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West Wellington’s Pearl Pirie is an award-winning poet, who’s latest work is one of the most anticipated poetry books for spring 2015. Photo by Kate Settle

The playful poetry of Pearl Pirie New collection creating a buzz in the literary world

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In her new collection of poetry, Pearl Pirie introduces readers to pet radishes, wild dust bunnies and secret agent squirrels (we’re looking at you Westboro squirrel!) that live in and around her Wellington West home. Released on March 5, the pet radish, shrunken contains 60 poems by the award-winning poet. Several

years in the making, Pirie is excited to see her poems out in the world. “Poetry is an act of communication. If it falls into a void, it might as well not have happened,” says Pirie. No worries there: the collection has already been embraced by Ottawa’s thriving poetry community, and recognized as one of the most anticipated poetry books for spring 2015 by 49th Shelf, the larg-

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DOG TREATS Playful poetry Continued from page 3 Many of the vivid images in Pirie’s poetry are inspired by time spent in her garden. Having a place to dig in the dirt was one of the many reasons Pirie and her husband Brian bought a home in the neighbourhood three years ago: “We lived in a condo for many years, and wanted to touch the earth for a long time.” Pirie also considers the flora and fauna living inside our homes. She conjures up ants marching military style across the living room floor, and wild dust bunnies in cahoots with secret agent squirrels. The title poem – “the pet radish, shrunken” – was inspired by the shrivelled vegetables found hiding in the back of the fridge. “It started with a joke about finding that soft radish that’s been there so long it’s like a pet,” she says. “Can we get rid of it? Or do we have some duty to this creature? We’ve had it for three months, that’s longer than the cat at this point.” The question is: “What is our responsibility to others—animal, animate, inanimate? This is a question which underlies a lot of the poems,” explains Pirie. Questions yes, but easy answers, no. “My poetry is not saying the world is orderly, it’s not saying the world is smooth or coherent. It’s admitting it’s absurd.” the pet radish, shrunken is Pirie’s third collection of poetry. Her first collection been shed bore was published in 2010. Thirsts, published in 2011, won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. She has also published numerous smaller poetry booklets, called chapbooks.

LAUNCH PARTY Pearl Pirie’s the pet radish, shrunken will be launched at Ottawa’s VERSeFest on March 27 at 7 p.m., at Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar St.). The collection is sold at bookstores and online at bookthug.ca. Cocoa Cabin, Phafours Press chocolate chapbook, will be launched on the evening of April 8 at A Thing for Chocolate (1262 Wellington St. West). For more information about the author and upcoming events, go to pearlpirie. com.

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Born and raised in the Ottawa Valley, Pirie started writing poetry in primary school. She was first published in a community newspaper when she was 14 years old. Ottawa has been her home for the past 25 years. She studied linguistics at Carleton University, and worked as an English as a Second Language teacher for 12 years. Today she works full time in the literary world—as a poet, publisher, freelance editor, event organizer, community radio host (CKCU’s Literary Landscape), blogger, and more. Pirie’s anticipating a busy spring with the launch of the pet radish, shrunken, and a book of poems about chocolate, called Cocoa Cabin, by Canadian poets (published by her own small press, Phafours). Through her work, she hopes to dispel the notion that poetry can’t be funny. “I think it’s meant to be a conversation for people to jump into. I think people are allowed to laugh.” No worries there, she had us at pet radishes and secret agent squirrels.

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Manitoulin so I thought “what if I work for free for the summer in return for him feeding me and letting me stay in a little cabin on his farm?” So I did. I learned the trade there. I finally decided to come back to Ottawa, and to the woman I had met – we’d been talking the whole time I was away. When I got back I applied to work with another Westboro store as a bike mechanic, and then the next summer my current job with Right Bike came up. I live just across the street, so I don’t even ride my bike to work. This neighbourhood is the best. And it has the best Butter Chicken at Aljazeera Restaurant on Wellington West. But don’t tell anyone!

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Made locally, with love Artists to share their creations at annual pottery show and sale

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Twenty potters from the Ottawa area are preparing their wares for the fifth annual Westend Pottery Sale, which is fast approaching. From April 11 to 12, ceramics of all shapes and sizes will be on display at the Churchill Seniors Centre, 345 Richmond Rd. in Westboro.

Potters Jane Snider, Ginger McCoy, and Michele Macdonald are preparing for the fifth annual Westend Pottery Sale.

“There is something very gentle and enjoyable about the experience... The pace is just right. It’s quaint and yet there’s still a lot there.” Jane Snider has been coordinator of the sale for the past three years and will also be showing her work. She says the Westend Pottery Sale is great for the community because it gives residents a chance to meet one another and potters a chance to share their creations. “All of us are working in our own studios, like in basements or shops and studios, and a lot of time you don’t really know what your neighbours are doing, so it’s a nice way for people to actually see what we’re creating,” says Snider.

