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How high is too high?

Community group frustrated with development process

By Alyson Queen

After a year and a half of attending meetings and providing feedback, the Carlingwood Community Association (CCA) is back to square one with the City over height and zoning guidelines for the neighbourhood – and isn’t happy about it. With LRT well on its way, the Cleary and New Orchard Planning Study is still being revised to provide a plan for the future of the area. The deadline for public comments was June 30. Impacted community groups, including Carlingwood, have been participating in a specific working group that feeds into the City’s planning unit. Their key recommendations focused on height sensitivities and active frontage, which is how far a building is pushed back from the street, providing some open space. One of the key developments impacted by the study and its guidelines will be the proposed condo complex at 809 Richmond Rd. – a project undertaken because LRT will run through the existing Kristy’s restaurant location. On May 23, the day of a scheduled public meeting, the working group learned in an email that the maximum height restrictions for Cleary had suddenly been expanded from the recommended 16 storeys, to a “range of 16 to 24 storeys.” The revised application for the proposed twin tower complex was also presented that night, indicating a change to 24 storeys. Alecia O’Brien is past-president of the CCA and chair of the development committee. She says the changes were not a coincidence and made to accommodate the development application. “The move was underhanded, lacked transparency and reinforced that the City works with developers and not community groups. Our feedback around height sensitivity and the active frontage was ignored or disregarded,” says Alecia. From his perspective, Jamie Boyce, speaking on behalf of his father and Kristy’s owner Walter Boyce, contests that. He says “[t]he current design is in direct response to the information received from our consultation with the community, neighbours and the City.” He notes that the new application

includes 6.5m of active frontage and reduced shadowing. Chad Humeniuk is the current president of the CCA. “We supported the working group to ensure that our voice would be heard. That was always the intention.” Chad wants to see all parties work together for a solution that benefits the community as a whole. “The City needs intensification so we’re willing to account for that. We would be willing to have it at 19, but maintaining the same floor space area.” The association is voicing opposition to the two Councillors responsible for the territory, Jeff Leiper and Mark Taylor. The group has also submitted an official letter to the City requesting a reversal of the height allowance back to 16 storeys, enforcing active frontage and as such, declining the current Kristy’s application. Deputy Mayor and Bay Ward Councillor Mark Taylor says the planning department prefers a 24-storey design but that “the study is not yet final so it’s not certain where it will land.” He adds that the current application has to be evaluated against the height limit in place right now, which is about six storeys. With regards to the heights in question, Councillor Taylor says he is flexible. “I am supportive of either height: both I feel would be in keeping with the evolution of this corridor both in height and ground scale.” On the point of height, when asked, Jamie Boyce was quite clear: “we are satisfied with our application for 24 storeys.” Although hopeful for change, Chad indicates their community is frustrated with how the process has unfolded. “In seeing what’s happening around the City with community associations, it feels like developers have the upper hand. I’m not sure why, but it feels like a David versus Goliath battle,” says Chad. Recommendations on the planning study are due to Council by the end of the year. There is no current deadline for a decision for 809 Richmond.

“The move was underhanded, lacked transparency and reinforced that the City works with developers and not community groups. Our feedback around height sensitivity and the active frontage was ignored or disregarded.”


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“I was born in Ottawa, and for the most part, I grew up in Ottawa, except for six years where I lived in Nova Scotia when I was really young. I’ve lived in the Kitchissippi area since 1999. I like that this area still has an old time flavour to it. Every time you turn around an old house is being demolished but it still has a community feel to it. The boxy type of houses that are being put up, I’m not a fan of those. I live in the older part of the neighbourhood.

“I really, really love to go down to the water where the rock sculptures are done. I haven’t been down there this year yet. I find it a very peaceful area to go to and I take a lot of pictures down there. “In the future, I’d like to live a more positive life. I have been blessed to have done some amazing travelling, but I would like to do more. My favourite place I’ve been to is Tanzania, because I love animals.

