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Curling club redevelopment a ‘pandora’s box’ for green space Dear Editor, I was surprised by your paper's reporting on the redevelopment of Lion's Park (December issue), which only presented one side of the highly contentious and precedent-setting proposal. This redevelopment – I call it encroachment – has a great impact on our community, for adjacent residents and the users of this small legacy park that sits between Elmgrove and Ashton Avenue. The pre-application meeting on October 30, which took place in the clubhouse, gave community members less than 10 days to respond. Granite Curling Club members, who had prior knowledge about the meeting and strong self-interest to attend, were disproportionately represented. I would refute Greg Mathieu's assertion that the redevelopment will have minimum impact on residents in the north end of Westboro. The redevelopment of a city park for development purposes is unprecedented, and could now mean any and all city park lands will be open for redevelopment. I fear Clare, McKellar, Hampton, Champlain and Iona parks will be subject to the same fate if this proposal is accepted. For the residents of Ashton, Winona and Elmgrove, the placement of the Granite Curling Club in the park will see increased noise during and after construction in the park, increased traffic on streets with aging infrastructure and no sidewalks. Many trees will be removed and the open green space will disappear. The result of this proposed land swap reconfigures open green space to the periphery of the park, with proposed walkways and landscaping around the newly constructed Granite Curling Club. With the fierce development on Scott Street, the community needs more public park space, not less. Green space in parks exists for itself; for the pleasure of its users. Lion's Park, in existence for 60 years, is

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public park space, not less. Green space in parks exists for itself; for the pleasure of its users.” the only community park from Golden to Island Park in Westboro's north end. It is used by day camps, daycares, the clients of the Ottawa Gymnastic Club, and of course the surrounding residents. As I write this, the climate change emergency data challenges Canada to meet its Paris Accord targets by 2030, which we as a country are sorely lagging behind. Why would the community accept the removal of mature trees when we know their role in reducing CO2 levels? In this ward, approximately 4,000 trees have already been lost due to intensification. – a travesty, really. As covered by the CBC, members of the Club's Redevelopment Committee stated that this option would guarantee the continuation of their curling season without any significant interruptions. Once the Granite Curling Club members have played their weekly eight ends, they will return to their homes, with little disruption to their lives and lifestyle. Not so for the residents and users of the park, where our green space will disappear, noise and traffic increase and yet another substantial change to the streetscape and the integrity of limited park land will happen. And remember, parks are free and accessible to all citizens. Parks are the foundation of liveable cities. I would

encourage the club to reconsider this present proposal and find a solution that meets the needs of the community, the environment, and those of its membership. This proposal is a pandora's box that will have far reaching consequences for city green space in this ward and across the municipality. I am sure that this is not the intended legacy that the Granite Curling Club members want to be associated with. Come on Westboro, we can do better than this. Loretta Fleming

Consider a new name for the new LRT station Dear Editor, Is Dominion really the best name we can use for our new LRT station? That's just the name of a minor nearby street. How about “Kitchissippi” or even “Beach”? Let’s have a debate before Phase 2 is finished. Alan Etherington

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Meet Marj Lalonde “I was born in Owen Sound and we moved to Ottawa when I was 9. We moved to Byron Avenue, and besides a brief leave a few years ago, I have been here ever since. When I moved here, there were only the first three buildings and they were building the rest: Byron was a dirt and gravel road. My mom and dad were one of the first tenants to move into these buildings in 1955. We moved to Ottawa because my dad was offered a position with the National Capital Commission, then known as the FDC, Federal District Commission. He was a landscape architect. His first project was Vincent Massey Park and Hogsback Park, along with all the government buildings around there. Then he was offered a job when they started the River Parkway, now known as the Sir John A Macdonald Parkway, but to me it will always be the River Parkway. He designed the entire parkway from scratch. He would be devastated with the changes going on right now. In his later years, he was upset because he felt they were not keeping it up like the way they should have been. There were a lot of cottages, where people lived all year round along the river and there