The potters will be present at the show, giving attendees a chance to pick their brains. Snider says many people are not only interested in an item but also in the creative process that brought it into existence. All of the participants are from Ottawa and surrounding area, with three potters – Michele Macdonald from Loam Glaze Studio, Ginger McCoy from Hintonburg Pottery Shop and Snider from Jane Snider Pottery – currently living and working in Kitchissippi. When it comes to pottery, Macdonald considers herself somewhat of an experimenter. “I’m a bit of an explorer with my work. I tend to venture into all sorts of different [avenues]. My work tends to change quite a bit … I like to try different things,” she says. Macdonald says she wanted to be a part of this year’s pottery sale because it’s interesting to see who shows up and it’s a lot of fun. “I really like being able to talk to people about my work. It’s great to get feedback and just watch people move around your booth and you can actually see what interests people and what doesn’t,” says Macdonald. This is her second year taking part. McCoy says there is a great energy at the sale. “It’s neat to come out and work with other potters in the local community and this particular show has a real warmth to it. There is something very gentle and enjoyable about the experience,” says McCoy. “The pace is just right. It’s quaint and yet there’s still a lot there.” Snider considers herself more of a production potter, meaning that she creates works in sets and uses certain colours repeatedly. She says that she is a practical person and tends to make utilitarian things, although she admits that she also likes to experiment with new techniques. For more information about the Westend Pottery Sale, go to westendpotterysale.com.

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Heavens to Betsy says goodbye to the community after 12 years

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March is slated not only to bring about the end of this winter, but the closing of a store that has been a staple in the Hintonburg community for the past twelve years. Heavens To Betsy – a retro haven containing everything from sardonic pillboxes to fine china plates, nostalgic sweet jars and luxurious bath soaps – is the love child of best friends, Dawn Carlisle and Denise Landriault. “Heavens To Betsy was our dream,” Carlisle says. “We’re very creative people, and we wanted to do something creative together. But it’s been twelve years, and we decided we don’t want to close when we have to, but on a good note. We do get restless.” Landriualt adds, “Being in one place, you get a bit stagnant. We need new stimulation.” Carlisle plans to move with her husband to Prince Edward County, where they’ll build a workshop and work on home-based projects. Landriault, who is staying in the city, hopes to focus on her granddaughter and art, which she describes as rich, colourful work with intense texture. Her first solo show in five years is scheduled for June 4, at the Orange Art Gallery. The two are also excited to be able to travel together, now that they

Heavens To Betsy has been a second home to Dawn Carlisle and Denise Landriault.

won’t have the worry about the shop. They’ve been the sole workers since the beginning. It’s this hands-on attitude that has solidified their bond with the community. “We’ve watched this neighbourhood grow up,” Carlisle says. “We have kids coming in as teenagers that we saw as toddlers when we opened.” “We’ve grown very close with our customers.” Landriault smiles. “Children come in and buy gifts for their moms, and we put it in little gift bags with ribbon, and they might

have only spent ten dollars but they feel like they’ve gotten something really special. And it’s great to see.” Heavens To Betsy has long been a second home to Carlisle and Landriault. They’ll miss the store, and also the time they spent together because of it. “We would go to the gift shows, and share a hotel room, and get into our pyjamas and have Swiss Chalet and a bottle of wine,” Carlisle remembers. “It was our little tradition. And I’m really going to miss that.” It will be hard for the community to lose such a unique store, which has long been a favoured gift shop for many. The personal relationships the duo maintained with many of their clients over the last decade is a quality that’s tough to find these days. “I thank our customers from the bottom of my heart,” Landriault says. “We really appreciate the people who have supported us all these years and we hope we’ve given them a memorable experience. I feel really good about that. I think we did achieve it – I think we really brought some joy into people’s lives.” “People have been coming in to say goodbye. We’ve been a bit overwhelmed by that – we didn’t expect this gratitude people have expressed,” says Carlisle. “I’m sure there will be tears the last few days.”

Who’s moving in? By Craig Lord

Plans are in motion for a new business to move into the Heavens to Betsy storefront at 1111 Wellington West. National Access Cannabis (NAC), a marijuana information centre, has displayed interest but has yet to officially sign the lease for the space. The British Columbia-based business calls itself a “gatekeeper” for medical marijuana information. It does not, under federal laws, have a license to dispense marijuana on-site, nor does it have immediate plans to do so. Currently, medical

marijuana can only be acquired through courier service. Ottawa city by-laws and zoning permits do allow for the kind of business NAC has proposed. The centre itself is chiefly concerned with helping patients interested in alternative care obtain information and documentation necessary for acquiring it. Pharmacists would be available to discuss details surrounding marijuana treatment options, and the centre can help patients acquire the medical forms necessary to receive a prescription for the medicinal drug from their doctor. In the event that the laws surrounding

the retail of medical marijuana change, NAC would be interested in adapting their business to retail on-site. In his monthly newsletter, Coun. Jeff Leiper wrote that he has been in discussion with residents and neighbouring businesses about NAC moving into the neighbourhood. He has heard concerns about the stigma associated with a drug-related business in the area. Leiper encourages ongoing conversations about the issue. NAC has also noted interest in a Bank street location.

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From the stage to the streets Westfest main stage no longer behind the RCSS

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Kitchissippi’s 12th annual Westfest will return to its roots as a street festival this year, moving from the Real Canadian Superstore to outside the Clocktower Brew Pub at 418 Richmond Rd. Headlining the two-day festival will be six-time Juno nominated musician Sarah Harmer. “We’re going back to our roots, bringing the stage back to the street… it’s 10 blocks of programming and 100,000 people,” says Martin, the lead organizer and founder of Westfest. Westfest was first launched as a not-forprofit in 2003 and will continue to be a free event. Visitors will be able to come and go as they please, while enjoying music from three different stages. This year Westfest will be bringing 16 musicians to the stage, and six literary artists as part of Westfest LIT. The downstairs lounge of the Barley Mow at 399 Richmond Rd. will play host to a decidedly adult audience. Subject matter will vary from the romantic and racy to the comedic absurd. “Communally it’s fantastic because we pull so many people together under one roof,” says Sylvie Hill, the curator of Westfest LIT. “To my knowledge this is the first time we’ve dealt with such racy themes.” This year Westfest will operate on a budget of about $800,000. New sponsors include the Ottawa Citizen, 580 CFRA, and CTV Ottawa,

