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A GoFundMe campaign is underway to help a single mother of a bullied teenager pay her legal costs. In a precedent-setting case, Vania Karam sued the OttawaCarleton District School Board for negligence towards her son, Winston. In May 2016, the Superior Court in Ontario found that OCDSB negligently breached the standard of care it owed to Winston, and awarded compensation of about $3,000. Vania needs help paying off $54,821 that was incurred in her legal battle over four years. Vania’s friends and coworkers, Beth Clarke and Amanda Seeman, set up the fundraiser to help Vania. Winston’s travails started as a new grade seven student at Broadview Avenue Public School in 2011. He told the judge about his experience. He was subjected to racial slurs and put in chokeholds, and his face was slammed into a water fountain — all with impunity. According to court documents, whenever Winston sought help from school staff,
he was told that the attacks were merely “roughhousing,” and to ignore it or make other friends. The staff enabled the bullies — one time, the boys called Winston the N-word with no consequences while he was given detention for saying “f*** off” in response. After yet another incident, Winston suffered an anxiety attack in school in April 2012, and broke down. Vania home-schooled Winston for the rest of the academic year. The bullies knew where he lived, so Winston moved to his grandma’s home. Finally, Winston got handed a report card which blamed him, and in grade eight, the school placed Winston in the same class as the bullies. This was the turning point for Vania. Months of torment, tacitly endorsed by the people who were supposed to protect him, had taken its toll on the young boy. Vania enrolled him in self-defense classes to build his confidence and organized therapy to help him heal. As the mother of a mixed-
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race child, Vania is keenly aware of the challenges her son faces in an often hostile and racially biased world. That he was abused so openly in an environment where he was supposed to have been protected, was almost too much to bear. “Is it okay for people to treat him like this?” she asks. “This is egregious.” Vania decided that the officials and the bullies had to be held accountable and her son had to be confident that he had recourse to justice. So the family sued OCDSB for negligence. At the trial, the teachers’ and officials’ inconsistent and contradictory testimony (a “loop of lies” as Vania describes it) fell apart. Vania’s meticulous records, including her emails to officials, helped prove that the staff and the school board were aware of the bullying and took no action. Vania and Winston won that first trial and were awarded general damages, but OCDSB appealed. Now the case was in a higher court. Vania couldn’t use a paralegal as she had earlier; she was required to hire
a lawyer (and bear the associated costs, including a $500 per hour fee). Vania could have walked away at this point. The road ahead was rocky: Vania’s mother took ill during this time, underwent surgery, and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Winston was in an emotional limbo, and Vania’s legal costs kept mounting. Vania didn’t give up — Winston’s story had to be told. At the trial in May 2016, the judge of the Ontario Supreme Court asked pointed questions about racism in the school and heard testimony from Winston and another mixed-race student who’d also felt unsafe. He ruled that OCDSB officials and school staff were negligent and didn’t protect Winston from bullies, and that Broadview staff breached the standard of care owed to Winston Karam. For the first time in North America, a judge found a school board liable for inaction towards bullying. The $3000 award went towards the cost of Winston’s home schooling and self-
defense classes. However, the judge said there wasn’t enough medical evidence to show that he’d suffered a physical or psychological injury due to the bullying — which would have given the family a larger amount in damages. Vania says the years of anguish and the money spent are all worth it. “I probably saved my son’s life,” she says, referring to news stories of teenagers who have died by suicide due to bullying. Vania’s beloved job and supportive friends and co-workers helped her get through it all. She and Winston are now looking to the future. Vania is focused on caring for her ill mother. Winston, now 17, likes his new school, and a local business owner has given him a job. He is quietly selfconfident, having built up both physical and mental endurance in these past four years. “This is my story, but I have to move on,” he says. For more information about this crowdfunding campaign, go to gofundme.com/2jqka7q4.
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both of them, turned out to be the federal government in downtown Ottawa. Again, the desire to be closer to their work, and even stronger desire to return to Westboro, prompted another housing search. Melinda and Malcolm knew that securing a traditional, well maintained home in Westboro in their price range would be a challenge. It wasn’t long before they decided to buy a lot and build from scratch, even though this option would put them into competition with the many infill builders who compete aggressively for older properties coming on to the market. Their hunt eventually led them to a small, older, house on the corner of Cole and Princeton. Part of the site’s appeal was the existing mature trees that could shade a new house. They both vividly remember their visit to the property. “We were allowed one viewing and the first thing we saw was a crack in the foundation and in a wall that went
Malcolm Edwards, Melinda Tan and their son Saer live in this energy efficient home in Westboro. Photo by Andrea Tomkins
from the bottom of the house to the top,” recalls Melinda. Structural issues weren’t the home’s only problem. The couple soon discovered that the house had asbestos in much of the original building
material and soil tests confirmed that the clay in which the house had been built caused the major structural damage. “Given all the problems, we didn’t feel bad about Continued on page 10
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It’s not often that the directions to a new home in Westboro, conclude with the comment: “You can’t miss it. It’s the house with the bunny!” However, Melinda Tan was being quite precise when providing instructions, via email, that would lead to her home at 539 Cole Ave.; a house she shares with her husband Malcolm Edwards, their 11-year-old son, Saer, and a rabbit named Thumper. Rising up just a few steps behind Thumper’s summer home, the Tan/Edwards house is a new, two storey, energy efficient structure that Melinda and Malcolm had built over an eight month period in 2015. It’s clear to all passers-by from the presence of a furry sentinel, that 539 Cole is definitely a most interesting house and home – strikingly different from many new builds in Westboro. New infill homes in Westboro tend toward a mod-
