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popular classic staples like bacon and eggs.” A native of Miramichi, New Brunswick, Mark’s love of Maritime cuisine will also be evident. “I am planning a mutton burger with rhubarb relish, genuine Maritime donairs (shaved meat with sweet garlic sauce on homemade buns) and traditional Acadian dishes like chicken fricot (a kind of stew) and poutine râpée (a boiled potato dumpling with a pork or chicken filling),” says Mark. “I am also thinking about northern Italian style osso bucco and I’m planning to make all my own breads, sweet loaves, cookies, potato chips and crackers.” Continued on page 9

Mark McLaughlin is bringing new food options to a former convenience store. Photo by Ellen Bond


Hintonburg’s status as one of Ottawa’s most eclectic food neighbourhoods is about to become even more entrenched, thanks to a tasty renovation that’s happening at the corner of Spadina and Gladstone. The former Corner Express convenience store is in the midst of being transformed into the Spadina Dina. New owner Mark McLaughlin has lots of delicious elements planned, including a deli, fish counter, more comprehensive grocery store and an impressive diner menu for breakfast, lunch and takeout. Speak with Mark for just a minute or two and you’ll quickly discover that he is a man of boundless energy and talents. After an initial attempt to purchase the store six years ago, Mark was pleased to finally get his hands on it in mid-May of this year. He comes to this project with an extensive background in the food industry, having worked in the Arctic providing both chef and industrial medical services. Hopefully he won’t need to apply the latter skillset at the diner, which he is busily renovating both inside and out, having received some help during the first month from his parents and business partners, John and Barbara McLaughlin, who came from New Brunswick to assist. It’s a slow but steady process given that he’s keeping the store and lunch counter open while he does most of the work himself, but he anticipates being done by the end of summer. For both his eat-in and takeout menus, Mark is planning a range of delicious items including gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and meat-based meals. “I’ll likely offer a number of braised foods because they can be served up quickly and reheat well at home,” he explains. “My diner breakfasts will range from the very healthy like bowls with oats, grains, trail mix and fruit to the always-

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patio debate is an interesting one that stretches back over 100 years. In 1911, Robert W. Foster and his brother-inlaw, Edward Marks, acquired several vacant lots on the north side of Richmond Road between Western and Carleton. Robert and Edward were small-time west-end home builders who built houses a few at a time, then sold and re-invested in other real estate. They were relatively inexperienced contractors and were in business for about a year. Earlier in 1911, the two built four neighbouring houses on Cowley Avenue (only one of which still stands today, at 196 Cowley). Their next project was to construct houses on their Richmond Road lots. They sold the easternmost half-lot at the corner of Western in March 1911 to Frank Stacey for $300 before commencing construction themselves on three largely identical houses immediately to the west, which were completed in 1912. These are the houses now at 1385 Wellington (the Diner), 1391 (CHIN Continued on page 7


restaurant, Laysieng bridal, the recently closed Shebah’s Cove). In other cases, the houses have been altered on the exterior, often with an addition on the front (Island Park Dental, Pho Viet Taste, Red Salon, A Thing for Chocolate). Others have been modified so significantly you’d be surprised that the original structure was ever a residence (Cube Gallery, Bagelshop, Kindred/Cell Doctor). The original portion of the Kindred/Cell Doctor building, located at 1239-43 Wellington West actually dates back to 1901. The building with perhaps the most interesting history is at the corner of Wellington and Western. In the news recently due to their application for a patio on the open part of their lot, the Wellington Diner is a fantastic example of an existing structure that was converted to meet changing trends. To many, it is obvious that the restaurant is a converted house, but the story of the property, and how the vacant half of the lot even exists today to bring about the



When you look at the history of Wellington Street West and Richmond Road, you can’t help but notice how residential and commercial properties evolve over time. Wellington Village features a large number of houses that were converted into commercial spaces. This type of repurposing is not unique to this area, but has been a key element of the continuous transformation of the neighbourhood over the last 20 years. When the neighbourhood originally developed in the first half of the twentieth century, Wellington was still a fairly quiet roadway and Wellington Village was considered to be the suburbs. In fact, Western Avenue is so named because it was the western boundary of the City of Ottawa until 1950. A real estate investment syndicate held much of the land between Island Park Drive and Holland until after WWI, so, unlike Hintonburg and Westboro, development did not begin until around 1920. Not surprisingly, when building started, the most popular lots for early construction were the ones on Wellington. As a result, by the 1950s the makeup of Wellington West was probably 75% residential. Over time, Wellington Village continued to grow, as did the need for increased commercial space. As a result, many houses have been converted to shops and offices. In some cases, the change is obvious and the shop still looks like a house (for example, Bella’s