Westfest founder Elaina Martin, Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper, and surprise guests Kris + Dee ushered in Westfest’s official lineup at the Clocktower Brew Pub..

according to Martin. “We built a new sponsorship package this year. With that we were able to secure five or six new sponsors,” says Martin. Even with the additional sponsors, Westfest will still run primarily thanks to Westboro businesses. Just under a third of the $800,000 for the festival will come from business owners in the community. “Our whole mandate is about being free and accessible,” says Martin. “We’re really in our own category in this city.” The press event on March 12 was hosted by Coun. Jeff Leiper. Although the focus of the event was on Westfest’s headliners and return to its origins, Leiper mentioned that he hopes to bring more life to Ottawa’s music scene during his tenure as councillor. “What we’ve seen is that… devoting resources at the municipal level has helped,” says Leiper. “The

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Kitchissippi residents have a new place to get fit, just in time for spring: a spinning studio called Wheelhouse Cycle. Although this fitness trend isn’t new, Wheelhouse has put their own spin on the idea of stationary cycling. Wheelhouse instructors crank up the entertainment and motivation factor by incorporating music into each session in a major way. “We turn the music up and the lights down,” laughs co-owner Heather Andrew. It’s a healthy meeting of beats-perminute and the tension dial, as participants pedal their way to good health. But these classes aren’t exclusive to elite athletes. Andrew and co-owner Nadine Hogan have worked hard to make the studio a welcoming environment for all. “We wanted to build a beautiful space for people, and to love the space we’re in,” says Andrew. And they’re happy to be in the neighbourhood. Opening up a storefront in an active community was a top priority. “We love this area,” says Andrew. “We knew we wanted to be in an area where people would be out walking, and where the businesses supported one another.” “We’ve had great support from the community,” says Andrew. “We

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With the frigid weather on February 14, the player turnout at Hockey Day in Canada was low but local kids wanted to play the adults and the games at Plouffe Park were on! See page 10 for the story. Photo by Jackie Sheffel

Church Wants Shift in Planned LRT Route By Michael and Maureen Cassidy, Unitarian House residents First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, children and staff at River Parkway Daycare, and the 130 seniors living on the church campus at Unitarian House face serious and long-lasting disruption from the City of Ottawa’s proposal to send the western Light Rail Transit (LRT) route through its church campus on Cleary Ave., off Richmond Road. The congregation, of 500 people, has filed a strong objection to the routing, despite its generally supportive stance regarding a nearby LRT station, stating that users of its property would greatly benefit from a station within walking distance. At issue is the city’s proposal to locate the proposed open air station on Cleary Ave., a narrow street that is the only access to the church grounds, rather than on Richmond Rd., at the junction with Cleary Ave. Cars exchanging passengers would

have no place to turn around except by driving past Unitarian House to circle around the church parking lot in order to return to Cleary Ave.to exit. Earlier proposals had the LRT turning from the Western parkway to a tunnel under Richmond Rd., before it reached the church property. The proposed Cleary Station would be located on the site of the existing strip mall on Richmond with its main access from Richmond. The strip mall was recently rezoned for two new high rise condominiums by the Ontario Municipal Board, however city planners failed to reserve the site for the LRT station. No effort has yet been made to include the LRT station at the base of the proposed high-rise structures, as occurs in Toronto and other cities. As detailed in a letter to Mayor Watson and local councillors, the congregation finds the proposed



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By Cheryl Parrot “Get Out of the House Now!” This was what some Hintonburg residents were told during the coldest month on record. Locally known as the biggest stink ever, the incident had the Ottawa Fire Department evacuating residents for the safety of their health when a sewer fix went wrong for the second time. Two different weeks and two different streets: same stink. Work started at Carruthers Ave. at Wellington St. W. and Armstrong St. on February 4 and then on Scott St. at Merton Ave. on February 10. The sewer repair procedure being used in these two locations is called Cured in Place Pipe. A synthetic resin is used to form a liner in the sewer, sealing any leaks and rehabilitating it. It is considered to be trenchless technology. On the evening of February 10th, the Ottawa Fire Department Hazmat Team was getting total VOC (volatile organic compound) readings of 83ppm that were adjusted to 33ppm to represent styrene and sewer gas levels in one resident’s basement. They said the safe level is 20 ppm over 8 hours and so the house needed to be evacuated. The contractor took readings at the same time as the Fire Department but on most occasions the contractor’s meters showed 0. Prior to the work beginning on Scott St., residents were assured that although fumes resulting from the work were stinky, there was no cause for concern about their health. The Ottawa Fire Department and their meters showed something quite different. On Carruthers Ave., the contractor was still doing testing on

February 11 and there are still traces of the smell in one basement. A number of businesses were affected. Even a building some distance away in Mechanicsville had some smell. When work began on Scott St. near Garland, residents were assured there would be little smell, there were issues on Carruthers Ave. that were different than the conditions on Scott St. One resident on Scott St. raised concerns the day before the process began and the City spent the whole day trying to convince the resident it would be fine. Wrong! Not only was the smell overwhelming for residents right on Scott St. but another resident several houses south of Scott St. also had such intolerable smell that the resident went to a hotel. Ottawa Public Health was of little assistance. One affected resident complaining of the smell was told by a City of Ottawa Health Department staff member to contact the Salvation Army for help. A short time later the Fire Department ordered the residents out of that particular building because of the unsafe readings. So much for assurances! Councillor Leiper has intervened and is working to get compensation for the expenses for those who had to leave their homes and go to hotels. The City works in slow and mysterious ways, but after being forced from their homes in the middle of winter, compensation for those residents should be swift. Only part of the sewer on Scott St. was finished when residents had to be evacuated. Councillor Leiper has asked City staff not to continue the process on Scott St. until they have an answer for what

