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Getting rid of her lawn was one of the benefits that appealed to one satisfied homeowner. Anne Donald lives on Windermere Avenue. Mathew came in last spring and converted most of the backyard lawn into a large vegetable patch. “When he first told us about the plan we just jumped on it,” she recalls. “We weren’t really using our backyard. Our kids are grown and we go to the cottage a lot. It’s just such a clever use of space and I’m so happy I don’t need to cut the lawn anymore.” The whole arrangement proved to be very easy, says Anne. “Mathew came in and cleared it all up, hauled in the compost and set the plants out. He comes regularly with his bike and trailer and he’s never a bother.” Anne and family enjoyed their share of arugula, lettuce, kale and other greens grown in their yard and they also received a portion of the tomatoes and vegetables that Mathew grew in other yards. Leafy greens are his main crop, including baby spinach and bok choy. He also grows carrots, beets, cherry tomatoes and radishes, as well as herbs. Last year he planted 1000 square feet of land and this year, so far, he has agreements to farm twice that amount. Eventually he would like to get up to 10,000 square feet under cultivation and is actively looking for new yards. He has three key criteria: that the yard provides at least 600 square feet of growing space, that it receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily, and that there be access to an outdoor faucet. If you would like a free yard appraisal, you can reach Mathew through his website at capitalgreens. ca.
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“I was born in the north of Mexico, the really, really north of Mexico. Then I moved to go to university in Monterrey, which is the third largest city in Mexico. I moved to Canada 23 years ago, and I moved to Ottawa. I have lived in the Kitchissippi area for a year. I love that this area is very family oriented. I have three children and it’s nice to be able to walk everywhere and feel like you live in a small town. It’s a beautiful neighbourhood. We sometimes take walks at 11 p.m. at night
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community in support of the proposal On April 25, Councillor Jeff Leiper to proceed with it for the whole 600dropped his proposal to the City of metre stretch, without consulting anyOttawa to ban on-street parking in one on the street at all. favour of bicycle lanes on the stretch of Councillor Leiper’ support came Spencer Street from Western Avenue to entirely from his personal networks and Holland Avenue in Wellington the Wellington Village Community Village. The decision not to Association (WVCA) and proceed with the proposed local Business Improvement changes constituted a Association (WWBIA). victory for a group of But the WVCA never residents who live on followed up on a or near Spencer, some promise it made to area businesses and canvass the community people who attend the of Wellington Village Ottawa Mosque who on the issue in the appreciate the 97 parkspring of 2016, and the ing spots that would WWBIA failed to consult have been lost. with the businesses along Our fight was never Wellington Street that primarily about parking had the most to lose spots, though. And it “Our fight was never primarily from the removal of 97 certainly wasn’t born about parking spots, though. parking spots close to out of animosity And it certainly wasn’t born out their places of business. towards cyclists and of animosity towards cyclists The impression of comsafe cycling infrastrucand safe cycling infrastructure,” munity support, as ture. writes Ron Elliot. Photo by Councillor Leiper evenThe great majority of Andrea Tomkins tually learned, was an us who live along this illusion. stretch of road strongly In the two weeks believe that the particular proposal the prior to Councillor Leiper announcing Councillor was championing was illhis change of direction, a group of us conceived and would have negatively who live on and near Spencer talked to affected many more people than it more people in the neighbourhood and could possibly have benefited. did so more systematically than anyone Unfortunately, we were never consulted else had done in the previous year. We or our views given a proper airing. found a rate of people in the immediate Most of us never even knew the changarea of Spencer Street opposed to the es were being contemplated until a petiparking ban and introduction of bicycle tion began to circulate last November lanes closer to 85% than the 55% after they’d already been approved for Councillor Leiper cites on his website. A implementation. CTV poll corresponded quite well to It is a peculiarity of those seven our findings, with 607 against and 115 blocks of residential neighbourhood for, or 86% versus 16%. that only four houses on it actually have The members of our ad-hoc commuSpencer Street addresses. The rest are nity group do not share all the same on corner lots and have addresses that reasons for opposing the proposed indicate on city lists they are on one of parking ban and bicycle lanes. the six cross-streets. But they are clearly Personally, I worried about what would on Spencer to all intents and purposes. happen to all the kids on scooters and They have side doors, laneways, garagroller blades and joggers and cyclists es, some even have front doors facing riding side-by-side on weekends. What Spencer. we all agree on is that this stretch of Yet it appears that this peculiarity of Spencer Street is a great asset to the the neighbourhood may be the main community as it is, and the process that reason no one in any of the 30-odd almost resulted in the imposition of houses bordering Spencer was ever even “sub-standard,” 1.2 metre bicycle lanes, informed of the changes, let alone conwas deeply flawed. sulted about them. Councillor Leiper felt it was “to be expected” that the Ron Elliott, people who live in the four houses with for the Spencer Street Spencer Street addresses would oppose Community Network his proposal (or so he wrote to me) and decided along with city officials that they had enough feedback from the Submitted by Ron Elliott
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The unknown story of Westboro’s earliest retail presence
Birch and Paysant: two names that warrant their place in local history books By Dave Allston
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Can you guess where Westboro’s first grocery store was located? (Hint, it still stands there today!) This is what it looked like on September 29, 1952, although it’s actually much older. Go to kitchissippi.com to see what it looks like today. Photo courtesy of the City of Ottawa Archives (CA-025505)
ing the mill even larger. As he did so, the village nearby began to grow. The Birch family acquired the land east of Churchill in 1838 and built a farmhouse by Richmond Road between what is now Eden and Edgeworth. They farmed the land for
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Kitchissippi comprises multiple neighbourhoods, each of which has its own story of early development. The ward developed like a quilt, each small section built up gradually at different rates over a period of about 80 years, until by 1950, it was all part of the City of Ottawa. In the 1870s, both the western and eastern ends of what would become Kitchissippi were beginning to develop, though completely independent of each other and for completely different reasons: Hintonburg grew due to the establishment of railroads and the need for workers and Westboro grew due to the establishment of a sawmill. Skead’s Mill was opened by Senator Hon. James Skead in mid1870. Once located near present-day Westboro Beach, this steam-powered sawmill was constructed on a site that was strategically chosen due to cheap land and proximity to the new westward Canada Central Railway line. A fire in November 1871 destroyed the mill. Skead rebuilt it a year later, mak-
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30 years. In 1869, the elderly patriarch, Thomas Birch, deeded the Birch farm in parts to three of his sons. The traffic humming on Richmond Road, trains travelling through the farm, and the new mill, were all a boon to the area. One enterprising son, Richard
Birch, laid out Westboro’s first subdivision. The August 1872 plan laid out 28 lots between Richmond and Scott, Churchill and Winona. It was a small subdivision, but enough to get the hamlet of Birchton growing. Mill workers began to construct simple homes and a community was born. By the summer of 1873, a need had developed for commerce in the hamlet. Richard’s sister, Jane Birch, was 33 years old, and she too had an eye for business. Jane acquired one of Richard’s lots fronting on to Division Road (now Churchill Avenue) that was set back about 200 feet from Richmond Road and had a modest wood-frame home built on a stone foundation. This house was to serve two purposes: Jane would reside in it, but more importantly, in late 1873, she would open Westboro’s first retail store. Few details have survived, but Jane’s grocery store would have been very simple, just enough to serve the 200 or so workers of the mill. Incredibly, this house still stands at 379 Churchill Avenue. It’s likely that the original shop was at the front of the house, the door to which has long been covered over. The side entrance was used to access the dwelling portion and now serves as the main entrance. Around this time, a 28-year-old farmer named Pierre (Peter) Paysant
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arrived on the scene. Pierre had escaped a difficult life back home in France. He was born and raised in Tromborn, a small village in the Alsace-Lorraine territory, which was a long-time battleground between France and Germany. While fighting in the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871) and defending his home region from Germany, Pierre had been captured and held prisoner. He later escaped to Paris, but after the French lost the war, all French citizens in Alsace-Lorraine were required to choose between leaving the region or accepting German citizenship. Pierre refused to return home and like many of his countrymen, chose to come to Canada. Thus, Pierre Paysant started his new life in rural Nepean Township. He arrived in Birchton around 1873 and leased 20 acres of farmland from Rice Honeywell, the eldest son of Nepean’s first settler, Ira Honeywell. The property, which included Rice’s original family home, was located alongside what is now Carling Avenue, just west of Churchill. Pierre and Jane Birch met, and later married in September of 1876. From that point forward ,Pierre was listed as the storekeeper though undoubtedly Jane was still intimately involved. The couple had three children within the next five years, the last coming along when Jane turned 41. Their son died in infancy, but two daughters survived to live long lives. Meanwhile, in May 1874, Rebecca Pratt, a recent widow, opened a second grocery store for the thriving area at the northwest corner of Birch Street (now Winona) and Richmond Road, now the site of Avenues Garage. Rebecca was also successful in landing the location of the first post office for the west end (given the name “Skead’s Mills” by residents to honor Senator Skead). The Pratt store would outlast the Paysants, but just barely. The Paysants remained in operation until approximately 1890. At that point, the economy of
Skead’s Mills had come to a standstill. A fire in July 1888 destroyed the mill, and with streetcars still another ten years away there was little prosperity, nor prospect, within the village. Most shops closed, leaving only a hotel and Pratt’s shop (then operated by John Falls). To make ends meet, Pierre went back to farming, and, piece-by-piece, acquired much of the land on the south side of Richmond Road, east of Churchill, going back as far as about Kenwood. His 18 acres also came to be known as a scenic community hub. A turn-of-the-century article noted that “situated upon the property is a grove, which is the beauty spot of the neighbourhood.” The Paysants would have lived an extremely modest life; the family’s annual income was listed on the 1901 Census as $352. It was through their investment in vacant Westboro land that their fortune was made. They sold the 18-acre property in 1909 for $20,000 when Westboro real estate was booming. Jane Birch passed away in 1920 at age 80, having spent her entire life in Westboro. Pierre died in 1929. The Paysant name did not continue but their two daughters became matriarchs to the sizable LaSalle and Dunn families. Some of their descendants still reside in the neighbourhood. The Paysant home on Churchill remained in the family for 75 years. It was briefly owned by Nepean Fire Chief Harry Snider in the late 40s, followed by the Stamler family in 1953. It would remain in their hands well into the 21st century. It has most recently been used as a commercial space for a bookkeeping company, but that appears to have changed within the last year. Shockingly, this important piece of Westboro history has no heritage designation. Perhaps even more unfortunate is that the important Birch name, particularly that of trailblazer Jane Birch, has been forgotten as well.