ern look with an emphasis on dark exteriors, acrylic stucco, brick, glass and metal. The rich, coral colour of the exterior wooden siding, the cream coloured trim around windows and doors of the Tan/ Edwards home, plus post and beam exterior details in natural wood stand in stark contrast to other new builds. While their home is new, Melinda and Malcolm are not new to Westboro. They’d rented places on Duncairn and Tweedsmuir Avenue years ago. However, at the time, the husband and wife team, both electrical engineers by education, decided to purchase a home closer to their place of employment – Nortel’s headquarters on Moodie Drive. The somewhat lower housing prices in Britannia Beach appealed to them and the couple purchased a house that originally was a cottage and lived there for several years. With the demise of Nortel in 2009, the couple had to find new employment, which for
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I’ve been waiting for someone to choose Dan Martelock for an Art Tag. Finally, it happened! Sarah Barbary tagged Dan to be profiled in the next column. You’ve probably seen his work around the neighbourhood. Have you noticed the Bell Box on Wellington St W., beside the Mac’s? The little bird house replicas attached to buildings and businesses along Wellington West? Have you been to a Martelock colouring night at the Hintonburg Public House? Have you been to an arts related event in Hintonburg? Have you been inside the Somerset West Community Health Centre to see the bird house installation he and Continued on page 6
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is distinct – you know a Martelock when you see one. He’s now taken up organizing shows at various businesses, has regular pop-up shows, and works on commissions. If you’d like to have a birdhouse replica of your home built, he’s your man. I assure you, you will enjoy your encounter with him, because his passion and exuberance for any project is infectious. You can find Dan online at twitter.com/ DanielMartelock and instagram.com/danielmartelock. This was the final installment of Art Tag, a special series by local artist Andrea Stokes in which each artist she profiled for KT “tagged” their favourite artist for the next issue. You can find the series online at kitchissippi.com/tag/arttag.
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Continued from page 3 demolishing the old house,” says Melinda. Being a corner lot also brought with it specific rules for depth of set backs that posed challenges to any new project. Undaunted by the myriad of issues, Melinda and Malcolm pressed forward and purchased the property and soon after engaged the services of Algonquin College graduate Anthony Mach. Working with Anthony, the couple arrived at a design for the new home that was consistent with the couple’s desire for a highly energy efficient structure. In all, it would take 18 months to plan and obtain permits for their new home and a further eight months to construct it. The completed house combines several energy conservation features: strategic placement of windows, state-of-the-art HVAC systems and south-facing roof top solar panels. The struc-
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ture stands on an insulated concrete foundation that has four inches of Styrofoam insulation on each side of the concrete. Before all of that though, came demolition of the existing house which also involved rather expensive asbestos abatement and carting away all of the clay soil. It was only then that work on the new home could begin. Underneath the charming exterior of the Tan/Edwards home, which boasts post-andbeam features, is a carefully planned, no-nonsense, energy efficient structure. As Malcolm points out, the home is essentially a large rectangle, a simple form that enhances the energy efficiency of the building. The first floor is a large open space that accommodates an entryway, sitting, dining areas, an open kitchen and a bathroom. The major windows are on the south-facing wall. Floors throughout the house are
all hardwood. Large Douglas fir posts and beams support the second level of the home, which consists of two bedrooms, a full bathroom and a large open area which could easily be partitioned to create a third bedroom. It is clear that Malcolm and Melinda planned every aspect of their new home down to the smallest detail. “We didn’t build this home to sell it,” he adds. Modest in scale and more traditional in terms of look and feel, the home that Melinda Tan and Malcolm Edwards built is a comfortable addition to Westboro. It’s easy to see that Melinda, Malcolm and Saer like their new home a lot. And Thumper does too. See the web version of this story at kitchissippi. com for extra photos. Which Kitchissippiarea home are you most curious about? It could be an old home, a new one, a big one, or a small one. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make some inquiries.
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n addition to good sleep hygiene practices like going to bed at the same time each night and leaving electronics and work outside the bedroom, choosing the right mattress, pillow, and bedding is essential to a good night’s sleep. Tony Lepage, co-owner of Hardy Mattress & Feather Inc. in Westboro shared his best advice about selecting a mattress, a pillow, and bedding for your best night’s rest.
BEDDING If you have allergies, choose a silk or a highquality synthetic duvet. If you don’t have allergies, Tony recommends sticking with down. Select a regular weight duvet. In climatecontrolled homes, you can use it year-round.
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Pillow selection is also very personal. Tony explained that it’s the most difficult item of bedding to purchase. He again suggests that you go into a store and try the pillow on the mattress you have selected. Bring in your pillow from home and test it before purchasing another pillow. If your existing pillow doesn’t feel right, then try other pillows. If you have allergies, choose a high-quality synthetic. If you don’t have allergies, Tony recommends down-filled pillows because it molds to your neck. With custom pillows, you can select the exact firmness
you want. When purchasing a down pillow, it is important to ensure that it has a good quality feather-proof cotton cover so you don’t get feather poke-through. To increase the longevity of your pillow, use a pillow protector made out of high-quality cotton and a zip-closure, then put your pillowcase over it. The pillow protector will protect your pillow from dust mites and can be washed regularly.
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When purchasing a mattress, it is essential to go into the store and try before you buy. You need to lie on a mattress for at least 15-30 minutes to assess if it is comfortable for you. Tony recommends a memory foam mattress with the highest density foam your budget allows. The higher the density, the longer the mattress will last. Memory foam will keep your body supported, comfortable, and cool. Mattress comfort is subjective, and some people prefer the feel of pocket coil, latex, or other construction. That’s why you have to go into the store and spend some time testing out mattresses before you select one. If you have back problems, you will want to consider the firmness of your mattress very carefully. If your low back is sore, a firmer bed will provide more comfort and support. If your upper back is sore, you will want a mattress that is somewhat softer. It’s tempting to purchase an inexpensive mattress thinking that you are getting a good deal, but when you consider that most people spend 1/3 of their life on average in bed, a mattress purchase should be viewed as an investment.