was a lot of expropriation going on. I went to Champlain High School and straight out of high school I got chosen with one other girl to be secretaries at London Life downtown. I worked there for a while and then ended up working at CBC. I remember being at Champlain and looking across the street at the CBC building and thinking it would be so special to work there because they had this little gated area and a guard house. I worked for CBC for about 24 years. I like this area because it represents home, and security and familiar areas. I moved away briefly, but came back to these buildings and it felt like coming home. The change to Westboro was the biggest shock when I came back; the condos and the business of it. It was always busy, but this was different. I don’t go down much anymore. It’s too busy, too hard to get around with my mobility issues, there is no where to park accessible for seniors, and I’m restricted to going somewhere where there is a shopping cart. I think Westboro does a good job at catering to the people who live there, but it is a bit too ‘uppity’ for me.” Collected by Ellen Bond

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Celebrating its first year anniversary, Broadway Workout (p. 11) is combining active living and some good deeds this month. Speaking of good deeds, check out what Kylie Hollingsworth is up to (p. 12). This young go-getter is all about helping the Parkdale Food Centre, which, guess what, helps people stay health, by promoting healthy eating! Another set of helpers, Astrid Nielsen and Meghan Mack, are raising funds for the international development charity CUSO by also being active. However, they’ve decided to ditch the Ottawa cold and will be doing their hiking in Peru! (p. 20) But if this issue doesn’t fully clear your winter blues, make sure you talk about it. As you’ll see from our interviews with Bob Chiarelli and Mark Sutcliffe (p. 16 and a longer piece on our website), who were both recently recognized for their efforts in promoting mental health by the Royal Ottawa Foundation, it’s important to talk about mental health issues. With that, I encourage you to take care of everything, from your feet to your head, including your soul!

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e are back from an extended holiday break, and have lots of interesting stories to share. In this month’s issue, we highlight some of the health and wellness related events and activities available in our neighbourhoods. This issue is sure to help you — mind, body and soul. February is a difficult month to stay healthy. Following the holiday break, we are full of good intentions and New Year’s resolutions, often focused on eating better, exercising more and doing good deeds. But once February comes around, the snow, darkness and cold all seem to take their toll. But a look through this month’s pages and you’ll quickly realize there’s more than enough going on to beat those winter blues and stay healthy. For the outdoorsy types, not much beats the SJAM trail. The beautiful urban, multiuse trail is the perfect way to stay active, whether you want to walk, ski, snowshoe or bike. It’s the perfect alternative to heading downtown, given the uncertainty with the LRT and the certainty of traffic! Even when it’s cold, like it was for the SJAM Festival last month (p. 6), it’s nothing a few layers and a hot chocolate can’t fix. Seniors can also stay fit thanks to a new foot clinic at the Churchill Seniors Centre (p. 14). “An investment in your feet means you can participate fully in life,” says Ruth Scott, a nurse specializing in foot care. If your feet are fine, and you like Broadway music, then a little workout to the hits might be more to your liking.

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utdoor enthusiasts braved the cold on January 19 for the SJAM Festival 2020. This year, the festival set up at Remic Rapids along Sir John A. McDonald Parkway. It was designed to promote cross-country skiing and fatbiking, while giving people a chance to enjoy the multi-use urban winter trail with fun races and activities. The festival featured races for all ages: a 1 km Ski Scurry for those 10 years and under, a 5 km Ski Scoot for those 10 all the way up to grandparents, and a Fat Bike Blast Race (for the two-wheeler folks). For those not in a racing mood there was a ski obstacle course, snow hill and of course,

John Lawson didn’t mind the cold, and in fact, said he “enjoyed the festival to no end". the giant ski run. The event was designed for all levels of participants whether seasoned vets or those wishing to try XC skiing or fatbiking with rentals available in the outdoor marketplace. There was no official timing of the races and everybody got a medal (one of those sugar cookies with a hole in the middle with a green ribbon through it and placed around skiers necks as they crossed the finish line). The festival helps to support two important causes: the SJAM winter trail itself, which is open and groomed for all to use, as well as The Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa. Local supporters included Fresh Air Experience, Mill Street Brewery, the National Capital Commission, Norwegian Embassy, Gatineau Loppet, OMBA, Dovercourt Recreation Centre, Salomon, Madshus and Fischer. - PHOTO FEATURE BY MARK HOLLERON


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pleased to finally see the co-op up and running, and really looking forward to welcoming artists and students.” – Yvonne Avis, membership engagement officer

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ttawa glassblowing enthusiasts have a new cooperative space to enjoy, right here in Kitchissippi. The Ottawa Glassblowing Cooperative celebrated its grand opening in November with an afternoon of live demos by experts Dean and Eliska Smiley, Sebastien Duchange and Melody Jewitt. It also hosted an auction and used the opportunity to raise funds for the co-op.