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1953. At this time, $1,895 could fetch you a 1951 Chev Belaire and a 1949 Austin cost $875. The dealership passed through many hands over the next 42 years. Some readers may remember Gordie Turner’s “The Little Lot with the Big Values” in the mid-50s. A small sales hut was built at the back of the property and dealers squeezed in up to 18 cars on the lot. Its final incarnation was as “Western Automobiles” from the mid-70s until 1994. Conrad Gravelle acquired the property in 1985, selling in 1994 to Dr. Byron Hyde, who continues to own the property to this day. Dr. Hyde tore down the garage and sales hut and converted the house to a restaurant in 1995, building additions to the front, side and back. He also constructed a short brick wall on the former car lot space in anticipation of adding a patio, which, until now, was a 22-year project in the making. The Amber Garden restaurant served eastern European food until closing in 2007 and was replaced by the Wellington Diner, which is now owned by Jeff Frost (then simply


Continued from page 5 Radio), and 1395 (Ali Cat Art/Pho Viet Taste). In the spring of 1913, Frank Stacey and his wife Minnie, who had just given birth to their first child, son Giles, in September acquired the newly completed house at what was then 1 Richmond Road. (The western end of Wellington was moved from Western to Island Park in 2003). Perhaps the Staceys decided it was easier to simply purchase a finished house than build their own. As a result, the corner lot remained empty and gave Stacey a large property and spacious yard. The family built a long wood structure along the full length of the rear of the property, likely a stable and chicken coop. A garage was built years later. The Staceys remained in the house for 73 years. Daughter Violet was born in 1919. She lived in the house after her parents passed away in the 1960s and remained until 1985. In the spring of 1953, the automobile was exploding in popularity and the Staceys leased their side yard to a used car dealership. Jackson Motors opened April


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“I’m doing something I’m qualified to do,” says John Thompson, sole proprietor of The Record Centre on Wellington Street West. John has always been passionate about vinyl records and has amassed an extensive collection over decades at his home. He’s just been waiting for the rest of the world to catch up. The Record Centre evolved out of his love and passion for vintage audio. His store offers a large jazz section, but also has some classical, rock, and metal and sells the equipment to play vinyl. In 2011, John took over the business from a friend in a very small space which he shared with another business owner. In 2014, he moved next door to the former hair salon and created his own space. He has worked with the same staff since he opened the store – one full-time person and several part timers. John’s business card advertises ‘buying well cared for record collections & quality used audio gear.’ From a vintage record centre specializing in jazz, John has since expanded his scope and now hosts live performances by local and visiting musicians. He has also created his own little record label, which has released 20 records by local musicians so far. And he is an avid reader. John was a little bit of a mystery guy – having read all of Ian Rankin’s books – but now he’s more into science fiction.

He’s also interested in re-reading books that have been really good in the past. “Every now and again there’s a book I want to reread – it’s almost a gift of forgetting enough of it,” says John. “I think I want to re-read a book and I’ll know right away if it’s not the time.” John is just about ready to re-read Weave World, by Clive Barker, which is more fantasy. The kind of fantasy he enjoys is something that can occur in our world. John’s choices of summer reading material also includes Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, which he recently saw referenced somewhere and realized he’d never read. “It’s a nice, easy read,” he says. His second choice is a Japanese writer, Haruki Murakami’s A Wild

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“Every now and again there’s a book I want to reread – it’s almost a gift of forgetting enough of it.” Sheep Chase. Murakami’s books have been translated in over 50 different languages. John has read most of them but says he’s not for everyone. It took him awhile to get used to his writing but what he loves about Haruki is how well he captures Japanese culture. “He’s super interesting, unconventional, very underground,” says John. His third choice is a book he read 15 years ago and wants to re-read. “It’s the best book I’ve ever read,” he says. The Secret History by Donna Tart, is in the mystery genre but is not

structured as a mystery per se. It opens with a murder but is not really about a murder. “It’s a really good story and centres on a group of highly intelligent university students who are on the outside,” John says. John’s reading habits have changed since he started to read on his iPad. He almost always has a book on the go and is able to read during the day at work or evenings at home where he and his wife have a designated reading room. Read all of our Kitchissippi Reads profiles at

