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Simon Mead (left) and Jason Thomson have been hiking in the Gatineau Hills and trails around Ottawa, training for Kilimanjaro in February.

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Two Westboro men are climbing Africa’s tallest mountain with two goals: to reach the summit and to bring clean water to people in some of Africa’s poorest regions. Jason Thomson and Simon Mead are joining a group of 16 international climbers who will tackle Mount Kilimanjaro in February to

raise money for WaterCan, an Ottawa-based charity that addresses poverty by improving access to water and basic sanitation. According to the United Nations, 2.5 billion people, of whom almost one billion are children, live without basic sanitation. Poor sanitation and unsafe drinking water lead to over a million preventable deaths each year.

As the International Program Director for WaterCan, Mead has seen first-hand the desperate need for clean water, especially in east Africa where WaterCan has projects in four countries. In these poor regions, schools and even health clinics often do not have access to clean water and sanitation. “Access to clean water has Continued on page 5




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ered at Westboro Clocktower Brew Pub on March 22 for the official unveiling of this year’s Westfest program. (From the March 28 issue.)

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Looking back on an eventful year “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Søren Kierkegaard

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It may seem odd that we’re mulling over the words of a 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian as we move into a brand new year, but they’re worth sharing. It’s always good to have a quick look back before we lurch forward. These twelve excerpts from the past year highlight what Kitchissippi was all about, what defined and connected us, and perhaps they will help guide our future together as we move into a new year. As always, we love to hear from our readers. What would you like to see more of in 2014? What kind of community should we strive to become as we “live forwards”? Send your thoughts to Don’t forget to include your full name and contact information.

January Area schools bursting Well over one hundred parents attended the Ottawa Carleton District School Board’s Near West Accommodation Review meeting on January 23 at Fisher Park PS. Both Devonshire Community Public School and Elmdale Public School are currently operating at over capacity. Devonshire is at 112% and Elmdale is at 166%. The Board offered four possible

short-term solutions at these French Immersion schools for September 2013. A more extensive review is in place to come up with solutions for September 2014 and beyond. (From the January 31 issue.)

February Project stove, Guatemala bound “Imagine yourself living inside your fireplace,” says Westboro’s Karen Secord, “with creosote dripping from the ceiling

Secord and Guatemalan friend on previous stove project visit in 2011. Photo courtesy of Guatemala Stove Project

in a hut with no running water, no windows and a dirt floor.” This is the state of homes Secord has visited in Guatemala. Secord left on February 9 for a three week visit to rural Guatemala with a six person team of volunteers for her second trip to help indigenous people in remote villages build stoves for themselves as part of the Guatemala Stove Project. (From the February 14 issue.)

March Celebrating 10 years strong Westfest is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, running from June 6-9 inclusive. Great things await the approximately one hundred thousand people who typically attend Westfest each year. A large and enthusiastic crowd gath-

Investigative neighbourhood blogger Trevor Pritchard at Hintonburg Park. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen

Write where you live Pritchard, 33, is an associate producer with CBC Radio in Ottawa and an editor with local arts and culture website, Apartment613. He is one of a dozen bloggers from Whitehorse to St. John’s who have been chosen to write about the changes and challenges facing the Canadian neighbourhoods they call home, in a new series entitled Hyperlocal launched on April 3. “We’re all telling stories about our neighborhoods, what’s changing, how things are evolving for the good or the worse,” says Pritchard, who has been keeping a close eye on the local scene for years. Hyperlocal is a five-week project to Continued on page 3

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KT 2013 IN REVIEW Continued from page 2 collect stories from all over Canada. Along with the twelve professional bloggers who will be submitting weekly stories, anyone can submit their story in the form of text, photos, audio or video. The goal is to spark a national conversation about our changing environment. (From the April 11 issue.)


Crowds from the neighbourhood and across the city gather for art, music, poetry, dance, food and friendship. Photo by Kathleen Wilker

ArtsPark: The urban village fair turns ten To celebrate 10 years of Hintonburg’s now famous ArtsPark, we caught up with Charles Reynolds, one of the founding members of the Hintonburg Community Association’s arts committee who envisioned and created the free, low-key festival celebrating art, craft, music, poetry, dance, theatre and neighbours. Now living in his great-grandfather’s renovated 1898 country home in Hartland, New Brunswick, Reynolds described the festival’s beginnings. “Initially it was kind of spur of the moment,” said Reynolds. “We had established the notion of an Arts district in Hintonburg and we knew there were lots of artists in the neighbourhood, so we made some arrangements with Parkdale Market. I also remember chaos and being in the park at 5:30 am to close the streets. But it all magically came about. Everyone who participated was well pleased.” (From the May 9 issue.)


Blaine Marchand on the steps of St.George’s School. The parking lot used to be the girl’s school yard and the houses behind used to be the boy’s schoolyard that Marchand refers to in his poem, “St.George’s Yard.” Photo by Ted Simpson

Retelling his lyrical neighbourhood Blaine Marchand sits in the dining room of The Bagel Shop on Wellington West, recounting the days when the room we are sitting in served as a funeral home. “That was the chapel back there (he points to the kitchen and line of people ordering coffee and toasted bagels). If you look at the window at the back you can see it’s like a church window.”

It is Marchand’s ability to look back into the past which has inspired his latest work: a series of prose poems that explore Wellington West the way he remembers it as a child growing up in the 50s and 60s. (From the June 20 issue.)

July Transitway bus diversion impacts everyone Plans to redirect buses from the Transitway to Scott Street during light rail construction must address local area impacts, residents told organizers at an information night on June 18. The meeting, held at the Hintonburg Community Centre, responds to concerns over a plan that would send some 300 Transitway buses per hour, at peak times, along residential Scott Street. (From the July 4 issue.)


