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Area actor Sarah McVie prepares for her role in The Public Servant, a play she’s co-writing based on interviews with actual Kitchissippi civil servants. Continued on page 11 Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen
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The day after announcing Collected Works is up for sale for $1, Hintonburg’s Christopher Smith, co-owner of the bookstore and coffeebar, credits “the amazing staff and their individualized, personal service” with keeping the business
open since its financially devastating expansion two and a half years ago. “The level of community support we’ve always received is also amazing,” says Smith. The expansion doubled their square footage, allowing Collected Works to host more of their popular community
events like author readings, storytelling and live theatre. It was also a way to expand their children’s section and magazines. “We needed to increase our revenue by 30 per cent after the expansion to break even, but sales remained flat,” explains Smith. Continued on page 7
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New LRT route revealed Design showcases highlight station architecture
group, said the plans recently announced showed the system having higher speeds, Kitchissippi’s Neeta McMurtry believes larger cars and increased frequency – that there’s more reason not to have the which she said would have a negative light rail transit (LRT) system go through impact on the Westboro community if the the Byron Linear Pathway – especially LRT goes through the Byron Linear after seeing the most recent plans for the Pathway. transportation line released on December “They’re looking to move 40 per cent 5 at City Hall. more people through the neighbourhood per hour, and moving them at 25 per cent greater speeds than originally proposed at maximum speed,” she says, adding that the group found that the trains would also be operating more frequently. She also says that with these numbers, having the LRT system run through the Byron Linear Pathway would be an on the Neeta McMurtry, member of the Neighbours for intrusion Kitchissippi neighSmart Western Rail, says recent LRT plans show a bourhood. bigger impact on the Kitchissippi neighbourhood. With the increased Photo by Kristy Strauss speed and frequency of the system, “When you compare what was being McMurtry says the community would proposed versus what’s being shown, the experience more noise and vibration in the news is worse in terms of it being surrounding area if the Byron Linear positioned (on the pathway),” she says. Pathway gets chosen. The City of Ottawa recently announced “I am concerned that people will glaze plans for the LRT system. The Rideau over the numbers,” she says. “It’s enorTransit Group was chosen to build and mous, big, and loud.” design Ottawa’s LRT system, which is Design showcases are being held across expected to be up and running by 2018. the city. Hintonburg Community Centre The project is expected to cost about $2.1 hosted a showcase on December 11. The billion. public is encouraged to attend the showAs part of the LRT, some of the system’s case at City Hall in the Former stations were announced, including Entrepreneurship Centre, 110 Laurier Ave. Tunney’s Pasture, Bayview, Lebreton, West from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Downtown West, Downtown East and December 19. Lees. Councillor Katherine Hobbs notes that Neighbours for Smart Western Rail is a residents will be able to see where the Westboro community group that has been route goes and what the stations will look keeping a close eye on the LRT’s develop- like. Currently, the plans include interestig ments, specifically on Western Rail. design elements such as reusing the disThe group has focused on how eased ash trees that were cut down across community consultation and community the city. use of public space is taking place. Its “The transfer from Bayview Station to members believe that out of three possible the O-Train will be much easier with the options – Carling Avenue, the Ottawa new design,” says Hobbs, noting that resiRiver Parkway and the Byron Linear dents will also want to be aware of plans Pathway - the latter is not appropriate. to reroute buses on Scott Street and Albert McMurtry, who is a member of the Street during construction in 2016. By Kristy Strauss
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Service to others
Empowering silenced voices and building bridges By Judith van Berkom
adults with disabilities. His involvement with UNHCR Canada, a UN Refugee Agency branch, took him to Rwanda this
Westboro’s Adam Moscoe was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on November 17, 2012 at the annual Holocaust Education Week dinner. In his speech at the dinner he organized, Moscoe expressed “gratitude to all my mentors who have taught me the value of service to others, of empowering those whose voices are not heard, of building bridges, and of transforming Transforming his passion into an one’s passion into an instrument of social change. instrument of social Judith van Berkom change.” Moscoe is a fourth year psychology past summer and will take student at the University him to Ghana next year of Ottawa, interns on with a group of University Parliament Hill, holds of Ottawa students. leadership roles with “Having a million TEDxYouthOttawa, the things to do at once is Spirit of the Capital Youth what excites me,” says Awards, the Canadian Moscoe. Federation of Jewish A program he was Students, and the Tamir involved with called Foundation. ‘Global Youth Connect’ In 2011, he was named brought 15 North one of Canada’s Top 20 American and 15 under 20. Moscoe is also Rwandan students, most an accomplished singer of whom were genocide and actor, using these survivors, together as skills to teach youth and equal participants,
learning to learn from each other. Moscoe was involved in a Legal Aid Clinic in Rwanda working with the vulnerable population. Moscoe’s trip to Israel reinforced his “interest in social justice and human rights.” Moscoe’s mentors include teachers at Nepean High School who Moscoe says taught him “how to bring people with you.” Drama teachers at the Ottawa School of Speech & Drama taught him that “we are part of this because it is bigger than ourselves.” His volunteer experience connecting survivors with students during Holocaust Education Week brought home lessons learned from these teachers. He is interested in making an impact and is currently involved in inter-faith work, bringing Jewish and Muslim students together to work “on tangible projects in the here and now, which is what motivates me.”
