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What happened to protecting Byron Linear Park? Kitchissippi resident Anne Boys Hope considers the future of Byron Linear Park after the announcement that Cleary Station was moving. See page 3. PHOTO BY ANDREA TOMKINS

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Are we doing enough to protect our green spaces? Ottawa is truly a city in transition. The LRT – along with a renewed focus on infill and development – has provided opportunities and challenges in equal measure. I had a good long think about these changes as I walked down the Byron Linear Park to meet Anne Boys Hope for her photo shoot for this month’s issue of KT. What’s in store for our tree canopy and green spaces? Are we doing enough to protect them? Once they’re gone,

they’re gone forever. How will this area be transformed, and will the community have ample opportunities to share their feedback? You can read Anne’s opinion piece about Byron Linear Park and the proposed location of the Cleary LRT station on page 3. We have a new feature we’d like to include in each edition of KT. We’re calling it “Sustainable Neighbourhoods” and each installment highlights a “green” initiative

happening right here in Kitchissippi ward. We know the environment is an important issue for many of you, so please pass along your story suggestions. Read Charlie Senack’s article about how two local businesses have embraced composting on page 14. Thanks for reading!

I received a surprising inquiry from a KT reader on Facebook. Bonnie Dinning liked one of the photos I posted to the Kitchissippi Times Instagram account January 2. It was a quickie photo I snapped on December 18 to promote an Early Days column about the history of the Lululemon building. “A beautiful shot,” she wrote. “I am working on an oil painting of it and would like to know who took the picture?” This was a first for me, and of course I was thrilled. We finally met in March over bagels and coffee and she showed me the final results. Impressive for sure! We’d love to know the identity of the couple in the original photo. Is it you? Do you know who it may be? Drop me a line at editor@kitchissippi. com. Speaking of art, we’ve heard you like street murals! According to a recent poll on the KT Instagram account, 96% of you would like to see more murals in Kitchissippi ward. The question is, where? Send your ideas and suggestions to us at and you may see them in the next issue.

OPINION Cleary Station: What happened to protecting the Byron Linear Park? A Kitchissippi resident questions the process, and the outcome BY ANNE BOYS HOPE



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This decision was made without consultation, and was made public just a few days before city council voted to proceed with Stage 2 LRT in March. The city says it met with a small working group from McKellar Park last fall, but that information wasn’t shared with the rest of the community. The members of the Cleary-New Orchard Working Group, the Carlingwood Community Association, Byron Linear Park renewal consultations, and the people who live next to the new station—some who participated in more than 50 meetings over two years—had no input into the decision. And these are some of the people who will be most affected by the change. Continued on page 4

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ight rail is coming to McKellar Park. Good news, right? Well, it’s complicated. We’re a one-car family and we’ll benefit from having the LRT just two blocks away. The trains will whisk us downtown and home again in record time and have minimal impact on the environment while doing so. But it comes at a cost: Cleary Station is going to be built on the Byron Linear Park. The station will start at Sherbourne Avenue and run 100 metres west in an open trench the size of a football field. The linear park will be dug up between two stations—Cleary and New Orchard— removing all of the beautiful, mature trees that line this section.

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Byron Linear Park Continued from page 3 Residents have long worked to keep the LRT off the park. Until recently, the city agreed. Every previous plan protected the park, and the last we heard the city was building it underground in a grassy berm on the north side of Richmond at Cleary Avenue. Like many of our neighbours, we were surprised to hear that the city had reversed its decision. After learning the news, more than 100 hundred residents from across Kitchissippi and Bay wards attended a public information session to field questions on March 4. Do we need light rail? Yes. Did the city have no choice but to build on our park? That’s not clear. The Stage 2 LRT report states that: “this was done for technical and cost-saving purposes, and to better accommodate long-term city planning considerations.” All good reasons, but the lack of consultation and communication around the decision doesn’t inspire confidence. It’s puzzling, too, that after a decade of consulting on the Western LRT the community wasn’t consulted on this change. If this were a Nancy Drew novel, we’d call it The Mystery of the Moving Station. So what happened to protecting the linear park? Chris Swail, the city’s director of O-Train planning, told the CBC that losing “a small chunk of greenspace” is “a little bit unfortunate.” Anyone who lives along the linear park knows it’s so much more than that. It’s a 2.5 km long stretch of public parkland that connects the communities along the Byron-Richmond corridor (some have called a “green hub”) and serves as a buffer between two very busy streets. It’s where we walk our dogs, teach our kids to ride a bike, go for a jog, meet up with friends, and meander through a tree-covered path to Westboro

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Village. It’s lined with beautiful trees that provide shade and shelter on hot days and a home to birds and small beasts. It puts nature very close to people’s homes (the physical and mental health benefits of urban greenspaces are well recognized). Given the development that is going to rise up around Cleary Station, building the LRT on the linear park means losing access to a large stretch of pedestriansafe greenspace in an area that needs pedestrian-safe greenspace. The city is planning to develop a more “mixed and more active and dynamic traditional mainstreet” here. Building the LRT on the linear park will put a large physical barrier in the middle of a mainstreet that will be lined with businesses and mid-high rise apartments, and removes parkland that would be enjoyed by the many people living along it. Swail says that after construction is complete, the park “will be widened

where possible and enhanced with more trees, improved pathways, public art, and additional plaza space for local events.” And for every tree cut down, the city will plant two. Let’s make sure that happens. There are still many unanswered questions: Will residents have the opportunity to provide meaningful feedback on the new plan and design for Cleary Station, including serious discussion of our concerns about traffic, parking, noise, safety, accessibility and related intensification? And since the station isn’t going on Cleary, why not change the name? How about “Linear Park Station” or “Tramway Park Station”? This could signal the beginning of a more transparent and collaborative discussion with the city. Anne Boys-Hope has lived in Westboro for 20 years. You’ll see her on the Byron Linear Park with a poodle in one hand and a coffee in the other.

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Meet Khaled Alhaj Hamoud “I was born in Syria. In every life there is a nice part, a good part. I cannot say all is good. My family life, I was very happy there. I love them and they love me and we had a lot of exciting times. I had enough things to make me happy. We had a good life because we worked hard. Then the war started. I came to Canada on February 11th, 2015. I left Syria not because I was worried I would die, because you’re going to die anywhere you go. I left Syria because I was looking for people I belong to. The society here, I feel like I am a part of it. The life here, they don’t bother you, they don’t hurt you. If you smile here, everyone smiles back. Since I arrived in Canada, I haven’t had any bad experience, and especially in my neighbourhood. Every day I love this country more than the day before, because of people. I have great people around me. I have my company I work for, the group who sponsored me, and they are all a very important part of my life. I’m a very social person. When I walk on the street, I like to see people happy. I like to be connected. I feel very lucky to be associated with Bridgehead, and I feel like I am part of this community. “I had a great experience with the group who sponsored me to come here, and now I am sponsoring another family from Syria. I had a

great experience coming here and with my work, and some people out there need help, an opportunity to find a better life. It doesn’t mean Syria is bad. It’s good for some people but not so good for others, which is the same as in many other countries. However, there is war in Syria and there is a risk to people. These people are a couple and they deserve to live a better life and to start a new life. I want them to feel what I felt before. Every day I talk to them about the people around me. Sure there are bad people, but those around me, I love them. People here don’t judge you. In Canada, you may hear bad things about Syria, but in Syria you can hear bad things about Canada, but when you experience it, you see something different. Sometimes you hear about racism here but I have been here four years and a few months and I haven’t had any bad experiences. Everybody is welcoming, everybody is warm, and everybody gives me a lot of love. I hope they get to come soon. Now Canada is my country. I want to help my society, to let others know we are the best country in the world and we are moving forward. We learn to love others, different colours, different skin, and different cultures, and we all live the same. Now I am here and I am happy. Canada is my country.”

