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Lights, camera, happy anniversary! Non-profit cinema celebrates a special milestone way I was when I was a kid, I think I wanted to bring that experience back While Hollywood prepares for the to everybody.” Oscars later this month, local filmVolunteers run the cinema in the goers are getting ready for their own Notre Dame High School auditorium movie celebration as the Ottawa every Saturday, and every other Family Cinema (OFC) celebrates its Friday, from September to May. fortieth anniversary. “I always said there’s never going The non-for-profit cinema, which to be anybody paid for this... I think it has been showing movchanges the dynamics ies weekly since 1977, when you’re actually will be having a “movie putting the show on to party” this spring to celget money,” Jim says. ebrate, with special Profits are donated back showings, treats, and to the community entertainment for viewthrough various chariers. ties, and tickets are The OFC was the given each week to chilbrainchild of Dorothy dren from underpriviStoiber and Jim leged families. McNeill. Back then, Some of the volunDorothy ran a club for teers who set up the seniors at the Alexander concession stand, usher Community Centre and in viewers, or run the would ask Jim to come Ottawa Family Cinema volprojector are kids and and show old musicals, unteers, Jim McNeill and teenagers. But both Jim since he owned a projec- Donita Alexander at the OFC and Dorothy, as well as box office. tor. Even though the the many organizers showings were intended who gather together for the older generation, every week, are proud they noticed that kids would often that several of the adult volunteers got peek in to watch as well. their start working with the OFC as Knowing that the kids may be com- youngsters and have stuck around ing from underprivileged homes, Jim even after they stopped needing high and Dorothy decided that a familyschool service hours. oriented cinema might be good for the To celebrate its birthday every community. spring, the OFC hosts “movie parties” “Kids only get into trouble when — special showings that normally feathere’s nothing to do,” says Dorothy, ture cake for the audience members, later recalling her astonishment at see- gifts for kids, and sometimes special ing how captivated and quiet their performances from local entertainers. young viewers stayed while enjoying As preparations are still underway, those first showings. there isn’t yet a set date for the fortiJim says he knows personally, from eth anniversary party, but organizers his youth in Ireland, the importance say it will likely be in early spring. that movies can play in childhood. More info about OFC’s fortieth “Belfast, was at that time, not a great anniversary celebrations can be found city to live in, so I just skipped to the at For more photos, movies and had a great time there,” see the web version of this article at Jim explains. “I love seeing people being entertained by movies just the Story and photo by Jacob Hoytema

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and it needs that subtle mix. The hipsters here are just trying to be farmers. We all grew up with plaid and we get it down at the Giant Tiger for $10… hipsters gets their plaid from NRML for $80 but it’s the same stuff. We rolled up our pants and wore work boots

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going to gain that much attention. The chain became an important catalyst. It made a difference, as it opened the eyes of students, and increased awareness. “Gathering everyone initiated an important dialogue and helped everyone understand the magnitude of what happened. This attack was on a holy place; a place of worship in Canada. Tragic incidents like these should not happen in our country, and as a school, we stood against this,” says Nour. She believes the event generated discussion and understanding among the students. “A lot of people began to share and talk about the issue on another level – not just that it happened – but how we can make a difference, one person at a time, or as a broader community and as Canadians in general,” she says. “We were able to demonstrate that NHS can make a difference. We can show that we care, and that every religion belongs,” explains Jessica Houghton, the lead teacher/organizer of the event. “I think this had a great impact on our school, especially for the Muslim students,” says Nour. “Throughout this event, we highlighted and reinforced to all students that the NHS community is a single community that is safe and welcoming for all religions. The positive engagement of our student body in creating a human chain proved this. Everyone feels they can belong. It was very moving.” Kyra Wex is a grade 12 student at Nepean High School.

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Nour Elmestekawy, a grade 11 student at Nepean High School, wanted to find a way to demonstrate a show of support for the Muslim community after the Quebec City shooting. She did so by inspiring the student body at Nepean High School (NHS), using social media as a rallying point. Using Facebook, she asked her fellow students to show their support by wearing green on February 4. Green is a symbolic colour for Islam. “NHS didn’t stop there,” she says. Under the leadership of Principal Patrick McCarthy and teachers such as Jessica Houghton, NHS students and staff linked arms and formed a human chain across the halls and through the school. Many were wearing green. “The reasoning behind forming a chain is to symbolize something strong, something together,” says Nour. She points out how the chain resembled a force, repelling evil out of the community. “We want to prove that what happened is not acceptable,” explains Nour. The human chain garnered a lot of support among staff and students. “It looked as if the entire school participated in supporting the Muslim victims of Quebec City. Approximately 1300 students linked together forming the chain,” says Nour. “It turned out better than I could have ever imagined. I was so proud of our school… everyone was positive and everyone showed their utmost support.” She also mentions her excitement and surprise when she was featured on CTV. She did not know it was

