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“I think it speaks to the neighbourhood and its random, whimsical, artsy nature,” says Hintonburg resident Natalie Hanson. “It makes you want to pay it forward too, it’s great.”

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When the doorbell rings at 10 o’clock at night in Hintonburg it’s seldom a good thing, but for Natalie Hanson of Hamilton Avenue it may be another visit from her neighbourhood gifting fairy, leaving only a flamingo on the doorstep and then vanishing into the dark night. It all started during Christmas

2012, when Hanson fancied a flamingo lighting ornament she discovered at Canadian Tire. Unfortunately, the item was out of stock across the entire city. Not to be defeated easily, Hanson got creative and cobbled together her own ornaments using lawn flamingos. However, she was still lacking the key ingredient: flamingos. “Lawn flamingos in December

are hard to come by,” says Hanson. “I did what anybody in Hintonburg does. I took it to Twitter and Facebook and said I was looking for lawn flamingos.” It didn’t take long for her first neon pink friend to arrive. “I got home from work one afternoon and there he was sitting in the snow bank, a couple of days later another Continued on page 7

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Sending a message

Citizens call for continued home mail delivery

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Nick Aplin is concerned about Canada Post’s decision to end home mail delivery, and not just because the 81-year-old Westboro resident receives mail almost every weekday. “I support door-to-door mail delivery because it’s just one of the attributes of the kind of society that I wish to live in,” says Aplin, a retired civil structural engineer. “I’m so, so irritated with the reduction, by this government, in the role of government and the attack on the poor and the least privileged, and this is just another example of that.” “I think it’s quite deliberate as an attempt to make it more difficult for people to feel a sense of social solidarity,” adds Aplin, whose parents raised him in 1930’s Toronto. “There was a real sense of ‘we’re all in this together.’ That social solidarity really got them—and me, the youngest one in the family—through the depression.” Aplin was one of three speakers, with Peter Denley of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and activist Shellie Bird, at a Kitchissippi Town Hall meeting on “Defend Our Home Mail Delivery” held April 9 at the Hintonburg Community Centre. About 50 people attended the event, organized by Solidarity Against Austerity, a network of community, labour, peace and anti-poverty activists. According to the speakers and several participants, cutting home postal delivery is unnecessary and will download costs to

“We have to complain at the whittling away of the essential values of this society, that I think are values to be really treasured.” municipalities, increase vehicle use, and adversely affect seniors, people with mobility issues and homebased businesses, among others. In written statements, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said he’s expressed objections to Canada Post service reductions, and Kitchissippi ward councillor, Katherine Hobbs, said she doesn’t support community mailboxes in the urban core. Kitchissippi ward candidates Dovi Chein and Jeff Leiper, and Ottawa Centre NDP provincial candidate Jennifer McKenzie, also attended, the latter two speaking in favour of retaining home delivery. In December 2013, Canada Post announced plans to phase out home

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delivery over the next five years, and to increase stamp prices, change internal operations and cut jobs. In fall 2014, 7,900 Kanata addresses will be among the first in Canada to switch from home to community mailbox delivery. Kevin Skerrett, a Solidarity Against Austerity volunteer who helped organize the April 9 meeting, says mail delivery is important to people, but they don’t have a way to be heard. The group decided to hold a meeting in Kitchissippi to engage residents in their neighbourhood and encourage municipal leaders to oppose the change, as their counterparts in some

other Canadian municipalities have done. “Despite people’s feelings of helplessness, there is a lot we can do,” says Skerrett. Aplin, who has long advocated for peace and social justice, says it’s important for people to speak up. “We have to complain at the whittling away of the essential values of this society, that I think are values to be really treasured.” Solidarity Against Austerity invites residents to sign a petition to Councillor Hobbs and Mayor Watson, and to get involved in future events. For more information go to maydayottawa.ca.

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This month, the Ottawa Bagelshop is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Its signature red awning is a Wellington West landmark and the shop and deli have become a neighbourhood institution. On weekends there are long line-ups for the hand-rolled bagels that come fresh out of the oven every three minutes. That’s 500 dozen bagels each day, 360 days of the year – meaning this family owned business has served over 30 million bagels since they opened their doors in April 1984. Westboro resident, Sarah Heath, says she keeps coming back for the “great bagels and friendly staff.” She adds that it’s also “one of the only places in town where you can still get Devon Cream.” While the quality and variety of food products draw customers time and again, Bagelshop owner and founder Vince Piazza recalls that when he first opened, there was not very much pedestrian traffic. But it did not take long for customers to come calling. “We were unique,” says Piazza. “We brought a unique product.” Piazza had the first wood-burning oven in Ontario and the shop was the first place in town to serve classic Montreal-style bagels. The recipe for his bagels came from Piazza’s brother-in-law Joe Morena, owner of St-Viateur Bagel in Montreal. Piazza was artisanal before artisanal was trendy. His bagels have always been made with natural ingredients. They are hand-rolled and boiled in honey water. When the Bagelshop first opened,

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To mark their 30th anniversary, on April 25 and 26, the Bagleshop will offer half a dozen bagels at the 1984 price – $1.75 (regular price: $4.95). Some customers may even be lucky enough to be served by Mayor Watson or Councillor Hobbs.

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Piazza had only a 900-square-foot store that carried about 25 products in addition to bagels. Over the years, the store expanded to over 7,000 square feet and now includes a restaurant. Although Piazza has over 100 suppliers around the world, he makes a point of supporting local artisans, such as Mrs. McGarrigle’s, Isobel Cookies and Cupcakes, and Michaelsdolce. While the founder is still active in managing the store, Piazza admits that he is starting to slow down as he hands the reins over to his daughter Liliane. Liliane Piazza was only two years old when the Bagelshop first opened, and practically grew up in the store. As a child she would come home from school at lunchtime and eat salami and bagel sandwiches in the back. As she got older, she began taking on different jobs in the busy shop and restaurant. She moved back to Ottawa two years ago with her husband Matthew Troncale to begin learning the ropes from her father so that she can take over the family business. “The opportunity was too good to pass up,” she says. “I love being part of this community.”

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Connaught gets a boost

Renovation benefits students, staff, and volunteers

Story and photo by Anita Grace

Imagine renovating an entire kitchen in just one day. With the help of a team of Home Depot employees and contractors, parent volunteers and school staff, Connaught Public School did just that on March 31.

