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fresh bread, meat, and cheese. Dave Neil, owner of the Piggy Market, a popular destination for locals that recently celebrated its 8th anniversary, followed the discussion with interest. “Looking through that Facebook post, three requests were for what we already offer – butchery, cheese, and take home food. It’s what we do,” he says. Without question, businesses don’t survive without customers. But Dave thinks there is a bigger issue reflected in those vacant storefront windows: the cost of rent. “I think there have been a lot of vacancies for the last three years. We’re seeing a lot of the small businesses leaving – and leaving because [business owners] can’t afford the rent,” says Dave. “People want more food options, but when you could be paying $65/square foot between rent and operating costs, it’s difficult to make any money.” To put it in context, “imagine how many loaves of bread you have to sell,” he adds. Continued on page 5
Last month, the Kitchissippi Times did what we often do – we asked for your input on our Facebook page. This time, it was about vacant storefronts in Kitchissippi and what shops and services readers would like to see in those spaces. The post, which featured a photo of the building on the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and Richmond Road – once home to American Apparel, a beauty supply store, and a Royal Bank – kickstarted a flurry of comments and debate. Although there were certainly lots of ideas regarding what could be in Westboro, two issues surfaced: Are we supporting what already is in Westboro Village? And is this place we call home supportive of small business, from costs to clientele? On the Facebook post, there were numerous requests for an independent magazine and bookstore along the lines of the shuttered Britton’s. Some readers would welcome some larger chains such as Tim Horton’s or Old Navy. A fresh seafood shop was also a popular suggestion. Some commenters mentioned they’d like to see shops that sell
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The commercial districts within Kitchissippi have a lot going for them. The Westboro and Wellington West BIAs have done a remarkable job transforming Richmond-Wellington into an exciting, vibrant commercial strip, where the bulk of our shopping can be done locally, at both eclectic and practical shops alike. Just ask the New York Times, who recently profiled Wellington West as Ottawa’s “it” neighbourhood. But for all Kitchissippi has going for it, there is one type of business that was a pivotal element of community life for nearly 100 years but is now sadly missing from the streetscape: the local movie theatre.
Kitchissippi has been home to a series of different theatres, seeing the community through the eras of nickelodeons, silent films, Hollywood’s golden age, and finally, the discount movie house. The story of ‘moving pictures’ in Kitchissippi began on Holland Avenue, on former farmland well before there were houses anywhere around. The Ottawa Electric Railway Company opened The West End Park – located between Harmer and Holland, just north of Ruskin – in July 1896. It attracted its first visitors with demonstrations of Thomas Edison’s “greatest marvel,” the Vitascope; a large projector that uses light to cast images on to a
screen. Just weeks shy of actually being Canada’s first public exhibition of moving pictures, the presentations drew thousands of people to the amusement park. The novelty factor of moving pictures remained high, not only in Ottawa but throughout North America, where an outing to the nickelodeon became one of the most popular things to do during the first decade of the 1900s. These theatres would show a series of short films for the price of a nickel. The first opened in Pittsburgh in 1905, Ottawa had its first a year later, and within just a few years there were thousands across North America. In Hintonburg, the town hall on Parkdale would occasionally feature a spectacle of moving picture films, a special treat for residents. Even by 1910, it was estimated that less than 1% of people in the world were ever able to leave the country in which they were born. Photographs, even then still a novelty, were the only means of providing a view of the outside world. The arrival of moving pictures brought to life scenes from faraway places, reproduced
with lifelike accuracy and fidelity. The event of observing one for the first time must truly have been awesome. On February 21, 1910, the first dedicated cinema opened in Hintonburg. As any long-time resident will tell you, the former Stirling Tavern has its share of stories to tell. Though now a unique converted apartment house, part of this building started life as a silent movie theatre! Proprietor Ernest Elphick fitted up the “West End Theatre” and it was an impressive sight, both inside and out. Edison’s newest projector played the films with pianist accompaniment, and Ernest himself sang during the show. In 1914, two more theatres opened nearby in Hintonburg. The 300seat Cinema Theatre opened in September across from St. Francois D’Assise Church. It was a large brick building that reached almost all the way back to Armstrong Street. Two months later, the Strand opened at the corner of Wellington and Garland where the LCBO stands today. It had an impressive seating capacity of 600, and at its opening,
nights. This is where the career of singing sensation Paul Anka was launched! The Elmdale fought the good fight, but in August of 1994 showed its final film, falling victim to the new age of multiplexes. The Westgate Cinemas Let us treat you to lunch. also deserve mention; Call 613-728-9274 or book a visit operating from 1980 online at amica.ca/westboropark until 2000 on the second floor of Westgate Shopping Centre. When the three-screen theatre, with its $2 admission finally closed in July a t We s t b o r o P a r k 2000, it was truly the end of the movie house era for the neighbourhood. Despite the emergence 9098AMI_WB KitchTimes_3X3_BARB.indd 1 2017-03-31 of new media, movie cinemas remain popular, pub: Kitchissipi Times community: Westboro park (AW) insertion: April 13, 27, May 11,25 though theatres must focus on the experience, riddochcommunications #545 67 mowat ave toronto 416.515.7562 rather than rely on the FILE NAME 9098AMI_WB KitchTimes_3X3_BARB STOCK/SUBSTRATE n/a QUANTITY n/a films themselves. PerhapsSIZE 3.1464 X 3.0069 someday, a 21st century Ernest Elphick will take a bold chance and bring back a theatre to Kitchissippi. Real estate would be expensive, but there are some options (such as the neglected Sisters of the Visitation 17 games and cash prizes monastery on Richmond $500 Jackpot Road just west of Island Park). I will be first in (We start at 52 balls) line if we ever are so foror $200 Consolation Prize tunate. 1 ball will be added each week until For more photos, see the web version of this the Jackpot is won article at kitchissippi. com. Have fun & help your community! Dave Allston is a local Last year we donated $21,550 to historian and the author of a blog called The 35 local organizations Kitchissippi Museum (kitchissippimuseum. Doors open 4:00 | Kitchen opens 5:00 blogspot.ca). His family Games begin 6:30 has lived in Kitchissippi for six generations. Do you have early memories of the Kitchissippi movie Westboro Legion, theatres? We’d love to hear them! Send your 389 Richmond Rd. email to stories@ kitchissippi.com.
