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Ashley Brasfield, Stephanie Craze, and Claire Todd and Broadview students Tessa Baker (8), Lucie Baker (5), Sarah and Liam Downes (7), are happy that Broadview is getting the attention it deserves. Photo by Kate Settle.
Parents get a better Broadview The aging Westboro elementary school will be rebuilt
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After years of working together and late nights at Ottawa Carleton District School Board meetings, Westboro parents’ hard work has finally paid off. The province announced that Broadview Avenue Public School will receive funding for a rebuild, and the new school could open as
early as the 2015-16 school year. “We are thrilled. Honestly, this is a ground-breaking decision,” says Stephanie Craze, chair of the Broadview School Council. “We hope this leads the way for more aging schools that need funding.” The province made the announcement at the school on March 6. Education minister Liz Sandals confirmed that Broadview would be
one of seven schools in Ottawa receiving funding totalling about $73 million. Craze says the plan is for students to stay in the current school while the new Broadview gets built on the same property, on the Dovercourt Avenue side. Broadview parent Molly Van der Schee says she is excited to hear the Continued on page 2
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Rare opportunity to create new school Continued from page 1 news, and that it was high time the decision was made. “It’ll be amazing,” she says. “It’s a pretty tired old school, and the rebuild will be fresh, new and accessible.” Craze says the current building has had ongoing issues that students and teachers have had to deal with over time. “The infrastructure had been crumbling for decades,” Craze says. “Walls started crumbling, the boiler has failed on more than one occasion, the sewage has backed up into administration offices... it’s finally time.” Catherine Deschambault, who has been principal of the school for a year and a half, says the building is still safe for students but Broadview staff are looking forward to seeing the school rebuilt. “Teachers are looking at it the same way, and they’re very excited,” she says. “They didn’t talk about when we get a new school, they were taking about if we get a new school. Now they can allow themselves to think of the possibilities.” While Deschambault is thrilled to hear the news, she says the announcement means a lot of hard work will have to happen over the next couple of years. “For me, I see it as a big, wonderful opportunity to play a part in creating a whole new school for the community, and it’s an opportunity that not many people get,” she says. Area school board trustee, Jennifer McKenzie, says she had been working on the Broadview rebuild since she was elected in 2006. “I realized there was a tremendous need to invest in the school,” McKenzie says, adding that Broadview had been on the school board’s priority list since the 1980s. Going forward, she says the next steps will be to work with the community to finalize the design, and ensure it meets their needs. Craze says the core group of Broadview parents will also be meeting along the way, and have asked for community consultations so they are aware of the steps going forward. She adds that she would like to see the basics being met in the new building. “We’re not being overly particular,” Craze says. “All we really want is a large enough school that accommodates the numbers we have, and have it be clean, safe, and accessible.” Van der Schee agrees that accessibility will be very important item to address in
“We are thrilled. Honestly, this is a ground-breaking decision,” says Stephanie Craze, chair of the Broadview School Council. Photo by Kate Settle.
the new school – but she would also like to see it be a space where the community can come together. “If the gym was built on the outside, other members of the community could use it too,” she says. “They could do seniors activities, and they don’t have to go and ask for a key. Schools are also meant for the community, and we’re in a vibrant community.” Yasir Naqvi, member of the provincial parliament for Ottawa Centre, says the tendering process will also begin shortly – therefore the province cannot release the exact amount set aside for the re-build. “The money is in the bank, the cheque is cut, now it’s the logistical side of getting the contract,” Naqvi says, adding that parents are looking forward to the 2015-16 school year. “Parents are excited for the fact that their children will be in a state-of-the-art facility, and in a learning environment that they deserve.” Kitchissippi Ward Coun. Katherine Hobbs also attended the announcement, and says the reaction was very emotional. “Our children are important. They’re our futures,” she says. “We want them to have the best possible start.” What does the Broadview rebuild mean to you? We’d love to hear your feedback. Email your comments to email@example.com.
