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Close to 400 athletes raced through Westboro in the inaugural Wellington Mile race on Thanksgiving Monday, October 14. “The mile is historic,” said Samantha Calder-Sprackman, who was the first woman across the line in the first heat. She noted that it is a great distance for a community run

as it brings together many levels of runners, from amateur to elite. “Anyone can run a mile,” she said. The diversity of participants certainly proved her point. Warren Sloan completed the entire mile (1.6 kilometres) on crutches, not letting a broken leg hold him back. Blind runner Shelley Ann Morris ran with her guide and sister Colleen

Bird. “What a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving, and be thankful for good health,” she said. Many families also took advantage of the achievable distance to introduce their kids to timed races. Wellington West’s Jenny Bouchard ran with her four-yearold son Mathias Ouellet. “I’m so Continued on page 5

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street where I live. It appears that the City’s Forestry department will levy a $750 fine related to the demise of this tree. The fine is possible under the 2009 Urban Tree Conservation By-law. Based on the by-law’s name, you would think that its purpose would be to preserve trees in our urban landscape. What we know in Champlain Park is that the bylaw has not prevented the cutting of at least one distinctive tree (defined in the by-law as any tree more than 50 cm in diameter). Just as onerous are the numerous examples of large, healthy trees being damaged due to excavation and construction. Technically, this is contrary to the by-law if the tree involved is a distinctive tree. But it may be two or three years before a damaged tree dies, and no one is held accountable. What good is a by-law if it allows people to cut mature trees with impunity? What good are the remedies contained in the by-law if the Forestry department fines people $750 for cutting or damaging a tree when the penalties allowed under the by-law range from $500, as a minimum, to $100,000 as a maximum? Forestry staff have told The Champlain Oaks Project that education is an important part of their mandate, not punitive measures. These days, I’m in favour of the city inflicting by-law pain in the pocketbooks of property owners and developers who cut trees to create buildings with huge footprints. The lesson they might learn is that mature trees have value. – Debra Huron, Champlain Park

The ultimate Thanksgiving On a day when many of us were enjoying the bounty of the Thanksgiving long weekend, a group of socially conscious and community-oriented young people gathered to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than themselves and having a great time all the while! At the sports fields at Fisher Park on the afternoon of Saturday, October 12, children and parents took advantage of the beautiful weather conditions to participate in the first annual Fall Frisbee Food Bank Fundraiser. For a donation of two non-perishable food items, participants were introduced to the sport of Ultimate Frisbee. For some, it was their first exposure to this fast-moving field sport, and for others, it

was simply an opportunity to get some additional time chasing after a disc. The event concluded with a draw for various prizes, graciously donated by the local CIBC Branch and Daredevil Discs. In the end, the collected food items totaled three large boxes, all of which were taken to the Ottawa Food Bank. It was a glorious afternoon, and the significance of supporting those in need – whether during the holiday season, or any other time – was certainly not lost on the young participants. While it was the inaugural event, it will be back next year, raising more money and collecting even more food. Hope to see you there - and thanks for giving! – Karlis Bouse, Westboro

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Race attracts elite athletes and families Continued from page 1 proud of you!” she cheered, scooping him up in a hug as they crossed the finish line. For his part, Mathias said he had fun and that he ran “fast like the wind.” Parkdale Avenue family David Jackson and Candace Hebart ran with their two children, Amelie, 3, and Thomas, 10 months. While Thomas cruised in the stroller, Amelie covered the distance herself. “This is a great way to promote physical activity,” said Hebart. Maya Aden, a senior youth worker with the Boys and Girls Club, brought a large group of youth to participate in the race. “In sports, running is often part of punishment,” Aden said. “This gets them to see it as something fun.” Over 300 kids participated in the event free of charge. Among these were 19 kids from Queen Elizabeth Public School. Their teacher, Amy Charlton, praised the race for being a great opportunity to engage kids in physical activity. “Most kids haven’t had the opportunity to run in a timed race with chips,

Shelly Ann Morris ran with her guide and sister Colleen Bird. Photo by Lisa Georges

t-shirts, and medals,” she said, adding that the students were really excited to be part of it all. The course looped around at the Wellington Avenue and Island Park Drive intersection, so racers finished back where they began. In the spirit of community and mutual support, Race Director Geordie McConnell encouraged participants of each heat to stay at the line to cheer on the rest of their heat members. Cowbells, cheers, and applause welcomed every runner approaching the finish line. In addition to the many amateurs, the sold out race attracted men and women

elite runners who competed for $2,000 worth of prizes. Kanata’s Leah Larocque, 24, won the women’s race with a time of 5:13, while Orlean’s Mohamed Souleiman, 20, pulled ahead in the men’s race to win with a time of 4:35. McConnell hopes the Wellington Mile becomes a local Thanksgiving tradition. “We want to have a wholly inclusive event that extends a classic race to everyone,” he said, and praised the hard work of all the volunteers who made it such a success. Registration for the 2014 edition of the Wellington Mile will begin in the new year.

Boys and Girls Club member Angelo Augustin (15), gets a high-five from Senior Youth Worker Maya Aden. Photo by Anita Grace

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Husband and wife team Jill and Jacinto Anguaya are saying goodbye to a Kitchissippi community that has supported their business for the last five years. The Westboro couple, who own Quichua World Market at the corner of Richmond Road and Churchill Avenue, will be closing their local shop on December 31. “We’re sad to leave Westboro,” says Jill. “Not just because it’s our own community, but because it became Quichua World Market’s community and neighbourhood.” The couple expanded their business from the downtown core to Westboro, and was welcomed into the neighbourhood during the community’s annual Westfest event five years ago. For more than 20 years, they have worked at locations across Ottawa selling Canadian and internationally made clothing, jewellery and gifts. The Westboro location’s closure comes just over a year after the building’s landlord, Doug Herbst, passed away from cancer. Herbst’s family owned Westboro Sports Centre next door to Quichua World Market, which also closed its doors. Following Herbst’s passing, the building that houses Quichua World Market was purchased by Toronto development company Main and Main. The developer also owns a property close to the Real Canadian Superstore where they have plans to build a condominium. “We found out that the people who bought are Toronto developers and down the line, this will be redeveloped,” says Jill, adding that the building is slated for demolition but isn’t sure when. “They haven’t given us a whole lot of information, but we’re assuming it’s condos.” The company offered to let them continue renting on a month-to-month basis in the new year, but the couple decided to close up their Westboro location at the end of December. The Anguaya family owns and oper-

Jill and Jacinto Anguaya, owners of Quichua World Market, are closing shop.

ates two other stores in Ottawa which will remain open. Quichua’s Kameleon PopShop on Sparks Street sells women’s clothing, gifts and accessories, and Tickled Pink in the ByWard Market sells Canadian-made children’s clothing, costumes and toys. But the owners say they will miss the regular customers they often saw in Westboro. “We have a lot of collectors of our jewellery line who come in, and we know them on a first-name basis,” says Jill. “It will certainly be an adjustment. It was emotional at first, but now we’re in the work of it all. It takes a lot to open a store, and it takes a lot to close a store. We’re hoping the community continues to support us.” The couple decided not to relocate their Westboro store, and will focus on their two other downtown businesses. The stores will continue to carry some of the product lines found in Westboro, and they have been developing a website where they will sell their Kameleon jewellery online. “We appreciate the people who supported us. Shopping local does make a difference. It’s supporting a local family, but also people around the world who support their families making what they make.” The business owners would love to return to the Westboro community someday. “Maybe we’ll win the lottery and buy a building,” says Jill with a smile. “We’ll see what happens.”