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Get inside the heads of this year’s Westfest hosts!
The team behind this year’s Happening refused to let the rain bring them down. This popular community festival took place in Hintonburg and Wellington West from May 3 to 6; it shines a spotlight on local arts, culture, and area businesses. (L-R) Mary Beth Wolicky, Jamie McLennan, Brenda Dunn, Summer Baird. Check out our photo gallery at kitchissippi.com. Photo by Ted Simpson
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We asked the hosts of Westfest 2017 to tell us what they’re looking forward to most at this year’s edition of this popular summer festival. Here’s what Erin Benjamin, Executive Director of Music Canada, had to say: “Westfest reminds me how much I appreciate my neighbours. How different we are and how much the same, and how incredible it can be to stand together in a field and listen to amazing live music with my fellow humans – one of the most uniting, extraordinary experiences we can have. I love the festival’s diversity, the incredible quality of talent… the whole vibe is what a community festival should be about: everyone. This festival is a giant gift to the city and I can’t wait to tear the wrapping paper off this year!” Look for a profile of Erin in the May 25 issue of Kitchissippi Times. Check out what the other hosts are looking forward to at kitchissippi.com.
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By attending this session, residents will find out more about the progress to date for these two projects in the Richmond/Byron Corridor:
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A review of the lands around future light rail stations to determine appropriate redevelopment and potential public realm improvements. Staff recommendations will result in changes to the existing Richmond Road/Westboro Secondary and Community Design Plans
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With the realignment of the Ottawa Light Rail Transit under the Byron Linear Park, there is an opportunity to design the park to meet the community needs. Based on previous public consultation, a preliminary plan has been prepared that will guide the final design for the park.
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hall, Mike and Kevin brew and ferment their beer before pumping it directly to the bar. The room is filled with equipment that brews, ferments, and stores the beer. There is an opening into the brewing area from the Great Hall that will allow patrons to see the process for themselves. The bar will open with Vimy’s three main brews: a pale ale, a red ale, and a cream ale. The brothers also plan to sell their product in “crowlers,” which are large 32 oz. cans. Mike and Kevin haven’t yet settled on a firm opening date, but hope to be open in May. Check for news and updates at vimybrewing. ca.
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(except for Prince Edward Island). The brewery itself is located in a former landscaping depot on Loretta Street North. The “Great Hall” features an eight bar tap and an 80-inch TV. On one wall are flags of several local and national sports teams; on the opposite wall hang the flags of the branches of the Armed Forces. The brothers have also set up a lounge with comfier chairs, for those who prefer to take their beer with a book. There are also two game rooms, featuring bubble hockey and foosball tables respectively. The real engine of Vimy Brewing lies behind the seating areas. In a large, open room that stretches behind the
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When brothers Mike and Kevin Sirko served in the naval reserves and travelled to various bases across the country, they often had occasion to socialize over a beer with other service men and women in mess halls. But they say they noticed a problem with their pints: “There were big, foreign corporations pretending that they’re making Canadian beer, but there was never really a beer that we could toast to and be proud of as being something that’s truly celebrating Canada,” Mike explains. Their solution: to start the Vimy Brewing Company in east Kitchissippi. The brewery is named after the battle of Vimy Ridge, the famous WWI offensive where Canadian soldiers won a tough victory. Mike, 37, and Kevin, 34, say that naming their company after the battle is not only a reference to their own military background, but to an important national symbol. “Once we united as our own army, and made a significant victory, we were no longer seen as just a colony; it was the birth of a nation,” Kevin says of the battle. This past April marked the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge, although the brothers say they had been planning on the name for a few years. Vimy Brewing pays homage to the battle through their logo, which features the maple leaf emblem worn by Canadian troops in WWI. Superimposed on the leaf are four smaller leaves, representing the four Canadian divisions that fought in the assault, as well as a black bear, the only animal found in all the provinces and territories
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Jump in for swim lessons and aquafit at Dovercourt We all know that swimming lessons are the optimal way to encourage water safety as well as being a fantastic fitness option during the cooler fall, winter and spring months. In fact, aquatic activities are great for the whole family and one of the city’s best options for fun in the water seven days per week is the Dovercourt Recreation Centre. Dovercourt’s pool has been specifically designed to accommodate lessons, with features such as a beach entry ramp plus a variety of pods, making it easy for instructors to closely supervise and interact with students. In addition, there is a dedicated shallow pool for young swimmers to play safely and become water wise. Another bonus is the new $20 Swim and Gym Pass, so parents can work out in Dovercourt’s fitness centre during their kids’ swim lessons. Perhaps best of all, the water in Dovercourt’s pool is always warm, just like the facility’s friendly instructors. Dovercourt’s learn to swim program focuses on improving the three principal swim strokes plus increasing confidence and ability in the water. Instructors develop weekly lesson plans which are reviewed by supervisors, and regular staff training sessions plus performance expectations ensure that your family will receive top-quality, enthusiastic instruction. New this year are online swim report cards so you can
stay informed about your child’s progress, and celebrate their achievements with them. “Dovercourt’s reputation as one of the city’s best employers for young adults means we are fortunate to be able to hire highly skilled instructors who are passionate about teaching children proper technique,” explains Christine Pelletier, Dovercourt’s Manager of Aquatics Programs. “All our swim lessons follow the the higher standards of the Lifesaving Society which emphasize more time spent actively learning water safety. Our end-of-session Survival Day is a unique element that provides a fun yet powerful way to teach children skills that could enable them to save themselves or others in real-life scenarios.”
