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Many area residents are facing significant increases in the assessed value of their homes. Ontario’s Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) mailed out notices in October telling property owners what it thinks their homes
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Paulette Dozois recognized for archival work, community service Story & Photo By Kathleen Wilker
Paulette Dozois remembers joining the school council and fighting to keep Devonshire Public School open when her children (now 27 and 30) attended the school. Much has changed in the ensuing decades and the school, in keeping with the
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growing number of families living in Hintonburg, is facing an accommodation review. While the issues may have changed, Dozois notes that community interest and involvement remains the same. “It didn’t take much to fill a room in the 90s when we fought school closure. And it doesn’t take much to fill a room now when we’re
talking about development.” A leader in her Hintonburg community, Dozois—recognized for her many years of community service and work as an archivist—was surprised and pleased to be honoured with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. Humble about the time she devotes to her community, Dozois is quick to point out that although she’s been a contributing member of the Hintonburg Community Association since the mid-90’s, she wasn’t a founding member. Some of her busiest volunteer years were from 2006-2010, when Wellington West was undergoing reconstruction and the community was invited to consult on the plans for a new streetscape that would be more pedestrian friendly. “We spent three years working on the Community Design Plan for the area and even longer on the Neighbourhood Planning Initiative, a comprehensive process to identify key priorities in the neighbourhood,” says Dozois who is now contributing to a new initiative, the Hintonburg Recreation Association. Her children were excited to hear she received the medal. “But my parents, now in their 80s, were the most excited of all,” says Dozois. “My dad asked if he could wear it.”
Keith Brown nominated for service to veterans, neighbourhood Story & Photo By Kathleen Wilker
“I’m really grateful to the Westboro Legion for putting my name forward for the Queen’s Jubilee Medal,” says Stonehurst Avenue’s
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After a very successful West End Studio Tour, Island Park’s Andrew King—of paintings with crisp lines, flying houses, cartoon cars and quirky titles—wants to give back to the community who supports his art so generously.
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on November 9. “Cub cars were huge when I was a kid, all the dads got involved in making them and each area would have its own track,” says King who’s surprised that most kids he’s asked about the wooden model race cars aren’t sure what he’s talking about. Undaunted, King is dusting off— and repainting—his 1983 cub car for the race and is delighted by the enthusiasm his fundraiser is generating. “There’s a rivalry on Twitter between The Hintonburger and Hintonbrew over the cub cars they’re building.” After contacting several scout troops in the hopes of borrowing a race track, King decided to make his own. “It’s 6 feet tall at the start, gradually dropping in elevation, and extends for 32 feet. And of course we have a scale to weigh the model cars which can be no more than 5 ozs.” His playful spirit and keen appreciation for history have influenced King’s choice of theme. “I’m calling this event The Great Race, inspired by the kind of 1920s summer parties featured in The Great Gatsby, and I hope lots of people come because it’s a great excuse to get dressed up and have a party, whether you’re racing a cub car or cheering.” andrewkingstudio.com/the_great_ race.
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King decided to provide children at a neighbourhood school with professional art supplies and a short lesson on how to put them to use. “I was always drawing when I was a kid, but I didn’t have access to
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Jeanette Ruleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modest Champlain Park home has risen in value by 55 per cent.
her assessment. She adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be curious to know if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the kind of price we could get for our house, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly not something I could see putting it on the market for. But we have no intention of moving; we love where we live.â&#x20AC;? In Hintonburg, Dawna LaBonte-Parkhill doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think MPAC got the value of her Merton St. townhouse quite right. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone up 72 per cent, from a
â&#x20AC;&#x153;reasonableâ&#x20AC;? assessed 2008 value of $295,000 to $509,000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If it were worth that, I would be very excited,â&#x20AC;? says LaBonteParkhill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I understand that there has been an increaseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that I agree. But I think theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re off in their assessment,â&#x20AC;? says LaBonte-Parkhill, who checked values on MPACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website and says her property is assessed much higher than others on her street, where homes have sold for significantly less. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think I would have a good case,â&#x20AC;? she says. She intends to file a Request for Reconsideration with MPAC, which sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done successfully before, in 2005. Scott Smith, who lives in Westboro, says the assessed value of his Melbourne Avenue property has increased 36 per cent. He thinks thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high, especially since his bank assessed it earlier this year for a lower amount. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of a two-edged sword,â&#x20AC;? says Smith. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good thing if your equity goes up that much. It means that if you do sell your house, you have that much more. But it does affect your taxes.â&#x20AC;? Smith adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What bothers me the most is the whole concept of basing property taxes on the value of your property instead of your ability to pay or your
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Dawna LabontĂŠ-Parkhill will challenge the assessment that increased her Hintonburg homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s value by 72 per cent.
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1050 Somerset appeal
Appellants disappointed with City response at every stage of the process By Kathleen Wilker
Editor’s note: At the time the October 18 issue of Kitchissippi Times was going to press, we understood from the Hintonburg Community Association (HCA) that they were going forward with an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) appeal starting October 16 against the 23-storey Claridge development approved by the City of Ottawa at 1050 Somerset. In fact, after extensive negotiations initiated by Claridge, the HCA, City of Ottawa and Claridge settled, instead of going before the OMB. Details of the settlement are on p. 24 of Newswest. 1050 Somerset When Kevin Skerrett of Laurel Avenue heard that the City of Ottawa approved a proposal by Claridge Homes for a 23storey tower beside Devonshire Public School, he and his partner, Simone Powell, decided to appeal to the OMB. “The whole process was very frustrating and not at all friendly to the participation of individual residents with concerns or with a belief that there are errors in the planning process,” says Skerrett who became eligible to appeal after making a presentation to Planning Committee in July. “The process is designed for parties with resources, with professional lawyers and planners. I had to get assistance through the Hintonburg Community Association who were also appealing.” Skerrett learned that the appeal was set for October 15, during a week that he would be out of town on business. “I don’t think much of the process. And I was disappointed to feel that I had no support from Councillor Hobbs. I would have expected some kind of acknowledgement or support, even if there was disagreement. The Councillor operated as though this process didn’t exist. I don’t think that’s very respectful of her own ward residents.” Neil Mahotra of Claridge Homes responded to questions about 1050 Somerset during a community meeting on the future of the OMB to which he had been invited. When asked why he wouldn’t concede a reduction in height when the community was opposed to 23 storeys, Mahotra stated, “We already lowered the height from 28 storeys after meeting with
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the community association. We weren’t going to go lower than that.” In addition, Mahotra says a benefit for the school will be a solid sidewalk from Somerset to Laurel along Breezehill once the development is constructed, instead of the driveway that currently serves as an entrance to the garage located beside the school. School Board Trustee Jennifer McKenzie says development is a municipal jurisdiction and the well-being of students is a trustee’s responsibility. When invited to participate on Community Design Plans, McKenzie accepts. “The best scenario is the City and the School Board working together in the interests of the young people in the downtown area,” says McKenzie. Although apart from noting that the developer had said much of the construction work would be conducted in the summer and that traffic entering and exiting the building would be directed towards Somerset instead of Laurel Avenue where many children walk to school, it’s not clear how the interests of young people are being taken into consideration in this project. Councillor Katherine Hobbs noted that Council voted 100 per cent in favour of the development as it is close to the O-Train. When asked about community objections to a 23-storey building beside a school yard, Hobbs said, “I’m not sure what the correlation between a building and a school is. Children love construction and other downtown schools have high rises beside them.” “We have to add 10,000 new residents a year in the city,” says Hobbs. “Where do we put them?” Stefan Matiation, parent of two schoolaged daughters who attend Devonshire, is adament that ”the City should never have permitted a 23-storey building beside a school.” The Hintonburg resident continues, “I can’t believe that it passed any sort of neighbourhood compatibility test. There seems to be a misconception on the part of the City, the developer and our city councillor that 1050 is at the edge of the neighbourhood. For parents with kids at Devonshire, that site is as much the centre of the community as the Hintonburg Community Centre. Adding a tower and more traffic there on the grounds that it is somehow peripheral is an affront to everyone who relies on the school.”
On the other side of Kitchissippi, Westboro Citizens for Appropriate Development (WCAD) are fundraising to pay for their ongoing OMB appeal process at 335 Roosevelt Ave over height of a proposed development which exceeded permitted heights in official plans. With current costs to the WCAD of approximately $45,000, the issue is not yet resolved. The review of the WCAD’s successful OMB decision was heard on October 9, but the subsequent decision has not been made. Gay Simpson, one of three appellants who filed the appeal with the support of many neighbours, says partly the appeal costs are so high because the City lawyer took the entire third day to speak at their initial appeal which added time to the case that was not anticipated. WCAD held a three-venue, two-day garage sale in October. The group is now planning a fundraising party and dance on Friday Nov 2, at the Westboro Legion Hall, 389 Richmond Road. Live music with blues band Big Chill. $25 tickets available at the door. See Newswest p. 29 for more details of the Roosevelt case.