Jackie Barratt, breakfast program volunteer (left) and Connaught principal Amy Hannah in the newly renovated school kitchen. Connaught Public School is one of 154 schools in Ottawa that participate in the Ottawa School Breakfast Program.

Used for the Ottawa School Breakfast Program, the Extended Day Program, and for cooking lessons, the kitchen at this Wellington West school is a small space that does big things. But with approximately 20 years since its last update, the cupboard doors were falling off and the mismatched counter tops were wearing down. Now, thanks to the donation of time, labour and money from the South Keys Home Depot, the kitchen looks brand new. Ottawa School Breakfast Program launches new fundraising campaign The Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) has partnered with Francesco’s Coffee and a number of local businesses to raise funds for its Ottawa School Breakfast Program. For the next six months, many Ottawa stores including Kitchissippi’s Thyme and Again, Fab Baby Gear, Piggy Market, and the Village Quire, will be selling bags of locally roasted cof-

“How lucky we are to have this!” says Amy Hannah, Connaught’s principal. “We never could have done this on our own. It’s a true gift.” Improvements include two new stoves, a new faucet, cupboard hardware, custombuilt counter tops and a backsplash. In addition, all the cupboard doors were taken down, sanded and repainted, courtesy of C.I.L. representative Steve Quinn. The breakfast program at Connaught serves 60-75 people each day, which includes students and caregivers. With a catchment area including Hintonburg, Mechanicsville and Wellington West, “there is a real diversity of students we serve,” Hannah notes. Fabian Mallette is the Home Depot store manager who coordinated the renovation and brought an eight-person crew. Every year his store takes on a few projects to support the community. Renovating a school kitchen brings obvious benefits to the recipients, but is also rewarding for the staff and contractors. “After we were finished, the kids sang for us and said thank you,” says Mallette. “You could see on everybody’s faces, they were so happy.” Hannah says one of the motivations to improve the facilities was to thank the dedicated breakfast program volunteer, Jackie Barratt. “She is a volunteer par excellence,” Hannah explains, noting that Barratt is whole-heartedly committed to the program and makes sure the children eat well and get balanced meals.

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and to use that thinking and reflection to become stronger writers.” Crysler’s submission, along with the other winning stories and poems, will be published in pot-pourri, a bilingual anthology, something that wouldn’t be possible without the support of FOPLA. “FOPLA is able to sponsor the

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The winners of this year’s Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest, which ran from December 2013 to February 2014, were announced at a special event at Ben Franklin Place on March 25.  Prizes were handed out to honour Ottawa-area youth between the ages of 9 and 17 who submitted poems and/or short stories in French and/or English. Bella Crysler, 13, was the only winner from Kitchissippi. Her poem, “The Girl Behind the Sunglasses,” received an honourable mention in the 12-14 poetry category, and it’s about bullying. Crysler is quick to point out that she hasn’t been through the kind of situation she describes in her poem, but chose to submit a poem about it because “it’s a big issue right now.” “It’s about bullying, but not the physical bullying, it’s about more of the intimidation, the feeling of being unsafe,” says Crysler. “Bullying scars you, physically and mentally,” she adds. Crysler, who is a student at Broadview PS, hopes that her poem will raise awareness about bullying and get more people talking about it. Kitchissippi author, Tudor Robins, was one of the judges of the youth writing contest. The Ottawa Public Library holds the contest annually, with sponsorship from the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA). “It was a huge honour to be given the chance to be a judge,” says Robins. “It

Bella Crysler’s poem, along with the other winning stories and poems from Ottawa youth, will be published in pot-pourri, a bilingual anthology. Photo by Sarah Tomkins.

showed a major commitment to writing that we received 200 English short story entries.” Robins notes it was “quite difficult to make the judging decisions, as there were so many stories that had particular areas of strength,” and that the winning entries were very strong across the board in terms of language, plot, and character development. Robins, who is a big supporter of the young writers and has led workshops at the OPL, instructed participants “to think hard about the strengths in their stories, and the areas they needed to work on,

“Bullying scars you, physically and mentally.” contest – and donate over $250,000 to the library each year – thanks to the hard work of over 300 FOPLA volunteers who sell used books in our bookstores and book sale shelves in 20 library branches and at special book sales,” says Jasmine Ball, of the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library. All money raised from the sale of potpourri is used to support the Ottawa Public Library and the Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest. Read Bella Crysler’s poem online at kitchissippi.com. For more information about the anthology – or to purchase a copy – go to ottawapubliclibraryfriends.

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A word from the judge Ottawa poet JC Sulzenko, had this to say about the youth writing contest: ca. It was my honour and pleasure to judge the poetry entries from poets ages 6-17. It was a challenge to select six poems for the winners’ circle from such a particularly strong field of entries in the 12-14 year-old category. What I looked for were poems with a ‘WOWs/U’ effect: W: they create wonder; O: they are original; W: every word counts; S: such poetry surprises, can grab you in unexpected ways; U: you, the readers feel the impact.  At the awards ceremony on March 25, here is what I highlighted about Isabella Crysler’s poem, “The Girl Behind the Sunglasses,” which received Honourable Mention: “This free-verse poem about identity contains a harsh warning, and I quote: “She hides behind sunglasses/waiting to pounce with bitter words/ to take your pride/ and stash it away behind the tinted lens.” The poet uses words, short lines and stanza breaks effectively to heighten the effect of this warning to not listen to the girl behind the sunglasses. I was so inspired by entries this year that I composed a cento, which uses one line from each of the winning poems, including Isabella’s, and creates a fresh work in new form and meaning. It’s available online at jcsulzenko.com under “What’s new.”


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A business of ferrets By Claudine Wilson

Several days a week, Jessica Lough makes her way to work at the Westboro Legion’s upstairs bar, but on Saturday April 12, she headed there for another reason: FerretFest 2014. As a board member of the Ferret Rescue Society of Ottawa (FRSO), Lough and other volunteers welcomed ferrets, their owners

and numerous fans to an afternoon of competition and ferret festivities. “This was our first time holding the event at the branch,” says Lough, “and it was the best yet for both attendance and fundraising.” Nacho, one of Loughs’s two pet ferrets, was the official “spokesferret” for the event. Once it was over, Nacho resumed his duties tweeting for FRSO

@FerretRescueOtt. “Ferrets are wonderful pets,” notes Kitchissippi resident Maia Cody. “They’re hypoallergenic, friendly, intelligent, and love to play.” FerretFest attracted 97 humans, 35 ferrets, and raised $1,500 for Ottawa’s only ferret rescue. For more information about FRSO go to ferretrescue.ca.