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mission they said they’d achieve “come hell or high water,” according to Rod. Pubblico opened in late February with a menu offering a great selection of what they describe as Italian comfort food, including toasted ravioli, chicken parmesan sandwiches and – proving to be extremely popular – their take on Brooklyn Pie. For those not familiar with this delicacy, it’s a thin crust cheese pizza, designed to be foldable and eaten as street food. Pubblico sells it by the slice or you can order a whole pie, to which additional toppings can be added if desired. “We did some serious reconnoitering ourselves to make sure we understood what a Brooklyn pie is supposed to be like,” notes Rani. Continued on page 23


he food and drink scene on Wellington West just got a little more fun thanks to the arrival of Pubblico Eatery, a sports bar with a New York City vibe and an Italian-inspired menu. Located in the former home of Agave Grill, this family-friendly spot is co-owned by Rod Castro and Rani Aramoui, owners of Hintonburg’s 10Fourteen Bar, along with Vinny Cuccaro, whose family owned Capone’s Restaurant on Carling Avenue for 30 years. Unabashed fans of the Big Apple, the business partners said they drew their inspiration for Pubblico from the streets of Brooklyn. They’ve happily realized their ambition to have Brooklyn lager on tap, a



HOMES & FAMILY Who lives here: three storeys and the best view of McKellar Park One of the oldest surviving homes in Westboro is a stately mix of old and new BY SHAUN MARKEY

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n 1904, a sturdy three-storey red brick farmhouse was constructed just a stone’s throw south of Byron Avenue. At the time, from the third-floor attic windows, one might see the majestic Ottawa River several hundred yards to the north flowing east toward the city that bears its name. Over the past 115 years the house has quietly and faithfully served several families who have made it their home. It is one of the oldest surviving houses in Westboro. Some of those early occupants were surrounded by farmland. Later the McKellar Golf Course was developed and included land east and south of the house. When the residential subdivisions were created around the home, including the land used for the golf course, its location became the corner of Wavell Avenue and Crossfield (now Vilius) Avenue. Despite the development around it, 540 Wavell was still left with lots of breathing room. It stands on a generous lot measuring 100 x 125ft. The east side of the home also faces McKellar Park, which only adds to the feeling of spaciousness around the property. For the past 21 years, the Wavell home’s occupants have been Janet Yale, Dan Logue and their family. Living nearby, they had long been smitten by the grand old house on Wavell. As fate would have it, the owner, even though he had undertaken fairly extensive renovations including adding a garage, mud room, several new windows and a family room behind the garage, opted for a lifestyle change which included a hobby farm outside of Ottawa. Thus, he put the Wavell Avenue home on the market.

540 Wavell Ave. is one of the oldest surviving homes in Westboro and it has a wonderful view of the park. The reader who suggested it to us referred to it as “the house with the great front porch.” PHOTO BY ANDREA TOMKINS

“At the time we were living on Roosevelt Avenue,” Janet recalls. “And we had just finished renovations there two months before.” “She sent me out in my pyjamas to make sure it really was the house,” Dan adds, laughing. Dan confirms that it indeed was the house they had hoped one day would come on the market. Things moved quickly from there. “We bought it unconditionally,” Janet said. “We didn’t want any other offer getting in the way. We priced our house to sell and got this one in June 1997.” That first summer, they hired a painter who spent all of July and August painting the interior of the house including the

impressively deep wood mouldings that adorned every room and hallway. “We moved in the end of August,” Janet remembered. Right from the outset, Janet and Dan have been careful to retain the vintage features of the home. “We’ve kept everything and if not, we’ve recreated new to look like the old,” says Dan. They kept many of the old features of the home, including cast iron radiators in every room and hallway. “We tell the duct cleaning companies who call that we have radiators, but they keep calling!” Janet says laughing and shaking her head. The house was originally built with a living room, dining room, and kitchen on

the main floor, and a small room off the main hall that Janet uses as her office. She is busy currently serving as the Executive Director of the Arthritis Society of Canada. Dan is a retired lawyer. He took over one of the four second floor bedrooms as his office and had it outfitted with cabinetry and a very vintage roll-top desk. After living in the house for two years, Dan and Janet undertook the first significant renovation. “There were three parts to it,” Janet explains. “We completed an outside porch including a new gazebo structure with seating area. We added the eating area off the kitchen and we finished the basement under the existing family room behind the garage. And that included

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overlooking the hedged yard. Talking with Dan and Janet, it’s obvious they care very much about 540 Wavell and at the same time they know that maintaining a heritage structure comes with its own special challenges. Both Janet and Dan are quick to explain. “With an old house, you have to be prepared to make the investment. We believe a house has to shine with age. It has to be maintained,” says Janet. Dan adds: “It’s part of our lives. And we feel we have a duty to keep the house up.” Dan fully expects 540 Wavell will be the couple’s final mailing address. “This is our last house,” he says firmly. “We’ll never move.” It’s not surprising for those of us who live here, that the Westboro area continues to grow in popularity. The area continues to evolve as more and more people discover the many advantages of living in this family oriented community just a few kilometres from Parliament Hill. If you happen to be cycling or walking on Byron Avenue’s linear pathway, or playing tennis or soccer in McKellar Park, take a moment and look to the corner of Wavell and Vilnius and there it stands – 540 Wavell – 115 years old and still shining in all its glory.

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a new stairway from the garage to the basement.” Last year, the couple had the contractors in again. This time it was to upgrade the kitchen, essentially the full south west corner of the house. Carleton Kitchens of Carleton Place was given the task of designing and building a new kitchen that would both complement the existing house and add the modern conveniences Dan and Janet wanted. It’s clear from the moment you step into the new kitchen, that the challenge was met and surpassed. All the modern features are in place but the walnut island top, subtle use of bead board and wood mouldings that match the rest of the house add a classic look and feel to the kitchen. Early on, a major decision, and not an easy one to make, was to remove the second or back staircase that ran across the rear of the existing kitchen. It turned out to be a good call. With the staircase gone, there was room for both a 4 x 8ft island with a solid walnut top and a long counter with a beautiful quartz top which divides the kitchen from the eating area. The south and west walls of the kitchen were removed to allow for a freer flow into both the lounge area (behind the garage) and the eating area with its large bay window

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GIVING A good buzz

Local mall hosts a honey of a project BY CHARLIE SENACK

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Alvéole bee keeper and a young volunteer during honey extraction at Carlingwood Shopping Centre last summer. PHOTO COURTESY OF NATHALIE LAVERGNE

here will definitely be a buzz around Carlingwood Shopping Centre this spring. For the third year in a row, Carlingwood management will be installing a beehive on the roof, with the intention of creating honey to sell in the fall. All proceeds raised by the project are donated to the Ottawa Food Bank. It’s part of a bigger initiative the mall refers to as ACT (Always Consider Tomorrow). It’s a way to give back to the community while trying to help the environment. “We are part of the community so when they are with us, we want to be with them,” says Nathalie Lavergne, marketing director at Carlingwood. “Our managers love challenges and they like to make sure that we can leave as much of a green footprint as we can.” The idea to put beehives on the roof initially came from one of Nathalie’s colleagues, who took part in a similar project while working at a shopping centre in Quebec City. After Carlingwood got on board

with the beehive project, other shops and businesses in Ottawa followed suit, including Billings Bridge Shopping Centre. “Our objective was to have fun and be green, but we saw an opportunity to sell our honey and make it a fundraising opportunity,” says Nathalie. The beehives come from a Montrealbased company called Alvéole, also known as the Urban Beekeeping Company. Nathalie says the firm is made up of about 20 beekeepers that specialize in beekeeping for office, retail and commercial buildings. She says staff from Alvéole travel from Montreal to Ottawa periodically to check on the bees and how the honey is producing. “Every three weeks they come down from Montreal on their specific days [and] they open up the roof and show us where the queen bee is, how many frames of eggs we have and how many frames of honey we have,” says Nathalie. The beehive houses around 20,000 bees, which come from an area that spans from the Britannia Conservation Area to Churchill Avenue North. In order to make one pound of honey,

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one bee would have to fly around 90,000 miles — three times around the globe — and would need to gather nectar from two million flowers. That being said, one worker bee only produces about 1/12th teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. Last year the mall bottled up 100 jars of honey and sold them for $10 each at the guest services counter. On March 6, Carlingwood donated their profits – totalling $1,000 – to the Ottawa Food Bank.