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KT CATCH UP 100 years young Harold Beach, who has lived on Fairmont Avenue since the 1950s, was treat-
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on his lawn by the tree they had decorated for him, the neighbours sang the retired dental surgeon “For He’s A Jolly Good Fellow.” A long-standing member of Britannia’s Yacht Club, some of Beach’s fondest memories are of yacht races that took him as far away as Charlottetown. Always open to new adventures— like taking up the trombone at 96—Beach attributes his long life to his great neighbours.
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Corrine Mason (left) and Jordan Fairbairn. Photo by Kathleen Wilker
Corrine Mason of Wellington West and Carleton University’s Jordan Fairbairn recently organized a panel discussion with the Ottawa chapter of Women, Action and the Media (WAM!) and the UN group Multimedia + Multiculturalism (M+M) on social media, community building and diversity
within diversity. “Social media allows women who are under-represented in mainstream media to tell their own stories,” explains Mason, noting that YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are places where people can generate their own content as well as their own audiences, both within and outside their communities.
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Community campaign to save bookstore by Dec. 24 Continued from page 1 the store. In his experience, the best business model is Several established business people in Ottawa have one that includes different partnerships. “This is a approached Smith about buying Collected Works and fantastic opportunity for someone. And when you assuming the store’s full liabilities. “I would be happy bring different partnerships together in a business, to help out with the transition,” says Smith who would, everyone benefits because the social network of each of along with his partner and co-owner Craig Poile, then the businesses expands.” walk away from the bookstore— Hintonburg’s Vicky Smallman a move that would go a long posted about the sale of Collected way towards reducing the stress Works on her popular personal they’ve experienced over not blog, Miss Vicky’s Offhand being able to balance their Remarks (offhand.ca), urging books. residents to act on the apprecia“Another possibility is to tion they have for the small, local have a complementary business businesses that add character share the space with a new and interest to the main street: owner,” says Smith. “There’s a big difference between Following the announcement loving our small businesses and on Sunday December 9 that supporting our small businesses. Collected Works was looking for If we don’t actually spend money, a buyer—news that was immedithey can’t afford the rent and the ately reported in the Ottawa staff and the inventory, not to Vicky Smallman Citizen and on CBC—residents mention their own mortgages of Kitchissippi took to Facebook and food and daycare fees and and Twitter to share the news and implore each other children’s activities and stuff. At some point, if they’re not to support their neighbourhood bookstore. When making enough to make it worthwhile, they have to Kitchissippi Times went to press, the news had already make some tough decisions.” been shared 82 times from the Collected Works One loyal and frequent Collected Works customer, Facebook page and many more times from those initial Megan Maack of Breezehill Avenue, feels “sad and shares on individual pages. shocked” and is spreading the news through her Suggestions were plentiful and included shopping at networks. Maack, whose usual birthday gift for the store; purchasing the store and pooling resources to children’s parties was a Collected Works gift certificate, balance the quarter million dollar liabilities; running appreciates that the staff were always generous with the store cooperatively; or holding a fundraising their time and considerable expertise. “One of my party—either in person or online—to save it. daughters is an avid reader and loves teen fiction. We’d West Wellington’s Geordie McConnell owns Ottawa go in a lot and have five books recommended by the Fit, a fitness studio just down the street from Collected staff and we’d buy them all and they’d all be great,” 200 -1338 Wellington Street I went Works, and was quick to encourage his Facebook says Maack. “I work for 1/2 a charity and anytime friends to shop for books this Christmas in an attempt into CollectedToll Works ask for a raffle item or a silent free:to1-800-265-5424 to “save this wonderful store.” auction item, Tel: they’d be happy to help out. They were (613) 288-1399 McConnell hopes someone will step forward to buy always very generous that way.”
