Kitchissippi Times | June 6 2013

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Found art, sculptural elements and the intriguing environment inspires Enriched Bread Artist Marika Jemma.

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An international recipe for exchange between artists Story and photos by Ted Simpson

On June 1 the Enriched Bread Artists of Gladstone Avenue opened their doors not only to the Ottawa public, but also to a group of artists from halfway around the world. The EBA are presenting a special exhibit put together by artists who are on an exchange program from The Hague, Neatherlands.

The EBA studio is located in an industrial building just west of the O-Train tracks that originally served as a bread factory in the early part of the 20th century. The building transitioned into a printing house, clothing manufacturer, squat house and was eventually purchased in a state of total disrepair in 1992 by a group of ambitious young artists.

Through a magical act of synchronicity, in that very same year, in the city of The Hague, in the Netherlands, an old bread factory in shambles was also discovered and occupied by a group of ambitious young artists. The two studios grew for over a decade oblivious of one another Continued on page 4



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Mozynah Nofal (left) coordinated the Doors Open event at the Ottawa Main Mosque. Dana Hassoun (centre) and Fatimah Mirza are two of the 20 volunteers who provided tours to approximately 200 visitors.


Faith, water and traffic Opening the doors on Kitchissippi

Story and photo by Anita Grace

On June 1st and 2nd, more than a hundred buildings participated in the 12th annual Doors Open Ottawa, allowing the public opportunities to explore places to which they don’t usually have access. “There are things we’ve wanted to see but never get the chance,” said Carmen DePape, while visiting the Ottawa Mosque during Doors Open on Sunday. DePape lives in Ottawa South, but she and her husband took advantage of the free event to discover interesting places around the city. Two of the most popular of Kitchissippi’s 13 site participants are the City’s Traffic Operations Centre on Loretta Avenue North and the Lemieux Island Water Treatment Plant. In its fifth year as a participant, Traffic Operations draws around 2,400 visitors over the weekend. The main attraction is their worldrenowned control centre that monitors over 1,100 traffic control signals around the city. A wall of screens shows live feeds from the 200 cameras positioned at various major intersections. Tour guide and Public Works employee Leahy Donovan explained that if there is a slowdown on the roads, staff change the flow of traffic by controlling the lights. Donovan also mentioned that while the Traffic Operations building is only open to the public once a year during Doors Open, traffic camera feeds can be viewed online at, which is useful for checking the state of traffic during rush hour and the summer’s busy construction months.


The Lemieux Island Water Treatment Plant also attracts thousands of visitors each year. More than 50 volunteers were on hand – most of whom are Environmental Services employees – to answer questions about how water is processed in its journey from the Ottawa River to homes and businesses. Another local Doors Open site was the Ottawa Main Mosque near Scott Street. Mozynah Nofal coordinated the event at the Mosque and said of the approximately 200 visitors who come during the weekend, many are curious not only about the building, but about the Muslim faith and the people who worship there. “The Mosque is a representation of the pillars of our faith,” she said, explaining that its unadorned interior represents the focus on God, not objects. Four local churches also opened their doors over the weekend, including firsttime participant Kitchissippi United, a church formed in 2008 through the amalgamation of three local congregations. In a small side chapel, where sunlight filtered through colourful stained glass windows, parents and children could see demonstrations of the Church’s Montessori-method-based Sunday School program. In the main sanctuary choral groups and musicians offered hourly performances. Other Kitchissippi participants this year included the Enriched Bread Artists Studio and Standard Bread Company/ Gladstone Clayworks, the Westboro Masonic Hall, the Parkdale Food Centre, and the Maplelawn Garden and adjacent Keg Manor.

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until 2009, when artist Petra Halkes of Hintonburg discovered the Dutch factory studio on one of her frequent trips to her home town of The Hague. After the two studios became aware of each other and their shared history, talk of an exchange program began. That plan is being realized this summer. Beginning May 31, a group of artists from the Dutch studio, Quartair, began exhibiting their art at the EBA studio. The exhibit will run until June 10 and includes special extended showings for the Doors Open Ottawa weekend, June 1-2. “The theme is Dutch Settlement. They’ve done different takes on the word, so it could be anything. There is a video about dust settling,” says Halkes, of the work the Dutch artists plan to bring with them. The Dutch art includes painting, sculpture, installation and performance art. Though there is only so much that can be planned out from halfway across the world, “A lot of it is going to be a surprise for us… they’ve never seen this space,” says Halkes. The second stage of the exchange will take place in August when 14 Enriched Bread Artists will make the trip to The Hague to present their work at Quartair. One of the artists participating in the exchange is Marika Jemma, a 15 year resident of Hintonburg and member of the EBA since 1998. Jemma’s art is mostly in the realm of sculpture and installation, but as she says, will work in “whatever medium best suits the idea.” The theme of the Dutch show is “interference;” the local