The grand opening drew constant crowds of interested people throughout the afternoon – an estimated total number of 300 people. The co-op was created after Ottawa’s first glassblowing studio, Flo Glassblowing, closed. Former renters got together to open the new studio, located on 957c Gladstone Avenue. Based on the model of Terminal City Community Cooperative in Vancouver, the artists wanted to continue the art and offer rental space to members as well as

classes to the community. Founded in May 2019, the co-op's mission is to “build an inclusive glassblowing community by cooperatively providing resources to support the artistic creativity, learning and growth of its members and to engage the public in the art of glass.” “It has been a tremendous amount of work by a lot of artists," says Yvonne Avis, membership engagement officer. "But we are so pleased to finally see the co-op up and running, and really looking forward to welcoming artists and students to the warm glow of molten glass." The five volunteer members of the board of directors are also active glassblowers in the co-op. A paid studio technician, Jeff MacIntoch, maintains the equipment, teaches classes and ensures the quality of glass, which is an important element of glassblowing. The cooperative is seeking additional

professional glassblowers to share the overall cost. Despite being a costly medium to be involved in because of the expensive gas and tools necessary, the co-op offers reasonable prices for people who want to use the facilities. There are not many places around where professional-level glassblowers can develop their skills. Current membership is 15 people. Independent and/or expert glassblowers are able to use the facilities on their own for a cost but there are different levels you can join into. For a member to be considered “independent,” they have to pass a series of tests involving the equipment and also to be able to look after themselves in the hot shop. Opportunities exist for everyone to try this art, including “newbie” nights as well as workshops, private lessons and even group parties.


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he beavertail is as iconic to Ottawa as the Parliament buildings and the Rideau Canal. Now, 40 years since the first BeaverTails shop opened in Ottawa, Hintonburg has access to this sweet delicacy. And it’s not just in the form of any stall or food truck. “It must be one of the most unique ‘food trucks’ in the world!” says BeaverTails founder Grant Hooker of “Beau Benjie”, a 40-plus-year-old motor coach turned “BeaverMobile”. “We needed something mobile to service

the many catering requests we receive. In our 40 years here in Ottawa, we’ve sort of taken pride in operating out of facilities that are a bit unique,” says Hooker. The introduction of Beau Benjie is part of the brand’s 40th year anniversary, which will see them take part in the Chinese Dragonboats on Dow’s Lake during Winterlude, organize a year-long virtual reunion targeting approximately 12,000 former employees and host a live reunion in Lansdowne Park in August. Beau Benjie will spend its first winter in

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Jason McLelland, owner of Grunt, has embraced Mechanicsville fully. Since Grunt opened last May, owner and chef Jason has made his small, 22seat restaurant an integral part of the community. “I love it here, and I want to showcase the area,” says the Scotsman, who started his cooking career at a small fish and chip shop in rural Scotland. After traveling the world over the last 10 years, learning different cooking styles by simply watching and listening, Jason met his wife to be, who’s from Ottawa, in Australia. “We travelled for a couple of years, and we came back to visit and I fell in love with the city. It reminds me of Edinburgh,” he says. When the opportunity came to open his own restaurant, he jumped at the chance. “I fell in love with the area. It’s a bit edgier than most, and I feel at home here. I want to help this area, try to make an impact. I’ve been here for 8 months and I’m doing things for charity. I’m trying to use this as a muse to do more,” he says.

