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November 8, 2013 Serving the Glebe community since 1973

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Rachel Collishaw brings history to life at Glebe Collegiate

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Rachel Collishaw, history teacher at Glebe Collegiate and recipient of a 2013 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching, holds up recently rediscovered Honour Rolls listing the GCI students and teachers who served in the Second World War.

By Caroline O’Neill

Meet Rachel Collishaw, a history teacher who is both engaged and engaging. She can be found in room 311 at Glebe Collegiate Institute (CGI), happily shepherding her Grade 10 students through the corridors of Canadian history. She brings history to life for her class. Instead of focusing solely on key figures and facts from Canadian history, Collishaw teaches her class about the lesser-known players who might resonate with students. In the photo above, she is seen holding a beautifully illustrated Roll of Honour that commemorates approximately 1,500 teachers and students from Glebe Collegiate who served in the Second

World War. Some 200 of those perished and their names are cast in two bronze plaques that adorn both sides of the school’s entrance. The question hangs in the air ­– who were the people behind the names? On the day of my recent interview with Collishaw, she was skillfully managing a balancing act – offering guidance to her class of 32 students as they examined research documents, answering questions from a number of reporters and graciously receiving an award for her work from TD Bank. What is all the excitement about? She, as one of just six in the country, is the recipient of the 2013 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching. Listed as one of 25 finalists earlier this year, her work will be celebrated with the other winners on continued on page 20

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

November 9–29 November 11 November 15-17 November 15-30 November 17 November 21 November 22-23 November 26 November 30 November 30

Sylvie Richard & Marie Daoust art exhibition, GCC Gallery Propaganda and the Ethics of Persuasion book launch, Octopus Books, 251 Bank, 6:30 p.m. Glebe Craft & Artisan Fair, GCC Bhat Boy exhibition Heroes & Heroines, Orange Gallery Grannies’ African Lunch, Glebe-St. James Church, 11: 45 a.m. Glebe Annex Community Association AGM, GCC, 6:30 p.m. Handel’s Messiah, St. Matthew’s, 7:30 p.m. GCA monthly meeting, GCC, 7 p.m. Abbotsford bazaar & silent auction, 950 Bank, 10 a.m. Ottawa Bach Choir’s Glory of the Baroque, St. Matthew’s, 8 p.m.

WHAT’S INSIDE Abbotsford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-24 Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-37 Business Buzz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Councillor’s Report . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Culturescape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Ecology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17-18 Film . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 GCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Glebe History . . . . . . . . . . . 10, 20-21 Glebe Today . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 GNAG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Letter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 MPP’s Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25-27 OMB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9, 22 Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-34

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Paul Casey plays with OrKidstra (KidPlayers and KidSingers) at the annual Peace Day event at City Hall in September 2012.

OrKidstra, “empowering kids, building community” By Cheryl Casey

Blame it on the First Avenue Book Sale. That’s where my search for a way to give back to the community first led me: my sons were both students at First Avenue in the 1990s and before long, I was co-chairing its annual book sale – and hooked on volunteer work. As my boys moved on, Paul’s talent as a young violinist led us to the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy (OYOA) where, over the course of 10 years, he progressed through the various ensembles, beginning in Junior Strings and ending in the Ottawa Youth Orchestra. During that time, I enjoyed volunteering in various capacities for the OYOA as parent rep, newsletter editor, event planner and board member. In 2007, the final year of his Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa, Paul volunteered for a few hours every week in a brand new pro-

gram in Centretown, OrKidstra. Every Monday after classes at the university, he would bike to the Bronson Centre and spend a couple of hours teaching violin to the children in the program. OrKidstra was inspired by El Sistema, a Venezuelan social experiment that has now been in existence for 35 years and has produced some amazing musicians and changed the lives of thousands of kids living in the barrios. After travelling to Venezuela and experiencing El Sistema firsthand, Tina Fedeski, a freelance flute player and teacher, Margaret Munro Tobolowska, then a cellist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Gary McMillen, co-owner (with Tina) of The Leading Note store, created The Leading Note Foundation, launching its OrKidstra program in October 2007. It was an immediate success: 46 applications were received for just 30 available spaces!

Although Paul moved to Indiana in 2008 to continue his studies, my connection to the music community remained strong. When Tina asked me to be on The Leading Note Foundation’s board of directors, I gladly accepted. The Leading Note Foundation’s sole purpose is to administer the OrKidstra program and OrKidstra’s main premise is this: offer children the instruments and the education to enrich their lives spiritually, and they will find the means to sustain themselves and, most importantly, become active contributors to society. The OrKidstra program is a true reflection of our Canadian multicultural and diverse populations. With children ages five to 18 from 38 cultural backgrounds, OrKidstra is far more than a music program – it is first and foremost a social development program. Through playing and singing together, children enjoy a sense of belonging and achievement; they learn life skills such as respect, compassion, teamwork and responsibility, which help them to achieve their true potential. OrKidstra’s motto is “empowering kids … building community.” The benefits of a music education are beyond the reach of many families, but OrKidstra is changing this with the support of corporate and public sector organizations and a caring network of faithful individual donors. While Tina, as executive director, manages the day-to-day operations, she also works closely with the members of the board on strategic planning, governance, communications and fundraising. Now at the beginning of its seventh season, OrKidstra has expanded. It involves over 300 children from Centretown and Lowertown, 90 per cent of whom receive, at no cost, the loan of instruments and semi-private or small-group

music lessons. Each student also gets the chance to play in an orchestra and/or sing in a choir. The orchestral experience is further enriched by student mentors from the University of Ottawa music program and from local high school students (many of whom are members of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra) who participate in weekly rehearsals. There is never a dull moment during after-school hours – the halls fill with the sounds of instruments being played, of children’s voices raised in song, and always, with laughter! With a Masters degree under his belt, Paul returned to Ottawa last year. He plays regularly in the viola section of the National Arts Centre Orchestra while pursuing a D.Mus. at McGill. He is back in the OrKidstra fold as viola teacher and chamber music coach and has brought along Karen Kang, a cellist (now his wife), who has happily joined the OrKidstra family. My work as a volunteer has led me along interesting paths and given me great joy over the years. I have met and become friends with wonderful people and have enjoyed seeing many projects come to fruition. But surely, the happiest moments are those spent watching the excitement and anticipation, the sparkle in the eyes and the joy on the faces of children performing for an audience – and watching one’s own child be part of that experience. There is great truth in the words of Maestro José Antonio Abreu, founder of the El Sistema orchestral program for Venezuelan children and youth: “Teach children the beauty of music and music will teach them the beauty of life.” Cheryl Casey is a long-time resident of the Glebe who enjoys music, art, gardening and cooking.

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Glebe Report November 8, 2013

Keeping the magic of film

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By liz mckeen

On a warm Saturday afternoon in October, the Mayfair Theatre in Old Ottawa South hosted a Home Movie Day, where members of the Lost Dominion Screening Collective gave advice on preserving old film and video, and showed on the big screen some of the home movies brought in by members of the public. “Home Movie Day is a new event for us that we’re hoping to bring back next year,” says John Yemen, co-founder of the collective. “The bulk of our activities are dedicated to running the Canadian Cult Revue film series. We are in our fourth season. Our focus is on showing Canadian films on the big screen, usually in their original film formats, the way the filmmakers ‘intended them to be shown.’ “This year our full season is being held at the Mayfair – the last cinema in Ottawa that has the capacity to show archival-quality film prints on 35mm film in a dual-projector setup. “The films we show are often films with ‘cult’ followings (like those of David Cronenberg or Guy Maddin) or

films that are rarely, if ever, seen on the big screen, such as archival prints from Library and Archives Canada or private collections around the country. We’ve shown films from as far back as the silent era, sometimes accompanied by local musicians providing a live soundtrack performance,” says Yemen. Next month, on November 26, the collective is showing the 1931 Newfoundland/Hollywood film, The Viking, an adventure story set against a background of the North Atlantic seal hunt.” The Lost Dominion Screen Collective is run by a small group of volunteers. “We’re always happy to involve new people in our events,” says Yemen. “Volunteers can participate in many ways – helping us program our film series by suggesting films or helping us find prints or pretty much in any other way – hosting events, hosting our guest filmmakers, assisting with publicity, helping on the sponsorship side of things or with grant-writing.”

Kelly Egan, a member of the Lost Dominion Screening Collective, examines some old film and gives preservation advice.

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By Julie Ireton

Noelle D’Arcy knows many of the merchants in the Glebe and Old Ottawa South by name. That’s not only because for the past 49 years she has made a point of shopping locally, but once a year she also visits many of these shopkeepers looking for – and getting – donations. D’Arcy is in charge of soliciting great finds for the Merchant Silent Auction at Abbotsford at the Glebe Centre’s Annual Bazaar.

“Abbotsford is a wonderful resource and not enough people know about it. A lot of people still do not know what it’s all about. It’s kind of a hidden gem.”

“It’s nothing for me to call them up and say it’s Noelle!” said D’Arcy. “I try to impress upon the merchants that we Glebites support our stores ­­– they

should support Abbotsford. It needs all the support it can get.” Each fall, D’Arcy and an army of volunteers get ready for the ever-popular bazaar. (This year it’s the 38th edition and it’s being held once again at Abbotsford House at 950 Bank St.) There will be the usual book sale, flea market, baked-goods table, jewellery, teddy bears and much more, and the newly formed Elegant Treasures in the dining room. Planning the Merchant Silent Auction is a big job. The merchandise and gift certificates collected by D’Arcy and fellow volunteers fill up several tables in Abbotsford’s parlour. On bazaar day there are often lines out the door and down Bank Street. “Davidson’s Jewellers always provides a lovely piece of jewellery. Home Hardware gives something every year. One year it was dishes, another it was cutlery,” said D’Arcy. “Glebe Trotters usually gives a nice handbag.” According to D’Arcy, the Merchant Silent Auction really has something for everyone, and would not be the success that it is without the support of many local Glebe and Ottawa South businesses. D’Arcy is just one of the many 55-plus folks who are members of Abbotsford at the Glebe Centre. Along with her help with the bazaar, D’Arcy also volunteers each Tuesday – foot care day – at the centre’s main desk, by taking pay-

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Exuberance underpins Abbotsford’s November 30 sale and silent auction

Once again volunteer Noelle D’Arcy lends her exuberance to the good cause of raising funds for Abbotsford programs and services.

ments and booking appointments. On bazaar day when every volunteer takes up a position behind a sales table, D’Arcy knows exactly where she’ll be. “I’m at the front desk,” she said. “My job is to sell raffle tickets. Some of our craft ladies put together beautiful gift baskets and as people come in and walk by, I tell them not to forget to buy a ticket!” All the money raised goes back into programs and services run by the centre. D’Arcy thinks more people should know about what goes on inside the old stone farmhouse across from Lansdowne Park. “Abbotsford is a wonderful resource and not enough people know about it. A lot of people still do not know what it’s all about. It’s kind of a hidden gem. It’s not like Starbucks out there on the corner.” Once again the annual bazaar is being generously sponsored by our

local community Scotiabank. Not only are they providing a generous monetary donation, but bank employees are rolling up their sleeves and helping set up the sale and count the money afterwards. Thank you Scotiabank for supporting our community programs! Drop in at Abbotsford, loiter and learn more about its programs and services. And don’t miss Abbotsford’s Annual Bazaar, Saturday, November 30 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Time is short but “oh, so sweet.” Abbotsford’s Annual Bazaar Saturday, November 30 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 950 Bank Street Journalist Julie Ireton regularly writes stories about the programs and services at Abbotsford House.

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We are constantly hearing that the number of overweight and obese individuals is rising. The latest estimates suggest that 59 per cent of Canadian adults are overweight and 25 per cent are obese. This trend of increasing weight among Canadians has had, and will continue to have, a dramatic impact on health care costs since being overweight or obese increases one’s risk of developing several chronic diseases. Specifically, too much weight can lead to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, respiratory problems, osteoarthritis and mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression. This article discusses why these risks increase, and lays out evidence suggesting that weight can influence mood and food choices. Obesity and the altered function of fat cells

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EDITORIAL PAGE

6 Glebe Report November 8, 2013

Images of the Glebe

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Mature trees invite playful physical activity.

Getting ahead of change We sustain community by participating in projects that link the past to the present and the present to the future. In the first case, we may not have been around to witness causal events but are still living with the outcome; in the second, we may not be around to enjoy the full flowering of our efforts, but we have the satisfaction of knowing subsequent generations may do so. Building such bridges now ties discrete parts of the community together over time and through space. With this in mind, I am very gratified to feature Rachel Collishaw’s ongoing project with Grade 10 history classes. It exemplifies a new pedagogical approach to teaching history, unearths the personal stories of teachers and alumni of Glebe Collegiate Institute who served in the Second World War and offers a unique opportunity in the present for local residents (especially those with attics full of old documents) to contribute their information and stories. This research project is being memorialized online as Glebe CI Second World War Memorial. I do hope that readers take up the challenge if they have information to contribute to the project. The second project highlighted in this issue that will have a great impact on our community for generations to come is the Tree Ottawa initiative launched by Ecology Ottawa. This is a wonderful opportunity for local residents to be part of a network endeavour to plant one million trees in Ottawa over the next four years. Feasible first steps include assuming responsibility for planting and protecting a tree on private property, or in true community spirit, to help form a neighbourhood team to organize the Glebe effort.

Our communities need grassroots involvement to help offset the arboreal losses caused by the Emerald Ash Borer, to recognize the essential value of trees in our community and to get proactive in diversifying the tree canopy of Ottawa. HEADS UP – CHANGE AHEAD

It is with a deep sense of appreciation that I have embraced the opportunity to extend my contract as editor of the Glebe Report until June 2014. In the remaining months, I am choosing to work with members of our very capable production team to: 1. carry on making modifications in design to update the look and readability of the newspaper; 2. continue to work with our print production team and our web editor, Elizabeth Chiang, to define and refine the print-web balance of the newspaper, keeping its mandate in mind; 3. expand our roster of contributors and the diversity of voices; and 4. facilitate an orderly transition in the editorship of the Glebe Report. To give the Board of Directors ample time to find the most appropriate candidate for the position of editor, and maximum opportunity for prospective editors to fully appreciate the challenges and rewards of this demanding role, I am giving readers advance notice of this upcoming change. I hope, then, that you will not be taken by surprise when an advertisement for a new editor appears in the December 2013 and January 2014 issues of the Glebe Report.

