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Zach Dayler (Wellington West BIA), Phil Ireland (House of Barons), Chris Binkowski (Accessibility for Humanity), Claude Haridge, Jessica Lahrkamp, and Olivia Keays (Stop Gap Ottawa) deliver an accessibility ramp to House of Barons. Photo by Ellen Bond

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While permanent accessibility fixtures can be costly to small businesses and bylaws difficult to navigate, there is a local organization providing a solution for businesses throughout Ottawa. On November 4, Stop Gap Ottawa, as part of their campaign to promote accessibility, made its

first delivery of accessibility ramps to a dozen businesses along Wellington Street West. While these ramps are considered a temporary fix for businesses, it is the goal of Jessica Lahrkamp, the founder of Stop Gap Ottawa, to see Ottawa become fully ramped by 2025, the year the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act comes into effect. Daunting as it

may seem, they are already seeing the kind of support that can make this a reality. The Wellington West BIA has been a tireless champion for their cause. “It’s not just about folks in [wheel]chairs,” explains Zach Dayler, Executive Director of the Wellington West BIA. “Think about mothers; think about boomers; Continued on page 3



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Chris Binkowski from Accessibility for Humanity tries out the new ramp at House of Barons. Photo by Ellen Bond

Bridging the gap Continued from page 1 think about everyone who needs help just bridging that gap temporarily.” “I don’t think there are a lot of other areas in the community that have done this yet,” says James Bridges, Office Coordinator of the BIA. “Where once there was an impediment for disabled people, here’s something we can do to make lives instantly better,” states Bridges, encouraged by the progress he has seen. “As the BIA, we’ll have to use our network to let people know that we are working to make Wellington West more accessible.” In fact, the BIA has already been instrumental in building the collaborative effort that now surrounds Stop Gap Ottawa, with many of these

volunteers coming together during a BIA accessibility workshop that was held in March. This includes Claude Haridge, who has taken on the manufacturing side and assembled most of the Stop Gap ramps. The workshop also brought on one of Stop Gap Ottawa’s driving force collaborators: Chris Binkowski, accessibility advocate and founder of Accessibility for Humanity. “Chris and I did an audit of the neighbourhood,” explains Dayler. “We traveled the whole strip and he was able to spot the places that were more of a problem.” The BIA also brought the Ottawa Tool Library (OTL) into the picture. According to Lahrkamp, the OTL has been a great help. “They actually gave us tools for one of the most recent ramps we’ve built... and we plan to do some workshops with

them and build from there.” This is a relationship that Lahrkamp is doing her best to nurture, as the OTL could prove a valuable resource in many ways. “We’re trying to get [construction] organized through the Ottawa Tool Library,” says Haridge, whose workshop is in Stittsville. “It will be more accessible for volunteers, and there’s a lot of the tools right there.” The beauty of this project is that Stop Gap is also working to provide a means for people to help themselves as well. “We’re always happy to help people when they want to just do it and don’t have time to wait for us,” says Lahrkamp. With this in mind, Stop Gap is developing handbooks and instructional videos, starring Haridge himself, to teach people how to build these simple but sturdy accessibility ramps. With the amount of community support they’ve already received, Stop Gap Ottawa seems to be in the perfect position to move forward. “It’s awesome!” says Phil Ireland, manager at the House of Barons. “As the neighbourhood barber shop, it’s important that anybody can come to us. Having this [ramp] just adds to the amount of people who can come in.” For more information about the Stop Gap Foundation, visit them online at You can also connect with the local branch at StopGapOttawa.

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View of Laroche Park, June 24, 1927. Stonehurst Avenue is along the left, with Scott Street & CPR tracks running along the bottom. The septic system in the center (roughly 300x100 feet in size) and the new playground and baseball diamond is in the cleared area near the top. The patchy land along the east side of Stonehurst likely is evidence of the dump, which had existed there up until just two years prior.





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Laroche Park has always been a significant part of the lives of local residents, and that importance is only increasing with the recent announcement of the arrival of Westfest and the promised Sens RINK. To the disappointment of many, the rink has been delayed due to soil contamination. But what is this severe contamination, and how has it occurred? News reports have been vague. My mission became to dig deep into the archives, and reveal the long-lost history of Laroche Park, buried nearly a century ago, but causing so many problems now. The property’s history dates back to 1849 when Nicholas Sparks acquired Nepean Township lot 37, concession A; the final piece of his riverbank empire. He owned all the land north of Scott Street from west of the Brooke Claxton building in Tunney’s Pasture to the Bayview O-train station.

