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Wellington West Retirement Community offers vibrant senior living in Hintonburg A new and vibrant retirement community is on the rise in Wellington West, right in the heart of one of Ottawa’s most charming neighbourhoods, and historical villages, also known as Hintonburg! The Wellington West Retirement Community — located at the corner of Wellington Street and Parkdale Avenue — puts a worry-free senior-living community at the core of it all. “[Just] steps away from eclectic boutiques and restaurants, residents and families can take comfort in having access to hospitals, clinics and churches nearby,” said Executive Director Linda Meek. Opening soon, the boutique retirement community holds 111 suites and is offering special features, including gourmet kitchens with granite counter tops, walk in closets, balconies and state of the art finishing touches for that extra wow-factor! There’s also the option of having washers and dryers in-suite. It is designed to help make meaningful relationships with not only residents, but their family and support systems as well in this tight-knit community. “Our welcoming, intimate setting allows for not only our team members to truly get to know our residents but their extended families as well,” Meek added. The Wellington West Retirement Community is equipped with two floors

of recreational and dining space, with independent living including alcoves. One bedroom, one bedroom with den in-suite and two bedroom options are available. “Our third floor studios on our assisted living floor allows you to age in place gracefully,” Meek said. “Our health and wellness team is dedicated to building a customized care plan that meets the unique individual needs or our future residents.” This all-inclusive retirement community will pamper you in every way! Nothing says dining elegance quite like being welcomed and personally escorted to your table by the gracious dining room Maître D. From the white linen tablecloths, to the fresh and delicious meals prepared by the Red Seal Chef, every meal of the day is a fullflavour dining experience. “Our open style dining room seating encourages new friends and interesting conversations,” Meek added. After an active morning participating in recreational activities such as yoga, Zumba or any other ClubFit programs, you can relax with a bridge game, afternoon tea or a wine and cheese pairing in the lounge. For theatre buffs and book worms, there will be a tranquil area to retreat to as well.

“There is something for everyone,” Meek said. Meek has 15 years experience as executive director in retirement communities around Ottawa. She understands the importance of welcoming residents into the community, as though they are coming into her own home. “It is very important that each community member who lives with us, feels as though they are a part of our family,” she said. Meek is known for not only the excellent work she does within her retirement communities, but is also known for her efforts in surrounding the communities they’re established in. She served as vice president of regional affairs for the Ontario Retirement Home Association board of directors. She has previously advocated senior concerns to the board from all over Ontario. Over the past 15 years, Linda has worked with, and volunteered her time for, senior-centric causes, and remains a strong educator for the organization. Staff members at the Wellington West Retirement Community are being hand selected for their passion and compassion Meek said. “We want to attract and keep warm, friendly [staff] who really want to make a difference in people’s lives,” Meek said. “Seniors can age-in-place knowing they have access to qualified caring staff to make • 613-716-6885 SPONSORED CONTENT

every day as comfortable and healthful as possible.” “Our community offers independence and empowerment in decision-making, peace of mind, and a worry-free lifestyle, not only for those who choose to reside with us, but also for their families,” she added. Meek acknowledged that making the transition to retirement living is a very personal decision for seniors. “For those that are feeling isolated, being challenged by the day-to-day maintenance of a long-time home, or have lost a loved one, it becomes an important part of a healthy independent lifestyle. That’s where we can help,” she said. “You can make a decision you won’t regret” It’s fun, it’s vibrant, it’s urban chic. It’s one big family — The Community looks forward to seeing you! The Wellington West Retirement Community presentation centre is now open, with move-ins scheduled for 2021. Executive Director Linda Meek

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250 City Centre Ave., Suite 500 Ottawa ON K1R 6K7 Kitchissippi, meaning “the Grand River,” is the former Algonquin name for the Ottawa River. The name now identifies the urban community to the west of downtown Ottawa. EDITOR

Meet Tina Le Moine “I lived in Berlin, and then I moved to Holland to study painting and I taught myself animation. I wrote all the schools in Canada because I liked Canadian animation and the fact that they have the National Film Board here. Emily Carr [University of Art + Design] in Vancouver said I could come and study for half a year as a guest student. When I came back to Canada [for the second time] to work on my film, I met Doug, and then me not wanting a relationship turned into us getting married. We [moved] to Saint-Lazare, outside of Montreal, in the country because when the kids were small, they were always outside — running out of the house, onto the street. I’m not a person that discourages my kids from going outside, but the street we were living on was too busy. It was great when the kids were small. And then they got into their pre-teen years and I was driving everywhere. I hate driving, so I walk. We wanted to move to the city, and Doug’s parents are in Ottawa, so we moved [here]. We looked at this area and I liked it. I walked into this house and right away I said, “Yes, this is the one.” It just spoke to me. I do love this neighborhood (Wellington West). I like that I know everybody on this street. It’s that comfort of community. [I work at] PranaShanti Yoga studio; [I’m part of] Hidden Harvest, the Ottawa International Animation Festival; I was teaching at the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre and I do


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the community share pickup for the Roots and Shoots Community Supported Agriculture Baskets [for this area]. I do know a lot of people in the neighbourhood through all these initiatives. The reason why I think I know so many people in the neighbourhood is because I don’t take the car. I walk everywhere. I hate the infills! People don’t need that much space. The trend is [moving] towards small spaces. We’re minimizing the whole house and giving everything away because you don’t need that much stuff. So why do people still build big houses? Because if you have a big house, you fill it. I find that

very wasteful. And to tear it down and build new — it’s all going to the landfill. I [also] want to block off the end of the street [to keep] the through traffic speeds down. [That way] the kids can play outside. A dead-end street, small house, no plastics and a little community garden where everyone can come and pick, and I'll sit outside and chat with everyone, and we have community parties: that’s the ideal. I think it’s important that people are outside talking. [Let’s] make it a neighbourhood again.” Story and photo collected by Hollie Grace James.

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To close this memorable year out, we've got an uplifting edition for you, readers. This month’s stories highlight how our neighbours care for one another, how resilient our frontline workers and local businesses have been and how our community celebrates the little things. We hope the paper brings you a bit of joy. If you are looking for a festive, feel-good story, we caught up with the owner of Tinseltown Christmas Emporium, Audy Czigler. The store is having one of its best years yet as Ottawa locals look to boost their holiday cheer despite COVID-19’s gloom. The SJAM winter trail is heading into its fifth year! We spoke with Dave Adams, head groomer, to talk about what’s in store for the season and why winter urban pathways are becoming a trend. We caught up with Ottawa West Community Support to hear how the organization has taken their services “on the road” to ensure they can continue to help seniors across the region. A recent break-in left Les Moulins La Fayette needing thousands of dollars in repairs. With the help of the community, the Hintonburg bakery was able to bounce back. We spoke with co-owner Veda Rajole to hear more on the story. Happy Goat Coffee is launching its four LRT shop locations, including Tunney’s Pasture. We heard from Henry Assad, president and CEO, on the new coffee spots for commuters. Attention, sports fans! Batter Up Bakery has opened up shop in Westboro. We spoke with owner Jamie-Lynn Pokrzywka about her custom bakery and how clients are making moments “extra special” during 2020. This month’s community snapshots feature our local winter wonderland! Check out our

photos from one of the season’s first snowfalls in the ward. Early Days takes us to Christmastime in 1880s Hintonburg. The feature paints a vivid picture of the holidays for the early settlers, from what gifts they were buying to the snow conditions. Humans of Kitchissippi connects us with local Tina Le Moine. Tina shares her story with us — from her life in Berlin to her life now in Wellington West (where she loves to walk everywhere!). Parkdale Food Centre (PFC) Executive Director Karen Secord shares the lessons she learned from her kind and generous Maritime grandparents and the ”neighbourto-neighbour” philosophy at the PFC. Finally, we caught up with our local politicians, school trustee and high school columnists to hear the year-end news and reviews. A very happy December to you. If you observe any winter holidays or religious traditions, all the best. And I leave you with a quotation: the lyrics from “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane in 1943, and originally performed by the one and only Judy Garland: “Someday soon we all will be together If the fates allow Until then, we’ll have to muddle through somehow So have yourself a merry little Christmas now” 613.798.8950