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KT Youth Review
The waiting game
Checking that email twice for acceptances By Mollie Roy
December is a month filled with anticipation. Youngsters are dreaming about holiday gifts and a glorious two-week break from school. Winter sports enthusiasts are awaiting the ice and snow. Many people look forward to holiday gatherings and memorable times with family and friends. But in the halls of my high school, and, I imagine, in others across the city, Grade 12 students have their own unique waiting game going on. Many of us are applying to universities and colleges while others are making plans for travel or work after graduation in June. At Nepean High School, we have a high percentage of kids who go on to pursue post-secondary education, so you can literally feel the sense of anticipation in the hallways every day. The application process has changed quite a bit since our parents’ time. Now it’s as much about who you are and what you have done as it is about having good grades. Many universities, for example, require applicants to write a personal essay touching on topics like leadership,
“I find it hard to imagine choosing a university without having seen it first.” creativity and community involvement. To be considered for scholarships you also have to provide a detailed resume of your extracurricular experience along with employment information. High schools try to do a good job of getting students to think about educational and career paths with programs like Take Your Kid to Work Day in Grade 9 and mandatory Careers class in Grade 10. That helps but doesn’t make choosing a post-secondary program that much easier. After all, I’m sure there are hundreds of interesting careers I’ve never heard of, so how can I choose a program to prepare myself for things I’m not
even aware of? There are so many different programs to choose from including some highly specialized programs, that the choices can feel overwhelming. An 80% average used to guarantee admission to the school and program of your choice, but many of the most coveted university programs are now more demanding and competitive, and are looking for averages of 90% and above. These factors, plus a number of others such as finances and location, can make the process more nerve-wracking. On the plus side, many of my classmates, myself included, have visited many campuses which I understand didn’t happen when our parents were contemplating their academic futures. Having these opportunities has made it easier to determine elements of certain schools that are important or not so important to me. The residence rooms, the class sizes, the cafeterias and the overall look and feel of the campuses are all things I’m thinking about. I find it hard to imagine choosing a university without having seen it first. I’ve never stopped looking forward to the two-week Christmas break and I’m definitely anticipating the festivities that come along with it, but I’ll probably also be checking my email every day, wondering if any more early acceptances will come in. In the immortal words of Tom Petty, “the waiting is the hardest part.”
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Photographer goes viral Family portraits made famous By Kathleen Wilker
An off-beat sense of humour, a penchant for fun, a developing interest in professional photography and finding himself staying at home to care for his two young sons led Justin Van Leeuwen of Laurel Avenue to create Extreme Family Portraits. The genre of composite photography might be likened to Anne Geddes on steroids meets Cirque de Soleil meets real life. Because composite photography involves taking a portrait of each subject individually and then combining the individual images into a finished portrait, it’s possible to play with the viewer’s eye and create a scene showing a family’s true personality. While he’s been steadily building his client base for corporate and editorial photography—including Kitchissippi Times cover shots—Van Leeuwen has also been enjoying shooting extreme family portraits for fun-loving families both in Ottawa and in Toronto. To showcase his work and connect with other photographers Van Leeuwen blogs about his shoots and posts frequently on Twitter and Flickr. “I like a certain level of technical achievement,” he says, quick to point out that he also enjoys meeting people and sharing their stories through the images he creates.
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In early November, The Huffington Post discovered Van Leeuwen’s work. Soon the U.K.’s Daily Mail and BuzzFeed were sharing the story of his unusual family portraits. Suddenly Van Leeuwen’s blog (jvlphoto.com) and his Flickr site were getting thousands of hits. Van Leeuwen credits Twitter with connecting him with his neighbourhood. “I moved here five years ago and met a lot of people through Twitter, which enabled us to develop a kinship that would take years in real time.”