“We are justifiably proud of the quality of our swim lesson program at Dovercourt” Dovercourt is considered by many to be a hub in our community, notes Program Director Kathleen Finn. “Many families initially come through our doors because they understand that
swim lessons are a necessity; that first introduction usually leads to long-term relationships. We have also been proud to offer low or no cost swim lessons to new Canadians in the community, because water safety is definitely a life skill everyone needs.” Dovercourt’s aquatics staff undergoes extensive training and participates in regular refreshers on safety, rescue situations, changes to current standards and teaching techniques. “Many of our senior aquatics staff are instructor and lifeguard trainers; they serve as a valuable resource for our entire aquatics team. In addition, most of our current staff members have benefitted from a special offering, whereby if you complete your Swim Instructor and National Lifeguard Service training with us, you are guaranteed a job,” says Christine. “We have had great success with hiring staff who have learned and trained at Dovercourt; they are very committed to maintaining our high standards,” says Christine. A great complement to Dovercourt’s swimming lessons are the regular recreational swim times throughout the week, which give families an opportunity to reinforce accomplishments gained through lessons. Thanks to the generous support of The McCann Team (The Guy With The Dog) Real Estate, kids swim for free on Friday nights. During recreational swims, kids can take advantage of the features of the pool to which they’ve
been introduced during lessons, including the rope swing and slides; when not supervising their kids, adults can relax in the hot tub or sauna conveniently located adjacent to the pool. Speaking of adults, a variety of aquafit classes – part of Dovercourt’s comprehensive fitness offerings – present wonderful opportunities to maintain or enhance fitness levels. Dovercourt even offers specialized rehabilitative aquafit which is an ideal program post surgery or injury as it is low impact yet offers gentle stretch and strengthening in addition to cardio. “We are justifiably proud of the quality of our swim lesson program at Dovercourt,” says Kathleen. “We look forward to welcoming you to our warm, inviting pool.” Spring session is underway (2nd half of session private lesson packages begin May 23), registration is open for Summer swim lessons which begin in July, and Fall swim lesson registration opens June 21.
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Not many businesses can say they’ve been around for 30 years in this age of big box stores and unrelenting commercial competition. But then Critter Jungle isn’t just any business. And there is good reason why this Ottawa family-run pet store at Hampton Park Plaza continues to thrive, so much so that just last fall it opened a second location in Orleans.
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“I wanted a space where children could create their own dance works – based not on steps, but on their ideas and experiences.”
Hannah Beach, Founder
Many of the girls come from very different backgrounds, and they choose their own music and costumes. This creates a rich and diverse choreography. The teachers stay with each group of girls as they return to Dandelion year after year, which means the same teacher is with the girls until they are in their teens. This creates a close-knit community of girls who are strongly invested in the program – and in each other. Sarah Posthuma is Head of the Children’s Program and teaches girls 6-11 years old. After seeing a Dandelion
performance, Sarah was inspired to train and mentor with Hannah. “I was moved to tears by the performance,” says Sarah. “What struck me was that the girls were so involved in creating things that were really meaningful for them, and I think girls in our world need a lot of space for that.” “We’re really excited to be back in Westboro – our roots are here,” says Hannah. Registration for classes is now open. You can find more information by visiting dandeliondance.ca/childrensprogram.
Dandelion Dance Westboro location 357 Wilmont Ave. www.dandeliondance.ca email@example.com @dandeliondanceottawa CMYK / .eps
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In 2012, Hannah Beach closed shop on her Westboro dance school to the dismay of parents and children on the four-year long waitlist. As a solo entrepreneur, it was time for Hannah to regroup and reimagine the business from a community-building perspective. Now backed by a three-year grant from the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Dandelion Dance – a registered charity – is re-opening in Westboro, offering dance classes that draw from creative movement and dance theatre. “I had kids, and all the dance places I was finding were all about learning the steps,” says Hannah. “Most dance studios are about memorizing choreographed dances and I wanted a space where children could create their own dance works – based not on steps, but on their ideas and experiences.” Dandelion Dance gives girls ownership over their productions by supporting them to choose their own topics and choreograph their own dances. “Teachers create a space where girls learn how to speak to each other in ways that facilitate collaboration, not competition,” says Hannah. The girls learn how to share their opinions, brainstorm together and work collectively so that all voices are heard.
Dandelion Dance Returns to Westboro
The true winners in this equation are the animals – those pets whose owners recognize that Critter Jungle staff want for the customer pet, what they would want for their own pet. That means they carry a unique mix of products, including different brands of dry food, raw pet food and dehydrated and freeze dried
options. If pet food doesn’t meet the high standards set by the Critter Jungle staff, you won’t find it there. “If we won’t feed it to our own pets, then we won’t carry it for our customers’ pets,” says owner Kelvin Stanke. When you walk in the door of Critter Jungle, you can find a staff member who can assist you with almost any pet problem. Kelvin’s own family and many staff – including business partner Jeff Stanke – have been here for years and most have an area of expertise, whether reptile, fish, birds, dogs, cats or in the area of pet nutrition. “To us, it’s all about the customer and solving their problems,” says Kelvin. “That’s where we can make a difference.” That also means making a difference for animals in Ottawa who need a second chance. Critter Jungle is not only a great pet store, but a passionate supporter of animal rescue. Kelvin himself has a range of animals at home too long and numerous to list and it’s this compassion for helpless pets which permeates the
Photo : Mark Holleron
Going to the dogs, and cats, and other critters
On the main floor of Greco Fitness in Westboro, clients can sip on complimentary espresso or order a healthy shake from the juice bar. Next to the counter sits a small wooden box, where donations are being accepted for the newly launched Yoga Collective. The Collective is offering a series of yoga classes to both members and nonmembers of Greco, and classes include power, flow, yin, hatha and yin/yang styles. Unlike some of the bigger gyms where members have to pay an additional fee for yoga, the Yoga Collective encompasses a donation-only model. Inspired by his time at a donationbased studio in Santa Monica, California, Greco owner Marc Laham saw an opportunity to utilize their existing studios to introduce this revolutionary yoga concept. “The Santa Monica studio had a box at the door with a cheesy little donation sign, and the line-ups were down the stairs and around the block,” describes Marc. The collective model has been adopted by several studios in the United States, but as far as Marc’s aware, nobody in Canada is utilizing a donation approach. “When people find out about the collective they’re blown away,” says Marc. The Yoga Collective’s suggested dona-
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“We’re making yoga accessible and affordable to everybody.” Marc Laham, Owner
tion is $10. “We’re making yoga accessible and affordable to everybody,” says Marc. Drop-in classes are great for those who find an unlimited monthly yoga pass not worthwhile. As well, busy folks find these types of classes more flexible than a set schedule (and at a much lower cost than other drop-ins.) Marc also sees an advantage to having yoga classes in a fitness studio. “At the Yoga Collective, Yogis have full access to the facility’s amenities, including filtered water, the juice and espresso bar, showers and towels,” says Marc. The donation model means that there are no terms or expectations from the clients, and Marc describes that aspect of the business as being similar to yoga. “Yoga is all about surrendering and letting go,” says Marc. “It’s your practice – breathe through it, and listen to your body.”
Yoga Collective Westboro 411 Roosevelt Ave., Suite 100 Ph | 613.725.5326 www.ycwestboro.ca @ycwestboro @ycwestboro CMYK / .eps
Brooke Barber Shop maintains tradition with added style
Donation-Only Yoga at Yoga Collective Westboro
Candice Webster & Tom Fulwood
Kristen Atkinson opened the Brooke Barber Shop after moving her Mint Hair Studio to its second location down the street in September of 2014. “When I saw that the owner, Carole, wanted to sell her barber shop, I talked to a lot of men in the neighbourhood who had been going there since they were children,” says Kristen. “I grew up in a small town where it was a cool thing to go with your dad to get a cut at the barber shop.” Wanting to keep the old-school charm, Kristen renovated the newly named Brooke Barber Shop by keeping the business’s reputation and traditions alive. The chairs are original to the shop that held the space before Carole, and the rest of the design is quintessential 1950’s – checkered floors, a deer’s head on the wall, and a traditional striped barber’s pole out front. When female clients from the neighbouring Mint Hair Studio were looking for a place where their partners or male friends could get their hair cut, Kristen knew there was a demographic that could be served. “I wanted to have a barber shop in the
“I wanted to have a barber shop in the neighbourhood that had an old-school vibe to it and a welcoming atmosphere”
Tom. The vibe at the Brooke is fairly laid back, and clients won’t be in and out in ten minutes – at this barber shop, quality and style matter more than speed. The shop also offers a luxurious hot shave, guaranteed to be the ultimate relaxation experience. “I cater to the broadest spectrum of client that I can, as this neighbourhood has a pretty broad spectrum of humans,” says Kristen. Now among a handful of new barber shops in the neighbourhood, the Brooke Barber Shop has found its niche by appealing to the needs of the transitioning demographic within the community.
Kristen Atkinson, Owner
neighbourhood that had an old-school vibe to it and a welcoming atmosphere for anyone who wants to walk in and get a fresh ‘do. Kristen says that some of The Brooke’s clientele still prefer doing a drop-in, but for those that like to plan, online bookings are now available on the website, which can be booked with our very talented barbers, Candice &
Brooke Barber Shop 7 Sherbrooke Avenue Ph | 613.722.3133 www.thebrooke.ca/index.html @thebrookebarbershop @thebrookebarber CMYK / .eps
Le Cabinet Dental Care offers lots of reasons to smile materials for bonding, veneers and cosmetic crowns. We offer invisalign teeth straightening and we’re also the first and only provider in Ottawa of the advanced GLO whitening system.”
