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Mild mannered government employee by day, roller derby superstar by night, Bella Lewkowicz is one of the toughest ladies rolling the streets of Hintonburg. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen
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Mild mannered government employee by day, superstar roller derby chick by night, Bella Lewkowicz is one of the toughest ladies rolling the streets of Hintonburg. Lewkowicz, 34, is better known in her circle by her derby name, Delicate Plower (or plow’her. Get
it?). She is the president of Ottawa’s competitive roller derby league, Capital City Derby Dolls, and she is captain of the league’s travel team, Dolly Rogers. For those not in-the-know, roller derby is a full contact, team sport where two teams of five players race around an oval track on roller skates – old school, four wheel
skates, no roller blades. Each team has one point scorer, or “jammer,” whose job is to speed around the track, lapping members of the opposing team to score points, all while avoiding being blocked, body checked and hitting the floor. At first glance, it all looks like chaos, but once you figure it out, the sport Continued on page 6
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Transitway bus diversion impacts everyone Scott Street and area residents influence city plans for bus diversion Story and photo by Lisa VandenBerg
Plans to redirect buses from the Transitway to Scott Street during light rail construction must address local area impacts, residents told organizers at an information night on June 18. The meeting, held at the Hintonburg Community Centre, responds to concerns over a plan that would send some 300 Transitway buses per hour, at peak times, along residential Scott Street. “To get a feel for that, wait on the corner of Slater and Metcalfe,” suggests Jeff Leiper, President of the Hintonburg Community Association. Rerouting is expected to last two years, beginning in 2016. Questions arose as to why the city had given consideration for drivers and commuters, but not the residents who live on Scott Street, many of whom fear the impact of what’s ahead. Some find the current Transitway, in a trench away from Scott Street, is already noisy: “We can’t leave our windows open. We can’t hear the television. We can’t hear each other,” explains Georges Legare, who lives in a residence for elderly people separated from Scott Street by a parking lot. Legare regrets how even the building’s terminally ill residents are forced to “put up with intensive, excessive bus noises.” Community members are frustrated with the way the process has been carried out to date: “Minds are already made up and we’re just an afterthought,” expresses Chantal Batt of Carruthers Street. Cindy Richard, who lives on Scott Street, fears
Georges Legare of Stonehurst Avenue near Scott Street shows the poster that caught his attention and brought him to the meeting.
financial implications: “I own a triplex on the corner of Scott and Garland. I will probably lose tenants over this.” But residents are taking a constructive approach: “We’re not just going to whine about what’s coming; we’re going to show them solutions,” says Karen Large of Hilda Street: “We understand the train’s coming. We understand the need for it. But we can’t take the entire burden of it.” Since current plans include the widening of Scott Street to make room for the buses, one concept suggested by residents that seems to have the support
Cindy Richard (left) of Scott Street and Linda Large of Hilda Street show drawings of alternative concepts they created to reduce the impacts for their community.
of many in the area is to move the bus lanes closer to the current Transitway, providing a little more space between bus traffic and front doors. “Give people back a bit of the green space they’ve expropriated like they did on Preston Street” suggests Large, who, along with residents in the area, has drawn up detailed alternative suggestions for community and city consideration. While the meeting raised many questions, several people in attendance, including city officials, felt the discussion was productive: “We’re committed to
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Residents push for station adaptations By Kathleen Wilker
Following the April 25 Western LRT Open House, in which residents voiced many concerns about the City’s preferred Richmond Underground Route, the City added an additional $80 million to the Western LRT budget for the Richmond Underground Route and invited the public to a drop in session at City Hall from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 17. The revised Richmond Underground Route – which is detailed in a video on the city’s website at Ottawa.ca/westernLRT – includes an additional 700 metres of underground line from east of Skead Street to Cleary Station. With this section buried, residents living on Skead Street would continue to have the universal access to the river they now enjoy. For residents in the immediate neighbourhood, this is an improvement, but
they would like to see more changes to make the Western LRT more compatible with their green quiet neighbourhood. Don Beaulieu lives beside the current Dominion Station on Beverley Avenue and believes this station could be removed in the plans. “The current station is underused and was originally built to allow buses to merge onto the Parkway,” explains Beaulieu. “If buses aren’t going onto the Parkway anymore, we don’t need it. Nowhere else on the line do you see a station right beside single-family homes.” Jimmy Cheng, who is a key member of the neighbourhood group Underground Solutions (US), gave the City credit for improvements to the plan but was not pleased with 500 metres of fence behind Rochester Field, preventing pedestrians and
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Four possible options to reduce crowded schools Toward a community-driven, neighbourhood solution for Near West students By Kathleen Wilker
After months of lengthy weekly meetings, the volunteer Working Group comprised of parent representatives of schools impacted and community association representatives, together with staff from the Board, held an Open House at Nepean High School on June 20 to outline four possible options to alleviate capacity issues at Devonshire and Elmdale Public Schools for September 2014. In September 2013, Devonshire Junior Kindergarten students will be attending Connaught Public School as part of the full day kindergarten program. As well as relieving crowding at Devonshire and Elmdale schools, the Working Group’s objective is to provide students with local access to programs and balanced enrollments across the Near West, an area which includes Kitchissippi and extends into Somerset ward. The solution should provide for at least five years of accommodation stability, support walkability, minimize or eliminate portables and make effective use of all the facilities in the Near West. Attended by hundreds of parents, some students and other community members, the Open House began with a presentation, continued with some questions and included a popular break out session in the cafeteria. At the break out session, members of the Working Group were available to contribute to discussions, receive feedback about the four possible options and any other solutions as well as answer detailed questions. The presentation was live-streamed on the OCDSB website and is now available as a YouTube video via the Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association’s website at: chnaottawa.ca/schools.html Stephan Matiation, co-chair of the Working Group, representative for the Hintonburg Community Association and Devonshire parent began the meeting by setting the tone for a community solution by reminding the crowd that although the process of arriving at possible solutions is difficult because it involves a lot of learning and uncertainty, it’s important to remember that everyone involved – both parents and children – have friends and acquaintances across the Near West area. “In fact,” said Matiation in his opening remarks, “there are probably people here tonight who I don’t know but whose kids are important to my kids in after school activities.” While some parents expressed concern that not all families – especially those who may experience barriers to participating in the process through language or the responsibilities of multiple jobs – are being heard, the Open House’s forum was designed to offer both information and space for community suggestions and concerns. The four options – which are just a starting point and depending on community feedback may not be what the Working Group recommends in October 2013 – are based on the Board’s projected
enrolment numbers for 2016. The options take into consideration implementation of full day kindergarten and a growing demand for early French immersion (EFI). In brief, the options for new programs are: Concept A: Fisher Park JK-8 EFI; Connaught K-8 ENG Concept B: Cambridge Dual Track (EFI and ENG) with Fisher Park JK-8 EFI Concept C: Connaught Dual Track with Fisher Park JK-6 EFI Concept D: Connaught JK-8 Alternative (ALT); Fisher Park Dual Track JK-8; Cambridge JK-6 Dual Track During the break out session, parents were able to ask questions about any one of the four possible options as well as suggest different solutions. No question was too personal or detailed at this time. And discussions often involved multiple viewpoints. Some parents, for example, whose children currently attend Devonshire Public School and make do with a very small outdoor play space hope that their children, should they move to Fisher Park, would be able to make use of the full city park. Other parents, especially those with younger children, expressed concern over their children playing in a city park that wasn’t fenced off. Still others, like Shannon Watt, who lives on Hamilton Avenue, feel uncomfortable with having their children exposed to exhaust from the Queensway for many years if they are to attend Fisher Park Public School from kindergarten to grade eight. During the first five minutes of the break out session, Stephan Matiation said he had already heard a number of interesting ideas from parents. “It’s good to see so many people out here,” said Matiation, encouraging anyone with creative solutions to email them to NearWestAccommodationReview@ ocdsb.ca so that the Working Group can address them. Following the break out session, the meeting was reconvened in the auditorium. There a number of parents had questions and concerns about walkability and expressed frustration that more details – about possible crossing guards or new crosswalks, which are plans that depend on the city as well as the school board – -weren’t known for the options proposed. The Working Group will make a recommendation in October 2013. The Board representatives assured those present that the Working Group’s incredible volunteer efforts are valued and that their Board recommendation, which it will make following the Working Group’s, would look a lot like the Working Group’s recommendation, but with more details. Vicky Smallman of Sherbrooke Ave suggested hiring a professional, neutral facilitator for the next phase of the Accommodation Review who doesn’t have children attending any of the schools involved in the process. Her suggestion was met with widespread approval by parents present and Board reps.