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Actors mine the lives of civil servants to create original play the play, The Public Servant, she is co-creating with fellow actors Haley Sarah McVie is the daughter of a McGee and Amy Rutherford and career civil servant. “My father with director Jennifer Brewin. started working for the government The Public Servant will be as a parole officer and ended as a performed at the GCTC from February 5-17 as part of the popular undercurrents festival. “We’re billing The Public Servant as a tragi-comedy because it’s asking big questions like, ‘How do you serve as best you can The play’s main while honouring character, Madge, your own individubravely looks al needs?’ through forward to scenes like an serving Canada. earnest new Photo by employee named Justin Van Leeuwen Madge trying to find a chair and deputy minister,” says the Sims bumping up against bureaucracy, Avenue actor. finding that forms need to be filled Although her own career has out and having nowhere to sit,” taken a different trajectory, McVie says McVie. feels a particular affinity for the While there are plans to take the dedication and loyalty that many play, produced by Theatre civil servants exemplify. She’s draw- Columbus, to Toronto and elseing on that experience as well as where across Canada, McVie says many hours of interviews with over they needed to “check in with 20 civil servants—including Ottawa first” because there are Kitchissippi residents currently “huge issues of accountability” working for the government—for around what being a federal By Kathleen Wilker
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Shawn Little at the first Hintonburg Tulip Festival in May 2000. Photo supplied by Cheryl Parrott
Saluting Our Shawn By Cheryl Parrott, Hintonburg Economic Development Committee and Hintonburg Community Association Shawn Little wasn’t just any hero. He was our everyday hero. The former Kitchissippi councillor did a lot for the Hintonburg area, as well as the rest of Ottawa. He helped us and he stood up for us and fought for us when Hintonburg was the place others had written off. And he held annual awards ceremonies, because he understood how important it is to honour the everyday heroes in our neighbourhood. Shawn Little passed away suddenly of a heart attack on November 24 while vacationing in Cuba. He was just 48 years old, far too young. This past summer he had moved to Calgary and was really happy with his life out there. An evening to remember Shawn and to toast him was held at the Carleton Tavern on
November 30. A Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration was held on December 2 at McGarry Family Chapel with an overflow crowd of mourners. Since his death, many have remembered all the things Shawn did in his short life. Shawn was a writer and then a board member of Newswest in its early years. He sat on the Ontario Film Review Board to classify movies, he worked to stop the widening of the Champlain Bridge, he rejuvenated the Westboro Community Association and was president of the Westboro Kiwanis. Most visibly, he was a city councillor for Kitchissippi for three terms from 1997 to 2006. He worked closely with the police to ensure they put adequate resources into Hintonburg and made certain that the right officers were placed here. Shawn or his staff attended every meeting of the Hintonburg Community Association Security Committee for the entire nine
years of his term–and there were lots and lots of meetings– many more than one per month. In 2005, Shawn started the Hintonburg Safety Partnership, a committee that was pivotal in resolving the long term drug and prostitution issues in our neighbourhood. This committee helped us turn the corner and things steadily improved with it. He convinced the Police Services Board to host a meeting in the community. He was the architect of Ottawa’s only Landlords School, which was a resounding success. Two years after this school was held, 11 out of 12 habitual problem properties were never a problem again. Quite an accomplishment when some of those properties had a revolving door of drug issues for the previous 18 or 20 years. Shawn helped to form and was a big supporter of the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee. He was very supportive of the free Continued on page 19
By Leslie Johnson Kitchissippi, get ready for a taste bud overload with My Neighbourhood Bites: a 12-series event that will be taking over Ottawa neighbourhoods to celebrate local amateur cooks and foodies and their delectable dishes! The series launches in Wellington West on December 15 at Cube Gallery with 11 more public food events popping up across the city’s neighbourhoods over the winter and spring. “Ottawa is a city full of foodies, and this series of events is giving amateur cooks and foodies a chance to expose their culinary talent to the public,” said Donna Henhoeffer, the vision behind My Neighbourhood Bites. There is an open call for amateur cooks and foodies who live or work in the competing neighbourhoods a mere six weeks prior to each neighbourhood event. Foodies, keep an eye on www.tabooeats.com to see when the event is popping up near you to apply for a spot. Series One of the competition includes Wellington West, Centretown and Greely. Applicants drop a sample dish to a community jury panel who will select 15 dishes to represent the neighbourhood competition. In the spirit of neighbourhood camaraderie, the foodies who expose their chefability will be sponsored by local businesses that will help
them prepare and serve their delectable dishes. An Ottawa Catch-All Event will allow any and all Ottawans to submit their recipes and participate if they live outside the competing neighbourhoods. The public attend these events and vote for the best amateur cooks and foodies, who will in turn go on to represent their neighbourhood at the grand finale in May 2013. The top recipes in each category per neighbourhood event will be published in a cookbook, with proceeds going to the Ottawa Food Bank. Local chapters of the Food Bank will also be on hand at each event to accept donations and to raffle off a dinner for six, catered by Taboo Eats featuring that neighbourhood’s winning recipe. Amateur cooks and foodies, this is your chance to showcase your talent! For those foodies who prefer to sample rather than cook: simply show up to the events to indulge in Ottawa’s best! Taboo Eats is offering a special Christmas promotion series passport, which includes admission to all events at a reduced rate – the perfect gift for the foodie in your life. For more information on this delicious event series, how to apply as an amateur cook or to purchase tickets, please visit www.tabooeats.com. Bon appétit!