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Zumar brothers, long involved in Ottawa theatres, dreamt of constructing a modern theatre of their own. WWII put a hold on their plans when three of the brothers went overseas (sadly only two returned). In 1946, they purchased a lot at the corner of Wellington and Hamilton and built the 882-seat Elmdale, which had a gala opening in September 1947. The Zumars sold it less than two years later but the Elmdale emerged as the neighbourhood survivor. The theatre was regularly updated in keeping with the times and found success in running weekly stage shows and talent
Thyme and Again. It operated until 1958, later under the names Century Theatre (1948) and Towne Cinema (1954). It was later converted to a car dealership, torn down in the mid-70s and replaced by the apartment building that remains in this spot today. The Westboro Theatre opened in July 1941 to meet the entertainment demands of the rapidly growing population along the Britannia streetcar line. Development in the area was exploding, and the television was still years away. The time was right for John Hausler to open the Westboro, which operated as a second-run movie house, using many gimmicks to lure crowds such as giveaways and “Foto-Nites.” For an appreciative group of local teens, the theatre was a staple of life. The Westboro expanded in 1944 but it was no match for the television boom of the 1950s and closed in July 1955. Ironically, it was converted to a school for television and electronics courses. Today, the building is home to Ottawa-Carleton Mortgage Inc. Perhaps a more recognizable name is the Elmdale Theatre. The five
boasted of being the second theatre in Ottawa to utilize a “ticket seller,” a “clever machine [whose] purpose is to print plainly the date and price on every ticket.” The area population couldn’t realistically sustain three theatres, so it was just a matter of time before they started closing their doors. The Stirling was closed by 1915 (it became an auto garage) and The Strand closed in 1919, leaving the Cinema Theatre as Hintonburg’s long-time theatre. It would change names to the Veteran (1920), Columbia (1923), and the Nola (1938), and stayed open until 1948. Not everyone approved of going to the movies. The Fathers of St-Francois Church would stand outside on Saturday afternoons, taking note of any young members of the parish going in and out; misdemeanors which would be addressed on Sunday morning. The theatre was eventually repurposed as the Roll-O-Bowl and later as an IGA. It was destroyed in a terrific fire in March 1971. Further up Wellington, the Victoria Theatre opened in December 1934 to serve the growing Wellington Village community. The 800-seat theatre featured seats made by Dunlop Tire “which mould themselves to your figure” and “never heats, as each unit is self-ventilated.” This theatre was located next door to what is now
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The Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) will resurrect Johann Sebastian Bach for a “great music marathon” of the baroque composer’s works, April 22 at the Woodroffe United Church. Knox United Church music director and RCCO member Alison Kranias explains performers range from neophyte to veteran and the programming of the event will “mix things up” with compositions played on the organ, piano, and violin in addition to choral performances of arias. “One of my students just started this year, his song is going to be 20 seconds,” previews Alison. “We have people performing who have worked their whole lives as church organists.”
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In addition to playing the organ, Alison teaches piano and is a skilled harpsichordist. The harpsichord is her first love, but Alison says the organ offers such a diverse range of sounds that she loves playing the organ almost “as much as [she] love[s] playing the harpsichord.” Alison also works on concert programs and proofreads for the National Arts Centre. Bach’s music is “intellectually stimulating” due to his use of counterpoints, interplays, and melody, says Alison. “I just love the rhythms in it. Like much of the music at the time, it’s informed by a lot of dance rhythms,” observes Alison, adding that choosing a favourite piece by Bach is challenging, however, his fugues compositions are the “most exciting thing to play.” RCCO member Don Marjerrisson, 70, first keyed an organ as a teenager in Apple Hill, outside of Ottawa. Don will play St. Anne’s fugue; a piece he’s enjoyed playing for many years. The RCCO is a collec-
tive of professional musicians headquartered in Toronto with centres across the country, Don explains. The group supports “the aims of the college to enhance or to give exposure to the organ where they can.” The RCCO stages the Pro Organo series of recitals and organizes organ crawls throughout the year.
“I just love the rhythms in it. Like much of the music at the time, it’s informed by a lot of dance rhythms.” Past organ crawls include excursions to Montreal, Perth and Rochester and Potsdam, both in New York state. The group seeks out unique and rare organs. “People who can play will try it out. We may do three or four organs a day. Usually they are pipe
organs or organs that we would not usually get a chance to hear because they are always busy. It’s an opportunity to go to that church and get a chance to hear the organ and play it,” Don explains. For ten-year-old Elmdale Public School student Aaron Siitam, the Bach selection he will perform at the marathon is a departure from the pop and EDM music he enjoys. Playing piano for two years, Aaron says he admires the instrument as “it lets you be really super creative.” “Bach’s music is very complex compared to other music,” says Aaron, “and I like it like that.” Alison reminds music lovers to consult the program for the full list of performers. The event runs from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and offers the freedom to come when you can and leave when you must. “Most students and organists study Bach at some point,” says Don. “Most of us study Bach all our lives and find something new in it, something fresh.”