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Campaign to reduce salt in food continues Editor, Glebe Report

The debate on salt in our food continues. Canadians are consuming too much salt (sodium) and there are health consequences. This summer the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) joined many others who are advocating less salt in our diets. CFUW passed a resolution asking the federal government to reduce the Daily Value on the Nutrition Facts Tables from 2,400 mg to 1,500 mg. CFUW joins the Canadian Medical Association, the Ontario Medical Association, the Canadian Centre for Science in the Public Interest and other organizations concerned about our health. The Salt Institute, the industry organization for those selling salt, is taking a tough stand against anyone interested in lowering salt intake. Their articles are in a clear conflict of interest. Of course, we all like eating salty foods. Salt is rather addictive and we get used to high

levels of salt. We also know that we can get used to lower salt levels and that it is healthier for our bodies. We need some salt, but not as much as we are consuming. If we all consumed less salt it would lower our health costs. It is possible to keep to the 1,500 mg/day limit now that there are products with lower salt content: Eden soy beans, Italian canned tomatoes with no salt added, Pacific low sodium chicken broth are just a few examples. Manufacturers continue to add gross amounts of salt to foods. They say it’s necessary for preservation. But frozen pizza, already preserved by freezing, with 600 mg sodium per serving – why is that necessary? This is just to let you know that the campaign to lower sodium content of processed food continues and the CFUW will now be part of it. Dorothy Phillips A Glebe resident with an interest in healthy food

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Randal Marlin – philosopher and educator

I suspect that few of Randal Marlin’s friends and neighbours have read the long entry about him in the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. This accolade testifies to the importance of his research into the philosophy of propaganda, for which he is known internationally. Yet it only represents one aspect of the man described in a 2005 Ottawa Express article as “Randal - Mr. Known-by-All.” Marlin has been integral to our local community for so long that his cosmopolitan background comes as a surprise. His father, born Irving Hirsch to a poor Jewish family in New York, won a scholarship to Hamilton College, an elite school in upper New York State. After experiencing the prejudice against Jews among the upper classes of the era, he changed his name to Ervin “Spike” Marlin and converted to Protestantism. Ervin then raised money to continue his education by working as a waiter on a cruise liner, and enrolling at Trinity College, Dublin. There he courted and married Hilda van Stockum, the

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“Our papers have been subservient to the major developers and we have seen journalistic ideals corrupted to the detriment of community thriving – witness Lansdowne Park.” —Randal Marlin

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sister of a close friend. From a distinguished Dutch-Irish background, she was a writer and illustrator who published over 20 children’s books and was Honorary Fellow of the Royal Hibernian Academy. Her best-known book, The Winged Watchmen, is about two boys helping the Dutch Resistance during the German occupation. Randal Marlin, the third of the couple’s six children, was born in 1938 in Washington, D.C. When he was a year old, his mother became a Roman Catholic, and had her son conditionally re-baptised into the faith that he still practises. During the Second World War, Ervin Marlin was recruited by the U.S. intelligence service, the OSS (later to become the CIA), and posted to neutral Ireland. In 1946 he joined the newly founded United Nations and moved with his family to Montreal as co-founder of the International Civil Aviation Organization. In 1950 the Marlin family returned to Ireland, a country that Hilda considered her spiritual home. Shortly afterwards, Randal Marlin left for Ampleforth College, a Catholic boarding school in England run by the Benedictine Order. Having, in his own words, “an unusually rebellious nature even for a 14-year-old boy,” he had mixed, though generally positive, feelings about the school, which seemed largely to be run by the older pupils. He was struck by the way in which Ampleforth’s hierarchical reward-andpunishment structure, underpinned by the example of the devout monks, worked so effectively in keeping the boys under control. In 1955 Marlin entered Princeton

Randal Marlin in his study, 1972

University. He first studied physics, but in his second year grew tired of the difficult mathematics and took a course in Greek philosophy. Deciding that the Greeks were asking “the really fundamental questions that the science I was doing wasn’t bothering with,” he decided to pursue philosophy at graduate school. Marlin’s other great interest at Princeton was journalism. He began reporting for the student newspaper The Daily Princetonian and eventually worked his way up to Editorial Chairman. Afterwards, he spent two summers working at the Montreal Star newspaper. Marlin’s fascination with journalism has never abated, as his numerous articles over the decades attest. Never shy to express his opinions and thoughts, his letters still regularly enliven the pages of our newspapers. Following his graduation, Marlin’s academic progress took him to Montreal’s McGill University, Trinity College (Oxford), the Institute for American Universities in Aix en Provence and the University of Toronto. His main areas of interest during this period were the 20th-century philosophical movements, phenomenology and existentialism, although he admits to occasionally neglecting his studies

for all-night poker sessions. In 1966 Marlin accepted a philosophy teaching post at Ottawa’s Carleton University, partly because it possessed an excellent school of journalism. Founded in 1942, the university had moved from First Avenue to its current campus in 1959. By the time Marlin arrived it was expanding rapidly, although student numbers were only a fraction of today’s 26,000 plus. The next few years were particularly happy for the young academic. While the pay was not epecially good, his respected position at Carleton opened many doors for him. He spent much of his leisure time at the Wasteland Cafe in the University of Ottawa, and it was there that he met Elaine, who has been his partner for over 40 years. The couple married in 1969 and moved into their first home at 1 Regent Street. They have resided in the Glebe ever since, later moving to a bigger property on Third Avenue. Despite the many demands of their careers and community activities, Elaine and Randal Marlin have raised six children, all but one born in the neighbourhood. Not long after settling in their new house, the Marlins became involved in the struggle over the future of the Glebe. Over the next few years, they

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profile figured prominently in the successful grassroots campaign to thwart the City’s intrusive road and urban development schemes. Curiously, this period helped focus Marlin’s attention on the uses and nature of propaganda. He remembers the words of an unknown activist at a Glebe Community Association meeting in 1971. “If there is an accident in your area, exploit it. That’s the time people will act to make changes in the traffic patterns. So don’t miss this opportunity when something like that comes up.” These observations set him thinking about the ways that public opinion can be guided by the manipulation of the truth. One of the earliest theoreticians of propaganda was the Englishman George Orwell, writing in the 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language” and the novel Nineteen Eighty-four (Marlin has sometimes been called “Ottawa’s Orwell” because of his own research into the subject). A more significant influence, however, was the French philosopher and theologian Jacques Ellul (1912-94). In 1979, after reading Ellul’s The Technological Society and Propaganda: the Formation of Men’s Attitudes, Marlin applied for a Canadian Department of Defence fellowship to study propaganda, on the grounds that it was just as important a part of modern warfare as weapons and tactics. To his utter surprise he received a grant for $12,000, allowing him to spend 1979-80 working with Ellul at the University of Bordeaux. After returning from France in 1980, Marlin instituted his renowned “Truth and Propaganda” lecture course. Even though he retired from full-time academia in 2001, he remains Adjunct

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Research Professor at Carleton and still teaches today. Marlin’s clinical and often witty dissections of the uses of propaganda by governments and the private sector have enlightened and inspired thousands of students over the decades, making “Truth and Propaganda” one of Carleton’s most enduring courses. Marlin once told an interviewer, “What I see as important is the need to be witness to the truth,” a belief that guided his actions as president of the Civil Liberties League in the capital region for several years. He has often spoken out against injustices against the individual, most notably during the uproar that followed the 1998 appointment of David Levine, a member of the Quebec Separatist Party, as head of the Ottawa Hospital. Marlin saw the administrator as a victim of anti-Francophone hysteria, cynically whipped up by English-language newspapers to increase their circulations. His book, The David Levine Affair; Separatist Betrayal or McCarthyism North, examined the role of the media in the controversy, and the threat to Canadian unity caused by “a strident patriotism, which reduced complex questions to a simple us-and-them mentality.” In 2002 Marlin published Propaganda and the Ethics of Persuasion, which represents the culmination of his academic career. In this work, the fruit of over 20 years of research and thought, he explored the history, definitions and technique of propaganda, which he describes as “the organized attempt through communication to affect belief or action or inculcate attitudes in a large audience in ways that circumvent or suppress an individual’s adequately informed, rational, reflect-

ive judgment.” In recent years Marlin has been able to devote more time to music – a passion he was often forced to neglect due to his other responsibilities. He cites his parents, who encouraged his childhood piano and violin lessons, as his earliest musical influences. Having inherited his mother’s love of Ireland, he has focused his skills as a fiddler on the haunting airs of Thomas Moore’s melodies and traditional jigs and reels. Many Glebe residents will be familiar with his lively playing at the Great Glebe Garage Sale and other community events. Now in his mid-seventies, Marlin remains active in community and academic affairs. At the moment he is organizing an international conference on his mentor, Jacques Ellul, to be held in Ottawa in July 2014, 20 years after the philosopher’s death. He has also

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just published a new and revamped edition of Propaganda and the Ethics of Persuasion, which he feels is even more relevant today than it was in 2002. “Media have always been subject to influence by major advertisers or whoever sustains the publication. In the United States the mainstream media have become ridiculously subservient to the influence of the military-industrial-surveillance society. Here our papers have been subservient to the major developers and we have seen journalistic ideals corrupted to the detriment of community thriving – witness Lansdowne Park.” Throughout his distinguished career, Marlin has been a handson person – whether as a teacher or in his works as a community activist and guardian of individual rights. “Borrowing an expression from midtwentieth century radical journalist I.F. Stone, Marlin concludes about his own work (with a chuckle), ‘I’ve had so much fun I should be arrested’.” Glebe resident David Pritchard is an author who focuses on Irish history and culture.

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Thirty Years Ago in the Glebe Report Vol. 11, No. 10, November 18, 1983 (24 pages) DOW’S LAKE PAVILION

The new Dow’s Lake Pavilion (replacing the old boathouse) was scheduled to be officially opened January 16, 1984. Gow’s Chinese Food had already begun service there and three more restaurants would open within two months. SENIORS’ OUTREACH SURVEY

Seniors’ Outreach Services, sponsored by The Glebe Centre, had offered services to area seniors for six months. Their mandate was “to enhance and preserve the good health and well-being of seniors living in their own homes by developing and maintaining adequate support services.” A survey funded by Kiwanis, the United Church and the Glebe Centre had been conducted over the summer to pinpoint specific needs as expressed by seniors. Staff and community volunteers completed 324 interviews. Most often requested was home help such as light housekeeping, heavy chores, outdoor work and minor repairs. Next came the request for transportation to medical appointments and shopping. Many asked for health care assistance, including foot care, dental care, community clinics and preventive services.

Ian McKercher ABBOTSFORD DESIGNATION

City Council was soon to consider the designation of Abbotsford House as a heritage building. Abbotsford was threatened by demolition in order to expand the scope of the Glebe Centre’s operations. The Kalman Report concluded that it was feasible and economic to maintain a renovated Abbotsford House as part of a larger and better Glebe Centre. NEW BOOK FROM GLEBE ARCHITECT

On November 2, Mayor Marion Dewar officially launched Heritage Ottawa’s publication, Our Architectural Ancestry, at a city hall reception. The book illustrated architectural styles in Ottawa from early settlement to the turn of the 20th century. Ottawa was used as a model to illustrate the development of public, commercial and residential architectural styles throughout Canada. The text was by John Leaning, Glebe resident and noted Ottawa architect and planner.

Illustration from Our Architectural Ancestry by John Leaning and Lyette Fortin

This retrospective is filed bimonthly by Ian McKercher of the Glebe Historical Society. The society welcomes the donation or loan (for copying) of any item documenting Glebe history (photographs, maps, surveys, news articles, posters, programs, memorabilia, etc.). Contact Ian at 613-235-4863 or ian.mckercher@opera.ncf.ca.

NOTE: All back issues of the Glebe Report to June 1973 can be viewed on the Glebe Report website at glebereport.ca under the ARCHIVES menu.


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By Doug Milne

Your association is working tirelessly to make the Glebe Annex into a more friendly and pleasant neighbourhood. The 13 directors, six committee heads, a webmaster and numerous volunteers continue to work diligently on behalf of residents. They continue to be led by the capable team of Sylvia Milne (President), Chris McCann (Treasurer) and Lisa Furrie (Secretary). Fall has all the teams working on various projects, one of the most obvious being working with the City of Ottawa on a “Clean Up Our Streets” day. A team of volunteer residents hit our streets under the leadership of Darlene Charron, and by Saturday afternoon there was a noticeable improvement in the look of our neighbourhood and of our one and only park, Dalhousie South Park. Thank you for a job well done. Our local Tim Horton’s participated with the donation of several urns of fresh coffee and Timbits and a volunteer provided a most delicious homemade banana bread for busy workers.

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MEMBERSHIP

Almost everyone will, by this time, have had a knock at the door or received a bulletin advising them of our first annual membership drive. The $10 donation goes towards business costs and promotions but, more

A team of workers in the Glebe Annex on “Clean Up Our Streets” day.

importantly, it provides volunteers with the feeling that they have your support for the many projects undertaken and the energy expended on raising the profile of our new community association. COMMUNITY DESIGN PLAN

Our Planning Committee continues to provide input to the City on a number of projects that affect our neighbourhood. Plans are in the works for surrounding community associations to meet to discuss community design plans (CDPs) and their effectiveness in planning growth of our communities. Much knowledge, input and energy have been expended by volunteers to assist in creating these CDPs, in conjunction with the City. SAFETY

Our Safety Committee is in the throes of planning a community safety audit with Women’s Initiatives for Safer Environments, to identify areas that need improvement with respect

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to safety (lighting, vulnerable areas) in the Glebe Annex. In collaboration with the City, we hope to have a guest speaker attend our next Annual General Meeting to speak about petty crime and safety in our neighbourhood and provide recommendations to residents. As part of his Ward Walks, Councillor David Chernushenko invited GACA and other community representatives to walk and talk with him, starting at the Bronson Bridge, to discuss bicycle and street safety measures on Bronson, current and yet to come. Also under discussion are plans for the work contemplated at the Bronson/417 intersection. Watch our website for more details. INFORMATION

Our volunteer webpage manager is doing a great job of posting all our information and concerns. We invite interested parties to visit www.glebeannex.ca to keep abreast of your community events and concerns.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting and election of directors will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 21 at the Glebe Community Centre (Lyon at Third Avenue). Please mark the date and plan to attend. A slate of candidates for directors will be presented as well as calls for nominees. Committees will report on their goals and activities. We invite you to volunteer now or at the meeting to become a director or to join one of our committees. If you have a specific interest or concern in our community, please let us know how we can support you. Our current cadre of volunteers agrees that working in the community for a common purpose, to improve our environment on so many levels, has allowed us to meet new people, hear new opinions and form friendships that we never expected. Sometimes we just have fun! Doug Milne is a resident of the Glebe Annex who assists with GACA communication functions.


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One of my personal goals in becom- www.glebeca.ca ing president of the Glebe Community Association (GCA) is to encourage greater participation throughout our volunteer-driven, community-based organization – whether that be emailing or tweeting about an issue, advocating on a particular topic, joining a GCA committee, or attending our monthly Board meetings. I am happy to see that activity is growing in all of these areas. Greater participation supports the GCA’s key role to provide a forum for discussion for Glebe residents and helps identify when the GCA should advocate on particular issues, whether that be about local playing fields or land use and infill developments. Second Avenue parking garage

One such issue discussed at the last GCA meeting was the Second Avenue parking garage. While there had been tacit support for the garage since its approval (indeed, the GCA participated in the design group established to contribute ideas), once the designs (available at http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-consultations/ planning-and-infrastructure/open-house-september-19) were presented in September, a number of residents felt there was a need for greater discussion at the GCA. Following panel presentations, questions and answers, the GCA Board expressed continued support for the garage, and took a further position that the design should include green, community-use features for the top level. We’ve submitted these positions to the City and will continue to advocate on their behalf. Thank you to Brian Mitchell and David Baird from the GCA Traffic Committee, Gilbert Russell from the Glebe BIA and our councillor, David Chernushenko, for their roles in leading the discussion. Mutchmor Ice Rink relocation

One of the impacts of construction at Mutchmor Public School is that the ice rink will not reside on the school’s play yard this winter. Through the collaborative efforts of the City of Ottawa, St. James Tennis Club and the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group (GNAG), the ice rink will be hosted at the tennis club this winter. The GCA is proud to support this effort with a $2,000 contribution towards the purchase of an ice rink liner to protect the tennis courts. Happily, we’ll all be able to continue to skate in our community this winter!

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Some of you may know that the City has released a set of draft 2014-2031 transportation master plans. The GCA’s Traffic Committee has reviewed and provided feedback to the City on the plans. There are many positives in the draft plans, including increased investment in transit services (e.g. extension of Light Rail Transit) and a greater emphasis on active forms of transportation (walking and cycling), which the GCA supports. There are also areas where the master plans could be improved: Lansdowne Park traffic planning: The transit component of the plans should include improved transit options for accessing Lansdowne such as shuttle services, the LRT (O-Train) and improved transit services on Bank Street. Fifth-Clegg Rideau Canal pedestrian bridge: Although the bridge is included in the plans, we may not be walking on it until 2025. The GCA is requesting that construction be advanced to the 2014-19 planning period. Complete Streets principles: While the plans adopt “complete streets” principles in the design of the city’s road network, a specific commitment to use the principles in the redevelopment of key roads such as Bronson Avenue would help address pedestrian or cyclist safety issues in the Glebe. Improving bike safety: Although the plans include efforts to improve the cycling network city-wide, improvements for cycling and safety on the Bank Street bridges over the Rideau Canal and the Rideau River (such as bridge widening or cantilevered extensions) to provide bike-only lanes at these crossings should be considered. There are many other areas of importance which are outlined in the GCA submission to the City. If you are interested in reading more, you can find our submission at www.glebeca.ca under the Traffic Committee. Community Visioning

Clearly, there are many issues to react to. We are also interested in taking a proactive approach and so will be launching a community visioning initiative in the near future. This will include considering how we want our community to develop, as well as ideas on how the GCA can organize to support a community vision. Watch for details in the near future. If you are interested in getting more involved, we are looking for people with communications expertise and an area representative for Area 4A (Chamberlain– Renfrew/Bronson–Bank) and we have a number of committees with ongoing work. Please send us an email at gca@glebeca.ca. To learn more, come to the next GCA meeting, Tuesday, November 26 at the Glebe Community Centre at 7 p.m..

