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Local actress Kate Smith and transplanted Kitchissippi native Amanda Sage are two artistic forces behind a new short film, Bliss, that recently made its local debut at the Ottawa International Film Festival. Bliss is the second film written and directed by Sage, who dabbles in a

number of creative fields including writing and photography. After years spent applying for grants and coming up with nothing, Sage decided to go ahead with the film after a few budget conscious changes – like substituting a sandy, tropical beach for a frozen garlic field in Quebec. The short film focuses on the a troubled, emotional relationship

between and a man and woman. “It started out as postcard moments, but then you find out they are not these idyllic, post card moments,” Sage says of the storyline. Without the luxury of a long run time, Sage says she chose to show only “snapshots of key moments” as opposed to showing everything. Continued on page 5

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The Kitchissippi community has welcomed with open arms a very important program, according to Holly Martin. Martin is a placement and job coach co-ordinator with WAVE (Work and Volunteer Experience) Ottawa – a program founded and run by the Dovercourt Recreation Association. The program helps adults with autism find work and volunteer experience in the community. It also raises awareness of the potential of adults with autism. WAVE participants were at the recreation centre on October 3 for a bake sale to raise money for the program. “(The Kitchissippi community) has been beyond helpful,” says Martin. “I think the community is a huge aspect of the program. A lot of the people who access Dovercourt are from Kitchissippi, and their attitude towards us so positive. Everyone is so welcoming and supportive.” The program started earlier this spring at the recreation centre, and currently has 22 apprentices working or volunteering in various jobs across the city – from working with children, to working in a flower shop. Martin connects the apprentices to their job of choice, and helps them learn skills that will benefit them in the workplace. She adds that the program has been a huge success so far, and apprentices have been doing a fabulous job in their placements. “It’s really interesting to see the relationships they end up forming (with employers),” says Martin. “Their work is just as valuable as anyone else’s, and they all have a great work ethic.” John Rapp, executive director of Dovercourt, says the program is a first venture into a new area for the recreation centre. He says Dovercourt was

Edward King, Holly Martin, Jill Louise Goddard and Matthew McMahon took part in a bake sale to raise money for WAVE Ottawa.

approached by a small group of parents that were seeking a program that would help adults with autism develop job skills – and, help them find employment and have greater autonomy. “While Dovercourt has hosted supported workers with developmental difficulties from a number of agencies in our work force for over 20 years, this was our first venture into doing the recruitment, training, and placement of people ourselves,” Rapp says. ”We have been able to get some great staff with expertise and enthusiasm to lead it . . . it is amazing what you can do when your attitude is to just say yes.” He adds that Dovercourt is motivated by an important issue parents brought forward – that there is a significant gap in service for adults with developmental disabilities. “They are left to fend largely for themselves,” says Rapp. “The greatest issue for parents is who will look after their now adult children when they are gone. This program is, on our small community scale, part of the answer to that issue.” For more information about WAVE, visit

Carlingwood Y is a go The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is proceeding with plans to open a new Y in the Carlingwood Mall, thanks to strong support from partners and the Carlingwood community. The community’s positive response to their recent membership drive was critical for the Y to proceed with its plan to lease and renovate a 23,500 sq. ft. space inside the Carlingwood Mall. With this confirmation now in place, renovations will begin immediately and the planned opening date is scheduled for January 2014. “The community has truly rallied to make the Carlingwood Mall Y a reality,” says Deirdre Speers, President and CEO of the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region. “We are pleased to announce our decision to proceed with this facility and we look forward to welcoming our new members and building upon our strong partnerships as we move forward.” The YMCA-YWCA is still encouraging people in the community to register and join to help build an even stronger member base for the Carlingwood Y’s launch. The Y will maintain its presence

in the Carlingwood Mall in order to process further registrations. “We want to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who has shown their commitment to us,” says Tosha Rhodenizer, Vice President of Health, Wellness and Family Engagement for the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region. “It is truly humbling that so many of you believed in our ability to bring a Y back to Carlingwood, and we can’t wait to open our doors once again to this wonderful community.” Rhodenizer thanked the many volunteers, community groups and media partners who shared the Y’s message, as well as 20Vic Management Inc. - which manages the Carlingwood Shopping Centre - for its ongoing support. As a special thanks to its supporters, the Y is offering everyone who has preregistered for the Carlingwood Y’s free advance access to any of its other fitness facilities in the National Capital Region, beginning December 1, 2013 and continuing until the Carlingwood Y opens in 2014.

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Seeing the trees

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Appreciating nature and history through the Champlain Oaks Story and photos by Denise Deby

Kids and adults celebrated their neighbourhood and some very special trees on September 25, National Tree Day, thanks to Champlain Park community members who’ve taken an interest in the area’s bur oaks. About 70 students in Grades 2 and 6 at St. George School came out in the morning to Champlain Park to learn about the distinctive oak trees. In the evening, around 50 neighbours turned up to hear tales of the trees. The bur oaks were once part of an ancient oak forest along the Ottawa River, say volunteers with the Champlain Oaks Project, the group that organized the event. They estimate that some of the giant trees are more than 150 years old. The group is trying to save the oldgrowth oaks that are threatened by infill development, and they’re planting and nurturing new oaks grown from older trees’ acorns. “They’re very old genes that are adapted to this environment,” explains project co-founder Daniel Buckles, “so we’re using the local genes to replant rather than bringing in trees that come from elsewhere.” The students planted a bur oak seedling in the park and visited two trees on Northwestern Avenue that

some of them helped plant a year ago. Jennifer Neate of Champlain Park and her homeschooled daughters Helene and Eden joined in the fun. “It’s an amazing opportunity for home-schooled kids to have this kind of natural education in their own neighbourhood, and also to have the inspiration of other residents who really care about these sorts of things,” says Neate. Participants examined a crosssection of a massive bur oak trunk, touched fuzzy acorns and heard about the trees and their benefits from the Champlain Oaks Project, the Society of Ontario Nut Growers’ Eastern Chapter and Hidden Harvest Ottawa. Champlain Oaks advocate Dennis Van Staalduinen connected the area’s history, from Algonquin peoples through Samuel de Champlain’s arrival 400 years ago to recent times, to the lifespan of one bur oak. The celebration also demonstrated what a few people can achieve in their communities with research, action and determination. “You really have to ask questions and be curious. That’s what we did,” Van Staalduinen told the kids. The group is working with the city and councillor’s office to establish an interpretive display about the oaks at


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this area and they don’t seem to care. I don’t know how often I yell at drivers to slow down. My solution to some of these problems would be to install a speed bump 100m from Clare Avenue on Tweedsmuir. That way the cars would have to slow down. I notice speed bumps on Iona Avenue from Island Park drive to Kirkwood Avenue. There is a big speed bump on Kirkwood and that is working very well. Speed bumps on Hilson Avenue are also effective from Clare Avenue to Iona Avenue... and also near the school off Byron Avenue. There are also speed bumps on Granville, Clarendon, and Harmer. I do not know what it takes to get some speed bumps, but if I run a petition in our area, that might do it. A flashing light that tells you how fast you are going would be good too. Maybe we do what the people near Spencer Street off Wellington do... make big yellow signs that say “there are children playing in the area... slow down.” Maybe we park our cars on each side of Tweedsmuir, so that it becomes a one lane avenue. That is how I feel. Eventually it will be resolved, but hope it happens before anyone gets hurt. – Gilles Guttadauria

Where’s the green? I live in a condo overlooking Westboro facing east and I am very concerned with the size of the ‘houses’ being built. Many houses are almost four stories high. There are very large townhouses being built where average houses used to stand. Concrete covers the ground where the trees once grew. The green is disappearing. What is happening to Westboro Village? Does the City of Ottawa have a height or size restriction on new homes being built? Why do they not insist on replacing trees in residential areas?