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Ready, aim, fire The story behind Westboro’s girls-only rifle club By Dave Allston

Sporting clubs were the centre of social life in the first half of the twentieth century. Recently, I was told about a sporting club that existed for only a few years during the Great Depression. It’s one of the most surprising, unique and intriguing stories in Westboro’s history. Would you believe that Westboro was once home to a rifle shooting club? That it held its practices inside All Saints Church on Richmond Road? And was made up entirely of teenage girls? It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. The Anglican Girls’ Rifle Club of Westboro was formed in January 1929, when a group of twelve girls between the ages of 16 to 19 met on a wintery Friday evening in the parish hall of All Saints Church. The inaugural shoot was a hit and it turned out to be the starting point for a very successful and dedicated group. Shooting clubs had become popular in the 1800s. Clubs existed in Ottawa as early as the 1860s but they were exclusively for males. The first women’s rifle club came after the outbreak of war in 1914 when a group of 24 girls assembled at Lisgar Collegiate, likely as an act of patriotism. The group was allotted time in the rifle range (which was located in the attic of the school). That club reformed in the fall of 1928, as did a new club at Glebe Collegiate, perhaps prompting the young ladies in Westboro to start a club of their own. The Anglican Girls’ Rifle Club met weekly throughout the winter and spring of 1929 and quickly grew to over 20 members. Lucy Carver was selected as its first captain. Two Westboro merchant families generously supported the club. The Ports (United Cigar, Westboro Feed and later Port’s Lunch) and the Andersons (Westboro Garage) provided guidance, prizes, and updated equipment. Weekly competitions were held as practice for monthly “spoon shoots,” in which the winner received a trophy spoon. There were also special team shoots, including “chum shoots” (the name referred to the fact that “pairs of chums” competed together) and “goose shoots,” in which the top contenders won a Christmas goose. The group trained under

Mary Scrivener (Morgan) in 1930, in front of All Saints Church with the old town hall and Richmond Road in the background.

Dominion of Canada Rifle Association regulations and alternated between shooting on multicoloured DCRA “decimal targets” and “King’s Trophy” targets. They would fire at 20 or sometimes 25 yards, typically using .22 calibre B.S.A. rifles, and used the “decimal system” of scoring. A competition usually featured five shots prone and five shots sitting. Accounts of the competitions feature curious details such as: “Peggy Whitehurst scored a possible, consisting of four bulls in one group egg pool and one bull at six o’clock” or “Mary Eastman ably demonstrated she could make a top poker hand with bullets, in scoring a royal flush, and all shots were on the target.” A notable top individual performance was by Edith Johnson, who on November 30, 1929, hit ten consecutive bulls eyes in 53 seconds, firing from a sitting position. The club was

instructed by RCAF Flt-Sgt F. N. Brooks, board member of the Headquarters Rifle Association, and was overseen by Col. Rev. R. H. Steacy of All Saints. Within six months, the fastprogressing team decided to enter the prestigious Youth of the Empire competition, organized by the National Rifle Association of the United Kingdom. Over 40,000 youths competed for the King’s Trophy and Imperial Shields and Swords. Not only did the girls become the first Canadian female team to enter an Empire match, but three individuals won awards. Barbara Stone, Mary Eastman and Peggy Whitehurst won badges for high scores. The following year, the team placed within the top 100 units in the Empire. The group would break for the summer but came together each November to commence a new season, which inevitably brought out new members. In 1930, two Continued on page 9

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It was a jam-packed opening night at Alison Fowler’s fourth annual “Wall of H’arts” show and sale at Twiss & Weber’s on February 10. Having painted 200 5” x 5” canvasses in preparation, the event represents an artistic challenge for the popular local artist, and fortunately for local art lovers, an opportunity to scoop up some reasonably priced art just in time for Valentine’s Day. The evening also included a raffle to raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The sale was to continue through to February 14 but the h’arts were sold out by the following afternoon.

Artist Alison Fowler says she’s thrilled with the community’s excitement and support. “I sold out last year, so I knew it was going to be another great year, but I was definitely overwhelmed with the response,” she says. “We’re already thinking about what to do next year! This neighbourhood is so great. I love it.”