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omb Is the Ontario Municipal Board set to change? By Tom Tanner

Ontario has announced consultations on the land use planning system that governs development in the province and the tribunal popularly known as the Ontario Municipal Board or OMB. According to the official website, “The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hears applications and appeals in relation to a range of municipal planning, financial and land matters including official plans, zoning by-laws, subdivision plans, consents and minor variances, land compensation, development charges, electoral ward boundaries, municipal finance, aggregate resources and other issues assigned to the Board by numerous Ontario statutes.”Some critics have accused the government of dragging their feet on instituting any kind of change and are wondering whether they will see any meaningful action within the near future. For those who are not familiar with the history of the OMB, this tribunal, first called the Ontario Railway and Municipal Board, was originally empowered to oversee developing municipalities and transportation systems in Ontario. However, by 1906, it took on the responsibiliies of the Provincial Municipal Auditor, becoming the first arms-length, quasijudicial tribunal in Ontario. Renamed the Otario Municipal Board in 1932, it has over the years been given a greatly expanded mandate. Today many hold the opinion that the OMB is in the hands of property developers who seem to be able to appeal zoning decisions and win. Indeed, developers have the financial resources to hire lawyers and planners to present their case and support it with expert witnesses. Community

groups are at a disadvantage financially and are also hampered by a prohibition of subjective opinion as evidence. Expert opinion from qualified witnesses is accepted, but few residents have professional credentials that establish their “expert” status. Two bills now before the Ontario

“Today many hold the opinion that the OMB is in the hands of property developers who seem to be able to appeal zoning decisions and win.”

Legislative Assembly, and a court case involving the Region of Waterloo, show how the power of the OMB is being challenged. Bill 20, The Respect for Municipalities Act, removes Toronto from the OMB appeals process and allows Toronto to create its own process. This legislation does not apply to Ottawa, but if passed and experience shows success in Toronto, other Ontario cities might be removed from OMB jurisdiction. Bill 41, Preserving Existing Communities Act, 2013, applies to the “golden horseshoe” which stretches around the end of Lake Ontario and includes Toronto. This bill denies a right of appeal for certain municipal decisions in the “plan area” established by the Places to Grow Act, 2005. “Stable residential areas” (such as the Glebe) are protected from appeal, but this does not apply to

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Ottawa. If regulations were amended to include Ottawa in the “plan area,” however, appeals to amend Ottawa’s official plan would be barred. Both bills have passed second reading in the legislature and have been referred to standing committees. On January 21, 2013, the OMB handed down a decision relating to the Official Plan of the Region of Waterloo. The amount of development land to be made available for new housing developments (subdivisions) between now and 2031 was increased from 80 hectares (197 acres) to 1,053 hectares (2,593 acres). This huge increase has prompted the Region of Waterloo to challenge the OMB award in court. The integrity and utility of official plans is brought into question by such a major revision by the OMB. Justice is giving people what they deserve. Sometimes a person deserves something because of a contract or perhaps because of a recognised relationship. Sometimes people deserve things because of basic human rights.

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What do citizens deserve from the land use planning system? How should the Ontario government modify the land use planning system so that justice is done, and so that justice is seen to be done? The consultation process has not yet been announced.

More information about Bill 20 can be found at: http://bit.ly/16zYfO4 Bill 41 is at: http://bit.ly/1aZ5tv0 Information about the Region of Waterloo is at: http://bit.ly/1a2Q8Ku

Glebe resident Tom Tanner wrote about the OMB process in the Glebe Report of March and April 2013 issues.

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In October, the City of Ottawa publicly www.capitalward.ca released its Transportation Master Plan (TMP), Cycling Plan and Pedestrian Plan. Like many people, I hoped these documents would signal an important change in strategic direction and spending priorities. I was looking for a substantial shift in favour of public transit, walking and cycling, and a significant move away from car-centric planning and spending. To some degree, that’s what we got, although the shift is subtle. Yes, the City has made a major commitment to expanding the light rail system faster and farther, and cycling and walking have been granted greater prominence. But actual spending on traditional road projects will not be significantly downgraded. The City does have a more ambitious goal to increase non-car commuting to 55 per cent of trips in the morning peak, instead of 50 per cent. Not earth-shattering, but it’s a move in the right direction ­– toward less congestion, pollution and noise, more people choosing active transportation, and with additional “Complete Streets,” more vibrant and people-friendly roads across the city. OVERVIEW OF OTHER BENEFITS

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The boldest element of the TMP is its commitment to expanding Ottawa’s light rail network much earlier than anticipated, and in three directions at once. As soon as trains are rolling on the first phase of the Confederation Line in 2018, construction would begin on Phase Two. By 2023, the network should reach as far east as Place d’Orleans and as far west as Bayshore, then on to March Road via a new Transitway route. Trains south will be more frequent and go farther, with more stations. Granted, all this expanded transit is still no closer to the Glebe than the current Transitway and O-Train. For this neighbourhood, the benefit of a better citywide transit system will not be increased access to trains so much as a reduction (or lack of increase) in through traffic, thanks to better transit options for residents elsewhere. The Glebe will, however, benefit directly from better integration of walking and cycling routes to many train and bus stops ­– they’ll be easier to get to and it will be easier to park your bike or even bring it with you. Besides the transit-specific improvements, the TMP addresses the deteriorating state of sidewalks and the growing need for a higher standard of pedestrian connections by promising significant investment in sidewalks and multi-use pathways. What’s more, walking and cycling infrastructure are slated to become separate categories with equal stature to other modes for planning and budgeting purposes. The Cycling Plan includes a conceptual Glebe Neighbourhood Bikeway map, responding to the pressure of local groups and Glebe residents’ demands for more and better cycling routes, so they can ride safely and comfortably to local destinations and onward in all directions. A more complete cycling network should also encourage a larger number of non-residents to ride to and through the Glebe. Whether they’re headed to Lansdowne, to the shops on Bank Street or to see the tulips at Dow’s Lake, fewer cars and more bicycles will benefit the local community. As always, however, the devil is in the details, and I will ensure that specific routes as well as any road changes receive sufficient public consultation. The much-discussed pedestrian/cycling bridge over the Rideau Canal at Fifth Avenue is now firmly anchored in the TMP for the first time. Unfortunately, it’s not slated for construction until Phase Two (2020–2025), but I will look for ways to advance the project. Getting the detailed design completed as soon as possible would make it eligible for any special infrastructure funding that becomes available, or make it possible to swap for other projects that are delayed or unwanted elsewhere. ALTA VISTA TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR

Elsewhere in Capital Ward, the controversial Alta Vista Transportation Corridor is no longer listed for new construction activity between now and 2031. Although the corridor must be reserved for future needs, there would be no new “parkway” built here within the timelines of this TMP. You might say the Alta Vista Transportation Corridor has been demoted while rail to the south has been promoted, which makes eminent fiscal, social and environmental sense. Airport Parkway

Finally, there’s the proposal to twin parts of the Airport Parkway, ostensibly to improve airport access on a frequently clogged road. I’ll be watching this closely, as I oppose any widening that will attract new car commuters to Bronson Avenue. It’s critical that any such expansion be limited to a dedicated lane for buses and possibly high-occupancy vehicles. To simply add another conventional car lane would promptly undo any modal shift gains that all the money spent on trains, buses, bikes and sidewalks was meant to encourage. There’s a lot to absorb in all these plans, with various ways to access the information and provide comments. You can start with ottawa.ca/liveableottawa. I also welcome your direct feedback.

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We are lucky to live in a city that benefits from an extensive network of cycling routes. Thanks to the hard work of local cycling advocates, Ottawa recently received recognition as a top bicycle-friendly community! It is our government’s goal to build active, livable communities in which our goods, services and jobs are available within an easy bike ride from home. #CycleON will add significantly to those choices and I look forward to continuing our work together. Our government knows the importance of supporting safe cycling and encouraging sustainable transit as part of our plan to reduce congestion and strengthen our community. We are confident that #CycleON will do just that. At its core, this strategy is both a bold vision with ambitious goals and a path forward to guide the development of policies, programs and legislation over the next 20 years. We will release our next steps to implement the strategy in spring 2014. For more information, please visit www.ontario.ca/transportation. Please do not hesitate to contact me at my community office at ynaqvi.mpp. co@liberal.ola.org or 613-722-6414 if you have any questions about this initiative. I look forward to hearing from you.

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GNAG celebrates youth Great Glebe Pumpkin Patch behind the scenes

Mary Tsai-Davies

GNAG hosted its seventh annual www.gnag.ca “Glebe Pumpkin Patch Party” to celebrate Halloween at the Glebe Community Centre on October 27. Did you know that we had close to a thousand people attend this year’s event? Did you know that each year the Great Glebe Pumpkin Patch is run solely by volunteers? What does it take to put on such an enormous party? It takes approximately 60 theatrical and imaginative volunteers to run this 2.5-hour event. These volunteers are made up of teens from the neighbourhood, graduates from our Glebe Leadership program, GNAG staff, board members and City of Ottawa staff. Sponsorship from the Glebe businesses plays a big part in this extravaganza. Thank you to Capital Home Hardware, the Royal Bank (First Aveue and Bank), McKeen Metro Glebe, David’s Tea, Mrs. Tiggy Winkles and Runamok Party Rentals. A special thank you to ScotiaBank (Bank and Fourth Avenue) for sponsoring our ever-popular inflatable bouncy castles. It takes over 50 hours of planning, decorating and creativity to make the party just right for all ages. Congratulations to Pumpkin Patch planners Amelia Keen and Paul O’Donnell and their team of organizers, Alison O’Connor, Tim Lamothe, Jason Irvine, Ben Logan, Cameron Leah, Mariah Stassen and Lauren Fowler for coordinating this year’s amazing Halloween adventure. From spooky to sweet, and chilling to thrilling, thank you to all those who made the Glebe CC frightening and fun! Winter Program Registration

Registration for our winter programs begins Tuesday, December 10 (dance) and Thursday, December 12 (all other programs) at 9 p.m. Visit www.gnag.ca for a full listing of activities or view your copy of the GNAG winter guide inserted in this month’s issue of the Glebe Report. Snowflake Special, December 1, 1 – 4 p.m. FREE ADMISSION

Please join GNAG on December 1 to celebrate our great community and kick off the holiday season! This family event is our way of saying “thank you” to the community for supporting all of our programs and making the community centre such a wonderful hub of activity. This year we will have sleigh rides, face painting, crafts, Sportball activities, live entertainment, goodies to eat and an exciting treasure hunt! Join comedian Matt Carter as he guides us through the afternoon with giggles and laughter. This event is going to be the highlight of the holiday season! Family in a Box community theatre

Last year, your neighbours wrote a play. This year you get to act in it. It’s about...your neighbours!! Well, and the neighbourhood. The Glebe team does it again: a play that shows us ourselves and sends us home laughing and crying in the same breath, ‘cause that’s life. Come build community with us as we perform Family In A Box, a project centred in the Glebe. We need actors (adult and youth); theatre crew; help with sets, props, lighting and costumes; and promo crew. If you’d like to start with a smaller show, join us for this process. There is room for both expert actors and newcomers. Contact the GNAG office at 613233-8713 to book an audition. Audition materials and rehearsal details are on the website under “events.” GNAG at SleepOuT for youth

The Glebe Families & Friends Team and the GNAG C.A.T. Squad Team have united to raise awareness and funds for Ottawa’s emergency youth shelters and youth-in-crisis services!  By participating in the Youth Services Bureau’s Ottawa SleepOut for Youth at City Hall on November 14–15, our GNAG youth leaders and our neighbourhood’s families and friends will make a difference for the more than a thousand youth who are living on the streets in our local community every year. We encourage you to show your dedication to youth in our community by joining or supporting our SleepOut teams. Help us end youth homelessness in our city! For information on joining or sponsoring a team see ysb.on.ca or email kate@weiders.net.  Tribute to longtime GNAG teacher, Majella Turcotte

Today we pay tribute to you, Majella Turcotte, for your 14 years of teaching preschool and children’s classes at the Glebe Community Centre. You are an icon in this community. It has been my honour to work with you and for my children and the community’s children and our staff to have had you as their mentor. In 1999, GNAG had only a handful of preschool programs until Majella came along. Her ingenuity, enthusiasm, warmth and expertise not only grew our preschool and children’s program, but set the standard for quality at a whole new level. Her approach of building confidence while teaching children how to learn by playing resulted in high demand and lengthy waiting lists. On behalf of GNAG, the staff and all the users of this centre, we thank you for your dedication, creativity, wonderful sense of humour and commitment. You will be greatly missed!

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To plant and protect Photos: Julie Houle Cezer

Your urban forest and your health By Julie Houle Cezer

If you have walked recently along the west side of Bank Street between Clemow and Powell avenues, you will have noticed the scene depicted at right. The startling vacuum created by an absence of trees along that block – seven missing trees in all – is the ultimate outcome of the work of the Emerald Ash Borer and a tiny taste of the havoc this beetle’s larvae will wreak in the tree canopy in the city of Ottawa over the next few years. Despite efforts to treat trees on both private and public land, the city expects to lose 25 per cent of its tree cover in the next few years as four out of five of the Ash Fraxinus species, planted throughout many of Ottawa’s neighbourhoods, are clearly threatened. Given their metabolic capacity to absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen in the process of photosynthesis, trees play a significant role in maintaining air quality in our urban environment. After the 2012 clearcutting of trees in the former Sylvia Holden Park and along Holmwood Avenue, residents are keenly aware of what the loss of just a few hundred trees can mean to the quality of life in a neighbourhood. It is well recognized that mature trees in a park not only enhance the green spaces by providing shade and habitat for community crea-

The west side of Bank Street between Powell and Clemow, recently denuded of trees

tures, but they provide a buffer against noise and pollution, encourage people to connect with nature, relieve stress, improve mental health and promote physical activity. On private property, they not only increase property values and aesthetic appeal, but if appropriately spaced on the property, offer energy savings by reducing heating and cooling costs. So, if trees are recognized as a valued asset in our urban environment, residents should embrace the opportunity to participate and support the efforts of Tree Ottawa, an Ecology Ottawa initiative. Launched in early October, Tree Ottawa consists of a network of partners (residents, private companies and public organizations) that have come together with a common aim. Undertaking a fiveyear program, they have three clear goals: to protect trees, plant trees and promote tree habitat in the city of Ottawa (rural and urban). Altogether, these participants have committed

to a bold plan to plant one million trees in the next four years, and in so doing, increase the “scale and ecological diversity of the tree canopy” in the region. By building on existing programs of community collaboration and engaging with a wide variety of stakeholders including existing environmental, ecological and conservation organizations, they intend to engage people of all ages in direct action such as planting and caring for trees, as well as in education and communication about improving ecological spaces within the city. And so, after much organizational effort, it came to pass on a sunny day in early October that a small band of 25 people gathered with abundant enthusiasm and optimism in Lowertown’s Bingham Park to hear botanist and medical bio-chemist Diana Beresford-Kroeger speak passionately

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about the critical role that trees play in sustaining the environment and our well-being. Among the 10 trees recommend in her 2012 Tree List for the City of Ottawa to increase diversity, she singled out the American Basswood for its native status, fragrance, health benefits for people and for serving as a food supply for insects that in turn attracts bird populations. Along with other participants such as singer Sarah Harmer and Councillor Fleury, she took a turn in planting that very species of sapling, marking the kick-off of an ambitious and promising program to make the city more environmentally friendly and ecologically diverse. For more information on this program and how you can get involved and make a difference, maybe even help form a neighbourhood team, go to www.ecologyottawa.ca/tree-ottawa.

Members of Tree Ottawa, an Ecology Ottawa initiative aim to plant one million trees in Ottawa in the next four years. In October, they launched the program by planting an American Basswood sapling in Bingham Park in Lowertown.

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Student car sharing – convenient and environmentally friendly

Photos: Morgan St Laurent

By Morgan St Laurent

A Student Car Share lot is located at 1255 Bank Street, corner of Bank and Cameron in Old Ottawa South.

