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Serving the Glebe community since 1973 ISSN 0702-7796 Issue no. 478 FREE

Vol. 44 No. 2

photo: Jaya Krishnan

February 12, 2016

Mike McKay filming in Jaya Krishnan’s studio

Glebe artists win at film festival By Jordan Kent

Mike McKay, a Glebe-based filmmaker, has won an award at the Maine Outdoor Film Festival (MOFF). He won the Best Film from Away for his film Chaos Theory: Point of Divergence. The film offers stunning footage of kayaking on the White Salmon River in Washington and it features Ottawa artist Jaya Krishnan. Mike and Jaya are long-time friends and neighbours in the Glebe. The

film developed from a conversation they had one night. Mike recounted, “Jaya was talking about what art represents to him and the calmness that he gets from applying his craft. It was the feeling that I was trying to achieve from the whole chaos theory concept in relation to extreme kayaking. It felt only natural to include him on the project.” The short film is the third in a series that explores the adventure sport of whitewater kayaking. The film blends


shots of Jaya creating his paintings in his studio with footage of professional kayaker Aaron “Capo” Rettig. Unlike most whitewater kayak films that aim to show the intensity of the sport, Chaos Theory captures the artistry and serenity of whitewater kayaking. The strokes of Jaya’s paintbrush and the strokes of Rettig’s paddle intertwine to render the wild White Salmon River on canvas. The Maine Outdoor Film Festival recognized the professionalism that

Mike brought to the film. The film festival, which features films from around the world, held an awards ceremony at the Portland Museum of Art. Mike accepted the award in absentia but was very pleased to have won the Best Film from Away award. He said, “Previously I had received some awards in the paddling-specific world. To see a film like this push beyond the paddle sports genre has made me extremely proud.” Continued on page 2


Feb. 1–29................ Timescape Continuum art show, Wild Oat Bakery Feb. 5–7, 12–14..... Intro to curling, Lansdowne Pk. outdoor rink, free ................................ no reg. req. Fri. 4–8 p.m., Sat./Sun. noon–4 p.m. Feb. 7–Mar. 6......... Birds of a Feather, Glebe CC Art Gallery Feb. 23.................... GCA Monthly Meeting, GCC, Tue. 7 p.m. Feb. 24.................... Parks design charette, GCC, Wed. 7 p.m. (pg. 6) Winterlude every day: Lansdowne Through the Years ................................ outdoor photo exhibit 8 a.m.–11 p.m. Lansdowne Pk. Mar. 1...................... GNAG spring/summer course registration (pg. 11) Mar. 4–5................. Ben-Hur silent film with choir, Fri./Sat. 7:30 p.m. ................................ Dominion Chalmers UC, 355 Cooper St. (pg. 9) Mar. 5...................... Great Bowls of Fire Food Bank Fundraiser ................................ Sat. 5–8 p.m., GCC (pg. 21) Mar. 19.................... St. Patrick’s Day parade 11 a.m. Bank St., ................................ party Aberdeen Pavilion (pg. 20)

Arts & Nature . . . . . . . . . 2, 22–23

Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Abbotsford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Acting, Dancing . . . . . . . . . 24, 25

Memoir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26, 27

Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18, 20

Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Councillor, MP, Trustee . . . 30–32

Poetry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Film . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Romance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19, 21

Stories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

GNAG, GCA, GACA . . . . . . 11–13

Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35–37

Grandfathers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

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Jaya Krishnan creating inspiring art

photo: Samuel Cousins

Mike McKay runs a video production company called Five2Nine out of Ottawa. He has had a number of successful whitewater kayak series including Currents and Made in Canada. In addition, he has completed projects for Red Bull, Easter Seals Ontario and Montreal Tourism. Visit to see Chaos Theory and some of Mike McKay’s other projects. Mike is currently developing a short film on the Rio Jondachi in Ecuador. The river is at risk of being harmed by a hydroelectric project and he is hoping to shine a light on that through an artistic creative piece. He is also looking to help local businesses by creating professional videos for them to use for marketing. Jaya, a well-known Glebe resident, has been painting in Ottawa since 1979. The Malaysia-born artist studied at an art school in Kuala Lumpur but considers himself self-taught. Jaya’s paintings can be seen at his art gallery at 137 Second Avenue, Suite 1. There you will see impressionist landscapes and abstract and figurative works. Alternatively, visit his website at The film festival has raised funds and awareness since 2013 for Teens to Trails, a Brunswick, Maine-based not-for-profit that supports Maine high school outing clubs with cash grants, organizational support and programming. Over $1,500 was raised this year for the organization through MOFF’s efforts.

photo: Mike McKay

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Jordan Kent runs a digital marketing business, Medium Message, and is an avid whitewater kayaker.

Mike McKay won an award at the Maine Outdoor Film Festival in Portland, Maine for his film Chaos Theory: Point of Divergence.



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The lowdown on letters With more than a dozen letters to the editor received this month, it’s perhaps a good time to talk about our letters page. We love letters. Every month I sit hopeful by my computer and pine for letters. And they do arrive, and when they do, I rejoice. “Hallelujah!” I shout, and throw my hat in the air. But then the nail-biting decisions begin. How many letters on this topic are enough? How do I achieve the right balance between nasty and nice, controversial and bland? Where is that fine line between community building and boosterism? Is that letter funny with a bite, or sarcasm that goes too far? And who am I to even ask these questions? The Glebe Report is a community newspaper, intended in good part

to reflect the people and the community it serves. How better to reflect the community than to publish letters from its members on the topics that are uppermost on their minds? But it’s an editor’s job to bring their best judgement to the table, to search for that elusive balance, to reflect the best of their community, while leaving room in which real discussion and honest differences of opinion can be aired; and always to try to capture readers’ and perhaps even the odd non-reader’s attention. All this to say, keep those cards and letters, er, emails coming! Send them to We love them. –Liz McKeen

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Contributors this issue Bruce Annan Heather Bale Gwendolyn Best Karen Anne Blakely Scott Blurton Micheline Boyle John Bravar Sarah Brickell Ada Brzeski David Chernushenko Katie Clarke Ray Corrin Samuel Cousins Dudleigh Coyle Ceci Cranston Barry Cristoff John Dance Mark Dance Melanie Davis Vanessa de Hoog Megan Dewar Clive Doucet Dave Drapeau Nelly Elayoubi Adelle Farrelly Paul Green Trevor Greenway Sam Harris Lauren Hills Ella Hodgson-Pageau Julie Ireton Heather Jarrett Jocelyn Jenkins Kai Keller-Herzog Jordan Kent Jaya Krishnan John Last Ruth Latta

Anne Le Dressay Graham Long Jean MacDonald Fiona MacKintosh Eric Martin Kate McGregor Mike McKay Liz McKeen Rosanna & Jamie McMillan Shawn Menard Doug Milne T. J. Morey Margret B. Nankivell Yasir Naqvi Catina Noble Paul Pageau Ginny Pegg Pearl Pirie Rafal Pomian Sarah R. Marisa Romano Ellen Schowalter Lois Siegel Judith Slater Shawn Smith J. C. Sulzenko Zenah Surani Leslie Toope Mary Tsai Hilda van Walraven Teresa Waclawik Aspen Wallace Becca Wallace Theresa Wallace Katherine Walraven Alexandra Yarrow online community calendar updated every tuesday

letters E A bridge too far

Glebe Report February 12, 2016


Lansdowne – ups and downs

Editor, Glebe Report

Climate change and consensus

Re: Bridge boondoggle, January 2016

Editor, Glebe Report

While most residents of Capital Ward are excited about a safer and more convenient way to traverse the Rideau Canal on foot, bicycle or other nonmotorized vehicle, Mr. Alexander seems not to be and has focused his case on the cost. Putting aside for one moment that iconic and communitybuilding projects in big cities are not just about money, Mr. Alexander’s math alone is flawed. He assumes 300 users per day. Based on the use of the Corktown Bridge and new Adawe Crossing, he has underestimated the demand by a factor of 10 or perhaps even 20 or 30 on the day of a major event at Lansdowne. The Corktown Bridge has been averaging 5,000 users per day. And in the first two weeks since its opening, Adawe Crossing saw 20,000 users. A conservative estimate sees “our” footbridge drawing 2,000 or so users per day on a quiet day. That is a lot of vacated parking spaces in the Glebe, a lot of school kids walking to Immaculata, Glebe, The Element, First Avenue, Mutchmor and Lady Evelyn schools rather than being driven, and a lot of congestion relief on Bank Street. Oh, and should I mention the iconic photograph that will find its way into tourism ads, posters and selfies for decades to come? City building is not just about counting dollars, but even in the numbers game, this bridge is a winner.

Re: “Caution on climate change,” December 2015 and “Cogent argument on climate change is not enough,” January 2016.

As we read the recent edition of the Glebe Report, it dawned on us that our local paper had more inviting and attractive advertisements than the recent edition of the daily newspaper. While larger newsprint operations face strong competition from modern media platforms, the Glebe Report in its simplistic format continues to reach its target market with considerable effectiveness. This marketing success is replicated, perhaps cloned, by Lansdowne Park. Lansdowne has successfully reached approximately .75 million people – fans, condo owners, restaurant goers, shoppers, bank customers, movie goers, fitness nuts, skaters, skate boarders, walkers and, of course, dog walkers. Yes, these are the true Friends of Lansdowne, embracing the redevelopment and enjoying all the amenities. Whether it’s summer or winter, there is a lot to do for families, seniors and elite skate boarders. Try as we might when enjoying the new activities, we could not find an old Friend of Lansdowne. You know the ones, those who played guitar at City Hall and used taxpayers’ money to forestall the enjoyment of Lansdowne by Ottawa families. Lansdowne sat as an embarrassment for decades while elected officials ignored the present and dared not dream of the potential. In a city preoccupied with a government agenda, we should toast the entrepreneurial spirit that brought Lansdowne to life. To the old Friends of Lansdowne, perhaps you were not the target market, but we challenge you to journey to our new Lansdowne. It’s yours too, so enjoy. You may want to bring your guitar in the summertime and take your place on one of the many park benches and strum a chorus or two of that old familiar song, “Sole sourcing is good for the soul.”

Thanks to the GCA & OOSCA for the survey on the impact of Lansdowne redevelopment. Letters in the January Glebe Report demonstrate the need for OSEG to take meaningful action on several fronts to decrease the damage. Light pollution is completely avoidable. Flashing signs are obnoxious and serve to self-promote rather than provide useful information. If OSEG is unwilling to remove their two signs, they could at least decrease the light intensity and flicker during daylight hours and turn the signs off at dusk. As one of the respondents reporting problems with noise, I would like to point out that if 23 per cent of all respondents are bothered by noise, then probably the vast majority of those living close to the site are bothered in a significant manner. Excess noise is avoidable by establishing strict control over the yahoos operating the sound systems and by more intelligent placement of speakers. In the same vein, I regret that I did not respond to the letter in the November Report regarding all-night noise from Queensway construction. This is inexcusable. The writer was right to wonder whether government officials have abandoned their duty to protect the welfare of citizens whose sleep and health are being damaged. The World Health Organization recognizes noise pollution as a significant hazard. Please give your readers an update on this issue.

Rosanna & Jamie McMillan

Ceci Cranston

David Chernushenko Councillor, Capital Ward In his “Bridge boondoggle” letter of January 16, Colin Alexander suggests that the ultimate per use cost to taxpayers of the proposed footbridge from Clegg Street to Fifth Avenue would be excessive. What his backof-the-envelope calculations miss are the public health and environmental benefits of these sorts of infrastructural investments. By connecting the communities of Old Ottawa East and Glebe, the bridge would help residents make different choices on a daily basis about how to navigate the city. Choosing active transport over their cars and buses, these consequently healthier citizens would lift some of the weight off our overburdened healthcare system while also curbing emissions and improving air quality in Ottawa’s smoggy summers. Mark Dance, Montreal Obviously, the writer has never had the pleasure of crossing either the Corktown Bridge or the newly opened Adawe Bridge. Even on a cold wintry day, both bridges see far more traffic than the 300 number quoted. In fact, beware the Corktown Bridge during rush hour, when the hordes of crossing cyclists and pedestrians require super vigilance to avoid collisions! These footbridges more than pay for themselves in reduced vehicular traffic, improved commuter health and additional architectural beauty. Heather Jarrett

In answer to Pam Allen’s letter, I applaud her enthusiasm – it is the enthusiastic people that get things done. I respect her opinion though I don’t agree with it. I would point out that the statistics she uses are suspect; she states that 99 per cent of climate scientists agree that human activity is causing climate change. That still means that there are scientists out there who don’t agree. To quote Mark Twain: “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” The whole point of my letter was to take a prudent approach and first find viable sources of clean energy before we abandon our lifeline, fossil fuel. To conclude that we have irrefutable evidence that human activity is the sole cause of climate change smacks of dogma, which I think any scientist worth his salt would agree is a dangerous thing. Rafal Pomian I am writing to voice my support for your publication of “Caution on climate change” in the December issue. I get concerned when I see reactions conveyed in absolute terms, such as the one of Ms. Allen in the January issue. Consensus does not equal fact and to suggest otherwise is an attempt to suppress discussion. There has been consensus on issues over the years where the consensus was later proved incorrect. Climate is a complex and poorly understood system. The issue has become political when it truthfully is scientific. We need to encourage discussion, not suppress it, when so much is at stake in maintaining a clean planet and encouraging economic improvement. John Bravar Thank you for the delightful letter in the January edition. I shall treasure forever her comment attacking a previous letter writer – “Just because someone can write a coherent argument does not entitle him to an opinion.” Bruce Annan I was equally disheartened to see this letter make it to print. Ms. Allen berates the author for having a different opinion. She slams the editor for even printing the letter. And twice she uses a false statistic, 99 per cent of scientists, to shut down conversation on the topic. Hilda van Walraven You should not print letters that berate you for printing letters with which the writer disagrees, especially letters that say that some people are not even entitled to an opinion. Anyone who thinks such a thing is not entitled to his or her opinion. Which means you should not publish this letter. Which means that I should not have written it. Woops! Am I disagreeing with myself? I’m not even entitled to that opinion. I guess I’m going to have to delete myself. Don’t mind me. Ceci Cranston

Editor, Glebe Report

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Thanks from Haven Youth Shelter Editor, Glebe Report The Haven Youth Shelter staff and volunteers want to thank the Glebe for the warm welcome we’ve received since opening at Fourth Avenue Baptist Church about two months ago. Each Thursday night anywhere from 15 to 25 at-risk youth drop by to get a meal, have a space to hang out and access a warm bed. We received many generous donations of bedding, clothing and other necessary items following our article in the December Glebe Report and we’re grateful to say that we now have all the material items we need. If you want to get involved, we are still looking for volunteers to help with cooking meals, running skill-building workshops, doing laundry or hanging out with the youth during the 9 p.m. till midnight drop-in time. Anyone who’s interested can contact our volunteer coordinator Drew at We also appreciate cash donations to help cover the cost of meals and other services. Donations can be made at Thank you again Glebe. We couldn’t be providing the services we do without your generous support! Lauren Hills

Support our farmers more Editor, Glebe Report Thanks to Ken Slemko for his November article, “A year of challenge for the Ottawa Farmers’ Market.” Many of us agree with Mr. Slemko that the farmers deserve more support from us and especially from the City and OSEG. I hope that meaningful discussions have already started.

At the very least, OSEG should provide on-site parking for the farmers. We’ve heard in the media that they’re having trouble filling their underground spaces with consumers. And the farmers should not have to pay. It’s high time for OSEG to treat the farmers as valued clients. Ceci Cranston


Photo: Sam Harris

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Newly designated park space at the corner of Fifth and O’Connor beside the fire hall. What should we do with this space and what should it be called? Have your say at the consultation meeting February 24.

A new Glebe park! By Megan Dewar and Sam Harris

The Glebe has a newly designated park space at the corner of O’Connor Street and Fifth Avenue adjacent to the fire hall. While the City of Ottawa’s formal designation of this land as a park has recently occurred, this green space has been well-used for years by various members of the community. When the weather allows, people enjoy the shade of the big maple tree after peering in at the fire trucks, actors rehearse plays and games of badminton – complete with net – play out. We now have the unique opportunity as a community to contribute our vision and ideas for this land as a park space. Some questions to consider when thinking about how this community resource can best be used are:

Who will use the space? • children • adults • theatre groups • firefighters What kinds of activities will happen in the space? • quiet pursuits • active play • meeting and gathering What kinds of features would make this an attractive and welcoming area? • picnic tables • benches • trees or flower beds • permanent games tables, e.g. chess or checkers We invite you to come to the Glebe Community Centre on Wednesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. Councillor David Chernushenko and a Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department representative will lead us in a community consultation to gather

ideas for the design of this space. If you are unable to attend the consultation, please feel free to contact us at with your ideas and we will ensure they are brought to the table. Finally, this park will need a name. It is currently often referred to as the Firefighter’s Lawn or Fire Hall Park. What would you like to see the space called? Let’s build this new park together for the community to enjoy! Megan Dewar and Sam Harris are members of the Glebe Community Association Parks Committee. They and their children enjoy spending as much time as they can in the parks of the Glebe – even in February! New Park Design Consultation Wednesday, February 24 7 – 8:30 p.m. Glebe Community Centre

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In the land of Glebe

A guinea pig’s perspective on the Glebe

In The Language Garden What the heck is a charrette?