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Wall Space Gallery 358 Richmond Road www.wallspacegallery.ca 613-729-0003 Original artwork and custom framing to pretty up your walls. Open daily. Essentia 356 Richmond Road Unit C www.myessentia.com 613-695-7422 Breathable memory foam mattresses made in Canada. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Ottawa Drapery and Supplies 349 Danforth Avenue 613-729-8311 Draperies, blinds, roman shades and shutters. Closed weekends.
Germotte Photo and Framing Studio 358 Ravenhill Ave. germotte.ca 613-725-6958 Giclée printing, canvas wrapping, and custom framing for photos and artwork. Closed Sundays and Mondays
The Sofa Bed Store 300 Richmond Road www.thesofabedstore.com 613-680-7400 Full-sized sofa beds to maximize space and give your guests a great night’s sleep. Closed Mondays. Suede Contemporary Interiors 303 Richmond Road BASELINE RD www.suedeinteriors.com 613-729-9274 Everything you need to furnish a home, from furniture sets to rugs to window coverings to accessories. Open daily.
Hardy Mattress and Feather 278 Richmond Road www.hardymattress.ca 613-729-1194 Customized mattresses and frames, furniture refinishing and reupholstering, and even dog beds. Closed Sundays.
Kitchenalia 274A Richmond Road www.kitchenalia.ca 613-728-6121 Pretty, functional, and high quality kitchen items for the discerning or amateur cook. Open daily. Design First Interiors 270 Richmond Road www.designfirstinteriors.com 613-562-2655 Kitchen makeovers, bathroom updates, and custom renos. Closed Sundays. Rose Draperies and Interiors 371 Athlone Avenue www.rosedraperies.ca 613-728-0339 Custom window coverings and other interior design work. Closed Sundays. Polanco Home Furniture 177 Richmond Road polancohomedecor.com 613-761-8690 Canadian-made furnishings, rugs, lighting and accessories. Closed Sundays.
Terra20 1304 Wellington St. West www.terra20.com 1-855-837-7220 Eco-friendly, ethical, healthy home décor products you can feel good about. Open daily. Blueprint Home 1301 Wellington St. West www.blueprinthome.com 613-761-1289 Sleek, modern furniture for all living spaces. Open daily. Second Glance 1292 Wellington St. West www.secondglanceottawa.ca 613-680-4100 New-to-you home décor treasures sold on consignment. Open daily. St. Vincent De Paul 1273 Wellington St. West www.ssvp.on.ca 613-722-7166 Good quality, used household items, furniture, and small appliances sold at reasonable prices. Closed Sundays.
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Fabrications Ottawa 1018 Wellington St. West www.fabricationsottawa.com 613-854-9091 Fun, funky, and unique fabrics for all sorts of home décor projects. Open daily.
Marie Antoinette & Co. 1096 Somerset St. West www.marieantoinetteco.com 613-680-7557 French country and Old World inspired décor and furniture. Open daily.
Tinseltown Christmas Emporium 1096 Somerset St. West www.tinseltownchristmasemporium.com 613-680-7557 Everything you need to make Christmas absolutely magical. Open daily.
Up’Dated Furniture and Vintage 250 City Centre Ave. Unit 222 updatedfurniture.myshopify.com 613-986-1116 Vintage pieces are rescued, overhauled, and made functional again. Closed Sundays.
Mattress City Plus 980 Wellington St. West www.mattresscityplus.ca 613-894-5762 New and end-of-line mattress sets for all budgets. Closed Mondays.
Wild Willy’s Plants and Flowers 1252 Wellington St. West www.wildwillysflorist.com 613-722-5990 Floral solutions and decorative plants to brighten up your home. Closed Sundays.
World of Maps 1191 Wellington St. West www.worldofmaps.com 613-724-6776 Globes, framed wall maps, or custom maps to your specifications. Open daily.
Blumenstudio Café 465 Parkdale Avenue www.blumenstudio.ca 613-680-8400 Floral arrangements, centrepieces, and planters for home or business. Closed Mondays.
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Ravensara 1200 Wellington St. West www.ravensara.ca 613-761-9941 Art by Canadian artisans, including sculpture, prints, ceramics, and books. Open daily.
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Fab Baby Gear 1244 Wellington St. West www.fabbabygear.com 613-729-8838 Lovely and unique cribs, rocking chairs, and toy storage for the nursery. Open daily.
Morris Home Hardware 1226 Wellington St. West www.homehardware.ca 613-728-0188 Seasonal decorations, kitchenware, gifts, and everything you need to keep your house in tiptop running order.Open daily.