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At the appointed hour, eager shoppers pushed forward to chose their unique piece of heart art (or as Alison calls it, h’art). Most canvasses were painted, while others incorporated other elements such as shells, stones, and buttons. Photos by Ellen Bond

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Mrs. King left the club when she found a job at age seventeen. Mrs. King provided the photo on page six of her friend and fellow club member, Mary Scrivener (Morgan). Making this exceptional photo all the more interesting is that according to Mrs. King, Mary was pregnant at the time. It’s an incredible memory, a great story, and certainly, an unforgettable part of Westboro’s fascinating history. Thanks to Bob Grainger for his files on this subject. Dave Allston is a local history buff and author of The Kitchissippi Museum (kitchissippimuseum. His family has lived in Kitchissippi for six generations. Do you have stories to share about the area? We’d love to hear them! Send your email to stories@kitchissippi. com.


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Continued from page 6 divisions (junior and senior) were added. Though the club started out on Friday nights in the church, they later moved to Saturdays before settling on Monday nights, no doubt dependent on the schedule of the church. The club later moved its shoots outside to Rochester Field on Richmond Road, just west of Maplelawn (which is now The Keg). Over the five years it operated, newspaper accounts show that over fifty girls participated in the rifle club. Mary Eastman and Viola Anderson were its longest-serving members, participating from start to finish. The last recorded shoots appear to have occurred in 1933, at which time it appears the club disbanded. Edith Johnson (whose married name was King) was interviewed by fellow historian, Bob Grainger, in 2013. At the age of 100, she still had vivid memories of the club. Her family moved to Westboro after WWI when her father returned home from the war after losing an arm and one of the fingers off his other hand. “The medical military people said they had done everything they could for him, and now needed a healthy environment with fresh air and good food,” described Mrs. King. The family moved from the city to Westboro to “get to the country.” She recalled being a “marksperson”

and winning a prize for shooting bulls eyes. She also recalled the “church people were not really happy with this shooting activity in the church,” which may be the reason the club moved to Rochester Field.


Ottawa book lovers rejoice! Elmdale Public School’s BookFest event is back! From February 24 to February 25, Elmdale’s school gym will be packed with more than 60 tables of used books for sale. For nearly four decades, Elmdale’s annual fundraising event has served as a special tradition for the community, as well as a fundraising source for the school’s programs and community initiatives. Parent volunteers spend hundreds of hours sorting the more than 25,000 donated books into over 20 categories ranging from fiction and mysteries to gardening and politics. Keeping the cost of the books low – between 50 cents and $3 – promotes literacy and makes books accessible to everyone. And because the prices are so reasonable, it’s a great opportunity to take a chance on unfamiliar authors or subject areas. Whether you are looking for a “reading by the fire” book, stocking up on summer reading, or finding your next book club read, we’re certain you will find some gems here. New parents will find board books in like-new condition to stock their child’s library. School families know it’s an excellent place to recycle books they’ve finished with and buy new ones to read. There are no restrictions on the number of books you can purchase and with so many categories to pick from, you’re guaranteed to find something that will fit the bill! If you need help carrying your books to your vehicle, a volunteer will happily assist you. There will also be delicious homemade baked goods for sale and prizes up for grabs. The sale generates great school

spirit amongst the students and teachers as they compete between classes to see who can bring in the most books. Local author and storytellers will be in classes the week before BookFest to help keep the focus on celebrating reading and literacy. Always looking for fresh ways to support student involvement and engagement, Elmdale students will be creating one-of-a-kind bookmarks to accompany each purchase made at the sale, while supplies last. Funds raised by BookFest support educational programs at Elmdale in the arts, science and technology, literacy, health, and the environment. Some of the money raised is also donated to local community initiatives. Elmdale’s BookFest takes place at 49 Iona St., in the school gymnasium on Friday February 24, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday February 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring cash! Are you looking to clear some space on your bookshelves? Donations of gently used books will be gratefully accepted. We are happy to pick up book donations, if needed. We look forward to seeing you all at BookFest as we celebrate literacy, promote recycling, and support our students and community! For more information please visit or email Traceylyn at elmdalebookfest@gmail. com. You can also find us on Facebook. Jennifer Leach Hollander is the volunteer PR coordinator for Elmdale BookFest