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artists will be covering the Dutch studio in Tyvek – a sort of felt paper in long rolls, and interacting with that as a way to interfere with the space. “Some of the artists are bringing work… I’m not,” says Jemma. “I’m going there to do work with people in the community on a collaborative kind of piece, so I can’t describe what I’m going to do till I get there.” One of the collaborative projects involves having children from the community here in Ottawa participate in a photography project that will be combined with photos from children in the Dutch community. Another project is what Jemma calls a “sound map” that associates locations with the sounds that surround them like the rumble of the O-Train, or the church bells at Fairmont and Wellington. Dutch Settlement is open to the public daily from June 1 to 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Enriched Bread Artist Studio, 951 Gladstone Ave.

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McGrath was one of roughly 450 people who came out to Dress for Success’ annual major fundraiser held at Dow’s Lake on May 30. The fundraiser, Stepping Out, is in its third year and has raised $50,000 since it was first held in 2011. Marlene Floyd, co-founder and chairwoman of Dress for Success Ottawa, said this year’s event has grown tremendously and expects to raise roughly $50,000. Floyd said the funds will help keep the organization’s doors open

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Continued from page 5 ArtsPark: 10 years of art, craft, music, food and friends From bands to bike parades, from local history to local crafts, from professional art to kids craft, ArtsPark was a celebration of a neighbourhood that’s grown into its Arts District reputation. Fuelled by local food and friendship, neighbours caught up while kids danced in the wading pool. The winner of the ArtsPark Instagram photo contest is Natalie Hanson who wins a gift from an ArtsPark artisan. Check out all the great #ArtsPark2013 photos online. For more on ArtsPark and its team of volunteers, see Newswest p. 14. To check out a full photo gallery visit

a wide variety of healthy initiatives including a fundraiser for Kids Help Line, promoting healthy snacks at school, the iWalk to School program, a bike parade and the annual kilometre club. Check out the photos and stories of this healthy dose of success at Velo Vogue The second annual Velo Vogue fashion show was held at Kichesippi Brewing Co. on June 1. The sold out show (despite torrential rain, 70 people were turned away at the door) showcased Canadian designers and beautiful bikes for city riding.

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Aboriginal Power is a new book by environmental business leader Chris Henderson of Wellington West. The book tells how First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities are using green energy to help power Canada’s future. Henderson lays out his vision in a series of 30 stories that profile over 80 Aboriginal communities across the country. The stories tell of an evolving relationship between the government and Aboriginal people. “The story of Canada’s relationship with its first peoples isn’t a particularly positive one,” says Henderson. “The last 250 years have been littered with broken promises.” “How do we write a better story for the future?” is the question Henderson is answering in Aboriginal Power. Henderson says that better future will come with the production cleaner energy sources, like hydro, wind and biomass. The places

these energy sources are coming from now are Aboriginal communities. To achieve a future we can all share in requires a reduced reliance on fossil fuels and a shift to clean, green, renewable energy – this is the heart of Henderson’s message. Aboriginal communities, with remote locations based in nature, are creating a foundation for natural energy. “It allows them to have a source of wealth, a source of employment they wouldn’t have otherwise,” says Henderson. “The book is really about turning the page, writing a different story.” “My projection is that it will take about 20 years for the full potential of these projects to flower,” says Henderson. To launch Aboriginal Power, Henderson is embarking on a coast to coast tour. June 6 is a reading at Kitchissippi United Church from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Visit for more information.

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This house, at 117 Clarendon Ave, will soon be demolished and replaced with two semidetached homes. Photo by John Taylor

Obituary for The Pond House Treasured home lost to intensification By Mary Ellen Kot

It is with heavy hearts that the residents of Wellington West, in Kitchissippi ward, in the city of Ottawa, announce the passing of the house at 117 Clarendon Avenue, known fondly as The Pond House, 1925 to 2013. The red brick dwelling, in its 88th year, has lost its short battle with over-intensification.

Its decline began shortly after being sold last year. Bought as an investment property, it never had a chance. All along, the plan was to demolish the house, sever the property and build a double. For a while the patient rallied and there was a glimmer of hope, as neighbours came to its defense. Special thanks to all those who wrote emails and letters, offered advice and support, attended meetings of the city’s committee of adjustment or made presentations. Among the supporters were Kitchissippi’s councillor, Katherine Hobbs, who wrote to the committee of adjustment, expressing her concerns, including, “The application for a variance to the front yard setback is directly in opposition to the intention of the by-law passed last year by council.” In the end, it was all to no avail. The death sentence came in the form of a letter, issued following the April 3 meeting of the committee of adjustment. The committee decided to grant the