Sparks operated a sawmill near the north end of Parkdale which was destroyed by fire after his death in 1862. His heirs sold some of his holdings, but in 1875 they capitalized on Ottawa’s exploding growth by creating a subdivision of the east portion of the property, called “North Bayswater.” What we now know as Laroche Park was split into Blocks Q and R. The two blocks were separated on the plan by Cunningham Street (named for James C u n n i n g h a m , Commissioner of the Water Works department), which, if it still existed today, would essentially be an extension of Lyndale through the middle of the park. The long-time Mason sawmill (which became the Shepard & Morse Lumber Mill in 1903) was located on the opposite side of Bayview, in an ideal spot when Lazy Bay used to come in further before being filled in for the construction of the

parkway (the river came almost right up to the Bayview O-Train station, most of the area north of the station, between it and Bayview Road was once under water). The mills used part of the Laroche Park property for occasional wood piling and storage, but for the most part the lot sat vacant, in a marshy state due to its proximity to the Bay. In 1911, 87 Ottawa residents died from a typhoid outbreak attributed to contaminated city water. Hintonburg’s raw sewage was entering the River near where the City water mains intake valve was located. A scramble ensued to ensure this could never occur again, and decisions were made in haste. The “west end drainage scheme” was established, creating a sewer system through Hintonburg. Sewer branches were laid down streets created for this purpose (all of Ladouceur west of Merton, and Gladstone east of Continued on page 6






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Continued from page 5 Rosemount exist because of this project), and the main trunk ran down Merton to Laroche Park, where the city, in July 1911, expropriated nine acres from the Sparks estate (blocks Q and R). At Laroche, the city constructed a purification plant which included a massive concrete septic tank and bacteria beds, at a cost of $40,000 (which would be the equivalent of nearly $1M today). Sewage would flow from Hintonburg, to the plant, then exit from this drain to Lazy Bay in the Ottawa River. City Engineer Newton Ker designed the system, inspired by what he had seen in Berlin. Construction lasted until 1913, however just prior to completion, the Ontario Board of Health stepped in and forbade the use of the tank; it would not allow even the overflow from the tank to enter the river at Lazy Bay. Instead a brick and concrete sewer was constructed on CPR land from Merton to Broad, and connected to the Preston sewer. However, construction

of the septic tank was ordered to be finished, to avoid a squabble with the contractor, and to have options for future use. The finished tank (as seen in the included photo) was made of reinforced concrete, divided into overflow chambers, and complete with all necessary piping. In November 1914, incinerators were a popular new technology in waste management. Ottawa had opened one on Lees Avenue (where the University campus now exists) in 1912, and wanted to build one for the west end. A city-wide vote approved the purchase, the $50,000 funds were acquired, and tenders were put out for the job in the summer of 1915. However, at the last minute, Ottawa’s garbage contractors came forward with a proposition making a second city-built incinerator unnecessary, and the project was scrapped. The problem was that in anticipation of the coming incinerator, the property had already begun to be used for collecting garbage in early 1915. The issue was


further compounded by a source of pollution that today’s city dwellers don’t really think about: dead livestock. Prior to 1912, most of Ottawa’s dead animals (predominantly horses) were taken to a Hull rendering plant. When the plant was closed in 1912, Ottawa’s incinerator was to take over the job. However, the incinerator did not generate sufficient heat to burn horse carcasses, so they were buried by the thousand around the incinerator property. It is very likely the same practice was done at the Laroche site, adding to the present day problem. The City continued to use the site, known as the “Stonehurst Dump” for garbage collection. Meanwhile the old septic tank sat unused, and was criticized, not only for being “a civic tragedy” of waste spending, but that little was being done to protect it against “wind, weather and the depredations of boys.” In 1916, a battle began with the Sparks heirs over payment for the expropriated land. The case ended up at appellate court in Toronto, with Ottawa arguing the

worthlessness of the land, that it was “worth little for anything but piling lumber on.” The judge called Ottawa’s bluff and suggested the City hand back the property to the Sparks estate. The City conceded the land had too much potential, and decided to keep it, paying the arbitrated $21,000 to the estate. At the time, estimates showed it would be too expensive to fill in the site to sell lots for building purposes. Many suggestions were made for the usage of the site, including converting the enormous tank into a swimming pool, and intriguingly, converting the dump into a playground. Part two of the early days of Laroche Park will be published in the next issue of KT. Dave Allston is a local history buff who researches and writes house histories and also publishes a popular blog called The Kitchissippi Museum (kitchissippimuseum. His family has lived in Kitchissippi for six generations. Do you have early memories of the area to share? We’d love to hear them! Send your email to

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The Late Show with Eric Coates A unique and entertaining venue for community outreach

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Eric Coates, Artistic Director at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC), is trying his hand at a pilot project that puts an emphasis on community outreach. Suitably dubbed as the In the Lobby Series, this free of charge event will turn the GCTC lobby into a venue for the theatre’s very own late-night talk show. Hosted by Coates himself, In the Lobby will feature music, comedy, and, most importantly, conversations with a variety of local residents who have left their mark on the neighbourhood. With their first showing scheduled for November 14 and the second for mid-March, the community’s enthusiasm for the project really seems to shine through with the guests that Coates has already managed to line up. In the Lobby’s first round of special guests includes Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper, Thyme & Again proprietor Sheila Whyte, and Shara Weaver, Co-Artistic Director for the Propeller Dance Company. There will even be a house band, led by GCTC Managing Director Hugh Neilson, and the evening’s musical feature will put the spotlight on Gerri Trimble, popular jazz singer and local resident. Not only will this live talk show give people the chance to learn about and hear from these community figures, it is also Coates’ hope that the show will give its audience the chance to get to know the GCTC better as well. “It’s a way for us to get

Eric Coates, at the Great Canadian Theatre Company.