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KT LETTERS A sweet story Re: Cupcakes for Canines, Feb. 6 Dear Editor, Thank you for your recent story about a local resident working for the National Cupcake day fundraiser to support the Humane Societies to benefit animals. That story inspired me to create a team at my workplace, the Canadian Medical Association. The Canadian Medical Association raised $1000 dollars for National Cupcake Day. We had online donations from across Canada (almost $500) and even from California. Thanks to our many talented bakers, we raised an additional $500 in cash proceeds. Best wishes, Jean Nelson Remic Avenue
Sexist sayings? Re: Going Out, March 6 Dear Editor, Was the irony deliberate, or is sexism alive and well on the pages of the Kitchissippi Times? I refer, of course, to use of the phrase “the fairer sex” in the opening sentence of an article about women artists being featured in a show set to open on International Women’s Day. I felt dismay and chagrin when I saw this phrase. Using non-sexist language is surely within the realm of the possible in the 21st century in Canada. Sincerely, Debra Huron
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The Westfest lineup was announced at a media launch on March 14. Musical acts include George Leach, Maria Hawkins, and A Tribe Called Red. The Saturday night headliner is Ashley MacIsaac, and Ottawa’s The Peptides, are opening. Sunday night, as per Westfest tradition, is all about showcasing Ottawa artists, and includes Kitchissippi’s Pony Girl. Westfest will be taking place June 13-15, and the main stage will once again be behind the Real Canadian Superstore. Richmond Road will be closed between Berkley and McCrae Avenues and “fully programmed” with free activities. Christine Leadman, former Kitchissippi Ward councillor and former executive director of the Westboro BIA, attended the launch. She recalls the original incarnation of the Westboro festival, which was called Westboro Days and included a parade and a street party. Part of it was a garage sale too. “The community was invited and we put out tables on the main street,” remembers Leadman. “It grew from that… and here we are today.” This will be Westboro Village BIA executive director Mary Thorne’s second year participating in Westfest. She is excited about this year’s musical lineup. “Once again it speaks to the whole purpose and the whole idea of Westfest, of supporting new and emerging artists,” says Thorne. “Mind you, Ashley isn’t new or emerging, but he’s a wild man, a rebel from Cape Breton,” she laughs. Thorne is also from Cape Breton and predicts that his performance is sure to get concert goers “all fired up.” MPP Yasir Naqvi also shared his excitement at the official launch event. “Westfest has been just incredible to our community here in Westboro,” says Naqvi. “Not only in terms of engaging the entire community and merchants, but residents in this area and people from all corners of Ottawa.” Mayor Jim Watson called Westfest
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founder Elaina Martin a “spiritual hero” who has “worked very hard to build Westfest into what it is today.” “Because of Elaina’s passion and commitment, we have one of the greatest free festivals, not just anywhere in Ottawa, but anywhere in Canada,” says Watson. Watson also thanked the local businesses for their dedication and sponsorship, ensuring the festival remains free. Keeping it free for the past 11 years has been a challenge for Martin. She’s recently had to cut her staff from seven full time staff down to two. “I just had to step out of my own box, and stop worrying about this thing. I had to regroup,” says Martin. “I’m happy to do it as long as I can, and I’m going to stop worrying about the future, and just keep planning it.” “I think it means a lot to the people of Westboro, they’re planning their family gatherings and events around it. It’s become a part of the locals’ calendar, and they own it.” To view the complete lineup go to westfest.ca, or follow Westfest on Twitter @WESTFESTInfo.
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The ‘pointe’ of ballet Professional dancers offered local children a close-up examination of how ballet performances are created. Ballet Jörgen’s family friendly ‘Ballet 101’ workshops were held in Kitchissippi on Friday, March 14, one at Carlingwood and the other at the Rosemount library branch. Seven other libraries in Ottawa also offered the workshops during the school holiday. Jennifer Johnston, the Rosemount librarian who hosted the event, said Ottawa’s libraries always provide extra programming for children during March Break. This year’s theme was “magic,” and the ballet workshops offered a glimpse into the magic of dance.
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Giving voice to all “Casual Choir” invites people to sing for the fun of it Story and photo by Denise Deby
Patrons filled the front section and mezzanine of the Clocktower Brew Pub in Westboro on March 3, and they weren’t there just to meet up with friends. They sang, too, giving a spirited rendition of Lorde’s “Royals,” as well as songs by Queen and The Police, all in three-part harmony. It was the third session of the 613 Casual Choir, a new group that invites people of all singing abilities to get together at local night spots. Participants don’t need to audition or commit to rehearsals; they just need to want to sing. Hintonburg-based visual artist, Andrea Stokes, launched the 613 Casual Choir after hearing about Choir! Choir! Choir!, an informal group that sings at various venues in Toronto. “I was so inspired by this idea of just coming out to sing—it just seemed so democratic and joyful,” says Stokes. “It seemed like such a simple thing to get off the ground.” Stokes invited Pam Kapoor, an Ottawa singer and writer, and Rob Cosh, a local musician and audio producer, to handle the music side. They work out the songs before rehearsals. On choir nights, Kapoor uses her music skills, energy and sense of humour to lead the crowd in learning their parts. The multi-talented Cosh provides guitar accompaniment, using his guitar as percussion as well. Everyone gets a copy of the lyrics, but no music-reading ability is required. Costumes
and props are welcome. For the evening’s “Royals” theme, a few people wore tiaras, and one came dressed as the “King,” Elvis. In exchange for two or three hours of singing, attendees each pay two dollars, which goes toward the choir’s expenses. People can still come to the venue even if they don’t 613 Casual Choir organizers Pam Kapoor (left), Andrea Stokes (centre) and Rob Cosh (right) work hard but have fun. “This is the best thing i’ve ever want to sing. So far the 613 done,” says Cosh. Casual Choir’s popularity has exceeded organizers’ Angelina Munaretto of Westboro were expectations. More than 100 people came first-time Casual Choir-goers on March 3. out on March 3, while 200 people showed Valois had heard about the choir, but she up to the choir’s launch at the Clocktower didn’t tell Munaretto about it until they on February 3, and 150 to a February 18 arrived. Both were impressed. session at the Carleton Tavern. On “It’s amazing to see the energy,” says Facebook, the group has more than 500 Valois. “It’s a fantastic way to get the members. community out and just have fun.” “Word got out and people were The 613 Casual Choir plans to meet incredibly excited to come and sing,” says twice a month, with the first Monday of Stokes, adding that she’s met a lot of people every month at the Clocktower Brew Pub, through the choir. “[They say] they love it; 418 Richmond Road, and mid-month they can’t wait until it happens again.” sessions at other venues. That enthusiasm translates into an See and hear the 613 Casual Choir in impressive sound. “We’ve been asked to do action on Kitchissippi.com. More some gigs… like pop-up singing events,” information about the choir is available on comments Stokes. their Facebook page at facebook.com/ Nathalie Valois of Hintonburg and groups/613casualchoir.
