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Barb McInnes may seem like she’s relaxing, but she doesn’t actually spend a lot of time with her feet up. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen
5 things about Barbara McInnes
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By Andrea Tomkins
Barbara McInnes sparkles when she talks about her tenure as the President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Ottawa, an organization founded by her father, Alistair Gamble. CFO is a non-profit organization that turns the charitable gifts of many donors into funds that support a variety of
local initiatives. Some of the organizations that have received CFO support include the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, Bruce House, CARE Canada, and the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa Charitable Foundation. “It was a really satisfying career; I loved my work, I just loved it,” says McInnes, who retired after 26 years at CFO, 22 of them at the
helm. “I really had trouble distinguishing between work and pleasure. It had me fully engaged.” McInnes vacated her office at the end of December but stayed on until the beginning of January because of speaking engagements and an “overlap” with the incoming President and CEO, Marco Pagani.
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MasterChef Canada had a rapt viewing audience in Hintonburg when CTV began airing the show in January. Local resident, Beth Lusigan, was watching her son, Ben Miner, in a competition to be named the best amateur home chef in the country. “It was exciting to see him on TV,” says Lusigan. “He tries his hand at everything.” Thousands of home chefs from across Canada auditioned for the popular franchise show. The best fifty contestants appeared in the January 20 opening episode, from which the final 16 were chosen. These chefs compete in individual and team-based challenges in hopes of escaping elimination and winning the $100,000 grand prize as well as the title of MasterChef Canada. Miner was chosen as one of the top 16 home chefs in Canada, but was eliminated at the end of the third episode. Because contestants had all been sworn to secrecy, Lusigan was not prepared to see her son kicked out of the kitchen so soon. “It was quite a shock,” she says. “Tears flowed.”
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feedback they gave him on his cooking. While their assessment of his smelt fishcakes was not too positive (“This doesn’t make any sense!”), the comedian and host of SirusXM’s radio show ‘Comic Stripped’ said he has not given up on the small Canadian fish, and definitely not on culinary endeavors. “I’ve been so busy with stand-up and radio that I forgot how much I love cooking.” Lusigan knows that comedy and radio are her son’s “passions”, but she says his skill in the kitchen has always been impressive. “He started cooking when he was about 12 or 13,” she recalls. “He would come home after school, watch those cooking shows, and then throw stuff into a pot.” He especially enjoyed cooking for his grandmother. For his audition to MasterChef Canada, Miner made cereal and his own almond milk. “Nobody has ever got on the show by making cereal
before,” Lusigan boasts. Miner grew up in Hintonburg and attended Saint-François-d’Assise school. Though he moved to Toronto eight years ago, he still comes back to Ottawa often to visit his mom, his biggest fan and supporter. “My mom worked incredibly hard to give me the best life I could have,” Miner says. “She’s always supported me one-thousand percent.” Both mother and son are eager to sing each other’s praises. Lusigan points out that her son is “very kindhearted” and often does comedy shows to raise funds for charities such as the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. As for MasterChef Canada, Miner is coy about how the series will end. When asked if he knows who won, he quickly answers, “The viewers.” Do you know someone in Kitchissippi who has an interesting story to share? Send an email to editor@kitchissippi.
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“I fell in love with three guys when I was 12… I don’t know which I loved most!” “I’m passionate about so many things,” says Barbara McInnes, the former President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Ottawa. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen
ages of 10 and 13. She learned to speak French and made lifelong friends. Barb and Glenn try to go back at least once a year, at which time she’s been known to put aside her mostly-vegan diet. According to McInnes, the roasted chickens in French farmer’s markets are out of this world. “It tastes like real chicken, not like something you need to add flavour to,” says McInnes. “Someone my age can hearken back and remember the way our grannie’s chicken used to taste.”
Continued from page 1 What does she miss? She answers without losing a beat: “The people. It’s always the people. My staff are just brilliant. And the board members and the volunteers we attracted were beyond belief. I’ll continue to stay involved, but it will be in a different kind of way. And at a different pace.” One good thing about retirement – the word is used hesitantly, because it truly doesn’t fit someone like McInnes – is that it’ll be easier for her and her husband, Glenn, to travel now that she’s not trying to squeeze it in between meetings. (Case in point: they zipped over to New Zealand for a 10-day holiday when she was at CFO). She’s promised herself not to make any longterm commitments during her first year “off” and she’s determined to stick to her guns. “I have had some very tempting offers and opportunities to serve on boards and get involved in various things, but if it requires an ongoing obligation I’ve said no, however if they remember who I am in a year, I hope they come back,” says McInnes. “By then I’ll have laid out what it is that I want to do.” “There are some things I feel very passionate about in the community, but I really do want to have space for a year.” It’s clear that McInnes has interpreted the meaning of the world “retirement” somewhat loosely. She currently sits on a committee for the National Arts Centre as well as the Telus Community Board. “Those things will continue on, and I have a few people I’ve been mentoring and I’ll carry on with them… I’ll have more time to spend with them,” explains McInnes. Although she’s quite well known in Kitchissippi (she’s lived in West Wellington for 45 years) we’re presenting five things you may not know about Barb McInnes:
2. She’s been to an icy corner of the world many people will never see. “We do enjoy travelling, and we indulge ourselves quite a bit,” says McInnes. Her most memorable holiday was an “unexpectedly fascinating trip” to Greenland. She reluctantly agreed to accompany Glenn on a business trip and it turned out to be the trip of a lifetime. They spent a week in the town of Ilulissat, approximately 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. The sun never set and they stayed in a hotel that overlooked a fjord where the icebergs calved. “Huge building-sized icebergs got caught on this sandbar,” explains McInnes. “You could watch them all day. It was fascinating.”
“There are some things I feel very passionate about... but I really do want to have space for a year.”
1. France is one of her “most favourite places in the world.” It carved out a permanent place in her heart when she lived there between the
3. She has a very interesting son-in-law. She’s quick to say that she has two very interesting sons-in-law but only one has a connection to the Canadian music scene. Her daughter, Emily, is married to Jonathan Gallivan, a Toronto-based producer, musician, and multi-media developer who also happens to be a lead guitarist in David Usher’s band.
4. She performed Richard III at the National Arts Centre. “I fell in love with three guys when I was 12: Laurence Olivier, Richard III, and Shakespeare. I don’t know which I loved most!” says McInnes. She knows the entire first act of Richard III by heart. Last year, Magnetic North Theatre Festival asked her to be part of a fundraising effort called Don’t Quit Your Day Job and she agreed to perform Richard III on stage. “My performance was well received but I’ve never been asked back,” laughs McInnes. Her stage debut happened to take place the day before the board meeting at which she announced her retirement. 5. There’s a big question mark hanging over her head at the moment. “I’m passionate about so many things,” says McInnes. “My difficulty is really handling that, because I want to get involved in everything. I’m really looking forward to making a difference… with something. There are some really tempting initiatives out there that I can’t wait to get involved in.”
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Local principal one of Canada’s finest Former Nepean H.S. principal known for his warmth, humour, compassion By Paula Roy
He may just have been named as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals, but Champlain Park’s René Bibaud admits he was initially quite reluctant to step into the principal’s office. “I spent 25 years in the classroom and loved the dynamics and the daily interaction with students. I was afraid to lose that but, in fact, I’ve done my best teaching in the last 12 years. It’s just that the configuration of my classroom has changed – it’s now the whole school.” Bibaud is one of 40 principals from across Canada being lauded as the finest in their field by the Learning Partnership, a national charity that promotes publicly funded education and fosters leadership among educators at all levels. Nominated by peers and parents, Bibaud was selected based on his success at forming meaningful partnerships with parents and community as well as his ability to foster change and innovation that resulted in improved student engagement and achievement. “I have to say I was both humbled and embarrassed when I learned I was being nominated for this award,” admitted Bibaud. “I have been so fortunate to be surrounded by so many strong partners who have worked with me to come up with the necessary vision for school improvement and then worked collectively to achieve it. I share this honour with all the students, teachers and parents I have been privileged to work with as a principal.” Known for his warmth, humour, compassion and boundless energy, Bibaud was principal of Nepean High School for five years and is now in his second year as principal at the Adult High School on Rochester Avenue. In this new role, he’s at the helm of a unique school that serves the needs of a very diverse student population, including many immigrants, and where his skills as a coach, mentor, role model and inspiring instructional leader are tremendously valued. Bibaud’s supporters praise his constant efforts to go above and beyond his
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him if he missed the classroom and the opportunity it provided to influence kids. He responded that, in fact, it was as a principal that he had more opportunities to teach – to impart values and build character.” Bibaud remains as passionate as ever about his profession, despite the duration and many successes of his career. “One of the things that I find particularly exciting is how technology is changing our instructional practice and how the pathways available to students are expanding, making it increasingly possible for me to work with teachers, parents and many partners in the school board and the community to come up with a unique recipe for each student to succeed. As I am in the twilight of my educational career, working here at the Adult High School is providing me with a more fulsome perspective and I truly feel like things have come full circle.” Do you have good stories to share about René Bibaud? Send them to editor@kitchissippi. com and you may seem them in the next issue. Adam Freedman (L) and Kitchissippi’s Ben Dodek (R) played in the Extreme Football Challenge as part of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s Mitzvah Day 2014. All proceeds raised from the Extreme Football Challenge will go to support the Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada. Mitzvah Day, is a day when the local Jewish community comes together to help those in need. Francie Greenspoon, the Senior Director of Communications for the Jewish Federation of Ottawa says “it was an enormously success day with over 300 people participating in 15 different good deeds.” Photo submitted by Francie Greenspoon.