builder the variances from city by-laws that he sought; therefore the double will be built, resulting in the loss of the grand old house. Friends and neighbours have been paying their respects over the past few weeks as they passed by the corner of Clarendon and Faraday and recalled happier times, when people bought into the neighbourhood because they valued the houses, yards, trees, porches and sense of community. In lieu of flowers, folks have admired and enjoyed the scent of lilacs before those trees vanish, along with the house. Final arrangements have yet to be confirmed, pending the eviction of the current tenant on June 1 and the acquisition of a demolition permit. There should be no difficulty with the permit as Kitchissippi ward now has the city’s dubious distinction of losing the greatest number of houses in a mature neighbourhood, over a recent three-year period. This explains the constant state of disbelief among Kitchissippi residents as their streetscapes are transformed at such a steady rate. A large yellow bulldozer will officiate at the service. As for burial arrangements, the remains of the Pond House will be unceremoniously deposited in the city dump. It will join 151 other Continued on page 12

By Amanda Farris and Stefan Matiation, Co-Chairs, Near West Review Working Group About ten years ago, Devonshire Public School in Hintonburg was identified by the OttawaCarleton District School Board (OCDSB) for potential closure due to low enrollment. Luckily, the community rose up to defend the school, a focal point for families in the area for more than 100 years, and challenged the OCDSB’s projections of declining enrollment going forward. As we all know, Hintonburg, West Wellington and, more recently, Mechanicsville, have been booming ever since, and there is a good chance that the next boom will be right next door in Dalhousie, also known as Chinatown/Little Italy. Two Near West schools are now bursting with kids: Devonshire in Hintonburg and Elmdale Public School on Iona Street in West Wellington. These schools are small but in high demand if you are looking for Early French Immersion (EFI). Full-day kindergarten,to be implemented in both schools in September 2014, will require additional classrooms. The growth in the student populations of Devonshire and Elmdale are a good thing: another sign that our communities are doing well. However, more classroom space is needed. The OCDSB is now in the midst of a review

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of Near West schools. In addition to Devonshire and Elmdale, this review includes Hilson, Fisher Park/Summit, Connaught, Cambridge and Elgin Public Schools. The review is essentially a study to be undertaken in consultation with community members to determine how best to rebalance programming and enrollment to reduce the number of kids at Devonshire and Elmdale so that they can operate closer to the capacity they were designed for: approximately 350 to 400 kids each. Currently, an OCDSBmandated Working Group of parent council and community association representatives is considering various scenarios to better use school space across the Near West. The OCDSB and Working Group will hold a public consultation on June 20 at Nepean High School from 7 to 9 pm to describe some possible scenarios and hear from parents and others in the community who have questions or wish to provide feedback. Input can also be provided through an OCDSB email at Additional information about the review is available at www. Finding a solution to accommodation pressures at Devonshire and Elmdale is not going to be easy. The demand for the different programs Continued on page 12

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How Well Do You Know Kitchissippi? Win Prizes for Taking Our Community Quiz As Newswest celebrates its 35th anniversary, we invite our readers to test your knowledge of the Kitchissippi area for fun and prizes. There will be 35 questions appearing in the next three issues: 12 in this issue, 12 in the July 4th issue and 11 in the September 12th issue. Prizes include gift certificates from notable local restaurants. For each of the three contests, a gift certificate will be awarded to the entry with the most correct answers. In the event of a tie, a random


draw of all entries with correct answers will take place. All entries received in this and the next two contests will be included in a random draw of all entrants in the contest with a valuable piece of pottery by local artist Tim Thibeault as the prize. Full contest rules are online at Entries for this month’s contest must be received no later than midnight on June 22. Enter by email at An on-line entry form is available at:


1. What does Kitchissippi mean?

QUIZ 6. Identify where this building is.

2. Where are the well known inukshuks located in Kitchissippi?



8. The Rosemount Library was built with funds from which wealthy American? 9. How many marble fire hydrant sculptures are located on Wellington Street West?

3. Which famous NHL hockey player from Kitchissippi was drafted in 1987 by the Toronto Maple Leafs?

10. Where is the house that Paul Anka built for his mother?

4. Who was David Younghusband and how does he relate to Kitchissippi? 5. What is the name of the large 19th century stone manor at Armstrong and Garland and who is it named after?