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elling comfort and nostalgia is nothing new for Hintonburg’s yearround Christmas shop. But in the year of COVID-19, more than ever, the products at Tinseltown Christmas Emporium are proving to be a much-needed medicine for the soul. Coming out of the spring lockdown, Tinseltown owner Audy Czigler knew there would be an endless string of long work days ahead of him as he tried to recover from three months of store closure and lost revenue. What he didn’t expect upon reopening was to be met by unprecedented crowds of shoppers, all eager for a dose of holiday cheer. “People just wanted to buy something other than groceries and booze, for months it was either that or shopping on Amazon,” said Czigler, as he explains the rush of customers that awaited his return. “The clients are what has been keeping me going: they’re so excited, and I feed off that energy — everyone just wants to celebrate and have a good time.” For Czigler and the few staff he was able to retain, 2020 has been go-go-go since the reopening. So busy that even finding the time to unpack new inventory has been a struggle. Czigler sees it as people needing their fix of something comforting. “Our store is a feel-good store. People come in when they’ve been having a bit of a rough day and need a moment to relax, kind of like going to the bar for a drink,” he said. You’d think that desire for comfort and joy would take people as far away from the pandemic reality as possible, but the customers at Tinseltown have come to see the new normal as something that should be commemorated. Czigler said they’ve seen a high demand in COVID-19-themed decorations. “We had very high demand for the COVID ornaments, those were things like Santa wearing a mask [or] families

Tinseltown Christmas Emporium owner Audy Czigler works away in the store during a very busy November.

”Our store is a feel-good store.” wearing masks,” said Czigler. “At first, when I saw those from the supplier, I thought that was the last thing we would want to sell. But by late June, it was email after email, and phone call after phone call of clients wanting these COVID products.” And they sold out in record time. With so many special orders, he won’t even be able to get the COVID-19 ornaments on the shelves.

Something there has been no shortage of at Tinseltown this year has been good, oldfashioned holiday cheer. “I feel like everyone is happier this year, of course people were always happy when they came in the store, but it’s something different, they want to forget about the bad things going on outside and they connect with that feeling of nostalgia and joy and celebration,” Czigler said.

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COMMUNITY NEWS Five years on, the SJAM Trail is going strong BY CHARLIE SENACK

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ith snow on the ground, it won’t be long before winter is in full force. The Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) Parkway Trail will soon be bustling with outdoor sport lovers, and those who maintain the trail are already getting prepared. Going into their fifth year, Dave Adams, manager and head groomer of the trail, said they are gearing up for this to be their busiest season yet, with winter urban pathways becoming a new hot trend and people suffering from cabin fever after being indoors for months during the pandemic. “Look at all the choices people are faced with. People are locked in their houses and they can’t go anywhere and they need to go outside,” says Adams. “We are heading into a special year, possibly our biggest season yet in light of COVID.” While it will mostly be business as usual, some extra work is being done this year to help with physical distancing because of the pandemic. Extra track will be groomed wherever possible to ensure a six-foot distance can be maintained, even on popular days. “[In] all open spaces, we will be putting in tracks beside the main trail,'' said Adams. “There will be some space between each track so people will have lots of options to choose from should there be any issues with being in crowds.” An extra volunteer groomer has been added to the roster to help with the added work, with five people now volunteering their time to ensure the track is accessible to all. Snow fences are currently going up to help with any blowing snow coming from the Ottawa River and all the machinery is being checked.

Head Groomer Dave Adams on the Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) Parkway Trail in the winter of 2017. The trail is celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2020. FILE PHOTO BY ELLEN BOND.

”We are heading into a special

year, possibly our biggest season yet in light of COVID.” Warming huts, like the Champlain Park Fieldhouse, will be locked this year but the skating rink and park will remain open. The Mill Street Pub will also be operating, as long as government restrictions aren’t reinstated, but will be operating at a reduced capacity. This year, a toboggan hill is being added at Remic Rapids, a part of the park

Adams calls “the heart of the trail.” “Remic Rapids is the mid-point of the trail and really is the main focus because it is the location of the Nordic Village,” he said. The SJAM Parkway Winter Trail, which follows along 16 km of the Ottawa River, was launched as a short season pilot project in 2015. The trail, which

stretches along the river from Dominion Transit Station to the back door of the Canadian War Museum, is an oasis for cross-country skiers, snowshoers, or anyone who is looking to get out and enjoy the winter weather. In order to keep the project alive, and to cover the maintenance costs, a fundraiser is launched annually. “That money is to support this program,” Adams said. “The money goes into payout for the equipment, paying me a salary to manage it and for administrative costs like insurance. The budget is around $51,000 and that gives you the whole program — grooming from September through to April.” The concept of urban winter pathways are catching on, and other communities around Ottawa are looking to SJAM for ideas and support. While it may have been the first in the city, Adams said it won’t be the last. “You will see these trails popping up through[out] the city and I am so delighted to hear that,” he said. “I work hard on building up a model and demonstrating to our city the impact of urban winter pathways and what they mean to making our city liveable.” Winter pathways cater to a variety of winter sports and are not limited to just one, which is why the idea is catching on, Adams said. They are also able to withstand different weather patterns and are easy and inexpensive to operate. “If I am able to fundraise and give you daily grooming throughout the entire winter on donations, some contributions from business and some public money — plus I am doing all of this on volunteer labour — it just demonstrates how economical this recreational facility can be,” said Adams. To donate to the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway Trail fund, visit their website at





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usinesses across the city have been impacted by financial constraints and a lack of business caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. But for one in the Hintonburg company, they had to deal with another unexpected setback. The owners of Les Moulins La Fayette, located at 1000 Wellington St. W., said it was around 5:30 in the morning on Oct. 14 when they got a call from Ottawa Police informing them that their bakery was the target of a break-in. “They broke our accessible door glass which was broken [with] a big rock, and cash was stolen from the till,” said coowner Veda Rajole. “Just before that, we were finally on a roll and decided to take some time off to spend time with our families.” The store did not have to close after the break-in, but Rajole admits it was difficult to work with minimized space. To date, Ottawa Police have been unable to catch the thief, but told the Les Moulins La Fayette owners they believe the suspect has been involved in other robberies in both September and October. Instead of going through their insurance to cover the costs, Rajole decided to take a different approach with crowdfunding to help avoid high premiums, which would have been unaffordable. “We went that route because back in 2018, when multiple tornadoes hit Ottawa and there was a blackout which forced us to be closed for three days, we lost over $12,000 in food,” said Rajole. “When we put the insurance claim in for that our premiums went up right away, and we didn’t want that to happen again.”

Some of the baked goods made at the local shop. PHOTO COURTESY OF LES MOULINS LA FAYETTE HINTONBURG.

Immediately after the local BIA suggested the idea, a crowdfunding campaign was launched with the goal of raising $6,000. That goal was met within three days. Rajole said that money went towards not only fixing the accessible door and replacing the cash which was stolen, but also to improving their security system. Sensors have now been added to all doors and windows to make sure that if a similar situation ever happens again, they will be notified as soon as the incident starts to take place. “My business partners and I are 110 per cent grateful that we are even in a position where we are able to ask the community for help,” he said. “I mean, we have been supportive of the community since we opened and we could have never in our wildest dreams thought we would be the ones in need, given all other circumstances around the pandemic.” Les Moulins La Fayette Hintonburg is a staple French bakery café in the community serving up a variety of breads,

From left to right: Les Moulins La Fayette Hintonburg co-owners Veda Rajole, Ghummaz Bhatti and Aditya Budhiraja. PHOTO COURTESY OF LES MOULINS LA FAYETTE HINTONBURG. authentic Parisian pastries, third-wave coffee and gourmet sandwiches. Having first opened their doors in 2017, they have noticed a decrease in business since COVID-19 first came to Ottawa in March. Since then they have been closed for in-person dining and are operating strictly through takeout. Rajole says they made the decision to keep operating without indoor dining to keep both their staff and customers safe. Due to their small space,

only four or five tables could be seated anyway. “As soon as we got into the rhythm of the new normal, we decided not to bring back indoor service after Ontario entered phase three,” says Rajole. “Once fall hit and kids went back to school, we started to see an uptick in customers.” Before the pandemic, 18 staff were on the payroll. When their business took a hit, they were forced to lay off 12 staff

members who then applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). With business now increasing and the holiday season approaching, they have been able to double their staff. Rajole is thankful for the public’s support with the crowdfunding campaign

and the increase in sales. He is feeling confident that Les Moulins La Fayette will come back stronger than ever after the pandemic. “We are looking forward to supporting the community which has supported us again soon,” he said.