The Ottawa Food Bank is the collection and distributions centre for 114 food programs across the city, and helps provide food to around 37,500 people every month. The food bank says the spring and summer months is when they start to see a decline in food donations, and as a result they need to start using cash donations to purchase food. “We are heading into a season that is traditionally low in donations,

so now is when we start doing more spending,” says Samantha Ingram, communications coordinator for the Ottawa Food Bank. “Cash donations go a long way for us so that’s why things like the beehive project Carlingwood did for us is so appreciated and so needed. We are able to turn a $1.00 [donation] into about

$5.00 worth of food with that donation. We are really able to put our donors dollars to great work.” Nathalie encourages mall shoppers to check the Carlingwood Shopping Centre website ( to find out about all the bee-related events that will be happening in the Centre Court of the mall this summer.

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EARLY DAYS The fowl story of the Showler family The owners of last (legal) chicken coop in Ottawa, and so much more BY DAVE ALLSTON

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ike most of the original homes that front Wellington Street West, the stately brick home at the corner of Granville Avenue was converted to commercial space many years ago. Now the offices of Toon Dreessen’s well-respected firm, Architects DCA, the building and property holds a unique distinction in Ottawa history, the memory of which has begun to fade with the passing of time. The significance of 1350 Wellington St. W. extends beyond not just the end of an era, but of an epoch, for it was here that Ottawa’s last (legal) backyard chicken coop prevailed. The idea of keeping backyard poultry and barnyard animals on a residential property in Kitchissippi today may sound far fetched but one hundred years ago, the keeping of animals, particularly chickens, was the norm for most working-class families. Residential properties often featured stables for horses and small barns or coops for poultry. Through the depression, home farms and gardens were a critical element of survival for many citizens and it was only after WWII that the coops began to disappear (until finally the municipal government outright banned them). However, during the golden years of chicken coops in Ottawa, there was likely no family more synonymous with birds and poultry than the Showler family of Wellington Village. Their story in Kitchissippi begins, appropriately enough as we approach the 100th anniversary of the great Wellington Village lot auction (which you can read more about in the Kitchissippi. com archives), when 37-year-old Arthur Frederick Showler returned from overseas service in WWI. He had served four years

Arthur Frederick Showler and his backyard chicken coop. PHOTO COURTESY OF JANE SHOWLER DOYLE

with the 213th Battalion and arrived back in Ottawa in April 1919, just in time for the auction on May 31. Showler put up $475 for the prime lot on Wellington Street (just a few feet inside the then-western border of the city) and began to save for a house. Arthur and his wife Blanche had an infant son, Arthur Frederick Jr. (their second son Harry would come a few years later), and they resided in an apartment in Somerset House while waiting to build. Arthur was a linotype operator by trade, and was fortunate to find work right away with the Ottawa Citizen running their printing press, where he continued until his retirement in 1945. Showler took out a mortgage in late

1920 and began construction on a grand wood-frame house, which was completed sometime in early 1921. The brickwork came a few years later. In fact, the house originally fronted onto Granville. Showler also built a sizable “chicken house” behind the house. While other homeowners were building garages for their new cars (the marvel of the post-WWI era), Showler constructed accommodations for his many types and breeds of birds and poultry. Classified ads from olden days reveal that Showler bought, sold, and showed a wide variety of fowl, such as Barred Rock hens, Leghorn, rock pullet and game chickens, blue pied homer pigeons, cockerels, and Old English ducklings, and also more standard pets, such as rabbits, fox terriers, cocker spaniels, and collies. Showler won prizes at fairs and exhibitions across Ontario. In 1927 he was recognized for his contributions to the World’s Poultry Congress held in Ottawa. Showler had particular success with homing pigeons, and he was a regular medalist in the Ottawa and District Flying Club. At the opening event of the 1927 season, Showler’s pigeons took all three top spots racing from Sharbot Lake (they were released in Sharbot Lake at 11:15 a.m. and arrived back at a designated spot in Ottawa starting at 1:57 p.m.). Showler received a silver medal and the top birds received diplomas. Arthur maintained the chicken house, coops and cages, which took up the entire rear portion of the lot, until his death in 1956. His youngest son Harry followed in his footsteps as a linotype operator as well as adopting the same passion for birds and poultry. Harry moved back into his widowed mom’s house, along with his wife Helen Anne and their young family, and kept the coops going. By this point, the city

had banned the keeping of chickens within city limits but exempted Arthur as the final chicken keeper in Ottawa. The exemption was extended to Harry, and so for the next three decades, 1350 Wellington continued to be the final link to Ottawa’s significant backyard poultry breeding past. Harry Showler raised chickens, ducks, geese, swans and pheasants, which he kept both at his home and at his family cottage on Big Rideau Lake. He became well known locally as “Birdman” and was ahead of his time in fighting for the preservation of wild life. He had a permit to allow him to care for injured wild birds, most typically Canada geese. He also kept a lamb as a pet, which he would walk around the neighbourhood. 1350 Wellington also holds a bit of extra notoriety, as being the location where Canada’s first double-decker bus was parked. In May 1961, Harry’s brother Fred purchased the 1937 Leyland bus in Nottingham, England and brought it back to Canada to use in promotions for his garage in Hamilton. According to news reports, this was the first time a double-decker bus had ever been brought into Canada. The bus toured Ottawa for a few days before Fred took it to Hamilton but it returned in 1962 for an extended period (parked alongside 1350 Wellington) while Fred negotiated with the OTC to run sightseeing tours using the bus. The idea failed, and instead, Fred drove it across the United States later that year. By late April 1985, the Showlers had sold their house and began the process of dismantling the pens and coops which had stood for 66 years. The final remaining chickens and birds moved with the family to their cottage in Perth, which truly marked the end of an important chapter in Ottawa’s history.

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residents keep them illegally. There is an impressive 740+ members of a Facebook group called ‘Backyard Chickens Ottawa’, and reports show there is growing support for a change in the bylaw, which would put Ottawa in line with other municipalities – such as Vancouver, Montreal and Kingston in Canada, and New York, Chicago and Los Angeles in the U.S. – that allow urban chickens (though with reasonable restrictions, usually requiring permits as we do with dogs). It sounds like an idea that the Showlers would heartily support!