Mystery remains unsolved Continued from page 1 one shows up,” said Hanson. “It was such a random one-off post, it’s not like I’ve gone on and on about my love of flamingos, though I do think they are ridiculous birds,” she says. Every couple of months throughout the winter, another flamingo arrived, one made of knitted yarn, another fashioned out of thin metal, big ones and small ones; all to the delight of Hanson and her family. Hanson has been active in the community since moving here in 1999. Hanson worked for two years as Executive Director of the Westboro BIA, served on the board of Newswest, been Volunteer Coordinator for the Hintonburg 5K and was recently volunteer Chair of the Board at the Ottawa Theatre School. Her partner, Jeff Leiper, has spent time on the Board of Directors for the Hintonburg Community

Association, with a two year term as the association president. He is currently in the running for City Councillor in Kitchissippi Ward. It seems someone in the neighbourhood has decided to pay it back (or maybe pay it forward?) to the couple in true Hintonburg fashion. “It’s a random fun thing. I think it speaks to the neighbourhood and its random, whimsical, artsy nature,” says Hanson. With winter finally come to an end, so does the supply of flamingos for this season. The fairy seems to come and go with the snow, the most recent delivery coming after a bitter March blizzard. “I’m sure I could figure out who it is, but I don’t really want to know who you are,” Hanson says of the flamingo gifter. “Whoever did this, they got me through the winter, so thank you!”

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Community open house tour of proposed Innovation Centre The City of Ottawa will be hosting a community open house tour of the proposed site for the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards (7 Bayview Road) on Saturday, April 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. The Innovation Centre will be a creative hub for business incubation and acceleration, to help foster new businesses and entrepreneurs. Formal work has already begun to create architectural and interior design concepts and space configurations. We invite you to attend one of our tours. City of Ottawa staff will be on-hand to guide and hear your creative suggestions on how to make best use of this building – for our local aspiring entrepreneurs and the surrounding community.

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Presenting to an enthusiastic and responsive full house, Kitchissippi’s Eric Coates, GCTC’s artistic director, entertained supporters with a jam-packed hour of information, laughs, glimpses into the 2014/2015 season’s plays, and a very creative ‘subscription’ notice who periodically wandered onto the stage in his birthday suit (well, almost). GCTC celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014/2015, and in the words of Nhanci Wright, Chair of the Board of Directors of GCTC, the theatre has “survived through the people who come to see the plays.” Originally housed on Gladstone Avenue, they received a donation of $2.5 million in 2004 to build the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre, located in the heart of Kitchissippi on Wellington Street. Although it ultimately cost over $11 million, through funders and sponsors, volunteers, donors and Board challenges (which raised $30,000 last year), they are close to being debt free. “I love theatre. You never know what can happen,” says Coates. “It’s a balance between bravado and hard work,” he adds, likening theatre to “a bee hive.” GCTC has a commitment to “foster, produce and promote excellent theatre that provokes examination of Canadian life and our place in the world.” They show current plays with, Coates adds, “a divergent, provocative and multiplicity of themes.” The 40th season opens mid-September with the world premiere of a family memoir, The Boy in the Moon, which deals with Canadian journalist and author Ian Brown’s experience raising his son, Walker, who had a rare genetic disorder. Adapted for theatre by Emil Sher, the play has been financially supported by The Charles Dalphen Tribute Fund, in honour of “the value of human life.” Charles Dalphen, a former GCTC Board member who died 5 years ago, was, in the words of his wife, Susannah, “instrumental in getting Canadian work out to the public. Chuck

had a great sensitivity toward people with disabilities,” she adds with hopes that the play will have “a lasting legacy.” Kitchissippi’s Margo MacDonald appears in Pomme and Restes: Shipwrecked! On the Tempestuous Lost Island of Never, a co-production with A Company of Fools, a family play which will take place in November and December. Coates describes the story as “working on a cruise ship hit by an iceberg and then stranded on a deserted island, where they meet literary figures from the past – from Anne of Green Gables to Captain Hook.” According to Coates, this new season of plays range from “family memoir to Bollywood dance, shipwrecked clowns, desperate lovers, sibling rivalry, and the civil service.” Other changes to GCTC this season include Undercurrents moving to the Fringe Festival and being replaced with Propeller Dance, an accessible dance company that integrates individuals with disabilities. The group will be practicing on site at GCTC during the year and performing in May 2015. For more information on this new season’s plays, visit the GCTC’s website at gctc.ca.


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Stepping “out of the box”

HISTORY repeats itself

Kitchissippi artists show work at local event Story and photo by Judith van Berkom

Kitchissippi United Church hosted the Third Annual Fibre Fling and Tea on Island Park Drive, April 4 and 5, 2014 with members of the church community providing high tea, and

scan them,” she adds. The patterns are then recreated using embroidery and beads. Two of Gordon’s other pieces are titled “Bunny Suits” – whimsical rabbits made from fabric originally meant for the sewing of suits. It’s a personal artistic

Kitchissippi artist Patricia Gordon (L) with Nancy Garrard, Out of the Box co-chair of the organizing committee, fibre artist and Kitchissippi United Church member, and Garrie Bea Joyce, Kitchissippi artist (R).