Wellington Village’s Bob Plamandon with his book, The Truth about Trudeau. Photo by Ted Simpson

Nation builder, truth teller “I think there’s a lot that we can learn about what works and what doesn’t work from studying the results of (Pierre Elliot) Trudeau’s career,” says West Wellington author, historian and policy consultant, Bob Plamondon. Popular yet controversial – just like its subject who is consistently ranked as both Canada’s most favourite and least favourite Canadian – The Truth about Trudeau has garnered Plamondon interviews in newspapers, on political shows across the country. “The book isn’t a rant and I don’t look at his personal life,” says Plamondon, who hopes his book will spark a genre of evidence-based examinations of the careers and policies of our politicians so that we can learn what has and hasn’t worked. (The Truth About Trudeau was published by Great River Media which also publishes the Kitchissippi Times.) (From the August 1 issue.)

September Music and Friends at Music in the Park On Sunday, September 15, more than 200 people gathered in McKellar Park to enjoy a free open-air concert. Continued on page 4

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“I think this is awesome,” said Amanda Thompson, who brought her two sons to the park from their home just a block away. “I like anything that gets the community together.” Event organizer Patti Church said she had always wanted to bring music to this beautiful park. When her daughter Kayla introduced her to Craig Cardiff’s indie folk music, she knew that he was the perfect musician for this event. She also asked her friend and fellow Kitchissippi resident, singer/songwriter Lee Ann McLellan, to play the opening set. (From the September 25 issue.)

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Going the distance Close to 400 athletes participated 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. (From the October 24 issue)

All’s Well in the West End: Excitement builds for community co-operative A new community-owned café and organic grocery will be part of the streetscape on Wellington St. West next spring. The West End Well Co-op will also offer a coffeehouse-type performance space, cooking, yoga and other classes, and even a library, say the cooperative’s co-founders, a group of residents who decided the time was right to create a place for people interested in environmental sustainability to connect with and support their community. The centre will operate as a social enterprise, using a business model to achieve social objectives, explained West End Well co-founder Bill Shields at one of the co-op’s information sessions. “We wanted it to have its own self-sustaining economic engine; we didn’t want to be relying on grants that came and went.” (From the November 7 issue.)


Going beyond the classroom Shauna Pollock is passionate about preparing her students for the 21st century. In recognition of her dedication and avant-garde approach, the Churchill Alternative School teacher r e c e n t l y received the Shauna Pollack received the Prime Minister’s Prime Minister’s Teaching Teaching Award Award for Excellence. Photo for Excellence. by Kate Settle Churchill principal Megan Egerton describes Pollock as a teacher who “puts in 150%” and who is “preparing kids for the 21st century by integrating the technologies that are available now.” “She is constantly looking for ways to engage and improve,” Egerton adds. For example, Pollock is using the money she received with the award to attend the Google in Education Montreal Summit where she will learn about even more ways to integrate new apps and technology in her classroom. (From the December 5 issue.) These are just some of the threads that bind us together. There were many more stories that unfolded in 2013, and this list barely scratches the surface of the hundreds of articles about area development, local businesses, cultural events, and charitable causes. If you’d like to access back issues of Kitchissippi Times and read the full versions of these stories, go to Kitchissippi. com. From there you’ll be directed to, where all of these issues are archived in their full digital glory.

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Challenging climb to raise money for WaterCan Continued from page 1 been shown to improve health,” Mead says. WaterCan builds pipelines, wells, and filtration systems for impoverished communities in East Africa. They also help provide basic sanitation and hygiene education. The 2014 Climb for Life has a campaign goal of $75,000, with each climber hoping to raise $5,000, an amount that provides clean water for roughly 200 people. The expedition will fly into Arusha, Tanzania on February 25. They will visit WaterCan projects in Kenya before beginning the climb. Thomson says that this will give the team an opportunity to see firsthand how the funds they have raised will be put to use. Mead adds that the early arrival also has the advantage of giving the team a few days to get over jet lag before beginning their arduous climb. The climbers then spend seven days on the mountain. Thomson says one of the fascinating aspects of climbing

They will begin their trip in a rainforest. (...) At the summit awaits a glacial artic zone. the world’s tallest freestanding mountain is the number of stark changes in climate as climbers ascend the peak. They will begin their trip in a rainforest. As they continue to climb, they will pass the tree line and ascend into an alpine desert of barren, rocky land. At the summit awaits a glacial artic zone. “It’s an incredible change,” says Mead, 47. “Within two or three days we go from the heat of rainforests to -20°C.” He has heard from previous climbers that it is challenging to find appropriate gear for this climb given such drastic temperature changes.


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Westboro’s Jason Thomson and Simon Mead climbed Yukon’s Chilkoot Pass in 2011, which has an elevation slightly over 1,000 metres. Photo courtesy of Jason Thomson.

Additionally, to reach the summit on day four, the climbers have to leave their camp at midnight and hike through the cold, dark night. They will reach the summit at sunrise and then begin a long descent. Thomson, 42, says another challenge is the rapid change in altitude. While he is confident that he is physically fit enough to make the climb, he cannot predict how the altitude will affect him. Altitude sickness, caused by lack of oxygen, can affect the even the fittest members of climbing teams. Thomson and Mead climbed Yukon’s Chilkoot Pass in 2011, which has an elevation of slightly over 1,000 metres. In contrast, the Kilimanjaro summit is 5,895 metres above sea level. The Kilimanjaro Climb for Life in MONDAY 2012 was led by Ben Mulroney and raised over $270,000 -– funds MONDAY WaterCan used to provide more than 10,000 people with access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation.