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Celebrating Hockey Day at Plouffe Park Rink! By Lorrie Marlow, Plant Pool Recreation Association and Hintonburg Recreation Association The Plant Pool Recreation Association and the Hintonburg Recreation Association worked together to host the Plouffe Park Hockey Challenge on Saturday, February 14 at the Plouffe Park rink. These communities came together to celebrate Hockey Day in Canada, an annual event to celebrate hockey on local community ice rinks across Canada. Randy Way of the Odawa Athletic Club submitted a hockey team and invited four other diverse hockey teams for a fun challenge for the Caribou Cup! With the frigid weather, the player turnout was low but local kids wanted to play the

adults and the games were on! Volunteers from Odawa Friendship Center, Hintonburg Recreation Association House and residents of Somerset worked tirelessly to shovel snow off the ice in preparation for this event. Bridgehead Coffee who are always so supportive of local community events donated the coffee. Councillor Catherine McKenney donated hot chocolate served in the Plouffe Park skate shack, which was actually inside in the Plouffe Room, for players and residents. Board members of the Plant Pool Recreation Association contributed home-baked goodies that were popular with the hockey players and volunteers who enjoyed warming up. Councillor McKenney for Somerset Ward and Jeff Leiper for Kitchissippi Ward opened

the challenge and dropped the puck! Everyone at this event sang O Canada and the theme song from hockey night in Canada played on the saxaphone by musician Steve Canadian: this was probably his coldest gig ever! Both associations would like to send a huge thank you to Randy Way and Anel Dominguez with the Odawa Athletic Club for bringing the hockey players, coordinating the games and helping with the ice. Also thanks to Bridgehead Coffee and Councillor McKenney and Councillor Leiper for supporting us. Plouffe Park Recreation Association is always seeking volunteers to help with the Plouffe Park ice rink and anyone interested can contact: kendra mclellan at: kendra_mclellan04@yahoo.com.

Eugene O’Neill Play at Carleton Tavern By Allyson Domanski In Moscow, people go to the theatre to see plays by Chekhov like Ottawans go to the arena to see hockey plays by Karlsson. Our love of hockey aside, Chamber Theatre Hintonburg (CTH) hopes that by making the canon of American theatre more accessible, Ottawans will go see more of it. And what better way to help that along than by presenting plays in local bars. Think of how much cheaper beer is than at hockey games. CTH has made it their mandate to get world theatre into the hands of those who’d otherwise not access it. Since 2001, CTH founders and Kitchissippi residents Donnie Laflamme and Lisa Zanyk have been staging one Ottawa premiere after another, 13 so far. CTH adapts some of the most difficult plays by first deconstructing their key elements and then transforming them to fit a tiny stage in a tavern. In rendering theatre more relaxed and user-friendly for ordinary folk, they’ve created a following. Fans snap up tickets to see extraordinary performances of classics up close on a Carleton Tavern platform. Folks get a

better feel for the play’s ideas, words and poetry given the venue’s intimacy. Impervious to servers calling out orders or machines dispensing ice, CTH’s followers not only watch the play; they watch others watching it, too. Many see no other theatre than in a bar. Don’t think they lack refinement and sophistication. They know what works. And trust me, this does. CTH’s latest Ottawa premiere is, “The Hairy Ape” by Nobel- and Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Eugene O’Neill (18881953). O’Neill was the first to create a body of American theatre and to pen lines of American vernacular characterized by society’s fringes. In this 1922 period piece of Expressionism, the Brooklynese spoken by Yank—the play’s lummox of a protagonist portrayed vividly by Laflamme—is written phonetically: in the woild of Yank, the ship’s foinace-stoka with doity hands, see, he meets ‘dis fancy goil by da name a Mildred. Spoiled-rich Mildred encounters proletarian Yank stoking the coalfurnace of a ship departing Manhattan. Horrified by the despicable work, she lays into the filthy beast, who’s later mocked as a

hairy ape by his fellow stokers, immigrants Paddy the Irishman (Louis Lemire) and Long the Cockney (Matt Smith). His self-identity shattered, Yank gets jailed and, removed from familiar environs, struggles to rediscover himself. He no longer fits in. Disoriented, he’s left crushed, partly by the dehumanizing effects of industrialization. The play’s relevance to today is seen everywhere. Imagine believing you’d found your place in the world only to lose it by job loss. Removed from what you know when what you do is no longer valued, your sense of self erodes, you feel impotent, lose your way, despair sets in. Under Zanyk’s accomplished direction, this Expressionist work is stylized, its movements fittingly exaggerated, including those of boxy-bodied, vein-bulging Laflamme as Yank spewing venom outa da side a his mout’. A great story and sexy cast make dis one ya don’t wanna miss. Tickets:www.eventbrite.ca Reserve: 613791-4471 Carleton Tavern: April 2-18.