Marwat wins Poet of Ottawa (POO) award again! By Ginny Pegg, guest columnist

Winner of myriad poetry and literary prizes, the now two-time recipient of the Poet of Ottawa (POO) award granted me a rare interview in his Glebe home after lengthy negotiations. Although sitting nonchalantly on a pink blanket, the notorious recluse Marwut is an intimidating guinea pig. “It is good to let the world in once in a while. My view is that one only needs just a bit of experience from which to draw the insights of life. In fact, I would say that too much experience fetters truth, wouldn’t you?” I looked at my list of interview questions and thought perhaps I was in over my head. “Question 1: Where were you born, Mr. Marwut? Question 2: What are your hobbies?” I decided to ad lib. “Um, Mr. Marwut this is a lovely, warm flat.

But how do you get up so many stairs?” There was a long, uncomfortable silence. I feared I insulted him. Perhaps he was sensitive about the shortness of his four legs? He suddenly yawned widely, showing his long, white teeth. I shuddered to think of what an angry guinea pig could do. “Did you bring it?” he finally said, blinking in a manner that suggested malice. I nervously reached into my bag and drew out the package he had requested. His eyes widened, his mouth expanded, his tiny lips peeled back to show even more teeth. I held my breath and handed it over. “AH!” he burst out as he lunged forward. I instinctively flew back only to hear him say, “You may leave now.” He crunched on the long carrots, the corners of his round lips already filling with delicate orange foam.

By Adelle Farrelly

A charrette (also spelled charette) is an intensive design period often right before a deadline or one involving public consultation on planning. It is also a small cart. Intrigued? Charrette is one of those words for which the meaning in English was passed on through some specific aspect or use of the word in its original language. In this case, the language in question is French. If you have even only a basic knowledge of French you probably know that -ette is a diminutive, a suffix that means that the word it is attached to is a smaller version of the suffix-less word. For example, cigar and cigarette: a cigarette is a smaller version of a cigar. Likewise, kitchen and kitchenette. A charrette is a smaller version of a char. A char in French was a wheeled vehicle (think chariot); in Quebec French, indeed, char still means car. To return to the original point though: in French, a charrette is a small cart

or wagon. One particular usage for such a cart was by 19th century Parisian architecture students who would put their final projects in a charrette for transportation on exhibition day. Paris being the height of what was en vogue in the 19th century, it is likely that it was that highly specific usage that precipitated the word’s entrance into English with its current meaning rather than a more literal one. The frenzy of creativity that surrounded that final push for readiness must have inspired English visitors enough that they borrowed the word for the cart to stand in for the whole atmosphere. Adelle Farrelly brings her insights and sensibilities on the meaning and origin of words to readers of the Glebe Report every month. Editor’s Note: City Councillor David Chernushenko uses the term charrette in his column and invites you to participate in a charrette.

Glebe Musings by Laurie Maclean

Teresa Waclawik is a Canadian artist who draws caricatures at parties and special events. Her fundraising mural for Covenant House, “The Face of Vancouver,” is on YouTube.


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By Julie Ireton

At 91, Muriel S.’s clear mind and stubborn determination make her a perfect candidate for the community support services that allow her to remain in her own home. The Glebe Centre Community Programs at Abbotsford offers a number of services to allow seniors like her to live alone safely and with dignity. “I’m determined to look after myself as long as I’m fine up top. I’m determined to make my own decisions. This allows me to do that,” said Muriel. She’s lived in her Glebe home almost half her life and Muriel said that with great neighbours and volunteers helping her out, she can’t imagine moving. Every morning, Muriel gets a call from a volunteer at Abbotsford to check in and see how she’s doing. She also takes advantage of the oncea-week visits she’s offered and the occasional drive to doctor appointments, all provided by community support services. “Now that it’s winter I’m kind of hibernating,” said Muriel. “I get visits; the volunteer comes in and has a cup of tea. You hear about too many people who collapse in their homes and aren’t discovered for a while.” She said it gives her the confidence to stay on her own. That’s exactly the intention behind the program, according to Karen Anne

Blakely, director of The Glebe Centre Community Programs at Abbotsford. Outreach workers at Abbotsford also help members of the community connect with the outside services they need. “We find people to help with snow removal, homemaking, or handyman tasks if needed. We also connect with volunteers who will help break the isolation for a senior,” said Blakely. Laura Polegato, program facilitator for the community support services at Abbotsford, said Muriel is a typical client, someone who just needs a bit of support to remain in her home. She said they try to convince their clients to get an alarm bracelet in case of a fall or other problem, but she says they also need the interaction they get during the volunteer visits. “Most of our clients don’t have family nearby,” said Polegato. “They like to get to know the volunteer and often a nice relationship develops.” Polegato said that while they tend to have several volunteer drivers to get people to appointments, the friendly visitor program could always use new recruits. “Our Canadian winters are cold and long and streets are icy, so to bring someone into their homes can really add more colour to their lives,” said Blakely. Abbotsford is your community support centre for Adults 55+. We are the community programs of The Glebe Centre Inc., a charitable, not-for-profit

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Community support services for seniors

The Glebe Centre Community Support Services staff member Jane Stallabrass (seated) with Nilda Lara, a placement student from the Algonquin College social services worker diploma program.

organization that includes a 254-bed long-term care home. Find out more about our services by dropping by 950 Bank Street (the old stone house) Monday to Friday, 9 – 4 p.m., telephoning 613-230-5730 or checking out all of The Glebe Centre facilities and

community programs on our website at Julie Ireton is a journalist, teacher and regular contributor to the Glebe Report on happenings at Abbotsford House.

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Choirs enhance silent film Ben-Hur with stunning music By Margret B. Nankivell

The Glebe-based Seventeen Voyces has partnered with another choir to present a silent film for the first time. The versatile chamber choir and 75-year old Ottawa Choral Society will present the 1925 silent film classic Ben-Hur at Dominion-Chalmers Church in early March. The combined choirs will sing music from Carl Orff’s compelling Carmina Burana conducted by Kevin Reeves. The Boys and Girls’ Choirs of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in the Glebe will sing a chorus. The film will be projected on a large screen and be accompanied by the choirs, a battery of percussionists and organist Matthew Larkin, music director at Ottawa’s Christ Church Cathedral. The Seventeen Voyces choir has presented several silent film screenings in the past including Joan of Arc, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Phantom of the Opera and Peter Pan. These ingenious film interpretations have attracted large crowds of silent film buffs and music lovers. The presentation will feature New Zealand-born baritone Bradley Christensen who won the Pears-Britten singing scholarship, the Marie D’Albini scholarship in singing and was a finalist in the New Zealand Aria Competition. He will be accompanied by Kingston, Ontario-born soprano Susan Elizabeth Brown. Brown, who now lives in Ottawa, sang Mimi last

year in the Pelligrini Opera’s performance of La Bohème and will sing Gilda in Rigoletta and Violetta in La Traviatta with the same company. Counter-tenor Daniel Taylor, who, like Reeves, began his stellar musical career as a chorister at St. Matthew’s, will be another draw. At the core of the film is the terrifying chariot race that helped to drive the film over budget and behind schedule. But it stands to this day as an epic piece of film work and has often been copied, most recently in the pod race scene in Star Wars Episode 1. Reeves has chosen to match this race with Fortuna “Imperatrix Mundi,” featuring a powerful percussion presence from Orff’s extraordinary cantata. It makes the race even more riveting, “A sort of chariots of fire,” said Reeves. Actors from the Hollywood elite played crowd extras during the filming of the chariot race. So look for the Barrymore brothers, the Gish sisters, Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, Samuel Goldwyn, Douglas Fairbanks and Canadian sweetheart Mary Pickford. “Latin lover” Ramon Novarra starred in the title role and Francis X. Bushman played the villain Messala. Unlike Novarro, Bushman learned how to drive a chariot with considerable skill. When the Charlton Heston version of the film was made in 1959, he quipped, “The only man in Hollywood who can drive a chariot is Francis X. Bushman, and he’s too old!” When the 1925 film was released, it was promoted as “The Picture Every

Area Captains needed These volunteer positions take about an hour per month and involve delivering bundles of papers by car to approximately 15 families in the Glebe, who in turn deliver the papers to their neighbours.

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Mary Ahearn, Jennie Aliman, Tyler, Luke & Claire Allan, alton-shantz family, Marcia Aronson, james attwood, the Aubry family, Lucy & Thomas Baird, Adrian Becklumb, Beckman Family, Inez Berg, Mary Lou Bienefeld, Daisy & Nettie Bonsall, Robert & Heidi Boraks, the Bowie family, Jonah & Benjy Brender, Adélaïde Bridgett, deborah broad, Alice Cardozo, carpenter family, virginia carver, Nathaniel Collins Mayer, the Coodin family, denys cooper, sammy & teddy cormier, Eleanor Crowder, JJ crowe, georgia davidson, Richard DesRochers, Oscar & Jane Dennis, Marilyn Deschamps, Tara Dibenedetto, the Diekmeyer-Bastianon family, Pat Dillon, the Dingle family, Education for Community Living (GCI), Donna Edwards, Amanda & Erin Frank, the Faught family, Judy Field, gabriel & octavia francis, Joann Garbig, jonathan & emma garvis, caroline and james geary, matthew & ryan goetz, matti GoodwinSutton, Gary Greenwood, Ginny Grimshaw, the Hamer-Wilson family, Henry Hanson, Martin Harris, the Hook family, Cheryle Hothersall, Matthew Hovey, Christian Hurlow, Niall & Nolan Hymander, the Illing-Stewart family, Jack & Lily Inskip-Shesnicky, jeevan & Amara Isfeld, Janna Justa, Mr. & Mrs Laing, the Lambert family, Phrasie le sann, kim lewis, Justin Leyser, Jaiden and Vinay Lodha, Ben, parker & james love, Annaline Lubbe, Joanne Lucas, jim lumsden, nick stewart lussier, the macdonald family, Jennifer, John, Owen & Ian MacNab, william maguire, Pat Marshall, Isaac McGuire, doug mckeen, fionn mckercher, natalie mezey, Julie Monaghan, Diane Munier, Sana Nesrallah, mary nicoll, sachiko okuda, Tracy Parrish, Brenda Quinlan, Beatrice Raffoul, Don Ray, Mary & Steve Reid, barbara riley, Jacqueline, Lucy and Adam Reilly-King, ned rogers, Anna Roper, Emile & Sebastien Roy-Foster, bruce rayfuse, Lene Rudin-Brown, sidney rudin-brown, Penny & Nelson Riis, Paige Saravanamuttoo, Casimir & Tristan Seywerd, Kirk shannon, the Short family, Kathy Simons, Judith Slater, Eamonn sloan, Sebastian and Adrianna Spoerel, grady, ella, audrey kennedy squires, the Stephenson family, Alex & Claire Stoney, Joanne Sulek, lee and Cara Swab, Karen Swinburne, Eric & Steven Swinkels, Ruth Swyers, Emmet & Niamh Taylor, Mackenzie Thomas, Spencer Thomas, John & Maggie Thomson, the thompson family, the Trudeau family, hugu vanderveen, Caroline Vanneste, joshua vannopppen, the Veevers family, jonah walker, Erica Waugh, Katja & Tanja Webster, the Weider family, patrick and ciara westdal, Allison Williams, Howard & Elizabeth Wong, Ella & Ethan wood, jo wood, Gillian & Jake Wright, Sue Ann Wright, Nathaniel & maggie wightman, Nora Wylie, the Young-Smith family, Gord Yule.

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Singers’ voices add power to the terrifying chariot race in Ben-Hur.

Christian Ought to See.” Its religious scenes and Ben-Hur’s entrance into Rome were shot in two-strip TechnicolorTM, although the chariot race was not. It is the most expensive silent film ever made.

Margret B. Nankivell is a music lover and frequent contributor to the Glebe Report.

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entitled Let Them Howl: 100 Years in the Women’s Rights Struggle. The exhibition, under the Bank Street bridge, features portraits of Nellie McClung, Agnes Macphail, Thérèse Casgrain, Cairine Wilson, Doris Anderson, Rosemary Brown, Adrienne Clarkson, Emily Howard Stowe and Bertha Clark-Jones and includes photographs by renowned artists Yousuf Karsh and Bryan Adams.

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work, was concerned that we wouldn’t have enough to do in the summers to keep us out of trouble, so he bought a field and got a contract with Catelli’s, a pickle maker in Winnipeg. From the spring through the summer and into the fall, we worked in the cucumber field, seeding, weeding and then picking. The best pickle cucumbers are the smallest, which are covered with black prickles. I t d o e s n’t t a k e many hours of picking to shred gloves and stain skin dark green and eventually black. It takes weeks for the stains to fade, Anne Le Dressay teaching at The King’s College, Edmoneven with the help of ton, 1988. industrial-strength hand cleaner. There was no dramatic change in me after that moment ter and, in me, an immediate rush of revelation. I was still shy and awkof amazement and relief. I could ward, I didn’t become a class clown make people laugh! I looked up and saw what I had already sensed – the and I had not the slightest calling to laughter was friendly. The terror left drama. But I won the classroom level me then and at that moment I knew I of the (compulsory) annual oratorical loved an audience. contest every year in high school. I I don’t remember what I said after won the school level in my final year that, but it must have been a version of and went on to the divisional compethe following. When we left the farm, tition. I was thoroughly bored by then with my much-rehearsed speech and my father, a believer in the benefits of had no desire to go any further. I knew even as I spoke that the presentation Help in your home with was weak, and I wasn’t surprised Internet Email when one of the judges remarked on Software Shopping Instruction Viruses

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Poetry reading at Bridgehead on Wellington Street, November 7, 2010, sponsored by SLOWest Ottawa.

the lack of conviction in my speech. I was even relieved. I learned much from those three seconds or so in Grade 9. I learned that turning a weakness into a joke could disarm people and put them on your side. Nobody ever teased me about my ugly hands. I learned that I love a captive audience and I discovered quite unexpectedly that in limited ways I am a performer. I see that moment of revelation as the first step in my becoming a teacher, not to mention an effective public reader of my poetry. Anne Le Dressay grew up in rural Manitoba, has taught English literature and creative writing, and has published two books and two poetry chapbooks. She teaches a course in writing memoirs at Abbotsford House and has encouraged her students to send their memoirs to the Glebe Report.