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says Plower, explaining the naming process. The Capital City Derby Dolls have two exciting events happening this month. On July 6 a double header match will be taking place at Barbra Ann Scott Arena, featuring the Dolly Rogers and their male counterparts, Slaughter Squad. Fun fact: men also play roller derby. “They lost their girlfriends to roller derby,” laughs Plower, explaining that men who play derby do go out of their way to eliminate the feminine glitz from their attire, though. “They’re more finicky about how their skates look than we are,” says Plower. “One guy took his old work boots and slapped Standing tall for Ottawa’s new favourite sport. plates (wheels) onto Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen those.” The main event for the Derby The day’s events will include four Dolls this month will be July 20, matches from noon till 6 p.m. Both when City Hall invites them to take the women’s and men’s competitive over Marion Dewar Plaza and the teams will be playing, as well as Rink of Dreams for the day. “They house team, The Delinquents. Skills approached us to do some kind of competitions and mixed matches event and we turned around and will keep the fun going throughout said, ‘can we have a whole the day and the event is being Saturday?’” says Plower. “It’s roller catered by several of Ottawa’s food derby day in Ottawa!” trucks.
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Don Monet’s personal fascination with astronomy and the darkened urban night sky spreads across the neighbourhood in a free festival.
Urban star gazing festival Saturn’s rings and a very dark sidewalk party Story and photos by Ted Simpson
July 5 marks the fifth year for Wellington West’s Don Monet and CUBE Gallery’s dark sky, star gazing party, which will be returning this year to its original name, Nocturne. Formerly known in Ottawa as Nuit Noir, Nocturne was launched by Monet at CUBE’s original location on Hamilton Avenue. Moving to Wellington Village three years ago, Monet brought the concept with a new name. That is, until Nuit Blanche, another night time art party arrived in Ottawa last year. “We didn’t have Nuit Blanche in Ottawa when we first called (the event) Nuit Noir. People started to get them confused, so we changed the name back to Nocturne,” says Monet. The idea behind Nocturne is completely unique in this country, while remaining beautifully simple: turn off all artificial light and enjoy the natural majesty of the night sky. As urban dwellers we are robbed of our view of the stars by the constant glare of artificial lamps which create light pollution. Monet offers a reminder of what we are missing: a celebration of the night sky in the city. In its third year on Wellington Street West, Nocturne is gaining traction with the wider community and several local businesses are contributing to make this year’s event a real festival. From Won Ton House (1300 Wellington Street West) offering up a special dish called Neptune, all the way down to Alpha Soul Café (1015 Wellington Street West), which will be running solely on candle light from July 2 to 14 while hosting musical performances and featuring a high-powered telescope on the back patio, neighbour-
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For Kitchissippi resident David Allston, reading old newspapers is one of the best ways he can engage in his neighbourhood’s history. Allston studies the history and founding of the area as a hobby, concentrating on the late 1800’s, a time where the neighbourhood was just developing. “I have been interested in history since high school,” says Allston. His interest took off in grade 12, when he came up with an interesting concept: offering comprehensive histories of people’s personal homes. “I was born and raised in this area and my family goes back, actually to one of the original settlers of Mechanicsville,” he says. “I was hired by people for events or for Christmas or as an anniversary gift to do the history of people’s homes,” says Allston. “Back then, that was kind of pre internet, so it limited what I could do,” he says. Allston explains that even today with the internet, information on Hintonburg and its surrounding neighbourhoods is generally hard to find. “There is not a lot of information out there about this area. No one knows anything about what the streets were named for, the history of the landmarks,” he says. He has developed tips and tricks for finding out new information online, but most of his research comes from old
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issues of newspapers like The Ottawa Journal, a daily newspaper published from 1885-1980. Allston has expanded his research from house histories to general local history. With a few books on the go, a full time job and a three year old son, his hobby can be a handful. Still, Allston manages to find time to engage the neighbourhood with his research and shares the history he finds whenever he can. “Setting up a desk at events like WestFest and ArtsPark is cool because people walk by and look at the old photos and say ‘oh my God,
I didn’t even know a train used to go down Byron’,” he says as he points to a picture in one of his many binders that have been laid out neatly on his dining room table. Some people are shocked at what they discover about their neighbourhood when they see his display. “Like, there used to be a movie theatre down there,” he says. Allston also gathers history from the people he meets, which makes his WestFest and ArtsPark set up all the more important. “Just over time being so into the community I have collected photos and artifacts and have done interviews with people,” he says. A lot of his resources come from people’s old family photo albums and their personal stories. “If you break Hintonburg, Wellington Village and Westboro down, they each have a distinct history,” he says. Chances are, if you live on one of Kitchissippi’s roads, Allston probably has a story to tell about it.
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KT CATCH UP ONLINE Celebrating National Aboriginal Day in Kitchissippi Kitchissippi celebrated National Aboriginal Day at Westboro Kiwanis Park on June 20, with help from the Odawa Native Friendship Centre, Dovercourt Recreation Centre and Aboriginal Experiences. People of all ages, including kids from Churchill and Broadview schools and Dovercourt’s morning kindergarten program, enjoyed cultural displays, drumming and dance performances and educational activities. All aboard Parkbus The first day of summer was also the launch of Parkbus (parkbus.ca), a new non-profit express service from Ottawa to Algonquin Provincial Park. Algonquin-bound campers and hikers boarded the bus at Mountain Equipment Co-op on June 21, returning June 23. Parkbus co-founder Alex Berlyand says the service is an alternative to car travel for people who want to enjoy hiking, canoeing and camping in Ontario’s wilderness. Parkbus
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they want to help and they don’t know how,” she says. The fundraiser gives the kids a chance to get involved, and feel empowered in the process. Tony Hatoum, owner of John’s Quick Lunch, and his wife Antonella Hatoum, who teaches at St. George, jumped at the opportunity to set up a stand in front of their restaurant. Antonella talked about the event at St. George and her students were very receptive. By June 29, almost $40,000 was raised by the Lemonade Standemonium across Ottawa with over $2078.07 raised at the stand by John’s Quick Lunch. This total made John’s Quick Lunch the number one fundraiser across Kitchissippi. Next year the event will be on June 21, 2014.
