels that he has had his share of loud. Now he relishes quiet. Johann and Anne spend time together outside the museum. He comments that you see a city anew when you show it to someone else. As the two move through the streets of Vienna, we discover parallels between life on the walls of the museum, and the grey industrial images of the city in overcast, winter days. Director/cinematographer/editor of Museum Hours, Jem Cohen, creates a beautifully shot film; the lighting is perfect as we see close-up shots of the details of paintings, particularly the work of 16th-century Flemish painter, Pieter Brueghel. A museum tour guide describes a Brueghel painting in detail to a group of school children, explaining that the artist lived in a brutal time. Brueghel featured the struggles of peasant life in his paintings. Museum Hours is a peaceful film. In contrast, on the street we hear the sounds of real life – the local market, loud noise from a pub. Anne’s cousin dies and life goes on….
Films about people who are developmentally challenged are a delicate proposition for any director, running the risk of being condescending, trading in stereotypes or of being cliché-ridden. A case in point is the 1988 film Rain Man. Granted, it was about autism, but – Dustin Hoffman’s praiseworthy performance notwithstanding – I found the movie to be patronizing and rather irritating. In any event, Louise Archambault (début outing: Familia) seems to have avoided these pitfalls in Gabrielle. The setting is a Montreal home for musically talented individuals who are not quite able to function on their own. Among them is Gabrielle (played with barely-controlled enthusiasm by Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, who has Williams Syndrome in real life). She is a 22-year-old who sings in a choral group and puts her body and soul into it. Also in the group is a young man named Martin, who will become very important to Gabrielle. Let it be said that this is a very nuanced performance by actor Alexandre Landry, whose character clearly loves Gabrielle and manages never to upstage her. Meanwhile, when not swimming or coping with the vagaries of assisted living, the members of the choral group are rehearsed by their director, a sympathetic fellow who coaxes good performances from his charges without talking down to them. Incidentally, they are practising songs by Québec legend Robert Charlebois, who has promised to come and perform with them. It is in such a setting that Gabrielle and Martin meet and fall in love. As they set about exploring their feelings for one another, they run up against the concerns and prejudices of the grown-ups around them. A word or two about a couple of the supporting players is in order. Sophie (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) is Gabrielle’s older sister, who cares deeply for Gabrielle and knows her perhaps better than anyone, including her own mother, who had her institutionalized at an early age. There is also Martin’s overprotective mother whose role here is noteworthy. It is she who gives voice to some of the commonplace prejudices and misconceptions that some of us have about the developmentally challenged. A key scene involves a meeting held between staff and Martin’s and Gabrielle’s respective guardians in order to discuss their burgeoning affair. Martin’s mother: “All right, has she been sterilized?” “No, we don’t do that anymore.” And Sophie: “So is Martin going to have a vasectomy?” “Well no . . . he’s not the one who can get pregnant.” And so it goes. These scenes are played with a naturalness that defies convention. The characters are all reasonable people; no one shouts and no one is harshly judged. Gabrielle becomes convinced that if she could just demonstrate her ability to live independently, she could be with Martin. But it’s tough for her, and she has diabetes to cope with as well. Finally, Robert Charlebois does make an appearance and, in a couple of moving scenes, he leads the group through “Ordinaire” and then, with Martin and Gabrielle back in the fold, the group will perform “Lindbergh.” Gabrielle could succeed as a film just on the strength of its protagonist’s infectious enthusiasm, but there is much more – in the script, the cast and in Louise Archambault’s confident direction.
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DVD release: 2013. Available from Amazon.com and Ottawa Public Library. 107 minutes.
The President’s Photographer
Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office Directed by Jody Lenkoski National Geographic Television (U.S.A., 2010) Pete Souza is chief official White House photographer for President Barack Obama and director of the White House Photography Office. It’s an important job. Essentially, White House photographers document history. They leave a visual trail of everyday happenings involving the president. Pete Souza is not the paparazzi image of photographers we see all the time on television. He’s a quiet, thoughtful guy who gets the job done without pushing everyone aside. He’s not tall. He doesn’t impose. He takes his photos and is serious about his work. The President’s Photographer is a behind-the-scenes view of the president and how Souza manages to capture amazing images of everything going on in relation to Obama. Souza and his staff produce up to 80,000 pictures a month. Working with at least two cameras around his neck, he often endures 13-hour days. Where Obama goes, Souza goes. (And at one point in the film, we see Stephen Harper and his photographer, Jason Ransom). In November 2011, Souza was included on The New Republic’s list of Washington’s most-powerful but least-famous people. Special features: photo gallery – a must see. The President’s Photographer can be viewed free online at PBS Video at http:// to.pbs.org/1a0v8HY. DVD available at Ottawa Public Library. 53 minutes. Note: Pete Souza was assistant professor of photojournalism at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication. Lois Siegel took her first photography class at Ohio University.
