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Derek McKinley’s Sing Song Party Time is one of the family friendly acts that will be taking the stage at Westfest this year. He’s pictured here on his Tweedsmuir Avenue porch with his children Oscar, 3, on the left, and Francis, 2, on the right. Photos by Ted Simpson
It’s Sing Song Party Time Westfest ‘Fam Jam’ taking centre stage
By Ted Simpson
Derek McKinley is a Westborobased entertainer who will be bringing his high energy and interactive musical children’s entertainment show, Sing Song Party Time, to the Westfest stage this year as part of the festival’s first ever Fam Jam night. Derek is still a bit new to the
musical game, having left his job in the public service one year ago to concentrate on his passion for the arts. He’s been making his way as a children’s entertainer since then, taking on everything from daycare performances to birthdays to music festivals. “This is much more fun and more me,” he says of the drastic career change.
Of course his favourite audience are his two sons, Francis and Oscar, who know dad’s set list inside and out. “They got me into this whole thing,” says Derek. “I started playing music for them, and noticing how they would react and get into it, then someone asked me to do a birthday party for the family and it all just snowballed from there.” Continued on page 3
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Family-friendly entertainment at Westfest Continued from page 1 Derek’s musical journey started out in the grunge rock 90’s, with dyed blonde hair and moody lyrics. He even moved out West to chase a dream of singing and acting. But he soon left that behind to cross the ocean and take up work in Japan, teaching English at a kindergarten. “I guess that’s where I got my knack with children, realizing that I have a way with them, to teach and have fun.” When you put those experiences together, as a teacher, a father, an actor and a musician, you get the Sing Song Party Time – a show that Derek wants to be upbeat and fun, while still teaching his audience good values. He sings about playing outside, going to the park, riding bikes and enjoying nature with family. “I have a song called Veggie Beard, about how I make vegetable stew to share with everyone, and this wonderful woman who lives down the street knit me an actual veggie beard that I wear,” says Derek. “We do the Earth Dance and everyone gets to bounce around my big earth ball, I just throw it out there, hopefully it comes back.” Sing Song Party Time is one of six Fam Jam performances taking place on Friday night at Westfest. Festival organizer, Elaina Martin, is continuing her mission to make an event that includes all, by taking a night to recognize our youngest neighbours, and making sure they get a party too.
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“Westfest has always been very family friendly, but with our entire park to use and the three day format, making a family night was an easy decision.” “Westfest has always been very family friendly, but with our entire park to use and the three day format, making a family night was an easy decision,” says Martin. “The Mechanicsville area is full of kids
and young families. Since Westfest is about everyone we had a great opportunity to focus on the kids for an evening.” Derek McKinley takes the Westfest stage at 5:30 p.m. on June 3, and he will be sharing the stage that evening with festival regular, Dr. Lee and his Tam Tam drum circle, Rock the Arts Puppet Show, Magic With an Edge by Rynestone, Giants of Junk and Prairie Fire: the Metis family dance troupe. In the meantime, you can keep up to date with Derek’s work at facebook.com/singsongpartytime. Search Sing Song Party Time on YouTube to see him in action and to check out that veggie beard. Get the inside scoop on some other Kitchissippi-based acts on page 8 and 9 and on our website at kitchissippi.com.
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By Dave Allston
One of Westboro’s most impressive structures is located at 330 Churchill Avenue, just south of Scott Street. It’s one of the neighbourhood’s most noticeable buildings, an obvious landmark to the earliest days of Westboro. In fact, it even predates Westboro, when the area
were no big box stores where materials could be aquired, and even if there had been, there wasn’t an easy way to deliver the massive amount of rock required. Nor would people at that time have had access to stone companies producing perfectly sized and shaped rocks to assemble. Each stone had to be quarried
“You can see the careful care and attention that went into its construction, which was accomplished at a time when building had a few extra complications.” was an industrial hamlet known as Skead’s Mills. This beautiful stone house, aptly known as “Westboro Manor” has seen the neighbourhood through many eras of development and change, and survives to tell a remarkable story. It is hard not to love a stone-faced house. You can see the careful care and attention that went into its construction, which was accomplished at a time when building had a few extra complications. There
and brought to the site – likely by horse-drawn cart – and assembled, piece by piece, by a master craftsman. There is no doubt about the quality of this effort, as the stonework still stands over 100 years later. The stonework is only a part of the story of the house, which actually dates back to 1888. The builder of 330 Churchill also constructed another well-known house in the vicinity. Joseph
O’Neil was previously profiled in this column as the builder of the wonderful brick house on Richmond Road now known as Bella’s, which is sadly slated to be demolished later this year. Joseph was hardly a prolific housebuilder and it is likely these were the only two houses he built. He acquired the lot on Churchill in 1888 from mill labourer James Coughlan, who had acquired it in 1886 from the major land owner of the area: Thomas Cole. James tenanted a small house on Richmond Road and likely purchased the lot with the intention to build a home of his own, but for reasons unknown, did not. He sold the Churchill lot to Joseph O’Neil two years later at a $25 loss (the sale price being $100). Joseph O’Neil was a carpenter by trade who married his wife, Mary Ann, in October 1888. 330 Churchill was to be their first family home. Indeed, one of the Joseph O’Neil’s granddaughters confirmed that her father Thomas Wilson O’Neil was born in the house in 1893. Both Thomas and older brother William, born 1889, were born here as well. The house was originally constructed as a simple Continued on page 6
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The early days of 330 Churchill Continued from page 5 wood-frame home. The stone did not come until later. It was listed on the 1891 census as a one and a half storey home with two rooms. It was assessed by Nepean Township to have a value of $200 from 1889 to 1898. The O’Neil family likely outgrew the home, which is probably why they sold it and built Bella’s on Richmond. The new owner was William White, a butcher by profession, who had a background in stonemasonry. It was William who acquired the stones in 1898 from one of the original quarries located off Merivale Road and brought them to the property. He also expanded the house significantly, and by 1901, it had seven rooms. William also acquired the vacant lot to the south, where he kept a large garden, a feature which remained until the late 1950s. He sold the property in 1919 for $3,700 to Joseph and Phoebe Statham. Joseph was a stonemason by trade, the son of a stonemason and bricklayer in England, who appreciated the prestigious appearance of the home. The family had five children ranging in age from newborn to 13 years old. One of those children, Joseph Jr. would go on to found J. R. Statham Construction, one of Ottawa’s premier home builders in the 1940s and 50s. When the Stathams purchased
the home, it was still in primitive condition. Joseph Sr. installed plumbing, electricity, heating and other amenities. A rear addition was added in the 1920s. Westboro Manor (whose address was actually 176 Main Street before Canada Post’s massive street renaming and renumbering project in 1941) was rented to tenants during the war years. It was acquired in June of 1945 by Roy Crabbe, an accountant with the Bank of Canada, and his wife Hazel. They briefly sold it to their newlywed daughter Gwenyth and her husband Charles Rowland MacNeill in 1947, but reclaimed ownership a year later when the MacNeills left Ottawa. The house featured three main bedrooms plus a large additional bedroom above the kitchen, which was part of the bricked back wing addition that was added by the Stathams. In 1961, the area was re-zoned for commercial use and the heavy traffic became a nuisance for the Crabbe family. The property was purchased by realtor Albert Gale Agencies for $22,500. The house was modified into offices and the gardens on the south side were paved over for a parking lot (the commercial building next door was built in the 1980s). In July of 1977, Irving Farber and then-partner Paul Watson acquired the building and established the law firm which
The view of 330 Churchill Ave. today. Photo by Andrea Tomkins
Mr. Farber continues in as a partner today, nearly 40 years later. We are extremely fortunate this piece of Kitchissippi history has survived. 330 Churchill is one of Westboro’s most respected heritage structures. It has truly stood the test of time. It’s interesting to imagine it once
standing in empty wilderness as part of a growing hamlet of mill workers. It is equally remarkable that it has survived the evolution and changes in Westboro and is now part of a bustling, modern community. Dave Allston is a local history buff who researches and writes house histories and
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Keeping music alive at Broadview Parents concerned about pending changes
By Alyson Queen
At the end of this school year, music teacher Leslie Bricker will be retiring from Broadview Public School just as it celebrates its centennial anniversary. The much-loved instructor was a music specialist for the Early French Immersion (EFI) primary and junior grades, producing outstanding choral and musical events involving multiple grades during her nearly eight year tenure. She also ran a vibrant extra-curricular program. “She’s a well-loved teacher, it will certainly be a loss,” says Erica Braunovan, School Trustee for Zone 10 SomersetKitchissippi. But with her goes the dedicated position to EFI music instruction for the early grades, part of a suite of staffing changes taking place. Next year, students in EFI Grades 1-3 will have math taught in English, meaning there is a greater need for English teachers and leaving a surplus of French teachers. That also means that most homeroom primary teachers will teach music, drama, dance as well as visual arts to their class. It’s a change that has disappointed many parents and also caused concern for the future
of the music program at Broadview, which is known to be among the best in the city. “I’m worried that things like the choir and other collaborative musical efforts are going to disappear,” says parent Albert Kaprielain. The news was shared in a recent weekly update to parents.