Foodie convenience Continued from page 3 Mark is intrigued by the variety of food offerings throughout the Hintonburg and Wellington Village, and feels his spot will be a great complement to what’s already available. He is exploring the possibility of offering containerless options (meaning you bring your own dishes from home for him to fill) and is eager for input from the community to find out what additional aspects might be of interest. He’s even planning to make the Spadina Dina an arts hub, offering space for visual artists to show their work, for his burlesquedancing employee to put on performances and for hosting musical events and avant-garde film screenings. “I chose Ottawa as my new home because of the abundant opportunities for cycling and cross-country skiing,

as well as its proximity to Gatineau Park,” says Mark, who lives not far from his new business. “I specifically chose this location because I just knew that with this neighbourhood’s village-like atmosphere, there would be lots of people ready to embrace the concept I want to deliver and who will help spread the word about the Spadina Dina.” His hunch is proving correct already. Mark notes that many people who’ve popped into the shop to learn about the transformation have been extremely receptive to his plans. “Everyone’s been so welcoming and kind. It’s really encouraging to see the number of customers stopping in for grocery items steadily growing. There are a lot of wonderful people in this neighbourhood and I’m excited to feed them.”


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Monia Mazigh is on a deadline to get through a stack of books this summer, but she can’t tell us about them. She’s on the jury for a book award and it’s all secret until the award recipient is announced. She can, however, tell us about the books she reads for herself, that have to wait until bedtime. Currently Monia is reading The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka, and enjoying learning about places and events she hadn’t encountered before. A girl in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) is married off to a stranger from Malaysia and moves there, only to find he is not the wealthy man he claimed to be. She has children and survives the brutality of the Japanese occupation during WWII, and the book follows several generations and the impact on them of the earlier traumas.

Monia, author and human rights activist with a Ph.D. in Finance, also reviews economics books for a show on Radio-Canada. For that, she recently read The New Urban Crisis by Richard Florida, which examines issues of city planning, gentrification and affordable housing. “It’s a very relevant book,” she notes. “Reading it, I thought a lot about Ottawa and how some political decisions can exclude some people from some neighbourhoods. These discussions are really affecting a lot of people; they’re not just academic discussions.” While her reading for work includes many non-fiction books, Monia is personally drawn to novels, “to stories about people; simple stories like when people gossip; stories that make me believe this is something that can really happen.” Continued on next page

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Kitchissippi’s Stephen Flood is known as one of the most talented bar tenders in the city of Ottawa. He’s been behind the bar at Black Tomato (which he also co-owned) in the ByWard Market, El Camino on Elgin Street, and is currently serving up cocktails at Riviera on Sparks Street. Though best known for his mixology, he is also a huge lover of fashion, and has dabbled as a shoe salesman at WOLF and Zed, a high-end boutique on Sussex Drive, and tried his hand as a clothing designer in recent years. Stephen is currently reading Theft By Finding, by David Sedaris. The book is a collection of journal entries by the American humourist, comedian and author, which go as far back as the late 70’s, and include his observations on daily life that range from poignant to ridiculous. “Sedaris is a laugh-outloud humourist, and his diaries are proving to be very interesting insights into where his short fiction

“Combined with an absolutely fascinating female protagonist, and very smart, funny dialogue the five books in the series are very good,” he says. When he finds time to tuck into a book, Stephen leaves the bar behind and makes his way to a different world of liquid delights, the neighbourhood cafe. “A lot of my reading gets done in coffee shops,” says Stephen. “Several Bridgeheads and the Hintonburg Ministry Of Coffee are usually where I try to carve out some quiet time to lose myself in the world of words.” Read all of our Kitchissippi Reads profiles at


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In her book Hope and Despair, Monia shared the story of how she reacted when her husband, Maher Arar, was jailed and tortured in Syria, and of her struggle to free him. In her novel Hope Has Two Daughters, she wrote about revolutionary events decades apart in her country of birth, Tunisia, and the responses of a mother and a daughter to those events. Her next novel is about women’s lives in the 1930s in Tunisia, and is inspired in part by her grandmother’s memories. Her own memories of growing up in Tunisia are filled with reading and books. She encourages her daughter and son to seek out the same sense of joy and discovery in books. “It’s a moment for themselves, either to escape and let their imagination go, or to try and connect with these other lives, here or abroad, to feel empathy for those lives.” Read all of our Kitchissippi Reads profiles at

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“Reading it, I thought a lot about Ottawa and how some political decisions can exclude some people from some neighbourhoods. These discussions are really affecting a lot of people; they’re not just academic discussions.”