The main entrance of the local bakery at 1000 Wellington St. W. An Oct. 14 break-in left the accessible glass door broken. PHOTO COURTESY OF LES MOULINS LA FAYETTE HINTONBURG.

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much they’ve been missing right at their doorsteps. We know we’ll be riding this second wave of the pandemic right into 2021, so it’s time to make your COVID-19 resolutions list. Make the most of this unusual time and take pleasure in the simple things that are safe and local (and maybe some that you’ve been putting off!). Looking for ideas? Dovercourt has you covered. We are blessed with many walking trails in the Ottawa area, and Westboro is no exception. The SJAM multi-use trail, in its fifth season, lets you enjoy the beauty of the Ottawa River on foot or snowshoes, by fat bike or cross country skis. Enjoy the exercise and a healthy dose of Vitamin N(ature). Want to try one of Canada’s fastest growing sports? Pickleball combines


Are you laughing at your New Year’s resolutions from 2020? Shaking your head at the places you wanted to visit, the people you wanted to see? You’re not the only one who wants to toss the 2020 calendar into the blue bin and start over. This year, the very idea of resolving to do things in 2021 comes with much uncertainty. Not only do we have the annual challenge of finding variety and fun to add to our lives, we have to do it within a list of guidelines and restrictions and often, now, wearing a mask. Lucky for us, our city is full of amazing opportunities that are too often saved for holidays with relatives, or family vacations, or international visitors. As it turns out, many people have taken the pandemic as an opportunity to explore activities closer to home, and are discovering how


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elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis, has no age restrictions and requires little equipment. It ticks all the boxes for healthy recreational activities: Easy to learn, fun and social. Pickleball is offered every weekday at Dovercourt from 1-2 p.m. at $3/session. Players claim it’s addictive! Even small amounts of exercise have an impact on your mental state and immune system. With safe-spacing and other COVID-19 guidelines in place, in-person fitness classes and swim lessons can help us feel “almost-normal,” and online classes allow people to connect with their favourite instructors, and other familiar faces, while at home. If you’ve been meaning to try something new that sparks your creativity, you’re in luck. Watercolour classes allow you to follow along step-by-step, or learn more about visual art with artist Maya Hum — both offered online. Classes are ongoing at Dovercourt and winter registration begins on Dec. 8. Now is the perfect time to make those pandemic resolutions and brighten these winter days.

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COMMUNITY NEWS Happy Goat Coffee set to open new Tunney’s Pasture location BY MATTHEW HORWOOD

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tarting in December, O-Train Confederation Line commuters will be able to stop at Tunney’s Pasture station to enjoy gourmet coffee and locally baked food from Happy Goat Coffee. The local company is opening four concession stands at Blair station, Rideau station, Hurdman station and Tunney's Pasture. They will offer specialty coffees and teas, baked goods, sandwiches and roast coffee beans. Happy Goat Coffee Company was started in 2009 by artisan coffee roaster

Pierre Richard, who passed the business onto Henry Assad and Ahmet Oktar. The coffee shop opened its first location on Laurel Street in 2011 and added six more locations in the city beginning in 2016. The company also sells its coffee to more than 100 restaurants, cafés, bars and supermarkets in the Ottawa region. In May 2019, the City of Ottawa started a bidding process to open concession stands along the light rail transit (LRT) Confederation Line. Henry Assad, president and CEO of Happy Goat, said his company won the contract in July, beating out seven other companies such

as Tim Hortons and Starbucks. Assad said Happy Goat was chosen because of their “very strong proposal,” which included partnerships with other local companies to sell food and drinks, and plans to produce close to zero waste. “All we have invested in the company over the last six years is finally bearing fruit; that’s also part of the reason we were chosen,” he said. The opening of the locations was originally slated for November, but according to Assad, the COVID-19 lockdowns in March delayed construction on the locations. However,

he said things were back to normal and the projects were going ahead by July. With construction on the four kiosks complete, inspections finalized and all 40 staff having received training, the Tunney’s Pasture location will be open at the end of November. Assad said for a small company that doesn’t often receive exposure, the marketing value of four new locations along the LRT is “immeasurable.” He says Happy Goat Coffee has been given an opportunity to show off their culture, values and philosophy, and that the company is “very excited.” “We are proud to have been chosen by [the] city and to have them put trust in [a] company like ours,” Assad said. “This is a unique opportunity that gives us ammunition to expand even further, whether it's in the Ottawa area or outside.”

BIZ ROUNDUP We've checked in with our neighbourhood BIAs to learn about the latest business news in Kitchissippi. Here are some of the headlines!

jewellery, clothing, gifts and more. The store’s other location is at 233A Armstrong St. in Kitchissippi. There are two local spots to shop right now!

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We celebrated the first Business Improvement Area (BIA) Day municipally back on Nov. 12. According to the City of Ottawa, there are 19 BIAs representing over 6,400 local businesses. A belated thanks to our two Kitchissippi BIAs — Wellington West and Westboro Village — for all that they do.


Flamingo Boutique has opened at 992 Wellington St. W. The store offers

Pokoloko and Cloud Forest Coffee have joined forces to run a two-month pop up retail shop in Westboro! According to its Facebook page, Cloud Forest Coffee imports “organic, directtrade coffee from the Intag region of Ecuador.” And as a company, Pokoloko is a “curated, ethical source of quality, fair trade products from around the globe,” its Facebook page states. The pop up runs from Oct. 31 to Dec. 31 and it is located at 339 Richmond Rd. (formerly David’s Tea). Look no further for a holiday source for fair trade coffee, clothing, housewares, textiles and more!

Parkdale Market has reopened for the winter holidays. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WELLINGTON WEST BIA.

The Social Market Pop Up Store is now open at 989 Wellington St. W. The online marketplace was launched by the owners of Thirteen: A Social Enterprise (13:ASE) and works in partnership with the Parkdale Food Centre. 13:ASE is a “spice company that creates African spice mixes and develops recipes to share with our clients,” according to the market’s website. You’ll find spices, sauces, chocolate, coffee, jewellery and more in this seasonal

catalogue. The pop up runs until Dec. 31, so check it out this month!


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his October, Batter Up Bakery opened its doors in Kitchissippi. The custom bakery provides themed baked goods for any event. “Whether it be corporate [events], or birthdays, or weddings or family celebrations, we kind of cover all the bases!” said Jamie-Lynn Pokrzywka, owner and baker at Batter Up Bakery. Pokrzywka was looking for a retail space for nearly two years when the pandemic struck. In July, as an affordable spot became available at 396 Athlone Ave., she took the chance. “For me, it was fortunate,” she said. “But, unfortunately, [it was] somebody else’s misfortune of having to close down during COVID that really allowed me to have that seed of opportunity to move into the neighbourhood.” The bakery has seen a lot of community support from clients and the Westboro Village BIA since they moved in, Pokrzywka said. This was her “ideal” Ottawa neighbourhood to open up the retail space. “It was always a dream of mine to be in an area that allowed for baked goods and [the] designing of baked goods,” she said. “I’m in kind of a niche market where I’m not doing the ready-to-go sales just yet — we’re more custom.” “Westboro has that mid- to high-end boutique appeal and that was really my target market,” she added. Over the last months, Pokrzywka said, the biggest challenge has been the uncertainty. Before the pandemic, the business was reliant on large events and

there were different opportunities to generate income, like workshops, aside from custom baking. With many events cancelled, the orders have changed as well. Pokrzywka said they used to do an average of 10-15 orders per week for bigger events. These days, the bakery can have 50-70 smaller orders on a weekly basis, which has meant more to manage on the administrative front, and they are headed for a busy holiday season. But while the events are smaller, Pokrzywka said that the quality of the orders has “gone up,” as people make smaller-scale events “extra special.” In lieu of parties and parades, there are detailed cakes, cookies and cupcakes to mark the moments. “It’s been really special to be part of those really important milestones, just in a different way,” she said. The pandemic has allowed their team to “push the limits” on what they do creatively, Pokrzywka said. One of her favourite recent orders (and baking challenges) was a 3D cake of the Star Wars “Mandalorian” mask for a 70th birthday. “I was so excited. I came in on my day off, blasted some music and had such a good time doing it,” she said. The Star Wars cake, and others like it, remind her why she opened the bakery in the first place. Pokrzywka said that businesses have been in “survival mode” — taking all the orders they can get and rushing around — and it is nice to slow down on occasion and remember why they became entrepreneurs. “When we get that opportunity to do something that reminds us of why we started this to begin with, I think it is pretty

Jamie-Lynn Pokrzywka, owner and baker. PHOTO COURTESY OF PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMMA.