A bird’s eye view from a concerned resident of Westboro. Photo by R. Winnberg

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Hintonburg’s Kate Smith, in Bliss.

Local film debuts at OIFF Continued from page 1 For Smith, as an actress, the role was a departure from her usual work in live theatre. “Doing film is weird for me because it’s not chronological, and you have a chance to go back and do the same moment 15 times,” she says. With only two actors in the cast, and a story leaning heavily on Smith’s character, the film puts a spotlight on the actress as her character struggles with feelings of being hurt and confused. “It’s a little intimidating to have to carry a story,” says Smith. “The process was really fun and really relaxed.” With Sage on hand as a guide, Smith was able to overcome the challenges of performing in an unusual situation, “Working with Amanda was really cool because she had written the piece as well so she had a lot of insight into my character,” says Smith. While she has done small roles in film before, in commercials and instructional films, this project was the first artistic work the Hintonburg actress has put to video. After years in the ephemeral realm of

theatre acting, Smith finds it difficult to sit back and watch herself perform, “I can’t watch the film, I can’t watch myself,” she laughs. Bliss has been screened at the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival and the Kingston Canadian Film Festival before coming home to make a local debut on October 4 at the Ottawa International Film Festival, an event now into its fifth year. With her foray into film accomplished, Smith is focusing on her theatre career, both as an actress and as the artistic director of two local theatre companies, Salamander Theatre and Skeleton Key Theatre. Salamander Theatre is currently running a series at Hintonburg’s Great Canadian Theatre Company as part of the GCTC Children’s Sunday Series. The periodic Sunday afternoon shows provide a theatre experience tailored for children and also include the local Rag and Bones puppet show. “It’s nice to have family theatre in the neighbourhood, because there are so many young families in Hintonburg and the area,” says Smith.


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Shortfall at the Parkdale Food Centre Wishlist includes fresh produce, milk, eggs Story and photo by Anita Grace

The grocery bags are a little lighter these days at the Parkdale Food Centre (PFC). Even though more people than ever before are turning to the local food bank, the non-profit centre is facing a shortfall in funding and is unable to provide everything clients need. “We are currently in a shortfall situation which is making programming and basic purchases a struggle,” says PFC board member Hilary McVey. She explains that financial donations are down, especially from individuals. At the Annual General Meeting on September 24, the board was forced to cap the grocery budget at a third of what it has been. The PFC receives 50 per cent of its distribution from the central Ottawa Food Bank. They rely on direct donations, both of money and food, to complete the distribution for over 700 clients each month. Executive Director Karen Secord used to have $4,000 each month to spend on dairy, eggs, meat, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as on supplementary items like toothbrushes. Already a thrifty shopper who combs the city for sales and bulk purchase discounts, Secord will now have only $2,500 to spend. The impact of these cutbacks has been felt already. Last week she did not have the funds to purchase the crate of eggs that many clients rely on as an easy-tocook source of protein. That day, Thyme and Again stepped in and donated a large crate, but the shortfalls will continue until the volunteer-run email: organization can raise funds to restore the grocery budget. web: Secord notes that PFC’s clientele is increasingly made up of the ‘working D D poor’, those who have employment but SOL SOL are still unable to cover all their expenses, as well as more seniors and children. Hintonburg resident and client Denny Barch appreciates that the food centre is welcoming and accessible to everyone. Things like an open door, fresh coffee, and 397 Huron Avenue S 328 Fairmont Avenue 147 Sherwood Drive 2246 Lawn Avenue 72 Greenfield Avenue #3 Civic Hospital - $869,000 Civic Hospital - $965,000 Civic Hospital - $1,898,000 slices of cake help to remove the stigma Carlingwood Canal/Ottawa East Magnificent 6 bedroom century home. Beautiful 4 bedroom & 3 bath family home. Two lots include stunning pool oasis and often associated with using emergency Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home Great 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home. Walk to canal. kitchen a chef’s dream. Main flr fmly Soaring ceilings & large principleHardwood rooms floors,Gourmet sophisticated 3000sq ft + custom 4 bdrm home. open concept main floor food services. “That stigma keeps people Hardwood floors, eat-in kitchen, private deck Landscaped private backyard with cedar deck. Fully fenced private backyard with deck. Rare double car garage, professionally landscaped. Attached garage. Private south-facing backyard. Attached garage w/inside entry. Fabulous location! getting the help they need.” web:from “Everybody deserves to have good D quality food,” Secord says. “It doesn’t D D SOL SOL SOL

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Westboro Legion tests trivia for charity Do you think you’ve got what it takes? Story and photo by Kristy Strauss

If you know random facts about sports, geography – even bananas – you might want to think about attending the Westboro Legion’s upcoming trivia charity night event. “We’re trying to make it work for the legion, work for the community, and allow people to have some fun,” says Westboro resident Doug Cody, who has helped organize the legion’s Trivia Challenge for Charity. The event is the legion’s third of the year, and Cody says it has been a great success so far. The Trivia Challenge for Charity invites teams of one to six to compete, and the winners take home a prize donation for their charities of choice. Depending on attendance, cheques have ranged from $100 to $500 for the particular charity. The first event was so successful, says Cody, that the legion was able to award three teams. “We ended up giving money away to three organizations during the first one we held in February,” says Cody. Charities that have benefited from the event so far include the Ottawa Humane Society, The Snowsuit Fund, and Cat-AMatch animal rescue. The Snowsuit Fund buys and distributes snowsuits for needy children in the Ottawa community. Cat-A-Match is a safe haven where cats can stay if they don’t find a home – many of them from the streets or saved from euthanasia. They are nursed back to health and are spayed or neutered, and fully vaccinated, before they are adopted. Orrin Kerr, a Westboro resident and legion member, serves as master of ceremonies for the event and tests participants’ trivia knowledge. He says the event is a great way to help the legion and also a variety of other charitable causes. “It works out both ways,” Kerr says. “People come down to trivia night, pay an entry fee which goes toward the operations of the building, and our charity funds go to a new cause. I think it’s a brilliant idea. Everyone loves trivia.” Cody adds that the legion hopes that

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the Trivia Challenge for Charity becomes a regular event throughout the year. “We’re trying to establish this as a regular event for us to raise money and for people to have fun,” he says. “And, it improves awareness of our branch.” The Trivia Challenge for Charity will take place on October 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the lower hall of the Westboro Legion. The event will also feature the Ottawa Citizen’s Dave Brown as a celebrity judge. Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Katherine Hobbs will be sponsoring a team. There is a registration fee for teams to participate and the winning team will have its fee (up to $50) refunded. For more information follow the Westboro Legion on Twitter at @WestboroLegion, or contact Claudine Wilson at Follow the Kitchissippi Times on Facebook for the latest community news and events:

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Most dog owners are familiar with that “dog breath” smell associated with bacteria in the mouth. But by the time we can smell that odour, or see tartar build up, there is often significant disease under the gum line that we cannot see, some of which may be irreversible. The goal behind any comprehensive oral health program, part of which is an annual cleaning, is to prevent this hidden damage. Untreated, this damage can result in the need for extraction. Because it is impossible to do a thorough oral examination while a dog is awake, an annual dental exam and cleaning under general anaesthetic is recommended for at risk breeds. Your veterinarian needs to be able to evaluate each tooth with respect to the amount of tartar, gingivitis and the depth of the periodontal pocket around the base of the tooth. They also need to take note of, and assess, any broken or loose teeth, as well as teeth with significant bone loss. X-rays of the entire mouth should also be taken to evaluate the 60% of the tooth that we cannot see.