Directed by Louise Archambault (Canada, 2013)
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In the land of Glebe
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In The Language Garden Not really one – heart and hearth are roots apart By Adelle Farrelly
A new love-pig in town? After three failed love trysts last year, Zeus’ reckless behaviour became the subject of popular gossip among Glebe residents. “He came in several times smelling of parsley-tinis – and well before noon, I might add,” offered the editor of the Glebe Report on condition she not be quoted. Found in the parking lot behind Metro surrounded by empty boxes, deep fried carrots and bottles of parsley-spiked cucumberades, Zeus had finally hit bottom. Healthier and back from a stint at a Gatineau diet spa, the pig’s fortunes may finally be changing thanks to a little help from cupid. “I saw Zeus at the Bytowne with a furry new pig, Xena, watching the love story Gabrielle. They shared a seat and looked quite cozy,” confirmed Paul (see p. 24 for Paul’s review). Others are skeptical, however. “Zeus is a cheap pig and
probably just wanted to save money by sharing a seat! He still hasn’t paid me for the iPoops he ordered last year!” alleged Nabil of PC Perfect. Xena could be trouble, however. Known as the “warrior princess” of marketing, the furry piglet was wooed by GiddyPigs from Hah-Rich, the most successful marketing company in the Middle East. A favourite among several Arab princes, it’s unsurprising she caught the eye of the powerful politicians in our nation’s capital. Indeed, Frank Magazine just broke the story that it had been Xena that was to pose for the PM’s family Christmas card when in a rage of jealousy, PM Tartar hired an unknown chinchilla instead. Either way, the exotic Xena has a long history of breaking both hearts and marriages. Could Zeus be next? To meet Xena in propria persona, please send a $5 cheque or e-transfer to Zeus@GiddyPigs.com.
Sometimes false etymologies can be just as much fun as real ones. Take the example of heart and hearth. Just as Valentine’s Day arrives in the nick of time to warm lucky hearts in the misery of February, so too does a hearth, or fireplace, warm cold and dreary homes. The two words look remarkably similar, and the old saying that “Home is where the heart is” doesn’t help, as it is all too easy to imagine it as “Home is where the hearth is.” Even though the words are only one letter apart, however, they actually come from separate root words. Heart arrives via Old English heorte and hearth via heorth from the same language. The apparent similarity in spelling of those two words only adds to the confusion, but it is superficial. Originally, the “th” at the end of heorth would have been represented with the letter eth, which looks like a lower case “d” with a horizontal line through the stem: "đ.” We have since lost this letter, along with the letters yogh and thorn. As a result, it is quite understandable if you ever made the intuitive, albeit incorrect, connection between heart and hearth, both centres of so much potential warmth. Arguably, the connection, though false, is more charming than the truth. After all, who doesn’t enjoy the thought of sitting cozy with their sweetheart by the fire, especially in February? Adelle Farrelly is a writer and editor who takes heart from digging up the dirt on words and their roots, and pulling back the curtain on our linguistic heritage.
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Where’s the Valentine lovin’ in 2014? By Adelle Farrelly
Picture a classic Valentine’s Day date. Do you see candlelight, a multicourse meal, wine and flowers? Does it take place in an exclusive restaurant, booked weeks in advance? It is entirely possible that it does not, especially if you are relatively young. Where once the ideal might have been a pull-out-all-the-stops romantic evening, the goal now tends toward the uniquely personal. Fine dining will always have its place, but more and more, Valentine’s Day, birthdays and
anniversaries are more about providing a unique experience designed to reflect the couple in question. So what might a 2014 romantic evening look like? Well, anything or nothing. For the most part, however, forget the expensive jewellery and pricey champagne. Whether it is due to changing cultural preferences or simply due to new economic realities, flashy spending seems to be out. In its place are a preference for home-cooked meals and local music, handmade cards and Facebook declarations of affection. Of course,
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frugality and a quest for uniqueness are not necessarily marks of one generation over another, and it is important not to rely too heavily on stereotypes. It might be safer to think of these shifting romantic preferences as “signs of the times” rather than being due to a particular age division. It is interesting, nevertheless, to think about what the digital era has wrought and how romancing happens, now that most people no longer send anything by mail, never mind greeting cards. The Internet has changed relationships. Not only are more and more people looking for love online, but once they’ve found it, they rely on the web for the majority of their communication. Remember e-cards, the animated greeting cards sent through email not so long ago? Most millennials eschew even those now; the only person who still sends me them, believe it or not, is my 83-year-old grandmother. Instead, communication between both friends and lovers has become ever more casual and ever more instantaneous. Plans are made through Facebook’s instant messaging application (or app) and declarations of love through the briefest of tweets. Want to express your affection for someone? Shoot them a < and a 3, which together makes a little sideways heart: <3. It is important not to get the wrong idea about this online casualness. As mentioned above, romance these days for special occasions tends to seek out the unique and personal rather than the generically romantic. Perhaps because of the online deluge that currently floods modern life, couples seek to carve out something private for themselves every now and then. It’s easy to see why, in an age where guests are uploading wedding
to be out. In its place are a preference for homecooked meals and local music, handmade cards and Facebook declarations of affection.”
photos before newlyweds have even cut their cake. Again, there is nothing wrong with a traditional, elegant night out – but if romance can incorporate something unique, why shouldn’t it? As for me, I have embraced both the traditional and the quirky for my Valentine’s Day experiences. Nights out enjoying fine dining and good wine are a real treat, but they can also be loud, crowded and lacking choice due to special, set Valentine’s Day menus – exquisite, yes, but definitely a onceor twice-a-year event. It may be due to age, or perhaps to a more introverted temperament, but I have found that a quiet night in, watching Netflix, exchanging silly poems and cooking something special together can be just as memorable. Is this true across the board? Probably not, but from an informal survey of friends and family, uniqueness and home cooking come in as high priorities. Not bad for the Internet-obsessed generation. Writer, editor and mom-to-be Adelle Farrelly aims to capture the essence of her peers’ experiences in her essays on contemporary urban life.
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Editor’s note: The Glebe Report is introducing a column that focuses over the next few months on grandparents. It will consist of Clive Doucet’s “As Grandfathers...” in February, April and June, and Barbara Coyle and Carol MacLeod’s articles on grandmothers in March and May.