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Lorrie Marlow, Hintonburg Economic Development Committee, Karen Secord, Coordinator, Parkdale Food Centre, and Suzy Moffet of the band Gruff Sisters Kitchen Party get into the spirit of the Soup & Socks Campaign. Nearly $500 was raised at the fundraising event to help supplement emergency food orders at Christmas. Photo by Sarah Barbary
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Parkdale Food Centre wins big with Gruff Sisters Kitchen Party By Karen Secord, Coordinator, Parkdale Food Centre Santa’s elves may be cute and jolly, but they have nothing on Lorrie Marlow’s team of crown-wearing, raffle-promoting helpers. Marlow, a member of the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee and committed Parkdale Food Centre volunteer, pulled together the third annual fundraiser at the Carleton Tavern with a little help from her friends. The Parkdale Food Centre’s Soup & Socks from Santa campaign encourages residents to give the gift of warmth. And Marlow enthusiastically nudged the crowd to participate at the December 1 event, featuring the music of Gruff Sisters Kitchen Party. Guests assembled mounds of nonperishable food for the Parkdale Food Centre and raised nearly $500 in cash to help their neighbours in need. “I have used your food bank,” said one man as he handed Lorrie a five-dollar bill. The Wellington Gastro Pub, Mill Street and Beau’s Brewery, the Carleton Tavern and Coun. Katherine Hobbs all donated prizes for the raffle table. In November, the Parkdale Food
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By Lorrie Marlow As a new business in Hintonburg, Wellington Wholesale Seafood wanted to contribute to a worthwhile cause in their community. They were presented with an opportunity to cell cedar planks used for cooking salmon. This initiative raised $300 and they chose to donate to the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee (HEDC). The HEDC regularly fundraises for the purchase of recreation equipment for the Connaught Public School. This purchase has been earmarked to purchase new helmets for the Connaught School skating program. Manager,Vonnie Armstrong, of Wellington Wholesale Seafood presents a cheque of $300 to Pat MacLeod of HEDC.
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Cst. Milton’s Community Corner By Andrew Milton, Community Police Officer It’s December! It’s party time! Go ahead and have a good time but, before you send out the invitations, think twice about who you want on the list. Uncle Charlie, cousin Sue, the neighbours from across the street, a few people from work. Fine. Best friends from school? Fine. Ottawa Police? Not so fine. We really hope you have a great party but we really don’t want to be there. You just might see us, though, if things start to get out of control and it doesn’t have to be December for that to happen. Did you know, for example, that hosts can be charged for the actions of their guests? And individuals can be held accountable for disturbing others with loud noise, loud music or shouting.
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Hip Hop program started by HEDC and helped find sources of funding for it. It was very touching to see a group of youth approach him outside the Hintonburg Community Centre one day, and ask him to get some programming that would meet their needs. Shawn was so down to earth that they felt comfortable enough to speak to him on their own. He was always ready to help and help he did. He also worked with the neighbours to close the Bayview Snow Dump. Near the end of the time Shawn was councillor for this ward he worked very hard to ensure that Hintonburg was the location for the City’s first Neighbourhood Planning Initiative. This pilot project was a way to look at City Services in a holistic way rather that the silos of departments that never talk to each other. Shawn sat on a number of committees during his years at City Hall but it was his close connection to the community that defined him. He was not afraid to stand up for what was right and what he believed in. Shawn’s greatest talent was seeing the solution when everyone else was caught in the dark forest of problems. On a number of occasions he would propose an idea to two opposing groups:
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it was the perfect solution but neither group had considered it. Instantly, both groups could see his suggestion was the answer and the problem was solved. We never properly thanked this everyday hero enough in life, but we are doing so now at his death. Thanks Shawn, for everything you did. You helped transform Hintonburg into what it is today. Anyone wishing to make a donation in memory of Shawn can send it to the Oops-ADazy Rescue/Sanctuary, Box 57089 Sundridge RPO, Calgary, Alberta T1Y 6R4 , 1-888-7341013 oopsadazy@ yahoo.ca. This is where Shawn’s beloved dogs, Laddy and Lucky, are.