some of the staff to be teaching arts and music, Principal Deschambeault says plenty of professional development opportunities will be made available. The OCDSB requires that students have a certain allocation of arts education over the course of the week in their curriculum,
“I’m worried that things like the choir and other collaborative musical efforts are going to disappear.” Although many parents are sympathetic to the challenge of staffing decisions, they worry about how this particular choice will impact the students. Principal Catherine Deschambeault knows that Broadview has a well-earned reputation for the arts and music, including through its student art showcase, Art Alive, and is committed to that continuing. She also points out that the intermediate level will not change, which is well known for its band program. Knowing it will be new for
and that will not change. School board spokeswoman, Sharlene Hunter, says many of the teachers share Leslie Bricker’s passion for the arts and “will bring together their talents, interests and passions to continue to bring exciting in-class and extracurricular arts activities to Broadview.” Parents, however, still have concerns. “They aren’t going to take away a math teacher. Music should be on the same playing field. But it’s thought of as a frill,” says Molly van der Schee, a parent of two children at
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Broadview. “You can’t pay lip service about music being important and then take away a teacher,” she says. Some are questioning why a part-time teacher can’t be hired if other resources can be afforded. Janyce MacGregor is a mother of three children, with one child attending Broadview already and another set to start grade one in the fall. She has been an active volunteer with the choral program and like many others will be sorry to see Leslie Bricker retire. “Anytime you have an incumbent music teacher there is a loss. But if you have a foundation built by somebody else, as is the case here, and you brought in a music specialist, I think you still might get exciting results.” In a world of gadgets and screen time, music and art have become even more important for children’s development. Kathy Armstrong, Artistic Director of Baobab Tree Drum Dance Community, is also writing a thesis at Carleton University on the value of participatory music for young people on their social, mental and physical health. “Music is fundamental in
developing leadership, community skills and even getting through some of the more difficult adolescent years. It also helps focus energy and attention.” She worries that music has become expendable as more and more programs or positions begin to disappear. For a teacher it means the world knowing you’ve had a positive impact, enriching your students’ lives. Leslie Bricker can certainly retire knowing that. As for Broadview Public School, parents hope that options will continue to be considered for how to build on her legacy and keep such a vibrant primary music and arts program alive. We love to hear from our readers, and we welcome letters to the editor. Send them by email to: email@example.com You can also send your letter by snail mail to: 250 City Centre Ave., Suite 500 Ottawa ON K1R-6K7 Please include your full name and contact information.
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Rock n’ roll is here to stay “Uncle” Bob Cabana’s band, Bone, is ready to rock Westfest Story and photo by Bradley Turcotte
Rock band Bone’s performance at this year’s edition of Westfest will be a riff of nostalgia for drummer “Uncle” Bob Cabana. The founder and proprietor of FabGear64 clothing shop spent his youthful summer days playing sports and swimming at Laroche Park, the new site of Ottawa’s largest free music festival. Bob grew up in a house that still stands on O’Meara Street and recalls that in the ‘50s, his stomping ground was the “badlands” of the city; a hangout notorious for “fisticuffs.” The new, formerly seedy, festival location will “create a vibe, a sense of community,” Bob predicts, and commends Westfest founder Elaina Martin for keeping the festival alive. “If you think Westfest was fun on a hard city street, just wait ‘til you see how we party on the lawn at Laroche. We can’t wait to have the grass between our toes,” Martin exclaims, adding that Bone’s performance will show attendees that “rock and roll is here to stay.” At 66, Bob is the senior member of Bone, which also features brothers John and Paul Fenton. The group have played together in several incarnations for over three decades. Neal Ford Sundet brings the group together as a vocalist.
The band covers everyone from Lou Reed to The Animals to The Beatles, adding their own “crunch/slide trip” to classic rock favourites. Bone will open for Foreigner and Styx in Belleville this summer and release an EP of new material later this year. “We’re getting our mojo back again,” Bob contends. “I hate to harp on being 66, but when I look at the road behind me it’s really long and when I look at the road in front of me it’s really short. That’s why we’re pushing to get the band out more playing around Ottawa,” adding that at their ages playing music seems easier and a lot more fun. “The Bone project for me is just my joy of playing with them. We’re not a garage band,” Bob says. “If you take a listen to the [latest] CD, it was recorded in two and a half hours, live off the floor, take no prisoners kind of thing. The band comes on and blows people away; a lot of thunder, a lot of space between the notes and an attitude.” With FabGear64 and designing merchandise for Bluesfest and CityFolk Festival, Bob exports his unique brand of attitude to the masses, selling one-of-akind rock and roll clothing. Like his musical outfits, Bob’s FabGear64 has morphed over the years. Bob first set up shop on Merivale Road before hanging his shingle in Westboro
“Bone will show everyone at Westfest that rock and roll is here to stay.” ELAINA MARTIN, WESTFEST FOUNDER
“Uncle” Bob Cabana says a reinvention of FabGear64 is upcoming. In the meantime, his trademark rock attitude will be taking centre stage at Westfest on June 5.
and eventually moving to Hintonburg. He has since dropped women’s clothing and the café component of the store, opting to focus exclusively on funky men’s fashion. A “reinvention” of FabGear64 is imminent, Bob previews, but says Uncle Bob isn’t retiring.
“I’m an Aries, so I’m optimistic,” he smiles. “Uncle Bob is not going to go away. He’s just going to look different. My passion is still there.” Bone plays Westfest on Sunday June 5. Check the schedule at westfest.ca for details.
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Storytelling is, at its heart, about connection. The best storytellers are the ones that break down the walls that stand between one human and another, and open up an audience’s imagination. And it is this quality that Jacqui Du Toit embodies so fully. She has a gift for telling stories in a gripping, mesmerizing fashion, a skill that has earned her a spot on this year’s Westfest lineup. The festival, now in its 13th iteration, has moved to greener pastures, literally. With the festival’s new location in Laroche Park, comes a heftier lineup with even more featured local talent. Jacqui’s stories have caught Ottawa’s attention primarily because of the dynamism of Jacqui herself. A multitalented performer, Jacqui has used dance, music, and visual art in her performances, all in service of connecting with her audience. It is that cultivation of intimacy that keeps Jacqui performing, and keeps her audience returning for more. “I believe in it,” she says. “It’s me. I always say if I can give myself goosebumps when I rehearse, then I know.” As a performer, she is present, fluid—alive on the stage like the characters she embodies. It is clear that the stories she performs are full of meaning to her. She began storytelling not long after she came to Ottawa from her home of Cape Town, South Africa. Initially she found the city
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position that has been vacated only recently, usurped by the mediums of television and movies. Jacqui points out that there is something special about storytelling, one that no other medium captures. “With acting there is a fourth wall, but with storytelling I look directly at you,” she explains. “The fourth wall is broken so there is a relationship between storyteller and audience.” For her, everything comes down to that connection. It’s what sets her apart from lesser storytellers and what has earned her a spot at Westfest alongside such local talent as John Akpata, Apollo the Child, Just Jamaal and King Kimbit. With a lineup such as this, it seems unlikely that there will be a single unconnected audience member at Laroche Park on Friday June 3. And Jacqui would not have it any other way. Check the schedule at westfest.ca for additional details about Jacqui du Toit’s spoken word performance at Westfest.