For many university students, having access to a car is a luxury. Not any more ­– Student Car Share has arrived. A car-share program available to students in Ottawa, it was newly launched in the city this past August. Car sharing is an affordable way to get around without having to own a car. It is convenient for students and creates an opportunity for them to make a positive environmental impact. This is how it works: membership in Student Car Share entitles the car renter to gas, insurance, parking and maintenance. Cars can be rented by the hour or for a few days, and up to six months in advance. Rates start

Two car models available from Student Car Share are the Kia Soul and the Kia Rio.

at $8 per hour and $56 per day with 250 kilometres of driving distance included per day for the listed price. Any additional kilometres driven will cost 24¢ per km. Membership fees, which cost $50 a year with a non-refundable $25 application fee, include $2 million of Student Car Share liability insurance, which meets all provincial requirements. Members are responsible for a $500 deductible, regardless of fault. However, they have the option of purchasing a $75 deductible annual waiver, in which case they would not be responsible for the $500 deductible. Members are responsible for tolls and any parking tickets or violations they may incur. The rules stipulate that only Student Car Share members are allowed to drive the vehicles, and that smoking and pets without carriers are not allowed in the vehicles. Also, the car cannot be driven outside Canada. The most remarkable feature of the program is the age of eligibility – 18 years, as opposed to the 21 years stated by car-sharing companies such as Vrtucar. To become a member, the student needs a valid credit card. Parents can apply on behalf of students, and parents’ credit cards are accepted. In order to apply, students must hold either a G2 or full G licence. Members must not have more than one at-fault accident in the past six years, one minor moving violation within the past three years or any major infractions. People holding Quebec or foreign licences can also become members.

The car company Kia is partnered with the program, and two of its models are available to students: the Kia Rio and the Kia Soul. The Rio is perfect for a job interview while the Soul is a great choice for a trip to IKEA. There is no Student Car Share office in Ottawa; the main office is located in Toronto. However, students can contact the 24/7 hotline or access the website for any concerns. People with disabilities can contact the company directly for accommodation. Access to the vehicles is 24/7, and cars are located in two spots, at 475 Rideau Street near the University of Ottawa, and 1255 Bank Street, which caters to Carleton University students. Cars must be returned to the same place they were picked up, and returning them late will result in a fee of $35. Cars can be reserved outside the Ottawa network at any of the locations of Student Car Share. In sum, the most interesting difference for students between Student Car Share and Vrtucar is that it allows 18-year-olds to join. Of course, Vrtucar has been in business for a number of years and can offer more locations to members (there are 10 just in the Carleton-Glebe area). However, if you are a student between the ages of 18 and 20 who would benefit from access to a car without the cost and responsibilities of owning one, you will certainly appreciate this new business venture. Student Car Share is definitely worth looking into. For more information, go to www.StudentCarShare.ca. Morgan St Laurent, who works part-time in the Glebe, is a fourth-year student at Carleton studying public affairs and policy management.

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Jaya Krishnan Studio Gallery 137 Second Avenue, Suite #1

Photos: Lorrie Loewen

Gallery hours: Monday – Sunday 1–5 p.m. or by appointment: 613-695-2552 www.jkrishnanart.com jaya@jkrishnanart.com

The artist in his studio

Luminosity of spirit Jaya Krishnan Studio Gallery By Lorrie Loewen

Sometimes life imitates art. Recently, while seeking inspiration and musing about the possibility of an art gallery/studio space in the vibrant Glebe neighbourhood, local artist Jaya Krishnan found his mind wandering down paths similar to those he travels in his artwork. These are the paths that compel viewers to look beyond the luminous and powerful expressions of place, humanity and beauty before them and make them wonder what lies around the next corner.

gram and private bookings for special events. Born in Malaysia, Krishnan studied art in Kuala Lumpur, but is a selftaught artist versed in the traditions of the French Barbizon School. He approaches the canvas not only with a mastery of technique, but also with a creativity textured by his own experience, imagination and spiritual nature. Krishnan has travelled extensively and volunteered overseas at Cambodian orphanages in Phnom Penn, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, teaching young children art and English.

Texturing and layering gives life and luminosity to the hydrangea painting.

Should you, a potential viewer, wander down Bank Street and around the corner where Bank meets Second Avenue, you will come upon the reallife manifestation of these musings in the form of the Jaya Krishnan Studio Gallery. Beyond being a place where an artist can be alone with his paints and brushes or mount exhibitions, Krishnan envisions a space in which art lovers of all ages can enjoy the artwork, learn and observe the artist at work and mingle with others. Formally opened last month, the studio and gallery will offer school tours that will include drawing sessions, art lessons for all ages, an art rental pro-

Back in Ottawa, he reflected both on his own childhood and on how much he had learned during lessons or daily activities such as visits to the rice fields and markets with the children. This past summer, while walking along Glebe streets showy with large white hydrangea blossoms, dramatic green foliage and tumbling roses in various hues, Krishnan found his muse. In every blossom, he saw the delighted faces of the children – bright, bold, spontaneous faces pushing to the front; shy, quiet ones peering from behind, all eyes shining with wonder and light. “I was overcome with a feeling of tremendous

love, a sense of joy, a luminosity of spirit,” said Krishnan.” I began to paint the flowers, but in each blossom I felt able to express the joyful spirit of the children and my empathy for the human condition.” A VISIT to THE STUDIO GALLERY

I stepped into a naturally lit space filled with vibrant artworks, and gazed on familiar scenes with a new appreciation. Thoughtfully curated, the space is filled with warm summer and icy winter scenes of local and Canadian landscapes cleverly juxtaposed with the images of our dreams – ancient temples and the unfathomable beauty of Asia, astonishing green rice fields, lotus flowers, serene monks, funeral processions and beautiful people along with the vibrant flora and fauna of Bali, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam. I found the artist at work in his studio. As I watched, Krishnan applied diaphanous blue highlights and textures with free flowing brushstrokes to a work of breathtaking beauty. The white hydrangea among fresh green foliage began to reflect light and radiate energy. The feeling was evocative of a warm summer morning – full of hope and light. “Each visitor will experience and connect to the artwork in relation to their own life experience,” says Krishnan. “I paint as if I am the first person to witness a scene. I hope to share a sense of what I felt and saw at a particular time in a certain light. But everyone relates to certain paintings in a unique way as they integrate the scenery into the landscape of their own experience.” Inspired by painters such as Jean Baptiste Camille Corot and JeanFrançois Millet (Barbizon School), Krishnan finds the freedom to look and feel rather than analyze and produce according to rigid guidelines. He also enjoys abstract expressionism. Krishnan listens to rock music while he paints and is often surprised and amused by the blissful serenity of the end result. His favourite medium is acrylic for the luminosity and vibrancy of colour. Adding glazes and varnish brings out the transparency. Scratching the surface and adding under-layers of texture give a realistic edge. “Life is not a smooth ride. It is full of rough edges.” “My family will be pleased to have my artwork displayed at the studio gallery and not placed all over our home,” smiles Krishnan. “My beauti-

ful wife and I are happy to be part of the Glebe community. We have raised two wonderful boys, made good friends. I am proud of our achievements and feel happy with this art in my life,” says Krishnan, who volunteers in the Ottawa community at the St. Joseph Food and Shelter Program and the Ottawa Greek Festival. He also teaches a popular art course for seniors at Abbotsford House at the Glebe Centre. Resident Lorrie Loewen, an attentive and enthusiastic witness of life in the Glebe, brings her skills in photography and writing to the task of capturing events on the page. She is our guest Business Buzz columnist this month.


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A detail of one of two bronze plaques in the entrance of Glebe Collegiate that list students and teachers who died in the Second World War.

Rachel Collishaw and Arlene Brown, teacher-librarian at Glebe Collegiate, examine a document as part of the Second World War online cenotaph project. continued from front page

Bringing history to life at Glebe Collegiate November 19 at Rideau Hall, and she will receive a gold medal, $2,500 and $1,000 for Glebe Collegiate Institute. The highlight of her Grade 10 history class is the online cenotaph that she has been working on for the past three years with her students. This endeavour was inspired by the work of Smith Falls Collegiate teacher Blake Seward, who created a cenotaph for First World War soldiers in that Ontario town. Glebe Collegiate

Institute opened its doors to young men in 1922, so Collishaw’s cenotaph project is dedicated to Second World War soldiers. Collishaw uses a range of primary and secondary resources to learn about the fallen soldiers – yearbooks, school certificates and letters of progress. “We really are a team effort here,” said Collishaw, who is quick to praise the help she has received with her project. Arlene Brown, the

teacher-librarian at the school, has provided many resources and primary sources for the cenotaph. “She spent hours photocopying all of those files,” Collishaw said. An average file that a student may work with could contain over 20 documents ranging from pilot training manuals to telegrams confirming a soldier’s death. “I have to maintain the database,” Collishaw explained, one of her many duties. The website, the Glebe CI Second War Memorial, is a work-inprogress that showcases the research of her students, helpers and herself. Significantly, the website asks for contributions of knowledge, and Collishaw expresses a keen interest in having the cenotaph include more information from the Glebe community. Some residents have already brought in copies of newspaper clippings and documents about relatives who died in the line of duty. This kind of information makes history feel more personal. The students are able to find out details about the soldiers such as their favourite sports and hobbies, and what they were like as students attending Glebe Collegiate. Gregory Ross Bourdon

One example of a case that Collishaw and her students successfully investigated is that of Gregory Ross Bourdon. From his file, a Glebe Grade 10 history student today can easily identify with the former Glebe Collegiate student who, because of historical circumstances, became a fallen soldier. Numerous primary sources in Bourdon’s file create the image of a young man in Ottawa fully living his life. The students had access to Bourdon’s Royal Canadian Air Force attestation papers, his occupational history form, a report from his interview when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, a service record from his time as a pilot, his pilot training log, pilot training theory, pictures of Bourdon and other primary and secondary sources. These sources reveal that Greg-

ory Ross Bourdon was born May 4, 1922, lived at 257 Carling Avenue and before enlisting, had worked as a laboratory assistant at the Department of Pensions and National Health. He attended Glebe Collegiate for five years and graduated in 1940 with good academic standing. He enjoyed photography, hockey and cricket. He liked making model airplanes, which influenced his decision to become a pilot. Medical records describe Bourdon as a healthy but underweight young man who was expected to get stronger as his training progressed. There are also pictures of Bourdon smiling in his uniform and with fellow airmen in group photos. He can be seen beside his plane, leaning against the plane’s wing. He enlisted September 8, 1941 and after completing his flight training, was posted to England to join Bomber Command in 1942. There he received further training in heavy bombers, night flying, and took part in 15 night raids on munitions targets in Germany and Italy. Just after his promotion to Pilot Officer in 1943, he and his crew of six were part of a mass bombing raid of 628 aircraft to Mannheim, Germany. Their plane, one of 18 Lancasters lost on that raid, was shot down near Worms. Four of the crew were able to parachute to safety and were taken prisoner; Greg and two of the crew did not survive the crash. His parents, Zepherin and Doris Kathleen Bourdon, received notice that their son was missing in action and presumed dead before the confirmation of his death. He was 21 years old. Bourdon is one of many fallen soldiers studied by Collishaw’s Grade 10 class, and his story renders the study of history more personal, familiar and understandable to the students, and more relevant to the Glebe community. It is easy to envision him studying botany or English composition, or wandering the streets of the Glebe on his way to a cricket practice. He is more than a faceless statistic or number.

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history Collishaw’s online cenotaph honours the fallen soldiers through their shared history in the Glebe and Glebe Collegiate. It also might be a way to connect with members of the Glebe community who can contribute their own perspective. Current cases: George murray Maclean and John edwin Gardner

“They love it,” Collishaw said of her class’s response to the cenotaph. The students work individually or in pairs on a file about one of the soldiers who died in the line of action. “It’s a fun project,” said Maya Hessel. “It’s very hands on.” Hessel and her partner, Emily Blackwell, are two of Collishaw’s Grade 10 students and have been working on the file of deceased pilot George MacLean. Blackwell has learned that MacLean enjoyed hockey, basketball and golf. “You learn about this person who went to this school,” Blackwell said, adding that it is interesting to learn about people who may have had similar high school experiences. Blackwell and Hessel have determined that MacLean died in a plane accident in England on January 20, 1945. Meanwhile, Taylor Walker, a classmate of Hessel and Blackwell, has learned that her case study, John Gardiner, lived close to the school. He enjoyed sports and enlisted when he was 21. He later died in Dieppe. Historical Concepts

Inspired by the Historical Thinking Project that aims to inculcate historical literacy in youth, Collishaw underpins the project with six historical concepts. Historical significance looks beyond key events and key players. It focuses on how one person, like a munitions factory worker, can play an important part in Canadian history. Primary sources are historical documents from which students garner evidence. They offer a direct look at Canadian life in historical times, allowing students a taste of ideologies and opinions from a different time. Continuity and change provides a lens to look at history as a mix of established patterns and changes, as opposed to separate events. For example, Canadian politics may have changed with time, but still maintains some of its early traditions. Cause and consequence considers multi-layered causes in the lead-up to tragic events. Japanese internment camps can be analyzed from a cause and consequence perspective because they came from a set

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of prejudices, opinions and ideas. Historical perspective opens the door to understanding the context for a way of life that seems foreign to present-day Canadians. Living in accordance with today’s norms can make it hard to understand why, for example, early settlers lived such disciplined lives; taking a historical perspective makes it clear that discipline was necessary for the early settlers’ survival. Ethical dimensions are defined in terms of the line between decisions made in the past and society’s view of these decisions today. Some decisions made in Canada may not mirror what Canadians today accept as ethical treatment; an understanding of history could explain the decision within the context of the times. The online cenotaph project incorporates each of the six concepts in different ways. Each file, for example, draws from multiple primary sources and the students must examine them to find key information. “You sit there reading things and living them,” Collishaw said of her students’ work. After reading old yearbooks and information from Library and Archives Canada, the class writes and posts memorials about their fallen soldiers on the online cenotaph. “They need to understand who they are,” Collishaw said of the importance of teaching history to high school students. Their study of the soldiers helps students to develop their own sense of identity and to connect with the people they study. They attend the same school as the soldiers and live in the same community. Their work might even lead to discovery of a shared hobby like hockey or photography. Some students may find that they share a birthday or live on the same street as the young man from their file. “Both of my grandfathers were in the war,” Collishaw said, one a radio operator and the other a motorcycle courier. She also said that her uncle married a Belgian woman who played a large role in the resistance movement. Her own mother-in-law, a child during the war, took ballet lessons with Dutch princesses who were in Canada for their own safety. The example of Collishaw’s family suggests that many of us have ties to Canadian history and to a shared world history like the Second World War. At its core, the project turns on the rich shared history of the Glebe Collegiate Institute and members of the Glebe community. It follows that

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Grade 10 students in Rachel Collishaw’s history class discuss their cases and primary source documents.

Rachel Collishaw is excited to invite members of the Glebe community to share information they may have on any fallen soldiers and contribute to the ever-expanding website. In the same way that the project has created a tie between the past and current students of Glebe Collegiate Institute, it could allow the school and the community to connect more strongly through their interest in a common history. Further, as Canada prepares for Remembrance Day, the online cenotaph reminds Canadians of the importance of remembering and honouring the contributions of forgotten individuals. Collishaw’s cenotaph ensures that we remember the courage, sacrifice and humanity of the people who shaped the country that we are so lucky to call our own. Caroline O’Neill is a second-year journalism and human rights student at Carleton University.

Title page of the Roll of Honour of Glebe Collegiate students and teachers who served “for King and Country” from 1939 - 1945.

For more on this project: • http://bit.ly/1dZD1Oj • historicalthinking.ca Glebe Collegiate Institute 212 Glebe Ave. Ottawa ON K1S 2C9 613-239-2424


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Celebrating at a Causeway volunteer appreciation event are (left to right) Janice Hilchie, Bhat Boy, Carl Brunet, and Pamela Hilchie.