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GNAG hosted the18th annual Taste in the Glebe on January 21. It is one of Ottawa’s favourite wine and food shows, hosting a range of expert winemakers, master chefs and culinary personalities. This March Break Mary Tsai We are currently sold-out event raised accepting registration more than $20,000 for our very popular for our Community Development Fund that March Break Camps. supports community projects, subsidWe have a fantastic line-up that caters izes new programs and aids families to all interests. Enjoy your spring break needing financial assistance. at the Glebe Community Centre and We would like to recognize and thank experience one of our specialties: you on behalf of the community for • Odyssey Traditional camps (preyour kindness and support, and for kindergarten – Grade 7) your belief in our community through • Art & Pottery camp (Grades 1 – 3) the celebration of food. • Computer camps (Grades 3 – 5) • Food Exploration cooking camp Summer Camp 2016 (Grades 5 – 7) Registration for Summer Camp • Musical Theatre camp (Grades 3 – 8) 2016 is now on. Create fun memories for your child that will last forever. theatre GNAG’s theatre education program Visit for a full listing of amazing camps for all ages or encompasses a multi-generational cast you can pick up a copy of the summer of children, teens and adults ranging camp guide at the Glebe Community in age from 10 to 70. We try our best Centre. There are over 300 summer to accommodate as many people as camps that will keep your child active, possible through double-casting or inspired, educated and entertained. non-speaking crowd roles, adding up Summer Camp is GNAG’s specialty. this year to a total of 29 cast members who will perform Ian Fleming’s spring / summer courses beloved classic Chitty Chitty Bang Registration starts Thursday, March Bang. 1, 7 p.m. Although each course revolves GNAG is offering an incredible linearound the production of a play or up of new spring programs and summusical, GNAG’s focus is education. mer courses you won’t want to miss. The aim is to help members of the community with an interest in acting, The Spring Program Guide is insertsinging and dancing to improve their ed in this month’s issue of the Glebe skills by performing. It’s as much about Report. You can also pick up a copy learning as it is about the final show. at the Glebe Community Centre. GNAG maintains high production Online: Go to standards by hiring professional dir1. Make sure you have created your ector Eleanor Crowder, music director adult profile and are logged in. You and accompanist Lauren Saindon and will create your child’s profile once experienced choreographer Mariah you start choosing camps/programs. Stassen. The end result is a show that, 2. Go to Our Programs and click through the hard work and dedicaSearch Camps or Search Programs. tion of those involved over months, is 3. Type in the barcode from the guide eagerly anticipated by a growing audior any word from the camp name. ence of family members, friends, and For instance, type Leader for Stepneighbours. Programs like these build up Leadership. communities and help make the Glebe 4. Click Search. Identify the camp or what it is, a community of friends. program you want, click the camp to verify details, then click Register. thank you 5. In Select Participant list, choose a I want to extend a heartfelt thank camper’s name. you to Sarah Thompson and Jamie 6. If the camper is not in the list, click Rigby, the husband and wife team Create New Participant. who are co-owners of The Dailey 7. New participant will now appear Method™, the Glebe’s newest barre in Select Participant list. You may studio in Fifth Avenue Court. The need to refresh your browser. Dailey Method™ offered free weekly 8. Select Participant and Add to Basclasses to all students of Glebe Colket. legiate Institute throughout the fall as 9. Click the red X to remove from a partner with GNAG in our YouthBasket. FITCM program. 10. Proceed to Payment and folYouthFITCM is an exciting initialow the prompts. You must agree to tive funded in part by the Ontario Terms & Conditions. You may click Ministry of Sport and Recreation to on Terms & Conditions to review create opportunities for youth to be them. active and healthy. We are thoroughly 11. We accept Visa and MasterCard impressed by The Dailey Method™’s for online registration. commitment to our community and In-person: Walk into the Glebe to health and fitness for youth in the Community Centre, 175 Third AvGlebe, especially as their business is enue, and register for your program only a year old! Sarah and Jamie can at the front desk. We accept cash, Inbe reached at the studio at 613-422terac, Visa, MasterCard and personal 3482. cheques for in-person registration.

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GCA working for positive change While Ottawa weather flip-flops seemingly daily, the Glebe Community Association (GCA) and its committees continue to work for positive change in the neighbourhood. Here are some recent highlights.

viding early feedback on the multi-storey rental apa r tment building proposed for 774 Bronson, just south of Carling. The development application includes a request to amend the existing height schedule and reduce setback and Christine McAllister Parking solutions parking provisions. near Glebe Centre We’ve p r ov id e d The streets in this written comments on these outstanding issues: first, that a area experience significant parkmore gradual stepped-back approach ing pressure with more cars than spaces. A new arrangement between ensuring a 45-degree sight line from the Glebe Centre and Ottawa Sports Cambridge Street would reduce and Entertainment Group (OSEG) the impact of the 12-storey height; may ease the pressure. They recently second, and more challenging, that announced that Glebe Centre volunthe proposed 31 parking spaces comteers and visitors will be able to use pared to the minimum parking bylaw the Lansdowne garage on weekdays at requirements of roughly 110 spaces deeply discounted rates. This follows are not sufficient, although we appresimilar arrangements offered to Glebe ciate the car sharing spaces and ample Centre employees. We are hopeful bike parking. While there are differthis will move cars off the streets and ing views on whether the 110 spaces provide for greater turnover and availare actually needed, a key concern is ability of parking. City staff will do that insufficient parking will create parking counts at the end of February more on-street parking pressures in and early March to check on progress. the area. The GCA has been working closely Consultations on park amenities with the Dow’s Lake Residents AssoThe GCA was successful last year ciation and will continue to support in advocating for a small piece of their efforts to influence the developgreenspace near the fire hall on Fifth ment. Avenue to be designated as park space. Now we are gathering ideas on how to GCA committees use the space (see article on page 6). We rejuvenated two committees Please join City staff and us for an this year that have each been buildevening of information and consuling membership, developing mandates tation on February 24, 7 p.m., at the and working on issues. The Health Glebe Community Centre. and Social Services Committee has We will also be seeking residents’ proposed as a mandate: “identifies and input on locating a skating rink in Sylresponds to health and social services via Holden Park, which seems to be issues within the Glebe community the most viable location for a second and draws issues to the attention of skating rink in the neighbourhood. the GCA. The Health and Social Services Committee also represents the Come on out and share your comments and suggestions. GCA on health and social services issues with other organizations.” To Ever heard of a date, it has worked on finding another streetside parklet? location for a rink and is organizThe City of Ottawa called for subing a community forum (date to be missions for streetside parklets, which announced). are public spaces that may contain The Tenants’ Committee has also built its membership and is developing seating, shading, bike parking or games tables, and the GCA was happy a mandate, which will include as a prito comply. The GCA’s Parks Commitmary objective to provide a place for tee worked with the Glebe BIA, local connection for the 40 per cent of Glebe businesses, Underground Sound and households living in rental properties. Councillor David Chernushenko to Both committees are happy to welpull together a submission. come new members! In addition, we were able to select The GCA from four designs developed by Carleton School of Architecture stuThe Glebe Community Association dents that, when installed, will create is a volunteer, not-for-profit, memengaging public spaces along Bank bership-based and City-recognized organization advocating for a liveable, Street. Special thanks goes to Professor Voordouw and his students for sustainable, diverse urban neighbourdisplaying their fantastic designs at hood. The GCA informs, consults the January GCA meeting. and engages with residents and other groups in the Glebe on issues of New student residence importance and promotes the interin the neighbourhood ests of our community to all levels of The GCA Planning Committee has government and other organizations. been actively engaged with Textbook We meet on the fourth Tuesday of Suites, a property developer, and City each month, 7 – 9 p.m., at the Glebe planning staff in the organization of Community Centre. All are welcome. community consultations and proThe next meeting will be February 23.

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New president of the Glebe Annex Community Association Scott Blurton

High School is growing at Lansdowne!

Glebe Annex Community Association news By Doug Milne A message from the President, Scott Blurton

I couldn’t be happier to take on the leadership of the Glebe Annex Community Association, as 2016 promises to be an exciting year for the Glebe Annex! As incoming president, I want to first wish you and yours a Happy New Year. I and other volunteers will continue to attend or lead GCA committees on your behalf. Our association was organized and quickly went into action three years ago to meet a crisis. It was founded and led by Sylvia Milne who now assumes the role of past president. On behalf of the community I would like to acknowledge Milne’s commitment and thank her for her leadership and diligent efforts. I am anxious to meet others like her in our community, who are prepared to sacrifice their time to help our community be a better place to live. Currently we are focusing on the Ministry of Transportation’s consultations about sound barriers along the Queensway. I will be prepared to present suggestions when the time comes. One of our major initiatives for 2016 is to advocate with the federal government to transfer a vacant and unusable piece of federal land beside 360 Bell Street South to the City of Ottawa for the creation of additional green space for our community. We will be hosting a Cleaning the Capital event on May 7 to help make our streets in the Glebe Annex clean and ready for summer. More events are being planned. This will be the third time we have joined the City of Ottawa in the clean-up campaign. I invite you to join me and other members to lend a hand in keeping the Glebe Annex a home of which we are proud. Our annual membership drive is scheduled for May. I would appreciate your financial and physical support. If you would like to assist in sharing our messages, please speak to a member

of the executive or visit our website at Our website is updated regularly. Feel free to drop me a line at info@ Let us know what you think or send us your concerns. Join us in building a stronger community. Stay tuned; we are a community in action. Highlights from January 20 executive meeting

We continue to receive support from local businesses. A special wave to John Couse of the Lieutenant’s Pub for helping us this year. Two executive members were unable to attend our January meeting as they were representing us at the consultations on Queensway sound barriers and a City meeting about the property development at Bronson and Carling. Please watch for opportunities to let your thoughts be known to the City. Unfortunately our application for civic funding for a City park special event in 2016 was not approved. It was a good learning effort on our part and we are now better prepared for our next initiative. We are still anxiously waiting for comment from Catherine McKenna’s office on the use of federal government lands for a dog run in the GACA area. This would benefit pet owners greatly. We encourage pet owners to let us know who you are and your needs via our website so we can provide effective statistics when required. For two nights there were no lights on Henry Lane. Neighbours want City lighting for this street. The committee is speaking with City representatives and will report on this and related security concerns. We continue to consult with our community police officer who is encouraging residents to report any suspicious activity. His office develops incidence patterns, which help with planning. We have submitted our comments to the City about the demolition of properties on Norman Street in preparation for yet another condo. online community calendar updated every tuesday

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What a difference a day makes, what a difference a year makes The truth is, 2015 had some bumps on the grandfather beat. I’m confident my stew and sleepovers were a success because Clea said they were her favorite part of the week, but it wasn’t all beer and skittles. My daughter and son-in-law were understanding, but behind every mediocre grandfather there are some exceptional parents. In my defence, I would like to say that I’m sure there are a lot of men and women who do not know what mother’s milk looks like. I thought it was white. Isn’t milk always white? Mother’s milk is not white. It doesn’t look like cow’s milk – at all. It’s opaque, egg yolky and looks a good deal like pancake batter. I suspect a lot of grandfathers and maybe a few grandmothers do not know what mother’s milk looks like sitting in the fridge in a glass jar with a white screw top. I appreciate my daughter’s insistence that her children be fed the real deal, but the hard reality is I store pancake batter in exactly the same kind of bottle and it looks very much the same as mother’s milk. So, I wasn’t being totally irresponsible when bottle feeding young Felix with pancake batter. True, he did get sick because infants aren’t supposed to ingest pancake batter. On the up side, we learned he had a robust digestive system and he wasn’t allergic to eggs. And the diaper rash debacle could have happened to anyone. Diaper rash ointment comes in a small tube that looks a lot like a tube of child’s toothpaste. Many could have made the same mistake. On the upside, little Evangeline has become

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Clive Doucet and granddaughters, Clea (left) and Evangeleline, sliding at Brown’s Inlet on December 28, the day of the first big snowfall of the year.

alert and cautious about what goes onto her toothbrush. In looking forward to 2016, I wish the only danger my grandchildren will face is a delinquent grandfather. We went to play in the park on Boxing Day. The day was delightful, green and warm and we swung on the swings, just like we did in summer. We were sledding in the same park the next day.

There’s a good deal of talk about climate change and the warming seasons, but what I find more troublesome is the gyrations in the temperature. It was so petrifyingly, unrelentingly cold that skiing and skating were difficult without freezing your face last winter. It doesn’t look we will have enough cold days to make ice on the canal this winter. Children have no history, that’s part

of their delight. Each day is a new day. Each season is a new season, but grandfathers do and I can’t help but notice many significant weather changes. In general, the autumns have become much warmer. This change is not insignificant. It’s somewhere between six weeks and eight. November and December are generally much warmer, April and May much colder with the summers at least in the Ottawa valley being wetter and the rain more violent. I look around the city as a former city councillor and feel the shock of these changes everywhere. I see it in flooded streets; the storm surcharges into the Ottawa river; the canal, which the NCC now drains at least two months too early; snow clearance, which has become both more expensive and less effective, and so on. My crystal ball seems quite clear. It is those cities that chance has protected from the worst ravages – and happily Ottawa fits here – and those with intelligent, sensitive public works that help people and services adapt that will do the best. The other good news on the 2016 horizon is that my generation is either retired or retiring. I like the idea that the next generation is now running the country. They are the ones who wake up every morning to the sound of their children and must carry the torch for them. This is putting the responsibility for our common future in the right place. Clive Doucet is a devoted if sometimes delinquent grandfather, poet, novelist, and former city councillor.


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Doug Ward has dedicated much of his life to ensuring that radio truly serves the needs of listeners, first in Canada through a trailblazing career with the CBC and now in Africa as chair of the Ottawa-based charity Farm Radio International (FRI). His role as a radio pioneer was recognized in late December when Ward received one of the country’s highest civilian honours, an appointment to the Order of Canada. The Order of Canada was established in 1967 by Queen Elizabeth II and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation in all sectors of Canadian society. Ward’s appointment to the Order comes as no surprise to those who know him and his unbridled passions for people-centred radio and community building. Ward worked to revolutionize Canadian public radio in his 30 years with the CBC. He co-authored the English Radio Report in 1970, which ushered in changes that helped make CBC Radio what it is today. It resulted in the creation of separate networks for information (CBC Radio One) and performance (CBC Radio 2), the complete elimination of commercials, increased support for local programs, and greater emphasis on Canadian stories and content. Ward was on the team that created the popular and enduring program As It Happens. And, as director of the CBC Northern Service, he promoted the hiring and training of native north-

erners to create radio programs that reflected their unique cultures, voices and concerns. Ward retired from the CBC 20 years ago and he has slowed down — not in the slightest! Ward was recruited shortly after his retirement by former CBC colleague George Atkins to join the board of directors of Farm Radio International (FRI),, a not-for-profit organization that he established to help the world’s poorest farmers gain access to muchneeded agricultural information. Ward joined FRI’s board in 2000 and soon became its chair, a position that he has held ever since. Ward’s passion and vision for audience-centred radio helped to transform the organization. FRI focused its work under his leadership on sub-Saharan Africa, where it now has more than 600 radio partners across 39 countries, and began placing more emphasis on creating radio that provides key information that also reflects farmers’ voices. Ward created a weekly electronic news service for broadcasters and a set of standards for farmer programs. He made several trips to Africa to visit rural radio stations and train their broadcasters and managers. He also developed online training courses to reach more broadcasters more cost effectively. In essence, Ward helped FRI grow into an organization with multiple African field offices and a reputation for delivering impressive, measurable and lasting development outcomes. FRI has received numerous awards

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Doug Ward, Glebe resident, was recently appointed to the Order of Canada for his work in radio and global food security.

recognizing its innovative use of other information and communication technologies to support and enhance the already mighty power of radio. Now 77, Ward still pours an incredible amount of time and energy into his work for FRI, treating his role as chair as a full-time job. He often starts his day as early as 4:30 a.m. to connect with colleagues in Africa over Skype from his home in the Glebe. His firsthand understanding of what radio can achieve when it features the voices of ordinary citizens drives him. “Radio can help people name their concerns and aspirations, and then speak together and speak to power to influence change,” said Ward. Ward is quick to point out that he shares the honour of being appointed to the Order of Canada with all of the creative people in the CBC and across Africa who are dedicated to making radio work for the people.


By Katherine Walraven


Glebe resident given Order of Canada for transforming radio

Doug Ward, chair of the board of directors of Farm Radio International, in the studio with broadcasters at Radio Fana in Mali

While much of Ward’s volunteer work in recent decades has been international in focus, he has somehow always found time for projects in his city and neighbourhood. He served on the boards of the Canadian Club of Ottawa and the Ottawa Choral Society in the 1980s. He developed a business plan for the renovated Glebe Community Centre, and for three years organized Taste of the Glebe as a fundraiser for the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group in the 1990s. Ward was also heavily involved in the Friends of Lansdowne movement from 2009 to 2012 as both a fundraiser and spokesperson in an effort to promote the appropriate development of Lansdowne Park. He is proud to have been a resident of the Glebe for the past 40 years and the Glebe is equally proud of him. Congratulations Doug Ward on this incredible honour! Katherine Walraven is a communications associate with Farm Radio International in Ottawa.

poetry quarter

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ONLY CONNECT The girl with the social-realist murals had few admirers, let alone buyers. In front of these big figures, colourful at work and play, she wore denim and a sick smile like the one that has masked my face at book fairs. ‘Buy me, buy me, Love me, love me.’ In a show with plenty of pictures that would look nice over the sofa, hers, larger-than-life, stood out. She had made the past new. I should have spoken to her, paid her a compliment. ‘Do you like Diego Rivera? Did you see Frida?’ but my mouth dried up as I stood tired and tongue-tied as a painter specializing in roses tried to sign up my husband for private lessons. Ruth Latta

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ottawa was the other east. sapling backs to replace the logging chain snap. what remains is more limber than lumber

I wandered back on Memory Lane To scenes so old, but new; Trying to find a stone unturned Of the life that once I knew.

In Living Colour

trees, for the birds it is an amateur’s Queensway (if let me hokey pokey through the time machine anachronfixedly) the wild turkeys roost

I remember well the street, the house, The corner turned so often; The times dear voices rang out clear Of family, friends – forgotten!

Could the root of racism in us white folks be shame that our skin shade is the most dreary?