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KT BRIEFS Release of the draft Scott Street CDP On November 13, area residents are invited to a meeting about the ongoing development of the Scott Street Community Design Plan. The meeting will be led by Urban Strategies Inc., the urban design consultant hired by the City of Ottawa to undertake the Scott Street CDP. The CDP will address the design of Scott Street after the Light Rail Transit (LRT) construction is completed, the location of future tall buildings and uses within the CDP area, and the future of the residential neighbourhoods. The meeting will take place at the Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington Street West, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a presentation beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Westboro residents Jacob Cooper (left) and Jakob Bouse. Photos by Andrea Tomkins The great thing about OIAF is the fact that you can snag some pretty cool looking autographs.

Local students at the OIAF Elmdale students Jacob Cooper and Jakob Bouse (both 10) were chosen to be Kid Jury Members in the Ottawa International Animation Festival, which took place September 18-22. Jakob Bouse found his role as juror in the television category to be especially challenging. “Those were really hard decisions,” he said. “I really liked all of them.” Not only did the boys help pick the winners in the television and movie short animation categories, but they also had the opportunity to meet the people behind the scenes. The experience has inspired Jacob Cooper to work on his stopmotion animation projects. He may even follow in his father’s footsteps. Dave Cooper recently sold an animated TV series he co-created called PIGGOATBANANACRICKET - to Nickelodeon.




Nepean High School celebrates 24 years of supporting the United Way Nepean High School’s 24th annual United Way/Dave Smith Foundation Breakfast will be taking place on Friday November 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. This student-run event is made possible by the overwhelming support and donations from businesses and people within the community. The event will include live music, door and raffle prizes and local celebrities serving breakfast. For more information call Kimberly Elmer at Nepean High School at 613-722-6551 or send an email to unitedwaybreakfast@nepeanhs. Wicked fun planned for Westboro Mark your calendars! Wickedly Westboro will be taking place on October 26. Swing by Westboro Village for pumpkin carving, a haunted bouncy castle, and lots of tricks and treats for local families.

Cookie lovers converge October 5 marked the first annual Ottawa Cookie Jam. Hailed as part competition and part cookie sale, it was an opportunity for bakers and tasters to share their love for sweet treats and raise over $1100 for Parkdale United Church’s In From The Cold program. Read more about Ottawa Cookie Jam at or check out the website at www.ottawacookiejam.

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pealing cities for real estate investing right now. Both REIN and Danby suggest that sophisticated Ottawa investors should look toward revitalization areas such as expansion along the O-Train development. Kitchissippi’s extensive recent development; in particular new condo properties with retail space, is providing amenities and an upscale lifestyle, attracting businesses, buyers and renters. This high demand for Kitchissippi condo living is predicted to continue to rise, according to Danby and other real estate experts.


hen television producer Rich Danby received an unexpected offer to purchase his home in McKellar Heights just one year after moving in, he had no idea the hefty profit he earned from that surprise sale would soon lead to a new passion for real estate - and a lucrative second career as a property investor and consultant. A decade-plus later and the ambitious Danby is still living in Kitchissippi with his wife and four children, and still working as a long-time producer with Rogers TV. He is also the president of the Ottawa Real Estate Investors Organization (OREIO), an active member of The Real Estate Investment Network (REIN), owner of Rich Ottawa Investments (ROI) - and has added 7 new properties to his quickly growing portfolio - in the last six months. And don’t be fooled by Danby’s easy-going nature and cheerful smile; he’s highly driven and he’s done his homework. With plans to double his portfolio by 2015, he says real estate investing in Ottawa is on the incline. “Many investors are not happy with their underperforming portfolios and are looking for alternative options outside of stocks, bonds and mutual funds,” says Danby. “The real estate market is a great place to leverage your capital because you only have to put up 20% of the money, but you get to keep 100% of the profit. If I bought a stock for $10 and it doubled over time, that would be fantastic, right? However, if I bought a property and it doubled, I’d

Getting Started President of Ottawa Real Estate Investor and Kitchissippi resident, Rich Danby earn a 500% return because I only had to put 20% down. That’s the power of leverage! Where else can you do that?” While certainly not without risk, Danby says success in real estate investing is really a simple recipe, and comes from combining knowledge with hard work and passion. “You have to take the time to learn and understand the economic fundamentals or partner with somebody that does,” says Danby. “Look for areas with new developments, job growth and transportation improvements. Your research should be specific to the city you’re considering and the specific neighbourhood you’re interested in.” Ottawa is named one of the top ten most ap-

Committing to that first income property may seem daunting, but according to Danby, fear is most often the biggest hurdle that rookie investors must overcome to be successful. After that, he adds, the process becomes much easier as you build confidence and experience. He offers the following advice to help new investors started.

Overcome your fears. “Fear of failure is most often the biggest obstacle to overcome, says Danby. “Many people are so afraid of losing their hard-earned money that they either do nothing, or end up with ‘analysis paralysis’ and end up losing the deal to somebody else.”

Have a plan in advance.

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Seek knowledge! Start surrounding yourself with people that are doing what you want to do and that inspire you to want more. OREIO, for example, hosts monthly meetings to provide real estate education and networking opportunities.

Be patient. Don’t allow yourself to get talked into something because someone else believes it’s a great deal. “If your instincts tell you it’s not the right deal, it’s probably not.”

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Always get a building inspection. “Earlier this year, I spent about $1000.00 in due diligence on an apartment building I wanted to buy. I discovered the building would cost over $150,000 to repair. The numbers no longer made sense and the seller wasn’t willing to reduce the price enough. Some people get caught up in the excitement of negotiating and find ways to convince themselves to buy it anyway. You need to be willing to walk away, which sometimes costs money.”

Avoid rookie mistakes. “A little knowledge can be very dangerous. Taking a ‘how to’ weekend workshop does not make you an expert, but it can certainly leave you feeling like one. Jumping in too fast is one of the more common mistakes investors make. A good investment requires dedication to the process, which includes understanding the numbers, and conducting proper due diligence on the property and its surrounding areas.”

“A good investment requires dedication to the process, which includes understanding the numbers, and conducting proper due diligence on the property and its surrounding areas.”

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time and effort required. “If you’re considering a flip I would review the comparables very closely, create a budget with the help of contractors and add a minimum of 20% as a contingency fund.”

Made popular by reality television programs, flipping properties can be very profitable, but Danby says beware. “People see this as a way to get rich quick, but in truth it’s very risky. Inexperienced investors are often overpaying and making decisions based on speculation.” He adds making the decision to flip really comes down to understanding if it’s going to be profitable enough to be worth the

Danby’s excitement for the business is contagious. He warns it is also highly addictive. “I used to work hard for money, now I work hard for knowledge,” he explains. “Once you understand how to invest safely, you can improve your lifestyle, create security for your family - and retire early.”

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ou’ve made the decision to sell. Now what? With Kitchissippi communities in such hot demand, experts agree that finding creative ways to stand out in a sea of desirable listings isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. “In a hot seller’s market, staging might not matter so much,” explains Jennifer Stewart, Kitchissippi real estate broker and resident. ”But in a more balanced market (like Kitchissippi), sellers need to go above and beyond to ensure their property shows really well and grabs a buyer’s attention.”