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The Two Who Agree With One Another A musical tradition continues
Story and photo by Judith van Berkom
Duo D’Accords, which translates as The Two Who Agree with One Another or the Two Who Play Chords, is made up of Malcolm Lhombreaud on an “ancient” guitar he’s had since he was a teen and Pierrick Le Monnier on multiple guitars and ukuleles. They both sing as well. Malcolm and Pierrick are both from France and compose the music to go with the lyrics. Songs are mostly in French. Malcolm explains that he’s a disaster with lyrics but that Pierrick is a lover of the French language. The two met when their respective son and daughter had joined a choir in lower grade school. Each week for the past 15 years, they play music together, alternating in each other’s homes. Malcolm is a Kitchissippi man, Pierrick lives in Sandy Hill. During the day, Malcolm works for the government in IT. Pierrick is a primary school teacher. They mostly play for themselves, however, Malcolm travelled to Uganda last year with his wife, Michelle Savard, who had come up with the idea of supplying a primary class with laptops. Twenty-three laptops were installed in the classroom but only worked sporadically because of unreliable electricity. This led to a fundraising concert at Café Nostalgica, for solar panels to generate the electricity needed
Mark your calendars Westfest will be taking place June 3-5 at Laroche Park in Mechanicsville. Admission is free. For the full schedule of artists see westfest.ca/schedule.
to operate the laptops. Duo D’Accords has also played in Hintonburg last year as part of Ottawa PorchFest Musical Festival. “The Westfest side of it is interesting,” explains Malcolm. “I used to live at 583 Tweedsmuir and very often would bring home friends and we’d jam together. One of those friends – he’s just retired – is in charge of all the festivals for the City of Ottawa. He plays harmonica. He knew Elaina and told her he played harmonica – he actually said ‘I have a band’ and that’s how we came to play at Westfest.” Malcolm and Pierrick will be joined by Malcolm’s son, Joseph, on double bass and Aldo Chiappa on harmonica. The music is mostly acoustic. Malcolm’s family is very artistic. His mother sang and played piano; there was always music in the house growing up. His son, Joseph, didn’t take to the guitar initially, but finally settled on the bass as his instrument of choice after having tried out a variety of instruments. Joseph spent the last
year out west studying how to make instruments. At Westfest, they will follow a female solo artist, Yaa-Hemaa, who Malcolm describes as having a beautiful voice. Duo
KT LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Thank you, from the Hintonburg Happening Dear Editor, I would like to thank our core group of volunteers who worked tirelessly all year long to raise funds, liaise with artists and businesses, design our fantastic website and visual advertising campaign, create engaging social media posts, and to get the word our to media outlets. Jamie McLennan, Mary Beth Wolicky, Alisa Viner, Brenda Dunn, Kelley King, Erin Gilmer: CONGRATULATIONS, YOU MADE IT HAPPEN! Thank you so much for all you have done. Stay tuned for opportunities to submit proposals for the 2016 art grants, which we will present in fall 2016 using the proceeds of the May festival! Sincerely, Summer Baird, Co-founder & organizer Hintonburg Happening
D’Accords opened for her in last year’s PorchFest. Duo D’Accords will play Westfest on Sunday, June 5. Check the schedule at westfest. ca for details.
Duo D’Accords’ Malcolm Lhombreaud, Aldo Chiappa, and Pierrick Le Monnier.
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Alterna Savings a welcome addition in Westboro Wouldn’t you prefer to deal with a financial institution that feels like a personalized boutique? For over 100 years, that’s exactly the kind of oneon-one service that credit union Alterna Savings has provided to over 100,000 satisfied members. As a member, you’re not just another customer but rather, an integral part of the company that has been recognized many times for its exceptional customer service. With the recent opening of its new branch on McRae Avenue in the heart of Westboro, Alterna has extended its reach with branches across the region. As it continues to build on its solid base, Alterna is looking to grow its membership so more people can share in the benefits of participating in a credit union. As a trusted alternative to traditional banks, Alterna Savings offers the ultimate in convenience with extended hours, one of the best mobile apps in the business, telephone banking and the second largest ATM network in the country. Add to this the fact that Alterna is the second largest credit union in Ontario, and you get a good sense of the strength of the organization.
Westboro branch manager Jeremy Rock is delighted to be working in one of Ottawa’s most vibrant communities. “Westboro is a perfect fit for us as it has such great community spirit and operates like a welcoming, accessible village,” he says. “I love that people bring their dogs into the branch and that neighbours truly know and care about each other. That’s exactly the kind of approach that we take towards helping our members with their financial needs.”
“Westboro is a perfect fit for us.” Alterna Savings’ members have access to everything needed for financial well-being. Chequing and savings accounts designed to work for you and suit your lifestyle are complemented by some of the best rates anywhere on personal loans, mortgages, retirement and investment savings. All Alterna products are backed by expert, personalized advice to help you meet your financial goals, including estate planning as well as strategies for wealth transfer. As Jeremy explains, “membership means we’re accountable to you, and work hard every day to bring you the products and services you need. Being a member also
means you have a voice in what your financial institution does and the way we operate. As branch manager, I am always ready to talk with you and you are encouraged to contact our CEO should you need to – he is extraordinarily accessible.” Not only do many of Alterna’s Westboro staff live in the area, they are also very engaged with local non-profits and volunteering. “Our corporate mandate includes giving 1% of our pre-tax profits back to the communities we serve. Each employee is actually given one paid volunteer day,” notes Jeremy. “We are always looking for opportunities to collaborate and extend our help and love it when our members make suggestions. We’ll be co-sponsoring the MEC Ottawa Westboro Mile on the Friday night of the new Westboro FUSE festival, for example, and my team and I are looking forward to taking in all the activities all weekend long.” Alterna Savings was recently named as the 2016 recipient of the Outstanding Corporate Achievement Award presented annually by the Ontario Credit Union Foundation (OCUF) to a company within the co-operative financial system in recognition of their contribution to the community. Alterna Savings was formally recognized for the positive impact made by
its Community Micro-Finance Program, which promotes entrepreneurship, job creation, and community economic development by providing small loans ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 to underrepresented individuals. Since its inception, the Community MicroFinance Program has supported hundreds of underserved small business owners including, women, social entrepreneurs and enterprises, new Canadians and lowincome individuals. If you are looking for a financial institution that sees you as a member, not just a bank balance, Jeremy and his team at Alterna Westboro would be pleased to discuss how their comprehensive approach to financial health and community-focused financial services could be right for you.
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Celebrating 40 years as one of Ottawa’s most popular boutique builders Domicile has made its name across the region as an urban infill specialist, building ecofriendly, community-sensitive homes in some of the city’s most desirable neighbourhoods for four decades. Along the way, it has earned a well-deserved reputation for excellence that is never taken for granted. As Domicile continues to focus on elegant urban infill, the awardwinning company remains committed to creating townhome and condominium projects whose style and quality add even more charm to already lively urban communities in Ottawa. Domicile is known as a pioneer – often the first to re-energize neighbourhoods – like Westboro, Little Italy, the Glebe, Beechwood Village and Wellington West, to name just a few. One of Domicile’s latest projects, The Kavanaugh building in Beechwood Village, gives you easy access to bistros, boutiques and bakeries, with downtown just minutes away. Move-in ready dwellings are also available at the lovely Bergeron Terrace in Chapel Hill, with two and three bedroom townhomes offering a perfect blend of upscale, luxury living with a great community atmosphere. Currently under construction are two
exciting new projects. Domicile’s boutique condominiums, the Corners on Main in Old Ottawa East will be completed in two phases with occupancy dates in 2017 and 2018. Just minutes from Ottawa’s downtown core, the Corners on Main will capitalize on a neighbourhood filled with greenspace, bike paths, boutique shops and farmers’ markets. Crème, at the intersection of Navan and Renaud in Orleans, offers a rural lifestyle close to the city, featuring spacious bungalow-style homes, two-bedroom loft homes and twobedroom flats with a vibrant communal garden. Occupancy dates for these homes will be throughout 2016 and 2017. “With each project, we approach the location with sensitivity, recognizing that our role is to build attractive dwellings that enhance the community,” says Domicile’s senior vice president, David Chick. “We work diligently to create harmony with the community by building homes of an appropriate scale whose owners are proud and are welcomed by neighbours.” Domicile is confident in its craftsmanship and so committed to quality that it offers an Extended Warranty Plan. In an extraordinary move – the first in the industry – the company has chosen to double the standard Tarion one and two-year warranties, to four full years of coverage, included in the price of every new home. Domicile has been nominated three times in recent years for the Tarion Homeowners’
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“Our role is to build attractive dwellings that enhance the community.” Environmental sensitivity is another key hallmark of Domicile’s development work. “For us, sustainability is not a catch phrase, it is a passion for good urban design and creating livable buildings, built for the long-term,” says director of business and development, David Renfroe. Following community input, Domicile embarked on an integrated design process involving engineering and design consultants, industry academics, and research experts with a common goal to design its latest project, The Corners on Main, to be as energy efficient as economically possible. As a result, it will be Domicile’s most ecofriendly building yet, with a target energy efficiency exceeding over 25% of current building code. “The company has also taken another
bold environmental stand. Since 2010, every Domicile building has been completely smoke-free. As David Chick notes, “we’re proud to be smoke-free ambassadors in the community and honoured to receive a Recognition Award from Ottawa Public Health for being the first and only builder in Ottawa to build new smoke-free housing.” “Our success has come from our unwavering focus on designing and building homes that suit both the needs of our owners and the communities in which they have chosen to live,” adds David. “We feel it’s our mission to find and acquire the right properties and bring them to life through careful craftsmanship. We take great pride in the fact that we have been leading the charge on responsible intensification in numerous neighbourhoods. It’s been proven that where we build, others follow.”