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Continued from previous page As she describes a novel she recently enjoyed, it seems it could easily be a real-life example in Florida’s book about urbanism. A Strangeness in My Mind, by Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, follows a man named Mezut through four decades of working on the streets of Istanbul. He works as a yogurt seller and that line of work dies away as the country modernizes, and his humble neighbourhood is demolished to make way for office towers. “We see how the city changes; how it is affected economically but also socially,” she says, and how it impacts one man and his family. “I am drawn to these things that happen in life that make us who we are – the problems we encounter and how we react to them.”

comes from,” says Stephen. “One of the best things I’ve read lately is a series of detective novels set in Cardiff, Wales,” says Stephen, referring to the series by British author, Harry Bingham, that tell the stories of a young Welsh detective, Fiona Griffiths. “In the best crime fiction you not only get a good mystery, you also get a real feel for the atmosphere of the city and country,” says Stephen. The first book in the series is titled Talking to The Dead.

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Happy birthday to a Kitchissippi centenarian Devoted volunteer, photographer, poet, husband, father By Judith van Berkom

How do we measure a person’s life? In the number of years they have lived or do we measure it by how much they have achieved in their lifetime, how many awards they’ve received, or how much money they’ve earned? Or do we measure a person by their quality of character? Are they generous, loving, and honest? Do we look at their children and assume the goodness of the parents by how much the children have achieved in their lives and how well adjusted they are? Occasionally, we meet a person who has led a full life, who has accomplished a lot, who is generous, caring, and compassionate, has a good sense of humour and continues to be

physically and mentally active. Gurbachan Singh Bedi will turn 100 at the end of September of this year. His parents died in their fifties, so his age is not a result of good genes. “It’s God’s grace,” he says. His wife, Mohindar, is 99-years-ofage. They met, married and lived in Delhi, India until his 70th year. Both their daughters are physicians – one in Ottawa and the other in the US. Their son is a retired colonel in India. Gurbachan is a WWII veteran who was awarded four medals; a poet, translator and photographer; a strong believer in Gandhi who advised people not to speak, see or hear any evil; not to criticize others but instead work to improve yourself.

Gurbachan and Mohindar still live independently in their apartment of 30 years and celebrated 79 years of marriage this year. Their daughter sponsored them to come to Ottawa when Gurbachan turned 70, with the idea that her parents would come and live with her. “We were never consulted,” says Gurbachan.“I was well established in India. I had my own business. I can’t be idle.” He agreed to stay only if he had a job. Five days later, at age 70, he went to work full time as a staff sergeant with the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires and worked in various places in Ottawa until he reached 90. For the last 10 years, he has looked after his wife at home. Mohindar’s memory is failing and she has had several falls. She walks with a cane in the apartment and has a

walker when they go out. Gurbachan cooks her meals and looks after her. Gurbachan’s life is much more than his work. When he was 14 he picked up photography. He starting with black and white photographs, developing and enlarging the photos himself and colouring them afterwards. Volunteerism makes up a large part of his life. He has taken part in many activities – the World Alliance of Peace Summit is a yearly gathering of people from around the world for the cause of peace. The group works to influence policy issues. Locally, he initiated interaction with the Ottawa Community Immigration and the Jewish Family Services and played a role in facilitating communications among various faith groups, promoting understanding between

Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and other faiths. The Punjabi Heritage Foundation presented him with an award for his literary contributions in four languages – Punjabi, Urdu, English and Hindu. In a project that took a year to complete, Gurbachan transliterated a text from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib – Sikhism’s most sacred text – into Urdu. It is now available to Sikhs all over the world on the Internet. Gurbachan takes part in the annual SEVA walk to raise money for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation. His daughter donated a room in the hospital in her parents’ name. When the earthquake hit Haiti several years ago, Gurbachan donated his pension cheque; two weeks later he donated his next pension cheque to the relief efforts. Among his accolades is a letter thanking him for returning a wallet

