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Broadview Public School’s inaugural bike parade to Dovercourt gives kids a chance to ride with pride. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen

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Broadview Bikefest encourages joy and safety By Denise Deby

Broadview kids, families and friends took to the streets on April 26 for the school’s first-ever Bike Parade to nearby Dovercourt Recreation Centre. Training wheels, scoot bikes and two wheelers shared the road with adult cyclists who marshalled the parade. At Dovercourt, the bike paraders



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had fun with slow races and other bike-themed activities designed to increase rider confidence in a playful, kid-centered way. “We want kids to learn to ride with joy and safety their whole lives,” explains parent Peter Czerny of Westboro, who initiated the Bikefest and two previous bike rodeos. “It’s really heartening to see

how much enthusiasm there is,” adds Czerny of Broadview’s administration, and the school’s partners Ottawa Public Health, Dovercourt, Right Bike and the Otesha Project. Dozens of kids and parent volunteers who came out to the Parade and a May 3 “Spring Clean Your Bike” session. Continued on page 6


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Crowds from the neighbourhood and across the city gather for art, music, poetry, dance, food and friendship.

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A very urban village fair Looking back on 10 years of ArtsPark

Story and photos by Kathleen Wilker

To celebrate 10 years of Hintonburg’s now famous ArtsPark, we caught up with Charles Reynolds, one of the founding members of the Hintonburg Community Association’s arts committee who envisioned and created the free, low-key festival celebrating art, craft, music, poetry, dance, theatre, local food and neighbours. Now living in his greatgrandfather’s renovated 1898 country home in Hartland, New Brunswick, Reynolds described the festival’s

beginnings. “Initially it was kind of spur of the moment,” said Reynolds. “We had established the notion of an arts district in Hintonburg and we knew there were lots of artists in the neighbourhood, so we made some arrangements with Parkdale Market. I also remember chaos and being in the park at 5:30 am to close the streets. But it all magically came about. Everyone who participated was well pleased.” From the beginning, ArtsPark’s goal was always to feature the artists and crafts people who exhibited at the festival. “I was going through my scrap book

and noticing that a lot of the artists who have participated are so enthusiastic about the exposure,” said Reynolds, noting that this was especially true for emerging artists. “A jewellery designer said that from the first year she participated to the second her sales had quadrupled,” he said. Reynolds is delighted that the Parkdale Park now has a permanent stage and is “a very beautiful urban park.” Speaking of the changes that have come to Hintonburg from 2003 to 2013, Reynolds said, “As the neighbourhood is changing and becoming more desireable from a business point of view, ArtsPark still has a homegrown feel to it. ArtsPark reminds people that Hintonburg is a village, with a vibrant feel.”

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see female victims of violence have access to housing in Canada and around the world. First class composer creates original music for grade seven band Composer Jan Jarvlepp of Denison Cresent has returned to his childhood school, Broadview Public School, to share a composition he wrote just for grade seven music students and their music teacher, Ginger Jacobson. “Follow the leader” is a rhythmic call and answer with the percussion leading the way and the rest of the ensemble answering their rhythm. The program, Making Music with Young Musicians, has contemporary composers create


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new music specifically for young students and is spearheaded by Prof. Bernie Andrews of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Education. “The goal is to create a Canadian repertoire of highly effective music for training young musicians, created with their input,” says Jarvlepp. Bate Island kayakers play in the Ottawa River’s standing waves With high water levels in the Ottawa River this year, the annual Capital Cup Freelance Kayaking Competition held in the whitewater off Bate Island on April 27 drew paddlers from near and far to play in the standing waves. Check out Kitchissippi photographer Justin Van Leeuwen’s online photo gallery at for more spectacular shots. We checked in with Meredith Brown, Ottawa’s Riverkeeper, to find out why the water levels are so high this year. “Snow is



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The wonkytonk-folk-a-rockabilly dads Groovy dads celebrate Mother’s Day with their latest funky CD Story and photos by Ted Simpson

Three local dads are combining their love of music and children into the wonkytonk-folk-arockabilly, family friendly, child inspired sonic powerhouse that is Hey Buster. Geoff Paisley of Wellington West, Matt Young of Wellington West and Sherwood Lumsden who lives on Preston Street make up the core songwriting trifecta of the band that took Kitchissippi by storm a few years ago, playing in venues appealing to both kids and their parents including school gyms, the Elmdale Tavern and ArtsPark. The trio get by with a little help from their friend, local legend Slo’ Tom, formerly of the iconic Ottawa rock band, Furnaceface. Their music continues to revolve around the chaotic and curious lives of the band’s children. “It’s all inspired by the trials and tribulations of our kids, really,” says Young. And they have a lot of material to work with: Young and Paisley have 3 kids each while Lumsden – the brains of the group – has only one. All the band member’s kids are seven years old or younger. Also to keep in mind: Paisley and Young are both elementary

experience with musical theatre making him an outstanding vocalist and performer while Paisley can sing… and that’s always helpful. The trio’s real strength is on stage, when they get to let loose and be entertainers. “Matt, with his musical theatre background, he really lifts it up, he can get the kids to dance,” says Lumsden. “A lot of our music we get the kids to participate, so it’s not just stand and listen, a lot of our songs the kids have to move around and shake.” Hey Buster would like to 3pm - Closeinvite Kitchissippi families to CD release party for their 3pm - Closetheir second album, aptly titled, Yeti Likes Spaghetti. The party is Kitchissippi’s favourite wonkytonk-folk-a- happening on Mother’s Day, rockabilly dads are back. This time with a Sunday May 12 at 3 p.m. in the brand new CD, Yeti Likes Spaghetti. Legion at 389 5pm - 8pmWestboro Richmond Road. the status quo: “We couldn’t damn appealing. On their- first 5pm 8pm 1/2 price nachoKids are guaranteed an stand the music that they were CD, Bing Bang Bong, released in afternoon of singing and dancing, with price nacho always singing, which was 2012, there is a 1/2 nice mix pitcher of old just don’t expect them to learn preachy music, it’s awful music, school rockabilly with and country pitcheranything, says Lumsden, “The it’s not fun to listen to,” says with folky vocal harmonies that fundamental irony of it is, these Young, reminiscing antiquated could be reminiscent of The guys are teachers and there is no tunes about brushing teeth and Beatles or Simon and Garfunkel educational value whatsoever.” saying prayers. “We also wanted – after a few drinks. the appeal to be to parents, we All three members collaborate 3pm - Close wanted it to be music they could on the songwriting process, with More information and links to 3pmmusical - Closestream and download the band’s listen to and enjoy.” Lumsden’s strong And from the adult background holding down the music can all be found at perspective, the music is pretty instrumentals and Young’s

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Broadview Bike Parade Continued from page 1

Bikefest organizer and Westboro resident Peter Czerny is passionate about cycling and bike safety. Photo by Denise Deby

Let the parade begin! Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen

A beautiful day for biking. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen

Above: Experienced cycling commuters Saer Edwards and mom Melinda Tan of Westboro look forward to the Parade. Photo by Denise Deby Left: Right Bike’s Schuyler Playford and Tais McNeill prepare to lead the Bike Parade while riders decorate their bikes in the Broadview yard. Photo by Denise Deby

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A capella singers perform with Swedish sensations Story and photos by Paula Roy

A group of Nepean High School student choristers and two accomplished singers from Westboro had the unforgettable experience of sharing a stage with their musical idols on May 8 in a performance with Sweden’s sensational The Real Group, one of the world’s leading a cappella ensembles. A cappella – which means unaccompanied singing – has grown in stature thanks to television shows like The Sing Off and movies like Pitch Perfect. “This has been an amazing experience for us as a choir,” said Olivia Duffin, a Grade 9 student at Nepean. “I’ve been singing for several years and I learned so much not only preparing for the concert but also during the workshop. I was really proud of how we sounded as a large group on stage, especially during ‘Chili Con Carne,’ which was a difficult song to learn and perform.” The workshop and concert – marking The Real Group’s first ever visit to our nation’s capital – took place at the new Algonquin Commons Theatre. The two dozen members of Nepean’s Chamber Choir were among 175 students and 25 adults from community choirs who participated. It took the dedicated efforts of a team that included members of Quintessence, a local a cappella ensemble, to bring The Real Group to Ottawa. Four of the group’s six members – including Westboro’s JeanFrancois Fauteux and wife Barbara Jovaisas – attended The Real Group’s annual summer festival in Sweden last August. The inspiration and techniques they drew from the experience not only re-energized their own singing, it also gave Fauteux plenty of new tricks to apply to

Jean-Francois Fauteux and Barbara Jovaisas of Quintessence worked to bring The Real Group to Ottawa.

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Water stations staffed with friendly smiles keep runners on track along Wellington Street West.

Here come the runners Follow the flame through Kitchissippi

Story and photos by Kathleen Wilker

For the first time, Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will begin with a Torch Relay on May 23. 80 runners including Wellington West’s Mark Sutcliffe, Canadian Paralympian Jason Dunkerly, city councillors and former Olympic legends will carry the official marathon flame from the town of Marathon (near Carp) at 8:30

a.m. to Ottawa City Hall at 3:00 p.m. The route through Kitchissippi includes Carling Avenue, Richmond Road, Wellington Street West and Somerset Street and spectators are welcome to cheer on the torch. At City Hall, Mayor Jim Watson will accept the torch and light a ceremonial cauldron signalling the beginning of Race Weekend. The cauldron will burn until the end of Race Weekend on Sunday May 26. Visit for more details.

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Mollie Roy, 18, will once again be taking the reins at this spring’s 10th anniversary edition of Westfest as the festival’s street performer coordinator. Roy, a grade 12 student at Nepean High School, holds the position previously filled by her older brother. “After he graduated and moved away, I decided that I would contact Westfest producer Elaina Martin myself and kind of make it my own,” she said. She is bringing together a cast of buskers that will include some long time performers as well as some fresh new faces. Some street performances this year will include hula hoop gymnastics, acoustic musicians and percussion groups. Buskers are sure to bring a unique and eclectic flavour to the neighbourhood’s sidewalks and will keep music flowing throughout the crowd. “They just line up all along Richmond;

different hubs where there are lots of people,” said Roy. Mollie herself will be joining in on the performances as well; she is an accomplished singer and guitarist with many years of music lessons under her belt. She will be teaming up with some musical friends on acoustic renditions of popular tunes. In all, expect to see a great variety of street performances over the entire weekend. “We usually work with between 15 and 25 different acts, it depends on the year, and then some people will perform more than once,” says Roy. Buskers will be running all day Saturday and Sunday from around 10 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. In addition to music and her Westfest responsibilities, Mollie also gives back to her community as a recreational gymnastics coach at the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre and is active in extracurricular

Mollie Roy (left) and Frannie Sobcov are looking forward to joining in the celebrations of Westfest’s 10th anniversary. Photo by Paula Roy

activities at her high school. “I’m doing a bunch of stuff such as helping to run leadership programs for younger kids coming into school,” she says. The enterprising young woman will be setting out on her own this fall, with a bright future ahead. “I still

don’t really know what I’m going to do next year, I’m either going to Queen’s (University) or Acadia (University) in Nova Scotia, I just don’t know which one yet,” she says. “I think I’ll have lots of options.”



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While Ashcroft is determined to stay true to the vision for Q West that was established by David Choo, the company’s founder and president, the firm has also worked hard to accommodate all the community feedback.

An entirely new kind of urban community


prized property locked behind tall gates for the past century will soon be opened up for all to enjoy when Ashcroft Homes completes the current phase of their Q West development in Westboro. Two large curved breezeways off Richmond Road will provide a gorgeous sightline of the commons. They will also serve to welcome residents and visitors alike to the lush greenspace and historic Abbey which have been inaccessible for generations but will now be home to a vibrant community featuring unique retail outlets, restaurants and other amenities.