“At Le Cabinet, we are proud to offer a wide range of services in-house, from preventative to restorative to cosmetic dentistry.” Dr. Liana Guberman
Another focus area is getting kids off to a great start. “I have two kids under the age of three so I am super comfortable with young patients and we have a fun playroom in the office,” says Liana. “We recommend a checkup before the first birthday so we can teach parents how to help care for kids’ teeth. We even offer a free first visit for kids under age 4.”
Liana also enjoys working with nervous patients. “We put a lot of emphasis on making people comfortable and getting them to a point where they can enjoy dental care; this includes helping them overcome past experiences and fears. Helping nervous individuals relax and get the care they need is really satisfying to me, as is seeing anyone with a happy smile.”
www.lecabinetdental.ca 205 Richmond Rd #107 Ph | 613.695.1361 lecabinetdental lecabinetdental CMYK / .eps
“I thought there was a lot of waste in a business that didn’t need to have a lot of waste.”
Kristen Atkinson, Owner.
purposes of oil spill cleanup. New clients are finding Mint because they’re looking for an alternative to the chemically laden products used in the majority of salons. Mint uses Kevin Murphy products, which are PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) approved and mostly organic. The products are scented with natural oils, and individuals sensitive to strong smells will find relief at Mint Hair Studio. Being environmentally conscious also has benefits for the staff at Mint. Kristen wanted the products her stylists work with to be safer, which reduces side ef-
fects from working with chemicals on a daily basis. Green goals aside, customer satisfaction is also a key piece of Mint’s business approach. “I understand the value of my clients, and I understand that they
have busy lives,” says Kristen. “They want to come in here and have a really great experience for an affordable price and feel pampered – how often do we get to feel that in life?”
Mint Hair Studio 1071 Wellington St. W Ph | 613.695.3133 www.minthairstudio.ca @minthairstudio.ca @mint_hair_studio @Hint_o_Mint CMYK / .eps
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After several years at the corner of Somerset and Spadina, Kristen Atkinson found herself ready to seek a new opportunity and expand her hair studio. It was in the heart of Hintonburg that Kirsten settled on a quirky little building formerly known as “Our Lady of His Mercy.” “The whole idea of coming into an older building in Hintonburg and repurposing it was to appreciate the value in good, older buildings,” says Kristen. Hiring a local designer and using repurposed materials, Kristen set about building a home for Mint, an eco-friendly hair studio in the centre of Hintonburg. In addition to lowering the environmental footprint of the building itself, Kristen also set out to run her business with sustainability in mind. “I thought there was a lot of waste in a business that didn’t need to have a lot of waste,” says Kristen. Mint Hair Studio works with Green Circle Salons, a company that diverts salon waste products from landfills. Leftover colour products are picked up (instead of being dumped into the sewer system), tin foil is melted down to make low-grade metal, and hair is stuffed into nylons to make hair booms for the
Mint Hair Studio Goes Green
Nestled in the middle of Westboro’s bustling commercial district is a warm, welcoming dental practice that opened its doors last summer. Le Cabinet Dental Care takes its name from a French term which refers to private professional offices; it’s a nod to Dr. Liana Guberman’s bilingualism as well as indicative of the intimate environment she and her team have created, where each and every patient is treated like family. “Although I’ve been working in other clinics for almost 10 years, I have lived in Westboro for years and wanted to establish my practice close to home,” explains Liana. “At Le Cabinet, we are proud to offer a wide range of services in-house, from preventative to restorative to cosmetic dentistry.” They offer free parking, do direct billing per the established fee guide, and can accommodate same-day emergency visits. Evening and weekend appointments are available and walk-ins are welcome. As the field of dentistry is rapidly evolving, Liana regularly participates in continuing education to learn about new techniques and products. “For example, we can now remineralize small areas of decay rather than filling. We specialize in smile makeovers, using great new
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Westboro Grocer Fresher Than Fresh Most modern grocery stores can no longer claim local fame. Chain grocery stores are large conglomerates, owned by foreign companies focused on the bottom line. Unlike fifty years ago, the connection between the customer and the food has largely been lost. This is not the case for Westboro’s Produce Depot, who recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. “We’re still locally owned and operated, and I don’t think anyone else can say that,” says owner David Barstead. Keeping things small (with two locations) has been a benefit for David, as costs are lower and quality is the focus of the business. “We’re a very select niche,” says David. “We fit in and survive even with the big grocery chains because quality is that much better - freshness, the availability, and a much wider variety of fruits and vegetables.” Unlike large chains, Produce Depot’s products don’t get shipped to a warehouse where they will sit on a floor for days before heading to market. David’s buyer works nights at a wholesale depot in Montreal, buying fruits and vegetables to be shipped to the store first thing in the morning.
“The more local we get, the better,” says David. In addition to wholesale deliveries from Montreal, Produce Depot also carries a wide selection of products from local farmers. Farmers will often show up at the back door with a trunk full of goodies, and a new relationship is formed. If the products are comparable, Produce Depot prefers to buy from local farmers.
“The more local we get, the better.” David Barstead, Owner
The grocery store business is an early one, and David and his colleagues arrive at the store by 5 a.m. “Our employees are key,” says David. At the 25 year celebrations, David identified eleven employees that have been with the store since the beginning. Customers seek out their favourite employees for a quick chat or to ask questions about the produce.
The population they serve is a diverse one, but customers all have one thing in common. “People are looking for great value,” says David. In an era of fast food and mass production, this is one grocery store that still puts quality first.
Produce Depot 1855 Carling Avenue Ph | 613.722.6106 producedepot.ca
Healthy Feet First helping to put a spring back in your step When it comes to maintaining one’s health, sometimes it’s best to start from the tips of your toes and work your way up. That’s a lesson that Laura Bolton, owner of Healthy Feet First, shares regularly with her clients. “Foot care is an essential component of proactive health care, particularly for older people or those with chronic issues such as diabetes,” she explains. “Prevention is key as signs of many health issues can be first seen in the feet. Learning how to care for your feet should be a top priority.” Laura is a Registered Practical Nurse with over 6 years’ experience in a variety of settings. A graduate of Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology and Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology, she is currently completing a reflexology training program to enhance her skills and expand the services she can offer. “At Healthy Feet First, we specialize in providing patient-centred, holistic
“Many health issues can be first seen in the feet. Learning how to care for your feet should be a top priority.” Laura Bolton, RPN
foot care services to meet clients’ evolving needs,” says Laura. Services include initial and ongoing assessments, diabetic foot care and education, provided both in-home and at various clinics in the Ottawa area. She is currently in the process of hiring additional qualified nursing professionals as demand for Healthy Feet First’s services is growing. Having experienced mobility loss in the past due to injury, Laura gained a firsthand appreciation for the importance of maintaining healthy feet, and the importance of learning how to recognize and manage problems that may arise. Her own experi-
ence is one of the reasons she is so passionate about providing both education and foot care, and she extends her reach through a monthly newsletter as well as an informative, engaging blog on the Healthy Feet First website. “The most gratifying part of my work is getting to know people, listening to their stories and seeing the difference after I have cared for them. Healthy Feet First is all about preserving and enhancing mobility, as well as delivering information and education so clients can participate in ongoing maintenance and care of their feet.”
Healthy Feet First Ph | 613.292.4668 www.healthyfeetfirst.ca healthyfeetfirst @HealthyFeetFirs @healthyfeetfirst CMYK / .eps
Sweet things happening at The Cupcake Lounge juice and milk. Popular flavours include basil tangerine, cafe latte, dulce de leche, strawberry champagne, strawberry kiwi, and yogurt berry. This summer, creamsicles like banana with peanut butter filling and strawberry filled with condensed milk are coming. Offering a high-end atmosphere in a cozy neighbourhood shop, the Cupcake Lounge has several popular activities, including cupcake decorating parties for kids or adults plus guided wine and cupcake tastings. Custom orders of cakes, cupcakes and dessert tables are always welcome.