Never a dull moment with Bhat Boy By Pamela Hilchie

Innovative artist, conscientious activist and community contributor all come to mind when you think of Bhat Boy. He is a resident of Ottawa with deep connections to the Glebe. Born in England, his parents immigrated by ship when he was a child. He remembers all his grandparents seeing his family off at the pier. Bhat Boy grew up in the Glebe on the very romantic sounding Sunset Boulevard, and went to Mutchmor School and Glebe Collegiate Institute. When asked about early inspiration and memories of his talent during school days, Bhat Boy replies, “In grade two, I remember we went to see The Nutcracker and we were all supposed to do a drawing. I did my drawing of The Nutcracker and my

teacher sent it back and told me I could do better. I was like, ‘Well, I never!’ because my drawing was probably the best one in the class. She sent it back because she recognized I had this ability. Her name was Mrs. Kostach, and she had a tremendous influence on me. Then when I was about 13, we had a lodger on the third floor of our house. She was a Swiss woman who was studying art history and was very interested in my art. She used to pay me to make Christmas cards, which was probably my first commission.” In high school, Bhat Boy became more serious about his craft when he began selling ink drawings of local places as well as house portraits. “When it became clear that being an artist was what I wanted to do with my life, I went to art college. And while at the Ontario College of Art and

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Design, I spent a year in Florence.” His primary interest has been in traditional and fine-arts form, as opposed to modern art, and his year in Florence reinforced his talent and skill. After college and spending some time in England, Bhat Boy returned to the Glebe to establish his career as an artist. This meant connecting with his community in a more meaningful way, giving back, and making a pathway for other artists in the area. He founded Art in the Park, the largest outdoor fine-arts festival between Montreal and Toronto. Now known as The New Art Festival, it provides a platform for emerging artists to exhibit their work, and today numbers more than 250 juried artists. Bhat Boy was also instrumental in the initiative to save the Glebe Community Centre when it was threatened with closure in favour of building elsewhere. In honour of its preservation, Bhat Boy has featured the community centre, with its well-recognized Palladian-styled dome, in much of his work. When asked about his style, Bhat Boy calls himself an “envisionist,” imagining the way things could be, and moving and changing things accordingly. Anyone who has seen his work, “Winter on the Rideau Canal,” made into a thousand-piece Ravensburger puzzle, will know what this means. Many of Ottawa’s

iconic buildings are featured, but in a random pattern and on different scales. The effect is whimsical and somewhat d i s o r ie nt i ng. It invites people to lean in to identify familiar landmarks and landscapes. Bhat Boy also features recurring themes, of which dragons, goldfish and nuns are the most renowned. According to Bhat Boy, “Goldfish represent the environment and the forces of nature, dragons represent the mavericks and the boyish mischief, and nuns represent the traditions in society.” The nuns will be making a return visit to the 2013 Causeway Foundation holiday card campaign, on the card entitled “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.” For the fourth year, Bhat Boy has donated the use of his art for Causeway’s annual fundraiser, which assists those with mental health issues and other disabilities to find their way to employment and independent living. “I support the Causeway program and am happy to contribute the use of my work again this year,” he says. “There is no shortage of inspiration, only time. The use of work from my existing collection to raise money for Causeway provides opportunities for its inspired work.” Causeway’s holiday cards will be available for sale at the Glebe Craft and Artisan Fair at the Glebe Community Centre, November 15 through 17, and at a number of supportive retail outlets on Bank Street in the Glebe. Ever restless in his search for new subjects, Bhat Boy recently put together a new body of work. His next public exhibition, entitled Heroes and Heroines, will be full of surprises and will start on November 14, 2013, at the Orange Gallery. For more on that show, see page 23. Photo: Bhat Boy

Photo: Caroline Tseng

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Pamela Hilchie is chair of the 2013 Causeway Foundation holiday card campaign.


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Bhat Boy Heroes and Heroines November 15 – 30 By bhat boy

No longer quite satisfied with painting nuns and mounties, the unsung heroes of Canada, Bhat Boy has moved on – to historical figures including such public faces as Jim Watson, Sir John A. Macdonald, Margaret Atwood, Pierre Trudeau, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, Roberta Bondar and even Stephen Harper. All appear in the Heroes and Heroines series along with some other surprises from history. Drawn to painting characters in iconic costumes, Bhat Boy’s whimsical take on Canadian history, Heroes and Heroines, is opening at Orange Gallery this month. You will agree that it is definitely a departure from his traditional streetscape style. “I felt in a rut last winter, as if I had painted every building in Ottawa, and nothing felt fresh any more. I thought I would take the summer to see if I could move my work in a new direction. I started the series of waltzing nuns and mounties while travelling through central Europe last spring. I moved from city to city, each time finding it more difficult to pack my suitcase as I accumulated canvases along the journey. I went to one art store in Budapest and they only had two canvases. I said ‘I’ll take them all.’ It was such a crisis packing at one point that it was becoming more of an art than painting. “When I returned to my home base in the U.K. last July, I began to paint beefeaters and grenadiers, then Anne Boleyn losing her head. There are so many historical British heroes and heroines that I started thinking, who are my Canadian heroes? That was when I thought of painting Atwood versus Harper. Margaret Atwood, mounted on a white horse, slays Stephen Harper, in tribute to St. George and the Dragon, a traditional English folk tale told since medieval times. What better backdrop than the gothic landscape of Parliament Hill? Ms Atwood, wearing a ’70s leotard, is being crowned a saint by a passing Canada goose as she is about to pierce the prime minister. I thought it impolite and pos-

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys receives a visitation from Dr Roberta Bondar.

Margaret Atwood slays Stephen Harper in a parable of St. George and the Dragon.

sibly illegal to make Mr. Harper bleed, regardless of my political convictions. That is why I chose to depict the moment before the kill.” There are more than 40 new paintings from the Heroes and Heroines collection featuring figures from British and Canadian history. In another painting, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, nun and founder of Canada’s first school for girls in 1671, receives a visitation from modern-day heroine, Dr. Roberta Bondar, who descends from the heavens as an astronaut to meet the recently canonized saint in Old Montreal. “People sometimes ask me if I believe in magic. I think magic is a relative thing; technology that we do not understand is no different from medieval magic. That’s why we still go ‘awww’ when we see someone’s phone do something we have never seen before. “Contemporary people are more difficult to paint, as they tend not to come with iconic costumes unless it is related to their profession. I saw Jim Watson at the Gay Pride parade. He had his own float and he

was squirting all the gay men with his huge water pistol, and I thought, wow, that would make a great painting. I was nervous at first, as the other characters I had painted were mostly from the past. People know the mayor, so it’s really got to look like him. But I got him, I got him good, at least I think so. I am not sure what Mr.Watson would think, but in the painting I am thinking of him as a hero.” Bhat Boy is a long standing resident of the Glebe. He started his art career doing house portraits while still at Glebe Collegiate Institute in the 1980s before attending the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. His website is at www.bhatboy.com. Orange Art Gallery 223 Armstrong Ave (Parkdale Market) Vernissage Friday, November 15, 6–10 p.m.

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24 Glebe Report November 8, 2013 paintings and the veils and forms are many and varied. I ask you to become active and playful like an uninhibited child with a colour box in order to discover the invisible world as it is made visible.” Sylvie Richard has a bachelor of occupational therapy in art therapy, has studied sculpture at Sunbridge College, N.Y. and done independent studies in painting the Assenza method with Donald Hall. She has both artistic and pedagogical diplomas in eurythmy, and is a noted teacher and painter.

Sylvie Richard and Marie Daoust Creative Quest November 9 – 29 Sylvie Richard

“Art does not reproduce the visible: rather it makes visible.” –Paul Klee

“I am guided by the colour theory of Goethe, Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual scientific research and Beppe Assenza’s method. It leads to a different way of painting in which the painter, instead of shaping the material by sinking his subjectivity in it, grasps the life and essence of the colour and extracts the idea from it. A painting reflects the action of the living colours out of which chromatic structure, colour perspective and the composition arise. Colours are not placed by chance but by their inherent movement. The composition expresses a will to create rhythms and achieve balance. “I mostly use watercolours in my

Marie Daoust

Ballet des Chats by Sylvie Richard

paintings. I am drawn to the living quality of water and the achieved transparency. Unlike in classical technique, I combine veiling (layering) of numerous spreads with a living transparency to achieve unusually intense tonalities. “I am inviting the viewer to enter the world of imagination through colours. There are many doors in my

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Marie has a passion for light and beauty. Watercolour is her medium of choice, primarily because of its transparency and resonance with the quality of light, although she also explores with acrylic. Her artistic approach over the past 10 years has intensified with a greater appreciation for the liveliness and luminosity of colours inspired by Goethe’s theory of colours and the teachings of the masters. Marie Daoust is from the Montérégie region of Québec. She has studied a variety of artistic disciplines at the Ottawa School of Art for more than 25 years and regularly attends art workshops at home and abroad (in France, Switzerland and Italy). In addition, Daoust has shown her art in various group and solo exhibitions. She can be reached at artmcd@bell.net.

Jazz (detail) by Marie Daoust

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In Flanders Fields

Thirteen Strings’ remembrance tribute

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The orchestra hands over proceedings to Garth Hampson, soloist and retired RCMP staff sergeant, who will lead the audience in some of the classic war songs of yesteryear: We’ll Meet Again, White Cliffs of Dover, Keep the Home Fires Burning, We’ll Gather Lilacs, Till We Meet Again and the extraordinarily beautiful Roses of Picardy. Tickets are available at the door, online at www.thirteenstrings.ca, by phone at 613-738-7888, at all CD Warehouse locations, Compact Music outlets and The Leading Note. Tickets: adults $40.00; seniors $35.00; students $10.00. We are happy to give free admittance to our war veterans, and a special ticket price of $10 to accompanying friends and family (please present yourselves to the ticket desk on entering the church.) Formed in 1976, Thirteen Strings is one of Canada’s premiere professional string ensembles. Led by artistic director Kevin Mallon, Thirteen Strings’ mission is to provide audiences with the leading edge of live classical music where sophisticated repertoire intersects with dynamic, high quality performances. Thirteen Strings Concert Sunday, November 10, 2 p.m. Dominion-Chalmers United Church 355 Cooper Street With files from Guylaine Lemaire, Executive Director, Thirteen Strings,who can be reached at 613-355-5044 or info@thirteenstrings.ca.

In Flanders Fields In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

—John McCrae

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The first concert of the Thirteen Strings 2013-2014 season, to be held November 10 at Dominion-Chalmers United Church, has a special theme: “Flanders reflections.” Taking its name from a composition by John Burge, this concert will mark Remembrance Day with music and poetry. Central to the concert is the famous war poem In Flanders Fields by the Canadian physician, Lt.-Col. John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Alexis Helmer. As with his earlier poems, In Flanders Fields continues McCrae’s preoccupation with death and how it stands at the transition between the struggle of life and the peace that follows. It is written from the point of view of the dead. It speaks of their sacrifice and serves as their command to the living to press on. As with many of the most popular works of the First World War, it was written early in the conflict, before the romanticism of war turned to bitterness and disillusionment for soldiers and civilians alike. The first half of the concert fits solidly inside the scope of the regular programming of the Thirteen Strings. Starting with Englishman Edward Elgar’s nostalgic Serenade for Strings, the orchestra is then joined by Adam Fisher, tenor soloist, and Lawrence Vine, horn, to perform Benjamin Britten’s moving Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. With this work, the orchestra continues its celebration of the 100th anniversary of Britten’s birth in 2013. The second half of the concert is given over to the theme of remembrance. Although the official Remembrance Day is November 11, this concert will mark the passing of those who gave their lives in the quest for peace. Elgar’s Nimrod is coupled with Kingston composer John Burge’s Loved and Were Loved from his Flanders Fields Reflections. McCrae’s poem will be read by Rob Clipperton and the 1921 hymn I Vow to Thee, My Country with music by Gustav Holst and words by Sir Cecil Spring-Rice will be performed in remembrance of Sir Cecil Spring-Rice, who died at Rideau Hall in 1918 and is buried in Beechwood Cemetery. But the world wars were also a time when people came together and part of this comfort is remembered in song – particularly the songs of Vera Lynn.

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Ottawa Bach Choir to perform at Bachfest Leipzig 2014 The Ottawa Bach Choir (OBC) is proud to announce that it has been invited, the first Canadian choir ever, to be among the performers in the world’s most prestigious international Bach festival, Bachfest Leipzig 2014, entitled “the true art.” The choir will be singing on June 20, 2014, and has planned a spectacular European tour next June, which will include other performances in Venice, Lübeck, Groningen and Amsterdam. In preparation for this magnificent honour, the OBC will be presenting a series of fundraisers that will allow us to celebrate with our patrons over the course of the season. Want to walk in a winter wonderland with us this December 21? How about a trip to a traditional Venetian carnival on January 25? Maybe a nod back to the elegance of the black-tie balls of yesteryear on May 31? We will be bringing you all of these and more, as this exciting OBC season unfolds. Stay tuned to the Glebe Report and to our website, www.ottawabachchoir.ca, for details of these and other Bachfest fundraising events. The choir’s subscription series includes three spectacular concerts

to whet your musical appetite and inspire you! The first, The Glory of the Baroque, will be performed this November 30 at 8 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Church in the Glebe, 130 Glebe Avenue, and will include Bach’s thrilling cantata, Meine Seel erhebt den Herren BWV 10, Buxtehude’s Alles was ihr tut BuxWV 4, Charpentier’s Magnificat H. 78, Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach’s Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme and more, all accompanied by the superb baroque orchestra hailing from Montreal, Ensemble Caprice (Matthias Maute, director), and soloists. The second concert in the series is The Tudors: Hidden Ecstasies, which will be presented on Saturday, March 8, 2014, 8 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar Street, and will feature moving a cappella works by Byrd, Gibbons, Parsons, Tallis and more. The final concert, Prélude – Europe 2014, will be performed on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 8 p.m., again at St. Matthew’s in the Glebe, and will include works which the choir will take on tour by Bach, Gabrieli, Palestrina, Schütz, Sweelinck, Victoria and more, accompanied by Ottawa’s own Jennifer Loveless, titular organist of Notre Dame Basilica.

Subscription tickets are now available and can be purchased through the Ottawa Bach Choir’s website at www.ottawabachchoir.ca, or by calling 613-291-3694 or 613-270-1015. Single tickets may be bought closer to concert dates from Compact Music,

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Handel’s Messiah in 20th year at St. Matthew’s Photo: St Matthew’s Anglican Church

by Misty Banyard

Ottawa Bach Choir in Carnegie Hall, New York, 2011

by Kevan Pipe

On Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23, St. Matthew’s Anglican Church will present Handel’s Messiah, commemorating the 20th anniversary of its first performance. St. Matthew’s production of Handel’s Messiah, arguably the world’s most performed oratorio, was first performed on Sunday, November 21, 1993 by the Choir of Men and Boys and the Choir of Women and Girls under the direction of then choir master Andrew Teague. These same choirs, under the direction of Kirkland Adsett, St. Matthew’s current director of music, will be joined by guest soloists and a professional orchestra to celebrate the coming of the advent season, which kicks off the Christmas season for many members of the audience. The Messiah was composed in 1741 by George Frederic Handel and first performed in Dublin on April

13, 1742. It is in an intimate church setting and by candlelight that St. Matthew’s Choir presents its annual production. This performance varies somewhat from Handel’s original, however, as children form a large part of the St. Matthew’s Combined Choir. Given the complexity of the music to be learned, it is a challenge well met by such young and talented choristers. “I am grateful for the commitment and dedication of the almost 75 members of our choirs in presenting such a high-calibre performance,” said music director Kirkland Adsett. “Given the amount of music that must be prepared every week for the full schedule of services at St. Matthew’s, and this added to the repertoire, the choristers are to be commended for all their conscientious work. Along with the professional orchestra, it is a joy to conduct this wonderful work with such fine musicians.” The soloists for the performance are Jennifer Taverner, soprano; Andrew Robar, counter tenor; Jean-Philippe Fortier Lazure, tenor; and Gary Dahl, bass. Tickets are available at the church office at 217 First Avenue, Compact Music in the Glebe, The Leading Note on Elgin Street, and online at www. stmatthewsottawa.ca. Ticket prices range from $15 for students to $40 for reserved seating. For full information on pricing and to purchase tickets, visit St. Matthew’s website. Kevan Pipe is a parishioner at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church who serves on the communications committee.