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As it celebrates its 44th year, West Wellington’s perennially popular food shop, the Herb and Spice, owes much of its success to keeping up with changing times. Throughout the store’s existence, theirs has been a story of adaptation. The knowledgeable team has always listened to their customers and varied the offerings based on what people want to cook with and eat. A question the Herb and Spice likes to pose is: what does local mean to you? As a passionate supporter of local food producers, the Herb and Spice has almost two dozen local farms delivering produce to its doors every week in season, in addition to local bakeries, dairies and cheesemakers. Its primary role is to get fresh food to people quickly and effectively, making it easy for people to follow through on their desire to support local farmers and producers. The Herb and Spice’s produce buyer, Guy Price, who has been working with the shop for over 30 years, spends many hours each week out visiting farms and area farmers’ markets to facilitate this. While the Herb and Spice maintains a steadfast focus on local foods, it also has an internationalist outlook, bringing
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“What does local mean to you?” in the finest specialty produce from around the world as well as a fabulous selection of grains, pulses, spices, coffees and so much more As the stores shelves can attest, Ottawa is an extremely cosmopolitan city when it comes to food. The Herb and Spice’s strong
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Not many businesses can say they’ve been around for 30 years in this age of big box stores and unrelenting commercial competition. But then Critter Jungle isn’t just any business. And there is good reason why this Ottawa family-run pet store at Hampton Park Plaza continues to thrive, so much so that just last fall it opened a second location in Orleans. The true winners in this equation are
“It’s all about the customer.” the animals – those pets whose owners recognize that Critter Jungle staff want for the customer pet, what they would want for their own pet. That means they carry a unique mix of products, including different brands of dry food, raw pet food and dehydrated and freeze dried
options. If pet food doesn’t meet the high standards set by the Critter Jungle staff, you won’t find it there. “If we won’t feed it to our own pets, then we won’t carry it for our customers’ pets,” says owner Kelvin Stanke. When you walk in the door of Critter Jungle, you can find a staff member who can assist you with almost any pet problem. Kelvin’s own family and many staff – including business partner Jeff Stanke – have been here for years and most have an area of expertise, whether reptile, fish, birds, dogs, cats or in the area of pet nutrition. “To us, it’s all about the customer and solving their problems,” says Kelvin. “That’s where we can make a difference.” That also means making a difference for animals in Ottawa who need a second chance. Critter Jungle is not only a great pet store, but a passionate supporter of animal rescue. Kelvin himself has a range of animals at home too long and numerous to list and it’s this compassion for helpless pets which permeates the
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Integrating mind, body and spirit at Life Therapies Elliot Vlad likes to tell the story of one patient he treated who had recurring neck pain that kept her from her passion – running. The advice she received from various medical and therapy professionals was to stop running. Elliot’s advice: “Keep running but let us address your pain with a whole body approach.” She recently completed the Boston Marathon. Elliot, who specializes in manual osteopathy, and his wife Tamara BondVlad, a physiotherapist, are the therapy power houses behind Life Therapies. What began as a small business in their own home, has grown to 13 practitioners in a beautiful old converted house in the middle of the West Wellington strip. Their mantra, “Helping you master the art of pain-free living” sums up the vision they have for all their clients. The idea behind their multidisciplinary clinic is that the body gets treated as a whole with a combination of natural and traditional therapeutic services. Each client that walks into this homey and absolutely non-institutional environment is treated as an individual. And each individual is given a tailor-made strategy to facilitate healing, whether
it’s through osteopathy, physiotherapy, massage therapy, naturopathic medicine, life coaching, holistic nutrition or stress management counselling – or usually a combination of two or more. “We use a family approach,” says Elliot. “Our philosophy is quite simply to deal with the underlying cause of what a patient’s issue is in a personal way. If this was my mother coming in, how would we treat her?”
“Helping you master the art of pain-free living.” Elliot’s passion for healing comes from a very personal near-tragedy. A former world-class gymnast, at 17 he was in a very serious car accident that left him paralyzed. After spending a year in hospitals, he began the very arduous process of beginning to heal. This involved teaching himself to walk and learning how to overcome pain, depression, frustration and defeat. As difficult as it was, it was this catalyst that put him on the lifelong course he would follow: the journey of the art of healing. He has a Kinesiology degree, is a
registered massage therapist and following a seven year program, became an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner in 2010. It was his own experience with the belief that health is about balance – in life, body, mind and spirit – that fuels his passion to heal others. What sets Life Therapies apart from other clinics is what Elliot calls the fluid nature of the clinic and wide array of therapies all under one roof. “We are unique in that we have one file per client, along with a communication chart that follows the client to each practitioner,” he explains. “Each client gets an individually-made treatment plan.” It all boils down to pain and what the underlying causes are, keeping in mind that pain, or rather lack thereof, and emotional wellness go hand in hand. When clients first call Life Therapies, they are carefully questioned to determine which therapy might best suit their needs. And because they are open on Saturdays, and start early and close late on weekdays (7 a.m. – 8:30 pm most days) it’s easy to schedule appointments around workday commitments. In line with their vision of health promotion, Life Therapies also offers workshops and special courses on health and well-being. Elliot and his wife love that they live close enough to walk to work. While
many of their clients are from the neighbourhood, many come from as far away as Perth and Montreal. This community business is thriving and growing, but Elliot’s commitment is to never lose the quality and vision of personal care and individual treatment. “Our clients are our extended family,” he says. He jokes that the biggest compliment they get is to find one of their clients still there, two hours after an appointment, sipping tea. “Osteopathy is what has made me the man I have become today,” says this fit, proud, father of three. Watching him walk through the office, it’s hard to believe this person was once told he might face the rest of his life in a wheelchair. “You should see me on the dance floor,” he quips.
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You may have noticed a subtle change at one of Westboro’s favourite jewellery stores. Zahara, opened by Ania Geerts five years ago, is now called Heist, in honour of the collaborative jewellery collections she is creating with Alex Jay. Like Ania’s gorgeous Zahara-branded creations, Alex’s eponymous line has made her well known to lovers of unique, handcrafted pieces. While each talented artisan continues with her original line, the duo is collaborating on the new Heist pieces that focus on alternative bridal jewellery, explains Ania. “We emphasize ‘fair-mined’ metals and ethically sourced gemstones as well as recycled gold and stones, which makes the pieces we create both very meaningful and socially conscious, not to mention a little more economical as well.” “We are eager to share our love for
– and knowledge of – jewellery. It is a physical link from the past to the present to the future,” adds Alex. What makes Heist unique is that the storefront represents only its own retail ‘in house’ designer jewellery collections in a range of styles and prices, as well as offering the service of customized and bespoke pieces of jewellery, all created in house from start to finish. Both Alex and Ania also really enjoy creating custom pieces, particularly for couples.