people who live in this neighbourhood to get acquainted with us at a community level, rather than purely at a presentational and professional level,” says Coates. As a patron, it can be hard to see a theatre as much more than a performance venue. If you go into one, it is most likely because you are there for a show that you have paid to see. Coates wants to change this assumption. “We want people to understand,” he says, “that every time they walk into this building, it doesn’t mean that they’ve had to buy a ticket.” In the Lobby may very well be the first step in transitioning the GCTC from a largely theatrical venue to a community hub, accessible and open to a

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many won’t have the chance to view the production, “that’s the beauty of theatre,” Coates explains. “It happens in the moment and people come to see it, and if they miss it they miss it. It’s ephemeral and I like that.” It also further solidifies the concept of the GCTC as a community hub and getting people to interact with it on a personal level, as opposed to through some digital third party. As an active member of the community himself, this engagement is central to what Coates is trying to achieve. “There’s a lot of interesting stories here,” says Coates, “and I just want to get them out there.” Reserve your free ticket at the GCTC box office in person, or call 613-2365196.

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The GRAND Marketplace on November 14 at the Churchill Seniors’ Centre (345 Richmond Rd.) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be the scene of a grand bazaar! Here you will find new and gently used brand name women’s clothing, high quality goods, beautiful crafts and homemade food at ridiculously low prices. Grandmother Moon will be there to read your tarot cards and you can get a delicious homemade lunch at the Sweet and Savoury Café. On November 14, ten regional grandmother groups (members of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign) will come together to raise funds for grassroots organizations in Africa. The money raised will provide African grandmothers and the children in their care with income generation activities, bereavement counselling, HIV awareness training and testing, home visits, support groups, school fees, housing, seeds for gardens and more. In sub-Saharan Africa, grandmothers are raising some 15 million children and young people orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Here in the Ottawa/Gatineau region, 23 groups of Canadian grandmothers and “grand-others” support their efforts to make a better life and future for themselves and their families. In the words of Cathy Blauer, a resident of Westboro and a member of the One World Grannies: “We raise funds and

awareness, and advocate for policies and programs that will improve the situation for the grandmothers in Africa. Our volunteer work is based on respect and solidarity, not charity. The African grandmothers are the courageous and unsung heroes of Africa. They are the experts in what is needed and what to do.”

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Head chef Ian Lipski and owner Simon Saab are looking forward to more fantastic years at The Table vegetarian restaurant.

The Table Stays Ahead of the Times With 15 years of running The Table vegetarian restaurant under his belt, owner Simon Saab has certainly seen some changes in the industry. For starters, vegetarian food has gone much more mainstream. “When we opened up, 80% of our clientele were women, and it’s still the majority. But now you see the demographics from 15 years ago to today have really changed,” Saab explains. “It’s a full mix – young, old, men, women – and it’s not all vegetarians who come in here, it’s people who just want to mix it up.” It’s easy to see why The Table’s menu has broad appeal. Head Chef Ian Lipski, who has been the man behind their dishes since day one, keeps things fresh and tasty by cooking all food for their main buffet from scratch every day. Ingredients are locally sourced and organic whenever seasons and availability allow, which means plenty of divine new smells and flavours at every visit. In addition to a base set of favourites, new entrees, salads, and desserts appear on the menu every seven to ten days – and at this time of year, that means lots of cozy

comfort food from a heavier fall menu. There’s everything from squash tarragon – made from the last of the local produce – to Mexican lentils to their famous tofu fritters served with a variety of sauces (recommended: their very own onion chutney). It’s almost an afterthought to say that everything in the main buffet is vegan in addition to being delicious. What gave Saab the idea to start such a forward-thinking business at a time when vegetarian food was more offbeat? “My background has been vegetarian, and wholesome, natural cooked food,” says Saab. “Why take a chance on vegetarian 15 years ago? I just felt there was the need for it. There was nothing else like it.” Saab continues to push the envelope these days with the impressive selection of gluten-free foods available at The Table. At their main buffet, most dishes are gluten free, but where you’ll really find your cravings satisfied is in their take-out section. There’s a wide variety of gluten-free vegan pot pies, soups, and sweet treats packed and ready to go – plus a fantastic vegetarian GF macaroni and cheese that’s almost too good to be true. The take-out section appeals to both locals looking for a quick dinner idea and those with special diets

from across the city, and it’s sure to grow even more in popularity with the addition in the new year of juices and smoothies. The Table isn’t just about filling stomachs – it’s about warming hearts, too. Saab is well-known for his generous spirit, kindness, and community involvement.

“We’re looking forward to the next 15 years.”

He’ll soon be planning his annual New Year’s Day luncheon, when the restaurant opens at noon for two hours of free meals for Ottawa’s less fortunate; the event draws people from all corners of the capital region. He’s a major sponsor behind local foodie events like Ottawa Veg Fest in May. Saab also supports Ottawa-area artists with original paintings hung gallery style on the walls – available for sale to diners who like what they see.

In the end, though, it all comes back to the food. The restaurant’s philosophy of creating home-cooked meals in their kitchen daily has created a community gathering place with real staying power. Says Saab, “I’m always a firm believer in eating whatever you want, as long as it’s fresh, organic, local, and it’s without preservatives, and to come to The Table, you’re getting all of those.” He adds, “We’re looking forward to the next 15 years,” and indeed, so are the lucky diners of Kitchissippi.