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The Street of Rock choir stole the show at this year’s summer solstice celebration at Carruthers-Stirling Park on June 21. Photo by Tim Thibeault
Street of Rock Singers Shine At Summer Solstice By Hintonburg Economic Development Committee What better way to celebrate summer solstice than to spend a beautiful, warm summer evening with neighbours and friends in one of the wonderful Hintonburg pocket parks. June 21 was perfect weather and Carruthers– Stirling Park was full of families, neighbours and friends. This year neighbours gathered in the park around 5 pm for their traditional Friday night potluck. Volunteers worked to set up for the 7 pm start of the 4th Summer Solstice Party. The festivities started with the “Street of Rock” choir. These local young people stole the show! They were the highlight of the evening and the crowd tried to keep them singing as long as they could. When they were too tired to continue, local musician Yvon Villeneuve entertained the crowd with well-known songs to sing along to. What an amazing voice. Local musician Dan Baker acted as MC and despite a really bad case of laryngitis he still had a powerful voice. Neighbours, friends and a group from the Royal Ottawa Hospital donated baking, the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee provided re-
freshments and popcorn. Donations received will go to local youth programming in the community. Kids were kept busy by artist Tim Thibeault, helping to paint a banner for the Newswest 1K Kids Run that will be held July 14 as part of the Hintonburg Community Association 5K run. Our junior face-painters, Emma and Ana, were busy all evening with a steady line-up of children waiting to be transformed into butterflies, cats, flowers and other creations. There are many local issues coming up so it was a good chance for neighbours to get caught up on the issues – there was information on the OC Transpo buses that will be diverted onto Scott St. for two years during the LRT construction, the upcoming Scott St. Community Design Plan and the redevelopment of the Odawa site. Newswest also had an information table and was accepting contest entries for the 35th Newswest Anniversary contest. The evening was sponsored by the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee, the Carruthers-Stirling neighbours of the park, and the Hintonburg Recreation Association. It was a full evening of fun, entertainment and information sharing. That’s what this community is all about!
By Jeff Leiper, Hintonburg Community Association A proposal to build an 18- and an 8-storey tower next to the Carleton Tavern was rejected by the city’s planning committee on June 25, in response to a motion by Councillor Katherine Hobbs. The decision, which will likely be confirmed by the full council on July 17, was a victory for the community which has been fighting Tega over its plans for nearly two years. The denial is a much-needed confirmation for residents that community design plans (CDPs) will be upheld by the city in the face of pressure by developers to build much higher than the plans would allow. In 2011, Council adopted a CDP for Hintonburg/West Wellington that permits an increase in height on the lot to eight stories. Residents were loud and clear in a steady, heavy stream of emails to planning committee members in the days leading to the vote that they expect the CDP to be respected. While Tega has a pre-existing appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to fight the CDP’s zoning, committee members supported our councillor’s appeal to defend the plan it developed just two years ago. The HCA, which conducted a poster, email and social media campaign to encourage residents to voice their concerns, is obviously pleased with the outcome. While the OMB may yet permit Tega to build a tower
somewhat higher than the CDP would allow, councillors Katherine Hobbs, Shad Qadri and Stephen Blais were all clear that the integrity of the CDP process must be defended across the city. The HCA is also encouraged that Planning Chair Hume and the city’s top lawyer consider it prudent to hire outside legal and planning help to fight the proposal at the OMB. The committee vote was held after two years of persistent efforts by Tega Homes to develop the property at 233 Armstrong. The developer’s first proposal for a 36-storey tower was roundly rejected by the community and Ottawa politicians. Tega earned the ire of committee members when it began preselling units in that version of the proposal before even making an application to the city for permission to build. The HCA and residents were also upset by the developer’s insistence that contamination on the site was a hazard to health and property values in a scaremongering campaign. The HCA continues to be in touch with Honeywell, which is responsible as the former owner for cleaning up contamination at the site. That company has recently tested a way to accelerate the clean-up of the site. The results of those tests are now being considered by the Ministry of the Environment, and we will share further information from Honeywell as it becomes available.
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Living Below the Poverty Line By Tanya Sprowl-Martelock, Parkdale Food Centre volunteer ItÂ all started when I saw a tweet from Karen Secord, our local food bank director, challenging a city councilor to â€œlive below the line.â€? Curious, I checked it out and realized what a brilliant idea it is, and how the activity was so perfectly related to the cause. This wasnâ€™t a benefit concert, telethon, march or marathon run. This is so much simpler: you, living below the poverty line and getting a first hand glimpse of what itâ€™s like for 1.4 billion people on the planet. The big idea: Feed yourself for five days with just $1.75 a dayÂ (the Canadian equivalent of the extreme poverty line). This is awareness, quite literally in your face!Â Sounds crazy. Could I do it? For a split second I thought one would have to be pretty brave to try it, but then again I have a choice when many do not. Itâ€™s only five days and this isnâ€™t a challenge youâ€™re necessarily meant to be good at. No, the part where excellence is hoped for is in raising funds while you discover just how hard it is to live on less than two dollars a day. I learned that many people doing the challenge pooled their money, so if youÂ were part ofÂ a big household you might have moreÂ flexibility, but I imagined this as a single person, perhaps as a senior with no family or friends around. I sent the details to a friend and fellow Parkdale Food Center volunteer, to see if she wanted to give it a shot too. Sheâ€™s pretty crafty and makes masterpiece miser meals anywayÂ so she agreed to take on the challenge. That Sunday we went shopping together with our budget of $8.75 each for the week. Let me tell you, itâ€™s awfully depressing going round the grocery store with so little in your pocket.Â Forget the outer perimeter;Â you really canâ€™t afford fresh produce, dairy, meats or even a full loaf of bread. The four food groups, and those daily serving recommendations were not going to happen. Think of it this way, you got 15 meals and 58 cents per meal. Jenâ€™s plan: mainly cabbage, congee and beans. I had no plan
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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 newswest.org. Entries for this month’s contest must be received no later than midnight on August 23. How to enter: • by email at email@example.com An on-line entry form is available at the web address. • by mail to Newswest Inc., 421 Richmond Road, P.O. Box 67057, Westboro RPO, Ottawa, Ontario, K2A 4E4; • dropped off at Dovercourt Recreation Centre at the main floor desk. Now have fun and the best of luck!
Congratulations to Newswest’s First Contest Winner! Linda Collette of Sims Avenue has won the first of three contests celebrating Newswest’s 35th anniversary. Her prize is two $50 gift certificates for the Back Lane Café. Here are the answers to the first quiz: 1. What does Kitchissippi mean? Great
River in the Algonquin language.
2. Where are the well-known inukshuks located in Kitchissippi? Remic Rapids on the
Ottawa River Parkway at Tunney’s Pasture.
3. Which famous NHL hockey player from Kitchissippi was drafted in 1987 by the Toronto Maple Leafs? Luke Richardson was drafted sev-
enth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1987.
4. Who was David Younghusband and how does he relate to Kitchissippi?
David Younghusband (1883–1965) was a residential architect and building contractor in Ottawa. His houses form a prominent part of the residential architectural fabric in Kitchissippi.