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Story and photo by Paula Roy
After the success of her web TV project Sweet Tarts Takeaway, which was broadcast on CBC Ottawa in August 2011, Caroline Avenue’s Bonnie Robinson continues to gain recognition as a talented filmmaker. On November 1, her acclaimed documentary about Ottawa’s Rideau Valley Roller Girls entitled Four-Wheeled Furies will
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Robinson served as editor, producer and co-director, with friend Josh Stafford, of Four Wheeled Furies which took almost 300 hours to make and first aired this summer as part of a CBC Ottawa series on local stories. “One of the hardest aspects of this project was having so much good footage; it was really difficult to pare it down to just one hour. We wanted a balance between the individual personalities and the technical aspects of the sport. Making documentaries is a very different process because you start out with a general idea of what you’re going to make but you end up discovering so much while shooting. Unlike drama or comedies, where most of the creative work comes in the scriptwriting and on set, the real creativity with documentary work is in the editing.” “When the film aired in August, a bunch of us gathered at a local pub,” recalled Robinson. “It was both fun and nervewracking to watch the film with some of the cast there. It was exciting to hear people laughing at the parts I’d hoped they’d laugh at. One of the Roller Girls, Lauren Hart, aka Sister Disaster, spoke after the screening and said, with a few tears, that she loved how they were depicted and how the film expressed the love within the Derby community. That felt really great.” As a freelance filmmaker, Robinson is still finding her way, though she is starting to make some money at her chosen craft, having taken a leap of faith three years ago from a stable career as a technical writer. “I have learned that a big part of becoming viable at this is to have not just a good enough idea (for a film), but also the talent to create it and the business savvy to make it marketable. I like that I am considered a role model in terms of making a plan and then following one’s dreams.” Robinson has numerous other irons in the fire at present, including working on a sit-com pitch that has piqued the interest of a national cable network. As for the Sweet Tarts? “I’d love to do more episodes or even a finale – I’m not ready the kill the Tarts off yet.”
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A large part of Westboro Pharmasave’s appeal is the friendly and helpful people like Alexandra and Brandon.
Delivering health and wellness to the community
espite having been a community fixture for more than 100 years, Westboro Pharmasave never rests on its laurels. The store has undergone a remarkable transformation in the past year, positioning itself as a reliable source for a wide range of organic products. “We’ve had a wonderful response since launching Westboro Organics earlier this year,” says co-owner/pharmacist Mark Barnes. “Due to increased demand from customers, we are constantly expanding our list of trusted suppliers. We’re focused on doing everything we can to keep our community healthy and happy.” The store now boasts a large and diverse natural, gluten-free and organic food section which is drawing customers city-wide. A partial list of the many local wares lining the shelves at Westboro Organics includes Ottawa’s enerjive; O’Brien’s Beef from Winchester, dried goods including flour and cereals from Mountain Path (Mountain), Camino chocolate and baking products (Ottawa), Purest gluten-free baking products (Perth) and I Crave gluten-free baked goods (Stittsville). The store also carries quality goods from many other Ontario and Canadian
vendors. “We will continue to grow Westboro Organics as we discover new products,” says store manager Brandon Lecours. “We’re looking at an organic baby section with items like lotions, foods and ecofriendly diapers as well as an organic dairy section and eco-friendly cleaning products. We’ve also streamlined our inventory to focus much more on organic versus traditional cosmetics and will be expanding our range of organic and all-natural health and beauty products, including homeopathic products as well as high-end premium vitamins and supplements,” adds Brandon. “Quite simply, we are providing what our community wants, which is why we have such a unique lineup of products and services. In addition, we are always happy to receive custom orders; if we can source something special you are looking for, we’ll bring it in.” Being a trailblazer in the world of organic and natural products means that customer education is a vital component of Westboro Pharmasave’s daily business. “Of course we are always pleased to consult with customers about any needs they may have. We also offer frequent in-store tastings and product demonstrations,” explains assistant manager
Alexandra LeMay. “The best way to stay on top of all our events is via Facebook (Westboro Pharmasave) and Twitter (@WestboroPS). While the selection and variety of high quality products is noteworthy, everybody at Westboro Pharmasave takes particular pride in delivering superior service. “We have invested in hiring and training more staff to ensure clients have easier access to pharmacists and can enjoy more of that personal touch,” notes Mark. “As an added bonus, we can now deliver what could be the lowest prescription wait times in the city and offer customized compounding services too. “ A large part of Westboro Pharmasave’s appeal is the friendly and helpful people. “The vast majority of our owners and staff live and work in the area – it’s our community too. We are heavily involved in Westfest, Canadian organic week and we offer lots of fun activities including customer appreciation draws. We also eagerly support local fundraising campaigns, including school initiatives and grassroots charities.” “For us, we’re constantly focusing on overall health and wellness; tied into this is our firm belief that organic is better. While we will never ignore our roots as a pharmacy,
we have made a conscious commitment towards supplying as many natural and organic products as we can,” says Mark. “It’s the ideal evolution for our business.”
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A recipe for success, for more than two tasty decades
lthough many people know of Thyme and Again as one of the finest cafés and take home food shops in the city, it is also one of Ottawa’s premier full service catering companies. In addition to complete coordination, planning and catering services for galas, weddings, social and corporate events, they also offer a home entertaining service so clients can order and pick up food to host a function with ease. Thyme and Again’s abundant take home food shop transforms local foods into housemade frozen dishes as well as freshly prepared savouries including appetizers, main courses, salads and more. In addition, their in-house bakery features cakes, tarts, squares, scones and many other items. It’s also an ideal location to find the perfect hostess, birthday or seasonal treat. Giftware, custom gift baskets and unique seasonal items are complemented by their own extensive line of delicious jarred and packaged products. As a popular eat-in destination, the tables at Thyme and Again are rarely idle. “On any given day, you’re sure to find early risers enjoying a warm scone and hot cappuccino, a bustling lunch crowd eager for homemade soup and freshly made sandwiches, old friends catching up over tea and dessert in the afternoon or the dinner crowd relaxing with a glass of local wine while they savour
As a popular eat-in destination, the tables at Thyme and Again are rarely idle. their choices from the ever-changing weekly menu,” says founder and owner Sheila Whyte. Thyme and Again’s commitment to the community is exemplified by its membership in Savour Ottawa, its many charitable endeavours and through its “Exposure Gallery”, which showcases local artists and serves as a community gathering space for the neighbourhood, home to book signings, art classes, meetings, parties and more. “We believe strongly in carefully-prepared, exceptionally valued food as well as outstanding customer service and we know that it’s really our amazing team that sets us apart,” adds Sheila. “We are enormously grateful for all the support we’ve enjoyed over the past twenty-one years and are looking forward to the decades to come.”
Founder and owner Sheila Whyte and her team believe strongly in carefully-prepared, exceptionally valued food as well as outstanding customer service.
Thyme and Again Creative Catering & Take Home Food Shop 1255 Wellington Street West P|613.722.6277 www.thymeandagain.ca
Bringing the world to Westboro “F
air trade” may be a big retail buzzword today but it wasn’t yet when Jill and Jacinto Anguaya founded the predecessor to Quichua World Market two decades ago. Inspired by the craftspeople of Jacinto’s hometown of Otavalo, Ecuador, the couple wanted to support these South American artisans by bringing their wares to a new marketplace – Jill’s hometown - Ottawa. The inventory has since expanded many times over to continuously showcase unique clothing, jewellery and gifts from across the globe. “We are so proud to support people who make a living using traditional skills passed down from generation to generation,” says Jill. “Knitting, weaving, embroidering and so forth produce unique, well-made goods that are very popular today. We like to think of our store as connecting Ottawa with the world, without having to get on a plane.” Two decades of retail experience have taught Jill and Jacinto how to source exceptional, affordable items that will appeal to local shoppers. “We carry a different selection at our sister stores on Sparks Street and in the Byward Market, but all items are chosen with care to meet customer demand and expectations.” The Westboro store is brimming with gorgeous accessories including the popular Kameleon interchangeable jewellery line. Attractive displays are filled
“We like to think of our store as connecting Ottawa with the world, without having to get on a plane.” with fun gift items for all ages and a huge selection of distinct and stylish clothing. The shop also boasts a second floor bazaar; it’s a “deal emporium” like none other in town, worth visiting regularly. “We like knowing exactly where every item we carry has come from. By always keeping our prices fair, we feel we are being ethical towards both the craftspeople and our customers,” adds Jill. “We are the epitome of a family run, local independent store offering remarkable goods and exceptional service at amazing prices.”
Experienced owners Jill and Jacinto Anguaya know how to source exceptional, affordable items that will appeal to local shoppers.
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Domicile’s senior vice-president David Chick shares the company’s passion for excellence in creating beautiful buildings.
Distinctive, delightful, downtown ….Domicile
or over 35 years, Domicile Developments has been building eco-friendly, community-sensitive condominiums and townhomes in some of Ottawa’s most desirable urban neighbourhoods. The firm’s well-deserved reputation for excellence comes from impeccable construction and service – so much so that it was recognized in 2011 as Ontario’s high-rise builder of the year. What’s even more impressive is that they were the only Ottawa builder nominated. “Our passion is building condominium projects whose style and quality add even more charm to already-lively urban communities in Ottawa,” says Domicile’s senior vice-president David Chick. “We believe that we have mastered the art of urban infill; after all, it’s been our speciality for almost four decades.” A quick tour of some of Domicile’s recently completed and current projects supports that statement. From Wellington West’s The Piccadilly to Westboro’s The Exchange to Little Italy’s Merrion Square, each building has enhanced the neighbourhood in which it exists. The same is true of Little Italy’s hõm and Holland Avenue’s One3One, both currently
under construction and enjoying brisk sales as they move towards occupancy next year. Domicile’s latest project epitomizes another sure-to-succeed endeavour. Located on Beechwood Avenue, The Kavanaugh will offer gracious urban living in an area brimming with all the amenities, including fabulous shops, restaurants, and much more. Steps from both New Edinburgh and Vanier – touted as one of Ottawa’s hottest emerging neighbourhoods – The Kavanagh, like other Domicile projects, is designed to appeal to both first time buyers and downsizers. “We feel it’s our mission to find and acquire the right properties and bring them to life through careful craftsmanship,” says David. “We take great pride in the fact that we have been leading the charge on responsible intensification in several neighbourhoods; where we build, others follow.” David acknowledges that while building on an urban infill site presents a raft of challenges, Domicile has a great track record of resolving these challenges and smoothly navigating the planning, design and approval processes. “Our success has been achieved through excellent relationship-building, with our own
people, our partners, with the neighbourhoods in which we build and, of course, with our clients. We are cognizant that changing Ottawa’s urban landscape is a big responsibility and we remain committed to building in an ethical and aesthetically pleasing fashion.” That sense of responsibility extends to the broader community, where Domicile has been recognized for several important initiatives. The company recently received the SmokeFree Champion Award from Ottawa Public Health for its commitment to healthier living, thanks to having designated their One3One project as entirely smoke-free; it was the first new development in the city to achieve this designation. Both hõm and The Kavanaugh will also be smoke-free. Domicile has also been lauded as a leader in another vital community sector – the arts. A significant supporter of the Great Canadian Theatre Company, whose lobby has been renamed Domicile Hall, Domicile has also been the mainstage sponsor of Westfest for many years. Domicile was recognized by the Ottawa Council for the Arts for its generous and ongoing contributions to the arts. With the company’s passion for excellence
in creating beautiful buildings that make communities even more vibrant, it’s little wonder than the name Domicile is a synonym for home.