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n an effort to cut costs and leave a greener footprint, the owners of Petit Bill’s and Bridgehead Coffee located at Wellington Street West and Smirle Ave., decided to get rid of their traditional garbage dumpsters and start a compost program. “We went from about eight bags of waste to about one,” says Randy Fitzpatrick, co-owner of Petit Bill’s, who adds that the restaurant has also switched to many biodegradable products. “Our straws are biodegradable. The first straws we had broke down after 72 days, now they break down basically after 45 days. The portion cups we had and will have again are made from corn sugar, so you literally could eat them.“ Jess Fletcher, executive chef for Bridgehead, says the coffee franchise has also switched to biodegradable products and does audits every year. He says around 90 per cent of Bridgehead’s waste is either recycled or composted, with only about 10 per cent actually going into landfills. The company trains staff how to compost and recycle. “All of the [people] at our work stations have a compost bin, a recycling bin and

“We definitely stream at the source and that makes it really easy at the end of the day to stream what’s recyclable, what’s garbage, and what’s compostable,” says Jess Fletcher, executive chef for Bridgehead Coffee. a garbage bin,” states Jess. “We definitely stream at the source and that makes it really easy at the end of the day to stream what’s recyclable, what’s garbage, and what’s compostable.” In 2016 alone, Canadians threw out 24.9 million tonnes of garage, according to figures from Statistics Canada, a 0.1 per cent increase from the 24.8 million tonnes

of garbage Canadians produced in 2014. Randy says the new system meant no extra work for his members of staff, and that it actually makes their jobs a little easier. “Instead of the servers dumping all of the waste into a regular garbage bin, they dump all of the organics into a bucket and the bucket goes to the compost bins behind

the restaurant,” says Randy. “In fact, it’s easier on the dishwasher or whoever is taking out the garbage because it’s not a 100 pound garbage bag anymore, it’s a 40 pound bucket of compost with a handle.” Jess, who has been working for the Bridgehead franchise for almost 10 years, says the company has always championed the environment. Since starting the project almost a year and a half ago, both Jess and Randy say they have been contacted by other local businesses that want to do their part to decrease their environmental footprint. Jess says there is no reason why other local businesses shouldn’t follow suit, and that it’s important to take a big step when it comes to protecting our planet. He also encourages businesses to challenge their suppliers to make the change to biodegradable products. “We live in a world where we should all be making smarter decisions that in the long run are going to impact some positive change in terms of how we treat garbage and the waste that we create,” suggests Jess. Do you have a story to share about new environmental initiatives in our community? Send your ideas to


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hether your child has outgrown its crib, another baby is on the way, or your tween is asking for a more age-appropriate look, local retailers and designers are ready and waiting to help all parents become familiar with what’s new and trending in bedroom décor for babies and children.

Ashley Enns from FAB BABY GEAR says they’re noticing a steady decrease from the traditional baby pink, baby blue, boy-girl nurseries and a movement towards neutral tones. “More and more the trend has been not to find out the gender of the baby so sticking with greys, whites, blacks and more genderneutral colours like mustards, dark greens, and beiges,” she says. Bright, airy nurseries with nature and floral decals are also on the rise. According to Ashley, the modern,

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can be a crucial element to its design. “Designing a bedroom where a child will only be sleeping is totally different than styling and decorating a room where kids will be playing, reading or exercising,” she says. Ask your child what they would like to see (and not see) in their bedrooms and plan the room together. With trends and new styles ever-changing, Nevine encourages personalized touches to make a child’s room cozy, warm and speaks to who they really are. “Consider their favourite activities and include them in their rooms,” she suggests. “For example, sprinkle accents of their most liked-movie and make sure to incorporate their favourite colours. Always keep everything easy to change as they grow.” When it comes to designing children’s rooms you may want to check what design experts say are the top home and décor trends and see what trends you can apply to your child’s room while also incorporating their personal touches. According to Nevine, some popular trends for 2019 include floral patterns with bold colours, natural materials such as stone and plant life, bold geometric patterns, and copper and brass accessories. Regardless of the latest trends, Nevine believes it is important to design a functional and practical space that is safe, fun, and will stimulate a child’s senses and creativity as well as push them to move and exercise while playing.

Scandinavian, minimalist trend that started in 2018 is still strong in 2019. Another trend has to do with a lot more natural woods in nurseries, such as cribs made of natural wood or with wooden accents. Bright white and airy colours on the walls with bold pops of colour like a dresser or glider in the room are also big this year. When asked if she has any advice for parents looking to furnish a nursery, Ashley recommends letting longevity guide the purchase. “Most parents are looking for items that will not only last but will grow with their children. So when purchasing a crib, look for one that converts into a toddler bed and twin bed that will last,” she says. When planning and decorating a new space for older children, Nevine Halim, creator and owner of Smart Design for Kids, believes you should aim to select colours, furniture and materials that are practical and trendy. “The sky is your limit when it comes to designing children’s rooms,” she says. Nevine, who works with clients in the Kitchissippi area, says to focus on colours, textures and materials because they are a nonverbal way of communication that can instantly set a mood or create emotion and push people to take a particular action. Since kids spend a lot of time in their bedrooms, picking the right colours and materials


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The benefits of refreshing your home before selling


Keep these three words in mind: clean, light, and declutter By Tracy Noble for Homes & Condos


hether you’re moving for work or just ready to upsize or downsize, selling a house or condo can be stressful and knowing where to start can be confusing. Before putting your home on the market, consider how you can make it have more curb appeal with simple things such as a flowering

porch plant, a newly painted front door, or freshly trimmed trees and shrubs. When it comes to the inside of your home, local realtor Liam Kealy of Kealy Group recommends taking a good look around and seeing it through the eyes of a potential buyer. “Remember, buyers are looking to buy a house – not your house,” he says. “This means you may want to consider removing your family wall of fame and

depersonalizing the space.” You don’t necessarily have to remove all personal items, just enough so a potential buyer can imagine making your house their home. There are many little things homeowners can do to prepare for the sale of their property. Allison C. Ross of Across Ottawa Home Staging & Interiors

recommends making those small repairs you may have been putting off such as paint touch-ups, leaky faucets, runny toilets, repairing any broken or loose door knobs or handles, and steam cleaning or replacing carpeting. These little repairs and touchups can tie your whole home together to give it a more polished look, but heed Allison’s advice: “If


L.A. Sicoli Masonry offers that much more extra Luciano Sicoli respects, values and appreciates his customers. He takes the time to educate the customer about different materials, different options that are available to the customer and the process that will be used to complete the work. You meet the boss, the boss is the one that comes to discuss your issues and the boss will be the one that comes to do the work. We do not sub-contract out our work to anyone. Our reputation is too important. I have heard customers say that people have come, given them a price and just left them with their business card and many times have other people come to do the work.

Luciano’s teacher, Antonio Sicoli, his 82-year-old father, who still comes with him to different job sites, has provided him with a simple formula for longevity: be honest with your customers, make sure you provide them with an excellent job and make sure that your prices are fair and you will have many telephone calls, along with many satisfied customers. My father always taught me that even

though you may be comfortable with the skills you have acquired, there is always more to learn and you can never stop this process if you choose to strive to be the best you can be. Learning this craft is not only about acquiring skills, it is about investing passion into your work. This allows Luciano Sicoli to provide a little bit extra in a job. Others may not always do this part. An example of this is when bricks get installed on the front of a home, on a chimney or elsewhere, there may be mortar on the face of those bricks. We mix a special muriatic acid solution and wash the bricks upon completion of a job to clean them. You would not believe the number of customers that I visit that ask me what can be done to remove the mortar from their bricks. This issue is quite often on new home construction, where the bricks have not been cleaned after the bricklayer has intstalled them. Investing two more hours to clean the front face of bricks on a home, where customers are investing $400-

Luciano with his teacher, his father, Antonio Sicoli. $500,000 should not even be something to have a discussion about. It should be a given. We take pride in our work and when we drive by a job that has been completed by L. A. Sicoli Masonry and Restoration it provides a sense of gratification that can’t be described by words. Word of

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You should also let in as much natural light as possible. Clean your windows and open your blinds and curtains – this is especially important in older homes that may not have the big feature windows many new homes have. Don’t hide your windows behind window treatments – instead, focus on making your home as bright as possible. You may also want to consider professionally staging your home. Staging can be important for homes with a problematic floor plan or with smaller rooms. Staging can also help lay out rooms with appropriately sized furniture, which is especially helpful for buyers looking to downsize from a house to a condo and their larger furniture may not fit. A staged home with size-appropriate furniture can help potential buyers visualize how or if their furniture will fit or if they will need to invest in new furniture. As Allison says, “putting in a little elbow grease will help make the process of selling your home so much less stressful.”