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found on the floor of the Rideau Centre with several hundred dollars, credit cards and other valuables. He refused any compensation for returning the wallet and the letter of gratitude he received describes his many qualities of character – trustworthiness, honesty and high moral standards. Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2002, it would require a good deal of space to list all of the organizations that Gurbachan was involved in and the awards given to him for all the volunteer service he provided over the years. To name a few: President of the Punjabi Seniors Association for two consecutive terms and now its Patron; volunteer with the Kanata Senior Centre; certificates of appreciation from the Jewish Family Services, Sikh Community Services Ottawa, Red Cross; and Award of Honour from the Punjabi Heritage Foundation of Canada. In June, Gurbachan received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Club of West Ottawa. The introduction read at the awards ceremony on June 27 referred to his work as a devoted volunteer and also his philosophy – “working to advance mutual respect between people of different races, cultures and beliefs. In particular, he helps seniors and underprivileged people.”


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New benches were installed at Golden Manor earlier this summer. Golden Manor, located at 445 Richmond Rd., is an Ottawa Community Housing building with 239 units for seniors and people with disabilities. The benches were made possible thanks to fundraising by Ottawa Community Housing tenants with funds donated by Councillor Jeff Leiper, ABC Daycare, Westboro BIA, and Westboro’s Royal Canadian Legion-Branch 480. Photo submitted by Ottawa Community Housing

Tiny food makes big impression

Karina points to her favourite piece by the mysterious tiny food artist: a popsicle outside Churchill’s. To view more photos, as well as a map that will help guide your search for tiny food, go to

A guerilla street art project has caught the attention of some very observant residents Story and photo by Jacob Hoytema

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Kitchissippi is rich in public art. A person walking along Richmond Road or Wellington West can enjoy murals and sculptures that have over the years become fixtures in the local landscape. The city’s newest public art is as difficult to spot as it is charming. Luckily, Westboro is home to a couple of keen-eyed art connoisseurs who have made a mission to document this unusual new form of street art. Charlotte and Karina Dobson, sisters aged 12 and 10 respectively, were walking home from school with a friend last winter when they noticed something strange peeking out from the snow on Richmond Road: a tiny hotdog in a bun, super-glued to a yellowbrick wall a few feet off the ground. They thought it was interesting, but only later discovered it was part of something bigger. “Maybe a month later, we found the pecan pie on our way home,” Charlotte says, referring to the miniature dessert glued to the outside of Oh So Good coffeehouse. “Then we started looking for them.”

Once they realized the mini foods were not unique, the girls went on a hunt with their mother, scouring the bricks for more of the tiny clay delicacies. During that search and in the weeks since, they’ve accumulated a list of sixteen tiny hidden foods in Westboro. Charlotte and Karina form a sort of fan club for this tiny food art project, which arrived in Ottawa last winter and has spread all over the city. The foods, some of which are duplicates (burgers and hot dogs being particularly common) are made of clay and painted with close detail. The clay-food crafter, who hasn’t revealed his or her identity, plants the ‘minis’ around the city discretely. This anonymity does not mean the artist is entirely silent, however. There’s an Instagram account full of tiny creations (, or SAM for short) that fans can follow. As Charlotte and Karina noticed, the mystery artist seems to have fun choosing foods that correspond to the wide variety of businesses in the Westboro community: whether it’s a pie

at Oh So Good, a macaron at Quelquechose Pâtisserie, or a carrot (that has since disappeared) at Pure Kitchen vegetarian restaurant. In an Instagram message to KT, the artist wrote that Westboro is one of their favourite neighbourhoods to return to. “Westboro is one of the areas where people seem to respect the art and appreciate it,” writes the artist. “Some of the very first minis that I ‘installed’ are still there!” Charlotte and Karina are no casual fans of the tiny food-maker. Both girls have tried some sculpting in school and at home, and were sharp enough to

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recognize that the artist uses a “polymer clay.” They’ve also said that the mysterious sculptor has inspired them to someday imitate the unusual craft. “When we saw these things, the little foods, we thought it was kind of cool, and we wanted to make them ourselves,” says Charlotte. “Knowing that my project is reaching people of all ages is a really great feeling. I want to add a little fun and surprise to someone’s day,” SAM added. To view more photos, as well as a map that will help guide your search for tiny food, go to



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AUGUST 9 - SAMBA OTTAWA AT MCCORMICK PARK Samba Ottawa come to play for the community in McCormick Park (294 Carruthers) for the seventeenth year. Come to the interactive workshop or just to listen to their Brazilian drumming. Samba arrives in the park about 7:30 p.m. Rain date is Wednesday Aug 16). For information



This year marks the 15th anniversary of Torchlight Shakespeare. Company of Fools, a local Torchlight Shakespeare theatre company, will be presenting A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Lions Park on August 15 at 7p.m.