Aside from their top-quality and inventive ingredients, what really sets the 50 different rotating flavours of cupcakes apart, is that each one is iced by hand with a spatula. They are also all-natural and baked fresh daily. Best sellers include lemon coconut, German chocolate, chocolate marshmallow ganache and strawberry champagne. To top things off, you can also find vegan,
reduced sugar and gluten-free options. Other single serving treats include alfajores, cake pops, cinnamon rolls, fruit tarts, mini cheesecakes, and ice cream sandwiches. Last summer, The Cupcake Lounge started making Mexican-style paletas (gelato or sorbet on a stick). All of their “frulli” line of ice pops or popsicles are made from 100% pure fruit,
The Cupcake Lounge 324 Richmond Road and 6 ByWard Market Square CMYK / .eps
TheCupcakeLoungeInc @cupcakesottawa @thecupcakeloungeottawa
“When people look at homes in Kitchissippi they quickly realize they are buying into a community so it really helps that we know this neighbourhood inside and out”
you’ll be dealing with from the moment we first meet, until the property sells. You’ll never be treated like just another transaction because we focus on providing exceptional customer service. We want everyone to have a positive experience and I guess it’s working since many of our clients have become our friends over the years.” Kelly and Kerry’s hands-on approach is paying dividends. For the past four years, they’ve been in the top 1% of the Royal LePage sales force nationally. “This achievement speaks to our dedication and customer-focused style,” explains Kelly. “We’re known for go-
ing above and beyond. Whatever your circumstances for buying or selling, we try to make the process as comfortable as possible. Every client deserves to feel as if they have our full and undivided attention. That is our goal.” Kelly and Kerry maintain a good inventory of listings year round, but anticipate a surge of activity through spring and summer, the most popular times to sell and purchase properties. “As full service agents, we’ll be with you every step of the way, should it be time for you to make a move. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals.”
KELLY AND KERRY 384 Richmond Road CMYK / .eps
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Whether you’re buying or selling a home or investment property, getting the best advice and assistance is crucial in today’s fast-paced real estate market. In Kitchissippi, the dynamic duo of Kelly Ebbs and Kerry Millican with Royal LePage Team Realty are the neighbourhood experts. Kerry has lived in Kitchissippi for most of her adult life and recently built a home in Hintonburg, while Kelly has called this area home for almost thirty years and is raising her family here. “When people look at homes in Kitchissippi they quickly realize they are buying into a community so it really helps that we know this neighbourhood inside and out,” says Kelly. With nearly 20 years of combined real estate experience, they’ve come to know not only this area, but all of Ottawa, extremely well. These two agents may have an impressive team of women supporting them in their office, but they are personally involved in every listing and with every client. “We are the ones
Kitchissippi’s Dynamic Real Estate Duo: Kelly Ebbs and Kerry Millican
When Claudia Arizmendi first came to Canada from Mexico 25 years ago, she didn’t plan to open a successful retail bakery. However, that changed when Claudia started baking cupcakes more than ten years ago, infusing them with Mexican flavours such as ancho, chipotle, dulce de leche and mango. After graduating from the Baking and Pastry Arts program at Algonquin College, Claudia’s entrepreneurial spirit took over as she launched The Cupcake Lounge in 2011 in the ByWard Market. Two years later, she opened a second, larger shop in Westboro, with an everexpanding menu of treats. “It has been fun to develop new items for people to fall in love with,” says Claudia. “We may have started with cupcakes, but from the beginning the vision was to offer a range of perfect single serving desserts made with premium ingredients. We use dark Belgian chocolate, pure Madagascar bourbon vanilla and almost every type of fruit imaginable.”
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Ottawa’s premier artisanal and local deli Tucked beside the nicely refurbished Winston Square, just off Richmond Road in Westboro, is one of Ottawa’s top culinary destinations. The Piggy Market opened its doors eight years ago and quickly became popular among food aficionados from all across the region, thanks to an amazing selection of house-made and locally sourced products. The shop includes a craft butchery, where meat from trusted suppliers is cut or ground fresh to order. With spring in full swing, there are loads of great options for the barbeque, including marinated whole chickens, Korean- style shortribs, handmade burgers, house-made sausages and more. The wide range of delicious items prepared in-house are another feature that sets the Piggy Market apart. A guaranteed nut-free facility, their bakery turns out fresh baked loaves each day, in addition to cookies, muffins, cinnamon buns and more. These quality baked goods are so exceptional they have become staple items at several local, high-end food shops, cafes and restaurants. To complement the butchery and bakery, the Piggy Market is also known for its many delicious take-home options for lunch and dinner. Its Jamaican patties
“With our commitment to local and seasonal foods, our menus will always reflect the changing seasons and ways that we eat.” are justifiably famous, as are the tacos, sandwiches and salads. Dinners are available in one or two person portions, with a new menu each day; menus also change each week. Co-owner Dave Neil explains that a guiding principle behind the Piggy Market is developing close relationships with area farmers. “With our commitment to local and seasonal foods, our menus will always reflect the changing seasons and ways that we eat,” says Dave. Charcuterie and cheese are two of Dave’s personal passions and they are well represented at The Piggy Market. You’ll find housemade pate, terrine and
rilletes as well as duck confit and roast beef, not to mention a selection of delicious products from some of Ontario’s finest artisanal producers. The same philosophy applies to the cheese cooler, as the Piggy Market deals directly with the best, small-scale cheesemakers in Ontario and Quebec. A rotating stock of over 100 cheeses can be found, including many international award winners. Visit The Piggy Market for loads of delicious inspiration!
The Piggy Market 400 Winston Avenue www.thepiggymarket.com ThePiggyMarket @ThePiggyMarket @ the_piggy_market CMYK / .eps
The Village Quire – so much more than just a card store Sometimes a store is more than a store, and that’s certainly true of Westboro’s Village Quire. As owner Molly van der Schee likes to say, “We’re more than cards and gifts. People come in and feel connected. I think that’s what it means to be part of a community. I am so grateful to have a shop that is part of this neighbourhood.” Of course, the Village Quire also offers outstanding shopping. You’ll find an impressive selection of cards ranging from sweet to irreverent, along with great gifts and a fabulous assortment of party supplies. “One of the most popular lines is by Meri Meri from the UK. There are all kinds of different themes,” notes Molly. “I love to help people coordinate the look for their party and can offer tips and tricks on how to maximize your budget. If I don’t have what you need, I’m happy to direct you to another store.” One of Molly’s strengths as a storeowner, other than her love of laughter and conversation, is a keen eye for unique products you won’t see elsewhere. “A lot of the cards I sell are by independent Canadian creators. As a local business that enjoys great community support, I am glad to support artists in turn.” A recent renovation and repainting has the Village Quire looking bright and fresh for spring. A new feature is a
“I love to help people coordinate the look for their party and can offer tips and tricks on how to maximize your budget.” postcard and letter writing station. Molly has also added a new roster of events. “You can check our online calendar then call to sign up for one or more of our small workshops on such topics as bullet journaling, calligraphy, hand lettering and letter writing.” “What I love most about owning The Village Quire is being part of a community. Westboro has such a great vibe – my family and I have lived here fifteen years and even with all the changes, our neighbourhood continues to be community.
My customers are my neighbours and friends. I love that part. In some ways Westboro reminds me of the small town where I grew up. I hope people will stop
The Village Quire 312 Richmond Rd www.villagequire.ca thevillagequire @thevillagequire @thevillagequire CMYK / .eps
in for our Birthday Party. It’s happening Friday, June 16.”
Building community by making fine art accessible “We offer knowledgeable, in-home and corporate art/ framing consultations.” Patricia Barr
you’ll find a carefully curated selection of jewellery, photography, sculpture, ceramic and glass pieces. “We have a select group of artists working in fine art craft – beautiful, affordable jewellery, handcrafted by local artists,” explains Patricia. Jewellery is highlighted during an annual fundraiser for Candlelighters Childhood Children’s Support Programs. “We are so grateful for terrific neighbours – both clients and businesses alike – and wouldn’t be here without their support!” Exhibitions change every three weeks so it’s worth visiting both locations often.
Wall Space Gallery & Framing Free parking off Danforth Avenue 358 Richmond Road 613-729-0003 505 Industrial Avenue 613-834-0872
This month, Ottawa’s Crystal Beshara will be featured at the Project SPACE, Train Yards location, as part of a fundraiser for the Ottawa Riverkeeper Gala. The Westboro location will host an exciting exhibition by award-winning Ontario artist, Jay Dart.
Visiting WALL SPACE always yields delightful and affordable surprises. “It’s fun to see people discover our gallery and support the work of stellar, award-winning artists,” says Patricia. Open daily, guests of all ages are welcome to immerse themselves in the art.