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Getting Back On Track is a Team Effort Recovering after an injury takes a different path for everyone. That’s why Mike Gaynor, owner of Back On Track Physiotherapy and Health Centres, is happy he has such a varied team of health professionals on staff that can find the right treatment plan for each patient. It all starts with really listening to each patient and determining their needs and goals. “Our focus has always been, and will remain, to spend a lot of time with the patient,” explains Gaynor. A detailed initial assessment is the cornerstone in determining a proper working diagnosis – it takes a full hour, and follow-up appointments aren’t rushed. Therapists take the time they need to fully explain test results and treatment plans; all that one-on-one time means there’s lots of opportunity to figure out what kind of treatment is working best. “We’re certainly more manual therapy or hands-on based,” says Gaynor. “But it’s not unusual to see a physio use a few different tools in their toolbox every session.” Whether it’s joint or soft tissue mobilization/release, acupuncture/dry needling, a rehab exercise program, or education and prevention strategies, the patient should always feel like they’ve been

given not only great care but the time they need for proper treatment. The new location in Westboro offers physiotherapy, massage therapy, Kinesiology (exercise therapy/personal training), and acupuncture/dry needling. Back on Track also has therapists that offer specialized treatment for things like concussions, vestibular (vertigo) rehab, and pelvic floor (incontinence, pain) dysfunction. They have also just introduced the Bioflex laser treatment system to their newest location in Westboro, a fantastic modality that they are seeing great results from for healing soft tissue injury, whiplash/back pain, surgery incisions, and dermatological conditions (ulcers, psoriasis, and others). And if there’s a service you need that isn’t regularly available locally, there are six other locations in the Ottawa region – and a huge pool of therapists – that can work for you. They offer a true multidisciplinary approach that also includes chiropractic care, and chiropody/pedorthic (footcare/ orthotics) services at some of their sites. “The teamwork side of things is really important to us,” says Gaynor. “We meet as a group monthly, all of our therapists. The idea is to get together to share ideas, and to promote our skill sets to each other.” The team can work together to

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match the right service to each patient, like the services offered by their brand new occupational therapist - their OT has specialities that range from in-home assessments (looking at changes after surgery, stroke, and eldercare needs), chronic pain management, to custom bracing/splinting, to worksite ergonomic evaluations.

There’s one last important member of the physio team, though – and that’s you. A small amount of at-home work can make a big difference to recovery – and make you feel like an active partner in your treatment. When everyone works together, it won’t be long before “you are Back on Track.”

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A Program Helping Youth Reach Their Potential The Carlington Community Health Centre, in partnership with the OCDSB and the OCCSB, runs Students Will All Graduate (S.W.A.G.). It is a program intended to increase the high school graduation rate of students identified as most at risk of leaving high school before graduating without intervention. S.W.A.G. focuses its efforts on youth from the communities of Bellevue/ Caldwell, Shillington, Debra Dynes, and Parkwood Hills, where in 2002 and 2008, the failure to graduate rate was 42%. S.W.A.G. runs after school Monday to Thursday at Fisher Park Alternative Public School, and full days six weeks over the summer. The program provides a positive space for students to engage in academic support, to participate in social recreation, to learn essential life skills, and to develop as leaders. Beyond regular programming, youth have the opportunity to participate in volunteer activities, attend sessions with careeroriented guest speakers, go on field trips, and benefit from various training initiatives. Currently in its third year of operation, the program is for students in Grade 9 and 10 referred by their school. There

are 20 spots available for each grade. Research indicates that if a student obtains all of the necessary credits in grade 9 and 10, there is a higher likelihood that they will graduate.

CCHC is able to provide individualized and meaningful support to students registered in the S.W.A.G. program. Youth workers provide 1:1 assistance to remove barriers to success in school and are a link between youth, school, and parents. Youth workers identify challenges facing students and parents/guardians registered with the S.W.A.G. program through ongoing communication, advocacy and programming to support student success. The youth worker also connects the youth to other resources as required and

After school program at Fisher Park.

helps increase the sense of belonging to their community. For the after-school program, emphasis is on providing a caring and supportive environment. The school board provides one teacher four nights a week and another teacher two nights a week to provide academic support. The program is funded by a five year grant from Ontario Trillium, a three year grant from Community Foundation of Ottawa, and donations from United Way, Bon Appetit, Ottawa West Kiwanis, and other donors. Ongoing funding is needed for transportation, snacks and scholarships.

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Customer Satisfaction at Carling Motors Grows From the Inside Out Carling Motors has been a fixture in Ottawa since 1957, the first to sell imported cars in the city. New general manager Jean Levesque thinks he knows the secret to their longevity: making it the absolute best place to work in town. “It’s a very different kind of organization than any other car dealership that I’ve ever seen,” Levesque says. “You go into our body shop and many people there have been here for 20 or 30 years. That’s huge! We probably have a dozen employees who have been here their entire lives. The owners treat people very well, and when you treat people well and you care about your employees, that trickles down to how your customers feel about the business.” There’s not much in the way of hierarchy at the dealership, with Levesque himself often helping out with test drives, fill ups, or paperwork. That means that all staff are fully empowered to make the right decision for the customer, ensuring every customer

leaves happy. And with a #1 rating for sales satisfaction in all of Ontario, they certainly do seem to have the right approach to taking care of their community.