AUGUST 25 - FRIDAY 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, and whole-hearted fellowship. We will gather at St. Mary’s Parish (100 Young St.) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The speaker will be Gary Mellor. Prayer Teams will be available. A reception will follow (in the lower hall). For more information, contact Lise Going at or call 613-728-9811, ext. 720.

NOVEMBER 18 - FAMILY DANCE WITH LIVE MUSIC Come dance with your young family, grandkids or kids you know at a super fun community dance in the heart of Westboro! Fantastic live traditional music (think fiddles). No experience necessary as all dances are taught and very family-friendly.  3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. with optional potluck after! For more details go to Can’t make it to the November dance? Mark these dates in your calendar: January 20 2018, March 17 2018, April 21, 2018.

WESTBORO LEGION’S BINGO AND LEAGUES Bingo every Wednesday night at the Westboro Legion. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for Café 480 and games begin at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Join us with your friends, or come and meet new friends. Funds raised are donated back to community organizations.  We also have bid euchre, darts, pool and sandbag leagues on a weekly basis. For more information visit or call 613-725-2778.

YOUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS For up-to-date news on your neighbourhood, stay in touch with your community association. Information about events, traffic changes, development, neighbourhood clubs, volunteer opportunities and board meetings is available from the following Community Association websites. Champlain Park Community Association Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre Hintonburg Community Association Hampton-Iona Community Group Island Park Community Association McKellar Park Community Association Mechanicsville Community Association



There will be a live music dance at the Westboro Legion, 389 Richmond Road in the downstairs on August 26. You will enjoy Country, Rock, Down East and Irish music, perfect for dancing. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the dance will be from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The bar will be open. Admission is $10 per person or $15 per couple. We welcome all, you do not need to be a member to attend. Tickets are available in advance at the upstairs bar at the Westboro Legion or at the door. Join us for the fun of it. For more information visit rcl480. com or call Coleene at 613-294-1820.

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OCTOBER 21 - NEPEAN HS CLASS OF ‘67 FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY REUNION Members of the Nepean HS Class of 1967 are organizing a Fiftieth Anniversary Reunion, to

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There will be a live music dance at the Westboro Legion, 389 Richmond Road in the downstairs on August 19. You will enjoy Country, Rock, Down East and Irish music, perfect for dancing. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the dance will be from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.  The bar will be open. Admission is $10 per person or $15 per couple. We welcome all, you do not need to be a member to attend.  Tickets are available in advance at the upstairs bar at the Westboro Legion or at the door.  Join us for the fun of it. For more information visit or call Coleene at 613294-1820.

the summer months as well as all year on Monday nights (Except Holiday Mondays) at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Civic Hospital on the Main Floor in the Bickell Room. It is a friendly atmosphere where one can learn to hone their leadership skills and become more confident in speaking.


The Teen Book Club will be reading and discussing 8 Canadian YA books (as part of this Summer’s Battle of the Books) voted on by YOU the reader. One YA book will win the top spot. For teens 12 to 18. Happening at Carlingwood Library at 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Registration is optional. For more information go to  


be held at Nepean High School on Broadview Ave on Saturday, October 21, 2017. All grade 12 and 13 graduates from 1967 and classmates who graduated after grade 12 in 1966 are invited to come back and relive memories of their high school days, meet their former classmates and mingle with current staff and students. For more detailed information, please visit the reunion web site: com/site/nepean67reunion/welcome-1


There will be a Down East Rock and Roll and Classic Country Dance at the Westboro Legion, 391 Richmond Road in the upstairs hall with Lorne Daley and Ricochet Riders on August 12, 2017. You will enjoy Country, Rock, Down East and Irish music, perfect for foot stomping action.  Doors open at 7 p.m. p.m. and the dance will be from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.  The bar will be open.  Admission is $10 per person or $15 per couple. We welcome all, you do not need to be a member to attend. Tickets are available in advance at the upstairs bar at the Westboro Legion or at the door.  Join us for the fun of it. For more information visit or call Coleene at 613294-1820.  

Admission is pay-what-you-can. Tickets are not required, but Torchlight accepts donations and both credit and debit cards can be used on site. It is also suggested that you bring a lawn chair or blanket. For information go to


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