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By Lorrie Marlow The Mechanicsville Winter Carnival in Laroche Park on Sunday saw over 100 people in attendance which was amazing for the first day of Winterlude on the Rideau Canal. People desended on Laroche Park from all directions with skates and toboggans. Pieces of cardboard also worked well on the toboggan hill; the skate rink had several games on the go, and the skate puddle is just fun for those new to walking on ice. The fun-loving people with Somerset West Community Health Centre led the kids activities such as snow tug-of-war and the snow jewel game. Snow pants were necessary as these activities involved lots of falling down and rolling around in the fresh snow. Inside the Laroche Community Center, every chair was full with residents warming up with hot chocolate and enjoying donuts donated by Suzi-Q and coffee donated from Bridgehead. Delicious cheesecake donated by Thyme & Again had kids and adults savouring every last scrumptious crumb. A huge thank you goes out to these businesses for their reliable support of homegrown events like ours. Lots of residents dropped in to bring cookies as well which was much appreciated. All left over goodies were donated to the Home Club and youth program operated by Somerset West Community Health Center at Laroche Community Center. However, the star of this event is always the horse-drawn sleigh ride. It takes your breath away when you see those huge, handsome horses come across the fields of Laroche Park. Both kids and adults run from the toboggan hill and skating rinks to meet the horses. For some of the youngsters, it’s the first time they’ve seen a team of horses up close. The annual Mechanicsville Winter Carnival has been held at Laroche Park for over 30 years and Gary Scharfe of the Original

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Hollybrook Farms has provided his horses and sleigh every year. It’s an important tradition in Mechanicsville and we are glad Gary returns so faithfully. Huge thanks to Keith Brown with the Laroche Park Sports Association, the folks who maintain the rink and sponsor the annual sleigh ride. The Mechanicsville Community Association is the group whose ongoing work continues to improve our neighborhood. The MCA is always seeking volunteers and board members. If you would like to get involved, please send us an email at MechanicsvilleCA@ or join us on Facebook at Mechanicsville Community Association, or visit our website: More photos of the MCA Winter Carnival are available online at

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2017 Board of Directors announced 2017’s first Newswest Board meeting was held January 23 at the Hintonburg Community Centre. The executive for 2017 was elected and the following seats were filled: Chair/Treasurer: Gary Ludington, Vice-Chair: Wayne Rodney Secretary: Cheryl Parrott Members at Large: Lorrie Marlow, Pat O’Brien, Doug Herbert, Paulette Dozois, Allyson Domanski. Additions to the Newswest board of directors will be announced as appointments are made. Regular board meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month ex-

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Free Training Session April 11th By Mechanicsville Community Association When pressed about the recent announcement of a training session scheduled for April 11 at the Bayview Innovation Centre, community activist Lorrie Marlow laughed and admitted that it was, in fact, her idea.

“As the MCA security committee found, people would tell us about suspicious activity and incidents, but wouldn’t call or report it.” As she tells it, “Well actually it came from a discussion at the MCA Security Committee meeting with Constable Neilly. She advised us that we really don’t have much crime reported in Mechanicsville although we do have lots of crime and suspicious activity.” Marlow continued, “As the MCA security committee found, people would tell us about suspicious activity and incidents, but wouldn’t call or report it. A resident recently told the Committee about a group of men in two cars that appear regularly at Laroche Park and sit together. These men had no dogs or children and were not adulterous lovers cavorting in the bushes (which happens often at Laroche Park.) This observant resident provided a picture of the car plates and it was reported to the City Police.  As it turned out, the car plates were of significant interest and were important ‘intel’ to City Police.”  Constable Neilly advises that such information can be very important, and can slow down or stop a rash of crime from hitting other communities. In discussions with residents, the MCA Security Committee started to realize several things: • many of our residents don’t

“Constable Neilly advises that such information can be very important, and can slow down or stop a rash of crime from hitting other communities.” have internet or nearby access to public internet. If residents have to walk to Rosemount Library to access public computers, they will not do it - especially on a cold, snowy night with children in tow; • if they get limited access to public computers at Rosemount, they won’t waste their allotted time reporting suspicious activity to police.  • many of our residents are elderly and not comfortable with computers. •  many of our residents are new

Canadians and not comfortable with police at all. However, the youth are comfortable with computers and can help their elders and caregivers.  We thought a reporting workshop in the sexy, new hightech training room at the Bayview Innovation Center would be both a social and educational activity.  Someone in a position to make a difference agreed, and the workshop was greenlighted. This workshop is open to residents of neighboring communities as well. 

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A 21st Century Hospital For Our Community By Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre Anyone who has recently visited The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus would surely speak highly of the doctors, nurses, staff, and the care they received there. In Ottawa we have some of the most qualified and well-trained medical practitioners serving all our families, seniors and children. To further enhance the work our medical professionals do we have to ensure that they have the most recent stateof-the-art facility and equipment. That is why building a new, revitalized Civic Campus of The Ottawa Hospital is essential for our city and our future health care. Together, with The Ottawa Hospital, I have been consulting residents on how they see their future health care services. It has always been made clear to me that the new hospital has to be in the central core of the city, accessible to emergency vehicles via Queensway and through public transit. Our community wants and deserves access to a world-class, 21st century health and wellness facility close to home - serving a growing and aging community. All three levels of government have been working together to find the most suitable location for the new Civic Campus. I am glad that The Ottawa Hospital’s community board and staff have endorsed the Sir John Carling site as the best possible location. It is situated centrally with appropriate accessibility to emergency vehicles. Further, it is on the LRT’s Trillium Line, linking the new campus to Confederation Line and communities in the south end of the city.