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Free Christmas Dinner To Be Served at the Carleton Tavern By Hintonburg Economic Development Committee Christmas Day can be one of the loneliest days of the year. Being alone at Christmas, at a time when everyone is supposed to be with family reinforces this. The Carleton Tavern owners recognized this fact, as well as the very real economic need, at this time of year and 12 years ago they decided they had to do something about it. Sam, Simon and Billy Saikaley approached the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee and proposed a free Christmas Day meal. They were willing to give up the only day in the entire year that they closed and had off, to ensure that the community was fed and had others to spend Christmas Day with. The Carleton Christmas Day Meal was born and has grown bigger and better over the years. It is a joyous day with lots of good food, live music, gifts, Santa and Mrs. Santa, and lots of volunteers. For many of the guests who come, this day is now their Christmas tradition. This year the event will run from 11 am to 3 pm on Christmas Day at the Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong at Parkdale, just next to the Parkdale Market. Last year about 400 meals were served in the tavern, another 150 were take-out meals, and 80 meals were delivered to those who could not come out. At the end of the day, all food remaining was delivered out by a team of volunteers to rooming houses, a senior’s building and the Family Shelter to sustain very many people for several more days after Christmas. No food ever goes to waste! We need the community’s help to be able to provide this day. We need donations of: turkey, ham, tortiere and home baked goodies. Turkeys should be dropped off to the Carleton one week before Christmas to allow time to thaw and cook the amount needed. Baking can be dropped off December 23 to 25. We also need gifts–especially for men. We need warm items:gloves, hats, scarves, socks, long underwear, and personal care items. We need gift certificates: Giant Tiger, coffee cards, certificates for food (Hintonburger, Pizza Pizza, etc.), phone cards, and movie passes. We also need gifts for women, for children and youth and for pets. There are 20 families with 85 to 100 children at the local family shelter at any given time. We also need donations of gift bags in the week before Christmas so that our gift coordinators can start to bring everything together on Sunday, December 23. Help us
City Hall Report By Katherine Hobbs, Councillor, Kitchissippi Ward On November 29, I hosted an afternoon of food and entertainment for seniors at the Golden Manor. Residents gathered together for pizza, cake and refreshments to celebrate the holidays and get together with their neighbours on a snowy late-November afternoon. “So far, it’s very nice – especially the music. And we have the lovely weather to go with it,” said Helen Wisker, a Golden Manor
Newswest 421 Richmond Rd PO Box 67057 Westboro RPO Ottawa, Ontario K2A 4E4 Phone: 613-728-3030 www.newswest.org Last year’s Carleton Christmas Day Meal was filled with music and visits from prominent politicians along with baked goods, turkeys, hams, gifts, other food contributions. More than 800 meals were served at the tavern or delivered to those housebound by an army of cheerful volunteers. Photos by Tim Thibeault.
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resident who enjoyed the holiday event at the manor with fellow residents Margaret Coldwell, Lorraine Baker, Gary Sinclair. I held a similar holiday event at the Churchill Seniors Centre last year; however seniors from Golden Manor had to travel. This year, I decided to bring the party to them. The event featured a visit from Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and MPP Yasir Naqvi. There was also a trade show that included information tables from the Ottawa Police
Service, Ottawa Public Health, OC Transpo and the Ottawa Public Library. Ottawa’s former chief librarian, Barbara Clubb, was also there to receive her Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. Students from Notre Dame Catholic High School were on site and interacted with seniors, showing them how to use iPads that I had previously donated to the library. Last year we had lunch and entertainment. I felt that by having Barbara Clubb’s award, it seemed natural for library services Continued on page 21
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to be involved. I am happy with how well it turned out. The musical group Celtic Rathskallions performed; the group members, Wendy Moore and Arthur McGregor, are known for their performances for adult and seniors’ community venues including instrumental music, songs and stepdancing. Wisker and her neighbours agreed that it was a nice opportunity for residents in the building to get together, especially around Christmas time. The Mayor added his best wishes for all residents this holiday season, whether they are celebrating Christmas or another holiday. “This time of year reminds me to reflect on family, friends, and how good we have it despite the bumps,” he said. “We’ve got it pretty good in Canada and in Ottawa.
We’re blessed to live in the best country in the world.” As Kitchissippi grows with more residents and
“We’ve got it pretty good in Canada and in Ottawa. We’re blessed to live in the best country in the world.” Mayor Jim Watson
jobs, I know that a priority is to expand and improve our parks and recreation opportunities. That’s why I’m investing in parks and community centres in every neighbourhood. A
few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of opening Evergreen Park after a $250,000 transformation. While it’s difficult to build big new parks in established communities such as ours, it is possible to find opportunities, like the new Winston Square we’re building next year at the corner of Winston and Richmond. But that’s far from all; we’re investing in Dovercourt’s expansion, a $3 million dollar investment. We’re building a new community centre in Reid Park in the Civic Hospital neighbourhood and another on Van Lang Street in Westboro Beach. We’ll also soon start consultations on refurbishing Laroche Park in Mechanicsville. Wishing all of Kitchissippi a joyous holiday season. Stay in touch via: www. ourkitchissippi.ca, Katherine.Hobbs@ Ottawa.ca, 613-580-2485 or Tweet me @Katherine_ Hobbs.