(Top) Cookies! (Above) The 3D cake of the Star Wars “Mandalorian” mask. PHOTOS COURTESY OF JAMIE-LYNN POKRZYWKA.

special to get to have that moment,” she said. For Pokrzywka, it all started in childhood — baking has been a lifelong vocation. She came from a “very large family” (her mom was one of 17 children) that was always making food. “We grew up baking,” she said. “I was always in the kitchen with my mom and my grandma.” Pokrzywka “put down the spatula for a while” but got back into the hobby in university as a way to relieve stress. Eventually, she started to try using fondant and other advanced cake techniques. “Honestly, my first cake was terrible,” she said. “But every time I was like, ‘I can do better.’ And that’s kind of where it started.” In 2011, Pokrzywka made her first sale when a friend asked her to bake a cake for

her niece. The business was launched and it was time to choose a name. “I love baseball and I play softball in the summer, so I just kind of combined my two loves and came up with ‘Batter Up Bakery,’” she said. In the early innings, Pokrzywka ran the business part-time while working full time in the interior design industry. But in 2018, she made the decision to leave her career and run the bakery full time — the rest is history. And, in case you were curious, Pokrzywka does have a favourite baseball team. “Well, I have to say the [Blue] Jays,” she said laughing. “I do really love the Jays. I used to live in Toronto, and I loved going to the Jays games.” Her favourite baseball arenas are Wrigley Field in Chicago, and Fenway Park in Boston. Pokrzywka hopes to visit a few more someday soon. “It’s actually on my bucket list to hit every [major] baseball stadium before I die,” she said. “So I think I have some time, as long as the pandemic slows down and I can travel again!” To learn more, visit


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EARLY DAYS Home for the holidays in 1880s Hintonburg BY DAVE ALLSTON


Location, Location, Location By Dean Caillier, Sales Representive with Engel & Völkers Ottawa Central, Brokerage We hear those words so often when a home comes up for sale. Location: Arguably the number one item on a buyer’s wish list when looking for a place to call home. As a Realtor, finding a property for a buyer in a desireable neighborhood can be a challenge, especially when the inventory is low and plenty of buyers are in the wings. As an example, two years ago clients of mine gave me the task to find them a luxury condo in one particular building that offered river views. It also had to have a conceirege, a modern exercise room, and a layout that felt like a home while staying within their budget. So I searched to find them the right property. Some properties had the view but not the layout, while others had the layout but not the view. Or the perfect place had it all but was above the budget. I also put the word out to other agents who replied, “Let me know when you find one, as I have clients looking, too.”

Then, a few weeks ago, what looked like the perfect home popped up on my search. It was exactly what my clients wanted: The right layout, river views, conceriege, a modern gym, and more at a price within their budget. Only thing was it was the wrong location. I sent them the listing anyways and said before you say no, check out the neighborhood as this may work. They took a drive, walked the ‘hood and said, “We love the location, now show us the condo.” Three days later they purchased it. Location can be subjective. When you’re looking for that perfect place to live, sometimes the best place to call home is where you’d least expect it.

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“O Canada” had debuted earlier that year, construction of the much-anticipated transCanada railway was starting and the world was abuzz with the coming magic of electric light. Forepaugh’s travelling exhibition had come to Ottawa that July and, mid-circus, during the elephant’s waltz, three globes suspended from two large posts gave a “brilliant and soft light,” a demonstration inspiring awe. Montreal turned on electric light in its harbour later that summer, allowing for the loading and unloading of ships at night. Within five years, the streets of Ottawa would be lit by electricity. Though these residents of Hintonburg had no electricity, no water service, no sewers, and no streetcars, it was an exciting time to be alive. With the surging economy, Christmas was experiencing its first forms of commercialization, a fact not lost on the Ottawa merchants who began advertising their Christmas gift-giving wares in the Citizen newspaper, offering everything from prayer books to whips, revolvers and boxing gloves. Continued on page 24

his time 140 years ago, Christmas arrived in Hintonburg. The villagers gathered with their families at home, celebrating together the changing times and the bright future ahead. Hintonburg of 1880 numbered just 41 houses and a little over 200 residents — a small hamlet in its earliest days, the name barely a year old, selected when the first post office was established. Ottawa was growing quickly. Its limits reached as far as Booth Street, beyond which was the small lumber village of Rochesterville, and the rail line of the St. Lawrence & Ottawa Railway (today’s O-Train track running south), over which ran old Richmond Road, which then wound its way through the farms of the Nepean Township heading west. Hintonburg was beginning to take shape. December of 1880 had good weather. Though not quite a green Christmas, Ottawa hadn’t seen snow for 11 days leading up the 25th. The days before Christmas were chilly — temperature swings created a misty-like feel in the mornings, according to newspapers. Whatever the weather, the spirits of those early Hintonburg settlers would have been high. After a dreary decade of economic recession (known as the “Long Depression”), the economy was on an upswing. Dubbed the “Gilded Age,” it was the start of the second industrial revolution, where the modern city and skyscrapers became prominent. The railways and mills were expanding in the Chaudière and LeBreton areas, their workers fanning out nearby where land was cheap and plentiful. They constructed small, working-class homes shoulder-to-shoulder alongside the impressive villa and farm houses which had previously stood in isolation. Nationality was strong — Calixa Lavallée’s



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Home for the holidays in 1880s Hintonburg Continued from page 23 For Hintonburg residents, purchasing gifts likely would have meant a trip to the city via horse and buggy, or a long wintery walk — a special excursion. Hintonburg was also self-sufficient. As in Little House on the Prairie’s “Walnut Grove” (the book was set around 1880), the village’s earliest merchants provided essential services to its settlers. Irish-born Duncan Ferguson, one of the village’s oldest residents at 63, operated the grocery store and post office (which stood at today’s southeast corner of Wellington and Sherbrooke). Ferguson constructed a large L-shaped wood-frame store that offered the villagers a wide selection of food, animal feed and general merchandise, akin to the Oleson’s Mercantile. The village also had two butchers: William Allen (north side of Wellington, at the foot of Fairmont) and John Kenna (southwest corner of Parkdale and Scott), who would have been offering meat for the Christmas season, particularly mutton, lamb, geese and turkey. Hintonburg had two blacksmith shops: William Powers (south of Wellington, west side of Parkdale) and David Moodie (northeast corner of Stirling); a wagon maker, Andrew Lafleur (southeast corner of Rosemount); a carriage maker, James L. Joyce (near Fairmont); and another small grocer, John Gleeson (southwest corner of Bayswater and Scott). There were also three hotels: the Farmers’ Hotel (southeast corner of Parkdale), Mrs. McGaw’s cramped old inn (northwest corner of Carruthers), and William and Annie Norriss’ “Empress of India Hotel,” more known for its tavern (next to Allen’s butcher shop on Fairmont). Residents worked at nearby railyards, mills, or local farms (Stewart, Hinton, Clark and Reid), or right in Hintonburg at the H. McCormick & Son mill (northwest corner of McCormick), or where City Centre is today at Thomas and John Martin’s Dominion Flour Mills or George Dalglish’s match factory. The Township Hall on