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Summer Guide June 8 The Essential Kitchissippi
AMAZING THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND KITCHISSIPPI THIS SUMMER
Kitchissippi has transformed into a hotbed for the arts, supported by the visionary work of the gallery owners and associates at Westboro Village’s WALL SPACE GALLERY. WALL SPACE is a significant contributor to its community and Ottawa’s exciting art scene, committed to presenting thought-provoking exhibits, exceptional art, expert frame design and custom framing. “The art scene is hopping in Ottawa especially when it comes to contemporary art expression. Our March ceramic sculpture exhibition highlighted historical Canadian female figures who were nominated to be featured on the ten-dollar bill. This was popular with local schools,” says director Patricia Barr. Known for expert custom framing services, Tom and Edward Barr founded WALL SPACE 25 years ago in Orleans. The family-owned and operated business has moved to a spacious complex in the Train Yards. “We offer knowledgeable, in-home and corporate art/framing consultations. We are often asked to review a client’s collection, suggest additions and install pieces. Clients trust us in handling and framing art whether the project be a coveted child’s drawing, a needlepoint, an inherited print, or work on canvas,” she explains. Along with engaging works on canvas,
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Westboro artist Kristiana Dudley wants to combine art and science to make technical issues more accessible to those inclined to skim over details and dry reading material in favour of action packed graphic novel illustration.
Art, Science, Whimsy and Determination By Tim Thibeault and M.K. Black Local artist Kristiana Dudley has been drawn to both science and art for almost as long as she can remember. As a small child she watched, fascinated as Bill Nye the Science Guy demonstrated the amazing potential of Science, on television. Years later, armed with a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University, and an unrelenting curiosity about nature and the people around her, the Westboro resident is playing with the notion of combining education with entertainment as she sketches out plans for a career that will involve both, and still allow time for personal pursuits. When asked about specific goals in science and how these can meld with art, she mentions a fascination with scientific articles that need visual illustration. Current scientific illustration is a cut-and-dried ‘just the facts’ undertaking that relies on a reader’s pre-determined interest in a particular subject to keep that reader engaged. It’s practical, matter of fact, and very dry. To avoid the distancing effect of a purely dry, facts-only presentation, Kristiana is interested in using the graphic novel format to illustrate scientific articles and concepts. This approach, she hopes, could provide a means of engaging young people and the Original
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encouraging further study while still providing and clarifying the information to be presented. In Kristiana’s words, “Information that should be common knowledge is being skimmed over or skipped altogether. Digital technology and modern techniques can make challenging articles more accessible and therefore more appealing to a modern audience.” With a portfolio packed with scientific illustration, painting, photography, animation and sculpture, Kristiana’s abilities are well documented. Her goal now is to combine these interests without losing track of
the online and local commissions that are allowing her to look further afield in pursuing her interests. Kristiana’s idea of success involves cultivating the ability to choose what projects she will do next, and when. The smaller projects that allow her to pursue higher goals present a constant demand on time and energy. As with many artists at the beginning of their careers, the small details and deadlines grow larger and more demanding the closer they get. Too often, the demands of right now overpower hopes and plans for what could be. Still, an artist must be versatile and determined, today as in the past.
Kristiana Dudley is looking forward eagerly, but keeping an eye on where Continued on page 24
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By Gary Ludington On April 12, 2017 Ottawa City Council approved a recommendation from Planning Committee based on its meeting held March 28th. This approved a Zoning By-law Amendment for 1960 Scott Street (Trailhead) permitting a 22 storey mixed use building. Mayor Watson totally agreed with the decision mainly because this 22 storey building would be across Scott Street from Westboro Station and we should expect such development. Ironically this approval includes 4 levels of underground parking for 245 spaces even though it is across the street from the current Westboro Station and the future LRT station. In citing reasons to permit the 22 storeys for this site the City Planner quoted from sections of the Community Design Plan (CDP), even though when City Council passed the CDP July 9, 2007, we specifically zoned this area for 4 to 6 storeys as we anticipated development in the area because of the location of Westboro Station. We also anticipated development of the airspace over the station as well as the former CBC site. The city having ‘opened the flood gates’ will have no problem approving the
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City Council Opens the Flood Gates 19 storey proposal on the North West corner which should be heard at Planning Committee and rubber stamped shortly. We keep hearing there are problems with the CDP that was approved July 2007 followed by the Secondary Plan the following year. We have asked on different occasions including at the Planning Committee meeting of March 28th that the city fix both. Guess who wrote the CDP and the Secondary Plan that have so many problems? City Planning Staff. Is that the reason they can’t be reopened and fixed? That the monstrosities being approved would not be approved? That what the community worked on and wanted per the CDP (written by staff and approved by Council) would be what was approved and might even be supported by the Ontario Municipal Board? Why can’t staff bite the bullet and fix the problems? Maybe if we as residents inundate Planning Committee and staff on all of these developments, with letters requesting the changes, and attend Planning Committee as a community, change may happen. Gary Ludington
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By WVCA The WVCA, which covers the neighbourhood bordered by Island Park Drive on the west, Scott Street on the north, Holland Avenue on the east and the Queensway on the south, has been exceptionally busy this past year. Our winter membership drive expanded our mailing list to over 1,300 households. Residents on our mailing list are ensured of staying informed with weekly news summaries, important updates, and invitations to participate in polls for significant issues affecting the neighbourhood. Our 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held next week, on Tuesday May 16th from 7-9 p.m. at the Ottawa Bagel Shop and Deli (1321 Wellington Street West). Councillor Jeff Leiper will be present to speak to some of the top issues affecting the community. The possible impacts of the expiring Island Park covenants will also be presented. As well, local historian Dave Allston will show some recently unearthed video footage, providing a special time-travel glimpse from inside the engine of a CPR train travelling on the old tracks alongside Scott Street in the 1960s. The AGM is a great oppor-
tunity to meet your neighbours, learn more about issues in the community, and share your concerns and ideas. We would love to see you there. The WVCA particularly focused on three broad issues throughout the 2016-17 year: parks/greenspace, traffic concerns, and development. These three issues consistently show up as significant concerns of our community residents. There are many other topics WVCA has dealt with this year including street and traffic concerns, green space, Library issues, parking and traffic calming strategies and the GLAD Cleaning the Capital Day on April 29. This is just a sampling of some of the neighbourhood topics we participate in. The input and insight of our residents is more important than ever as the issues become more contentious and the neighbourhood continues to undergo significant change. We encourage everyone in Wellington Village to get involved, or at the very least to visit our website and join our mailing list in order to stay informed and have opportunities to provide input to the shaping of our shared neighbourhood. You can find us at: www.wvca.ca, or on Twitter: @theWVCA
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Wind chimes or construction, noise is noise By Hintonburg Community Association Are you irritated by a neighbour’s wind chimes? Who would have thought this would be an issue for a city-wide Noise By-Law review? This was one of 9 noise issues By-Law Services was directed to review by City Council. They were asked to bring forward any suggestions for solutions to these frequent issues. Three public meetings and an on-line response form provided feedback. The wind chimes issue generated no discussion at the meeting held April 26 at the McNabb Recreation Centre. However, a few of the other issues under review generated a lot of discussion and the meeting which had been scheduled to run from 6:30 to 8:00 pm ran until after 9pm. Noise can destroy quality of life. The approximately 50 people who came out to the meeting that night were very vocal about how noise was affecting their lives. The City says there are about 10,000 service requests for noise annually - an average of just over 25 complaints every day. The scope of the present review was limited to concerns identified by City Council in June 2015. Under review is noise from: Low Frequency Bass and Vibration; Construction Noise; Exemption Process (Construction and Events); Waste Removal/Lifting Equipment; Snow Removal; Car Alarms;
Motorcycles; Wind Chimes; Noise concerns with residents backing onto nonresidential uses. A few of these issues dominated the meeting. Exemption Process (Special Events) – presently the Ward Councillor must approve these exemptions. Staff are recommending that exemptions be automatically granted with a time of 11pm Sunday to Thursday and 1AM Friday & Saturday. The Councillor would retain the ability to place additional restrictions on an event if noise issues emerged. This issue dominated the discussion for the evening. Residents felt that their Ward Councillor was the only one helping them deal with noise from special events and prohibiting later hours – by-passing the Councillor’s approval was not acceptable to those present. Staff also talked about allowing a lower decibel reading 55 dB(A) rather than 65 dB(A) – they provide a demonstration as to what those levels sounded like. Most in the room asked for no more than 55 dB(A) and that all noise should end at 11pm all nights. Those close to special events are most affected and if there are many special events at a particular location those neighbours can be severely affected. Low Frequency Bass and Vibration – the existing noise meters the City uses do not pick up the bass and the vibrations.