Yet are they really all so far Pushed back in Memory’s corner; To only rise when called upon To soothe a time-worn mourner?

Like oatmeal versus chocolate, potato vis-a-vis caramel. Even when you airbrush, the pale face doesn’t fare well.

Ah, no! They stay just out of reach Of each and every snare. To even speak aloud of them Would leave my memory bare.

Euro-whites did posture that their skin was a turn-on. But that imperial hue is a mix of bass and salmon.

They only happened once to me So let Time pass this way. It can no longer bother me – I have had my Memory Day.

Freckles and blushing plague the white gal and man. Another proof: the search for a perfect tan.

Jean MacDonald

People of pallor we’re called by one Ojibway scribe. Who would want to belong to the pasty tribe?

Glebe Report Poetry Quarter Curated by JC Sulzenko

Thank you to all the poets who sent in their fine poems for our second Poetry Quarter. Poems not published in this Quarter will be kept in a pool for consideration for a future issue, unless poets withdraw their work. (Poetry is published in Poetry Quarter on the understanding that it is the original work of the poet.) Call for poetry submissions for the third Poetry Quarter to be published in the May 2016 Glebe Report. Submission deadline is Monday, April 11. Eligibility: • Poems should be original and unpublished in any medium • No more than 30 lines each including stanza breaks and title • On any subject within the bounds of public discourse • Poets of all ages welcome (school-age poets, please indicate your grade at school) • The poem or poet must have a connection to the Glebe or close neighbouring community, i.e. the poem is about the Glebe or the poet lives, works, studies or volunteers in the Glebe (or close neighbouring community) Please send your entries (up to seven poems that meet the above criteria) to editor@glebereport. ca before April 11. Remember to tell us your Glebe connection, your contact information and your grade if you are in school.

There is a cure though, for a white one who aches for richer tones to cover mistakes. Don’t be green with envy over colours that you missed. See if your kids could marry into it.

with the booming prairie chicken, they clustered as improbably as goats in sumac along the canal. blink and our inlet is repopulated rollerblades and rose bushes, horse stables given way to Ottawa race weekend. handbills for the hundred thousand coming to a religious conference in ’47 slide past to a weekend painter staring at glass water, slow boats, painting waves of burgundy and raging sienna. Pearl Pirie

Depression slowly consumes a sliver at a time and only stops to glance at how far it walked to reach inside the depths of a soul. an evil mission, eating and eradicating a sense of hope of what we have been in the past ugliness that cannot be washed away. Catina Noble

T.J. Morey

Dreams one long moment followed by another – the world aches to return to ashes, reborn on the wings of sleep Aspen Wallace, Grade 8, June 2015

Jive I thought it would be simple If only I could see the words But you erased them… Catina Noble



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A Burmese woman with author Ella Hodgson-Pageau and her brother Wesley (from Glebe Report, June 2015)

My fun, scary, crazy trip around the world By Ella Hodgson-Pageau

As you may know from my previous articles, last year I went on a trip around the world to Rwanda, France, Thailand and lots of other countries. It was fun, crazy, learnable (that probably isn’t a word) and sometimes a little scary. Even though at first I wasn’t sure about leaving my friends for so long, going to school in a country where I didn’t even speak the language, and going on 20-hour-long flights, it was all totally worth it! I made some really close friends, learned a lot, saw some pretty incredible stuff and all in all had what shaped up to be an awesome experience. It seems like everyone asks me what my favourite country was, and so that’s probably what whoever’s reading this is wondering. To be honest though, I have no idea what to tell you! I sort of feel like, having a favourite country is a bit overrated. I mean all of the places I’ve visited have little bits about them that I loved. I couldn’t tell you what was better, eating yummy chocolate croissants in France, hanging out with my new

friends in Rwanda or riding on the back of a motorbike in Asia. The fact that I’m also one of the most indecisive people you’ll ever meet doesn’t really help me find an answer, either. There were also countries that taught me a lot, and I think I’ll remember for a while going to Rwanda and learning how a country with a kind of scary reputation can have tons of kind, generous people, or going to Myanmar and learning about their awesome culture and traditions. Oh, decisions, decisions! The one thing that I will probably remember most about my trip is not a specific time or place, but the people. The Vietnamese woman who made us pho, a Vietnamese soup like thing, on the insane streets of Hanoi; a Laotian girl who took me tubing down the rapids of the Mekong River with her and her friends; my French friend with whom I went horse back riding in the mountains after school. And of course my Rwandan friends I chatted and giggled with then bawled with when I had to leave. The people I met were kind of like the best and worst part of my trip.

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The best part was meeting and spending time with them, and the worst part was when it came time to leave them. There were also a few bad moments; I’m not saying there were too many, but maybe being dragged on a tour of some obscure museum, taking an overnight bus in Thailand, or being squished and accidentally spat on in an African market weren’t exactly good moments. Being the only one in my class who has no idea what the teacher is saying can be a little tricky too. But don’t get me wrong; I have no regrets about my trip. I just really think you should know that my 10-month trip was not non-stop good times. Another thing that was a little surprising was how quickly I was back in the Glebe, living the life of any regular middle schooler. One month I was travelling to exotic destinations, the next I was daydreaming in math class. Now that I’m back, in some ways it’s like I never left. I still go to sport practices every week, I still drag my feet all the way to school every morning and I even still have a similar group of friends from before. In some ways it’s

kind of like our trip never happened, but in many ways it still comes up in my thoughts every day. From wondering what my friends in Africa are doing right at that moment to thinking about how much waste North America is processing, I think my trip definitely changed me and the way I look at things. I would definitely recommend to anyone going on a trip like this. Something I hadn’t realized before going away was how important it is to travel. Whether it’s a road trip to the US or a visit to a remote African village, it’s so important to see new things and meet new people. Even if I did miss a bit of school, I think the non-curriculum things that I learned were super important. This was an amazing year and if I could, I would do it again in a second! Ella Hodgson-Pageau is a Grade 7 student at Glashan Public School. She recently returned from a 10-month trip with her family to France, Thailand, Rwanda and elsewhere of which she also wrote in previous editions of the Glebe Report.

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Goodies<3 – comfort food straight from the heart By Kate McGregor

The colourful GOODIES<3 business card reads, “The best grilled cheese sandwich in the world universe.” This is a bold statement for a new café that opened in the Glebe. And I am pleased to report that baker and chef Letasha Mateev has created something truly worth biting into. There is a comfy and old-fashioned ambiance to the eatery the young entrepreneur opened in September 2015 in the Fourth Avenue space vacated by the Tea Party Café. The warmth of the wood floors is enhanced by pastel-striped wallpaper reminiscent of cupcake icing. The stripes echo the same motif Letasha and her former business partner used in the original GOODIES<3, which they launched in the northern Ontario town of Kapuskasing. A typical day for Letasha starts at 8 a.m. when she begins her baking. She makes gluten-free power loaves, followed by enormous triple chocolate chip cookies. She then turns her attention to two daily soups, one meatbased and one vegan option. The café opens at 10 a.m. for coffee, table service for approximately 15 customers and lots of takeout options. Customers can choose from a selection of delicious grilled cheese sandwiches with names like “Jalapeno Popper,” “Grampy Doug’s” and “4 the Love of

Photos: Kate McGregor

Letasha Mateev, busy creating in her kitchen at GOODIES<3

Letasha Mateev, owner of GOODIES<3 at 103 Fourth Avenue, offers up her homemade cookies on a silver platter.

Veggies,” and drinks like smoothies or milkshakes. An interesting concept GOODIES<3 offers is the jar program: buy up to seven Mason jars filled with your choice of cupcakes, soup, spinach dip, shepherd’s pie or spaghetti sauce, return all seven jars and get $3 off your next purchase. The hospitality business is in Letasha’s blood. She recalls playing during her childhood in the halls of the castlelike historic Kapuskasing Inn owned by her paternal grandfather. Her grandmother had a chip stand.


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Her maternal grandmother operated the Radio Hotel. As well, her mother worked in restaurants. Her grandfather’s big display refrigerator, circa 1935–1945, graces the floor of GOODIES<3 as a tribute to the “Kap” Inn and at which customers can browse the takeout offerings. Letasha is an intuitive and mainly self-taught chef who enjoys creating new menu items. Layering and creating dimensions particularly fascinate her. She launched her foray into food with Candygrammes – posting ads on Facebook and delivering cupcakes in a jar with a special note to a loved one on Valentine’s Day. Then, she created Cupcakes in a Jar from her home in Kapuskasing. She also worked at a farmers’ market and supplemented her income by working evenings at the bars. LETASHA’S GOODIES followed, then GOODIES<3 where she brought in a business partner. She purchased a commercial oven to keep up with demand. Fuelled by her love for adventure, she travelled to various destinations in British Columbia, Ontario and Brooklyn where she worked in restaurants, did some advertising for small businesses and had a baby. Deciding to locate her new GOODIES<3 in Ottawa was a natural leap for Letasha. With approximately 35 per cent of her hometown peers choosing Ottawa for post-secondary studies, packing up and relocating here with her

young son felt like a good move. And, why in the Glebe? In addition to finding the ideal space complete with all of the restaurant equipment required, she was charmed by the Glebe’s hometown feel. Letasha has been getting to know her neighbours and developing partnerships, cross-promotions and catering opportunities with local businesses like KV Dance Studio, Octopus Books and Bloomfields Flowers since opening GOODIES<3. She credits much of her success to the unwavering support she has received from friends and family who volunteer their time behind the counter. In addition to word of mouth, Letasha uses social media to promote GOODIES<3. She has a Facebook page and Twitter account and frequently posts photographs on Instagram of the delicious foods she is creating. Letasha sums up her new business this way: “I think this is a reflection of myself. It’s like a dream job. I really like what I do. I like meeting people. I like chatting with people. I like baking. I like making things pretty.” Add to this statement words like cozy, charming and kid-friendly and you have all the makings of a great new Glebe eatery run by one hard-working entrepreneur. GOODIES<3 is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Mondays. Or, in Letasha’s words, “If you see the lights on you are welcome to come in.” That’s an invitation that is hard to refuse. Kate McGregor is a certified Integral Master Coach™. She can be reached at 613-884-1864,, and Goodies<3 103 Fourth Avenue Twitter: @goodieseveryday 613-421-1832


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Pulses – celebrate these humble foods! The United Nations launched the 2016 International Year of Pulses on November 10 to “raise awareness of these important food crops, boost their production and trade, and encourage new and smarter uses throughout the food chain.” But what are pulses? Pulses are the dry edible seeds of plants in the legume family, mainly dried peas, lentils, beans and chickpeas. They are grown all over the world including here at our doorstep. Canada is ideal for growing a range of pulse crops thanks to its fertile agricultural land and long sunny days, and we have become one of the major producers and the largest exporters of pulses during the last 30 years, reaching over 150 countries around the world. Unfortunately our national consumption remains low mainly because Canadians are not aware of the health and nutritional benefits of pulses. The International Year of Pulses, a global initiative with activities taking place in countries around the globe, can help overcome this lack of knowledge. Pulses are superfoods

These dietary powerhouses are rich in fibre and proteins, and a great source of minerals and essential vitamins. Low in fat and gluten free, they can help maintain a healthy weight, curb blood cholesterol and are an ideal food for celiacs. In addition, their low

Photo: Marisa Romano

By Marisa Romano

It is easy to stock the pantry with these superfoods. Glebe stores offer a good selection of traditional and organic pulses. Join a global food movement by pledging to eat pulses once a week for 10 weeks.

glycemic index makes them suitable for diabetics. How to introduce pulses?

Pulses are key ingredients in many regional and national dishes that have been enjoyed by many cultures around the world for centuries. Falafel, chili and baked beans are all well known to us, but pulses are very versatile and can be used to prepare a plethora of dishes, from savoury appetizers to sweet desserts, pizzas, pasta sauces, tacos, and sandwiches. There are no limits, really. Rebellion Brewing, a Regina-based craft beer brewery, has developed a lentil cream ale that has started to be rolled out to restaurants and pubs across Saskatchewan. Not bad! Check the website for mouth-watering recipes that are tasty, nutritious and easy to make at home. On you can also find a downloadable copy of Pulses and the Gluten-Free Diet: Cooking with Beans, Peas, Lentils and Chickpeas, a book with 26 glu-

ten-free recipes developed by Pulse Canada in collaboration with a dietitian and an expert in gluten-free cuisine. You can watch the videos of Chef Michael Smith on as he hunts for the best recipes around the world. Subscribe to the newsletter to receive the quarterly cookbook Lentils for Every Season and order the free publication The Big Book of Little Lentils with step-by-step directions to create wholesome dishes. Where in the Glebe?

A quick stop at Glebe grocery stores is all that is needed to find the ingredients for these recipes and stock your pantry. McKeen Metro Glebe, Loblaws on Isabella, Kardish and Whole Foods all carry a great variety of pulses in both bags and cans. When I checked McKeen Metro, the stock of dry peas, lentils and beans, both organic and conventional, was quite low. Metro, in fact, reports a spike in sales during this time of year when people turn to hearty soups and chili to counter the winter cold. As usual, do not hesi-


tate to ask if you cannot find a product in the store, as McKeen will strive to restock or add it to the store’s selection. Loblaws is the only store that carries several imported uncommon varieties of split lentils and split beans needed to prepare different types of dahls. If you prefer bulk, then Kardish or Whole Foods are the places to go. At Whole Foods I found Canadian organic sprouted dry chickpeas and lentils, and pre-packaged soup mixes with pulses and spices, each with an easy-to-follow recipe. All the stores offer a fine selection of canned, ready-to-eat beans cooked in tomato sauce or flavoured with brown sugar, honey, molasses or maple syrup, with or without added meat. Prepared soups are also available; check Kardish and Whole Foods for organic options. These staples are all good for quick family meals. Recipes in hand and shopping cart full of superfood, I picked up a few packages on my visit to the Glebe stores. I am now ready to embrace the pulse growers’ pulse challenge and sign up at to eat pulses once a week for ten weeks. Boost your diet and join in the celebration of these humble foods. Marisa Romano, Glebe resident, is a scientist at Health Canada who grew up with the hustle and bustle of the kitchen in her grandparents’ family-run restaurant in Tuscany and inherited a love of cooking. She has embraced pulses as the food of the future and plans to make the diffusion of information about pulses, especially among low-income families, one of her 2016 projects. She is collaborating with Pulse Canada in targeting community and soup kitchens.

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St. Paddy’s Day parade returns to the Glebe with impressive finale By Trevor Greenway

Grab your family; don your green snowsuit, pants, jacket and tights, and paint some lucky charms on your face; and cheer on this colourful parade as it cruises along our traditional main street with pride.

The Glebe is set to paint the town green this St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Remember that green, raucous party that came cruising along our traditional main street last year? It brought scores of green-clad, facepainted, clover-carrying kids and families to the Glebe to celebrate Ireland’s national holiday. It was the one that brought dozens of green-themed floats, marching bands and thousands of green merrymakers to Bank Street. Yeah, that one. Well, the 35th annual Irish Society of Ottawa’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is coming back to the Glebe again for a second year and it’s getting a high-profile finale courtesy of Beau’s Brewery. The Vankleek Hill craft beer gurus have put together a full day and night of Irish celebration fit for the entire family on March 19. “Just like Oktoberfest, there will be beer, music, food and fun,” laughed Josh Gottlieb, signature events coordinator at the just-outside-ofOttawa brewery. Beau’s has partnered with the Irish Society of Ottawa for this year’s event. “The idea is to explore the cultural elements around St. Patrick’s Day during the day when we won’t forget it and at nighttime we will move more into party mode.” The celebration all starts at 11 a.m. at City Hall before the Irish Society takes the floating party down Bank Street for a day of festivities in the Glebe.

Grand Irish Party

“The Irish Society is excited to return to Lansdowne and the historic Aberdeen Pavilion for the festivities. We have a great lineup of events throughout Irish Festival week and look forward to a great finale at the Grand Irish Party with Beau’s to end on a high note,” said Irish Society’s Communications Director Lauren Streavens O’Neil in a release. “We chose to partner with Beau’s because of their positive involvement in the community, and they throw a great party.” If you’ve ever been to Oktoberfest at Vankleek Hill, you know this statement is true.

Photo: Liz McKeen

Family-friendly entertainment

And kids and families will have plenty to do when the parade arrives at the Aberdeen Pavilion. There will be live traditional Irish music playing throughout the day, kids’ activities and traditional Irish dancing. Irishinspired dishes will be served, including Irish-stew-stuffed strudel, shepherd’s pie croquette, and a soda bread muffuletta, courtesy of Beau’s resident chef Bruce Wood. Each dish will be paired perfectly with a Beau’s beer. The Irish Society can’t wait to see thousands of green faces in the Glebe again this year.

