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Community spirit on the run in the CycleLogik Hintonburg 5K and Newswest 1K. Photo by Ted Simpson

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A humidex of 40 inspired hundreds of runners to push themselves at the 7th annual CycleLogik Hintonburg 5K and Newswest 1K on July 14, organized by Jeff Leiper and the Hintonburg Community Association. A strong field led to fast finishes with the top female under twelve,

Corina Peres, finishing in 22:02. The top male under twelve, Matthew Linehan, finished in 22:25. In the women’s category, the top finisher was Jane Latham of Wellington Village, with a time of 20:02, whose two young daughters also ran in the 5K. The top man, Craig Fettes, came in at a time of 15:44, a mere second

ahead of the second place man. With crowds cheering, giving out much needed water and offering misting at key spots along the route, the runners were well supported. The ever popular post-race cake was a hit and everyone commented on the enthusiastic volunteers and the warm, community spirit. Continued on page 10



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Listening by the fire Amanda Rheaume’s new CD sparks storytelling By Kathleen Wilker

Although she’s the first to admit she loves her phone and the instant connections it facilitates, Hintonburg singer and songwriter Amanda Rheaume thinks that unplugging from technology and sitting around the dinner table, sharing stories and learning about your family history is a tradition well worth rekindling. On her latest CD, Keep a Fire, Rheaume has done just that. The album is full of her family’s stories and the intention behind its name is that we keep a fire alive for those who have come before us – both for their benefit and ours. “When you look backwards, you can understand more about yourself,” says Rheaume who spent many hours speaking with her family, especially her grandfather, in the process of creating these songs and discovered that her urge to move on to the next interesting project and her love of travel may be hereditary. Flying over the Northwest Passage in 2011, on her way to perform for troops at Alert, Rheaume thought about her Poppa, Thomas Arthur Irvine, who navigated the H.M.C.S. Labrador through the same waterway. “I knew he travelled through there, but until I saw the Northwest Passage myself, I didn’t think

about what he did. Not everyone gets to see that body of water.” Because he had already passed away, Rheaume couldn’t talk to her Poppa about this glimpse she’d seen of his life or hear about his travels on the remote waterway from his perspective. But the moment inspired her to ask her surviving relatives about their lives and about their collective family history. “I called my Grandpa in Okanagan and asked him about his mother and about his brother. I spoke to his sister. We looked through old family pictures about growing up in God’s Lake where the planes would come in twice a year,” says Rheaume, who describes this grandfather as kind, generous and warm. “I never met his mom, my Ojibwe great-grandmother, Stella Rheaume, who died a month before I was born, but a number of the songs are about her, and I really wanted to get them right.” After collecting stories, Rheaume contacted her friend, John MacDonald, who hand built her favourite guitar. Slowly and thoughtfully, the two turned the stories into songs that would resonate for audiences across the country. “This wasn’t about the fast, easy song. It’s about telling family stories, but keeping them accessible. It took almost a year,” she says of the process. “I don’t think I

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could have gotten these stories into song without him.” Audiences deeply connect with both Rheaume’s process and her music. “After a concert, people often come up to me and tell me their stories,” says Rheaume who longs to find a way to share these stories. “We’re Canadian and I feel that, but I think we’re still trying to define what Canadian means. For many of us, we came over from somewhere unless we’re First Nations.” Keep a Fire launches at Wakefield’s Black Sheep Inn on July 26. To accommodate her neighbourhood fans, Rheaume has arranged a shuttle bus with a stop at Tunney’s Pasture. To book a spot on the bus or for ticket information:


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Frances Cutler, 71, is a Kitchissippi resident who has devoted much of her life to changing people’s perception of the term “legally blind.” “It’s a very misleading term, I don’t like the term at all,” says Cutler, who still has a surprising range of vision although she is legally blind herself. “I can see everything in this room,” she explains. The living room of her Hamilton Avenue home is lit by a bay window and beautifully adorned with artwork and a large bouquet of roses left over from her fiftieth anniversary with her husband, Maurice, just last week. “But if I fixate on that painting, it disappears into the cream coloured wall,” she says. “I’m using the outside of my vision, peripheral vision,” Cutler explains as she moves her eyes constantly to keep my face visible. “The cone cells, the ones that provide the detailed, centre vision are dead.” It is a condition so rare that most Ophthalmologists would only see one or two cases in their lifetime. In most cases,