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Catching up with two accomplished actors Love in the age of Victoria is just one of their recent affairs
By Judith van Berkom
Kitchissippi residents, Margo McDonald and Rachel Eugster, take lead roles in playwright Linda Griffith’s Age of Arousal, set in Victorian London in 1885 and produced by Ottawa-based theatre collective, Bear & Co. Playing until February 22 at The Gladstone, Age of Arousal captures the emotional turmoil of repressed desires that characterized the end of the Victorian era. Age of Arousal is McDonald and Eugster’s “first professional collaboration.” “I love working with Margo,” says Eugster. Both women began their careers at a young age. McDonald was “first on stage in kindergarten.” “I realized that’s what I needed to do,” says McDonald after having seen her first play at age 5, adding that she “dabbled in other things, but always came back to theatre.” Eugster wears several hats. She is an accomplished writer and editor, singer, actor and music director. As part of the Dragon Tea Trio, formed last year with Joan Harrison on cello and Andrew Mah on guitar, Eugster will be performing in a series of house concerts in early March. The trio performs “a range of genres, from folk, jazz, classical and Brazilean Bach,” says Eugster. “We are all classically trained,” she adds. The Pocket Mommy, Eugster’s first picture book, was inspired by the day she dropped her son off at
Kitchissippi residents Margo McDonald and Rachel Eugster star in Age of Arousal. It’s their first professional collaboration. Photo by Al Goyette
kindergarten and he announced that he wished she was tiny enough to keep in his pocket all day. In 2012, Margo McDonald won the Rideau prize for outstanding female performance in Fly Me to the Moon (GCTC). McDonald co-founded A Company of Fools in 1990 appearing in many of their productions over the years, and has just formed her own company, Parry Riposte Productions – a fencing term – “I spent 20 years fighting with swords,” she says, “but the number of times I’ve had to use it on stage, I can count on one hand.” She is currently
working on “a biographical piece about a 17th century woman who fenced and was an opera singer and has been virtually forgotten.” In March, McDonald will be producing her own play – “it’s about 2 pirates trapped in a Crow’s nest. They can’t come down until they resolve their differences.” The play has no script and every night will be different – determined by the audience. McDonald and Eugster play sisters in Age of Arousal. “Eugster plays the older sister and I play the middle sister,” says McDonald. “I have many sisters myself. Our characters and dialogue are comedic.
It takes a shift in the second half. It’s a huge play – mentally, emotionally and even in the sheer length of the play – two hours.” adds McDonald. “The dialogue written for us is wonderful. It’s an ensemble piece. All six of us are on with just short breaks. It is so cleverly written – like a piece of music,” says McDonald adding that “it’s been a great journey of discovery.” “[The author] has a few devices she uses to great effect. The first is overlapping dialogue which sometimes happens with three or four or five of us at the same time,” says McDonald. “We are so used to hearing each word. It’s tricky to learn how to do that, but [in the end] the audience is hearing what it should hear,” she adds. “The other device is thoughtspeak – which allows the audience to hear the truth behind the Victorian masks we wear. That’s the way people are today. We don’t always say everything we think.” Living a few blocks from each other in Hintonburg, McDonald and Eugster knew each other vaguely as colleagues in the community. Eugster is a founding member of Bear & Co. and has appeared in Ottawa, in The Walk (Moon Dog Productions), in Momma’s Boy at the 2011 Fringe Festival, in the Gladstone’s Farndale Christmas Carol, and as soprano soloist with various choirs and orchestras. She served as music director for Salamander Shakespeare Co. and GNAG Theatre, and is an artist-in-residence at Parkdale United Church.
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Snow much fun!
Snow creations take over Parkdale Park
Story and photos by Anita Grace
Parkdale Park was filled with creative snow figures on Saturday, February 8. Described by event organizer John Ferguson as a “random act of fun,” the first annual GT Snowman Building Contest was a showcase of wintery talents. Naomi Ireland’s team of five builders created a classic comic book scene: two snowmen, one of which was missing a head. That head was not too far away in a heap of bowling pins. “We’ve been wanting to do a Calvin and Hobbes inspired snowman all year,” Ireland explained. “This was a good excuse.” Their comical creation won the team the first place win and prize of a $200 Giant Tiger gift certificate. “We’re trying to get families active,” said Ferguson. There was no cost to enter the contest and a guaranteed participation prize. The event attracted twelve individual and group participants. Dennis Murphy and Erin Burns were building a triceratops snow figure with some help from their two-year-old daughter Lilith. “It’s a fun family event,” Murphy said as he shoveled snow. Melissa and Gerard Stiles-O’Connell and their children Maliah, 9, and Corey,
5, built a quizzical little snowman with nose, mouth and eyebrows made of carrots. Ferguson, who owns the Giant Tiger store in Hintonburg, left nothing to chance. He trucked in a load of snow in case nature did not provide, and when the snow did not stick well due to chilly temperatures, volunteers were on hand to haul buckets of water around for participants to use. “It’s so brilliant,” enthused Kitchissippi Councilor Katherine Hobbs, who was one of the judges tasked with the difficult job of choosing the best three snow figures. “This gets people outside and families working together.” Randy Kemp, fellow judge and Chair of Wellington West’s BIA, was equally enthusiastic. “It’s fabulous,” he said. “It gets kids outside playing around.” Ben Bosch, 6, said he had fun building a colourful Lego-themed snowman with his dad and brother Ronan, 9. The Bosch family hails from Aylmer, but are members of Parkdale United Church, whose ‘In from the Cold’ program was the beneficiary charity of the event. Reverend Anthony Bailey said the supper program operates for five months of the year, feeding 150-160 guests every
KT LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Support for Westboro Nursery School Hello there, I read the article in the Kitchissippi Times about the closure of the Westboro Nursery School and wanted to write to you. My son attended the WNS for two years and I am absolutely devastated that the school is closing. My daughter would have been attending next year. We have nothing but good things to say about our experience of the WNS. Our son, Cormac, loved going, and I feel that he benefitted hugely from the time he spent there. The teachers, Wendy Dunn and Nancy Carisse, are wonderful and really care about the children. They provide a nurturing, educational environment with a wealth of enriching activities and experiences like a Teddy Bear Picnic, dress like a penguin day, and a field trip to the Agriculture Museum, among many others. Every time I dropped my son off, he would run to give Wendy and Nancy a hug, and this is from a child who does not usually hug people outside of his family. Dovercourt’s decision to not renew the lease of the nursery school is extremely disappointing, especially since the supremely high quality of the WNS reflects very, very well on Dovercourt. At the moment the WNS is one of the brightest jewels in Dovercourt’s crown. Sincerely, Erin McPhee I’m perplexed with the decision of the Dovercourt Board to not renew the lease with WNS. Our daughter Poppy was one of the many children with unique needs who were welcomed, accommodated, and thrived in this exceptional early learning hub. As a parent of a disabled child, I take issue with the generalization that WNS serves mostly affluent families dabbling in
childcare. Our criteria was quite complex and affordability was key. Are we an exception? Based on my 13-year history with WNS, I think not. I do agree with one point though, our family was no longer at a disadvantage after joining WNS. Erin Clatney I have two daughters, one of which attends the school now. I was deeply saddened by the news of the school’s closure and by the refusal of Dovercourt to entertain alternate suggestions from our board. Many of the statements from Dovercourt in your article seem contradictory and misleading. I do not believe they are have fair characterized this school and our community. WNS has always paid for its space, and we were willing to pay more and reduce our usage of the space - however, neither option was considered by the board of Dovercourt. Although some families are well off (just as in any neighborhood) there are many like my own which are only managing. We are just families who put a premium on excellent care for our children. Westboro Nursery School is an amazing part of our community. It has been around for 40 years and is staffed by some of the kindest and most competent staff imaginable. The school also cares for disabled children, so it makes no sense to me to hear Dovercourt saying they are trying to serve that portion of the community. They are actually reducing service. In your article, Fletcher says she didn’t get any feedback during the expansion plans in July - but our school was still expecting to remain at Dovercourt at that time, it was only late fall and winter that
ABOVE: Erin Burns adds finishing touches to the back of her snow triceratops; RIGHT: Melissa and Gerard Stiles-O’Connell pose with Maliah, 9, Corey, 5, and the family’s snowman creation.