Fifty shades of green at last year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade

This year, Beau’s will “bring the mountain to the mountain climber,” with a slew of quality music acts, food and of course lots of beer. You’ve likely heard the buzz around Beau’s Oktoberfest, strictly from its past musical lineups alone. Canadian greats like Sloan, Kathleen Edwards, Tokyo Police Club and Yukon Blonde have all graced the Vankleek Hill stage, and the brewery is pulling out all the stops this year for the Glebe’s Irish bash. They’ve booked France’s punk Celtic band, CelKilt and BC’s fusion, Celtic-Indian-funk group, Delhi 2 Dublin to headline the party. “Beau’s knows how to throw a party,” admitted Beau’s director of not-so-corporate communications Jen Beauchesne, patting herself on the shoulder. “We are really excited to bring out Oktoberfest-style entertainment to the city. A large proportion of people who come to Oktoberfest are from Ottawa, so it’s a nice opportunity to bring the

mountain to the mountain climber.” While it isn’t a beer fest, Beau’s likes to show off its home brew, so they’re bringing a dozen of their best craft beers to wet your whistle, as well as other “guest taps.” Gottlieb says March is the perfect time to throw another Beau’s bash. “We figure that people should have recuperated from Oktoberfest by now,” he laughed. “Now it’s time to bring the party to Ottawa.” Tickets are $29 for adults and $5 for anyone under 19 years of age. The parade is free, but its best to arrive early, grab a coffee or hot chocolate or an early green beer from our many pubs before the party starts. Spend the entire day here and explore our many dynamic shops, ma and pa stores and restaurants. Get your tickets at Trevor Greenway is responsible for communications at the Glebe Business Improvement Area.

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Goodness gracious! Great Bowls of Fire By Ada Brzeski and Jocelyn Jenkins

Once again, the Ottawa Guild of Potters is organizing Great Bowls of Fire, a fundraising event for the Ottawa Food Bank. This local event will take place on Saturday, March 5 at the Glebe Community Centre from 5 to 8 p.m. Great Bowls of Fire has raised over $120,000 since its inception over 10 years ago for the Food Bank. Help the Guild make the 2016 event a success too! Guild members at this event donate handmade bowls, which guests select from a well-stocked bowl room and take home at the end of the evening. The bowls are filled during the evening with delicious soups from some of the best restaurants in town. This year’s line-up includes Absinthe, Canvas, Kungfu Bistro, Thyme & Again, The Joy of Gluten Free, Il Primo, Stoneface Dolly’s and le café at the NAC. Two local bakeries, Life of Pie and Trillium, will provide desserts and bread. Musician Max Cossette, who wowed the crowd last year, will provide live entertainment again this year. Our host for the evening, Derick Fage, will present a live auction of special ceramic pieces. Tickets at $45 each will go on sale in late January at Life of Pie, 1095 Bank St., Il Primo, 371 Preston St., and Thyme & Again, 1255 Wellington St. Old Ottawa South resident Amy

Ceramic bowl by Carolynne Pynn-Trudeau

Ceramic bowl by Amy Bell. Fill it with delicious soup at Great Bowls of Fire March 5 and then take it home with you.

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Bell and Glebe resident Carolynne Pynn-Trudeau are two of the featured potters for this year’s event. Local potters Ada Brzesk i and Jocelyn Jenkins and ceramic artist Puck Janes will also contribute bowls and auction pieces for this edition of Great Bowls of Fire. We hope you will join the Guild at this entertaining event and support the Ottawa Food Bank. Ada Brzeski and Jocelyn Jenkins are ceramic artists and organizers of Great Bowls of Fire.

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Timescape Continuum By Shawn Smith

Untitled Trees N. 1, canvas painting


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Shawn is an artist in the throes of life and at the mercy of art itself. His jack-of-all-trades nature renders him an elusive animal: a musician, artist, actor and producer, he is willing to try almost anything that comes his way. Consequently, this will be Shawn’s first official art show in over 10 years and only his second to date. From a lifetime of meanderings through artistic ventures, he has come to the realization that now is the time to get serious. This show is something of a rebirth, a renaissance. Timescape Continuum includes a range of works in different media and from different periods of the artist’s life, spanning 20 years from his visual arts studies at Heritage College to his time in the fine arts program at the University of Ottawa and more recently. His classes at the Ottawa School of Art included ceramics, oriental painting and calligraphy. The latter has had a lasting influence on his style. The show is a mix of painting, photography and printmaking, most works original and some reproductions. Elements of new and old form an interesting contrast. Shawn feels that the show depicts the struggle of the artist in a world bound by time – it is an escape, a fantasy, the fall of perfection. Shawn is a teacher by profession, where his passion for the arts is a tremendous asset. While he placed art on the back burner for a long time, evi-

dently the artist cannot be held down. He is weathered, travelled, and rebellious and dares to produce art that is aesthetic, poetic and simply art for art’s sake. At times little thought goes into the work; what goes in is a feeling and a surrender to the medium and the moment. Much of Shawn’s work is amateur and raw, a celebration of life’s imperfections. His photographs are often haphazard and low tech – a snapshot with an eye for the aesthetic. His work is playful and can be pleasing to the eye while stirring the subconscious. In his paintings, the artist is seen through bright stark gestures, distant whispers, and abstract expressionist landscapes shrouded in uncertain urban disorder with a nuance of hopeful wonder. Shawn feels that the vibrancy and diversity of colours, media and styles will complement the creative oasis that is the Wild Oat, and he is delighted to showcase his works in this upbeat, earthy and artisanal bakery/café. Why is the show entitled Timescape Continuum, you ask? The artist has an affinity for nature and the Canadian landscape, and the works span a period of time and represent the continuing lifetime of work as an artist. Life is a work in progress. Wild Oat Bakery 817 Bank Street February 1 – 29 Shawn Smith is an artist and teacher.

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Glebe Community Centre Art Gallery February 7 – March 6 By Ellen Schowalter

Birds play such an important role in our folklore, expressions, myths and tales, e.g. a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, as the crow flies, watch the birdie, the blue bird of happiness. Think of the dove of peace, the first robin as harbinger of spring, the majestic eagle and the wise owl. The bird in many cultures is the link between the spiritual realm and the earth. Valentine’s Day is traditionally thought to be the date birds choose their mates. Romance, billing and cooing and maybe little ones in the nest are the result. The following three local artists have put together an exhibit to honour our feathered friends in their month. All three painters frequently use the bird as subject for their works. Heather Bale

“My reverence for nature is reflected in my paintings, capturing nature in all its moods and seasons. Over the years, challenging commissions have come my way including a sunken Dutch East Indies vessel The Deleifde, a series of 16 paintings depicting Irish west coast islands, and a deck of oracle

cards portraying 50 different species of birds in miniature format. While I have painted a diversity of subjects ranging from planes, boats and trains, to a complete hockey team in miniature, the Ottawa Silver Sevens, my favourite subjects are of a botanical or avian nature.”

“Corby,” by Gwendolyn Best (acrylic on canvas)

Gwendolyn Best

“Birds add an awareness to landscape. The sleepy growth of the plants reaching for the sun becomes something more. Birds, mysterious creatures that can escape into the air, seem to know us. These paintings are about colour and texture, but are awake with avian intelligence.”

“Dancing Raven Maiden,” by Ellen Schowalter (acrylic on canvas)

Ellen Schowalter

“Painting in oil and acrylic, I attempt to capture the energy of nature, “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower.” Animals, plants, especially flowers, are my favourite subjects, done in an expressionistic semi-abstract manner while trying to connect with the inner reality of the being and depict it truthfully.” “In my best of all possible worlds, dogs would play cards, cats wear dresses, bears dance without a whip and the lion would lie down with the lamb.”

“Flamingos,” by Heather Bale (oil on canvas)

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The magic of acting – right here in the Glebe You enter the magical world of Narnia in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe through the back of a wardrobe that takes you into a land of high drama, good and evil, villains and heroes. You enter the same sort of magical world in Ottawa through an almost hidden entrance in the Glebe. I’d walked along the west side of Bank between First and Second avenues for 35 years without really noticing this door. But this time I slipped into 738A Bank Street, up a narrow staircase, around a corner, along an even narrower hallway, passing a mirrored room used for rehearsals and into The Acting Company’s astonishing main performance space. Formerly, it was the offices of an architectural firm, and before that the site of the storied Avalon Theatre. Now it is a beautiful brick-walled three-storey loft consisting of an intimate 50-seat theatre on the main floor, a lounge on the second floor and offices above. I was first to arrive for that inaugural class of the introduction to acting course for those in the 55-plus age group, so I had time to contemplate the architecture and my own hubris for signing up for a course I was totally unprepared for. My last acting role had been in grade seven, when I’d played

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By Theresa Wallace

From left, John Muggleton gives acting advice to Carole Richards, Theresa Wallace and Gladys Hill.

the very minor character Charley Bates in Oliver! Singing and marching around new gang member Oliver, I’d screamed the lyrics “Consider yourself at home; Consider yourself one of the family” so enthusiastically that the director had taken me aside, several times, to explain the difference between singing and shouting. As my Studio 55 classmates trickled in and settled nervously into their chairs, I could see their shoulders were heavy with the same self-doubts. But as soon as John Muggleton jogged across a short ramp on the second floor of the loft, took the stairs two at a time and clapped his hands in welcome, he put the five of us at ease. Muggleton, an award-winning actor and co-founder of The Acting Company, lives right around the corner on First Avenue and if he’d started out from home, it wouldn’t have taken him much longer to appear in front of us. That first two-hour class consisted of Muggleton leading us

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through a warm-up that mostly consisted of jumping around and making noise. No one told me to be quiet. And nobody laughed at anybody else, despite our halting attempts at a cognitively challenging exercise: throwing an imaginary red ball around the room as fast as we could. This first class and the other seven weeks learning the basics of acting flew by. By the last class, we were able to pick identities out of a hat and write a scene. I won’t tell you what kind of scene we performed involving an elf, a doctor and a lawyer, but it wasn’t half bad. Classmate Carole Richards, a teacher who is living in Ottawa for a year and then returning to England, took our course because she was looking for something completely different to do during her adventure in Canada. “It’s been great to have fun with new people, to learn new skills completely out of my comfort zone. I’ve always wanted to take acting, and this course

has helped me discover how much I like it. I hope to do more.” Gladys Hill had more stage experience than the rest of us, but as a dancer rather than an actor. “You learn about projecting your voice in acting and when you are doing dance, you have to project your body,” Hill explained. “You have to be big so that person in the back row can see you. So there are similarities. I’ve learned so much in this course: how to take lines and interpret the mood or the feeling and really get into the character.” We went to Café Morala after our last class to lament the end of our session. Fortunately, there are a number of other Acting Company Studio 55 classes: a level-two class, a showcase class where each participant is cast in a play and performs that play at the end of the course, and a voice power class. Founded in 2013, the Acting Company offers many daytime, evening and weekend lessons for all ages and experience levels, and rents its three studio spaces to local arts groups. For more info, check out or find the entrance between the Glebe Barber Shop and Avenue Lock on Bank Street and drop in. Theresa Wallace is a writer and budding actor who lives in Old Ottawa East.

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Students practice ballroom dancing at the Fred Astaire Studio on Second Avenue in preparation for the Viennese Winter Ball to take place February 20.

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Ottawa’s 19th Viennese Winter Ball will take place on February 20. The event, which is presented by Music and Beyond, has a sense of magic and fun about it. Hailing from an 18th century Viennese tradition that continues to this day, it is elegant, stylish and the perfect place to dance the night away. It will also be a modern fairy tale for the 24 Ottawa high school and university students who have applied, been selected and trained for the honour of presenting the opening Polonaise. Glebe Collegiate has three student participants: Griffin Barr, Jona Thomas and Robin Scheeren. The debutantes and cavaliers gathered at Fred Astaire Dance Studio on Second Avenue for their first rehearsal on a recent January weekend. The teens began practising their steps led by its vivacious owner, Melissa Krulick, who has long been involved with this fantastic event. Many of the debutantes and cavaliers have long wanted to be a part of this magical event. Erin Lange of Holy Trinity Catholic High School has been waiting for the chance to dance since she first heard of the ball when she was eight years old. Ashbury College student Bennett Bleeker learned about it from his two siblings who both participated in past years. This is an event students seem to hear about and aspire to participate in. Jordan Thompson of Immaculata High School applied after hearing about the event from his mother who attended years ago. Though Thompson has a profound appreciation for classical music, having been a member

of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra for four years where he was second violin, he did not have any dancing experience. “It is like learning how to become a gentleman,” Thompson said about the dancing, calling it a traditional skill that requires respect for one’s partner. Melissa Krulick joked at a recent cocktail party in support of the ball hosted by Austrian Ambassador Arno Riedel and his wife, Loretta Loria-Riedel, that she will only stop teaching the dancers when one of the past debutantes or cavaliers has their own debutante or cavalier. In addition to offering an incomparable evening, the ball has always been dedicated to giving back to the community, with over $700,000 raised over the past 18 years. This year’s beneficiaries are Music and Beyond’s young people initiatives: the Junior Thirteen Strings and Orkidstra. Several of the debutantes and cavaliers are passionate about classical music and one, Karina Wang of Ashbury College, summed up why she thinks it is so important for young people. “Listening to classical music has been proven to have a calming and relaxing effect. I find this helpful when I get stressed with work from school,” said Wang. If you are interested in participating in this wonderful event, you can purchase tickets at for $450 or an eight-person table for $3,500.


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Audiobooks add a rich dimension to reading By Fiona Mackintosh

February is a time to hunker down, get cosy and snuggle up with the enticing read you’ve been promising yourself. Audiobooks are a great way to enjoy reading and can increase the amount and variety of reading materials. You can listen to them anywhere and hands-free, and you can’t cheat and read the ending first. The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) has a large variety of audiobooks and it’s easy to download them or borrow them as a Book on CD. Audiobooks with multiple narrators are very much like hearing a play. Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (BBC Audiobooks, 2010) is one such audiobook. The plot centres on Bernie, an aging punk rock star, turned music producer and his troubled assistant Sasha. The chapters are not organized linearly in time and are narrated by different characters. Prior to listening to this novel I had repeatedly attempted to read it without success because of the complexity of the novel’s structure. I picked up the audiobook and discovered that the audio format with ensemble cast brought to life the complex narrative and made it thoroughly readable. Booker-nominated Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (Book on Tape, 2004) is another novel with a highly complex narrative structure. The multiple protagonists tell six separate but related stories set in different times and places. Herald Tribune reporter Susan Rife stated, “I almost could not bear to

come to the end of listening to David Mitchell’s terrific Cloud Atlas. As the counter on my iPod indicated that I was just a few minutes shy of the final words, I felt more and more bereft.” (Herald Tribune, November 5, 2005). Some audiobook series stick with a single narrator throughout. The actor Will Patton brilliantly portrays Edgar Award-winning author James L e e Bu r ke’s Dave Robicheaux, a Louisiana police detective. Bu rke’s book s a re b e aut i f u l ly descriptive, rich with metaphor and symbolism; his characters are gritty and flawed. I find it impossible to imagine the characters without hearing Patton’s narration when reading these books. Another great set of audiobooks with a single narrator is that of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, read by Lorelei King. King animatedly captures the voices of all the whacky characters that inhabit the book, from the protagonist herself, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, to exprostitute occasional partner Lula, to feisty funeral-frequenter Grandma Mazur. It should be noted that a

couple of the series do have a different narrator but most use King. The authors themselves very successfully narrate some audiobooks, for example Audio Award-winning Bossypants by Tina Fey (Hachette Audio, 2011); The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson (Tantor Media, 2011); and The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life As

an Experiment by J.J. Jacobs (Simon & Schuster Audioworks, 2009). Listening to authors reading allows you to hear the story at the pace and inflection they intended. Listening to audiobooks is a wonderful, rich experience that immerses you in the world of the stor y a nd the characters that people it. In the words of Robin Sloan from Mr. P e n u m b r a ’s 24-Hour Bookstore, “W hen you read a book, the stor y definitely happens inside your head. When you listen, it seems to happen in a little cloud all around it, like a fuzzy knit cap pulled down over your eyes.” OPL has thousands of audiobooks for every occasion, which you can easily listen to on an MP3 player, CD player, computer or iPod. So, don’t save audiobooks for your next road trip. Pick one up or download one from the library. Take the stress out of the drive home from work or sit back at the end of the day and get lost in a story being read just for you. Fiona Mackintosh is the acting public service assistant at Sunnyside Library.