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Cst. Milton’s Community Corner By Andrew Milton, Community Police Officer In the early days of policing, it was mostly more about brawn than brain and an arrest and quick trial might well have ended in a public hanging, providing entertainment for the whole family. Over time, attitudes have changed and police services along with them. Brain has come into its own and, along with it, the need to communicate effectively. Effective communication is easier if you understand who you’re talking to. Language itself is important, but so is knowing about a person’s culture, background or beliefs. A police officer who understands who he or she is dealing with stands a better chance of resolving a situation peacefully. Will this approach work every time? No. But in 2013,

we’re not so keen on the shoot first and ask questions later approach. Knowledge and ability to communicate are tools of the trade as much as anything attached to the belt. I think it’s safe to say that we’re all aware of the strides made in our society to recognize and accept certain groups (racial, gender, religious, for example) that have faced discrimination, often as the result of ignorance. More recently, there has been greater attention paid to another group: those suffering from autism. Treatment and medication have made it possible for people with autism to remain safely within the community, but sometimes the behaviour of an autistic person can be misconstrued as criminal behaviour, or it happens that an autistic person will wander off and need to be found, both situations requiring a police response. To help police recognize the nature of the behaviour they are faced with or to quickly identify the person concerned, in 2010, the Ottawa Police Service, in partnership with

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the Ottawa Chapter of Autism Ontario, developed an Autism Registry. If you think this registry could be useful to you or someone you know, you can find out more at AutismRegistry.aspx Community Police Centres • Wellington Community Police Centre: 1064 Wellington St. W., (613) 236-1222, ext. 5870 (North: Ottawa River, South: Carling Ave., East: Bronson Ave., West: Island Park Dr.) • Bayshore Community Police Centre: 98 Woodridge Cres., (613) 236-1222, ext. 2345 (North: Ottawa River, South: Carling Ave., East: Churchill Ave., West: March Rd.) • Parkwood Hills Community Police Centre: 1343 Meadowlands Dr., (613) 236-1222, ext. 2348 (North: Carling Ave., South: Hunt Club Rd., East: Prince of Wales Dr., West: Merivale/Clyde Ave.)

Space in Our Schools (cont’d) block away. Daughter Gail Verch recalls her father telling her that the house was built by a local developer in 1925: the first house built on the block. The builder chose that corner lot, the best one he had, for his own home and furnished it with extras such as stained glass windows on each side of the fireplace, and beautiful hardwood floors and trim. Gail celebrated fifty Christmases in that lovely living room. The front verandah was a perfect spot for games or relaxation. She remembers that corner yard as a favourite place for neighbourhood children to gather. They played hop-scotch and skipped on the sidewalk that went around their corner. The house will be sadly missed by next-door neighbours Donna and Reid Barry. Donna grew up there and recalls the kindness of Ruth Pond. Donna’s mother, Ida, was housebound and every day the two neighbours would open their kitchen windows and have a visit.

offered at OCDSB schools has shifted dramatically in recent years. Ten years ago, the split between students choosing EFI and English was relatively equal. Today, Elmdale, a dual track school, has seen the demand for its English track program decline to about 10 percent of its total enrollment. The growth in EFI, meanwhile, means that seven portable classrooms have been added to Elmdale’s play yard in recent years, at the expense of outdoor recreational space. Devonshire, a single track EFI school, recently carved two classrooms out of its computer lab and library, and, as an interim measure, will see all of its Junior Kindergarten kids (approximately 50 to 70 kids) transferred to Connaught for the 2013-14 school year. At the same time that increasing demand for EFI has resulted in Devonshire and Elmdale being over-capacity, a number of other schools are half full. The Near West needs more EFI programming at

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Kitchissippi houses that landed there between 2009 and 2011 and those that have followed since then. Grieving residents are left to wonder why they are bothering to compost and recycle when developers are free to dump entire houses: brick, glass, wood, steel, plumbing fixtures and electrical components into landfill. The community takes some solace from the efforts of the builder to consult with them, both individually and at public meetings. His assurances that the new building’s height, style, colour and exterior materials will be consistent with the character of the existing neighbourhood are appreciated. However, it’s not their first choice. The house will be fondly remembered by Harry and Ruth Pond’s four daughters. The Ponds bought the place in 1945. One reason for the purchase was the proximity of schools; Elmdale Public School was right across the street and plans were underway to build Fisher Park High School, a


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Advertising Well Spent? By Paul Dewar, MP, Ottawa Centre Canadians continue to be bombarded by the Conservative government’s Economic Action Plan advertising, attack ads and even ads for a job creation program that doesn’t yet exist. Meanwhile, something the government hasn’t advertised is the alarming growth in the uncollected tax debt. This debt has increased by 60 percent, from $18 billion to $29 billion, since the Conservatives took power. The Auditor General reports Canada Revenue Agency’s performance slipping with the unpaid tax debt increasing faster than the tax debt that is being collected. This uncollected tax debt is the amount of tax the government knows has gone unpaid by individuals and corporations. Failure to collect this tax debt means that the cost of financing government programs shifts onto the backs of those who do pay their taxes.