Over the past 20+ years, Ashcroft has earned an impressive track record as one of Ottawa’s leading real estate developers, having built thousands of fine homes across the region. With this project, the firm is capitalizing on its experience to enhance the urban living options for a wide range of buyers including young professionals looking to enter the real estate market as well as established homeowners who love the area but are ready to downsize and enjoy a more maintenance-free lifestyle. “We are excited about building a true community within one of Ottawa’s most desirable neighbourhoods. We’re proud that this multi-phased development incorporates public elements and green space,” says Ashcroft vice president Niki Choo. “Our design endeavours to use this space as effi-

ciently as possible to create a more accessible Commercial Highrise Construction. “This atmosphere and allow everyone to interact long winter did have an effect on the timeline with this community and the environment in but we are moving forward aggressively now. a different way.” Working on the below-grade elements of a Preserving the Abbey has been a corner- project is always time consuming, especially stone of the development. “We are planning in poor weather. Now that we are above for restaurant or food use on the ground floor grade, people will be surprised at how quickly as well as choice retailers that will comple- things will progress.” ment the space and create a According to Daniel, dynamic vibe,” she adds. the building envelope, “The Abbey will remain the including roof and wincentrepiece of the property, dows, will be complete by drawing people into Q West the end of November and to relax, eat on the patio or Q West’s phased occupangrab a coffee. There will be a cy will run from the sumhub of activity.” mer of 2014 through to While Ashcroft is deterthe end of the year. mined to stay true to the Ashcroft acknowledges vision for Q West that was that it has been a challengestablished by David Choo, ing project in terms of site David Choo, the company’s founder and access. “We have neighQ West founder and president president, the firm has also bours on three sides and worked hard to accommoRichmond Road is a high date all the feedback that has been given thus traffic area but we have mitigated the noise far. “We have listened to the community and and disruption by doing as much as we can in are sensitive to the concerns about Q West,” off peak hours when traffic is not as consays Niki. “We know this is a great neighbour- gested,” says Daniel. “We are confident our hood and we are excited to be part of it. We efforts will prove worthwhile as this developtruly appreciate the community’s cooperation ment will definitely add animation to the and we can’t wait to finish it so we are able to community.” share this piece of Ottawa with everyone.” As with most urban developments in Construction has been proceeding Ottawa these days, Ashcroft anticipates the smoothly, according to Daniel McLean, project will sell out prior to completion. Ashcroft’s Senior Project Director for “We’ve been very happy with how sales are

progressing and now that spring is here things are picking up,” confirms Niki. “The Q West buildings offer unique features and we invite people to come into our sales centre on Richmond Road; there is still time to choose customized options including combining units for a unique, larger space, although most of our phase one is currently sold and opportunities to do this are diminishing.”

“We can’t wait to finish it so we are able to share this piece of Ottawa with everyone.”

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Where everyone matters


his July, Mike Birmingham will retire after 24 years as the Carlington Community Health Centre’s (CCHC) executive director – and a near lifetime dedicated to building healthier communities. Until then, he and his dedicated team still have lots to do - working tirelessly to ensure that everyone who walks through their doors - matters.

After 28 years, the centre may seem to have an unassuming presence, but its services and overall mission have become a growing and integral part of the health - and lives -of its diverse community. “When I arrived at the CCHC in 1989, we were essentially a community resource centre, with five staff funded by the City of Ottawa,” explains Birmingham. “Today, we’ve grown to 100 staff, a board of directors Chances are you’ve walked past the and we’re busting at the seams!” What makes the CCHC and all commuCCHC at 900 Merivale Road many times and never realized the wealth of services nity health centres so uniquely important is available there; services that go well beyond their emphasis on all health; not just medical, but all the many factors that basic healthcare and now determine healthy lives. help over 50,000 people live “We’ve started to flip the healthier lives. direction of the last 30-40 The goal of the CCHC years in healthcare,” says is to help people improve Birmingham. “In the past, we their health and the health were focussed solely on hospiof the community as a tals, but that focus is shifting whole, by offering a wide to include all of the determirange of high quality health nants of health. We’re now and social services for everyrealizing that prevention is one. The list of programs is Mike Birmingham crucial.” impressive – and extensive Looking forward and including groundbreaking community initiatives for teens and school- with an eye to the growing needs of seniors, aged children across the city. Some of the Birmingham says the CCHC would like to CCHC’s core services include the assertive become the community hub for seniors procommunity treatment program, health pro- grams. In addition to expanding their current motion and counselling services, parent-child list of services such as home visits and a nursservices and the Annavale Headstart Nursery ing outreach team, the centre is already workSchool, along with the centre’s primary med- ing on the addition of a new seniors building, ical care services. The centre says it is still which will include three floors of muchneeded low income housing. The centre is welcoming new patients.

“Community health centres really are the way of the future.”

Mike Birmingham and the staff at Carlington Community Health Centre work tirelessly to ensure that everyone is treated equally.

exploring funding to develop the school yard which it inherited during its move to the old T.P. Maxwell school property, in 1995. As for what’s in store for Birmingham when he retires? “Well, first I think I’ll take six months and catch my breath!” Birmingham says with a laugh. “Then I’ll probably continue to do some volunteer work, and maybe get back into teaching. I’ve always enjoyed travelling, so I’m sure I’ll do some of that too.” No doubt, Birmingham’s passionate presence will be missed as he begins his next chapter, but his legacy will surely live on thanks to his tireless work over nearly three decades, and the commitment of the entire CCHC team. “Community health centres really are the way of the future,” says Birmingham. “They’re the best kept secrets in Canada!”

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Crafting old-world charm


BR Designs is a new addition to Westboro Village, bringing a unique service: custom, handmade jewellery.

Located on Danforth Ave, tucked away behind Mountain Equipment Co-op, master goldsmith Paul Richter crafts premium jewellery that is custom tailored to each client’s desires and personality. Richter began his career over 20 years ago in his home country of South Africa, where he apprenticed under a master goldsmith at one of the top fine jewellery houses in the country. He then brought his knowledge to the downtown streets of London, England, working as a jewellery designer. In 2001, Richter moved to Ottawa, furthering his career as a designer. He developed a technique of blending old-world craftsmanship with modern, computer technology. Richter uses Computer Aided Design software to create the piece in the digital realm. The data is then sent through a CNC machine to create a wax model. Once the design is finalized in wax and approved by the client, Richter moves to a

completely hands-on process. Every piece of jewellery he makes is hammered, beaten, rolled and forged by Richter’s own hands; his fingertips blackened and worn down to the consistency of old leather. Richter makes every project a personal labour of love. Every project receives the same meticulous care and attention to fine detail. “It’s more important to me that people are happy, it doesn’t matter if it’s a $200 job or a $20,000 job, I put in the same amount of effort because it has my name on it,” says Richter. His work has been sought after from clients around the world, including royalty and celebrities. In October of 2012, Richter was able to open his own studio to make him more available to the public, “Relationships are important to me, I welcome everybody,” he says. Richter prides himself on making his service accessible to everyone and breaking down the stigma that custom-made jewellery is purely for the wealthy. “When people see the word ‘custom’ they immediately think it’s out of their affordability. The fact is, I have to price myself competitively,” says Richter. “I like to work within their bud-

Richter’s lifelong ambition is to make people happy by creating unique, quality jewellery that will will last for generations.

Goldsmith and custom jewellery designer, Paul Richter, believes every project should receive the same meticulous care and attention to detail.

get; I always manage to come up with options that will give them a product that looks exactly like what they want, is every bit as well manufactured, durable and beautiful, but at a lower cost.” Clients walking into PBR Designs will find Richter a friendly and professional host. His passion for jewellery and making people happy is unmistakable, Richter is every bit as humble as he is skilled, “I’m just a regular guy who loves what he does,” he says. Consultations are free and clients are fully involved in the development process from start to finish. Customers can be confident that their personal jewellery is being made with a level of passion and love that cannot be purchased from a conventional retailer. “When I’m sitting at my work bench and making jewellery, I’m the happiest I’ll ever be,” says Richter.

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There’s a new ‘barre’ in town


ll it takes is a few minutes with power couple Janine and Greg Charron to see they are precisely where they are meant to be personally, professionally and of course - physically. Just over one year ago, the duo opened their doors of the sleek new iNSiDE Out STUDiO barre in Wellington West, and introduced Ottawa residents to the hottest – and smartest new fitness craze going.

It’s called barre-based training: a hip new low-impact, injury-free and rehabilitative way to earn long, lean muscles, not possible with most traditional strength and cardiovascular training. The first of its kind in Ottawa, this balanced method blends the best of ballet, yoga and pilates techniques with slow, controlled isolated movements and a focus on the mind-muscle connection. It’s an intelligent fitness for everyone and iNSiDE Out fans range from the absolute beginner to the seasoned triathlete and every age, size and fitness level in between. Make no mistake though; while barre-based fitness may seem a kinder, gentler workout, it’s anything but soft.

“A lot of people who haven’t tried this think it’s really ‘zen’,” says Janine. “But it’s not! We always have great music going, it’s upbeat, energetic, dynamic, and it changes. It’s never the same experience and our instructors each have their own approach to help bring out your own strengths.” Creating a complete experience for every

guest is key for both owners Janine and Greg, who, after a random meeting on Facebook found an instant connection, and within a month had already begun creating the iNSiDE Out concept. For them, it all begins with their mantra. Written big and bold on the studio wall it reads ‘People will rarely remember what you say, but they will always remember how you made them feel.’ “We’re bringing things back to basics,” explains Janine. “We love what we do and we come from a genuine place of caring. Even our instructors; you don’t need to train them on that, it’s just who they are.” Their mantra of care resonates in every detail throughout the chic, urban studio and speaks to all the senses: warm cork flooring, floor to ceiling windows that welcome in the light, uplifting music, candles and décor, and New York-style change rooms with cheery bamboo, great smelling amenities and signage that welcomes with ‘Hello Gorgeous!’ and ‘Hello Handsome’. Even the entrance feels cozy with big comfy cushions, a post-workout smoothie bar, and the alwaysfriendly smiles from Janine and Greg. Drawing on their combined experience in fitness, Greg’s background in nutrition, and Janine’s life and goal coaching skills, iNSiDE Out will offer monthly seminars on a range of wellness-related topics, beginning in May. Firsttimers to the studio can also try a class for free, and depending on schedules and budgets there are a number of packages available to suit everyone’s needs. The busy and super-fit duo clearly knows

Janine and Greg Charron’s mantra: ‘People will rarely remember what you say, but they will always remember how you made them feel.’ when they’ve found a good thing. Fast forward two and a half years after their chance meeting and they are now married, running their bustling studio, and getting set to welcome their first child together this summer. What’s their secret to success? They say it’s about keeping things simple and finding the right balance. “There is no magic formula to wellness – just hard work. And everything has to come, literally, from the inside out,” says Greg. “We’re all about old school values and creating a real relationship with our guests here.” We get that people are busy and stressed, and we want everyone to feel comfortable when they come here. We’re passionate about sharing what we’ve learned. Come in, hang back. Talk to us. We love that!” And if you do, rest assured you may never look at fitness - or wellness – the same way again.

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Authentic modern furniture to stand the test of time


ne of Ottawa’s most unique furniture stores may have a new home in Old Ottawa South, but for owners Jacob and Monika, a piece of their hearts will always remain in Kitchissippi, where the store was first located. Since taking over Alteriors in 2009, they’ve refined and expanded their collection to include an appealing mix of contemporary furnishings, lighting and accessories from some of the world’s great modern designers both local and global. “The move from Wellington West at the end of February was definitely bittersweet for us,” says Monika. “But we’ve been pleased to have so many of our previous customers visit us in the new store and we are enjoying being welcomed by a neighbourhood with a strong furniture presence. It’s a good fit for us and because we carry exclusive brands, we are complementing rather than competing with our neighbours.” “Our catchphrase is ‘be real, buy authentic’,” explains Jacob. “This speaks to developing your own style but also the fact that when you shop at Alteriors you can purchase with confidence, knowing that you are getting genuine, authentic pieces – to reinforce

this, we have created a gallery of portraits of some of the designers whose products we sell. Authentic also means the quality is there and the pieces will be durable.” A quick glance around the store – or their website’s virtual shop – reveals a carefullyselected blend of items from local and international designers; while certainly modern, they avoid being trendy. “We only select things we love and are confident others will enjoy,” notes Monika. “We want to help people invest in heirloom pieces that will stand the test of time. It’s a lot of fun to show people how easily they can refresh their home’s aesthetic with just one or two carefully chosen items.” One of the most enjoyable aspects of shopping at Alteriors is the friendly service. “We try to make everyone feel at ease so they can enjoy the process. We have learned how to ask the right questions so we understand what you are looking for, then show you the appropriate options,” notes Monika. “We want to sell you the right piece that you will enjoy for a long time.” She adds that they feel extremely proud to be garnering a lot of praise for their excellent customer service.

“It’s a lot of fun to show people how easily they can refresh their home’s aesthetic with just one or two carefully chosen items”

Jacob and Monika of Alteriors were sad to move from Wellington West but are being welcomed by a new neighbourhood: Old Ottawa South.

Jacob explains that their collection is very flexible, with pieces coming in multiple upholstery options and sizes, which makes them ideal for anything from a large home to a petite condo. The appeal of modern furniture has definitely taken hold in Ottawa, with Alteriors now supplying items to numerous model homes and sales centres. “Everyone has come a long way in terms of design awareness. We’re very happy that homeowners and developers alike recognize the quality and beauty of our collection.”


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Make This Your Home.


Parkdale is a 28-storey condo development that will bring modern convenience and luxury to the Tunney’s Pasture area.