Out of the Box fibre artists providing the eye candy. All proceeds from the tea and a percentage of the sales went to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Kitchissippi artists, Garrie Bea Joyce and Patricia Gordon, were among the approximately 50 artists who showcased some of their recent work. Some of Gordon’s pieces are based on QR (quick response) codes. A QR code consists of black squares on a white squared background, which can be read by smart phones. Data – such as a website address – can be extracted from these patterns. “You see them everywhere,” says Gordon. “I take my iPhone and

statement that hearkens to her previous life working for an advertising firm in Toronto. All of the participating artists shared tales of inspiration in plaques displayed next to their work. It was as inspiring to read what inspired them as seeing the end result. “Every piece has a story. Some are incredibly moving,” says Nancy Garrard, Out of the Box planning committee co-chair. Joyce’s inspiration for her series comes from flights to California. “When I looked down, I was always seeing patterns. This is the source for these pieces – plus imagination. Look for the

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‘Zingers’ [lightening bolts] and the gifts,” explains Joyce. It’s a trademark of her work. Joyce comes from generations of artists – both her mother and grandmother were artists. She has been an artist all her life. The idea for a combined fibre art and high tea event originally began with a member of the congregation. “I always wanted to do a fundraiser,” says Garrard. “High tea is a bit of a dying art.” She adds there’s a “shortage of high tea places” in Ottawa. “Last year we could have sold another 200 tickets.” Visitors to the high tea portion of the day were treated to special cucumber sandwiches, made by eighty-nine-yearold, Else Peckham from Ruskin Street. “It’s her specialty,” says Garrard. The Out of the Box Fibre Art group pushes the boundaries of fibre art. Unique to this group is the sharing of ideas and work at the end of each meeting. There is a library of resources available to members and money set aside each year for new resources. Joyce and Gordon agree it’s a “warm and nurturing place.” Out of the Box meets on the third Monday of each month, from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at the Ottawa Citizen main floor board room on Baxter Road. For more information, see their website at out-of-the-box.org.

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Morning line up for the Gatineau bus is often 60-70 people long; nearby, intersection traffic hinders bus progress through a green light. Photo by Cheryl Parrott

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Community Group Documents Rush Hour Traffic By Scott/Albert Thrown Under the Bus Working Group Lebreton Station (Booth at the Transitway) is a major bus transfer station! Who knew!! OC Transpo and Mayor Watson tell us that if bus riders are forced to transfer from one bus to another – they will simply get off the bus and drive their car, they will not transfer – Period! That is why 2500 buses a day MUST go down Scott/Albert Streets. Clearly several thousand people transfer at this transitway station alone every day and at many other transitway stations and on regular routes. The City plans to divert 2,500 buses a day onto Scott/Albert Streets for 2 ½ years while the Light Rail Transit (LRT) is being built – from December 2015 to June 2018. The diversion, from just west of Holland to Empress, will put buses a mere 15 feet from residents’ windows and other traffic will divert onto neighbouring residential streets. The Coalition of groups looking for a better solution supports the LRT but believes there are solutions to reduce the number of buses on Scott/ Albert that will prevent incredible backlogs of traffic while making it liveable for residents, and safer for cyclists and pedestrians. More than a dozen volunteers were at Lebreton Station during morning rush hour on April 1 to test OC Transpo’s statement by counting people getting off and on buses. The numbers are truly staggering. The majority of people are transferring to Gatineau bound buses but also a significant number were transferring to the #93 westbound bus – possibly heading

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to the Kanata business park. What we found in just a 1 hour period: • 1126 people got off buses and 957 got on buses from all directions. • 693 people got on Gatineau-bound buses in 1 hour and 240 got on in just one 15 minute period. • 101 people got on 6 very well used westbound buses in 1 hour. • Westbound buses on average - 1.16 people got off and 1.54 people got on. • Eastbound buses on average - 5.85 people got off and 0.43 people got on. Now visualize this proposed detour route on a winter day on the very narrow sidewalks at the corner of Albert and Preston. Picture this number of people getting off up to 300 buses in 1 hour, and trying to cross intersections that are 6 or 7 lanes wide, to catch their next bus. Think of all the other traffic trying to turn on and off Preston and the long line-ups we see today with cars and trucks trying to get across to Gatineau. We do not believe the City’s estimate that bus riders will only be delayed 2-3 minutes from Tunney’s to Booth. These buses will have to go through 8 added traffic lights and several major transfer points. We believe the buses will be backed up for blocks. Add in the odd snow storm, stray elk, or other factors and there are no alternative routes to relieve traffic chaos – all so that 1 - 6 people per bus do not have to transfer. Better to sit on a bus

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but time took its toll on the structure and the old school building was torn down and rebuilt in the late ’90s. Organizers are determined to make the upcoming school year a memorable one and are in preliminary planning stages for the 2014/2015 centennial festivities. Among the items already collected include a photo of the Hilson choir in the 1950s, a document outlining much of the school’s history, and the memories of one or two local seniors, who attended the school themselves. “We want people to know that they can donate or lend items they may have from their time at the old school - classroom furniture, readers, yearbooks, straps, old erasers -anything,” said Tosh Kennedy. To make a loan or a donation of stories or memorabilia, please contact Tara Tosh Kennedy at taratosh@rogers. com by the end of June, 2014. Photos and memorabilia can also be dropped off at the school itself at 407 Hilson Avenue.

Organizers of the upcoming 100th anniversary celebration of Hilson Avenue Public School are looking for public help. “We’re on the hunt for photos of the old school, artifacts and memorabilia – anything from old t-shirts with the school’s name, to textbooks to a school desk,” said Tara Tosh Kennedy, a member of Hilson Avenue P.S.’s School Council. “We want people to dig into the attic, raid their photo albums, talk to their grandparents, talk to moms, dads, brothers or aunts who went to the school. Even written-down memories of the school will be an incredible way for our students to connect to the school’s history,” said Tosh Kennedy. In 1914, the school was built on a small parcel of farmland sold to the Nepean Township School Board by local farmer Fred Heney. His farm was a long and narrow, stretching from the Ottawa River to Carling Avenue. The school added two additions to the original eight-room schoolhouse,