Quick Facts Staged homes sell, on average, within 35 days on the market vs. 175 days for homes that were not. ( survey)

Interior designer and founder of Grassroots Design + Build, Emma Doucet, does her share of Kitchissippi home staging and says preparing your space for resale doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive – but it does make all the difference. “Even if potential buyers intellectually ‘understand’ that a beautifully well-staged home won’t always look that way with busy lives and families,” says Doucet. “They want to know that it can.”

“Even if potential buyers intellectually ‘understand’ that a beautifully well-staged home won’t always look that way with busy lives and families,” says Doucet. “They want to know that it can.” Doucet offers some timeless staging tips to help, whether you’re hiring a professional or tackling the task on your own:

A one to three percent investment in professional staging has a 69% return.

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Skywell Homes Townhomes 68 A-H Stonehurst Ave From $625,000 Construction status: Preconstruction Selling status: Registration Phase Total number of units: 10 units, only 6 units remaining Unit sizes: From 1290 to 1885 Sq. Ft. Ceiling heights: From 9’0” to 16’0” This contemporary new townhouse development is located in the fast-emerging Tunney’s Pasture neighbourhood. Just steps away from the Ottawa River Parkway, these executive homes are designed by architect Colizza Bruni and offer luxurious finishes, high-end designs and a rooftop terrace.

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13. Ravenhill Common, Contemporary Brownstones

Springcress Ravenhill Common Inc. Freehold Townhomes 450 Churchill Ave North (one block south of Byron at Ravenhill) From $609,900 Sales Centre address: Presentation Centre at 329 Richmond Rd, at the corner of Churchill Ave North Sales centre phone: 613- 825-0080 Estimated completion: Now under construction for early summer 2014 occupancy Total number of units: 19 units, 50% sold Unit sizes: From 1360 to 1948 Sq. Ft. Situated in a private enclave these stunning, two and three bedroom brownstones are just two blocks from the heart of Westboro. Designed by Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects Inc., Ravenhill Common is creating a striking harmony between heritage and contemporary design. Features include underground parking, two-story galleries and open lofts, private rear terrace, and rooftop decks.

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Bourk Family Developments Condominium 401 Golden Ave From $260,800 to $795,900 Sales centre phone: 613-722-9586 Sales centre address: 401A Golden Ave Sales centre hours: By Appointment Construction status: Completed Estimated completion: Completed Selling status: Selling Number of units: 160 units Unit sizes: From 567 to 1502 Sq. Ft. Live, shop and work in the heart of Westboro Village in these one- and two-bedroom condos. Designed by Barry J. Hobin and Associates, Westboro Station is a modern, mixed use development. These stylish condos offer the conveniences of an urban setting, along with a focus on living, with large terraces, views toward the Ottawa River and complementary retail space.

15. Upper West Minto Homes and Canderel Condominium From $254,900 Sales office: 400 Richmond Rd Site address: 485 Richmond Rd Sales centre hours: Mon-Thurs – 12pm-7pm, Closed Friday, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm Construction status: Preconstruction Selling status: Registration Number of storeys: 25 storeys You can own a piece of one of the most coveted areas of Ottawa – Westboro – renowned for its vibrant mix of cafés, gourmet dining and great shops. Surrounded by National Capital Commission parkland and the Ottawa River’s incredible cycling trails, beach, and jogging paths, life here is a breath of fresh air. Only steps from both the Ottawa River Parkway and public transit – it is perfect for both commuting downtown and getting away from it all.

OUTSIDE KITCHISSIPPI 16. Claridge Icon Claridge Homes Condominium 505 Preston St

Sales centre address: 550 Preston St Sales centre phone: 613-695-1441 Selling status: Registration Total number of units: 252 units Number of storeys: 45 storeys Unit sizes: Starting at 615 Sq.Ft. Situated at the intersection of Carling and Preston, Icon is a 45-storey tower, rising above all other residential buildings in the city. Enjoy the stunning vistas of Dows Lake, the Rideau Canal, the Dominion Arboretum, Commissioners Park, and Little Italy and the abundance of recreational activities, from kayaking and skating.


17. Cathedral Hill Condos

Windmill Development Group Ltd. Condominium, Townhouse 428 Sparks St From $296,584 to $2,950,000 Sales centre address: 440 Sparks St (at the corner of Bronson) Sales centre phone: (613) 701-0600 Construction status: Under construction Estimated completion: Summer/Fall 2014 Selling status: Selling Total number of units: 140 units Number of storeys: 21 storeys Unit sizes: From 641 to 4403 Sq. Ft. With a coveted address that sits on a historical heritage site neighbouring the landmark Christ Church Cathedral, the homes of Cathedral Hill are in very prestigious company. This distinguished new development combines the modern luxury of city living in a high rise building, with the tranquility of a green setting and views of the Ottawa River and Gatineau Hills. Extensive lifestyle amenities include a fitness centre and studio, movie theatre, entertainment lounge with catering kitchen, rooftop garden plots and an executive concierge. The project is also targeting LEED® Platinum certification offering the perfect balance of luxury urban living.

18. Fusion Lebreton Flats

Claridge Homes Condominium From $264,000 to $700,000 Sales centre phone: 613-232-2049 Sales centre address: Booth & Fleet St Sales centre hours: Mon-Thurs: 12-7pm, Fri: Closed, Sat/Sun/Holidays: 12-5pm Construction status: Construction Estimated completion: Summer 2014 Selling status: Selling Number of storeys: 8 storeys Location is key with this new condo project by Claridge Homes, currently under construction on the scenic grounds near the Ottawa River Parkway and Booth Street. Offering modern one, two and three bedroom condos, and urban townhomes linked to bike paths and close to all downtown conveniences, Fusion Lebreton Flats is scheduled for completion in 2014.

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Under the care of Sylvia Bogusis, Somerset Square has been transformed into a wonderful garden oasis on a busy street. Please turn to page 26 to read story. Photo by Tim Thibeault

Blooming Balconies Give Bounty Local Seniors Discover Organic Gardening By Joanne Lovett Potter This spring Senior Organic Gardeners (SOG) introduced organic container gardening to seniors at 1041 Wellington St. West. SOG, a program from the Ottawa – St. Lawrence – Outaouais Chapter of Canadian Organic Growers (COG OSO), encourages seniors to participate in this healthy activity and discover the same therapeutic benefits that millions of gardeners enjoy every year. With the encouragement of Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) and Aging-In-Place (AIP), an information meeting was organized for early June and attended by about a dozen interested but slightly apprehensive seniors. Margaret Tourond-Townson, Robert Danforth and Jessica Singh led the SOG Team and took seniors through a slide presentation explaining SOG’s objectives, the variety of plants, organic soils and container sizes available. Seniors had questions—the SOG Team had the answers. A translator was present for the Chinese tenants so everyone who attended could participate fully. Enthusiastic seniors signed up, requests for vegetables and herb plants as well as containers were made and a planting date was arranged.

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The SOG Team returned on June 13, Planting Day, with a variety of plants, containers and bags of organic soil, a major reason for the success of this program. While seniors had the option of providing their own plants and containers SOG is willing to supply all the organic plants, soil and containers if needed. Some seniors brought their own supplies while others relied solely on SOG’s supply. A busy couple of hours followed with happy gardeners learning how to prepare the soil and plant the vegetables and herbs in containers to keep on their balconies. Tenants worked together enjoying this new activity with many gardening stories shared about what had been grown in their own gardens in years past. The SOG Team followed up with several visits to monitor progress, always giving encouraging feedback, answering questions and new container gardeners had a chance to show off prized plants. If you or anyone you know is interested in this program which is offered to seniors in their homes, apts., retirement residences and long-term care facilities, please contact cog.oso.chapter@ or telephone 613-244-4000, ext. 2.

