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hris Martin came to Hintonburg looking to write a book on tattoos, he found himself on both sides of the tattoo needle. He also found friends who’d change his life forever. Chris is a sociologist, college professor, and the author of a new book that is based largely around daily life at Hintonburg’s Railbender Tattoo Studio. The Social Semiotics of Tattoos: Skin and Self was several years in the making for Chris, and one of those years was spent doing deep research at Railbender in the style of an ethnography – in which an author immerses themselves as much as possible into a culture to understand every aspect of that culture. Chris had already written about the meanings behind tattoos for his master’s thesis, but for his PhD, he was looking to go a little further. So he moved to Ottawa with his wife, and they settled in Hintonburg because they instantly loved the look and character of the neighbourhood. At first, finding a studio that would agree to his project was proving difficult, but then he happened upon Railbender. It almost seems like it was destined to be. “I was walking along Hamilton Avenue one day, and I stumbled across Railbender Tattoo Studio,” he described. “I looked up at the sign and it had a really cute font and it looked quite friendly, you don’t see that too much on

Chris Martin’s new book, The Social Semiotics of Tattoos: Skin and Self, came to be after a year of total immersion into life at Railbender Tattoo Studio. tattoo studios, they’re usually quite gruff and quite intimidating in some way.” After meeting with co-owner Alex Néron , Alex agreed to let Chris spend a couple of hours at the shop. As a strong friendship grew between the two of them, so did Chris’ involvement in the shop. He took on a roll of apprentice and was put to work cleaning and maintaining the high standard of the studio. Always with his notebook in hand, every aspect of daily life on the job went into Chris’ field notes. You might have to read a bit between the lines of his book to recognize some local spots and characters, but they are all in there. “Everything has a fake name in the book, a pseudonym that provides anonymity,” says Chris. “It allows someone in Europe to read it and imagine their own tattoo studio down the road. Everyone has a fake name except for Alex, he became special.”(Sadly, Alex passed away peacefully on the evening of January

17, 2018, two-and-a-half years after a diagnosis of colorectal cancer.) In the book, Railbender became The Studio. Beyond The Pale was called Craft Beer House. Holland’s Cake and Shake became Armstrong’s Bake and Shake. As much as he set out to write about tattoos, Chris says there is a lot of Hintonburg in his book. “The neighbourhood really invites you in more than most. I ended up playing the Arts Park and The Happening as a musician... the neighbourhood just does a really good job of welcoming people,” he says. When Chris first came to Railbender he had a few tattoos covering most of his arms from the elbow up, he’s now expanded that to cover all of his arms and onto his hands, he has work on his legs, chest and back. He even got a shot at doing one himself. “After a full year of apprenticeship-type training, they let me tattoo myself,” says Chris. “It’s not a great tattoo but it’s fun.”

Chris is hosting a book launch at Railbender on February 10 and copies will be available for purchase. Hopefully, the book will assuage some of the curious folks he met along the way. “In all the time I was at Railbender a lot of people saw me with notebooks, a lot of them were curious what I was doing, what’s the culminating purpose of all of this.” Tickets for the book launch will be limited. For details, see Railbender’s Facebook page at facebook.com/ RailbenderStudio.

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SHOPS & SERVICES Beauty spots, coffee shops, pizza, and LRT-related changes for local biz Say hello to new shops and services, and farewell to a few favourites STORY AND PHOTO BY JACOB HOYTEMA

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these treatments (and others such as eyelash extensions) or teach them to up to two students at a time. Crowsnest Barbershop is a men’s grooming brand that has been making its name in Toronto and Vancouver. Its newest location is at 990 Wellington St. W., and it is run by Jason Cousineau, who has been involved with the

organization’s other locations. “It’s a loud environment,” Jason says, explaining that they want the shop to feel like a vibrant communal space. Although there are already a few established barbershops around, Jason adds that the neighbourhood has been “really friendly” and welcoming to them. Continued on page 14

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school and salon. Owner Krystell Guevera, whose background is in teaching literature, traveled the world to learn new and exotic techniques which she has now brought back to Ottawa, including the “BB Glow”, a Korean microneedling practice that replaces a years’ worth of make-up in just a few sessions. At her studio at 431 Richmond Rd., Krystell can provide

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EDITOR’S LETTER

It’s all about you Thank you to all of our readers who took the time to fill out our first annual reader survey. We’ll be looking at all of your feedback and crunching the numbers this month but one thing is certain: an overwhelming majority of readers have told us they believe that community news is very important. I’m glad that so many of you feel the same way I do. It’s too late to fill out the survey but my inbox is always open for your comments, feedback, and story ideas. We love to see your photos too! Drop me a line anytime at editor@kitchissippi.com. File this one under “no big surprise” but our reader survey also revealed that Who Lives Here is one of our most popular features. Each installment is a profile of a unique home and the people who live there, and we run it in every issue. This month’s profile by Shaun Markey is a very unique example of creative infill. Two very different homes – one of which is almost 100 years old – stand side-by-side and still manage to fit really well together. What’s more, these two homes have given rise to lifelong friendships as well. See page 8.

Our aim is to highlight a variety of unique homes for Who Lives Here – big ones, small ones, old ones and new ones ¬– but we need your help! We’re been busy knocking on doors and popping letters in mailboxes, but if there is a particular place you’d like to see profiled, please let us know. We’re prepping our list for the year to come. Send a photo, address, and a short description to me at editor@kitchissippi.com and we’ll do the rest. Speaking of Who Lives Here, congratulations to KT contributor, Shaun Markey, for his foray into local television. “Our Antique Treasures” airs Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. on Rogers TV channel 22. Each show features interviews with two collectors who bring in items from their own collections. Topics covered include folk art, toys, hooked rugs, country furniture, midcentury modern items, decorated stoneware and more. Tune in and you could learn something new about the treasures that may be gathering dust in your attic. SJAM Winter Trail fans will definitely want to check out a photo gallery of January’s Winter Sports Festival by Ellen Bond. Weather-wise it was as wild as it gets in Kitchissippi (tornadoes and power outages aside) with a significant snowfall on top of bone-chilling temperatures. I was out there for a short time in the morning but didn’t stick around for the races. Kudos to those who did! You can meet some of these hardy folks on pages 16 and 17. As always, thanks for reading and supporting community news,

Congratulations to Catherine P., the winner of our recent giveaway! Catherine won a $50 gift card to spend at the Cupcake Lounge in Westboro. Catherine said she was really looking forward to sharing the winnings with her grandchildren (and possibly her husband). This giveaway was open to all of our email newsletter subscribers and we’re working on another one right now. Sign up for our newsletter at kitchissippi.com and you’ll automatically be in the running. Our newsletter goes out twice a month. It’s an easy way to keep up with the news, plus, you’ll always be the first to know when new issues of KT come out.


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most about the school he quickly confirms that it’s definitely not the stairs (Nepean is famous for its sprawl across multiple levels) but all kidding aside, he said he’ll miss interacting with the students every day. “That’s the reason that we are in this business,” says Mr. Cousineau. “If I’m in education, it’s to make sure that students are at the heart of every decision. There are certain students that I know I will be seeing every morning and talking to almost every afternoon. That’s a grounding element to why we do this work.” Mr. Cousineau says he’ll also miss the family atmosphere at Nepean. “From the beginning I was welcomed with open arms and I want them to know how appreciative I am of this,” he says. Nepean High School will certainly miss Mr. Cousineau and we thank him for his dedication and hard work. Bella Crysler is a grade 12 student at Nepean High School.

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s Nepean students headed back to school for the new year and into their first set of exams, they also said goodbye to an important member of the school community. After a year and a half of being the school’s principal, Renald Cousineau is getting ready for an exciting new chapter. Effective February 1, he will be the superintendent of education for the Renfrew County District School Board. Replacing him at NHS will be Ms. Krista McNamara, who is currently principal at Brookfield High School. Mr. Cousineau, who has been working in education for 23 years and as a principal for the past 12, says that while he is excited for the challenge that comes along with his new position, he is leaving the school with mixed emotions. When asked what work he was most proud of from his time at Nepean, Mr. Cousineau said it was helping the needs of a diverse student body. “I don’t think it would surprise anyone to hear that there are a lot of students at Nepean who achieve at a very high level. But there is a cluster of students who, sometimes at a school like Nepean, fall through the cracks or struggle a little bit more,” he says, adding that he’s proud of building Nepean’s capacity to serve the needs of all students. “Nepean is home school to eleven hundred students, we need to make sure that there is equity of access to successful outcomes for eleven hundred students,” he notes. When asked what he will miss the

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Humans of Kitchissippi is a special street photography project designed to introduce readers to some of the people who live, work, and play in Kitchissippi. Each instalment of HOK contains three elements: a photo, a name, and a quote from the subject that reveals a little bit about who they are. Go to kitchissippi.com to view our ongoing collection of humans.