KT WORD ON THE STREET We took to the streets and asked Kitchissippi residents what kind of things they’d like to see on the corner of Richmond Road and Churchill Avenue.

Westboro’s Carol Thorpe would like to see another good restaurant in that location. Barring that, a grocery store along the lines of the Herb and Spice.

Josh Svatek is new to the area but he’s still sad to see the building go. He’s pretty happy with Westboro’s growth and would like to see groceries or a bakery at this location.

Neil Knudsen lives in the Civic Hospital area. He likes how the area has evolved, but would like to see a fruit market or grocery store. He notes a lack of space for smaller, independent shops.

Carlingwood’s Mark Onderwater and Caron Cheng say there are enough cafes and bike shops in the area. They’d like to see a music store or a small live music venue on that corner, or maybe a combination of both.


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What to do about Byron New lighting, crosswalks among ideas for renewed Byron Park Story by Kristy Strauss

A map showing a strip of the Byron Linear Park was filled with suggestions at a public meeting that took place at the Churchill Seniors’ Recreation Centre on October 7 – including play structures, a natural sitting area and a “Welcome to Westboro” sign. Councillor Katherine Hobbs invited residents out to the meeting, where they could give feedback on improvements they would like to see on the Byron Linear Park west of Golden Avenue. The funding comes from cash-inlieu of parkland from developments in the area. Hobbs said this would be the first meeting of many consultations with the community. “We’re hoping to get as many recommendations as possible to contribute ideas to the parks people,” said Hobbs. “They will develop the plan, and that will start the consultation process. It’s an important park for people, and has become a really critical place for the Westboro Farmers’ Market.” Hobbs said the meeting focused on that particular part of the park because of community feedback in Westboro, Westboro Beach and McKellar Heights. But in addition to offering their park suggestions at the meeting,

The Byron Linear Park, west of Golden Avenue, was up for discussion at a public meeting that took place at the Churchill Seniors’ Recreation Centre on October 7. Photo by Andrea Tomkins

residents also voiced their concerns over the nearby Westboro Farmers’ Market that is run on the piece of land. Many said they would like the new improvements to be related to the market. “My eight-year-old was woken up by trucks at five in the morning,” said Westboro resident Emma Hancock, who lives very close to the cenotaph. “There are trucks pulling up to unload under trees and damaging them, they are destroying the grass... kids can’t ride bikes or play in the street, and they can’t play in the Byron Linear Park.” Other residents voiced their opinions about city planning procedures. “I’m a bit surprised about this discussion, and perturbed by the

very short notice that was given for this consultation,” said Westboro resident Charles Ficner. “I’m very troubled by what’s going on.” Ficner added that he was tired of seeing plans being forced upon the community – using the example of the Byron Linear Park that runs behind the former convent development which developers are using as an access way. Some residents also suggested crosswalks on Byron – particularly because the street has gotten much busier, and cars are driving faster. Westboro resident Brian Seymour said he walked to the evening meeting through the park, and noticed there was no lighting. “I’d like to see lighting,” Seymour said. “I find that it’s very dark when walking down the park at night.”

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KT BRIEFS Going, going… October 26 will be the last chance to enjoy the season’s harvest in Westboro Village. It’s been a good year for the Byron Park location of the Ottawas Farmers’ Market. “When we opened our first market last year in Westboro, we received an amazingly warm welcome from the community and it has continued to grow ever since,” says Robin Turner, President of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market and owner of Roots ‘N Shoots Farm. The Westboro market will reopen in early May 2014. In the meantime, friends and fans can

find information about the vendors (such as contact information and their respective websites) on the Ottawa Farmers’ Market website at ottawafarmersmarket. ca/market-location/byron-park. Eco-friendly boutique to open in November On November 2, terra20 will open its second store in Wellington West just over one year after opening its first store in the Pinecrest Shopping Centre. The new store, which was the former location of Alteriors, will feature eco-friendly personal care items, lunch and kitchen solutions, and cosmetics. To mark its grand opening, terra20 will be having hourly giveaways, and donating 10 per

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Something wicked this way comes Story by Denise Deby

The Westboro Farmers’ Market will be showcasing some unusual vegetables on Saturday, October 26. Local pumpkins will be transformed into wicked witches, fanciful figures and intricate works of art when the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Maniac Pumpkin Carvers work their magic at Wickedly Westboro 2013. The “extreme pumpkins” are new to Wickedly Westboro, the annual street festival running from October 26 to 31 on Richmond Road between Golden and McRae Avenues. Festival goers will be able to see the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers at work and bid on their pumpkin creations, with pumpkins awarded to winning bidders at noon and 2:00 p.m. Proceeds from the silent auction will go to the Westboro Food Bank. The carvers will be on site at Richmond and Golden between 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The Maniac Pumpkin Carvers’ pumpkin delights have appeared at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, on the Food Network’s Halloween Wars and at numerous other venues. The carvers welcomed the Westboro Village Business Improvement Area’s invitation to participate in Wickedly Westboro, marking their first

Canadian appearance. “We love what we do, and we have so much fun creating pumpkin artwork that it’s great for us to feel like we can share that with people and inspire them to create their own,” explains Chris Soria by phone.

Soria and Marc Evan, the artists who are owners and creative directors of Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, use a variety of techniques in “transforming pumpkins into something fantastic and creative.” One technique involves scooping out the inside of the pumpkin and etching the face to various depths using linoleum cutters, while another entails sculpting the pumpkin from the outside with clay tools to create a three-dimensional carving. Their works in

pumpkin carving have included a backlit recreation of Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, a display of 50 carved pumpkins for the New York Yankees during the 2009 World Series, and a realistic sculpture of Star Wars’ Yoda. While in Ottawa, Soria and fellow carver José Rodríguez will share their expertise with students in the Culinary Skills – Chef Training Program at Algonquin College’s School of Hospitality and Tourism. They’ll also meet with members of the Canadian Ice Carvers Society to exchange ideas. The Algonquin students will show off their newly acquired extreme pumpkin carving skills and share carving tips at Wickedly Westboro along Richmond Road on Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and A whole new level of pumpkin carving will Sunday, October 27 from noon to be demonstrated at Wickedly Westboro. 4:00 p.m. Photos courtesy of Maniac Pumpkin Carvers Saturday’s attractions include magicians, stilt walkers, jugglers and other street performers as well body during Wickedly Westboro vote for their favourites, with winas Dovercat and Dovercourt’s 2013,” explains Westboro Village ning pumpkins announced in the bouncy castle. Ottawa Mayor Jim BIA Executive Director Mary November 7 Kitchissippi Times. Watson will appear from noon to Thorne. “We call it our wonderful As well, the Wickedly Westboro 1:00 p.m. Costumes are welcome weekend of thrills, chills and every- Scavenger Hunt returns, inviting at the festival. thing pumpkin.” participants to visit stores and People are also invited to “Trick New this year is the Wickedly answer questions, find treats and or Eat” with All Saints’ Anglican Westboro Pumpkin Stroll. win prizes. and First United Churches by Participating merchants will dis“We look forward to having the bringing donations for the play carved pumpkins in their win- community come down and enjoy Wickedly Westboro again this Westboro Food Bank. dows for1 people to view days 5.042X6.564 Ad:Layout 9/30/13 12:03 PMor Page 1 “We offer something for every- evenings. People are welcome to year,” says Thorne.