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8. The Rosemount Library was built with funds from which wealthy American? Andrew
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5. What is the name of the large 19th century stone manor at Armstrong and Garland and who is it named after? Carleton County
6. Identify where this building is. Bella
Bistro Italiano at 1445 Wellington Street.
7. Who was Tom Brown of the Tom Brown Arena and why was the arena named in his honour? He was a lifetime community volunteer
in Mechanicsville and driving force of minor hockey in Ottawa.
9. How many marble fire hydrant sculptures are located on Wellington Street West?
10.Where is the house that Paul Anka built for his mother? Southwest corner of Byron Ave.
and Island Park Drive.
11. What year was construction on the Queensway started? 1957. 12. What major establishment was replaced by Holland Cross Landing at the corner of Holland Avenue and Scott Street? The Beach
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1. What is a gnomon and where in Kitchissippi would you find one? (TIP: Think summer!) 2. What was Ottawa’s first shopping mall? 3. Where was the CBC building in Kitchissippi? 4. Where would you find 24 pre-Confederation Bur oak trees in Kitchissippi? 5. Where is Bate Island in Kitchissippi? 6. Where is Kitchissippi Lookout located? 7. What event does the new sculpture at the base of Island
Park Drive Commemorate? 8. What is the official name of the Ottawa River Parkway? 9. How many bridges to Quebec are located in Kitchissippi and what are their names? 10. What is the source of the Ottawa River? 11. Who were the architects of the current Dovercourt Recreation Centre building? 12. What was the name of the grocery store that was located at the corner of Woodroffe Ave and Richmond Rd? (TIP: The building was recently demolished.)
Board Elected at WVCA Meeting By Jason Thomson On May 28, more than 30 local residents attended the Wellington Village Community Association’s annual general meeting held at Fisher Park School. In his president’s report, Duff McLeod summarized the main areas of WVCA involvement during the past year. These included: providing input into the Fisher Park playground redevelopment; reviewing the draft Tunney’s Pasture Master Plan; participating in the Scott Street Community Development Plan (CDP) process, in discussions pertaining to the Western LRT project, and in the Near West School Accommodation Review; providing input into the Urban Design Guidelines for Infill Development process; reviewing and commenting on development proposals within WVCA boundaries (large projects and infill development proposals); initiating a membership drive to expand the WVCA mailing list; and, increase awareness of the association. Guest speaker for the evening was Dana Collings (Program Manager, City Planning Department), who provided an overview of the Scott Street CDP process. The CDP is intended to guide development of the area and to implement the strategic directions of the Official Plan through appropriate land use designations – that is, deciding where should intensification take place. All details regarding the study are posted at: ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-consultations/scott-street-community-design-plan. In her councillor’s report, Katherine Hobbs provided updates on the various CDPs within Kitchissippi. She also touched on a number of other topics, including improvements to local parks, a community garden proposal for Hintonburg (a property needs to be secured), and the need to find innovative
ways to make streets more residential (i.e. traffic calming). She indicated a willingness to participate in a focus group to discuss potential measures for Huron Avenue. WVCA board member Andrew Berube reported on the School Accommodation Review. Public school boundaries for kindergarten to Grade 8 children in our neighbourhood are going to change significantly in September 2014. Of the elementary schools within WVCA boundaries, Elmdale is over capacity, while Fisher Park is under capacity. The OttawaCarleton District School Board (OCDSB) is looking at a number of schools for “re-adjustment” because of the imbalances. WVCA is participating in the working committee which is considering a range of scenarios which will be culled down to three or four options. Final recommendations will be made to the OCDSB, which will determine the 2014 boundaries early this fall. See ocdsb.ca/Pages/FeedbackNews_ NearWestAccommodationReview.aspx for more information. For 2013-2014, Duff McLeod will continue as WVCA president. Andrew Berube, David Haskins, Catherine James-McGuinty, Susan Kennedy, Vivian Knapp, David Lindsay, Duff McLeod, Jason Thomson and Ashley Wright will continue to serve on the WVCA Board. Jim Provost, Stephen O’Grady, Shauna Monaghan and Colin Davies have joined the board as new members. Everyone is welcome to attend the next WVCA meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, August 20 at 7 pm in Fisher Park School. Please see blog atwestwellington.ca for further details. The boundaries of the Association are Island Park Ave. to the west, Holland Ave. to the east, and Scott St. to the north and the Queensway to the south.
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Enjoying Our Westboro Beach Naturehood By Elliot Rodger Naturehood is a term that has been coined as another way of looking at the area in which we live–the emphasis being as it should be–on nature. Twelve lucky Westboro Beach residents participated in a very successful birdwalk in our Westboro Beach naturehood on April 27. Led by Lily Mah-Sen and Keith Rimstad, our very own birding enthusiasts, participants sighted a number of birds and we learned much more than we previously knew about birds and their behaviour, and about birding. Sightings included: white throated sparrows, song sparrows, yellow rumped warblers, gold finches, house finches, ruby crowned kinglets, cardinals, redwing blackbirds, chickadees, grackles, starlings, red polls, juncos, three species of woodpecker (hairy, downy and pileated), flickers and on the Ottawa river lesser scaups and Canada geese. All this in two hours of quietly exploring the woods and waterfront
along the Ottawa River. There are many other species that use our naturehood as habitat but they must have been elsewhere during the birdwalk. For a list of 264 birds seasonally found in the Ottawa area, see www.ofnc.ca/birding/birdchecklist.html. WBCA is planning to host another birdwalk during the migration period in the fall of 2013. Lac Deschenes has been designated as an internationally significant Important Bird Area (IBA). The eastern boundary of this IBA is expected to be extended from Mud What you can do to help our naturehood? To protect our birds: • create a healthy yard for birds; • protect birds from pets; • prevent window collisions; • leave fledglings where you find them. www.naturecanada.ca
Big Busing Trouble By Cheryl Parrott, neighbour of Scott St. It was made very clear that the City has decided that they will do anything to ensure that commuters on the Transitway and express buses have no delay at the June 18 public meeting about rerouting City buses onto Scott Street during LRT construction. And it will be at the expense of local residents, pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles on the road. The public meeting, held by the Hintonburg Community Association, focused on the City’s plan to put all the Transitway buses onto Scott St. from 2016 to 2018 and then keep the express buses on for another 10 to 20 years
after. This means up to 300 buses an hour for six hours a day–plus all the other buses for the other 18 hours. Scott St. will be plugged and other traffic will try to escape onto any other roads they can–including all the narrow one-way streets that connect with Scott St. Does anyone think Parkdale Ave. can handle any more traffic especially with another 1,000 or more condo units coming? It was very disappointing that the Light Rail Office representative did not invite OCTranspo to the meeting to hear residents’ concerns and some of the suggestions that have come forward to reduce the impact. It was
Lake to the Lemieux Island area. This means that our entire Ottawa River frontage will be part of a globally significant bird area. IBAs are defined areas that support specific groups of birds: threatened species, large groups of birds and birds restricted by range or habitat. They are designated based on internationally standardized and scientifically based criteria. The goal of the IBA program is protection of birds and biodiversity as well as to promote public appreciation and education. Source: ibicanada.ca. The significance of the Lac Dechenes IBA relates to its importance to the migration a variety of waterbirds in the spring and fall. Astonishingly, at least to some of us, more than 2,000 migrating redthroated loons have been sighted on the Ottawa River from Andrew Hayden Park. Of course, the habitat along the river supports a variety of other wildlife: amphibians, reptiles, aquatic insects, mammals and freshwater fish. Source: lacdeschenes.ca.