Saturday evening. The program received a $1,000 donation at the end of the event. For those who missed the contest, or who want to take another stab at creating Parkdale Park’s top snowman, the event will be held again next year on the first Saturday in February. For more photos see Newswest on page 20. we learned that it would be impossible to stay. Additionally, Dovercourt says they have an increase in Senior participation which could be from the closure of Carlingwood Y. The Y is due to re-open next month in a brand new location at the mall, so it seems shortsighted of Dovercourt to kill off our school without better understanding the impact that this new addition. It should be said that when WNS is not in session, it completely disappears from the room - leaving it open for parties, fitness and any other events. It should also be added that Dovercourt is expanding - how is it possible that adding more space still requires it to remove services for children in order to serve other groups. It doesn’t add up. In short, I believe that Dovercourt has misrepresented itself in your article. I am certain that there are many ways in which both Dovercourt and WNS can continue to co-exist in the same building. I find it deeply frustrating to have such an amazing institution lost due to a lack judgment on the part of Dovercourt. Thank you for your article and for taking the time to read my response. John Hurkmans I just wanted to express my disappointment and anger at the closing of WNS. All while Dovercourt is expanding! I really feel like Dovercourt is failing their youngest community members both in the closing of WNS and in the apparent failure to plan for serving their needs in the expansion project. Andrew Davidson We love to hear from our readers, and we welcome letters to the editor. Send them by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 info.
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Scandalous Affair The Elmdale Oyster House will be featuring some adult entertainment February 21 with a vaudeville themed burlesque night. The Mansfield Brothers present A Midnight Affair, featuring performances by the best burlesque dancers in town. And as an added bonus, for the ladies, Toronto performer James and The Giant Pastie will be on hand for some boylesque. Tickets are only available at the door and go for $15, the tavern opens at 10:30 p.m. Asian Inspired Art Cube Gallery is celebrating the opening of a duel installment from artists Norman Takeuchi and Sue Ukkola with a vernissage March 6. Takeuchi’s work incorporates influences from his Japanese heritage combined with experience his experience as a Japanese Canadian. Ukkola uses an abstract method of creating art that involves bee’s wax scraped over milk painted panels. The opening party is from 6:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m., with the display up until March 30. World Class Guitar Critically acclaimed jazz guitarist Joel Harrison makes a stop on world tour in Hintonburg on March 1. The American guitarist, composer and arranger is performing with his band Search at the Gigspace Theatre on Gladstone Avenue. The epic three hour set covers Harrison’s full range on influences from rock and roll to classical and beyond. Tickets for the night are $20, cash at the door or reserved on credit at 613729-0693.
February 20, 2014 • 7
Saving our skiing
Tracking the future of winter sports
Story and photos by Denise Deby
A passion for cross-country skiing prompted Charles Hodgson to get more active in another way: he’s raising awareness of climate change. Hodgson, a Champlain Park resident, organized “The Future of Snow and Skiing in a Warming World,” a panel discussion at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum on February 5. Hosted by Ecology Ottawa, the evening featured Olympic skiers Sara Renner and Patrick Biggs, Nakkertok Ski Club and Vancouver Winter Olympics groomer Dirk Van Wijk, the National Capital Commission’s Gatineau Park senior manager Renée Bellehumeur, scientist Dr. Stephan Gruber and Mont Ste-Marie and Camp Fortune owner Bob Sudermann. Hodgson is an author of books on word history and former engineer who runs a blog called Guide Gatineau (guidegatineau.ca) about the park. A few years ago, he learned about a 2005 report by University of Waterloo researchers for the NCC about the effects of climate change on NCC operations. “The thing that jumped out at me was this likelihood that by 2050 there might not be any skiing in Gatineau Park. For me as an avid cross-country skier, that made me perk my ears up,” says Hodgson. Hodgson began investigating
what the City of Ottawa was doing about climate change, and got involved with Ecology Ottawa as a volunteer and board member. He started a new blog called Climate Ottawa (climateottawa.ca), encouraged the city to hold its first Greenhouse Gas Roundtable in
“Hodgson suggests four actions people can take, starting with using less energy, divesting from fossil fuel industries and supporting environmental groups.” 2013, and organized the winter sports discussion after hearing of a similar event in San Francisco last year. Snow and skiing are part of people’s everyday experience, and easier to relate to than “cataclysmic” discussions of climate change, explains Hodgson. “When something
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is a big, broad problem, you’re aware of it but you don’t really take action, but if it appears to be really in your neighbourhood, then you pay much more attention to it.” Hodgson suggests four actions people can take, starting with using less energy, divesting from fossil fuel industries and supporting environmental groups. “The most important, and actually the easiest one, is to talk to our elected officials,” says Hodgson. “If we tell them this is important, they’re going to start to believe it’s important.” Highland Park resident Gillian Wheeler was one of the over 250 people who attended the event. She and her family are downhill and cross-country skiers, so she appreciated hearing what climate change means for winter sports locally and what’s being done elsewhere in the world. “I did wonder whether there’s a tipping point at which the efforts and the energy consumed to preserve snow and extend ski seasons might outweigh the benefits or add more energy consumption into global warming,” says Wheeler. “It may not be as far away as we had thought.” “It did make me think about the small things I could do as one citizen in this city,” adds Wheeler. “Different ways to enjoy the outdoors without being big consumers, or things that we do as consumers not related to sports—just small things can also make a difference.”
ABOVE: Cross-country skiing enthusiast Charles Hodgson devotes his energy to helping people understand and do something about climate change. BELOW: Hampton Park resident Gillian Wheeler encouraged her kids to learn to cross-country and downhill ski and skate so they would be able to enjoy Canadian winters.
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Kitchissippi kids love camp!
amps are a great way for kids to learn new things, develop new passions and make new friends. The Ottawa Valley and surrounding areas have camps for kids of all ages and interests, where they get to have fun doing a variety of things in safe and nurturing environments. With lots of options like extended care, expert instruction, and state-of-the-art facilities, your child is sure to have an exciting and memorable summer. In this section you will find information on a variety of awesome camps around the city for children of all ages and interests. It’s the best resource for planning your kid’s summer. We publish it nice and early because many of the camps in here fill up quickly! So read on and dive into summer.