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By Leslie Toope

Imagine growing up without books. No Good Night Moon, no Curious George, no Harry Potter. That is the experience of thousands of children in Ottawa whose parents cannot afford to buy books. Getting to the library to return borrowed books in time to avoid library fines can be very challenging for working parents. Bedtime stories don’t happen without a reliable supply of books in the home. And kids who are not read to at home struggle in school. A group of Ottawa residents who are passionate about children’s books and early literacy got together in 2013 to create Twice Upon a Time: Free Books for Ottawa Kids Twice Upon a Time, or in French, Il était deux fois, was inspired by the Children’s Book Bank in Toronto, www.childrensbookbank. com, and is an entirely volunteer-run not-for-profit that collects donations of new and gently used children’s books and gives them away through partnerships with community organizations that serve families. Our volunteers make regular visits to the families living at the Taggart Family Y who are waiting for permanent housing, and to the children

who take part in the afterschool programs at the Boys and Girls Club in Overbrook and at the Confederation Court Community House. Each time we visit, children and their parents or caregivers are able to choose a book to keep from a wide selection of goodquality, age-appropriate books. Twice Upon a Time also operates a pop-up free bookstore at the Overbrook Community Centre every Saturday. Glebe resident Camrose Burdon is a volunteer with Twice Upon a Time. “I really enjoy hearing about what the children are reading, reading aloud with them, and helping children and parents pick out a new book to take home,” said Burdon. “We’ve given away 4,000 books since we opened in May 2014,” Burdon reported. Board books for babies, books of all kinds in French, and graphic novels suitable for kids up to age 12 are always in high demand. “We’d also love to be able to offer the children more books that feature characters from diverse ethnic groups,” she said. “It’s important that children can see themselves in the books they read.” Leslie Toope is a volunteer with Twice Upon a Time: Free Books For Ottawa Kids.

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Customers of Twice Upon a Time’s pop-up free bookstore proudly display the books they chose.

Donations of children’s books in good condition can be dropped off at Kaleidoscope Kids Books, 1018 Bank Street across from Lansdowne Park. Visit our website at for more information about volunteering with Twice Upon a Time or making a financial contribution. Follow us on or Twitter@#freebooksOttawa.

WHAT YOUR NEIGHBOURS ARE READING Here is a list of some titles read and discussed recently in various local book clubs: TITLE (for adults)


Crazy Rich Asians1

Kevin Kwan

The Evening Chorus

Helen Humphreys

Us Conductors3

Sean Michaels

The Orenda4

Joseph Boyden


The Betrayers

David Bezmozgis


Anthony Trollope

Barchester Towers6 The Keeper of Lost Causes

Jussi Adler-Olsen

The Bachelors of Broken Hill8

Arthur William Upfield


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


The Evening Chorus

Helen Humphreys

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Ceux qui n’aiment pas lire11

Rachel Corenblit

The Year of the Dog12

Grace Lin

Island of the Blue Dolphins13

Scott O’Dell


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Spotlight Directed by Tom mccarthy (USA, 2015) By Lois Siegel

Spotlight is based on a true story and retraces the steps of a team of Boston Globe reporters as they investigate allegations that the Catholic Church is covering up the abuse of children. Priests who are discovered and accused as being predatory are merely transferred elsewhere or put on “sick leave.” T he church was fea red a nd respected in Boston in 2001, so evidence of wrongdoing was routinely disregarded. The Globe’s new editor, Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), wanted to change this and went after the church. This was a risky move since 53 per cent of The Globe’s readers were Catholics. When the facts revealed that at least 80 children had been abused; many more victims came forward. Typically, the children came from troubled, lowincome families, often with absentee fathers. Priests befriended lonely kids and then took advantage of them. Private settlements were made with the church, and no records were kept. Lawyers, police and journalists conspired to keep things quiet. Spotlight is definitely a film to see. It’s engaging and tells the story clearly. Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Best Director (Tom McCarthy), Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Best Supporting Actress (Rachel McAdams), Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.

Thousands of people lost their homes in 2007 during the U.S. mortgage and housing crisis. The banks gave almost anyone a loan, even though they knew this was risky. Bad loans were hidden inside prime quality bonds, assuming that the banks behind the bonds were too big to fail. Greed ruled. Some people started to realize that this bubble would burst. They recognized that the banking system was unstable and widely corrupt, so when nobody would listen they placed bets against it making millions of dollars. What happens when five million people are unemployed? Who pays the mortgages? Alan Greenspan, American economist and chairman of the Federal Reserve, didn’t like regulation but he finally admitted that he had made a mistake. Financial firms couldn’t regulate themselves. The film helps us comprehend what happened using humour. Despite the complications of understanding all the details of the transactions in the film, the basic story is clear. We become involved with the characters. One of the most interesting individuals is Michael Burry (Christian Bale), an eccentric. He’s an ex-doctor and a capital hedge fund manager who wears shorts to the office, doesn’t wear shoes, and plays a mean set of drums. The story of these fraudulent systems is like Chicken Little; the sky is falling, but most people refused to believe it. Reality hits when millions lose their homes. We see them living in their cars or tents. It’s painful. Despite years of unethical and criminal behaviour, only one banker went to jail and the others were bailed out. The regulations that led to this have not been substantially changed. It might happen again. The acting and editing in the film are excellent. This is one of the best films I’ve seen this year. Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale), Best Director (Adam McKay), Best Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay. Running Time: 130 minutes DVD available for preorder.

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Mustang Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (France/Turkey 2015) By Paul Green

I am indebted to a critic on RadioCanada for pointing out that this film bears an eerie resemblance to Sofia Coppola’s 1999 outing The Virgin Suicides. And he’s right, except that instead of suburban America, Mustang is set on the outskirts of a small community on Turkey’s Black Sea coast. Lale, Nur, Ece, Selma and Sonay are five orphaned sisters all bunched together in their early-to-late teens being raised by their grandmother and uncle. As the evocative title suggests, these girls are a high-spirited, untamed lot, curious about the modern world beyond the confines of their small – albeit scenic – community and anxious to get out and make their way in that world. It’s the end of the school year and Lale, the youngest, is seen bidding a fond farewell to her beloved teacher. It is from Lale’s perspective that much of this story unfolds, and she will return to the theme of education by the film’s end. Lale and her four sisters walk home along the beach that day accompanied by two or three male classmates. The girls and their male companions still in school uniforms indulge in some harmless horseplay in the surf. Heading home, they pause to pick some apples in a farmer’s orchard. The cantankerous farmer appears suddenly, shotgun in hand, shouting at them to get off his property. Apparently, this day is not going to end well. Unfazed, the girls come home in a good mood still happily anticipating the summer break. And then all hell breaks loose. Informed by a nosy neighbour of their innocent romp in the sea, the hysterical grandmother, fearing their honour has been compromised, berates and beats her bewildered charges. Their similarly misinformed angry Uncle Erol comes home, calls them all whores and packs them off to the doctor’s office where they are examined for virginity. Needless to say, this galvanizing inci-

dent sets in motion a series of events that will alter the lives of each one of these remarkable young women. Their bonds from the earlier loss of their parents will be strengthened by the fate they now seem destined to share. Uncle Erol determines that henceforth the five sisters will be confined to the house because of his alarm at their growing independence and burgeoning sexuality, feelings now made explicit for the sisters by the frenzied reaction of their guardians. Later, he installs bars over the windows and an iron gate. Women are brought in to teach the girls how to cook and keep house; as Lale observes, their home has become a “wife factory.” Apparently, the plan is to marry them off one at a time, starting with the eldest. Director Ergüven, who was born in Turkey but raised in France, has wrought a remarkable film. The natural chemistry between the girls lends authenticity to the intimate, huis clos scenes where they commiserate together and then, tentatively at first, begin to rebel against their confinement. Deprived of phones and computers and forced to wear drab clothes, they resemble prisoners whose long days of enforced routine are indistinguishable one from the other. Although chiefly a coming-of-age story, Mustang features elements of humour and suspense before unexpectedly morphing into a prison-break film! Indeed, with their long tresses, they are like Rapunzel, only there are five of them held captive in their hilltop home. Interestingly, there is nary a mention of religion here; tradition and social conservatism are the weapons of choice used by the girls’ conservative guardians. Things come full circle; gun fire in celebration at a wedding later echoes in tragedy. There’s no overt message about feminism and patriarchy, but it’s there notwithstanding. Five normal, healthy and yes, beautiful girls only want to live in the world and understand it. And with five principal characters, multiple outcomes become possible. This is a stunning debut effort with cinematography to match and a sound track that doesn’t belabour the plots. Running time: 97 minutes Probable rating: 14A Possible DVD release date: early March 2016

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Shingles and its vaccine By Zenah Surani

One of the most common vaccines we dispense at the Glebe Apothecary is Zostavax, the shingles vaccine, and I often get many great questions about the vaccine and shingles in general. The herpes zoster virus is responsible for both shingles and chicken pox. People will experience chicken pox after being exposed to the virus for the first time, usually during childhood. The virus lies dormant in certain nerves after this episode of chicken pox. The virus is kept dormant by a healthy immune system. However, when the virus is reactivated, the result is shingles. Virus reactivation typically occurs in those with weaker immune systems: the elderly or immuno-compromised. Shingles can cause headache, fever and general illness in the earliest stages, symptoms that could be caused by any number of conditions, e.g. influenza. This is then followed by sensations of extreme burning pain and tingling, typically along one side of the body. A rash appears after about one to three days and in some cases up to three weeks in the same areas where the pain was experienced. The rash is itchy with red, raised bumps and the pain often persists. The bumps then become pus-filled blisters and eventually scab over in about 10 to 12 days. Once the scabs form, the virus is no longer contagious. Exposure to someone with shingles cannot cause shingles, but it can cause chicken pox in someone who hasn’t had it yet. The scabs usually fall off about two to four weeks later, but can

cause scarring. About 20 per cent of people who endure shingles will experience ongoing pain that can last months or even years. This is called post-herpetic neuralgia. Starting antiviral medications within about 72 hours of rash onset is the ideal treatment of shingles, and the medications will speed up healing and decrease the duration and severity of pain. Evidence about whether antivirals decrease the chances of experiencing post-herpetic neuralgia is inconclusive. Painkillers are used for acute pain when the shingles rash is active. Medications such as pregabalin and gabapentin are used in the treatment of post-herpetic neuralgia for affected patients; however, both of these medications can cause drowsiness as a side effect, which can severely impact quality of life. Many people choose to try and prevent shingles from occurring. The shingles vaccine can reduce the risk of getting shingles by about 50 per cent in those ages 60 and older. If one does in fact get shingles after being vaccinated, the vaccine is said to lower the risk of the lingering post-herpetic neuralgia by about two thirds. The vaccine may also reduce the severity and duration of acute pain during active viral infection in those who contract shingles after getting vaccinated. Only one dose of the vaccine is required for protection and is most likely effective for at least five years in those over 60. The Ontario government does not yet cover the shingles vaccine; however, many private insurance plans do.

The vaccine is dispensed as two boxes, one containing the vaccine and the other containing a sterile diluent. Both boxes should be refrigerated prior to the administration of the vaccine. The health care professional administering the vaccine will mix the diluent with the vaccine and must inject it within 30 minutes of mixing. Although the shingles vaccine is not a 100 per cent guarantee against getting shingles, it can be seen as an investment in your health if you’re 60 or older because of its potential ability to decrease the severity and duration of active shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia.

About 20 per cent of people who endure shingles will experience ongoing pain that can last months or even years.

Zenah Surani is a pharmacist and owner of the Glebe Apothecary. Sources: Canadian Pharmacists’ Letter. “Treatment of Shingles,” September 2012 and “Herpes Zoster Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions,” July 2014. Health Link BC. “Shingles Vaccine,” December 2014, Number 111.

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T he Env i ron ment There will be a presentation followed by Com m it te e is set an opportunity for to advance several residents to work with important environmental initiatives this a site map and possible year, including the structures to design what they envision for City’s Air Quality the park. and Climate Change Some questions to Ma nagement Pla n consider prior to the (AQCCMP) and our meeting: Renewable Energy Councillor • How is the park site Strategy (RES). Both David Chernushenko have taken on renewed currently being used? i mp or t a nc e si nc e • Which existing uses should we preserve in world leaders met in the future park? Paris to negotiate a global climate agreement. • What recreational amenities do you These issues are on the agenda for feel are lacking in the neighbourhood? the Environment Committee’s Febru• What recreational amenities would ary 16 meeting, when we debate my you like to see in this future park? motion to strengthen Ottawa’s current • Do you prefer a more quiet/passive actions on climate change. Central space, or an active park? to this is a commitment to an emisBronson/Carling development sions reduction target of 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050, which will A proposal to redevelop the lot on the bring us in line with long-term targets southwest corner of Bronson and Caralready set by the province of Ontario, ling was unveiled at a public meeting in while sending a strong signal that the late January. The project would consist City of Ottawa is prepared to do its of a 15-storey rental apartment building part to decrease human impacts on the with some ground level and secondearth’s climate system. storey retail, and underground parking. My motion also calls on the AQCUnlike previous proposals in the CMP interdepartmental working vicinity it was not the building’s group to prepare an implementation height that garnered the most attenplan to reach the 80 per cent reduction tion, probably because it is on a major target, and asks City staff to assess the arterial corner. Instead, the conversafeasibility of developing minimum tion focused mostly on the access and energy performance standards for new entry points to the underground parkresidential and commercial buildings. ing on Bronson and Carling, both very The Environmental Services busy streets. In addition, many people pointed Department will present an update to the current level of public transit: on the AQCCMP, including a list of decent along Bronson, but poor on actions being undertaken to reduce Carling. Because we are in a chickengreenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and-egg situation, awaiting sufficient such as increasing access to electric vehicle charging stations, and improvdemand for better transit service, I ing public transit, pedestrian and said I would continue to press for allday east-west service on bus route 6, cycling infrastructure, and to adapt to the impacts of climate change, for taking riders to the nearby Carling example by expanding the urban forTrillium Line (O-Train) stop and other est cover and protecting natural areas points west, and east to Lees Station. I also support the stage two southward and waterways. We can expect an overview of the expansion of the Trillium Line, and work undertaken to date on the City’s the creation of new stations at Gladrecently launched Renewable Energy stone Avenue and Walkley Road. Strategy (RES), a key strategic initiaFinally, the upcoming renewal of tive approved by Council for the sections of Carling and Bronson pre2014-2018 term. Staff are also analyzsents a critical opportunity to improve ing how grants, tax credits and other pedestrian and cycling safety in this mechanisms could be used to help area, including bike lanes and, potentially, another pedestrian crossing on residential property owners finance retrofits and install renewable energy Bronson in the long stretch between sources to help us achieve GHG reducCarling and Fifth Avenues. tion targets. Three major mid- or high-rise towers are likely to be built in this area in Firehall Park design charette the coming five years. For this sort of With the parcel of land beside the intensification to work, as supported fire hall at Fifth Avenue and O’Connor by Ottawa’s Official Plan, we require Street now officially designated pubsignificant improvements to transit lic parkland, the City must plan how service, infrastructure for walking this space will look and be used. I will and cycling, streetscaping and retail join the Glebe Community Associaexpansion in the immediate area. I am tion’s Parks Committee and City Parks committed to all of these and look forstaff in hosting a design charette for ward to engaging with residents in a area residents at the Glebe Communseries of public meetings for each of ity Centre on February 24 from 7 to these projects over the remainder of 8:30 p.m. my term of office. 613-580-2487


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before the end of the Happy New Year! What a great new year. In addition, we have year it has already set up a Special Advisbeen in our communory Table on Refugees ity. We ended 2015 made up of experts from with positive change and celebration. I hope literacy, mental health you and yours are truly and settlement sectors embracing the warmth to provide executive and joy of this year so leadership, strategic far. guidance, sector collabMPP oration, coordination of I have seen first-hand Yasir Naqvi as the Member of Provservices, incial Parliament for sharing and guidance Ottawa Centre how our on issues surroundresidents are welcoming the great ing refugee arrival and integration in changes coming in 2016. Particularly, Ontario. I am honoured to serve on our city is embracing new refugees both of these committees to bring formoving into our neighbourhoods and ward our community’s perspective. ensuring their integration and support What’s incredible is that I continue on all levels. to hear from community members The Syrian refugee crisis really on ways they can help Syrian refucame to the forefront toward the end gees. It is never too late if you want of last year. I want to thank everyone to get involved! Volunteers are always in the community for their advoneeded with such a large-scale opercacy and support on this tremendous ation. You can find opportunities at humanitarian issue. I have heard about SPARK Ontario ( the great desire to help and I commitwarmwelcome). Locally, Refugee613 ted to bringing this issue forward in ( and Ottawa our government. O nt a r io h a s led the charge with funding and logistics to help the refugees move into our province and settle into their new homes in coordination wit h t he fe deral government and the City of Ottawa. O u r gover nment is providing the immediate financial support needed to support sponsorship and settlement efforts in Ottawa with increased funding to initiatives by three local orga n i zat ions. We announced $1.33 m i l l ion to the Catholic From left, Carl Nicholson, Executive Centre for Immigrants, Refugee613 Director of the Catholic Centre for Imand the University of Ottawa Refumigrants, Katie Black of CazaSaikely gee Sponsorship Support Program on Law Firm, MPP Yasir Naqvi and Louisa December 21. These three key initiaTaylor, Director of Refugee613 at the tives are at the leading edge of refugee December 21 Ontario government funding announcement of $1.33 million for resettlement in Ottawa. These organinitiatives in Ottawa to help settle Syrian izations will still be working hard to refugees. ensure a seamless transition for refugees in our community long after the crisis disappears from the media. This funding is part of a larger financial Centre Refugee Action (www.refucommitment of $8.5 million from our government over two and a half years have identified what is to help deliver services to incoming needed to help settle our new neighrefugees. bours and friends. I am proud that our government was 
To learn more about how Ontario the first to commit money and resouris helping Syrian refugees, please visit ces to this dire situation. You voiced If you want your desire to support the newcomers to be a part of the refugee effort or in every possible way and we listened. have an idea that I should focus on, I Premier Kathleen Wynne has also strongly encourage you to contact me established a Ministers’ Ad Hoc Comat my community office at ynaqvi. mittee on Refugees to support our or 613-722government’s commitment to help set6414. I look forward to hearing from tle thousands of refugees in Ontario you.