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KT LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Together we can do better Dear Editor, I hate that we have to do this. Although there is little doubt that fundraising builds community, it seems wrong that we must come together over the misery of others, because of a sad societal dysfunction. Wouldn’t it be better if we put our considerable intelligence and abundant resources to work solving the real issues that have caused this problem? Hunger. There is a shameful amount of hunger in our neighbourhood. It is hidden and not so hidden. It spans generations. It is what we think and what we can’t imagine. If the truth be told, poverty is the actual issue: Our neighbours are hungry because of poverty. There are, of course, many reasons for poverty

in Canada. But these reasons do not include--as they do in the developing world--civil war, natural disasters, political corruption, or lawlessness. Poverty in Canada is a man-made phenomenon. When accepting the City of Ottawa’s Community Builder Award last month, I challenged our municipal representatives using the powerful words of Nelson Mandela: “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. You can be that regeneration. Let your greatness blossom.”


I challenged our city councillors to go to the community food bank in their ward and talk to the people who are forced to sit in those chairs, waiting for food. Every single day when I show up for work at the Parkdale Food Centre I am touched by the strength and courage of our neighbours living in poverty. I am shocked when I hear how they struggle to feed themselves, sometimes only eating every second day, often eating “filler foods” with little or no nutritional value. I am humbled when they plead for more than their once-amonth allotment of “emergency” rations. I hurt when I hear a rooming house tenant tell me he doesn’t have a blanket, or a mother of seven explain that she doesn’t have room for a dresser in her two bedroom apartment. I am continually inspired by the kindness, empathy and generosity of this community. Our volunteers give seniors rides home with

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their heavy bags, show extra patience with the mentally ill, and distribute vouchers for boots and sheets and lists of places that serve hot meals. Often the holes on our shelves are filled from their own resources. Our “Would you buy milk and eggs for a neighbour in need” campaign brought results that none of us could have predicted. Yes, we raised much-needed funds (after all, it was only a few months ago that our financial situation forced the Board to do the only responsible thing and reduce our grocery budget by a full one-third) but it also brought concerned people to our doors. Parents have come with their children. Business owners and their staff have initiated conversations with their customers. Retirees have offered expertise. Students have joined the dialogue and are ready to engage their peers. In January, we are partnering with TD Canada Trust for a friendly winter challenge. Drop by any one of the three local branches and drop off an item or two or three from our online Good Food List, or toss in some money to help us fill our neighbours grocery bags with nutrition. Because poverty hurts us all, we need to do more. Food banking is not a long-term sustainable solution. Together we can do better. Mandela again: “It always seems impossible until it is done.” Karen Secord, Parkdale Food Centre We love to hear from our readers, and we welcome letters to the editor. Send them by email to: You can also send your letter by snail mail to: P.O. Box 3814, Station C, Ottawa ON, K1Y 4J8 Please include your full name and contact information.

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Scott Street concerns Dear Editor, I thought your readers would be interested in what Scott Street would look like when the Transitway is closed. This is the result of the Transitway closure last February, due to a bomb scare at Tom Brown Arena. The picture shows the buses taking over Scott Street, between Parkdale and Holland Avenues. A picture is worth a thousand words! David Owen

Champlain Park links trees and people As one of the organizers, it was thrilling to be part of an unveiling of two permanent monuments—one outdoors and the other inside the fieldhouse—at Champlain Park on the morning of Dec. 21. The City of Ottawa funded the design and installation of an historical timeline (indoors) and a tree monument with accompanying plaque (outdoors). Thus, it was fitting that Kitchissippi Ward’s Councillor, Katherine Hobbs, unveiled the installations. The M.P.P. for Ottawa Centre and Ontario’s Minister of Labour,

Yasir Naqvi, also attended the event, which attracted about 80 people who wended their way through unplowed and snowy streets to participate. The outdoor monument features a slice from the base of a bur oak felled in 2011. Since 2008, infill housing development has been rampant in Champlain Park. With four streets zoned for doubles, new construction often takes up the entire lot, crowding out and sometimes destroying large backyard bur oaks that are 200 years old. The city’s Urban Tree Conservation By-Law did not protect the bur oak now on display from destruction in 2011, even though it is intended to protect trees 50 cm or more in diameter on private property. This is a problem that needs to be solved, and the Champlain Oaks project ( will be raising it as an issue during municipal elections in 2014. Indoors, a wall-mounted timeline with text and photos prepared by locals recounts the deep history of Champlain Park. This includes the colourful life of Captain Daniel Keyworth Cowley, for whom three streets in Champlain Park are named. During 2013, community genealogist, Christine Jackson, connected with the Cowley family and, responding to her invitation, five of the Captain’s descendants attended the unveiling event! With the impacts of climate change, such as proliferation of the pine bark beetle threatening huge forests across North America, maintaining mature trees in our urban forest gives Ottawa citizens—and the politicians who represent us—an important way to mitigate these climate effects. We can and must act locally to save mature trees, and the genetic resources they contain. Ottawa’s mature trees are stalwart friends in the battle against urban heat islands. Saving old growth oaks, as well as mature maples and other native species, requires YOUR commitment to the premise that trees and people are meant to coexist. Future generations will thank you. Debra Huron Champlain Park

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B r i g h t . Wa r m t h . To g e t h e r. Hintonburg resident and community activist Jeff Leiper officially registered as a councillor candidate on January 2. Voting day is October 27. Photo by Kevin O’Donnell