Coming To A Corner Near You! Community Mail Boxes Arriving soon in Westboro By Gary Ludington, vice chair, Westboro Community Association The Westboro Community Association was recently contacted by a resident regarding the placement of a Community Mail Box (CMB) for 32 residents between their and their neigbour’s homes. The contact by the post office was out of the blue and he discovered not all neighbours were contacted. We have contacted our city councillor to find out what the City knows as to the placement of CMBs and are waiting to hear back. In the meantime, due to the feedback from the resident who contacted us and his neighbours, the post office has indicated they will reduce the CMB by a third in size. We would like to hear from you if you are contacted by the post office about a CMB in front of your home at hellowestboro@yahoo.ca. We have included a picture of a CMB in the suburbs which could be proposed somewhere near you.

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Report From City Hall By Jeff Leiper, Councillor, Kitchissippi Ward As this column goes to press, it will have been a little over three months since I was elected. I’m proud of the work Team Kitchissippi has done to hit the ground running. I’m grateful for the community’s support as well as that of my colleagues around the council table and particularly city staff. Our ward is never quiet! We’re very pleased at the response to our ward pop-up office hours especially, as well as to our first quarterly Ward Forum. Besides the daily work of responding to your concerns and issues, there are some big-ticket items on our plate. The budget is a big one, but I’ve also been working on

Among other things, the congregation of the First Unitarian Church is concerned about the long-term impact on award-winning gardens on the church campus which have taken 20 years to develop. Photo by Renee DeVry

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routing unacceptable and calls for further dialogue with the city. Its concerns include safety for seniors, noise and ground vibrations from construction and train operations, the long-term impact on award-winning gardens on the church campus which have taken 20 years to develop, and the problem of cars entering church property after dropping off passengers, or parking there illegally. The congestion could also affect ambulances and emergency vehicles reaching Unitarian House or the church. The letter notes that the single lane Cleary Avenue would be the access for the Unitarian Church, Unitarian House, River Parkway Day Care, the Continental (a condominium high-rise at the corner of Cleary and Richmond), two proposed new towers and the Cleary Transit Station, creating significant traffic congestion and an increased risk of accidents. The LRT route would travel beneath an area that the church has designated for future development, for example housing developments for adults living with mental health conditions. “It will not be possible to build this type of construction over the LRT, denying the realization of this asset,� the letter also states. Ottawa’s Most Trusted Renovator


planning issues such as opposing the development at Clare/Hilson, as well as writing to the Committee of Adjustment about proposals for Dawson and Athlone. The new infill rules and local commercial zoning study have been ongoing. We’ve met with community reps to discuss tree preservation and I’m encouraged that that issue will very likely be part of the Environment Committee’s workplan moving forward. Our work to inventory street safety concerns is continuing. See sidebar, right. Of course, many know about my support for Heritage designation for a portion of Broadview school. While that still needs to pass council, I’m confident that working with my colleagues on council, the school board, other public entities, and the private sector we’ll find a use for that building that will turn it into a real community asset. The province has proposed rehabilitating or replacing Queensway bridges through the core, including our Holland, Parkdale, Fairmont, Bayswater and the O-Train. I’m working to see whether these can be accomplished with cycling and pedestrian safety in mind. We’ve also seen the compromise that the NCC and the city reached to fully bury the WLRT through the current route. In coming months and weeks I’ll be focusing my efforts on the impacts to Cleary station and the property of the First Unitarian Congregation. And, as I write this, I am also working on getting answers to what happened with sewer lining work in Hintonburg that resulted in epoxy fumes getting in to some residents’ homes. It may take a while, but we will have a public report that I expect will address the questions many residents have. Finally, the city has begun the process of reviewing its by-laws. From animal care to business licensing to parking to taxis, by-laws are how most of the city’s regulation in the public interest is done. Staff is working with council to determine the highest-priority items, and I’ll soon be providing my input. While I tend to think most of our bylaws are well written, there are exceptions. And, I expect to hear that across the gamut of by-laws, enforcement is a persistent sore point for residents. This process will be a chance to address that. With the colder weather hopefully behind us, I’ll also be resuming door-knocking. I’ve hit around 225 doors

â€œâ€Śwe’ll find a use for that building that will turn it into a real community asset.â€? already on specific issues, and intend to be at every door at least once in this term of council. But don’t wait for a knock on the door. I’m grateful that so many of you have been emailing, calling, tweeting, posting to FB, attending our pop-up ward hours and responding to blog posts. Keep it up. Ultimately, it’s your engagement with us that will help us build a better Kitchissippi together.

The next part of the Safe Streets Working Group project will be to prioritize the submitted problem locations, keeping a holistic, ward-wide approach in mind. Residents are now invited to fill in the following survey to help the working group with their prioritization exercise. You can look at this map in detail at https://kitchissippiward.ca/safe-streetsupdate-and-prioritization to see where some of these spots are, and you can continue to submit feedback directly by emailing safestreets@kitchissippiward.ca. Â