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any painting or small repairs need to be done, book your trades now before they get too busy.” Spring and summer are a busy season for trades. When it comes to getting a home ready to sell, Liam says to keep these three words in mind: clean, light, and declutter. “Selling your home is the perfect time to clean and declutter,” he says. “Get rid of the stuff you don’t want or need now instead of waiting until the move.” This is especially true of closets, cupboards and pantries – the less stuff you have in them and the more organized they are, the better they show to potential buyers. And if you can’t decide what to keep and what to purge, Allison recommends renting a storage unit to get those items off-site. When it comes to cleaning, make sure you have deep cleaned your home, especially if you have allergens, such as pets or smoke. According to Liam, an increasing number of people have sensitivities so the cleaner your house is, the less likely someone is to have an adverse reaction.

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CHOOSE AND USE PAINT WISELY. Follow all safety and use instructions on the label. Be sure to use all personal safety equipment recommended on the label. Be aware that certain specialty paints are allowed to contain lead, a potentially dangerous substance, but they must have warnings and safe-use instructions on the product label.



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Dani Corbishley and Laura Allardyce are heading up the latest fitness craze, Broadway Workout, and it’s taking place in Hintonburg.

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n the 2017-2018 season, a whopping 13.79 million people made the pilgrimage to the coveted heartland in New York City where live Broadway attendance is at an all-time high. And this love of musicals isn’t just limited to the Big Apple. The all-inclusive, captivating, heartwarming stories are beloved by millions across the world – whether streamed from televisions, blasted from speakers, or taken in live at the local community theatre. Laura Allardyce and Dani Corbishley have taken their deep passion and commitment to the world of dancing feet and jazz hands and transformed their love into Broadway Workout, a business that brings the community together to snap, sweat, and sashay to a playlist of all-time favourite tunes. Last year Laura, a federal government employee by day and a diehard musical theatre enthusiast the rest of the time, auditioned for the Orpheus production of Mamma Mia. “There was a dance component. We all worked up a sweat, and time flew by,” she recalls. She wondered: “Why can’t this be my cardio class?” After sending out a message proclaiming her interest in this newfound idea, she simply left fate in the hands of the social media gods. Dani Corbishley, a pyrography artist, trained dancer and choreographer with Suzart Productions, was urged by her daughter (who will also be trying her hand at choreographing a few upcoming classes) to respond. And low and behold, she was the perfect fit. “By bringing the creativity and energy, the biggest part of the formula, [Dani] makes this work,” Laura boasts of

her now close friend and class instructor and choreographer. In order to gauge a level of interest, Broadway Workout hosted a proof of concept class on December 13, 2018, and CBC News quickly picked up the story. Interest grew, and three weeks later they had sold out the first couple of classes for the winter session. After continued success in attendance and response, Laura and Dani have secured five locations for the upcoming 10-week spring session, which includes the Hintonburg Community Centre. Eager and energetic attendees can look forward to an hour-long timeslot once per week where they get the opportunity to learn, perfect, and perform a brand new dance number to popular Broadway tunes. For example, a recent class featured “Holding Out for a Hero” from the cultural touchstone, Footloose. The emphasis of this dance-based fitness class is not on nailing every single move – that’s not even on the radar. “Our ultimate goal is getting your heart rate up, moving your body, sweating your butt off, all the while forgetting that you’re getting this workout,” says Laura while nibbling on a fudge square brought by an attendee. (This group is so much more than a workout class – it’s a community, where they do those kinds of things.) Dani’s blended family was brought together through community family musical theatre and both Laura and Dani pride themselves on their knowledge and love of the craft. Reminiscing on the time an attendee proclaimed: “no one has ever asked me to bring out my inner Simba before!” Dani explains that movement is actually secondary to enjoyment. She

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really want to welcome everyone to come and join us for some authentic hospitality.” The name speaks to public houses and welcoming the public, but with an Italian twist. Interestingly, they have managed to incorporate the establishment’s Wellington Street West address into the logo, where a stylized 1331 can be seen in the ‘UBBI’ of the name. It’s an intentional homage to 10Fourteen’s name, located at 1014 Wellington St. W. As they settle into their new space, the partners are eager to enhance the menu, which they say will always be a work in progress. The focus right now is on adding real hero-style Italian sandwiches as found in Bronx delis. A communityfocused grand opening event with sampling plus food and drink specials is planned for April 11. “We can’t wait to introduce ourselves to everyone in the area, not just our families, friends and regulars,” says Rod. “Being located in a food-savvy community is a real bonus for us and neighbouring businesses – especially Randy and Terry from Petit Bill’s Bistro – have been so welcoming and supportive. This is arguably one of the best culinary neighbourhoods in the city and we are excited to join in and have the chance to offer good value in a fun environment.”

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Continued from page 7 The menu is based on simple, signature items that Pubblico’s kitchen team can execute consistently well, and the food is supported by friendly, efficient service. “This is a neighbourhood that understands and appreciates quality so it was very important for us to be sure we got everything right from the beginning,” says Rod. The impetus for Pubblico came from six years of getting to know the community. “We learned there were lots of people from Wellington Village who came to Hintonburg but were looking for a place to hang out closer to home. We wanted to provide a spot with a great vibe where people would be likely to run into someone they know, or make a new friend on the spot,” explains Rod, adding that both he and Rani live in the area. While Pubblico is decorated with jerseys and other memorabilia plus multiple television screens, the emphasis on sports is not oppressive. “We consciously wanted to create a space that was approachable for everyone,” says Rani. “In addition to our excellent food, we have interesting wines and creative cocktails so it’s not just a beer bar to hang out in when your favourite team is playing. We also have a kids’ menu and high chairs so we

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Q: Should I be taking iodine if I have a thyroid condition? A: Iodine is needed to make thyroid hormone but too much iodine can be harmful! There are different ways to find out if you are iodine deficient and one of those is through a urine test. Other nutrients to test for if you have a thyroid issue would be selenium and iron. I often look for urine bromide and cadmium as well since high levels of these could cause hypothyroidism.

SENIOR PROFILE Meet Keith Fraser, war veteran, member of Canada’s geographical “who’s who” At 97, he continues to be curious and inspiring STORY AND PHOTO BY JUDITH VAN BERKOM


t 97-years-of-age, Keith Fraser enjoys his so-called “independent living” in an apartment at The Carlingwood Retirement Community in Kitchissippi ward. His daughter lives just 15 minutes away and does his groceries for him and his son lives near Hunt Club and visits often. Every day he enjoys dinner in the dining room and he is only responsible for his breakfast and lunch. He’s loving it. Keith grew up in the Glebe and lived there all his life until he married. The couple moved to Westboro and they lived in the same house on Fraser Avenue for 53 years. He’s been a Rotarian with the West Ottawa Rotary Club for over 50 years. The ability to memorize is one of his many talents. He developed a repertoire of 20 poems that he has illustrated and presented to groups of seniors. In his current building, he has hosted a cartooning workshop for the residents and as he spoke to KT he spontaneously recited an excerpt from a poem by Wordsworth:

Q: If my thyroid isn’t working well, does this mean I have Hashimoto’s? A: There are many causes of hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid). Hashimoto’s is when the immune system is attacking the thyroid and therefore causing a sluggish thyroid. Testing for Hashimoto’s is easily done with a quick blood draw and successful management usually differs from regularly hypothyroidism and includes dietary changes and supplements.

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Keith joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) during WWII, trained at McGill in radio theory for six months, and then went to Clinton, ON, to a radar

In 1948, the government of Canada sent him, by himself, down the Mackenzie River and along the Arctic coast on an intelligence mission. “It was wonderful,” Keith says, adding that Canada didn’t know much about the Arctic back then. He went north to the Western Arctic six times, mostly in May or June. “It was great until the mosquitoes came out,” Keith explains. He travelled with an assistant year after year. They lived in a tent and the sun was out 24 hours a day. We used to say: “What am I doing up here? This is awful,” but when the next year came, he could hardly wait to go. Keith says it was the same for a lot of surveyors. His father was also a hydrographic surveyor, but it was hard on his mother and also hard on Keith’s wife, Joyce, being away for so many months a year.