The project is being undertaken by The Urbandale Construction Group of Companies, a family run business with over 30 years of experience building homes in Ottawa. 99 Parkdale marks a great leap forward in the development of Tunney’s Pasture, with a convenient and beautifully scenic location between the OC Transpo transitway and the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. This new building marks a golden opportunity for residents to get in on the ground floor of an area that is set to undergo some major development. Susan Hughes, a real estate agent working on this project has over 25 years of experience selling homes and condos in the Ottawa area. She has been working with Urbandale on the 99 Parkdale project for the last 18 months. “I started working in the (Byward) market area selling condos 10 years ago and I can’t believe the difference in the density and what condo development brings to an area, and I do believe that with 99 Parkdale and the Tunney’s redevelopment we will see tremendous changes in the next 10 years,” says Hughes. The building will feature a range of housing options from a 750 square foot one bedroom with den, up to 2725 square foot luxury suites, with a two bedroom, two bath unit set in between, that is perfect for a small family or retired couple. Condos will be finished in a clean, modern design featuring high ceilings, hardwood floors with sound proofing, in-suite laundry room, stainless steel kitchen appliances and porcelain ceramic tiled bathrooms with quartz countertops and backsplash featuring a five foot shower enclosure with chrome hardware. All fixtures are customizable from the builder’s selection. In addition to providing a beautiful home, 99 Parkdale will feature additional amenities and services not found in other condo buildings. “There are very few condos existing that have a 24-hour security concierge staff, we also have a live-in superintendent” says Hughes. 99 Parkdale is giving residents more than just a home, but a retreat with several com-

99 Parkdale also features six exclusive two-storey townhomes that showcase stunning garden terraces.

munal areas for entertainment, relaxation and recreation. The second floor of the building, the 99 Club, is a state-of-theart amenity space that features a fully equipped fitness centre with free weights, dynamic activity equipment, hot tub swim spa, steam room and yoga room. This floor will also feature two guest suites and a media room. With plenty of breathaking rooms, a casual lounge and even a two-storey grand ballroom for more formal events, the 28th floor is the crown piece of 99 Parkdale. The three rooftop terraces facing the Northeast, Northwest and Southwest corners of the

building all boast spectacular views, that make 99 Parkdale stand out from all others. What makes this condo development particularly unique is not just the modern luxury and design, but the location. In addition to a panoramic view of the Ottawa River and cityscape, the Tunney’s Pasture location is set to take on a revolutionary change over the next decade. “People really do recognize that this is a great neighbourhood,” says Hughes. “In fact, enRoute magazine named Hintonburg as one of the top emerging neighbourhoods in Canada.”

What makes this condo development particularly unique is not just the modern luxury and design, but exceptional location.

Construction is set to begin next spring, with residents moving in by fall of 2015. If

you are interested in learning more about the development, you are invited to contact Susan Hughes at the 99 Parkdale Presentation Centre, 1546 Scott Street or by phone at 613-722-2792.

99 Parkdale by the Urbandale Group of Companies Ph | 613.722.2792

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John Borsten, Gary Thompson and Dave Mangano of the new Savoy Brasserie are really looking forward to welcoming people for Westboro Hour.

Nothing says ‘neighbourhood’ more than the Brasserie


ravelers with fond memories of time spent in France will feel right at home in the new Savoy Brasserie which opened last month in Westboro. All the hallmarks of a great brasserie are there – it’s a relaxed, upscale environment with a well-run kitchen delivering impressive yet familiar fare. Part café, part pub and part restaurant, the Savoy is sure to quickly become a new favourite in an area now widely recognized as a culinary hotspot in Ottawa.

It’s the fourth restaurant for partners John Borsten, Gary Thompson and Dave Mangano who recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of their Empire Grill. The group also runs the very popular Grand Pizzeria and the Metropolitain Brasserie which is like a ‘big sister’ to the Savoy. Those familiar with the former occupant at the corner of Richmond Road and Churchill Avenue – the Newport Restaurant – will discover a remarkably transformed space. Lofty pressed-tin ceilings, huge windows and artfully treated walls are enhanced by an intricate mosaic-tiled floor, antique-looking mirrors and pretty globe pendant lights. A gleaming zinc bar running the length of one wall anchors the room and plenty of dark wood and subway tiles add touches of elegance throughout. Seating for about 100 is offered at a mixture of tables,

high and low banquettes and booths. Along with the bright, chic and very welcoming atmosphere is a menu that is both accessible and interesting. Classic starters include onion soup gratinée, beef and salmon tartare, moules et frites, escargot and a generous charcuterie platter. Entrées include a bouillabaisse well-loaded with seafood, several well-constructed fish dishes, steak frites, coq au vin, duck confit with tomato-braised lentils, an above-average cheeseburger and much more. The Savoy also offers a pleasing range of salad options which make for a satisfying and healthy lunch option, as well as being featured on the dinner menu. Among the choices are the signature ‘Savoy’ including chick peas, fennel, grapefruit, arugula and feta and the Nicoise, with tuna, tapenade, fingerling potatoes, tomatoes, anchovy and green beans. The well stocked bar should satisfy just about any beverage craving, whether you like cocktails – there are three house specialties – or beer on tap. The wine list is a nice blend of old and new world with many selections geared towards the menu. They’re kindly offering over two dozen by the glass and half-carafe, something which makes food and wine pairing a lot more interesting and affordable. “It’s definitely the perfect spot for lunch, a quick bite after work or a fun night out. We are really looking forward to welcom-

ing people for Westboro Hour which will likely become as popular a tradition as is our Hill Hour at the Metropolitain,” adds John. This 3:30 – 6:30 pm drop in party, Monday to Friday, will include specials like freshlyshucked oysters for a dollar and a special Savoy poutine, among other treats. Gary says that they’re looking forward to enhancing their offerings as they settle in to the new space. “We’ll be opening for breakfast and will certainly be adding some plats du jour to the menu,” he notes. “We also have plans for an authentic Parisian-style sidewalk patio.” With years of experience behind them, the three partners are well aware that while some restaurants may gather accolades in the beginning, it is continued success five or six years down the road that matters. “When we first met with Moe Attalah to discuss the possibility of taking over the iconic location at the corner of Churchill and Richmond, we realized that we would be replacing something that had rooted itself in the community for over a quarter century,” explains Dave. “We knew we had a daunting task ahead of us, to create something at that same corner that the current and next generation of people would come to know and love in the same way they do Moe’s.” After months of debate and some travel to do research, the team decided that there is nothing more ‘neighbourhood’ than the

Brasserie. “In Paris there is a Brasserie virtually on every corner and to us they exude everything the neighbourhood place should be – somewhere you visit for breakfast and return for dinner or somewhere to spend an afternoon drinking rich, dark coffee reading the newspaper or meeting friends for champagne and oysters,” enthuses Gary. “To us, a Brasserie is all about serving the most loved and most-accessible French dishes – the food that has been around for over a hundred years.” “It is with these ideas that The Savoy Brasserie is born. We feel fortunate to be part of your neighbourhood and look forward to meeting all of you.”

Savoy Brasserie 334 Richmond Road

Ph | 613.695.7330

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Your Westboro go-to for window covering needs


fter being in the window covering industry for over 20 years, the opportunity to own her own drapery business presented itself and Sue Carswell jumped at the chance. Three years later, Ottawa Drapery & Supplies is still Westboro’s go-to place for all drapery and window covering needs.

Ottawa Drapery has been part of Ottawa’s small business scene for over 30 years. The store was first located on Richmond Road, but is now nestled in Westboro Village at 349 Danforth Ave. The staff consists of two full time designers, one part-time designer, and one part time design student. They also use the services of four seamstresses and two installers. The entire team is extremely detail-oriented with excellent customer service always at the forefront. “Independent decorators and designers also use our services to enhance their businesses. I love working with new designers to help them become more comfortable with window treatments,” said Carswell. The team stays on top of current decor styles by taking part in training sessions

offered by their many suppliers. They also keep an eye on what is trending in the design and colour world through fashion and décor publications. At Ottawa Drapery, you will find window treatments such as drapes, blinds, and shutters, as well as custom bedding and upholstery. The brands they carry include, Hunter Douglas, Robert Allen, Maxwell, Kravet and many more. A big part of your experience at Ottawa Drapery is learning about the abundance of choices available to you. In an industry where colour and style trends are constantly changing, it is important to know what your options are. Whatever those needs may be—light control, privacy, UV protection or added energy efficiency—the staff will direct you to the products best suited to you. You can stop by their showroom to take a look at the thousands of samples they have on display, or book an inhome appointment for a truly personalized experience. After having met with you, the designers will then present several options for you to consider, each with different features, benefits, and price points. With so much attention

“In an industry where colour and style trends are constantly changing, it is important to know what your options are.”

Your time with the team at Ottawa Drapery will be a fun and educational experience, resulting in window treatments you are sure to enjoy for years to come.

going into the selection process, you will inevitably be thrilled with the end results! All products are expertly installed, with the fit and installation being guaranteed. The skilled installers, who each have over 25 years experience take the time to demonstrate how to properly use and care for your new purchase. The Ottawa Drapery & Supplies team of designers have decades of experience between them. They each love what they do, and that excitement shows through their individual customer service. Your time with them will be a fun and educational experience, resulting in window treatments you are sure to enjoy for years to come.

Ottawa Drapery Ottawa Drapery 349 Danforth Ave Ph | 613.729.8311

A market for all seasons


wenty years ago, buzz-terms like ‘buy local’ were nonexistent and, for most, the farm itself had become a vanishing resource. The demand for fresh, locally produced food from local consumers has increased exponentially in the last decade. So has the number of farmers’ markets. The Ottawa Farmer’s Market (OFM) is a perfect example of how shopping local is more than a social good - it’s a healthy business.

When the OFM welcomed its first customers eight years ago, a modest 20 vendors were there to sell. Today, the market is home to well over 100 vendors each week offering everything from organic produce, artisan bread, fresh eggs and cheese, to handmade crafts, and unique varieties of fresh local meat like heritage pork, wild boar and elk. As it continues to steadily grow, the producer’s only market now operates in three different locations across the city – Brewer’s Park, Orleans – and its newest site in the heart of Westboro. “The OFM began as a way for farmers in the Ottawa area to not have to compete with other larger food retailers,” explains Robin Turner, OFM president and owner of Roots and Shoots Farm in Manotick. “The Ottawa customer has been incredibly supportive. People want to know where their food is coming from. Fresh farm food is simple, and it tastes really, really good.” The greater focus on simplifying and choosing locally produced food has proven there are huge benefits to shopping at farm-

ers’ markets, for our health and our local economies. Current research shows that not only is food from the farm fresher, it’s also more nutrient-rich, cleaner and safer to eat, and it tastes better. It’s also an opportunity to have fun as a family, educate, support small businesses and keep our communities healthy. “The OFM has always been a highenergy place,” says Turner. ”Compared to other markets that are suffering, our market has done nothing but grow.” In fact, Turner says the OFM has such a loyal following it’s actually tapping out the available farmers in the area. The rapid growth has created a springboard for vendors to further develop their businesses, while igniting interest from potential new producers, which ultimately benefits the city. Turner, who also got his start at the OFM has since turned his business into a flourishing four-season agriculture farm in just four years, with a winter web store and full-time staff. Last year, the OFM successfully moved its Lansdowne Park location to family-friendly Brewer Park, which will operate Sundays, beginning May 5. The Orleans market reopens on Fridays starting May 10 and here in Westboro, the market’s second season in Byron Park will begin on May 18. With up to 76 vendors, the Westboro Market will run every Saturday until October 26 and so far, has been welcomed with open arms from the already health-friendly community. As the OFM team looks forward, the concern isn’t whether they will stay busy; it’s finding a more permanent indoor winter home that

“The Ottawa customer has been incredibly supportive. People want to know where their food is coming from. Fresh farm food is simple, and it tastes really, really good,” explains Robin Turner, OFM president and owner of Roots and Shoots Farm in Manotick.

will allow them to meet growing demand, and become a year-round business as a thriving, viable competitor to the city’s larger food retailers. Turner’s passion for the future of the OFM mission is contagious. “It’s just a lot of fun. Families can come out, do some shopping and stay for the day in the area,” says Turner. “Everyone should go and just try it. If we start to think of food as improving our lives, it’s worth the investment. It’s an amazing experience.”

Byron Park, Westboro Saturdays, 9:30-3pm May 18 - Oct. 26

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It’s not just Rainbow Foods’ selection of goods customers value; it’s also the store’s knowledgeable and well-trained staff. Enjoy gluten-fee days during the month!