“It’s nice to do the right thing.” “It’s nice to do the right thing,” explains Levesque. “It’s a good feeling, personally. You see these people at the hockey arena, you see them at the restaurants, at the grocery store, and it’s just good for business. Customers feel great, and also for the employees - when you empower them and they know you’re going to do the best for the customer - it’s actually very rewarding for an employee to come into work and represent us.” It definitely helps to have a great line up of cars on the lot, and both the Volvo and Mazda lines offered at their Westboro location are superstars. On the Volvo side, the brand new XC-90 is touted as the saf-

est SUV in the world, and with innovative technologies like self-correcting steering, full 360-degree parking cameras, and automatic pedestrian and bike avoidance, it certainly lives up to its claim. Plus, the car networks with other Volvos nearby to let them know of any adverse weather or road conditions, making the streets safer for everyone in general. Says Levesque, “I haven’t driven a vehicle like this in my whole life, and I’ve driven everything.” On the Mazda side, the Mazda 3 holds strong as one of the most reliable and costeffective cars on the market. “I tell people, if you ever had to drive a car around the world, just take a Mazda 3,” says Levesque. And if something does goes wrong with your lovely new vehicle? Carling Motors has got you covered. Their team of Master Technicians can handle absolutely anything, plus their central location and four full-time shuttles mean drop off and pick up are a breeze – making all service appointments as painless as possible. Despite being in the same footprint for years, Carling Motors is still looking for-

ward to the future, and to being an active part of Kitchissippi. They’ve just made a large donation to the Dovercourt Recreation Centre, and they’re excited to help out all the young families they see moving into the neighbourhood. To fit in with the active and growing area, the Volvo building will be undergoing a full facelift in the near future. But as much as things change, the more they stay the same – employee and customer satisfaction will always come first. Says Levesque, “To be #1, it’s a pretty big thing for us, and we’re really proud of that.”

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Helping Customers Enjoy Life Established in 1981, NutriChem is a leading-edge compounding pharmacy, offering patients effective personalized solutions to the traditional way of treating illness. A leader in limiting the use of drugs, NutriChem has been helping people worldwide for over 30 years with health issues such as menopause, depression, cancer, pain management, Down Syndrome, and more. With a clinic, pharmacy and retail store, NutriChem offers consultation services with highly-trained clinicians and also offers high-quality products that allow individuals to take control of their health and feel better. Retail Store NutriChem’s retail stores are unique, carrying professional and economical vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplement lines. NutriChem also has its own line of pharmaceutical-grade compounded products using only the best ingredients sourced from around the world. Due to many customers with sensitivities, NutriChem ensures its entire line of products is gluten-free and tries as best possible to avoid other common allergens such as dairy, shellfish, and nuts. Holistic Nutritionists and Health Counsellors are available to share their knowledge and help you achieve your vision of health. The Richmond Road location has the largest homeopathy section in Ottawa and one of the largest in Ontario. A homeopath is always available for advice. Sophie Pollon-Macleod, B.Sc. Human Kinetics, and Health Counsellor at NutriChem shared, “People come into NutriChem because they are not sure what they should be taking, and are looking to change their health and lifestyle for the better. Prior to completing the Body Chemistry Balancing (BCB) test, I was taking way too many supplements without really knowing what I actually needed. After receiving my BCB test results, I was given a personalized plan including lifestyle, diet and supplement modifications. I take a customized multivitamin everyday that has everything I need in it, all in one!“ Compounding Pharmacy Compounding is the method of preparing medication to meet the unique needs of individuals, from eliminating artificial colours, preservatives, and fillers to customizing ingredients and dosage. NutriChem

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can even turn medication into treats for your pets! NutriChem, Ottawa’s leading compounding pharmacy is licensed by Health Canada and guarantees superior quality, safety and effectiveness through advanced compounding guidelines. NutriChem offers free shipping on compounded prescriptions in Ottawa.

At NutriChem we take responsibility for improving your health today and work with you to ensure that you remain in good health tomorrow. Clinics NutriChem currently has two natural health clinics servicing the Ottawa area. Both clinics have Naturopathic Doctors and Clinical Pharmacists who specialize in biochemistry testing, hormone analysis, nutrition, herbal supplements, vitamin and mineral supplements, and more. NutriChem Clinics are known for their Body Chemistry Balancing Test (BCB

Test) which is the most comprehensive blood and urine analysis in the province. This test includes an in-depth consultation with a licensed clinician and the formulation of an optional custom vitamin and mineral formula. Underlying nutritional and hormonal imbalances can trigger physical, mental or emotional ailments. The purpose of the Body Chemistry Balancing test is to discover what biochemical disparities may exist in a person’s constitution. These cellular inconsistencies may be the root cause of numerous unwanted physical, mental, or emotional symptoms such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, irritability, chronic infections, and infertility. A NutriChem Clinician will review the test results with patients. During this consultation, dietary and lifestyle recommendations will be made. An optional custom compounded multivitamin and supplement formula will be exclusively designed to correct the biochemical disparities revealed by the BCB Test. Consultations without the BCB Test are also available with professional clinicians. Kent MacLeod is the founder and CEO of NutriChem Compounding Pharmacy and Clinic. Kent has over 30 years of experience in a clinical setting. He has a focus in pain management and depression. Grace Meehan is a Clinical Pharmacist and Certified Menopause Practitioner who offers thorough hormone testing to women

experiencing perimenopause and menopause. Tanya Manikkam is one of Ottawa’s leading Naturopathic Doctors. She has a special interest in Mental Health including Depression, Anxiety and PTSD, as well as women’s health. Laura Simpson is a Holistic Nutritionist and Culinary Expert offering nutritional counselling and meal planning. Education Education is an important piece of the wellness puzzle. NutriChem also offers regular webinars on varying topics to ensure that their customers have access to the most upto-date information on topics ranging from how nutrition impacts ADHD to managing symptoms during perimenopause.