We are born old and young at the same time. We are born with great loves and great pains, that grow like an acorn grows into a tree; like god grows into the universe. I don’t think it ever occurs to grandsons that one day, they might also become grandfathers. It certainly didn’t to me. Grandfathers were like unicorns. This immensely old and interesting creature that knew everyone and everything but were apart from the hurly-burly of your young life – or at least that’s the way I saw them. I had the good fortune to have two wonderful grandfathers and am now the grandfather to one grandson and three granddaughters. When I was bouncing around my grandfather’s farm on Cape Breton Island, delighted at everything my grandfather and I did together from milking the cows to making the summer hay, it never occurred to me to think what it was like to be on Grandfather’s end of the
day. I was too busy discovering the world. Now, when I take my grandchildren for an outing, be it something as simple as a hot chocolate on Bank Street or sledding at Brown’s Inlet, I think of my own grandparents and I know that they were having as much fun as we children were. There is something timeless and joyful in the company of grandchildren that no other relationship can equal. It is the very years that separate us that make it strong. Both the grandparent and the grandchild instinctively understand it will not endure forever. Time and age will separate us but in the meantime, it is as vivid and purposeful as the sun rising. There is an old joke that goes, “if I had known how much fun grandchildren were, I would have begun with them and skipped the middle part.” The problem of course is you can’t. Being a parent has its own rewards, not the least of which will be grandchildren of your own one day, but parenting is also a fraught time. As a young person, you’re desperately running to make your mark in the world and at the same time, you have this tremendous responsibility for these young lives. Fatigue clouds many days and a desperate sense of neverenough-hours in each day is often one’s principal companion. It’s different being a grandparent. Very different. You’re not the principal. You’re just a supporting actor and like it or not, one’s principal responsibilities are gone. My grandfather still had his farm but it had become more a hobby for him than a pressing reality. He had a few cows, one mare, one colt,
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Clive Doucet and grand-daughter Clea on a Cape Breton beach.
a few hens, a small garden, and some hay fields. He used to say “enough to keep me entertained.” Farm chores had not been a delight for my father and his brothers because there were many of them and the work was always waiting. The world had changed. I can’t remember Grandfather ever being in a hurry to do anything. Even rain at haying time wouldn’t bother him. He’d just look up at the sky and say, “tomorrow will be fine.” And it was. I find myself in his boots today. The world has changed. I used to be running from sunrise to sunset, from meeting to meeting, and if I had time for anything it was carved out of the day with a penknife. No more. If Felix, my grandson, wants to spend some time being Spiderman, we’re
Spiderman, and we find some crayons to draw Spiderman, or walls to climb or books to read or films to watch. The simplest things are now coloured in a different light. I’m sitting in a Bank Street café with Felix, Clea and Evangeline, who are noisy and uncertain about what they should order. In the end, they order lemonade, and I order a coffee. Clea would like to know if I believe in heaven. I reply “of course, there are many heavens” and we talk about heavens for a while; and when I stop to think about it, my thoughts are mostly not about how terrible the world is, but how wonderful. Clive Doucet is a writer and former city councillor. His last book was the novel, Shooting the Bruce.
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It’s playdough time at GCNS for children Lola (left) and Aviva. The teacher in the foreground is Deanna and teacher Vicky is visible on the right.
February doings at the Glebe Co-operative Nursery School by Sheri Segal Glick
February looks very different when you’re young. Instead of being the month that brings frigid temperatures, bad driving and dirty snow, it’s all about building snowmen (snowpeople?), tobogganing and gliding on the ice (even when the ice is found on one’s driveway). The AGM and Grape Draw
For Glebe Co-op Nursery School (GCNS) families, February means gathering for our annual general meeting (AGM). This is a highly anticipated event for the children (balloon guy! juggling!) as well as for the adults, as it gives the parents a chance to socialize over a potluck brunch. The AGM is also where we will be drawing the names of three lucky winners of our Grape Draw. If you haven’t bought a ticket already, you have until February 22 for a chance to win enough wine to fill your wine cellar (bar, fridge, or even bedroom... we don’t judge!) Tickets are $5 each or three for $10, and can be purchased from any GCNS parent or at the preschool itself. Registration and Open House
In addition to being about our AGM and Grape Draw, February is also about looking ahead to next year. Registration packages will be available at the school and on our website on February 28. In addition, should you want to come see what the GCNS is all about, we will be holding an open house on February 28 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Why choose a co-op?
So what makes the co-operative option so desirable? One element is the sense of community, which comes very naturally as a result of the many social gatherings and fundraisers that take place throughout the year. Additionally (and perhaps more
importantly), it’s the feeling that you are a meaningful part of your child’s preschool experience. While not every parent has the time or desire to be on our parent-run board, all parents are expected to do “duty days” on a rotational basis. While the term “duty day” can sound a bit overwhelming, in truth the only actual duty involves bringing a healthy snack and cleaning bits of the aforementioned healthy snack off the floor when the kids have finished eating. Otherwise, duty days are just about hanging out and playing with the kids (and who wouldn’t want to go back to preschool for a day every month or two?) While this isn’t possible for every family, if you can make it work, it is a truly rewarding experience for you and your child. The GCNS grew out of a group of parents who began meeting informally, bringing their children along. Ultimately, they decided that through a co-operative effort they could transform their playgroup into a more structured program that emphasized learning through play and allowed the parents to be involved in both the functioning of the school and in the daily activities. Our school has grown and changed over time, and each year we welcome new families into our fold, but the warm, co-operative spirit remains at our heart.