Celebrating 35 years of providing healthy choices


t’s little wonder that so many people from all over Eastern Ontario make a trip to Rainbow Foods a regular part of their shopping routine. With a commitment to sourcing products that emphasize the best of organic, natural and local, Rainbow continues to thrive thirty five years after its founding, thanks to both its loyal customers and the quality of the goods it carries. Recent renovations have enhanced the store’s appearance and atmosphere as they celebrate this milestone year. Just as the family-owned store is now serving its second generation of customers, so too is a new generation helping to run the business. Founders Janet and Michael Kaplan are enjoying working with son Mischa and his wife Sarah. “They are bringing a new approach and some wonderful energy to the store,” says Janet. She cites the newly revamped baby section as an example of the positive changes being wrought by the younger Kaplans. While Rainbow was originally characterized by the somewhat limited label of ‘health

“Whether your shopping list includes nutritional advice and products, specialty food items, eco-friendly housewarming gifts, or fresh local produce, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.” food store’, there is so much more to be found on their well-stocked shelves. A partial list includes one of the widest selections of health products to be found under one roof in Ottawa, whole foods both packaged and bulk,

vitamins, supplements and homeopathic remedies, health and beauty products, fresh organic produce and dairy items, regular and gluten-free baked goods, eco-friendly appliances and housewares, environmentallyfriendly cleaning products and giftware. It’s not just Rainbow’s wide selection of goods that garners high praise; it’s also the store’s knowledgeable and well-trained staff. You can count on them to provide sound information and advice on many aspects of healthy living; experts such as naturopaths and nutritionists are brought in to share additional knowledge via seminars and product demonstrations. “We are pleased to be able to bring in experts from a variety of fields for our free seminars as we find our customers are eager to learn about new products and research in healthy living”, says Janet. “Equally popular are the special events we hold each year such as Gluten-free Days, Customer Appreciation Days, Local Days and more. “ Rainbow also provides valuable tips through its website and regular newsletters, as well as recipes and information sheets on a wide range of topics. One more aspect of Rainbow’s exceptional service is its Customer Loyalty Program;

unlike some others, its free to join and they do all the work for you by tracking your purchases. Whether your shopping list includes nutritional advice and products, specialty food items, eco-friendly housewarming gifts, or fresh local produce, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for – and a whole lot more – at Rainbow Foods.

Rainbow Foods

1487 Richmond Road Ph | 613.726.9200

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David Hollingsworth goal is to help people get their lives back on track after suffering an injury.

Getting clients back on track


hat do you do if you’ve been injured in an accident? Where do you start? You start by calling a reputable personal injury lawyer. David Hollingsworth has been an Ottawa personal injury lawyer since 1999. Since then, he has built a top team of lawyers and personal injury specialists who are dedicated to making sure that people in Ottawa and Ontario get the help and compensation they need if they have been injured in an accident. “My job is to assist people and make sure they get the medical, rehabilitation and financial assistance they need and are entitled to. My goal is to help people get their lives back on track after suffering an injury. ” says Hollingsworth.

Since we featured David last year, his personal injury law firm has grown in many ways. In the past year, he has added a third lawyer to his team and they have helped hundreds more people with their insurance claims. “We handle cases that range in severity from minor injuries to the most extreme catastrophic injuries. While most cases can be resolved without going to court, from time to time insurance companies will dig in their heels. In the past year, we were successful in two large lawsuits where the court awarded our clients millions of dol-

lars in benefits and compensation where insurance is for. Don’t sell yourself or your their insurance company had initially de- family short.” David is regularly asked to speak at continunied them. The compensation from these lawsuits have permitted our clients to pur- ing legal education seminars, University of Otchase wheelchair accessible homes, equip- tawa law school and at Algonquin College. ment, medication and get much needed David has 3 children who are now the support. While these disputes may some- third generation of Hollingsworths to attend Elmdale PS. He and times take years to resolve, his wife Rebecca are very it is rewarding to know active in the community. that we are helping people Again this year he has when they need it most.” sponsored the Fisher Park When involved in a moCommunity soccer and tor vehicle accident, the baseball programs donatstress of managing the injuries and day to day life ing reusable water bottles are compounded by the to the players. He is also need to complete complia sponsor of the Elmdale cated and lengthy insurPS Fun Fair. ance paperwork. David and When David HollingDavid Hollingsworth his team will help complete sworth isn’t practicing these forms and deal dipersonal injury law, you rectly with the insurance can usually find him with companies on your behalf. a pair of skates on. “I love “I have rarely met with a client who is hockey. I just finished the season as one receiving the full amount of benefits that of the coaches for the Ottawa Sting Mihe or she needs and that he or she is en- nor Atom A hockey team. All three of titled to following an accident, without the my children play hockey, I play a couple of help of a personal injury lawyer,” says Hol- times a week and of course we are all big lingsworth. “If you are injured, you owe it SENS fans.” to yourself and to your loved ones to get David travels throughout Ottawa and every benefit to which you are entitled, so eastern Ontario to meet with his clients. that you can get back to being the person “It just makes more sense for me to go to you were before the accident. That’s what them most times. I know how hard it is for

“My goal is to help people get their lives back on track after suffering an injury.”

people suffering after an accident.” “When we take cases on, we do so on a contingency basis, so there is no fee unless, and until, we are successful in getting compensation. This way our clients don’t have to worry about legal fees when they are going through difficult times. We offer this arrangement to provide access to justice for all.” says Hollingsworth. “Sometimes all it takes is a quick phone call and I’m able to help with information over the phone; however sometimes it’s more complicated and we need to step in to make sure that people are being treated fairly.”

David Hollingsworth Ph | 613.237.4922 extension 203 613. 978.9549

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Michael Danchuk says Victoria Pharmacy’s new space will allow them to serve their customers with greater ease.

New location, same professional service


he newly renovated Victoria Pharmacy, which operates under a Pharmasave banner, in Hintonburg is ready to provide customers with an outstanding level of service and professional knowledge.

Owner and pharmacist Michael Danchuk, originally from Saskatchewan, has been working in Ottawa since 1988. He acquired the Rosemount and Victoria pharmacies in the early 2000’s, merging the two businesses in 2004, On one hand it was a straight forward thing to do from a business perspective, on the other hand you had two community pharmacies being merged into one so there was some anxiety out there,’ says Danchuk. After nearly a decade of success in the current format, Victoria Pharmacy was made over into its current Wellington West Storefront. “We moved in here on the 18th of March, that process was started in October of last year,” said Danchuk. We were growing. Space and our ability to serve customers were becoming limited so we decided that we would look for a larger space,” he says. “When this space became available the decision to expand the pharmacy was obvious.” Staff at the Victoria Pharmacy prides themselves on being able to offer things that larger franchise pharmacies cannot provide. We pride ourselves on service. If you come

in with a prescription we don’t expect you to wait half an hour for it,” says Danchuk. The Victoria Pharmacy doesn’t carry cosmetics or grocery items, allowing them to focus on their core services. We differentiate ourselves by offering quality pharmaceutical services that make a difference in the day-to-day lives of people. Listening to a patient’s needs and then building a solution around these needs results in long-lasting trustworthy relationship. Danchuk likes to highlight eco-friendly and organic products from local, small businesses, such as a line of shampoos and soaps from Hawkesbury based company, Green Beaver. “As a small business, I’m trying to encourage small business in my area,” he says. Offering expanded pharmacy services that are part of the expanded scope of practice for pharmacists in Ontario will be key to success. Things like flu clinics (the pharmacy will hopefully be offering one this fall), other vaccination services, prescription modification and prescription extensions are services currently offered. Two pharmacists currently on staff are licensed to perform injections and one is

licensed to aid in smoking cessation. The expanded business space is allowing Victoria Phamacy to offer more in-house clinic days such as diabetes screening, HbA1C testing, health and wellness training and educational support geared at interpreting nutritional labels. The Victoria Pharmacy offers services to help make long term care easier for patients and caregivers, such as multi dose packaging – a small pouch with all the pertinent information makes it easier for nurses to administer medications. The system uses barcode technology that is much more secure. Also offered is INR testing to patients undergoing warfarin therapy. The Victoria Pharmacy also carries a full range of products aimed at improving customer’s personal daily comfort. They carry a full line of compression hosiery that can help everyone from the expectant mother to workers who are on their feet all day. There is also a special line just for diabetics. There is a comprehensive line of home health care products such as bath benches, canes and toilet risers. “There are so many things that people can have access to that can help in their day-to-day living allowing them

“We pride ourselves on service. If you come in with a prescription we don’t expect you to wait half an hour for it.”

to live in their own homes more safely and for a longer period of time,” says Danchuk. Their core service is the ability to offer professional advice to customers on a personal level, “Everybody has unique needs when it comes to pharmacy. Sometimes it’s things that you might not be aware of as a patient, so we say, have you heard about this, have you thought about that, and suddenly you can make a big change in the way a patient views their medication therapy,” says Danchuk. It’s all about quality of life!

Victoria Pharmacy 1065B Wellington Street Ph | 613.729.6149

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Where active people receive active rehab!


hen we need to visit a physiotherapist for treatment, it’s not always under the best of circumstances. Injuries, pain, and rehabilitation aren’t fun, but a visit to the experienced, innovative, and enthusiastic professionals at Westboro Physiotherapy Centre will have you well on your way to recovery in no time.

not only in injury prevention but overall health and wellness.” At Westboro Physiotherapy Centre, physiotherapy and massage therapy are both offered. If you are a physio client, the clinic offers great run assessments with video analysis and pilates in the rehab setting done by Joanna Marriott, PT, who is an active runner and triathlete. Both Vicki and Joanna work with Active Release Techniques which can Westboro Physiotherapy Centre has been a help with muscle and nerve injuries. part of Westboro since 2005, but current Concussion management and return-to-play services are also offered. owner, Vicki Wong, PT, took Including Vicki, the clinic over ownership of the business currently offers the services of in 2007. two physiotherapists, and one “I’ve always had an interest Registered Massage Therapist in first aid and wanted to help (RMT). The clinic also athletes during sport,” said employs several assistants and Wong. “It was during my at certain times of the year, Human Kinetics degree that I students. became interested in physio. Because the clinic is After graduating I began physlocated in Westboro, most iotherapy school at Dalhousie clients are naturally Westboro University.” residents, but the clinic sees Vicki loves helping people clients from across the city. get better and that the physio“Ottawa is an active commutherapy field is a constantly nity, and everyone is involved evolving profession with new in some sort of physical research and techniques coming activity, so this has allowed out every year. Vicki Wong me to see different injuries “Injuries are a mystery waitfrom other areas of the city,” ing for you to solve and few are said Wong. exactly the same in the way To Wong, being located in Westboro has its they heal,” she said. She loves exercise and approaches her treatments by using exercise advantages. “Westboro clients are very loyal to to solve the problem. “Exercise is a huge help, their community businesses and we appreciate

“Injuries are a mystery waiting for you to solve and few are exactly the same in the way they heal.”

Physiotherapy and massage therapy are both offered at Westboro Physiotherapy Centre.

this,” says Wong. “They are also very open to an active rehab approach involving the exercise techniques we use at Westboro Physiotherapy.” Westboro Physiotherapy Centre is ready to take care of you when you need it. “We are a very friendly clinic of physiotherapists and our RMT always provides individual care,” said Wong. “We also work with athletes and teams either on the ice, pitch, or field. Despite our extensive work with athletes, we do welcome everyone to come see us. We have treated all age groups from young children to the elderly and we truly love working with everyone.”

Westboro Physiotherapy 411 Roosevelt Ste 304

Ph | 613.792.1166

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Apple is always striving to stay ahead of the pack and the team at Carbon Computing says that has always been their approach as well.

The Apple of Westboro’s eye


ood ideas don’t need to be complex to succeed. From his basement Ron Paley started a company that offered customers a better way to buy Apple Computers.