Keith and Joyce married in 1949 and their daughter, Miriam, was born shortly after. Their son, Graham, was born seven years later. In 1958, Keith stopped going up north and moved from being a northern specialist with the government to becoming a leader in geographical names – names to identify lakes and rivers. “I liked that,” he says and was in that field for two or three years. He served as the executive secretary for several committees, including the Canadian Association of Geographers, of which he also served as president. He finally retired from government just about the time the Royal Geographical Society needed a manager, a position he filled for another 10 years until a member of the board of directors asked him when he was going to retire. “I can retire anytime,” Keith said, and did.

“It was the icing on the cake.” “I think I’ve had an interesting life,” Keith says. He travelled for work, and later with his wife and family. His children, now adults, grew up with a fondness for travel. When he and his wife were in their eighties, a new member of the Rotary Club, originally from South Africa, organized a tour of his country. Keith moved to The Carlingwood Retirement Community four years ago when his wife showed signs of Alzheimer’s disease and he was no longer able to take care of her and the house. “It’s interesting here,” he says. “Neither my wife nor I had to look after our parents, so coming here among all these old people was a brand new experience.” Keith’s wife, Joyce, passed away quietly two years ago.

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school for another two months. “As soon as I graduated, I was sent overseas, first to Iceland for seven months, then back to England to refit. Then the squadron moved to the Azores,” explains Keith. On the troop ship on the way back to England, he heard Churchill declare the end of the war. “It was a good experience. I might have been a tail gunner or been in the army. God was looking after me I guess.” After the war, the government provided him with free university education. He had always wanted to be a history teacher, and enrolled in the University of Toronto, but fell in love with geography instead. He came across a government notice stating that they were hiring geographers, switched and graduated with an MA from University of Toronto, and later a PhD from Clark University in Massachusetts.


Investing in the middle class to grow Canada’s economy SUBMITTED BY CATHERINE MCKENNA, MP OTTAWA CENTRE

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anada’s economy is strong and growing, more Canadians are working, and families have more money to save or spend each month. Investing in the middle class means investing in people—with more help for those who need it, and less for those who don’t. It means building a better Canada—a stronger, more connected country—and it means better opportunities for people today, and the promise of a better future, even in a world of constant change. In Budget 2019, the Government of Canada proposes to: Make homeownership more affordable for first-time buyers by implementing a First-Time Home Buyer Incentive, a shared equity mortgage program that would reduce the mortgage payments required to own a home; and by providing greater access to their Registered Retirement Savings Plan savings to buy a home. Help workers gain new skills with the creation of the new Canada Training Benefit, a benefit that will give workers money to help pay for training, provide income support during training, and, with the cooperation of the provinces and territories, offer job protection so that workers can take the time they need to keep their skills relevant and in-demand. Prepare young Canadians for good jobs by helping make education more affordable through lowered interest rates on Canada Student Loans, making the six-month grace period interest-free after a student loan borrower leaves school, and creating up to 84,000 new student work placements per year by 2023-24. Help Canadians with the cost of prescription drugs by taking steps towards a national pharmacare plan, starting with creating a new Canadian Drug Agency that could lower Canadians’ drug costs by as

much as $3 billion per year, developing a national formulary for prescription drugs, and a national strategy for high-cost drugs for rare diseases. Support low-income Canadian seniors who choose to stay in the workforce by enhancing the Guaranteed Income Supplement earnings exemption so that they can effectively keep more of their hardearned income. Support municipalities’ local infrastructure priorities by proposing a one-time top-up of $2.2 billion through the federal Gas Tax Fund that will double the Government’s commitment to municipalities in 2018-19, and make sure

communities have the funds they need to pay for crucial repairs and other important local projects. Give all Canadians access to highspeed internet so all Canadian homes and businesses have access to 50 Mbps highspeed internet no matter where they live— including people and businesses in rural, remote and northern communities. Lower Canadians’ energy costs by partnering with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to increase energy efficiency in residential, commercial and multi-use buildings, and by introducing a new incentive for buying electric battery or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles with a

manufacturer’s suggested retail price under $45,000. Advance reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples through new measures to help improve the quality of life for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples in Canada and advance self-determination with investments to improve water quality; preserve, revitalize, and promote Indigenous languages; improve the quality of education and health care for Indigenous children in a culturally relevant way; and promote Indigenous entrepreneurship and business. Since 2015, hard-working Canadians have proven what has long been understood: a strong economy starts with a strong middle class. And that’s what we can accomplish together, when we invest in the middle-class.

Battle of the Books Continued from page 5 The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith, by Irshad Manji Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City, by Tanya Talaga. War, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places, by Paul Collier A House in the Sky, by Amanda Lindhout and Sarah Corbett World Issues is a geography-based course with a focus on social issues, economic issues, and geopolitical issues. The topics learned about in class vary year-to-year depending on what is happening in the world. Class time is also spent discussing possible solutions to world issues. “We are looking for students to

recognize, not that the world is this awful and depressing place, but what things can they do to make change,” says Ms. Phillips. Ms. Phillips is personally a fan of Canada Reads and is excited about the class project. “My biggest take away from this is the enthusiasm for reading and the enthusiasm for debate, as well as engaging in discussion about world issues from a perspective of what people are saying and what books are out there,” she says. Students are also enthusiastic about the project and the books they have chosen. “I’m pretty excited to learn about my book, which is about how more poor and corrupt countries get that way and how they can kind of get out of the cycle and become maybe an economic power or at least a safer country with better human rights,” says Nepean student, Rowan Jackson– Cappuccino.

Nepean student Anna Mercier says one of the most challenging aspects of the assignment will be presenting their book to classmates and campaigning for the one they think should win. “Getting up in front of 60 students to battle out the books will be pretty nerve racking,” she says. Ms. MacKechnie, is enthusiastic about her role in the Battle of the Books. “I’m brand new to the school so I’m excited to collaborate with the World Issues class and bring back these book clubs,” says Ms. MacKechnie. “I think it’s important to do these books clubs in classes other than English.” It will be exciting to see which book reigns victorious when the student debates and campaigns are complete. Want to read along? All of the books on the list are available at Nepean’s school library and at the Ottawa Public Library. Bella Crysler is a grade 12 student at Nepean High School.





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living their fullest lives. is generally exempt from In his report, Onley lays accessibility standards. out 15 recommendations We’re calling the 8. Octoberfor9 Ouronoffice is here for how Ontario can get back on government to move swiftly track towards becoming a fully in implementing all 15 ofMonthly Onley’s Town Halls accessible province. Among the most recommendations. To help spurCanvasses action, Community Organizin notable is implementing a requirement that our office is hosting an accessibility town Help Accessing Gove public money is never used to erect new hall at the legislature to hear directly from barriers. those affected by Ontario failing to meet The inaccessibility of the built AODA targets on April 10. We’re excited to environment was identified by the report hear from experts and those who have 109 Catherine St.lived / rue Catherine Ottawa, K2P 0P4 / Députéexperience provincial,encountering as one of the most significant issuesMPP facing and ON working to Ottawa Centre people with disabilities. New buildings, dismantle barriers. including those constructed on the public Do you have ideas to share with us dime (Ryerson’s Student Learning Centre about how to improve accessibility in our Owner Jeff Frost doesn’t need to brag is one particularly egregious example), are community and across Ontario? Send us about that time a local sports hero being erected that are simply not accessible. your thoughts at

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who will be your strongest advocates during this process. You can help shape the future of Ottawa. As the spring thaw takes hold, By-law wants to make sure residents are aware of the best practices for addressing orphaned and injured wildlife. By-law would like to remind residents that not all small wild animals found alone are orphaned. In the vast majority of cases the mother will return to care for her young. If you find a baby wild mammal alone, please contact the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary at 613-258-9480 before calling by-law at 311. By-law only responds to calls about injured or sick wild animals and orphans. By-law advises against moving the baby animal away from kitch issipp

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sweeping for many areas of Kitchissippi. You can read the entire response at, but the two key factors in the delay were the below average temperatures causing water to freeze on contact with the roads and procurement challenges for contracted services. We look forward to more timely operations this spring. Finally, our Ward Forum will be held on April 15 at 6 p.m. The subject of the forum will be traffic calming and I look forward to seeing lots of residents out to discuss this important topic. Keep your eyes on the newsletter for more details.