The district has been unrolling fullday kindergarten (FDK) and is required by the province to offer extended day (X-Day) before- and after-care (NB: fee-based with subsidies). The Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) decided that existing thirdparty daycares in schools could continue to provide before- and after-school services where they are if they wished. It was decided that the OCDSB would provide it elsewhere. The Ottawa English Catholic Board has done away with third-party providers in their schools. OCDSB X-Day has a play-based curriculum provided by Early Childhood Education staff, who carry on during the school day with the classroom teacher. With half-day kindergarten disappearing, the financial model for many third parties no longer works. Some are closing and some transforming into preschool care only. OCDSB X-Day can expand to meet demand. The question arises, should this be required of third-party providers as well? The school board is responsible for before- and after-care curriculum, so what oversight should the Board have over third parties? If we have contractual oversight, then what is OCDSB liability if something goes badly wrong at a third-party site? What appeal mechanisms or standards should the OCDSB commit to for its own before- and after-care X-Day programs? If existing third parties expand to meet demand, then what effect does this have on community use of gym space after school? These questions and more are up for policy discussion soon. To note, the City of Ottawa soon may be moving to a new daycare subsidy system wherein the subsidy follows the child (like most other Ontario municipalities) and is no longer “owned” by the operator. Also, the province is revising the governing Day Nurseries Act. The Board recently absorbed a major multi-site daycare provider in the city that provided before- and after-care as well as preschool care. Strategically, should the Board now look to expand equitably into preschool care everywhere as well, or is this something outside of the mission, to be shed by the Board? I remain comfortable with the idea of third parties in our schools, if it can be made to work. However, our responsibility is not only to those with children enrolled now in third-party care, but to all parents who want access to highquality school-integrated before- and after-care.
“I remain comfortable with the idea of third parties in our schools, if it can be made to work. However, our responsibility is not only to those with children enrolled now in third-party care, but to all parents who want access to high-quality school-integrated before-and after-care.” This is my thinking on some of the questions: • A third party cannot be allowed to charge significantly more than we do and have no-compete use of one of our schools. Otherwise, a barrier to equitable access is created. • I also want to bind the Board’s own X-day care with the public posting of all policies and procedures, appeal pathways and standards. • I also want principals held accountable for the quality of the play-based curriculum in before- and after-care at their schools. • I have my doubts about the strategy of expanding into the preschool business everywhere. • I favour conversion of our inherited preschool sites back into third-party lease-holders. So, what do you think about all of this? Let me know at at email@example.com. For OCDSB policies, upcoming Board of Trustees meeting background documents, and other material, please visit www.ocdsb.ca. OCDSB Trustee Zone 9 Rideau-Vanier / Capital
We are happy to answer any questions that you might have about our program. So please feel free to contact us at any time. Additionally, if you would like to come by for a visit but can’t make it to the open house on February 28, we will set something up that works for you. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into the GCNS family! Sheri Segal Glick is the Communications Chair of the GCNS Board. Last year her parents were the Grape Draw grand-prize winners.
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Love illuminated by Yvonne van Lith
What is unrivalled in its power to thrill, crush and sustain? Love. No subject has been more thoroughly examined and discussed. And yet, do we really understand love any better today than Shakespeare did nearly five hundred years ago? Well, let’s find out. First by reading Love: a History (2011), in which Simon May traces love and how it developed from its Hebraic and Greek origins to an ideal that obsesses the modern Western world, and highlights philosophers who have challenged conventional thoughts on love and happiness. Or you could read In Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject (2014) by the editor of a column about love, Daniel Jones. Jones, drawing from the 50,000 tales of love that have crossed his desk, shows the arc of human relationships through ten phases, starting with the pursuit, destiny, vulnerability, connection, and trust of new love, then turning to the practicality, monotony, infidelity, loyalty, and wisdom of love matured. With empathy and wry humour, this enlightening journey takes us through the highs, lows, and enduring unknowns of this universal experience that rattles the head and stirs the heart. Explore some of the changes in our global world as it pertains to love and relationships and the challenges we face in love and family life in the global age. Can you picture this? Grandparents in Salonika, grandson in London, conversing every evening via Skype; a U.S. citizen and her GMSACareGRWinter14b.pdf
Swiss husband fretting over large telephone bills and high travel costs; a European couple finally having a baby with the help of an Indian surrogate mother. In Distant Love: Personal Life in the Global Age (2014) by Ulrich Beck, Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim and Rodney Livingstone, all types of long-distance relationships, marriages and families that stretch across countries, continents and cultures are explored. These long-distance relationships are called “world families:” love and intimate relationships between individuals living in, or coming from, different countries or continents. In all their various forms, these world families share one feature in common: they are the focal point where different aspects of the globalized world are embodied in the personal lives of individuals. And how do we meet our soulmates now? According to Maclean’s online magazine (by Katie Engelhart, January 30, 2013), “an estimated 30 to 40 million North Americans now use online dating sites. The 1,500 sites comprise an industry worth over $1.5 billion. A quarter of all Canadians have tried Internet dating, and 16 per cent have had sex with someone they met online.” Or read Data, a Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating to Meet My Match (2013) to experience one person’s journey to meet her match through technology. Amy Webb offers a lively, thought-provoking memoir about how one woman “gamed” online dating sites like
JDate, OKCupid and eHarmony and eventually met her now-husband. Found your match? Now what? Check out The Happy Couple: How to Make Happiness a Habit One Little Loving Thing at a Time (2013). Whether it’s interrupting your partner mid-sentence, acting bored when they are speaking, or teasing them in hurtful ways, these habits can make the difference between a wonderful, close relationship, and one characterized by conflict or unhappiness. Good relationship habits can be learned (or re-learned), and bad habits can be un-learned. Named one of America’s top therapists by Cosmopolitan magazine, prominent Los Angeles-based psychologist and radio talk show host Barton Goldsmith, PhD, offers simple, accessible tips and tools for developing and strengthening positive relationship habits such as gratitude, humour, togetherness and honesty. Habits can be hard to break, but if you love someone, you’ve got to make sacrifices. The Happy Couple shows how acts of kindness and generosity can increase the likelihood of a relationship being
happy, healthy, and long-lasting. Last but not least, let’s look at The Honeymoon Effect: the Science of Creating Heaven on Earth (2013). Bruce H. Lipton argues that couples can use knowledge of quantum physics, biochemistry and psychology to create and maintain an intense loving relationship with their partner, similar to feelings experienced on a honeymoon. This book reveals how we manifest the honeymoon effect and the reasons why we lose it. Imagine what your life experience would be like if you could maintain the honeymoon feeling throughout your lifetime.... Yvonne von Lith is coordinator of the Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library.