4 Cat’s art camps are a great way to
introduce your budding Picasso to a wide variety of art styles and media. Professional artists run the studio yearround, and welcome kids ages three to 15 to their fourth year of half-day summer camps. Camps run Monday to Thursday, and each week is based around a theme and a variety of media, from ‘Sculptor’s Studio,’ to ‘Fairies Goblins and Gnomes,’ to ‘Shark week.’ Through each week, which runs both morning and afternoon sessions, campers get to experiment with professional-quality art supplies, creating sculptures, paintings and more. In an average week campers get to bring home four projects! Whether your child is an avid artist or has never held a paintbrush, 4 Cat’s summer camp is the place to develop skills and a passion for art. S.T.E.M. Camps are a new and rapidly growing learning model that integrates science, technology, engineering and math into one cohesive unit. Académie de la Capitale’s summer camp program, ‘AcadeCamp’, operates under a S.T.E.M. model with an added twist:
the addition of a fine arts learning program. They call their adaptation S.T.E.A.M. Campers aged three to 12 who attend any of the eight weeks of camp will learn in an ‘inquiry first’ setting. Focusing on learning skills before turning attention to the material itself, AcadeCamp aims to improve inquiry skills by conducting experiments, making art, and exploring material in order to learn without noticing it. Led by certified instructors, small age-based groups will explore a variety of material that is guided by that week’s theme. Close proximity to a splash-pad and outdoor park allows the camp to make frequent trips outside, so kids can get active throughout the day. Altitude Gym’s summer camps are a great way for your child to learn about the sport of rock climbing while polishing up their French skills. This French immersion camp, complete with trained bilingual counsellors, 34 climbing walls and a bouldering area, will teach your child the basics of rock climbing in a safe and fun environment. This summer’s revised program gives kids three hours of climbing per day,
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Continued from page 10 where they will learn how to climb both solo and as a team. Parks and pools nearby ensure that campers get to enjoy some sunshine in between climbing lessons. More experienced climbers are invited to sign up for the Climbing 101 camp, which dedicates more time per day to learning advanced climbing skills. Open to children six to 13, this is Altitude Gym’s fourth year of camps and they are excited to get started! The Britannia Yacht Club knows
sailing. Their Learn to Sail program’s fully certified instructors have sent sailors to Canadian championships and even to the Olympics! Their sailing summer camps are the perfect opportunity for your child to learn this thrilling Olympic sport and have a great time while doing it. Campers from eight to 18 are invited to the BYC to learn the basics of sailing or hone skills they have learned in past summers. Campers will sail for several hours every day under the guidance of a fully certified instructor. The two- or four-week sessions are designed to safely and effectively advance your child’s sailing skills in a fun and engaging way. The camp day goes from 9:00 to 4:00, but 8:30 drop-off and 5:00 pick-ups are free with registration. Small sessions ensure your child gets the instruction they need, but hurry as they fill up fast. Happy Sailing! Camp Otterdale allows children to be independent by choosing which activities they do each day. With
impressive land and water-based activities that include sailing, kayaking, snorkelling, mountain biking and bouldering, the hardest part of your child’s day will be choosing what to do tomorrow. This year the family-run operation is adding even more to their activity repertoire: a brand new wood burning pizza oven, a blacksmithing program, karate lessons, and kayak fishing. There is also a new community farm where children can care for a variety of farm animals and crops. Each session at Otterdale has a different theme, so returning veterans and new campers alike will have new experiences. Still not convinced? For the past six years, 100% of the Otterdale staff has been comprised of returning campers. Join campers from around the world for an unforgettable summer experience at Camp Wabikon. Established 70 years ago, Wabikon prides itself on providing activities for children of all ages that promote personal development, friendship, confidence and independence. Located on a breathtaking island in Temagami Ontario, and restricted to 150 campers per session, Wabikon offers a traditional camp experience and the opportunity to build friendships that transcend borders. Flags are hung up in the dining hall to represent the home country of each of the campers. There are currently 48 flags and that number is sure to increase this summer! Challenge your child’s imagination with a week of fun and learning in a bilingual environment at the Canadian Museum of History. Geared for Continued on page 12
Q+A What do campers at the Canadian Museum of History do? Each day’s camp activities engage both the gross and fine motor skills, include indoor and outdoor activities, and feature special guests. Based on parents’ suggestions from previous years, the museum has developed this special camp with activities that allow children to get more involved in the their spaces and exhibits, and to explore the fascinating work being done by our knowledgeable staff. Why did you start the Ottawa International Children’s Festival? The goal of the event is to expose as many people as possible to the world of performing arts. We know that arts have become less of a priority for schools, and we encourage classes and families to come out to the festival. Many of the performers and exhibitors travel the world performing, so it really is a great opportunity for the whole family to come out. Last year was the Meredith Centre’s first year of camp, how did it go It was great! Our staff work year-round and we saw lots of familiar faces and lots of new ones as well. It was awesome watching the children explore the surrounding area, making friends and gaining confidence along the way. We especially loved to see campers who had never skated before doing laps of our arena by Friday afternoon. Everyone who works here is super excited about the upcoming summer!
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Kids learn all the skills from certified Tennis Canada Tennis Professionals 3-5 hours of instruction per day and end of week singles and doubles tournaments. Excellent for the beginning to intermediate young tennis player. Includes other activities; visit website for details on our 5 tennis club locations.
Sail & Serve Camp 8-14 yrs Summer Camp
This premier Tennis and Sailing includes 5 hours of introductory sailing lessons per week (weather permitting) and 3-4 hours of daily tennis instruction, all from Certified Tennis and Sailing Instructors. Daily swimming on-site, outdoor adventures, co-operative games, theme days, arts and crafts, and plenty of team building activities at scenic Britannia Yacht Club.
Mountain Bike 8-14yrs Summer camp
Each fun-filled day the group will ride trails, use maps, and explore the area’s trail system. Along the way stops may be made for hiking, snacks, looking for frogs, and more. Instructors will teach participants safe riding technique, balance, ascending/descending, braking and bunny hopping. Campers are grouped by age and ability, and receive plenty of individual attention from coaches. Note: bike rentals are available. 2 locations: Camp Fortune (transportation included) and Kanata Lakes
Survivor Camps 8-14 yrs March Break and Summer Camp
This fun filled week will be full of physical and mental challenges, outdoor adventures, co-operative games, theme days, arts and crafts, and plenty of team building activities that will bring “SURVIVOR” to our campers! Our goal is to show our campers how positive thinking and leadership will help them build future success in their own lives. Activities Include: Aerial Park , Physical and Mental Challenges, Food Challenges, Immunity Challenges, Tribal Council (no one gets voted off!) Hiking, Archery, Team Building, Orienteering, Beach Volleyball, Swimming at Meech Lake and Much Much More. Survivor Camp at Camp Fortune (transportation included)
Go Girl 8-13 yrs (girls only) March Break and Summer Camps
Campers will learn to love their mind, body & spirit. This exciting program helps girls develop to their fullest potential through leadership, service and wellness. Girls participate in activities such as Yoga, Self Awareness, Pilates and Swimming. They play age appropriate games, and engage in important discussions on issues that matter most to them. The topics covered include body image, self esteem, healthy living and media awareness. Group projects strengthen team building and create lasting friendships. Instructors are certified teachers.
Amazing Race 8-14 yrs
The Camp includes a series of challenges with a geographical base, 5 days, 5 countries, 5 Adventures. Its main purpose is to encourage diversity, education and understanding. For example one day of camp may be based on Italy. The campers would be encouraged to wear the colours of the flag, lunch we may have Italian pizza; They will follow Italian inspired challenges that are races against the other teams, and try to get to the amazing race carpet first; which will be towards the end of the day. Everyday they will gather and discuss team work, cooperation, and leadership.
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Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6 Académie de la Capitale, IB World School, conducts bilingual inquiry-based sessions blending Visual Arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Team sports, K2 Martial Arts Jiu-Jitsu and Play, all make AcadeCamp a well rounded summer adventure!
summer camp programs are the perfect way for young boys and girls ages four to 13 to learn a variety of dance styles in a safe and fun way. Located in the Westgate Mall, Capital City Dance’s impressive 10,000 square-foot studio houses four fully equipped rooms that campers rotate through for lessons in dance styles like hip-hop, ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and lyrical. Campers are separated into groups based on age to ensure lessons are accessible, and everyone gets together for lunch to share what they’ve learned! Instructors are all professionally trained in the style they teach, and most work yearround, so if your child loves camp they can attend lessons during the year led by their camp instructors. If your teenager is hungry for a unique and engaging way to learn how to cook, then Andrée Riffou’s C’est Bon Cooking is the place for them. Andrée is a Cordon Bleu trained chef, who believes the kitchen should be a fun and relaxed place to be. With an eye toward local and sustainable products and a passion for teaching people to cook, Andrée has been putting her unique spin on cooking lessons since 2008. Perfect for teenagers who often find themselves having to fend for themselves at meal time, or who will soon be living on their own, C’est Bon’s state-of-the-art kitchen, paired with Andrée’s expertise, will have
them cooking up a storm in no time. Starting with kitchen safety and knife skills, and working with ingredients like eggs, chicken and fish, your child will learn cooking skills and kitchen confidence. The camp is for teens aged 15 to 18 and runs from 1 to 4 pm Monday to Friday. Last but not least, campers will enjoy the fruits of their labour at the end of every afternoon. Yummy! Dovercourt offers one of the largest
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Q+A My child is interested in going to Otterdale, but we think two weeks away might be too long. What options do we have? We offer several one-week sessions throughout the summer. This is a great way for kids to experience camp and discover what Otterdale is all about. Your child will participate in all the same activities as the other campers. But be careful, once they’re here, one week might not be enough! My child is interested in attending Atltitude Gym’s camps, but we’re not sure her French is good enough. Not to worry! All of our staff are bilingual. The camp is set up as French immersion, so instructions are given out first in French, but we are aware some children are not fluent yet, so we can happily clarify anything in English afterwards. We want campers to learn French, but having fun, being comfortable and being safe are our first priorities! How do you choose which animals the campers at the Ottawa Humane Society will interact with? Our animals are carefully screened before they take part in the camp program. All animals that participate in the “Off-Leash” day camps are temperament-tested for suitability in being with children, as well as healthchecked by our animal-care team. Additional animals may be brought in through the Humane Education program, or accompanying our guest speakers.