Letter to the Editor Nothing like having the rug pulled out from under you. That was the feeling left by a recent short notice cancellation of a meeting with Morley Hoppner, the developer of the Odawa site at Stirling/Carruthers. I am all for the glass half full reading of this. Hopefully, this means that the city also sees the absurdity of a 19-storey tower and has asked the developer to get back to the drafting board. But still, sending out an email Friday afternoon of a long weekend,

Despite this huge problem and the issue of hidden revenue in tax havens, the Conservatives are spending $550 million on advertising and also cutting the positions of those employed at CRA who investigate tax evasion. The Accounts Receivable and Returns Compliance program, which is responsible for collecting tax debts, will be cut by $68 million by 2015-16. The equivalent of nearly 100 full time jobs will be lost. Overall, cutbacks to Canada Revenue Agency will result in the loss of nearly 3,000 full time equivalent positions. My colleagues and I have called on the Auditor General to launch an investigation into how the planned cuts at CRA will affect the Agency’s ability to fulfill its legislated mandate. Canadians deserve to know how much tax is being evaded by tax cheats and the use of international tax havens.

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ArtsPark: A Celebration of Community and Art By Barbara Long ArtsPark celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. For those who have never attended, ArtsPark is a day of outdoor activities focused on displaying the creativity of local artisans, small businesses and residents. The entire event is volunteer-driven making for an enjoyable celebration of community. It all happened on May 25 behind Parkdale Market and you could find it by following the continuous sound of music from the stage. The Street of Rock and Micarzo Camaro were two of eight bands performing. Local children, some with face paint and others in costume, led by Kathleen Wilker, arrived as a cavalcade on their decorated bicycles to kick off the event, circling the wading pool a few times and showing off to the appreciative crowd. In between music sets we were entertained with four fabulous spoken word poets! Volunteers make this event happen–not just those who sit on the HCA executive or their many committees that helped at ArtsPark–but also a host of others who volunteered to help us set up, take down and staffed the many tasks needed that day! Paulette Dozois, Patti Normand, Sharon Fernandez and their volunteer committee deserve thanks and congratulations for the months of planning and many, many emails

much more. It takes the form of artisan soap makers, a jewelerymaker who creates pendants with Scrabble pieces encased in silver, storytelling and poetry readings from the sound stage, a dress-up trunk for children, and The Gratitude Project, where visitors are encouraged to write what they are grateful for on a piece of paper that is then displayed. In the art tent, more traditional art forms were represented by nineteen artists including Don Monet and Sara Hallman. Joyce Westrop sculpts, photographs and draws and at Artspark this year she was displaying a diptych photograph encased in glass. Life of Pie, ArtIsIn Bakery and Hintonburg Community Association two new food trucks, Stone Soup and Newswest volunteer Pat and Merry Derry, helped to meet the O’Brien poses with a stoneware needs of the hungry in the crowd. bird jar, just one of the prizes for Newswest’s 35th Anniversary Quiz, Needed a good cup of coffee? Le Michel-Ange Café was there. at ArtsPark festivities on May 25. On the more serious side, local Photo by Tim Thibeault history in the form of old photoneeded to organize this event. They graphs was displayed; NewsWest had a last minute worry, too, when a was advertising its 35th anniversary large pool of rainwater collected in with a quiz, the Parkdale Food front of the stage the night before Centre was stressing the need for ArtsPark. Thanks to the City of donations of healthy food instead of Ottawa for putting down a thick bed Kraft dinner, and you could of straw to absorb the water! The purchase a Hintonburg T-shirt from Hintonburg Economic Hintonburg Environment the Committee collected cans, bottles Development Committee for $15. For next year, I might lobby for a and green bin waste. Traditionally, art was painting new name, Creativity Park. What do and sculpture: art at ArtsPark is you think?


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By Katherine Hobbs, Councillor, Kitchissippi I hope to see you at Westfest. Along with the Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre and the Westboro Beach Community Association, I will be sponsoring an event, during Westfest, called “Spirit of the Community” from June 7 to 9. The following schedule of activities will be held at the Churchill Seniors Centre at 345 Richmond Road. Salads, home-baked goods, hot and cold drinks will be served from the canteen. Admission is free to all events. On Friday June 7, from 8 to 9 pm, there will be a “Spirits of the Past: a Churchill Historical Ghost Walk.” View the basement jail, never before opened to the public. Listen to the ghost stories experienced by staff that work there. Learn about its history and historical uses by our resident historian and author, Bob Grainger. On Saturday, June 8, from 7 to 9 pm, there will be a Contra Dance. Join in the spirit of fun and music. Dance lessons will be offered at no charge at 7 pm so that you

can dance the night away. On Sunday, June 9, the “Spirit of the Community: Vendors and Services” event will have booths, open from 11:30 am until 5:30 pm. Some of the vendors are: Stephanie Turner’s Craft, Joanne’s Party Creations, Manon Plastic Canvas, Redefined Wood, Tinkle Berries, Crafty Cathy Coop’s Knitting & Crochet, Snell House Foods, Kids’ Earth Designs, Simply Devine Paverpol, Gracelets by Grace, etc. You may know them from the markets around town and you won’t want to miss them. There will also be a number of free programs at the Seniors Centre throughout the day on Westfest Sunday. I have also sponsored the Canadian Slalom Skateboarding Championship which will take place on June 29-30. This fun event will take place in Westboro, the exact location has yet to be finalized. The Ottawa Board of Health will host a Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Forum, on Tuesday, June 18. The evening session will be held at Ron KolbusLakeside Gardens Centre from 6 to 8:30 pm and will be open to the public.