gratifying to see representatives of both MPP Yasir Naqvi and MP Paul Dewar there. Both have talked to the National Capital Commission (NCC) about the possible temporary use of the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway during construction. Paul Dewar received a written response from the CEO of the NCC stating that they would consider the request from the City should one come forward. At least they are working on our behalf. The City refuses to consider diverting some of the buses onto the Parkway because it might result in commuters sitting on the buses for an extra six to nine minutes. That delay is unacceptable, the City says, as it will cause those bus riders to get off the bus and drive downtown
instead. Really! The City has weighed the options and believes that residents living near and on Scott St. are expendable because the commuters must not have delays. Good luck with no delays when you pile 300 buses an hour onto Scott St. What about the safety of cyclists in among all those buses, the pedestrians, the air quality and the noise if your house is just a few feet away from the street – which they are! We don’t count. Stay tuned for more information in the fall and a pedestrian and cycling safety study. To be kept informed on this issue contact the Hintonburg Community Association at firstname.lastname@example.org and information will be posted on their web site at www. hintonburg.com
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School Board Trustee Report By Jennifer McKenzie, Kitchissippi Ward Trustee Students and Teachers Honoured Each spring we celebrate the hard work and dedication that our students have brought to their studies, and to making their school communities vibrant places of learning. We are proud of all of our students and their achievements, but in particular we honour our graduating students. The OCDSB Student Recognition Awards recognize those students who have gone above and beyond as leaders and role models in their school communities, inspiring their peers and teachers, and making their schools a better place for all. Warmest congratulations to the five exceptional graduating students from Zone 10 schools who are recipients of the 2013 Student Recognition Awards: Dylan Miller (Adult High School), Taylor Bond (Nepean High School), Merissa Taylor-Meissner (Lisgar Collegiate), Lili Johanis (Richard Pfaff Secondary Alternate Program), and Josh Sarazin (Urban Aboriginal Alternate High School). Our Zone 10 schools are also blessed with outstanding teaching and support staff, and this year three have been singled out by the Director of Education for special recognition. Congratulations to Broadview Ave. Public School Science teacher Rachel Inch, and Churchill Alternative School Kindergarten teacher Michèle White, who received 2013 Director’s Citation Awards for their exceptional work in the classroom and as leaders among their colleagues. Kudos also to Physics and Computer Science teacher Paul Kronberg of Lisgar Collegiate, who received a Technology Excellence Award for spearheading the expansion of multimedia technology to virtually all Lisgar classrooms, and for his work in training and supporting his colleagues in their use of technology in their teaching. Near West Accommodation On June 20, the Near West Accommodation Review Working Group, in collaboration with board planning staff, held a well-attended public meeting at Nepean High School. The object of the meeting was to allow the Working Group, which is made up of
parents and community association representatives, to present to the community the work it has done thus far in seeking solutions to school accommodation problems in the Near West area of the district. Although four possible solutions or concepts were the main focus of the information session, it was made clear that a number of other possible scenarios have also been drawn up and are still on the table for consideration. Both the Working Group co-chairs and staff emphasized that the review process is still in its early stages, and that further public meetings will follow. For those seeking more information on the progress of the Near West Accommodation Review and the details of the proposed concepts, the documentation and slides that were presented at this meeting are available on the OCDSB website at ocdsb.ca. A video of the presentation is available on the website of the Civic Hospital Community Association (chnaottawa. ca). Community members with questions or concerns or who want to share ideas with the Working Group can do so via e-mail at NearWestPublicComments@ ocdsb.ca. Going forward, the Working Group will consider all input it receives from stakeholders as it continues to develop and refine possible scenarios over the summer, and will update the community on its progress in the September/October timeframe. The Working Group will submit a final report with recommendations to the board in the Fall. Board Approves $827.9 Million Balanced Budget The Board of Trustees passed a budget of $827.9 million for the 2013-14 school year. The new budget provides for an increase of 4.2 percent over the expenditures approved for 2012-13. Most of the new funding will go to the expansion of Full Day Kindergarten and extended day programming. Other new initiatives, aligned with the board’s strategic objectives, will also be funded, including: special education supports, English as a Second Language instruction, the extension of drug counseling to students in the intermediate grades, as well as investments in operational infrastructure that will support better communication with parents and improved network security.
Hintonburg Race Hits The Streets Again By Jeff Lieper, race organizer The seventh annual Cyclelogik Hintonburg Centennial 5k Run/Walk and Newswest Kids 1k Run will be held this year on Sunday, July 14. The race continues to grow year after year. Due to construction in Hintonburg this year, we once again have a slightly modified race course through Hintonburg and West Wellington. Intersections along the course (see map) will be blocked to traffic from 8:30 am until roughly 10 am that morning. The intersections at Parkdale
New Special Education Class Location Model on Horizon As a result of the new Special Education Policy that was approved by the board this spring, our Learning Support Services department will be phasing in a new geographic model of special education specialized class location. In the future, students who are identified as requiring placement in a specialized class will be in a special education class in a designated school within a geographically defined catchment area that corresponds to where they live. This new model grew directly out of the work of the Special Education Policy Ad Hoc Committee, and will promote greater stability for our special education students.
and Holland Aves. at Spencer St. will be controlled by police who will let cars through when safe, and Bayview Rd. will be open to north/south traffic as well. We always need volunteers! Can you serve as a course marshall from 8:30 to 10 am that morning? Marshalls supervise an assigned intersection and are ready to call 9-1-1 should an emergency arise. If you can help, please call Jeff Leiper at 613-868-2375 or email jeff. email@example.com.
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On July 14, from 2 to 4 pm, Friends of the Central Experimental Farm will host a lovely classic Victorian tea served on the lawns of the Arboretum. Bring a patio chair and listen to live music. Enter the best hat contest and don a period costume (optional). The cost is $8. The event is located at Bldg 72, CEF, east off the Prince of Wales roundabout. For information, call 613-230-3276, or go to www.friendsofthefarm.ca. The FCEF is a volunteer organization helping to care for the Arboretum, the Ornamental Gardens and other public areas of the CEF.