“I’d ask questions. ‘What do you want to do with your computer?’ Then I’d find the best solution for them.” Carbon Computing, located on Richmond at Churchill, is one of the newest additions to the shops in Westboro Village. This upscale, well-designed store is the company’s third location; the others being in downtown Kitchener and the trendy Riverside neighbourhood of downtown Toronto. “Carbon Computing is an independent Apple Specialist and Premium Service Provider,” explains Ron Paley, the company’s founder. “We’ve been promoting the Apple platform for years because it is the best designed computer inside and out and the simplest to use. We’re fans. We love the products! iMacs, iPads, MacBook laptops, iPods…these are tools that make you more productive and help everybody express their creativity. They’re easy and more importantly, they’re fun to use” Paley, an Ottawa native, migrated to computing after ten years in the film industry where the Apple platform is preeminent. “When I started in ’93, most creative professionals; graphic artists, musicians, photographers…they were better off with a Mac, and they still are. Now that’s true for everyone, not just professionals. These days, all of us take digital pictures, record video and listen to mobile music. Every school and business creates presentations. Using a Mac or iPad makes that part of your life and work easier. Anything you want to use a computer or tablet for, Apple is the way to go.” Paley launched his first retail space in

Toronto in 1996. “As the company grew, the video editing solutions. people that joined our team were all individuals For those customers who are deterred by that shared our passion for improving their the congestion of long lines and lengthy wait work and their lives using Apple products,” says times at mall based Apple Retail stores, Paley. “That passion is the foundation Carbon Carbon Computing offers a refreshing alterComputing was built on.” native. They carry the entire line of Apple Creativity and innovation have always been computers including the MacBook Pro with synonymous with the Apple brand and its Retina display, MacBook Air, iMac and of philosophy. Apple products are easy to use and course the ever-popular iPads and iPods. highly intuitive. This seems to be what makes Carbon Computing also has a unique, careApple products so widely appealing today; fully selected collection of accessories, and they have adeptly become an extension of our peripheral devices to enhance the products and selves. Apple is always striving to stay ahead of make them your own. the pack and the team at Whether you’re completeCarbon Computing says that ly new to the world of Macs has always been their and iPads or a long-time user, approach as well. Carbon Computing offers A notable benefit to shoppersonalized one-on-one ping with Carbon Computing training for users of all ages is their innovative “Guaranteed and levels of experience in the Buyback Program”. Every store’s comfortable training customer who buys a new room and custom tailored to Mac with AppleCare can the clients’ needs. return to the store within 24 Carbon Computing’s months, trade in their commandate is to provide its puter and upgrade to a new clients honest, expert advice Mac at up to 50% off. Jackie regarding the solutions that Stacey, Carbon Computing’s best fit their needs. They Jackie Stacey Westboro branch manager believe that technology is a explains: “This program is tool and should help us exclusive to our stores. It means our clients will accomplish our goals. Carbon Computing’s never pay full price again and will always have a Mac specialists are available to help with Mac that will keep up with their needs and the individual needs, and to provide support to rapidly evolving trends in technology,” businesses and institutions using Macs, from As a result, the store also carries a range of consulting and implementation to after-sales previously owned Macs for anyone on a budget support and service contracts. who wants to become a Mac owner. “Everyone Long before shopping mall based Apple wins!” says Stacey. Retail stores began opening in 2001, indepenCarbon Computing is a full-service shop, dent Apple resellers like Carbon Computing offering sales, rentals, repair and more than that, were the only way to get Apple products in a corporate sales, managed IT services and digital retail environs. “A lot has changed since those

“We really love the community vibe here; it increasingly seems to be where all the action is. We wanted to be a part of that!”

first Apple branded stores opened, but Carbon Computing continues to be a place where Apple enthusiasts meet,” says Paley. “Stores in crowded malls aren’t for everyone. We find that our customers prefer the welcoming environment that we have created here – where they can get premium products and also expert advice and the attention they deserve.” Although new to Westboro, Carbon Computing will celebrate its 20th anniversary this summer. The Westboro Village store opened its doors in September 2012 and Branch Manager, Jackie Stacey says they could not be happier with the decision. “We really love the community vibe here; it increasingly seems to be where all the action is. We wanted to be a part of that!” says Stacey. “The neighbourhood has been really welcoming. She adds “we’re all Apple geeks and technology lovers here, so the interaction with the people of Westboro has been awesome. There are a lot of Apple lovers in Westboro and lots who soon will be. Come in and say hello!”

Carbon Computing 332 Richmond Rd.

Ph | 613. 728.5888

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Colouring us happy since 1962

odern research shows that seeing a colour actually releases chemicals in our brains that have a powerful effect on us, both physically and emotionally. So it goes without saying that choosing the right paint colour for your walls can be challenging – and thoroughly fun, if you have the right help.


Enter Hampton Paints, the independent paint retailer helping Ottawa residents find the perfect paint since 1962. Rudy Stanke began as the store manager at the Carling Avenue shop and purchased it three years later. The business has seen decades of shops come and go, and big-box retailers promoting comparable products with big-box budgets. But through all of the change, Hampton Paints has remained. Rudy’s daughter Trish Stanke took over her father’s business in 2000, and she says the personal service her team provides is what has given this family-run business its impressive longevity. What Hampton Paints sells isn’t unique, but makes them special in a sea of large competitors is their vast knowledge, combined with a real sense that this family-run shop has been a living, breathing, vital part of the Kitchissippi community for as long as customers can remember.

“Having a business in Kitchissippi is great because it’s such a vibrant area, with great people, restaurants and everything you need close by,” says Stanke. “Having grown up with the business it feels like home. We have a lot of regular customers with multiple generations of families who are really loyal to us.” Paint is the easiest and most impactful way to create atmosphere in a space, and becomes an extension of you; your style, your personality, your tastes. It’s a very personal experience, and Stanke and her team work directly with you to help you make the best choice for your needs. In fact, it’s what Stanke loves most about her job. “The thing I enjoy most about the business is helping customers with their projects and their varied taste in colours. Two different customers can come in with the same fabric and leave with completely different colours.” She adds “Paint colour is very important in a home. It can affect how people feel and their moods. Also, it’s important when a home is being sold to give a certain feel to prospective buyers.” Stanke also says investing in highquality paint can make all the dfference because the colours are richer, stay truer longer and wear better. Hampton Paints has been a retailer of Benjamin Moore Paints since 1967, whose products have

Trish Stanke and her team work directly with you help you make the best choice for your needs.

consistently earned top billing with professional decorators and homeowners for years, and countless ‘best of’ awards with industry experts and review publications. The full-service store carries all the supplies you need, along with on-trend details to pull the entire look of your space together: wallpaper, blinds and shutters, and decorating accessories like framed prints and colourful throw cushions. Whether it’s a small do-it-yourself project or coordinating colours for an entire home, Hampton Paints has helped Ottawa paint homes happy for nearly 50 years and showing no signs of wear.

Hampton Paints

1411 Carling Ave. Ottawa, ON, K1Z 7L6 613-729-0114 Hampton Paints

Hampton Park Plaza 1411 Carling Avenue

Ph | 613.729.0114

Jewellery icon returns to roots


agpie Jewellery may be an essential for Ottawa jewellery lovers today, but those who have lived in the capital long enough will remember that nearly a quarter century ago, the current chain of three full-scale boutiques once began as a modest stone and silver shop, displayed in the shared window space of Market Cleaner’s, on Dalhousie Street. Hard work, a passion for beautiful jewellery and a commitment to its loyal clientele have earned Magpie its faithful following. This year, rather than rest on its well-earned laurels, the Magpie team is instead dedicating itself to paying it forward, and once again embracing the creative fun of earlier years.

“We have been in business for 24 years! We are very proud of that!” says Magpie owner, Erin Wright. “Through the years we have always been in step with our customers’ tastes and styles and as they have evolved so have we.” Their well-known Rideau Centre store has been operating since 1993, and expanded to a second Glebe location 10 years later. Their most recent third – and largest – boutique lives in trendy Westboro. All three stores are still Ottawa owned and operated. “We see our store as a curated collection of beautiful inspiring jewellery - the styles range from classic, to flamboyant, contemporary to vintage in a diverse range of metals from silver to bronze to gold!” explains Wright. In addition to the signature silver Magpie is known

for, some might still be surprised to know the stores also offer bridal jewellery, including their own ‘house’ collection and exclusive pieces from designers like Canadian Anne Sportun and American Megan Thorne. Wright adds there is a growing trend throughout North America called “alternative bridal”: artisan, handmade, boutique-style jewellery something she says Magpie has featured for years and happy to see picking up momentum. Over the years, Magpie’s evolving success has come from staying carefully in tune, not only with trends and styles, but with its loyal customer-base who frequently return to them for expertise and experience; something they don’t take lightly. “We’ve always prided ourselves on appreciating the importance of our relationships with our customers and with our designers,” says Wright. She adds they have been fortunate with their success and want to pay it forward to the city they love, and support other businesses just getting off their feet. She admits they miss the simplicity that comes with being a small start-up. They hope to find ways to re-incorporate that grassroots sense of fun and creativity by bringing it to the forefront of everything they do, and getting involved with the community, organizations and businesses of Ottawa. “Last year we had a party in collaboration with Ottawa Creative Mornings called Arts Nest - it was a huge success and we saw a lot of support from the creative design commu-

nity i n

Over the years, Magpie Jewellery’s success has come from staying carefully in tune, not only with trends and styles, but with its loyal customer-base who frequently return to them for expertise and experience.

Ottawa,” says Mallory Jones, e-commerce manager at Magpie. “The design community is extremely supportive of one another in this city and are constantly working to push the bar of creativity and fun.” Magpie recognizes the value of collaborative work and support and promote other local businesses and its partners through its blog and other social media platforms, as well as designer showcase events and regular donations to schools and social programs. “We see Magpie Jewellery continuing to be a very vital member of the Ottawa jewellery community!” says Wright. “We will continue to listen to our customers and grow our relationships with our designers, following closely the trends and tastes of the city.” And – if they can help it – have some good old fashioned fun in the process.

Magpie Jewellery 430 Richmond Road

Ph | 613.233.3337

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While the menu may hint at fine dining, Absinthe is proud to remain an unpretentious neighbourhood place rather than a special occasion restaurant.

A Hintonburg tradition since 2003


t’s almost certain that your first visit to Absinthe Café won’t be your last. Once you experience the inventive, appealing food and the welcoming atmosphere, it will likely become a spot you want to return to time and again.

Absinthe spent its first four years in a cozy spot on Holland Avenue but outgrew the space quickly as word spread of its impressive food and impeccable service. In 2007, Chef/ Owner Patrick Garland, who grew up in Hintonburg, relocated the café to a fabulous new, larger venue on Wellington Street West. With its dark hardwood floors, soft lighting and Venetian plaster walls, the décor at Absinthe is a perfect complement to its cuisine. There is an understated elegance that suggests that while the atmosphere is deliberately casual, the food will surely surprise and delight. In fact, the restaurant’s eye-catching bright green foil accent wall typifies the wow factor for which Absinthe’s food has become famous. While the menu may hint at fine dining, Absinthe is proud to remain an unpretentious neighbourhood place rather than a special occasion restaurant. “I like to use classic techniques to prepare contemporary Canadian soul food,” explains Chef/Owner Patrick Garland. “While we change things up regularly, a dish like our very popular steak frites will always be on the menu. Just as our space is warm and comfortable; our food is timeless and will never go out of style.” “The food is very much influenced by my

own travels,” says Chef Garland. “It’s an Chef Garland is especially delighted to be increasingly global world and as we all have unveiling some new dishes this month thanks more access to interesting information and to the beginning of a new growing season. As ingredients, it’s fun to be able to incorporate a proud Savour Ottawa member, Absinthe’s these things into my cooking. I live in the menu always showcases the finest local ingreheart of Chinatown so there is a lot if inspira- dients, some harvested just outside the kitchtion at hand every day. I also think that glo- en in Chef ’s raised bed herb garden. balization is helping people to become more “Spring means more lightly sautéed prepaadventuresome in terms of rations rather than slow their food choices.” braises, and lots of fresh proAbsinthe is a consistently duce. I’m excited to get my popular lunchtime spot, hands on asparagus, ramps, thanks to a menu inspired by morels, fiddleheads and global classics. You might more. And I’m already find pizza or trout agnolotti, dreaming about the bounty boeuf bourguignon or Thai of summer – especially things chicken curry. You’ll always like peaches and tomatoes. “ find Absinthe’s famous While the atmosphere at Benevolent Burger – it’s a Absinthe is always warm and dinnertime staple as well – friendly, when the windows not only is it delicious, but are open in the summertime every time it’s ordered, one it becomes an even more Patrick Garland, Chef/Owner dollar is donated to the appealing place, with diners Cornerstone Housing for literally drawn in off the sideWomen, a local shelter. walk thanks to the lively An inventive cocktail menu and diverse mood obvious within. range of local beers on tap adds to Absinthe’s “We are so proud to have achieved a perappeal as a drop-in spot. “It’s a fun place to fect blend of casual and professional. Our come and enjoy a couple of appetizers and a food and service are top notch, but the vibe is cocktail or a glass of wine,” adds Chef more laid back, which I prefer,” says Chef Garland. “Appetizers are great because it’s Garland. “I think that’s part of the magic that easier sometimes to push the boundaries with has helped us make it to 10 years. All our them compared to entrees. As an example, I friends in the neighbourhood should keep recently offered up a terrific appetizer called their ears open as we’re planning a party at KBQ – Korean Barbequed Quail.” the end of the summer to celebrate this mileWhile he updates his menus frequently, stone.”

“It’s a fun place to come and enjoy a couple of appetizers and a cocktail or a glass of wine.”

Asked what he hopes guests might say after dining at Absinthe, Pat jokingly says, “I hope they can taste the blood, sweat and tears we put into our jobs every day. Seriously, though, I truly hope they feel that the service was great and every dish was made with love.” Chef Garland is proud of his restaurant’s continued success, but quick to share the praise. “My team is my greatest asset. I know we are all proud of what we are doing together at Absinthe and we look forward to serving many more years of great food here.”