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from Grade 7 to12 or Grade 9 to 12, effectively removing Grade 7-8 schools over time. Other proposals around the arts program, International Baccalaureate and secondary schools in general are being reviewed in Ottawa OCDSB Trustee with several accomShawn Menard modation reviews to follow over the next few years. I don’t Boundary change proposal expect major changes to Glebe CollegiElgin Street Public School (ESPS) ate as a result of this review. has become over capacity as more $855 million budget families choose to raise families downtown. Staff has proposed movThe school board is engaging in a ing all English Program students to budget process that could see signifiCentennial in Centretown with ESPS cant reductions to its $855 million becoming Early French Immersion budget. I am concerned about the proposed cuts, the job losses that could (EFI) only. Staff have also proresult, and the possible effects on posed changing the boundaries of students. I will try to minimize the Old Ottawa East so students would be directed to Hopewell or Viscount impacts on students and ensure conAlexander on a permanent basis, sistent trustee decisions. This includes use of reserves where possible. I will removing the option area for ESPS, which would mirror the current Engbe holding an open budget consultalish Program boundaries. This would tion at 7 p.m. on February 25, 2016 at have a minimal impact on Hopewell’s 440 Albert St. Please join me. student population but the school is Childcare costs already close to capacity. I will be seeking a long-term plan for the downWe had extensive discussions at the town that takes into consideration a last meeting of the board over childrenewed desire to raise a family there care costs for the board’s Extended and the importance of strong schools Day Program. A fee rise of 32 per cent in the centre of the city. in some cases for before- and afterschool day care has been proposed. JK, SK and EFI changes I opposed this and have revisited the Many parents will know that documents provided to trustees from previous years. The problem is this changes have been proposed to the language of instruction from kinderprogram is meant to project “revenue garten to grade three. The proposal neutrality” by predicting future years’ is that all students would have 50/50 demographics and costs, which is not French and English in junior kindera science. I feel we are piling too much garten (JK) and senior kindergarten on the parents who use these servi(SK) and that the EFI program would ces by making them pay $1.8 million add English as a subject in grade one more next year ($1,000 more per year and switch math instruction from per student for some parents). I plan to propose a middle ground solution. French to English for grades one to three. My motion to extend the consultation on this item for another two Winter weather months passed. The votes on this proWe all know that weather can wreak posal take place on February 2 and havoc on traffic. With the winter February 9, 2016 and I would welcome weather upon us, bus delay and canyour feedback. cellation notices can be found by: • visiting the Ottawa Student TransSecondary reviews portation Authority’s (OSTA’s) Parent The board will be undertaking a full Portal (includes detailed information review of its secondary schools. One of about delays), or the proposals from staff is to encour• following OSTA on Twitter @ OttSchoolBus. age fewer transitions for students as they move through to high school. This means schools from JK to Grade As always, if you have any questions 6 or JK to Grade 8, and high schools please get in touch. Trustee Zone 9 Rideau–Vanier/Capital 613-868-0515


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By John Last

I was off duty on Sunday, September 25, 1955, from the family practice where I was the youngest physician, and running late for my game with three friends at a modest golf course on the southern outskirts of Adelaide, South Australia. I had delivered a baby in the small hours and called at the hospital on my way to make sure mother and baby were OK. I took a road I didn’t normally use to catch up time to get to the golf club.

Jan Wendelken and John Last talking on a hillside above Yankalilla beach, South Australia on September 25, 1955, the day they met

I picked up two young women hitchhikers along this road, as was customary soon after the end of the war and of petrol rationing. The two I picked up were heading for the southeast and could not get there on that road. I said I’d take them to a junction a few miles further on where they could cut across to the road they needed. The young women introduced themselves as Louise and Jan (Janet). They were nurses, Louise from Zürich in Switzerland, Jan from Christchurch in New Zealand. They had been nursing in Perth for a year and had just come across from the west. They intended to see as much as they could in a few weeks and were making ultimately for Sydney where they would part and each would go home. All this emerged in a conversation lasting perhaps 10 minutes, until we reached the corner where I should have dropped them. But by then I had decided I wanted to see more of Jan and I made a snap decision that changed both of our lives. I was so late

my golf partners would have started without me. I’d have to find someone else, a stranger probably, to partner. It was a lovely spring day, songbirds nesting, magpies yodeling and kookaburras laughing crazily. I said I’d drive them to the south coast, show them the sights along the way, then bring them back to Adelaide and they could set off on the right road next day. Thus began a magical day. Everything sparkled in the spring sunshine and so did our conversation as we told each other who we were, what we had done with our lives to that point, and what we hoped for in the future. It got quite hot by mid-day, so I shed my heavy winter pullover and rolled up my sleeves when we stopped at the little town of Yankalilla to buy pies and lemonade for lunch. Louise took a photo of Jan and me as we sat on a hillside above the beach. We were talking about sickness, poverty and the unfairness of life, and how nurses and doctors could help make life fairer. By then I knew I wanted to see much more of Jan. We drove eventually to Victor Harbour where a little island is connected to the mainland by a causeway along which an ancient horse-drawn tram sometimes trundles back and forth. Not that day though, so we walked across the causeway and around the island, gazing at huge ocean breakers from Antarctica, dodging the spray as they beat against the rocks on the exposed side of the island. We exchanged addresses when we parted that day and not long after Jan returned home to New Zealand I had my first letter from her. Soon I had a drawer full of letters and another drawer was full at her end: 125 handwritten letters altogether, each 8, 10, 12 pages long. We never ran out of things to say to each other. Jan’s family name was Wendelken, and like many in her family, she was nicknamed Wendy. During our intense exchange of letters, which was an old-fashioned 19th century kind of courtship by correspondence, Jan became Wendy and she was Wendy ever after. Wendy came back to Australia in July 1956. I drove through

Wendy and John Last at their 50th wedding anniversary banquet, February 14, 2007, at Beckta’s Restaurant in Ottawa

sleet in the Adelaide Hills, across to Melbourne to collect her from the airport and bring her back to Adelaide where she nursed at the Adelaide Children’s Hospital for the next six months while we conducted a more conventional 20th century courtship. We were married on February 14, Saint Valentine’s Day, 1957. That photo Louise took as we sat talking on the hillside on the coast near Yankalilla hung above our marriage bed ever after, coming with us to each of the homes in which we lived. It is among our most precious family possessions. We had a wonderful, rewarding and richly interesting life together until Wendy died in 2010. It’s safe to say that we made the magic last. John Last is an Australian-born physician who has been a professor of epidemiology and public health at the University of Ottawa since 1969. At

Signing the marriage registry, St Peter’s College chapel, Adelaide, South Australia, February 14, 1957

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Together By Sarah R

I stand in the rubble of a broken world. The world has collapsed. The skeletons of destroyed buildings cast eerie shadows over the ground, which is covered with scraps of wood and metal. Dirt is everywhere; the ground, the air, covering my face and my hands. The world has ended. Hasn’t it? A wave of dizziness sweeps over me, my knees buckling. I fall to the ground, my hands scraping painfully against shards of glass. Black spots dance across my vision. A sudden wave of emotion flares up inside me, tears welling up in my eyes. I hear the murmurs of the crowd around me, but I feel oddly detached from them. Why should anything matter anymore? I feel a warm hand on my shoulder. Without looking, I already know it’s Ximena. She’s not talking, but I know she feels the same way I do. Scared. Lost. Alone. “Are, are you all right?” she asks me quietly, and I feel a sudden, crazy urge to laugh. Trust Ximena to ask obvious questions even when the world has been turned on its head. “Course not,” I chuckle hoarsely, still staring at the ground. “The world’s ended, are you feeling alright?” “Of course not,” Ximena says. I can almost hear her purse her lips in disappointment. “But if you fend off questions like that, how are we gonna get anywhere?” I look up at her face – bruised, dirty,

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littered with cuts – probably the same way I look. Her words still trigger a flare of anger inside me. “I’m sure it’s easy for YOU,” I snap

waspishly. “After all, your family’s got your back. They’re actually alive, aren’t they?” Ximena looks away quickly, rubbing

her eyes with a mud-caked hand. “No, actually,” she says, her voice almost a whisper. “They aren’t.” Her words, though quiet, hit me like a punch to the gut. I feel my anger drain away, leaving behind only an odd sensation of guilt. “Oh,” I say, a heavy silence hanging between us. “I’m sorry.” Honestly, those words are empty. We’re all sorry this happened, and saying it out loud won’t help. “Get up,” Ximena says, breaking the silence. “You can’t stay down on the ground forever.” I know I should, but my legs feel as if they’re filled with lead. Suddenly, I hear heavy footsteps behind me. I whirl around. Jorge. “You need to get up,” he insists, grabbing my hand. His skin is calloused and blistered as it touches mine. And Jorge is right, as always. Slowly, I force myself to stand up. Around me, people are standing as the murmurs of the crowd grow even louder. One voice rings out above the rest into the smog-filled air. “We can do this! Together!” Somehow, the words fill me with hope. Together. Together, we can do this. We’re going to survive this; we’re going to live. I look at Ximena and Jorge. My friends. Ximena grasps my other hand tightly, and I squeeze back. We’re going to do this. Together. Sarah R is a Grade 6 student at First Avenue Public School.

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The students at Mutchmor Public School are given every opportunity to learn about what it means to be a responsible, active citizen in the diverse communities to which they belong within and outside the school. With passionate teachers, administrators, and support staff Mutchmor students

gain an understanding that they belong to many communities and that, ultimately, they are all citizens of the global community. A Grade 6 classroom was introduced in January to the importance of international cooperation in addressing the global water crisis. They evaluated the effectiveness of selected actions in the international arena by


Canada and Canadian citizens. Students gained a sense of the magnitude of inequalities that exist worldwide over the course of the global water crisis. This sparked animated discussions about initiatives students could take to make a difference in their own small way. These Grade 6 students ran an hourlong art exhibit in their classroom on Friday, January 29 to raise funds for the Canadian charity Ryan’s Well. We invited parents of the students to attend the event and meet the artists to discuss the works on display. Art pieces ranged from paintings, sculptures and

Lego™ villages to stop-motion films. The pieces reflected the students’ knowledge and allowed them to communicate their learning in unique ways. A total of $200 was raised for the organization. However, these young people were not focused on the amount of money raised. Instead, they were focused on education, advocacy and making a small difference towards a sustainable global future. After all, little ripples make big waves. Vanessa de Hoog is a Grade 6 French Immersion Teacher at Mutchmor Public School in the Glebe.

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Glebe Co-op Nursery School thinking ahead to next year By Becca Wallace Spring is almost here!

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February is here and that means two things: spring is right around the corner and so is registration for next school year! The Glebe Cooperative Nursery School’s board is busy prepping this year’s application and it will be available online and at the school at the beginning of March. Complete applications are due by April 1. We are doing things a little differently this year and you are required to submit a police record check or the receipt proving you’ve applied for one with your application. This can take a bit of time so don’t leave filling out your application till the last minute. The Glebe Co-op Nursery School – ready and waiting for your child!

Why choose a co-op?

There are many great reasons to choose a cooperative nursery school for your child. The nursery school can provide a great place for your child to interact with other children, begin to understand the structure of a school day and learn new things from other children and the teachers even if your child is at home with a parent, grandparent or childcare provider most days. The cooperative nature of our school provides a wonderful sense of community. Parents are asked to contribute

by either sitting on our parent-run board or performing other tasks that help the school run, such as making play dough (aka Playdoh) or assisting in organizing one of our fundraisers. Parents take turns being present in the school for a duty day. Typically once every couple of months, parents will be present for the entire school day. They provide a healthy snack for the kids to eat, help clean up after the snack and play with the kids. The duty days are a great way to feel connected to your

child’s experience at the school. Our programs

We offer two different classes to serve two different age groups at the Glebe Cooperative Nursery School (GCNS). Our toddler class is filled with children 1.5 to 2.5 years old and runs on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. This class is so cute to watch as the little kids waddle their way around the room. If your child isn’t quite 1.5 years old yet come September, you can still apply and get on our wait-

ing list or apply later in the year once he or she is old enough. Our preschool class is made up of children 2.5 to 4 years of age and runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This class is a great lead-up to junior kindergarten. One great advantage the GCNS has is that it’s located in the Glebe Community Centre, which runs programs to piggyback on our preschool class. If enough children sign up, your child could potentially stay at the GCC from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.! Open house

Curious about our school? Want to come check it out? We are holding our annual open house on Friday, March 4, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. You can chat with the teachers and other parents, see a few kids playing around and pick up an application form. We may be adding an evening open house, so check our website for more information. If you can’t make it to our open houses, drop us a line or give us a call and we would be happy to set something up for you. Becca Wallace is the communications chair for the GCNS Board. Her son is enjoying his second year at the school in the preschool class.

By Sarah Brickell

Good Morning (GMCAPS) chooses an organization to give back to every year as part of our Holiday Giving campaign. The school chose the Baby Supply Cupboard of the Ottawa Food Bank this year. The Baby Supply Cupboard helps parents in need by providing items in high demand such as non-perishable baby food, formula, cereals, diapers and wipes. Chronic shortages of donations of these basic needs make stocking the Baby Supply Cupboard one of the Food Bank’s most expensive but most precious priorities. We also encouraged Good Morning families to donate toddler-friendly snack and meal items like peanut butter, rice and cereals. The facts in Ottawa are astounding – 37 per cent of food bank users are children and 50,000 Ottawa residents access food bank services every month. Our Good Morning community gave with huge hearts! Five large boxes of baby and toddler supplies and food were collected by December 18. I volunteered to call the Food Bank to arrange drop-off before the school closed for the Holiday Break and was told that drop-off in January would be preferable because they were lacking the volunteers to properly receive items at the warehouse. The Food Bank sees a surge of donations at the holidays and then a huge

drop-off in January. The Food Bank explained that in January there are more volunteers available to sort donations, decide which donations can be saved for later in the year and set up distribution to local community food bank locations. In January, I told our 7-year-old son Jonah we were going on an adventure. He’s a long-standing GMCAPS student, currently in the Creative Arts After School program, who has tagged along on donation drop-offs before. He and I set off on our adventure to drop off the boxes. We were given a tour of the facilities and lots of information about hunger in our community. We learned that while donations of non-perishable items are very important, the Food Bank is also focusing on fresh food through partnerships with local farmers. It now boasts that 47 per cent of the food it distributes is fresh. The Food Bank turns every dollar donated into $5 worth of fresh food! We will be keeping this in mind for future campaigns at the school. The day ended with a conversation with Jonah about what the day had meant to him and what he had learned. He said something that made me think; he said “Mama, I learned that every little bit counts.” It was something that our tour guide had said as a throwaway comment at one point, noting that the Food Bank can turn one can of tuna or $1 into a day’s worth of food for a family. I’m not sure the guide knew the


Glebe Report Circulation Manager Come spring, your thoughts will no doubt turn to community newspaper delivery. As it happens, come spring, the Glebe Report will need a new volunteer Circulation Manager to manage the delivery of the Glebe

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Good Morning Creative Arts and Preschool gives back

Jonah, 7, on a trip to the Food Bank to drop off donations from the Good Morning Creative Arts & Preschool

impact that little phrase had on Jonah, but it sure had an impact on me coming from a 7-year-old and reminded me that every little bit does count, and even little people can make a big difference.