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Near West Review The Near West Working Group has been hard at work meeting regularly to explore options and recommend scenarios to address the overcrowding issues at Elmdale Public School and Devonshire Community Public School. A public meeting is tentatively scheduled to be held on June 20 in the Nepean High School Auditorium. Please monitor the website for more details as the time gets closer.

School Board Budget 2013-14 Staff recommendations for the OCDSB’s operating budget for the 2013-14 school year were received by the Board of Trustees on May 15. Trustees will review and debate the recommendations and hear delegations from the community regarding the proposed budget until mid-June, with final budget approval scheduled for June 17. In developing recommendations for the budget, staff considered the OCDSB’s Strategic Plan, Ministry of Education directives, as well as input provided by the Budget

Committee and community members. The proposed budget foresees total expenditures for the 2013-14 school year at approximately $827.9 million, an increase of 4.2 percent over the 2012-13 budget. In addition to supporting existing levels of service, the budget recommendations provide for new investments in key areas focused on improving student achievement and well-being. Full details of the proposed budget are available on the 2013-14 Budget page at Continued on page 17

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To understand what the impact on property values will be, the best clues can be found by looking at other cities. Anecdotal evidence from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary would suggest that once construction is complete and the LRT is fully functional, prices of properties within walking distance of transit stations will increase relative to property values in the rest of the city. Rents for apartments and condos in close proximity to LRT stations will likely be most impacted, due to their enhanced appeal to commuters, single professionals and families without cars. The City of Ottawa is encouraging new development along LRT routes, by re-zoning land adjacent to LRT stations for much taller, intensive development. Developers are capitalizing on this movement, submitting plans for larger projects beside LRT stations planned for Little Italy, Hintonburg and Westboro. While there may be an inconvenience for local residents during construction, in the long run local property owners stand to be long term financial beneficiaries of the LRT. To learn how to take advantage of this investment opportunity, contact one of our real estate professionals at

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A Prosperous and Fair Ottawa Centre By Yasir Naqvi, MPP On May 2, the Government of Ontario announced our 2013 Budget that makes smart investments to strengthen our economy, helps create jobs for youth and takes action to eliminate the deficit by 2017-18. Pre-budget consultations in Ottawa ensured that the 2013 Budget reflects our community’s priorities. Our engagement included a jobs roundtable with Premier Kathleen Wynne and an interactive telephone town hall with Finance Minister Charles Sousa. I hosted a consultation in Ottawa Centre on March 23, held meetings with community stakeholders and visited residents door-to-door. The central theme of this budget is A Fair & Prosperous Ontario. Our province’s economic performance and social fabric become even stronger when everyone has the opportunity to succeed. The most important thing we can do to secure Ontario’s prosperity is to eliminate the deficit. The deficit for 2012–13 is now estimated to be $9.8 billion: a $5 billion improvement compared with the 2012 Budget forecast. This marks the fourth year in a row that Ontario has reported a OCDSB (cont’d)

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Elmdale Students Help Kick-Off Race Weekend On May 23, 20 Elmdale Public School students

lower deficit than forecast: the only government in Canada to achieve this level of success. Among its key themes, the Budget proposes to improve access to high-quality public services. We want to make Ontario the healthiest place in North America to grow up and grow old by making sure families get the best health care where and when they need it. We will achieve this by: increasing investment in home and community care by an additional one per cent annually over the four per cent increase announced in the 2012 Budget; focusing new investments on providing care in the community to increase options available to seniors; and, reducing home care wait times for nursing services and improving personal support services for clients with complex care needs. The Budget also contains measures to increase opportunities for all Ontarians. We want to make it easier for social assistance recipients to transition to work by improving their financial security, helping them deal with adversity and promoting greater independence and stability. We will achieve this by: enabling Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario

laced up their running shoes for a very special mission. Joining elite Canadian marathoners, the students accompanied the official Ottawa Marathon Flame on the last leg of its journey from the Athens Classic

Disability Support Program (ODSP) recipients to keep the first $200 of employment earnings each month; working with partners to develop a simpler, more effective and flexible employment-related benefit structure to help social assistance recipients find jobs; and, continuing to upload social assistance programs from municipalities, ensuring the City of Ottawa can focus property tax dollars on local priorities like affordable housing. The 2013 Budget also proposes measures to support Ontario’s young people with programs that help them move into employment. We are proposing a comprehensive Youth Jobs Strategy with an investment of $295 million over two years. The strategy would support initiatives to promote employment opportunities, entrepreneurship and innovation for youth in Ontario. This includes a Youth Employment Fund to help create 25,000 jobs, and the creation of an Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Fund. The Budget also proposes to make the gas tax fund permanent– transferring 2 cents per litre of the gas tax to municipalities like Ottawa to help fund OC Transpo.