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It may have been one of the worst kept secrets in the neighborhood, but Jeff Leiper, the former president of the Hintonburg Community Association and former race director of the Hintonburg 5K, has officially declared his intent to run in the municipal election. Leiper, who also recently stepped down from the board of Newswest, is currently working as chief policy advisor at the Information and Communications Technology Council. Representing Kitchissippi ward would actually mean a cut in pay and a hiatus from a successful career. “This is not where I thought I would be, even a year ago,” says Leiper. “Professionally I’m in a wonderful place to do the kind of work I want to do. I think it’s important work, and it’s fun work, and I do well by it.” The decision to run was made five months ago. He was part of a group of people charged with the task of finding a candidate to run against Councillor Hobbs. “We identified a number of candidates but at that point my preference would have been not to run. I’ve had a good career in communications policy. I’ve spent ten years doing analysis into communications policy, spent five at the CRTC, and I’m at an NGO right now where I have a lot of freedom,” says Leiper. Leiper, who lives in Hintonburg with his partner Natalie Hanson (former executive director of the Westboro Business Improvement Area) and their son Nicholas, says it was a tough decision to run. “I had a choice to make. I could continue to work with the community on an ad hoc basis to do what I wanted to accomplish and never quite having enough time to do it,” says Leiper. “Or I could proceed, and go in whole hog and say – between this exciting work I’m doing professionally and the really strong passion I feel about community issues – I’m jumping in.” Community collaboration is a central

tenet for Leiper, and he trusts he’s heading out on the campaign trail with the advantage of a “pre-existing and strong network of people who are engaged with their community.” Key issues for him include local economic development, safety and security, housing diversity, transit, and planning. Recent posts on his blog (, for example, are about the rerouting of buses on to Scott Street and local development matters. “Planning issues are what have tipped me over the edge with respect to needing change,” says Leiper. “The community’s voice has been lost in a discussion of how the built form of our community is going to develop. And the built form of our community is going to affect our quality of life, it’s going to affect how tightly knit our community is.” He acknowledges that the next 10 months aren’t going to be easy. “I don’t want to underestimate the difficulty of challenging Katherine Hobbs. She’s an incumbent; we’re already seeing a lot of spin from her with respect to what she considers to be her accomplishments,” says Leiper. He’s confident however, that his “good reputation, and profile in the community” give him an edge. In the coming months he will be taking his campaign door to door, but there are challenges here as well. “The most important thing in this campaign is to remember that a lot of us are really engaged in the issues, but most people, as they should be, have just been living their lives. They haven’t necessarily paid attention to the politics of City Hall,” says Leiper. “The most important thing I can do over the course of the next ten months is to make sure that I’m talking to people at the door, in person, about what I’m trying to achieve.” According to Leiper, the support he’s received so far has been overwhelming. “It’s a lot more than I would have expected,” he says. “Every day I’m getting some validation that this was the right decision. It’s been humbling and it’s been gratifying.”

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the local shops and restaurants and everything is just a short walk from our house. The parks, schools, and events are great too.” Jennifer is also fortunate to work just blocks from home, as the retail merchandise manager for Thyme & Again Creative Catering and Take Home Food Shop. Like most couples, choosing a date, venue and a caterer were top on their wedding planning list. “Knowing Sheila Whyte at Thyme & Again made that decision a very easy one,” says Jennifer. “I knew we would be in expert hands; I am a detailed oriented person, and both Sheila and the team made sure that everything was perfect. Having exceptional food served in a spectacular venue – The National Gallery – made the day more memorable.” Jennifer adds that when it came to the food, incorporating local as well as personal elements was important. “We had a lot of friends and family coming from out of town and wanted to be able to showcase our beautiful city. A member of Savour Ottawa, Thyme & Again uses a lot of local farmers and producers so we were happy knowing that a lot of our menu selections would be made with local ingredients.” As for the personal touches? “Bryce’s mother is from Wisconsin and we are all pretty big Green Bay Packers fans; Bryce even proposed to me at Lambeau Field during a game. They serve deep fried cheese curds at the stadium so we served some up during our late night menu as well along with pogos, poutine and a beautiful candy station put together by Sheila herself.” For Jennifer, one of the least-stressful aspects of planning the wedding was choosing her dress. “I literally walked down the street and into Laysieng


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Couturier on Wellington. We talked about what I had in mind and they quickly helped me find the perfect dress. It was just so convenient – especially for fittings – and I really like their warm, personal service.” For the Crossmans, their wedding was filled with warm, personal elements. “Bryce’s brother helped officiate and for some of our music we had a couple friends play acoustic versions of songs we had heard performed live by favourite artists including Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, and Radiohead. Our DJ filled our cocktail hour with TV theme songs from the 80s and played cover versions for our first dance songs that Bryce had recorded with his friends.” “Our day was everything we ever imagined and anything we might have done differently has long been forgotten and ultimately didn’t matter. Many of the guests who attended our wedding still remark on how much they enjoyed a chance to experience some of our favourite things from our part of Ottawa.”

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Professional wedding photos offer timeless joy lthough trends come and go in the wedding industry, one thing that has never fallen out of fashion is professional wedding photography. Having an expert capture images of love and joy is an investment many couples are happy to make, knowing that these photos are likely to be the

Miv Fournier has been a professional photographer for sixteen years, operating for the last ten out of a Westboro studio. “I specialize in photographing people so weddings are an important component of my work and a nice contrast to the commercial projects I often do,” he explains. “I love working with brides and grooms; they are always in a great mood so it’s fun to be able to create images that reflect their happiness.” Fournier says he has numerous preferred locations around Kitchissippi for both photo shoots. Two of his favourite areas are Maplelawn with its adjoining walled garden and a number of different spots along the Ottawa River. “I have been able to produce some spectacular images shooting near Remic Rapids,” he adds. “Inuksuk artist John Ceprano’s work provides a stunning backdrop and because of the flat rocks there, I’ve had couples who were willing to stand in the water, thus enabling me to make great use of the light and the reflections off the water. The nearby woods offer lots of possibilities as well.”