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Owners Scott Watson and Katie Lafferty in their new Westboro location.
A labour of love, one customer at a time
very morning when Scott Watson walks into work he glances at the pictures on his pharmacy walls for inspiration. They are portraits, donated by the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, highlighting some of Canada’s greatest leaders and innovators in health research: Sir Frederick Banting, Dr. Charles Best and Terry Fox to name just a few. The images celebrate the stories of scientific breakthroughs and the individuals who work tirelessly to make them happen. “There are so many amazing people who have given their entire lives to science… to helping others,” says Watson, Owner of Watson’s Pharmacy and Compounding Centre (formerly Watson’s Pharmacy and Wellness Centre). “There are so many great stories. It’s inspirational.” The faces lining the pharmacy walls are great examples of powerful scientific successes, but Watson and wife Katie are the quintessential example of an inspirational local success story: a family-run, independently owned business since 2006—not only surviving its hefty, big-box chain competition—but thriving in spite of it. Open only since September, the Watsons’ second, fullservice pharmacy and compounding centre at 1308 Wellington Street West is already earning a great reputation, and the couple is thrilled to welcome west end residents into its new ‘home’. “We already have such a great relationship with the people and customers in Ottawa east. We’re really blessed,” says Katie. “And now we’re looking forward to getting to know everyone here in the west end. We’re excited.” With an already successful pharmacy and exceptional reputation at their Main Street location, Scott and Katie hadn’t intended to open another
store. But after looking around the neighbourhood they felt an immediate connection to the community. “It just felt right for us, it embraced all the things we are about,” explains Scott. “We looked at each other and said ‘this is where we need to be, this is the perfect spot for us’.” Watson’s success is no coincidence. The genuine care and enthusiasm that Scott and Katie express for one another, their family, their business and their customers shine through in everything they do. And their passion for health and wellness is infectious. Scott, who is also the store’s pharmacist brings over 20 years of experience in the field of pharmacy and biotechnology. He prefers a holistic approach in his work, describing his store as an integrative pharmacy which blends the best of both western medicines and natural, nutritional therapies. It’s this balanced methodology that sets Watson’s apart from big-box drugstores. Scott believes that traditional medicines play a very important role, but he will also offer natural suggestions when appropriate. In addition to all the regular amenities found in a full-service pharmacy, Watson’s offers an on-site compounding lab where customized medicines can be formulated from scratch to meet a client’s specific needs. “This is the really fun part of my job,” says Scott, his voice lighting up. “Before there were hundreds of drugs available, prescriptions were recipes written by doctors and the pharmacist would actually make the medicine. I would have loved to have been a pharmacist in those days.” Scott’s passion for his field has not gone unnoticed. He regularly visits Ottawa’s CTV Morning Live where he shares his vast knowledge on
the show’s Ask the Expert segments. And earlier this year, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work as a pharmacist. The couple has even gone to great lengths to create the store’s unique look and feel. Inspired by the charming US store, Restoration Hardware and an old New England-style pharmacy, the Watsons wanted to recreate that welcoming environment in their own shop, with low shelving, natural lighting, and bright white interior. “We wanted people to walk in to the pharmacy and instantly have that warm, safe feeling,” says Katie. “Customers have told us they feel like they’re on vacation in Maine when they visit!” For the customer seeking natural options, Watson’s has an entire section dedicated to less mainstream products. They offer a comprehensive selection of high-end nutritional supplements such as Sisu, AOR, Genestra and Metagenics. As a mother of two children, ages 5 and 7, Katie is especially particular about finding lines that are safe for the entire family. A wide selection of organic and natural products for both adults and children can be found such as Avalon Organics, Green Beaver, Weleda, and Zuii’s certified organic make-up. “We really do care about the kinds of products that we offer our customers,” says Katie “We go to great pains to locate high-quality and unique lines that aren’t available everywhere. We aren’t interested in selling chips and pop,” she adds. “We believe in health.” “I love what I do,” says Scott. “Solving problems; the creative part of mixing pharmacy with natural therapies to find the best treatments for someone, it’s the best part of my day. I love my
job.” In addition to her work at the pharmacy, Katie serves as the Executive Director at the Canadian Stroke Network and, in 2010, was recognized for her contributions in the health sector by the Ottawa Business Journal as one of Ottawa’s Top Forty Under 40. She is mostly hands-off with the day-to-day business at Watson’s helping behind the scenes. She tears up as she describes the pride she feels for her modest husband when he carries home stacks of cards and gifts of appreciation every year at Christmas. “It makes me realize how Scott has touched people’s lives in a real and genuine way,” she says. “This is why he works 11-hour days; he cares about every single customer. He’s just a really special person who gives his heart and soul to his work. It’s a true labour of love.” It’s hard to surpass that kind of inspiration.
Watson’s Pharmacy & Compounding Centre
1308 Wellington Street West
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Collaboration and vision bring Ravenhill Common to life
n 1913, a growing congregation built a and attended Churchill Ave. Public School, church in the heart of its community at and was frequently in the church when it was Ravenhill and Churchill Avenues, just one the major community resource.” block south of Byron, and quickly became an Hobin says he and Spillenaar wanted to deintegral part of the Westboro neighbourhood, velop a design that would be compatible from providing services to the community for many a form and use perspective,” he explains. “Speyears to come. The century-old Westboro cifically, we did not want to overwhelm the United Church still stands today, and contin- original building with a large development.” ues to be a historic nod to the community’s The project’s original plans were developed rich heritage and personality. with the team at Springcress, the church, the The congregation amalgamated with Bluesfest organization and Hobin, and preNorthwestern and Kingsway United Church- sented to the community for their feedback. es in 2008 becoming the Kitchissippi United When certain concerns were expressed by Church - taking up residence at the Kingsway neighbouring residents the team went back to Church at 630 Island Park Drive – and leav- the design table, ultimately creating the curing behind a historic, landmark building look- rent Ravenhill Common. ing for a new life that When completed in would match the vispring 2014, Ravenbrant community that hill Common at 450 surrounds it. Churchill Avenue North, When this opporwill be home to 19 luxury tunity was presented, two- and three-bedroom Springcress Properties brownstones. With the owner, David Spillerecent explosion of connaar and acclaimed Otdominium projects in the tawa architect, Barry J. area, Ravenhill Common Hobin shared the same offers residents a manvision for the property, ageable-sized home in a seeing past any hurdles desirable, eclectic neighto immense possibourhood, along with the bilities. That vision inbenefits of a maintenancecluded a renewal of the free, lock and leave type landmark building as of lifestyle, without the David Spillenaar office space for Bluesextreme change to apartfest and common space ment living. This kind of for community use. The plan would also cre- townhome option is not common in Westate a cluster of new homes around the origi- boro, and even more rarely found in such nal building that would capture the essence of a convenient location – right in the heart of Westboro’s unique character, respect the iconic Westboro Village. church’s original structure - and still provide “The new townhouses will have a traditionthe luxury experience buyers want. al yet contemporary feel,” describes Hobin. “Ravenhill Common is an excellent story of The design incorporates a central courtyard collaboration between a number of parties to and underground garage that will minimize create a unique example of good intensifica- the impact of cars and parking, and lessen the tion,” explains Spillenaar. “The church owners overall impact on Westboro’s infrastructure. didn’t accept the proposal that may have paid The team also faced an equally challenging them the highest dollar or the most inten- task of finding the right use for the existing sive development of the site. They accepted a Westboro United Church – and they seem proposal that was more moderate in terms of to have found the ideal solution. “This plan development but, more importantly, one that will see the interior spaces renovated to prosaved the original church structure and would vide community not-for-profit space and an provide a community function.” administrative headquarters for the Bluesfest As the successful bidder, Springcress looked organization,” explains Hobin. to the talents of Hobin at Barry J. Hobin and Years of collaboration and determined viAssociates Architects to bring the proposal to sion have clearly paid off. The new townlife. Hobin didn’t have to look far for inspira- homes at Ravenhill Common will showcase tion. a true harmony between contemporary design “The rejuvenation of Westboro United and neighbourhood heritage. Unique features Church is a special project to me personally,” such as two-storey galleries, open lofts, prisays Hobin. “I grew up in the neighbourhood vate rear terraces, and rooftop decks finish the
“Ravenhill Common is an excellent story of collaboration between a number of parties to create a unique example of good intensification.”