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Continued from page 12 to 17, the selection is quite impressive. Innovative programs like the new Fishing Camp and overnight Youth Zone camp, along with a dizzying array of theme and speciality camps, highlight Dovercourt’s focus on pushing the envelope while delivering the highest level of service possible. Older campers are encouraged to take advantage of the leadership camps, and it is not at all uncommon for counsellors to be Dovercourt camp alumni who couldn’t get enough. All campers start and end the day together, and daily ‘giddy-up get-ups’ are sure to get your child excited for the day and foster the communal atmosphere in which Dovercourt prides itself. For over 75 years Elmdale Tennis Club has been a staple in the Kitchissippi
community. Their camp program is a big part of their operation and is evolving every year. Designed for children ages six to 12, Elmdale campers get three hours of tennis instruction on high-quality clay courts, learning the basics of the game and an array of tennis skills. Along with playing tennis, campers will get to use the new Fisher Park, complete with an updated play structure and splash pad. Camps will also take outtrips to the many parks and outdoor pools that are close by, and the week culminates in a tennis tournament and lunch-time BBQ. Last year the camps sold out, so if your children are looking to improve their game in a comfortable, safe and fun atmosphere make sure to register early!
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Teen Chef Classes — a week of fun, a lifeTime of value. C’est Bon Cooking’s Teen Chef classes fully engage young people in an intensive and entertaining culinary arts experience. Over five fun and food filled days, they’ll work closely with master chef Andrée Riffou and learn a variety of essential kitchen techniques. It’s a great way to make March Break or Summer Vacation memories and give teenagers the cooking skills and confidence they’ll need for life in university and beyond.
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What can campers at 4 Cats expect from the various themes over the summer? Campers use a variety of art media for all of the themes, but each week’s focus is slightly different. Our wildly popular ‘Pixel Craft’ theme gets campers to create pieces inspired by classic video games, while themes like ‘sculptor’s studio’ and ‘wonder emporium’ allow children to explore different media while taking advantage of our in-house kiln. All of our weeks are a great way to learn more about art, our themes are designed so that each week is new and exciting.
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Britannia Yacht Club Learn to Sail Program The BYC Learn to Sail Program is a great opportunity for any child to master the art of sailing. We use only CYA Certified instructors to ensure your child gets the most out of each lesson. They work with each student to develop their individual sailing skills. Your child will have a blast and make lots of new friends!
While enjoying a break, your child also has the opportunity to swim in the Ottawa River. In partnership with the National Tennis School, we also offer a tennis add-on which enables your child to play for 1 hour, twice a week. Programs are available for ages 8 to 17 and we offer courses from Beginner to Advanced. Classes range from two week to four week courses. They operate Monday to Friday through July and August, 9am to 4pm.
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Ottawa a one-stop shop for campers this summer. Campers in the travelling sports camp will take a different trip every day to enjoy activities from wind surfing to go-karting, and everything in between. State-of-the-art pre-school facilities and ECE-certified staff provide a safe and engaging environment for young children. There are new themes for preteens every week, from â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Crime Scienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to horseback riding and more, ensuring new and returning campers stay entertained all summer. Many of the summer camp staff run the JCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school year programs, so parents can expect a comfortable atmosphere where quality and continuity of service is the first priority. The Meredith Centre is a new community centre in Chelsea, just outside of downtown Ottawa. A quick commute from the Ottawa core gets you to this wonderfully rural area, where marshlands and trails are just a stoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s throw away. The Meredith Centre is an easy city getaway that boasts an impressive array of facilities, including soccer fields,
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What is special about Ottawa Athletic Club summer camps? We believe that it is never too early to benefit from an active and healthy lifestyle. Our camps are designed to deliver excellent instruction in a fun and safe way that promotes personal growth and fosters friendships. Our counsellors are all trained and first-aid certified, and our instructors are highly regarded in their fields of expertise. Tennis camps are led by tennis pros, highly recognized golf teachers lead golf camps, and our karate camp leader is a karate world champion.
The Elmdale Tennis Club 2014 Summer Camps: July & August
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Continued from page 14 studios, and an indoor skating rink! Camps, open to children aged five to 12, are bilingual and have a new theme every week. Local specialists, like artists and musicians, visit the camp to enrich that week’s theme. During their time at the Meredith Centre, campers will explore the surrounding forest trails and marshlands, do arts and crafts, play lots of sports, and of course skate! The National Tennis School has been
teaching tennis in Ottawa since 1985, and has seen a whopping 100,000 people attend their lessons and camps. This husband and wife duo leverage their experience and expertise to run camps out of multiple locations across the city, allowing parents to pick the best locations for them. The NTS offers much more than tennis camps. Survivor and Mountain Bike camps bring campers by bus to Camp Fortune every day to let children explore their adventurous side on the mountain’s trails and other facilities. Sail and Serve camps head over to Britannia Yacht Club, where they spend half the day playing tennis and receiving expert sailing lessons in the afternoon. Be sure to check out their camps for kids of all
ages. Sorry parents, NTS programs are for kids only! Make it an active, sporty and fun summer at the Ottawa Athletic Club. The club’s fully air-conditioned facility houses eight indoor and six outdoor tennis courts, four squash/racquetball courts, indoor golf, indoor and outdoor salt-water swimming pools, along with beach volleyball and basketball courts. Sports Camp (ages four to 12) is a great way for kids to learn new skills in a variety of sports such as tennis, golf, squash, volleyball and more, not to mention daily Red Cross swim lessons. OAC Tennis Camp is designed for a range of skill levels, from first-time to intermediate players, and is taught by certified instructors. OAC Golf Camp offers professional instruction for beginner and intermediate golfers, where they will learn everything from swing basics to golf course etiquette. Campers at the OAC Karate Camp receive professional karate instruction and build character in a fun and safe way. Campers in the Tennis, Karate, and Golf camps get to swim every day in the OAC’s salt-water pool!
Q+A Does Turnbull have any programs for older children this summer? Definitely! Our high school prep program is designed for boys and girls who will be entering high school in September. Campers will learn English and research skills to jump start their high school education, and will have the opportunity to come back to Turnbull the first four weekends of the school year to share their experiences with their summer group. Camp Wabikon has been operating for over 70 years. Who runs it now? Camp Wabikon has been owned and operated since 1980 by Margaret and Marcello Bernardo, with their children Mari-Beth, Megan and Matthew. During this time Wabikon has consistently offered an outstanding camp experience and grown to include a wide range of programs and some of the finest facilities and activities coveted in a well-equipped summer camp. Why did Académie de la Capitale choose to run a S.T.E.A.M. style camp this summer? We are an International Baccalaureate school that focuses on inquiry-first learning. S.T.E.A.M. camps are gaining popularity across the world, and we believe that using this model is a great way for us to integrate learning into a summer camp in a way that fits our school’s philosophy. We want campers to learn in a variety of fields with a variety of materials without even noticing it! Salamander Theatre focuses on theatre for young audiences. How do you do that? By telling stories from a child’s perspective, we ensure that our work remains relevant to and reflective of their experience growing up in the world today. Our program allows children and youth to not only be audience members, but to also learn the practical hands-on skills and techniques to practice the art form and be active participants in the theatre through drama education. Our aim is to expose children to the wonderful world of acting. How is Dovercourt able to develop new programs year after year? We love to take advantage of all the great resources the city has to offer! We have partnerships with organizations all over the city, like Just For Kids Fishing and Rogers TV. This allows us to create awesome programs by ensuring expert instruction in everything we do.
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Continued from page 15 Is your child crazy about cats? Delighted by dogs? Sign your animallover up for camp at the Ottawa Humane Society! With days packed full of animal interaction and animal-themed activities, these camps give children aged six to 11 the chance to experience life at the Ottawa Humane Society. A typical camp week usually involves a behind-the-scenes tour of the OHS, visits with our adoptable cats, small animal handling, volunteer dog visits, animal-themed crafts, games and activities, dog-walking and so much more! All summer camp programming begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. – with optional extended-care hours available if needed. Spaces fill up quickly, so register now to reserve your spot today! The folks who run the Ottawa International Children’s Festival
believe that the arts are important for every child. The aim of the festival is to present performing arts to families and children who might not get to experience these performances anywhere else. The four-day festival features seven shows by worldrenowned performance artists, along with numerous exhibits, roaming artists, and even an ‘instrument petting zoo,’ where attendees can try out a variety of instruments. The festival is designed to be entertaining for both children and adults, and about 20,000
people are expected to attend. Ottawa International Children’s Festival runs from May 9th – 14th. The Ottawa Museum Network has
been in operation since 2007 and represents 11 community museums. Each of these museums is independently run, so every visit is a unique experience. From the Diefenbunker’s Spy Camp and Pihney’s Point Ecology camps, to Cumberland Heritage Museum’s History camps, the Ottawa Museum Network is your resource for finding community camps with a local and unique atmosphere. The Ottawa Museum Network is a great way to discover local activities for children aged three to 13, as well as exciting day and evening events for parents and the whole family. If you are looking to get connected with this great city in a local, communal and fun way, look no further than the Ottawa Museum Network. Since 1993, Salamander Theatre for Young Audiences has offered young aspiring actors the opportunity to receive intensive theatre training from our company’s seasoned professional artists. Taking place at the picturesque Billings Estate Museum, Salamander Theatre offers Ottawa’s only outdoor theatre summer camp for youth. Both The Tempest and a selection of scenes and songs from the musical Pirates of Penzance will give fledgling performers the opportunity to act, sing, dance, move, fight (stage fight, that is!), and work within an ensemble to bring the Continued on page 17
What is the Ottawa Museum Network’s goal for this summer? We know that each of our member museums has something great and unique to offer just about anyone. This summer we want to work with each museum to grow their programs, while maintaining their individual identity. Be sure to check in with us throughout the summer to stay on top of all the fun stuff going on! Do campers at Capital City Dance need a dance background to attend camps? Definitely not, our camps are designed for children with little to no dance experience. Campers try out a variety of dance styles, learning the basics of each. We encourage both boys and girls to attend, and we have both male and female dance instructors. Hip-hop lessons are always a hit with the boys as they include a breakdancing component! My children have never sailed before, what can they expect at Britannia Yacht Club sailing camp? We get lots of new sailors every year! As long as they have a lifejacket and a lunch, they are good to go. Campers hit the water in small groups under the supervision of certified instructors, and by the end of the session they will have received their first level certifications! While the camps are definitely focused on sailing, we take breaks for games and swimming, and campers can also sign up for an extra tennis component. What makes National Tennis School’s tennis lessons special? Many of our lessons take place in an air-conditioned bubble. This has many great advantages, chief of which is that Ottawa’s unpredictable weather won’t get in the way of tennis lessons. Combine the air-conditioned facility with our expert instruction and your child will be off to Wimbledon before you know it!