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Community Police Report Security and Liberty with Bill C-51 By Cst. Dawn Neilly I would guess that most people who get their understanding of police work from news reports and cop shows probably consider us to be always in a reactive mode. Something happens, we react. To a certain extent, that’s true, but it’s not the whole story.  At one time, that might have been the case, but modern policing has moved forward to embrace the concept of crime prevention, that is, not waiting until something happens, but actively working to keep crime from happening in the first place.     To make any crime prevention program successful, police need the cooperation of the citizens who are affected by crime, whether directly as victims or indirectly through heightened fear or increased taxes. Being aware of what’s happening in your community and taking advantage of programs that can help increase the safety of your home, your business and your neighbourhood are excellent ways to stop trouble before it starts. With all of us involved in crime prevention, we stand a much better chance of living in healthy, safe communities.    It doesn’t take a major crime to make a neighbourhood unpleasant to live in. Vehicle breakins  can do the trick. As a matter of fact, that’s the case right now in

sections of Ottawa served by this newspaper. If you ignore for a moment the fact that stealing for a living is not very smart, thieves usually know enough not to waste their time on something that is not going to be profitable to them. If your parked vehicle has doors that are unlocked and contains items easily walked off with (GPS, CDs, small change in the console), it’s a gift to any would-be thief. If the doors are locked and the car appears empty and an All Valuables Removed (AVR) card is displayed, it’s more than likely to get a pass. The Ottawa Police Service, as a crime prevention measure, would really like the city’s vehicle owners to take a bit of extra time to make your vehicles less attractive to the passing thief. Lock your doors. Remove valuables. Display the card.    If you don’t have an AVR card and would like one, let me know (613-236-1222, ext. 5871). As a Community Police Officer, part of my job is to help you help us to prevent crime. Today, it’s thefts from cars that are top of the list. With the coming of warmer weather and easier access to houses, we might be looking at an increase in the number of break and enters. If you think you could be better prepared but aren’t sure how, talk to me. It’s my job.

By Paul Dewar, M.P., Ottawa Centre The Conservative government’s Bill C-51 is a flawed piece of legislation – one that over-reaches and erodes civil liberties, while failing to protect public safety. As a New Democrat, I am proud to be a member of the only official party opposing this dangerous bill. Canada faces real threats from terrorism at home and abroad. As Canadians, we must address these threats with responsible and effective measures that prevent violent acts and promote peaceful communities, while protecting and preserving the rights and freedoms that make us so proud to be Canadian. In its current form, Bill C-51 restricts and reduces civil liberties, while giving increased powers to national security and intelligence agencies without proper and effective civilian oversight or additional resources. Such a dramatic overhaul of our security legislation deserves serious study and scrutiny. Unfortunately, Conservatives seem intent on ramming C-51 through Parliament as quickly as possible, without proper consultation or full debate – and without answering straightforward questions about the scope and effects of the bill. Unlike some others in Parliament, the NDP refused to be intimidated into supporting the government’s bill. Instead, we carefully examined Bill C-51 and consulted extensively with stakeholders and our constituents – including many of you here in Ottawa Centre. After the government cut off debate on the bill at second reading, the NDP kept pushing for real study and debate at committee. Our pressure forced the government to more than double the number of committee hearings on this bill from three to eight. New Democrats will continue to do our jobs

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and demand that this bill gets the study and scrutiny that it needs. We’re calling on the government to allow a full range of experts and stakeholders to testify at committee, and to accept practical amendments to strengthen oversight and protect Canadians’ freedoms. In particular, we are urging the government to include stronger, independent civilian oversight of security and intelligence agencies, as well as restoring resources for those agencies that were cut by Conservatives. In addition to traditional security operations, public safety agencies should also be working with at-risk communities on counter-radicalization programs. Unfortunately, the RCMP’s planned program to counter violent extremism has sat on the drawing board since 2013. And while the United States has a comprehensive national strategy to prevent violent extremism domestically, Canada does not. Bill C-51 does absolutely nothing to support anti-radicalization efforts in Canadian communities. New Democrats have always firmly believed that we cannot sacrifice the fundamental freedoms that are central to Canadian society in the name of bolstering public safety. We believe we can and must protect both, and that Canadians should never be forced to choose between their security and their rights. In the days after the Ottawa shooting, Parliament was at its best. We all recommitted to working together, as Canadians. Unfortunately, Stephen Harper seems to have lost that moment. His new law is sweeping, dangerously vague, and ineffective. It puts politics ahead of protecting Canadians. Canadians deserve better.


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Bend It in the ‘Burg with the Ottawa Cougars By Lorrie Marlow, Hintonburg Recreation Association and Plant Pool Recreation Association A free, drop-in recreational soccer program will be offered by The Hintonburg Recreation Association and Plant Pool Recreation Association with the Ottawa Cougars soccer team. This free Ottawa Cougar Recreation Soccer Program will be held at the Devonshire Public School gym on Tuesday evenings from March 24 to May 12 from 6 to 8 pm. A recreation survey conducted by Hintonburg Recreation Association identified a need for such a program for children in a local gym. This program is a General Sports program with sport drills/exercise and recreational soccer games coordinated by soccer coaches from the Ottawa Cougars soccer group. The coordinator, Suzanne Monette, approached HRA to provide this

program to the Kitchissippi Ward as an opportunity to introduce soccer to children and to train junior coaches. An experienced coach will be paired with a junior volunteer youth who would like training to become a soccer coach. This is an excellent opportunity for local children to try soccer in a casual, recreational setting. For the success of this free program, it is imperative we attract lots of children to participate! Participation will determine further soccer programming being considered for other local gyms and local parks this summer. The program is open to all children, ages 7 to 14, from the Kitchissippi and Somerset wards. Any children from outside these catchment areas will be considered on a case by case basis. Anyone with questions or would like to register, please contact Lorrie Marlow at 613-240-4649 or email: lorriemarlow@yahoo.ca