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The Kitchissippi community is helping a family start over, following a devastating fire at their Tweedsmuir Avenue home. The fire started in the basement of Beth and Marcel Malloch’s home the morning of March 3. No one was injured, but the family has “lost everything” according to recent information from Elmdale Public School, where the Mallochs’ children attend. A GoFundMe campaign raised $3,700 in its first six days. The campaign’s goal is $25,000. “It shouldn’t take but a second to realize how close we all are to a lifechanging situation,”writes neighbour Peter Hicks in a recent email exchange. “We all would need and appreciate being helped through it in any way possible.” Elmdale Public School is also raising money for the family. They have set up a fund and are accepting donations. “Help out if you can, and let’s all wish Beth and her family all the support they need,” says Hicks. To make a contribution, go to gofundme.com/7cw8as.
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Local blogger shines a light on the local food scene Culinary skills put to test on CBC’s Recipe to Riches By Ted Simpson
For Mechanicsville food blogger Don Chow, a recipe wasn’t quite the path to riches, but a unique opportunity to represent his city on national television. Chow is the curator at popular blog foodiePrints (foodieprints.com) who decided to throw his hat into the televised culinary competition ring and ended up filming an episode of CBC’s Recipe to Riches. Though his stay on the show was short, being the first contestant eliminated, Chow looks back on his experience with a good-natured laugh, “I went, I competed, I represented Ottawa, and I lost,” he says. Kudos to Chow for making a gutsy move and entering an Indian seasoned take on tourtière into the “savoury pies” competition. “I was looking at a bridge dish that would allow ethnic flavours to be introduced with a comfortable feel, that’s how I came up with the tourtière recipe,” he says. Chow had noticed the growth in ethnic grocery stores recently, and gambled on curry and garam masala seasonings for a new take on a traditional French Canadian dish. Though he admittedly suffers from stage freight, Chow stepped into the spotlight to put his culinary skills to the test and give a shout out to his home town food scene. “I’ve been at foodiePrints for eight years now and I just wanted to go out and demonstrate that I learned something,” he says. “My cuisine and the way I cook represents Ottawa, and to write about food in any way I need to know how to cook.” Since the inception of foodiePrints, Chow and his wife Jenn have been writing about food, drink, cooking and eating in our city. “There’s a really amazing food scene here that is
growing and evolving and there are really amazing stories. I write about food stories,” says Chow. “It’s the human stories that I care about, the people behind the food.” Ottawa has yet to become a culinary destination on the scale of Montreal or Toronto, but Chow finds a much more relaxed and communal atmosphere here compared to the big markets. Big city chefs can harbour a level of animosity towards bloggers and critics. This is something Chow and his friends have yet to experience here at home. “As long as you’re not bothering anyone else, interrupting anyone’s dining, they don’t mind,” he says of taking out a camera and recording a dish, an act that is being banned in an increasing number of restaurants. Here in Kitchissippi, we enjoy a wealth of fine dining options. Chow suggests two of his favourite places to eat out: “For an afternoon lunch, Petit Bill’s – it is your neighbourhood bistro, it is family oriented, it’s priced to be value oriented,” he says. “If you want to spend a little more money and celebrate somewhere nice, you can go to Allium in the evening,” says Chow. “It’s good wholesome food, good
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cuts of meat, it’s filling and it is higher end, I go there with my wife for Valentines Day.” Chow has shared a recipe for Scotch Eggs with Kitchissippi readers. Find it at Kitchissippi.com. You can follow Don and Jenn’s foodie adventures online at foodieprints.com and @foodiePrints on Twitter. Chow’s episode of Recipe to Riches is available to watch for free at www.cbc.ca/recipetoriches under “Savoury Pies.”
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Wallpaper has dramatic price variances. The cost of paper ranges from $30 per roll from your local hardware store, to more than $200 a roll for luxury papers on special order. A professional pa-
This article originally appeared in Ottawa at Home, Fall 2013. Both Kitchissippi Times and Ottawa at Home are published by Great River Media.
High Hiring a professional painter (using a standard 10-by-10-foot room as a guide), will typically take around 12 hours at a cost of $35 per hour. Add three gallons of paint at about $65 each and you’re looking at a job cost of at least $615. The additional cost of hiring a decorative painter to add a mural or faux accent wall will add another $400 - $600 to your bill!
Low Want to save $1,000? Take on the job yourself and instead of hiring a decorative painter, purchase a peel-and-stick-on wall mural – there are plenty to choose from online. A nice one will cost anywhere from $50 to $250 and not only applies easily, but and can be removed later without damaging your walls.
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per hanger usually charges about $65 per double roll, and the installation of grasscloth or vinyl panels will cost approximately $80. So, using a special-order paper with installation can cost between $2,000 and $3,000 for a 10-by-10-foot room. While this price seems high, keep in mind that hanging paper is a craft and not recommended as a DIY project. Getting wallpaper done right will pay off in the end.
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Mastercraft Starwood Condominium sohochampagne.com From $298,900 to $2.2 million Sales centre phone: 613-798-7646 Sales centre: 111 Champagne Ave Sales centre hours: Mon-Thurs: 12pm-6pm, Sat-Sun: 12pm-5pm Construction status: under construction Occupancy: February 2015 Total number of units: 190 units Number of storeys: 20 storeys Unit sizes: From 535 to 3000 sq. ft. Parking: most have a spot, For units for over 320 you can purchase a spot Lavish condos that evoke high-end hotel luxury at its best. Ideally placed near bustling Little Italy, Dow’s Lake and the O-train, the Soho Champagne will offer over 15,000 square feet of amenities including the Dalton Brown Gym, private theatre, boardroom, and lounges. The third floor is a virtual outdoor oasis featuring a landscaped terrace with a 60’ lap pool, infinity hot tub, outdoor kitchen and views overlooking Dow’s Lake.