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Devonshire School Art Show

Childrens’ art auction benefits local schools

Insect threatens city trees

By Summer JL Baird In an initiative by a local business to benefit the Hintonburg Community, and our elementary schools in particular, classes at Devonshire Public School, Devonshire’s School Age Program, and Hintonburg Community Centre were asked to create group artworks on themes of their choosing. The children readily agreed and the result was beneficial for all concerned. Supplies where distributed to the involved schools and classes, and the pieces worked on, and collected, through the month of February. Childrens’ art adorned the walls of HPH in March to raise funds for local school programming. They were then displayed to the ap- Photo by Summer JL Baird preciation of area residents, and sold by silent auction at The Hintonburg $1020.00 and there are still a few of the comPublic House during the month of March. Fifty percent of proceeds from the auction munity group pieces available, so do stop by went to the Devonshire Public School and one could be yours for just $30.00. Hintonburg Public House, the venue for Council to fund extras for classrooms, school trips, and help for students in need at the the show and sale, would like to offer special thanks to Wallack’s Art Supplies for donating school. The other fifty percent went to Connaught many of the art boards, and to a few other Public School to help set up their new Early amazing people in the area for supplying the French Immersion program to which some of rest. Thanks go also, to the teachers and staff the children currently at Devonshire will be moved in the fall of 2014 under the reorgani- who incorporated the idea into their lesson plans and encouraged their students to parzation of the school zones in our area. It was great to see the children getting ticipate. It was very much appreciated and its excited about art and to have them come in effects will be enjoyed by many area children with such proud faces, to show their families for some time to come. Based on the success of this community their works of art on public display. For most, this was a first, and as we might imagine, a effort, we encourage area art lovers to watch next spring for the 2015 Kids’ Art Show funconsiderable thrill for any school age child. The sale of the children’s works raised draiser at The HPH.

By Barbara Long As April draws to an end, and trees and shrubs come back to life, certain trees will not sprout new leaves; These trees are dead. And their number is growing. In Hintonburg’s McCormick Park, ten trees have been marked for removal. Their loss will make a huge difference in such a small park. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a beetle that has no natural predators in North America. It is believed to have been accidentally introduced to Michigan in 2002 and made its first appearance in Ottawa in 2008. It lays its eggs, and feeds, on ash trees. For Ottawa, this means that 25% of all tree cover is under immediate threat, and the EAB continues to spread. The City of Ottawa has been trying to combat the EAB since its first appearance with methods including proactive and replacement tree planting, selective tree injections, tree removal, and wood movement and disposal. Over 105,300 trees have been planted in Ottawa in 2013. Over 2,730 Ash trees were injected with a natural insecticide called TreeAzin. These measures notwithstanding, many ash trees have perished in Ottawa in 2013 and more will die in the coming year. Losing one quarter of all tree canopy would be an unmitigated disaster. Apart from their aesthetic value, these trees provide

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habitat for wildlife, contribute to water quality, reduce storm runoff, counteract pollution, and increase property values. Loss of trees will mean a decrease in quality of living for many years to come, despite the replanting. Community involvement at this stage is crucial. Any individual living in Ottawa can help protect local ash trees by doing any of the following: • Identifying and treating the endangered trees on their property (treating costs about $250 depending on the size of the tree and must be repeated every two years). • Cutting and replacing the ash trees. Cutting down an infected tree costs about $1000 and the tree must be quarantined after. • Contacting an arborist trained in EAB to arrange for the treatment of at-risk trees on their property. • Drawing the City’s attention to atrisk trees on City-owned land. • Spreading the word and joining forces within neighbourhoods to combat EAB. Many arborists will give discounts if treating an entire street as opposed to a single tree. For many of the Ottawa ash trees time has already run out. Let us hope that, together, we can preserve what remains and rebuild our urban canopy. For more information on Ecology Ottawa’s tree initiative go to http:// ecologyottawa.ca/tree-ottawa/

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Westboro Residents Gearing Up for TrainExpo

Area show aims to entice future Model Railway Enthusiasts By D. Stremes Inside just about every man there remains something of a small boy. Whether he is five or 85, there remains a fascination with trains; it could be with the steam powered monsters of yesteryear or the powerful diesel units of today. Most of us have marveled at its size, while waiting at a grade crossing, for a kilometer-and-a-half long freight train to pass, or have fantasized about being a passenger aboard the 500 meter long silver caterpillar that is VIA’s transcontinental Canadian, as it wends its way across the country. These scenes and more will be brought to life in miniature at TRAINExpo 2014, taking place in Ottawa on the weekend of April 26 and 27. This exhibition will include several model railroad layouts, of different sizes and scales, where one can follow the progress of miniature trains as they negotiate the curves and tunnels around a detailed circuit. For the younger enthusiasts, there will be trains in the form of an operating layout built entirely in LEGO and even Thomas the Tanker Engine is rumoured to be making appearance. Although TRAINExpo is primarily a showcase for miniature railways, the full size version hasn’t been forgotten either. The Bytown Railway Society will be displaying its restored 1957 Pontiac Hy Rail car (a station wagon that travelled on railway lines) and, together with the

C. Robert Craig Memorial Library, will present a historical view of the railways in and about the nation’s capital. Some Ottawa West residents, who are also avid rail enthusiasts, indicated that they are looking forward eagerly to this year’s show. McKellar Park resident Peter McGuire will be attending TRAINExpo for a third straight year. “This is the biggest train show in Eastern Canada.” he says, “ I’m looking forward to seeing the various train layouts and talking to the manufacturers about upcoming models - it’s a great time to be a Canadian railroad modeler. Anyone with an interest in trains - modeling, history, whatever - should be thinking about attending this show!” David Knowles, who lives in the Island Park area, will be manning a booth promoting the C. Robert Craig Memorial Library. Scale model railroading offers challenges and satisfaction Housed at the City of Ottawa Archives, to hobbyists of all ages. Photo by Fred Adams this extensive Library contains thousands of books, magazines and photo- ensures that the show’s combination of Prizes include Ottawa Sens tickets, graphic images, as well as maps and vendors, exhibitors and model layouts International Jazz Festival tickets, an oil other archival material related to will have something for anyone with an change and car cleaning, annual museum passes, gift certificates to local restauinterest in model railroading. Canadian railways. TRAINExpo is not-for-profit organi- rants, and much, much more. David and fellow library volunteers TrainExpo 2014, which runs from 10 will be at TRAINExpo throughout the zation and a proud sponsor of Roger’s weekend to acquaint visitors with this House, one of only four facilities in am to 4 pm on April 26 and 27, is in Hall Canada that offer a “home away from #1 of the Ernst & Young Centre, 4899 valuable community resource. Westboro resident Dave Stremes home” for children with life threatening Uplands Drive in Ottawa, near the Ottawa airport. The cost is $12.00 for wears two hats while he prepares for the illnesses. TRAINExpo will be holding a draw, adults and $8.00 for children 6-12, upcoming show. He is President of the Bytown Railway Society as well as a with prizes donated by local businesses while those 5 and under can enjoy TRAINExpo Marketing Director, and and all proceeds going to Roger’s House. TrainExpo2014 for free.