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Take a trip to the moon...
eral themes that tie the book together. Concepts such as destiny, greed and patience are explored. And that ultimate and elusive treasure – the secret of happiness – is chased across the pages of Lin’s book. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a delightful book that will spirit you away on a marvelous adventure. It would be a wonderful book to read together with a child (perhaps eight to ten years old) as it may spark discussion about far more than dragons and talking goldfish. There are so many stories to keep track of, and as almost all of them are integral to the plot, it is important to remember them, something this reader had occasional trouble doing. Yet another reason to read this book with someone else would be to help each other make connections between stories past and present.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin Reviewed by Ildiko Sumegi
Editor’s note: January 31 is the first day, and February the first month, of the lunar new year a.k.a. Chinese New Year: the Year of the Horse. When we see our children reading, it makes us happy. They are building reading skills, learning new vocabulary, and developing their spelling abilities through a kind of literary osmosis. But reading is about far more than being able to read. It is also about opening worlds, developing empathy, asking questions, and thinking deeply about life, ourselves, our relationships, and our place in the world. Reading to our children – especially our children who can already read to themselves – is a way to share this process of discovery with them, to help them become thinkers as well as readers. Finding a good book to read together, one that satisfies both parent and child, can be tricky, and I am always on the lookout for our next great adventure. My most recent ficult life eking out a living in the rice book discovery is Grace Lin’s Where fields at the foot of Fruitless Mounthe Mountain Meets the Moon (Little, tain. Fuelled by the many stories and Brown and Company, 2009), several legends told her by her father, Minli copies of which can be found at the sets out one day to change her family’s lot. To do so she must find the Old Ottawa Public Library. It was listed in the U.S. as a Newbery Honor Book Man of the Moon; he is the one with of 2010 and is marked as appropriate all the answers, as it is he who keeps reading for Grades 3-6 by the School the Book of Fortune. A talking goldfish tells her the way, and her journey Library Journal. Taking her inspiration from varileads her into the lives of many good people and one very special dragon. ous Chinese folk tales, Lin tells the story of one girl’s quest to find the Old Lin alternates between telling the Man of the Moon and to change her story of Minli’s incredible journey and poor family’s fortune. The little girl’s describing the scene at home where, name is Minli, which means “quick having failed to find her, Minli’s parthinking.” Minli’s family lives1a difresign themselves to wait for her GMSGarfieldNewmanAd3.pdf 12/12/13 ents 10:58 PM
return. There is a touching tale here as well, as those who are left behind find that Minli’s absence provides its own lesson. Minli’s quest is peppered with stories told by various characters throughout the book, and these stories gradually come to life as they are carefully woven into the fabric of Minli’s own tale. Having reached what appears to be the end of her own story, Minli comes to an important realization, one that turns her quest on its head. I found Lin’s use of traditional Chinese folk tales to be especially appealing. The importance of stories to inspire and inform is one of sev-
“Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a delightful book that will spirit you away on a marvelous adventure. It would be a wonderful book to read together with a child (perhaps eight to ten years old) as it may spark discussion about far more than dragons and talking goldfish. ” By the end of the book, we have learned much and travelled far with Minli, and like Minli, we return to our own homes a little bit changed. Usher in the first month of the lunar new year with this charming story – it will take you to the moon and bring you back again. Ildiko Sumegi is a Glebe resident, mother of two boys, and owner of a well-used library card.