“I wish the general public could know that those of us who struggle with mental health issues on a fairly regular basis have our good days too. People with mental illness come from all walks of life, different shades of black, grey, whatever in between, and a lot of people have to battle with that but it doesn’t make us any different from anyone else.”

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vas screen. Several councillors pointed out that canvas does not seem to address the noise mitigation requirement. Planning Committee was shown a slide depicting black canvas, wood slats, and foliage. This powerpoint slide was shown to us at a public information session on May 2 but there was no mention of any alternative noise mitigation in the application. In a later meeting facilitated by Councillor Leiper, the restaurateur asked us to come up with a design which would meet our needs. The onus is for us to design his sound mitigation. Should this not be the responsibility of the applicant since it is a requirement of the bylaw? The planning report does not want the previous rejections of this application to be considered but I think one quote from the Ontario Municipal Board is very relevant. The Board’s decision said “it would not be fair to the objecting neighbours to keep appearing to present their case against (this) use.” The immediate neighbours should be considered and not just one interested, commercial party. This goes before full council on July 12 but since Mayor Watson tweeted his position, it seems some minds are already made up. Geena Green, Wellington Village


words like “lively, vibrant, animated” but nowhere do they describe our environment: quiet, homey, tranquil, caring and considerate. As planners for all residents of the City, they should have done better. This patio is a nightmare my wife Carolyn and I considered settled in 2009. I bought our property in 1977. We severed our lot at 100 Western in 2010 and built a wheelchair accessible home at 102 Western. We see no clear case for allowing planning changes and too many downsides that will impact me, my wife, and my neighbours who have lived in Wellington Village for decades. Referring to her medical needs, my wife Carolyn said “I don’t think that someone’s desire to eat eggs on a patio should override my need for quiet enjoyment of my home as protected under the bylaw.” The proposal for the addition of a one metre tall canvas screen on top of the brick patio wall is, frankly, window dressing. Even city planners admit it is not a ‘noise wall or sound barrier.” So what is it? Is this a sincere response to our concerns or simply a symbolic gesture? The restaurant owner says he will do whatever is necessary to deal with noise. In the application, the only mention of noise mitigation was the can-



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Dear Editor, IS CITY COUNCIL LISTENING? They have ears, but they hear not. Yesterday, we went to Planning Committee to try to convince councillors to vote against city planning department’s report that would allow a temporary restaurant patio at the Wellington Diner, located far too close to all of us. The majority of Planning Committee voted to allow the patio to run until November 2018 without restrictions. Hats off to Councillor Brockington who pointed out noise mitigation should be addressed before the patio begins operating, rather than after a year of operation. The issue has always been about noise. The by-law requires both 30 meters separation and noise mitigation. The restaurant owner will be exempt from the 30 meter separation requirement and the noise requirement until the end of 2018. As approved, this application permits a ‘temporary’ patio but there seems to be a reverse onus on the nearby homeowners. First, we have to prove why an exception to the planning rules is wrong and not up to the applicant and the City, to prove why it is right. Now, it will be up to us to complain on a caseby-case basis why the patio is not working rather than the other way around. The city has stated it will deal with all valid noise complaints, so first we will have to prove that a noise complaint is “warranted.” The cornerstone of Ottawa planning is to “accommodate the needs of a range of people of different incomes and lifestyles.” Why can we not be accommodated? The city planners repeatedly describe the needs of Wellington Street but not Western, where we live. They use

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Daniel Buckles and Catherine Shearer are getting better acquainted with their neighbourhood, one tree at a time. You might see them and other volunteers out on the streets, peering at the leaves of trees, inspecting their branches, wrapping measuring tape around their trunks, and taking lots of notes. The project is Neighbourwoods in Champlain Park. This is the second summer the volunteers are knocking on doors and asking permission to take a close look at the trees on people’s property. It will take several years to cover the 20 blocks of their neighbourhood, but it’s already showing results. “There was one home where there was a spruce tree on the property. The homeowner had planted it as a child and had an attachment to the tree and had noticed it wasn’t doing well,” Daniel recalls. “When we mapped it, we realized the tree was planted on a slope and water was running off and the soil was drying out quickly.” The person took action to bring the tree