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While the menu may hint at fine dining, Absinthe is proud to remain an unpretentious neighbourhood place rather than a special occasion restaurant.

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t’s almost certain that your first visit to Absinthe Café won’t be your last. Once you experience the inventive, appealing food and the welcoming atmosphere, it will likely become a spot you want to return to time and again.

Absinthe spent its first four years in a cozy spot on Holland Avenue but outgrew the space quickly as word spread of its impressive food and impeccable service. In 2007, Chef/ Owner Patrick Garland, who grew up in Hintonburg, relocated the café to a fabulous new, larger venue on Wellington Street West. With its dark hardwood floors, soft lighting and Venetian plaster walls, the décor at Absinthe is a perfect complement to its cuisine. There is an understated elegance that suggests that while the atmosphere is deliberately casual, the food will surely surprise and delight. In fact, the restaurant’s eye-catching bright green foil accent wall typifies the wow factor for which Absinthe’s food has become famous. While the menu may hint at fine dining, Absinthe is proud to remain an unpretentious neighbourhood place rather than a special occasion restaurant. “I like to use classic techniques to prepare contemporary Canadian soul food,” explains Chef/Owner Patrick Garland. “While we change things up regularly, a dish like our very popular steak frites will always be on the menu. Just as our space is warm and comfortable; our food is timeless and will never go out of style.” “The food is very much influenced by my

own travels,” says Chef Garland. “It’s an Chef Garland is especially delighted to be increasingly global world and as we all have unveiling some new dishes this month thanks more access to interesting information and to the beginning of a new growing season. As ingredients, it’s fun to be able to incorporate a proud Savour Ottawa member, Absinthe’s these things into my cooking. I live in the menu always showcases the finest local ingreheart of Chinatown so there is a lot if inspira- dients, some harvested just outside the kitchtion at hand every day. I also think that glo- en in Chef ’s raised bed herb garden. balization is helping people to become more “Spring means more lightly sautéed prepaadventuresome in terms of rations rather than slow their food choices.” braises, and lots of fresh proAbsinthe is a consistently duce. I’m excited to get my popular lunchtime spot, hands on asparagus, ramps, thanks to a menu inspired by morels, fiddleheads and global classics. You might more. And I’m already find pizza or trout agnolotti, dreaming about the bounty boeuf bourguignon or Thai of summer – especially things chicken curry. You’ll always like peaches and tomatoes. “ find Absinthe’s famous While the atmosphere at Benevolent Burger – it’s a Absinthe is always warm and dinnertime staple as well – friendly, when the windows not only is it delicious, but are open in the summertime every time it’s ordered, one it becomes an even more Patrick Garland, Chef/Owner dollar is donated to the appealing place, with diners Cornerstone Housing for literally drawn in off the sideWomen, a local shelter. walk thanks to the lively An inventive cocktail menu and diverse mood obvious within. range of local beers on tap adds to Absinthe’s “We are so proud to have achieved a perappeal as a drop-in spot. “It’s a fun place to fect blend of casual and professional. Our come and enjoy a couple of appetizers and a food and service are top notch, but the vibe is cocktail or a glass of wine,” adds Chef more laid back, which I prefer,” says Chef Garland. “Appetizers are great because it’s Garland. “I think that’s part of the magic that easier sometimes to push the boundaries with has helped us make it to 10 years. All our them compared to entrees. As an example, I friends in the neighbourhood should keep recently offered up a terrific appetizer called their ears open as we’re planning a party at KBQ – Korean Barbequed Quail.” the end of the summer to celebrate this mileWhile he updates his menus frequently, stone.”

“It’s a fun place to come and enjoy a couple of appetizers and a cocktail or a glass of wine.”

Asked what he hopes guests might say after dining at Absinthe, Pat jokingly says, “I hope they can taste the blood, sweat and tears we put into our jobs every day. Seriously, though, I truly hope they feel that the service was great and every dish was made with love.” Chef Garland is proud of his restaurant’s continued success, but quick to share the praise. “My team is my greatest asset. I know we are all proud of what we are doing together at Absinthe and we look forward to serving many more years of great food here.”

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The Stewart children – Andrew, 10, Quinn, 9, and Neve, 13 – saved more than $500 for sharing in 2012. They have chosen to use it to purchase dairy products for the Parkdale Food Centre. Photo by Karen Secord

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Pocket money makes difference at Parkdale Food Centre By Karen Secord Coordinator, Parkdale Food Centre “We should help other people have a good life and be happy and healthy.” Quinn Stewart is the nine-year-old who spoke these important words. He says them confidently, nonchalantly; not realizing the importance of his words – because of his age – when he says them during the lead up to Hunger Awareness Week. The Stewart kids – Quinn, Andrew, 10, and Neve, 13 – have been sharing with their neighbours-in-need for as long as they have been getting allowances. One year, they recall, they bought a handful of $25 Loblaws gift cards for families in the local homeless shelter. In other years they have supplied turkeys for Christmas dinner at the Carleton Tavern, and delivered hats, mitts and sweaters to fill holiday gift bags. “We look around and decide together how we’re going to share what we’ve saved,” says Quinn. “This year we wanted to donate milk so people who don’t have it can have some.” Parents Carol and Jennifer have taught their children that sharing is a vital part of good citizenship. Each week their children save one-third of their allowances, spend a third, if they wish, and put what is remaining into a jar to be shared later. It is about more than just learning how to

manage their own money. The Stewart sharing system gives them all a very real opportunity to look beyond themselves and to experience the benefits of true generosity. “It is important to help feed people. We don’t think people should be hungry,” says Neve. “That’s why we decided to give our sharing money to the food bank in our neighbourhood.” Recently, the family delivered the first of what they promise will be ongoing donations of milk, cheese and yogurt, as they spend the more than $500 they have saved since January 2012. “We were going to donate at Christmas but waited until now because we think there are lots of donations then,” explains Andrew. “People need healthy food all the time.” Neve has a special understanding of the work being done at the Parkdale Food Centre. Instead of going to school one day she stocked shelves and filled orders. She shadowed volunteers and learned about portion sizes. She watched as chairs in the waiting room filled with people unable to purchase enough food to keep their stomachs filled and minds active. This is Hunger Awareness Week ( Quinn, Andrew and Neve have learned at a young age how easy it can be to stare hunger down…simply by sharing. “Anybody can do this,” adds Quinn.

By Seema Lamba, McKellar Park Resident I was very happy when I first learned that the City was looking at light rail for the western corridor and wanting to update its transportation plans. I support the need for transportation that will bring the suburban residents speedily to the downtown core but I also support the need for good transportation for those residents who live by its path. Having good transportation is vital for the well-being of our city and our environment. What I didn’t realize was how difficult it would be for communities and residents to be fully-engaged in these discussions. For example, last year, only after much mobilization of residents who were going to be directly affected, did the City back off from their plan to tear apart the Byron Linear Park. They agreed to go back and look at different alternatives before making a decision. We expected that the City would consult the residents when they were examining the different alternatives. However, at a recent public consultation, the City presented its preferred route. What was most surprising was that the alternatives, including the Carling route, were no longer considerations. Questions which residents asked at the public consultation about why the other routes were discarded were answered in a way that made it clear that a final decision had already been made. Any explanation

provided either supported the preferred route or went against the alternative routes. Some of the explanations were not consistent or clear, including the explanations related to costs which seemed the key reason for their preferred route. By the end of the consultation one thing was clear, the public consultation was meant to have the appearance that residents would get their opportunity to provide input but the decisions were already made. As I left the meeting, I had more questions than answers. Why had a decision already been made? Why was the City so determined to disregard the interests of the communities that were going to be impacted by it? Why is there a need to make a decision by June 5 when the project won’t even start for another 10 years? What was the scoring process for the different routes based on? Who did the scoring? How was the costing done? How was an environmental and community impact assessment done? Why were some community interests given preferential treatment over other community interests? Why does the City not post the detailed studies on their website (as opposed to summaries)? I am not alone in my questions. In fact, the NCC had similar questions initially. They too were surprised that there was only one option proposed and that it was being rushed Continued on page 34

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Adam Moscoe, Susanna Atkinson, Emily Ray, Jacob Caines and Courtney Vezina pose in the rehearsal hall at Orpheus House. Photo by Alison Foley Howard

Local Actors in Orpheus Musical By Alison Foley Howard At the end of this month four theatrically inclined west end residents – Adam Moscoe, Courtney Vezina, Susanna Atkinson and Emily Ray – will be on stage, and another, Jacob Caines, behind the scenes for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. This classic musical is being put on by Orpheus Musical Theatre Society, one of North America’s oldest community theatre organizations. Carousel opened on Broadway in 1945 and its productions, revivals and movie won numerous awards. In 2000, Time Magazine even called the show “the greatest musical of the century.” Set on the Maine coastline, the story revolves around carousel barker Billy Bigelow, whose romance with millworker Julie Jordan comes at the price of both their jobs. He attempts a robbery to provide for Julie and their unborn child. It goes wrong, but he is later given a chance to make things right. A secondary plot line deals with millworker Carrie Pipperidge and her romance with ambitious fisherman Enoch Snow. The show includes such well-known songs as “If I Loved You” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Keeping true to the story, this Orpheus production will be a revival that is appealing and relevant to a 2013 audience. While the story will remain the same, Orpheus, led by artistic director J.T. Morris, will approach the characters differently; emphasizing the strength and power of the women; and, shifting the focus from one man seeking redemption to a generation of individuals seeking understanding and to be understood. Adam, Courtney and Susanna play three of these characters in a cast of 36. Jacob, as apprentice to Drum Hudson, the musical director for Carousel, is part of a large production team that includes designers, builders and many volunteers. Adam Moscoe grew up in McKellar Park. A University of Ottawa student in psychology and international affairs, Adam was voted one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 in 2011. This was for his many leadership roles in projects which promote civic engagement, including the inaugural TEDxYouthOttawa. When not rehearsing with the Carousel ensemble, he sings with the Ewashko Singers who perform with the NACO.

Emily Ray, like Adam, lives in the Westboro area and is performing in her first Orpheus production. She is a fifth grader at Manor Park Public School and has studied drama at the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama. As seems popular with our west end group, Emily enjoys reading and running in her spare time. Courtney Vezina grew up in Metcalfe, but is now enjoying living in Hintonburg near Orpheus House. Her first Orpheus performance was as Ariel in Footloose in fall 2012. She now joins the ensemble for Carousel. During the day, Courtney is a child and youth worker. Like Adam, she has a degree in psychology, but has also studied dance, voice and theatre. Susanna Atkinson also calls Hintonburg home. Carousel is her fourth performance with Orpheus and she is playing the role of Carrie Pipperidge. Her first role was in Into the Woods, playing Milky the Cow, in full cow costume. Her ballet training didn’t prepare her for that role. She had to go to the gym! During the day, she uses her masters in biology as a scientific regulator with the federal government. Jacob Caines grew up in Nova Scotia, but is our third Hintonburg resident. With a Masters in Music, it is no surprise that he works as a musician and joins Orpheus for the first time in a musical capacity. He has received various awards for conducting and clarinet playing and when not doing something musical, he likes to spend his time with friends or curled up at home with a good book. You can see Adam, Emily, Courtney and Susanna in Orpheus’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel from Friday, May 31st to June 9th at Centrepointe Theatre. Shows begin at 7:30 Tuesday to Saturday and 2pm on Sundays. Tickets for Carousel are available at, 613-580-2700 or at the Centrepointe box office. Ticket prices are $40/$37 for adults, $37/$31 for seniors (65+) and $25/$20 for children 12 and under. High School students can purchase $5 eyeGo tickets with valid student ID. Other students can purchase $10 rush tickets with valid student ID. Tuesday and Wednesday rush tickets can be purchased ahead of time, all others on the day of the show.