By Linda Hoad On a sunny Saturday afternoon, more than 40 heritage enthusiasts participated in the 3rd annual Heritage Forum co-sponsored by Heritage Ottawa (HO) and a different community each year. The Hintonburg Community Association (HCA) was pleased to host this year’s event. The theme, Protecting Heritage is Our Business, highlighted the accomplishments of community advocates from Dunrobin to Orléans. Prior to the presentations, about 15 participants enjoyed a mini-walking tour of Hintonburg, showcasing several buildings designated over the years at the request of the HCA. Then it was time to enjoy a lunch catered by Krackers Katering before getting down to work. The forum began with informative presentations about what makes a property eligible for designation under the Ontario Heritage Act, and the Heritage Ottawa Heritage Keeper program, a network of volunteers who report on imminent changes which pose a threat to heritage in their neighbourhoods. Cheryl Parrott (HCA) spoke about the HCA experience with the Property Standards by-law and vacant buildings – in particular the need to report promptly and to follow up with staff to ensure that the by-law is enforced. Recent changes to the Property Standards By-law to

protect vacant heritage buildings give us all a new tool which Heritage Ottawa president Leslie Maitland encouraged us to use. After a brief break to consume donated refreshments from Bridgehead (Fairmont), SuzyQ Doughnuts, Richard’s Hintonburg Kitchen and Isobel’s Cupcakes, we learned about the process of designating St. Mary’s Church ruins and cemetery. Heritage Ottawa’s newest Heritage Keeper explained her passion for the history of Goulbourn Township. Then we learned about an innovative historical plaque programme jointly sponsored by the Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l’histoire d’Orléans and the Orléans BIA. Judging by the questions and conversations during the breaks and after the presentations, participants were inspired and ready to take what they had learned back to their own communities. Heritage Ottawa has recently published a book titled, Werner Ernst Noffke: Ottawa’s Architect. Through black and white photos and text the book highlights buildings, both public and private, designed by the renowned architect, including several in Kitchissippi. To order this book, go to Heritage Ottawa’s website at The cost is $15 for non-members.

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Development, Schools Addressed at Hintonburg Meeting By Jeff Leiper, HCA The membership of the Hintonburg Community Association (HCA) passed a rare two motions from the floor at its September 25 annual general meeting. A packed room unanimously voted in favour of calling on the City to curb development in advance of planning for areas currently without community design plans, and to ask the City to find and hold land on which a new school might be built. The meeting was attended by more than 100 members, with

Kitchissippi Counselor Katherine Hobbs, school board Trustee Jennifer McKenzie, and Member of Parliament Paul Dewar in attendance.

A packed room unanimously voted in favour of calling on the City to curb development.

The normally subdued meeting, at which the association elects a new board of directors and reviews its activities, took on extra urgency this year as members have become concerned about the pace of development in the ward. New towers have been proposed at 1040 Somerset, 12 Stirling and the corner of Parkdale and Scott. Further, the association fought and eventually reached a settlement on the proposal for a 23-storey tower at 1050 Somerset, and a proposal for an 18-storey tower next to the Parkdale Market

Vicky Smallman speaks in front of a packed room at the recent Hintonburg Community Association annual general meeting. Photo by Tim Thibeault

is currently before the Ontario Municipal Board. None of these properties is

subject to a community design plan that would limit height, and residents expressed their concern at the pace of development over which many feel powerless. In response, members passed a resolution calling for the city to enact an interim control by-law that would freeze further high-rise developments until city planners can catch up with limits on height that have been agreed to by the community. In the same vein, members responded enthusiastically to a proposal by Ottawa Carleton School Board Trustee Jennifer McKenzie that the HCA and other groups ask the city to find and hold land for a future school. Hintonburg and surrounding areas have been heavily involved in a process to accomodate demands for spots in local schools, particularly in over-subscribed French immersion programs. Aside from its usual business of hearing committee and financial reports, and passing these two motions, the HCA also elected its 2013-2014 Board of Directors: Cheryl Parrott, Wayne Rodney, Linda Hoad, Sharon Fernandez, Matt Whitehead, Nicholas Olmstead, Kerry Millican, Eddie Fu, Paulette Dozois, Jeff Leiper, Rob McLean, James Valcke, Pat O’Brien, Jay Baltz, Stefan Matiation, Dickson Davidson, and new member Emily Addison. Barbara Long, Thomas Williams and Anthony Bruni, stepping down from the Board, are thanked for their service and contribution. Check out Newswest’s website at! It’s a hub of community news including announcements, paper archives, events and more.


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Old-fashioned children’s games such as sack races, tug-of-war and blowing giant bubbles were enjoyed by many at the September 9 Hintonburg Harvest Festival. Photos by Tim Thibeault

Best Day Ever! By Lorrie Marlow Someone wrote “Best Day Ever” in chalk on the cement at Parkdale Park and it perfectly describes the 13th annual Hintonburg Harvest Festival at Parkdale Park. This September 9 event coordinated by the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee (HEDC) had to roll with a rain date on Sunday but it didn’t deter the crowds! As the Bouncy Slide could not make the rain date, HEDC resorted to more old-fashioned children’s games such as sack races, tug-of-war and blowing giant bubbles. Hours of entertainment from a tub of Dawn dish soap, cornstarch, a little glycerin and a jump robe saw kids making huge bubbles only to pop them with glee! St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church had a booth for decorating cupcakes that was popular with children and adults alike! The congregation of St. Stephen’s baked 150 cupcakes for local kids to decorate. The volunteers were surprised at the number of adults that wanted to participate and were willing to

donate! Through this initiative, St. Stephen’s raised nearly $200 for the the Forward Avenue Crisis Shelter! In total, this festival raised more than $700 thanks to everyone that bought baking, BBQ or gave to the donation jars. Another new activity at this festival was decorating hats purchased from Saint Vincent de Paul with a variety of materials. Julie and her team of volunteers continue to amuse and entertain the children with games, crafts, facepainting, and a fishpond all afternoon. There were prizes for everyone donated by the HEDC. Huge thanks to Summer Baird of the Hintonburg Public House for sponsoring “Johnny Danger” who entertained the kids with an interactive music program. Jennifer Ladouceur and staff from the HCC were in attendance discussing their upcoming winter programs. The volunteer BBQ team worked like a well-oiled team cooking hot dogs donated by Giant Tiger. The bake sale containing delicious specialities from neighbours and friends, sold out early.

Our festivals would never be complete without our information tables. Thanks to in the Rosemount Library, the Hintonburg Community Centre, Wellington West BIA and GCTC for providing information on resources and events in the neighborhood. The HEDC is a small grassroots group that works hard to promote the community of Hintonburg and raise funds for local charities. The Harvest Festival originally started as a partnership between the HEDC and the Parkdale Market to celebrate the harvest and bring people out to our wonderful park. The apple pie contest is a traditional part of our festival: celebrating the harvest with the apple merchants in the market. The judges were: the renown Gay Cook, former foodie with the Ottawa Citizen, Summer Baird of the Hintonburg Public House and Maxine Black of Alpha Soul who deliberated carefully over the pie entries. The top winners received a gift basket from Alpha Soul Café. This free festival is important to families and residents to reconnect. The huge success of this festival now is due to our many volunteers and donations from local businesses. HEDC would like to thank our many generous sponsors and forgive us if we miss any: Giant Tiger, Carleton Tavern, Parkdale Market, City of Ottawa, Alpha Soul Cafe, Hintonburg Community Centre and St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church. Anyone that would like to volunteer with HEDC, donate or learn more about us, please call Lorrie at 613-761-6672 or email Watch for our next event which is “Diwali – the Festival of Lights” in October!