back to health, reducing the slope and adding new soil. That’s the kind of response Daniel hoped for when he brought the project to the neighbourhood last year. While some people have a special affection for the trees in their yards, Daniel says he was somebody who used to take trees for granted. “I didn’t pay much attention to them,” he says. “It was just kind of a green background.” That changed about seven years ago, when numerous infill projects came to the area and big trees were cut down to make way for big homes. “The experience of trying to protect individual trees led me to pay more attention to all the trees and to appreciate them more,” he says. “Urban trees provide numerous benefits,” he adds. They capture storm water and reduce flooding, provide shade and reduce the need for air conditioning, and clean the air of pollutants. The City manages more than 150,000 trees along Ottawa’s urban streets, and tens of thousands more in parks and open spaces. But 40% of

the urban area is private property and there are a significant number of trees on those properties. It’s extremely difficult for the City to map these trees, says Catherine. And that’s where the volunteers can be invaluable. They’ve been trained to identify the tree species, and assess the size and health of each tree. Neighbourwoods is a tree inventory protocol developed by two University of Toronto professors to assist communities in collecting the tree information they need to plan and manage their urban forest. It’s been adopted by a number of communities across Ontario. Catherine likes that Neighbourwoods “was designed to be used by people who aren’t professional foresters but there is the rigour of a professional survey.” She hopes the idea spreads to other neighbourhoods in Ottawa. “I would like to see the City appreciate the effort and input that the average citizen can bring to this,”she says. The data will help the City and community groups plan ways to take care of the trees, replace them when

Catherine Shearer and Daniel Buckles are taking an inventory of the trees in their neighbourhood. They’re hoping the idea takes root in other parts of Ottawa.

they die, and identify places to plant new trees and what kind of trees to plant, in order to have a diverse and healthy urban forest. The first step though, is paying attention, says Daniel. “To protect the trees, you have to notice the trees.”

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It is an unarguable truth that big trees in Kitchissippi are in a dramatic state of decline. The natural life cycle of trees (several times a human life for many species) drives some of this loss. The large footprint of most infill development is another driver. Knowing what your tree rights and responsibilities are, and knowing what to do when a tree is in peril, is part of the solution.

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The good news is that the City of Ottawa has two by-laws meant to protect the public good when it comes to trees. A 2006 by-law applies to trees of any size on streets, boulevards, parks and other areas on municipal property (Municipal Trees and Natural Areas Protection By-law). The by-law requires staff and the contractors working with the City to advise Forestry Services of planned work that may have an impact on a City tree, and to make concerted efforts to reduce these impacts. Unfortunately, some City departments do not follow this procedure on their own, and many contractors are not aware of or compliant with the steps that are needed (fencing at the drip line, for example, or keeping machines and debris from compacting the soil). A 2009 by-law applies to trees on private property (the Urban Tree Conservation By-law). It applies to trees of any species that are 50 cm or more in diameter (about as big around as the waist of a slim person).

Property owners with a tree of this size must apply for a permit to remove the tree or do any work that is likely to damage the roots, trunk or branches. An application for a permit costs $100. According to the City of Ottawa website: “the city reserves the right to reject an application to remove a distinctive tree if there is not a valid reason for removal.” Forestry Services is responsible for enforcing the by-law, and more cases are going to court than in the past. If you see evidence of damage to a City tree or a tree on private property 50 cm or more in diameter, it is within your rights and responsibilities to inform the City. The best way to do this is to report the tree location and concern by calling 311 or writing to The call or email registers the concern formally, and will trigger a response from Forestry Services. It may lead to charges. Big trees are a public good as they provide significant and measurable financial benefits to citizens: shade reduces heating and cooling energy costs, roots reduce stormwater runoff and the risk of flooding, leaves clean the air, and the trunk of a large tree fixes nitrogen that would otherwise escape into the atmosphere and fuel climate change. Also, as the poet Joyce Kilmer wrote, “I think that I shall never see, a poem as lovely as a tree.” Learn more about what you can do from the community group Big Trees of Kitchissippi (on Facebook), the Champlain Oaks Project, and the Environment Committees of your local community association. Daniel Buckles is an animator for the Champlain Oaks Project and Big Trees of Kitchissippi, two neighbourhood organizations that advocate for the protection of mature trees and native trees species. He is also a parttime professor in Anthropology at Carleton University.