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He notes that while parents of the happy couple are sometimes interested in more traditional poses, many of today’s brides and grooms are willing to put themselves in the hands of the photographer as artist. “Most clients come to us because they have seen other work we’ve done and they like the style. I favour a sort of documentary or journalistic approach where the majority of the shots are both candid and artistic, often playful and relaxed, which is what our clients seem most eager to enjoy.” “Developing a relationship by working with a couple on engagement photos is really fun,” adds Fournier. “With these, I try to tell a story about their journey together and incorporate some of their shared history into the shots. For example, I did a shoot on the Ottawa River not far from Westboro Beach with a couple who love to sail. The shots of them in action out on the water are really wonderful.” Fournier notes that while some people try to save money by having a friend or relative take wedding photos, the results may not have the lasting appeal of professional work. “We are able to shoot at an extremely high resolution which then gives us total flexibility in terms of how we work with the images later, adjusting the lighting, for example, which can add so much texture to an image.” Another benefit of working with a professional is archiving. “We store the digital files indefinitely, both at our studio and backed up at an offsite location, so couples have peace of mind knowing they can order prints whenever they want.” Fourner says that he never tires of watching couples get their first look at their wedding photos. “We put their top one hundred photos together in a slide show, set to music, for them to watch together and the newlyweds are always so excited and emotional. It makes my job so satisfying.”

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Q: The youngest members of our family got some cross-country skis for Christmas and I was wondering if you could recommend a good place to practice before we head out and do some “real” trails with them. The flatter the better! Thank you, Mama Ski Bunny A: Thanks for your letter Mama Bunny! My family is also fairly new at cross-country skiing. It’s a great sport for families. Not only does it give us something active to do during the long winter (at least it feels long to me!) but once you have all the equipment it’s pretty cheap to just pick up and go somewhere. We’re very lucky to be so close to some great trails in the Gatineau hills too, but you’re not quite there yet. A bit of practice and you will be ready in no time. The best thing to do if you’re not paying for lessons is to bring the kids over to your neighborhood park, strap on those skis, and get the kids used to the feeling of the skis on the snow. Once this starts to get boring, it’s time to kick it up a notch. There are a couple of other places that would be perfect for newbies to try out new cross-country skis: • Many parents have already discovered the small hill behind Dovercourt Recreation Centre. Although the front of the hill tends to get taken over by small sledders (which makes it too slippery for new skiers) the sides of

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the hill can provide a nice gradual slope to practice the cross-country climb and descent, especially after a fresh snowfall. It’s great for trying out new snowboards too. • The bike paths down near Westboro Beach turn into informal ski paths in the winter. Park in the lot off the parkway or on Lanark and walk down to the beach area. It’s a whole different place in the winter! The best thing is that you’re not tied to a loop or a long route, which is ideal for new skiers. Just head out in one direction and turn around when you start to get tired. Good luck, and have fun! Andrea Tomkins, Editor

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School’s out

Westboro Nursery School to close its doors

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Westboro Nursery School, which has been a part of the Westboro community since 1968, will be closing, permanently, when the school year ends in June. WNS, which is a co-operative preschool program for children aged 2½ to 5 years of age, has operated within Dovercourt Recreation Centre for the past 25 years. Lydia Klein, the current president of Westboro Nursery School board, was not part of the WNS board during the original discussions with Dovercourt. Klein, whose son currently attends the school and her daughter would have attended next year, is saddened by the decision. “It breaks my heart that it’s not going to be there,” says Klein. “The nursery school has been an integral part of the community. Over 3000 children have passed through its doors over the past 45 years.” “Their rationale to us was that it wasn’t in line with their mission,” she says. “Their mission, as I understand it, is to support healthy living in their community. To me that doesn’t exclude young children’s healthy lives.” After the board’s decision not to renew the lease, Klein tried to find alternate space but wasn’t able to find anything that fit the bill. As a volunteer board, it was hard to find the energy to take on the task, even though Dovercourt offered assistance. “Think about all that work,” says Klein. “You’re starting with licensing again, taking care of all the renovations, who’s going to do all of those things? We’re a volunteer board, made up of working parents with kids at home. It’s really tough. Who’s going to do it, the teachers?” WNS looked at alternate locations but came up short. According to Klein, only one possibility came up, but substantial renovations would have been required to make it “nursery ready,” including the addition of outdoor fencing, kitchen improvements, and the installation of washrooms inside the classroom space. Susan Fletcher, President of the Dovercourt Recreation Association board of directors, says it all began 18 months ago when the Dovercourt board started discussions about a new strategic plan. “One of the things that I wanted to do as president of the board was really start thinking about the next 25 years,” says Fletcher, whose grandsons attended WNS. “We could still toddle along, doing what we do, but are we doing the right thing? Are we doing it for the right people?” she asks. These initial questions led to demographic studies, studies about the clients, the programming space, and which programs were in high demand. “One of the things the studies pointed out that we weren’t doing so well, was serving disabled people,” says Fletcher. “It’s not that we aren’t accessible, we are. We’ve been trying to expand our programs to meet needs of the community in some of the more underserved, more disadvantaged folks in our community.” Early in the process Dovercourt realized a significant part of the population was being seriously underserved: seniors. “One of the first things we did even before we had our strategic plan in place, was say to staff: ‘if this is a community