Unconventional Fibre Art Will Wow Visitors Out of the Box presents 4th Fibre Fling By Doreen Meyer It’s your opportunity to see the most diverse showing of fibre art and mixed media in the Ottawa region combined with a delicious high tea. Fibre Fling 4 comes to the Kitchissippi United Church Hall on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11. Out of the Box Fibre Artists and Kitchissippi United Church are partnering for the fourth year to raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation and raise awareness of the rich diversity of fibre arts. The annual event has raised more than $10,000 in support of AIDS orphans and their caregivers in Africa. Last year more than 170 pieces were exhibited and this year’s show promises an all new exhibition of some of the most creative and innovative works produced by local artists, an expanded sales area of smaller items, and a colour challenge exhibit. The show is combined with a Saturday afternoon high tea, featuring sandwiches, scones and delectable treats, served by church volunteers. “We think this is one of the best and most diverse displays of fibre art that anyone will see in our region,” said Nancy Garrard of Out of the Box’s Planning

Committee. “All the art is new to Fibre Fling and many of the artists will be on hand to answer visitors’ questions.” The group is known for pushing the boundaries of fibre art and mixed media using cloth, paper, stitch, paint and a wide variety of media sometimes mixed with recycled and found objects, to create oneof-a-kind pieces. “Our members use a variety of traditional and non-traditional techniques in unconventional ways,” said Rita Rottman, one of the show’s organizers. “Everything from hand and machine thread painting and quilting to a wide variety of paints, dyes and mixed media techniques can be combined to form unique pieces of art. Some works use wet felting, machine embellishment, crochet, knit, embroidery and beads to create stunning landscapes, portraits and abstract designs.” Fibre Fling 4 is on Friday, April 10 from 10 am to 8 pm and Saturday, April 11 from 10 am until 5 pm. Admission is $5 with an additional $10 for high tea on Saturday from noon until 5 pm. For more information, see www.out-of-the-box.org. Kitchissippi United Church is located at 630 Island Park Drive in Ottawa.



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An instant house was recently raised in Kitchissippi. Located on Athlone Ave. the house took less than a day to construct. Photo by Gary Ludington.

Kitchissippi is a place that is bursting with community events, big personalities, local happenings and rumours. Many of the Newswest board of directors are well-connected to their community. This “Hello Newswest!” semiregular column is their way to bring a little more news, or rumour, to your day. Here is the first column, for your reading pleasure. The City of Ottawa is trying to recoup the $14 million dollar over-budget spending for last year’s

snow removal by not being too quick to remove this year’s snow. Good thing it is March, eh? A former city councillor and chair of the City of Ottawa planning committee is being touted to replace city manager Kent Kirkpatrick, who is soon to retire. Everyone likes to hear where our politicians end up after leaving public life. Former City Councillor Katherine Hobbs has taken on the role of Creative Director-ePortal Services at Novotech Technologies, here in Ottawa. Prior to being elected as Kitchissippi ward councillor, she was

Ottawa is trying to recoup the $14 million dollar overbudget spending for last year’s snow removal

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Director of Product Development at Novotech from 2003 to 2010. Good luck with this new endeavour Katherine! There is going to be a new brew pub moving in at the corner of Irving St. and Wellington St. W. Do you know an interesting nugget about Kitchissippi? Pass it on at: editor.newswest@gmail. com

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happened and a solution to prevent it from happening again. The sewer on Scott St was put in approximately 110 years ago, in the early 1900s. Why not replace it as is usually done? No time, no money? In the case of Scott St. there will be 2500 buses a day pounding over this very old sewer in just nine months. Is this a quick fix because of the bus diversion? Will the epoxy liner withstand the pounding of 2,500 buses a day for two and a half years? Time will tell.


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Teens are invited to wear their favourite ‘80s fashions, watch the top 1980’s movie clips (according to Carlingwood’s Teen Advisory Group), design a small Etsy-style button with a button maker, and drink hot chocolate. Drop by the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library between 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. MARCH 21 - SCRABBLE FUNDRAISER

This Scrabble fundraiser for Diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis will be taking place at St. George’s Parish (415 Piccadilly Ave.) from 2-4 p.m. $10/person or all-day 6 game tournament ($30/person, must pre-register). Please bring a game if you have one. For information go to ottawascrabbleclub.com, or contact Pam Hunter at 613-7611005 or email pamhunter@rogers.com. MARCH 21 - BIBLICAL SONG REPERTOIRE

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Saint-Françoisd’Assise Church two singers from the region will perform a repertoire of biblical songs to honor St Francis of Assisi at 7:30 p.m. at Saint François d’Assise Church (the corner of Wellington and Fairmont). Raymonde Pelletier, songwriter and singer and Yolaine Pepin, soloist interpreter, have produced many CDs. The artists, who share the Word of God through song, will be accompanied by musicians and soloists friends. Free admission: donations welcome. For more information go to stfrancoisdassise.on.ca. MARCH 27 - ACCESSIBILITY WORKSHOP

This free two hour workshop is for Wellington West BIA members, home based businesses and anyone with an interest in accessibility, on how accessibility makes businesses successful. The workshop is part of OBIAA’s EnAbling Change project, Go ON: Building Accessible Communities and will include: The business case for accessibility; A clear understanding of what you need to do to comply with the AODA; Practical tips and best practices; tools and resources; opportunity to ask an accessibility expert questions and get personalized support; networking with fellow BIA members. Registration is free and space is limited. Enrol today and find out how you can make accessibility work for your business. To register, please visit guestlistapp.com/events/307119. MARCH 29 - WESTBORO LEGION WHIST PARTY