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Follow Tom Thomson’s last spring, on Twitter Kitchissippi’s Tim Bouma has found a unique way to share an artist’s legacy, 100 years after his death By Ted Simpson

Tom Thomson, famed Canadian painter and member of the Group of Seven, died 100 years ago this July. You can follow the events leading up to his untimely death and the aftermath of that event on Twitter right now, thanks to the dedicated effort of Westboro Beach resident, Tim Bouma. Tim curates the Twitter account, @TTLastSpring, where Tom Thomson himself tells the stories of his final days on earth, leading up to his mysterious death on July 8, 1917. The account delves into Thomson’s personal journals, historical records, and the artist’s paintings and sketches to create a thorough, day-by-day retelling. The account has been active since 2011, each year telling a more refined and detailed account of these events. For Tim, the fascination with Thomson has been going on far longer than 2011. Thomson grew up in the small town of Leith, Ontario (near Owen Sound, on Georgian Bay), and so did Tim. For residents of Leith, Thomson is a hometown hero. “I’ve always had a childhood connection,” says Tim. “The farm I grew up on, relatives of Tom owned that farm, I’ve known Tom all my life, I have relatives buried in the same cemetery he’s supposed to be buried in.” The small town of only around 10,000 people even has an art gallery of Thomson’s work, “He’s part of the fabric there,” says Tim. Thomson is best known as a landscape painter, travelling to Algonquin Park and returning with sketches that he would transform into vibrant works of art in his Toronto studio. Thomson’s work is cited as a major influence on the Canadian painters who would form the Group of Seven, though he died before the group was officially formed. Thomson was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman who began visiting Algonquin Park in 1912 and served as a fire ranger in the park and fishing guide. Which is why, to this day, a mystery surrounds his death on a routine trip to Canoe Lake. Thomson set out in his canoe in the early afternoon of July 8, 1917. Only hours later, it was spotted upside down. His body was found in the same lake eight days later. Over the decades, a debate has carried on over the circumstances of Thomson’s death. Speculation is that maybe it was an accident, maybe it was murder, maybe it was death by natural causes; the mystery continues to this day.

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“The facts and the circumstances don’t really add up to a neat and tidy conclusion,” says Tim, who holds his own ideas on Thomson’s death, but keeps that a secret, for now. “I don’t want to lay my hat on one specific theory,” says Tim. Once the Twitter account reaches Thomson’s demise, and the events that follow – including a questionable exhumation and reburial – the timeline goes into a sort of hibernation before restarting again in November. “I call it the haunting period from August till November,” says Tim. For Tim, the project started as a little experiment in social media, a curiosity, in 2011 Twitter was starting to explode as an international communication medium. Now the account has grown to over 7,000 followers and attracted major media attention. Tim remained anonymous as the page’s curator for years, only coming out for a Globe and Mail article. Still, Tim keeps his distance from the page, letting Tom speak for himself, “When people see Tom, it’s like he’s got a smartphone in 1917,” says Tim. For followers of the page, the death of Tom Thomson becomes a sort of annual tradition, with each year the story growing and evolving, as social media grows and evolves. Each year Tom’s voice becomes a little more defined and each year the mystery of his death becomes that much more fascinating. “I feel like the man behind the curtain, I get about 100 interactions per day, a nice cross section of people that love art, people that love nature, people that love history,” says Tim. Follow Tim’s Twitter account at


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Making a difference Volunteering at the hospital can be flexible, rewarding, challenging, and even provide a creative outlet for local seniors By Misty Pratt