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school that it serves, identifying hazards that students may encounter when walking to school, and will soon be making “preferred route to school” maps available. Working Toward a Green Employer Policy Last Spring, trustees passed a motion directing staff to develop a Green Employer Active Transport, Commuting and Parking Support Policy. The aim of this policy is to promote and support the use of progressive active transportation (walking, cycling, etc.) and the use of public transit and carpooling among our staff and within our school communities. This decision is consistent with the OCDSB’s Environmental Education Policy, which outlines the District’s commitment to delivering effective environmental education and modeling environmentally responsible practices. Visit ocdsb.ca, for information on how community members can provide input to the Board as we work toward becoming a leading Green Employer in Ottawa. 2014-15 Budget News The OCDSB’s annual budget planning process is well underway. Key priorities for funding that have emerged in staff reports include the final phase-in of Full Day Kindergarten; “Closing the Gap” initiatives to support achievement for English language learners, special education students, students living in poverty and other high-needs student populations; the expansion of secondary school bus transportation; infrastructure renewal for science labs and play structures; and the implementation of the new geographic model for the delivery of special education. Community input is an important part of the Budget process. Public delegations and public questions will be heard at the scheduled Budget debate meetings in late May and early June. More detailed information on the 2014-15 Budget process, including meeting dates and times, can be found in the OCDSB Budget Guide on the Board’s website. Final approval of the 2014-15 Budget is scheduled for the June 23rd Board meeting.

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April 22 marks 44th annual observation By Paul Dewar MP (NDP) This month on April 22, we will be celebrating Earth Day. While many Canadians continue to do their part to reduce individual carbon footprints, the government continues to ignore climate change, believing instead, as former Cabinet Minister Gordon O’Connor has said that it’s simply a “buzz phrase.” You would think that the latest report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change would be cause for concern among government MPs. The report warns that average global temperatures could increase by 2.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times, potentially causing food shortages, natural disasters, economic damage and violence. The report stresses that the world is ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate. When will the government drop its rhetoric and actually commit to addressing climate change? The information and warnings in the IPCC report are not new. Recently,evenSaskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Jim Prentice have said that Ottawa must introduce greenhouse gas emissions targets for the oil and gas industries in particular. Despite claims by Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq that we are on track to meet goverment emissions targets the government has set, our Copenhagen commitment of 17 percent below 2006 levels by 2020 is unambitious and likely unattainable, as a result of the government’s own policies. Emissions reductions thuss-far are largely the result of provincial efforts, the economic downturn and changes to the UN carbon accounting system. Unfortunately, Canada has developed a poor international reputation regarding environmental protection and climate change, as a result of the Conservative government’s inaction and obstructive policies. Some of these destructive decisions include the government’s decision to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol; scrapping the EcoEnergy retrofit program; cutting funding to the Experimental Lakes Area program; gutting of the Navigable Waters Protection Act, and drastically cutting

back on monitoring of the Short Lived Climate Pollutants in the North. As the current Chair of the Arctic Council, Canada has the potential to play a very important role in working with other member nations to address climate change prevention, mitigation and adaptation in the Arctic, as well as ensuring that the fragile ecosystems of the North are protected. New Democrats are committed to addressing

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By Hintonburg Community Association Security Committee. 1. Bicycles stolen from garage off the back lane between Spadina and Irving. Make sure to lock bicycles, mark down serial number, mark identifying information on the bike (you can borrow an engraver from the police). Report all theft to the police by calling 613-236-1222 x 7300 – it helps police see trends and hot spots. If they don’t know there is nothing they can do. 2. Aggressive bottle picker - going through blue boxes on residents’ porches to get wine & beer bottles. Seen around Bayswater/Gladstone area. Can be very abusive and followed one resident down the street hurling abuse. Description: medium height, wiry, dark-skinned, bushy hair, wearing a blue jacket with white piping. Call police at 613-230-6211 to have a police officer attend. Another bottle picker going onto porches in the Melrose/Gladstone area – short stocky fellow with glasses riding a bike. 3. Door to door salesmen in the Stirling/Ladouceur area trying to sell gas and power contracts. They make it sound like they are from Enbridge but they aren’t. With gas & power prices going up expect to see more at your door. 4. Safety Tips for door to door salesmen provided by Cst. Milton. www.torontopolice.on.ca/financialcrimes/enercare-know_your_rights.pdf For all the above please also let Cst. Milton know miltona@ottawapolice.ca 613-295-2790 and also let the HCA know at info@hintonburg.com 613-798-7987

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Police Station Closures Alarming Letter to the Editor To a long time resident of Westboro, closure of Community Police Stations is alarming. We used to have a police station on Churchill Ave. Now our area is split into two. Some of us would find our local constable working out of the Parkwood Hills community station and some of us would find our local constable working out of the Bayshore community station. However the closest community station can be found at the Hintonburg Community Centre on Wellington Street. Common sense is to keep this station open as it pretty well serves all of Kitchissippi and is easy to find. Gary Ludington

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ISS Is Over Our Heads (Again)

NASA info shows that sky traffic too, is intense in our neighbourhoods. With just over 100 earth orbits per week, the International Space Station flies over Kitchissippi fairly regularly. This week, it will pass overhead twice nightly at reasonably early viewing times. The angle of the sun’s rays as the ISS passes overhead determines whether it is visible to us or not. When the ISS is in the shadow of the earth, we miss it. But when it ‘s in the sunlight at that shadow’s edge, it becomes the third brightest object in the sky and resembles a fast moving, silent jet. For a first time viewer,

it can be quite awe inspiring. In size, it’s as big as a football field with nearly an acre of solar panels to harvest power from the sun’s light. It travels at approximately 27,000 kilometres per hour (about 17,000 mph) and is between 319- 346 km (approximately 200 miles) above us when it’s overhead. The ISS has been orbiting earth since October 2000 and completes just over 15 orbits per day. Twice nightly visible passes at reasonable times are fairly rare and clear spring nights should make spotting the station an inter-

esting and perhaps inspiring project for young and old. You can find more information about the ISS online, and even sign up to be notified by email when it will be visible (weather permitting) as it passes over Kitchissippi. FMI: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/ main/ Below is a chart of this week’s visible fly overs with exact times and sky locations. Set your alarm, tell a friend, and see what you can discover.