“Memories to treasure for a lifetime.” “It’s a love story told with jewellery and it’s an honour to be a part of this very special process,” says Ania. “We talk
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about likes and lifestyle; needs and wants, then after the initial design comes a computer rendering and a wax model before we make the pieces.” Ania notes collaborating with Alex is a natural extension of their love for creating timeless jewellery. As she explains, people are looking for something different and now, with several in-house lines, Heist is able to offer a breadth of choices. Heist is also Ottawa’s original home of the wedding band workshop where couples can make their own bands in silver or gold. “It’s a hands-on encounter with traditional metalsmithing, guided by one of our passionate instructors,” explains
Alex. “You start with a blank rod of metal and walk out with a finished ring and memories to treasure for a lifetime.”
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The little theatre that could… and does! The comments on Trip Advisor scream out rave reviews for Ottawa’s Gladstone Theatre. “Great venue!” “Neat little theatre! “Top notch!” “Such a warm and intimate space!” Indeed it is. And a lot more! Think of it as the little theatre that could. As season coordinator David Whiteley will tell you, what sets The Gladstone apart from both bigger or smaller venues is making great local theatre and talent accessible. The Gladstone has been a driving force in changing the face of theatre production in Ottawa. “It’s made possible an explosion of indie theatre, with bigger productions and bigger audiences like never before,” says David. That’s great news for people, who like David, have a palpable passion for the local arts scene. “Now there is a guaranteed venue for smaller productions, rather than having to pray for a vacant street corner,” he laughs. His company, Plosive Productions, was one of the first companies to launch The Gladstone on its current trajectory. In February 2011, they presented Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. “We were overwhelmed by the audience support we received for our first show. And it served as proof of the concept that
independent companies could viably rent and produce shows here.” Plosive Productions and SevenThirty Productions joined forces to take on the operation of the theatre in 2012. The partnership soon expanded to include shows by Phoenix Players, Black Sheep Theatre, Bear and Co., Vanity Project Productions, Three Sisters Theatre Company and several other independent and community theatre companies.
“The Gladstone is a good news story for the live theatre scene in Ottawa.” From its old charm foyer with white marble, old chandeliers and full bar, to its flashing marquee signage out front, there are a number of things that set this place apart from other theatre venues. For one thing, you can bring your glass of wine or beer (in real glass!) into the theatre. The cost of the theatre ticket itself won’t set you back too much. It can accommodate 235 audience members (and is wheelchair accessible) in staggered seating that gives
everyone a good and close view. As such it is a more intimate setting for theatre where patrons can truly appreciate the expression on actors’ faces. The connection between audience and cast is further enhanced by the simple fact that there is no stage door. Actors and guests alike come in through the same front door. And typically on opening and closing night, everyone mingles together after the show. David says both sides value this intimate relationship which a barrier-less venue creates both through a mix of architecture and attitude. Over the last many years, The Gladstone’s programming has become more diversified, with everything from musicals to Shakespeare to comedy to family fare. At the end of the day, the production companies involved still have to rely on box office sales. So while local theatre and local talent is the number one ingredient in almost everything they do, marketability is a huge consideration. Currently, the Tony Award winner for best play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, is playing until June 5. “Plosive is thrilled to have The Gladstone host the Ottawa premiere of this international hit,” enthused David, who also directs the production. In classic, audience-pleasing Gladstone style, Vanya is a riotous comedy (with a touch of naughty!) that took Broadway by storm in 2013. Following on
its heels will be the wildly popular Menopause The Musical, which will run for at least four weeks. The Gladstone is a good news story for the live theatre scene in Ottawa: good for local actors, good for local producers, and good for audiences. Put that together with its location next to restaurants and cafes galore in Little Italy and it’s a great night-out formula that is hard to replicate elsewhere. As one patron recently summed it up: “There is a feeling in this theatre of joyful enthusiasm that is contagious. Park your cynical criticism in the umbrella stand, because it won’t be welcome in this milieu. People come here to have a fun night out and they get it. For less that the price of a spaghetti dinner, you can be transported to the land of make believe by actors who are passionate about their craft.”
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May 26, 2016 of thing with roles for the entire production company. We knew we could do a bang up job with it. NW: What’s your favorite scene? DW: Hard to pick one but there is this one scene where Masha asks Spike to put some clothes on in a reverse strip tease. Its hilarious.”
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By Randy Kroeker Friday May 20 was a big night for Kitchissippi’s David Whiteley. It was the opening night of Plosive Productions’ Tony Award-winning play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, by Christopher Durang. Directing the play is the latest project of Kitchissippi Ward resident David Whiteley, a co-founder of Plosive Productions and current Season Coordinator of The Gladstone Theatre, where Plosive stages many of its productions. The current Gladstone season is being supported by several independent theatre companies in addition to Plosive Productions. These include SevenThirty Productions, Black Sheep Theatre, Bear and
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Company, and Three Sisters Theatre Company among others. At 910 Gladstone Avenue, just west of Preston, the theatre itself is housed in the former home of the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC). Originally a truck repair garage, it was beautifully transformed in 1982 for GCTC which eventually moved to its Wellington West location in 2007, bringing a pronounced theatre presence into the heart of Ottawa’s Arts Quarter. Plosive’s mission is “to produce the kind of works that Ottawa-Gatineau audiences want to see.” Queried on this provocative mission statement, Whiteley explains that all other companies in town have mandates that constrain what they can produce.
Plosive is uniquely “Audience First”, which permits them to present a Broadway smash hit comedy that other companies might avoid due to non-Canadian, or non-local, authorship or, to a lack of “academic seriousness.” David himself is no stranger to “academic seriousness.” His credentials include the Ryerson Acting Program (1992), a B.A. in Theatre and Music from Guelph (1995), and a Masters in Directing from Université du Québec à Montréal (1998). David agreed to take a few questions during a recent break in preparations for ‘Vanya’ at The Gladstone. NW: How long have you been a resident of Kitchissippi? DW: I have been here since 2014 living at Young and Champagne in the Civic Hospital neighbour-
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hood. NW: Where do you buy your coffee? DW: I brew Happy Goat at home and grab Bridgehead on the run. NW: Why did your group choose this show? DW: Its a great show. Funny, so well written but still has heart. Maybe not “artsy” enough for other companies, but just our sort
NW: What scene was the most difficult to direct? DW: There is a play within a play at the end and with that you are not sure what direction to give the cast, like, regarding how badly to act. I asked them to act the bad writing as if it was great. The actors came up with such perfect choices the scene turned into this amazing combination of heartwarming and hilarious. They make my job easy.” The cast is comprised of several names familiar to Ottawa theatre goers, including Teri Loretto-Valentik (Masha), Mary Ellis (Sonia), Chris Ralph (Vanya), Drew Moore (Spike), Sarah Finn (Nina), and Beverley Wolfe (psychic cleaning lady). Asked for concluding comments, ever the impresario, Whiteley replied, “The play has a hopeful message about three older siblings who learn from the younger characters to live more in the present and connect with each other, setting aside anxiety for the future and regret over the past.” The show runs to June 5. Ticket prices are $34, 65+ $30, and student/artist/unwaged $20, all fees and taxes in. For more information, visit thegladstone.ca/vanya-sonia-mashaspike.html
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tion was met with some of these responses: “we don’t know yet what this will look like and we can’t say anything until it is presented to Police Services Board”; “the community found out about this sooner than we anticipated”; “police officers live in the community so they can provide the community perspective”. On April 20, a 10-page Service Initiatives report was attached to the agenda on the Police Services Board website. It provided no further clarity about what the policing model would look like. On April 25, community and business groups filled the room at the Police Services Board meeting to speak about these potential changes in the Service Initiatives document. Eleven community and business groups were represented by speakers, and 3 City Councillors also spoke, including Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper. All speakers told the members of Police Services Board how important the CPO, NHO, SRO and Beat Officers are to Ottawa communities and businesses. Having a dedicated officer to work with is essential. It provides one point of contact, allows communities to know officers, and builds trust on both sides. These officers are the ones who
find solutions to problems before they become much bigger issues – break & enter, theft, drug issues, mental health issues, gangs. Many speakers also told the Board “We are partners with police in creating a safer city – the community can’t do it alone but neither can the police”. “The present model is working; if this is about efficiencies then let us help find those. We have in the past.” The Police have promised consultation. We have made some recommendations to ensure that the consultation is meaningful and not just a presentation of what will happen. We have asked that the consultation not happen in the summer, and that any final recommendation go back to Police Services Board for a debate before implementation. May 17th the police released the following information on how the consultation will proceed - only 2 sessions with all the stakeholders in the entire City. Tue June 7th noon-2:30pm and June 9th 6-8:30pm. Space is limited so they only want 1 person per group and everyone else can fill in an online questionnaire which closes June 10. Not the meaningful consultation the delegations at Police Services Board asked for - but certainly a way of controlling negative feedback. For more information www.ottawapolice. ca/en/news-and-community/serviceinitiative.asp Continued on page 22
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If you see a red light or a stop sign, you have to stop. Remember manoeuvrability? Switching from road to sidewalk may be an easy thing to do, but it’s also an easy way to break the law. Your bicycle is a vehicle. Treat it like one. On May 8, I participated in CycloFest on Preston Street. Maybe some of you braved the cold and wind to take part. A lot of cyclists, adults and children, were taking advantage of the opportunity to deck themselves and their
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do your best to keep yourself and everyone around you safe. You’re doing all the right things and your summer cycling is a treat. A big spoiler is a stolen bike. Always lock it before you leave it. And to be on the safe side, come visit the Wellington CPC to borrow an engraver. Putting I.D. like your driver’s licence number on your bike gives you a better chance of getting your bike back if it makes it to the police pound. Safe cycling!