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Meet Keith Brown

“I was born in the little white house on Stonehurst Avenue. Tom Brown was my uncle. I was born in 1929. The house I live in now used to be the old homestead, where my mother raised nine kids. My grandmother was the second resident in this area, and the street used to be called Front Street. It was a rural setting back then, and the river came up as far as the end of this street. We spent every summer swimming and making rafts. In the winter we would be out here playing hockey. We were the western end of the city limits. Back then, Parkdale was the city limit. Tunney’s Pasture was all bush. In the winter time we would go skating there when the creek would freeze. The Vachon Ice house was at the end of street and they used to drag the ice up from the river using horse power. “I love the quiet of the neighbourhood although it has grown to be not as quiet as it used to be. Growth has made it busier. We never used to lock our doors, front or back. We were totally rural out here. The city stable where they housed the horses used to be across from this park. We used to go over on Sundays and watch them exercise the horses. The round house held the train and it went all the way to Union Station. We had a good trolley train system. It was 5 cents to go from here to Britannia. Everything around here is changing so fast. I don’t have a lot of years left – I will be 90 this year – but I spent Friday shoveling the snow at my son’s place, my place, at my granddaughter’s place and then out here shoveling the rink. I guess that is what keeps me young, and I sleep like a log.” COLLECTED BY ELLEN BOND

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working hard to make it a success. They collect books, create bookmarks and help at the bake sale table and the cash. They also enjoy finding books for themselves. “What I like about BookFest is that you can pick out books that interest you, like chapter books and comic books,” explains Elmdale thirdgrader Kieran Gordon. “And you pick what you learn.” His brother Declan also loves to read: “What I like about reading is that you get to learn stuff that you didn’t know before.” First-grader Zahra Korah loves everything about BookFest. “The books, the bookmarks and bake sale are the best!” she says. Elmdale’s BookFest 2019 takes place at 49 Iona St., in the school gymnasium (entrance from Java Street) on Friday, February 22, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday February 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations of gently used books will be gratefully accepted. Organizers are happy to pick up book donations. For more information, please email elmdalebookfest@gmail.com.

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lmdale Public School students and their families, teachers and staff are busy getting ready for one of Ottawa’s biggest used book sales of the year. Mark your calendars! BookFest 2019 is taking place on February 22 and 23. The popular annual used book sale has been around for several decades and is eagerly anticipated by book lovers and bargain hunters in our community and across the city. Every year, tens of thousands of donated books are expertly sorted by volunteers into a wide range of categories from gardening to mystery to children’s literature. Whether you come early to hunt for specific books or you like to leisurely wander the aisles for inspiration, you can be sure to find some gems. And don’t forget to bring enough cash to pick up treats at the equally popular bake sale! BookFest isn’t just about picking up great books for a bargain. It’s a fundraiser that supports Elmdale’s educational programs. Some of the money raised also supports local community initiatives. BookFest is an opportunity for the school to highlight the importance of literacy and to encourage and support students’ joy of reading. Local authors and storytellers visit classes the week before BookFest to help keep the focus on celebrating reading and literacy. “BookFest shows our students and our community that we value literacy. It also encourages sharing, reusing and spending wisely,” says Elmdale principal Isabelle Flannigan. “We look forward to another successful Bookfest this year.” Elmdale students of all ages are looking forward to BookFest, too,

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HOMES AND FAMILY Who lives here: Creative infill on Evered Sometimes magic happens when old meets new BY SHAUN MARKEY

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n this sunny but cold late January day, I am sitting with Katherine Muldoon at her kitchen table at 440 Evered Ave. Katherine’s five-year-old son Nico is excited to have a visitor in his home. He laughs and chatters in the background. Katherine and I are talking about the events that led her to live in Westboro next door to a colleague from work, Lisa Mielniczuk, and how their two families’ lives have been enriched by being close neighbours. After chatting for twenty minutes or so, Katherine, as planned, texted Lisa inviting her to join the interview. Together, Katherine and Lisa recounted the story for me. The tiny clapboard two-storey house at 440 Evered Ave. had stood undisturbed on its roomy 40x100-foot lot in Westboro for the better part of a century when the owner began discussions about selling to a local company, Cassone Construction Ltd. When they couldn’t agree on a price, the two parties came to a stalemate. Negotiations continued until a compromise was reached: The little house at 440 was to remain intact albeit attached to the new home, 442 Evered, right beside it. The old was to be married to the new. And what a successful marriage it turned out to be. The plans called for a 2,500 square foot, four-bedroom, three-bath, two-storey home on the severed lot. In 2006, Lisa, a cardiologist who had accepted a position in Ottawa, arrived here from a two-year stint at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, afflilated with Harvard Medical School. “It was hot. I had a four-week old baby with me and one week to find a house,” Lisa recalls, vividly. She readily admits she is not that handy so had already decided on buying a new

This cheery yellow house is a beacon of sunshine on a wintery day. house. Her search eventually led her to Westboro and Evered Avenue, where work was almost finished on the new build. After 442 Evered was built, the small adjoining house became a rental property. Katherine is the latest tenant to make it a home for her family. Similar to Lisa, a career move brought Katherine back to Ottawa, her home town. Fresh from completing her PhD in epidemiology at the University of British Columbia, Katherine accepted a senior research associate’s position at The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. She studies sexual reproductive health, including obstetrics and gender-based violence. A friend helping with her home search

noticed 442 Evered was available for rent. Katherine took it sight-unseen. That was in August 2014 and Nico was only eight months old. Today, Lisa’s youngest, Olivia, is six years of age. She along with brothers Rowan (8), Charlie (12) and Jax, their four-year-old golden doodle pup, live happily in the new house attached to 440 Evered. They particularly enjoy having Katherine and Nico as neighbours. Being about the same age, the two youngsters are continually popping back and forth between the two homes. In the warmer months, the two little ones often have breakfast together at a small table on the front porch. If there is a small glitch, it’s Nico’s

approach to Jax. It turns out Jax likes to bark at anyone who approaches the house, including Nico. “They’re working on their relationship,” laughs Lisa. The little house Katherine and Nico occupy may be small, but it is a perfect size for the two of them. The ground floor has an attractive living room and an open kitchen with a table for four. Refinished pine floors and exposed ceiling beams are original to the house and add character to the interior. The second floor features two bedrooms and an updated bathroom. During our tour, Nico wanted to show me the toys he had stored under his bed. A place for everything and everything in its place! Back downstairs, Katherine leads


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recently refinished and now boasts a family room, a full bathroom and a guest bedroom. There’s an old saying: “Good fences make good neighbours.” Katherine Muldoon and Lisa Mielniczuk are definitely good neighbours. Their families at 440 and 442 Evered Avenue, especially the youngest ones, enjoy an almost seamless existence, moving back and forth between houses, enjoying life and all it has to offer in Westboro.

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me through an extension off the back of the house which leads to a partially finished basement with a bathroom, laundry area and important storage space for Katherine’s bicycle. A set of shelves against the wall hold jars of preserves which Katherine, an avid gardener, puts up each year. The vegetables come, in large part, from their backyard. Katherine is also a musician and plays viola and guitar in her spare time. Lisa works at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute as an associate professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa and the Heart Institute’s director of the Heart Failure Program, medical director of the Heart Transplant Program and medical director of the pulmonary hypertension clinic. Nico attends kindergarten at Mothercraft, which is just up the street. Lisa typically drives her children to Turnbull School on Fisher Avenue. Katherine cycles to her office at the General campus of the hospital. “I see her when I drive by,” says Lisa. “I do feel guilty,” she says, laughing. Now that they’ve been close neighbours for four years, the two women are quick to acknowledge how happy they are with their families living side by side. “Katie and I have such a great relationship. It’s far more than being just neighbours,” Lisa says. “We feel very lucky.” They are also quick to praise the Westboro area for having everything they need and want, especially Clare Park, which is just a short stroll away. After chatting at Katherine’s, Lisa invites me next door for a tour of her home. The 12-year-old home is warm and inviting. The ground floor living space is at the back of the house. There is an excellent open kitchen and a spacious family room, which also accommodates a study area for the children. Despite the depth of the house, there is still an ample backyard. There’s more than enough room for a 12-foot climbing wall for the children. There are four good-sized bedrooms and two full bathrooms upstairs, one off the master. The downstairs level was


GIVING More than just a book club Local group raising funds for Cornerstone STORY AND PHOTO BY ANDREA TOMKINS

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ngela de Wilton and Bev Nussbaum are active members of the Highland Avenue Book Club and they’ve been working on a project that doesn’t include reading late into the night or late fees at the library. The book club is raising funds for Cornerstone Housing for Women, specifically, the Westboro location. The Princeton Avenue location of Cornerstone is the former home of les Soeurs de Jeanne d’Arc, an order of nuns who had strong ties to the community, both as educators and for providing temporary housing for women. The building, which was originally known as l’Institut Jeanne D’arc, was fully renovated and recently opened its doors this fall as a Cornerstone residence for 42 women in need of affordable, supportive housing. Bev is a longtime resident of Highland Avenue. She worked for the City of

Ottawa but is now retired. In a recent interview with KT, she describes her block of Highland Avenue as a very social one. “It’s a very good neighbourhood, we are a really tight group of neighbours,” reflects Bev, who says her block is jokingly referred to as “Sesame Street”. These are the kinds of neighbours who throw a block party every year on Canada Day, and have come to know each other very well. Of course, people come and go, but some of the neighbours have relationships that go back 20 years. Angela, who runs her own business as a consultant in the area of intellectual property, says the book club started ten years ago. Current membership stands at about 14 although eight to ten women come to monthly meetings of the book club. The Cornerstone fundraiser is the group’s first project of this kind. The idea came through Bev via another local social group, who had invited a speaker from Cornerstone to give a presentation.