10 Simple Fall Decorating Ideas
By Leslie Foster for Homes and Condos
ith the change of season upon us, it is the perfect time to restyle your home. Use these 10 simple decorating ideas to inject fallinspired décor into your living space. 1) Decorate the entrance. Autumnal colours can create a dramatic fall entrance. Add frost-resistant plants in rich-coloured urns or planters. Place earthy wreaths on the door. If buying potted flowers, choose burnt orange, dusty purple, white, cream, and muted yellow for a striking effect. Use boxes to elevate items like gourds so they’re not symmetrical. 2) Accessorize. Warm things up with rich fall-inspired colours. Add pillows, table covers, mats, throws, slip covers, and other accessories. Also introduce hearty patterns like plaid or varying textures like wool or chunky chenille blankets. Bring out the heavy-duty mats by the door and add an umbrella stand. Layer rugs. Jane Berry, owner of Blueprint Homes on Wellington Street suggests timeless cowhide, rust,
and brown woods. She recommends being experimental. Jane explained that pillows are one of the most distinctive and personal decorating elements because you can choose exactly what you like without consideration for function and comfort of all users. So why not have fun? 3) Change your bedding. Bring out heavier linens, warmer duvets, cozy blankets, flannel sheets, and decorative pillows in sumptuous fall colours. 4) Find rustic baskets and fill them with logs. Be sure to treat the wood before bringing it indoors to keep the pests outside where they belong. If you don’t have a fire place, consider adding accents of reclaimed wood. 5) Add creative fall-inspired centerpieces. Bring the outdoors in: a few branches with fall-coloured leaves in a vase or vintage jars, pinecones in a wooden bowl, candles of varying heights, vibrant gourds under glass domes. Jane urges people to get creative and scour flea markets and garage sales for rough-looking antique bowls, vases and other items. Look for the unusual.
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6) Create ambiance with lighting. Think of lighting now that it’s getting dark earlier. A funky lamp, candles, or a roaring fire all can create ambiance. Suzanne Quintal, designer at My House Couture who also works at A Modern Space in Hintonburg explained, “Lighting is like the jewelry of the room.” Jane suggests placing battery operated lights in a bowl or to decorate your yard with starlight strands, or even bring some indoors.
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7) Add fall-inspired plants and flower arrangements. Use dried flowers, like hydrangeas, for a long-lasting look. Add branches, twigs and leaves to your arrangements for an earthy and rustic finish.
8) Paint. There’s no harm in being seasonal with wall paint. Pick an accent wall and try a bold colour. Paint is going a bit darker for fall. Darker greens and moody blues, any colour with depth to it, according to Suzanne.
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9) Create space for guests. With Thanksgiving and Christmas on the horizon, for many, fall also means more overnight guests. Consider adding some multi-functional pieces of furniture, like sofa beds and space-saving wall beds to accommodate everyone in comfort. 10) Set the table. In addition to fall-inspired centerpieces, you can add beautiful placemats and plate chargers in gold, neutrals, bamboo, or wood. You can add table runners, cloths, and napkins in beautiful rich tones and interesting patterns. These aren’t a big investment, so you can be a little more daring in your selection.
Create an inviting front entrance with hearty fall plants in elegant urns and hang a rustic wreath to complete the look. Photo provided by Jane Berry, Blueprint Home.
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Buying art from an established gallery or directly from an artist is a much more personal experience than buying online. You can see the work and its colours and textures live before you buy it, rather than relying on a photograph of uncertain quality. Galleries are a place where you can take in a number of different artists, styles and work all in one place. Most galleries are very welcoming places with staff that can help you understand the process, and even offer a layaway program. Sometimes a gallery will even bring a larger piece to your home to allow you to see it in situ. In dealing with a bricks and mortar gallery, you have a place to go that stands behind the work if there is a problem. As well, you are helping to support cultural activities in your community that a gallery represents. A gallerist knows the market and who you should trust. They can advise you. Don Monet is the co-owner & curator of the Cube Gallery
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any people ask how to go about purchasing original artwork for their home. I always tell patrons that they should only buy art they love. That is the first criteria, after that, it is an investment. Unlike a fridge or a Retirement Savings Plan, art is an investment that can offer great joy while enhancing your lifestyle and environment. It keeps on giving every day and never gets used up. Whether you buy art from emerging or established artists, you’ll find it will likely increase in value. It’s also a legacy – it’s enduring and timeless and something that can stay in your family for generations. I love to play matchmaker and help bring together people and pieces of art with which they’ve fallen in love. I feel that people should rotate pieces on an annual basis. It’s something that collectors usually do because they simply have too many pieces to display, but even if you are not it will give you a chance to enjoy a change of décor. Changing your art periodically freshens things up and makes your home more interesting to you and your guests. Sometimes people who live together do not agree on taste. This is not a problem. There are many different types and genres of art so a wellrounded collection should include pieces that appeal to both partners, and a few works that are beloved only by one. Just as you are attracted to your mate in part because they are different, so too should you consider works of art that are idiosyncratic to you alone. Consider displaying what you both love in the home’s common areas and creating individual spaces using some of the other pieces.
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A Fleeting Presence of Local Scenes West End provides impressive subject matter for painters
By Randy Kroeker ‘A Fleeting Presence’ was the title of a recent Westboro exhibition of paintings featuring artists Brian Harvey (b. 1978) and Julie Himel (b. 1973). This very “accessible” (i.e. classically beautiful) show, opened September 10 at WallSpace Gallery on Richmond Road. Brian Harvey’s nocturnal central Ottawa scenes have a hint of Edward Hopper’s delicious spookiness, which initially drew us to the show. A
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centerpiece of Brian’s work is his view of Wellington Street and Stirling Avenue, a Hintonburg winter scene looking east toward St. Francois D’Assise Church. Wet pavement glistens, reflecting headlights of oncoming traffic as evening sets in. Familiar landmarks, bars, and businesses seem to invite the viewer to enter the scene. Quoting Brian Harvey - “I am drawn to the character of everyday objects and spaces, and the urban
landscape in which I live. I have a strong response to things which are connected to the past, holdovers which are often ignored or forgotten about altogether.” Harvey studied at Seneca College, Sheridan College, Toronto School of Art, the Art Centre at Central Technical School, and OCAD (formerly, the Ontario College of Art and Design). Equally impressive in this exhibition, were Julie Himel’s representations of Ottawa’s west end Mud
Lake park, scenes which echo the Group of Seven. Her young daughter is quoted as summarizing Julie’s rich approach to material, “You use a big brush and too much paint.” Julie’s canvas “Homesick Love Song” (2016) positions the viewer under a dark, wooded canopy looking toward a brightly lit meadow in the distance, suggesting the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel - or that happiness, comfort and home are off in the distance?