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here may be one in your home – a special item, lovingly handcrafted by your grandmother or grandfather. Perhaps it’s a sturdy wooden bowl shaped on a lathe, a handsewn blanket for the baby, or a walking stick carved to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. In an era of mass production, handcrafted items from the past are cherished by their owners. Most of us wish we had more time to learn handicraft skills, but our non-stop digital lives leave little space for creativity. It may be the desire to preserve traditional skills that has led to a growing do-it-yourself (DIY) movement. “Our world is connected more than ever through computers, but we’re losing ways to connect to our past,” says Katrina Barclay, owner of the Hintonburg shop, Malenka Originals. Malenka teaches their customers traditional techniques for painting and refinishing furniture. While learning her trade, Katrina took time to reflect on the life of her grandfather, who was an antique
restorer and master French polisher. “When I work on furniture, I feel very connected to my past, and it makes me feel satisfied to know that I’m carrying on a family tradition,” says Katrina. Local businesses such as Malenka are not only teaching traditional handicraft skills, but they are also helping to reduce waste. “Because goods are so easily made and readily available, many people live with the philosophy to just buy cheaply - then get a new one in a few years if [the product] breaks,” says Katrina. Mass consumption and cheap goods means that items are made to break, ensuring that consumers come back again and again. Although many people balk at the price tag on handmade goods and DIY supplies, the financial and environmental costs of disposable items are much greater. Blogger and business owner Gemma Bonham-Carter knows a thing or two about the value of DIY. While searching for a home in Kitchissippi, Gemma knew that their limited budget meant purchasing a fixer upper. “We bought a sweet and tiny bungalow, where we got to practice our own renovation and fixing skills,” says Gemma.
When home renovation projects slowed down, Gemma launched the DIY Style Company, which hosts monthly crafting workshops. “After having kids, my equally crafty girlfriend and I realized that there were a lot of other mamas out there who loved being creative, but lacked the time and energy required to [organize] a DIY project,” says Gemma. Similar organizations have popped up in recent years, meeting the demand for DIY or traditional skill workshops. The Westboro Brainery, in collaboration with Dovercourt, offers affordable and fun classes for adults who hope to learn a new skill. Past classes have included chocolatemaking, foraging fundamentals, and Japanese bookbinding. “I think there’s a growing awareness of the importance of stepping back from our hyper-digital age and remembering the value of quieter, and more thoughtful, creative pursuits,” says Sarah Banks, coordinator of the Westboro Brainery. From a mental health perspective, Sarah sees the important benefits for adults who work with their hands. Slowing down allows people to develop patience and cultivate mindfulness, which can reduce stress. Learning a traditional skill can also
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he first tiny homes are being built in Ottawa neighbourhoods, and Kitchissippi area residents may soon see these mini properties grow in numbers. Coach houses, secondary dwellings, tiny homes – whatever you want to call them, they’re the next big thing in real estate trends. In October 2016, the City of Ottawa amended zoning by-laws to allow residents to construct secondary dwellings separate from the existing home. This allows for stand-alone units to be built in some backyards and laneways, increasing urban density and creating potential rental properties. “Secondary dwelling units are of interest to a substantial chunk of our urban first-time buyers,” says Kerry Millican, Sales Representative with Royal Lepage Team Realty. “With an aging population, we find quite a few buyers looking for their forever home and factoring in [parents] potentially living with them at some point in time.” Characterized by deep lots and serviced with back lanes, many Kitchissippi area homes are perfect for coach houses. First-time buyers see the appeal of being able to pay down a mortgage with the help of a rental property, especially when privacy can be maintained. Creating a “grandparent pod” or rental property is not the only reason homeowners are building accessory structures on their property. Wellington West residents Pierre Flez and Lindsay McGraw Flez were motivated by the issue of space – or lack thereof – in their 100-year-old home. Limited to a crawl space in the basement, Pierre knew he needed to get creative if he wanted to build a substantial workshop for his custom furniture and home renovation projects. Pierre designed and built a 400 sq. ft. structure in their backyard, where he can store his tools and do his woodworking. Spanning a good chunk of the yard, it still allows for a beautiful deck and grassy area. “The workshop is insulated and has been built with heated floors, so we can work in here at any time of the year,” says Pierre. A small room off to the right of the structure is Lindsay’s dedicated creative space, where she paints, sews, and knits. Prior to the zoning change, accessory buildings were allowed in certain areas if they were not being used as residential dwellings. Some residents have converted old sheds into art studios, offices, and even recording studios. Ottawa resident and singer-songwriter Jeremy Fisher,
Wellington West residents Pierre Flez and Lindsay McGraw Flez needed a workshop that was separate from their home so they designed and built their own. Photos by Ellen Bond built a tiny studio in his backyard. “My partner and I had a daughter last year, and it seemed like a good time to get my stuff out of the house and into a space that was dedicated to my work,” says Jeremy. Just twenty feet away from his home, Jeremy’s studio provides the privacy and creative freedom to do things he couldn’t do in a basement or attic. Both Pierre and Jeremy did most of the initial legwork for their projects. Online design tools such as SketchUp allow residents to design their structure without hiring an architect. A builder
can be brought on board to do the city’s application process, but many individuals choose to complete the paperwork themselves. Pierre suggests starting the design and application process well in advance of the construction date. “It can be a frustrating process, and can take a long time,” says Pierre. Pierre made many visits to the building services desk at Ottawa City Hall, where staff answered his questions and provided guidance. City officials also do an inspection of the site before the building process can move forward.