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Our Community Leading Positive Change in Ontario By Yasir Naqvi, MPP The spring session of the Ontario Legislature ended on June 11 with the passing of the 2013 Budget. This marks the end of a successful session that saw Premier Kathleen Wynne move forward on a number of measures to grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives. During this session, the government introduced legislation that, if passed, would help make Ontario a safer, healthier place for everyone by: • Prohibiting the sale of tanning services to people under 18 to protect our youth from skin cancer; • Providing job protection for caregivers who take leave to care for sick or injured loved ones or to cope with the illness or loss of a child;
• Making more local food available in stores, schools and restaurants across the province; • Requiring producers to take responsibility for recycling the products they sell and turning more waste into new products. I am also happy to note that issues raised right here in our community have led to the adoption of three important pieces of legislation that will benefit Ontarians. Protection of Public Participation Our government is taking steps to protect open dialogue in debates on matters of public interest by introducing legislation that would allow courts to quickly identify and deal with strategic lawsuits. Bill 83, Protection of Public Participation Act, 2013 would prevent the unwarranted
City Hall Report By Katherine Hobbs, Kitchissippi Ward Construction of the light rail service starts this year and will be operating in 2018. The Confederation Line will run from Blair Station in the east, underground through the downtown core, and then to Tunney’s Pasture. The City chose electric light rail after consulting with some of the world’s top transporta-
silencing of critics and minimize the time and resources wasted in the courts on meritless claims. In our community, I heard about the need to preserve and protect public participation for many years and committed to bring this issue forward. This led to the introduction of Bill 132, Protection of Public Participation Act, 2012 last October, much of which is contained in this new, proposed legislation. Pedestrian and Road Safety The Ontario Government is also taking action to help municipalities collect unpaid traffic fines from drivers who do not follow the rules of the road. If passed, Bill 34, Highway Traffic Statute Law Amendment Act, 2013 will allow the denial
tion experts. It won’t pollute the City’s air, allows for rapid loading and disembarking for large numbers of passengers, and is very comfortable for riders. Light rail will allow Ottawa to more than double its public transit capacity through downtown, solving downtown gridlock and allowing the city to grow as it moves past one million people. The City has been planning the second project for light rail extending service from Tunney’s to Baseline Station (Algonquin College). This is the logical
of license plates of drivers who have not paid fines for offences such as speeding, improper lane changes, illegal turns, driving with no insurance, and careless driving. It would also allow municipalities to charge individuals from out-of-province who run red lights and fail to stop for school buses. These measures reflect those I introduced in Bill 131, Enhancing Red Light Camera System Enforcement Act, 2012 last fall after hearing concerns from the City of Ottawa and our community. Modernizing Real Estate Transactions The Budget Bill amends the Electronic Commerce Act, 2000 to permit the use of e-signatures in real estate transactions. As you may recall, last year I co-
westerly extension of the Confederation Line, referred to as WLRT. Extending to Baseline Station means there will be 5 LRT stations in Kitchissippi Ward and two new underpasses for pedestrians to reach the river. When combined these two LRT projects form 22km of the planned east-west LRT line. The preferred route for the WLRT segment, called the “Richmond Underground” combines the highest rated elements of the Environmental Assessment process with feedback from
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sponsored Bill 96, Electronic Commerce Amendment Act, 2012, which sought to modernize Ontario’s law with respect to real estate transactions. This is something that local realtors had been advocating for some time. Updating our legislation to remove the restriction on electronic signatures in real estate transactions is a positive step for the industry, as it will reduce the regulatory burden for local businesses and enhance convenience for home buyers. The Ontario Legislature will return on September 9. Until then, I am looking forward to a great summer in our community, meeting constituents and enjoying all the great festivals and events our city has to offer. Please contact me at ynaqvi. email@example.com or 613722-6414.
Most home inspection companies typically exclude pools and hot tubs from the home inspection; although, a local pool company can come examine the pool upon submitting an offer on the home. The pool, liner, pumps, heater, ladders, railings, diving board and slide should all be inspected. Trusted building inspector of WestboroPropertyShop. com, Mike Hayes of Bytown Home Inspection Service recommends asking the sellers if the pool has been professionally opened and closed and to ask for receipts. Be on the lookout for stained, faded liners or pools that are so dirty or cloudy you can’t see the bottom. He explains, “Common problems around pools are cracked, settling concrete or interlock decking that indicates there is settling of the ground. Older heaters, pumps with signs of leaking, rust stains should be investigated further.” Be sure the fence surrounding the pool has a self-closing and latching gate with a lock. Exterior electrical outlets should be GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) for protection from electrical shocks, and wiring should be concealed in rigid conduit with switches/outlets in waterproof exterior receptacles. It is important to become familiar with current bylaws pertaining to keeping your pool a safe space for everyone. Having a swimming pool in the backyard can increase the value of a home but can also narrow the pool of buyers. Contact a member of WestboroPropertyShop.com today to set up a free home search or a market evaluation.
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the parkway. 700 meters will be underground, eliminating noise and visual intrusion of the train while improving the landscape and access to the adjacent parkway lands. 800 buses per day will be removed from the Sir John A MacDonald Parkway which will also reduce ambient noise in the area for residents and other users of the parkway lands. Other refinements made on this route following consultation with the community include better linkages to the pathway system and greenspace. At Cleary and Dominion two new pedestrian and cycling underpasses will be built to the waterfront. As the Richmond Underground route skirts the southerly limit of the Parkway corridor between Richmond Road and Cleary, a small strip of NCC land along the parkway corridor is required. Other parcels of land owned by the NCC south of Lincoln Fields to Baseline are also affected. The City is working hard to meet NCC concerns as it continues to work collaboratively with the NCC towards a good transit solution that respects the NCC capital interests. There are a number of milestones to meet before the WLRT project can be implemented and once those various steps are achieved construction would not begin until after the Confederation Line is built and operating in 2018. As always you can reach me by e-mail Katherine.Hobbs@Ottawa. ca, on Twitter @Katherine_Hobbs, on Facebook Katherine Hobbs for Kitchissippi or 613-580-2485.
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Update on Foreign Affairs Issues By Paul Dewar, MP, Ottawa Centre I wanted to share some updates regarding some of the many issues I’ve been working on as the NDP Foreign Affairs critic during this past parliamentary session: Arms Trade Treaty The new Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) seeks to stem the illicit global trade of conventional weapons, which fuels conflicts, empowers violent extremists and contributes to human rights violations. During the negotiations Canada played an uncooperative role, and tried to exclude recreational hunting and sports rifles from the treaty, but eventually reversed its position after attracting international criticism. Sixty seven countries signed the treaty on opening day: June 3, 2013. So far, Canada has not committed to signing. The treaty will come into force ninety days after fifty countries ratify. The treaty covers conventional weapons: tanks, armored vehicles, large-caliber artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles and launchers, small arms and light weapons, and ammunition. Canada was among the 154 countries that eventually voted at the United Nations in favour of the treaty. Only Syria, Iran and North Korea opposed the treaty. Syria In reaction to the deepening crisis in Syria and the immense human suffering caused by the conflict, I have issued statements condemning the violence and calling for an immediate ceasefire. Parliament unanimously adopted my motion to condemn the violence in Syria, support the joint UN-Arab League efforts for a ceasefire, engage Russia and China in seeking a
resolution to the conflict, provide humanitarian aid to civilians and stand in solidarity with the Syrian people. My colleagues and I continue to pressure the government to take action to assist the more than 1.3 million Syrians who have been displaced by the conflict and the thousands of refugees requiring immediate humanitarian assistance. The government must commit to expediting the family reunification process for Syrians who have family members in Canada. Women, Peace and Security Gender violence is often used in conflicts by state security forces and armed groups alike to destroy the social and cultural bonds of communities and terrorize civilians. Last year I hosted the launch of Nobel Women’s Initiative’s International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict. Thanks to strong pressure from civil society and activists, my motion to make Canada a leader on ending sexual violence in conflict was unanimously adopted by Parliament. Recently, Action Canada on Population and Development released a media report stating that the Conservatives were seeking to renege on previously agreed upon policy measures at the UN Human Rights Council to address violence against women. Niki Ashton, NDP Status of Women’s critic and I wrote a joint letter to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird calling on the government to ensure that a comprehensive package of services are available to survivors of sexual violence, such as diagnosis and treatments for STIs and access to safe abortions. Convention on Cluster Munitions The horrible remnants of cluster muni-
tions take a devastating toll long after conflicts have ended. Ninety-eight percent of casualties are civilians, many of them children. That is why the international community has moved towards a ban of cluster munitions. But instead of implementing the international ban, the Conservatives have proposed legislation in the Senate to create exemptions that are in complete disagreement with the spirit of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Medicines for All 2.3 million children under the age of 15 are infected with HIV. One in two children with HIV in the developing world dies before reaching his or her second birthday. Canada can play an important role in changing those statistics. In the previous parliament, the House of Commons adopted our “Medicines for All” bill to provide low-cost generic lifesaving medication to developing countries. However, the Minister of Industry directed Conservative Senators to kill the bill in the Senate. Hélène Laverdière, our critic for Americas and Consular Services, re-introduced the bill as Bill C-398, but again it was narrowly defeated at second reading in November, 2012. Elections in Iran New Democrats view the latest election results as a statement of the Iranian people’s continued desire to pursue change. The Conservatives, meanwhile, issued an unproductive statement calling the recent election “meaningless;” an insult to the ongoing efforts of Iranians around the world to bring about democratic reforms. Through this election, the people of Iran have shown the world and the regime that they reject extremism.