Date

Duration

Max Height

Appears

Disappears

Thu Apr 17, 8:42 PM

4 min

32°

25 above NNW

11 above ENE

Thu Apr 17, 10:18 PM

1 min

42°

18 above WNW

42 above WNW

Fri Apr 18, 9:30 PM

2 min

69°

33 above NW

40 above E

Fri Apr 18, 11:06 PM

< 1 min

10°

10 above W

10 above W

Sat Apr 19, 8:42 PM

4 min

49°

30 above NW

13 above E

Sat Apr 19, 10:17 PM

2 min

28°

11 above WNW

28 above WSW

Sun Apr 20, 9:30 PM

3 min

53°

26 above W

35 above SSE

Mon Apr 21, 8:42 PM

4 min

84°

42 above WNW

12 above ESE

Mon Apr 21, 10:18 PM

1 min

13°

10 above WSW

13 above SW

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Springtime is cleaning time By Katherine Hobbs, Councillor, Ward 15 A huge thank you to all in our communities that continue to participate in the “Cleaning the Capital” program. After such a long and hard winter we all look forward to a cleaner and green spring on the streets, and in the parks of Kitchissippi. And of course construction season begins! Sweeping Away Winter Annually, the City sweeps over 6,500 kilometres of roads and over 2,000 kilometres of sidewalks to keep us clean and green. The dates for sweeping are weather dependant, but concentrated sweeping operations started April 14 downtown. City wide street sweeping includes day and night time work (allowable under City bylaws) that unfortunately causes some noise and dust. On-street parking

restrictions are in effect to allow efficient sweeping. Visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 for more information about cleaning schedules and operations. New Roads and Infrastructure Construction on Churchill Avenue started in earnest as of March. Hydro and other utilities are currently transferring the lines over to the new poles. The old poles will be removed to make way for the new enhanced sidewalk and bike lane. Once complete, Churchill Avenue will be Ottawa’s first complete street! It will be the model for other streets in Kitchissippi and throughout Ottawa (like Scott Street). Currently Kitchissippi Ward has more cycling infrastructure than any other Ward in the City – so let’s keep it going to ensure cycling and walking through our neighbourhoods is safe and easy for all ages.

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Spring and summer brings an increase in construction-related activity across the city, including a $51-million investment towards the road surfacing program and approximately $540 million in capital projects to maintain, renew and protect infrastructure assets. The $51 million resurfacing program equates to 185 km of repaved roadway to improve our transportation networks and reduce road issues. A City priority is infrastructure renewal to ensure our transportation system is in good working order and that we all have access to safe and reliable services. Planned road resurfacing work prepares roadways for increased traffic flow stemming from the Confederation Line construction. It’s also timely in addressing the many incidents of potholes on Ottawa roadways which is an all too familiar story with this winter’s toll on roads throughout North America.

Property Tax Deferral The city offers property tax deferral for low income seniors and persons with disabilities. Ottawa was the first city in North America to allow low-income seniors or people with disabilities (earning less than $39,000) who own their own home to defer taxes until the property is sold or transferred to another owner. Since 2007 the program allows those who qualify to have the property taxes on their residence deferred at an annual interest rate of 5%. This allows homeowners who might otherwise have to sell, to stay in their homes and their neighbourhoods. All program details can be found at ottawa.ca or by calling the Revenue Branch at 613-580-2444. How can I help you? Contact me at 613-580-2485, Katherine.Hobbs@ Ottawa.ca, @Katherine_Hobbs, or on Facebook: Katherine Hobbs for Kitchissippi

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bound buses could end at Hurdman or Kent. Transferring is possible and does happen. There are solutions that would make this a win/win solution rather than the lose/ lose this detour will be. We ask our elected representatives to work with us to make this work for the people that live on and near Scott and Albert but also for those bus riders who will be stuck in traffic. For more information see our Facebook page: Albert/Scott Thrown Under the Bus (www.facebook.com/ stopthebuses) Email: albertscottthrownunderthebus@outlook.com


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April 18- Benjamin’s Box In the Chapel of All Saints’ Anglican Church Westboro, on Good Friday morning from 10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Hear the story of Benjamin, the little boy who followed Jesus through the days just before Easter. For children aged 3-10 and their parents, this hour of storytelling, crafts, and singing ends with a light lunch. No registration fee. April 19 - The 5th Annual McKellar Park Egg Hunt & Cookie Potluck The hunt will take place - rain or shine or snow - at 10:00 a.m. sharp.  Parents of participating children are asked to bring 10 plastic eggs per child, with peanutfree treats inside, and a few goodies to share. Please arrive at 9:15 a.m. to hide the eggs ahead of the children’s arrival. When the hunt begins, all the kids are invited to find any 10 eggs. There will be tables set up for the potluck, Starbucks will be on hand providing coffee, and the bathrooms in the field house will be available.  For more information email claire.todd@ broadviewparents.org. Starts April 23 - FRIENDS for Life This 9-week anxiety prevention program for children 7-9 years of age has proven to be effective in building emotional resilience and teaching strategies that are practical and useful for coping with times of worry and change. Wednesdays, April 23 to June 18, 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.  Call Family Services Ottawa at 613-725-3601 ext. 207 for information and registration, or go to familyservicesottawa.org. APRIL 25 & 26 – KITCHISSIPPI UNITED CHURCH SPRING RUMMAGE SALE A wide selection of clothing, collectibles, boutique items, jewellery, books, bedding, household items and toys makes this a popular event.  Come and browse from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Friday April 25 and 9:00 a.m. – noon on Saturday April 26.  630 Island Park Drive (at the Queensway). For information call 613-722-7254. April 26 - Parkdale United Church Spring Rummage Sale Parkdale United Church’s Spring Rummage Sale will take place at 429 Parkdale Avenue at Gladstone, on Saturday April 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information please call the church at 613728-8656 or go to parkdaleunitedchurch.ca. April 26 - Spring Flea Market St. Matthias Church (555 Parkdale Avenue at the Queensway) is holding its Annual Spring Flea Market on Saturday April 26 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  There will be jewellery, collectables, toys, household items, books, and good secondhand clothing.