A painting of the Stewart family farmhouse in winter on Richmond Road (now Wellington at the southeast corner of Julian), circa 1870. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVE ALLSTON. Parkdale (just south of Wellington) was also relatively new (1877). These shops and services would have also served the 35 families living north of the railway tracks in the eight-year-old Mechanicsville neighbourhood. There were no churches, no schools, no hospitals, not even a doctor. Residents had to travel over the Cedar Street (Somerset) bridge to Rochesterville for these services — Dr. Malloch was the local MD. In Hintonburg, the residents prepared for the busy Christmas day. Sand was spread on slippery streets and sidewalks. It was reported on Dec. 22 that snow was needed for sleighing on Richmond Road, “which is nearly bare in some places.” Entertainment for kids was self-made — tobogganing and skating, or exploring the snow-covered thickly-wooded forest (Pinehurst and Hinchey today), or the caves branching out underneath Carruthers and Rosemount. Travelling to see family in the country would have meant bundling up under blankets and robes for a cold ride into Carleton County. Toll for a return trip for

a two-horse sleigh to Bells Corners, or beyond, was 15 cents, a considerable cost. For those travelling further, the railways out of Ottawa offered special prices: “A fare plus a third!” advertised the Grand Trunk Railway, for a return ticket with departures on Christmas Eve or Day. But most wouldn’t have had family to visit. Almost all of Hintonburg’s residents were immigrants from Ireland, Scotland or England, their youngest children being first-generation Canadians. For those writing back home, the post office delivered the mails to Ferguson’s post office at 11 a.m. each day, and picked up outgoing mail in early afternoon, to get to Ottawa for 3 p.m. dispatch. Christmas trees were still a novelty, a German tradition brought over recently. The governor general had begun making it an annual spectacle, the raising of a tree at Government House “well covered with presents,” for the children of New Edinburgh. By 1880, the tradition of putting up a tree had probably begun in several Hintonburg homes. Decorations were a popular novelty, with “art needle

work” being the “fashionable craze of the day.” Some of the Hintonburg homes that celebrated Christmas 1880 will see Christmas 2020 feted as well. These include Richmond Lodge, the home of Judge Christopher Armstrong’s widow (on Armstrong at Garland), Mrs. Frances Magee’s stone house (near Stirling), the Fitzgibbon house (part of the Holy Rosary Church today) and Bayne House (on Fuller). The churches of Ottawa and Rochesterville, where Hintonburg residents would have travelled, featured choirs, lights and decorations for the midnight mass and morning service. The Bishop of Ontario issued a Christmas pastoral on Dec. 24, with a message about charity, encouraging those unable to give much money to give in kind. The Citizen encouraged philanthropy, editorializing “the picture on the back of a $10 bill makes an excellent Christmas chromo for a poor family.” The weather on Christmas morning was “cold and clear” when families awoke. Gifts in most homes would have been simple and few, and Santa Claus only visited a fraction of the homes he would today. Perhaps he visited “Elmsleigh,” the Richmond Road home of Richard and Elizabeth Bishop, who had Hintonburg’s largest household with ten children. At the Protestant Orphans Home in Ottawa, 34 children enjoyed a dinner of turkey, geese and plum pudding, which was also attended by Sir Sandford Fleming and his wife. Prominent Kitchissippi area residents contributed greatly to the festivities — John Durie donated two geese, Judge Ross a turkey and a goose, the McKellar family 20 pounds of lard, and Daniel Cowley donated a load of wood. Though much has changed, so much remains the same even 140 years later, looking back on 1880 in an era of great promise and potential for the little village of Hintonburg.




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n order to continue providing over 3,500 seniors in Ottawa with wraparound services during the pandemic, Ottawa West Community Support (OWCS) has dramatically changed the way their programs function. Jennifer Lalonde, executive director of OWCS, said the non-profit “hasn’t been the quickest to adopt technology and do things differently,” but COVID-19 necessitated a switch to online and physically distanced programming. “We’ve really tried to keep the activities going, we’ve just shifted to a virtual and one-on-one, in-person way of doing things,” Lalonde said. OWCS started out in the basement of Parkdale United Church in 1977, with “one chair and one phone, connecting seniors with people that could help them with services,” Lalonde said. The organization was founded to provide practical services to all “elderly persons in need, regardless of race, colour or creed.” Over the years, OWCS has expanded to serve elderly persons and those with physical

An OWCS staff member fills boxes with food. PHOTO BY AMY BEVILACQUA/OWCS disabilities through a range of wraparound services. These include programs such as Aging in Place, which provides a variety of services to seniors living in 11 Ottawa community housing apartment buildings; Wheels to Meals, that delivers homemade meals to seniors and their foot care clinic.

When the first shutdown began in March, the OWCS made over 1,500 calls to clients to check in with them. Lalonde said they have since expanded their telephone assurance program, reaching around 300 seniors a week, up from approximately 20 clients a week in previous years.

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The non-profit has also taken much of their programming “on the road” in order to keep seniors safe, Lalonde added. Instead of having 20-60 clients coming into the centre every day, volunteers will visit the seniors’ homes to keep them company. The OWCS has also modified their Adult Day Programming so that group activities like bingo, chair exercises and guest speakers have also been moved online through Zoom or conference calls. “We’ve tried to shift our programs and do as many different things as we can,” she said. “That includes delivering client activity packages that include puzzles, activity worksheets, and colouring books, which have been a huge hit with clients.” With clientele primarily 80 years of age or older, Lalonde said it was challenging to adapt initially but the pandemic necessitated an almost overnight shift to virtual programming. They have worked together with local agencies, such as Rural Ottawa South Support Services, to give iPads to clients and help them connect to the online services. The OWCS typically makes over 15,000 drives each year through their “robust” transportation program, Lalonde said, with

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“If seniors in the community have a need, or are feeling isolated and lonely, I would strongly encourage them to reach out to us, and we will be happy to connect them with a program or a volunteer to work with,” she said. Christabel Fernandes has been a client with OWCS for over five years. Through their luncheon program, Fernandes receives a treat like fresh fruit, homemade banana cake or pumpkin muffins every Friday, and each month she gets an activity such as a crossword puzzle or colouring book. Fernandes says the volunteers with OWCS — especially the drivers — are always friendly, polite and patient. “I think they are trying their best to keep us occupied, busy and informed,” said Fernandes. “They are a lovely bunch of people and we appreciate all that they do.”

six volunteers driving clients to medical appointments, shopping centres and grocery stores. With medical appointments dropping off significantly during the pandemic, the drivers were primarily helping clients to acquire groceries. But for the safety of clients, the OWCS decided to switch to a bi-weekly delivery of food hampers. With support from Rural Ottawa South Support Services and Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, OWCS supports seniors in ordering groceries online and delivering the food to their doors. Lalonde said the organization has focused on making sure all its programs can continue, albeit in modified fashion with personal protective equipment and physical distancing. She is grateful for how accommodating volunteers and clients alike have been when it came to adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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here are some memories that are more than reels of movie footage haphazardly assembled in your mind’s eye. The way my Nanny built her life around the tiny northern New Brunswick community of Atholville is like that for me. It was a working man’s town — the goingson at the pulp and paper mill decided whether or not people had a job and what their children ate the following week. I remember that the air smelled and snow banks were so high we couldn’t open the front door. My Pops was a Hennessey, Irish through and through: with rough hands, a devilish grin and musicality that exploded into many a jig during their infamous kitchen parties. My Nanny was a Boudreau and her fingers wore the sheen off her rosary. Her kindness towards her community was unmatched. Even though my parents moved away from the Maritimes after my birth, we visited often during the first decade of my life. I didn’t know Nanny and Pops were “poor” until much later. I don’t think I would have believed it had someone told me, or maybe I just didn’t know or care about being poor. After all, I never saw them want for anything. Their big house, and even bigger hearts, were all I needed. My Nanny spent her days standing by the stove kneading bread or making dumplings to go on top of the bubbling sticky potatoes, cabbage and carrots that she called “stew.” We would devour the bread crusts soaked in hot milk with brown sugar for lunch or before bed. I thought it was so yummy and wondered why my parents didn’t provide that at home. It was the love and kindness in sharing food that filled my belly, I know that now.