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Hintonburg residents petition for speed limit change By Dickson Davidson Hintonburg Community Association Around July of 2012, Maggie Julian - a resident of Fairmont Avenue, contacted the Hintonburg Community Association (HCA) regarding a petition that was being circulated to reduce the speed limit on Fairmont Avenue from Carling Avenue to the Queensway. This is the section of Fairmont Avenue in the Civic Hospital neighbourhood. Maggie wanted to know how a reduction to 40 km/hr could be extended for the entire length of Fairmount Avenue, and whether the HCA could assist in making that happen. The HCA made a number of inquiries with the different levels of governance to that end. Meanwhile, in the Civic Hospital area, many streets beyond Fairmont Avenue began showing postings of 40 km/hr. Likewise, Maggie’s inquiry was followed by inquiries from other Hintonburg residents wondering how their residential streets could have a change in speed limit from 50 km/hr to 40 km/hr. Through further inquiries with the City, the HCA learned that to change the speed limit on a city street, a door-todoor, person-to-person, ink signature petition process would be required. This posed a challenge requiring both organization and a plan, since the increasing number of inquiries then indicated that speed limit reductions were being sought all over Hintonburg. In response to this situation, The 2015 HCA Annual General Meeting was asked whether members wanted to pursue a survey of the whole of Hintonburg to determine what streets would fulfill the city’s requirements. The response was almost unanimous in supporting the proposal. The HCA then contacted the City of Ottawa who responded very supportively with directions and petitions for the 31 residential streets in Hintonburg that could have their speed limits reduced. The City of Ottawa designated a contact person who was very helpful and prompt in assisting the HCA with most matters involving the petition process and, from November 2015 to January 2017, all 31 residential streets were surveyed by volunteers. The results were that a minimum of 66% of all of the listed residences on each of the 31 residential streets agreed to have their speed limits reduced. This fulfills the City of Ottawa’s stated requirements to initiate a change in the speed limit. We sincerely hope that The City will now change the speed limit by making appropriate municipal legislation, posting the new 40 km/hr signs, and effectively monitoring and enforcing them. This would follow the expectations of the 1286 residents who signed the petition for their respective streets, and would mean a change in speed limit for all of Hintonburg.

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Dickson Davidson of the HCA, with a speed limit sign reflecting the desires of a majority of Hintonburg residents. After two years of concerted volunteer efforts, the petitions for 31 streets are signed and collected and are about to be presented to city officials. Photo by D. Davidson

“We sincerely hope that The City will now change the speed limit by making appropriate municipal legislation, posting the new 40 km/hr signs, and effectively monitoring and enforcing them.” What fun and a true pleasure it has been to spend the last year completing the Hintonburg 40. It has been great to hear comments supporting all angles of a speed limit reduction proposal. People were unanimously courteous, welcoming, and a joy to meet as neighbours. It has been wonderful to work cooperatively and successfully as a Community Association

with the City of Ottawa. Thank you to the 20 or so volunteers who assisted with the door to door survey of approximately 1855 residences to collect the required number of signatures indicating that all residential streets in Hintonburg wish to have their speed limits reduced. I look forward to submitting the completed survey to the City of Ottawa shortly.

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Louis Lemire (l) as Peter, and Matt Smith as Jerry, in a scene from At Home at the Zoo by Edward Albee presented at the Carleton Tavern earlier this month. Photo by A. Domanski