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Thompson, and Minster of Children, Community and Social Services, Lisa MacLeod, regarding the changes to the Ontario Autism Program. Our school district is committed to serving all of our students, and we have concerns regarding the implementation of these changes given that we do not have an accurate picture of what the implications will be, and how the changes will be adequately funded. Chair Scott has sent a letter to the Ministers and will be requesting a meeting with local MPP Lisa MacLeod, to share our concerns and explore solutions. I am excited to announce that on March 19th the Committee of the Whole passed a $12,250,000 budget to renovate and add on to Elmdale Public School (this recommendation needs final approval at the board meeting on March 26th, and a signature from the Minister’s office). The Elmdale community has been waiting for this addition since the 2013 Near West Review. The student community will be relocated for the duration of the renovation, which will allow for a larger project than would be possible in an occupied school. We are excited to announce that Eric Hardie will be joining us as a new superintendent of instruction on April 8. Eric is joining us from the Upper Canada District School Board.


arch through June is budget season at the OCDSB, a large component of which is academic staffing. The OCDSB budget process is perennially awkward as we set academic staffing levels in advance of receiving information of our overall budget for the coming year. Our collective bargaining agreements require us to give notice of employment status to academic staff in early April, however we do not expect to hear the actual funding numbers until mid April. This year, with anticipated changes to funding, there is notable concern around the trustee table. We heard from the Ministry of Education on March 15 that they would be changing the funding related to some class sizes. The OCDSB collective bargaining agreements have language regarding class sizes that will continue to prescribe those class sizes at our schools. We are uncertain as to how much of the shortfall between the new provincial class size calculation, and the OCDSB class sizes as set out in our agreements will be covered by the Ministry of Education. At the time of writing this column, the report recommending academic staffing levels has not been seen by trustees. It was hoped that we would debate this item at our March 19th meeting, however, due to the timing of the announcement that debate was postponed to March 26th to allow for more analysis by the finance and senior staff teams. On Tuesday March 5th at our Committee of the Whole meeting we passed a motion to communicate with the Minister of Education, Lisa

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WESTBORO VILLAGER APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS This spring, we are bringing some additional flowers to Westboro, even before our annual flower baskets overtake the street posts. Westboro Village is hosting our own Canadian Tulip festival Friendship Tulip Garden. At Westboro Station, the corner of Golden and Richmond Avenues, you will find nearly 500 official tulips of the Canadian Tulip Festival – the China-Canada Friendship Tulip. It is our goal to bring more nature and beauty to Westboro BIA that represents Ottawa, and more specifically our surrounding community. This spring, Westboro Village will be hosting two new events: From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday May 5, Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa (BBBSO) will be at Winston Square for a fundraising initiative called “The Big Spring Cleanup: Clothes for Kids’ Sake.” They’re accepting donations of clothing, shoes, and textiles. Every pound of clothing donated generates income for BBBSO mentoring

programs. Clean out your closet, stuff it in a bag, and drop by! We’ll be there handing out special goodies and hosting fun activities the whole family can enjoy. It’s also Cinco Di Mayo, and Westboro businesses will have some special menus on, too! On the June 1-2 weekend, Westboro will be hosting a “SHOP THE VILLAGE” event and we invite everyone to come to Westboro to sip, savour, and save. Merchants will take to the street with special offers for visitors in this limited time frame! There won’t be any street closure, and free parking will be offered in special marked areas. There is also free parking on-street as usual (where available!). We will be handing out special ecofriendly bags with exclusive deals and more! Look for more information online soon at westborovillage. com, or follow us on Facebook at westborovillage for the latest news about what’s happening in Westboro. Mark your calendars! Westboro FUSE Street Festival returns this August 17 and 18. There’s lots of exciting new stuff being planned! Food, fun, and entertainment that’s family friendly and free! Stay tuned for more FUSE updates at

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TRAVEL IN STYLE Whether you’re booking a weekend getaway, business trip, or family vacation, get your fashion fix and expert help in Westboro Village. Fashion-minded travellers will definitely want to check in at Fashion United (435 Richmond Rd.) – it’s one stop shopping here, with bonus parking in the back! If you haven’t been before, GO. It’s been a long winter and your heart and soul will thank you for the pop of colour you’ll find here. You won’t find fashion or service like this anywhere else in Ottawa, in fact, 90% of the brands in the shop are exclusive to Fashion United. The focus here is on natural fibres and everything is wash and wear. VP and buyer Olenka Stepchuk can help you

find the perfect mix ‘n match wardrobe that will take you from day to night… right down to the shoes. Olenka has lots of travel packing tips (too many to list here!) but says that lightweight cotton and cotton-blend sweaters are big this year. They’re ideal for layering and can be dressed up or down. Ask Olenka about the sleek and lightweight raincoats by Tafani. They’re ultra light with stylish zippers, and can easily be stuffed in a bag. “If you’re ready to revamp your wardrobe, that’s what we specialize in,” says Olenka. “Jewelry, shoes, clothes for work or weekend, that’s what we do.” For more fun fashions and accessories, drop by Ebb & Flo (373A

Richmond Rd.) one of Westboro’s newest shops. Ask about their linen tunics! They make a great addition to any travel wardrobe, especially if you’re heading to a beach or a pool. Made of 100% natural linen in a bright array of colours, this flowy and breathable garment can be worn as a cover up, dress, or tunic. Here’s a bonus: they have pockets too. Pair it

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with some fun accessories (Ebb has lots in stock!) and you’re ready to go. If we’re talking about the sporty side of travel fashion we definitely can’t forget MEC (366 Richmond Rd.) This is the time to drop by and check out their new arrivals. Cozy hoodies, packable puffy jackets, shorts, and tees, will help make your travel adventures a little more comfortable.



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As winter ends, Dovercourt’s Westboro Kiwanis Park transforms from a winter wonderland into one of the top-rated parks in Ottawa, with a greenspace, an accessible play structure, an infinity climber, and more. Soon Dovercourt’s double half pipe will offer a free space for skateboarders of all ages to hone their skills, and the Dovercourt and McKellar Park tennis courts will be ready for a game of singles or doubles. At Dovercourt, kids can learn to play tennis from as young as five years of age through their Learn to Play program. It is a Tennis Canada curriculum that uses Progressive Tennis to introduce the sport in a fun and interactive way, ensuring success for all young players. Kids can also learn the ins and outs of skateboarding through Dovercourt’s spring Skateboard Stars programs. From beginners to pros – these programs are open to those just starting on the ramps and those wanting to improve their techniques.