Nanny didn’t make small batches of anything — everything was large and meant to be shared. Extra bread and biscuits with preserves or pickles might be sent with Pops to the family a few doors down. Or, maybe half the pot of stew was headed to the lady with a newborn and a husband out of work. She made molasses cookies, too — my mouth waters just imagining them fifty years later. Many neighbours received a parcel of Nan’s special molasses cookies simply because they were neighbours. I wonder, sometimes, how these early lessons have shaped my approach to life; how much of my Nan’s simple, uncomplicated kindness and my pop’s zest for socializing has been grafted onto my soul. At the Parkdale Food Centre (PFC), our mission is just this: creating community and ensuring we are all part of it, neighbour to neighbour. As we head into December, I find it difficult to ignore that hundreds of families in Ottawa are homeless and will spend the holidays in motel rooms or other impractical spaces, and that many were there in 2019 and some even in 2018. At PFC, we are reminded almost daily that it is impossible to prepare and serve a nutritious family meal, let alone a festive meal, when a microwave is your primary cooking appliance. I cried in disbelief when a woman told me that her family of six had rice for their Christmas meal in 2019, while nearby there was a community holiday celebration where

Executive Director Karen Secord. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE PFC. they would have been welcome. But no one thought to invite them. COVID-19 has complicated everything. Enjoying a holiday meal on Christmas Day in the company of others likely won’t be safe. Since this began, the winter season, the holiday season has been looming. PFC has grappled with the seemingly impossible predicament of how to serve delicious meals in the winter, while respecting Ottawa Public Health guidelines. Many of the people we serve have health conditions that make them particularly vulnerable and their disability income ($1,169), or Ontario Works ($733), doesn’t offer them the luxury to purchase much after rent is paid. Food, let alone healthy food, is often not an option. I won’t lie and tell you everything is going to be alright because I don’t know that it

will. The number of people requiring help is increasing weekly. The cost of food is expected to rise this winter. PFC gives each person a robust order of good food once a month, and we offer take-home meals and cooking classes several times a week. Although we rescue food and buy wholesale and in bulk, our grocery bill is enormous. We need your help. 60 per cent of our funding comes from you, our neighbours. I can tell you that, like my grandparents did all those years ago, our team at the Parkdale Food Centre will do everything we can to ensure that anyone who needs food assistance is also given kindness, compassion and, often, really amazing bread. Visit us at or call 613-722-8019 to donate.

”Our mission is just this: creating community and

ensuring we are all part of it, neighbour to neighbour”


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s the night greets us earlier and earlier, we rush to bring more light and joy into our routines. From building lists for holiday cards to stringing up lights a little earlier, we shine together as a community when we make this time of year as festive as possible. There’s no sense shying away from the collective disruption felt, but I encourage you to take control of the change in small ways. Maybe a daily coffee run is the last connection to your old work break, in the days before the dining room-turned office-slash-recess zone became the new normal. Make it work for you! A game to see which of the many local driphouses across the village has the best latte or changing up your route each week to make it feel fresh. However you do it, an amazing way to take control is to stay in touch your neighbourhood.

Many business miss catching up with their regulars and meeting new people. They’ve spent these past months transforming in ways that are safe and accommodating to the many ways shopping and meeting up has changed. Now, more than ever, if you need something delivered, custom, or curbside, chances are, the shop just around the corner will do it all. Want to go all out for a handmade holiday? We are very lucky to have a variety of specialty stores across the ward. Love local, but don’t feel like spending weeks joining in on the revitalized canning craze? No need! Many local grocers and bakeries have seasonal treats and carry pickles and pantry-staples exclusively from Ottawa Valley makers. Whatever you’re making this season, make it with love. A love for your neighbours, shops and people alike, will make winter’s darkness bright. The light we set now will ensure we can all come together again after our hibernation thaws in the spring.


Dear Readers,


Create Light this Holiday Season

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We carry a variety of styles as pictured here: Denim pants, blouses, dresses, skirts, sweaters and gorgeous accessories. Not sure what to get for your loved ones? We offer fun winter accessories as well as gift certificates! I wish to thank all of you who have come by to welcome me to the neighbourhood. Happy holidays to you and yours!

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This year we are excited to have a Barley Mow gift pack for Only $25 with the purchase of a gift card. (Savings of $7) It includes a Barley Mow Travel blanket & Toque and comes beautifully gift wrapped. These are available while supplies last to pick-up in-store or by emailing Happy Holidays!


General Non Perishable • Holiday Cookies/Biscuits • Crackers/ Crisp Bread or flat breads • Jams and Condiments • Olive Oil • Honey • Tahini • Dried Fruit and Nuts • Instant Coffee • Hot Chocolate • Box of Chocolates • Spices (Cinnamon, Ginger, Clove, Nutmeg, Oregano, Hot pepper flakes, Coriander, Cumin, Parsley) • Salt and pepper shakers (popular request)

We take rare Sumatran beans, aged three to five years, and add them to a blend of coffees from Colombia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

The businesses of Westboro Village are proud to continue our support of the Westboro Region Food Bank. This small member agency of the Ottawa Food Bank is located inside All Saint Anglican Church. They have a dedicated team of volunteers who inspect food donations, unload trucks, and shop for the specific needs of their clients. This December the Westboro Region Food Bank is looking for items to help make the holiday season special for all their clients. Donations of these items can be dropped off on Thursdays, from 9am-12pm at the entrance on Madison Ave. For drop off opportunities outside of that time, please call 613-722-3851. Special holiday donation requests are items not generally provided by the Ottawa Food Bank:

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Fjallraven Belts make the perfect stocking stuffer. They are easily adjustable and available in a wide range of colours and styles. With materials ranging from recycled polyester to canvas. Everyone deserves a warm new toque this winter season. Our toques are one size fits all and we have a variety colours, materials and styles to suit every taste. Kånken Re-Wool is a special version of the classic Kånken backpack, made from recycled wool. With the help of traditional methods, spill from the wool textile industry is transformed into a high quality Melton fabric. The back panel, base, pockets and lining are in G-1000 HeavyDuty Eco S, as is the seat pad that is stored in the main compartment.

Continuum Fitness has gift certificates available for personal fitness coaching and registered massage therapy. We are Registered Kinesiologists, Clinical Exercise Physiologists, Strength Coaches, Athletic Therapists and Registered Massage Therapists eager to help you move forward along your health continuum! Coaches and practitioners at Continuum Fitness can help design at home programs, provide fitness coaching (virtual and in person) and offer therapy for injuries, aches/ pains and discomforts. Call, text, email or send a DM to inquire. Gift certificates can be mailed, emailed or picked up curbside with contact-less payment options available. We wish you all the best for joyous holiday season and a healthy, fit and happy 2021!

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Must have for the Dog: We have Turkey and Cranberry from Zukes and pumpkin and apple treats from fruitables. Christmas lamb chop, winter penguin, and sugar cookie latex toys. we also have assorted cookies made from bosco and roxys.


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be serving as co-president this year before graduating this spring. She’s incredibly thankful for the student body and school community, with whom she’s been able to create amazing and lasting memories, and is determined to help do the same for future students. Throughout her years at Notre Dame, Daisy has contributed to many facets of student life. She has sat on student and athletic councils; joined various sports teams and been involved in school clubs such as the Reach for the Top team, the Cappies critic team and yearbook committee. If Daisy had to describe Notre Dame in one word, she would choose “devoted” — the school’s devotion to its community members; the teachers’ devotion to their