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Hunting birds and rodents or flea exposure is a common way cats become infected with tapeworms. Tapeworms are insidious parasites that can remain in the intestines for extended periods of time robbing nutrients from the host. Intestinal obstruction, intestinal inflammation, and weight loss are the typical results of harbouring tapeworms.
your child in for their very first dental visit. Children should have their first visit by their first birthday. The Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child’s first dental visit occur by the age of one. Although this may seem early, these visits Dr. Mandana Nikoui are crucial in assessing their risk for developing dental disease and Pediatric Dentist establishing oral health practices that will keep your child’s teeth 3 Larkspur Drive healthy in years to come. Ottawa
Also, establishing a rapport with your child’s dentist from an early age gives you the opportunity to gain the resources and education needed to practice preventative habits at home. A child who can chew easily, speak clearly and smile confidently is a happier child!
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at his/her first dental visit. Here are a few helpful tips. The best preparation for your child’s first visit is maintaining a positive attitude. Children pick up on adults’ apprehensions and act accordingly. Talking to your children about how you go see your dentist often gets them excited about visiting “THEIR” dentist.
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Show your child the pictures of the office and staff on the web site. Finally remember that pediatric dentists are specially trained to handle fears and anxiety of children.
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Cst. Milton’s Community Corner By Andrew Milton, Community Police Officer In my last article, I mentioned something called the Autism Registry that Ottawa Police developed in 2010 in partnership with the Ottawa Chapter of Autism Ontario. The Registry came about in recognition of the fact that behaviour that is the result of a mental illness shouldn’t be dealt with through the regular criminal justice system. Today, I’d like to expand on that theme by letting you know about a mental health partnership between the Ottawa Police Service and the Ottawa Hospital. This project started in July 2012 to assist people dealing with mental health issues when they come into contact with police by getting them the help and attention they need more rapidly. The program teams University of Ottawa psychiatry residents, or a hospital staff psychiatrist, with the OPS Mental Health Unit to work up to three afternoon shifts a week in the downtown core. The team responds to mental health related calls. The psychiatrist can access all medical history on site, provide a quick assessment, and decide whether an apprehension is warranted or provide appropriate follow up services to the person at the scene. It is estimated that one in 20 police dispatches or encounters involves people with mental health related issues. By
working together, the OPS and the Ottawa Hospital are trying to make the response to mental health calls by police more positive for the individual. Through training and partnership, the police can develop a stronger connection with the mental health community. The Ottawa Police Service Mental Health Unit (MHU) responds to calls related to mental health issues, by linking members of the public with community resources and support systems, during and following a crisis. The Ottawa Hospital Mobile Crisis Team (MCT), comprised of social workers and nurses trained in mental health, also has a consulting psychiatrist who is available to go out on mobile assessments in the community. Find out more at www.ottawapolice. ca/en/ServingOttawa/SectionsAndUnits/ MentalHealthUnit.aspx Community Police Centres • Wellington Community Police Centre: 1064 Wellington St. W., (613) 2361222, 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.)
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I wanted to give a big thank you to all of you who helped make the crosswalk at Denbury and Keenan Avenues a safe place to cross for the 2012-2013 school year. This includes vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Thank you for helping me to help you to get home safe. Your kindness, trust and and generosity, is greatly appreciated. It was a pleasure to serve you. – Rob Gaal
Letter to the Editor I thought your readers might like to hear of a lovely act of kindness when I was at the Westboro Superstore on Richmond Road recently. A lady approached me holding out a wrapped bunch of flowers. “I would like to give these to you,” she said. “You remind me of my mother, who just passed away and I want you to have them. They are tulips. Would you accept them?” I was quite overcome. I am hoping this wonderful lady sees this
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July 5-14: Celebrate Nocturne V at CUBE Gallery and across the neighbourhood On July 5, at 8:00 pm, join Professor Peter Watson for a lecture on “Comet ISON and the Death of the Dinosaur” at Cube Gallery, 1285 Wellington Street West. Later in the evening, at 9:30pm, join the residents of Julian Avenue (across the street from CUBE) in their BIG, dark sidewalk party. All the residents turn off all their lights and the street lights are turned off too, making this a great opportunity to enjoy gazing at the night sky through telescopes provided by the Ottawa Royal Astronomical Society. July 5, 6, 19 and 30: Shakespeare in the park Live theatre in your own park! On July 5 and 19, Bear and Co. will be performing Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors at Hintonburg Park, behind the Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington Street West. On July 6, the performance moves to Westboro’s Iona Park, 223 Iona Ave. And on July 30, the performance is at the Civic Hospital’s Reid Park, 1 MacFarlane Avenue. All shows start at 7 pm. Bring blankets or lawn chairs and a picnic dinner. A hat will be passed after the show with a suggested donation of $10-$15 per person. For full listings: bearandcompany.ca July 6: parkdale market turns 89 Join in for the cake cutting at 11:00 am and help us celebrate 89 years of fresh produce. Drop by for a slice and don’t forget to pick up fresh fruit and veggies. July 7: Family astronomy workshop at CUBE Gallery 2:00 pm, 1285 Wellington Street West. Registration is required for this free astronomy workshop at CUBE Gallery, put on by the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Call 613-728-1750 to reserve your spot. July 9: Crafting at the Carlingwood Library 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, 281 Woodroffe Avenue. Join in a Bedmat making workshop with Valerie Morin, using milk bags. These repurposed quick dry mats are used in hospitals or shelters. Only a #10 crochet hook is needed. Call Steacy Johnson at 613-725-2449 ext 24 for more information. July 14: Cyclelogik Hintonburg Centennial 5k Run/Walk and Newswest Kids 1k Run The seventh annual Cyclelogik Hintonburg Centennial 5k Run/Walk and Newswest Kids 1k Run will be held this year on Sunday, July 14. Register for the race at hintonburg.com/run13.html. Volunteers are always needed! Can you serve as a course marshall from 8:30 to 10 am that morning? If you can help, please call Jeff Leiper at 613-8682375 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. July 14: Victorian Tea From 2 to 4 pm, Friends of the Central Experimental Farm will host a lovely classic Victorian Tea served on the lawns of the Arboretum. Bring a patio chair and listen to live music. Cost: $8. Enter the best hat contest and don period costume (optional). Bldg 72, C.E.F., east off Prince of Wales roundabout. Call 613-2303276, www.friendsofthefarm.ca