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Master Piano Recital Series 2013/14 By Roland Graham

The Ottawa classical music scene is seeing an exciting addition for the 2013/14 season. In November, a young and relatively unknown virtuoso from Montreal, Steven Massicotte, kicked off the new five-part series of piano recitals offered this year at Southminster United Church just south of the Glebe. The objectives of the series are to introduce outstanding young talent to the Ottawa public, showcase the vast riches of the solo piano repertory, and provide greater access to fine art and culture in our community. While Ottawa is already home to an exceptional array of world-class professional and community-based performers and ensembles, the Master Piano Recital Series aims to fill a noticeable void in our city. Outside the National Arts Centre, and excluding piano concertos programmed by the city’s orchestras, there are not many opportunities to regularly hear established professional pianists performing repertoire in a format that is accessible and affordable. The Master Piano Recital Series started on November 2, and will continue to present outstanding young concert pianists at roughly six-week intervals over the next seven months. The performers come from across Canada and beyond; all are highly accomplished performers, with competitions, artistic grants, recordings and other professional distinctions to their credit. Each will perform a personally selected program, highlighting different aspects of the piano repertory. Audiences will experience a diverse array of composers and styles, many famous and well-known works, along with seldom played, esoteric and contemporary works. Concerts are planned with connoisseurs and neophytes equally in mind. The accomplished Steven Massicotte performed a selection of virtuoso works by 19th-century romantic composers. The second performer will be pianist Maria Sourjko, locally known to many, as she lived three years in the Glebe after her arrival in Canada. On Saturday, December 14, she will play a Christmas-inspired program, including a magnificent piano arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, along with works by J. S. Bach, Gluck, and Rachmaninov, including the famous Vocalise. Families with children and anyone learning the piano will find the magical textures

of Tchaikovsky’s ballet score especially appealing. The third, fourth and final performers are Serhiy Salov (winner of the 2004 Montreal International Piano Competition, and just back from a South American tour with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra), Elizabeth Schumann (a formidably talented young performer from Boston, U.S.A., who will perform Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and a contemporary piano sonata written for her) and Samuel Deason (who studies and teaches in Indiana under the legendary Menahem Pressler). The profiles and programs of all performers can be found on our Facebook page (search for Master Piano Recital Series, Ottawa) or by writing to the email address below. Concerts will be held on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. on the dates below. Tickets are $25 per concert ($10 for students); $60 for any three concerts ($20 for students); or $100 for all five concerts ($40 for students). Tickets: Ottawa Folklore Centre, Compact Music in the Glebe, The Leading Note on Elgin and Southminster Church office. Email MasterPianoRecitalSeries@ gmail.com for detailed information.

December 14, 2013, Maria Sourjko, “The Nutcracker Suite” February 15, 2014, Serhiy Salov, “Bach And The Post-Romantics” April 5, 2014, Elizabeth Schumann, “Moonlight Sonata” May 24, 2014, Samuel Deason, “The Diabelli Variations”

Roland Graham is the artistic director of the Southminster United Church music program.

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Discover new music Chances are there have been times when you, as a music connoisseur, crave new music. Finding new music is a very personal effort; everything hinges on your mood, your environment and your method of listening. Luckily, there is a variety of online sources one can use – for free! My personal favourite is a site called Songza.com. Being responsible for the music played in our office, I have to have a wide variety of music available (without commercials). With Songza, there is a “Music Concierge” section which offers five broad listening choices: working (no lyrics), working to a beat, boosting your energy, brand new music, and exploring obscure sounds. Once you determine which area you desire, a list of stations is provided with brief synopses of what artists each station features. Alternatively, if you have a specific genre or artist in mind, you can type it in the search bar and be given a list of stations that meet your criteria. Another excellent site is Grooveshark. com. This site is more useful if you have a specific artist or genre in mind that you want to hear. Simply type what you’d like to hear in the search bar and a new screen fulfilling your request will appear. If you’re searching for a particular artist, your search will result in one of two basic choices: albums by the artist or a station that plays the artist. Grooveshark is fun because anyone can create an account and create a playlist (i.e. station). You are able to compile your favourite artists and songs into your own personal playlist without downloading

Megan Watson or uploading – and again, it’s free! Lastly, Musicovery.com is yet another brilliant way to discover new music. The homepage for this site offers a “mood pad” where you can scroll over it to determine your mood and hear small music clips that accompany each mood, ranging from energetic to positive to calm to dark. If you prefer to search by genre, located directly below the mood pad are genre buttons (jazz, reggae, rock, classical). And like most other sites, there’s also a search bar for those who know what they want to listen to. Naturally there are thousands of other sites similar to those I’ve mentioned; however these sites are among the most popular because of their continuous streaming efficiency and vast musical selections. They are also commonly used due to the lack of commercial interference! Throw one of these sites on your computer, iPad or phone while you’re at work, school or puttering around home. Suggestion: keep a pencil and paper on hand to jot down the names of artists and songs you discover. It’s easier to shop for new music at your local shops when you have all the info! Expand ­– discover – enjoy! Megan Watson regularly shares her musical insights with readers of the Glebe Report.


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At the flicks with Lois and Paul The Way, Way Back Directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (USA, 2013) by Lois Siegel

There have been many coming-of-age films over the years – the 1959 classic 400 Blows by François Truffaut starring Jean-Pierre Léaud; Gregory’s Girl, the 1981 Scottish comedy written and directed by Bill Forsyth and starring John Gordon Sinclair, and the 1991 Flirting by Australian John Duigan, starring Noah Taylor, Thandie Newton and Nicole Kidman. Fast-forward to 2013 and you are looking at The Way, Way Back, directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. The film centres around Duncan (Liam James), 14, who is shy and awkward around others. His mother is dating Trent (Steve Carell), who plays a really irritating, self-centred, obnoxious divorcée. Steve Carrell is very good at this, having had lots of experience on the TV show The Office. We pick them up as they are driving with Trent’s bratty daughter to his summer cottage in a small village. Upon their arrival, we meet a “gang” of reprehensible cottagers who are loud and loathsome. This may turn you off the film, but be patient. Give it time. It gets much better. We need to know what Duncan is up against. Enter Owen, played by Sam Rockwell. Owen works at Water Wizz water park. He’s a laid-back, hilarious beach guy who loves a good time. His antics are entertaining and endearing. His lines keep us laughing. And he becomes a mentor for Duncan. The water park is a refuge for Duncan and for the audience. It offers relief from the sad reality of family life that has gone wrong – where dysfunctional relationships are the norm. The water park scenes will keep you laughing. Incidentally, both of the film’s directors appear in the film and are very funny in their water park roles as Roddy (Nat Faxon) and Lewis (Jim Rash). Running time: 103 minutes. DVD release date: October 2013. Available at Amazon.com and Sunnyside Branch of Ottawa Public Library. Rated PG.

Hotel Transylvania Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (USA, 2012) A conventional love story with twists, the Sony animation film Hotel Transylvania is delightful. Count Dracula, a vampire, transforms an old castle into a five-star hotel … a safe haven for monsters. No humans allowed. The characters are enchanting: witches do the housekeeping; the bellhops are zombies. Quasimodo, a lunatic chef, makes lizard finger food, worm cakes, mouse jelly and scream cheese. Count Dracula, a single parent, has a teenage daughter, Mavis. To celebrate her 118th birthday (the vampire equivalent of her 18th birthday), he invites an array of friends, including Frankenstein, werewolves, the invisible man, a mummy, and Bigfoot. Jonathan, a young, 21-year-old human, goes mountain climbing. He had heard about a spooky forest and discovers the hotel. When human meets monsters, the fun begins. To complicate matters, Mavis meets Jonathan, and Dracula isn’t happy about this. This is not a scary film. It’s funny and bright, with lots of action and physical jokes. You may recognize the familiar voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, David Spade and Jon Lovitz. Hotel Transylvania is a big production created by hundreds of people. Development alone took six to seven years. The filmmaker’s goal: laughter – start to finish. You won’t be disappointed. Running time: 91 minutes. DVD available at Amazon.com and Sunnyside Branch of Ottawa Public Library. Rated PG.

The Hunt

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark, 2013) by Paul Green

A cautionary tale if ever there were one, this film may be seen as a companion piece to the director’s earlier work, Celebration (1998), a searing drama in which a pedophile father/patriarch is confronted by his son on the former’s 60th birthday. Shorn of Celebration’s bourgeois trappings, The Hunt is a more focused, personal drama set in a Danish village where the men, when not skinnydipping in frigid lakes or shooting deer with high-powered rifles, foregather in a male-only sanctum, consume copious amounts of beer and belt out drinking songs that reek of blood, sweat and testosterone. It is also a disquisition into the nature of masculinity in a context of shifting male and female roles and the perception of heightened vulnerability on the part of our children. As a member of this close-knit community, Lukas ( Mads Mikkelsen) is wellliked and respected. An unemployed teacher, he works at the local pre-school to make ends meet. We also learn that he is going through divorce proceedings and that he may lose custody of his son. Into this mix comes Klara, a likeable six-year-old who gets lost in her little town and is escorted home by Lukas, who is the best friend of Klara’s father, Theo. Then it happens. At pre-school, Klara casually lets it be known that Lukas has exposed himself to her. The offhand nature of her assertion and the fact that she seems to have forgotten it almost straight away is lost on the teacher, a wellmeaning but ineffectual woman who wants to do the right thing but doesn’t quite know how to go about it. Two important points underline Vinterberg’s narrative technique: firstly, we know that Klara is miffed at Lukas – some trifle over cookies that Lukas has declined to accept; and secondly, the viewer has already witnessed a scene in which Klara’s older brother comes home and, in a fit of stupid bravado, flashes at his sister a pornographic image from his laptop. And herein lies the rub. The viewer knows this but Klara never mentions it, and why should she? Her conscious mind scarcely comprehends the fleeting image but common sense tells us that it has lodged in her subconscious and become bound up with Lukas and the business about the cookies. The saga of a citizen hit with baseless accusations against which he is powerless to defend himself is a harrowing one, particularly as Vinterberg makes it all seem so plausible. At the pre-school, Klara undergoes a sort of interrogation that serves as a textbook example of how not to question a child in such a delicate setting. Finally, she intuits that if she can just give them the answers they’re seeking, she can go out and play. Doomed by forces he cannot fathom let alone control, Lukas’s world implodes as the community turns on him. Mikkelsen is riveting as the Christ-like Lukas en route to his metaphorical, if not literal, crucifixion. A confrontation at a Christmas Eve service is as wrenching as anything I have seen in the cinema. It is not revealing too much to observe that Vinterberg closes on an ambiguous note. Tensions have eased but is Lukas out of the woods, so to speak? Are we out of the woods? Running time: 115 minutes. In Danish with English subtitles. Available at Glebe Video. Rated R.


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Unwinding in comfort in “your” café Most people have somewhere they like to go to unwind, a default resting place after a busy day or place to contemplate life on a lazy weekend afternoon. For some, this is a quiet park or a bar “where everybody knows your name.” For many others, it is their favourite café. Since the ’90s, café culture has been steadily expanding. Although a quick assessment of café dominance in a city can be done by calculating its “Starbucks density,” this is not the whole story, especially in a city like Ottawa where Bridgehead is a local darling. There are also singlelocation specialty cafés ostensibly catering to specific audiences but with mass appeal. Commonly known as “indie” cafés, these are independent roasters, ca fé -pubs, a nd well, pretty much a ny cof fe e serving variation you can imagine. Ottawa might not have acquired the taste for herbinfused molecular gastronomic beans (yet), but judging by the number of cafés in the Glebe alone, locals love their caffeine fix. What is it that cafés offer that other hangout spots don’t? What is their unique draw that attracts so many different groups of people, people who might not otherwise share the same space? Unlike a microbrew pub, another popular hangout for the indie coffee crowd, a café is likely to contain people from every age group, from newborn up, at any given time. The drinks themselves aren’t necessarily the draw for people, especially when customers are paying potentially 200 times what it would cost to make their hot beverage at home. No, beyond the convenience and the product itself, the primary draw is the atmosphere. What makes a café a magical place is that the same atmosphere can draw everyone from the afterschool crowd looking for hot chocolate to retirees sipping a regular coffee as they read the paper. All find something they like about “their” café. Whether “your”

café is a local independent or an international chain, it offers familiar comforts. What one considers a comfort is highly variable, of course. For Tom, it might be the barista remembering the details of his daily order; for Jane, it might be the choice of music or the art on the wall. Others are lured in by the promise of allergen-free treats, and still others arrive early to stake out a good table for their study group. Everyone is there for a different reason, but really the same reason: comfort. You each have your story, as I have mine. I first discovered cafés in earnest when I was in university. Although I held off drinking coffee my first year, like so many others I soon succumbed while studying for some particularly dire exams. I was hooked – not necessarily to the caffeine yet, but to the cafés themselves. Those near campus b e c a m e my study spot, my social hangout, and a place to grab a quick snack between classes. My first dates with my husband took place in cafés, and the majority of my papers were written in them (mostly 24-hour locations). I worked through university and grad school as a barista, and though it did ruin the magic a little, as soon as my shift ended I would very often unwind in a café and the magic was restored. Cafés are a place for meeting with friends, for relaxing with a good book, and now, as in university, for getting work done. No one will look at you strangely if you linger over a coffee for two hours. They are also one of the few places my introverted self feels comfortable chatting with strangers. I’m sure my story is nothing unusual. Cafés are everywhere, and judging by how difficult it can be to find seating, as popular as ever. Our local baristas are doing something right, so next time you step in off Bank Street to the warmth of “your” café, be sure to let them know. Local Glebe writer and editor Adelle Farrelly shares her take on contemporary life and the urban scene.

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“Iron Ore Dock” © Mark Schacter, 2011

Gallery 5 – Let’s talk photography Ottawa photographer Mark Schacter is pleased to announce the opening of Gallery 5, located at 5 Linden Terrace in the Glebe. The launch of Gallery 5 on November 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. coincides with the publication of Mark Schacter’s third book of photography, Houses of Worship. Gallery 5 will open to the public every other month on the last Saturday of the month. It will feature framed limited-edition prints by Schacter, as well as some unframed pieces. Inspired by their own enjoyment of fine art, Schacter and his wife, Shereen Miller, felt that their 85-year-old home overlooking Patterson Creek would be the ideal setting for a unique, intimate viewing experience. Signed copies of Schacter’s three books (the other two are Roads and Sweet Seas: Portraits of the Great Lakes) will also be available. The Ottawa Citizen called Roads a “compelling work.” Canadian Geographic described Sweet Seas as “a remarkable study … a visual tour of the delicate beauty around the Great Lakes.”

Photo: Mark Schacter

By Adelle Farrelly

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Said Schacter, “Gallery 5 is a great opportunity for me to connect directly with people interested in photography and a chance for the public to purchase my work at a significant discount to prices charged by conventional galleries.” A large selection of Schacter’s work can be seen at www.luxetveritas.net. For further information about Gallery 5 or the photography of Mark Schacter, contact Mark Schacter at 613-277-6777 or Shereen Miller at 613-277-6778.

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glebous & comicus

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Zeus embroiled in political scandal!

The Glebe according to Zeus A guinea pig’s perspective on the Glebe

“I am a non-partisan pig!” exclaimed Zeus in response to an explosion of questions from paparazzi as he left Brittons yesterday with his copy of the Glebe Report. “Justice Truetoe and I are friends, of course. Having both suffered the ongoing trials of being devilishly handsome, we can relate. But I equally enjoy late-night jazz soirées with the more common looking Don Laird, Minister of Foreign Affairs – and everyone knows that the stout Minister of Finance, Jean Fabergé, relies on me to review the budget numbers annually – but the Quadruped Ethics Department (QED) has reviewed all my activities and declared that there is absolutely no conflict of interest,” stated Zeus confidently. When questioned about Prime Minister Tartar’s accusations that he was a “spy-pig” leaking budget secrets in exchange for carrots, Zeus laughed until he pooped. “That is absurd – Tartar is clearly envious that production and sales of my 2014 GiddyPigs calen-

dar and my tell-all chronicle, Halls of Power, have done more for job growth among quadrupeds than his Economic Action Plan, which, it should be noted, has not a single initiative targeting unemployed quadrupeds! Tartar has argued that canines and felines are lazy and poverty is their own fault, but no one can deny that the black squirrels are dedicated, hard workers – even compulsive workers – yet he has nothing for them, nothing!” Visibly moved, Zeus continued, “Just ask the National Office for Poverty and Equality (NOPE) – the spike in squirrel homelessness since 2006 is irrefutable – and now, with interest rates going up and the new requirement of 20 per cent down, trees have simply become unaffordable! Many Glebe squirrels are on waiting lists to share accommodations with raccoons, resulting in raucous night squabbles!” After wiping away two small tears, Zeus apologized for having to end the interview abruptly, explaining that he didn’t want to be late for his weekly massage and manicure appointment at Third Avenue Spa.

In The Language Garden

In the land of Glebe

Shibboleth – unearthing who’s friend or foe, in or out? By Adelle Farrelly

It seems like you need a password for everything these days. Technology makes this relatively easy, and the primary function of passwords today is to protect personal information, not literally to allow passage. Yet people have always desired to protect information or to validate their identities – or identify those they wished to keep out. One early way of testing whether one was a friend or a foe was the shibboleth. Shibboleth is a Hebrew word meaning an ear of grain, though the literal meaning is irrelevant to its function or its meaning in English. This is similar to how one chooses an arbitrary word for an email password (hopefully not “password123”). Just as how some websites weed out spambots by having you copy a word or series of numbers, in the biblical Book of Judges (12:115) the Gileadites used shibboleth’s pronunciation as a test to weed out

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rival Ephraimites. According to the story, the “sh” sound existed only in the Gileadite dialect, and so anyone who said “sibboleth” was assumed to be Ephraimite and promptly killed. In English, shibboleth now means any word or concept used to try to trip up a member of an outside group and thus causing them to reveal their true identity. The Danes do it with “rødgrød med fløde,” a phrase famously unpronounceable to non-native speakers. Unfortunately, shibboleths are not always harmless fun. In 1937, up to 30,000 Haitian immigrants living in the Dominican Republic were killed upon failing to properly pronounce perejil, the word for “parsley” in Spanish. Not all uses of shibboleths are so sinister, but even innocent ones, such as “rødgrød med fløde,” have an undercurrent of exclusion. Glebe writer and editor Adelle Farrelly enjoys digging up the dirt on words and their roots.