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EARLY DAYS Westboro’s own pioneer house Thanks to the diligence of a local developer, this heritage building was saved from demolition BY DAVE ALLSTON

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he Wellington Street/Richmond Road streetscape is in a constant state of change. One of Ottawa’s oldest and most historic streets, it was once an old farmer’s road that wound its way through Carleton County and connected the small settlements and villages. Land along its route was sought after for homesteads, largely for its isolation, and because it was well-maintained as a privately operated toll road. The first shanties and log houses of Nepean Township gave way to farms and mills, and eventually stone mansions and showplace villas. Sadly, most of those original Kitchissippi buildings have been lost over time and only a few remain to connect us with our past. One such building is the heritagedesignated Aylen-Heney House at 150 Richmond Rd. Considering its important place as one of the few designated buildings in Kitchissippi, its story is barely known. Aside from a plaque on the stone front wall of the house and a few papers on file at city hall, little information about its history is

available, and what is available is largely conjecture. I set out to try to uncover the full story of the house, to confirm or dispel some of the misconceptions about its past and put names and dates to its story. It was not an easy project and along the way I stumbled upon a few surprises. Several mysteries still need to be solved. In 1988, local heritage developer Eric Cohen, fresh off of restoring Richmond Lodge on Armstrong Street in Hintonburg, acquired this house knowing it was special. Passionate about recognizing the heritage value of a house, he disagreed with the city’s opinion that it was a “turn of the century, no-name building” and he sought out the full history of the house and uncovered its connections to Peter Aylen and “Buffalo” John Heney – key historical figures – and used this information to achieve heritage designation. Cohen then performed a major restoration of the house, converting it from a rough, decaying residential duplex, to an impressive, updated commercial property. (He also submitted multiple sets of plans drawn up by respected local architect James Colizza, which included two- and

three-storey additions to enhance the large property, but was refused.) In the report commissioned by Cohen, the researchers determined that the house “is a fine example of a pioneer building and... it retains the typical fieldstone and timber construction and the massive central chimney that characterize our early architectural heritage... the remaining original hand-hewn timbers and floorboards, doors, door frames, and carpenter hardware clearly date the house to circa 1830.” Peter Aylen arrived in the area in the 1820s and was heavily involved in the Ottawa Valley timber trade. He is best known for his role in recruiting unemployed Irish workers after the completion of the Rideau Canal and engaging in the Shiners’ War with FrenchCanadians over timber rights, contributing greatly to Bytown’s violent reputation in the early days, and earning him the nickname “King of the Shiners”. He resided on his Richmond Road homestead (possibly to lay low outside of Bytown) until selling in 1837 and moving to Aylmer. Heney was a Bytown leather merchant who acquired the property in 1854, and built a

large home (called Syringa Cottage) on the Canadian Bank Note property (here his son Frederick also later built a mansion). My research indicates the Heney’s also made another significant contribution: they created Aylen-Heney house from two houses on the property. The interior of the house clearly shows two distinct, unequal halves (unequal in size and even floor levels), with notable architectural differences, and a basement under only one side. Using census, assessment roll, and newspaper evidence, it appears one half of the house (likely the larger, eastern half) may have been moved 100 feet from Hilson Avenue (the foundation of which still remained into the 1940s). Records indicate the combining of houses likely occurred in 1907, which is just a short time after Syringa Cottage and the original stone wall surrounding it was demolished. The fieldstone used to cover Aylen-Heney house very likely came from the remnants of the old cottage or wall. The Heney’s would have also added the iconic tin roof at this time. Liz Cotter (formerly McCann) and her family moved into the west half of the house when she was a child in 1936, and occupied it as tenants of the Heneys until 1990 (the sister of her father, Hugh McCann, had married a Heney son). When they moved in mid-depression, her parents were “as poor as church mice” and her father was unemployed. The rent was $8 monthly and Cotter said her Mom was “worried sick of where they would get

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house, and have a drink from a pail of water with a dipper.” The 20th-century history of the house is mostly certain. The Harding family, farm labourers on Heney’s farm, occupied half (and for a time both halves) from 1872 to 1918. Other farm hands, gardeners and chauffeurs of Heney, and most notably, the McCann family (1946-1990) occupied the house continuously until Cohen’s 1989 renovation and conversion to commercial (as it remains today, as the offices of ZW Group). The stone covering was actually covered by stucco from 1936 until 1989. It is the 19th-century history that remains a mystery. If part of the house does date back as far as 1821 (as Cohen’s report speculates), it could be Ottawa’s oldest standing structure. A 1837 Bytown Gazette newspaper ad confirms Aylen’s dwelling house. However, it is possible that the two parts of Aylen-Heney House date as late as the 1860s. Still impressive! As records from the 1800s are limited, the full story will likely never be known. However, thanks to Eric Cohen’s passion for heritage, this pioneer house is now one of the oldest structures in Ottawa, a rare and valuable representation of a long-ago era and its prominent former owners. It’s a certainly unique building which adds much to the character of Richmond Road. Dave Allston is a local historian and the author of The Kitchissippi Museum (kitchissippimuseum.blogspot.ca). Send your feedback to stories@kitchissippi.com.

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that eight dollars.” But Hugh McCann was industrious. “He went out to farms and brought chickens back in a contraption he made to hold them on the back bumper of the old car. He then went around Ottawa door-to-door selling the eggs and chickens. That was what kept us going until he finally got a government job.” The house was primitive, and remained so for many years. She remembers worrying about freezing in the winter. The house was heated with a coal-burning kitchen stove that went out overnight. “Upstairs you would bring a basin and jug of water, and often the water in the jug would turn to ice,” she describes. The house had limited electricity, and it wasn’t until the 1980s that heavy wiring was installed to allow for electric heating. Cotter recalls the house always had the tin roof, and how noisy it was when it rained. Until the mid-1940s, the area behind the house to Byron Avenue (and the streetcar tracks) was open field. The family had large gardens and grew potatoes, carrots, turnips, plums, and strawberries. She describes the “tragedy” when the developer came in to dig the foundations for the Lyman and Mulvilhill houses, as it was after they had planted their gardens in the spring. There was no water service until after World War II. Cotter had to cross over Richmond Road to the Heney horse stables and fill buckets and pails at a tap. “Friends thought it was something to come to the

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SHOPS & SERVICES New shop rolls into the neighbourhood

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t wasn’t until she was in her late 20’s that Mel Tayler discovered she had a passion for the world of roller skating. A happenstance stumble upon a derby match between Ottawa and Montreal at the now defunct Ottawa Exhibition is the moment when she “immediately fell in love with the sport.” Fast forward ten years and Mel has gone from a fast-paced, high stress career in the tech industry to sole owner of her very own roller skating shop that caters to the entire Eastern region of Canada. Tucked in behind MEC and Royal LePage at 379 Danforth Ave., Neon Skates is one of two retail locations (the other being in Montreal) dedicated to everything and anything roller-skating. The staff are full-time skate experts and dedicate their time to staying on top of the ever-changing

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world of roller skates. Most importantly, they unapologetically love skates, and have put together an amazing team and a “jambulance” that treks across the entire country. Mel, who’s also known by her roller derby pseudomym, Dawn Cherry, emphasizes that “it’s an experience to roller skate.” With that in mind, she has spent countless hours developing a variety of classes catering to beginners and experts alike to be held right in the shop’s studio space. Starting in February, participants will be able to choose from eight different classes including: rollercize (an aerobic strength training class on skates that’s so fun you won’t realize how effective it is), roller dance (which incorporates various choreography), and intro to roller skating (where you’ll learn the basics like standing up, rolling, and stopping, as well as spend time developing the muscles that you’ll need to feel comfortable on skates).