The new townhomes at Ravenhill Common will showcase a true harmony between contemporary design and neighbourhood heritage.
spaces and embrace the urban village lifestyle that makes Westboro so popular. The spacious freehold townhomes will range in size from 1360 to 1930 square feet, and are available from $595,400. Ravenhill Common is a perfect example of the kinds of projects that Spillenaar and Springcress choose to get involved with. Springcress is a local developer that owns and manages office buildings, and develops unique projects such as The Chambers’ office townhouse condominiums on Terry Fox Drive and a retail and office complex at Merivale and Hunt Club, and now, Ravenhill Common, in the heart of Westboro. “Springcress develops infill projects in prime locations that contribute to the architectural fabric of the community,” says Spillenaar. “Our function is to provide the highest standard in craftsmanship and design and to give purchasers a sense of style, function, quality and investment.”
Ravenhill Common 461 Edison Avenue
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Food, fun and f lair at the Rose Bowl Chophouse & Lounge
ood aficionados know that having a chef as the owner elevates a restaurant’s offerings. Such is the case with the Rose Bowl Chophouse & Lounge, a familyowned business that’s been satisfying diners for almost four decades. Recent renovations to the décor and menu have made the Rose Bowl an even more appealing venue, brimming with flair and fresh flavours. Chef and owner Danny Skaff says the decision to give the place a more contemporary feel was an easy one, and is consistently well-received by guests old and new. Long known for offering an affordable, first class dining experience, the Rose Bowl’s caring staff deliver impeccable service along with incomparable food. Their lunch specials, for example, are hugely popular – it’s a fantastic, reasonably-priced menu. One of the few restaurants in Ottawa serving Certified Angus Beef, the Rose Bowl has borrowed from the best traditions of popular American steakhouses. Among the many exceptional cuts supplied by their trusted butcher is an unusual yet delectable bone-in filet mignon, prepared especially for the restaurant. “We also have chosen to make our meals fully customizable, offering entrees and sides separately,” notes Danny. “This makes for an elegant experience; guests enjoy this fine
Recent renovations to the décor and menu have made the Rose Bowl an even more appealing venue, brimming with flair and fresh flavours.
dining style and appreciate that they can also enjoy greater variety by sharing the generous portions.” By popular demand, Danny recently put the Rose Bowl Prime Rib Classic dinner back on the menu. An ideal destination for gatherings of all sizes, the Rose Bowl can accommodate up to 160 people and also has a fully wired private dining room. “People like booking our lounge for events; we regularly host everything from informal cocktail parties to dances.” “For us, every day is focused on exceeding expectations,” says Danny. “We are very proud of our reputation for excellent cuisine and warm, personalized service. It’s all about delivering the best hospitality experience possible, in a welcoming environment.”
Tina, Danny and Ronnie Skaff invite you to visit The Rose Bowl.
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Owner Danny Gerges ensures every customer receives a personalized service want or products you need? The artistic stylanny Gerges, owner of Riccioli Uni- ists at Riccioli will give you a personalized sex Hair Salon, opened his salon’s consultation to help you make your decision. first location on Rideau Street in “We really listen to our customers and 1999, and due to the success he has enjoyed we work with them to create a style based since then, he had a chance to open up a sec- on their lifestyle, their personality, and the ond location in 2012. When it came time to structure of their face. We take the time to choose where that new location would be, it sit with them over a cappuccino or a glass of required little thought before coming to a fi- wine, and we go through everything to make nal decision. The new Riccioli would set up sure that the style we give them will satisfy,” shop in Hintonburg. explains Gerges. Gerges “I had heard so promises that each climany positive things ent will leave having about this commuhad a fun and relaxed nity and this part of experience at his salon. town, so I wanted to Keeping up with the bring something new latest hair trends and to the neighbourtechniques is something hood,” says Gerges. that is very important to Danny Gerges, owner Located at 1267 Gerges. In order to stay Wellington Street West, Riccioli Salon’s on top, he competes in hair styling competinewest location just opened up this past tions once a year and is continuously learnAugust and is going strong, owed in part to ing and encouraging his team to learn. To the stellar service that Gerges and his team remain on the cutting edge, he brings field of talented stylists offer. Each customer is experts into the salons to further educate treated to personalized service tailored to himself and his team so they are always their needs. Not sure what kind of style you ahead of the game.
“I wanted to bring something new to the neighbourhood,”
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1267 Wellington St. W, P|613.715.9005 372b Rideau St., P|613.789.5504 www.ricciolisalon.com
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Customized planning creates magical travel memories
here’s nothing quite like having someone who knows a destination well to help you plan a trip. That’s exactly what happens when you visit Aussie Travel, where manager and sales consultant Lise Knowles shares decades of experience regarding travel to the South Pacific. “Our focus is on helping clients pull together a customized, unforgettable vacation package,” notes Lise. “While we emphasize destinations such as Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, we also have extensive expertise with specialized excursions to other locations such as African safaris.” Whether you are interested in popular tourist attractions or off-the-beatentrack sites, Lise’s in-depth knowledge of Australia stems from having lived there for many years; it’s even resulted in her being recognized on the popular website Australia.com as a premier travel specialist for the region. “I personally visit every year to check out new destinations and new products. I am therefore able to make a lot of specialized recommendations so we can craft an itinerary that includes places and activities that are truly suited to your taste, budget
and interests.” With over forty years of experience in the travel industry, including many years working directly with airlines, Lise understands that travel is rarely troublefree; even the best laid plans can encounter delays or other difficulties. “Having an extensive network of local partners across the South Pacific means our clients always have an in-country contact,” explains sales assistant Monique Ippolito. “This enables us to provide exceptional service both before and during the trip as well as peace of mind in the event of any problems or unfortunate incidents.” Aussie Travel has recently launched a great Downunder Snowbird Program, offering affordable longer-stay trips to fully equipped condo properties on the Sunshine Coast of Australia, sure to be a hit with those who’d rather venture somewhere other than Florida in the winter. Those who appreciate having a trip impeccably planned for them are sure to value the services of Aussie Travel. As Lise says, “our goal is to make travel as seamless and comfortable as possible so you can get maximum enjoyment from your vacation.”
Monique Ippolito and Lise Knowles aim to make travel as seamless and comfortable as possible.
Suite 200, 1338 Wellington St West P|613.288.1399 www.aussietravel.ca
One Tooth Activewear offers affordable fitness fashions
ne glance around the shops and sidewalks of our community proves that activewear is firmly entrenched as the clothing of choice for many. It’s no surprise, then, that One Tooth Activewear has developed such a faithful following in just one year of operation in Westboro. Offering top quality, affordably-priced, Canadian-made yoga, active and lounge wear, One Tooth helps bridge the gap between comfort and style. The company’s ethos is one of ethics and integrity; this is fundamental to the way each franchise operates. As co-owner Kerri Woods explains, “The name One Tooth comes from an ancient tribal legend our company’s founder grew up hearing, in which it was said that if you told a lie, you’d lose one tooth. He chose the name One Tooth as reminder to always conduct business in an honourable way.” Locally owned by two dynamic mompreneurs, One Tooth’s extensive inventory includes pants, capris, hoodies, tops, jackets and more, with sizes and styles for women, men and children. “We’ve just received some great new items for fall and are anticipating the arrival of more men’s and children’s items in the coming months,” says Kerri. Beyond providing functional, attractive clothing and accessories, One Tooth deliv-
“The name One Tooth comes from an ancient tribal legend our company’s founder grew up hearing, in which it was said that if you told a lie, you’d lose one tooth.”
Mompreneurs and Co-owners Lise Clement-Lee and Kerri Woods look forward to helping people feel and look great.
ers fantastic value and genuinely helpful customer service. The store also offers popular free Mom & Baby yoga classes as well as free Boot Camp sessions starting in November. “People can stay on top of all our special promotions and inventory updates by liking us on Facebook – One Tooth Activewear Ottawa,” adds Kerri. “We’re looking forward to helping lots more people feel and look great.”
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President Roberto Campagna and his team welcome the challenge of working on luxury homes and feel satisfaction and enormous pride in what they create together as craftspeople.
Roca Homes – Builder of exclusive custom homes T ake a look at one of the fabulous custom houses built by Roca Homes and you’ll quickly understand why the company keeps winning awards. As one of Ottawa’s premier luxury home builders, Roca Homes’ portfolio is impressive, to say the least. “Our completed works speak to the skills and experience we bring to each and every project,” explains president Roberto Campagna, who recently answered some questions about building custom homes.
Q: Can you describe your typical clients? A: Often it’s people who have bought a property; they want to tear down the existing home and build a new one to suit their lifestyle and specifications. Others want help finding a lot (i.e. an old home to tear down) to build their dream home. We are constantly looking for unique opportunities in our city’s most desired locations such as Westboro/McKellar, Glebe, Alta Vista, Rockliffe etc. We have a great network of contacts to help locate potential build sites which are few and far between. We help find the ideal location and provide the full service including design, construction and project management.
Q: Are there special considerations when it comes to constructing infill housing? A: Absolutely. A critical part of infill development is determining the optimum size and scale of the new home, the required setbacks, zoning bylaws, variances, permits, approvals and how to maximize both interior and exterior space. It’s also very important to respect the environment; a newly built home should compliment its surroundings. Our approach is certainly modern, but we want to complement the older homes that give a neighbourhood so much character.
Q: How important are the materials you choose for your projects? A: Our reputation is based on years of delivering exceptional design and construction experience; our whole team brings experience, experimentation and vision; however, materials are equally important. We continually look for ways to incorporate interesting and unusual elements, favouring natural materials including cedar, mahogany, natural limestone, copper and zinc. As is the case with all luxury products, it’s all in the fine details. In every project we make sure the elements we choose are appropriate to our climate, to the particular installation and will
withstand the test of time. We want to build homes that will look as good in decades as they do when they are first built.