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Public Meeting Looks at LRT Construction Bus Detour
The overnight appearance of dozens of lawn signs focused the City’s attention on the concerns of Bayswater Avenue residents. Photo by Erinn Cunningham
Fast, Focused Community Action Gains Attention By Kathy Kennedy Some of the “Community Not Collector” signs are obscured by snow, but the message to City Hall from Bayswater Avenue continues to be clear and strong: downtown residents will not be ignored! When Bayswater residents south of Gladstone first got wind of the City’s proposal to change the designation of their street from residential to collector, they mobilized quickly. Liveable Bayswater was born and, with it, a campaign to preserve the charm and security of this close-knit, family-friendly street. Many downtown neighbourhoods are feeling the effects of the City’s intensification goals: less sky, more wind, increased traffic volume, speed and noise. A “collector” road designation signaled the City’s intention to move more traffic down Bayswater; residents had a different vision for their street. In early November, Bayswater residents packed the Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association’s (CHNA) annual general meeting and let Councillor Katherine Hobbs know they wanted action to protect the local designation of their street. They pressured the City with a petition and letter-writing campaign and turned up in large numbers at city-sponsored consultations. The campaign ratcheted up on November 26th, when dozens of “Community Not Collector” lawn signs materialized along Bayswater, having been installed overnight by volunteers. Besides surprising drivers and City officials, the signs created a media buzz. The result? By the end of that day, Councillor Hobbs had released a statement “...calling for the removal of any con-
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By Matt Whitehead, Hintonburg Community Association The Hintonburg Community Association (HCA), working with residents, and the Dalhousie Community Association held a public meeting to review the currently proposed designs for bus detours onto Scott & Albert Street during the Light Rail construction on the Transitway. The City of Ottawa Rail Office provided the designs that had been presented at the December 3rd meeting on large bristol boards, and members of the Rail Implementation Office were in attendance to help answer some questions and record both questions and feedback from the community. A staff member from Councillor Hobbs’ office was also in attendance and took notes. Residents were given the opportunity to review the designs and speak with members of the Community Association and with residents who have knowledge of the process and decisions that have informed the current decisions. The HCA then led a group discussion and review of the designs working from downtown all the way to Tunney’s Pasture. Valuable insight and feedback were provided by residents including questions on how the current bus stops at Empress and Albert would be working (currently not shown on the plan), the proposed multi-use pathway that would
circumvent the bridge over the O-train tracks, and the dedicated bike lane on Scott Street. Many residents voiced continuing serious frustration with the consultation and design process. There were still no confirmed numbers concerning bus traffic that could be diverted to alternative routes. The HCA had expected to be able to provide an update on the City’s progress of moving some traffic off of Scott Street for early March, but has since learned that the City needs more time to review what buses (specifically, out of service buses) can be diverted. It is clear that there will still be buses on Scott Street post2018, and the HCA believes it is imperative that the community continues to work with the City to ensure that Scott Street becomes the complete street that was envisioned in the Scott Street Community Design Plan (CDP) approved by Council this past January. The Rideau Transit Group (RTG), the contractor implementing the light rail construction, will be providing updated designs which incorporate feedback since the December 3rd meeting, to the community this spring. The work to begin the detour starts this summer with construction taking place to move the Hydro Poles on Scott Street in advance of the widening of Scott Street which will take place next year.
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By Jen Stelzer The Hampton Iona Community Group hosted its annual winter carnival on Saturday, February 22. After a long, cold winter and a day of absolute down-pouring rain, the skies opened up and left us with a world filled with slushy sunshine. Although the rink was not in great shape for skating, the neighbours made the best of the weather. A great shinny game of hockey was played for the duration with every age of athlete having a chance to score. The children took on the grownups for many rounds of tug-of-war that ended in the most wonderful old-fashioned snowball fight that kept everyone laughing. With deep snow surrounding the rink, conditions were wonderful for Jonathan Smith of Mountain Equipment Co-op to give everyone the opportunity to try out the latest in snowshoes. The Hampton Iona Community Group is always grateful when the local businesses are able to participate in the fun. And it would not have been a party without the food! Yasir Naqvi MPP, Councillor Katherine Hobbs,
municipal candidate Jeff Leiper and HIGC president Lorne Cutler served homemade chili and jumbo hotdogs, Starbucks coffee and hot chocolate to all the hungry folks. OCDSB trustee Jennifer McKenzie chatted with parents around the campfire while the children were busy roasting marshmallows. The eclectic music that played in the background kept everyone tapping their toes and perhaps sparked memories of a high school dance. There was something for everyone! This year people brought spare mittens and a game of “mitten mix up” was played. Families were given one mitten and the objective was to find its match. It turned out to be a wonderful way to get people talking to the neighbours they had never met and collect some mittens for donation. Every year the Hampton Iona Community Group has a great little neighbourhood rink and it is so lovely to see everyone out enjoying the park together on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Marg Hillier and Jen Stelzer, the event organizers, were very pleased
Above: Tug of War participants use their pull to celebrate winter at HICG Carnival; Below: HICG kids enjoy ice and sun at their annual carnival. Photos by Jen Stelzer
with the turn out and wish to thank all the wonderful volunteers who came forward to help out. “It is all about celebrating our great community and getting together to reconnect and meet our neighbours”.