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Linda Colette (left), with Newswest board president Gary Ludington, and Anita Grace (right) were the winners of the Newswest 35th Anniversary Quiz. Winner of the random draw prize is Barbara Derick, not shown. Photos by Pat O’Brien and Tim Thibeault.

And the Winners Are... The board of directors of Newswest would like to thank all those who participated in our 35th Anniversary Quiz. Readers had a chance to answer questions about their community over the period of the June, July and September issues. The winners of the contests are:

Linda Collette, first and third quiz, Anita Grace, second quiz, and Barbara Derick, not shown, for the random draw prize of a bird jar created by Tim Thibeault. Back Lane Cafe, Burnt Butter Restaurant and Bella’s Bistro all generously contributed to the prizes.

How Does Our Garden Grow? By the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee Under the care of Sylvia Bogusis, Somerset Square has been transformed into a wonderful garden oasis on a busy street. Somerset Square is the triangularshaped small park just where Wellington St. W. and Somerset St. W. join. The Hintonburg Economic Development Committee adopted this park many years ago. It is a tranquil park with seating around a cooling fountain. Despite being on a busy road it is a relaxing retreat, especially on a hot summer day. About 20 years ago, neighbours took out the low, weed-infested junipers and put in perennials from their own gardens. There was no water source so the plants had to be hardy enough to make it on their own through July droughts and baking sun. Since that time, the garden had become overgrown. HEDC volunteer extraordinaire, Sylvia, has transformed Somerset

Square, during the last two years, into a beautiful flowering garden. Helping the situation is the fact that during the Wellington West road reconstruction the City put in water access so the gardens could be watered. Sylvia has done 99 percent of the work in the garden. First, she added close to 100 bags of compost and manure to amend the terrible soil, then she weeded for hundreds and hundreds of hours. She divided the existing plants and last fall put in about 200 tulip bulbs, donated by the Wellington West BIA. This summer she has planted all the new plants that are there today. It is now a flowering delight. Sylvia and a new volunteer, Roger, have also cleaned out all the weeds around the trees on Wellington Ave. for a block around the square. It is now the best looking street in the entire area. One very determined woman has made a difference.

Newswest Annual General Meeting The Newswest annual general meeting will be on Monday, November 25, from 7 to 8 pm at the Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington Ave. All new and old members, local community association representatives and any interested parties should come. Seating is first come first served. Hear our year in review, editor’s report, president’s report and web report. Especially welcome are those who like to write, take photos or work in new media. Newswest serves the area north of Carling Ave., east of Woodroffe Ave., to the O-Train tracks.

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Ottawa Carleton District School Board News By Jennifer McKenzie, Kitchissippi Ward Trustee

school auditorium from 7 to 9 pm. Please monitor the ocdsb website for more details. The Working Group met through Welcome Back to School! Students, parents, teachers, staff and the summer and fall to review the our community partners are settling comments and concerns that were into the school year and getting received after the first public meetback into familiar routines. It has ing on June 20. At the October 24th been a smooth transition into the meeting a set of fully developed new school year as everyone is options for addressing the school working together to support our accommodation problems within students. To help you plan your the study area will be presented to year, the School Year Calendar is the community for feedback. posted on the OCDSB website in- Detailed information on the review cluding school PA days, holidays process and the work of the Working Group, including meeting notes, and more. The Ottawa School comments received from the pubTransportation Authority is now re- lic, and data provided to the sponsible for school transportation. Working Group by school board Their website can be found at otta- planning staff can be found by or they can be lowing the links under the reached by phone at 613-224-8800. Accommodation Reviews tab on Please watch for school buses with the Board website ( flashing lights as well as kids walking and cycling to school on our Capital Priorities roads and sidewalks. Their and The Board of Trustees must submit your safety should always be front a list of capital priorities to the Ministry by October 31. As I write of mind! this, trustees have had one discus sion on our capital priorities and Near West Accommodation will make a decision at our meeting Review Update On October 24th, the Near West on October 1. The final deciAccommodation Review Working sion will be ratified on October 22. Over a year ago, I submitted a Group will hold a second and final public meeting to seek feedback motion directing staff to develop a from the community before submit- transparent and fair process to set ting its recommendations to the capital priorities. The board of school board. The meeting will be trustees and senior staff have startheld in the Fisher Park/Summit ed working on this process which

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Reducing Poverty in Ontario By Yasir Naqvi, MPP, Ottawa Centre In 2008, the Ontario Government launched Breaking the Cycle: Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, signalling new vision for a fairer society. It is based on the belief that we can break the cycle of poverty in Ontario. Every child should have the opportunity to succeed in life, and people facing challenges should be given the tools they need to get ahead. Our Poverty Reduction Strategy marked a bold new direction, setting an aggressive goal to reduce the number of children living in poverty by 25 per cent over 5 years. The ambitious target gave us something to strive toward, raised the bar for success, and set the foundation for future work. Despite a difficult economic climate, more than 47,000 children and their families were lifted out of poverty between 2008 and 2011. Some key achievements under Breaking the Cycle include: • Providing the Ontario Child Benefit to over 950,000 children in 510,000 families; • Supporting child care modernization by investing more than $1 billion in child care in 2013-14 in the child care sector; • Launching Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy to help as many as 50,000 kids and their families; • Supporting an additional 13,000 young people through the Youth Action Plan; • Providing over 690,000 stuSchool Board Report Continued from page 27

and in building teen resiliency; Dr. Neil Gottheil, a clinical psychologist with CHEO’s outpatient mental health services; and Dr. Simon Hatcher, a psychiatrist whose research interests include suicide, and self-harm. For more information on this event, the speakers, and to register to attend, visit the CHEO Connects website, or link to it through the

dents with healthy food through the Student Nutrition Program; • Completing a review of Social Assistance programs; • Continuing to implement fullday kindergarten in the 2013-14 school year to support 184,000 students; and • Making postsecondary education more accessible, through major investments in student financial aid. In addition to these steps under the Poverty Reduction Strategy, our government has also undertaken a variety of measures over the last ten years to help build a prosperous and fair Ontario. We have raised social assistance rates by nearly 15 per cent since 2003, and committed nearly $3 billion in the largest affordable housing program in Ontario’s history during this same period. The minimum wage has also been raised seven times since 2003, and we recently created an advisory panel to provide guidance on how we can develop a formal mechanism to determine the minimum wage in the future. The level of success we have already obtained is an indication that our Strategy is working. We know that the impact of our investments is making a positive difference in the lives of Ontarians. While our government is proud of our accomplishments, there is more to do. That is why Premier Kathleen Wynne, in one of her first acts after being sworn in, created a permanent Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion. Breaking the cycle of poverty, by its very nature, is a long-term goal.

That is why the Poverty Reduction Act outlines a long-term commitment to addressing poverty in Ontario by requiring us to renew the strategy every five years. This ensures that we continue to make progress and that our solutions continue to make a difference for Ontarians living in poverty. In this regard, this summer we announced the launch of provincewide consultations to hear how government and communities can continue to work together to break the cycle of poverty. We want to hear from all Ontarians, including people who have experienced, or are experiencing poverty, experts in the field, the business community and other levels of government. Consultations have been held in communities across the province. In Ottawa, I was pleased to host a consultation on August 26 that brought together a wide variety of organizations and individuals to share their suggestions and ideas. I was proud of the contribution our community made to the development of this strategy. Suggestions and feedback are also being accepted online. For more information, or to share your thoughts, please visit www.ontario. ca/breakingthecycle. Poverty reduction continues to be a priority for our government. When too many people live in poverty, we all suffer because our province is leaving untapped potential on the sidelines. We continue to push ourselves and our partners to be creative and resourceful in finding new solutions to this complex and difficult problem.