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WHAT YOUR NEIGHBOURS ARE READING Here is a list of some titles read and discussed recently in various local book clubs:
A good friend said that she “aspirated” Dear Life (McClelland & Stewart, 2012), when I told her that I was reading it. It was easy to understand her reaction. Once I had started it I wanted it to surround me, like a mud bath, oozing around my fingers and squishing between my toes. Whether it is so good that you want to read it all in one sitting, or so good that you want to savour it slowly like a piece of dark chocolate melting in your mouth, what matters is that this book is good. It is difficult to review a short-story collection because it comes with as many plots as there are stories and even more characters. The usual method is to pick one or two and critique them more thoroughly than the others – usually a strong example, then a weaker one. So let me state outright that this collection has no weak examples, though there may be some stories that, for whatever reason, the reader likes better than others. One that I particularly liked was “Corrie.” From the very first paragraph we are inside the characters’ world. “It isn’t a good thing to have the money concentrated all in one family, the way you do in a place like this,” Mr. Carleton said. “I mean, for a girl like my daughter Corrie here. For example, I mean, like her. It isn’t good. Nobody on the same level.” I n t h is one shor t paragraph we k now something about the father – he is rich, outspoken, thinks well of himself. We know that his daughter is named Corrie, that she is probably of marriageable age, that he thinks she is too good for anyone who lives in their town or village (not a city because anything larger would have more suitable families), and that the person to whom he is speaking is of an at least slightly lower social standing, because he would not speak this way to someone above him (if there
are such persons, in his opinion). In addition, we know that the person to whom he speaks is not from the town because, otherwise, the statement would be seen as an insult. All this – how does she do it? She does it by being economical with her words and by choosing them very carefully. Corrie ends up carrying on a decades-long affair with the married man to whom her father is speaking in this opening paragraph. The man, an architect, lives in a nearby city and must travel for his work, so the logistics of the liaison are relatively simple. What complicates the picture is the ongoing blackmail by a former housekeeper, threatening to expose them to the man’s wife. Corrie pays the blackmail in cash, twice yearly, to save her lover the scandal, the embarrassment, and the expense. It is only the blackmailer’s death and subsequent funeral a couple of decades later that causes Corrie to take a fuller look at the picture; to look at her lover and her life in an entirely different way. This is indeed an unusual collection because the final four pieces in the book are, in the author’s own words, “not quite stories.” They are nevertheless fascinating because, as she says, they are “the first and the last – and the closest – things I have to say about my own life.” What a teaser! It makes one want to dissect each piece word by word and say “why this?” If these are the most accurate descriptions of Alice Munro, then we can say one thing: that all along, throughout what for many of us has been a long relationship, Alice has been open and brutally honest. I am not sure what this may have cost her. I am pretty sure that very few writers do it – maybe only Nobel Prize winners. Glebe resident Sharon McCue has enjoyed a lifelong reading relationship with Alice Munro.
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Gem of a book celebrates Ottawa’s architect Werner Ernst Noffke: Ottawa’s Architect by Shannon Ricketts REVIEWED BY ANDREW ELLIOTT
How does one review a book that is a gem? And Shannon Ricketts’ little book on the Ottawa architect W.E. Noffke is surely one. Entitled Werner Ernst Noffke: Ottawa’s Architect, and published in 2013 by Heritage Ottawa, this is an attractively designed yet slim book, with a simple eye-catching cover. At 75 pages long, this is no hefty cof-
fee-table issue, but something that anyone can pick up and bring with them as they go about Ottawa tracing Noffke’s work. Whether you have a casual interest in architectural history or you’re a heritage nut, this book is for you. As an architectural historian who once worked for Parks Canada, Ricketts brings many years’ experience to her writing, and provides the reader with a concise and entertaining history of Noffke’s life and work. The author begins with an extensive biographical introduction. She then sets out to document each of Noffke’s significant buildings, which number about 60. Each page is laid out with a black and white photo, the name of the building and a brief commentary. The middle of the book has several pages of amazing colour photos of interior features in some of the most outstanding homes. It turns out Noffke was not picky in choosing his projects. He left his mark on residential, commercial, ecclesiastical, governmental and industrial buildings. He may not have had the avant-garde qualities of other early 20th century architects, but as Ricketts notes, Noffke’s “adaptability was undoubtedly one of the factors in the success” of his practice. Ricketts continues: “It should also be remembered that, lacking the opportunity for extended, formal training in architecture, Noffke had to learn by doing. He was consequently less advanced in his ideas and quite possibly also less hampered by theoretical convictions concerning his role as a formulator of public taste.” Thus he was able to work with many of the popular early 20th century architectural styles. Iconic Ottawa buildings figure among his work: the Medical Arts building on Metcalfe, the Blackburn building on Sparks Street, Ogilvy’s at Rideau and Nicholas, the Old Ottawa South former fire station, and Postal Station B across from the War Memorial. For those living in the Glebe, especially near Central Park east of Bank Street, this book might be of special interest. Ricketts explores in detail the creation of a kind of “better homes and gardens” landscape. Noffke became
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The Noffke House (1913) located on Clemow Avenue.
very involved in the public-private initiative between Clemora Realty and the Ottawa Improvement Commission to bring the best of the “City Beautiful” ideals to life. The idea was to design grand-looking homes that both complemented and blended with the park-like landscape and the parklike Clemow Avenue cutting through the park. This was (and is) landscape design at its best. Noff ke’s contribution was to design several Spanish-themed estate homes, with lavish and detailed artsand-crafts interior features. Ricketts recounts how Noffke got the commission. In 1911, he happened to be adding a conservatory to Miss Adelaide Clemow’s Laurier Avenue west home, when plans for the area were being laid out. She liked what he was doing and asked him to work for her on the larger development project. The homes built here between 1912 and 1914 include one for Noffke himself, a number of Ottawa businessmen and an Ottawa mayor, and represent the largest concentration of Noffke buildings anywhere in Ottawa. This district around the park has aged beautifully, and since 2011 has been protected within a Heritage Conservation District. Ricketts also tells us that Noffke designed other buildings in the Glebe – in 1910, the Andrew Hayden house at 534 Queen Elizabeth Driveway near Bronson; in 1926, Corpus Christi School and several more houses on Clemow, west of Bank Street; and in 1929, a lovely apartment building, Ambassador Court, located on Central Park West.