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Retirement can be a time of excitement – a chance to unwind, take on new hobbies, or travel the world. For many individuals, retirement also provides the opportunity to give back to the community through volunteerism. For retirees who are missing the routine and predictability of a job, volunteering can help to ease the transition to retired life. “Retirees are looking to make a difference,” says Denise Hawken, Volunteer Coordinator at The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus. “They’re looking [for] something that is heartwarming and personally fulfilling.” Retirees are highly desirable volunteers given their flexibility and dedication to the role. Hospital volunteer, Rakesh Misra, jokes that he doesn’t consider himself retired. “I see this as my job – a really good job, and one that I’m passionate about,” he says. Volunteering six days per week at the Civic as well as other organizations, Rakesh takes only one day off to rest. Retiree and volunteer, Diane Nittolo, a former patient at the Civic, feels good about giving back to a place where she received such excellent care. Diane sees her role in more creative terms, and less like a job. “The perks…and the rewards are infinitely better [than a job],” she says. As a volunteer in the flower shop, Diane has the chance to explore her creative side through flower arrangements for patients. Denise is delighted to see the direct

Rakesh Misra and Diane Nittolo are both volunteers at The Ottawa Hospital. Denise Hawken is the Volunteer Coordinator at The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus. impact that both Diane and Rakesh’s work has on patients in the hospital. “What Diane does in the flower shop has a direct impact on the patients. When somebody gets a delivery of flowers it automatically brightens their day,” she says. Not only are the flowers cheering up sick patients, but all of the proceeds raised in auxiliary shops are funneled back into patient programs. The hospital has managed to purchase millions of dollars in equipment over the years, thanks to volunteers such as Diane. Rakesh works shifts on the dialysis unit, where patients are coming in three times per week for four hours each visit. Rakesh aims to build relationships with the patients, who often look to him for encouragement and support. “We’re not doctors, we’re not

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Retirees considering volunteerism may worry that the commitment will interfere with their new lifestyle. Many individuals are travelling down south for the winter, or spending the summer months at a cottage. Denise is quick to reassure potential candidates that the hospital is very flexible, and will accommodate a retiree’s busy schedule. Another challenge in volunteer work is finding a role that fits best with personality and interests. The Civic’s volunteer unit offers a variety of roles, including work with patients, administrative positions, and working in the auxiliary shops. Denise has observed that some medical professionals haven’t always wanted to work directly with patients, whereas individuals who have worked in an office their entire career are keen to be placed on patient units. Denise works with individuals to find the best fit and her office is always open to chatting with volunteers about any problems they may have in their role. “The office people are always there for us; you don’t have to face anything…on your own,” says Diane. Diane and Rakesh both love their volunteer roles at the hospital, and feel the experience is well worth the time they have to give. Despite being extremely busy, Diane and Rakesh look forward to their weekly shifts for the social interaction and the personal satisfaction. As Rakesh says: “the reward is more mine – it’s not what I give them; I think it’s what I get back from them.” For more information on volunteering with The Ottawa Hospital, please visit ottawahospital. volunteering.



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In the years leading up to retirement many couples create financial plans, mapping out income and expenses. Despite careful planning, some couples find themselves in financial


Retirement is a stage in life that many people anticipate. There’s the freedom that comes from leaving the daily grind behind, and the anticipation of new experiences and activities.

difficulty in later retirement. As life expectancy increases, retirees require a much greater income to offset potential expenses. For those who choose to retire at an early age, it’s possible that half of their life may need to be funded through pension or investments. “If you took two people at the age of 65, the probability is that one of them has a 25% chance of living until 94,” says Carl Eppstadt, owner of Future Financial in Westboro. As a Certified Financial Planner (CFP,) Carl sees firsthand the challenges that a Continued on page 12


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Looking ahead to retirement finances