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munity-based clinics where they can be performed faster, while meeting the same high-quality standards, for a lower cost. Increased support for home care and community services is one of the key components of the Action Plan, giving residents of our community more options for home and community care that will help them live healthier and more independent lives. Recently, the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), the local health planning agency of the Government of Ontario, announced an additional $11.1 million in annual funding for new community-based services in the region. This funding will provide more home-care services such as nursing and personal support to local seniors, and will also improve services available to people with mental health Continued on page 22
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conditions and addictions. This investment will help local residents, particularly seniors, return home sooner following a hospital stay. It also will help free up hospital and long-term care beds, shorten emergency room wait times and reduce the number of readmitted patients. In addition, 90,000 more seniors across the province will receive care at home thanks to an additional three million personal support worker hours over the next three years. Further, in November, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) came together to agree on a new Physician Services agreement that will provide better health care and better value for Ontarians. The broad goal of this agreement is to provide better health care and better value for health care for Ontarians, in keeping with our Action Plan for Health Care. It protects and builds on the gains we have made for patients over the last nine years and increases access to primary health care. It supports the health care system’s fiscal sustainability for future generations, and allows us to make key investments in other parts of the health care system, like home care.
• Will modernize the delivery of health care and lowering wait times through e-consultations, enabling patients to communicate with their doctor more easily; • Includes new priority investments to expand access to family doctors for seniors and patients with higher needs, including an expansion of house calls; • Supports new evidence-based changes that support the sustainability of the health care system and the protection of high quality patient care; and • Finds savings from physician-influenced health sys-
This is good news for patients. We are creating a strong, sustainable health care system, and this can only be built by working closely with our doctors. We have created a partnership that will allow us to continuously review the latest evidence and find new ways of supporting the sustainability of our health care system. Last month, I was proud to join the Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC) and the Champlain LHIN, to announce that the Hintonburg Hub is set to become a reality in our community. After several years of searching for space and funding, the SWCHC has purchased a building at 30 Rosemount Avenue, and has also secured $334,000 in annual operational funding from the Champlain LHIN. This will allow the SWCHC to expand health care and social services to Hintonburg and Wellington West, allowing 1,110 new clients access to primary health care at the new centre. Our community has been tirelessly advocating for this project for several years, and I believe that projects like the Hintonburg Hub are exactly what we need to improve primary care in our community. I am so pleased that the SWCHC, the LHIN, and the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care have been able to come together to form this innovative partnership that combines health care and social services in one geographic location, provided directly to people where they live. Ensuring patients receive the right care in the right setting is essential for high-quality patients care and managing health care costs. To learn more about our government’s Action Plan for Health Care visit www. ontario.ca/heath, or www.yasirnaqvimpp.ca, or you can contact my Community Office at 613-722-6414.
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Supporting Volunteerism By Paul Dewar, MP, Ottawa Centre This time of year offers each of us a chance to stop and think about how we can improve our communities through volunteerism. Dedicated and passionate volunteers are often at the forefront of the work being done to address serious issues
11 recipients from the Westboro/Wellington Street West/Somerset Street West area. The recipients’ hard work has greatly impacted Ottawa Centre and Canada in areas such as encouraging greater civic participation of youth, support to veterans, promotion of sustainable living, and peace
“According to Statistics Canada, nearly 13.3 million Canadians volunteered over 2.1 billion hours in 2010.” building. The United Nations has recognized the importance of volunteerism as an essential part of a healthy and vibrant democracy. My colleagues and I share this sentiment and believe that more should be done to support volunteerism. New Democrats have recently introduced legislation, Bill C-399 An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Volunteers), to assist volunteers by introducing a tax credit to help with their travel costs. As my colleague, Mr. Jean-François Larose has said, “If the government were to take over for all the volunteers in the coun-
“Volunteerism is a means to build community by enhancing social networks and allowing volunteers to gain valuable skills and knowledge that can be used beyond the volunteer sector.” and allowing volunteers to gain valuable skills and knowledge that can be used beyond the volunteer sector. During major crises in our country, volunteers have often been the first to step in and help those in need. Recently, I was delighted to recognize 30 active Canadian volunteers through the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, including
try, it would cost billions of dollars…[This bill] seeks to recognize the efforts of volunteers. It is a first step, but we must not stop there.” I look forward to continuing to support Bill C-399 as an initial step in providing volunteers with the support they need, and would like to offer my thanks to all volunteers in our community for their tremendous contributions.