For two-wheelers, the Strider PREbike Learn to Bike program is ideal for parents looking to help their children as young as 18 months learn to balance and steer without training wheels. For more experienced cyclists, the Cycling for Kids program teaches traffic handling skills and rules of the road. Spring is also the perfect time to introduce kids to T-ball with the outdoor Parent and Child T-ball program. This noncompetitive activity is focused on skills, team playing, balance and of course, having fun! And once the kids are a little older, they can be introduced to baseball through Dovercourt’s Perfect Pitch program. If baseball is not your thing, check out Dovercourt’s Soccer Stars, Multisport or Learn to Climb. Parents! Keep up with your kids this summer by signing up for one of Dovercourt’s spinning classes on comfortable and high-tech IC-7 Matrix spin bikes and improve your core strength with their indoor SUP classes. Dovercourt’s outdoor spaces and many spring


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good knowledge about the destination as well.” “We do tours all over the world, and all kinds of different tours,” says Aisling. They plan everything, right down to the details. “This is travel made easy.” Aisling says Newfoundland excursions are “hugely popular” right now. Rail tours are also at the top of a lot of bucket lists. Senior Discovery Tours is currently booking excursions for the Oberammergau, a Passion Play performed since 1634. (It’s performed every decade and the next is scheduled for 2020.) Continued on next page

Aisling Keenan of Senior Discovery Tours will match you with the holiday of your dreams. Photo by Ellen Bond

If you are over 50 and have a hankering to check something off your travel bucket list, you’ll definitely want to speak to the experts at Senior Discovery Tours (392 Richmond Rd.). This tour operator offers some pretty amazing packages to many different kinds of destinations, especially for fit and active seniors, such as walking and hiking tours of Wales, Scotland, and the Azores. “We’ve been around for a long time and we have a lot of good relationships with a lot of travel suppliers all around the world,” says branch manager, Aisling Keenan. “Quite often we’ve been to the travel destination so we have

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SEE THE WORLD Continued form previous page Whether you’re interested in a relaxing riverboat cruise, a walking holiday, or a coach tour to really get the feel of another country, you’ll definitely want to speak to one of the pros at Senior Discovery Tours. Merit Travel Group is leading a Canada-wide campaign to raise funds and awareness for WaterAid’s Tanzania: Deliver Life Program with a special 30-day online auction that

opened March 22. The program aims to reach over 660,000 people, including 211,000 mothers and surrounding communities to provide them with vital clean water. Over the next year, WaterAid plans to construct sustainable, solar-powered community water pumps. Darren Prashad, branch manager of the Merit Travel location in Westboro (375

Richmond Rd.) is also the Merit Travel Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for Merit Travel. He says some great prizes are up for grabs including holiday packages, lift tickets, golf passes, and travel vouchers. All proceeds will go towards new water and sanitation services at 12 obstetric and neonatal care clinics across rural Tanzania, Africa. Check out the auction and place your bids until April 23 at

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APRIL 8 - IMPROVING INCOME IN RETIREMENT Are you a middle-income earner? 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. Presented in partnership with Elie Fakhouri, Chartered Financial Analyst. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday April 8 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to

APRIL 5 - TRIVIA CHALLENGE FOR CHARITY AT THE WESTBORO LEGION Grab a team and compete for donations to your favourite charity at Westboro Legion Branch 480 (389 Richmond Rd.), Friday April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Ottawa Trivia League Quizmaster will be presenting. Entry is $15/player with a maximum team size of six. All are welcome but must be 19 or older. Registration forms available online at Pre-game food available. Bar & kitchen open at 6 p.m. Great door prizes. Complimentary popcorn.

APRIL 12 &13 - KITCHISSIPPI UNITED CHURCH SPRING RUMMAGE SALE A fine selection of jewellery, collectibles, clothing, shoes, boutique items, books, toys, household items and more make this a popular event. Friday, April 12 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at 630 Island Park Dr. For information call 613-722-7254 or go to

APRIL 27 – NEPALI GALA Namaste. On behalf of the Women’s Foundation Nepal we invite you to the annual Nepali Gala to be held at First Unitarian, 30 Cleary from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join us for a delicious Nepali meal of dahl, butter chicken and curried vegetables prepared by members of the Ottawa Nepali community; enjoy our unique silent-auction items; sale of hand-woven silk and cashmere scarves and be entertained by Nepali dancers. Proceeds from the event will support the Women’s Foundation Nepal ( to provide shelter and assistance to victims of gender-based violence and exploitation. Tickets for the gala, including dinner are $30 (children $15). To reserve your seat contact Patricia at 613-820-4061 or

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APRIL 25 - MYSTERY IN THE ‘HOOD: WHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED! AUTHOR VISIT WITH BRENDA CHAPMAN AND BARBARA FRADKIN Come join authors Brenda Chapman and Barbara Fradkin for an evening discussion of their work! Led by CBC radio host Giacomo Panico. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. Drop-in event. For more information go to

APRIL 28 - A CONCERT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Parkdale United Church Orchestra and Music Director Angus Armstrong present “Children’s Corner”, a concert for the whole family at Parkdale United Church on Sunday April 28 at 3 p.m. This will be a benefit concert for Orkidstra with many members of Orkidstra joining us to play. You will hear well known shorter pieces, playful tunes, and an introduction to the instruments of the orchestra with Benjamin Britten’s A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Tickets at the door are $20 adults; $15 students / seniors. To purchase in advance at a discount, see


APRIL 20 - UKRAINIAN SPRING BAZAAR Ukrainian hot lunch and take home borscht, perogies, cabbage rolls and baked goods. April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local products and unique gift items, imported Ukrainian embroideries and handicrafts, Easter egg making supplies, White Elephant table. Ukrainian Orthodox Hall, 1000 Byron Ave. Free parking. For info email

APRIL 23 - OTTAWA HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: VINES AND TRAILERS Mary Reid, owner of Green Thumb Nursery, has given talks to many of the valley garden clubs and shared her vast knowledge of numerous topics. She has covered for Ed Lawrence on the garden spot on Ontario Today. She will share with us some pointers on vines and trailers. A must-attend event. Free. Tom Brown Arena (141 Bayview Rd.) from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Info:

APRIL 27 - SPRING RUMMAGE SALE The Parkdale United Church Spring Rummage Sale is taking place Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m.- to noon. Use Gladstone Avenue door. Clothing, household items, toys, books, electronics, furniture, linen, plants, sports items, oodles of items. Donations are welcome but must be delivered before April 25. For information call 613-728-9686 or go to


APRIL 5 & 6 - FIBRE FLING TEXTILE ART SHOW AND SALE Out-of-the-Box Fibre artists invite you to a show and sale of textile and mixed media art at Kitchissippi United Church (630 Island Park Dr.) Our membership includes a wide range of fibre artists. At last year’s show, around 45 artists exhibited – art quilts, mixed media framed works, felting, wearables, embroidery, dolls, beadwork, jewelry, rug hooking and more. The depth, quality and originality of the work are inspiring. A sales area gives visitors an opportunity to purchase unique items including small framed artwork, wearables such as scarves, hats and bags, jewelry, cards, handmade books. Admission is $5 and will be donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Light refreshments available. Friday between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more details contact Lorraine.lacroix613@ or visit

APRIL 17 - LYNDA.COM Learn how to use, one of Ottawa Public Library’s resources. With over 4,000 video courses from top experts, is the place to go for learning computer programming, multimedia software, 3D animation, photography, project management, and much more. is free through the Ottawa Public Library website. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Wednesday April 17 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to

APRIL 22- FASHION SHOW AT AMICA Join us for an afternoon on the runway at Amica Westboro as our residents and staff model this years’ summer trends from Canadian clothing brand: Nygard! Enjoy light refreshments and our catwalk from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, April 22. RSVP to Julia at 613-728-9274 by April 15.

BEGINS APRIL 2 - ST. GEORGE’S PARISH ALPHA PROGRAM Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Participants share a meal together at the beginning of each meeting. There’s no pressure, no follow up, and no charge; it’s just an open, informal, and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together. Alpha will begin at Saint George’s April 2 at 6:45 p.m. and go until mid-June. For info please see


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ARTS & STARTS season

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“Stay visible with lights and reflectors.”

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“New plant friends clean the air.”

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“Stock up on yard waste bags.”

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Challenge 4: April 22-28


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