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Magpie Supports Local in an Innovative Way Magpie Jewellery is playing host to a unique, exciting event this November. Developed by the popular blog Apt613, Support Local Month is a month-long celebration of Ottawa artists, artisans and small businesses. Magpie’s participation – dubbed BenchWorks - involves a creative collaboration with eight local artists who have each been commissioned to design pieces of jewellery based on the medium in which they normally work. “These are not jewellery designers by trade, which is a big part of what makes this project so much fun,” explains Magpie’s Jessica Wilson-Frenken. “We’ve connected with graphic designers, an architect, a carpenter and visual artists whom we feel have a great sense of the aesthetic and are immensely talented in their chosen field.” With the guidance of Walter Vandermolen, Magpie’s general manager and a trained goldsmith, a limited run of three pieces of each design will be created initially, one each to display at the three Magpie stores in Westboro, the Glebe and at the Rideau Centre. Customers will then have the opportunity throughout the month of November to purchase any of the pieces, which will be produced in limited runs as demand warrants. The collection – which includes rings, tie clips and necklaces – will also be available for viewing and purchase online. The Support Local theme will be extended thanks to the artisans’ decision to donating 10% of all the sales from these pieces to the

Left to right: Wouter van der Molen, Jessica Wilson-Frenken, Lucie Bruneau and Martin Wright

Ottawa Food Bank. “In addition, at our November 6 kickoff event, being held at our Westboro store, Magpie will donate 10% of all sales that evening to the Food Bank,” says Jessica. “It’s going to be very festive, thanks to some more amazing local contributions – the branding and marketing for the project is being done by the talented team from Fancy Boys and we’ll have food and beverages supplied by the Clocktower Brew Pub and Kelly Brisson of The Gouda Life.”

Magpie is no stranger to nurturing innovation in Ottawa as a proud supporter of the Creative Mornings speakers’ series. “At Magpie we have always enjoyed helping shine a spotlight on local artisans and this Support Local project is an exciting new way to showcase the abundance of talent we have in the nation’s capital,” adds Jessica. “We can’t wait to unveil this amazing collection on November 6 at the vernissage and look forward to welcoming everyone.”

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A Unique Bistro and Music House There’s a certain amount of alchemy involved in running a restaurant. It’s an elusive thing, coming up with just the right blend of food, drink, atmosphere and staff, yet Hintonburg’s AlphaSoul has done just that, creating a unique bistro and music house that is unmatched in Ottawa. While locals were certainly very familiar with this fun, funky little spot which opened two and half years ago, AlphaSoul gained many new fans when it stepped up to host the Ottawa International Jazz Festival’s late night jam sessions this past June. Top players from all over the globe drew appreciative crowds night after night, packing the cozy 50-seat space and making it feel like a New York City jazz club. It was the culmination of a longstanding dream to see AlphaSoul reaching its potential as a music venue. Co-owner Rachel Russo opened AlphaSoul with her daughter, chef Maxine Blackburn, with the specific intention to get people out of their homes to enjoy our growing city’s vibrant nightlife. “We have been showcasing talented musicians since we opened and are thrilled to expand our musical offerings,” says Rachel. “We are now presenting flamenco and Gypsy jazz every Tuesday and have a rotating set of performers on the weekends as well. Live music is so exciting; we love drawing people from all over the region – and tourists

from far beyond – who are looking forward to a fun evening out.” In their ongoing quest to make music as accessible as possible, food is never an afterthought at AlphaSoul. Inspired by their shared artistic background and a fondness for European-style cafes, Maxine and Rachel are pleased to offer delicious homemade dishes, great coffee, craft beers and fine wines. The revamped lunch and dinner menus use local ingredients and follow the seasons, complemented by an expanded line of inspired artisanal cocktails. The menu has become so popular that AlphaSoul is a now a favoured venue for private parties as well. “I love playing around with flavours to come up with interesting new dishes,” confirms Maxine. “Right now we have a wonderful cassoulet on the menu, along with soups, charcuterie, cheese plates and lots of daily specials. I am constantly working on new breads, chutneys, desserts and more. Everything is brimming with flavour, particularly our vegan and gluten-free options.” Maxine and her team have been busy developing a special Wizarding World menu, inspired by beloved books including the Harry Potter series. Featuring pumpkin pasties, butterbeer, elderflower wine and more, it will be on offer until the end of October, or longer if demand warrants. AlphaSoul has evolved significantly since

Rachel Russo and Maxine Blackburn

its early days as a cafe. “We always intended AlphaSoul to be the kind of place where everyone feels at home and cared for and we are so happy with what we have achieved already,” confides Rachel, “but we believe the best is yet to come.” Visit www.alphasoul.ca for details on the menu and exciting upcoming events. Open Monday through Saturday.

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Wellington West set to Explore a Better Way with Opening of terra20 Boutique Kitchissippi is in a state of eager anticipation as it prepares to welcome eco-retailer terra20 to Wellington West, with opening day scheduled for November 2. The company’s second Ottawa location will provide shoppers with a wide range of innovative products designed to encourage a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. With a vision statement that includes the words community, convenience and credibility, it’s clear that terra20 represents a whole new way of fulfilling consumer needs. Just over a year ago, the Ottawa-based start up opened the first terra20 store at the Pinecrest Shopping Centre, introducing Ottawa to the widest selection of eco-products under one roof. terra20 offers more than 12,000 carefully selected items from sustainable fashion to green household supplies to all-natural baby products and so much more, coupled with an online store featuring over 8500 items. While the Wellington West store will contain a smaller quantity of merchandise, all will have the same sustainability pedigree for which terra20 has become known. This second store reflects a shift to a smaller-scale, community-based model that will characterize new terra20 Ottawa stores going forward. “We wanted to open a smaller concept store, and feel that the Wellington West community is one that cares deeply about health and sustainability. This aligns strongly with our own mission,” says terra20 president Bill Stewart. “We also realize how important it is to integrate seamlessly into existing vibrant communities so we made it a priority to incorporate community involvement in a number of areas.” These include commissioning a Wellington West artist to paint an interior feature (to be completed post-opening), as well as crowdsourcing involving local residents to determine which community initiatives terra20 will support. A partnership with Envirocentre led to further community consultation, and produced a report with advice on how to encourage guests to use alternative transportation when shopping at terra20. Mindful of the unique and cherished character of this established, urban area, terra20 has been working diligently to incorporate elements into the store that are reflective of the vibrant neighbourhood. “Since the successful launch of our first store we have had an incredible amount of positive feedback about the calibre and selection of our products,” Stewart says. “We have conducted focus group sessions and visited other neighbourhood stores to minimize the overlap with the many other wonderful merchants already in the area.” terra20’s ambitious expansion plans include