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Best toys ever! By Julie Houle Cezer

Mrs Tiggy Winkle’s has been a wonderland and a wander-land in the heart of the Glebe community since 1977, without fail amazing and delighting children, their young-at-heart parents and now their grandparents. Family members have been going there for decades, together and alone, on secret gift-buying missions. On any foray into the store, you will encounter a vast and colourful array of toys and games, books and puzzles that will call out to you, encouraging you to forget about the clock ticking. With or without a child in tow, it’s a timeout for inspiration and “aha” moments in discovering the new, and rediscovering updated versions of toys you knew from yesteryear. It never loses its appeal and staff, no matter how busy, try to accommodate even the most unusual requests.

2. Playmobil 1.2.3. Personal Jet Age 18 months+ Soar to new heights with the Playmobil 1.2.3. Personal Jet. With a bright and colourful design and large, rounded pieces, this set is ideal for toddlers. The pilot and passenger fit comfortably into the jet’s seats, with the luggage easily stowed behind the seating. Get ready for the trip of a lifetime! Made in Germany.

5. Shelby’s Snack Shack Age 4+ This award-winning game is a counting bone-anza! Shelby buried bones in the sand and needs your help collecting them. Help her dig up the most bones and you win! Kids take turns using the adorable Shelby Squeezers to fill their dog bowl with bones while they practise early counting and number skills. A perfect game for Kindergarten-aged children.

7. Cool Circuits Age 8+ Connect puzzle pieces to complete the circuit and activate the flashing lights. It seems simple enough, right? But challengers soon find out they will have to really work their brain to piece together a solution in this innovative puzzle game.

6. Jumparoo Air Pogo Jumper Age 6+

MRS. TIGGY WINKLE’S ANNOUNCES BEST TOYS OF 2013

Well known for high standards and good quality, educational toys, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s has just launched a Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s Toy and Gift Guide featuring the best picks for 2013 for all ages, infant to teen. These are quality toys that will spark young imaginations with various interests: the budding environmentalist or scientist; the creative dreamer; the active and outdoorsy child. There is also a selection of quirky, hard-to-find items from Lost Marbles that will appeal to teens, adults and collectors. You might also want to check out the Gift Guide for a chance to win a $250 shopping spree! To sneak a peek, consider some of the following from the Guide’s kidapproved toys for those under 10 years old and ranging in price from $15.99 to $69.99.

1. Lamaze Push Along Peanut Age 9 months+ Lamaze has long been a leader in the design of high quality developmental toys, including their latest, Push Along Peanut. Where does baby start with this adorably soft plush elephant? There are bright colours to see, textures to explore, an ear that squeaks while the other crinkles, and beadfilled wheels to push along. The baby will be having fun while developing motor and sensory skills.

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A Glebe Montessori School sudent enjoys his Suzuki lesson.

William, un élève de première année, avec son enseignante, qui montre fièrement les points qui indiquent le nombre de tours qu’il a complété lors de la course Terry Fox.

Nouvelles de l’école First Avenue Par Meagan T-D., Corinne B. et Hannah S.

Nous avons bien commencé notre année scolaire ! Comme d’habitude il y a plein d’activités à notre école. Voilà un résumé de quelques-unes de ces activités amusantes ! Les athlètes paralympiques de partout autour du monde sont venus au Parlement pour participer à la course paralympique « Rolling Rampage ». Nous avons eu le privilège de participer à cet événement excitant. Nous avons créé des affiches pour encourager les athlètes. Pour nous, cela était un honneur. Notre groupe a créé une affiche pour Guy Dea Kim, un athlète paralympique qui vient de la Corée du Sud, mais on a quand même encouragé les autres athlètes ! Les écoles avaient aussi le choix de participer au relais pour les élèves de cinquième, sixième, septième et huitième année. Malheureusement, First Avenue n’a pas gagné, mais nous étions contents pour les autres écoles. Pour nous, le Rolling Rampage n’était pas une compétition mais une belle occasion de voir comme nous sommes chanceux, ici au Canada, d’avoir des personnes comme Guy Dea Kim qui travaillent si fort pour atteindre leurs buts, malgré les obstacles. Aussi, ce n’est pas seulement les athlètes qui devraient essayer d’atteindre leurs objectifs; chacun devrait toujours faire de son mieux pour atteindre ses buts. élèves TALENTUEUX ET COURAGEUX

First Avenue a beaucoup d’élèves talentueux ! Cette année, nous avons encore participé au tournoi de soccer à Gloucester Hornets Nest. Avant le tournoi, beaucoup d’élèves étaient intéressés à faire partie de l’équipe. Il y avait environ 70 filles qui se sont présentées aux pratiques. Malheureusement, on ne pouvait avoir que 15 joueuses par équipe et les profs ont eu beaucoup de difficultés à choisir l’équipe ! Pendant le tournoi, les filles se sont qualifiées pour la finale.

Glebe Montessori School and Ottawa Suzuki Strings – a ‘perfect musical match’ By Sylvie Rankin

C’est là que l’équipe de Hopewell a gagné. Les garçons ont bien participé aussi et ont atteint les demi-finales. Là, ils ont perdu le match, malgré leur détermination et leur persévérance. Nous voulons remercier nos entraineurs et les membres des deux équipes qui ont très bien représenté notre école. Cette année, l’école First Avenue a fait plus que courir dans la course de fond. Bien sûr, nous avons des élèves qui ont couru, mais les autres ont participé aussi ! Nous nous sommes mis le long du parcours pour encourager, aider, et diriger les coureurs. Tout le monde a bien couru et l’une de nos filles a eu la troisième place dans sa division (6e année). Nous voulons remercier Mme Courtney qui a organisé cet évènement. Voilà une école qui aime courir et participer! Avec les autres écoles de notre quartier, Mutchmor Public School et Corpus Christi, nous avons aussi participé à la course Terry Fox. Tout le monde veut perpétuer le rêve de Terry Fox et voilà une belle façon de poursuivre ce projet. Les élèves et même les enseignant(e)s ont fait plusieurs tours de Patterson Creek pendant une heure. Chaque fois que l’on terminait un tour, des parents bénévoles nous faisaient une tache sur la main pour que l’on puisse compter le nombre de tours courus par chaque personne. A la fin, on a compté tous les points faits par les élèves des trois écoles et on a calculé la distance totale. Ensemble, on a traversée cinq provinces ! On a aussi profité de l’occasion pour fêter la fin du traitement de chimiothérapie de notre ami, Liam E. Liam est un courageux élève de 4e année qui fréquente l’école Mutchmor. Terry Fox est toujours une source d’inspiration. On peut espérer que l’on puisse faire une fraction de la différence que Terry a fait au cours de sa vie !

Glebe Montessori School (GMS) has always valued the arts. Music, theatre and fine arts, taught by specialists, are highlighted in GMS’s preschool and elementary curricula. This year, we are taking music education a step further, through a new partnership with Ottawa Suzuki Strings. Students may enrol in private music classes offered by Ottawa Suzuki Strings and taught at our GMS location. GMS considers Ottawa Suzuki Strings a perfect musical match! Interestingly, the Suzuki method of teaching music embraces some of the most significant principles of Montessori pedagogy. Believing in the tremendous potential of the young child, Dr. Montessori and Dr. Suzuki established that musical training can start at a very young age and is highly beneficial for the child’s personal and academic development. Research supports the positive effects of musical training on brain and cognitive development, as it requires “focused attention, and abstract, relational thinking.” Playing a musical instrument is gymnastics for the brain, and even more important, it nurtures the soul.

Meagan T-D., Corinne B. et Hannah S. sont des elèves de 6e année à l’école First Avenue.

Sylvie Rankin is the director of the Glebe Montessori School.

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Tips to transition your child to preschool By Karen Cameron

A teacher at Good Morning Creative Arts and Preschool since 2002, Karen Cameron has been director of the school for more than three years.

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Entering a new preschool is always an emotional experience for both child and parent. At Good Morning Creative Arts and Preschool, we have preschool classes for two-year-olds (Tuesday and Thursday mornings) and three-year-olds (Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings). We use many strategies to help preschool children transition to the school day. Each child has a bin with his or her name on it and a fun sticker (e.g. butterfly, ladybug) to help the child find that bin every day. We encourage children to find their names and stickers and put their drinks in their bins. This helps direct them to an activity when they enter the class and helps with name recognition and selfesteem. First thing in the morning, we encourage parents to talk to their children about going to preschool that day. For example, talk about the walk to school, the houses or landmarks you will pass, what they will wear to school (e.g. a favourite book bag). We also encourage parents to establish a goodbye ritual that is the same every time they drop off their children – for example, a big hug and a wave from the window. Most children do well once they are inside the classroom. At Good Morning Creative Arts and Preschool, we look forward to helping all families with this transition. We still have spaces in our two- and threeyear-old preschool programs as well as some of our after-school creative arts programs. Register by contacting us at 613-276-7974 or goodmorningpreschool@gmail.com.

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Welcoming and inclusive – Immaculata in 2013! In early October, students attended the Thanksgiving Liturgy of the Word at Canadian Martyrs Church with parish priest, Fr. Nicanor Sarmiento, OMI, and Fr. Chris Rushton, OMI, who officiated at the liturgy. The message of inclusiveness was celebrated and encouraged throughout the mass. “Welcome” was posted on a multilingual display in some of the many languages spoken within our diverse community. As well, Fr. Rushton shared his story of starting his 35-year teaching career at Immaculata High School on Bronson Avenue. He reminded students and staff that our long-standing tradition of being a welcoming and inclusive community began with the Grey Sisters who were founded by Sr. Marguerite d’Youville, who wanted to spread Christ’s message that God loves every person. Leah Daly, our chaplain, and Emily Veryard, drama teacher, worked in collaboration with senior students Carlo Chiucchi, Annie-Kate Cullinan and Harrison Lutzko as well as junior students Ana Fernandez-Galliano, Natnaiel Mulugeta and Melanie Proulx to create and perform a beautifully scripted and captivating performance about Sr. Marguerite’s calling and her profound impact on us as a school community. PLAYERS SUPPORT EACH OTHER ON AND OFF THE COURT

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four in one! However, coach and physical education teacher Diane Boisvert says, “It is not about winning. It is about being a good student, a good athlete and a good p e r s o n .” M m e Boisvert spends a great deal of t i me work i ng with her team and getting them to come together as a group, but says The girls on the Junior Girls’ Basketball Team learn about being a good student, a good athlete and a good it has been par- person as much as they acquire winning skills. ticularly easy this year. She credits their positive attischool gym at 140 Main Street from becoming a ship moving through the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be over murky waters of a turbulent sea. Stutude and great chemistry coupled with a strong work ethic and commit110 vendors! See you there. dents have focused on the victims ment. She has 18 players, but not all of war and in particular those who of them play. Many are novices who REMEMBRANCE DAY were murdered during the Holocaust. need time to improve their skills, but Immaculata High School has a longHaunting murals have been painted they show up for every practice and standing tradition of commemorating as backdrops for performances. Our game. The “tier two” team will be November 11 through drama, music school band played in conjunction heading out soon so they can watch and art. Over the years, drama stuwith members of a local military two “tier one” teams play and learn band. As well, the school has invited dents have scripted and performed from what they see on the court. veterans of different wars to share meaningful theatrical performMme Boisvert is looking forward to ances. One year, students spent time their experiences with us. We are playing tournaments where all of the researching the young men of St. Patlooking forward to creating another girls will finally have an opportunity rick’s College, now known as the new meaningful ceremony for the soldiers to play, gain some on-court experisite of Immaculata High School, so we honour and to giving our students ence and strengthen their bonds. a means to reflect upon the devastatthey could bring their stories to life on stage. In other years, students have ing impact of war and the importance CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE focused on special effects with fire of peace. Immaculata High School’s annual walls, smoke machines, students rapChristmas craft fair will be held Satpelling from the ceiling of the gym Carol Sweeney is an English teacher at urday, November 23, 2013 in the and an entire senior drama class Immaculata High School. Photo: courtesy of immaculata high school

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Embedded on the Home Front: Where Military and Civilian Lives Converge is an anthology of essays and reflections focusing on the “home front.” It’s hard to separate that expression from war. In the First and Second World Wars, the “home front” was a clear entity and location: if you weren’t on the frontlines, you were on the home front. But during current times of peacekeeping, peacemaking and armed interventions, the notion of home front seems to comprise only those who are in some way directly affected by the military: family and friends of soldiers, returning soldiers or ex-soldiers – an invisible group camouflaged by everyday jobs and activities. Editors Barb Howard and Joan Dixon have compiled insightful essays from 14 writers, including Melanie Murray, Scott Waters, Ryan Flavelle and Chris Turner, in Embedded on the Home Front: Where Military and Civilian Lives Converge. This anthology captures triumphs, incredible fortitude and humour, often in the face of grief, as well as the complicated logic, fears, anger and other everyday realities that are part of home-front life. In The Force of Things: a Marriage in War and Peace, Alexander Stille follows two families across the 20th century. One is starting in czarist Russia, and the other in the American

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Midwest. The story takes them across revolution, war, fascism and racial persecution, until they collide at midcentury. Their immediate attraction and tumultuous marriage is part of a much larger story: the mass migration of Jews from fascist-dominated Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. It is a micro-story of that moment of crosspollination that reshaped much of American culture and society. Stille’s book raises questions about self, identity and motivation, using creative and engaging anecdotes taken from the lives of his parents. And Still Peace Did Not Come: A Memoir of Reconciliation by Agnes Kamara-Umunna is a harrowing account of the nightmare that gripped Liberia under Charles Taylor’s reign of terror in the 1990s and of the country’s attempt to heal itself. Between 2004 and 2007, Kamara-Umunna hosted Straight from the Heart, a phone-in radio program that broadcast the truelife stories of survivors of Liberia’s civil wars (1989-1996, 1999-2003). At the show’s inception, the focus was on the victims. Kamara-Umunna intersperses these “true-life stories” with accounts of her own childhood and experiences in war-torn Liberia. When Liberia followed in South Africa’s footsteps and established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, she encouraged the boys to participate. Kamara-Umunna’s story is one of hope and redemption. Reaching the centenary of the Great War, citizens worldwide are reflecting on the history, trauma and losses of a war-torn 20th century. It is in remembering past wars that we are at once confronted with the profound horror and suffering of armed conflict and the increasing elusiveness of peace. In Bearing Witness: Perspectives on War and Peace from the Arts and Humanities, understanding and insight created in the works of musicians, dramatists, poets, painters, photographers and novelists provides a complex view of the ways in which war is waged, witnessed and remembered. A compelling and informative collection, Bearing Witness sheds new light on the impact of war and the power of suffering, heroism and memory to expose the human roots of violence and compassion. But it is The End of War by John Horgan that I leave you with. In this book it is argued that war is caused by cultural beliefs rather than a genetic disposition and that peace is a choice that human beings can make, presenting true accounts of both concepts throughout history and possible solutions to the problem.