It is now more than three years since we moved into a two-room suite in Unitarian House. We have no regrets about making that decision. Although we are not Unitarians ourselves, we had learned about this retirement home because four of our friends lived in apartments there. When visiting them, we became familiar with the premises, including the lovely surrounding gardens, and sensed a congenial atmosphere. Thus, we had added our names to a long waiting list for a two-room suite. However, when the surprise telephone call came announcing a vacancy, our initial reaction was that we were not ready to make such a life-altering move. Yes, one of us had already entered the tenth decade of life and the other was close to it, but we were still living independently in a condo apartment and still happy with that way of living. It would have been easy to procrastinate, but a weekend’s reflection convinced us that postponement would not be wise. The older we became, the more difficult it would be to cope with all the labours and quandaries of down-sizing and moving, especially since we had no children to call on for help. It became plain to us that we should seize the opportunity when we had the chance. We still feel that way. We appreciate the caring competence of the staff. The pervading spirit at Unitarian House suits us: it is friendly, respectful and comfortable but not ostentatious. For us, moving here was the right thing to do.

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Continued from page 11 longer life expectancy can present. “There’s a situation when [couples] first retire that they do spend a lot of money,” says Carl. Retirees put money towards home improvement projects, and they usually want to travel while they’re still able-bodied. This is known as the “go-go” phase of retirement. The next phase is when retirees “go-slow,” and life falls into a more predictable pattern. There is less desire to travel or do activities in this phase, and expenses are much lower. Finally, the “no-go” phase is when one (or both) partners need further care, whether it’s in a retirement facility or nursing home. Retirees in this phase need to navigate the high costs of care, as well as the emotional and physical support they require. Carl and his team assess five risks in retirement – inflation, excessive withdrawal, allocation risks (investments are not invested aggressively enough or are too risky,) longevity and morbidity. “If you combine two of these risks, there couldn’t be a worse scenario,” says Carl. There are a number of ways to reduce the risk of running into financial trouble. George Comminos, CFP and Certified Investment Manager (CIM) with Desjardins Financial Independent Network, recommends that initially couples set up a budget. “You really want to


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The memory is very clear for Chris, even though a few years have passed. His young son came into his lap, took his face in his hands and said, “You need to stop what you are doing because I need my dad.” At that time in his life, Chris was struggling with an addiction and involved in selling drugs in order to feed it. He had been in jail once and although his son was young at the time, he could sense it was very likely to happen again. His son’s words caused Chris to make significant changes in his life. He stopped doing drugs and went through a terrible detox without assistance. Once that was over, he applied for social services and then started looking for work. “I handed out hundreds of resumes but I couldn’t get anyone to give me a call back,” says Chris. “Between my Sheila Whyte with Chris, Ben, and Mark. criminal record and the way I look Photo courtesy of The Ottawa Mission. [Chris has several tattoos on his body, including one on his neck], no one would even give me an interview.” then, she has been a big supporter and Then one day, Chris’s Ontario Works has in fact hired many men and worker mentioned there was a Food women who have completed the Services Training Program at The Mission’s training program to work in Ottawa Mission and asked if Chris her kitchen. would be interested in applying. He “It has been amazing to watch this had always liked to cook but had program continue to develop and never worked in a kitchen. But he grow over the years,” says Sheila. jumped in and was accepted to the “What has struck me as the most surprogram. The trajectory of Chris’s life prising and outstanding is that the has moved forward – and upward – passion and caring is still so present in ever since. the curation of the program and leadThe program began in 2004 and ing the charge. When I attend the has been running for 13 years. During graduating ceremonies each year what that time, 119 men and women have I really love to see is the pride – pride completed the training and 92% of of the chefs who are teaching and them have been employed in the food sharing, and the pride of the students services field. During his five months graduating and the overall integrity of working in The Ottawa Mission kitch- what they are all striving for. These en, Chris learned both the theoretical students have overcome challenges and practical sides of cooking for and they continue to demonstrate large numbers of people, among many strength of character and the simple other skills. At Chris’s graduation celwant of striving to be better people. ebration with nine other men and Who wouldn’t want that attitude or women at The Mission on June 22, he approach in their business? My expestood and spoke to those attending. rience with the program overall He admitted the program was more throughout the years is that these studifficult than he expected– part of that dents possess incredible determination, was the effort required to be in the perseverance, and the ability to overkitchen by 6 a.m. come their challenges and fears is “I’m very grateful for a second ingrained in each student, all great chance,” he said. “I’m grateful for attributes when building a strong The Mission’s training program, and kitchen team.” I’m grateful to my new boss, who is The next session of The Ottawa here today to celebrate with me.” Mission’s Food Services Training His new boss is Sheila Whyte, Program begins July 10 and a new owner of Thyme & Again in group of men and women will begin Wellington Village. Sheila learned of the journey towards starting a new The Ottawa Mission Food Services career. program in 2008 when she and Chef Shirley Roy is Manager of Media & Ric Watson, Manager of Food Services Community Relations of The Ottawa at The Ottawa Mission, were part a Mission community leadership course. Since