3 Tips to Making Your Dream Home More Affordable by John King, Broker of Record with Engel & Völkers Ottawa Buying a home is one of the most significant financial commitments someone makes in their lifetime. With that in mind, why not try to use your investment to generate additional income and subsidize your mortgage? I have worked with clients who have used the following techniques to buy into their ideal neighbourhood or increase their equity. Prospective home buyers have a few options they can consider to make money from their property. Look for Secondary Income Suites A secondary income suite is a private, self-contained unit within an existing home that can be rented out to supplement your income. While some homes can be purchased with an existing secondary suite, others may simply need some alterations to create one. The CMHC estimates that having an income suite makes homeownership 22.5% more affordable by offsetting carrying costs. A professional Realtor can set up your home search to focus on homes with existing secondary suites, allowing you to purchase in your preferred area even if prices seem too steep.
Tiny homes can be pricier than accessory buildings. An average estimate for a 500 square foot coach house can run about $150,000, and residents need to factor in a property tax increase. There are also limits to where coach houses can be built. Residents must have a larger lot, as coach houses can only take up 40% of the existing size of the backyard and can’t be higher than one storey. With a lot of planning and a little ingenuity, tiny houses or workshops can be a wonderful addition to an urban property. There’s comfort in living and working in a small space, especially one that’s been custom designed to fit your needs. It would seem that tiny homes are a small price to pay for big comfort.
Purchase an Investment Property If you are a current homeowner who has built up strong equity, you could consider purchasing an investment property. Positive cash flow from a rental property can help contribute toward your mortgage and carrying costs for your principal residence. While becoming a landlord is a scary concept to some, now is an excellent time to place your equity in this type of investment, as Ottawa home values continue to rise—particularly in core areas that are highly rentable—and interest rates remain historically low. A professional Realtor can pinpoint the factors that make a property a solid investment and guide you through the process of buying one that will work for you. Engel & Völkers Ottawa Central, Brokerage. Independently owned & operated. +1 613-422-8688 email@example.com ottawacentral.evcanada.com 113-1433 Wellington Street West, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2X4
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A is for Author and Artist Miriam Bloom, Kitchissippi Author and Designer by Barbara Clubb Miriam Bloom is a model for active retirement. Last year, at 70, this longtime Kitchissippi resident, book designer, artist and now author, had her first painting exhibition. Now, after a career designing other people’s books and reports, she has produced her own book in collaboration with her friend and colleague, the late Julie Mason. “An ABC of Ottawa” was launched earlier this month at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s on Richmond Road. It is the first ever alphabet book for kids to celebrate our beautiful city. In 2009, Miriam and Julie decided to feature the capital in an imaginative learn-to-read ABC book filled with fun and whimsy. As the designer, Miriam wanted to put polka-dots on the snowscapes and stripes on the chip wagon. As the photographer and writer, Julie knew that cityscapes could inspire a children‘s alphabet book. “It’s fun for young readers to open a colourful book and recognize places where they live and play,” says Miriam. Sadly, in 2010 Julie died of cancer and the project went on hold. “But I couldn’t let it go,” said Miriam. Julie’s husband, Don McGregor, felt the same way and now the project is finished. “Don and I both think that Julie would be delighted with the outcome,” adds Miriam. Miriam grew up in a home where reading was an important part of life. She and her two brothers were surrounded by books, atlases, and encyclopedias. When the siblings grew older their mother the Original
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worked as a library assistant, resulting in even more books in the home. After finishing her B.A. at McGill, Miriam knew she wanted to work in commercial design and illustration. She studied at l’École des beaux arts in Montreal but soon moved to Toronto in what was a boom time for Canadian publishing, with many new publishers in need of layout and design specialists. Being a designer means lots of innovation and training when methods and technologies change. This is how she ended up back in Montreal. The Montreal Star moved from hot metal to cold type and needed an experienced designer. Miriam designed the paper’s eye-catching, weekly Entertainment section. She next moved across the Atlantic to attend the Brighton College of Art. There, she worked in lithography, hand
typesetting, and bookbinding. A project that Miriam is especially proud of is Read Up on It, an annual Library and Archives of Canada publication that promoted Canadian literature and reading for children. She says that by far, her most complex project was the 5-volume, 4,000-page, Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples which included special publications in English, French, Cree, and Inuktitut. Miriam first met and worked with Julie Mason in Toronto. A few years later they found themselves with their young families in Ottawa where they resumed working together. Miriam still lives in Kitchissippi where she raised their two children with her husband, Victor Rabinovitch. She has a busy list of regular activities which includes cross-country skiing (she
and Victor take part in the Gatineau Loppet each year), and 5 km. competitive runs. With grandchildren in Brooklyn and Shanghai, Miriam adds travel to her busy list as well. Continued on page 22
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and work toward sustainability. His salt-free trail respects an environmentally-sensitive shoreline. Since 1987, John has been donning hip-waders or steel-toed rubber boots, unifying the energy of his entire diminutive body to exert force on the physics and dynamics of river rocks to lift and balance them on top of each other. The trained physicist, artist, former nurse and practicing Taoist is a terrible swimmer who’s nearly drowned. But his complete trust in nature allows him to follow its path and create art out of the environment. He’s gone through lots of gloves but you’d never know it from examining “his tools,” the mangled, lopped-off fingers of a hand dedicated to craft. Both men acknowledge the public’s support, the NCC and that of Newswest.