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By Lorrie Marlow, Hintonburg Recreation Association Its going to be a party! Plant Pool Recreation Association is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the reopening of Plant Recreation Centre. To kick off this celebration, PPRA is coordinating a 10,000 Step Challenge on Saturday, June 7th 2014 to encourage residents to get active by walking the 10,000 steps recommended by experts as a daily exercise to promote optimum health. The 10,000 Step Challenge will be a true community effort because the PPRA is partnering with the Hintonburg Recreation Association, the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee and Somerset West Community Health
Above: Event organizers plot the route (clockwise from top left): Michael Hatfield, Wendy Trudel, Martha Musgrove, Catherine McKenney, and Ida Henderson. Photo courtesy of PPRA
Centre to organize the event. On the day of the Challenge, participants will be given a passport at
registration and sent out on a marked route, starting at the Plant Recreation Centre. Passport monitoring stations will be set up at approximately 1,000step intervals along the route. As participants reach each station, their passports will be stamped. For every 1,000 steps completed, each participant will receive a ticket for prize draws. The route is being designed so that those who don’t want to complete the full circuit can easily return to the starting point. Challenge organizers hope as many participants as possible will complete the full route, but even walking a few thousand steps is a good start to reaching a fitness goal. Continued on page 20
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The Broadview Rebuild Journey
Road to a new school building is neither short nor easy By Jennifer McKenzie, OCDSB Trustee Excitement is abuzz at Broadview Public School as the Minister of Education announced funding for three new OCDSB schools including Broadview. At the point of writing this, we have yet to hear the funding details. I certainly hope that the Ministry will foot the bill for the entire cost of the three projects and not insist that we use our proceeds of dispositioin (money we make when we sell off a surplus property.) The journey to build a new school began for me in 2006. I was surprised to hear that the children in the neighbourhood were scattered and usually bused out of our community to other programs. The large school that I could see from residents’ doorsteps was sitting empty. The entire senior kindergarten class was fewer than ten children. After being elected in 2006, I took a tour of Broadview with then school council chair, Anne Donald. School council members showed me where the buckets were placed when it rained and how the basement had leaked five successive times and how they had had to raise money for musical instruments repeatedly as they were damaged in successive floods. The basement classroom with Learning Disabled children was sickening. Those students were moved upstairs once I raised this at the board table, and the classroom has since been voted the
worst in Canada. I knew the school had to be full before the Board would even consider putting money into the infrastructure and Anne and I began a campaign to have Early French Immersion put at Broadview. This would alleviate many of the concerns I heard from residents and would make Broadview a true ‘community’ school, something never clearly defined at the Board, but which I have taken to mean ‘walkable’. Our first motion to have EFI placed at Broadview failed. This was very discouraging to the council but I was able to bring it forward as an amendment to our French as a Second Language Review (which I chaired) a year later. It passed by the slimmest of margins. At the same time, I was also able to add a Middle French Immersion program at Hilson. Both Broadview’s and Hilson’s new program’s successes significantly exceeded staff’s expectations. Broadview has required unanticipated portables and Hilson is using its last available classroom this year. Now that Broadview and neighbouring schools were full, we could begin the campaign to invest in infrastructure. Broadview was put on a list to receive renovation dollars but the community loudly renounced this and said it must be rebuilt. This was a brave stance as there hadn’t been a single school rebuild since
amalgamation, and neither the Province nor the Board had a process to do this. I told them that it was a battle I was prepared to fight as long as they stood firm. To have Broadview placed on the capital priority list was the next hurdle. Suburban trustees, who comprise half of the Board, were incensed that an inner city school was intruding on their territory. Staff were strenuously opposed and there were several procedural contortions trying to thwart our efforts. The worst of these was a ‘press conference’ called by several trustees, the Barrhaven city councillor and MPP calling for Trustee Blackburn’s resignation for supporting the Broadview rebuild. Hers was the suburban trustee vote we needed to place Broadview on the list. After a school tour, she agreed that the school needed to be rebuilt. Even one of the trustees who was part of the ‘press conference’ said that he wouldn’t place his own children at the school. At a Broadview council meeting a few months later, I was asked if this was really going to bear fruit; I said we should stand firm. Inner city schools deserve funding as much as those in the suburbs and it had become a matter of principle for me. It had also become increasingly clear that the existing structure (built in at least seven sections) was unworkable, and that it would take more funding to bring it up to standard than it would to build a new school.
This year, as part of our capital prioritization process, Trustee Blackburn asked why some schools on our capital priority list had had a review of adjacent space and others had not. In particular, in Orleans, many of the neighbouring schools have both spare capacity and declining enrolment. Her own Barrhaven area had a year long accommodation review and she didn’t feel this was fair. So she made an amendment to the capital list specifying that schools should have to go through a review before they are given high priority. The Ministry has chosen three schools from our priority list for funding. The first is Trustee Blackburn’s school in Half Moon Bay, the second is Broadview and the third is the OCDSB’s seventh priority in Orleans. There are still several steps remaining to get across this river to a new school on the other side. One is securing funding from the Ministry and using our proceeds of disposition as little as possible. There must be considerable consultation with the community particularly in the early stages of school design. The third is deciding what to do with the original section of the school as some parents and community members want to preserve this heritage space (at a minimum, it is preferable to portables). We are well on the road now to Building a Better Broadview!