Julia Rennalls, Store Manager and Veronica Jobin, Eco Cosmetics Lead

moving into other Canadian cities in the future, but for now the company remains focused on opening a number of locations within Ottawa, offering a specific selection of products that respond to the needs of individual neighbourhoods.   “The model we’ve created with Wellington West is one we will strive to apply to all smaller-scale stores going forward,” Stewart says. A cornerstone of the terra20 shopping experience is in the exchange of information and ideas between customers and the store’s staff. “This collaborative experience and understanding results in better, more informed decisions – for us as a retailer, and for you, our guests,” says Julia Rennalls, Wellington West store manager. A long-time Ottawa urbanite, Rennalls is looking forward to sharing her extensive experience in the cosmetics industry with shoppers at the Wellington West store. “We will be stocking a great collection of beauty items including local products from Purple Urchin along with Canadian-made cosmetics like the Sappho line which truly gives a flawless look,” she explains. “I am confident our

refillable ecobar will also be a big hit with Kitchissippi residents, offering a range of ecofriendly household cleaning and body care products.” Shoppers can also expect to find a selection of innovative litterless lunch products as well as giftware items. “There is literally something for absolutely everyone at terra20,” Rennalls says, “including impossible to buy for people because everything is so unique and functional. We believe you don’t have to sacrifice to have a healthy and sustainable lifestyle – you can feel good about making better choices and knowing where the things you buy come from, who made them and how they were made.” Rennalls is eager to help terra20 become a treasured part of the Kitchissippi community. “I love how people in the area have shared interests and are strong supporters of their community schools and initiatives, plus I know that neighbours truly know each other and that’s wonderful. Our store is a perfect fit for this community, given how health conscious and progressive it is,” she says. “I hope that people will really embrace

“We (...) feel that the Wellington West community is one that cares deeply about health and sustainability. This aligns strongly with our own mission.”

what terra20 has to offer and will respond well to having personal, one on one experiences in the store. We love offering great tips and tricks; it’s kind of like sharing advice with friends. It will be really easy in this new, smaller location to replicate that warm feeling people tell us they get from visiting our Pinecrest store. Everyone on our team is looking forward to meeting and getting to know more of our Kitchissippi neighbours, and fulfilling their desire to explore a better way with us.”

terra20 will be opening November 2, 2013

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A New Footprint at Carlington CHC When Cameron MacLeod joined the team at Carlington Community Health Centre (CCHC) as its new executive director this August, he knew he had “big shoes to fill”. Those shoes had once belonged to the recently retired Mike Birmingham; who led the CCHC for almost 25 years, leaving behind a loyal team and a legacy of delivering extraordinary health care to his community. Macleod, who also brings nearly three decades in community service to his new role, says Birmingham’s welcome footprint is evident everywhere at the CCHC. However, he looks forward to adding his own unique stamp at the centre, while continuing its clear vision of providing effective, comprehensive and accessible healthcare, and muchneeded community services. MacLeod says the transition has been seamless. “I have inherited a mature and vibrant centre that embraces partnerships and leaves its doors open to new, innovative ways to meet divergent and complex needs with very modest resources,” explains MacLeod. “There is no hiding the passion that the staff here holds for its constituents.” MacLeod, who has lived and worked in Ottawa since 1980, was already deeply entrenched in the community long before joining the CCHC. An avid outdoorsman, the amiable and active husband, and father of

three nearly grown children seems a natural fit for the friendly and welcoming culture synonymous with the CCHC. What began as parttime job in a group treatment home at the Children’s Aid Society 29 years ago, has since morphed into a life-long commitment to “people services” for MacLeod. With key roles at the Youth Services Bureau, Eastern Ontario Young Offenders Services, Boys & Girls’ Club, United Way and the Robert Smart Centre, as well as nine years in government where he helped open the William E. Hay Centre and a teaching stint at Algonquin College; MacLeod says the opportunity to be a part of the movement forward of the community health centres (CHCs) in an evolving sector “is very exciting!” A hidden gem in our community, the CCHC at 900 Merivale Road, is dynamic, multi-service and accredited health and resource centre that provides primary medical care, counseling and support services to patients and clients of all ages. The CCHC is able to deal with a wide range of issues and concerns that affect health in a very direct and holistic way. As for the new direction MacLeod plans to take at the CCHC, he says he will always keep an eye to the future but do so with the same clear vision and focus the centre has always lived by. He adds that while the future of CHCs is very exciting, the centre will continue to have its challenges; the same ones faced by

New executive director Cameron MacLeod joins the Carlington Community Health Centre team.

all publicly-funded organizations. His vision for the long-term is to ensure that if a service is not available under the CCHC umbrella, it will still be able to facilitate access through an exemplary network of providers. “The thing that gets me excited about community health care is that we get a chance to make a difference on a daily basis by offering services that people may not otherwise receive – all under one roof !” says MacLeod. “I feel privileged to have been offered the opportunity to contribute to Carlington and to Ottawa in general, in a way that makes peoples’ lives better on such a large scale. I have had a chance to sit and chat with the people who come through our doors, and with each comes a unique and special story; and I love stories because they make our work and our own story come to life.”

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Making Spaces More Beautiful A family business for nearly forty years, Architectural Antiques is renowned for supplying unique décor elements to discerning buyers looking for the perfect piece to complement their home or business. As the experts at Architectural Antiques can easily demonstrate, the right lighting can enhance any space, making it more dramatic, intimate or welcoming. Their store has become the go-to spot for homeowners, designers and contractors from all across Eastern Ontario who value the impressive selection of rare, vintage chandeliers as well as its restoration services for heirloom fixtures. After being located for many years on Richmond Road in Westboro, Architectural Antiques is now in a more spacious Hintonburg location just off City Centre Avenue. The shop’s vast and everchanging inventory includes both indoor and outdoor lighting, as well as a number of other antiques including decorative accessories, garden items and more. Antique doors and fireplace accessories are frequently available, as are one-of-a kind vintage metalwork pieces as well as industrial antiques such as factory cabinets, workbenches and decorative items. With its emphasis on lighting, the selection – far greater than what you’re likely to

find at other antique shops – is always impressive, including small table lamps, grand chandeliers, eye-catching wall sconces and industrial-type vintage pieces. Equally notable is the fact that many of the items offered for sale have been salvaged then painstakingly refurbished. Custom ironwork and blacksmithing services are also available in-house. “Repurposing – a hot word in the renovation and décor world these days – is nothing new to us; we’ve been reclaiming and resurrecting old architectural elements for decades,” explains Annette Doucher, the store’s manager. “Many clients come to us because they are restoring older homes and want to install lighting that is typical of the era in which the house was built. We also find a lot of new condo owners come in looking for something traditional to soften their home’s modern interior. Light fixtures make beautiful and practical accent pieces.” Architectural Antiques is also able to build light fixtures, even replicating them from photographs or crafting duplicates. Often they are asked to help design and then create one-of-a-kind special pieces for custom homes. Repair work is another specialty, including rewiring older fixtures to bring them up to

“We’ve been reclaiming and resurrecting old architectural elements for decades.”

Store manager Annette Doucher says light fixtures make beautiful and practical accent pieces.

modern building code standards. “We get so many referrals and I think that’s due to our emphasis on customer service and the fact that we offer items that simply are not available from catalogues or online,” says Annette. “We have a true passion for providing people with unique, attractive elements that enhance the character of their space. We so enjoy having people walk in, browse, and then experience the delight of finding a treasure for their home that will bring them joy for many years.”