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Both developed projects that align with the National Capital Commission’s Riverfront Park Concept Plan, intended to enhance the natural asset of riverfront lands by offering recreation activities that bind people to the spirit of the Ottawa River and make it an attractive destination. Their projects have the backing of NCC President Dr. Mark Kristmanson. “Mark is the visionary,” insist Dave and John. “We’re the facilitators.” Committed ones at that. Dave put 2,500 km on his snowmobile in 120 days, delivering his service day and night, monitoring the weather to groom fresh snow ahead of the cold. He crowdsourced $27,000 since October 2016 but needs more so he can purchase equipment, bring the project back next year
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By Allyson Domanski Rare is the passionate dedication to craft found in locals Dave Adams and John Felice Ceprano. One look at John’s hands and one minute with Dave’s enthusiasm and you’ll get what I mean. Animators of snow and ice, of rock and water, these men transform the Ottawa River north of Tunney’s Pasture into something more vibrant than ever before. The people of Ottawa can now experience the river’s beauty and its glory in all four seasons. In the warm months, John uses art to bring people back to nature. In the cold months, Dave uses recreation to bring people to the river. Both animate the formerly ignored, under-appreciated riverscape, bringing it back to the fore and into our lives. To Dave Adams, the s n o w mobile- dr iving snow-groomer behind the creation of theSir John A. Macdonald Winter Trail (SJAM), it’s all about accessibility. In winters past, the vast spaces between the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and the Ottawa River were inaccessible. “By smoothing the snowy surface and evening it out, it’s become more appealing to users,” says Dave, a keener by any standard. “Now everybody, from new Canadians to seniors, can get out there and enjoy this immense resource.” To John Felice Ceprano, the rock-sculpture artist celebrating thirty years of turning Remic Rapids rocks into fantastic work of art, “Bringing people closer to the river that runs through town makes Ottawa so much more beautiful.” “It’s the people’s trail,” beams Dave, who turns 50 this year. “It’s the people’s river,” smiles John, who turns 70 this year. They’re their own Mutual Admiration Society, with good reason, too.
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Save the date - May 4th by Lorne Cutler Since our last AGM, Hampton Iona Community Group (HICG) has been very active throughout the neighbourhood and working with the Federation of Citizens’ Associations (FCA) to address common community issues. As always, we are pleased to be able to operate our community rink in Iona Park and hold our annual winter carnival. This year also saw our park getting a new (used) trailer. While not apparent in the winter, a group of neighbours also started to plant flowers around the new trailer and we hope to enhance this new garden in 2017. In Fall 2015, one of our
best attended all-candidates debates for the federal election was organized by a team led by Judith Shane and moderated by Amanda Pfeiffer of CBC. I would like to thank our dedicated board members who have served our community well over the past 18 months: Marg Hillier, Jen Stelzer, Dan Pascoli, Ken Hoffman, Grant McSheffrey, Judith Shane, Mira Svoboda, Joey Drouin and Ian Thomson. We wish to especially acknowledge Jen, Dan and Marg who are stepping down after several years of service to our community. With several members stepping down, we need more people to take their places.
Without new volunteers, our ability to address issues will be limited. On Thursday May 4th at 7:00 pm we will be holding our Annual General Meeting in the Community Kitchen (2nd floor) at the Loblaws Superstore on Richmond Road. I urge you to attend. We are looking for new volunteers to join our board. We are always looking for new ways to engage with the community, from developing community gardens and making improvements to Iona Park, to outreach with our new neighbours in the condos along Richmond Road. We can only do these things if we have a strong core of engaged volunteers both on our executive
and our committees. Our keynote speaker will be our very own Grant McSheffrey, who recently appeared on the game show Jeopardy over four nights. Grant will share his experiences in getting on the show and what it was like to be a winning game show participant. If you are interested in running for an executive position (President, Vice-President, Treasurer or Secretary) we ask that you submit your name to Marg Hillier (mhillier144@ gmail.com) by April 21st 5 p.m. Non-executive board members can sign up the night of the AGM. For general inquiries about the AGM, please visit HamptonIona.ca.