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After watching rehearsals, I sat down with the chatty third-generation Hintonburger who’s a Queen’s graduate and Algonquin College drama professor. Laflamme has been preparing for Willy’s role since August 2013 and rehearsing with the ensemble cast part-time for months. He “conjures up” his characters, adding “the more you move into Willy’s headspace, the more you’re going to feel like him—the loser everyone feels like at one time or another.” Watching Laflamme act, he doesn’t just move into Willy’s headspace, he inhabits it with palpably red-faced desperation. Laflamme, with CTH co-founder and director Lisa Zanyk, took on this challenge by packaging the play in an alternative way so it’s close to what regularly happens to people. They’ve offered opportunities to young actors who might otherwise get overlooked. With Leslie Cserepy and Cory Thibert starring as Willy’s sons Biff and Happy, these actors will be overlooked no more. Manon Dumas breathes life into Willy’s selfless wife Linda, mother to boys who grew up just like Dad, while stage-veteran Robert Reynolds plays Uncle Ben, the chimera haunting Willy’s better judgment. Boss-man Howard is thespian Jeff Leiper, who’s known in Hintonburg circles other than acting. Leiper dabbled in the performing arts after high school, doing midnight improv at GCTC when it was on Gladstone, but “it’s the honour of working with this group of professionals” that makes Leiper beam. You won’t want to miss it! Tickets: 613-791-4471; at Character Hair, 1099 Wellington, and Carleton Tavern and chambertheatrehintonburg.ca. Death of A Salesman by Arthur Miller (1915-2005) premiered in New York in February 1949. Since then, it has seen eight film and television adaptations, and five Broadway revivals for which it has accumulated 31 awards: 19 Tonys, 10 Drama Desk Awards, one New York Drama Critics’ Award and the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
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By Allyson Domanski The name Willy Loman is instantly recognizable to many as America’s Everyman, tragic hero of Arthur Miller’s masterpiece, Death of a Salesman. We may have read about Willy in school—the over-the-hill dreamer whose expectations of fame and fortune collide with the nightmare of declining career prospects. We think we may have seen the play—a story about belief in the fantasy and fabrication that someone can reach the top by simply being liked. But as familiar as Willy Loman may seem, few can truthfully say they’ve seen Death of a Salesman performed. Here’s your chance, people. Chamber Theatre Hintonburg (CTH) is staging the unabridged professional Ottawa premiere revival of the Broadway hit from March 26th29th and April 3rd-5th. To watch this gritty, iconic play while quaffing a pint at the equally gritty, iconic Carleton Tavern is to understand why people enjoy the Golden Globes more than the Oscars. You get to drink. And while the cast of characters at some bars makes for daily theatrics, it’s not every day that your neighbourhood watering-hole stages big deep productions like this with 12 cast members, a marathon script, plus football, family, flashbacks, pay-cuts and a firing. All that, on a 6’x10’ stage. Even in artsy Hintonburg with GCTC, The Gladstone, Orpheus and CTH within a 2 km radius, a tavern is an uncommon platform for common man Willy. The play’s 63-year-old protagonist is now younger than the 66-year-old play, but that doesn’t mean either has lost relevance. In an age when Facebook ‘Likes’ can explode into instant fame and mental illness can disintegrate into suicide, how one copes between the two extremes, or how one doesn’t, is what keeps Willy relevant. Sure, he’s been played to acclaim by both Hoffmans—Dustin, and the late Philip Seymour—and as tough an act as that is to follow, his portrayal by local powerhouse Donnie Laflamme will not disappoint.
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Not your Granny’s quilting Fibre art show pushes the boundaries artists, and a volunteer on the show’s organizing committee. “We’ve seen children and ninetyyear-olds and every age in between walk through the doors and they spend a lot of time enjoying the more than 200 artworks on display. It’s gratifying for the artists and church volunteers alike who work on the show. Many of the artists are on hand to answer the inevitable questions show goers have about the making of this art.” Fibre art is increasingly gaining recognition all over with the world with shows in major cities like London, Toronto, Houston and Washington, DC. The Out of the Box Fibre Artists group has more than 60 members who live in various cities and towns across the Ottawa region, in Quebec, as well as one member in B.C. The group welcomes new artist members and has a website at out-of-the-box.org. “Fibre Fling 3 will show you just about every kind of fibre art imaginable,” says Nancy Garrard of the Out of the Box Planning Committee. “It’s way beyond what people usually envision when they think about quilt, stitch, mixed media, clothing, crochet, knit, embroidery, bead and embellishment. All of these techniques and more can sometimes be combined into one piece of artist expression - and often in a fun way.” Mark your calendar now for April 4 and 5! Fibre Fling 3 is definitely a show that you won’t want to miss.