Sarah Brickell is the volunteer president of GMCAPS and just registered her youngest son in the 2-year-old program for the 2016–2017 year. He will always be her baby though!

Report to Glebe households and selected businesses, by managing a full team of volunteer carriers and area captains. Includes honorarium.

access to a car and access to a computer? Do you have space to hold and sort 7,000 newspapers for two days each month (except July)?

Are you organized, dependable, diplomatic, computer literate, familiar with the Glebe, and a skilled communicator? Are you a team leader with a driver’s license,

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Glebe Report February 12, 2016

Members of Glebe Collegiate’s Mental Wellness Committee get the message out.

Members of Glebe Collegiate’s TWIGS collected 8.82 tonnes of e-waste at last year’s Great Glebe Garage Sale. They hope to outdo themselves this year by collecting 10 tonnes.

Wellness – one school subject we can’t go without By Katie Clarke

When you speak to high school students close to exam season, between latenight cram sessions and early morning catch-ups, it seems as though everything depends on this chemistry interview, this English essay, or this mathematical representation of their skewed sleep cycle. Some of the stress they encounter can have a positive result. All these competing elements can lead to innumerable academic successes. But what about the negative effect of stress on mental health and where’s the balance? These teenagers may earn themselves a wealth of knowledge on so many important topics and yet their own mental wellbeing isn’t usually one of them. How are students expected to juggle so many academic subjects when basic needs like stress-management, relaxation and selfcare are rarely acknowledged? The Glebe Collegiate’s Mental Wellness Committee aims to challenge the student approach to mental wellness and mental illness from February 16 – 19 by inviting students and staff to visit the community resource fair, take part in workshops and listen to a range of speakers, from peers to professionals, during

Those Who Initiate Greener Spaces (TWIGS)?

our first annual Mental Wellness Week. Our main goal is to promote a universal understanding of what mental wellness represents for students and their peers, and to differentiate between clinical mental illnesses and general mental health while highlighting the importance of safety in both. This series of events will educate students as to some of the complexities of mental health, provide resources that can help them and highlight the importance of everyday mental wellness in all aspects of their lives. Topics will include: - LGBTTQ+ issues, - Money management stressors, - Suicide prevention, - Social stresses, - Body image, and - Healthy relationships. If you know students at Glebe Collegiate, ask them about their experience at our first annual Mental Wellness Week. You can talk chemistry any time. Let’s get this conversation started!

By Judith Slater

Katie Clarke is vice co-president of Glebe Collegiate Institute Student’s Council and an organizer of Glebe Collegiate’s Mental Wellness Week.

Mikka Zeisig and global poverty What started as a family trip to Tanzania five years ago has transformed into a lifelong journey for Mikka Zeisig. The grade eleven Glebe Collegiate student was in New York February 1–2 as a youth delegate for SOS Children’s Villages Canada at the UN Youth Forum. Youth leaders from around the globe took part in workshops, discussions and interactive panels to brainstorm ideas for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a set of 17 goals adopted in September 2015 that commit to ending global poverty and protecting the planet. “I want to gain more ideas from talking to other youth from around the world on how I can have the biggest impact in my community,” the 16-year-old said. “I’m really interested in starting a blog and learning where to start and how to start.” Mikka Zeisig became aware of global poverty as a young girl when her parents sponsored three Tanzanian

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By Nelly Elayoubi

Mikka Zeisig (far left) and friends are passionate about youth empowerment and international development.

sisters through the SOS Children’s Villages network. At age 11, she and her family travelled to Tanzania to meet the three girls and visit the village. They spent a day with the girls and the greater village community playing soccer and getting to know the other children. The youngest was a five-month-old baby, the oldest a 17-year-old. “That really opened my eyes to how SOS and other NGOs (non-governmental organizations) really have an impact on those children and youths’ lives,” Zeisig said. SOS Children’s Villages is an international NGO dedicated to providing abandoned and orphaned children

Have you noticed these new signs along Glebe and First avenues? Wondering what TWIGS is all about? Hmmm… TWIGS is a group of Glebe high school students that comes together every Tuesday at lunch time to discuss and act on things that can have a positive environmental impact in the school and local community. TWIGS is headed by students but facilitated by myself. They devise through group discussions initiatives that I help bring to fruition by obtaining principal France Thibault’s permission, arranging supplies or communicating with local agencies to receive advice and encouragement. This group of eager students has raised money to purchase apple trees and soil, planted a vegetable garden, planted hundreds of bulbs and bought nine bike racks for the school grounds over the past three years. Some activities don’t require money but time. These have included digging deep holes for the apple trees, hauling top-soil, using a staple gun and hammers to create pallet planter boxes, and organizing recycling within the school, to name just a few. Other activities have included the twice-yearly Clean Up the Capital event. This allowed us to test run the time required, prior to formally adopting both Glebe and First avenues from Bank to Bronson through the Adopta-Roadway program with the City of Ottawa. It is very satisfying to get feedback from the school’s neighbours who thank us for our efforts. The group has raised significant amounts of money at the Great Glebe Garage Sale (GGGS) over the past a loving home and access to healthcare, education and food. An S.O.S. mother raises several children to give the kids a sense of family. S.O.S. provides homes to some 80,000 children. “To me, the happiness was amazing to see,” said Zeisig. “I think a sense of belonging and family makes a huge difference, as does knowing they can make something out of their lives. They have hope.” She started an NGO club in her elementary school since that trip, fundraising for children. She completed a high school co-op term at SOS Children’s Villages Canada where she participated in the youth-led Take

three years by asking for used and unneeded electronics for collection the day of and the Sunday of that busy weekend. We collected 5.59 tonnes in 2014 and we accumulated a massive 8.82 tonnes of e-waste in 2015! The picture shows us struggling to close the doors of one dumpster. Our school bake sales have been a riotous success over the past couple of years with fudge being consumed in vast quantities alongside vegetarian and vegan sweet treats. Fudge is often the reward for students bringing their classroom recycling bins down to the garbage room at the end of the day on Friday. I’ve never seen such enthusiasm over my baking. While we have had some heady successes, we have also had some pretty funny failures. One was our craft sale at Glebe Collegiate. We had created a lot of ornaments using recycled articles but we didn’t get a single sale. We had a lot of fun making them though. The group is focusing on its 2016 events in between writing exams and summatives in January. Our goal this year is to collect 10 tonnes of electronics in three dumpsters at the GGGS. We are also preparing a fundraiser for the international program Stand for Trees, which protects endangered forests around the world. If you have ideas for environmental initiatives for the year, please contact TWIGS through their website at If you have electronics you want us to collect in advance of the Great Glebe Garage Sale e-waste collection, please contact me at Judith Slater, a Glebe resident, is an education assistant at Glebe Collegiate Institute and facilitator of the TWIGS group. She is active in the Glebe Community Association’s Environment Committee, coordinates the Glebe Garden Angels and is dedicated to making the Glebe green. Action program, which engages high school students about the SDGs. She took part in school activities in Montreal and at Gloucester High School to stimulate discussion among her peers on ways the SDGs could be promoted and implemented. “They (the students) were very shocked about how bad things were for people living in poverty,” Zeisig said. “But I try to emphasize that we can be the change. We have to let people know we can empower people to make a difference.” Nelly Elayoubi is a communications assistant for SOS Children’s Villages.

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CALLING GLEBE ARTISTS! The Glebe Art in Our Gardens and Studio Tour 2016 will take place July 9–10. Applications from Glebe artists (painters, sculptors, potters, photographers ) accepted until April 30. Please email for info and an application form. CHILD CARE PROVIDERS NETWORK - Are you a parent looking for home daycare? A caregiver with space in your daycare? Come to a Child Care Connection meeting on Mon., Mar. 7 at the Ottawa Public Library Sunnyside Branch (1049 Bank St) from 7–8 p.m. For more information regarding this meeting or other meetings around the city please go to www. or call 613-749-5211 Ext. 24. Child Care Providers Network is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that provides information, training, resources and support to home child care providers. HERITAGE DAY, Feb. 16, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Jean Piggott Place, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. West. Join the Cultural and Heritage Services Branch in partnership with the Council of Heritage Organization in Ottawa, browse displays and mingle with over 45 exhibitors at the 2016 Heritage Showcase. Find out how heritage is being celebrated in your community; learn about services offered by local heritage organizations, public programs and special initiatives, and professional development and volunteer opportunities. HERITAGE OTTAWA - 2016 PHILLIPS MEMORIAL LECTURE (free) - SAVING HERITAGE: PRESERVING HISTORY IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD, Wed., Feb. 24, 19:00 – 21:00. This special lecture event takes place at The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, 199 Sussex Dr. (use Boteler St. entrance). In this lecture and Q&A, Christophe Bouleau of Aga Khan Trust for Culture Historic Cities Programme will discuss historic sites in the context of development, how AKTC’s works with communities, and how an integrated development approach could be beneficial in Canada. Please note: pre-registration required. Info: ; info@ or 613-230-8841. LEARN AND EXPLORE SPEAKERS’ SERIES AT ABBOTSFORD HOUSE, 950 Bank St., each Wednesday, 1–2:30 p.m. $2 admission, includes

speaker, tea/coffee and a home-made treat! Feb. 17 - Helen Niezgoda, B.Sc. N.c MSc is the Manager of Clinical Operation at the Bruyere Research Institute and of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. Helen will lead a discussion and ask the audience to participate in a Q & A. Feb. 24 - Gerard Lavelle is a retired educator who keeps his skills sharp; he is keen to share his knowledge and love of learning and will be presenting Language Today. Language is ever evolving , so let’s learn more about how things are now. Mar. 2 - Holly Pankhurst is the assistant Community Development Coordinator of the Eastern Region of The Kidney Foundation of Canada. Holly will be speaking about kidney health and nutrition and how good kidney health can help prevent diabetes and high blood pressure. Mar. 9 - Lesley and Graham Sibthorpe are volunteers and friends of Abbotsford and also happen to be of English decent! This combination made walking England’s Southwest Coast Path exceptional last spring. Come witness the vistas and experiences of England! LOG DRIVE CAFÉ AT ABBOTSFORD HOUSE (950 Bank St.), Fri., Feb. 26, 7:30–9 p.m., Youth Night with Artists Daphne Volante, Piara ÓGiobúin & Deirdre Dooley. These young, vibrant artists will share their varied musical talents. Old songs sung by young singers! Expect percussion and guitar. Admission: $10 at the door (Doors open at 7 p.m.). Fri., Mar. 11, 7:30–9 p.m. Artist: Kevin Dooley. Kevin is a well known Irish singer and player of the flute and whistle. He along with a few friends will present songs and tunes to kick off Irish week. Admission: $10 at the door (Doors open at 7 p.m.). At both events, coffee/tea and treats will be on sale courtesy of Abbotsford Members.

OLD OTTAWA SOUTH GARDEN CLUB meets on the second Monday of the month from 7–9 p.m. at Ottawa South Community Centre (The Firehall), 260 Sunnyside Ave. Membership is $25/ year; $40/family and drop in fee $7/ meeting. Mar. 14 meeting: Hydrangeas in the Garaden. Peter Knippel of Knippel Garden Centre will discuss the when, where, and how of planting hydrangeas, and how to keep them happy, healthy and beautiful. SPRING FASHION 2016, Thurs., March 10, 12 noon - Fashions from Escape Clothing. Lunch at Flippers, 819 Bank St., upstairs (corner Fourth Ave). Table d’hôte $25 (tips and taxes extra). Door prizes provided by Escape and Flippers. Reservations required: 613-232-2703. TOPICAL TALKS AT ABBOTSFORD HOUSE (950 Bank St.). Mon., Feb. 29 - Mike Bulthuis, Executive Director of the Ottawa Alliance to End Homelessness will be speaking about his work within the organization and help inform us on this distressing and disturbing reality in the Nation’s Capital. Refreshments (a muffin, juice and a coffee) served at 9:45 am. Talk begins at 10 a.m. sharp! Cost $3. WEDNESDAY NOON CONCERT SERIES AT SOUTHMINSTER, 15 Aylmer Avenue at Bank with artistic director Roland Graham. Elevate and refresh your spirit during these 45-minute mid-week presentations. Admission is by freewill offering ($5, $10 or $20 is suggested). Feb. 17: SONGS OF LOVE - A program of turn of the 20th-century love songs and arrangements for violin and piano/organ; music by Kreisler, Elgar, Gershwin and more. - Ralitsa Tcholakova, violin and Jennifer Loveless, piano & organ. Feb. 24: HOPEWELL SHOWCASE III - Talented students of Hopewell Elementary School share

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their musical gifts with the community for their third annual DOFMS presentation. - Junior & Senior Concert Bands, Jazz Band with Marya Woyiwada, director. Mar. 2: SANCTUARY IN SOUND - Trinity Western University’s Chamber Choir 2016 tour program of sacred choral gems, familiar and new. Dr. Joel Tranquilla, conductor and David Antoniuk, piano. Mar. 9: VARIATIONS ON CORELLI - A solo piano recital featuring works by Brahms (6 Klavierstücke), Ravel (Valses Nobles et Sentimentales) and Rachmaninov (Variations on a theme of Corelli). - Magda Boukanan, piano. WEDNESDAY STUDIES AT ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH. Six Wednesday evenings of study and community starting Feb. 10. Dinner at 6 p.m., small-group studies follow. Topics include: Ideas, Biblical Storytelling, and Looking for Home. Details and registration at studies – 82 Kent St (at Wellington) 613-232-9042. WORLD DAY OF PRAYER - Join a worldwide movement where Christian denominations come together to pray and learn about the Christian experience in other countries. In 2016 the focus is on Cuba and the service has been written by women in Cuba. The Glebe and Old Ottawa South churches invite you to join us at St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 729 Bank St. at First Ave on Sat., Mar. 5, 11 a.m. Coffee will be served as you arrive from 10:45 a.m. This ecumenical worship time, led by women from our local congregations, will be an hour with an opportunity to talk afterwards.

fOR SALE ANTIQUE LIBRARY TABLE, 84” x 22” x 33” h. $995. Call 613-261-4504. DINING ROOM TABLE, antique Duncan Phyfe mahogany, double pedestals, measures 74” l. x 42” w. x 29” h., includes 1 leaf, $800. Call 613-2614504. MAHOGANY SIDEBOARD on high legs, 1920s, measures 66” l. x 21” d. x 38” h, refinished in a lighter colour. $750. Call 613-261-4504. TIR E S A ND R IMs, 4 Ku m ho P195/50R/16 all season radials from 2013 Hyundi accent on aluminum alloy wheels (4 bolt pattern). Mint, used 1 season. Asking $399. Phone: 613-565-7440, please leave a message.

In addition to free home delivery, you can find copies of the Glebe Report at Abbas Grocery, Acorn Nursery, Adishesha Yoga, Arrow & Loon, Bank of Montreal, B.G.G.O., Bloomfields Flowers, Booster Juice, Brewer Arena, Brewer Pool, Bridgehead, Capital Barbershop, Douvris Martial Arts, Eddy’s Diner, Ernesto’s Barber Shop, Escape, Farm Team Cookhouse and Bar, Feleena’s, The Flag Shop, Flight Centre Travel, 107 Fourth Avenue Wine Bar, The French Baker, Glebe Apothecary, Glebe Community Centre, Glebe Meat Market, Glebe Pet Hospital, Glebe Smoke Shop, Glebe Tailoring, Glebe Trotters, Glebe Video, Goodies, Hillary Cleaners, Hogan’s Food Store, Il Negozio Nicastro, Irene’s Pub, Isabella Pizza, Jericho Café, Kardish Foods, Kettleman’s Bagel Co., Kunstadt Sports, Marble Slab, Mayfair Theatre, McKeen Metro Glebe, Mister Muffler, Morala’s Café, Olga’s Deli and Catering, Pints & Quarts, The Palisades, The Pantry, Pet Valu, ReadiSetGo, RBC/Royal Bank, Reflections, 7-Eleven, Scotiabank, Second Avenue Sweets, Subway, SushiGo, TD Bank, Third Avenue Spa, Von’s Bistro, Watson’s Pharmacy and Wellness Centre, Whole Foods, The Wild Oat, Yarn Forward & Sew-On, The Works.

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Main’s Attraction Everyone’s talking about Main Street. It’s transforming into a place that celebrates the pedestrian — larger sidewalks, window-shopping and farmer’s markets. But the biggest attraction of all might be the new Domicile building on the corner. It’s at the perfect intersection of city life and condo living.

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