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City Councillor Report By Katherine Hobbs, Councillor, Kitchissippi Ward Watch for news of the community meeting to better animate the Byron Linear Park west of Golden Avenue in Westboro. I have attained funding from another project, and will also use some of the cash-in-lieu of parkland fund to bolster that amount. Do you have a vision for the park? Art, funky benches, something related to our canine friends? Have your say. Tune in to www., my Twitter feed @ Katherine_Hobbs or Facebook Katherine Hobbs For Kitchissippi. On June 25th, 2013, a public meeting was held to present and obtain feedback on proposed redevelopment concept plans for Reid Park in the Civic Hospital neighboourhood. Two concept options were presented to illustrate alternative layouts for new and existing recreation facilities, parking, pathways and landscaping. Over 40 members of the community attended the meeting and provided valuable comments on the concept plan options, providing direction to the City for the preparation of a final redevelopment plan for Reid Park. We will be revealing the final plans shortly and they will be available on my website and the city website. Do you have an interesting plan to better your neighbourhood? The Neighbourhood Connection Office (NCO) helps residents and community groups work together on small-scale projects that make their neighbourhoods more liveable, vibrant, healthy and beautiful. It could be things like making streets more walkable, revitalizing a park, or artistic initiatives such as street painting. Whatever kinds of projects your neighbourhood wants to do, the

NCO is all about connecting you to the things you need. For great ideas, tools and resources to make your neighbourhood more liveable, be sure to check out our ‘do-it-yourself’ Toolkit, and consider applying to our Better Neighbourhoods Program! I would be happy to help you out with your initiative, feel free to contact my office. Thank you to the Champlain Park community for celebrating National Tree Day on September 25th with fun storytelling and history. The day started off with children from nearby St. George Catholic School planting a bur oak in Champlain Park which was successfully grown by Daniel Buckles. The Champlain Oaks Project will soon be celebrated at the fieldhouse. Funding has been attained in order to install a cross section of a bur oak on the exterior of the fieldhouse along with new benches. Inside a historical timeline will be displayed using a series of illustrations, photographs and maps which will illustrate details of the community history. Speaking of trees in Kitchissippi, did you know that Forestry will be planting 53 trees this fall? Since 2011 that means we will have planted almost 400 trees in the ward. Ginkgos, sugar maples, Japanese lilacs, red oaks and hackaberry to name a few. Need to get across Richmond Road at Broadview? The go ahead has been given for a new pedestrian light to be installed in front of the Amica at Westboro Park; this will greatly enhance people’s safety and mobility. How can I help? I’m available by email (, phone (613-580-2485) or via the website (

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By Andrew Milton, Community Police Officer Attention seniors! It’s your turn for a piece of timely advice. Family or friends of seniors, read on. Many seniors are parents and grandparents. Your children or grandchildren may not live near you, having gone further afield for any number of reasons, such as work or travel. Significant time might pass without your being able to meet younger family members face to face. Grandkids can grow up and become adults and you might not have kept close ties with them over the years. So, one day, you get a call and it’s from one of your grandchildren. He or she is in some kind of trouble and needs money to fix the problem. Perhaps a lawyer gets on the line to explain the situation. You, trusting person that you are, can’t turn away a grandchild in distress. You have a grandchild, the story sounds plausible, so you send the money. You are a good person. You have been scammed. You might get such a call and know right away that it’s a fake, because a) you’re wise to the scam or b) you don’t have grandchildren, but there are enough seniors who do to make it worthwhile for a pair of scammers to make however many calls it takes to get

a victim. One smart senior in California received such a call, pretended to be duped, but informed police who were able to pick up the scammer when he went to collect the money he thought had been sent. You are a smart senior and get a call from a grandchild in need. There’s always the possibility that it’s legitimate. But if there’s reason to believe it’s not, you have the option of hanging up or calling the Ottawa Police Fraud Unit at (613) 236-1222. ext. 5433.

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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Changing Our World in One Minute By Joanne Lovett Potter The theme of World Cerebral Palsy Day on October 2 is “Change my world, in 1 minute.” The World Cerebral Association invites you to post online a text or video, no more than one minute to read or view, giving your idea(s) to improve “mobility, independence, accessibility, communication or social connection.” I am inviting you to join me in doing just that. My one minute is about Rachelle Marengere Halpenny from Hintonburg, 1951-2012, a friend and outstanding Canadian, who with determination, hard work and unwavering family support not only changed my life but influenced the lives of thousands worldwide. Rachelle, only nine months old when she became severely handicapped with cerebral palsy, endured surgeries and years of therapy but was determined she would live a full and normal life. During her earlier years, while a student, trained and competed in multiple sports, winning hundreds of medals and awards. Marriage and children followed, becoming part of her incredibly busy life. She worked with organizations and lobbied governments to improve the lives of those with impairments. She educated those with social handicaps, “normies” in her words, who would approach her and take over without even asking if she wanted help or what kind of help she needed. Continuing her athletic training and competing she became an international athlete adding a further nine medals when she competed for Canada at the

For writer Joanne Lovett Potter, her friend Rachelle Halpenny was an outstanding Canadian, who with determination, hard work and unwavering family support notonly changed Potter’s life but influenced the lives of thousands worldwide. Photo provided by Rachelle Halpenny’s family

International Cerebral Palsy Games (1978, Scotland; 1982, Denmark) five gold, one silver and three bronze. As recently as 2006 at the 53rd annual Ottawa Sports Award Dinner Rachelle received an Individual Sports Award {Sailing(Able Sail)} along with 55 other individual sports winners and 16 teams. Will you write or make a video and post it online at Let’s have Kitchissippi join the millions of voices worldwide.

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New local business ZaZaZa Pizza recently raised $3,000 for the Parkdale Food Centre. The money was raised during a free pizza event on September 7 and 8 when the community was invited to enjoy Pizza on the house for a donation to the Parkdale Food Centre. Photo by Khadijah Khan-Potter

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By Karen Secord September 9, the Parkdale Food Centre happily accepted a cheque for $3,000 from new neighbours, ZaZaZa Pizza. The presentation took place in front of the funky eatery on Wellington Street and on-air with Kiss Fm. The money was raised during a free pizza event on September 7 and 8 when the community was invited to enjoy Pizza on the house for a donation to the Parkdale Food Centre. The response was amazing and just goes

to show that when the community becomes engaged in an issue great things can happen. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the creative generosity of ZaZaZa Pizza owners, Ion and James! ZaZaZa Pizza is a perfect partner for the Parkdale Food Centre because they share our commitment to using fresh, whole foods in everything they serve. Thanks to everyone who participated in this event.


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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 • Advice from experts • Individual assessments • Customized plans & solutions

Drop-in: 7 to 9 p.m. Tom Brown Arena 141 Bayview Road

• Trivia with Liam Maguire • Hot Stove with your favourite Alumni Players • Educational symposium

The Gladstone Station District today is a unique area within the heart of Ottawa brimming with both history and future potential. The City of Ottawa is undertaking the Gladstone Station District Community Design Plan (CDP) to work collaboratively with the community to explore, develop and recommend a vision and design concept to guide private development and public works projects in the area over the next 20 years.

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Residents and landowners are invited to attend this first Open House to review the display boards and speak with City planners to learn about this CDP study, its purpose, the study area, the process, timelines and background analysis completed to date.

• Photo opts • Autographs • Entertaining interviews

No registration is required for this event. Just drop-in at any time and provide us with input about your community! Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please call 3-1-1 or e-mail the project lead below before the event.