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Hintonburg’s Donna Brouse (third from left), was presented with a “Leading Women Building Communities” Award on April 30, by Ottawa Centre MP, Yasir Naqvi (l). Accompanying Donna to the ceremony were her daughter, Emma Jobin, and members of her “posse”: (front row) Nathan Taller, Trina Weckworth, Beatrice Robinson, Emma Taller, Cheryl Parrott and Kitchissippi Ward Councillor, Jeff Leiper. Donna intentionally invited only children to the awards ceremony to celebrate their willingness to help with fundraisers even though they are often left out of the decision making process. Donna believes that children are the people who actually build and form the communities being celebrated by this award. Photo courtesy of Hintonburg Community Association
An important community effort
By Blaine Marchand R.E.A.D. Close to 150 people shared their views and hopes for the future of Kitchissippi Ward’s iconic Rosemount Library during four community consultations in late March and early April. A further 45 expressed their thoughts through the website of the citizen advocacy group Rosemount Expansion and Development (READ). With the financial assistance of Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper, READ spearheaded the four sessions at the Hintonburg Community Centre. The consultations were conducted by professional facilitator Wesley Petite, hired by Councillor Leiper. The discussions, which were lively and engaging, brought forth a wide range of ideas on how the Rosemount branch, the only remaining Carnegie-funded library in the city,
could be improved. It was clear that for everyone the central issue is overcrowding and how the lack of space hinders the library’s capacity to serve the many that use it. For many participants, the building is a much loved heritage landmark that must be retained. They suggested ways to adapt the current configuration so space would be maximized. Many others in the sessions felt the space limitations could be only be resolved by a new site and a new building. Both sides stressed equally that a central location within the ward is a critical factor in order to meet the needs of Kitchissippi residents and students at nearby schools. Among the suggestions offered by those favouring the current site were relocating the circulation, the use of mobile shelves and consoli-
dating the children’s area. They also feel the entrance/lobby should be more accessible, windows unblocked and the original ceiling height restored. They suggested that opportunities to develop linkages with other locations and maximizing connections with the community could be explored. More parking for bikes and strollers and improvements to the bathrooms were also on their list. When discussing a possible relocation, a site near the library’s current location, close to or along Wellington, between Parkdale and Fairmont and in Hintonburg, was preferred. It was also stressed that any new site must be near the community’s schools as well as easily accessible by foot, bike or public transit. Natural light and quiet spaces were high priorities. It was also thought important that some
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Guerilla gardeners get a hand By Lorrie Marlow, Recreation Association of Hintonburg Attention all guerilla gardeners in the ‘hood, start up your wheelbarrows. If you or your community group maintain a local park, flower bed or vegetable garden on city land, or on neglected or abandoned property (ie: embankment of the Queensway) well have I got the mulch for you. We are looking for the funkiest guerillas garden in Hintonburg, Mechanicsville and West Wellington. The Recreation Association of Hintonburg (RAH) and Plant Pool Recreation Association (PPRA) applied for funding from the City of Ottawa’s Community Environmental Projects Grant Program for their “Thank you very Mulch” initiative. And we had some success. Both groups wanted mulch and manure to improve soils for local community parks, flower beds and vegetable gardens. Mulch, which helps conserve
moisture, improve soil fertility, and reduce weed growth, also enhances the visual appeal of neglected areas. Moreover, we have arranged the purchase from local distributers, of composted pine mulch and manure which will be delivered to our communities in the near future. Newswest’s horticultural experts recommend mulch be applied once the earth has warmed up in mid to late June. PPRA needed this material for the beautiful flower beds outside the Plant Pool at the corner of Somerset and Preston. They are also seeking volunteers to help spread the manure and mulch, and to water these gardens on a regular basis. These flower beds surrounding the statue and benches were started by local volunteers when Plant Pool was built years ago. Well, these volunteers are now seniors who REALLY, REALLY need some help. If you live in a highrise or lack a garden but want to get
your hands dirty, PPRA needs you. See the website and send a message: www.plantpool.org RAH is seeking contact with community groups that have adopted, or unofficially maintain our local pocket parks and guerilla gardens. In research, most local parks are formerly adopted but may now be maintained by local gardeners who are not affiliated with the original group that adopted the park. No worries here; RAH would like to get this material to the gardeners and groups that make the difference. We have already been contacted by Mechanicsville Community Association for the flower beds at Laroche Park. The guerilla gardeners next to the Hintonburg Market have reached out to RAH already. The groups who maintain the Friendship Park on Bayview and the Stirling/ Carruthers Park have requested participation. RAH will need pictures taken before, during and after, for the final funding
What does “Transit-oriented” mean to you? fourth 55-storey tower on top of the Library itself. The proposal also includes an elevated road atop the soccer field at Tom Brown to service the library and its 55-storey residential superstructure.
trucks a day – so expect that this location would see equivalent heavy truck traffic. No traffic analysis has been provided yet. Preliminary plans show 646 retail parking spots, 1000 residential spots, and 128
“Trinity is also proposing to build overtop of the Trillium line and the multi-use pathway that runs beside it, and up to (and possibly encroaching on) Tom Brown Arena park - judging from the pictures they displayed.” The proposed retail space would have 5 large retail stores plus a number of smaller stores. Trinity is the company that was involved with the Landsdowne Park redevelopment – so look to Landsdowne to see what retailers they might be looking at. Winners is one of the retailers they have at many of their shopping malls and the one they mentioned at the consultation. As with all new developments in the community these days a grocery store was dangled as enticement – hard to say if one will ever materialize, but it is always mentioned by every developer. According to Trinity representative, Ryan Moore, Landsdowne Park sees 30-50
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office parking spots for a total of 1,774 parking spots. Add to that the likelihood of 30 to 50 - big trucks a day. Scott and Albert streets would become a thoroughfare for cars and trucks at a major transit station. The myth that high density development at transit stations will alleviate traffic congestion is defeated in requiring this amount of parking space. Transit-oriented development – really? With this amount of parking? Interested neighbours can see the preliminary proposal at http://900albert.com. And watch for Trinity’s proposed second community information meeting. You may care to share your opinion.
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By Cheryl Parrott, Hintonburg resident Three or four 55-storey residential rental buildings on top of 1500 to 2000 parking spots, and 5 big box retail stores with up to a quarter of a million sq. ft. of retail. This is the proposal for a tiny parcel of land just south of Bayview Station nestled between the City Centre building and Albert Street at the juncture of the Trillium Line (O-Train) and the future Light Rail (LRT). This plan was revealed at an early community information meeting March 8 hosted by the new owner of the property, Trinity Developments. Development proposals for this property have changed over the last 13 years – getting bigger and bigger. Earlier proposals were for townhouses in 2003; then, in 2009, 3 buildings – 24, 17 and 4 storeys; thereafter, it changed to two 30-storey office buildings and a shorter building, with far less parking, a few years ago. Trinity is also proposing to build overtop of the Trillium line and the multi-use pathway that runs beside it, and up to (and possibly encroaching on) Tom Brown Arena park - judging from the pictures they displayed. Their current proposal is to put the new Central Library overtop of the tracks and existing green space, plus add a
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alternative use be found for the current building which would ensure its survival and continued community use. The recommendations and ideas brought forward by the community are being developed into a report. This will be presented by Councillor Leiper to the Ottawa Library Board (OLP) at its June meeting. READ is also developing its own recommendations on the future of Rosemount Library and these will be put forward at the same time. These will be finalized at a READ meeting June 7. Anyone wishing to contribute to the development of this document is invited to the READ meeting to be held at 7 pm on Tuesday, June 7. Check the website www.readrosemount.ca for the location and for further information on this important community effort.