vision loss sets in during early adolescence. Cutler was fortunate to maintain most of her sight until her mid-20s. In spite of her vision loss, Cutler was able to complete her education and begin a prestigious career as a broadcast journalist with CBC Radio, a position she held until the mid 90s. Cutler contributed documentaries and current affairs reports to such programs as Capital Report, a precursor to the current program, The Sunday Edition. In the early 80s, Cutler felt a calling to use her experience, education and skill as a communicator to help others who are affected by vision loss. She began volunteering at the local level with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and began a journey of outreach and advocacy that continues today. “The combination of low vision aids I had, I realized how hard it was for me to get the information for the combination of low vision aids, and I thought abot what it would be like for anyone without the level of education and awareness,” says Cutler. Her arsenal of visual aids has increased Continued on page 5

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T I V O LfloristI florist Fran Cutler’s arsenal of visual aids has increased over the years and ranges from low to high tech.

Powerful and effective advocate Continued from page 4 over the years and ranges from low to high tech. A monocular with eight times magnification hangs from her neck, used to define bus numbers and street signs. In her pocket is a powerful magnifying glass that allows her to read text in a magazine when held close to her face. High contrast text seen through a magnifying lens is the only way for most people with limited vision to be able to read. “Magnification is the key,” says Cutler. Fran Cutler’s grandchildren, Hazel, Ivy and Ray Cutler, cheer her on in Ottawa’s half marathon. Photo by Maurice Cutler

Upstairs, Fran shows off her collection of high-tech gadgets and monitors. Her primary reading tool is a CCTV unit that projects text from a newspaper or any other printed medium onto a large screen where she can adjust the magnification and apply a range of high-contrast filters such as black on white or yellow on black. This allows her to read any font at any size. Cutler’s experience with the CNIB led her to a position as Chair of the National Board of Directors for the organization from 2000-2003. It was an exciting time, as breakthroughs in technology swept through the world. The opportunities for the CNIB to help their clients - numbering over 150,000 - became even more abundant. “As technology has become more available and more refined, I’ve realized that technology is the key to independence for people with vision loss,” says Cutler. “The CNIB can provide the tools and skills for people with vision loss to live their lives with dignity and independence, and genuine joy,” says Cutler. “When you lose your vision, you lose more than just the sight, you lose your self-esteem, it’s a big shock for anybody.” For much of the 90s, Cutler worked with the CBC in addition to her volunteer role. She spent the later part of

her career in broadcasting, mentoring young journalists and working with the CBC to make the workplace more accessible for people with all forms of disability. Fran shines on the advocacy and policy level as a strong communicator who seems truly without fear. “I’ve taken on Census Canada, Elections Canada and Elections Ontario to make sure that the voting experience is accessible and independent for anyone with any degree of vision loss,” she says. She was also involved in the program that made descriptive video for movies and television programs mandatory through the CRTC. For decades spent devoting her life to enriching the lives of countless others that Cutler was recently honoured with the appointment of Officer of the Order of Canada, an honour recognizing individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding level of talent and service to Canadians. The appointment recognizes Cutler’s work developing and mentoring broadcast journalists and for helping to make the workplace more accessible as well as for her work with CNIB and the National Broadcast Reading Service. “The recognition is overwhelming, I must say, I’m finding it all exhilarating,” she says. Even into her seventh decade, Cutler is doing advocacy, “There are still barriers to be broken down,” she says.

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“I’ve realized that technology is the key to independence for people with vision loss.” Cutler offers advice to make our city an easier place to live for people with and without vision loss. For people with disabities, she says, “Eating right and keeping in good shape is very important, otherwise you don’t have the physical and emotional resilience as you go through the day to react to unfamiliar situations.” And to anyone who contributes to public space, Cutler has one simple message: “Bigger, brighter, bolder.”

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Stephanie Bolt stands on the shores of the Ottawa River, by Westboro Beach.