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students, is the speed of the new system. Kenny, in Grade 12, who had math last quadmester, said that he had a weekly test, which added a lot of stress (on top of the pandemic stress). While many students have anxiety around COVID-19, Margot, a Grade 11, said she has felt safe at school with the precautions taken. She’s happy some of the clubs and sports that she participates in are available virtually or in a physically distanced way. By having the course material condensed into quadmesters, students said they have little time to reflect on the material being taught. With long school days, and full days at home, students struggle to find motivation. If they fall behind, even briefly, it can be hard to catch up. Heather,



uadmesters: Two courses finished in two months. It isn’t what the Nepean High School (NHS) students expected, but it’s what we got. It isn’t news that the 2020-2021 school year is unusual. At NHS, students are working hard for quickly approaching due dates, attempting to plan their schedules accordingly, and trying to figure out a life outside of school when their free time changes constantly. For hybrid school students, who are separated by two cohorts and attend school on alternating days, feelings vary on the new setup. One Grade 10 student, Gaby, said while she misses friends, sports and social

interactions, the quadmester hybrid school system fits her learning style. Being at home half the time allows Gaby to work in a quiet environment and she can set her preferred work-life schedule. For Gale, in Grade 10, the first quadmester was challenging. Their courses were science and math — courses that can be more difficult than usual when students learn five months of material in two months. Gale was thankful for the two teachers they had, who both tried to make this situation bearable. We all understand that this time is just as challenging for school staff. They have to create virtual lessons, four-hour-long in-class lessons, virtual guidance appointments, club meetings and more, all while in short quadmesters. The biggest challenge, voiced by hybrid

in Grade 11, said it feels like she has double the homework, so making plans for extracurriculars, and with friends, is difficult. In virtual school, Jana, in Grade 12, said that the pros of being online are that she doesn’t have to commute, and that she has virtual classmates from all over Ottawa whom she wouldn’t have met before. The cons are that she sits in front of a screen all day (sometimes up to nine hours), and that the work can be repetitive and tiresome. There are only so many things you can do online, Jana said. Overall, this school year is unexpected for all students, online and hybrid. Grade 9s are getting an odd start to high school, Grade 10s and 11s are being disrupted just after getting settled, and Grade 12s are thinking of the future when nothing is certain about the present. We are trying to figure things out, as are the staff, and it’s weird. It’s stressful, it’s confusing and it’s difficult — we cannot deny it. But we are trying to figure out what works best for each one of us, one step at a time.


How NHS students feel about school during a pandemic



otre Dame’s students took part in a virtual election and chose Daisy Thang and Christian Henry as their student council co-presidents on Oct. 14. Daisy and Christian are excited to take on the responsibilities of keeping school spirit and morale high, especially in these tough times. Meet Christian Henry! Christian is in Grade 11 and has been a student at Notre Dame since Grade 7. He has been an influential member of the school community, participating in many teams and clubs over the years, such as the Athletic Council, Mentors & Mentees program, touch football and soccer teams,

peer support and others. As an involved member of the small school community, he is well-liked and respected amongst students and staff alike. In his campaign speech, Christian cited the Notre Dame motto “Locus Pro Omnes,” which is Latin for “a place for everyone.” Christian went on to say, “I will ensure as co-president that Notre Dame continues to be a place for everyone.” Like most students, Christian believes that it is very important to embrace the beautiful diversity within the Notre Dame school community. Christian and Daisy are excited to continue working with their student council to find creative ways to keep the community unified as it navigates these difficult times. Daisy Thang is a senior and is excited to

students; and the student body’s devotion to their aspirations, social justice and to one another. It’s for this very reason that she is proud to act as co-president and is elated at the opportunity to contribute to the school’s history. Daisy and Christian are thrilled to see what the year ahead has in store. The two co-presidents want to make sure everything they do is in the best interest of their fellow students. Notre Dame students all share a keen interest in different social justice issues — Daisy and Christian hope to assist students in raising awareness and creating change within the larger community. The two new co-presidents intend to maintain Notre Dame’s wonderful, diverse, academic and inclusive culture and showcase it to the larger community. Notre Dame students, both new and old, will always feel like part of a family, as many consider it to be their home away from home.



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ou have likely heard by now that it “takes a community to keep our schools safe,” and that we must all do our part to stay healthy — at school and beyond. Well, it looks like we are heeding the call. So far, following the ministry of education’s COVID-19 protocols and the advice of Ottawa Public Health has paid off. We have generally not seen the spread of the virus in schools. In our classrooms, the safety measures we have put in place — daily selfassessment, physical distancing, hand hygiene, the wearing of masks and PPE

as required and the isolation of high-risk contacts in the event of a positive case — are helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools. On the home front, I know that for my family, the past three months have been a roller coaster ride. This morning my daughter was so happy walking to school, she excitedly told me how to spell “Love.” Yesterday’s letter in senior kindergarten was “L”! At our house, we are doing the best to enjoy these little moments because we know they can be replaced by fear and uncertainty at any moment. The first (and only) time I received notification from my daughter’s principal that there was a positive case at her school was terrifying. An OCDSB survey went out a few weeks

ago to ask, “What are the most important things you want to share about your family’s school experience so far this year?” We heard from close to 9,000 parents and guardians of in-person school students and around 3,250 parents and guardians of students attending school virtually (OCV). According to the survey results, most parents reported that their child is somewhat or very engaged in their learning; nearly three quarters of elementary school parents said that their child’s well-being has improved since returning to school; and secondary school parents had mixed feelings about how it’s going, with mental

health and workload expectations being significant concerns. A message that came out loud and clear was the great appreciation we all have for educators, administrators and custodians, and our concern for their mental health and well-being. So how’s it going? I’m not going to give it a grade. I believe it is important to acknowledge that it’s been hard, there have been some amazing little moments to cherish and we still have a lot to learn. My hope is that, as we enter the holiday season and start the new year, we will take what we have learned and enjoy the amazing little moments together.




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The Laviers created an endowment fund in their son Cameron’s memory that helps CHEO care for families today and for years to come.


This challenging year has taught us to be generous, kind and not take anything for granted. The Lavier family lives this every day. Welcoming baby Charley this year was a time of joy for parents Amy and Pres and big brother Matty, and a time to remember Cameron. His battle with cancer ended in 2016 but he is always with his family.


his year has been difficult for everyone in our community. As we approach the holidays, I hope that you and your family are healthy and managing as well as possible during this challenging time. Now serving in my fifth year as the MP for Ottawa Centre, I’ve never been prouder to represent our community. The dedication and ingenuity of essential workers, healthcare professionals and first responders, volunteers, teachers, public servants, local businesses and non-profit organizations to adapt to the COVID-19 challenges has been truly inspiring. Our collective efforts will ensure we get through the pandemic safely together. As difficult as the past months have been, I’d like to share positive news for Ottawa Centre and beyond. Invest Ottawa’s Area X.O launched the first electric Low-Speed Automated Shuttle trial of its kind in Ontario! I had the opportunity to test the shuttle at Tunney’s Pasture with Mayor Watson. These vehicles have the potential to enhance the lives of our citizens, create new market opportunities for our companies and help move us to a low carbon future. I’m also very pleased that our government launched the new Rapid Housing Initiative — a $1 billion investment to create up to 3,000 new permanent, affordable housing units across the country. Of this, $31.9 million

email us at I wish you the very best this holiday season and hope you can enjoy this special time of year safely with your loved ones. With everything we’ve been through this year, let’s look forward to a better year in 2021! Thank you and happy holidays! — Catherine

Dear residents,

Affordable, Clean, Secure, Central is allocated to Ottawa. This initiative will create more jobs; strengthen communities and provide more Canadians with a safe, affordable place to call home. I’d also like to extend my thanks to all the small businesses in Ottawa Centre. I have spoken with many local business owners about their challenges to adapt, survive and retain employees due to the pandemic. The federal government has heard these concerns and, recently, enhanced the Canada Emergency Business Account, extended the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and introduced the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy. As well, the new Canada United Small Business Relief Fund is supporting businesses with grants of up to $5,000 to offset the costs of COVID-19 safety requirements and enhancement of their digital or e-commerce capabilities. On an optimistic note, the federal government has signed deals to secure hundreds of millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines for Canadians, which health experts predict will be ready sometime next year, contingent upon the results of the safety trials. The logistical distribution of this vaccine candidate will require some very careful cooperation. Our government is working with experts to assess which vaccines will be most effective, which will be best suited to different segments of the population and how best to distribute. Until we have a vaccine, we need to do everything we can to control the spread of COVID-19. It goes without saying that if you catch COVID-19 in the coming weeks, a vaccine won’t help you or your family. Let’s continue to protect ourselves and each other by wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, washing our hands, staying home if we’re sick and downloading the COVID-19 alert app. Let’s be mindful of our own mental health and check in with our loved ones and neighbours. Let’s also continue to spread kindness and compassion in our community during the holidays and beyond, as we look forward to the new year with renewed hope and optimism. Please reach out to my office if you need any assistance accessing resources or federal support programs. Call us at 613-996-5322 or