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Images of old Mechanicsville (#3 in a series) By Maureen Cullingham Beginning in 1990, as a new resident of Mechanicsville, I began documenting the dwellings in my neighbourhood. At that time, I took photos of every house and business and copied lists of the house occupants from City of Ottawa directories. Those lists begin in 1912, the first year Mechanicsville was included in the directory after being annexed in 1911. The area is bounded by Scott Street to the north and the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway to
the south, between Parkdale and Bayview. The collection now includes at least four photos of each house or business between 1990 and 2015. The number of buildings existing now is between 200 and 300, depending on how stacked townhouses are counted. In addition, there are photos of about 40 dwellings (like this one) that have been torn down over 26 years. The building now at this address can be seen online at newswest.org/ easyread/archives/5211
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The canal, the climate and the NCC By Catherine McKenna Ottawa-Centre MP My first six months as your Member of Parliament have flown by at an incredible pace! Every day is a learning experience marked with major developments and achievements. On May 10, I announced the installation of two new paddle access points along the Rideau Canal, in response to feedback from the community, to ensure safe and easy access for paddlers. This will allow even more community members and visitors to enjoy our national treasure.
The new docks are part of a series of federal government infrastructure investments totaling $57 million. This is the largest investment of its kind in the 184-year history of the Rideau Canal and more than doubles previously announced federal funding. One access point is on the west side at Patterson Creek, the other on the east at Clegg Avenue. On April 22, I had the honour of joining Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the historic signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change at the UN in New
A Place to Call Home By Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre Our government recognizes that there is a need for more affordable housing in Ottawa. The update to the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy is bold and transformative, and supports our goal of ending chronic homelessness in 10 years. We now have a standard and accepted definition of homelessness, recommended by our
expert panel and adopted by the government. We are also planning to require data collection at the local level about homelessness, building on work that many communities are already doing or planning to do. We are investing $178 million over three years to provide housing subsidies and benefits. This includes: • the construction of up to 1,500 new supportive housing units;
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York. Our Government views climate change not only as a challenge, but as an opportunity. It is a chance to build a clean growth economy while creating well-paying jobs for middle class Canadians. We know that to move towards a real solution we need to work with all partners – including at the community level. That is why I was very pleased to host a climate change consultation in Ottawa Centre on April 28 at the Glebe Community Centre. If you missed the consultation session, you can still join the conversation and contribute to the climate change debate at www.canada.ca/climateaction. I want to hear your ideas!
On the same day as the climate change consultation, the NCC board announced that they will begin negotiations for the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats with RendezVous LeBreton Group. As part of my commitment to you, I called for NCC reform to increase openness and require stakeholder engagement. I am pleased that close to 8,000 Canadians contributed their views on what a redeveloped Flats should look like and another 3,000 people participated in town halls leading up to this announcement. On April 28, I was thrilled to see Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin attend their
first NCC board meeting as exofficio board members. At the same meeting, I was also pleased that the NCC board approved a federal land use request that the Memorial for Victims of Communism be built in the Garden of the Provinces and Territories. I support this new location, as much more appropriate than the originally planned site on Wellington Street. The Ottawa Public Library board is in the planning stage for the new central library project. I hope that you will give your thoughts on location selection criteria for the new central library. Visit ottawacentrallibrary.ca/get-involved for more information.
• improved access for up to 4,000 families and individuals to services like counselling, dispensing medication, and life skills; • additional $45 million in new funds to the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) program to accelerate our goal to end chronic homelessness by helping municipalities develop local solutions; • $17 million to provide a portable housing benefit on a pilot basis to eventually support up to 3,000 survivors of domestic violence; and
• development of an Indigenous Housing Strategy in partnership with Indigenous communities. CHPI is a consolidation of five homelessness-related programs into one program, under which Ottawa has received over $70 million over three years to combat homelessness. Since 2003, the province has committed over $237 million in investments in new rental and supportive housing, affordable homeownership, rent supports and social housing renovations and repairs. Just last month I announced
$12 million from the province to Ottawa Community Housing for their retrofit projects. This grant will help energy-efficient retrofits of up to 23 older highrise social-housing buildings. I am encouraged that we are making a long-term commitment to stable funding that will continue our transformation of the affordable social housing system. For more information, visitontario.ca/housing. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office at email@example.com. org or 613-722-6414.
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OWCS Gears up for Pie Throwing
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Second annual fundraiser growing in popularity By Sarah Doiron Ottawa West Community Support On June 24, two very lucky individuals will get the opportunity many dream of: they are going to throw a pie in the face of a politician. Mayor Jim Watson and City Councillor Catherine McKenney have both agreed to take a pie in the face for the benefit of Ottawa West Community Support. The whole concept started in 2014, when, to add a bit of fun to the annual OWCS Client Barbeque, many of the staff members had pies thrown in their faces. It was an incredibly successful day, and managed to increase the internal fundraising because clients got to vote on who got the pies by donating change in the names of their targets. As the OWCS Client Barbeque loomed again in 2015, one of the OWCS staff members noticed that Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Jeff
Leiper was having pop-up office hours in Hintonburg Park. An impromptu visit and friendly conversation then secured Mr. Leiper as the pie target for 2015. The premise behind the fundraiser was that if the target of $1000 was met by the June 26 deadline, then Mr. Leiper would get a pie in the face. This concept proved to be very popular with people in the area, and a total of more than $1700 was raised in less than a month. The conversation about who to secure for the following year was immediately begun after the success of the 2015 fundraiser. The Mayor’s name was tossed around, but no one seemed too sure how to get to him. The perfect opportunity arose at the 2015 Taste of Wellington West as Mayor Watson was approached on the street and asked in front of an audience to be the next pie target. He agreed on the spot - much to the
surprise of those who know him. Catherine McKenney became a more recent addition to the fundraiser, and the fundraising goal has increased to $5000 in 2016 as there are two targets to choose from. This year the concept of the fundraiser has also changed a bit. By donating online at www.owcs.ca, individuals will be entered into a draw to actually throw the pie. For every $20 donated, one ballot is entered in the draw. When donating, it is possible to choose your target, resulting in one pie per politician. This idea has been well received by the public, and OWCS is looking forward to another successful outcome. The only negative reaction so far has been Jeff Leiper’s dismay when he discovered that Mayor Watson and Councillor McKenney would only receive one pie apiece. Last year, Mr. Leiper was the recipient of no less than five pies.
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Train Bridge Swimming Hole
A tradition for generations By Anna Borris The Prince of Wales Bridge is a multi-span truss bridge, which opened in 1880 to provide rail service between Ottawa and Gatineau. It remained in service for over one hundred years. From a point east of Bayview Road, it crosses the Ottawa River to Lemieux Island, then continues to Gatineau. The last regular passenger train over the bridge came in from Montreal November 15, 1981. Presently, the Ottawa side is fenced off with warning signs regarding fast moving water and holes between the ties. But back in 1966 and for a few generations before, the bridge provided the backdrop for a tempting swimming hole for many area kids. One sweltering afternoon in July, my friends Judy, Karen, Mike and I were trying to decide on a plan for the afternoon. We had already gone biking all the way to my cousin Sean’s house on Northwestern Avenue, but he was in summer school. Sean’s mom, my Aunt Violet, was in the middle of a cleaning spree, so the visit was short. On the way back we stopped for popsicles at the corner store, and collapsed on Karen’s porch. “Let’s go swimming,”
“We all went home and put on our bathing suits and T shirts, made a couple of peanut butter sandwiches and raced back to Karen’s house.” was Judy’s idea. Karen moaned “I don’t feel like biking all the way to Westboro, we were halfway there a while ago. And Carleton beach is too shallow.” I was the one with the bright idea. “I know. We can swim at the train bridge again. We didn’t get caught last time. What do you think?” “Let’s do it!” Judy yelled enthusiastically. We all went home and put on our bathing suits and T shirts, made a couple of peanut butter sandwiches and raced back to Karen’s house. It only took a few minutes to bike down to the Prince of Wales train bridge. With our plastic bags of sandwiches, matches and pilfered cigarettes held in our teeth, we stepped into the cool dark river where the water was almost immediately over our heads. We swam as far as the first abutment, and climbed out to sunbathe, picnic, and enjoy a relax-
ing smoke on the rough cement. Being so sophisticated, the interesting submerged junk we could see in the river didn’t bother us a bit. We were in and out of the water all afternoon, until suddenly a loud authoritative voice interrupted our revelry, “You kids get out of the water!” We looked up to see an RCMP officer striding down the hill towards us. Meekly we all swam across to shore and scrambled up the bank. “Don’t you know how dangerous it is to swim here?” he demanded. “The current is very strong and leads to the dam at the Chaudiere Falls.” We were too polite, or too intimidated to make the obvious comment that we’d have to get past several log booms and at least half a mile across the river to be in any danger of the falls or the intake pipes at the E.B. Eddy Paper Mill on the Hull side. The officer noted all our names and telephone
numbers, and said he would be in touch with our parents. We didn’t really believe him until we got home. My dad said “Have you been swimming at that train bridge again? The police called and said to make sure you stay away from there”. From then on, according to our parents, it was Westboro beach for us, (too crowded and too far) or the Plant Bath Pool (closer, but that cost five cents). But at least there were no wrecked cars underwater, and no danger of being swept over the Chaudiere Falls. So, officially, that’s just where we went for our cooling summer swims. But if bridges could talk, the Prince of Wales might have a tale or two to tell.