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This money was raised in donation boxes at the recent Hintonburg Diwali Festival on November 12. This sixth annual free festival was completely sponsored by Indian Express Food and Sweets and the chosen beneficiary of the very generous donations received this year was PPRA. PPRA will use this donation for its programs which include: providing
some free swim times for the community, free swim passes for the 90 to 100 children who live at the Forward Family Shelter (close to Parkdale and Scott), recreational programming for children in the summer, and extra subsidies for those who have used all their allowed subsidy for programs at Plant Pool Recreation Centre.
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Hintonburg’s Holiday Craft Fair By Paulette Dozois Hintonburg’s Holiday Craft Fair for 2012 was a great success, once again. The first snow of the season put the community in holiday mode as hundreds made their way to the Hintonburg Community Centre. More than 55 crafters sold their wares ranging from stained glass, jewelry and top quality knitwear to cupcakes and chutney: A truly wide range of goods that pleased the shoppers! When tired and hungry, shoppers were treated to locally produced baked cooks and a hearty bowl of chili
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December 13: MECHANICSVILLE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Thursday, December 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Laroche Park Fieldhouse, 7 Stonehurst Ave. Free pizza, hot chocolate and kids activities. December 14: Food Drive for Parkdale Food Centre The evening will start at 9 p.m. and will be loaded with music, dancing and birthday cake. Come and see Rocket Rachet and the Fat City 8 perform the blues and bring a non-perishable item for the Parkdale Food Centre. Admission is free and will be held at the Carleton Tavern, 233 Armstrong St. December 14: Christmas Concert From 7 to 9 p.m.: Sounds like Christmas! The entire community is invited to an evening of holiday performances, Christmas caroling, and wintery refreshments at the Ottawa Chinese Bible Church located at 307 Richmond Road. Admission: free; food bank donations accepted. December 15: Christmas Event The renowned Ewashko Singers celebrate Christmas with a Twist on Saturday December 15. Special guest artist and rising star Jonathan Estabrooks comes home to Ottawa to join the choir and jazz specialists The Pollcats in presenting holiday favourites from the repertoire of Bing Crosby. The program also includes original works by John Rutter and the hilarious PDQ Bach, traditional French, Austrian and Ukrainian carols, innovative arrangements of Christmas classics, and a tribute to that most seasonal of desserts—the fruitcake! Christmas with a Twist is a benefit concert for the youth choral program at the First Unitarian Congregation. Saturday, December 15, 2012, at 8 p.m. at the First Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa. Tickets are $25 in advance at The Leading Note (370 Elgin) or from choir members, or $30 at the door (students and seniors: $20 in advance or $25 at the door; children under 12 free). December 15: CHRISTMAS CONCERT Ottawa Carleton Choristers present a cornucopia of Christmas music with special guests
the Canterbury HS singers. Admission by goodwill offering. A dessert reception follows afterwards. This event will be held at Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave and starts at 7 p.m. december 16: kitchissippi united church children’s pagent Join us in December for the Advent Season Special Services. The Children’s Community Christmas Pageant is on December 16. 630 Island Park Drive. kitchissippiuc.com December 24: Christmas Eve No-Rehearsal Pageant At 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, all are welcome to gather at All Saints Anglican Church at 347 Richmond Road for the annual norehearsal Christmas Pageant. It’s a short and simple service with carols and the pageant is a much enjoyed feature. Come as you are costumes for every child. December 24: Christmas Eve Service at All Saints’ Anglican All Saints’ Anglican church’s annual Christmas Eve service with choral eucharist and carols will be held at 10 p.m. on December 24, at 347 Richmond Road (corner of Richmond and Churchill). Everyone, without exception, is welcome. December 25: dinner at donna’s Christmas Day Meal Although the Newport Restaurant is closing its doors, the 23 annual Christmas Day dinner will still be served to all who would like to be their guest for a day of food, entertainment and fellowship at Donna’s Restaurant at 322 Churchill Ave. N. Christmas dinner will be served from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monetary donations are especially welcome as staff are able to purchase exactly what is needed. Baked goodies and food donations are also welcome and can be dropped off in advance. All are welcome. December 25: Carleton Christmas Day Meal This year the event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Day at the Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong at Parkdale, just next to the Parkdale Market. Music, food,
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