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(played impeccably by Louis Lemire). Act I peers into Peter’s usually tranquil home life during an oddly intense exchange with his wife Ann (nicely done by Jennifer Ford). Even a staid textbook publisher will lift his nose from a book when the wife announces, “We should talk.” Act II unfolds outside the Central Park Zoo where an even odder, more intense exchange pits unsuspecting Peter against a loose cannon named Jerry (wunderkind Matt Smith in a virtuoso performance). Events culminate with the unthinkable, not only for mildmannered Peter but also for the rest of us, who witness what we hope never to experience in a bar. Lemire, a retired public servant and former Justice Department lawyer whose dramatic training can only have come from courtrooms, is superb in rendering Peter. Diminutive, balding and, for this role, bespectacled, Lemire’s outward appearance of dweeb belies the powerhouse within. He conjures the part with vein-popping force. That’s what preparing for a role since last September gets you. Amidst the ‘pleasant journey’ of their marriage, Ford tackles Ann’s notions of breastlessness and circumcisions going awry with aplomb. But when their sex life comes into play, Ford gives her all and smacks life into the role. Then there’s Smith. Wow. As crazy goes, the Royal Ottawa would commit his Jerry. Wild-eyed, fanatical and as penetrating as the midday sun, his take on nutbar reminded me of Nicholson in Cuckoo’s Nest, only more self-destructive. His delivery, which silenced even the ice machine, is all the more improbable when at play’s end you meet the soft-spoken man in a tuque.

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By Allyson Domanski With no stage and no set, except for big black cubes to serve as seats for three actors, the Chamber Theatre Hintonburg (CTH) team of Donnie Laflamme and Lisa Zanyk have pulled off another coup. Once again, they’ve made great theatre accessible to ordinary folk who might otherwise not see it. In their tradition of bringing fine plays to where people already gather, Laflamme and Zanyk match text to venue and make it as easy as possible for people to engage in art and not have to go out of their way for it. Pull up a chair to a corner of the Carleton Tavern, order a brew and be blown away by powerful acting. The gripping dialogue in CTH’s latest Ottawa premiere, At Home at the Zoo, has grit befitting the Carleton’s 1930s oak-walled and hops-perfumed interior. This is ‘must-see’ material. How can you go wrong with engrossing entertainment at twenty bucks a pop? Seven bucks for a pint or five for vino and six for the soup and sandwich special? What’s not to like? Take it from my pub-loving friends. “This is excellent theatre,” said one, “better than what the bigger guys put on around the corner. Who needs fancy?” “I was riveted,” said another. “Imagine. A standing ovation in a bar? That’s how good this is.” At Home at the Zoo is a two-act play penned by the late Pulitzer Prizewinning American playwright Edward Albee, of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? fame. The Zoo Story was the first play Albee wrote in 1958. It brought him instant acclaim. In 2004, he wrote its prequel, Homelife to flesh out Zoo Story’s central character Peter

Other Ottawa libraries show the benefits of increased space, seating and planning as Rosemount Branch only now prepares for a vital and long overdue re-development. Photo courtesy of R.E.A.D.

Rosemount Library Looks Ahead

Inspiration for the future By Blaine Marchand R.E.A.D. It’s an exciting time for the Ottawa Public Library (OPL). The new main library will be an important part of the city build in the years ahead. Equally important is the development of the branch network across the city. During the past 25 years, the OPL has done a solid job of building or doing major renovations on almost all of its 32 branches. Libraries are no longer just books on shelves; they are hubs of activities that meet multi-generational user needs. A notable exception has been our ward’s Rosemount branch, the last surviving Carnegiebuilt library in Ottawa. The OPL is now preparing a business case for a new Rosemount library. For users and residents of Kitchissippi Ward, it is time to familiarize ourselves with the transformation and building of other branches in the library system to inform us about the potential for our branch. In this series of two articles I will take the reader on a tour of four of the best of the OPL branch libraries. Before doing so, I will recap where

“Libraries are no longer just books on shelves; they are hubs of activities that meet multigenerational user needs.” things stand at Rosemount and its woeful lack of space. It has 6,089 square feet (sf), 17 seats for users and seven personal computer stations. Despite proximity to five schools, Rosemount has no dedicated children, teen seats or teen zone. There are no meeting rooms. Our tour begins with the

Beaverbrook branch in Kanata. It began in 1967 as one room in a community centre. In 1970, it moved to a space next to a fire hall and then, in 1996, into the Mlacak Centre. In an 18-month period during a 2013/14 closure, the branch underwent extensive renovations and expansion that saw it increase to 24,000 sf from 10,691 sf. An architectural awardwinning branch, it boasts two public meeting rooms, each accommodating 45 people, 127 seats on two levels, numerous small rooms for group work, a large children’s area, as well as a book store run by the Friends of the OPL. Its Kanata Room, devoted to local history, features a stained glass window donated by Beaverbrook users – a colourful testament to its community’s spirit. Closer to Rosemount, Merivale Road’s Emerald Plaza opened in 1972 in a renovated supermarket and was the biggest branch in the city of Nepean. In 1988, it closed when the main branch shifted further west to Centrepointe but reopened as a smaller