Is there anything to be critical of in this publication? Is there room for improvement? Perhaps there could have been better clarity in distinguishing Noffke’s early work from his middle and late work. Might it have been worthwhile to include maps throughout the book showing where the buildings are located, instead of placing the maps at the end? Also, the maps could have been clearer, to help those going on a walking tour to see where they were going. But these are issues more with presentation than with content and may be ironed out in the future. This book is part of a launch of what is expected to be Heritage Ottawa’s occasional series of publications delving into aspects of Ottawa’s architectural and social history. Overall, this is a wonderful hybrid walking guide/reference book by an architectural historian who has done her homework. Noffke is noteworthy because, as Ricketts points out, Noffke’s lack of formal training or set theoretical convictions “allowed him immense freedom and, although not a leader in the stylistic movements of the day, he used new ideas with intelligence, always demanding quality of execution… This focus resulted in structures that were both visually and functionally successful.” Noffke is an architect of the public and for the public, and it is about time a book like this came out to celebrate his work. Glebe resident Andrew Elliott is an archivist and architectural historian who can be reached at ajg.elliott@ utoronto.ca.
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Inner practices that support a flourishing life By Reverend Sharon Moon
In a “crazy busy” world, where do you connect with your wise inner self? This is the part of you that already knows your deep connection to the divine, and to all life. It’s what mystics of all faiths (and of no faith) talk about, this sense of unity. It’s what we experience when we are shocked into wonder by an exquisite sunset, or a miraculous star-filled sky. It’s what we experience when we look into the face of a newborn and experience the face of God, as Celtic scholar Pelagius says. It’s what happens to us when we are moved into transcendence by wonderful art or music; or by the awareness that bubbles up from nowhere, that we belong and are part of unconditional love that flows through us. This kind of unity is rooted in experience, not in intellectual belief and doctrine. In my experience as a United Church minister for almost 30 years now, I find people hunger for this experience of deep connection, to move beyond the surface ego self of the day-to-day world into deeper places. We long for practices that can help us stay centred and grounded and connected in a rapidly changing world. LABYRINTH WALK
At Glebe-St. James one spiritual practice we share is the Labyrinth Walk. A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. The
The Labyrinth Walk at Glebe St. James-United Church
labyrinth represents a journey to our own centre and back again into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools. Our lives are a sacred journey. They are about change, growth, discovery, transformation, continuously expanding our vision of what is possible, stretching our soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to our intuition, making courageous choices at every step along the way. A labyrinth is an archetype with which we can have a direct experience. It is a metaphor for life’s journey. We can walk it. It is a symbol that creates a sacred space and takes us out of our ego to “that which is within.” You are welcome to join us to walk the labyrinth on March 9, April 6 and May 4 at Glebe-St. James United Church, 650 Lyon Street (Lyon Street door) from 3 to 5 p.m. HEALING PATHWAY
Another spiritual practice we offer at Glebe-St. James is the Healing Pathway, an energy-based healing practice in the Christian tradition. The Healing Pathway works to create balance and wholeness of mind, body and spirit. (It has similarities to
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Healing Touch and Reiki, for those more familiar with those healing modalities.) This healing ministry, congruent with modern quantum scientific understandings and with progressive theology, is growing in the United Church across the country, and those of us who practise it find it is a pathway to our own wholeness of mind, body and spirit. It is a com-
plement to allopathic medicine, not a replacement. We practise the second and fourth Monday in the afternoon and evening. You would be welcome to call to book a session, or to explore training in this very powerful spiritual practice. If interested, call the church office at 613-236-0617 or email email@example.com. Retreat
At Glebe-St. James we also practise retreat – space set aside for soul renewal, and the inner journey. During Lent, traditionally a time for deep reflection, we will be holding a retreat on March 22. It will include meditation and other spiritual practices to help foster deep connection with the divine within. If interested, call the church office at 613-236-0617. Reverend Sharon Moon is co-minister at Glebe-St. James United Church.
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50+ SHORT STORY CONTEST. The Ottawa Public Library is hosting an annual Short Story Contest for older adults. Adults 50 years or older, who have a Library card are invited to submit a maximum of two short stories either in English or French. Stories must be original, unpublished works and under 2000 words. The contest opens Feb. 11 and the deadline for submissions is Mar. 11. Cash prize will be presented at An Afternoon of Storytelling on Wed., May 14. Info: www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary. ca or contact InfoService at 613-5802940.
Ottawa Public Library, Sat., Mar. 15, 1:30 p.m., OPL Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe St. Intensifying our City can present challenges to gardens squeezed into small lots or containers on decks and balconies. Fortunately Ed Lawrence has solutions to help you bask in the blooms. Donations to the CCA Trees & Greenspace Committee are welcome. Ed will have his book Gardening Grief and Glory for sale and signing. Info: Bonnie Mabee, 613237-1056.
ENCORE FASHIONS, consignment quality almost new apparel, 109A Fourth Ave. at Bank St. Open Wed, 10-2, Thurs., 4 - 6:30 and Sat. 10-1. Cruise wear and spring fashions now in the store. GLUTEN FREE UTOPIA. On Apr. 5 at Library and Archives Canada, Gluten Free Utopia will bring local businesses and specialists who know about living gluten-free. Info: www. glutenfreeutopia.com or www.facebook.com/glutenfreeutopia or Twitter: @GF_Utopia or 613-761-9942. HOW TO READ THE MUSIC OF A SONG AND SING IT! An 8 week workshop at St. Giles Church, Bank St. at First Ave. Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9 p.m., Mar. 4 to Apr. 22; conducted by Desmond Hassell who has a lifetime experience teaching music reading. No charge for the classes but participants will be invited to make a donation towards the outreach work of St. Giles at the Centretown Emergency Food Centre. Classes will be enjoyable and fun for all ages from 10 to 99. Register by email at office@ stgilesottawa.org or call 613-235-2551. LEARN AND EXPLORE SPEAKER SERIES AT ABBOTSFORD HOUSE, 950 Bank St. Feb. 19 – John West has a website called Lost Ottawa -
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CALLING GLEBE ARTISTS! The GLEBE ART IN OUR GARDENS AND STUDIO TOUR 2014 will take place July 5 - 6. For info and an application form please send an email to: email@example.com - Applications from Glebe artists accepted until April 30.