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Construction Noise – There has been a lot of construction activity in Kitchissippi and a lot of complaints. Construction on infill developments can only occur from 7 am – 8 pm Monday to Friday and from 9 am-7 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Infill develpments would be on 1 lot or on some property where lots have been consolidated. Municipal projects are exempt and sometimes exemptions are given to other projects. At this time staff are only recommending that the allowed noise level be decreased to be in line with the new Ministry of the Environment regulations – therefore a maximum of 85dB(A) rather than the old maximum of 90dB(A) for a period of no more than 8 hours a day. For more information or to send your comments in http://ottawa.ca/en/noiselaw-no-2004-253/review-city-ottawasnoise-law
‘Emerging artist’ and Hintonburg native, Max K Black, whose exhibition “Levity and Gravity” runs at the GCTC until May 13. Photo courtesy of M. K. Black.
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LEVITY AND GRAVITY We are profoundly shaped by the nurseries that build us. As an emerging visual artist, it is rare that one gets the opportunity to be the subject of an article in the press, much less to have the opportunity to write such an article oneself. However, such is the case today, as I sit by the glow of my computer. It is the gift of the community newspaper - stories that elevate personal moments to centre stage while simultaneously encouraging voices, often ignored, to take the stand. Situated at the Lorraine Fritzi Yale Gallery, on the second floor of the GCTC, my current exhibit of oil paintings “Levity and Gravity” feels well placed in Ottawa’s west end. Having been a resident of Hintonburg since age four, running through my mother’s shirt shop, then later opening the AlphaSoul Cafe at the very same Hintonburg location, it seems appropriate that my first showing should find itself nestled here.
Rather than buy a lot of very expensive noise meters and train By-Law Staff to measure and calculate this noise they are recommending adding wording to the bylaw “any low frequency sound which may be heard or felt in the form of vibrations and which may be considered likely to disturb the inhabitants of the City”. Staff feel this would be adequate to be able to charge without a noise meter reading for this type of noise.
The collection of 10 works, features a mix of standalone paintings as well as corresponding installations (including gilded arrows and a designated texting area) that pull the viewer into the action. In a consistent backdrop of bubblegum pink, paratrooper mice drift through the skies to land on an assault rifle in one piece, while in another painting little girls tend to a tea party as macaroons cascade from above. Dancing in whimsy, and tipping into the unbridled, the works are both joyful and unnerving. In contrast to my previous work, this exhibit dares to find light in the gravity. It is not a world of black and white, but rather a world between, where right and wrong lose meaning. It
is a tumble of opposing ideas, each reaching out to embrace the other. This is an exhibit where the viewer’s emotional involvement as well as physical involvement comes into play. I want to immerse the viewer. Faced with what is in front of you, and around you, how will you react? Essentially, in each piece, I have given you a story. You write the ending. ~ Max K Black “Levity and Gravity” will be on display until May 13 at the Fritzi Gallery. 2nd floor of the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre - 1233 Wellington Street West.
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By Pat O’Brien Fuelled on Cyclelogik’s Little Victories coffee, 76 participants came out Saturday to help clean up Hintonburg and Wellington Village. Family members of all ages from 6 months through their late 80’s swept, raked and picked up more 140 bags of leaves and trash. Post event nourishment was provided by the Hintonburger and gifts for all the kids were provided by the Giant Tiger Express.
“Family members of all ages from 6 months through their late 80’s swept, raked and picked up more 140 bags of leaves and trash.” Kids in particular were enthusiastic participants both in the clean up and in providing coverage of the clean up at Hintonburg Community Centre and Hintonburg Park. Turn the page for a special Kids’ View report on this community-building event.
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When the ‘Pet Shop’ was the Humane Society By Anna Borris Ever since Judy’s cat Frisky presented her family with a litter of kittens, I had wished for a cat of my own. No amount of begging would soften up my mom. She thought that I was too young to have any pet other than a turtle or goldfish. Believe me I had both. My friends and I used to drop in at the Humane Society on Bayview Avenue just north of Scott Street, and longingly check out the dogs, cats and various other rescued animals. Finally, when I reached grade six, Mom agreed to let me have a cat to my great excitement.
“Finally, when I reached grade six, Mom agreed to let me have a cat to my great excitement.”
By far the most unusual pets were owned by Shelley and Eric, two of the teenagers on my street. These two friends went shopping at Miracle Mart on Carling Avenue and discovered that the pet department sold rats. They couldn’t resist, and they each came home with one. Shelley’s rat was ginger and white, and she named it Gemini; Eric’s was black and white, and called Aquarius. They carried their rats everywhere, usually on their shoulders. Shelley discovered quickly that her rat was female after Gemini gave birth to five babies. When my mom heard that she said quickly “Don’t you get any ideas.” But I was very happy with Smokey, who lived for nineteen years.
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“The Humane Society was close by, and stray dogs or cats were usually taken in by one family or another. My friend Mike’s family had two dogs, and his dad used to say “When you need a dog, one just shows up.”
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We walked over to the Humane Society and examined every resident in the cat department. A sleek little grey tabby caught my eye, so I opened her cage and took her out. She snuggled into my arms and right away I knew she was the one for me. I named her Smokey. We took her home and she settled in right away. Soon it was time to have her spayed and I was worried sick about her all day at school. The vet told us to bring her back in a week to have her stitches out. When that time came, my dad was sitting at the dinner table and said “Pass her over here, I’ll take the stitches out myself. Bring me some small scissors and the needle nose pliers.” Horrified, I ran to get the surgical instruments. Dad cradled the cat on her back on his lap and had all the stitches out in a few minutes. I must explain that my dad was a lineman for Ottawa Hydro, not a veterinarian or a tailor. Eventually my mom and dad grew to love Smokey just as much as I did. Purebred dogs were seldom seen in my neighbourhood. The Humane Society was close by, and stray dogs or cats were usually taken in by one family or another. My friend Mike’s family had two dogs, and his dad used to say “When you need a dog, one just shows up.” Some of the neighbours had more exotic pets than the run-of-the-mill dogs and cats. One summer morning I was awakened by an unfamiliar sound coming through my open window. In
our next door neighbour’s yard their little daughter Linda stood guard over a large washtub with six ducklings floating around, quacking loudly. They brought the orphaned ducklings from their cottage, where, apparently the mother duck had met with some misadventure. The ducks would be returned to the lake as soon as they were strong enough and able to fend for themselves. Another family nearby rescued an injured fox kit which stayed with them for some time. To their surprise, the fox got along remarkably well with their elderly beagle, but they eventually returned him to his territory.
MAY 12 TO 14 - INTERFAITH FOOD DRIVE Good Samaritans invite Ottawa residents to join an InterFaith Food Drive to feed the poor in our community and show solidarity with one another. Bring some non-perishable food to your place of worship on Mother’s Day weekend. We are asking each place of worship to announce the food drive several times and deliver the food donations to the Ottawa Mosque parking lot, where volunteers will load it onto Ottawa Food Bank trucks. Places of worship can deliver their food donations to the Ottawa Mosque (251 Northwestern Ave.) on Friday May 12 from 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 13 from noon to 7 p.m.; or Sunday, May 14 from 1 to 7 p.m. MAY 12 - NEPEAN CHOIR Come hear ‘Music of the Americas’ presented by Nepean Choir and guest instrumentalists, ‘Colores Andinos’ 7:30 p.m. Woodroffe United Church (207 Woodroffe Ave.) Tickets: $20. Children under 12: free. Info at nepeanchoir. ca and 613-435-6382. MAY 13 - PARKDALE FOOD CENTRE BOOK SALE We are hosting our first PFC Book Sale at 16 Julian Ave. from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Stock up on some summer reading! All books are $2 and all proceeds go to the Parkdale Food Centre. MAY 13 - IMPROVING INCOME IN RETIREMENT Are you approaching retirement? This presentation is an overview of the income sources available to Canadians during retirement. It will highlight important considerations that affect retirement income. In particular, recent government changes to CPP and Old Age Security and the move toward defined contribution plans by corporations are discussed. Learn how proactive planning can help improve after-tax income. Presented in partnership with Elie Fakhouri, Chartered Financial Analyst. Elie specializes in tax planning and retirement strategy. Please register online. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Saturday May 13 at 2 p.m. For more information, go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. MAY 13 - HIGHLAND PARK LAWN BOWLING CLUB OPEN HOUSE Drop by, have fun, and try lawn bowling at the Highland Park Lawn Bowling Club open house (corner of Golden and Byron). Saturday May 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Rain date: May 14) or May 16 from 7 pm. to 9 p.m. Please wear flat soled shoes for the tryout. For more information go to highlandparklawnbowling.ca. MAY 13 - GARDEN, GOODIES AND GIFT SALE Unitarian GoGos will hold their annual Mother’s Day weekend Garden, Goodies and Gift Sale on Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Church (30 Cleary Ave.). All proceeds to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Contact unitariangogos@ gmail.com for more information.