Marathon to the Ottawa Race Weekend cauldron, in the first-ever Race Weekend Torch Relay. The Elmdale students then joined Mayor Watson and the Mayor of Athens, Greece, for the lighting ceremony.

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Congratulations to these energetic and enthusiastic student runners for representing their school and students across the city as they helped to launch Ottawa’s internationally celebrated Race Weekend! OCDSB Framework for Student WellBeing Research has demonstrated that student well-being is directly linked to student success both inside and outside the classroom, and one of the key objectives of our Board’s Strategic Plan is to continually work to improve supports and services to enhance student well-being. To assist our teachers and staff in better understanding and promoting the well-being of our students, senior staff have developed a draft Framework for Student Well-Being. This spring, the draft Framework is being shared with principals, vice-principals and managers to encourage further dialogue and input into this important resource. Once the draft Framework has been studied and approved, it will be the basis for the development of an annual Board Improvement Plan for Student Well-Being.

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Our Marvellous New MUP! By Allyson Domanski The superlatives positively gush when it comes to users’ opinions of the newly-opened O-Train multiuser pathway—or MUP, even though they’ll all still call it a bike path. The users were many, but cyclists predominated, that last Sunday of May when the clouds gave way to warm sunshine at last. Days before, the last of the barricades and fencing had been removed from the top of Somerset Bridge between Preston and Breezehill, finally allowing sloped access for bikes from the bridge onto the perpendicular down-ramp leading south onto the bike path. The MUP’s official ribbon-cutting may have been three weeks earlier, but it was the bikefriendly access from Hintonburg and Somerset Bridge where construction delays arose that we bikeriders were waiting for. With the cement dry, the barriers were hauled away without fanfare, and the joy riders felt was palpable. The north-south bike route runs parallel to the O-Train, with protective fencing between it and the tracks. Its northern terminus is the Ottawa River at the foot of the impenetrable Prince of Wales railway bridge (which some said they would love to see opened to cyclists, affording not only another connection across to Quebec but a safer alternative for cyclists than the narrow

The new bike path offers rest stops so you can pull over and have a seat on low, flat-topped stone slabs and well-marked signage to orient users, wide underpasses beneath bridges and speedy access to Bayview Station. Photo by Allyson Domanski

Pathway. Speaking of manicured. One out-of-town cyclist and professional landscape architect was admiring the “exquisite” planting and landscaping along the new bikeway, particularly along the down-ramp slope from Somerset Bridge where lush grass now grows and appropriately-spaced young chestnut trees were planted. Elsewhere, the bike path offers rest stops so you can pull over and have a seat on low, flat-topped stone slabs. You’ll find well-marked signage to orient users, wide underpasses beneath bridges and speedy access to Bayview Station—or better still, a quicker, healthier commute than the O-Train and one without a wait!

Chaudière Bridge with its ceaseless traffic and endless repairs). At the river, the O-Train MUP safely and smoothly merges with the eastbound bikeway; westbound cyclists would need to stop and veer hard left. Its southern terminus is Young Street, south of the Queensway. Said one cyclist of the Young Street exit: “Love how the path brings you from the river at one end and dumps you at the other onto Preston in front of the Heart and Crown. Perfect!” Then again, a few said they hope the City will extend the O-Train-adjacent bikeway all the way south to Carling and Dow’s Lake. Currently, there remains an unpaved footpath crying out for linkages with and finishing like the beautifully manicured O-Train



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JUNE 6: National Aboriginal History Month at Rosemount Branch, OPL

Governor General Literacy award-winning Ojibway author and artist Leo Yerxa will discuss his art and books at Rosemount Library, 6:30 to 7:30 pm.


Westboro Village’s festival of music, art and life. Westfest runs June 6, 7, 8 and 9 for a full weekend of amazing Canadian talent, a Director’s Pick of the past ten years that will keep you dancing and singing along from the start to the finish. Saturday June 8 marks the first day of the weekend-long street closure on Richmond Road with the best of Westfest’s on-the-street features, from street food to performers to vendors. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend this milestone celebration. Guests are invited to bring refillable water bottles to beat the heat with water stations.


You can raise money for your charity by using your smarts at the Westboro Legion, 389 Richmond Road. Doors open at 6 pm. Play begins at 7 pm. Poster and registration form at $10 per person or $50 per team of 6. Questions?

JUNE 8: Guatemala Stove Project Barbecue

On Saturday, June 8, from 4 to 8 pm, at 385 Island Park Drive. RSVP at or call Jim at 613523-2998. Tax receipts issued for donations of $20 or more.