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Hampton Wellness Centre Aims For Prevention

Dr. Liang Dai of Hampton Wellness Clinic

Life moves quickly these days, and work, family activities, and running a household can be hard to balance. Dr. Liang Dai, head of the Hampton Wellness Centre, knows that when things get too busy, that can mean trouble for the human body. “Throughout our lives, there’s lots of stress,” he says. “Those stressors come in, but our body only has a few ways to express them, and one of the ways is through pain.” The clinic offers many different services that help patients find the course of treatment that works best for their own body. Dr. Li’s goal is to relieve pain immediately through chiropractic, naturopathic, and massage therapies, but also to find a plan that keeps clients healthy and happy going forward. It’s as much about prevention as it is relief.

“Right now, in the health care system that we have, a lot of it is reactionary – you get hurt, so you go see the doctor,” Dr. Li says. “What we try to do is instill more of a preventative measure, and try to inform patients that there is a whole different paradigm of health care where you are being seen before you’re sick, before everything starts to fall apart. It’s sort of like maintenance for a car.”

Cold Laser Therapy, orthotics, and a holistic nutritionist available at the clinic, and free monthly workshops on topics such as nutrition, environmental hazards, and healthy posture (especially great for desk sitters) are available to the public. This wide variety of services means relief, maintenance, and wellness are possible for a broad range of patients. Soon the clinic will also offer functional medicine, which aims to uncover and treat the underlying causes behind a variety of chronic conditions, and concussion management, which will allow doctors to take a baseline reading for use in evaluating future injuries by athletes in contact sports. It’s all part of a whole body approach to taking good care of Kitchissippi residents.

“It’s sort of like maintenance for a car.” Besides the basics, Hampton Wellness Centre offers a variety of treatment options, including Neuro Optimization - a gentler approach to spinal adjustments that works well for those who are looking for an alternative to traditional chiropractic. There’s acupuncture, a natural pharmacy,

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Expert Staff Help You Gear Up Fresh Air Experience has been offering cross-country skis, bicycles, and related accessories to loyal customers since 1969. The secret to Fresh Air’s longevity is exceptional service from experienced staff. Store Manager, Duncan Beard has been with Fresh Air for over 10 years. Shop Manager Warren Greene recently returned to the store after many years as owner-operator of Award Cycle. Warren is now reunited with his former business partner, Bob Feigel, who brings 20 years of industry experience to Fresh Air. All part-time staff are enthusiastic skiers, some even coach or race in local clubs. Many of Ottawa’s top-level amateur skiers work at Fresh Air Experience. Staff know that some of the equipment can be technically intimidating. You will be greeted at the door and guided through the purchasing process every step of the way. Owner Jon Digney explained, “We’ll educate you on the things you need to know before making a purchasing decision.” Cross-Country Skis Fresh Air Experience offers top-brand, entry-level to elite cross-country ski equipment at competitive prices. Jon added, “We have long been at the forefront of race ski selection techniques

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“We love to see smiles on faces of children and adults who delightedly learn to love Ottawa’s beautiful winters on a fun pair of skis.” Fresh Air’s junior boot trade-in program is famous in the ski community, offering great value to growing families. Fresh Air is also very involved with the cross-country skiing community and is proud to sponsor many cross-country ski clubs and programs in the National Capital region. For performance-oriented skiers, staff

Co-owner Jon Digney on the left with Store Manager Duncan Beard surrounded by bicycles and skis at Fresh Air Experience.

at Fresh Air can confidently interpret results obtained through varying camber tests to select the best ski for you, given conditions and skiing ability. Fresh Air is also Ottawa’s favoured retailer for the Canadian National Cross-Country Ski Team. Bicycles In the summer season, Fresh Air Experience is your neighbourhood bicycle store. They offer bicycles for the entire family. Drop in and the staff will be happy to assist you find the perfect bike at a great price.