September 29, 2016 “Homesick” has also secured the artist a semi-finalist berth for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Award, a national search to find the next big name in visual arts. Julie studied at Langara College in Vancouver, York University, and the Toronto School of Art. This joint show closed at the end of September but some of the works may still be hanging if you wish to drop by for a peek. You can also see more images of the show at newswest.org. WallSpace Gallery and Framing Design Studio has been part of the cultural landscape of Kitchissippi since being established in 2008 to focus on contemporary Canadian artists. Located just next to Bridgehead
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The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble
Standard bearers from the 211 Kiwanis Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets marched in a parade September 18 to mark the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. It was this 3 month long battle that moved then Prime Minister Winston Churchill to declare later, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” Photo by Dan Lalande
GCTC opens 42nd season By Allyson Domanski Family drama takes centre stage as GCTC opens its highly anticipated 42nd season After successful productions in Edmonton, Saskatoon and Toronto, Beth Graham’s powerful family drama, The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, comes to Ottawa, running from September 20 to October 9. In her GCTC debut, Director Adrienne Wong leads a cast of newcomers to the company. Deena Aziz, Rachelle Casseus and Adrien Pyke are all making their GCTC debut, while Manon St. Jules returns after captivating audiences in The Boy in the Moon in 2014. The plot takes flight when Bernice calls a family meeting to tell her three children she has early onset Alzheimer’s. But she tells only Iris, her middle child, the real secret. Now Iris is in charge of putting a life-altering plan into motion in this touching story about life, memories and the perfect casserole.
“This play balances the tragedy and comedy of every family’s struggle when it comes to an impasse. In this case, the hurdle of Alzheimer’s disease forces each person to see where they fit in the universe of Mom. It’s a powerful story, told with a delicate touch.” says Eric Coates, GCTC’s Artistic Director. In addition to three productions in the last two years, The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble is part of Prairie Theatre Exchange’s 2016-17 season — making it one of the most in-demand plays in Canada. It was a finalist for the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award and received the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Best New Play from the Alberta Literary Awards. Tickets are on sale now at GCTC’s Box Office at 1233 Wellington West at Holland, 613-236-5196 or www.gctc.ca. Regular ticket price range: $38 to $55. Rush Tickets $15 for students; $33 for adults.
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RAH kids’ programming returns By Lorrie Marlow, Recreation Association of Hintonburg The Recreation Association of Hintonburg is pleased to announce its free basketball and soccer programs will be running again this winter thanks to the Hintonburg Fun Run. The popular Hintonburg Fun Run donated the amount of $750 to RAH for its programming needs. RAH will be running the Open Gym basketball program for youth starting at 14 years old on Friday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at Connaught School starting October 14, 2016. The soccer program will be held at Devonshire School on Tuesday evenings for ages 6 to 8 at 6:00 p.m., and for ages 9 to 12
at 7:00 p.m. Thank you, Lisa Georges and the participants of the Hintonburg Fun Run for supporting RAH programming. RAH and Plant Pool Recreation Association (PPRA) held their annual Dessert Party on September 17 2016 with music by the Parkdale United Church Orchestra. The ticket sales and Silent Auction raised about $1710 for the Swim Pass and Woman Alive programs. Swim passes are provided to the Forward Avenue Crisis Shelter and Somerset West Community Health Center for use by children and adults. RAH and PPRA have come together to meet recreational needs of residents. If you are interested in volunteering with these groups message their facebook pages.
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Prince of Wales Bridge By Aileen Duncan
Stretching across the Ottawa River and setting the subject for countless stories, the Prince of Wales bridge has a silhouette far more recognizable than its name. On first glance it appears an unkept or abandonded railway bridge. In fact, this simple, unregulated feature of the National Capital Region is both wellloved and wellused. There have been discussions, studies and proposals done in the years before and since the city purchased the property. This is not a new conversation. So why has nothing been done? Why is this asset falling into disrepair while the municipality puts off making a decision about it’s future? As bridges go, this isn’t as simple as the Fifth-Clegg footbridge. There are stakeholders from all levels of government, and each of these parties must agree on a vision and contribute to the financing of the project. The status quo has proved insufficient, and the question remains on how to move forward. The Ottawa Rail Bridge (ORB) Project was created to highlight this issue, and provide leadership and pressure to discuss the next steps to revitalize the bridge. We will give voice to residents that use this bridge and want to see it improved. Currently, we are informing ourselves on the history of the bridge and the factors that have prevented a decision to date. By clarifying the problems, we can better move towards a solution. In the weeks since I began the petition, I’ve spoken to residents from neighbourhoods on both sides of the river. It’s become clear to me that there is a real demand for revitalization of the bridge, and strong potential for economic and social benefits to the
surrounding communities if it were reclaimed as a transportation link. The time for indecision has passed. The bridge can no longer exist as it has for decades, with unauthorized use tacitly permitted. Revitalization would physicially and symbolically increase the fluidity of this particular border, and it would benefit communities and economies on both sides of the river. Once the city made plans to close the bridge from public access, they recognized an issue that was easier to ignore. We need to show our political leaders that it is better to build bridges than walls.