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Fondue Fun at Absinthe Café One of Ottawa’s favourite restau- with a fabulous chocolate fondue. Given Chef rants is adding a whole new Garland’s penchant for incorporating a wide dimension to the local dining variety of global influences into his cuisine, s c e n e this fall. Patrick Garland, the we can expect some unique and tasty accomalways-inventive chef/owner of Absinthe paniments as part of the fondue fest. “We’re Café, is launching regular Monday night also developing a new slate of wine pairings fondue parties, and they’re sure to quickly for the fondue nights, along with some retro cocktails,” confirms Chef Garland. become must-attend events. On fondue nights, the “Many of Ottawa’s great new fall a la carte menu will restaurants are doing funky be available as well. As he things these days and diners does every year, Chef seem to really appreciate Garland will be adding this creativity and diversity,” some heartier dishes includsays Chef Garland. “At ing braised game meats such Absinthe, we wanted to go as wild boar, duck and veniretro and offer something son to the lineup. “I’ve that has universal appeal, is always been an adventurefun and can be done in an some cook and I love playaccessible, interesting way at ing with different cuts of an affordable price.” meat and intriguing flaWhile the idea may have vours. I keep looking for taken root thanks to Chef ways to challenge myself Garland’s impressive collecand the rest of the team; our tion of copper fondue pots, many regular customers tell he admits that, like most me they appreciate and people, he’s long been a fan Chef Patrick Garland enjoy our culinary exploraof fondue. “Early in my tions.” career, I worked at a place Of course, there are some Absinthe menu that specialized in fondue and I remember how much people enjoyed playing with fire at items that Chef Garland says he can never their tables. Fondue is interactive, flexible and tinker with. “The Benevolent Burger, our escargot appetizer and our steak frites are really delicious.” Absinthe’s three-course fondue offering ridiculously popular and I know people would for groups will include a traditional cheese be very disappointed if we were to take them fondue starter, followed by an oil or broth off the menu, so they stay, year in and year fondue with meat and vegetables, finishing out.”

“Ottawa’s great restaurants are doing funky things these days and diners seem to really appreciate this creativity and diversity.”

Fondue: interactive, flexible and really, really delicious.

Chef Garland is confident his Monday night fondue parties will be a hit when they launch in a few weeks. “It’s such a lively way to enjoy an evening out and I think diners will appreciate the many tasty elements we plan to include. Fondue nights are a perfect fit for our love of providing top notch food in a laid back environment. That’s what people love about Absinthe and why it’s been a Hintonburg tradition since 2003.”

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What is Stress? Generally speaking, stress means pressure or strain; and life constantly subjects us to a multitude of pressures. Humans can experience stress on a physical level (i.e. disease), emotional level (i.e. grief ), or on a psychological level (i.e. fear). As individuals, we vary in our ability to cope with stress. How you perceive a situation and the state of your general health are the two main factors that determine how you will respond to a stressful event. Take for example your first week back to school after a lengthy summer vacation. When you receive your first assignment, you’re motivated and ambitious; you finish ahead of time and give it 110%. After an exhausting semester, you may feel more inclined to procrastinate and turn in mediocre work. The stressful event is the same, the difference here is your perception and state of well-being.

What is the Stress Response? The most familiar stress response is what has been coined the ‘fight or flight’ reaction which happens whenever we feel threatened. This stress response signals your adrenal glands to release several stress hormones, usually cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones increase your concentration, reaction time, and temporarily boost your strength. The same hormones also raise your blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing. After you have dealt with the temporary stress, everything returns to normal. The real problem is with chronic or long term stress. If you repeatedly face challenges and your body continues to produce stress hormones, there is no time to recover. Over time, these hormones build up in the blood and can manifest as a variety of health problems. • Digestive System: Stress hormones slow down your digestion which is the most common cause of stomach aches • Obesity: Stress may increase your appetite, or cause you to binge on junk foods • Immune System: Long term stress can weaken your immune system, meaning you get sick more often and take longer to recover • Nervous System: Anxiety, Insomnia, and indecisiveness are all common side effects of long term stress. • Cardiovascular System: Stress hormones increase blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol, and blood sugar. All of these are risk factors for heart disease

How can you tell if stress is changing your health? 1. Change in appetite 2. Change in sleep either insomnia or excessive sleeping 3. Anger and irritability 4. Indecisiveness, forgetfulness 5. Teeth grinding and/or jaw clenching 6. Frequent infections and slow recovery from

illness 7. Fatigue 8. Headaches, back pain or other muscle pains 9. Digestive problems 10. Emotional changes including apathy, depression, hopelessness, and/or anxiety

What to do? There are practical things you can do each and every day to achieve good health and mental well being. Yoga and regular exercise help to balance your mood and thought process. Meditation and time for personal reflection also help with mental wellness. What all of these activities have in common is the ability to produce alpha-waves in the brain. Alphawaves are associated with a feeling of mental calmness and clarity. Good quality and quantity of sleep are always important, but more so when under stress. Quality sleep includes a regular sleep schedule in a dark and quiet room. As for quantity, a minimum of 7-8 hours is recommended. Eating a well balanced diet will not only keep you energized, but also help to replace a variety of nutrients lost to stress hormones. Choose a whole food diet, rich in antioxidants, lean proteins, and whole grains. In addition, various natural products are available to help provide the body with additional support: L-Theanine: Have you ever enjoyed a hot cup of tea in order to relax? If so, you’re not alone; all around the world, tea drinking is associated with resting and relaxation. One of the reasons for the relaxing effects of tea (at least green tea) is an amino acid called L- Theanine. Supplements that provide pure L-Theanine are now available and research is providing encouraging evidence that these products can help to safely encourage a relaxed state. Doses of 200 mg of L-Theanine have been shown to work within an hour to reduce the feelings of anxiety associated with a stressful situation as well as some of the physical impact that stress has on the body. L-Theanine supplementation may also reduce feelings of fatigue and ease PMS symptoms. L-Theanine’s effects appear to be associated with its impact on brain activity. In multiple studies, researchers have shown that L-Theanine supplements cause an increase in alpha brain waves, associated with a state of relaxation. Stress can often be sudden or unpredictable; when there’s no time for tea or yoga, L-Theanine can help you feel calm and relaxed. SISU Stress Rescue is a recommended product. Vitamin C: The adrenal glands are a major player in our response and resistance to stress and have one of the highest concentrations of vitamin C among our organs. Vitamin C is believed to play a vital role in the health and

Michael Danchuk, Pharmacist/Owner function of the adrenal gland, and additional intake of vitamin C is beneficial during stressful times. Vitamin C supplementation can help ease stress-induced increases in cortisol and blood pressure and may reduce the risk of the common cold by as much as 50% in those under stress. SISU Ester-C line are suggested products. B Complex: The family of B vitamins are known to help with mental and physical energy. Stress also increases our need for B vitamins. A good B complex supplement, providing 25-50 mg of most of the B vitamins (except folic acid and B12, which are taken in much smaller doses) helps to support the body during stressful times. Suggested SISU products include B-Complex 100, Cool B-50, and Super B-Complex. Rhodiola: As an “adaptogen”, rhodiola can help you adapt to stress. That’s because Rhodiola helps to strengthen your adrenal glands, or your stress management centre. When your adrenal glands are strong, stress is a motivator and provides the drive, desire, and ambition to get things done. Safe, effective and relatively fast-acting, rhodiola has been shown to help improve mental performance and reduce stressinduced fatigue. Rhodiola can also help to reduce elevated cortisol levels in those suffering from stress associated “burn out”. Best of all, this herb combines well with vitamins B and C, and/or L-Theanine, to complete your anti-stress tool kit. B-Calm by SISU is a combination product suggestion. Multivitamin: Our bodies require a broad

range of nutrients to keep us fueled during the day. Eating a well balanced diet is always the best way to ensure a proper nutritional foundation. However, there are many obstacles to keeping our nutrient levels at optimal

capacity, including stress. When under stress, the body uses higher amounts of vital nutrients to keep us functioning. Taking a daily multivitamin can help to top up on a variety of nutrients and keep us healthy. During stressful times, choose a multivitamin with a high potency of B vitamins and minerals in a citrate form for easy absorption. Suggested SISU products include Only One Iron Free, Teens Multi, Supreme Multi, Supreme Multi 50+, Supreme Multi Expecting, and Kids Mini Vits. Dr. Frank Silva, ND graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and holds an Honours degree in Health and Society from York University. As a practitioner, he designs individualized treatments for various conditions to help his patients realize their health potential.