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Stephanie Bolt, 41, is a Kitchissippi volunteer who was recently recognized with the Dan Brunton Volunteer of The Year Award for her work with Ottawa Riverkeeper. The award is named in honour of Ottawa naturalist and environmental consultant, Dan Brunton, who was also one of the founders of the Riverkeeper organization. Bolt has been volunteering with Riverkeeper for over a year now. The organization is a federally regulated notfor-profit founded in 2001 with the goal of preserving the natural beauty of our Ottawa River. Bolt’s experience as a corporate lawyer in Toronto has been a valuable asset in helping the Riverkeeper organization keep up with changing government regulations regarding nonprofits, “It’s just about better governance, better accountability and transparency,” she explains. She moved to Westboro nine years ago with her husband and newborn son. Bolt put her law career on hold to be a stay-athome mother for her growing family. She had just sent her two children off to their last day of school before summer when we met at Westboro beach.




With the kids spending their days in school, Bolt’s time was freed up to tackle some personal projects. Riverkeeper was an organization she had been drawn to for some time. “I had read about them over the years, I thought it was great, the work that they were doing,” she says. The naturalist path is quite a departure from her history working for major corporations in the big city of Toronto, Bolt sees it as an exciting new direction for her career, “Somewhere in this environmental realm is where I started volunteering, and hopefully where I would like to start working,” she says. Riverkeeper always has projects on the go, including a system for mapping Ottawa’s beaches with the ability to better monitor their ever changing status, as well as constant efforts to keep the shoreline clean and usable for everyone. Riverkeeper is always looking for new volunteers, especially those who can translate documents between French and English. Anyone interested can visit for more information on how to join the ranks of folks like Bolt, who take pride in caring for the Ottawa River. “We’re so lucky to have it at our back door, I would just encourage everyone to recognize it and use it,” she says.

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Corie Hum is on his game at the Leuro Open. Photo Rebecca Peng

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KT CATCH UP A merry band of paraders on the Byron Path On July 13, the 3rd annual Byron Path Parade wound its merry way from the Byron Linear Tramway Park to Iona Park. More than 50 people, most of whom were young

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families from the surrounding neighbourhoods, joined in. The first parade in 2011 was in response to the convent site development between Richmond and Byron Avenues and the proposed cutthrough of pathway and park. This year it was a celebration of the community that rallied to protect the park, but also an excuse for kids to dress up and make some noise. Children came dressed as fairies and super heroes - and a four-year-old train conductor (Foster Street’s Dylan Fournier) proudly led the way. Memorial Luero Open Badminton Tournament On July 13, the Luero Open Badminton Tournament was in full swing at the Hintonburg Community Centre with birdies flying back and forth across the court. There were prizes, of course: a raffle to be won and bragging rights

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for all the winners, but the Luero Open is about more than winning. It is an annual memorial game in honour of Eric Luong, one of the original members of the Hintonburg Badminton Club. The club began thirteen years ago, as a small circle of friends and has grown into a sizable and diverse community that meets biweekly to practice and play. When Luong passed away in April of 2010, the club knew it wanted to honour its friend and fellow athlete. All the proceeds from the tournament go to charity. Since it began in 2010, the Luero Open’s players and local sponsors have donated to multiple charities. This year, the proceeds will be donated to the Ottawa Mission and organizers Jozzepi Foo and Roy Hoople are optimistic for an even greater impact for the community. In its fourth year now, the tournament has grown by 33 percent, with over 100 players.

waited to see whether someone would take it or not. The wallet lasted eleven days. Walden lasted one. “It is disappointing,” Tomkins says. She had been hopeful that Walden would become an incentive for people to get outside and explore their neighbourhood. Walden’s first – and last – location had been outside the local Highland Lawn Bowling Club, and Tomkins had intended to place him in other

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Gnome-napping in Westboro When Andrea Tomkins placed Walden – a garden gnome complete with shades, jeans, and arms crossed in clear attitude – in a local flowerbed, she wasn’t expecting a gnome-napping. The well-known Westboro blogger of “A Peek Inside the Fishbowl” fame ( notebook) had intended to hide Walden in various locations around the neighbourhood throughout the summer, and had invited her followers to join in, tracking Walden and discovering his hiding places. Andrea Tomkins described the game as a mix of geocaching and a continuation of her previous Trust Experiment. In March of 2007, Tomkins left a wallet with a ten dollar bill in a local coffee shop and