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

AUTHOR

February 1

Lisa Moore

The Shadow of the Wind 2

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Book of Eve 3

Constance Beresford-Howe

Un Trésor dans mon château

Valérie Perreault

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Marisha Pessl

Night Film 5 Miss Julia Stirs up Trouble

Ann B. Ross

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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail 7

Bill Bryson

The Old Man and the Sea 8

Ernest Hemingway Arturo Sangalli

Pythagoras’ Revenge 9 Learning to Pray in the Age of Technique

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Gonçalo M. Tavares

Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? 11

Anita Rau Badami

The Lacuna 12

Barbara Kingsolver

Frida Kahlo (anything by or about Frida Kahlo)

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Rachel Joyce

The Best Laid Plans

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Terry Fallis

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TITLE (for teens)

AUTHOR

Love among the Walnuts

Jean Ferris

15

J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit 16 Dork Diaries

To Kill a Mockingbird 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Rachel Renée Russell

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Harper Lee

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War remembered in picture books by Sue Townley

This month the Ottawa Public Library Sunnyside Branch has brought together a collection of books of remembrance of wars past and present, chosen from among the library’s special picture books collection. Many already know that the public library has an extensive collection of picture books for the preschool set. However, did you know that we also have a wonderful collection of picture books that are especially collected with the older reader in mind? The Special Picture Book Collection is filled with picture books that capture the emotions and imaginations of older children and adults alike. The Enemy is a clever picture book by Davide Cali with understated illustrations by Serge Bloch. This book ponders the essence and logic of war from the point of view of a lone soldier sitting in his foxhole within sight of the enemy. After exploring the pointlessness of war and his own fears of being alone he becomes tired of sitting and waiting in his hole. He waits until the moon wanes; then, putting on a disguise, he creeps out toward his enemy’s foxhole. There he finds to his surprise that his enemy is more like himself than he had imagined. He wishes that the enemy would do something to end the war, but in the end realizes he must do something to end it

himself. The simplicity of the text and illustrations is deceptive. In the end this powerful book is a poignant and thought provoking read that will prompt discussion on war and conflict resolution. And the Soldiers Sang is a more traditional view of trench warfare from J. Patrick Lewis and Gary Kelley. Set in the midst of the western front in the First World War, the narrator is Owen Davies, a Welsh infantryman. On Christmas Eve, Owen hears a “baritone singing Stille Nacht,” and being an accomplished tenor himself, he responds with “The First Noel.” The two sides join together for a brief Christmas celebration. On Boxing Day, however, the war returns to these beleaguered men. The story concludes in tragedy and starkly memorializes the century-old war. The Harmonica, written by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Ron Mazellan, is an exquisite picture book inspired by the true story of a Holocaust survivor, Henryk Rosmaryn. The narrator is a young boy captured, separated from his parents and taken to a concentration camp. He manages to bring with him the harmonica that his father gave him. The commandant of the camp, who loves Schubert, learns of his talents and orders the boy to play for his pleasure. Filled with self-loathing, the boy is surprised when his playing brings hope to the other prisoners of the camp. While this story is set in the Second World War, the theme is broader and makes a case for the power of music to support and sustain humanity. Eve Bunting has written an inspiring story based on the true experiences of a Bosnian family forced to flee

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their country during the civil war. Gleam and Glow is narrated by eight-year-old Viktor, who, along with his family, is forced to leave home just one step ahead of the enemy forces. Strangers pass through Victor’s town on their way to the border and one man leaves his two golden fish with the family, saying, “An extra day or two of life is as important to a fish as it is to us.” A few days later, as Viktor’s family readies to leave, he releases the fish into their pond. After days of walking and weeks of living in a refugee camp, Viktor, his sister and mother are reunited with his father and eventually return home. The land is ravaged by war and their home is destroyed but the fish have survived, even thrived, as they and their offspring fill the pond. This beautifully illustrated book focuses on the impact of war on families and children and on those things that allow people to retain their humanity. The recent picture book by Linda Granfield, The Road to Afghanistan, follows a soldier home from a tour of duty in Afghanistan with recollections of its scenery and people. Memories of past and present wars mix to honour generations of Canadian soldiers that have served through the years in countries far from home. This book doesn’t press the rightness or wrongness of war but simply reflects on being a Canadian soldier now and through the missions of the 20th century. This is a thoughtful new addition to a difficult subject. Sue Townley is the Children’s Programming and Public Services Assistant at the Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

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Glebe Report November 8, 2013

Local grassroots groups support the immediate and longer-term needs of grandmothers in Africa caring for children orphaned by AIDS.

Building a kinder world by combatting AIDS By Rev. Meg Illman-White

Many Canadians still grieve the extreme loss of life, particularly of gay men, in the 1980s and ’90s, due to AIDS. Their passion for change has made a difference, but HIV/AIDS still affects vulnerable groups in Canada and continues to plague other parts of the world. At Southminster United Church, we will hold a service for World AIDS Day on December 1, with guest speaker Marjorie Kort, regional liaison for Ottawa/Gatineau Grandmothers to Grandmothers. Music will be provided by the Southminster United Church Choir, Tone Cluster, and the Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus. All funds raised will be donated to the Stephen Lewis Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign. Please come out, enjoy three great choirs and donate to be a part of the wave of real change. Grandmothers to Grandmothers

Much has happened to address the

spread of AIDS in Africa in the past 10 years, but the devastating effects of a lost generation of parents and workers have left a number of countries without a primary work force and without parents for their children. Africa’s grandmothers have stepped in to care for their grandchildren. Some 40 to 60 per cent of orphans live in grandmother-headed households, sometimes 10 or 15 to a home and often with little or no support. In 2006 the Stephen Lewis Foundation was able to connect some of these courageous women with Canadian grandmothers, and the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign was started. It collaborates with grassroots groups that support grandmothers’ immediate needs such as nutritious food, health care, transportation, adequate housing, school fees – and longer-term needs such as parenting and business skills, micro-credit grants, bereavement counseling and HIV awareness training. Grandmothers to Grandmothers has raised over $16.5 million to help African grandmothers in the fight for the lives of their grandchildren. Southm inster United Church is located at 15 Aylmer Avenue at Bank Street, across from the Sunnyside Library. For more information, phone 613-730-6874 or email suc@rogers.com. World AIDS Day Service Southminster United Church Sunday, December 1 3 – 4 p.m.

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Photo: Dudleigh Coyle

Photo: Courtesy of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

worship

Ambuyas at the Big Soul Project Concert last April, where Glebe Report readers helped raise $10,000 for the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

Grannies’ fourth annual African Lunch By Barbara Coyle

Please tell your friends and neighbours about a delicious family food event happening for the fourth year running at Glebe St. James United Church on Sunday, November 17 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Capital Grannies, Grammas to Ambuyas and Aylmer GoGos are preparing (and donating) a tasty, vegetarian three-course meal using recipes from grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa. The cost of the lunch is your choice: donation envelopes will be available at your place setting. You’ll receive a tax receipt for donations of $20 or more. Last time, our community raised over $3,000. Why not bring the whole family? Let’s turn the tide on HIV/AIDS in Africa. Grannies’ African Lunch Glebe St James United Church Corner of Lyon & First Avenue Sunday, November 17 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Meg Illman-Whit is minister at the Southminster United Church located just south of the Bank Street Bridge.

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GRAPEVINE

This space acts as a free community bulletin board for Glebe residents. Drop off your GRAPEVINE message or COMMUNITY NOTICE at the Glebe Report office, 175 Third Avenue, including your name, address and phone number or email grapevine@glebereport.ca. FOR SALE items must be less than $1,000.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS ABBOTSFORD’S 38TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, 950 Bank St., Sat., Nov. 30, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Something for everyone! Antiques & collectibles in our now larger Elegant Treasures section plus fine jewellery, toys, books, knitting, Christmas ornaments, baked goods, flea market, country crafts, stamps, and more! Also featuring: The Merchant’s Silent Auction of fun gifts, unique services & treasures donated by our generous community businesses. Free Admission…. bring your own bags!

frozen foods, candy, baking, gift baskets, and coffee shop.

BHAT BOY PAINTINGS OF HISTORICAL FIGURES IN ICONIC COSTUMES, Bhat Boy’s whimsical take on Canadian history, includes Jim Watson, Margaret Atwood and Stephen Harper. Orange Art Gallery, Armstrong Ave. at Parkdale Market, Nov.15-30, Vernissage: Fri., Nov. 15, 6-10 p.m.

GIFT IDEAS - Friends of the Farm offer two informative and entertaining books for the naturalist or historian on your Christmas list. For the Love of Trees celebrates the heritage collection of trees in the Central Experimental Farm Arboretum. Ottawa’s Farm is about the men and women who lived and worked at the Farm during its first hundred years. Both are available on site. Info: www.friendsofthefarm.ca or 613-230-3276.

BYTOWN VOICES’ special guests on Sun., Dec.15 at 3 p.m. will be the Shiru Lach Choir as they present a joint concert that will include music for Hanukkah and Christmas. This event will be at Trinity United Church, 1099 Maitland Ave. For more info go to www.bytownvoices.com. CARING FOR SOMEONE WITH DEMENTIA? The Alzheimer Society will present a public education seminar on legal and financial issues on Nov. 27, 12:30 - 4 p.m. at the Nepean Sportsplex, Hall B. Cost is $10 per person with pre-registration required. Online: www.alzheimer.ca/ottawa or phone: 613-523-4004. CHOW QIGONG BASIC WEEKEND WITH GRANDMASTER DR. EFFIE CHOW, Thurs. evening, Nov. 28 and Fri.-Sat. all day on Nov. 29-30 at Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Dr. Ottawachowqigong@gmail.com or www.ottawachowqigong.com for info. FALL BAZAAR/CHRISTMAS BAKE SALE, Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Glebe St. James United Church, 650 Lyon St. South. Crafts, collectibles, preserves, baking, frozen meals and other stuff. More details call 613-2332500. FOOD BAZAAR at St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, 579 Parkdale Ave. – Sat., Nov. 16, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Deli,

FOURTH ANNUAL AFRICAN LUNCH – hosted by three local granny groups, Sun., Nov. 17, 11:45 a.m., Glebe St. James United Church, 650 Lyon St. Tasty, 3-course vegetarian meal cooked and served lovingly by Grammas to Ambuyas, Capital Grannies and Aylmer GoGos. No tickets, simply a donation to the Stephen Lewis Foundation (receipts for $20+). Bring the whole family.

HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS, Nov. 15, 16, 17, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily - Tour six uniquely decorated homes to support Hospice Care Ottawa. Homes in the Glebe, Rockcliffe Park, Old Ottawa South, Rothwell Heights and on Island Park Dr. Visit the Holiday PopUp Shop - seasonal décor, jewelry, children’s corner, affordable art, delicious preserves! In the Glebe, tickets ($40) on sale at Randall’s, Bloomfield’s Flowers and Escape. Go to www.hospicecareottawa.ca/ for more info and ticket outlets. LEARN AND EXPLORE SERIES AT ABBOTSFORD HOUSE, 950 Bank St., Nov. 13, 1-2 p.m. Local author and historian Ian McKercher will present: Sir Lyman Duff is not exactly a household name, but he should be! He was a Supreme Court Justice for a record setting 38 years, including 11 years as Chief Justice. More important still, he lived in the Glebe. Admission is $2. MARTINI MADNESS - 8th annual in support of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of Canada on Nov. 14 at Lago on Dow’s Lake. Mingle and enjoy a gourmet dinner, martini sampling, live music, art sale and silent auction. Go to www.martinimadness.ca to purchase tickets.

MUTCHMOR PUBLIC SCHOOL will be hosting a Holiday craft sale on Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The school is located at 185 Fifth Ave., please enter through the doors on 4th Ave. Interested vendors contact mutchmorpscouncil@gmail.com. OLD OTTAWA SOUTH GARDEN CLUB - On Nov. 12, 7 p.m., Edythe Falconer will talk about Small Roses for Small Gardens at the Ottawa South Community Centre, 260 Sunnyside Ave. Membership is $25 per year; $40 for a family and drop in fee $7 per meeting. Info: Ottawa South Community Centre: 613-247-4946 or Marilyn: 613730-0597. OTTAWA BRAHMS CHOIR CHRISTMAS CONCERT “Wassail”, with guest soloists, Sun., Dec. 1, 3 p.m., St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 2345 Alta Vista Dr. Tickets: $20 at door, $18 advance from choir members or Leading Note, 370 Elgin; Compact music 190 & 785A Bank; students $10; children under 12 are free. Reception following. Info: www.OttawaBrahmsChoir.ca or 613749-2391. SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH COMMUNITY BAZAAR, 15 Aylmer Ave. (entry by the Galt St. door), Nov. 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. There will be jewellery, collectibles, baking, jams and jellies, gift baskets, handcrafts, Christmas decorations, purses, books, a Kids Only gift area, a cake walk and a silent auction table. Café Noël will be open early for muffins and coffee and luncheon will be served from 11:30 until 1:30 p.m. ST. MATTHEW’S ANGLICAN CHURCH CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH, Fri. and Sat., Nov. 22 and 23. Tickets are available online at stmatthewsottawa.ca or at the church office, 217 First Ave., as well as from Compact Music in the Glebe, The Leading Note on Elgin St. and CD Warehouse. Ticket prices range from $15 for students and seniors to reserved seating at $40. SO2SPEAK, a play by Tim Ginley directed by Stewart Matthews will be presented by incite:Lab at the Avalon Studios, 768A Bank St. Performances will be from Nov. 8 to 16 at 8 p.m. and

Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets $20 (Students/ Artists $12) available at www.eventbright.com or at the door. TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES, 1174 Bank St. and 371 Richmond Rd. will donate 15% of sales Friday evening, Dec. 13, 5 - 9 p.m. to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Dancing Kites CDs also available. Info: Barb Coyle, Grammas to Ambuyas 613-233-2500. TOPICAL TALKS AT ABBOTSFORD HOUSE, 950 Bank St., Mon., Nov. 25. Gordon Thiessen, former Governor of the Bank of Canada will share how changes to Canada’s monetary policy were shaped during his career at the Bank. Refreshment served at 9:45 a.m. Talk begins at 10 a.m. sharp. Cost is $3. Ninth Hour Theatre Company The Ninth Hour Theatre Company, under the direction of Jonathan Harris is presenting a final performance of Freud’s Last Session, November 19 at 7 p.m. . The play treats the audience to an entertaining, fictional depiction of debates that Freud and C.S. Lewis might have had on history, politics, atheism, and faith. It’s also a fascinating look into their lives and the events that molded them. Ecclesiax Church, 2 Monk St. Tickets $15 at the door.

FOr sale SNOW SKATES, Canadian made and never used. Paid $100 - asking $30. Phone 613-594-0139.

FOUND COVER FOR A CTS SINGLE TRAILER/ STROLLER, yellow, found Oct. 26 on Adelaide St. Email alecz_dad@yahoo. com for more info. T ELESCOPE found Oct. 25 at O’Connor and Third Ave. Email alecz_dad@yahoo.com and provide identifying details.

WANTED THOMAS AND FRIENDS - WOODEN R A ILWAY - GROW WIT H M E PLAYTABLE. Call 613-230-4201.

Where to find us In addition to free home delivery, you can find copies of the Glebe Report at Abba’s Grocery, Acorn Nursery, Adishesha Yoga, The Arrow & the Loon, B.G.G.O., Bloomfields Flowers, Booster Juice, Brewer Arena, Brewer Pool, Bridgehead, Brittons, Brown’s Cleaners, Candy Bouquet, Cats R Us, Corner Bar and Grill, Douvris Martial Arts, elevenfiftyfour, East Wind, Ernesto’s Barber Shop, Escape, Farm Team Cookhouse and Bar, Feleena’s, The Flag Shop, Flight Centre Travel, Forno Antico, 107 Fourth Avenue Wine Bar, Francesco’s Coffee Company, The Flour Shoppe, The French Baker, Glebe Apothecary, Glebe Community Centre, Glebe Fashion Cleaners, Glebe Pet Hospital, Glebe Smoke Shop, Glebe Tailoring, Glebe Trotters, Glebe Video, Hillary Cleaners, Hogan’s Food Store, Il Negozio Nicastro, Irene’s Pub, Isabella Pizza, Jericho Café, Kardish Foods, Kettleman’s Bagel Co., Kumon Centre, Kunstadt Sports, Magic Mountain, Marble Slab, Mayfair Theatre, McKeen Metro Glebe, Mister Muffler, Morala’s Café, Naji’s Lebanese Restaurant, Olga’s Deli and Catering, Pints & Quarts, The Palisades, The Pantry, Pet Valu, Queen Mother Maternity, ReadiSetGo, RBC/Royal Bank, Reflections, Roast’n Brew, 7-Eleven, Scotiabank, Second Avenue Sweets, Shafali Bazaar, Silver Scissors, Spa Royale, Subway, SushiGo, Third Avenue Spa, UPS Canada (Fifth Avenue Court), Von’s Bistro, Watson’s Pharmacy and Wellness Centre, The Wild Oat and Yarn Forward & Sew-On, The Works, ZaZaZa Pizza.


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Nutcracker Ballet - December 12, starring GNAG ballerinas!

Glebe Craft and Artisan Fair Friday, Nov 15, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Saturday, Nov 16, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday, Nov 17, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

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