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by Doreen Meyer Making art that appeals to just about everyone may seem like an unreachable goal. But for the artists who belong to a group called Out of the Box, it’s all about pushing the boundaries of what can be done with fibre when working with cloth, paper, stitch, paint and the sometimes ordinary and extraordinary recycled bits of daily life. Combine such a diverse showing of fibre art and a tempting High Tea with fundraising for a very worthy cause and you have an art show and sale not to be missed. Out of the Box Fibre Artists group is again teaming up with Kitchissippi United Church for Fibre Fling 3 for two days: Friday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. High tea, complete with bone china, scones, dainty sandwiches and delectable desserts, will be served on Saturday from noon until 5 p.m. Admission to the show is $5, the High Tea is an additional $10. Funds raised go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which works with community organizations to turn the tide on HIV/AIDS and to support orphans and their caregivers in Africa. More on this very worthy organization can be found at stephenlewisfoundation.org “People who come to Fibre Fling keep telling us how amazed they are by the diversity of the fibre art in our show,” says Rita Rottman, one of the
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by Brian Tracey We all like progress and renewal. Right? I mean, without it, nothing improves. Neighbourhoods with problems (drugs, prostitution, crime) continue to deteriorate and quality of life suffers. So, well meaning community activists, urban planners, city officials and the public at large, organize to improve their community. A noble project most would say. But what are the consequences once the improvements have been completed? Most would argue that they are positive and far outweigh any negative ones. But there are negative consequences. The small, local service retailers like shoe repair shops, tailors, bakeries and hardware stores, are forced to move to another area of town when their leases start to skyrocket. Do you remember how it was in Westboro before the city “improved” the area? You could find a hardware store and a shoe repair shop, and many other small, independent retailers along Richmond Road – but not so today. Many were pushed off the main streets onto side streets until those locations also became too expensive. From there, they moved to areas of town that had not yet embraced gentrification, such as Hintonburg a few years ago. But now Hintonburg has also been revitalized and higher rents have followed, both for commercial and residential tenants. When I opened my business in Hintonburg 10 years ago, my rent was about $900 a month for just under 1,000 square feet. At that same location today, the tenant pays $1400 a month - an increase of over
50% in ten years! And it should be noted that most of that increase has been in the last 3 years, after Wellington Street was revitalized. Recently, I did a survey of current commercial rents in the area. I found net rents ranging from $2,700 a month for under 1,000 square feet, to $5,000 a month for 1225 square feet and $7,300 a month for 2,500 square feet. Who can afford these rents? I told one real estate agent I would have to sell crack under the table to pay those rates! So, what’s the point of my rant? I know, in real estate it’s location, location, location. Still, I can’t help but feel that with some property owners, its greed, greed, greed. And yes, I know that many of them suffered when neighbourhoods were less than appealing and they had to bear the brunt of those costs, so it’s only natural that they would want to recoup some of those costs. I would only ask that they consider the long-term cost to the community they are a part of. I know of one local commercial property owner who turned down offers from some high end national retailers, preferring to rent his shop to a local entrepreneur at a reasonable rent, thus allowing her to add more value to the local retail mix. We need more landlords who think like this. Are they simply in the business to maximize profits, or are they an intricate part of the community and an important partner in its long-term quality of life? Brian Tracey is the owner of Merge Design, Print & Promo, currently located just off Wellington Street on Rosemount Avenue.
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Unfair Elections Act Undermines Democracy By Paul Dewar, MP Ottawa Centre New Democrats have been working hard to oppose and raise awareness of the dangers of the Conservative government’s Bill C-23, an Act to Amend the Canada Elections Act. Couched in the guise of addressing voter fraud, this piece of legislation erodes the right of Canadians to vote and is a serious affront to our democracy. New Democrats are extremely concerned about elements of voter suppression contained in the bill. Under the legislation, Voter ID cards will no longer be accepted. The bill will also eliminate vouching. The elimination of vouching will make it more difficult for many students, seniors and First Nations to cast their ballots. Under this proposed legislation, Elections Canada will also not be allowed to speak publicly about the importance of democracy, the importance of voting, conduct research or conduct outreach projects. The government’s response to criticism of its proposal to limit the role of Elections Canada is to claim that Canadians can educate themselves about democracy and the importance of voting. This is a typical attitude from the government – that all Canadians have the same access to knowledge and educational opportunities. At a time when many people feel disenfranchised and voter turnout continues to be low, it makes absolutely no sense to eliminate Elections Canada’s abilities to speak to Canadian voters. There is also the issue of money politics with Bill C-23, as it introduces a huge loophole allowing for virtually unlimited campaign spending for contacting previous donors by phone. This will give political parties with a large donor base, such as the Conservatives, a major campaign advantage. Elections Canada Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand has denounced Bill C-23, and even Preston Manning has said that the roles of Elections Canada and the Chief Electoral Officer should be strengthened and expanded. To fight this legislation,
my colleagues and I launched a motion calling on the government to hold crosscountry hearings so that Canadians could directly share their opinions and have their voices heard. The motion also requested the appearance of expert witnesses at the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs such as Elections Canada, and representatives of First Nations, anti-poverty groups, persons with disabilities and students. New Democrats also launched a national petition campaign that garnered thousands of signatures from Canadians across the country. Unfortunately, the Conservative government voted down our motion calling for cross country consultations with Canadians.