According to Mel, roller-skating is making a serious comeback and thanks to grassroots organizations like Chicks in Bowls, there is growing support for all the skater girls out there. Mel also echoes the sentiment that roller derby is a greatly empowering sport for women. With fast-paced full physical contact, it’s all about two teams of five skaters competing to score points by overtaking each other on a flat track. With the occasional cut, bruise or broken bone, it’s totally badass and ensures expectations are left at the door, making it completely inclusive and accessible. Although Mel has historically played on Ottawa’s competitive team, firstly with Ottawa Roller Derby in 2009, she’s transitioned to the coaching side in addition to playing house league with the Ottawa Centre Block. And she strongly encourages anyone who’s interested to get involved. Neon Skates has also teamed up with the only other local roller skating-affiliated company, Quad Sessions, to plan a family roller skating event at Winterlude on Saturday February 9. Participants will be able to reserve a pair of retro rentals and skate the night away at the Aberdeen Pavilion. From strategy and teamwork to body positivity and a sense of community and support, it’s clear that roller skating is

New businesses Continued from page 3 When all the outdoor spaces are iced over for winter, it can be difficult to find a gathering space for families to hang out. Local mother Paige Watts will remedy this with Wild Child Coffee Project, which is coming soon to Westboro. Paige explains that the front half of the store will have a “sophisticated” feel for the adults to socialize and sip on Sudbury, ON’s Old Rock Coffee, while the back half will have play structures, toys, and even a “mattress area” for kids to go crazy. Paige is aiming for an April opening at her 314 Richmond Rd. location.

Mel Tayler of Neon Skates says roller skating is making a comeback. Neon Skates is now open at 379 Danforth Ave. much more than just a sport or hobby. Whether you’re interested in discovering more about the sport of roller derby or just learning the basics, Mel encourages you to start by putting on a pair of skates. “It’s a lot easier than it looks,” she says.

Nostaliga Warehouse is an example not of a new business, but a transformed one. Over the last several months, the managers have taken what used to be a mainly antiques-geared store at 233 Armstrong St. and rebranded it to include a wider variety of products, including pop culture memorabilia. They have also begun a robust online auctioning service. On January 21, SoulSpeak Yoga opened its doors at 1226 Wellington St. W., offering various yoga and meditation classes — including a “Soul Sunday Detox” for all levels. On the corner of Wellington and Sherbrooke, the location of the old Hintonburger, the neighbourhood will soon be welcoming a Domino’s Pizza location.


Affordable, Clean, Secure, Central Richmond and Cleary. As part of the Phase 2 LRT construction, the city will use that property as the site of an underground train station to open in a few years. Two businesses from the mall, Warsaw Polish Deli and Nokham Thai Restaurant, have closed permanently. Others are relocating: Treasures Anew moved to 1390 Clyde Ave., and Infinity Nails relocated to 320 Richmond Rd. The House of Pizza will stay at the mall until the end of February and will be re-opening in a location with a patio at 160 Richmond Rd., sometime in April. Still others have shifted to an online presence only: Acco Kitchen and Bath are booking home consultations (accokitchenandbath.com) and Mother Earth Natural Health Store is transitioning into an online-only retail store (motherearthstore.ca). Such a major change in the local

business landscape might be seen as a negative, but for Mother Earth’s Dawn Bartsch, moving on to a new adventure is a positive thing. “I like change, and I like opportunity,” Dawn says. “I see it as a gift to push me to a transition.”

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The Wellington West location of terra20 is moving to 1140 Wellington St. W. in Hintonburg. Grand opening festivities on February 23 will include refreshments, prizes, samples, and a gift card draw. Amongst all these new businesses is the very not-new Fresh Air Experience. The bike and ski shop marks its fiftieth anniversary this year — stay tuned for details about a special celebration coming this spring. Jon Digney (owner for six of the 50 years) says it’s “an honour” to be such a consistent presence in the community for so long. Kitchissippi also said goodbye to a few businesses in recent months: Agave Grill closed its doors, as did Pocketz/Robz Bistro (no plans for a move or new location have yet been announced). One of the biggest changes in Westboro’s business atmosphere over the next few weeks will be the loss of the strip mall on

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COMMUNITY SNAPSHOT SJAM Winter Festival

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“Events like this are important to get people our to enjoy this linear park, right in the middle of our neighbourhood,” says SJAM groomer, Peter Edmison.

“I just bought a new fat bike and I’m excited to try it out,” says Jessica Stratton.

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A deep freeze paired with a snowstorm didn’t deter residents from participating in the SJAM Winter Sports Festival on January 20. There were organized races, a blazing fire and hot drinks to warm up the participants and volunteers.

Stephanie Edwards, Sarah, Heidi, Laila, and Laurel “came to ski and to have fun, and to support our friend Groomer Dave.”

“Hudson raced and my husband volunteers for the festival. This brings together our community, and allows us to get out our door and start skiing immediately,” says Ivana Vouk, pictured here with Hudson Browne and Jill Yymchak.


“My kids are ski racing today. I might do the mountain bike race and support the whole thing. I commute on the trail every day to work and back. I love that there is a safe way for me to get to work on my bike in the wintertime. It’s a dream come true,” says Arno Turk.

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“We came out today to ski, to enjoy some hot chocolate and this wonderful fire on the SJAM trail,” says Robin Middleton.

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Toby, Crystal Ferguson, Felicity, Simon: “The ski races brought us out here today. The kids did the 1 km ski race and Simon is doing the 5k. The weather today is perfect for the event.”

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“My friend bought a fat bike and I LOVE biking. I just started winter biking and now I want to try fat tire biking,” says Katelyn Stewart.


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ome people make you feel more grounded when you talk to them, more aware of what it means to live in the moment. They remind you of what’s important. Westboro resident Rolph Almstedt was one of those people. Rolph died unexpectedly on December 19 after heart surgery at age 75. Usually in good health, he noticed his ankles were swollen about a year before. It was something to keep an eye on, said his doctor. His left ventricle. A leaky valve. Nothing too dangerous. But in the fall he needed surgery. After the November operation, Rolph was back on his feet in a couple of days. But there were complications. Water started to accumulate between the layers of membrane that lined his lungs and the inside of his chest cavity — a condition sometimes called water on the lungs. There were blood clots. And pneumonia. There was talk of amputating his legs. “He never complained,” recalls his brother John, six years his elder. John lives spitting distance from Westboro Beach, where he and his wife, Diane, raised Rolph’s three nephews. It’s startling how much John looks like his brother. The same light eyes. Facial expressions. Skin tone. But where Rolph’s manner was slower, John’s is quick and academic. Still, both shared a sharp memory and a blazing smile. Rolph’s childhood in the community of Lansing within North York centred around steady homeschooling by his mother, Martha. The family never really knew why Rolph had intellectual challenges. “Our mother was determined he wouldn’t end up

in an institution,” remembers John. There was always a German shepherd in the family home, and their playground was a field near their house, now taken over by the 401. Rolph’s connection to dogs was instant, adoring and lifelong. “They never had a problem with him,” says John of the family’s pets. “They let him do whatever he wanted to. He had a gentle demeanor, and the animals picked that up.” When Rolph became a teenager, the family moved north of Toronto to a rural community where Rolph had more opportunities to bond with animals. He began to help out local farmers. One in particular had horses. “They were touchy animals,” recalls John. He shakes his head in wonder. “But to everyone’s amazement, Rolph could muck out the stalls and walk behind them and they never even tried to kick him.” Rolph’s family helped him launch a rabbit breeding business. At one point, he was in charge of more than 100 New Zealand whites, a breed known for having albinism that presents itself in fur like a thick snow drift and jewel-pink eyes. Rolph did the day-to-day husbandry. He took notes, did sums, and met with customers. The business was a success for five years. In 1975, about six years after his father Gus died, Rolph and his mother moved to Westboro into Plaza Towers, where he spent the rest of his life. Her steady optimism and love of gardening, both of which she passed on to Rolph, continued. Their apartment balcony was stuffed with blooms. They soon became acquainted with Frances Rochester, who lived quietly in what is now the Keg Manor until the late ’80s.