Annual General Meeting Please Join us Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Hintonburg Community Centre 1064 Wellington St. W. Registration | 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Meeting | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments, reports and awards! For more information, call Karen Larsen 613-238-8210
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MAY 27 – ARTS NIGHT Arts Night takes place at the First Unitarian Church (30 Cleary Ave., off Richmond Road) on May 27 at 7:30 p.m. Come and see artists talk about, demonstrate or perform their art. This month’s guests include Pearl Pirie, author; Dominique Dennery, sculptor; Tessa Bangs, multi instrumentalist. Admission: $5. For more information call 613-725-1066 MAY 27 - JACOB MOON IN CONCERT Hamilton’s award-winning singer-songwriter brings an evening of song and story to Ottawa at Parkdale United Church, 429 Parkdale Ave., 7:30pm. Advance tickets $20 at the church or at jacobmoon.com. MAY 28 - WILD, WILD, WESTBORO GARAGE SALE This annual event is hosted in partnership with Dovercourt Recreation Association. Proceeds of the Westboro Garage sale will benefit the Westboro Community Association and its projects. Please note, there is no rain date. Sale will take place outdoors from 8 to 11 a.m. For information, go to westborovillage.ca. MAY 28 – IN HARMONY: A WOMEN’S CHORUS This 25th anniversary concert will be taking place at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Ave., starting at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-6206608. Tickets also available at the Leading Note, After Stonewall, Books on Beechwood, Compact Music and Venus Envy. MAY 30 - STARTING A GENEALOGY RESEARCH PROJECT When we first start delving into our family tree research we often do it in a haphazard way. This presentation by genealogist Ken McKinlay will discuss tips and tricks to approach your genealogy research in a methodical manner. It will touch upon using software or websites to record information, ways of categorizing the information found, and alternate resources to fill in some of the blanks in our research. Using real world examples, Ken will walk through possible challenges and ways to overcome them. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. JUNE 4 - GREAT CANADIAN LEMONADE STANDEMONIUM Hosting a lemonade stand is one of the most popular summer activities for kids. On Saturday June 4, thousands of local kids will be doing just that, all the while raising funds and awareness for local cancer care. The Great Canadian Lemonade Standemonium is a funfilled fundraiser in which kids host stands in
their neighbourhood. Funds raised support the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. For more information about how to get involved, go to ottawacancer.ca/lemonade. JUNE 4 - DRUMMING WORKSHOPS St. George’s Church at 415 Piccadilly Ave. (near Island Park and Wellington). Drumming Kpatsa with Dominic Donkor, 10:15 a.m.11:45 p.m., cost: $25. Dancing Kpatsa with Prosper Adjetey and live drummers, noon- 2 p.m., cost: $30. Both Drum & Dance public workshop package: $50. JUNE 4 - BOOKS, BAKING AND BLOOMS SALE Come for the bargains, stay for the bacon. Woodroffe United Church invites you to its Books, Baking and Blooms Sale on Saturday, June 4 from 9 to noon. Pick up summer reads, something for your sweet tooth and plants for home and garden. Enjoy delicious bacon on a bun while you shop. For more information call 613-722-9250. JUNE 4 - BIG ART AND PLANT SALE IN WESTBORO Affordable artwork by Deborah Lyall, Pamela Booth, John Benn and Barbara Carlson, and jewellery by Sara Carlisle, Nancy Sinclair, and Alberto Gee at Westminster Presbyterian, 470 Roosevelt Ave. (two blocks south of Richmond Road) on Saturday June 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Buy plants for your garden, books for a relaxing read, baking for entertaining family and friends, and visit our friendly café. Book sales support Westminster mission projects locally, nationally and internationally. JUNE 5 - HERITAGE MEETING The next meeting of Dave Allston’s Heritage Group will be Sunday June 5, from 2-4 p.m. at Kitchissippi United Church. Representatives of the City’s heritage department will be speaking about rebuilding the Heritage Reference List. There will also be time for networking and sharing of information regarding individual history and heritage projects. For more information go to kitchissippihistory.freeforums. net/board/1/all-discussion-topics. JUNE 6 - CREATING AN INCOME BLUEPRINT – BUILDING A RETIREMENT INCOME STRATEGY Do you know the most efficient way to withdraw income from your various savings and investment vehicles when you retire? Whether retired, or considering retirement, this session will provide some valuable financial planning tips to make sure your hard-earned savings help you achieve all of your retirement and estate wishes. Presented in partnership with John Hastings of RBC Dominion Securities. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. Registration required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
JUNE 10 - COMMUNITY KITCHEN PARTY An evening of local music and homemade cookies will be held to honor Stroke Awareness Month on June 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kitchissippi United Church (630 Island park Dr.) Admission by donation with all funds collected donated to The Stroke Survivors Association of Ottawa. Performers include Tony Turner, The Poach Cotatoes and Sonia Gee. For more info contact Robert Bigras at 819-770-5853 or email email@example.com. JUNE 11 - MERI SQUARES AT WESTBORO FUSE Meri Squares, a local modern square dancing club which meets twice a week at Westminster Presbyterian Church, will be performing at Westboro Fuse on Saturday June 11 at noon. We encourage readers to join us in some demonstration dancing. Modern Square dancing is fun and fast paced and our callers use modern music. No special footwear, clothing or experience required. If you cannot make the demonstration dance June 11, mark your calendars now to give square dancing a try in September when Meri Squares hosts two open houses on Tuesday September 13 and 20 from 7:30 to 9:30. If you can walk, you can dance. For more information go to merisquares.ca. JUNE 13 - CONTAINER GARDENING WITH LANA DOSS Learn how to select the right soil, plants, and containers for successful container gardening, as well as how to water and feed your plants to keep them healthy. Offered in partnership with Just Food as part of the OPL/BPO à la carte food literacy project. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. Registration required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. JUNE 17 - SUMMER SOLSTICE PARTY This year’s Summer Solstice Party will be taking place Friday June 17 in Carruthers-Stirling Park at 195 Carruthers (near Scott Street). Rain date is Friday June 24. Neighbourhood potluck begins at 5:30 p.m. Please bring a dish you can share with others and your own plates/cutlery. The Street of Rock will perform at 6:30 p.m. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. JULY 25 TO JULY 29 - CAMP AWESOME This week-long day camp at Kitchissippi United Church (630 Island Park Dr. behind the Royal Ottawa across from Westgate Mall) offers a fun-filled program for children 4 to 12. Program includes outdoor play, stories, songs and crafts. Camp runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Before and after hour care also available. For more information, cost and registration forms, contact Kirsten Gracequist at 613-7227254 or go to kitchissippiuc.com.
ENGLISH CONVERATION GROUP Practice your English language conversation skills and meet new friends in a relaxed and friendly environment at the Carlingwood Branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Tuesdays at 6:30-7:30 p.m. No registration is required for this drop-in class. For more information, go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. 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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