As a result, my colleague and NDP Deputy Leader David Christopherson, MP recently conducted a successful filibuster at committee forcing the government to call for expert witness testimony from the Chief Electoral Officer and extra committee hearings on this egregious legislation. New Democrats will also be conducting Canada wide consultations of our own to hear from Canadians on it. A wider issue is the need for electoral reform in Canada. My colleagues and I have started a petition campaign calling for proportional representation. You can add your name to the petition by visiting petition.ndp.ca/demand-that-your-votecount
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March 20 - Breastfeeding workshop for expectant parents Getting ready for your baby? Come learn about infant feeding from an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Learn how to get comfortable, how to know if your baby is getting enough to eat, how babies know just what to do, and what you can do to help them do it. Partners are welcome and encouraged to attend. 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Mothercraft, 475 Evered Avenue.) For more information go to mothercraft.com. March 22 - Fabric and yarn Sale, collectibles and flea market This event will be taking place at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa (30 Cleary Avenue) from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Large selection of flea market and collectibles plus sewing, knitting and craft materials and tools available; including handmade knitted/ crocheted articles. Donations of goods for the sale accepted until March 21; sorry, no clothing or books. For more information contact the First Unitarian office at 613-725-1066. March 21-23 - Nepean Fine Arts League (NFAL) Spring Show and Sale Participating artists will present works in a wide range of styles, techniques and subject matter at the Ukrainian Banquet Hall (1000 Byron Avenue). To celebrate the League’s 50th anniversary, Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Mark Taylor will open the show at the Friday night gala with a presentation of juried awards for the top artwork in various categories. Come help celebrate the last 50 creative years and welcome in the next 50! Friday March 21 from 6:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission $10 for Friday night with Saturday and Sunday free. Free parking. For more Information call Kathy 613-444-0446 or visit nepeanfinearts.com/events. March 23 - Spirit of Rasputin’s AGM All are welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting of members! Musicians: feel free to bring instruments and voices for a jam afterward. Munchies, tea and coffee will be available. 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Westboro Masonic Hall (430 Churchill Avenue). All members can vote and memberships can be purchased at the meeting. The agenda is online at rasputins.ca. March 26 - Tea and cake Abbeyfield House (425 Parkdale Avenue) is a nonprofit organization that provides accommodation for
10 senior citizens. Please join us for tea, cake and a tour on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. March 27 - Raising resilient children This presentation – which will be taking place at 7:00 p.m. at Fisher Park Fisher Park / Summit Alternative – explores important lessons to enable children to develop skills that are likely to increase their resilience to the pressures in their lives, and that will be helpful in the development of healthy relationships as they grow up. Maggie Mamen is an award-winning clinical psychologist in a multidisciplinary private practice in Ottawa, and has worked with children and families for over 30 years in hospital, school and university settings. Tickets are $15.00. For details go to aneveningwithmaggiemamen.ca. March 29 - Scrabble Fundraiser for diabetes and multiple sclerosis This fundraiser will be taking place at St. George’s Parish, 415 Piccadilly Avenue from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. $10/person or all-day 6 game tournament ($30/ person, must pre-register). Participants are asked to please bring a game if they have one. For more information contact: Pam Hunter at 613-761-1005 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information go to ottawascrabbleclub.com. MARCH 29 & 30 – THE WESTEND POTTERY SALE The fourth annual Westend Pottery Sale will showcase all manner of handmade pottery by over 20 of the region’s finest potters. Held in the hall of the Churchill Seniors Centre, 345 Richmond Road at Churchill, on Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m and Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. Relax in the tea room and fill in a ballot for the daily draw of a basket filled with pottery. For more information please go to westendpotterysale.com. APRIL 4 & 5 – FIBRE ART SHOW & SALE Over 50 local fibre artists from Out-of-the-Box (OOTB) present their third annual Fibre Fling Show and Sale at the Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive. The event runs for two days: Friday April 4 from 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday April 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Artwork includes every form of fibre art such as quilting, felting, beadwork, stitchery, doll-making, knitting, jewelry and more. Some artists combine several techniques within one piece. A $5 admission will support the Stephen Lewis Foundation. High Tea will be served on Saturday afternoon for $ 10. Parking is free. For addi-
tional information, contact Rita at 613-723-7404 or visit out-of-the-box.org. April 6 - Book launch Ottawa author Gloria Schwartz will be celebrating the launch of her book, Personal Best: Train Your Brain and Transform Your Body for Life on Sunday, April 6 from 2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. at The Cake Shop (1200 Wellington Street West). Copies will be available for purchase. April 9 - Kitchissippi Town Hall meeting to defend postal home delivery This meeting will be taking place at 7:00 p.m. at the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington Street). Local residents are invited to attend and discuss the campaign to save home delivery in Kitchissippi and across Canada. Speakers will include Nick Aplin, an 81-year-old resident of Kitchissippi, Peter Denley (CUPW), and Shellie Bird (Solidarity Against Austerity). For more information go to maydayottawa.ca. There is also a Facebook event set up for this event at https://t.co/fFLSnk8yGJ. April 11 & 12 - Dress for Success Hidden Treasures Sale Dress for Success helps promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and the career development tools to help them thrive in work and life. DFS clients are invited to shop on Friday from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The general public can come out on Saturday from noon - 3:00 p.m. Bring your own shopping bag. Cash only. All proceeds will go towards the operations of Dress for Success. For more inforation go to dressforsuccess.org/ Ottawa. Starts April 23 - FRIENDS for Life This 9-week anxiety prevention program for children 7-9 years of age has proven to be effective in building emotional resilience and teaching strategies that are practical and useful for coping with times of worry and change. Wednesdays, April 23 to June 18, 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Call Family Services Ottawa at 613-7253601 ext. 207 for information and registration, or go to familyservicesottawa.org. APRIL 25 & 26 – KITCHISSIPPI UNITED CHURCH SPRING RUMMAGE SALE A wide selection of clothing, collectibles, boutique items, jewellery, books, bedding, household items and toys makes this a popular event. Come and browse
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