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nce again, Premier Ford has shown Ontarians that friends and political allies get to live a different reality than the rest of us. We found out recently that he has quietly, under the cover of the pandemic, introduced legislation before the house that would grant his friend Charles McVety’s Canada Christian College the right to award university degrees. McVety has a long history of racist, homophobic and transphobic comments, but that doesn’t seem to be a problem for Premier Ford. In early November, my colleague Laura Mae Lindo (MPP for Kitchener Centre) asked Premier Ford to reconsider bestowing degree-granting status on Canada Christian

College. She did so after recounting these words McVety has said about sexual orientation: “...What is sexual orientation? You could have an orientation to pedophilia, you could have a sexual orientation to commit all kinds of things. It doesn’t mean that we have to accept it.” In other comments, McVety claimed, “Islam is not just a religion, it’s a political and cultural system as well and we know that Christians and Jews and Hindus don’t have the same mandate for a hostile takeover.” This is a man who misguidedly thinks his hateful views represent Christianity. They don’t. These ideas don’t represent Christians like me, who will challenge intolerance

whenever it rears its ugly head. And it won’t recent floods in 2019. stop queer and trans people, Muslims, or Hate won’t stop these remarkable folks, anyone else from getting the respect they but it can poison your mind. Hate is sown, deserve. it festers, and it can manifest terrible Take Lyra Evans, for example: the consequences. It’s time McVety and his first transgender candidate to be supporters embraced a more inclusive elected to a public school board Christianity, and acknowledge the beauty that in Ontario’s history, winning is present in everyone. with over 55 per cent of A famous carpenter told us to “love your the vote in Zone 9 (Rideauneighbour as yourself”. And in Amos 5:24, we Vanier/Capital Ward). Since are asked to “let justice roll on like a river, and being elected, Evans has been righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” Our is here for youadvice with: an outspoken voice,office notably for This is welcome in a world filled with marginalized students. so much bigotry. Monthly Town Halls Or consider the Ottawa Muslim Along with my colleagues in the official Canvasses Association. On Sept. 21, 2018, when three opposition caucus, we will keep up the Community Organizing tornadoes struck our city, the Ottawa pressure on Premier Ford for him to do the HelpMosque Accessing Government Services delivered over $5,000 in food, walking the right thing and withdraw proposed changes stairs of countless apartment buildings to to the status of Canada Christian College that offer this support. They did the same during would give hate an even bigger platform. P: 613-722-6414 109 Catherine St. / rue Catherine E: Ottawa, ON K2P 0P4 MPP / Député provincial, Ottawa Centre




e made it to December, Kitchissippi! I know that this year has been incredibly challenging for many of you. I want to once again commend everyone for pulling together to support local businesses, helping your neighbours and continuing to build community. Read on for some end-of-year updates from the ward and the city. The Tom Brown Respite Centre opened on Nov. 2 and I’m pleased to see it’s being well used by the community. The centre operates Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and offers showers and washroom access; a place to rest and keep warm during the day; and essential items such as towels, toiletries, food,

clothing, crisis intervention and referrals to other care services for our most vulnerable residents. If you’re interested in welcoming our neighbours and supporting the centre, donations are now being accepted for the centre’s most-needed items. This includes new underwear; long johns; socks and toiletries, such as deodorant and shaving cream; among other needs, like gently used winter gear. Please email tombrownrespite@ or call 613-809-1731 to inquire about donations and to book a drop off time. Thank you in advance for your generosity. In November, I worked with the other urban councillors to send an open letter to landlords and real estate agents in the city regarding the pressures we’re seeing on local street parking. Our offices receive a high volume of calls from new residents

who are seeking our help finding parking, and we typically cannot help them. The city provides parking for things like shopping and supporting commercial activity, visiting family and friends and accommodating tradespeople and caregivers, but it doesn’t provide for private vehicle storage. We called on realtors and landlords to be transparent about the parking options for prospective tenants and homebuyers. You can read more about that on Winter is here and with it comes the launch of the Winter Maintenance Quality Standards Review! The city launched this review on Nov. 17 and will collect feedback from diverse stakeholders and the general

public to recommend changes to improve the winter maintenance of residential roads, pedestrian walkways, and cycling and multi-use pathways. Proposed changes will be brought to council in early 2021, aiming to implement the new standards next fall. To learn more and to give your input, head to In closing, I want to remind everyone to continue to follow the recommendations of Ottawa Public Health to reduce the spread of COVID-19. You can find the most current information at Thank you for your continued patience as we all work through this together. I’m wishing everyone in Kitchissippi a safe end to the year and a happy holiday season.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR COVID-19 note: This page has been updated to reflect the developments in Kitchissippi during the pandemic.


The Mayor’s 20th Annual Christmas Celebration at City Hall (Dec. 5) has been cancelled due to COVID-19 safety concerns. Holiday lights will be turned on at city hall from Dec. 1 through to Jan. 7, 2021. To learn more, visit For details on other light shows around the city, like the annual Christmas Lights Across Canada event on Parliament Hill, visit for the most up-to-date information.

Although the choir is not able to prepare for a December concert this fall, we will be meeting online each Tuesday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (from Sept. 8 to Dec. 8). We will be learning some new music and maintaining our vocal cords in a relaxed environment, with plenty of musical and technological help. We will all be experiencing this new way of meeting and singing together and are happy to welcome new members, men and women, to join us. For more information, see our website at

WEDNESDAYS - SHOUT SISTER! CHOIR There are 25 chapters of Shout Sister! Choir in Ontario and we are constantly growing. Shout Sister! takes an unorthodox approach to choral singing. We learn from recorded tracks, so we require no reading of music. Our method is fresh and fun, and we are a warm and

For the full list of events please go to welcoming community. We use Zoom to meet virtually every Wednesday afternoon (1-3 p.m.) and Thursday evening (7-9 p.m.). Everyone is welcome. We would love to have you join us! For information on joining, please contact or visit

FRIDAYS - CHASE THE ACE RAFFLE Due to COVID-19 closures of the “sales” outlets, the Highland Park Lawn Bowling Club “Keep Westboro Green” Chase the Ace raffle, and therefore sale of tickets, has been suspended until further notice.

“WALL SPACE is excited to share Patti Normand’s latest collection, Otherworldly. This exhibition features new works across a variety of media, including ceramics, painting, and diorama sculptures. Normand finds inspiration in her connection to the lives and personalities of animals,” the Wall Space Gallery website states.


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The Orange Christmas Show exhibit features gallery artists. There is an opening reception Dec. 3 from 6-10 p.m. To learn more, visit



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“WALL SPACE GALLERY proudly hosts Tiffany April for her debut solo exhibition since completing her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa. In When You Sense the Forest Breathing, April expands on posthumanist theories and explores a layered symbiosis between humanity and the natural world. The artist’s paintings shimmer with abstraction and reveal thin, gauzy layers that position the human figure as an intangible but irremovable part of the natural plane,” the Wall Space Gallery website states. Meet and greet with Tiffany April: Dec. 5 from 3-5 p.m. Visit to learn more.

Every Monday at 6:45 p.m. (except holidays). Visit us online to enjoy time with members learning to communicate better while honing your leadership skills. This new reality has taught us much. We are learning new skills and still relating great stories. Join our family of joy by contacting Sharon at or Lucille, our webmaster, at to receive the link.


The Ottawa Women’s Event Network will be hosting a virtual vigil on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. To access the link, visit Women’s Event Network’s Facebook page. While there is no in-person vigil in Ottawa this year, the network stated that individuals are welcome to bring a real or handmade rose to the Women’s Monument in Minto Park (102 Lewis St.) on Dec. 6. All are encouraged to stay physically distanced from one another. To learn more about the national day, visit the Facebook page or visit the Ottawa Coalition To End Violence Against Women’s (OCTEVAW) website at



Stay safe and healthy, Kitchissippi!

Artist reception for Patti Normand: Dec. 12 from 2-4 p.m. Visit to learn more.

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