For all generations, the Glendale Memorial Rink annual skating party on January 18 turned out to be a great success.
Ottawahh (www.ottawahh.com) which highlights some historical buildings and locations in Ottawa. Using a technique called “dissolving” he can show an old photo then “dissolve” it to show how it is depicted now and he will share these magical powers on the large screen! Feb. 26 – Claire Marshal, a Board Member of the Leading Note Foundation (Orkidstra) will be presenting: From the Orinoco to the Ottawa; The story of how a Venezuelan music program helps Ottawa’s inner-city kids reach their potential. Mar 5 - Craig Kamcke returns to share his love and enthusiasm for history with: It’s Scandalous! This presentation continues his examination of our nation’s history to discuss a number of political scandals since Confederation until now. Admission is $2. NEW OTTAWA DOLL SHOW, Apr. 5, at the Ernst and Young Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr., 10 a.m. - 4: p.m.; featuring dolls, toys, teddy bears and miniatures. Admission: a cash donation to the Ottawa Food Bank (minimum $2 please).
OLD OTTAWA SOUTH GARDEN CLUB meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ottawa South Community Centre, 260 Sunnyside Ave. Membership is $25 per year; $40 for a family and drop in fee $7 per meeting. Ornamental Grasses is on the program for the Mar. 11 meeting when Master Gardener Edythe Falconer will discuss recognizing different grasses, how to care for them and intriguing ways of bringing them into your garden design. Info: Ottawa South Community Centre at 613-2474946 or Marilyn at 613-730-0597. TOPICAL TALKS AT ABBOTSFORD HOUSE, 950 Bank St., Mon., Feb. 24 - Dr. Shawn Marshall, a physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation will talk about the CANDRIVE research program which is studying older drivers. Refreshment served at 9:45 a.m. Talk begins at 10 a.m. sharp. Cost is $3. URBAN GARDENING WITH ED LAWRENCE: GRIEF AND GLORY presented by the Centretown Citizens Community Association in partnership with the
HOUSE CLEANING - Experienced cleaning lady available to clean your home. I am very organized, efficient, honest, and respectful. I offer a professional service. Dusting, vacuuming, mopping floors, kitchen, bathroom (s). For more info, phone 613-234-7960.
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wanted C2 ROWING ERGOMETERS. The Glebe High School Rowing team consistently places crews into the finals of the National High School Championships. This year’s team has grown and needs help. If you have a Concept 2 rowing ergometer that you are willing to donate or sell, then please call Rob at 613-762-4046. CRAFTERS - Do you knit or sew and are looking to share your time and talents with like minded folk? Abbotsford at The Glebe Centre (950 Bank St.) is looking for volunteers to help create interesting craft and knit projects which they sell throughout the year as part of their fundraising efforts. All ages are welcome; the group meets on Thursday afternoons from 1 – 3 p.m. Come and see; we might just be what you are looking for! Info: 613-230-5730.
Where to find us In addition to free home delivery, you can find copies of the Glebe Report at Abba’s Grocery, Acorn Nursery, Adishesha Yoga, The Arrow & the Loon, B.G.G.O., Bloomfields Flowers, Booster Juice, Brewer Arena, Brewer Pool, Bridgehead, Brittons, Brown’s Cleaners, Candy Bouquet, Corner Bar and Grill, Douvris Martial Arts, Ernesto’s Barber Shop, Escape, Farm Team Cookhouse and Bar, Feleena’s, The Flag Shop, Flight Centre Travel, Forno Antico, 107 Fourth Avenue Wine Bar, Francesco’s Coffee Company, The Flour Shoppe, The French Baker, Glebe Apothecary, Glebe Community Centre, Glebe Fashion Cleaners, Glebe Meat Market, Glebe Pet Hospital, Glebe Smoke Shop, Glebe Tailoring, Glebe Trotters, Glebe Video, Hillary Cleaners, Hogan’s Food Store, Il Negozio Nicastro, Irene’s Pub, Isabella Pizza, Jericho Café, Kardish Foods, Kettleman’s Bagel Co., Kumon Centre, Kunstadt Sports, Magic Mountain, Marble Slab, Mayfair Theatre, McKeen Metro Glebe, Mister Muffler, Morala’s Café, Naji’s Lebanese Restaurant, Olga’s Deli and Catering, Pints & Quarts, The Palisades, The Pantry, Pet Valu, Queen Mother Maternity, ReadiSetGo, RBC/Royal Bank, Reflections, Roast’n Brew, 7-Eleven, Scotiabank, Second Avenue Sweets, Shafali Bazaar, Silver Scissors, Spa Royale, Subway, SushiGo, Third Avenue Spa, Von’s Bistro, Watson’s Pharmacy and Wellness Centre, The Wild Oat and Yarn Forward & Sew-On, The Works, ZaZaZa Pizza.
Glebe Report February 14, 2014
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GNAG Spring Soccer online registration begins TUESDAY MAR 3 at 9 pm
deadline April 11 at www.gnag.ca
GNAG soccer is a fun league for girls and boys together. VOLUNTEER at registration to help out your child’s team.
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Mother’s Day Weekend May 9 and 10
As a giant thank you to neighbours, volunteers, staff and friends, GNAG is hosting an End-of- Season Rink Party.
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