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Cst Neilly’s Neighbourhood

Change Is Growth

By Cst Dawn Neilly Recently, you may have come across reports in the news that the Ottawa Police Service is changing its service delivery model. Better use of budget dollars figures largely in the need for change, but there are also other factors that play a role, such as responding to more complex crimes and the needs of a diverse community. As you can imagine, given the changing times (read: technology), a model that worked in, let’s say 1980 or even a few years ago, no longer fills the bill. Making sure officers are deployed most effectively has resulted in changes to our community policing program. Community Police Centre catchment areas have been redrawn and this affects the Wellington Community Police Centre. My area will still be called Wellington but it will include some

new territory. Neighbourhoods I am now responsible for are Carlington, Central Park, Westboro, Hintonburg, Mechanicsville, Champlain Park, Hampton Park, Fisher Park and Wellington West. Four public information sessions were held in January to explain the new service delivery model in detail and to answer questions from residents. If you weren’t able to attend one of these sessions but would like more information, go to this page on the Ottawa Police web site: zekbkjh Or talk to me. I’m still occupying the same space at the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington St. W.). I can also be contacted by email at or phone at (613) 236-1222, ext. 5871. If you have a group that’s interested in learning more, I can come to you. Just e-mail or call to arrange a time. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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quiet times in the winter he showed me how well the stop signs could chop ice and how they could be used as tennis racquets, sending snowballs across Wellington Street with perfect overhand serves. These days, student safety patrols have been replaced by adult crossing guards who don’t play tennis on the job. During bitter winter weather, our principal allowed us to use the staff room to make soup after a shift on our corners. This was a huge perk! Another one was the fact that of course we had to leave class earlier than everyone else, to pick up our belts, signs and to reach our corners before all the kids were dismissed. Once a month, the Ottawa Patrols were treated to a free movie at the Capital Theatre. Judy and I were excited to see the famous singer Brenda Lee in “The Two Little Bears” one Saturday, and a variety of other movies through the year. Over the next couple of years, Judy and I both worked our way up to the rank of Lieutenant. In Grade 8 I was appointed Captain, but that status didn’t last long. Getting lost in a book after lunch too often made me late checking the corners, so I was demoted and replaced by one of my cousins. How embarassing!! My patrol experience taught me the hard way to be on time for my responsibilities, and is one of my best memories from grade school.

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“I can’t decide whether to join Brownies or Patrols” my friend Judy said on the first day of grade 5. “Which one are you joining?” “I’m joining both,” I answered excitedly. “We can sign up for Patrols now, and for Brownies after school.” We bounded up the stairs to the classroom where the applications were to be filled out and signed up on the spot. Training was the next day. Friendly Constable Gow, the patrol liaison officer from the Ottawa Police gave a talk, and answered questions. We were shown a film on safety, then were issued our membership cards with the Patrol members pledge. After school we were shown where the official white patrol belts were hung and the official STOP signs were stored. We were paired up with experienced patrols, followed them to their street corners, and observed power in action. Kids waiting to cross the street crowded behind the patrol’s outstretched arms. When the traffic thinned, she bellowed “Signs up”, and she and her partner on the opposite side stepped into the street facing oncoming traffic, and the group scampered across. Cars, buses and trucks stopped until “Signs down” was called by the partner on the other side. Judy and I were very impressed and couldn’t wait to take on that authority. The teacher knew better than to put us together on a corner, so I was paired with Ricky, one of the Grade Six boys. He was very efficient and authoritative, making sure the kids waited obediently behind him. During

FEBRUARY 17 - DROP-IN FOLK SONG CIRCLE Come by for Drop-in Folk Song Circle at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.), from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. We will sing songs from the 50s to the 80s, Celtic and other folk music. Cost: $2.75. For more information, please call 613-798-8927. FEBRUARY 19 - HAMPTON IONA COMMUNITY SKATING PARTY On February 19, the Hampton Iona Community Group is pleased to invite the community to its annual Community Skating Party from 2 to 4 p.m. in Iona Park (Iona Street between Island Park Drive and Hilson Avenue). Come on out for the music; complimentary snacks, hot chocolate and coffee; skating and more. Enjoy our brand new (used) trailer for warming up and changing into your skates. For further information, please visit FEBRUARY 24 - TRIVIA CHALLENGE FOR CHARITY Get a team together and compete for cash donations to your favourite charity at the Westboro Legion, 389 Richmond Rd. Door, bar and Café 480 open at 6 p.m. and the tournament begins at 7:30. Cost: $10 per player (maximum team size six). Reasonably priced pre-game food plus door prizes and an early bird team draw. For information and registration go to If you’re looking for a fun team to join, contact FEBRUARY 24 - ARTS NIGHT You are invited to come and see artists talk about, demonstrate or perform their art. This month’s guests include: Kati-Lyon-Villiger, author; John David Powell, painter; Grant Cameron, musical artist. Arts Night takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church (30 Cleary Ave.) Admission is $5. For information call 613-725-1066.