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Helping Protect Our Most Vulnerable Seniors By Yasir Naqvi, MPP The new Ontario government is helping keep seniors and people with dementia safe by ensuring their families, caregivers and the community are prepared to act in case they go missing. Currently, almost 200,000 Ontarians have dementia. This is an increase of 16 per cent over the past four years, and by 2020 close to 250,000 seniors in Ontario will be living with some form of dementia. As the number of people with dementia rises, so too does the risks associated with missing incidents. Three out of five people with dementia go missing at some point, often without warning, and 94 per cent of seniors who go missing are found within 2.5 kilometers from where they disappeared. Sadly, 50 per cent of seniors missing for 24 hours or more, risk serious injury or death from exposure to the elements, hypothermia and drowning. The risks of people going missing are greater when the community, caregivers or people with de-

mentia themselves are unaware of the potentially severe consequences. Preparation and planning are crucial to prevent people with dementia from going missing, and to ensure they are found safely and quickly. Currently, there is a very low awareness of missing incidents in our communities and many people do not know where to seek help. This is why, with support from our government, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario is launching the new Finding Your Way Wandering Prevention Program. The first of its kind in Canada, the program will raise awareness of risks for people with dementia and enhance the community response in case they go missing. As part of the program, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario will distribute kits that include tips and resources to help families and caregivers put plans in place to prevent wandering incidents and act quickly in cases of missing seniors. They will include an identification form with space for a recent photo and physical description that can be

shared with police in an emergency, at-home safety steps to help prevent wandering incidents, and tips on what to do when a person with dementia goes missing and when reuniting after a wandering incident. Kits will be offered in English and French, as well as in Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi. In 2014, these materials will also be offered in Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. In order to obtain contact information for any of the 38 Alzheimer Societies across Ontario, you can call Ontario 2-1-1. The Societies can provide assistance and a safety kit, which can also be downloaded from the website at The province is also providing support for the Ontario Police College to develop and deliver police training that incorporates wandering prevention into the police curriculum. For more information, please visit,, or call my Community Office at 613-7226414.

Cst. Milton’s Community Corner By Andrew Milton, Community Police Officer It’s a well known fact that teenagers plus sex plus peer pressure can add up to trouble. That’s nothing new. Kids on their way to adulthood are, of course, interested in what makes them tick sexually. Until recently, the oversight of vigilant, responsible and understanding parents and teachers has mostly kept the teenage years on an even keel with the greatest source of aggravation being the monopoly of the family phone. Today, we have to add another plus to the equation: technology. The advent of the internet, camera and video options on personal phones (do you know a teenager who doesn’t have one?), combined with the ready availability of explicit content in every medium, has greatly changed the landscape for teenagers. They can easily indulge their fantasies, their creativity and

their highly-charged emotions using technology that keeps their activities secret from anyone who might have a restraining influence. Instant gratification could have been coined for our technological times. It’s all too easy to hit the crucial send button without due thought and put out information that can be hurtful and distressing to a harmful degree. Cyberbulling and sexting are new phenomena that seem to have sprung up as fast as the technology that makes them possible and it’s hard to know what to do to control their ill effects. I don’t think we’re going to get rid of the technology anytime soon, so I urge parents and teachers to make every effort to ensure that the children you are responsible for understand the capability of the technology and its potential to ruin lives. Does this sound harsh? Not when it’s becoming all too common

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Mechanicsville Day Returns By Lorrie Marlow The newly-formed Mechanicsville Community Association is excited for the return of our beloved festival called Mechanicsville Day. The Mechanicsville Community Association is partnering with Somerset West Community Health Center (SWCHC) to coordinate this event. This festival is a celebration of the community of Mechanicsville and an important opportunity to bring the residents together to enjoy Laroche Park. Laroche Park has always been the social center of Mechanicsville. In previous years, this event was called Mechanicsville Days which consisted of

several days of music, ball games, BBQ and beer gardens at Laroche Park. This event is now scaled down to one day without the beer gardens and the big bands, so it won’t be quite as loud! Mechanicsville Days was a hugely popular event in its day with families bringing blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the ball games and socialize with neighbours. Residents of Mechanicsville have fond memories of this spring time event where romances occurred, new babies born over the winter were passed around for cuddles and children made new friends. Mechanicsville Day will be held on Saturday, June 15 from noon until 4pm. It

This Summer in Hintonburg By Paulette Dozois Arts activities are bursting out in Hintonburg this summer. All sorts of fun activities for family and friends here in Hintonburg Village. Our popular annual Arts Park for 2013 is being held on Saturday 25th May at Parkdale Park from 10 am to 4 pm. Local artists will be showcased in our Art Tent, local bands will be on stage, spoken word poets will entertain us in between musical guests, local foods will be showcased and a street long potpourri of local crafters will be set up for your purchasing pleasure! Come and enjoy what we hope will be our most successful Arts park ever! For over 10 years now we have hosted our Outdoor Movie Nights in Hintonburg and 2013 will be no different. The movies are free and are held in association with the Hintonburg Community Centre staff. The free movie nights are broken into two parts. First there is the indoor children’s movie that starts at 7pm inside the Centre. These movies are for our younger community members. Later when the sun goes down and the weather cooperates (for those rainy

nights, we still show the later movie outside) bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the summer evening watching a popular movie! The movies are free and volunteers sell freshly made popcorn and drinks at cost. Over the years our most successful outdoor movies have included Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Little Miss Sunshine, the Harry Potter movies, and Slumdog Millionaire. We have chosen the dates for this year’s movies (June 15, July 20 and August 10). We are looking for suggestions for the coming year. Go to our website, to share ideas. Celebrating Canada Day a bit early on June 29, we will be showing in Parkdale Park the National Film Board’s Stompin’ Tom movie Across This Land. What else is happening? Well, we have Shakespeare in Hintonburg Park, of course. Come to Hintonburg Park at 7 pm on either July 5 and 19 and enjoy Bear and Company’s Comedy of Errors this summer. It is free and the hat is passed at the end of the performance. Our other Shakespeare offering will take place again by Company of Fools as they perform The

St. Matthias is 125 Years Old! Today, St. Matthias Church stands on the south west corner of Parkdale and the Queensway. However, in 1888 when a group of Anglicans in Hintonberg decided to establish a church as part of the parish of Nepean, they worshipped in various locations: the dining room of Byers Hotel, where today is found Wellington Manor, Wilson’s Hall, on the north east corner of Wellington and Carruthers where now is an apartment

building above several stores, and finally in 1891 a dedicated building with space for 200 worshippers was constructed on Fairmont Avenue. This building can still be seen although it is masked by additions, and is now owned by The Orpheus Theatre Musical Society. A rectory was also built on the site of 11 Fairmont Avenue. In 1918 the Rev. W.A.E. Butler was appointed rector and through his efforts, a

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Merry Wives of Windsor in Hintonburg Park. As many of you know we have a beautiful new stage in Parkdale Park. At Arts Park it is well used by our musical entertainment. But what about the rest of the summer? We are looking for volunteers who are interested in helping us bring music to the Parkdale Park on a regular basis. Maybe we can have a regular Open Mike on stage there on Saturday afternoon? There are other options to explore as well. Are you interested? Would you like to help? Contact us at and we will get you involved. What else do we have to offer this summer? Our Summer Solstice festivities are held at Stirling-Caruthers Park on June 21 between 7 and 8:30 pm when a local children’s choir will perform. Don’t forget our Annual Samba Parade and party at McCormick Park on August 7 at 7 pm. Lots to do and many ways to get involved. Help us have a great summer in Hintonburg and contact us at Have a great Hintonburg Summer!

large Memorial Hall was built which commemorated the valour of the 126 parishioners who served overseas in World War I. Part of the old hall still remains at 19 Fairmont Avenue. This too has been added to and it is now an office building. As Ottawa expanded westward the parish grew and the church became overcrowded. Under the guidance of the rector Continued on page 33

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the Rev. Cecil Roach, the decision was made to relocate, and twelve lots were purchased on Parkdale and Warwick Avenues south of the CNR tracks (which are now the Queensway). In June 1939 the first

sod for the new church was turned. It was decided to begin with a basement church until sufficient funds could be raised to complete the structure. World War II prevented this until November 1949 almost

As part of St. Matthias’ ongoing celebration of its 125th anniversary, this year it will be participating in Ottawa’s Doors Open program. Doors will be open on two days: June 1 from 10 am to 5 pm and June 2 after the morning services from 1 pm to 5 pm. Highlighted will be the church history and some of the people who made it, a display of beautiful ecclesiastical embroidery, information about the stained glass windows, and periodic recitals on the Casavant Frères pipe organ. Refreshments will be served. Photo provided by St. Matthias Church

ten years after the congregation had begun worshipping on this site. Despite cutbacks to the original plans, the new church, at $210,000, cost twice as much as the original estimate. While the upstairs church was under construction, services were held in the nearby Elmdale Theatre at 1196 Wellington. Today this building houses The Cornerstone House of Refuge Apostolic Church. The rectory was completed in 1952 but after 2000 was no longer used by a rector and in 2008 was sold to the Parkdale Montessori School. Of the twelve original lots purchased in 1938, three were expropriated for construction of the Queensway (together with four houses on Parkdale and two on Warwick), and two were used for the rectory. St Matthias Church stands on four, and the remaining three are used for parking This year St. Matthias will be celebrating its 125th year. May 12 has been designated as Homecoming Day. All former clergy, staff, choir, servers, parishioners, in fact, everybody is invited to celebrate with St Matthias. At 10:30 am there will be a Choral Eucharist. Bishop John Chapman will preside and preach. At 4 pm there will be sung Evensong when the Primate, Fred Hiltz, will preside and preach. This will be followed by a reception and church supper.

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By Security Committee, Hintonburg Community Association Derelict properties have been in the news a lot lately, both those with heritage status and those without. Hintonburg has had a number of derelict buildings over the years, but now just two remain. These two buildings have been vacant for years–one for about eight years and the other for more than 10 years. Both structures are in awful shape and need to be torn down. They are frequently tagged with graffiti, have boarded windows and doors and garbage and tall weeds dominate the yards. The owners only ever do work when they are ordered to by By-Law Services. Sometimes they do not comply with the orders and the City then

has to contract the work out and apply the charge to their taxes. All of these by-law checks, orders and contracting arrangements cost taxpayers a lot of money. Recently, the mayor and council have given direction to staff to enforce the existing by-laws that have been in place all this time. For whatever reason, staff had made a past decision to not enforce the same rules on a derelict property that apply to all other properties. They said they couldn’t but it is now clear that it was simply a staff decision with no grounding in the City’s by-laws. Two staff have been dedicated to dealing with about 40 derelict properties in the City as well as dealing with problem rooming houses and some other problem

buildings. City staff have confirmed that these two buildings have orders on them with a compliance date of June 30. They are to be fixed up or torn down by that date or the City will do the work. The owners can apply for demolition but unless they have approved plans to rebuild they have to have the demolition approved by city council first. City staff are to report back to city council in September on other possible by-laws or charges that can be implemented to prevent properties from deteriorating to this point in the future. Kudos to the mayor for leading the charge on this. It should have happened years ago, but better late than never.




Two derelict properties found in Kitchissippi at 53 Merton Ave., and 131-133 Armstrong St. face demolition after a City-issued deadline of June 30. Photo by Cheryl Parrott

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We have had a report of a child’s bicycle being stolen from a family’s driveway. A neighbour saw the bicycle being put into the back of a pickup truck that is often seen driving up and down the streets on recycling or garbage day looking for scrap metal. The bike was very new, no rust and was not put out with the garbage – it was in the driveway.

Hintonburg Tulip Festival Cancelled The Hintonburg Tulip Festival that was planned for May 11 at Parkdale Park has been cancelled. Sorry to all the children and families that enjoy the festival. Look for us again in September. For information:

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and that it was being rushed through for approval. The City continues to provide explanations in different forums. But the details continue to be lacking. As residents, we must continue to push our elected officials to provide us with information about the light rail. Before discarding any option, I want to be fully informed and know that all interests were taken into consideration, including the communities most impacted by the decision. This decision will have a lasting impact since it will set the foundation for transportation in our city.


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The Board of Management of the Westboro Village Business Improvement Area (WVBIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Thorne as the new Executive Director of the organization. Mary, a native of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, brings a wealth of retail, marketing and business development experience to the position. A graduate in English and Political Science from Saint Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Mary took her Public Relations training from Mount St. Vincent University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

After national and international special event media relations and public relations management experience with Canada Games and the World Chess Festival, Mary discovered the retail marketing world. She successfully led innovative marketing initiatives for Market Square and Brunswick Square Shopping Centres in Saint John, New Brunswick before being recruited to Toronto by Oxford Properties Group. There, Mary led a marketing and community development effort at Dufferin Mall Shopping Centre in Toronto’s west end, which not only contributed to an on average, 3% sales increase annually during her seven year tenure, but won five national International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) Maple Leaf marketing awards and four international ICSC Maxi marketing awards for her innovative, strategic advertising and groundbreaking community service programs.