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The historic Maplelawn walled garden beside the house became a part of Rolph and his mother’s regular routine. They would deadhead the flowers. Prune. Do the best they could to keep it in good shape — Rolph was taking care of Maplelawn even before the volunteer-driven Friends of Maplelawn kicked off in 1993. The volunteers embraced him straight off, with Eileen Hunt and Helen Brown becoming like second mothers to him. Before boutiques and coffee shops appeared on Richmond Road, Rolph was known for helping his neighbours with their lawns, snow shoveling and dogs. He helped some seniors stay in their homes longer than they might have, navigating trips to the grocery store to buy their groceries and helping them with chores. John gives Newport owner and local philanthropist Moe Atallah a lot of credit in connecting Rolph to local businesses. When Newport was still at the corner of Richmond and Churchill, Moe taught Rolph how to make runs to the local bank to top up the change in the cash register. Rolph was well known at the restaurant and often sat at the end of the bar when he stopped in for a snack. Making bank runs was a skill Rolph later

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offered to Westboro’s pet boutique Masters ’N Dogs (formerly known as Bark and Fitz). He walked the staff’s dogs and spread the word about their dog-centred photo shoots, recalls store manager Carly Morgan. “He’s a dog whisperer, that man,” she says. “The dogs loved him. They immediately knew to be a little bit gentler with him. When he’d give the good scratches behind the ear, they’d lean into it.” The store’s previous manager, Jasmine Bencke, first met Rolph when he walked in during her initial job interview. He would soon take her dogs out regularly, and they’d get excited every time she said his name. “He just had this love,” remembers Jasmine. When she travelled to British Columbia for eight months, she made a photobook of her dogs’ adventures and sent it to Rolph to put a smile on his face, because that’s what he did for others. Heather Pardon met Rolph when she worked in Bridgehead’s first coffeehouse on Richmond Road in 2010. He came in every day for coffee. He took it upon himself to collect the cups and dishes that lingered on the tables. He became friends with the staff and dropped off recipes from the Superstore’s cooking classes he loved to attend. “He was a beacon of what humanity should be,” Heather recalls. During a federal election, the Bridgehead staff wrote “Vote for Rolph” on the store’s sidewalk sandwich board. He loved it. “He had a gift in that he lived his purpose,” says Heather. “He was a little bit magical.” She was so moved by his spirit that she incorporated him into a book she was writing about finding happiness. At the book launch, Rolph loved showing people where his name appeared in its pages. It was the only book Rolph ever read in its entirety. Former Bridgehead manager Tammy Germon’s voice gets tight when she describes what she’ll miss about Rolph. “His smile and his genuine joy,” she says. Tammy made a special binder to collect the recipes he would share with Bridgehead staff. They hosted a party for his 70th birthday and gave him a page-a-day calendar featuring dogs, which he loved so much he couldn’t bring himself to actually


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began a transition, working with clients out of my home studio. Feedback was overall great. Clients enjoyed the less traditional gym experience. In the fall of 2017, I moved my business and began offering a training experience from my KITCHISSIPPI TIMES: First, a bit of home studio in the Westboro Beach background! Can you tell us a bit about area. yourself and how you got to where you are   today? KT: Can you take us through the kinds of   services you offer? ALLAN ALGUIRE: I grew up in   Williamstown, Ontario, moved to B.C. AA: Clients begin with a consultation, so and lived in the Whistler area for a I can learn more about their goals, needs few years, and eventually settled in and current lifestyle. We then work Ottawa. I have always beenad passionate together to design a custom training Dovercourt 1/4 page for pre & postnatal programs about active lifestyle. In 2006, I opened program to help them succeed. Most for Feb 1, 2019 issue. End Result Fitness, a personal training clients choose to train with me one to studio in Ottawa’s downtown core. From three times per week in-studio. I now this location, I am proud to say I helped also offer remote training for clients hundreds of clients reach their fitness who are unable to train with me on site. goals. When our daughter was born, Clients are provided with a training my wife and I began to re-think long program and support so they can train work hours away from home. I slowly on their own and at their own facilities. SPONSORED CONTENT

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Allan Alguire is a personal trainer who lives and works in Westboro Beach and he’s a big fan of butter coffee. “There are a million reasons why people are making butter coffee: they’re on a ketogenic diet, they want mental clarity, it’s crucial to their weight loss, or they just simply want a cozy, frothy treat in the morning,” he says.

Allan blends 1 tbsp. of organic ghee (clarified butter) with 1 tbsp. MCT oil (medium-chain triglyceride) into one cup of brewed coffee. If you’re new to butter coffee, you might want to start with small amounts of oils. Some butter coffee drinkers use coconut oil instead of MCT but it definitely helps to start with great coffee beans. The better the bean, the better the buzz. “Other than making butter coffee at home, Equator is my favourite coffee shop in the ‘hood that makes the best butter coffee,” says Allan (who adds that his daughter loves their chocolate zucchini loaf.)

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KT: Who is your typical client?   AA: My clients are all different and have unique goals. Weight loss and strength building are high among the reasons why clients contact me. Other clients have sport-specific goals. I believe, based on personal and client experience, that once people begin to see and feel physical results, they are empowered and this translates into other aspects of their life including work, relationships and family.  In my experience, clients commit to a consistent training program well after initial goals are met for the continued mental and emotional benefits.   KT: As a personal fitness trainer what do you do to stay fit and healthy?   AA: My current training regime involves strength training and running.   KT: You are a father of a young daughter. How can parents make sure health and wellness are top of mind in their families?   AA: Setting aside family time for exercise


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Mental health resolutions for the new year (NC) New Year’s is a great time to take stock. It may be an arbitrary time to do so, but why not use the turning of the calendar as inspiration to reflect and see what’s working in your life and what could use some change. There’s a lot to consider: career, family, relationships, health. One thing we don’t typically consider as much is mental health. But nurturing our mental health and doing our best to identify when help is needed and taking the steps to access supports are critical to being well-armed to navigate through life. There are some effective online mental health resources available in Ontario, like Big White Wall. This service is now available, at no charge, to all Ontarians

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On the medical side, I think that cannabis has many useful therapeutic properties. The body’s endocannabinoid system is involved in regulation of pain, mood, memory, appetite, stress, hormone balance, fertility, and energy metabolism. We are in the midst of an opioid crisis, and we need new treatment options for the various forms of chronic pain we are commonly seeing, such as fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain. Cannabis, and in particular cannabidiol (CBD), has huge medical potential in these areas. And cannabidiol does not get you “high” like whole cannabis. It is primarily the THC component in cannabis that produces the psychoactive effects, and this is avoided when we use CBD. CBD provides the anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects of cannabis without the “high”. It is a very useful medical compound, and I think it will be a major molecule used in the future treatment of inflammation and chronic pain, amongst a variety of other medical conditions. I know that the 4 main reasons patients visit our pharmacy inquiring about medical cannabis are for treatment of pain, inflammation, anxiety, and sleep. 

At NutriChem, we are used to occupying the alternative health domain, and our pharmacists and naturopaths are quite knowledgeable about On the recreational side, I think we need to be very cautious around cannabis and its interactions with prescription medications and medical impaired driving, cannabis use during pregnancy, and the effects of conditions. We offer cannabis consultations and services to help you cannabis on the developing teenage brain. There is a ton of access the Canadian medical cannabis system. If you are interested in hype around cannabis right now with Canada being the first medical cannabis, contact NutriChem today! industrialized nation to legalize it for recreational usage, and I think Dr. Adam Livingston, PharmD, is a clinical pharmacist at a lot of people are hailing it as a panacea. Many drugs have gone NutriChem Compounding Pharmacy and Clinic. Adam’s through “panacea periods” where people falsely believe they will areas of focus include medication deprescribing, be cure-alls for many of our common diseases and gastrointestinal health, mental health, and addiction. ailments. Cannabis has some very useful medical properties, and I think that adults should be allowed to use it responsibly for recreational purposes. It gives us another powerful tool in the pharmacological toolbox, but it won’t fix all of our health problems. It is a much safer option for symptom management than opioids, for example, but to truly treat these health problems, we have to dig deeper into people’s root causes, such as the microbiome, hormone balance, and nutrient status. 

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As a pharmacist, I have been disappointed with my own profession’s handling of the emergence of cannabis. Our colleges and associations have not taken much of a stand on cannabis at all, despite the fact that cannabis is one of the only medical substances that does not need to be dispensed by a pharmacist in Canada. Instead, anyone can just purchase cannabis via the recreational stream with no counselling, prior knowledge, or precautions. We as pharmacists dropped the ball on this one, and I am having daily conversations with patients that are totally new to this area. They are very confused about what cannabis strains and products would be right for them. Many do not even know the difference between CBD and THC, and they are too nervous to self-prescribe and purchase their own products on the Ontario Cannabis Store website. Patients need more medical guidance for their own unique health needs.

Last fall, Canada made history and became the first G7 nation to legalize cannabis for recreational usage. So far, the results have been somewhat underwhelming. There were no riots in the streets, no clouds of smoke overtaking cities. And I am not all that surprised because, in my experience, cannabis users tend to be pretty reasonable, respectful people. Many individuals that use cannabis, whether for medical or recreational purposes, were already using it before October 17th, 2018, so not too much will change in the short-term. Except of course, the economics of cannabis, which could mean big business for Canada in the next few years and beyond. Canada has the opportunity to become the world leader on the cannabis front, so we need to make sure we do this right, both medically and recreationally.