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NOVEMBER 12-14 - OTTAWA HUMANE SOCIETY AUXILIARY CRAFT SALE Amazing selection of skillfully hand-crafted items. Perfect Christmas Gifts for pets and people. All funds raised go to the animals of the OHS. Westgate Shopping Center (1309 Carling Ave. between Merivale and Kirkwood) November 12, 13, 9:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. November 14, 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Contact Linda at 613-823-6770 for more info. NOVEMBER 14 - HOLIDAY BAZAAR Amica at Westboro Park will be hosting their 6th Annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m. -3 p.m. We are located at 491 Richmond Rd. We hope to see you there! NOVEMBER 14 - FOOD BAZAAR St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church (579 Parkdale Ave.) will be holding its annual Food Bazaar on Saturday November 14 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Drop by for deli, frozen foods, candy, baking, Christmas table and coffee shop. NOVEMBER 14 - GRAND MARKETPLACE Churchill Seniors’ Centre (345 Richmond Rd.) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Hosted by 11 Grandmother Groups! For more information see page 11. NOVEMBER 14 - ALL SAINTS’ WESTBORO BAZAAR Please join us for the Village Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 347 Richmond Rd. There will be crafts, knitting, jewellery, jams and preserves, vintage items, linens, silver, china and collectibles, used books, the ever-popular bake table, a children’s store, a Silent Auction and Christmas Treasures. The Snowflake Café serves coffee and a delicious lunch. The New-to-You Shop will be open. Please contact the church office at 613-725-9487 for more information or go to NOVEMBER 14 - FALL FAIR AT FIRST Visit the popular Fall Fair at First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa (Cleary Avenue – one stoplight east of Woodroffe and Richmond). Silent auction (including valuable art), clothes, collectables, flea market, home made lunches. Great deals on gently used clothes, books, and timeless treasures! Newly knitted items, jewellery, stamps and coins, electronics, CDs, DVDs. Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. For information go to or call 613-725-1066. NOVEMBER 17- WESTBORO BEACH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Westboro Beach Community Association invites residents to its annual general meeting on Tuesday November 17 at 7 p.m. at the Churchill Seniors Centre. We’ll talk about the vehicle and other traffic (cyclists, pedestrians) situation, whether action is needed and where. There will also be a short business meeting reporting on WBCA activities in the past year. For further information, contact, visit westborobeach. ca, or become a friend of Westboro Beach Community on Facebook and connect on Twitter @WestboroBeachCA. NOVEMBER 19 - AMSTERDAM TO PARIS: CANADIAN HISTORIC BATTLEFIELDS, MEMORIALS & CEMETERIES Come on a virtual tour of some of the most iconic historic locales of the twentieth century, from Amsterdam to Paris to Gallipoli. Al Sangster will focus on WWI and WWII battlegrounds and memorial sites, as well as associated historic towns and villages. WWI sites include Ypres Salient, and the Somme area, including Vimy Ridge and Beaumont Hamel. WWII sites include Dunkirk, Dieppe and Normandy, with Amsterdam, Brussels & Bruges. In addition, Camp Westerbork will be featured. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on November 19 at 7 p.m. Registration required. For more information, go to

NOVEMBER 20 - OPEN STAGE NIGHT AT THE WESTBORO LEGION Open Stage night at the Westboro Legion with the host band The Feel starts at 7 p.m. For more information visit or call 613-725-2778. NOVEMBER 21 - SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE Saturday Night Dance at the Westboro Legion with Country Mile starts at 7 p.m. For more information visit or call 613-725-2778. NOVEMBER 21 – SNOW FEST MEC is throwing a party to welcome winter. Join your neighbours for a flurry of activities and connect with your local outdoor community. There will be activities and clinics for people of all ages and skill levels, in winter cycling, winter running, winter camping, and basic ski waxing. At MEC (366 Richmond Rd.) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. NOVEMBER 21 - FAMILY DANCE WITH LIVE MUSIC Do you love to dance with your kids? Ottawa Contra Dance is hosting a Family Dance from 3:30-5 p.m. on Saturday November 21 at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.). This is a community dance experience with live music and a caller. All dances are taught and family friendly. Recommended for ages 3+. Under 16s are free, $10 for anyone over 16. For more information go to NOVEMBER 21 - FUNDRAISING SHOW Parkdale United Church is hosting a fundraising variety show in support of a Syrian Refugee Family. 429 Parkdale Ave. on Saturday, November 21 at 7 p.m. Free will offerings will be collected. For more information please call the church at 613-728-8656 or go to NOVEMBER 21 - ARTISAN CRAFT FAIR This event will feature work by painters, glass workers, jewellers, clothing designers, sculptors, photographers and more. It’s a great opportunity to pick up some very special treasures – for yourself or loved ones. In addition to the homemade baked goods, the kitchen volunteers will be serving vegetarian chili. Sponsored by the Hintonburg Community Association. Saturday, November 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington St. W.). Email for info. NOVEMBER 22 - ANNUAL UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Your favourite Ukrainian Christmas Bazaar is coming up on Sunday, November 22 at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church hall (1000 Byron Ave.) from noon until 2:30 p.m. You can rush in to purchase packs of varenyky and holubtsi that are the tastiest in town, or start off with the Ukrainian lunch featuring borscht along with the perogies, cabbage rolls and desserts. A new assortment of Ukrainian artifacts recently imported from Ukraine includes ceramics and embroidered items that will make wonderful Christmas gifts. Stop by the tables featuring original holiday decorations, novelty items and special hand-knitted garments. Don’t forget the wonderful baked goods, local honey and the delicious selection of sausage. Admission is free with parking on Byron Avenue and the church parking lot. For more information call 613-826-0353 or email NOVEMBER 22 - RCCO MEMBERS’ RECITAL St. Matthias Anglican Church (555 Parkdale Ave.) has decided to close and amalgamate with All Saints, Westboro, effective January 1, 2016. Before that happens, and in order to celebrate the three-manual Casavant organ while it is still in use in St. Matthias Church, there will be Members’ Recital at St. Matthias Anglican Church at 3 p.m on Sunday November 22, the Feast of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. Organists will include Rachel Laurin, Matthew Larkin, Heather Rice, Mervyn Games, and Gilles Leclerc. Also playing, of course, will be Deirdre Piper, the longtime