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City Hall Report By Councillor Katherine Hobbs, Kitchissippi Ward Churchill Avenue Construction Construction will soon begin on Churchill Avenue between Carling and Princeton. When complete, it will be beautiful and unique City wide. It will be the first street in the City with raised and segregated bike and pedestrian lanes, lined with trees and showcasing a dynamic piece of public art. The project also includes the rehabilitation and replacement of watermains, sanitary & storm sewers, the replacement of traffic signals and street lighting, and the rehabilitation of underground & overhead utilities. Western Light Rail Transit In April the city held a public Open House on the

Western LRT Corridor Planning and Environmental Assessment Study. Thank you to all those who came out to ask questions, share concerns and provide input. I will be following up with residents in May at additional meetings in Kitchissippi Ward. In the interim the city plans can be viewed via: Spring Clean-Up The city is busy cleaning away debris from what feels like our never ending winter and soon volunteers from all over Kitchissippi will be helping clean up our parks in the “Spring Cleaning the Capital” campaign. Last year, the Clifton Road Cleanup Crew who have been cleaning Clifton Road and the surrounding area for five years, were presented with a recognition plaque for their long-standing participation in the cleanup campaigns. Thanks to everyone working to make the

community more beautiful for us all. Rejuvenation of Fisher Park this spring and summer Fisher Park is being transformed over this spring and summer period. This will be a rejuvenation that will meet the needs of a growing and changing community. The changes and upgrades include: New children’s splash pad with 12 spray features, new swings and play structures including a climbing net, new and upgraded armour stone seating walls around play areas, new pathway around the playground linking Holland and Harmer Avenues, new pathway lighting, benches, picnic tables, community bulletin board, waste receptacles, bike racks and park signs. There will also be two new basketball courts adjacent to Fisher Park school and extensive new playground landscaping, tree and shrub planting. It is important to note that access to the playground at the north end of the park will be closed during construction from April to July.

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School Board Trustee Report By Jennifer McKenzie, Kitchissippi Ward Trustee

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Near West Accommodation Review Interim accommodation measures for Elmdale Public School and Devonshire Community Public School for the 201314 school year were approved by the board on March 26, and the Near West Accommodation Review Working Committee is now working diligently to find stable, long-term solutions to student accommodation problems in the near west area of the Board. The committee, which is made up of school and community representatives from the schools within the study area, is working toward a plan that will enhance the strength and viability of elementary programs while also supporting neighbourhood schools and walkability. In order to be able to arrive at stable solutions to the area’s student accommodation problems and also maintain robust programs, the committee is considering potentially significant changes to existing attendance boundaries, program offerings, and grade structures at certain schools. Recently, the committee issued a Request for Public Comment encouraging parents and community members who might have suggestions for the reorganization of school grade structures, programs and attendance boundaries to submit them to the Working Committee for consideration. Proposals and comments sent to NearWestReviewPublicComments@ will be considered by the committee prior to the presentation of the strongest and most workable options at a public meeting in June. A great deal of information about the Near West Accommodation Review, including school board staff reports, working committee meeting dates, agendas and meeting notes, the Request for Public Comment mentioned above, and proposals submitted by the various school communities represented on the working committee, is available at by clicking on the Schools tab and following the links under Accommodation/Program Reviews. To stay abreast of developments in the Near West Accommodation Review visit the Review webpage, and/or by attending

New Bike Path to Cross Former Ottawa Technical High School Field The board of trustees recently endorsed an amendment to the City of Ottawa Official Plan that will permit the city to construct a public bike path across the field of the former Ottawa Technical High School at 440 Albert St. The path will link the Laurier St. bikeway to Slater St. and other bike paths that cross the Lebreton Flats, but will be located so as to minimize impact on the current use of the green space. The school board will maintain control of the property while permitting public access, in case there is a need in the future to reestablish a public high school with full access to the field area. Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Survey in Schools in April and May The OCDSB is always looking for ways to better understand our students’ needs and use that knowledge to improve our schools and student achievement. Tell Them From Me (TTFM) is an on-line survey system that has been developed to provide anonymous but reliable input from students to support school improvement planning. This year, the OCDSB has used some of the TTFM measures and questions to create an Effective Schools Student Survey on bullying, school safety and student engagement. Throughout April and May, all students from grades 4 to 12 will be invited to complete the TTFM survey in a scheduled period during class time. Two different surveys—one for grades 4 to 6, another for grades 7 to 12—will be used. The survey is voluntary and anonymous, and parents will receive notification in writing from the school one to two weeks prior to their school’s survey date. Parents who do not want their child to participate will be given the opportunity to submit a notice of non-consent. We hope there will be strong student participation in the TTFM survey. It’s a safe, anonymous way for students to share thoughts and concerns about bullying and safety in their school. Their contributions will help the Board make our schools ever more safe and welcoming.

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May 9-11: Broadview Book Bonaza

Broadview Avenue Public school, 590 Broadview Ave., is looking for donations of comics, children’s books, adult fiction, adult non-fiction, CDs, DVDs, and electronic games. The sale runs May 10, 4 to 9 pm, May 11, 9 am to 9 pm and May 12, 9am to 12 pm.

Ottawa-Carleton Ash Tree Forum, from 7 to 9 pm, at The Citizen meeting room, 1101 Baxter Road. Display tables and a Panel will present the threat of the emerald ash borer and responses to it.

May 14: Bayview Station Design Meeting

Parkdale Park Tulip Festival is cancelled this year. Sorry but we have had to cancel this event this year. For information: hedc@

The presentation of the CDP proposals has been rescheduled to the May 14, 2013 Planning Committee meeting at City Hall, from the previously scheduled April 23 meeting. For more information regarding this study, please visit: http://

May 11: Elmdale’s Spring Clothing, Toy and Equipment and Plant Sale

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May 11: CANCELLED Hintonburg Tulip Festival

Elmdale Public School invites you to its spring 2-in-1 sale from 9 am to 12 pm (cash only) in the school gym, 49 Iona Street (Use Java Street entrance). From sunhats to strollers, jeans to tricycles…this sale includes quality, gently-used children’s clothes, shoes, outerwear, puzzles, games, strollers, bikes, baby gear, and more. Just in time for Mother’s Day, pick up a beautiful hanging basket from Richmond Nurseries, plus EcoClub seedlings and cuttings grown by Elmdale students.


All Saints Westboro, 347 Richmond Rd (near Mountain Equipment Co-op), from 9 am to 11 pm. Our plants are locally grown and acclimatized: satisfaction guaranteed. Our garage sale is expanding this year and will be held indoors in the church hall. Donations are welcome (phone 613 226 5638). Our proceeds go directly to the orphans of AIDS victims in South Africa.

May 11: Plant and Bake Sale

From 9 to 11 am, St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, 579 Parkdale Avenue, corner of Sherwood Drive. We will be selling a wide variety of plants - perennials, flowers, herbs annual seedlings, and providing advice on how to grow them, as well as lots of baked treats.

May 11-12: Plant and Garden Sale

From 9 am to 2 pm at First Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Ave. This plant sale includes hostas, geraniums, daisies, daylilies, perennials, herbs and shrubs to enhance your garden, plus heritage veggie starter plants. Proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to help Grandmothers and Orphans in Africa and to the Meditation Gardens for care and maintenance. Cash or cheque with ID please. For more information, please contact: 613-725-1066,,


Bird Fair - Andrew Hayden Park, 11am to 4pm. Come out and celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with Nature Canada! A day of fun for the whole family with entertainment, crafts and local artists, businesses and nature groups. Visit for more details.

May 12: Rare and Unusual Plant Sale

From 9 am to 1 pm, get everything you need for your garden from the many specialty growers and nurseries gathered for this event. Master Gardeners are available to answer your questions. Parking lot beside Neatby Bldg. at Carling & Maple Dr. Lot #293. Ottawa Food Bank will be on site to accept donations. For more information: 613-230-3276 or,

June 6-9: westfest

Westboro Village’s festival of music, art and life. Westfest runs June 6, 7, 8 and 9 for a full weekend of amazing Canadian talent, a Director’s Pick of the past ten years that will keep you dancing and singing along from start to finish. Saturday June 8 marks the first day of the weekend-long street closure on Richmond Road with the best of Westfest’s on-the-street features, from street food to performers to vendors. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend this milestone celebration. Guests are invited to bring refillable water bottles to beat the heat with water stations.


4-6 pm at the Churchill Seniors’ Centre, 345 Richmond Road. After the April 25 Public Open House at City Hall, City Councillors will vote on the final Western LRT route on July 10 (instead of June 5) and have committed to additional community consultations.


At Wesboro, corner of Golden and Byron, from 2 to 4 pm. Looking for a fun, sociable, outdoor summer sport? Try lawn bowling. You are invited to drop by to try the game, enjoy the hospitality and meet members for a pleasant afternoon. Flat soled shoes recommended.

May 22: Tea and Tour

Abbeyfield House, 425 Parkdale Avenue is a non-profit organization that provides accommodation for 10 senior citizens. Please join us for tea, cake and a tour on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2-4pm. Please RSVP at: 613-729-4817.

May 23: Torch relay in kitchissippi

On Saturday, June 8, at 1000 Byron Ave., from 10 am to 2 pm there will be a used book and café fundraiser for the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Ottawa. Enjoy your new reads with something sweet from the café. Cash only. Donate used books, children’s books, CDs, DVDs, audio books, and magazines in good condition and in any language. Please, no encyclopedias or text books. Drop off at 1000 Byron Avenue: May 25 and 26, from 10 am to noon. 613-728-0856. For more information:


This free, fun, family event will be held at Laroche Park in Mechanicsville on June 15, from noon until 4 pm will include a bouncy slide, entertainment, children’s activities, information table including Good Food Market, a BBQ and a bake table. We are also seeking volunteers, entertainment ideas and baked goods for the event. Contact Lorrie at 613-761-6672.

Parking Spaces Needed

A Hintonburg non-profit is looking for parking spaces to rent within walking distance of their O’Meara Street building. If you have one or more parking spaces free on weekdays, please contact Causeway Work Centre, 613-725-3494 ext. 121.

For the first time, Tamarack Homes Ottawa Race Weekend will begin with a Torch Relay on May 23. 80 runners will carry the official marathon flame from the town of Marathon (near Carp) to Ottawa City Hall. The route through Kitchissippi includes Carling Avenue, Richmond Road, Wellington Street W. and Somerset Street. Visit for details.

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MAY 24: Lobster Event

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West takes great pride in once again hosting “The Biggest Annual Lobster Event of the Year” on Friday, May 24,. It will be held at the Centurion Center on Colonnade Road.Tickets are $55.00 and can be obtained through the Ticket Hotline at (613) 787-9987.

The English Conversation Circle program at Rosemount Branch library, welcomes anyone wanting to practice their English language skills in a relaxed and friendly setting. Volunteers from the Catholic Immigration Centre, welcome people to join the group, to learn new vocabulary and enjoy the chance to chat. Mondays from 6:30 to 8 pm. No registration is required.

MAY 25: 10th Annual artsPark

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From 10am - 5pm at Parkdale Park for a free celebration of art, craft, music, local food, poetry, kids’ activities and more put on by the Hintonburg Community Association’s Arts Committee. ArtsPark starts with a bike parade, leaving from the Hintonburg Community Centre at 10am. To stay up to date on ArtsPark details, check out:!/ HintonburgArtspark.

MAY 26: Kitchissippi kilometre

When the runners cruise through Kitchissippi, join friends and neighbours to cheer them on at the 10K mark, at Clarendon and Wellington Street West. It’s a chance to show true Kitchissippi spirit.

May 13: Ash Tree Forum

Are you concerned about the future of ash trees in your neighborhood? Come to the Federation of Citizens’ Associations of

Hintonburg Recreation Association is seeking a volunteer to lead a weekly children’s T-Ball program at Laroche Park in Mechanicsville. Contact Lorrie at 613-761-6672 or email:


The challenge of picking a good read, has been reduced, owing to the addition of annotated comments on popular mystery authors and series to the Rosemount library shelves. The popular, Jan’s Mystery List, is now available at the shelf, with laminated lists. The colour codes refer to Jan’s assessment of gentle to graphic in violence. With three categories; green, yellow and red, interested readers can have a sneak preview into the world of mystery writing.


Practice and improve your Spanish speaking skills. We are Los Amigos Toastmasters We meet at the Civic Hospital, Main Building, Main Floor, Room 3 at the back left of the Cafeteria “Tulip Café” Mondays at 5:15 pm to 6:30 pm. Call Carole at 613-761-6537 or e-mail:


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The Hintonburg Community Association Environment Committee welcomes new volunteers. Meetings are at 7 pm on the third Tuesday of the month. For more information contact


Tuesday mornings, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, 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 for further information.


Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm; Laroche Park Field House, 7 Stonehurst Ave. All are welcome. Feel free to bring a friend.


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 pm for 10 to 17 year olds. For more information:


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 pm.


Chat about books and share your favorites with other teens. Ages 13 and up. Last Tuesday of the month at 7 pm (1 hr.) at the Ottawa Public Library Carlingwood Branch.


Come join us for free fitness classes at One Tooth Activewear, 261 Richmond Road. Mondays: Pilates at 7 pm, Tuesdays: Jump’n Junkies at 6:15 pm., Thursdays: Mom & Baby Yoga at 10:15 am, and every second Saturday: Family Yoga at 8:45 am. For more info: 613-728-8948.



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 pm for two hours. For more information: 819-827-1274.


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