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OCTOBER 11-12: Art Exhibit and Sale The Nepean Fine Arts League (NFAL) invites you to its bi-annual Art Exhibition & Sale on Friday, October 11, 3 to 9 pm, and Saturday, October 12, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Ukrainian Banquet Hall, 1000 Byron Avenue. With more than 50 local exhibiting artists, you will have the opportunity to browse among a great collection of original artworks created in oil, acrylic, watercolour, and other media. All artists will be on site to answer questions about their art. Past exhibitions by NFAL have proved very intimate and rewarding for art lovers of all ages. This is a family-friendly event with music by guitarist Spencer Scharf. Admission and parking are free. For more information please contact Erika Farkas at 613-440-2683 or OCTOBER 12: Organ recital at Saint-François d’Assise Suzanne Ozorak, resident organist of the Co-Cathédrale Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue de Longueuil, Québec will give an organ recital to mark the 25th anniversary of the installation of the church’s Guilbault-Thérien, op. 28 pipe organ. Tickets are $20 and will be sold at the door. The church is at the corner of Wellington Street West and Fairmont Avenue. An elevator is available on the west side of the church by the parking lot. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information contact or call 613-7980264. OCTOBER 14: The Wellington Mile The Wellington Mile starts at the corner of Wellington Street West and Holland Avenue, and goes from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Registered participants will run the iconic distance of one mile along Wellington Street West which will be closed to traffic from 7:00 a.m. to noon. Details available at OCTOBER 15-DECEMBER 4: Parenting Course This nine-week anxiety prevention program for children 7-9 years with mild to moderate anxiety has proven to be effective in building emotional resilience and teaching strategies that are practical and useful for coping with times of worry and change. Wednesdays, October 15 to December 4, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call Family Services Ottawa 613-725-3601 ext. 207 for information and registration. OCTOBER 15: Parenting Course This five-week course offers an informative and interactive exploration of the challenges and opportunities facing parents of children aged 0 to 6. Topics include child development, effective communication, building self-esteem, setting limits, and positive discipline techniques. Tuesdays, October 15 - November 12, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call 613-725-3601 ext. 207 for information and registration.

OCTOBER 17-NOVEMBER 21: Parenting through separation and divorce Family Services Ottawa is offering a five session parenting course Thursday evenings from October 17 to November 21 (October 31 excluded), 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Call 613-725-3601 ext. 207 for information and registration. Topics: coping with stress, understanding conflict and how it affects your family, problem solving, cooperative communication, and co-parenting. OCTOBER 18: Trivia Challenge for Charity Teams of 1-6 players are invited to come and compete to win a prize donation to their favourite charity. The event will be taking place at the Westboro Legion at 7:00 p.m. in the Lower Hall, 389 Richmond Road. Fee is $10/player or $50 for team of six. Register via email: or at the door on game night between 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. OCTOBER 19 - Annual Shred-it Day! Bring your old tax files and other personal records to Hampton Park Plaza (at the intersection of Carling and Kirkwood) for this one-day Kiwanis Club of Ottawa fundraising event. Drop by between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and watch as Shred-it technicians destroy your documents at their mobile unit, safely and securely. Cost is $8 per box and there are a maximum of five boxes per person. Proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Christmas Food Basket Program. Contact the Kiwanis office for more information at 613-233-1900 or OCTOBER 19 - Pumpkins in the Park The third annual Pumpkins in the Park event will be held on from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at Fairmont Park (rain or shine). There will be a pumpkin decorating table for kids, a costume parade and contest, games, bouncy house and a pumpkin pie baking contest. If you have a great pumpkin pie recipe and want to show off your baking skills for a chance to be named CHNA’s 2013 Best Pie Baker, send your name, phone number and email address to to enter. For more information go to pumpkins-in-the-park.html OCTOBER 20 - 6th Annual Take a Veteran to Dinner Night This non-partisan event is an opportunity for community members to personally thank area veterans and their spouses by treating them to dinner. A host buys a veteran’s ticket as well as their own and the group attends the dinner together. This year’s event takes place at Tudor Hall. Cocktails are available starting at 5:00 p.m. with dinner following at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person (there is no cost for veterans and their spouses) and the evening will include an introduction of veterans in attendance, dinner, and a guest speaker. For

more information go to OCTOBER 23 - Tea at Abbeyfield House Abbeyfield House, 425 Parkdale Avenue, is a nonprofit organization that provides accommodation for 10 senior citizens. There’s tea, cake and a tour on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Please RSVP at: 613-729-4817. October 24: Near West Accommodation Review 2nd Public Consultation At Fisher Park P.S. auditorium, 250 Holland Avenue, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. This is the second public consultation for the Near West Accommodation Review involving the following schools: Cambridge P.S., Connaught P.S., Devonshire P.S., Elmdale P.S., Fisher Park P.S., Hilson Avenue P.S. and W.E. Gowling P.S. For more information go to Pages/NearWest.aspx. OCTOBER 25 – Rummage Sale Kitchissippi United Church is having its fall rummage sale on Friday October 25, 2013 (7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) and Saturday October 26 (9:00 a.m.-noon). 630 Island Park Drive, near the Queensway and across from Westgate Shopping Centre. There will be lots of books, gently used clothes, household items, toys, collectibles and more. Everyone is welcome. For more information go to OCTOBER 26: Woodroffe United Church Fall Bazaar This event will take place at 207 Woodroffe Avenue from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Items will include china, books, bake table, silent auction, toys, flea market, jewelry, used furniture, and much more. Refreshments and lunch will also available. For more information, please call Woodroffe United at 613-722-9250. OCTOBER 26: Fall Flea Market St. Matthias Church at 555 Parkdale Avenue (at the Queensway) is holding its Fall Flea Market from 9:30 a.m to 12:0 p.m. You’ll find household articles, toys, jewellery, collectibles, books and good used clothing.

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series, in memory of a committed peace activist, Edith Holtom. Begins at 7:30 p.m. with question/answer session and refreshments to follow. FREE admission. Ample free parking. First Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Avenue. For more information call 613-725-1066. NOVEMBER 3: Jazz Vespers Tradition meets improvisation at All Saints’ Westboro, 347 Richmond Road. Billy Boulet, saxophone and the Choir of All Saints’ Westboro, directed by Wesley R. Warren. A unique blend of jazz and choral music. The program begins at 4.30 p.m. All are welcome! For more information call 613-725-9487 or contact via Twitter @stbarnabasmusic. NOVEMBER 9: All Saints Westboro Village Fair There will be plenty of arts, crafts, jams, jellies, knitting, knick-knacks, books, baked goods and linens at the All Saints Westboro Village Fair. Don’t miss the luncheon and silent auction. 347 Richmond Road (west of Churchill Avenue) from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For more information go to or email NOVEMBER 15: Book Launch St. Martin’s Parish Hall (2120 Prince Charles Road near Carlingwood) will host a book launch for author Guy Thatcher. “A Journey of Days Continues” recounts the author’s 800 kilometre pilgrimage across France on Le Chemin St-Jacques crossing the Pyrenees and joining the famed Camino de Santiago. Admission is by donation and the event begins at 7:30 p.m. A portion of the donations will go to the Hospice Care Ottawa (previously the May Court). For more information contact Marilyn Collins at 613-820-9084. NOVEMBER 16: Holly and Lace Bazaar This popular bazaar takes place at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Avenue, from 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. There will be a silent auction (including valuable art), homemade lunches, and great deals on collectibles, flea market items, gently-used clothes, books, and other timeless treasures. For more information please go to

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