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Beautifying Spaces for Over 50 Years Helping to make other people’s homes look beautiful is a very satisfying job. Just ask Trish Stanke, owner of Hampton Paints. For over 25 years she has been providing knowledge, advice and the necessary supplies to help thousands of Ottawa homeowners beautify spaces. Having taken over the business in 2000 from her father Rudy, who was with Hampton Paints almost 40 years, Trish has considerable experience tracking decorating trends and identifying those with staying power. An example are the annual ‘hot colour’ lists. “We always get excited when the charts for the upcoming year are released in November,” she says. “There are lots of ways to incorporate some of the trendiest colours into your décor, whether through painting an accent wall, or adding some linens or throw cushions to complement the existing tones of your space.” Carrying an extensive range of Benjamin Moore products, the team at Hampton Paints can help match the right product to every budget and application. “We have special paints for various cir-

cumstances including environmentally and family-friendly low and zero VOC products,” explains Trish. “The Benjamin Moore line is so comprehensive and of such good quality that many of our commercial customers tell us they simply will not use any other brand of paint.” The durable paints come in a huge range of colours; in addition, Hampton Paints can mix custom colours and even do colour matching. They also sell small tester cans so you can actually put the colour you are contemplating on a section of wall before committing to a larger can of the paint. What sets Hampton Paints apart from other paint and decorating stores is the helpful attention each customer receives. “We never impose our tastes on people and we are willing to work with each individual’s style,” notes Trish. “We even have a trained colour consultant on staff for those wishing in-home consultations. Our role is to help guide people to make decisions they will be happy with for years to come.” In addition to painting supplies, Hampton Paints also carries blinds and shutters, plus

Most Ottawa residents have heard of the popular Greco Fitness Lean & Fit exercise program, made famous nearly two decades ago by local personality and fitness expert, Tony Greco. New exercise trends have come and gone, but the Greco system continues to stay on top with new locations opening throughout the city, including its newest – and perhaps trendiest – location in Westboro. This April, Nina Ferrero, along with her brothers Marc & Dax Laham, opened the doors to their new boutique-like studio at 411 Roosevelt Avenue and with just six months under their belt, already have member success stories that prove they are on the right path. As a self-admitted non-athlete, Ferrero’s own success story also began with Greco classes a few years ago. Ultimately, she realized the program and its functional 45-minute workout was a perfect fit for her lifestyle, and a much-needed option for Westboro residents. Her brother Dax also worked out at Greco and loved the program so much that he became a personal trainer and now runs the classes! “People sometimes assume this is extreme fitness and only for the hard-core athlete, but it really is for all types of people. I don`t look anything like an athlete,” says Ferrero with a laugh. “I’m an older woman, I have an aversion to exercise and I love to eat. Greco taught me that I can still eat well, meet my

goals and stay healthy and strong! I wanted a fitness program that would keep me coming back over and over again and it does! I love this workout!” Greco’s “live lean, live fit, live well” motto rings true as soon as you meet one of its loyal followers. In fact, one of Ferrero’s own initial members is one such perfect testimonial. “In May, a client was diagnosed with diabetes requiring him to control it with medication,” says Ferrero. “But he told his doctor he just signed up with Greco and wanted to try to improve his diet, lose weight and exercise first before taking medication. By September, after following our 10-week program and committing to a healthy lifestyle, he lost 29 pounds and 7% body fat, his doctor informed him he no longer needed medication; his diabetes was completely under control. That is why this program is so great.” The “program” at Greco is easy; based on healthy eating and fast-paced, group-based training sessions that are customized to challenge and help you improve your fitness level at your own pace. Ferrero adds the class is unlike any other and no two are ever the same. “It’s very functional workout,” explains Ferrero. “In just 45 minutes, you’re in and out and you’ve worked every muscle, even those you didn`t know you had! The program incorporates cardio and weight training, but the exercise is done using your own body weight, not a machine.” Greco also offers a compli-

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artwork and accessories to pull the whole look together. “It really is fun to help people transform their space and see them put their own unique decorating skills to work,” confirms Trish. “As our clients can attest, if you want to refresh your home, you don’t need to replace or reupholster your furnishings. You can change the entire feel of a space just by repainting. Why not let us help you fall in love with your home all over again?”

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mentary session to first-timers, as well as personal training for those who are looking for personal, customizable, one-on-one coaching. The studio’s schedule is designed to accommodate most people’s needs from 6:00 a.m. classes for the early riser to lunch-time sessions for the busy local, and evening options for end-of-day training. One of the unique features of the Westboro studio is its juice bar, which is open to the public and offers a selection of delicious, nutrient-rich protein shakes. The bar is an ideal option for a healthy, on-the-go lunch or snack with or without the workout! The enthusiastic Ferrero has a refreshingly honest and practical approach to living well, and she is thrilled with the positive response the studio has received so far.

“Westboro is such a healthy, active area. We really wanted to be a part of that and offer a great alternative for a quick, accessible, vigorous workout,” says Ferrero. If you are willing to put in the work, you will absolutely get the results and Greco will help you get there!”

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On location in Little Italy at the Nuovo Condominium building site left Pierre Haspect, centre David Chick, Sr. Vice President Domicile, right Mike Perron

Enhancing Ottawa’s Urban Neighbourhoods Take a good look around Ottawa and you might notice something interesting about some of our city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. Not only are they welcoming, walkable, peoplefriendly places, many of them are also home to stunning new living spaces created by Domicile Developments. For almost 40 years, Domicile has been building ecofriendly, community-sensitive condominiums and townhomes, earning a well-deserved reputation for excellence thanks to impeccable construction and service. Domicile Developments has just announced what is sure to be its latest success story – its Nuovo condominium in Little Italy. Domicile’s sixth project in this eclectic, exciting neighbourhood, Nuovo will be located on the east side of Preston Street at the corner of Pamilla and Rochester. Designed by renowned architect Barry Hobin, the building has a slender footprint as befits the neighbourhood and will be comprised of 117 units of varying sizes. “At Domicile, we focus on elegant urban infill. We are committed to creating townhome and condominium projects whose style and quality add even more charm to alreadylively urban communities in Ottawa,” says senior vice president David Chick. “Nuovo is a great example of this as Little Italy offers the ideal combination of a bustling neighbourhood with abundant nearby parks, farmland and waterways.” The Nuovo building, like others by Domicile, is being designed to maximize energy efficiency and will be smoke-free. Shared amenities will include a fitness centre, rooftop indoor lounge, guest suites and out-

door rooftop terrace with a spectacular view of Little Italy. Suite layouts are designed with Domicile’s careful eye for efficiency and detail but there is ample opportunity for customization by early buyers. While there are seven units on each of the typical floors, the second floor will offer some unique smaller pied-àterre units and the third floor will include some larger units with terraces. The exclusive penthouse floor will not only offer dramatic vistas encompassing Dow’s Lake and the Rideau Canal, the Arboretum and the Central Experimental Farm; these larger suites will also feature higher ceilings and spacious terraces. Finishings in every suite will include beautiful granite countertops, nine to ten foot ceilings and a host of little extras, including a USB outlet in the kitchen, Invisia grab bars in the bathrooms and prewiring with both Rogers Cable and Bell’s Fibe fibre-optic cable. Nuovo will feature a ground floor podium providing retail space fronting on both Pamilla and Rochester with a nice corner plaza as part of the design. As with every Domicile project, the team is working hard to get the right tenant mix for the ground floor. “We are always cognizant of the character of the neighbourhood and want to enhance the retail offerings, complementing the existing merchants and pleasing our buyers in the process,” says David.