Q: Is building a home from the ground up a daunting task for the homeowner? A: It is complicated and requires a lot of coordination between multiple parties to do it right. We’ve come up with a very detailed process to make it easier for the client and ensure complete success on every build. For each project, we create a client book – typically more than 100 pages – that allows the homeowner to stay on top of things every step of the way. It outlines all design drawings, project schedule, timelines and deadlines, product specifications, change orders, decision points and more. Our clients really appreciate this transparency; it shows their responsibilities and what to expect. This level of detail and organization gives them confidence that the process, while extraordinarily complicated, will proceed as smoothly as possible and even become enjoyable and exciting. Q: How do you assemble the best team for your projects? A: We have a lot of in-house talent including
experts in design, construction management and carpentry. Also, thanks to many years of relationship building, we have a pool of experienced trades and subcontractors to draw upon, allowing us to schedule jobs most efficiently. Everyone on our team welcomes the challenge of working on luxury homes and feels satisfaction and enormous pride in what we create together as craftspeople.
24 George Street West P|613.422.3737 www.rocahomes.ca
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A great recipe for Simply Biscotti success
our years ago, Rosa Pino walked down Preston Street and spotted a vacant shop. One step through the shop’s door and she knew it would be the perfect home for her new biscotti café concept. The one hitch? Directly across the street sat coffee chain megagiant, Starbucks Coffee Company. At the sight of such corporate competition, most people would have moved on to lessrisky locales. But Pino isn’t most people and what she saw was a great opportunity. “All my life, I’ve always taken chances,” explains Pino. “When I walked into the Preston Street shop I fell in love. It had a cozy little warmth to it and I said ‘I’m going to do something interesting here.’” And with that, the Simply Biscotti café business was born. A self-taught baker, Pino once owned a thriving wholesale bakery for 14 years, until she’d had enough of the relentless pace and sold her business. It wasn’t long before she realized the baking business was in her blood. She had always been amazed at how many of her customers would ask for biscotti as a favourite treat, and vowed her next undertaking would include the popular, twice-baked cookie. Sure enough, after two years of baking
and selling biscotti out of her home proved a burgeoning success, Pino knew it was time to grow again. Clearly, this ambitious entrepreneur wasn’t afraid of a little competition. And she knew she had the winning recipe. Simply Biscotti opened its doors on 354 Preston Street offering tasty variations of Pino’s home-made biscotti and Italian pastries, along with a lunch menu and coffees. The cosy, homey Italian café has since become a destination spot for locals. Today, Pino is opening her second, and equally welcoming location to west-end residents on supertrendy Richmond Road. And Pino is thrilled. “I love my job!” exclaims Pino. “I’m ecstatic to be open here in Westboro. I’m really looking forward to the holidays, and letting it grow here the same way our Preston Street shop did.” While the title cookie is certainly a perennial favourite, Simply Biscotti in Westboro offers customers the complete Italian experience. “We offer a variety of breakfast items, as well as panini made on location, homemade soups, specialty coffees and desserts,” explains Pino. “We also carry a frozen dessert line imported from Italy called Bindi Desserts.” The shop has a retail area where customers can
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I love my job!” exclaims Simply Biscotti’s owner Rosa Pino. “I’m ecstatic to be open here in Westboro.
browse while they munch for gourmet coffees, chocolates, gift baskets, coffee makers and other imported small kitchen gadgets. The cosy, comfortable café itself seats 25 people – offering the perfect excuse to sit and savour one of their signature treats. Coffee and non-coffee drinkers alike will all find something that suits, with a wide selection of cold drinks, cold coffees, smoothies, and italian sodas. Insiders say the nutella frappe is a favourite must-try! Even current fans may not realize that Simply Biscotti starts its day early and stays up late. Doors open at 7:00 a.m. most days and stay open as late as 11:00 p.m. on weekends and 10:00 p.m. on weekdays. Which means customers can scoop up a quick, healthy breakfast and coffee en route to work, pop by for a panini lunch, or drop in for a post-dinner dessert and cozy ambiance. What began as a whim and a home-based
cookie business has become two bustling locations in two of Ottawa’s most desirable neighbourhoods, with a staff of 28 people. And Rosa Pino knows the secret. “I love people, I love food and I love what I do,” she says simply. “Isn’t this a great recipe?”
307 A Richmond Road P|613.680.0918
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Jacob Visutskie and Monika Durczak provide hands-on service that extends from selecting products to designing displays, serving customers and overseeing deliveries.
Timeless Quality and Good Design Made Accessible
rom the bright, spacious showroom to the warm customer service, Alteriors Contemporary Furniture offers a welcoming place to find good quality furniture and check out the latest in cutting-edge design. Work and life partners Jacob Visutskie and Monika Durczak took over ownership of Alteriors three years ago, realizing their dream of bringing unique, well-crafted furniture and well-designed spaces to local customers. With Jacob’s interior designer and project management expertise, and Monika’s architecture and sales experience, they’ve revitalized the store, located in the heart of Wellington West for 15 years. Their focus: quality, timeless pieces that are fresh and original, that enhance people’s lifestyles. “We’ve focused our portfolio of brands on authentic, good quality designs,” explains Monika. The showroom is clean and airy, and the selection is stunning, with splashes of vibrant colour amidst elegant, functional lines. Furniture, lighting and accessories are arranged in vignettes, so people can picture what might work in their own homes. It’s an inviting space, with plenty of room
for browsing, even for strollers. “It’s like a home—we want it to have that feel,” says Jacob. “We want you to come in and enjoy. I tell people take your shoes off, put your feet up, grab a coffee, sit for half an hour, read a magazine. We want people to have the right
“We’ve focused our portfolio of brands on authentic, good quality designs.” Monika Durczak
product for their space.” Jacob, Monika and their attentive staff take time to chat with customers to help them find what works for them. “Customer service is key for us,” says Jacob. “We offer that personable, respectful customer service that we would expect as consumers ourselves.” Alteriors focuses on trusted North American and European product lines. For example, Vancouver-based Bensen’s metal-framed sofas “last forever” but have slipcovers you can
update every few years. Solid wood products from Edmonton-based Izm are good quality, heirloom items “that you can pass down to your kids,” says Jacob. Bocci is a source of exquisite handblown glass lights, while Flos lighting is exclusive to Alteriors in Ottawa. Herman Miller and Jesse are among the other fine brands on offer. All products can be previewed on Alteriors’ new website. Customers will soon be able to shop for some items online, complementing the in-store experience. Alteriors also offers a full range of design services through its partnership with design company altblu. Jacob and Monika themselves provide hands-on service that extends from selecting products to designing displays, serving customers and overseeing deliveries. “We’re here to help,” says Monika. They’re all about making good design more accessible. “Design enhances your life,” explains Jacob. “If you come home to a space that you enjoy, you’ll be happy. And the way to do that is to surround yourself with things you like that are of quality.” “We love design,” he adds. “We really love what we do. We’re very lucky to be working
in something that we love.” “It really comes from the heart, loving what we do and sharing it with the city,” says Monika. “We hope that transcends through to our customers.” So far they’ve had positive feedback, with a neighbour even popping in just to say that what they’ve done with the store has been fantastic for the neighbourhood. “Wellington West is awesome for local support,” says Jacob. “It is such a community that we’re very lucky to be part of.”
Alteriors Contemporary Furniture
1304 Wellington Street West P|613.722.1661 www.alteriors.ca
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Windmill Developments is known for its commitment to green building, as exemplified by The Currents at the corner of Holland and Wellington.
Ottawa’s greenest condo – The Eddy – just launched in Hintonburg A n exciting new condominium project, Windmill Development’s The Eddy, has just been launched in the heart of one of Ottawa’s most vibrant communities. Nestled in among Hintonburg’s fantastic restaurants, funky shops and a full complement of urban amenities will be a sixstory building replete with eco-friendly features and a pleasing modern aesthetic. Windmill Developments is known for its commitment to green building, as exemplified by The Currents at the corner of Holland and Wellington. Like this previous project, The Eddy will be a ‘green condo’ which the company anticipates will also achieve a LEED platinum rating, the highest available. It will include such eco-friendly features as geothermal heating and cooling, as well as unparalleled air quality in every suite thanks the selection of the finest low-to-no VOC materials and finishes. Windmill always has a strong preference for using regional and green materials whenever possible; all the wood, including the butcher block counters, will be FSC certified. Each unit will also have its own energy recovery ventilator to control fresh air flow
“We are respectful of the community design plan and as a result wanted the right scale for this site.” Rodney Wilts
while keeping energy bills low and the building will include a cistern to capture rainwater which will be used for toilet flushing. Aside from the obvious savings associated with not using purified municipal drinking water for this purpose, it’s important to note that cisterns also allow for the diversion of relatively clean water from our city storm sewers, thereby minimizing runoff. The building has been designed by awardwinning architect Christopher Simmonds who is well known for his holistic and sustainable design ethic. “The building will be very design-forward, particularly for a condo,” explains Windmill’s Rodney Wilts. “It will be far more modern than the vast majority of condos out there, reminiscent of the best of what’s happening in San Fran-
cisco and New York City.” With interiors by Ottawa’s Altblu, much-lauded for incredible, customized modern spaces, each suite is sure to be a knockout. The fact that The Eddy is only six stories is also unique, says Rodney. “We’ve made a conscious choice to integrate this building very carefully with the neighbourhood. We are respectful of the community design plan and as a result wanted the right scale for this site.” At just six stories, The Eddy’s stature will facilitate great interaction with the streetscape. He notes that he project has already enjoyed a very warm response from the community, with over 1000 registrants expressing an interest in the building. Now that units are officially for sale, the team intends to start construction next spring, with occupancy in mid-2014. A wide spectrum of units will be available including studio ‘ecoflats’ which will be priced to encouraged first time buyers, all the way up to two bedroom + den units. As those who already live in Hintonburg can attest, it is an eclectic, liveable community which is ideal for those who love to walk or cycle everywhere they choose. The Eddy
will facilitate living a car-free lifestyle, with a secure bike room right off the lobby One of the building’s unique features will be a rooftop patio designed as a shared social space and offering a private urban getaway. With barbeques, hot tubs, seating nooks and vegetable plots, it will bring a unique element of community to The Eddy. At street level, carefully selected retail tenants that match Windmill’s values and complement the area’s existing businesses will serve to further integrate this eco-chic building with the neighbourhood. It’s sure to become one of Hintonburg’s most desirable addresses.