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(NC) Store-bought granola is delicious, but usually high in sugar and fat. This recipe, developed by the staff at Harrowsmith magazine, is sweetened with honey and full of healthy coconut and sunflower seeds. Enjoy it sprinkled on top of blueberries and yogurt with a drizzle of honey or a dash of stevia. Best-Ever Healthy Homemade Granola Prep time: 15 to 20 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Makes: 8 to 9 cups Ingredients: 1/3 cup (80 mL) + 1 tbsp (15 mL) coconut oil 2/3 cup (165 mL) + 1 tbsp (15 mL) honey ¾ cup (190 mL) sunflower seed butter 1 tbsp (15 mL) cinnamon 1 ½ tsp (7 mL) salt 7 cups (1.75 L) quick-cooking or large-flake rolled oats 1 cup (250 mL) shredded, unsweetened coconut 2 tbsp (30 mL) hemp seeds (optional) 1 tbsp (15 mL) ground flaxseeds (optional) ½ cup (125 mL) raisins or dried cranberries (optional) ½ cup (125 mL) chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

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Directions: 1. In large pot, melt coconut oil and honey over low to medium heat. Watch carefully – they can burn easily. 2. Add sunflower seed butter and whisk until combined. Add cinnamon and salt and whisk again. 3. Remove from heat. Pour in oats and coconut and mix together with a sturdy spoon, making sure to incorporate honey mixture from bottom of pot. 4. Evenly spread granola over a parchment-lined pan and bake in 350°F (190° C) oven for 10 minutes. 5. Remove from oven and stir so that bottom bits are well incorporated and don’t burn. Bake another 10 minutes. 6. Remove from oven and set aside so granola cools and crisps up. Add hemp seeds, flaxseeds, raisins and walnuts, if desired, and mix together until well combined. 7. Store in an airtight container up to five days or refrigerate up to three weeks. Find more nutritious and delicious recipes at harrowsmithmag.com. www.newscanada.com SPONSORED CONTENT

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If you’re an expectant mom, participating in quality prenatal programming has shown to result in better pregnancies, including less weight gain, reduced hip and back pain, enhanced strength and mobility, prevention of gestational diabetes, a reduced risk of preeclampsia as well as improved mood and better sleep. Dovercourt’s prenatal programming includes aqua fitness in their warm water pool, prenatal yoga with specialized yoga instructors and strength training with a personal training team dedicated to prenatal fitness. Dovercourt mom, Megan Bocking, started prenatal classes at Dovercourt to keep fit during her pregnancy. “The staff are awesome and gave me challenging workouts that were pregnancy safe. I also met a bunch of great new mom friends and got to know their babies in postnatal classes…The thing that sets Dovercourt apart is definitely the staff who are so welcoming, accommodating to baby needs and give a variety of workouts! I’m honestly not sure who

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hen I think of Ottawa Centre, I think about our awesome, thriving, and unique businesses. I think about Elgin Street where families can buy local bread from Brownloaf Bakery, and get records from The Record Store in Hintonburg. We rely on small businesses like these to make our lives simpler and more enjoyable. In fact, some days they seem like such fixtures of our community that we forget the immense contributions they make to Ottawa Centre and our economy. Small businesses are job generators. They make up 98 percent of Canadian businesses and employ eight million hard-working Canadians from coast to coast to coast. More than this, they promote the industry around which thriving communities can grow. It is because of our community’s entrepreneurial small business owners that Canada’s economy is now among the fastest growing in the G7 countries and that the unemployment rate is at a historic low. In fact, the last time the national unemployment rate was lower than it is now, road signs in Canada were in miles per hour and Canada hosted its first Olympics in the summer of 1976.

Rolph Almstedt Continued from page 19 One look at the online remembrance page for Rolph, and it’s clear he was welcome at so many businesses. He’d distribute flyers for Pharmasave and return wayward shopping carts for Shoppers Drug Mart. He was known to stop in at the Westboro Legion and he raised money for the Ottawa Humane Society, The Terry Fox Foundation and

People are working, wages are growing and more Canadians are buying goods and services. There is a renewed sense of confidence and potential in the air. To keep up this momentum, our government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Trudeau, is working hard to make it easier for small businesses. On January 1, we lowered the small business tax rate yet again, from 11 percent to 9 percent, giving Canada one of the lowest small business tax rates in the world and giving small business owners to up to $7,500 a year in savings. We also worked with credit card companies to lower the fees they charge businesses. For some small businesses, this could mean thousands of dollars in savings. And because our government knows that it isn’t just about savings but also about opportunity, we have made unprecedented investments in helping small business owners start up, scale up and access new markets through programs that offer them access to capital, valuable advice or even paid interns. Recently, our government announced the Fall Economic Statement. In it we proposed three immediate changes to Canada’s tax system that will make it easier for small businesses. The first will allow businesses to immediately write off the full cost of machinery and equipment used

B.A.R.K. (the Bytown Association for Rescued Kanines). Not just pocket change — thousands of dollars. But Rolph’s life wasn’t just a story about an endearing man and his endless good nature, says his brother. It’s also a story about a community that received him with hundreds of open arms, particularly after his mother died and he began living on his own. With the support of the neighbourhood, he thrived.

for the manufacturing and processing of goods. The second will allow businesses to immediately write off the full cost of certain clean technology equipment. And the third – a new Accelerated Investment Initiative – will allow businesses across all sectors of the economy to write off a larger share of the cost of newly acquired assets in the year the investment is made. These are real actions that will make Canadian small businesses more productive, more innovative and more competitive. A big part of remaining competitive means rolling up sleeves and cutting red tape. That’s why, since 2015, our government has cut more than 450 federal rules that impose an administrative burden on business. Regulations are intended to help us by protecting Canadians, but over time, outdated rules and poor alignment with our trading partners can mean small businesses are held back. That’s why our government is tackling regulatory irritants by harmonizing food regulations and inspections and facilitating greater trade of alcohol between provinces and territories, for example. Whether it’s our easy-to-use innovation. canada.ca website that provides small businesses with the help they need, or BizPaL, which simplifies getting permits and licences, our government is working hard to make it easier for small businesses to do what they do best: grow amazing communities like Ottawa Centre.

“My mother and father would be ecstatic — it was always a concern, what was going to happen to Rolph,” says John as he watches the snow fall outside his home. “It’s a tribute to the people who live in Westboro. This was a very happy story.” Rolph’s contribution to the Maplelawn garden was commemorated last summer when a bench bearing his name was installed there. The garden will serve as the location for his memorial on May 11.


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e’re deep into winter here in Kitchissippi, but that hasn’t slowed things down out in the ward or at City Hall. Read on to find out what’s coming up! On January 20 I submitted a letter written on behalf of myself and our community associations to the consultation process for Bill 66 Open for Business, introduced recently to Queen’s Park. We’re concerned that if Bill 66 moves forward it will give politicians in Ontario municipalities a tool to fast-track development applications where major job-creators are proposed. The good news is that Schedule 10, which would have removed important community protections in the planning process, has been dropped from the Bill. We’re happy to see this positive outcome as the result of public consultation. Some readers may be aware that there is a zoning by-law amendment and official plan application currently proposed for 951 Gladstone and 145 Loretta Avenues. The application is to allow mixed-use development with office, retail, and residential in three towers at 30, 35, and 41 storeys. The applications can be reviewed in detail on devapps (the city’s online development application search), and you can send any comments to our office at Jeff.Leiper@Ottawa.ca as well as to the lead planner Anne O’Connor at Anne.OConnor@Ottawa. ca. Feedback can be given up to and after the open house, which will be held with Councillor McKenney February 4 at the Hintonburg Community Centre (Wellington Room) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The applicant’s team will be present, and myself and Councillor

McKenney will facilitate a Q & A beginning at 6:20. The draft Budget 2019 will be tabled at City Council on February 6, and there are many opportunities to provide your input on the budget before we vote on the final version in early March. This year, my budget priorities are affordable housing and affordable transit, and I will be advocating for those at all council and committee meetings I attend. You can give your feedback on Budget 2019 and learn more about the budget process online at ottawa.ca/budget. Join myself and Councillors McKenney, Menard, Fleury, and Team Rideau-Rockliffe at our interactive BudgetSpeak 2019 event on February 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at city hall, or contact my office to share your opinions.