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MAY 13 - ALL SAINTS’ WESTBORO SPRING FAIR Pick-up locally grown and acclimatized perennials ready for your garden, proceeds to GranAid. Find new treasures at the Flea market, browse for books and shop at the bake table. (Early birds might find a homemade rhubarb pie.) Saturday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at All Saints’ Westboro (347 Richmond Rd.) New this year, discover one of a kind wooden toys and home decorations from Good Day Workshop, a social enterprise operated by Shepherds of Good Hope. Contact the church office for more information at 613-725-9487.
MAY 13 - WOODROFFE UNITED CHURCH, CANADA 150 CONCERT The Ottawa Carleton Choristers present “Canada: Something to Sing About!”, celebrating Canada’s Sesquicentennial. Special guests The Ottawa Police Chorus and MC Adrian Harewood. The program includes some bilingual pieces and traditional songs in French. Woodroffe United Church at 207 Woodroffe Ave. on Saturday, May 13 at 7:30p.m. Dessert reception to follow. MAY 14 - MOTHER’S DAY DANCE Join us at the Westboro Legion for another Westboro Music Appreciation Event – A 50’s/60’s Dance in honor of mothers on Mother’s Day. The dance is being held in the downstairs hall. The doors open at 1:00 p.m. and the dance is from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The bar and Café 480 will be open. Admission is $10 each or $15 per couple in advance or $12 each or $17 per couple at the door. Advance tickets available at the Westboro Legion bar. Please join us for live music performances that include Wilf Arsenault, Brad McCumber, Gil Charron, Louis Lacelle, Darien Hamilton-Thompson, Lorne Daley, Gene Gorgichuk, Ginette Hamilton, Neville Wells, Ron Moors and more. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit rcl480.com or call 613-725-2778. MAY 15 - FRAUD PROTECTION FOR SENIORS Learn the various reasons why seniors are particularly vulnerable to fraud, and how to protect yourself. We will discuss how different types of fraud work, what fraud looks like, how to recognize signs of being victimized, what to do if you’ve fallen victim. Understand from real-life examples what criminals want, how you can be prepared, and what steps to take to be in control. Presented in partnership with CPA Canada. Please register online. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday May 15 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. MAY 15 - ABOVE & BEYOND TOASTMASTERS Toastmasters Guest Night is taking place May 15 in the Bickell room at the Ottawa Civic Hospital on Carling Ave. Special guest, Theresa Dupuis, President, Canadian Council of the Blind, will be in attendance. Join us in an interesting and informative evening. Enjoy the refreshments. For information email email@example.com. MAY 16 - OTTAWA INDEPENDENT WRITERS ANTHOLOGY READINGS EVENING To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Ottawa Independent Writers is publishing it newest anthology. We will be reading a select few stories on May 16, and also announce the shortlist for the Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors. As always, we will gather at the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington St. W.) Our usual meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m., where you get to snack and have coffee over a nice chat with fellow writers. Readings will be enjoyed as of 7 p.m. There is parking at the back as well as good times to be had. We look forward to seeing you in great numbers. For more on the Ottawa Independent Writers, visit ottawaindependentwriters.com. MAY 17 – FRIENDS OF CHURCHILL AGM Churchill Seniors Centre at 345 Richmond Road, at 11:00 am. The AGM business will include a presentation from the Project Co-ordinator and architect on the renovation of the accessibility ramp and parking lot. Light lunch will be served, followed by music and dancing with The Grateful We Are Not Dead band and a plant sale. Lunch is free although donations will be welcome. Please call the Centre, in advance, at 613-798-8927 if you plan on staying for lunch. We want to have enough for everybody, bring some large and small change for the plant sale, and bring your dancing shoes!
MAY 18 - CONTRA DANCE Never heard of contra dance? Think traditional dancing with awesome live music (fiddles+) and a really vibrant happening community! Everyone welcome, no experience necessary, all dances taught, and you can come alone, with friends or family. It’s a great time 1st and 3rd Saturday at the Churchill Recreation Centre. Intro session 7:30 p.m., dance 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. $12. Free for youth 16 and under. For info go to ottawacontra.ca. MAY 19 - SONG CIRCLE Drop-In Folk Song Circle at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.), 6:30 to 8:30 pm. All ages and levels of experience is welcome. We will sing songs from the songbook “Rise up Singing” and include music from the 50s to the 80s, Celtic and other folk music. Cost: $2.75 For more information, please call 613-798-8927. MAY 23 - PLANT SALE AND AUCTION Ottawa Horticultural Society plant sale and auction is an opportunity to choose from a great selection of plants, including some unique ones. 7:30p.m. at Tom Brown Arena (141 Bayview Ave.) MAY 25 - CARLINGWOOD FILM CLUB Watch and discuss a good film in a relaxed, book-clubstyle chat about film and cinematography! For May: A Murder of Crows. This visually stunning HD documentary offers fresh insight into the secret life of crows, using tiny, state-of-the-art radio tracking devices, creative camera techniques and pioneering field research. A Canada 150 Film event, with the May theme of ‘Storytelling Through Cinema.’ Film Club runs from March-May. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Thursday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
Churchill Recreation Centre. Intro session 7:30 p.m., dance 8-11 p.m.. $12. Youth 16 and under is free. Go to ottawacontra.ca for more information. WESTBORO LEGION’S BINGO AND LEAGUES Bingo every Wednesday night at the Westboro Legion. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for Café 480 and games begin at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Join us with your friends, or come and meet new friends. Funds raised are donated back to community organizations. We also have bid euchre, darts, pool and sandbag leagues on a weekly basis. For more information visit rcl480.com or call 613-7252778. WESTBORO LEGION’S SATURDAY POOL Free Pool from noon to closing upstairs at the Westboro Legion. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit rcl480.com or call 613-725-2778. YOUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS For up-to-date news on your neighbourhood, stay in touch with your community association. Information about events, traffic changes, development, neighbourhood clubs, volunteer opportunities and board meetings is available from the following Community Association websites. Champlain Park Community Association champlainpark.org Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association Chnaottawa.ca Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre friendsofchurchill.com Hintonburg Community Association hintonburg.com
MAY 29 - THE QUIET BODY Led by dance instructor Lola Ryan, this session is ideal for people with limited range of motion. The activity emphasizes mobility and relaxation and invites participants to engage their minds as well as their muscles. Sponsored in partnership with MASC. Please register online. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday May 29 at 6 p.m. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
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JUNE 3 - BOOKS, BAKING AND BLOOMS SALE Come for the bargains, stay for the bacon. Woodroffe United Church invites you to its Books, Baking and Blooms Sale on Saturday, June 3 from 9 to noon. Pick up summer reads, something for your sweet tooth and plants for home and garden. Enjoy delicious bacon on a bun while you shop. For more information, call 613-722-9250.
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JUNE 10 - PROSE IN THE PARK LITERARY FESTIVAL The Third Annual Prose in the Park Literary Festival begins at 11 a.m. on June 10 in the Parkdale Park, Ottawa and finishes at 6 p.m. This beautiful outdoor day of readings, panel discussions and book-buying is the high point of Ottawa’s literary calendar. Mayor Jim Watson will open the festival at noon. At 2 p.m., we will announce the winner of the Frank Hegyi Award, Canada’s newest national literary prize. Meet Giller Prize winner Sean Michaels, Stephen Leacock Medal winner Terry Fallis, FranceQuebec Prize winner Catherine Leroux and many more outstanding writers. For details, visit proseinthepark.com. CONTRA DANCE Never heard of contra dance? Think traditional dancing with awesome live music (fiddles+) and a really vibrant happening community! Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary, all dances taught, and you can come alone, with friends or family. 1st and 3rd Saturday at the
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