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FEBRUARY 24 & 25 – ELMDALE PUBLIC SCHOOL BOOKFEST 2017 BookFest, Elmdale’s iconic annual secondhand book sale, is an opportunity to find a great read while supporting a good cause. With more than 25,000 titles there’s something for everyone, all at very low prices (cash only). Complete with raffles and a bake sale. BookFest will take place in Elmdale Public School’s gymnasium (49 Iona St.) on Friday Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For

more information please visit elmdalecouncil. com. Like us on Facebook! Do you have a box of books you’d like to donate? We’d be glad to come and get them. Email Traceylyn at For more information please see page 9. FEBRUARY 26 - HEART AND STROKE JAMBOREE AT THE WESTBORO LEGION On February 26, join us at the Westboro Legion in the lower hall (389 Richmond Rd.) in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation with live performances by Lorne Daley. Lorne Daley and his Ricochet Riders stage band have performed at some of the Ottawa Valley’s most renowned fairs and festival. Tickets are on sale in advance at the Westboro Legion. You do not need to be a member to attend this function. Join us for the fun. For more information visit or call 613-725-2778. FEBRUARY 27 - PROTECTING YOUR COMPUTER The average time it takes for an unprotected computer to be compromised after connecting to the Internet is under 15 minutes. Don’t let it be yours. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users’ Group will show you the simple steps you need to take to keep your computer from being hacked. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday, February 27 at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to FEBRUARY 28 - LEGACY JOURNALING WORKSHOP Join Heather Tucker, author of The Clay Girl, for our Legacy Journal Workshop. This is a hands-on, playful experience where participants discover how to capture their unique essence and lifetime of wisdom for generations to come. The only skill required is the ability to pick up a pen and the willingness to have some fun. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Tuesday, February 28 at 2 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to MARCH 5 - WESTFEST ALL-STAR FUNDRAISING PARTY Westfest’s second annual fundraising party is taking place on Sunday March 5 from 2-7 p.m at Orange Art Gallery. Hosted by Jim Bryson and Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper, it promises to be a who’s who of Westfest alum and 2017 performers. Sample some great live performances, craft beer, wine, and food. Tickets can be purchased via for $100. All proceeds from the event will fund Westfest 2017 programming.

MARCH 11 - DESSERT AND DRAMA How might the women of Confederation— people like Agnes Bernard (later Agnes Macdonald), Hortense Fabre Cartier, Mercy Haines Coles, Frances Tupper and Alice Starr Chipman—have shaped Canada’s history? Join us as we present Women Vote Indirect, an original drama to mark our country’s 150th anniversary, on Saturday, March 11, at Woodroffe United Church (207 Woodroffe Ave.) There will be two sittings: 1 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Costume and door prizes will be awarded. Tickets cost $15 and are available through or the church office at 613-722-9250. Advance ticket sales only. Proceeds will support Cornerstone Housing for Women. MARCH 16 - CAUSERIE LITTÉRAIRE (This Carlingwood Library drop-in program is in French). Venez discuter littérature avec d’autres passionnés dans une atmosphère détendue! mars-mai. Tous les troisièmes jeudis. 14h30-15h30. Bilingualism not required. Visitez

SATURDAY POOL AT THE WESTBORO LEGION Free pool from noon to 5 p.m. upstairs at the Westboro Legion. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit or call 613-725-2778. YOUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS For up-to-date news on your neighbourhood, stay in touch with your community association. Information about events, traffic changes, development, neighbourhood clubs, volunteer opportunities and board meetings is available from the following Community Association websites. Champlain Park Community Association Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre Hintonburg Community Association

MARCH 17- DROP-IN FOLK SONG CIRCLE Come by for Drop-in Folk Song Circle at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.), from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. We will sing songs from the 50s to the 80s, Celtic and other folk music. Cost: $2.75. For more information, please call 613-798-8927.

Hampton-Iona Community Group

PAINTERS’ CIRCLE Is it difficult for you to find the time to paint? Set aside Tuesday mornings with the Painters’ Circle.  We are a friendly group with a wide range of painting experience from beginners to people who sell their work. All media are welcome including oils. This is not a class. We meet in the First Unitarian Ottawa church building on Cleary Avenue. Please contact Clea Derwent for more information at

Mechanicsville Community Association

BINGO AND LEAGUES AT THE WESTBORO LEGION There’s 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 613-725-2778.

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