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Attacking student organizations: Finally, the government is going to allow students to opt-out of paying dues to student unions, and other independent student organizations like campus radio stations and newspapers. This is importing American-style “right to work” rules and applying them to student unions. Ending mandatory dues payment will put vital student union-run services upon which students rely at risk, including: campus food banks, LGBTQ+ centres, u-pass transit programs, academic advocacy, and more. We are organizing with local campus groups against these regressive changes. Contact our office if you’d like to get involved.

he Ford government is making big changes to post-secondary education in Ontario: reducing funding, cutting back needs-based grants, and attacking the autonomy of student organizations. As a former university instructor, I’m deeply worried about how these changes will affect the quality and accessibility of post-secondary education. Here’s why the announced changes to postsecondary education are so damaging: Reducing funding: The government is implementing a 10 percent tuition fee cut for college and& university students for 2019-2020, followed by a freeze the next year. While I’m a strong Film screening supporter of reducing for Eating Disorders tuition fees, reductions Awareness Week must be accompanied by Our office is here for matching funding increases On February 3, our office is Town Halls for institutions. The 10 percent holding a free screeningMonthly of the film Canvasses reduction is unfunded, meaning Embrace followed by a panel discussion, Community Organizin universities and colleges will have for Eating Disorders Awareness Week Help Accessing Gove to find ways of coping with a loss of 2019. We’re hosting the event in revenue. This could mean larger class partnership with Hopewell, Eastern sizes, faculty layoffs and fewer course Ontario’s only eating disorder support 109 Catherine St. / rue Catherine offerings. centre. Ottawa, ON K2P 0P4 MPP / Député provincial, Cutting needs-based grants: OSAPOttawa Centre We’re thrilled that Jill Andrew, MPP grants that covered tuition fees for for Toronto-St. Paul’s, will be joining the lowest-income students will be us at this event. In December, Jill eliminated, and funding for OSAP will introduced Bill 61 – a private member’s be reduced to 2016 levels. In addition, bill to officially proclaim the first the six-month interest-free grace period week of February as Eating Disorders will be removed, meaning students will Awareness Week in Ontario. I’m proud be charged interest immediately after to support her bill, and delighted she’ll graduation. At a time when students are be participating on February 3. graduating with mortgage-sized debt Join us on February 3, at 3 p.m. at levels, we should be converting loans in the Mayfair Theatre for this important to grants, not burdening students with discussion. even more debt.


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up to Ottawa with his family. He came in November about 60 years ago on Highway 7, which he describes as very isolated, with stretches of gravel road along the way. In Ottawa they had no idea where to stay or where to eat. There were no restaurants. The downtown ByWard Market was just a market, nothing more. The only good restaurants were in Hull and one on Sparks Street. In 1959, after Noel had been in Canada for three years, they packed everything up and went back to Britain. He had two children at the time and a job lined up at the BBC, which was gone by the time they arrived by boat in Britain. “I knew I’d made the wrong decision. It’s called the $1000 cure.” The family lived in Bournemouth and after they had been there for a year, he got a call from the Ottawa Citizen with a job offer.

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“I came over first,” he describes. “That gave me time to find a job. In those days you just went. They [Canadians] were getting good, well-trained journalists very cheaply here I discovered. I went to the head office of the Canadian daily newspapers in Toronto and they said you can either go to Sudbury or Peterborough.” Part of the reason Noel chose Canada was his encounter with Morley Safer, legendary 60 Minutes journalist whom he met in Oxford. Morley was a Commonwealth student at the time, sent to Oxford by CBS News to learn broadcasting. Noel chose Peterborough and worked under Robertson Davies, who was the head editor of The Examiner at the time. “I sat down with him and told him I had worked in Oxford and I knew I had the job. He loved everything about Oxford.” After a year in Peterborough, Noel drove

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tep into his home, and you immediately feel welcome – books on the coffee table and side table in the bright living room with fireplace – Kate Atkinson’s Transcription, Jane Wallace Martin’s Dancing with the Uninvited Guest, Barbara Kingsolver’s Unsheltered. Noel Taylor and his wife read a lot and have similar taste in books. They love Nordic Noir mystery novels and Donna Leon’s books set in Venice. Noel is a former news editor for the Ottawa Citizen, a lifelong book critic and the Citizen’s first film critic. His wife worked as a school teacher. Together they raised four children in the Westboro house they’ve lived in for 50 years. He attributes a lot of the changes in the neighbourhood to 20 years ago when Mountain Equipment Co-op was built and coffee shops and restaurants appeared. Their house is two blocks to the village – they still call it the village – and two blocks from the schools their four children attended, first Broadview Public School and later Nepean High School. In those days, kids went out to play, he recalls. There was a marshy area where Notre Dame High School is now and the kids played there all day. It was, and still is, a safe neighbourhood and parents seldom worried about their children playing outdoors unsupervised. Noel immigrated to Canada from Britain with his wife and one child in 1956. Britain was still recovering from World War II, reporters weren’t paid very much, and rationing was still in place for gasoline, clothing and some foods. Brits were lining up to immigrate and Noel said, “why not?” It was a toss-up between Australia or Canada and Canada won out since it was closer to family in Britain.

So they came back. Their first house was a small two-bedroom home on Fraser. In 1967, they found their current house in Westboro and have been there since. Starting as a night-desk editor with the Ottawa Citizen for his first few weeks, Noel worked his way up to the day desk as the editor responsible for world news. After nine years he became chief news editor, the senior editor on the news desk, responsible for making up page one of the paper, selecting the news and deciding where the news would go in the paper. “It was quite a job,” he describes, “very interesting. But…” The Citizen recently published a series of articles about how people’s jobs have changed over the years. In 1973, the Citizen became the first newspaper on the continent to switch from hot metal typesetting to paste-up. “After that, my job changed entirely. I didn’t understand it, and I didn’t enjoy it. After a year, my blood pressure was soaring and I said to my boss, I don’t think I can do this. My job had time constraints. I had to make up my mind by a certain time of the day.” When Noel gave up his job as news editor to write, he became the first film and book critic for the Citizen, which he did for 10 years. “That job for me was bliss. I was meeting interesting people. I liked doing interviews. Writers used to come around promoting their latest book. I interviewed them all,” he says. “The art of interviewing is conversation. Talk naturally, it’s not question and answer. A good interviewer has a conversation. I’ve never used a recorder. I used shorthand. At 140 words a minute, I can keep up with the average interview.” Of course, life isn’t just about work, it’s about family, and Noel describes his family as “very close.” “One of the best holidays we had was five years ago on our 60th wedding anniversary. We rented a cottage in Maine, just the five of us – no spouses, or grandchildren. We had such fun. I can’t imagine a nicer holiday.”


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WESTBORO VILLAGER FEEL THE L VE IN WESTBORO Ottawa was shaken by the tragic bus accident occurring at Westboro Station. Our community cannot express enough the deepest sympathies to the victims of the January 11 crash, and the families of Bruce Thomlinson, 56 years old, Judy Booth, 57 years old, and Anja Van Beek, 65 years old, who lost their lives. The emergency services were nothing short of exceptional. We want to extend a very grateful thank you to these people who were onsite, working tirelessly. A special thank you to the Churchill Seniors Centre for being the hub for which city services connected with friends and family of victims. The community came out to the emergency service workers with coffee and snacks to warm up and the Granite Curling Club offered its facilities and warmth. Without any doubt, the Westboro, Kitchissippi and Ottawa communities are very caring and compassionate.

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up. There are plenty of options to heat you up from the inside out! You can even stay in your full gear and grab a warm bite on the go; the hot buffet at Farm Boy, Jamaican patties at The Piggy Market, pressed paninis at Cucina Barone, pizza at FIAZZA, and plenty more.

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WILL YOU BE MY VALENTINE?

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Show your love in Westboro Village For many, February is synonymous with love, and everyone loves a bouquet of flowers. Flowers Talk Tivoli (282 Richmond Rd.) is the destination for all things floral in Westboro. Owner Elizabeth Young confirms the shop will be carrying the classic red roses we all love and that the coolers will be filled with a variety of flowers including blooms from Ecuador and Columbia, New Zealand, Holland, Niagara, and P.E.I. Placing orders ahead of time means shoppers can swing by and pick up their purchases without waiting. Or stop by the shop ahead of time to browse or speak to one of Flowers Talk Tivoli’s talented

designers. And here’s a tip: Delivering to the office during a weekday is the best way to ensure your special recipient receives the flowers you sent! Heist Jewellery (343 Richmond Rd.) has gorgeous gift ideas and a price point for everyone. Customized silver pendants are a popular item. Customers choose the shape and style and Heist will engrave it with their chosen text, such as a name or short saying. “They are very popular around Valentine’s Day, especially for people who want to give their partner something a bit sentimental,” confirms Ania Geerts, the owner of Heist. Heist needs a bit of time for custom work, so Ania recommends coming in at least a few days before the 14th. Another idea for the romantics out

there: How about having an existing ring customized? Heirloom rings and other jewellery (such as grandma’s wedding ring!) can be remade for modern brides. Drop by and get inspired by their wide selection of pendants, rings, earrings and bracelets. Or do some advance shopping online at myheistjewellery.com. Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to spoil the woman in your life with lingerie she wouldn’t normally buy for herself. Bra Chic owner Marianne Hassan stresses the importance of best fit. So how about making a day of it? Grab your partner before Valentine’s Day, have a wander through Westboro, and pop by the shop at 433 Richmond Rd. for an expert fitting. They’ll keep the info and measurements on file so the partner can fulfill that wish list during a shopping trip on a later date. Hot sellers at include eroticwear and lacy kimonos that do double-duty as loungewear and outerwear. “Italian briefs” are one of the biggest trends in lingerie this

Eva Palumbo and Traven Benner are happy to help shoppers find the perfect gift at Heist Jewellery. Photo by Ellen Bond year. This style features a partially sheer back panel and maintains good coverage. It’s a win-win! Marianne says Bra Chic’s “luxurious and sensual brands” feel great on the skin. Ask her about it! You can also take a peek at some of their brands at brachic.ca.