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There were a lot of friendly faces at the Highland Park Lawn Bowling Club’s annual Strawberry Social and fundraiser on Saturday, June 24. Friends and neighbours gathered at shaded tables to chat and enjoy homemade strawberry shortcake and lemonade. The conversation however, was about more than just the great weather or their secret shortcake recipe. The Lawn Bowling Club, which has been located at Golden and Byron for over 100 years, is currently reeling from a massive City of Ottawa tax hike. The club’s annual property tax bill quadrupled – from $2,700 in 2012 to more than $12,000 after its most recent assessment by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). The assessment is being appealed and a verdict is expected in the fall. In the meantime, club members, with the help of Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper, are weighing their options: sell to developers, sell to the City of Ottawa and lease it back, or find some other way to make up the shortfall, which may be a challenge for a club that has 72 members, many of whom are senior citizens. “The critical question is, how are they going to pay their taxes,” says Kitchissippi Councillor, Jeff

Leiper. “I think it is absolutely critical that we save that piece of green space.” According to the Councillor, the path forward is a “daily discussion” in his ward office, and although it’s still very early in the process, a number of different scenarios are being considered – including heritage designation, although it wouldn’t defray the taxes. “I do think it is incumbent on the City to try to preserve that greenspace,” he says. “It would be very understandable if the Club chose to sell that very desirable piece of real estate and if they do, I think we can all anticipate the kind of intense development that would probably take place at that site. So, both from the perspective of maintaining a critical recreation opportunity for a demographic – largely senior – that we don’t maybe serve as well as we could, and from the perspective of maintaining green space that would get ‘infilled’ at a fairly intense rate, I do believe it’s important for us to save it.” The future for the lawn bowling club may be uncertain, but what is clear, however, is the club’s place in the hearts of its members.

Bob Thomson, member: “We’re a non-profit organization, we have reasonable membership fees – $225/year for active members, $150 for new members for the first year – but our tax bill has just gone up from $2700 to just over $12,000 because they’ve declared this land to be residential even though for the last 105 years it’s been recreational. And so we’re in the process of having discussions with Jeff Leiper and the City. Our problem is that we own the land and we’re a non-profit. All the other lawn bowling clubs are on City land. We are probably going to have to have more fundraising events. We have money for the moment in our reserve fund, but this building is old and there are some problems with the foundation.”

Gary Partington, President: “We are generating some revenue from the signage on the fences of sponsors of our club, and that helps immensely, but we need even more than the money that generates. The 70 members that we have, the amount of increase to cover the taxes alone would be $140 per member and that would be beyond the means of a lot of the members. We can’t increase the fees. We’re looking at the possibility of selling the property to the City and getting a lease back. That is a historical decision, one that we’re not looking forward to having to make, but if the options are to sell it to a developer or sell it to the City, I think that the latter is the option that we would prefer to pursue at this point in time.”