Organist and Choir Director of St. Matthias Church, and in addition, the parish choir will sing an anthem as part of the programme. A reception will follow the recital, and a freewill offering will be received at the door. Parking is available in the parking lot between the church and the Queensway, or on neighbouring streets. For further information, please contact Frances Macdonnell at 613-726-7984. NOVEMBER 23 - HOW TO START A BUSINESS Learn what you need to consider and how to plan for starting your business. Whatever kind of business you are starting—online, home-based, local, product sales or service-the steps and procedures in planning and preparing your business are the same. In addition, you will learn specifics on regulations and things to consider for certain types of business. Invest Ottawa business advisors present this information-packed workshop to get you started in the right direction. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday, November 23 at 6 p.m. Registration required. For more information, go to NOVEMBER 25 - HOLTOM LECTURE “How a Scottish General Appointed a Catholic Bishop in Quebec” by Dr. Des Morton, Professor Emeritus, McGill University Department of History. One of a series, in memory of committed peace-activist Edith Holtom. 7:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Ave. Question/ answer session & refreshments to follow. FREE admission. Ample free parking. For information call 613-725-1066. NOVEMBER 28 - CHRISTMAS CRAFT AND ARTISAN SHOW Be sure not to miss this event at the Westboro Legion, 389 Richmond Rd. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. There will be 40 local crafters and artisans with soaps, beeswax candles, jewelry, wood works, baked goods, hand bags, knitted works, greeting cards, Native crafts, and much much more! We’ll also have live music, and a fully loaded Snack Shack! So come on down, and support a local Artist this Holiday Season, and let’s show them how much we appreciate their work! For more info, please feel free to contact ottawacrafters@mail. com. DECEMBER 4 - NEPEAN CHOIR PERFORMANCE The Nepean Choir, under the direction of Denise Hawkins presents ‘Songs of the Season,’ Carols for Christmas and Winter Songs with Guest Organist, Shawn Potter at 7:30 p.m. at Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave. Tickets at the door: $20. Children under 12 are free. For information call 613-435-6382. DECEMBER 4 - TALENT UNTAPPED PREMIERE Residents are invited to attend the premiere screening of Talent Untapped, a documentary film about the largest group of unemployed people in Canada, people with disabilities. On the heels of the United Nations’ International Day of People with Disabilities, the film shines the light on a talent pool we can no longer afford to ignore. Join director and producer Anna-Karina Tabuñar, members of the cast and crew, and the dozens of supporters who made this project possible. This event will bring together a rich diversity of talent and backgrounds to celebrate the contributions of people of all abilities, particularly those who face significant physical, developmental and mental barriers. After the screening, the director will take questions and comments. This event will take place Friday, December 4, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the theatre of the Canadian Museum of History. Admission is pay-what-you-can and will help offset the cost of the screening, including venue rental, technicians and support staff. For more information, or to buy tickets, go to DECEMBER 4 – “SHIRT TEARING BOYS” FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE Kick off December with the spirited, toe-tapping music of Shirt Tearing Boys, featuring Kitchissippi’s own Tony Turner (of Harperman fame). The Boys (and Girls) bring their original and old classics from the 20’s to the 50’s to the

Westboro Legion (391 Richmond Rd). The bar is open, the dance floor is waiting and the fun starts at 8 pm. Admission: $15 at the door. For more information, call 613-447-4616. DECEMBER 5 - ST. NICHOLAS EVE AT ALL SAINTS’ Join your neighbours in the All Saints’ Anglican Church courtyard (347 Richmond Rd.) at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 5. Gather on the courtyard before joining a candlelight procession into the Chapel to meet St. Nicholas - the fourth century founder of the gift giving tradition. Our 30-minute tribute will include music, the appearance of St. Nic, and a gift for each child. We invite families to bring gifts suitable for street teens who are recovering from addictions (socks, mitts, hats, personal care products, candy, card packs). Event closes with the lighting of the Westboro BIA Christmas tree in the courtyard. DECEMBER 5 - FISHER PARK CHRISTMAS MARKET This Wellington West holiday tradition is back, and it’s big! This very popular event is taking place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fisher Park School (250 Holland Ave.). With over 120 vendors, it’s a unique gathering of local urban artisans, handcrafted items & gourmet foods. Local charities featured this year: The Parkdale Food Centre, Thirteen (The Muesli Project), The Causeway Foundation, The Tabitha Foundation, The Canada Foundation for Nepal, Child Play International, Innovative Community Support Services “Spread the Joy” and The Guatemala Stove Project. Free parking at the front of the school on Holland Avenue and at the back of the school access by Harmer Ave. North. Admission is free. BBQ and refreshments are available. For more info email YOUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS For up-to-date news on your neighbourhood, stay in touch with your community association. Champlain Park Community Association Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association Hintonburg Community Association Hampton-Iona Community Group Island Park Community Association McKellar Park Community Association Mechanicsville Community Association Wellington Village Community Association Westboro Beach Community Association Westboro Community Association

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