The sales office for Windmill’s The Eddy
1000 Wellington Street West P|613.701.0600 Eemail@example.com www.theeddy.ca
November 1, 2012
Brothers in Art
John Ferguson, manager of Giant Tiger, presents Hintonburg Community Association members Paulette Dozois and Jeff Leiper with a cheque for $1,165 for HCA’s children’s arts program. Giant Tiger is a strong supporter of the community and raises funds through its round up program where customers donate the difference between their bill and the nearest dollar for whichever cause is selected. Photo by Tim Thibeault
Mechanicsville’s New Home Team By Lorrie Marlow On September 11, a new team was formed on the ball diamonds at Laroche Park in Mechanicsville. The tiny Laroche Field House was filled with laughter and chatter as 50 residents voted in a new executive for the Mechanicsville Community Association (MCA). Longtime resident and past-president, Keith Brown, was pleased with the turnout and fully supports the new executive. Sandi Wallby, past vice president will continue in that same position to ease the transition. Residents of the ‘Ville have come together to form a collective voice on development in this community. The MCA executive are: Guy Lachapelle, president; Sandra Wallby, vice president; Janice Oliver, treasurer; and, James McCrea, secretary. The board of directors are: Mohamed Afzal,
Margot Gallant, Lorrie Marlow, Aleischa Amuschi, Holly Cartwright, Blair Simzer, Liam Lynch and Crystal Dixon. Now the giddiness of that exciting meeting is over, the MCA is getting down to business. Weekly meetings for MCA are necessary to initiate the incorporation of MCA and to address the multiple zoning amendments for the proposed highrises along Parkdale Avenue. In between these weekly meetings, the executive is pouring over site plans, shade and traffic studies and planning rationales in a scramble to catch up on zoning amendments that require community support. The first zoning amendment requiring MCA comment is the proposed Richcraft 28-storey tower at 159, 163 and 169 Parkdale. On October 18 , the MCA
was joined by the zoning committee from the Hintonburg Community Association (HCA) to hear a presentation from Tega Homes on their proposed 32-storey tower at 111, 121 Parkdale and 71 Burnside. Tega is seeking a zoning amendment from the City for the height even taller than the proposed Richcraft development. Unfortunately, the zoning amendment for Urbandale’s 28 storey-tower at 99 Parkdale was approved prior to the formation of MCA and sets a dangerous precedent. The MCA attended the Tunney’s Pasture Master Plan (TPMP) public meeting and planned to attend Paul Dewar’s meeting on October 23. MCA and the HCA zoning committee has sought an extension to provide comments on the TPMP. The complete lack of vision and utter boredom of this
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By Jack Lawson Pigment and paper meet steel and bronze at the Cube Gallery this month as local Kitchissippi artist Russell Yuristy and the iconic Joe Fafard put on a dual showing of artistic excellence. Both Yuristy and Fafard are artists who could easily have their own exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada. It is practically unheard of for two artists of their calibre to perform in such an intimate venue. In Fafard’s case, not only has he had showings and exhibitions – he also was the artist behind the running horses outside the National Gallery. A Kitchissippi resident, Yuristy is something of a flagship painter for Ottawa art. His pieces have been displayed regularly at the Cube in the past. He teaches art classes at the University of Ottawa and the Ottawa School of Art. He was also responsible for the aluminum sculpture outside of Ottawa’s Triple A stadium. Yuristy and Fafard have 28 and 26 pieces on display respectively. Yuristy’s work depicts everything from an abstract sketch of a hare in vivid mid-motion to a multi-layered surreal picture of an aging tree. “He has these pastel blues and pinks and oranges. You’re not quite sure what season it is,” said Chelsea Pozois – one of the two other employees who help Monet run the gallery. Yuristy’s willows in particular draw the eye from across the
gallery – great splashes of darkness highlighted by white, angular, broad strokes. Animals make appearances as well, wolves and purple-black ravens especially striking among them. Fafard’s work is just as impressive and takes up most of the floor space. A raven made of jagged, layered, laser cut steel beckons from across the room. At closer inspection deep blue seams cut across its metal feathers. According to Michael Kinghorn, a blacksmith and sculptor from Wakefield Quebec, Fafard’s work is some of the most expertly crafted metal work out there. “His use of colourful patinas is expertly used...complimenting his clean and thoughtful lines.” said Kinghorn Yuristy and Fafard share very close thematic and personal ties. Their friendship stretches across the expanse of 44 years and from Saskatchewan to Ottawa. Don Monet, the curator of the Cube gallery, quite aptly defines their relationship as that of “prairie brothers.” Fafard might work with bronze, and Yuristy primarily with acrylic and woodcut, but their art is tied together with a swath of west coast authenticity. Coyotes, wolves, cows, horses, ravens, grizzles, eagles, rabbits – for every animal there is a counterpoint. The only oddity at the show is Fafard’s bust of the famous Continued on page 25
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HCA Disappointed With Claridge Settlement The following is an open letter recently released by the Hintonburg Community Association. To the Community: On October 17, 2012, the Hintonburg Community Association settled its Ontario Municipal Board appeal of the City’s decision to permit Claridge to construct a mixed-use 23-storey building at 1050 Somerset Avenue (corner of Breezehill Avenue). The settlement is posted in full at www. hintonburg.com. It commits Claridge to: • include space for a daycare or other community services in the building; • pursue a leasing arrangement, on reasonable terms, with the Devonshire SchoolAged Program, another non-profit/cooperative daycare provider, or other non-profit community organization with respect to that space; • provide twenty parking spaces in the underground garage for the use of teachers at Devonshire Public School; • modify the construction plans for the ramp for ingress and egress from the underground garage to physically restrict the use of the laneway between the ramp and Laurel Street; • provide for 50 bicycle parking spaces, in addition to the 112 already provided for in its plans; • consult the appellants on materials to be used on the face of the building; • undertake a wind study and implement any recommendations of that study; and, • reserve 2-3 parking spaces in the parking garage for a car-sharing enterprise (e.g., VirtuCar). Regrettably, the settlement does not affect the height that was approved for the development by City Council. We believe we had a very strong appeal on the principles of neighbourhood compatibility – a 23-storey tower at 1050 Somerset is inappropriate and never should have been ap-
“We are stronger as a community when we are informed and engaged about development issues.” proved by City Council. However, on October 15, the City brought into force the Wellington Street West Community Design Plan policy applicable to part of the property. This affected part of our legal argument on conformity to the Official Plan as it resulted in the southern portion of the property being removed from the Traditional Mainstreet designation, which had a maximum height of 6 storeys. Given the uncertainty this added to the OMB process, it was decided that negotiating a settlement offering much needed community services, particularly space for a daycare, better served the interests of the community than taking our chances before the OMB. The negotiations began with a request that the height of the building be reduced, but this was rejected by Claridge and the City. We then proposed benefits that had been identified in discussions with the community. In their final submission to the Ontario Municipal Board our lawyer and planner did not concede that the zoning By-law represents good planning. We have obtained important concessions from Claridge, but acknowledge that many of you had given us your support in hopes that the appeal would have resulted in changes to the size of the building. While some of the community is not concerned about the height of the development, overall, opposition has been considerable – based on the public meetings held by Claridge and the HCA last spring, the support HCA members gave to the appeal at the HCA’s Annual General Meeting in September, and other communications to the HCA.
Unfortunately, the City has largely ignored community concerns throughout this process. Notably, in the context of the negotiations to settle the appeal, the City opposed strengthening the requirement for daycare space by specifying this use in the By-law. We are also disappointed that our City Councillor, Katherine Hobbs, did not play a more positive role in facilitating a more appropriate outcome than was approved by City Council. Instead, the HCA and other members of the community had to appeal the By-Law. For the HCA, this involved significant costs, depleting our limited funds for community activities, as well as hours and hours of volunteer labour. Many individuals donated from their own pockets to support the HCA’s efforts. Local residents, Mr. Kevin Skerrett and Mr. David Malkin, also appealed the City’s decision and should be commended for the significant time and effort they put into the appeal, despite being given little time to prepare by the OMB. As a community association, and together as a community, we have learned a great deal from this process. Additional major development proposals are on the way in Hintonburg. We have always been willing to work with developers and the City to ensure projects are appropriate. We are also ready to fight if the interests of our community are ignored. We are stronger as a community when we are informed and engaged about development issues. This will help us ensure that the City is fully accountable for its planning processes and decisions. This includes listening to communities and addressing their concerns, meeting the highest standards of transparency, demanding excellence from developers in design and quality construction, and securing direct and tangible community benefits in developments as a condition of their approval. We thank you for your support, and look forward to continuing to work with you in the interests of our wonderful community. HCA Board Members
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on Saturday, November 24. Again lucky shoppers will be treated to an array of fine local crafts and local
food offerings. Local crafters are highlighted displaying their glass works, ceramics, jewelry, fine knitted garments, cards, photographs and an assortment of wares too numerous to mention. Baked goods and homemade chili from Credible Edibles will satisfy your lunchtime hunger as you complete your shopping. There are other craft fairs in Kitchissippi that Saturday including one at Grace Manor so come to Hintonburg and make an afternoon of it.