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Continued from page 16 characters of these two bright and fun-filled plays to life! Both camps culminate in a beautiful outdoor evening performance for family and friends. To ensure the quality of training and experience, space is limited to 20 participants per camp, so be sure to register early! Turnbull Summer Learning program
offers your child a unique combination of academic and recreational activities. Experienced teachers lead the morning sessions, which are dedicated to academic skill booster programs on a variety of subjects for various ages. From English to research
communication skills, children have an opportunity to catch up or get ahead in a unique, hands-on, small class experience. After the learning is done, campers can select from a variety of cafternoon activities led by Turnbull partners . Dovercourt Recreation Centre’s highly trained staff lead day camps; multi-sport camps are led by a mix of experienced phys-ed teachers and coaches; badminton camp is led by certified coaches; and the computer programming camp is led by trained computer programmers. Turnbull’s mixture of learning and fun is designed to ensure your child gets an academic boost while enjoying all the benefits of summer camp. Continued on page 18
Q+A What do campers at the Canadian Museum of History do? Each day’s camp activities engage both the gross and fine motor skills, include indoor and outdoor activities, and feature special guests. Based on parents’ suggestions from previous years, the museum has developed this special camp with activities that allow children to get more involved in the facility’s spaces and exhibits, and to explore the fascinating work being done by our knowledgeable staff. What makes Elmwood School such a unique experience? Elmwood is a place where girls feel safe and secure, a place where girls can find their voices, and a place where girls dare to dream big. Many of our campers and their parents really appreciate that the programming is specifically designed for girls-only groups.
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Continued from page 17 Once they spend time at The Urban Element’s Culinary Camp, kids will never look at how they eat the same way! Our budding chefs will learn basic cooking skills and techniques, food safety, ingredient selection, and recipe reading and interpretation. They’ll take breaks from the kitchen to select fresh ingredients from the neighbourhood farmer’s
market; in summer they’ll go one step closer to the food source by visiting a local farm at week’s end or they’ll set out on a delicious foodie city tour.
Whether you choose a day or an overnight camp, for a week or a month, many programs fill up quickly so start looking at options as soon as possible with your children to ensure they enjoy an exciting, funfilled and memorable summer.
With themes like Summer Science, What’s Cookin’ Good Lookin’ and Art Attack, girls from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 will experience unique challenges, develop new skills and make friends at Elmwood’s safe, active and fun camps!
March Break Camp: March 10 – 14 Summer Camps: Weekly from June 16 – August 22 Camps run weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $290 per week and includes lunch, excursion or special guest, and a camp T-shirt.
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What’s happening at the JCC of Ottawa for older children this summer? A lot! Older campers are encouraged to take part in our leadership opportunities. This summer we have two leadership camps, one for our recreational day camps and another specifically for sports camps. This way, campers can develop leadership skills in their area of interest. Who says you have to stop going to camp just because you’re a teenager? What is included in The Urban Element’s Culinary Camp? Daily camp includes: breakfast each morning to fuel each camper’s busy day, a full lunch, hard copies of all recipes, snacks, beverages. Some food prepared during the day may be packaged for take home. The last day of the camp includes a field trip to a local farm (ages 9-12) or a foodie city tour (ages 13-15). Elmdale Tennis Club’s camps sold out last year. What makes them such a hit with kids? Elmdale has a really welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. We’ve been a part of the community for a long time, and a lot of tennis players have learned and honed their game here. We want to teach kids tennis, but also give them a passion for the sport that will last a lifetime. We have access to some great parks and pools, and now we neighbour a splash pad. Our friendly and fully trained staff are also a big part of what makes our camps so much fun.
HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF Get the whole Ottawa story by visiting our 11 community museums.
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Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum Spy camp: daily in July and August
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February 20, 2014
What’s inYour Car?
Houses along Scott St. at Bayview display signs reflecting area residents’ displeasure with the City’s traffic plans for LRT bus detours. Photo by Tim Thibeault
“2,500 Buses A Day – No Way!” By Cheryl Parrott “2,500 buses a day on your street, just 15 or 20 feet from your bedroom window, for 2½ years. This could happen to you!” This has become the rallying cry for those who live on or near Scott/Albert streets today. After 6 years of trying to get answers, we have now been clearly told that the City plans to detour 2,500 buses a day to Scott/Albert for 2½ years, while the Light Rail Transit (LRT) is built. On December 3, 2013 the City laid out plans for a detour that will have the most severely negative impact possible, on residents of Dalhousie, Hintonburg, Mechanicsville, and Wellington Village who live on or near Scott/ Albert, as well as on all those who walk, cycle and drive that route. Alternatives exist to share the load and the pain of this detour, some of which would require that some riders transfer to buses which may very well get them to their destinations much faster than sitting mired in rush hour traffic twice a day, every day. Other alternatives: move the bus lanes to the two northern lanes and install a sound barrier; detour some buses along the Sir John A MacDonald Parkway (SJAMP); remove all empty buses from Scott/Albert completely. As a rider, you might be able to choose a bus which takes a different, more efficient route to your destination. There appears to be little interest on the City’s part to consider any alternatives. It is also unclear who makes these decisions – does the City
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have any input or is it all in the hands of the contractor, Rideau Transit Group? Residents have been told to bring detailed proposals as to which bus routes could be diverted, and what safety measures could be implemented. We are doing this in good faith and hope that the City will actually consider these proposals rather than just dismiss them out of hand. Since 2007, residents, the Hintonburg Community Association, and the Dalhousie Community Association have been asking about the plan for detours during this construction. Assurances were provided that buses would be diverted to different routes and not all buses would travel along Scott/Albert. Yes, we were told, there would be lots of buses, but other routes would also be used. City Council in 2010 even passed a motion directing staff to divert as many buses as possible to other routes. In December 2012 the present City Council selected Rideau Transit Group (RTG) as the winning contractor. That Council Report states that there will be dedicated bus lanes on Scott/ Albert. There is no reference that says all the buses will be diverted to Scott/Albert, nor that the previous Council direction would not be followed. It took another year of meetings and questions to get that answer. The question we are left with now is: Why don’t we matter to the City? For more information on this issue and to get involved, go to hintonburg.com/ScottBuses, firstname.lastname@example.org or ottawadalhousie.ca Speak up. Your voice can make a difference.