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By Maureen Cullingham The 5th in a series showing houses now gone from Mechanicsville, this photo of 201 Parkdale Avenue was taken in 2000. The house was built in 1899 by Anthony Tunney whose son John James resided there until his death in 1957. This house, along with the neighbouring houses to the north (197 & 199) and two houses on Forward Avenue behind it, was demolished in 2009 to make way for the Soho Parkdale condominium tower. The huge federal government complex across the street sits on land that the elder Tunney used to pasture a few horses and cows – land that was expropriated in 1947. Today, income tax refund cheques are issued from “Tunney’s Pasture,” leaving some Canadians free to wonder how such personal information is being handled and processed in an open field. That enigmatic thought stemming from a tax office in what was once his pasture, has become a national legacy of Anthony Tunney. For further information on the history of Tunney’s Pasture, consult The Kitchissippi Museum blog of February 201 Parkdale Avenue, until 1957 the family home of the man from whom Tunney’s 16, 2015. http://kitchissippimuseum. Pasture got its name. The property as it is today can be seen online at newswest.org. Photo by Maureen Cunningham blogspot.ca
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What lies ahead?
By Blaine Marchand, R.E.A.D. A contingent of 20 Rosemount library supporters were out in force on Tuesday, September 6, at a meeting of the board of the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) to deliberate the future of several branches across the municipality. To most in the public gallery, the primary focus was the Rosemount Library and its future. “The Library Board allowed Read (Rosemount Expansion and Development) to make three presentations to the Board about the findings and recommendations articulated during public consultations we held in March and April of this year,” said READ Chair Richard Van Loon following the meeting. “Councillor Leiper, with whom Read has formed a highly productive partnership, and who financially supported the consultations, also made an intervention to the Board that echoed READ’s position.” The recommendation by
both READ and Councillor Leiper is that a new branch library be built in Hintonburg. During the consultations with 200 Rosemount library users, it became clear that none of the possible options for expansion of the current library are feasible. With the new condominium development beside the building on three sides and the age of the building (almost 100 years old) prohibiting a third storey, the only option is a new site. The $1 million expenditure targeted for improvements in the 2017 OPL budget, if approved by the board in December, will achieve little towards providing the facilities and services needed to bring the library’s services on a par with those of most other branches. Following the presentations, a lively discussion by the OPL board members took place. The board decided that before proceeding with any change to Rosemount, it is imperative to complete an assessment of what could be
“We remain optimistic that in December the Board will authorize the preparation of a plan to move to a more appropriate location.” achieved at the current site. If it is found to be inadequate, as both READ and Councillor Leiper believe it will be, the Board has indicated it will mandate the preparation of a business plan to move Rosemount to a new location near the current site. “READ understands this is a necessary way for the board to proceed,” added Van Loon. “We remain optimistic that in December the Board will authorize the preparation of a plan to move to a more appropriate location. We appreciate the assistance of Councillor Leiper on this issue, as well as the cooperation we have re-
ceived from OPL board and the Rosemount staff. Everyone has the interests of the community foremost as his or her concern.” In the upcoming months, READ will continue to meet monthly in order to prepare for the OPL board meeting when the decision will be made. READ remains fully committed to ensuring that the desire of the community for a fully modern library for our area is fulfilled. Information on the dates for the meetings and their location, or on READ, is available on the group’s website - www. READRosemount.ca.
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Anytime is a good time to visit the Ottawa Police Service web site. If you’re a new homeowner and want to know how safe your neighbourhood is, we can provide the answer with our Crime Mapping Tool. If you’re a driver or a cyclist needing to clarify your rights on the road, we have that information. If you’re a boater unsure of the regulations for watercraft use, check our site. And there’s plenty more. Some of us can go through a whole lifetime never having to make a police report, but for those who aren’t that lucky, it’s good to know that there are a lot of reports that can easily be made online. These are: • Theft • Lost Property (with a visible serial number or distinct marking such as a custom engraving) • Mischief/Damage to Property • Theft from Vehicle • Traffic Complaints If you fall into one of the above categories, click the “Start Report” button. Once you submit the report
Affordable Electricity For Our Community you will receive a temporary reference number. The report will be reviewed by an online agent (approximately 24 hours). You will then be contacted with further information. Some situations are more complicated, however, and need a more hands-on approach, so filing online doesn’t work. You cannot file a report online if: • A threat was made or violence was used during the incident; • Evidence was left on the scene such as, but not limited to, blood, tools, clothes or any item related to the incident; • There is a witness to the crime; • The incident being reported did not happen in Ottawa; • You are reporting on behalf of a business; • If this is related to any kind of vandalism or graffiti that could be described as hateful or gang-related; • The property lost is a cell phone, licence plate, bank cards or government-issued identification. If any of the above applies to you, phone our Call Centre at 613-2361222, ext. 7300.
By Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre Over the last few years, Ontario’s economy has recovered from the global recession, growing by 6.1 per cent and creating 600,000 new jobs. While economic analysis projects more economic growth, families in our communities tell us that they have yet to feel the recovery in their everyday lives. That is why I am pleased that our government has announced action to reduce the cost of electricity, in addition to reducing northern, rural and remote bills even more. Ontario’s electricity system is cleaner and more reliable today than ever before. An independent assessment has estimated savings of more than $4 billion per year in health, financial, and environmental costs associated with coal-fired electricity generation. In fact, according to the Air Quality Health Index, Ottawa did not have any smog days this summer. This is a result of our investments in cleaner, more reliable energy. However, Ontario recognizes that these investments have resulted in high electricity costs. We have had conversations with people all across the province and are committed to helping with
the cost of everyday living. That is why we have introduced legislation to assist with electricity bills. This legislation, if passed, would eliminate the provincial portion of the HST (8 per cent) on residential, farm and small business electricity bills as of January 1, 2017. This amounts to a typical Ontario household saving about $130 annually. Eligible rural ratepayers would also receive average savings of about $45 per month or $540 per year. This will help offset the higher cost of delivery charges to these areas. This plan represents one of the largest actions to reduce costs for electricity consumers in the province’s history. It keeps us on track to return the budget to balance in 2017-2018 and it maintains a clean and reliable system. Please contact my office if you have any questions regarding the energy savings programs offered by the Ontario government and how you could qualify at email@example.com or 613-722-6414. You can also learn more by visiting: www.ontario.ca/energy. The full text of Minister Naqvi’s Provincial Report is available online at Newswest.org
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By Anna Borris “I’m so broke” sighed Karen, when our conversation turned to entertainment. Five of us sat around my parents’ living room on a Saturday morning in the sixties, trying to think of ways to fund a night at the movies. “What about your babysitting job?” Mike asked. “I didn’t babysit this week. They asked me to come on Friday night, but I went to the dance at Parkdale Church instead.” “I’m almost broke too,” Judy chimed in. “Last week Dave and I went up and down the street raking leaves but I bought ‘Paperback Writer’ with my half. We have to figure out another way to make some money, and quick.” “Spinout’s playing downtown. If we want to go we’ll all need 35 cents for the movie and 15 cents each way for the bus,” I figured. “And, if we stop at Jimmie’s afterward we need at least another 50 cents each for chips with gravy and a pop.” Dave said. We emptied our pockets on the table and came up with $4.45. We needed to scrape together another $1.30 at the very least. Our list of expenses was always fairly long. In addition to
movies, there was the cost of admission to the various dances around town. Karen was crazy about Richard Hudnut Shampoo and Creme Rinse. I loved experimenting with eyeshadow and eyeliner from Carver’s or Joynt’s drug stores. And of course we girls needed the latest brushes from Kresge’s at Westgate to backcomb our hair so we’d look our best. Mike had his driver’s licence and could borrow his parents’ Rambler occasionally. He was expected to top up the gas though, which, at 32 cents a gallon, was pretty expensive. Judy added to her Beatles collection whenever she could and all the girls read 16 Magazine religiously. Some of us had allowances for helping around the house, the rest had to find part-time jobs. My regular job was working with an elderly lady who lived in a mansion on Island Park Drive. Myrtle was terrified to be alone after dark; every day after dinner I would walk over to Myrtle’s house to spend the night. I had my own room and bath, and was very well paid. But Myrtle was on holidays with her family, so my income there had dried up too. “I just remembered some-
thing!” Judy said suddenly. “The one-hour dry cleaner up on Wellington buys coat hangers, two for a cent. Let’s go collect some.” We all set off then, knocking on doors and asking neighbours for extra hangers. To our surprise most people were happy to be rid of them. One family was moving and gave us a boxful. By late afternoon we had stockpiled hundreds of wire hangers in my backyard. We sorted and tied them in bundles, delivered them to the drycleaner, and picked up $1.65 in cash. Our financial worries had disappeared. The following week we would have to think up another scheme, but for that moment our thoughts were on the Capitol Theatre on Bank Street, or the Elgin, the Centre, the Elmdale or any other of the many single-screen theatres available to teenagers with a big appetite for cheap popcorn and drinks. We never dreamed that one day, in a single cineplex with 10 screens showing 10 different movies, just two bags of popcorn and two drinks would cost nearly $25.00. That alone would amount to 5000 wire coat hangers. How do today’s kids do it?
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40+ years of affordable movies By J. McNeill Ottawa Family Cinema is a nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers. The cinema is located in Notre Dame High School Theatre, 710 Broadview Avenue just north of Carling. We have a big 36 ft screen, comfortable seating, state-of-the-art projectors and Digital theatre sound.
The Snack Bar offers fresh hot popcorn with all the usual movie theatre treats at a fraction of the usual costs. It operates on weekends from September to May and has been serving the Ottawa community for over 40 years. All management and staff of the cinema are volunteers and all proceeds beyond operating costs are direct-
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SEPTEMBER 29 - CARLINGWOOD FILM CLUB Watch and discuss a good film in a relaxed, bookclub-style chat about film and cinematography! The Film Club runs from September to November, then resumes from March-May. Coming up this season: September 29, The Fruit Hunters; October 27, Qimmit; November 24, La Mémoire Des Anges/ The Memories of Angels. Happening at the Carlingwood Library at 6:30 p.m. Drop-in. For more information, go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. SEPTEMBER 30 TO OCTOBER 2 - ENRICHED BREAD ARTISTS (EBA) OPEN HOUSE Ottawa’s largest art studio cooperative is celebrating its 24th Annual Open Studio with a contemporary, two-floor art exhibition. A diversity of media includes painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and digital media. Visitors can explore the studios where artists create their work. Located in the old Standard Bread factory, the Enriched Bread Artists (EBA) studios now house 22 artists. EBA is located at 951 Gladstone Ave. Admission is free. For details see enrichedbreadartists.com. OCTOBER 1 - CARLINGWOOD LIBRARY’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION! Come join us for Carlingwood 50th Anniversary with various events including Storytime, our Mural unveiling, cake and refreshments, Green Screen, and musical groups Hey Buster and the Capital City Quartet. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Saturday, October 1. Various events run from 10:30 a.m. to 3:45 pm. For more information, go to biblioottawalibrary.ca OCTOBER 3 - MEMORY FITNESS: REJUVENATING YOUR BRAIN This presentation will explain changes that happen in an aging brain. Approaches to keep a brain young will be discussed by brain-health experts Dr. Frank Knoefel and Maria Giovannitti. There will also be a fun and interactive demonstration of group brain exercises, with practical tips to help you start rejuvenating your brain. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday, October 3 at 7 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. OCTOBER 5 - SEED SAVING AND RETURN WORKSHOP Learn the best practices for saving seeds, return seeds that were checked out in the spring and help to clean and package them for next spring. Drop off your seeds and stay for the optional workshop. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Wednesday, October 5 at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