centre, it should be for the community.’ Right now we’re pretty well known as a children’s centre with a little bit of fitness thrown in,” says Fletcher. The number of seniors enrolling in Dovercourt’s programming since then has quadrupled, according to John Rapp, Dovercourt’s Executive Director, but he adds that the boom in senior participants is “a bit of a coincidence.” “We stayed out of senior’s programming when there were others providing senior’s programming,” says Rapp. But over the past few years, the situation changed. “The Alex Dayton Centre at Carlingwood closed, the west end Y closed – these were two major senior service providers. And the Churchill club was fading, in terms of the numbers of people who were participating,” says Rapp. “There was a huge need in the community because there weren’t alternatives out there,” adds Fletcher. Dovercourt started looking at the cost effectiveness of the programs they offered, where demands were high, and what rooms were being used effectively. And one of the areas that came under scrutiny was the space occupied by WNS. “One of the things we started realizing is that because the WNS has been with us for so long, one of the things that we haven’t asked them to do is pay for the space they consume,” says Fletcher. “And a nursery school consumes a lot of space per child relative to what we do in our other programming.” If there’s one thing both parties can agree upon, it’s the gradual decline of preschool enrollment in the area. Fletcher attributes it, in part, to the advent of allday kindergarten. “Over the last couple of years registration has been down,” says Klein, whose mother was the director of a daycare and later ran a daycare out of her home. “Last year we took a big hit over the uncertainty of where we were going to be. I know that cost us.” “Part of me hasn’t quite let go yet,” says Klein. “I believe there’s no other program like this one. For me, this place has been amazing.” Klein credits an energetic, experienced, and caring teaching staff for the school’s success in the community. Fletcher says the board did not come to this decision lightly. “Part of the community that we’re most concerned about is the disadvantaged,” says Fletcher, citing Dovercourt’s new strategic plan. “And the parents who have kids in the nursery school, mostly relative to other families in this neighbourhood, you cannot call them disadvantaged. That’s not something I like to focus on, but it’s something that played heavily on us as a board. So we are subsidizing already relatively well-off folk at the expense of people who do not have those advantages.” Fletcher says she has not had any feedback from the community about the nursery school closing; neither at their AGM, nor at the unveiling of Dovercourt’s expansion plans in July. “I personally believe it’s the right decision for the organization and for the community.” Do you have memories of Westboro Nursery School you’d like to share? We’d love to hear them if you do. Email editor@

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Hot times for Westboro Beach

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Industry, business interests, and fatalities led to transformation

By Bob Grainger

The focus of last month’s column was the Trocadero dance hall at Westboro Beach. (If you missed it you can read it online at Kitchissippi. com.) This month, despite the snow and sub-zero temperatures outside, we’re continuing our look at the development of Westboro Beach and the community’s involvement in regards to its use. It is impossible to date the first use of the river at Westboro Beach for recreational purposes. The workers at James Skead’s mill undoubtedly found themselves in the river on occasion, whether by accident or on purpose, but the first documented and datable evidence comes from the early 1920s with a photo of the bathers enjoying a waterslide in the shallow water. For the more adventuresome, there was another taller slide anchored out in deeper water. The slides were community built using available materials, such as logs lying abandoned along the shore. The “Westboro Swimming Club” was created in the early 1920s and incorporated under the provincial law, although it was really a community social organization, planning dances and other social events at the beach. Membership cost $5.00. The Club hosted races and swimming lessons for the young people in the neighbourhood, organized the construction of water slides and rafts, and built an openair dance platform. The Police Village of Westboro was also involved in activities at the beach, and as early as 1916, ordered the purchase and installation of two 12 x 17 tents “for the convenience of bathers.” In these early years, Westboro Beach was not much of a beach. There was very little sand – just dirt and mud, sawdust and bark from the mill – amid rocks and shale. The Swimming Club had children pulling weeds to keep the beach relatively accessible for swimming. (The sand came later, in the 1950s.) During the 1930s, the ownership


This photo from 1967 shows a new-and improved beach area, as well as the concrete towers for the restaurant. You can also see the rock-filled crib downstream from the beach and the boom house in the middle of the river, both remnants of the early lumber industry. Photo courtesy of Michel LaFleur

of the beach lots fell increasingly into private hands, particularly those of Sam Ford. Sam owned the local snack bar and rented several cottages at the beach, and organized many activities to attract people to the beach and to the Trocadero dance hall. He organized carnival days of games of skill and chance,

Westboro Beach was neither a pristine stretch of sand, nor a safe place to swim. swimming races, and visual extravaganzas that included local youth diving through flaming circles of fire. He also constructed large concrete blocks at the water’s edge for party lights that were used during evening events.

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Regardless of its popularity as a gathering place, Westboro Beach was neither a pristine stretch of sand, nor a safe place to swim. The logging industry left behind a legacy of submerged logs and structures, which were dangerous to unsuspecting swimmers. The safest part of the beach was the shallow part at the end of Lanark Avenue, but even here, water-logged timbers, unexpected holes, and the remains of the piers (or rock-filled cribs) caused casualties. More advanced swimmers migrated to the remains of Skead’s Mill, at the downstream end of the current Kitchissippi parking lot. Normally submerged, but visible during low water levels in the summer, are the remains of a rockfilled crib some 75 to 100 meters offshore. This crib was used to anchor the boom-logs, which controlled the timber on the river. During the 1930s and 1940s the top of this crib was 5 or 6 feet above water level and was a favourite destination for older youth, but there was a very rapid current

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A beach with a past Continued from page 15 between the shore and the crib, which posed a serious danger to swimmers. There were also reports of underwater structures related to the mill, which trapped and injured swimmers. There were a halfdozen drowning fatalities in each decade of the early years, but they weren’t limited to summer swimmers. Several small children drowned when they fell through the ice in the winter. One particular drowning death had far-reaching implications for the neighbourhood. On a warm evening in June of 1949, James Allan Campbell, a local teenager, tripped on a log and hit his head and slipped unconscious into the water. His body was not recovered until the following afternoon. His death stimulated a massive reaction on the part of his friends and classmates, and ultimately led to lasting improvements in the area of community recreational resources. His friends formed the J.A.C. Club – which stood for James Allan Campbell – and they spent many hours cleaning the beach of debris and collecting names for a petition to pressure the Township and the City into improving the beach and creating other neighbourhood recreational resources, such as Dovercourt.