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By Lorrie Marlow Family Services à la famille Ottawa, is a non-profit organization providing services and programs that help make lasting improvement in people’s lives. Family Services was formed during WWI to help individuals and families in need. If you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring Family Services Ottawa, check out their website: familyservicesottawa.org. In early summer 2013, the 99th annual general meeting of Family Services Ottawa was held at their office at 312 P a r k d a l e Avenue. At this meeting, they recognized local community leaders with the Joan Gullen Award. This award honours a community leader or group for significant contributions to the progress of social justice. Joan Gullen was the former Coordinator of Family Services and is still a tireless champion of the poor. She is the well-respected community activist who started Interval House, the first shelter for abused women, and the Snowsuit Fund in Ottawa. Joan has since retired but still drives around with boxes in her car related to various social justice initiatives she continues to champion. At the Family Services AGM, the Joan Gullen Award was presented to Cheryl Parrott, a tireless advocate for social justice. Cheryl was tickled to receive an
award named after her mentor, Joan Gullen, as Cheryl has admired and respected Joan for years. Cheryl has brought significant change to the community of Hintonburg and the City of Ottawa. Two such programs started by Cheryl are the City Police John School and the Needlehunters Program. These programs were developed as a result of Cheryl’s tireless work with the Hintonburg Community Association and the City Police to reduce street prostitution in Hintonburg. Street prostitution is often a result of drug use and school children were finding needles and crack pipes. City Hall now has a team of people who regularly sweep parks and streets for needles and pipes, keeping statistics on items and identifying locations. Street prostitution also brought “Johns” driving around the community supporting this sad industry. Some Johns were also harassing local mothers waiting for children to return from school. The John Program educates men caught soliciting sex workers on the effect that street prostitution has on their communities. Today, Cheryl works part time and is still hotly in pursuit of social justice. She is currently campaigning to prevent the City from rerouting
Cheryl has brought significant change to the community of Hintonburg and the City of Ottawa.
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Giant Tiger’s First Annual Snowman Contest We asked Hintonburg Community Centre’s “Artsy Kids” participant, Journee Terry, to do a photo essay on Giant Tiger’s 1st Annual Snowman Contest. Here are just a few of the entries she found. For more photo coverage, visit newswest.org.
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2500 buses a day down Scott Street. Cheryl is also known to drive around with boxes and tools in her car for various social justice initiatives she is working on. Another note of interest is that the actual Joan Gullen Award is a wheel-thrown, stoneware platter by Ottawa artist, Chandler Swain. Chandler is an area art activist who has instructed, mentored and inspired many Ottawa artists and potters. She is a moving force behind several Art events around the city, including at Parkdale Park and as well as area exhibitions and sales such as the annual spring show at the Churchill Seniors’ Centre. If you are interested, her website is chandlerswain.ca. I suspect she too drives around with tools and material in her car. Now what’s in your car?
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Preston-Carling District Secondary Plan Public Information Session Tuesday, February 25, 2014 6 to 6:30 p.m. open house 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. presentation 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. small group working session 8:30 to 9 p.m. plenary Q and A St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall 523 St. Anthony Street The Preston-Carling area is a dynamic cultural centre in the heart of Ottawa that is experiencing significant growth and transformation. With your help, the City is developing a plan that facilitates this change by providing guidance for land use, built form, as well as enhancements to pedestrian, cycling and transit amenities, parks and open spaces, streetscapes and trees. We invite you to attend an Information Session to review our draft Secondary Plan. Presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. to outline the key aspects of the Secondary Plan. Small group working sessions will be held from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. to clarify and discuss policies with respect the following four themes: built form, public realm, mobility, and implementation. Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please call 3-1-1 or e-mail the project lead below before the event.
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A RightBike Hub on Wellington Street stands ready with wheels for those anxious to get rolling. RightBike’s expansion plans bode well for pedestrians across the city. Photo courtesy of RightBike.
RightBike Rides Into New Wards! By Shane Norris Ahhhh to be cycling! The freedom to come and go on your own schedule, the wind on your face and your legs rhythmicly pushing you along. Spring will soon be here. If you haven’t given cycling a try, Ottawa’s Community Bike Share Program, RightBike, will be helping you to make the choice to cycle your way around town even easier this year, thanks to a grant from Ottawa’s Neighbourhood Connections Office. RightBike, a project of the Causeway Work Centre, provides a fleet of refurbished and re-purposed bicycles for a nominal fee, for short trips in and around the neighbourhood. Perhaps you have seen the violet velo’s parked at one of the stations (we call them hubs) and wondered how it all works, and how you can ride a RightBike too? RightBike started right here in Ottawa West to help achieve the mutual goals of 3 local groups; Causeway Work Centre, a local charity providing employment support for those with disabilities, Wellington West BIAwanting to create a cycling-friendly neighbourhood, and SLOWest, a grassroots group wanting to implement projects with an environmental focus right here in our backyard. Causeway’s expertise in cycling, employment and Social Enterprise development, with another bike business, Cycle Salvation, located at Bronson and Gladstone, made it the logical choice to develop this unique program. After almost 2 years of development, studies, reports, plans and community engagement with dozens of local groups, RightBike started rolling out its bikes in May of 2012. RightBike grew from humble beginnings in 2012 with 40 bikes and 3 stations located at Mountain Equipment Co-op, Cycle Logik bike shop, and the RightBike HQ on McCormick Street, to 65 bikes and 8 stations in 2013. RightBike’s funky bikes, local origins, affordable prices, collaborative nature and low-tech approach attracted other groups wanting RightBike stations for their businesses and orga-
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Ottawa-Carleton District School Board News By Jennifer McKenzie, OCDSB Trustee for Kitchissippi and Somerset Wards
Adult High School Principal Wins National Award
Students, teachers, parents and community members who have had the good fortune to work with OCDSB Principal René Bibaud will Board Moves Forward on Student know that he is an exceptional role Well-Being As part of the OCDSB’s Strategic model and inspiring educator. They Plan for 2011-2015, wellness was will also not be surprised that he has identified as one of the key areas been named as one of Canada’s vital to promoting student success. Outstanding Principals by the Since that time, school board trust- Learning Partnership, an Executive ees and staff have worked together Leadership Training Program estabto create a comprehensive plan to lished to recognize and develop exensure that effective strategies are cellence in leadership in public eduput in place to support and enhance cation. Through his work as Principal at student well-being. Last June, I reported on the de- Earl of March Secondary School, velopment of one of the key compo- Nepean High School and now the nents of this plan, the District Adult High School, René Bibaud Framework for Student Well-Being. has demonstrated an extraordinary Staff drew upon the latest evidence- gift for helping students believe in based research as well as informa- themselves, and for supporting his tion gathered through Board initia- staff to engage their students in tives like the 2011 Student Survey learning to the very best of their and the implementation of the an- abilities. Warmest congratulations nual Tell Them From Me student are due to Mr. Bibaud for this wellsurvey on school climate. The re- deserved recognition! sulting Framework provides teachers and administrators with a deeper Near West Accommodation Review understanding of the components Recommendations Approved and characteristics of student well- After many months of hard work on the part of the Near West being. Readers interested in the Student Accommodation Review Working Well-Being initiative will find two Group and Board planning staff, the reports on the agenda for the School recommendations received final Board’s Committee of the Whole Board approval on January 28. meeting of February 4, 2014. The key recommendations that will address the overcrowding at
Elmdale Public School and Devonshire Community Public School are: 1) beginning in September 2014, a new JK to grade 6 Early French Immersion program will be established at Connaught Public School, with initial implementation of JK to grade 4, and the addition of one grade per year until the program is fully phased in; and 2) the redirection of the Elmdale Public School JK to grade 6 English/ Core French program to Cambridge St. Public School, Connaught Public School and Hilson Ave. Public School. A number of other recommendations arising out of the Near West Accommodation Review will also be implemented, including a direction to Board staff to take immediate steps to reserve as large a land site as possible for a future school in the West Wellington/ Hintonburg/ Dalhousie/ Centretown catchment area. The full text of the Board decision, along with the details of revised attendance boundaries, is available at ocdsb.ca on the Near West Review webpage. Newswest Online has regularly updated articles and photographs covering events in our area. Visit us!