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When Johannes Gutenburg invented the printing press in the mid-fifteenth century, he helped to set off a renaissance of creativity, discourse, and political upheaval. Suddenly, everyone had a voice. For centuries afterward, those who claimed that the new technology would only show that ideas and creativity should be kept from the “common people” were proven wrong. It is in that tradition that Printfiniti! falls. A mobile screen printing cart designed in collaboration with two local design teams and help from the Wellington West BIA, Printfiniti! has been making appearances at festivals and events, giving participants the opportunity to print their own poster. Like the printing press, the screen printing cart makes poster printing accessible, and lots of fun. According to Jamie McLennan of Character Creative and Pitt and 2nd, the experience of hand printing is something special. “Hand pulled prints means the person printing is in control,” he says. “It lends itself to small inconsistencies that you may not have control over which in turn allow each print to shine on its own. Also by physically printing the item you have the feeling that you have created something.” The idea to build a mobile screenprinting cart came about when, inspired by other examples of mobile print in Toronto and Vancouver, Stirling Prentice from Winged Beast approached Jamie McLennan and Eric Chamois of Pitt and 2nd. The idea was to create a printing cart for The Happening, Hintonburg’s yearly neighbourhood celebration. It was then that Zachary Dayler of the

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JULY 18 AND AUGUST 15 - BATTLE OF THE BOOKS TEEN BOOK CLUB The Teen Book Club will be reading and discussing 8 Canadian YA books (as part of this Summer’s Battle of the Books) voted on by YOU the reader. One YA book will win the top spot. For teens 12 to 18. Happening at Carlingwood Library on Tuesday July 18 at 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Registration is optional. For more information go to JULY 26 - LEARN STORYTELLING THROUGH PLAY Aboriginal storyteller, Lesley Parlane, will show you how to create and use your own storytelling cards to build your own stories. Ages 4-12 at the Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Registration required. Wednesday July 26 at 10:30 a.m. For more information go to

WESTBORO LEGION’S BINGO AND LEAGUES Bingo every Wednesday night at the Westboro Legion. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for Café 480 and games begin at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Join us with your friends, or come and meet new friends. Funds raised are donated back to community organizations.  We also have bid euchre, darts, pool and sandbag leagues on a weekly basis. For more information visit or call 613-7252778. WESTBORO LEGION’S SATURDAY POOL Free Pool from noon to closing upstairs at the Westboro Legion.  Everyone is welcome. For more information visit rcl480. com or call 613-725-2778. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY Do you love fair trade? Have four hours twice a month? Apply to join the volunteer team at Ten Thousand Villages! Volunteers spend time doing tasks around the store like receiving inventory, interacting with customers, ringing in sales and helping with other tasks that make for the smooth running of the store. Stop by 371 Richmond Road to get an application.

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OCTOBER 21 - NEPEAN HS CLASS OF ‘67 FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY REUNION Members of the Nepean HS Class of 1967 are organizing a Fiftieth Anniversary Reunion, to be held at Nepean High School on Broadview Ave on Saturday, October 21, 2017. All grade 12 and 13 graduates from 1967 and classmates who graduated after grade 12 in 1966 are invited to come back and relive memories of their high school days, meet their former classmates and mingle with current staff and students. For more detailed information, please visit the reunion web site:

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JULY 13 - RAG AND BONE PUPPET THEATRE PRESENTS SNIPPETS 150 Join Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre at the Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library as they bring your favourite Canadian songs and stories to life in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday as part of the AOE Neighbourhood Arts 150 project. Each performance is tailored to

JULY 15 - RASPBERRY PI PROGRAMMING WORKSHOP FIRST Robotics Team 2706 will teach you how to program a robot driven by a Raspberry Pi mini computer. Create a program to drive the robot and avoid obstacles using an ultrasound sensor! For teens 13 to 18. Happening at Carlingwood Library on Saturday July 15 at 2 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to

AUGUST 8 &12 – INGENIOUS INVENTIONS Be the next Canadian inventor. For children 9-12. Happening at Carlingwood Library on August 8 & 12 at 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to


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Kitchissippi Times | July 6, 2017  

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