In the background of this photo from the 1920s, one can see the open-air dance platform that preceded the Trocadero. Photo courtesy of Bob Rodney

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There’s a savoury new aroma wafting through the streets of Hintonburg: fresh sourdough bread courtesy of our city’s newest artisan bakery, Bread By Us. Below the wood grain sign, just slightly to the left of Victoria Pharmacy (1065 Wellington Street West) is a humble, yet brilliant addition to the community. Bread By Us is a small batch bakery and espresso bar that is owned and operated by master baker Jessica Carpinone. Carpinone recently set out on her own after finding acclaim as a chef and baker at downtown foodie hotspot, Murray Street Kitchen. With four years of experience as a professional baker in hand, Carpinone has wasted no time in making her mark on Ottawa’s culinary landscape. “I always felt like I wanted to run a business of my own,” she says. “I felt like the market wasn’t really saturated, there was room for a new place.” Her new business is all about the bread, making the purest and highest quality product possible. “I love to eat it, it’s my favourite food in the world,” she says, explaining scientific intricacies of the baking process that most people can’t possibly appreciate. Carpinone specializes in sourdough bread. Sourdough is special because the yeast that is utilized is naturally found in the environment and has a slower fermentation process. This is the opposite method to what one would find in most grocery store bakeries, which use much more yeast to achieve a much faster process. “My style is to try and extract as much flavour and potential from the grain as possible, and that takes time,” explains Carpinone. “I hope it comes across in the breads, they’re not rushed,

they are really thoughtful.” The result is a loaf with crispy crust, soft interior and a complex flavour. In addition to its deliciousness, the bread lasts longer than the conventional variety. Sourdough is a natural preservative, which gives the loaves a shelf life of two to three days. The bakery opened their doors shortly before Christmas and have been ramping up to a grand opening event the weekend of January 11-12, when Carpinone and her staff will eagerly meet their new neighbours and members of the community. “I wanted to be in a mostly residential area, but still central. Hintonburg has the best of both worlds for me,” says Carpinone of her new home. “I like dealing with people who are here every day, I like to feel the pulse of the neighbourhood itself.” In the spirit of community, Bread By Us offers a unique idea they call the “suspended program.” Simply put, it is an easy way to pay-it-forward to a neighbour who might be less fortunate. “Somebody who might have more means can buy whatever they like, and they can buy a second item for someone who might not have the money for it in the future,” says Carpinone. Items bought on the suspended program are available to anyone who may need the comfort of a good coffee or a loaf of bread to eat during a hard time. Bread By Us is open seven days a week, though Carpinone does take Mondays as a day off. Coffee and croissants are ready for 8:00 a.m., with baguettes and focaccia rolling out by lunch and a full assortment of fresh loaves on hand for post work foraging.

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Winter Fitness at MEC Mountain Equipment Co-op is offering winter programs to help you stay active through the winter months. MEC offers running club twice every week. Group, winter runs happen every Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., email for registration. Evening group runs are held Thursday nights from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., runners will need lights and reflective clothing. No registration needed, just meet up at MEC front desk. For those not willing to brave the cold for their workout, indoor cycling classes are happening every Sunday morning from 8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. The class is bring-your-own bike and focuses on increasing your cycling efficiency, strength and conditioning. All these classes are free of charge, and more info can be found at Jazz Jams at The Carleton Jazz Works is holding their first open jam of the year at the Carleton Tavern on January 16. A host group of Jazz Works members invites musicians and vocalists from the intermediate level and up to join them on stage for an unpredictable set of

improv jams. These jams are hosted at the Carleton every month, cover is $5 and be there by 8:00 p.m. if you want to sign up to play. Winter carnival in Westboro Dovercourt Recreation Centre is hosting an evening of family friendly winter events January 18 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Kiwanis Park. Sleigh rides, skating and tobogganing are on hand for entertainment. Witness the bravest among us participate in the polar dip, or bring a bathing suit and dive in yourself. Enjoy a warm drink by the fire before sitting down with the kids for a screening of Despicable Me 2 inside the Dovercourt Pool. Street Hockey in Hintonburg The Hintonburg Community Association is putting on a street hockey tournament for Hintonburg residents on January 25. The HCA will be shutting down Hamilton Avenue next to Parkdale Park for an afternoon street hockey action. The 20-minute games of five-on-five will run from 11:30 a.m. ‘til 4:30 p.m. Registration is $10 for a team of up to eight people, teams need at least one Hintonburg resident and must include at least one man, one woman and a youth under 14, in the spirit of keeping the event family friendly. More information is up at

Wasn’t that a party? Fundraiser for the Philippines surpasses goal The Kitchissippi community came together at the Orange Art Gallery on December 3 for a fundraiser for the Philippines. “I am thrilled that so many people came together for the cause,” says AnnaKarina Tabuñar, one of the organizers. “The timing was not ideal… still, people came! And they were generous. Crazy generous.” The final numbers are in. “When you factor in the Government of Canada’s matching of funds, we will have met our target, even surpassed it with a total donation to UNICEF of over $26,000,” says Tabuñar. One of the biggest moneymakers came as a bit of a surprise to Tabuñar and the other organizers. Local children distributed homemade Christmas cards in exchange for donations and raised $570. “That’s more than what the Senators hockey jersey fetched, at just under $400,” says Tabuñar. The next thing on her list is a trip to

Emcee Max Keeping in a barong tagalog (a traditional Filipino shirt) at the event with event organizer Anna-Karina Tabuñar. Photo courtesy of Anna-Karina Tabuñar

the Philippines. “My dad’s family was from Cebu. Luckily, their region was not hit by the typhoon. Still working on logistics and how and when to get there.”