Westboro landmarks and places tied to local history or modern trivia. “I was going to have him up at Dovercourt, under a stand of Saskatoon berries,” Tomkins says, mentioning that most people aren’t aware that the berries are edible. Walden’s premise was an example of synthesizing the virtual world with the local community. “I live a lot of my work life within social media, and I think there’s a huge value to getting off the computer and doing something ‘in real life’.” Pan-tastic Trinidadian music at Somerset Square On July 9, the steel drum band, the Nepean Pan Harmonics, played to a lively crowd at Somerset Square. The weather held for an evening of dancing, face painting and fun. Continued on page 9


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Kids enjoy the swings and balloons at the July 2013 Iona Park party. Below: Mary-Ann Lowe, a few months old, Rob Lowe, 6, and Lea-Ann Mallette, 1, in Iona Park in July, 1969. Photo courtesy of Violet Lowe.

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Generations at play in Westboro to be a swamp that was overgrown The pool may not have with trees and opened for Iona Park’s shrubs. Robert annual Pool Opening Lowe, born in 1936, Party on June 29, but grew up on Wesley there was still plenty to Avenue and recalls celebrate on the park’s playing in the trees 50th anniversary. Despite and riding his cool temperatures and neighbour’s ponies threatening skies, over there. 130 people came to the Jon, 5 and Lorrie, 7, of Hilson Avenue enjoy Lowe and his park at the corner of ice cream with sprinkles from the Merry wife Violet have Iona and Hilson Avenues, Dairy Ice Cream Truck. lived at the north most of whom were local entrance to the park families with young children. for 56 years. Violet says the park has been “This is such a great community,” said well used by her four children and six Jennifer Demers, who lives on the north grandchildren. She has also seen the ebbs end of the park. She brought out 75 pork and flows of families who use the park, sliders, a contribution to the festivities swelling at times and at other times from the Trailer Pork Boys – a food truck receding “like tides in the ocean.” stationed at Carling and Merivale of Iona Park is certainly in a high tide which she and her husband are part period now. At the pool opening/ owners. anniversary party, kids enjoyed bubble Ever since the City built this park in wands and crafts provided by Mothercraft, 1963 and installed a wading pool, stories from the Ottawa Public Library Westboro’s Iona Park has been a draw for volunteers, and Timbits from the Rogers young families. TV Community Cruiser. Mayor Jim “I would have lost my mind as a mom Watson and Jennifer McKenzie, chair of on maternity leave without this wading the Ottawa Carleton District School pool,” said Naomi Short of Mulvihill Board and Sommerset/Kitchissippi trustee, Avenue, adding that her daughter learned also dropped by to say hello and chat with to walk in it. parents. Glenda-Jane Sullivan was 4 years old Around noon, Captain John Davis when the City installed the pool. She says brought a fire truck down from Station 23. she practically grew up in the park; from “The fire truck is here! The fire truck is “sunrise to sunset” she’d be swimming here!” children cried out, as they ran to and playing games like hide-and-seek and line up for turns to climb inside. Twokick-the-can with her siblings and year-old Chloe from Avondale Avenue neighbourhood friends. was so happy sitting in the driver’s seat But of all her fond memories of Iona that she didn’t want to get down. Park, Sullivan says her fondest is when she As the fire truck was preparing to brought her own kids to the pool some 20 leave, the Merry Dairy ice cream truck years later. pulled up, another arrival that was greeted Before the park was built, the area used with much enthusiasm. Story and photos by Anita Grace

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Dark sky planet gazing the focus of Nocturne V A sidewalk party, astronomy lectures and a neighbourhood band added to the festive mood set by CUBE Gallery and Julian Avenue on July 5. For Catch Up photo galleries, visit:

Lining up for a glimpse at Saturn’s rings. Photo by Ted Simpson

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Community spirit on the run in the hot, hot sun Continued from page 1

Coach Mike Patone celebrates every runner across the line. Photos by Ted Simpson

Many of the young runners who used to participate in the 1K now not only run their own 5K but cross the finish line and then run back to pace their parents up the last hill to the end. Next year’s event will be held on Sunday, July 13. For the full photo gallery visit: Malcolm Paisley gets his game face on.