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hovering around $330 billion. They are active in many sectors such as finance, housing, health care and agriculture. Despite the popularity of the co-operative movement and its considerable contribution to the Canadian economy and communities, the current federal government has shown a complete disregard for this vital sector. They canceled the Cooperative Development Initiative, and scaled back the Rural and Co-operative Secretariat. These cuts will impede innovation and economic development in rural communities. Furthermore, the Conservative government continues to allow the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation to impose harsh penalties on coops that are re-negotiating their loans. The penalties are equivalent to the total interest payable from now until the end of the mortgage term.
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Ontario’s First-Ever Immigration Strategy By Yasir Naqvi, MPP Earlier this year, in response to challenges with Canada’s current immigration system and federal cuts to Ontario’s settlement funding, our government announced that we are developing our firsteven immigration strategy. As someone who immigrated to Canada 24 years ago, I am pleased that our province is taking this strong step towards ensuring the social and economic success of new Canadians, helping to build a strong
economy for us all. Ontario remains the number one destination for newcomers to Canada, who make up 30 per cent of our province’s work force. However, we are the only province currently without an immigration agreement with the federal government. We are developing a new provincial immigration strategy to help to inform and shape discussions with the federal government towards an agreement. In the spring, we created
the Expert Roundtable on Immigration to assess how immigration can best support Ontario’s economic development and help immigrants succeed. We asked them to provide their ideas on how we can address issues of immigrant selection, settlement and integration, and examine how immigration can best support Ontario’s economic and labour market growth. The Roundtable was chaired by Julia Deans, former CEO of CivicAction,
that immigration is critical to Ontario’s economic success, and that in order for our province to prosper and remain globally competitive, we need more skilled immigrants. Furthermore, we must ensure that effective programs and services are available to help improve settlement and integration for all immigrants. Overall, 32 recommendations were presented addressing issues including immigrant selection, settlement and integration, and foreign qualification recognition. The Roundtable rec-
and was composed of 13 leaders and experts from the business, academic, economic and immigration sectors, who met through the spring and early summer and consulted with some of Canada’s leading economists, researchers, and senior members of the public service from both the Governments of Ontario and Canada. In early October, the Expert Roundtable on Immigration released their final report. They found
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City Hall Report By Katherine Hobbs, Kitchissippi Ward Property Tax Assessments
The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) issued new property assessment notices to Ottawa residents in October based upon property value effective January 01, 2012. Assessment increases experienced on a property over the last assessment cycle will be phased in over the next four year assessment cycle, while any drop in assessment value over the last assessment cycle will be immediately realized in 2013. Phased-in assessment values will be used by the City to calculate your property taxes over the next four years from 2013 to 2016 inclusive. If your property has increased more than the City average, your property’s taxes will increase by the difference it exceeds the average. If anyone is not in agreement with the assessment it can be appealed. There is also a tax deferral plan for those who qualify. Public Spaces
You may have noticed the slice of green on Winston at Richmond Road, but it has nothing to do with Kermit the Frog. David Lewis of the Westboro Legion wrote me asking if I could do something to improve the area; allow room for new flag poles to honour veterans and maybe add a tree or two. It grew from there. The plan is to transform the area painted green today into a small urban square complete with new trees, benches, public art and more. Following an initial consultation with neighbours to get ideas for the space, a plan has been developed. Your feedback this November will be critical before it goes out to tender for summer 2013 construction. Kitchissippi on the World Stage
and Stuart Bradley, children of Scott Bradley, sang their hearts out on stage with legendary star Bruce Springsteen. Peter and Stuart showed The Boss they could really sing. Haven’t seen the video yet? Search Youtube for the Bradley Boys and Bruce Springsteen. The next evening Barbara Streisand was in town giving a shout out to Westboro and Hintonburg. These areas apparently remind her of her hometown of Brooklyn; a hip borough of NYC! Creating better connectivity
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new crossing of the O-Train corridor between Carling Avenue and Beech Street would connect Champagne Avenue on the west side of the O-Train corridor to the existing multi-use pathway on the east side of the O-Train corridor. On the other side of the ward, plans were presented for the infrastructure project on Churchill Avenue. This is a groundbreaking plan with raised bicycle lanes and pedestrian lanes and is a giant step towards creating a new kind of city that considers all the uses of a road and gives them equal weight. Churchill Avenue will be a model street in Ottawa! As always, please contact me (Katherine.Hobbs@ottawa.ca 613-580-2485) if I can help or if you have a great idea for making our community even better.
Orphan Pole on Merton Ave. This pole was installed on Merton, just off Wellington St. W. about 3 years ago during the reconstruction of Wellington St. W. There is still nothing attached to this orphaned pole. It just stands there by itself with a big gap in the pavement around it that allows the weeds to grow 3 feet high. The weeds were taken out during the community clean up Oct. 13. Photo by Wayne Rodney
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Cst. Milton’s Community Corner By Andrew Milton, Community Police Officer I’ve talked about bullying before in this space but, if you’ve been following the news lately, you know there’s a need to keep it at the forefront of our attention. Parents need to know what to do if their child becomes a victim of bullies. And bullies are as much in need of help as their victims. If you’re a parent or a teen reading this, you or someone you know might benefit from the information you will find at this web address: http:// www.ottawapolice. ca/en/Community/ TeenLounge/index. aspx. This is a page from the Ottawa Police Service web site that has lots of helpful information for teens and their parents. Did you know that every school in Ottawa has an assigned School Resource Officer (SRO)? The officer is available to help school staff, youth and parents deal
with problems, like bullying, that are affecting the students’ ability to enjoy school activities in a peaceful and safe atmosphere. The SRO is there to help and any student should feel free to speak to the officer about anything that is bothering them. Most recently, we have heard about youths as primary victims of bullying because of cases that ended tragically in suicide. But, I know that adults can also experience bullying. Generally, adults who are being bullied, in the workplace, for example, have learned coping mechanisms that allow this problem to remain hidden. But that doesn’t mean it’s okay for adults to be bullied. No one who is in this situation can function at their best and the related anxiety can spill over into family and social life. Anyone, adult or youth, who is being bullied or who knows someone who is being bullied, has the right to report it.
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Churchill Construction Woes By Gary Ludington On October 16, the City had the last of the public open houses on the reconstruction of Churchill Ave. from Carling Ave., north to Byron Ave. Even though the open house
was held at the McKellar Field House, a good number of people turned out. The rerouting of the number 150 and 16 buses was a contentious issue at an earlier meeting, and may still be, with the
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Construction continues on the multi-use pathway east of the O-Train tracks. Photo by Tim Thibeault
Pathway for Bayview Station By Cheryl Parrott Finally we will have one alternative to climbing the slope behind Tom Brown Arena to get to Bayview Transit Station! The City has started work on the multiuse pathway on the eastern side of the O-Train tracks. This path will run from Carling to the Ottawa River Parkway and will intersect with the O-Train and Transitway at Bayview Station Access to the path for those on the eastern edge of Hintonburg will be at the major intersecting roads – Gladstone, Somerset and Bayview Station via Albert (Scott) Street.
Councillor Diane Holmes, Somerset Ward, worked to get the necessary infrastructure in place when the Somerset St. bridge was being rehabilitated just a few years ago. This was critical so that this pedestrian/cycling link could be built quickly and as economically as possible. It will hopefully be finished before the end of this year. Climbing the slope behind Tom Brown Arena will no longer be needed once the LRT is built (2018) as Bayview Station will be located at grade and access to it is proposed to be under the Albert (Scott) Street bridge.
Battle on Roosevelt By Gay Stinson These days it seems as if local developers win more than their share of the City’s zoning decisions. Not always. The fight about development at 335 Roosevelt in Westboro is not over yet, but the citizens are winning so far. Here is the story. Developer Uniform Urban Developments applied to the City to build two condo towers of 14 and 16 storeys at 335 Roosevelt zoned for six storeys. The City accepted the proposal over the vigorous protests of citizens and passed a bylaw in December 2011 to allow it. Round 1 went to the developer. Backed by many in the community, three local residents, Tony Michel, Gay Stinson and Christoph Zürcher appealed this bylaw to the OMB because a building over six stories did not conform with the Official Plan which specifically sets the height for the site at 19 metres (six storeys), and because it was incompatible with the residential neighbourhood. Westboro Citizens for Appropriate Development (WCAD)
was formed to raise money to fight this case at the OMB. And they won! Round 2 went the citizens. On June 2, 2012 the OMB released its decision stating “This case is about Official Plans meaning what they say. ... The Board finds that (i) the maximum of 4 to 6 storeys was part of the OP; and (ii) 14-16 storeys did not conform therewith as required by the Planning Act ...”. Given that the Planning Act says that “Where an official plan is in effect.... no bylaw shall be passed for any purpose that does not conform therewith” (subsection 24(1)),” the OMB also repealed the bylaw. So what was the response of the developer? To file for an official review of the OMB decision. So it was back to the OMB in October for another full day of legal argumentation. Even though the developer accepted that the bylaw was not in conformity with the Official Plan, they argued that the bylaw should not have been repealed; they argued the case should have simply been adjourned until the developer could get an amendment to
the Official Plan. The developer also applied to the City for an amendment to the Official Plan. The decision of the OMB review has not yet been issued. Let’s hope the OMB upholds its first decision. Even if it doesn’t and decides in favour of the developer, the decision on non-conformity still stands and the developer will still have to apply for an amendment. What is next? This is a real test for the City. Will it adhere to its own Official Plans and the consultative process that produces them? Or, will it once again ignore the citizens and the Official Plan and side with the developer? Yet another fight. WCAD continues to fight for appropriate development that respects the Official Plan and the consultative process that determines those plans. WCAD is still raising funds to pay for OMB costs. You can support them by going to the benefit party and dance with live music by BIG CHILL, November 2, Westboro Legion Hall. Tickets $25 after 7 p.m. at the door.