“We take tremendous pride in our leadership role in Ottawa when it comes to responsible intensification. Where we build, others follow.” Recently revitalized, the heart of Little Italy is Preston Street, just steps from Nuovo. Also known as Corso Italia, it is home to some of Ottawa’s best pubs and dining - the perfect finish to a day spent nearby cycling, canoeing, jogging, skating, cross-country skiing or tobogganing in a four-season playground also just steps from your door. From the Tulip Festival in May to Winterlude and so much more, you’ll have a ringside seat for some of Ottawa’s finest activities. Domicile’s track record speaks for itself, with thousands of people happily calling a Domicile building home. The recently-completed hõm (also in Little Italy) and Holland Avenue’s One3One, have welcomed their new occupants and are nearly sold out. Beechwood Avenue’s The Kavanaugh is under construction and only about 40 units remain available; when it is ready for occupancy in mid-2014 it will, like Nuovo, offer gracious urban living in an area brimming with all the amenities, including fabulous shops, restaurants, and much more. Another project just launching and currently taking pre-registrations is Bergeron Terrace in the charming Chapel Hill neighbourhood of Old Orleans, consisting of one and two bedroom urban flats as well as two and three bedroom townhomes.

“We are committed to creating projects whose style and quality add even more charm to alreadylively urban communities.”

Nuovo means new in Italian; it can be associated with new beginnings or a change in scenery. Domicile’s Nuovo offers you the opportunity to create a space that is truly yours. “We design and build our projects to suit both the needs of our owners and the area in which they have chosen to live,” explains David Chick, Domicile’s senior vice president. “We intentionally cater to the desires of owners of all ages. By keeping the scale of our buildings more modest, we invite people to come together as a community and celebrate urban living at its finest.” The Nuovo Sales Centre will open soon at 445 Preston. Pre-register now at nuovocondo.ca.

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Westboro kids get snappy Photo walk inspires school children, adults alike By Andrea Tomkins and Kate Settle

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How does our neighbourhood look when you are two and a half feet tall? What’s important about your community when you are eight years old? Ten families from Churchill Alternative School picked up their cameras and set off to explore the streets of Westboro through the lens, as part of the Kate Settle’s CLIC Children’s Photography Program. KT had the opportunity to ask Settle, a Churchill parent and professional photographer, a bit about the photo walk.

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Owen Delage (8): “I took this tree by looking through a bench. I tried it this way because I thought it would look cool, and it does! I like how the tree curves.”

KT: Where did you go? What kinds of things did you photograph during your walkabout? KS: We met at Churchill School, and walked down the Ravenhill stairs, and made our way down the Byron Pathway and over to Maplelawn Garden. We had scheduled an hour, but many families stayed longer and continued photographing until we lost the light. We had an extended route planned if we had needed (ending at Bridgehead!) but the children were so absorbed in creating their photos that we moved quite slowly, wanting to give them all the space they needed. There was no limit put on subject matter for this walk, and the families were encouraged to photograph whatever inspired them.

seemed remotely strange or out of place, as well as bright colours. Fall leaves and trees were a popular subject, and as we walked we spotted many of our kids looking up towering trees, or crouching down near piles of bright leaves. The boys in particular were interested in the oddities, such as a mitten on a fence, parents and friends making funny faces, the journeys of a Lego man in a big world.

What kind of instruction, if any, did you give the kids? What kind of subject matter interested them the most? Many of the children have participated in the CLIC Photography program through Churchill school, and had some photography instruction leading up to the walk. Before we set off that evening we chatted about basic principals like focusing your camera. The group was also encouraged to think about composition and changing their position, and to try using the macro settings on their cameras to get some nice close-ups with a shallower depth of field. As we walked we talked about what was interesting and important to them, and how they could capture that to tell a story. The kids were drawn to anything that

Why is it important for kids to do this kind of activity? And how is working with kids different from working with adults? I am a working photographer, which I love, but when something you love becomes the way to pay the bills, an element of the recreational “fun” aspect of that activity shifts. I don’t get out to play with my camera as much as I’d like, so last year I signed up for my first group photo walk. It took a while for the inspiration to start flowing, but once I let go of my preconceived limits I produced some of my very favourite images. A photo walk is a fun, low pressure, and low cost way to spend some creative family time. It seemed like a logical step to involve families in some of the Continued on page 21


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Brendan Forde (8): “I took this reflection in the school yard. I like how the sky and the people look.”

Continued from page 20 photography work the children are doing at school, and the neighbourhood makes a great canvas for that. Children generally don’t feel the same limits I did on my first photo walk, and it’s often the kids who inspire the adults to let their creativity out of the box and to see things differently. I see photography as a great equalizer. It’s completely accessible to anyone with any kind of camera in hand, regardless of abilities in other areas. For many children who, for reason of age, language, shyness, or diverse abilities are not able to express themselves in an adult world, a camera can provide a valuable communication tool, and a real window into their thoughts. Having something tangible, in the form of a photograph that you are proud of, that is a testament to your place in the world can be very powerful. I’m very passionate about providing tools to make this happen! All photos of children taken by Kate Settle.

Olivia O’Donnell (7): “I took this photograph because I really wanted to see up close to this kind of grass because you usually don’t get to. I had to focus on the grass, and I just took it. You can see it really clearly, it looks like you can touch it.”

HOW DO YOU RAISE SNAP HAPPY KIDS? In this digital age it’s relatively easy to spend an hour with a child, camera in hand, and ask them to simply capture what’s important to them. The results will be enlightening to you, exciting and empowering to them, and a keepsake for when you are both feeling nostalgic. If you want to take things up a notch, consider talking to your kids about: • Perspective: What happens if you take a photo lying on the ground? • Composition: What’s the subject of your photo, and how could you frame that creatively? • Depth: Try experimenting with a narrower depth of field by using the macro setting on your camera. You could pick a theme for your own photo walk. Look for people, colours, food, whatever catches the eye and imagination. The possibilities are endless, and each photo walk you take will help you see the everyday in a new light.

Jamie Settle (9), RIGHT (with Emmett Delage, 3, LEFT): “Lego is pretty important to me, so I took a lots of photos including my lego guy in different places. This one is good – he looks like he’s walking, but he’s really tiny compared to the big feet.”

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Kitchissippi residents ‘Chew On This’

Area volunteers join others across the country in bringing awareness to food instability in Canada Westboro resident Leilani Farha, executive director of Canada Without Poverty, hands out ‘Chew On This’ bags to employees at Tunney’s Pasture.

Story and photo by by Kristy Strauss

The doors at Parkdale Food Centre kept swinging open during regular Thursday hours,11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some of those who entered were single men of all ages. Others were in wheelchairs, and needed help opening the door. There was even a young mother with her toddler, who was hopping in and out of her stroller. Westboro resident Leilani Farha and the food centre’s volunteers came together on Oct.