Join in the fun starting at 2 p.m. in the downstairs hall, 389 Richmond Rd. Tickets – advance only ($15) – include a wiener and beans supper and are available at the upstairs bar until March 27. For information call 613-725-2778. MARCH 29 - ANNUAL UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX EASTER BAZAAR

This Easter, decorate your Easter eggs Ukrainian style. Easter egg decorators are ready to begin their craft of traditional pysanky writing. Pysanka decorating supplies including traditional dyes, beeswax and kystkas (pens) are available along with beautifully illustrated books. The bazaar takes place on Sunday, March 29 from noon until 2:30 p.m. at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (1000 Byron Ave.). Admission is free with parking on Byron Avenue and the church parking lot. The popular Ukrainian luncheon will include varenyky (perogies), holubtsi, (cabbage rolls), borscht soup and pastries. These items can also be purchased for your freezer. Various booths offer local sausages, honey, home baking, Ukrainian handi-

crafts, ceramics and knitted goods. For more information call 613826-0353 or email dkeir@295.ca. MARCH 29 - A DIALOGUE WITH DEATH

Residents are invited to participate in an evening of informal conversation with and about death and dying; bring your questions and your curiosity. The evening is facilitated by Tara Tucker (Palliative Care Physician), Mary-Anne Bourque (Palliative Care Spiritual Counsellor) and Pam Grassau (Palliative Care Researcher/Social Worker). 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at A Thing for Chocolate (1262 Wellington St. W.). For more information and to reserve your spot, please email dialoguewithdeath@gmail.com. Please note, space is limited, so please reserve early. Can’t make it this session? It will also be taking place on April 26 and May 31. APRIL 10 & 11 – FIBRE ART SHOW & SALE

Over 40 local fibre artists from Out-Of-The-Box (OOTB) present their fourth annual Fibre Fling Show and Sale at the Kitchissippi United Church (630 Island Park Dr.) The event runs for two days:  Friday April 10 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday April 11 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Artwork includes every form of fibre art such as quilting, felting, beadwork, stitchery, doll-making, knitting, jewelry, wearable art and more. Some artists combine several techniques within one piece. A $5 admission will support the Stephen Lewis Foundation.  High Tea will be served on Saturday afternoon for $10.  Parking is free. For additional information, contact Rita at 613-723-7404 or visit www.out-of-the-box.org.   APRIL 11 & 12 - WESTEND POTTERY SALE

The 5th annual Westend Pottery Sale promotes excellence in ceramic art available in our community. Mingle with and discover the diverse work of these 20 potters in a relaxed atmosphere and linger over a light lunch or snack catered by Black Walnut Bakery.  Held in the hall of the Churchill Seniors Centre, 345 Richmond Rd. at Churchill.  Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4:30.  Admission is free. Don’t miss the daily draws for baskets of pottery. For more information go to westendpotterysale.com, or read the article on page 5. APRIL 25 - SPRING FLEA MARKET

Clothing, jewellery, household items, toys, books, collectables, and refreshments. St.Matthias Church, 555 Parkdale Ave. at the Queensway, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information call 613-728-3996. MAY 1-9 - HINTONBURG HAPPENING

Mark your calendars! May 1-9 is the second annual Hintonburg Happening. It’s a nine-day celebration of Hintonburg’s vibrant art and business community with a full range of art exhibits, interactive performances, food frenzies and musical interludes. Events are scheduled every day from Island Park Drive to the O-train Bridge. Check out art shows in unique spaces, live music, and businesses showcasing their wares. There’ll be air bands, open pottery studio time, a boutique brunch, bbqs and kidzones, artist talks, and tonnes of art on display. Participating businesses include Twiss & Weber, Fab Baby Gear, Victoire, Clothes by Muriel Dombret, Oresta, Flock, Wabi Sabi, and many many more. For more information, go to hintonburghappening.ca.

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The Hintonburg Fabric Flea Market is the best destination for everything sewing related: fabric, patterns, books notions, and more! The Market takes place at the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington St.). We are looking for new vendors. Tables are $30. For more information, or to book a table, go to fabricfleamarket@ hotmail.com or call Kathleen at 613-729-8434. JUNE 6 - PROSE IN THE PARK

Mark your calendars! This first annual open-air literary festival and book fair will be taking place on June 6 in the Parkdale Park. For more information go to facebook.com/events/1432536553704376/. SOCIAL SENIORS

Join in an afternoon of cards, bridge, euchre, board games and socializing every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Hall, 153 Woodroffe Ave. All seniors are welcome to attend this weekly non-denominational social gathering.  For more information contact Ellena 613-728-4018 or Celine 613-2340853. FRIDAY OPEN MIC NIGHTS

Show off your musical chops and bask in the applause at the Westboro Legion! We have the sound equipment so just bring your talent and instrument(s). For information, call the branch any afternoon: 613-725-2778. YOUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS

For up-to-date news on your neighbourhood, stay in touch with your community association. Information about events, traffic changes, development, neighbourhood clubs, volunteer opportunities and board meetings is available from the following Community Association websites. Champlain Park Community Association champlainpark.org

Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association chnaottawa.ca Hintonburg Community Association hintonburg.com Hampton-Iona Community Group hamptoniona.wordpress.com

Island Park Community Association islandpark.wordpress.com

McKellar Park Community Association mckellarparkcommunity.wordpress.com Mechanicsville Community Association facebook.com/MechanicsvilleCA

Wellington Village Community Association wvca.ca Westboro Beach Community Association www.westborobeach.ca Westboro Community Association lovewestboro.wordpress.com


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