On Saturday, June 8, at 1000 Byron Ave., from 10 am to 2 pm there will be a Used Book and Café fundraiser for the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral. Enjoy your new reads with something sweet from the café. Cash only. Donate used books, children’s books, CDs, DVDs, audio books, and magazines in good condition and in any language. Please, no encyclopedias or text books. Drop off at 1000 Byron Avenue: May 25 and 26, from 10 am to noon. 613-728-0856. For more information:

JUNE 8-9: Westfest at Westboro Legion

Pancake and sausage breakfast 8 am to 12 pm for $5. Canteen 12 to 5 pm. Bake sale. Book sale. Raffle. Outside table with shirts, hats, etc. Come buy your red shirt and hat for Canada Day. Sales to benefit “Leave the Streets Behind Program” for homeless and near-homeless Vets. Downstairs bar open in afternoon. Open to all.

JUNE 8-9: WestFest at Otto’s Subaru

of delicious strawberry treats. It is a great opportunity to meet and share friendship with members of the Highland Park Lawn Bowling Club and people from the community. Tickets: $8.


JUNE 22: Songs of Rejoicing

From 8 am to 6 pm, St. George School Gym, 130 Keyworth Ave, giant Scholastic book sale, everything 50 percent off. A portion of the profits benefits the St. George School Library.

June 20: Near West School Accommodation Review

JUNE 8-9: modern square dancing at WestFest

On Wednesday June 26, there will be a public open house at Hintonburg Community Centre, to present input received and initial proposed directions for the Scott Street study area. The meeting will from 6 to 9 pm with a presentation at 7pm.

Tentatively to be held on Thursday, June 20, from 7 to 9 pm, in the Nepean High School Auditorium. Check OCDSB website for confirmation closer to the date.

June 26: Scott Street CDP Meeting

JUNE 21: Summer Solstice Celebration


On Friday, June 21 from 7 to 8:30 pm, rain date is Tuesday, June 25, at Carruthers-Stirling Park ( Carruthers just south of Scott St.) Come join the neighbours of the park and welcome the Solstice. Hear the “Street of Rock” local youth choir and music by Dan Baker and the Misfit Toys. Home baked goodies, refreshments and Hintonburg “The Burg” T-shirts for sale. Kids come and help paint a banner for the HCA & Newswest 1K run. For information or to volunteer contact:

to 1:00pm at Devonshire Public School, located at 100 Breezehill Avenue North. Join the school community in the front yard for shopping, outdoor fun, games and food. All are welcome!

Cheryl 613-728-7582 or Sponsored by the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee and the neighbours of the park.



The Devonshire School Council invites you to the first Devonshire Community Yard Sale and Carnival from 9:00am

This free, fun, family event will be held at Laroche Park in Mechanicsville on June 15, from noon until 4 pm and will include a bouncy slide, entertainment, children’s activities, information table including Good Food Market, a BBQ and a

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Otto’s Subaru parking lot will be home to QuickStart - Early Intervention for Autism to raise funds for Ottawa area children with autism during Westfest. On Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 come and park in Otto’s Subaru’s parking lot on McRae Avenue, conveniently located at the start of the street closures for Westfest (accessible by Richmond Road and Scott Street).

Watch and participate in a demonstration of modern square dancing. Experience the fun and friendship of modern square dancing during Westfest, from 3 to 4:30 pm in front of All Saints Westboro Anglican/First United Church, 347 Richmond Road, Ottawa. For more information, contact Harold Hedley at 613-731-6538 or Marilyn Collins at 613820-9084 or see


A Baroque music concert featuring St. Stephen’s Choir with Soprano Erinne-Colleen Laurin and Duo Athénaïs, directed by Gavan Quinn. At 7 pm, St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, 579 Parkdale Ave., 613-728-0558. Adults $20. Students $10. Children under 10 free. Reception to follow.

June 22: Strawberry Social

At Bromley Road Baptist Church, 1900 Lauder Dr., from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Enjoy strawberry shortcake and music featuring Garth Hampson. Cost is $10. Call 613 722 2834 to purchase tickets.

June 26: Tour and Tea

Abbeyfield House, 425 Parkdale Avenue is a non-profit organization that provides accommodation for 10 senior citizens. Please join us for tea, cake and a tour on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2-4 pm. Please RSVP: 613-729-4817.


Meet and experience the art of author Hazel Johnson; Henna artist Poonam Mehnaz and the musical artists Charley Gordon, trumpet player and composer and Rob Martin, jazz guitarist. First Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Ave (off Richmond Rd), 7.30 pm, admission $5 Info: 613-725-1066

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The HPLBC, Corner Byron and Golden Ave in Westboro, is holding its Annual Strawberry Social, on Saturday, June 22 from 1 to 3 pm. Please come out and enjoy a couple of hours



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