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This summer, a Company of Fools will be taking over Hintonburg Park for the tenth anniversary of their summer Torchlight Shakespeare series with their production of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Hintonburg’s own Catriona Leger. “Downton Abbey meets Bugs Bunny, and they all get together and eat some jellybeans,” are the words Leger uses to describe her latest work with the Fools. The Merry Wives of Windsor is a classic comedy that tells the story of Shakespeare’s rougue, Falstaff, a con man with a penchant for drink and women and his failed attempts to woo two married women. “Shakespeare is something that particularly as a director I find I’m doing more and more of,” says Leger. “I love directing Shakespeare because the text is so rich and the stories are so engaging, but it’s also open to interpretation and fantasy.” Leger’s take brings the story to England’s Edwardian period, a period where women are just starting to find freedom. This is exemplified as we see the merry wives use and abuse Falstaff for their own amusement. Everything is presented with a heavy dose of saturated colour from the costumes and backdrop. The constant challenge facing a Company of Fools production is putting together an entire cast of characters with only six actors. In

this production 19 characters are split between the crew. “It’s a challenge that I embrace,” says Leger. One of the actors in this summer’s production is John Doucet, also of Hintonburg. Doucet has three roles in The Merry Wives: Parson Hugh Evans, Mistress Quickly and the host of the Garter Inn. “Catriona has been very good about making sure that we stay within her rules and we’ve been very good about making sure we push her boundaries,” says Doucet. For added chaos, the play’s final scene requires all characters to be on stage at once. One of Leger’s clever solutions has been to replace actors with puppets, incorporating a ventriloquist style into the production. “One of the things I love about the Fools, is they take these big plays and they figure out how to do them with only six people. To me that’s exciting theatre,” says Doucet. Company of Fools received a special honor earlier this month, when Mayor Watson declared July 3 Company of Fools Day in Ottawa. The Fools are touring the show through parks in every neighbourhood in the city, arriving at Hintonburg Park for performances on July 26 and 27 and Clare Gardens in Westboro on August 6. Doucet is looking forward to the opportunity to perform close to home, “Hintonburg park is great, my wife and kids come with a picnic.” The performances start at 7 p.m. and run for 90 minutes. The show is

John Doucet and Catriona Leger playfully embrace the challenge of small casts, Shakespearian scripts and fun crowds.

free, but donations are greatly appreciated as the support keeps local theatre alive. Look for Doucet again this September as Company of Fools continues the adventures of Falstaff in Margo MacDonald’s adaptation of Henry IV, Hal & Falstaff.

Shakespearian cowboys delight Iona Park’s picnic crowd The Comedy of Errors goes western Story and photo by Helen Pike

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We all know parks are for playing in but this summer parks in Ottawa are turning into stages for a different kind of play—Outdoor Theatre. Kitchissippi parks will be hosting Bear & Co. for Shakespearian fun and entertainment. This season, in a park near you ,enjoy the outdoors, bring some food and have a laugh with the western-themed production of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. We caught up with the troupe at Iona Park, where Kirkwood neighbours and visitors from all over Ottawa gathered in a circle with food and drink. “Last year was our first year as a professional show,” says Anna Lewis, director and actor in the production. She worked with Salamander Theatre for Young Audiences before branching off with some other eager actors to start their own production. “We usually do a three quarter thrust stage but this year we did four sides,” she says, explaining the setup. The rounded stage makes the

Theatre in the park means blankets on the grass, picnics and connecting with the actors’ lively performances.

play very inviting and even more intimate. “When the audience gets a chance to see the reactions of the rest of the audience, it’s almost like permission to enjoy or to react, and you get to see how other people are doing that, and it creates a sense of an event,” says Lewis. During the performance, a loud plane flies overhead, unexpected but welcomed by the quick-witted actors. It becomes a part of the

performance and everyone erupts in laughter. Lewis says this is what outdoor theatre is all about— organic moments that make every performance special. “When you are in a park there are so many things you can’t control that it makes you be present and audiences pick up on that,” she says. READ MORE @ kitchissippi.c

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SPMTs wheel in the new bridge section above Kirkwood Avenue. Photo by George Hudson


Bridge replacement for spectators Rapid Bridge Replacement on Queensway at Kirkwood