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By Yasir Naqvi, MPP The Government of Ontario believes that hardworking families deserve fairness, and that businesses in our province deserve the certainty to plan for success. This is why I was proud to join Premier Kathleen Wynne to announce that we are taking a balanced approach and responsibly increasing our province’s minimum wage from $10.25 to $11 per hour on June 1, 2014. This new rate reflects the rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since the last increase in 2010. Increasing the minimum wage will help improve the standard of living for hardworking Ontarians across the prov-
ince, while ensuring that businesses have the predictability necessary to plan for the future. We are helping people in their everyday lives, while at the same time supporting a dynamic and innovative business environment throughout our province. Our government will also introduce legislation that would tie future minimum wage increases to the CPI. This will ensure the minimum wage keeps up with the cost of living. Under the proposed legislation, increases would be announced annually by April 1 and come into effect on October 1. The proposed legislation would act on the recommendations of Ontario’s
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Minimum Wage Advisory Panel, which included business, labour, youth and anti-poverty representatives. The panel held 10 public consultations across the province and received more than 400 submissions from businesses, labour groups, workers, anti-poverty advocates, academics, and individuals. Our government is raising the minimum wage because we believe that having a fair minimum wage is one part of our focus on investing in people, which includes important programs like the Ontario Child Benefit, the Trillium Grant, and the introduction of FullDay Kindergarten. At $11 an hour, a single person or a single mom working full-time will now be living above the poverty line after taxes. We believe that $11 an hour is a good, fair minimum wage and by making sure that it keeps pace with the cost of living, Ontario will now have the highest minimum wage in Canada. Our government is focused on helping hardworking Ontarians by ensuring fairness for people living on minimum wage and predictability for business. By establishing a transparent, fair and responsible method of setting minimum wage in the future, we are taking politics out of how minimum wage is determined. This is part of the Ontario government’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure, and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.. For more information, you can visit ontario.ca/ labour. Please do not hesitate to contact me at ynaqvi.mpp.co@liberal. ola.org or 613-722-6414 if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Ward 15 Report By Katherine Hobbs, Councillor, Kitchissppi Ward Mid winter seems to mark Kitchissippi Carnival Season! My thanks to all community volunteers who worked hard to create a positive experience for their neighbours! I am so appreciative of the effort these dedicated volunteers have made to bring our communities together. Dovercourt’s spectacular winter carnival included horse-drawn sleigh rides, toboggan bowling, ice skating, and face painting. Then was the ever popular float-in-movie! What a great idea, relaxing on a floatie in the pool while watching a movie with the fallen snow outside. The Champlain Park winter carnival featured horse-drawn carriage rides, skating, and a hockey skills competition. I brought some prizes, and again this year I was judging chilli. They were all delicious! I handed out cardboard double decker buses from the City for the kids to put together which kept them busy! Thanks to Sarah Brooks and to all the volunteers for a fun afternoon. The Westboro Beach winter carnival was complete with a campfire – which was much needed to stay warm. There was hot chocolate, homemade cookies and of course, sliding! But it was the coloured snow and ice blocks that seemed to get the most attention from the younger set – whether it was building up the wall or knocking it down.
Thank you to the Westboro Beach Community Association, especially Peter, who put this event together. The Laroche Park carnival boasted an old fashioned sleigh ride which brought families out in Mechanicsville. Thanks to Keith Brown and Sandra Walby and the young recruits who cooked hotdogs, for all their work on this successful event. New Bike Infrastructure
A new bike shelter with racks and a bench were recently installed next to the path to Dominion transit stop. This means you can now take a quick ride to Dominion, lock up your bike and hop on the transitway. Or just take it with you – come April there will be 540 bike racks installed on city buses.
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By Andrew Milton, Community Police Officer My last article highlighted the dangers of fraud in our techno age. The computer is certainly number one on the wanted list, but the telephone is not far behind. And in this connection, I’d like to give you a specific example of telephone fraud and at the same time, put in a plug for a special Ottawa Police Service program. Police cruisers are loaded with all sorts of useful equipment. Most of it is on us and is aimed at controlling potentially violent situations. But amongst all this “hard” equipment, is one other item that might seem incongruous at first glance: a teddy bear. It’s unfortunate that many of the incidents we’re called to involve children caught up in traumatic circumstances. It
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Mechanicsville Winter Sleigh Ride By Lorrie Marlow Laroche Park was transformed overnight into a winter wonderland with lots of fresh white snow for Sunday, February 2, 2014. The rink volunteers were clearing snow off the ice in anticipation of the pick-up games of hockey. Laroche Park is located between Stonehurst and Bayview Road near the Ottawa River and has a well-established rink that sees lots of action in the evenings and on weekends. The west side of Laroche Park has a great tobogganing hill and kids with colourful sliders were yelling for a push so they could coast on down to the very centre of Laroche Park. Dogs frolicked with their caregivers nearby. Mr Brown, long-time member of the Laroche Sports Association, let volunteers into the Laroche Field House to start the coffee percolating and hot chocolate boiling in anticipation of the annual Mechanicsville Winter Sleigh Ride. Teenage boys, volunteering in the canteen, were eating and serving up hot dogs as fast as they were cooked. The noise level rose when the Field house filled up with laughing children and parents who passed around beautiful babies for everyone to enjoy. When someone announced that the horse and sleigh had arrived, the kids went screaming outside again. The kids stopped in their tracks at the majestic sight of those huge Clydesdale horses who were throwing their heads back, stamping and snorting in the snow! They appeared as excited as the kids to start the day. Some of the kids had never
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seen horses before and were a little taken aback by their size and very imposing presence. Those patient horses pulled the sleigh for hours around Laroche Park, to the delighted shouts of their passengers as they glided along the well-trodden track beneath snow-laden trees and across the bright white field. At the end of the day, the volunteers packed up, cleaned up and locked up the Field House and the park returned to its quiet state again. Thank you to all those volunteers who gave up four hours on a lovely Sunday afternoon to help make such pleasant memories for everyone. The community of Mechanicsville would also like to say thank you to Keith Brown of the Laroche Sports Association for sponsoring this event. If you would like to help make mem-
ories, consider volunteering with your local community association. The Laroche Sports Association is currently seeking volunteers to help with community events, teaching sports, fund raising, communication, proposal-writing and administration. Our next event will be Mechanicsville Days held in June, once again at Laroche Park, and we are seeking both volunteers and sponsors. If you are interested in volunteering with the Laroche Sports Association, please contact me at: lorriemarlow@ yahoo.ca.
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Long time Westboro resident, Bill Little, passed away January 10, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. James William Little, “Bill” as he was known to everyone, was well known throughout Kitchissippi because he was involved in so very many things in the community throughout the years. Bill was a former school teacher with the OBE. In his volunteer time over many years he was: a volunteer with the Ottawa Police Service; a former director of the Ottawa Police Chorus in the 1970’s; and a former director of the Capital City Barbershop Chorus. Bill was also very active in the Westboro Royal Canadian Legion Branch 480. Every year – except this past year – Bill would come and volunteer his time at the Christmas Day Meals at both the Newport Restaurant and at the Carleton Tavern. Bill was the father of former Councillor Shawn Little, who passed away a little more than one year ago. Bill is survived by his son Jason. A celebration of Bill’s life was held at the Carleton Tavern on January 18th. Bill’s ashes will be interred at the United cemetery at Norway Bay, Quebec this spring on May 25 at 2pm.
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FEBRUARY 20 AND 21 - ELMDALE PUBLIC SCHOOL BOOKFEST On Thursday, February 20 from 3:45 p.m – 8:30 p.m. and Friday, February 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., in the Elmdale Public School gymnasium at 49 Iona Street (entrance off of Java Street – follow the Bookfest signs). As always, there will be a huge selection of well-organized books and lots of popular titles priced from 50 cents to $4. Funds raised go towards new library books and educational resources for classrooms. Do you have books to donate? Contact elmdalebookfest@ gmail.com to arrange for pick up. FEBRUARY 22 - IONA PARK WINTER CARNIVAL Come join your neighbours from 4:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. for an afternoon of skating, activities, warm food and chatting by the campfire. Everyone is welcome! Please bring a travel mug for coffee/hot chocolate and a pair of spare mittens for a meet your neighbour mixer! (Mixer mittens will be donated after the event.) For more information go to hamptoniona.ca. FEBRUARY 23 – FUNDRAISER FOR THE OTTAWA HEART INSTITUTE Lorne Daley’s Classic Country Jam presents some of the Valley’s finest country entertainers Sunday, February 23 from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the lower hall at the Westboro Legion, 389 Richmond Rd. Tickets are $10 advance and $15 at the door. For more information: 613-592-9433. FEBRUARY 24 - PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP It is easy to take hundreds of photos with your digital camera. But then what? Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users’ Group will help participants find some easy ways of correcting basic flaws so you will be proud to display your photos. This workshop is two hours long and takes place at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Registration is required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
FEBRUARY 26 - 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. Please RSVP at 613-729-4817. FEBRUARY 26 - WEST END WELL INFO SESSION The next public info session is on Wednesday, February 26 at the Hintonburg Community Centre. It’s a great opportunity to meet your neighbours and find out what the West End Well is all about. Please RSVP to email@example.com (mention it’s for the info session) to ensure there are enough chairs and refreshments for everybody. For more information go to westendwell.ca. FEBRUARY 28 – TRIVIA CHALLENGE FOR CHARITY Win a donation to your favourite charity at the Westboro Legion’s Ottawa Trivia League tournament, Friday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the upstairs lounge, 391 Richmond Rd. Register $10/ player at www.rcl480.com or that night between 6:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Winning team members get their registration fee back. Lots of fun & door prizes too. Call 613-725-2778 for more information. MARCH 10 - OPEN HOUSE FOR POLIO SURVIVORS This open house will be taking place from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Woodroffe United Church (207 Woodroffe Avenue). Parking is available. For more information call Eileen Lavigne at 613-729-6307. MARCH 11 - ILLUMINATING HISTORY Take a magical journey through the history of light at the Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library! See how light was used throughout the ages, take in a traditional Magic Lantern show, and make your own tin lantern to take home. Ages 6-12. Registration is required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
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