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interest in skydiving and over the next few years jumped thirty-nine times. As a fund raiser for Canada’s National Skydiving Team, he wrote the satirical “Canadian Skydiver’s Colouring Book” and in the mid 1970s served as illustrator, and later editor, of Canadian Parachutist Magazine. It was through skydiving that Tim made two new friends, Kay Walker and Marguerite Finn, who later became his partners in Hintonburg’s first pottery shop. The three opened Crossroads Canadian Fine Crafts at Wellington and Holland in March 1973. Over the years their business was very successful and their pieces were shipped worldwide to every continent except Antarctica. In 1987 Tim began teaching continuing education pottery classes at Ottawa Technical High School. Currently he runs “Kids Create,” a Saturday morning kids’ art experience at the Hintonburg Community Centre where registration for every session fills up like magic. He teaches art and pottery at the two Nepean Arts Centres, as well as running a digital camera workshop at HCC. During the summer, Tim runs art camps delighting kids with his childlike sense of fun and amazement. He has done work for the Ottawa Archives, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and does picture framing at a professional level. An admirer of the work of Vincent Van Gogh, in 1990 he flew to Europe for the Amsterdam exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of Van Gogh’s death. He landed in Brussels and hitchhiked to Paris to arrive “overland” as Van Gogh had. His planned four days in
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Artist, potter and word-wrangler by Anna Borris Tim Thibeault, with his Nikon camera and jaunty beret, is a familiar and much loved figure in Hintonburg. The archives of Newswest are full of his photos documenting our various festivals, new businesses, fundraisers, road construction and much of the local action. Since the spring of 2014, he has been Newswest’s editor, fielding inquiries, encouraging contributors and helping shape the various contributions into an informative, entertaining and easy-reading community record. Tim is a maritimer, born in Windsor Nova Scotia. While he was a still a child, his family moved west and for a time, lived in a rural Aylmer, Quebec. Country living instilled in Tim an enduring love of nature and astronomy. Tim and his three brothers and two sisters had a wild and lovely time in the country, riding horses, and running through woods and fields. The fragrance of his mom’s cinnamon rolls wafting down the long lane as he ran home from school is a happy memory and he has since become an expert cinnamon roll baker. As a youngster, he also started hitchhiking to school, trying to beat the school bus home. He has since hitchhiked across Canada three times and through western Europe once. In the mid 1960s Tim’s family moved “into town,” to Ottawa’s west end where he attended Champlain High School. An encouraging French teacher inspired his passionate interest in language and culture. He is now the only member of his Acadian family who is fluently bilingual. After high school, Tim developed an
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Youth and Jobs by Catherine McKenna, M.P., Ottawa Centre Despite a cold and long winter, I think spring is finally here in Ottawa Centre. With summer vacation just around the corner, many students are wondering where they’re going to work for the summer. During the campaign, I heard over and over again how hard it is for young people to find employment and to develop the skills for the jobs they want. The Canadian Teacher’s Federation reported in 2014 that more than a quarter of youth are underemployed, meaning they have degrees from accredited universities but are working in jobs such as customer service. The latest numbers from Statistics Canada show the unemployment rate for youth ages 15-24 as almost twice that of the general population.
Changing these statistics has been a top priority for me since taking office. Our government knows young Canadians need access to meaningful work at
I heard over and over again how hard it is for young people to find employment the beginning of their careers and the Canada Summer Jobs Program helps to provide them a first-hand glimpse at a dynamic and promising career path. This program allows small busi-
nesses or not-for-profits to hire young talent and receive a wage subsidy. If you are a student looking for a summer job, I encourage you to look into Canada Summer Jobs Program information at www. youth.gc.ca. I have been hard at work with my two youth councils to change youth unemployment rates in Ottawa Centre. This past November, I formed the Ottawa Centre Youth Jobs Council and the Constituency Youth Council to stay connected with young people in the riding. The Jobs Council, made of representatives from the business, labour, and education community, is focused in creating an action plan for youth job creation. They are working to foster youth entrepreneurship and encourage employers to hire students and recent graduates.
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action of hitting a button can be properly thought through, the deed is done and a life can be ruined. Access to the Internet is both wonderful and dangerous. Going online for work or recreation, sending emails or texting, is now second nature to the vast majority of us. Using social media sites is the norm. The youngest generation has been born into an Internet world and, unlike with the automobile, there is no licensing restriction for its use. Anyone, any age, can access the Internet. The responsibility of parents to teach their children proper Internet use and to monitor their online activity is crucial. If you are a parent with questions or concerns about your child’s vulner-
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by Cst. Dawn Neilly The twentieth and twenty-first centuries have seen a lot of technological innovation. Transportation has been a main area of development since early in the twentieth century, but these days the emphasis seems to be more and more on communication. We have entered the wired world in a big way. The Internet has opened up new worlds and, in so many ways, can help us live better and more interesting lives. But, like any other tool, the Internet can be used for good or for ill. You might decide to misuse a hoe by hitting someone over the head with it, and you’ve affected one person, but the misuse of the Internet is far worse in that its reach is global. And it’s fast. Before the
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the very “affordable” jewellery counter where a new selection of earrings had just been put on display. Sadly, most of these were for pierced ears and Karen was the only one who could wear them. She chose two pairs of gold-coloured hoop earrings. Judy and I looked at each other, and bright idea dawned in two minds at once. “Karen knows how to pierce ears. Karen, why don’t you do ours for us?” I asked excitedly. “What would your mom say?” Karen worried. “She’ll probably kill me, but she doesn’t have to know until it’s done” I said. Judy added “My mom won’t mind, we talked about it before.”
(Judy was the spoiled brat of our group.) So Judy and I bought a pair of hoops each, and headed back to my house where Karen could perform the surgery. All we needed were ice cubes to “freeze” our earlobes, and a needle. Simple. Before she got started, my mom invited them both to stay for dinner, so we all sat down to eat. Afterwards, we furtively removed an ice cube tray from the freezer and hurried into my room. Luckily, I had a sewing needle handy and the operation began, Judy heroically electing to go first. Karen held an ice cube on both sides of Judy’s earlobe until she
Hockey Dynasty in Ottawa West Kitchissippi team rules the roost by Allyson Domanski An undisputed Hockey Dynasty has emerged in Ottawa. The Ottawa West Golden Knights Major Midget B Hockey Team has won the 2017 League Championship for the 8th straight year! The Knights’ Year 2000-cohort has won every year since Minor Atom (age 9). The boys on the team are now between 16 and 18 years old and are coached by Rob Vandenberg, John Gilhooly, Mike Walsh, Felix DeBie and Jonathan Black. Most of the team are residents of Kitchissippi. The Stittsville Rams made for awesome competition. The Knights won the first game and the Rams tied the next three, giving the Knights the needed 5 Points to win the series in 5 games, with the Knights reigning victorious for 8 consecutive years. Way to go Knights!