Story and photos by Anita Grace

Years of planning and construction culminate in an impressive feat of engineering called ‘rapid bridge replacement’. On the night of July 6, two sections of the Queensway bridge above Kirkwood Avenue were replaced in less than 17 hours. Dozens of spectators gathered to watch as the old bridge sections were removed and the new ones were slid into place. Hintonburg resident Blair McMurren brought his two sons, Hugo, 5 and Joseph, 3, to watch from the bleachers set up by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) in the parking lot of the Embassy West Hotel. “The kids are total construction fanatics,” McMurren said. The section of the Queensway between the two Carling Avenue ramps was closed at 6 p.m. In less than three hours, the two old bridge spans were removed and carried away by ‘self-propelled modular transporters’ or SPMTs, massive, customized systems of hydraulic suspensions, adjustable bearing plates, flatbed trailers and hundreds of wheels. The old bridge sections were taken behind the fire station at Carling and Kirkwood and within minutes other SPMTs were wheeling the new sections into place. Each new section weighs 600 tonnes and measures 24 by 21 metres. Once they were set in place, several

Anita Masterson and Efrain Guevara of Kirkwood Avenue set up lawn chairs at the intersection of Kirkwood and Carling.

Peter Beaulne and son, Tallinn, 4, watch the action.

hours were spent making adjustments to ensure the girders were correctly carrying the heavy load. “We won’t open and we won’t say it’s done until it’s safe for the public,” said Brandy Duhaime, MTO’s Regional Communications Coordinator. “They can take all the time they need to tweak,” said Monique Bouchard, who was watching from the stands. Bouchard, who lives near Merivale Avenue, takes the Kirkwood on-ramp to work each day. She has seen the new bridge sections being constructed beside the highway over

the last year and a half, so was interested in seeing them finally put in place. “It’s fascinating that they can replace it this quickly,” she said. The rapid bridge replacement method was used for the first time in Ontario for the Queensway bridge replacement at Island Park Drive in 2007. In 2008, the Clyde Avenue bridge, and in 2011, the Carling Eastbound bridge were replaced the same way, making this the fourth time such technology is used in Ottawa. “It shortens the impact on traffic,” explained Don Rowart, the Senior Project Engineer, noting that the Queensway only has to be closed for approximately 17 hours. Traditional methods of building bridges on-site require road closures and lane reductions for two or three years. “This is also safer since there is less traffic exposure to workers.” Peter Makula, MTO’s Chief Engineer for Eastern Ontario, noted that the 417 highway is already at capacity, so it is important to minimize impact on commuters. The $17.8 million project replaces old bridges that were built in 1960 and which were corroding as salt penetrated the thin concrete slab. The new bridges are built with stainless steel and fiberglass and are expected to last for 75 years. The Queensway bridges over Carling Avenue Westbound were replaced using the same method overnight on July 13-14.

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Dwayne Brown of Hintonburg and Patti Church of Westboro, along with the Glebe’s Shawn MacDonell, are the creative force behind the Community Couch, coming to your neighbourhood this summer.


Sitting surprisingly pretty Comfy, iconic couch draws people together Story and photos by Denise Deby

A faded but elegant sofa has popped up recently on a busy Hintonburg sidewalk, a quiet Westboro street and a leafy Glebe park. Curious passers-by come to sit, stand and even jump on it. Kids and pets try it out. People ask questions and stay to chat; some pose on the couch for photos that are posted on a Tumblr site ( It’s the Community Couch and buzz about it is spreading by word of mouth and through social media. Patti Church, who’s a Westboro resident, consultant and marketing and business professor at Algonquin, was interested in doing something innovative and community-oriented, so she approached Shawn MacDonell, a Glebebased creative campaign developer and owner of Creativision, and Dwayne Brown, a Hintonburg resident, commercial and corporate photographer and community blogger at Wellington End ( The three dreamed up the Community Couch project during a “beerstorming” at the Hintonburg Public House. Although they’ve each worked on creative initiatives, it’s the first time the three have collaborated, and the project is evolving as they engage with people and each other. “It’s organic,” says Brown. That interactive and flexible approach means that couch appearances aren’t announced in advance, although people can follow @communitycouch on Twitter for updates.