17 to send a message to the federal government on behalf of these food bank users – that food insecurity is a problem in Canada,

and something needs to change. “Most people think that food banks are great, and they’re a solution,” says Farha, who’s also

executive director of Canada Without Poverty. “They’re an emergency measure, and they’re keeping people alive – but is that a solution to hunger and poverty?” Farha, along with Parkdale Food Centre’s volunteers took to the streets of Kitchissippi to hand out ‘Chew On This’ brown bags, containing one apple each, as part

of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Held across the country, the event brings awareness to the issue of food insecurity and calls for a federal plan to address poverty. Jennifer Goldie, a volunteer with the Parkdale Food Centre, says food insecurity is a major issue in Kitchissippi. “A lot of people who live in this neighbourhood don’t realize it,” says Goldie. “It’s a great neighbourhood and affluent on the surface, but you can look in the window (of the food bank) and see there is a need.” Karen Secord, coordinator of the Parkdale Food Centre, says the food centre is currently feeding about 700 people – and there are more returning regularly. “There is somebody here right now who is coming in every week, and he’s skinny as can be,” Secord says. “He goes days without eating food. And we have women coming in from shelters saying they can’t make it, and they don’t have enough food. Some don’t have enough to give their kids lunch.” Len Fardella, who sits on the food bank’s board of directors, says that he was surprised to see how many people in Kitchissippi rely on the Parkdale Food Centre. “I didn’t know the situation,” he says. “We’ve lived here for 12 to 13 years, and I was unaware there was even a food centre in the area and shelters.” He adds that the food centre has taken a proactive approach in helping clients cook their own meals – particularly healthy meals. But Farha says more needs to be done to help those who are most disadvantaged in the country. “We need a coordinated plan with all relevant stakeholders – the provincial government has to be at the table, municipal governments, Aboriginal people, low income people – and together a plan could be crafted. Every (fiscal) policy made should have the question asked beforehand, how will this affect the most marginalized in the country?”


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Get outside, get active

7,500 km bike ride delivers important message Story and photo by Anita Grace

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Mimi Golding is an operations manager for an international organization and community activist. She’s also a knitter, who decided to put her hobby to charitable use by making Clean Kits, small packages of personal care items she donates to people in need. Each one contains a knitted washcloth, toothpaste, a toothbrush, and soap. In 2012, Golding made 50 Clean Kits. This year she’s made over 100, and she’s still going strong. Golding calls herself a “one skein wonder.” She started making washcloths out of lighter cotton when it was too hot to knit with wool, and she didn’t stop. “It was getting ridiculous. I had so many,” laughs Golding. “What could I do with them?” It was around this time that she found the direction she needed: a great sale on bars of soap and a funding drive hosted by the Shepherds of Good Hope. The idea came together quickly at that point. “I just packaged them all up, handed them to my husband, and sent him to drop them off.” It takes about two hours to knit each washcloth and she works in batches of 25 because it’s easier to track Although Golding enlists her kids to help her on occasion, she can’t do it entirely alone. Golding relies heavily on donations of products that fit the theme behind Clean Kits. “Toothbrushes and toothpaste are the number one item at any emergency food centre,” says Golding. Other items on her wishlist include soap, razors, dental floss, and travel-sized

shampoo and conditioner. Donations of soft craft cotton are also welcome. Everything is packaged with care, and she tucks a note into each one as well. “Everyone gets a message, just to let them know that they’re special to somebody,” says Golding. “It’s a welcoming thing, a loving thing. It’s their very own, and not just shoved in a bag with their groceries.” Golding dropped off 50 kits to Parkdale Food Centre recently, all of which went to children. She points out a recent news item about children’s dental care being on the decline. “People cannot necessarily afford this,” says Golding. “Sometimes a choice has to be made between housing, good food, and dental care.” These kinds of items – staples of basic hygiene – are not as cheap as most people think. “Typically a toothbrush lasts about six months,” says Golding. “Toothpaste you can go through much faster. These things add up. Toothbrushes are not cheap anymore, and plain toothpaste is harder to find. It’s a challenge.” Her latest batch of Clean Kits are packaged in brown paper bags, not because they’re inexpensive, but because “brown paper packages, tied up with string” are reminiscent of a gift that’s worth giving, and receiving. A number of different organizations have received Clean Kits, including local homeless shelters and emergency food centres. “They’re always in need of things like this,” says Golding. “There are always people who arrive at those places without anything.”

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Art The Enriched Bread Artists will be holding their 21st annual Open Studios event. The series of free events gives people in the neighbourhood a chance to explore the eccentric collection of art housed in the EBA studios on Gladstone Avenue. The building, located just west of the O-Train track, is a former bread factory that was built in the early 1900’s. For the past 21 years, the factory has been a staple of the Hintonburg art scene, providing studio space for a number of local artists. The event covers two weekends, October 25-27 and November 1-3. Events include a presentation by EBA curator Petra Halkes on Friday November 1, discussing the artist’s recent trip to participate in an exhibition in The Hague. (www.enrichedbreadartists.com) Theatre The Great Canadian Theatre Company will be holding a Children’s Sunday Series performance on November 3, featuring Salamander Theatre’s Where Poppies Blow. The Sunday Series is family theatre created for kids from grade 3-8. Where Poppies Blow is a World War 1 period piece seen through the eyes of a young Canadian boy, and the effects of the war on his small,

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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 www.ocdsb.ca/sch/as/ Pages/NearWest.aspx OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 3: ANNUAL ENRICHED BREAD ARTISTS OPEN HOUSE The Enriched Bread Artists (EBA) is a collective of diverse Ottawa artists who make their home in a former bread factory on Gladstone Avenue. It’s a great opportunity to meet the artists and get up close and personal with all kinds of creative projects. For specific dates and times go to: www.enrichedbreadartists.com/ openhouse.htm 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 www.kitchissippiuc.com. 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.

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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 12:00 p.m. You’ll find household articles, toys, jewelry, collectibles, books and good used clothing.

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OCTOBER 29 - HOLTOM LECTURE “WAR, MEMORY, and REACTION: Reshaping History in Harper’s Canada” by Ian McKay, is an analysis and critique of the new militarism in Canada and the decline of the peacekeeping tradition. One in a 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 15: BOOK LAUNCH St. Martin’s Parish Hall (2120 Prince Charles Road near Carlingwood) will be the scene of 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 15-17: HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS This tour of six homes decorated for the holidays includes a unique home on Island Park Drive. This event supports the work of Hospice Care Ottawa, which provides end-of-life care to hundreds of people and their families. For details go to hospicecareottawa. ca.

NOVEMBER 1: DIWALI FESTIVAL The Seventh Annual Hintonburg Diwali Festival will be taking place at Plant Recreation Centre (930 Somerset St. W. at Preston St.) from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Free admission and Indian refreshments provided by Indian Express. There’ll be Bollywood dancing, Pooja, and the traditional lighting of lights. Donations to Plant Pool Recreation Association for children & youth programming appreciated. Organized by Hintonburg Economic Development Committee. For more information contact Cheryl Parrot at 613-728-7582. 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. This event promises to be a unique blend of jazz and choral music. The program begins at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information call 613-7259487 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

NOVEMBER 23: AUTHOR READING Veena Gokhalem, the author of Bombay Wali and Other Stories, will give a reading at the Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library from 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Online registration is required to attend this free program. For more information, contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary. ca.

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. to 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 www.firstunitarianottawa.ca. NOVEMBER 16 - FOOD BAZAAR St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church (579 Parkdale Avenue at Sherwood Drive) will be holding its annual Food Bazaar on Saturday November 16 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Drop by for deli items, frozen foods, candy, baking, gift baskets, and hot coffee. For more information contact Dorothy Dickey at 613-236-2087. 

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