JULY 20: HINTONBURG FAMILY MOVIE FESTIVAL Free movies at the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington Street West). Indoor movie, starts at 7 pm, Rise of the Guardians. Outdoor movie, starts at 9 pm, Bridesmaids. July 26-27; August 6: A Company of Fools presents The Merry Wives of Windsor A Company of Fools will be offering performances of The Merry Wives of Windsor on July 26 and 27 at Hintonburg Park and on August 6 at Westboro’s Clare Gardens Park. All shows start at 7pm. Bring blankets or lawn chairs and a picnic dinner. A hat will be passed after the show with a suggested donation of $15 per person. For full show listings: fools.ca July 30: African Drumming at Rosemount Library From 2 pm - 3 pm, at 18 Rosemount Avenue. Learn basic hand drum and counting techniques using the African djembe with Ottawa Folklore Centre drum teacher Don Gibbons. Hand drums are provided, but bring your own if you have one. Registration required. Call 613-729-8664. For ages 6-12. August 1: McKellar Park Bubble Bath Brunch From 10 am- 1pm, at McKellar Park, 539 Wavell Avenue. Bring your favourite tub toy and pack a lunch. This event is perfect for young preschoolers and is sponsored by Dovercourt Recreation Centre. August 7: Cameraless Animation on Film at Rosemount Library 10:30 am - 11:30 am at 18 Rosemount Avenue. Watch your drawings come to life and travel around the screen. The films will be projected at the end of class for all to see. Registration is required. Ages 6-12. August 7: 13th Annual Samba Party in McCormick Park 7-9 pm. Join Samba Ottawa for the party in McCormick Park, Armstrong Street at McCormick and Carruthers. Samba arrives about 7:30 pm. Homebaked goodies, refreshments and Hintonburg, “The Burg” T-shirts on sale. Help make some shakers to welcome Samba. For information or to volunteer, please contact Cheryl: 613-728-7582. AUGUST 10: HINTONBURG FAMILY MOVIE FESTIVAL Free movies at the Hintonburg Community Centre,1064 Wellington Street West. Indoor movie, starts at 7 pm, Despicable Me. Outdoor movie, starts at 9 pm, Skyfall. August 17: Art on the Farm From 10 am to 4 pm, Friends of the Central Experimental Farm will host Art on the Farm with artists working in various mediums. They will display and sell their original works under the trees, on the Arboretum, around Bldg. #72, east off Prince of Wales roundabout. Free. Call 613-230-3276, www.friendsofthefarm.ca
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August 25: Westboro Wading Pool Dog Swim Celebrate the dog days of summer with the 18th annual dog swim from 5pm-6pm at Westboro Wading Pool, 411 Dovercourt Avenue. Dogs must be on a leash and should have a long walk prior to the exciting group swim. Owners should be ready to get wet.
SPEAK UP OR SHUT UP! Join Above and Beyond Toastmasters Club to discover the art of articulating, communicating and speaking up with style. Succeed with flying colours. Meets first and third Mondays at 6:15 pm: Kaminski Room, 737 Parkdale Avenue, Parkdale Clinic. Further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
SEPTEMBER 17 Scottish Country Dancing is great exercise with exhilarating music, suitable for everyone. Scottish Country Dancing is a lively social form of dance done in groups of eight. Partners or experience are not required. You will dance with many people throughout the evening. The music is irresistible energetic reels and jigs as well as elegant strathspeys. Join our affordable classes. You’ll learn quickly from our qualified teachers! Beginner Class: Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:30 pm starting September 17. At Churchill Seniors Centre, 345 Richmond Road. Free parking. For more information: rscdsottawa.ca Parking Spaces Needed A Hintonburg non-profit is looking for parking spaces to rent within walking distance of their O’Meara Street building. If you have one or more parking spaces free on weekdays, please contact Causeway Work Centre, 613-725-3494 ext. 121. Volunteer Needed Hintonburg Recreation Association is seeking a volunteer to lead a weekly children’s T-Ball program at Laroche Park in Mechanicsville. Contact Lorrie at 613-761-6672 or email: email@example.com. ENGLISH GROUP The English Conversation Circle program at Rosemount Branch library, welcomes anyone wanting to practice their English language skills in a relaxed and friendly setting. Volunteers from the Catholic Immigration Centre, welcome people to join the group, to learn new vocabulary and enjoy the chance to chat. Mondays from 6:30 to 8 pm. No registration is required.
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PAINTERS’ CIRCLE Tuesday mornings, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Ave. We are a friendly, encouraging group with a wide range of painting experience. Sharing our ideas, showing what we have done, seeking suggestions, is a really pleasant experience for painters whose activity is usually alone. All media except oils are welcome. No tuition, so experience is necessary. 613-695-0505 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. LAROCHE PARK YOUTH DROP-IN Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm; Laroche Park Field House, 7 Stonehurst Ave. All are welcome. Feel free to bring a friend. WESTBORO YOUTH CENTRE Join a free drop-in on Friday nights for sports, crafts, board games and socializing at the All Saints Anglican Church between 6:30 and 10 pm for 10 to 17 year olds. For more information: allsaintswestboro.com/WYC. TEEN ADVISORY GROUP Join the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) to earn community involvement hours and help design programs for teens at the Ottawa Public Library Carlingwood branch. Ages 14-18. Tuesdays, 5-6:30 pm TEEN BOOK CLUB Chat about books and share your favorites with other teens. Ages 13 and up. Last Tuesday of the month at 7 pm (1 hr.) at the Ottawa Public Library Carlingwood Branch.
Mystery Solved! The challenge of picking a good read, has been reduced, owing to the addition of annotated comments on popular mystery authors and series to the Rosemount library shelves. The popular, Jan’s Mystery List, is now available at the shelf, with laminated lists. The colour codes refer to Jan’s assessment of gentle to graphic in violence. With three categories; green, yellow and red, interested readers can have a sneak preview into the world of mystery writing.
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July 11 email@example.com
August 19 - 23: Vacation Bible School Come join us for our Vacation Bible School this sum-
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mer, for kids 4 to 14 years old. It will run from 9 am to 12 pm on Aug 19 to 23. We have a very interesting program lined up for this year. With the theme “Tell it on the Mountain.” Why not join us for Bible stories, crafts, games and snacks? Lots of fun for everyone. Space is limited, to register or obtain more information contact: Pastor Rev. Marek Sabol, cell (613) 296-6375 / firstname.lastname@example.org /www.oursaviourottawa.com
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OTTAWA REALTY BROKERAGE
byward market news
large selection of • international magazines & newspapers • greeting cards
open 7 days a week
12421/2 Wellington St. W. (in the former Collected Works)
Also home of the toy soldier market – www.toysoldiermarket.com
Call Will 613-820-7596
to do your roto-tilling or have Will trim your hedge. Stuff to the dump.
Published on Jul 2, 2013