OCTOBER 13 -MANAGING YOUR FINANCES IN RETIREMENT Those with long-term financial plans in retirement are less stressed. People are living longer than ever before in history. We will discuss understanding your spending patterns, stretching your retirement resources, discretionary spending, protecting your assets, and various retirement strategies. We will share resources and tools for planning your retirement income. Presented by an accountant from CPA Canada. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Thursday, October 13 from 6:30 p.m. -8 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. OCTOBER 14 - TRIVIA CHALLENGE FOR CHARITY Get a team together and compete for cash donations to your favourite charity at the Westboro Legion (389 Richmond Rd.) Doors and bar opens at 6 p.m. and the tournament begins at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per player (maximum team size is six players) and there is complimentary popcorn and door prizes. For more information go to rcl480. com/trivia.html. OCTOBER 15 - CITIZEN ADVOCACY BOTTLE DRIVE Bring your empties to the Beer Store Parking Lot (1546 Scott St.) on October 15 between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and help the Citizen Advocacy Consumers Advisory Committee raise funds to support the Everyday Champions program. For information go to.citizenadvocacy.org/bottle-drive. OCTOBER 15 - SHRED-IT DAY The Kiwanis of Ottawa is hosting its annual ShredIt Day fundraiser on Saturday, October 15 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Hampton Park Plaza. All proceeds raised will go to purchase food for the Christmas Food Basket program for needy families. The cost is $8 per box with a maximum of five boxes per person. For more information see ottawakiwanis.org. You can also call 613-233-1900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. OCTOBER 17 – SIBERIA Last August Carole Gobeil explored a new region of the arctic: the wild north eastern Siberian coastline, in Russia! Her unique expedition crossed the Arctic Circle and included the isolated and pristine Wrangel and Herald Islands. The small area between Russia and the United States along this border was formerly known as the Ice Curtain, preserving one of the last, great, undiscovered wilderness areas in the world! You are welcome to come explore this area and hear all about Carole’s latest exploits! She is an avid traveler who regu-
larly visits all seven continents. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday, October 17 at 7 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. OCTOBER 17-18 - RUMMAGE SALE This fundraiser helps Kitchissippi United Church outreach and takes place Friday (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m.-noon) at 630 Island Park Dr., near the Queensway & Westgate Mall. Books, gently used clothes, household items, toys, collectibles. Everyone is welcome. OCTOBER 20 - WESTBORO COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION AGM The 2016 Annual General Meeting and Board of Directors Election will be taking place at the Churchill Seniors Centre on October 20 at 7 p.m. There will be presentations by Big Trees Kitchissippi, Clare Gardens Park volunteers, 2017 Special Events, and an update on Westboro development and infill activities. There will also be a special presentation by Mr. Dave Adams about the Sir John A. McDonald Linear Park Winter trails. Interested in joining? New board members are always welcome. Contact Norm at 613-729-8263 or email@example.com, or go to westborovillage.ca. OCTOBER 22 - WOODROFFE UNITED CHURCH FALL BAZAAR Items available include china, books, bake table, silent auction, toys, jewellery, used furniture and much more. 207 Woodroffe Ave. from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Refreshments and lunch available. For more information, please contact Woodroffe United Church at 613-722-9250.
BINGO Bingo every Wednesday night at the Westboro Legion. Doors open at 4 p.m. and games begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit rcl480.com or call 613-725-3475. THIRD FRIDAY SONG CIRCLE Drop-in Folk Song Circle at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.), every third Friday of every month starting from September 16, 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. All ages and levels of experience welcome. We will sing songs from the songbook “Rise up Singing” and include music from the 50s to the 80s, Celtic and other folk music. Cost: $2.75. For more information, please call 613-798-8927. 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 Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre friendsofchurchill.com Hintonburg Community Association hintonburg.com Hampton-Iona Community Group hamptoniona.wordpress.com
OCTOBER 28 - NEPEAN HIGH SCHOOL UNITED WAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST This annual fundraiser is for the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre (DSYTC) Foundation and the United Way. A wide variety of breakfast favourites will be served up at Nepean High School (574 Broadview Ave.) between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $7 in advance, $8 at the door.
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NOVEMBER 19 - ALL SAINTS VILLAGE FAIR The Village Fair at All Saints Westboro (347 Richmond Road, west of Churchill) will be taking place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 19. Church bazaars and villages fairs are a great source of well-made, inexpensive Christmas gifts! Drop by for a selection of arts, crafts, linens, jams, jellies, baked goods, books, X-mas treasures, and silent auction! For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at allsaintswestboro.com.
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NOVEMBER 28 - NEWSWEST AGM Newswest’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday November 28, in the Laurel Room of the Hintonburg Community Centre at 1064 Wellington West, at 7 p.m.
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OCTOBER 6 - PILGRIMAGE: LIFE LESSONS LEARNED FROM WALKING Pilgrimage, especially on the Camino path in northern Spain, is becoming increasingly popular. Information abounds on how to physically prepare for such a journey, but little consideration is given to the mental, emotional and spiritual upheaval that pilgrimage brings. As experienced, modern
pilgrims who have walked the Camino and from Rome to Jerusalem, Mony Dojeiji and Alberto Agraso will share insights and lessons learned from their pilgrimages, with the intention that these inspire the pilgrim’s personal journey, wherever it may lead them. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Thursday, October 6 at 7 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
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