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JANUARY 18 - WINTER CARNIVAL Come out to Dovercourt’s Winter Carnival for an evening of free fun on Saturday, January 18 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Take part in horse-drawn sleigh rides, toboggan bowling, ice skating, face painting and more. If you’re looking for a little adventure, bring your bathing suit and take part in an ice-cold polar dip (a.k.a. a large outdoor pool full of icy water). The idea is that you’ll get in your bathing suit, gather your wits, and then jump in the icy cold water for anywhere from a microsecond to a minute, followed by time in the sauna and hot tub. Wind the evening down in comfort with warm drinks and food sold by WAVE Ottawa and a toasty seat at a bonfire, all outdoors in Westboro Kiwanis Park. As the carnival comes to a close, the fun will move to the Dovercourt pool, where Despicable Me 2 will be showcased for the annual Float-In movie. For more information go to JANUARY 22 - TEA AND A TOUR Abbeyfield House, at 425 Parkdale Avenue, is a non-profit organization that provides accommodation for 10 senior citizens. Please join us for tea, cake and a tour on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Next tea is on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. JANUARY 23 - PARENTING WORKSHOP Ready to tear your hair out? Tired of repeating yourself and having nothing change? This workshop for parents of children age 2-12 provides a range of discipline tools and a clear idea of how to use the ones that are best suited to your child. Come out and enjoy the evening. Learn something new and improve the atmosphere in your home. From 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at 312 Parkdale Avenue. Registration is required. For more information call 613-725-3601x207 or go to the Family Services Ottawa website at JANUARY 26 - THE HUMAN LIBRARY The Ottawa Public library will be hosting their Human Library event at five library branches, including Carlingwood. During this event, people

from various backgrounds (“human books”) will be available for “readers” to “check out” for a 20-minute, one-on-one conversation. The goal is to allow readers to interact with people they might not otherwise meet and to learn about their lives and experiences. A list of people who will be available at the different library branches will be available online at the OPL website:

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FEBRUARY 10 - TRAVELOGUE Enjoy a fascinating travelogue at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library presented by experienced world traveller Alex Bissett, who will talk about his travels to Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Burma. (7:00 p.m - 8:15 p.m.) Registration is required. Go to

JANUARY 26: SUPER EUCHRE TOURNAMENT Fun and games and big cash prizes for players at the Westboro Legion, 389 Richmond Road. Register ($20) at the door at 11:00 a.m. Euchre games begin at noon and the canteen will be open. For more information call 613-725-2778.

FEBRUARY 17 - FAMILY DAY SKATING PARTY Yasir Naqvi, MPP, is inviting local families to join him for a skate and a hot chocolate at the Champlain Park outdoor rink (located at the corner of Carleton Avenue and Pontiac Street) on Family Day. Drop by between 1:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m.

JANUARY 27 - ZUMBA FOR MOM AND BABIES Zumba® classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before participants know it, they’re getting fit and their energy levels are soaring! There’s no other fitness class like a Zumba® Fitness-Party. For parents, caregivers and infants 0-12 months. Bring water and a towel. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m at Mothercraft Ottawa, 475 Evered Avenue. Registration required.

YOUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS For up-to-date news on your neighbourhood, stay in touch with your community association. Information about events, traffic changes, development, neighbourhood clubs, volunteer opportunities and board meetings is available from the following Community Association websites. Champlain Park Community Association

FEBRUARY 5 - LIBRARY READING GROUP Share the enjoyment of good books in a relaxed atmosphere at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library. This month’s discussion will be about Home, by Toni Morrison and will take place from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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FEBRUARY 8 - SHORT STORY WRITING WORKSHOP This workshop for teens age 13-17 will be led by local author Tudor Robins at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library from 3:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m. For more information call 613725-2449 or contact the branch via the OPL website at

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Wellington Village Community Association Westboro Beach Community Association Westboro Community Association POSTPARTUM SUPPORT DROP-IN Facilitated by postpartum professionals at Mothercraft, this group provides support and information in a relaxed and engaging environment. Women will have the opportunity to connect to other mothers experiencing postpartum challenges, while exploring new and relevant topics each week. Newborns to 12-month-old infants are welcome! Starts February 2014. Registration is not required. 479 Evered Avenue. For more information go to: WESTBORO YOUTH CENTRE Join a free drop-in on Friday nights for sports, crafts, board games and socializing at the All Saints Anglican Church between 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. for 10 to 17 year olds. For more information go to CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH - INTERMEDIATE/ ADVANCED Practice and improve your Spanish speaking skills with Los Amigos Toastmasters. Meet at the Civic Hospital, Main Building, Main floor, Room 3 at the back left of the cafeteria “Tulip Café” on Mondays at 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information go to You can also call Monique at 613-792-4995 or email babouche5@

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FEBRUARY 8 - FISHER PARK WINTER CARNIVAL It’s a fun family event! Bundle up and come to Fisher Park to enjoy sleigh rides, skating, and games from noon - 4:00 p.m. There’ll be a BBQ

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