April 26 – Eight annual Nepali Gala This fundraiser is for the Women’s Foundation of Nepal. There will be a sale of scarves and shawls, as well as a silent auction, cultural dancing, and dinner from 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m., at First Unitarian Congregation (30 Cleary Avenue). Our patron this year is Ottawa humanitarian Grete Hale, and Mia’s Indian Restaurant has graciously donated the dinner. All donations (cash and/or cheque) will be gratefully accepted for the abused and abandoned women and children of the Women’s Foundation of Nepal. Reservations required: nepaligala2014@ gmail.ca or Alison 613-266-9007

May 3 - Fabric Flea Market 56 tables will be selling fabric, notions and all things sewing related at the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington Street West) from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. In addition to individual vendors offering quality fabrics at discount prices, local retailers taking part this year include Darrell Thomas Textiles, Fabrications, Wabi Sabi and Lulu & Coco. Proceeds from the $2 entry fee will benefit patient programs at the Salvation Army’s Grace Manor. Contact Tracey at fabricfleamarket@hotmail.com or 613-797-5908.  Follow on Facebook for the latest details: www.facebook.com/hffm0505

May 1 - “Back to our roots” Parkdale Food Centre Gala This fundraiser will be taking place at the Urban Element (424 Parkdale Avenue) from 6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Enjoy food and drinks courtesy of the Urban Element, the Merry Dairy, Stone Soup Foodworks, Supply & Demand, Beyond the Pale and Stratus Vineyards. Each ticket includes three complementary drinks, with a cash bar available. The event will feature a silent auction, and music by Renée Yoxon and Craig Pedersen, as well as the opportunity to mix and mingle with Parkdale Food Centre supporters, community members, and local foodies. Limited tickets are available, and cost $150 (including a $65 tax receipt). Buy them online at parkdalefoodcentre.org.

May 3 - Spring Concert Parkdale United Church Orchestra presents “Local Heroes,” Vivaldi’s Concerto for 3 violins, through to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. 7:30 p.m. Reception follows. Tickets available at the door. For more information go to parkdaleorchestra.ca or call 819-778-3438

May 1 - African Harvest Calling all foodies and philanthropists! African Harvest is a benefit event that will showcase the culinary artistry of Chef Jeff Crump (acclaimed author of Earth to Table and Corporate Chef of the Landmark Group) and Andrée Riffou (of Ottawa’s C’est Bon Cooking), who will combine secret ingredients into small plates with African flair. Guests will enjoy live cooking demonstrations, delicious food, a variety of local wine and beer, and silent and live auctions, with all proceeds from the evening going to support the work of Kitchissippi-based charity - Farm Radio International. Get your tickets now for a fun-filled evening that will help serve small-scale farmers across Africa through the power of radio. Tickets ($75) can be purchased online through Eventbrite or by phone at 1-888-773-7717. Discount pricing is available for groups of 8 or more. May 3 - YARD SALE This “Everything under the Sun Yard Sale” is taking place RAIN OR SHINE at the Highland Park Lawn Bowling Club (corner of Byron and Golden) from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. There will be baked goods, books, electronics, collectors’ items, kitchen gadgets, jewellery, household items, paintings and more. Refreshments available.

May 4 - Saint George School spring BBQ and 90 Year Reunion Drop by for mass with Archbishop Brendan O’Brien at 12:00 noon. 415 Picadilly Avenue. Barbeque at Saint George School, 130 Keyworth Street: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. There’ll also be a bake sale, raffle prizes, and a bouncy castle for the kids. Entertainment will be provided by Gail Gavan and Ottawa Valley Friends. Memories of Saint George will be on display as well. RSVP to george@ocsb.ca or call 613-728-8291. Starts May 5 - Anger management for parents Discover ways of dealing with anger in a positive way.  Mondays, May 5-June 16 (May 19 excluded), 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Call 613-725-3601 ext. 207 for information. Register online at familyservicesottawa.org. May 8-10 - Broadview Public School’s Book Bonanza Calling all book lovers! The 38th Annual Broadview Book Bonanza returns on May 8 ,9 and 10. Over 40,000 books, DVDs, CDs and electronic games will be on sale. Doors open to the public at 4:00 p.m on May 8. May 9: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m; May 10: 9:00 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. Visit the Book Bonanza and uncover literary treasures! May 10 - “Inside the Adoption Circle” A gathering to honour all whose lives have been touched by adoption: birth parents, adoptees, adoptive parents, family members. 7:00 p.m. at First United Church, 347 Richmond Road. Refreshments follow. For information call the church office at  613-232-1016.

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Starts May 10 - Discipline that doesn’t hurt… anyone Stressed, worried, at your wits end? Family Services Ottawa is offering a five session parenting course on Thursdays May 10 to June 12, 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m. Call 613-725-3601 ext. 207 for information. Register online at familyservicesottawa.org. May 11 - MEC Bikefest This family friendly event takes place at Byron Linear Park from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Spend the day checking out clinics and activities, learning cycling skills from instructors, and getting to know your bike with the help of expert mechanics. Browse the vendor marketplace and bike swap, and meet cycling advocacy groups and clubs. Registration for group rides and clinics is now open. Registered participants will be eligible to win prizes provided by Bikefest partners, and receive a “virtual goody bag” featuring offers from Westboro businesses. For more information go to events.mec.ca or email ottawabikefest@mec.ca. Starts May 13 - Parenting your Anxious Child Topics include:  understanding anxiety, child-friendly strategies to reduce anxiety, coping strategies for parents, where to go for more resources.  Tuesdays, May 13 to 27, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Call 613725-3601 ext. 207 for information. Register online at familyservicesottawa.org. May 16 - Churchill Plant Sale Get a jump on your gardening with this annual school fundraiser. The Churchill Plant Sale will be taking place between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at Churchill Alternative School (345 Ravenhill Avenue). There will be a diverse mix of perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables. Parking is available at the school. Credit/debit is available but cash is preferred. May 31 - The Wild Wild Westboro Garage Sale This partnership with Dovercourt Recreation Association and the Westboro Community Association (WCA), has become a Westboro tradition. The sale starts at 8:00 a.m. and runs until 11:00 a.m. Tables will be available to rent through the Dovercourt website at dovercourt.org. More information will be posted at westborovillage.ca.

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