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Recently, Miriam took up pastel painting and had her first ever exhibition in Ottawa last year. Her work will also be included in an exhibition in Montreal later this year. Julie Mason spent nearly 50 years as a newspaper columnist (including the Ottawa Citizen), fiction writer, book reviewer, photographer, political strategist, and ad-
vertising director. She organized fund raising campaigns for orphaned children abroad and also taught English to new Canadians. Julie was a fierce advocate for the rights of women and children and was unwavering in her defense of Canada’s health care system. She certainly would be proud of An ABC of Ottawa as a lasting legacy to her city and
squawked that her ear was freezing. “That’s the whole idea, stupid” coldhearted Karen replied. “Rubber Soul” was playing on my stereo, and we turned up the volume a little. The ice cubes were removed and the needle approached. Judy scrunched her eyes shut and let out a muffled yell as Karen pushed the needle through. “I can hear crackling!” “That’s just the cartilage. Relax and stay still” Karen ordered. Soon the deed was done and in spite of Judy’s nonstop moans and groans, the earring was painfully wriggled into place. With the second earring in place, Judy went home to recuperate, which didn’t make me feel any better. When the first needle had been pushed through my crackling ear, suddenly my mom called us to do the dishes. Luckily, my hair hid the needle still stuck through my ear and Mom didn’t notice a thing. Finally with both earrings in, I tucked my hair behind my ears and bravely went into the kitchen to face the music. “I knew it!” Mom exclaimed to my astonishment. “When I saw Karen taking the ice cubes in your room, I knew what was going on. Tomorrow we can go downtown to Sparks Street and get a better pair of earrings at the Green Dragon.” I let out a huge sigh of surprise and relief and looked forward to yet another shopping trip for jewellery. her family, especially her two granddaughters Scarlet and Cleo. An ABC of Ottawa was conceived, designed, written and printed in Ottawa. It is available at all Mrs Tiggy Winkle Toy Stores and Books on Beechwood, Octopus Books, Perfect Books, Fab Baby Gear and online at miriambloomart.ca. A French version is under development.
APRIL 14 - EASTER SERVICES St. Martin’s Anglican Church, 2120 Prince Charles Rd. Good Friday, 1:30 p.m.; Holy Saturday, 7 p.m.; Easter Sunday, April 15, 8:30 a.m. spoken Eucharist, and 10 a.m. choral Eucharist. Celebrate with us! APRIL 19 - COMPASSIONATE CARE INFORMATION SESSION Nancy Roberts with Hospice Care Ottawa will be talking about the compassionate care provided from the time of diagnosis through palliative care and the end-of-life journey, including grief support. Come by on Wednesday April 19 from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.). Admission is free. For more information, call 613-798-8927. APRIL 20 - BUILD BETTER BONES! Attend this session to discover: myths about bone health; risk factors for breaking a bone; where to find reliable information on the prevention and management of osteoporosis; how to build strong bones for life; tips for caring for someone with osteoporosis, including how to prevent falls. Presented by Christine Thomas, Board of Directors, Osteoporosis Canada. Please pre-register online. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Thursday April 20 at 7 p.m. For more information, go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. APRIL 20 - MONICA BOBBIT SPEAKS – “AFTER THE DOORBELL RINGS” The Westboro Legion and the Military Family Resource Centre of the National Capital Region are hosting speaker and blogger Monica Bobbit for an evening of truthful sharing about resiliency: ”After the Doorbell Rings.” Monica writes about life after the death of her husband Lt Col Dan Bobbitt in her blog “A Goat Rodeo” and is the owner of Primitive Expressions. She and her three children reside in the picturesque Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. Please join us on the second floor of the Westboro Legion between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. and meet Monica. All are welcome. For more information visit rcl480.com. APRIL 21 - DROP IN FOLK SONG CIRCLE Come by for Drop-in Folk Song Circle at the Churchill Seniors Centre (at 345 Richmond Rd.), on Friday April 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. We will sing songs from the 50s to the 80s, Celtic and other folk music. Cost is $2.75. For more information, please call 613-798-8927.