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Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday this year. How about sneaking away for a romantic lunch date for two while the kids are at school? If you can’t make it out for dinner, there are many destinations for lunch in Westboro Village. See westborovillage.com for a full listing of restaurants in the neighbourhood.

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Candlelight, great spins, plates for sharing... there aren’t many places in Ottawa that are as intimate and romantic as Trio (307D Richmond Rd.). It’s about mood just as much as is about the food here and we know you’ll love the vibe at Trio. Another option: Experience a true Italian trattoria in the heart of Westboro Village. Trattoria in the Village (309 Richmond Rd.) has a menu and a wine list that will have you drooling. Reservations are strongly recommended!

The Savoy Brasserie (334 Richmond Rd.) is serving up great value in a lovely neighbourhood bistro right on the corner of Richmond and Churchill. You may already know them for their Mollusk Madness promo ($1.50 oysters and $2 jumbo shrimp when ordered with a beverage) and their selection of craft beers (34 on tap!) but you should definitely check out the set dinner menu for Valentine’s Day. For $39 per person, you’ll receive a shared appetizer, choice of main, and a shared dessert. For details, check the Savoy website at savoybrasserie.com.

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LIGHT UP THE NIGHT Presented by the Dovercourt Recreation Association Winterlude at the SJAM Trail Saturday February 2, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Bring your friends, your headlamps (special thank you to MEC for supplying headlamps for children – limited supply), skis, snowshoes or fat bikes and go for a trek or simply walk along the trails under the citylit sky to enjoy a unique outdoor recreational experience. The Sir John A. Macdonald Trail (known locally as the SJAM Winter Trail), with 30 kilometres of groomed trails,

is located near downtown Ottawa, and can be accessed anywhere between the Canadian War Museum and Westboro Beach. The assembly point will be at the Canadian War Museum (1 Vimy Place). MAKE CHOCOLATE SWEETS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY Sunday February 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Register kids (6-11 years old) for this drop-off class at Real Canadian Superstore (190 Richmond Rd.). Kids will make crispy hearts, white chocolate cherry shortbread, and black and white cupcakes. $15 per

child. Book in person or online at pccookingschool.ca (Search Ottawa and choose the 190 Richmond Rd. location to book.) VALENTINE’S CRAFTS FOR KIDS WITH THE VILLAGE QUIRE Saturday February 9, from 10 a.m to noon Drop your little love bugs off at The Cupcake Lounge (324 Richmond Rd.) for a couple of hours to create Valentines with The Village Quire for the school exchange. What we don't finish, we'll send home. There will be lovely llamas, robots, dinosaurs, kittens, scratch & sniff stickers and

smelly erasers. Lots of Valentines to craft and some just to sign. Cost: $20. Call 613-695-2287 to reserve your spot or visit villagequire.ca to sign up for email. BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE FANDEMONIUM! February 28, March 6, March 7 Westboro Village and Wellington West will face off in a bowling match at Westpark Lanes in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa. You can enter a team and raise funds to support and have fun too! Visit bbbso.ca to learn more and to register your team.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR FEBRUARY 4 - HOW TO BUY A PC When buying a PC, you are faced with a lot of choices, laptop or desktop, dual or quad core processor, AMD or Intel, how big a hard drive, how big a monitor, is it better to buy a faster processor or more memory. Chris Taylor, president of the Ottawa PC Users’ Group and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, will help sort out the choices so you can buy the computer that is right for your needs. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday February 4 at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.

FEBRUARY 10 - PANCAKE BREAKFAST & SKATING PARTY Hampton Iona Community Association will be holding a fun event , 9-11 a.m. in Iona Park. A pancake breakfast will be served along with coffee, hot chocolate, and skating, with the Field House open for changing. There will be winter games. Come, meet your neighbours and ‘be green’ and bring your own cutlery and a mug. FEBRUARY 21 - TRANS-PACIFIC TRAVELOGUE    Join presenter Alex Bissett to hear about his Trans-Pacific Ocean crossing from Sydney Australia to Vancouver on a Holland America ship with visits to six Polynesian islands and three Hawaiian islands. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Thursday February 21 at 7 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.

WESTBORO LEGION’S SATURDAY AND SUNDAY POOL Free pool from noon to closing upstairs at the Westboro Legion on Saturdays and Sundays. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit our website at rcl480.com or call 613-725-2778. TOASTMASTERS Learn confidence and hone your leadership skills. Above and Beyond Toastmasters will help you get

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WESTBORO LEGION’S BINGO AND LEAGUES Bingo every Wednesday night at the Westboro Legion. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for Ric’s@480 food service. Bingo 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 starting in the Fall. For more information visit our website at rcl480.com or call 613-725-2778.

CHURCHILL SENIORS CENTRE Drop-in programs at Churchill Senior Recreation Center: Folk Song Circle is now meeting on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Join our knitting, crochet or quilting circles on Fridays between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Open Lounge, Tuesday and Thursday, 1-3 p.m., meet others and play chess, Scrabble or cribbage. Play Pickleball Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. or Fridays at 11:15 a.m. Social Painting Club is Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., open room with lots of light and like-minded artists. Come play ukulele on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. and/or Friday at 9:15 a.m. Weight & Cardio Agility on Mon/Wed/Fri 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and there’s open use of the fitness center. Fees are nominal. For more information call 613798-8872 or email Anita.Findlay@ottawa.ca.

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MARCH 2 - A BARTERED BRIDE AND GUESTS Join the Parkdale United Church Orchestra and guest conductor Serena Reuten on Saturday March 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. for a musical tour through eastern Europe. Enjoy the romantic symphonic music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Smetana, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7. Meet the musicians at the reception following the concert. The concert is at Parkdale United Church. Tickets are available at the door or in advance through our website or pick up at The Ottawa Conservatory. For full details visit parkdaleorchestra.ca.

there. We meet every Monday at 7 p.m. except holidays at the Civic campus of The Ottawa Hospital in the Bickell Room on the main floor (across from Tim Hortons). Everyone is welcome. For more information, please see abottawa. toastmastersclubs.org or contact toastmasters. iwona.bm@gmail.com.  

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FEBRUARY 22 - NIGHT OF WORSHIP AND MINISTRY Join St. Mary’s Parish (100 Young St.) for an evening of praise, prophecy, teaching, healing and fellowship on February 22, 7-9 p.m. The theme is ‘Light the Fire Again’. Fr. Rob Arsenault, the speaker, is currently the secretary-general of the Companions of the Cross. He is also Pastor of Annunciation of the Lord Parish. He is a notably gifted homilist and is passionate about evangelization and parish renewal. The Night of Worship and Ministry is held every 4th Friday of the month. For more information, please contact: Natalia Lacar (613-728-9811 x720); (night.worship. ministry@stmarysottawa.ca).

communicates with servers on the Internet? Chris Taylor, president of the Ottawa PC Users’ Group and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, will explain how computers find each other and connect so they can exchange information. As well, Chris will give some hints on how to troubleshoot things when they don’t work as they are supposed to. Note: This is a fairly technical presentation. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday February 25 at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.

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FEBRUARY 8-10 - INCARCINOMA: A POETIC OUTLINE INcarcinoma: A Poetic Outline is a three-day art exhibit, which merges photography (Hasi Eldib, photographer) and poetry (by Vanessa Rotondo), to document a young woman’s journey through breast cancer. The purpose of this work is to raise awareness about breast cancer, specifically in young women, to support families and friends impacted by cancer and to inspire empowerment and hope through active treatment and recovery. Entrance is FREE or by donation. A graphic photo journal entitled, ‘INcarcinoma: A Poetic Outline,’ will be available for purchase during the event. A portion of the proceeds will go toward Ottawa-based cancer programs and initiatives. INcarcinoma has been acknowledged by the Ontario Arts Council and will be exhibited at Nproduct’s Division studio from February 8-10, 2019, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

FEBRUARY 9 - WRITING WORKSHOP WITH AUTHOR CATHERINE AUSTEN Join local author and contest judge, Catherine Austen, for tips and tricks on how to write a winning short story. For ages 9-12. Saturday February 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library. For information and to register go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.

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FEBRUARY 6 - SING SING SING Join our monthly singing event hosted by singer-songwriter Chris Maclean on February 6 at 7:15 p.m. Each gathering we will work in harmony, unison and and round from a repertoire of world, gospel and contemporary folk and more! All singers are welcome to kick off their shoes and meet in the gorgeous Metta studio. Suggested donation $10-$15. No need to register, just show up! For details go to mettamoves.ca.

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