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When people come across the couch, they usually stop to find out what it’s all about. Church says that’s the idea—to get neighbours talking with each other. “This is about connecting people and making memories for them,” explains the longtime community builder. “The fact that it’s a little odd and a little quirky makes it stand out,” says Brown, who’s done other interactive photography projects in the area. “We all live in these neighbourhoods where we see the same people every day but don’t really get to know them,” explains MacDonell. “Stopping to talk just makes life a little bit better.” Brown says the idea is also to build bridges across neighbourhoods, so the couch will continue to pop up in Kitchissippi and surrounding communities this summer. The Community Couch benefits the co-creators as well as the community, they say. “To me it’s no different than going to a yoga class—it’s for me, and it’s not work. Except instead of going for a bike ride we put a couch in a truck and carry it around,” laughs Church. The Community Couch team includes Patti’s daughter Kayla, who’s an aspiring photographer, and Maija Hirsimaki, who works with Brown. Other family and friends, and the Dovercourt Recreation Centre, have helped get the couch where it needs to go. “It’s all about community spirit,” says Church. “It creates a whimsical, fun spirit, which I believe we feel our neighbourhoods all have. We’re just adding flavour to it.”

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July 18-August 29: after the bell Youth aged 6-13 years old can meet every Tuesday and Thursday night (4:30-6:30 pm) at the Roy Duncan Park for sports and activities from July 18 to August 29. The park is located at the corner of Scott and Churchill. Look for the Dovercourt van. The program is sponsored by the Dovercourt Recreation Centre, Carlington Community Health Centre and United Way Ottawa. For more information, please contact Breanna Gibbon at 613-7224000 ext 325 or July 22-August 19: Monkey Rock Music In Roy Duncan Park, at the corner of Scott and Churchill, from 9:30-11:00 am, the popular Van Lang Playgroup meets for a free musical program. Monkey Rock Music is a fun, entertaining and creative participatory music program for young children and their adult caregivers. Snacks are provided. For more information please contact Marie-Claude at 613-728-1839, ext 291 July 19 and 30: Shakespeare in the park Live theatre in your own park! On July 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 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. 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 23: Public Meeting at Dovercourt Friends, staff past and present, board members past and present, volunteers, clients, partners and sponsors, you are invited to Here We Grow!, a public meeting at Dovercourt, 411 Dovercourt Avenue, on our proposed building expansion and renovation from 7 to 8:30 pm in our upstairs lobby. Your suggestions, concerns, and support, would be greatly appreciated. July 23: Climate Change Documentary, Do the Math Please join us for a free screening of Do the Math at 7pm at the Hintonburg Community Centre in the Wellington room. Do The Math is a 42-minute documentary about the rising movement to change the terrifying arithmetic of the climate crisis. This important film follows Bill McKibben as he depicts the reality of climate change and launches the ‘Fossil Free Divestment Campaign’. Although set in the United States, the facts that the film outlines apply globally, making it imperative for all of us to watch. Special guest David Rhynas, from Climate Reality

Canada, will join us prior to the screening and provide a 15-minute talk about climate change. This talk identifies steps that our society should undertake toward a more sustainable world. The screening will be followed by Q&A, coffee and snacks, and information about the fossil fuel divestment campaigns Ottawa is currently working on. For more information, or to get involved, please join

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. Home-baked 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.

July 24: Tea and Tour Abbeyfield House, 425 Parkdale Avenue is a nonprofit 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 2-4pm. Next tea: Wednesday, July 24. Please RSVP at: 613-729-4817

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.

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: july 27: dog movie night Parkdale Park, 8 pm. For the second year in a row, the Hintonburg Community Association and Global Pet Foods will be hosting an outdoor movie screening for dogs (and their humans) at Parkdale Park (behind the Parkdale Market). There will be demonstrations starting at 8 pm with the movie screening at 9:15. Last year’s screening was a great success with both the human and furry audience. 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.

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August 19 - 23: Vacation Bible School Come join us at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 715 Roosevelt Avenue, for our Vacation Bible School this summer, 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 / / 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. SEPTEMBER 17: Scottish country dancing 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:

Laroche Park in Mechanicsville. Contact Lorrie at 613-761-6672 or email: 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. 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. CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH - INTERMEDIATE/ ADVANCED Practice and improve your Spanish speaking skills. We are Los Amigos Toastmasters We meet at the Civic Hospital, Main Building, Main Floor, Room 3 at the back left of the Cafeteria “Tulip Café” Mondays at 5:15 pm to 6:30 pm. Call Carole at 613-761-6537 or e-mail: 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: 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.

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