APRIL 22 - THE GREAT BACH MARATHON Pianists, singers, strings and organists, students and adults, learning and experienced all performing the works of J.S. Bach. Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 1:30 – 6 p.m. at Woodroffe United Church (207 Woodroffe Ave.)Come when you can; leave when you must. Donations will be accepted to benefit the scholarship fund for young organists. For information go to rcco-ottawa.ca/events.html. APRIL 25 - BATTLEFIELDS, MONUMENTS AND CEMETERIES OF CANADIAN SIGNIFICANCE, NORTHERN EUROPE Al Sangster will focus on WW1 and WW2 battlegrounds and memorial sites as well as associated historic towns and villages. WW1 sites visited include the Ypres Salient area and the Somme River area including Ypres, Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge, Beaumont Hamel and other smaller sites. WW-2 sites Include Dunkirk, Dieppe and Normandy. Short visits will be made to Camp Westerbork, Amsterdam, Brussels, Ypres (now Iper), Brujes and Paris. Please register online. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Tuesday April 25 at 7 p.m. For more information, go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. APRIL 26 - GOOGLE ANALYTICS SEMINAR This session is meant for the beginner Google Analytics user. Your website has lots to tell you about visitor behaviour. However, if you’re like most entrepreneurs, website owners, and bloggers, you don’t get strategic and meaningful data from the metrics produced by Google Analytics. In this introductory session, learn how Google Analytics tells you the story. We will include in the workshop a live demonstration to show you how to use Google Analytics. Offered in partnership with David Bird of Bird’s Eye Marketing. Please register online. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Wednesday April 26 at 6 p.m. For more information, go to biblioottawalibrary.ca APRIL 28 - ARTS NIGHT Drop by to see local artists and performers talk about, demonstrate or perform their art. This month’s Arts Night features Betty WarringtonKearsley, writer; Maya Hum, visual artist; Sam Clemann, Elisabeth Morrison and David Van Dine, musicians. 7:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church (30 Cleary Ave.) Admission is $5. For information call 613-725-1066. APRIL 28 – NIGHT OF WORSHIP AND MINISTRY You’re invited to join us as we gather at St Mary’s parish to experience God’s presence and healing through powerful worship music, an inspiring talk,
APRIL 28&29 - KITCHISSIPPI UNITED CHURCH SPRING RUMMAGE SALE A fine selection of clothing, jewellery, shoes, boutique items, books, collectibles, household items, toys and more make this a popular event. Friday, April 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at 630 Island Park Dr. (at the Queensway). For information call 613-7227254. APRIL 29 - PARKDALE UNITED CHURCH SPRING RUMMAGE SALE Clothing, household items, toys, books, electronics, furniture, linen, plants, sports items, oodles of items. Donations are welcome before April 26. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 429 Parkdale Ave. at Gladstone (use Gladstone Avenue door). For more information go to ParkdaleUnitedChurch.ca or call 613728-9686. APRIL 29 - BOTTLE DRIVE Bring your empty beer and wine bottles and help to support Citizen Advocacy Ottawa and people living with disabilities! April 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Beer Store Parking Lot at 1546 Scott St. For more information, call 613761-9522. MAY 1 - CLICKING, FLICKING AND TWEETING: SOCIAL NETWORKING CONTROVERSY The explosion of social networking websites such as Flickr, Facebook, blogging sites and Twitter has raised more than privacy concerns. Join the discussion with Chris Taylor from the Ottawa PC Users’ Group. Chris will share information about using these tools so that you don’t compromise your computer, your job, your identity, or worse. Please register online. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday May 1 at 6 p.m. For more information, go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. MAY 2 - INTERNET SAFETY This session is for parents who’d like to learn about internet safety and how they can protect their children and young teens. Nowadays, children as young as two are entertaining themselves on parents phones, tablets and iPads. We aim to provide awareness towards internet safety and social media. Hosted by Cst. Lemieux and Cst. Neilly. Presentation followed by Q&A. Light refreshments will be available. May 2 at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington St. W.). MAY 3 - PARKDALE FOOD CENTRE AGM The Parkdale Food Centre Annual General
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Meeting will be taking place on May 3 in the Wellington Room at the Hintonburg Community Centre. Registration is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the AGM begins at 7 p.m. Come out and support the work that is being done in your community to reduce food insecurity, create opportunity and address isolation. Everyone is welcome! For more information about the Parkdale Food Centre, go to parkdalefoodcentre.ca. MAY 4 - HAMPTON-IONA COMMUNITY GROUP ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Hampton-Iona Community Group is holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, May 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Community Room on the second floor of the Westboro Superstore (Richmond at Kirkwood). Our own Grant McSheffrey is the guest speaker. Grant will share his experience as a recent contestant and winner on the game show Jeopardy. If you are interested in running for a seat on the Executive of the Board of Directors (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary) or want more information regarding the election or becoming a Director of the Board, please contact Marg Hillier at mhillier144@gmail. com. Nominations close at 5 p.m. on April 21. MAY 3 TO 5 - THE HAPPENING OTTAWA The Happening Ottawa (formerly Hintonburg Happening) is a celebration of arts and businesses in Wellington West. Join us for events at over 40 businesses May 3-5 and for the Park pARTy on Saturday, May 6 from 1pm-10pm at Hintonburg Park. Full details on the website: thehappeningottawa.ca/2017-festival. MAY 6 - HIGHLAND PARK LAWN BOWLING CLUB ANNUAL YARD SALE Drop by Highland Park Lawn Bowling Club (Byron Avenue at Golden) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. rain or shine for home baking, books, jewellery, coffee and more! Refreshments available. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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and whole-hearted fellowship. Our next gathering is at St. Mary’s Parish (100 Young St.), from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The speaker will be Fr. Dennis Hayes, CC (Companions of the Cross). Prayer Teams will be available. A reception will follow (in the lower hall). For more information, contact Lise Going at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-728-9811, ext. 720.
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APRIL 22 - EARTH DAY ELECTRONIC AND CLOTHING RECYCLING Clean out your offices and empty your closets! Recycle your electronics, clothes, shoes and linens and help support the Connaught Public School’s Schoolyard Renewal Initiative. It is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and help neighbourhood chil-
dren enjoy better outdoor play areas. This event is taking place in the Connaught Public School parking lot (1149 Gladstone Ave.) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For the list of accepted electronics please visit recyclemyelectronics.ca/on/what-can-be-recycled or connaughtschoolyardrenewal.ca.
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