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Cooperation, Collaboration, Chrysanthemums and Calendars By Marilyn Letts The Rotary Club of West Ottawa (RCWO) has been contributing to the community since 1957. This Thanksgiving RCWO provided an opportunity for people to give the gift of a chrysanthemum plant to a friend or client. RCWO’s 17th annual Mums for Thanksgiving project was a partnership with the Rotary clubs of Nepean and Stittsville, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Meals on Wheels, Engineers without Borders at Carleton U and Carleton Lacrosse. With planning and coordination by RCWO, members of these groups shared in the funds raised and helped to deliver almost 5,000 mums all over the Ottawa Carleton region. Some of RCWO community projects are: Dictionaries for Life, an annual gift to each Grade 3 student in five local schools; Homework Helpers at Winthrop Court; Adopt-aRoad Spring cleanup; ABCs of With the chrysanthemums are: on the left, Fraud educational project to fraudLinda Flynn, and on the right, Jean Bégin. proof seniors and an e-Training Photo by Marilyn Letts manual; the Ottawa Rotary Home ‑ providing respite care for disabled Fundraising for community projchildren and families. Internationally, RCWO donates ects continues with the second major to the very successful Rotary World fundraiser, the 2013 Rotary Cash Calendar. In the tradition of service Polio Plus Project nowGarbage in its 26th Bi-weekly Collection year of immunization to eradicate and community involvement, local Kitchissippi 10.25” x 6.564” businesses have funded the producpolio throughout the world.
tion of the calendar through advertising. Each calendar includes a ticket for a chance to win daily cash prizes from $20 to $1,000. Last year the calendar raised $50,000. http://www. rotaryclubwestottawa.ca/
Important changes are coming on October 29 1. Bi-weekly garbage collection. Household residual garbage will be collected every two weeks.
2. New collection days. If your collection day is changing the City will send you a letter in October.
3. Green bin pickup. Your green bin will be collected weekly.
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November 2: Fall Bazaar featuring local artists and crafts at Amica at Westboro Park. Friday, November 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information: amica.ca or 613-728-9274. November 2: Fundraiser WCAD is still raising funds to pay for OMB costs. You can support them by going to the benefit party and dance with live music by BIG CHILL, November 2, Westboro Legion Hall.Tickets $25 after 7 p.m. at the door. NOVEMBER 3: PARKDALE UNITED CHURCH YULETIDE BAZAAR Parkdale United Church is holding its Yuletide Bazaar on Saturday, November 3 from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.. Please drop by and take part in our silent auction, find gifts, and even some treasures for yourself. The Bazaar will take place at 429 Parkdale Ave. We hope to see you there! November 3: SNOWFLAKE BAZAAR An ever-better edition of St. Martin’s annual Snowflake bazaar featuring new to you house and kitchenware, clothing, toys, books, decor items, linens plus delicious baked goods and an on site luncheon bistro underway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2120 Prince Charles Road. tmartinsottawa.ca 2120 Prince Charles Road NOVEMBER 3-4: 6th Annual Art Studio Tour This fundraiser is in support of the Ottawa Riverkeeper, on Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 196 Woodroffe Avenue, Margaret Chwialkowska, 613-729-9351, artristsincanada. com/margaret NOVEMBER 4: TASTE OF RUSSIA FESTIVAL Everyone is most welcome at this fundraiser for the Russian Orthodox Memorial Church, featuring authentic, delicious Russian cuisine, live entertainment, art, bazaar, fabulous raffles, potential X-mas gifts, souvenirs... Licenced! At the Pushkin Cultural Centre, 89 Stonehurst Ave., from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. memorialchurch.ca/en/festival2012 or Tel: 613-599-9743 NOVEMBER 10: ALL SAINTS’ (WESTBORO) VILLAGE FAIR Join us on Saturday, November 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 347 Richmond Road; just west of Churchill Avenue! There will be used books, baking and preserves, crafts, knitting, china, attic treasures, a silent auction and a delicious lunch. Featured in the chapel will be a display of crèches
from around the world. Please contact the church office at 613 725-9487 for more information. November 12:Sixth Annual Hintonburg Diwali Festival Please come out and celebrate Diwali with the Hintonburg community - the Indian Festival of Lights. It will be held on Monday, November 12, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 pm. Across the street from Indian Express, now located at 1000 Somerset St. W. beside Plant Bath. The event will take place upstairs above Centretown Veterinary Clinic (955 Somerset St. W) There are stairs to second floor - it is not handicapped accessible. Free admission - donations to Plant Pool Recreation Association. For i nformation: Rakesh Walia 613-863-0676 or Cheryl Parrott 613-728-7582 or firstname.lastname@example.org NOVEMBER 15: ANNUAL SKI and SKATE SALE On Thursday, November 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Woodroffe Avenue Public School 235 Woodroffe Avenue is holding its annual used kids’ sports equipment & kids sports clothing sale. Come sell kids skis, skates, hockey equipment, snowboards, sports clothing (e.g. snowsuits, boots, etc.) and other sports equipment. This community event is open to everyone! November 17: HOLLY AND LACE BAZAAR Visit the popular Holly and Lace Bazaar at First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Avenue. Silent Auction, including valuable art, clothes, collectables, flea market, homemade lunch. Great deals on gently-used clothes, books and timeless treasures! firstunitarianottawa.ca November 17: FOOD BAZAAR Food bazaar on Saturday, November 17, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, 579 Parkdale Avenue (corner of Sherwood Drive), deli, frozen foods, candy, baking, gift baskets, German food table and coffee shop November 17: Concert At 7:30 p.m. at Parkdale United Church, Parkdale and Gladstone, the Parkdale United Church Orchestra and Music Director Angus Armstrong present Pensiero Italiano. A reception will follow the concert. Tickets at the door: $15 adults; $10 students/seniors; free for ages 12 and under. For information: (819) 778 3438 or parkdaleorchestra.ca. November 17-18: Craft and Bake Sale
From 10 am to 4 pm the Friends of the Farm are
hosting a Craft and Bake Sale, with an incredible selection of items. Don’t forget to pick up some delicious baked goods. Located at Building 72, C.E.F., east off Prince of Wales round-about. Admission is free. For more information, contact 613-230-3276, or friendsofthefarm.ca. November 19: Newswest AGM Newswest will hold its annual general meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, November 19. It will be at Westboro Village BIA, 261A Richmond Road, on the second floor. All new and old members, local community association reps and any interested parties should come. Hear our year in review, editor’s report, president’s report, web report etc. Join in on plans for Newswest’s 35th anniversary and more. November 30: Nepean Fine Arts League The 2012 Winter ART Sale will be at Ukrainian Hall, 1000 Byron Ave. Vernissage: Friday, November 30, tickets $10 at the door. Sale continues on Saturday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. SCOUTS CANADA IN WEST WELLINGTON/ WESTBORO The 24th Ottawa Scout Group has been part of the Elmdale Public School community for more than eighty years, and we are accepting registrations for Beaver Scouts (5 to 7 year-olds), Cub Scouts (8 to 10 year-olds) and Scouts (11 to 14 year-olds). Join us for exciting adventures, challenging activities, friends and fun! For more information about any of the programs, please contact Dave Stremes at 613-729-7850, or at Ottawa24th@gmail.com PAINTERS’ CIRCLE Tuesday mornings, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Ave. We are a friendly, encouraging group with a wide range of painting experience. Sharing our ideas, showing what we have done, seeking suggestions, is a really pleasant experience for painters whose activity is usually alone. All media except oils are welcome. No tuition, so experience is necessary. 613-695-0505 or email@example.com for further information. OTTAWA WEST COMMUNITY SUPPORT 8th ANNUAL PENNY DRIVE Ottawa West Community Support 8th Annual Summer of Pennies! Drop off at 1137 Wellington St and pick up can be arranged. Call 613-728-6016 to arrange pick up. Help seniors
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remain living independently in their homes and our community. owcs.ca CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH Improve your Spanish speaking skills. We are Los Amigos Toastmasters amigos-tm.ca. We meet at Tunney’s Pasture Mondays, 4:55 to 6:30 p.m. Call Carole at 613-761-6537. LAROCHE PARK YOUTH DROP-IN Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Laroche Park Field House, 7 Stonehurst Ave. All are welcome. Feel free to bring a friend. WESTBORO YOUTH CENTRE Join a free drop-in on Friday nights for sports, crafts, board games and socializing at the All Saints Anglican Church between 6:30 and 10:00 p.m. for 10 to 17 year olds. For more information: allsaintswestboro.com/WYC. TEEN ADVISORY GROUP Join the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) to earn community involvement hours and help design programs for teens at the Ottawa Public Library Carlingwood branch. Ages 14-18. Tuesdays, 5-6:30 p.m. TEEN BOOK CLUB Chat about books and share your favorites with other teens. Ages 13 and up. Last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. (1 hr.) at the Ottawa Public Library Carlingwood Branch. FREE FITNESS CLASSES Come join us for free fitness classes at One Tooth Activewear, 261 Richmond Road. Mondays: Pilates at 7 p.m., Tuesdays: Jump’n Junkies at 6:15 p.m.., Thursdays: Mom & Baby Yoga at 10:15 a.m., and every second Saturday: Family Yoga at 8:45 a.m. For more info: 613-728-8948 TOASTMASTERS Success is usually achieved through good communication skills. Let us help you develop your skills. Visit the Above and Beyond Toastmaster Club, which meets in the Kaminski Room, Parkdale Clinic, 737 Parkdale Avenue (Carling Ave end). First and third Monday at 6:15 p.m. for two hours. For more information: 819 827-1274.
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