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Another of Kitchissippi’s restaurants is in the spotlight because of its staff, this time, internationally. Kathryn Ferries, a sous-chef at Stofa Restaurant, recently competed at the 4th edition of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Regional Competition in New York. The international competition saw 133 chefs from around the world compete in 12 different regions. Kathryn, 27, won the regional social responsibility award in New York. The award was “decided by an internationally recognized voice on sustainability in food, selecting the chef who puts forward the dish that best represents the principle

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When Laura Allardyce and Dani Corbishley set out to share their love of Broadway dancing with Ottawa about a year ago, little did they know how successful their endeavour, Broadway Workout, would be. The dance class has its most popular session in Hintonburg. So popular that they’ve had to hire a new dance instructor, Alex Smith-Eivemark “At the Hintonburg Community Centre, we’ve had anywhere between 15-25 people taking part in the weekly class’” says Laura. Not just a great workout, Broadway Workout also supports two local nonprofits, the Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County and Galentine's Day 613. From February 1 to 12, Broadway Workout will collect donations of cash and self-care items during classes for Galentine’s Day 613.

of food as a result of socially responsible practices,” according to the competition’s website. "I wasn't even thinking about that award when I created my dish," says Katrhyn who has been at Stofa for two years. While she won't be competing in Milan, Kathryn was invited to attend.


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Kylie Hollingsworth, 11, will be selling toques in order to help raise some of the necessary funds the charity needs. According to Deb Abbott, Chair of the Board of Directors for PFC, the ovens are expected to cost between $3,500 and $4,000 each, not including the costs associated with their installation and related electrical upgrades. Abbot said PFC will receive $3,000 from a sponsor, but needs to fundraise for the remaining amount. She also said their current ovens are “not reliable” and will need to be replaced this year.

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This is not the first time Kylie has volunteered to help PFC. Every fall, she helps raise awareness for the charity by placing flyers in mailboxes around her neighborhood, and for the past few years her AA Hockey Team ran a food drive for PFC. When Kylie learned that her hockey team would not be doing a food drive for PFC this year – they are doing a bake sale for seniors – she reached out directly to PFC to see how she could still help. That’s when she learned about the ovens. “They try to keep the food healthy – not just packaged, artificial stuff. Usually that means they have to cook it, so they need a stove,” Kylie said. “It feels really good doing healthy stuff – and they’re really nice people – so I wanted to help." Kylie reasoned that given the freezing weather, selling toques would be the best way to raise money. And because her hockey coach, Tony Ricciuti, owns GADAR Promotions – a custom sportswear and promotional goods company – Kylie was able to get toques at a discounted price. The toques, which feature PFC’s logo as well as the words “We Care” are selling for $20 each. Kylie said she ordered 100 toques and already has 40 confirmed buyers. If the demand is high enough, she said she will order more. In addition to volunteering with her hockey team over the years and taking part in several of her school’s canned food drives, Kylie has volunteered with the Ottawa Hospital, CHEO, the Ottawa

Kylie Hollingsworth, 11, shows off the toques she is selling to raise funds for the Parkdale Food Centre. Regional Cancer Foundation and the Ottawa Humane Society. “She’s pretty involved; a pretty active little bee,” said Kylie’s mom, Rebecca. Kylie will be selling toques at the Elmsdale Book Fair on February 21-22 (which is actually being held at Fisher Park Summit Alternative Public School on Holland Avenue because of renovations at Elmsdale). She is also taking order by email at wecarePFC@gmail.com.

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foot clinic at Churchill Seniors Centre is helping local seniors get back on their feet. “We are always looking at how we can meet the needs of our community,” said Anita Findlay, the centre’s programme coordinator. So when Ruth Scott, a Westboro resident and nurse with specialized training in foot care, approached the centre about offering an on-site foot clinic, Anita readily agreed. “An investment in your feet means you can participate fully in life,” she explained. “It’s a good collaboration,” she said, noting that it is very convenient for people already taking advantage of services at the centre. It also helps people who were cutting back on activities due to foot pain. “If their feet are hurting, that limits their

participation,” she said. Stan Seymour, an 89-year-old Carlingwood resident, has been to three appointments at the clinic already. “It’s improving,” he said, about his issue, although he added that it wasn’t happening as fast as he would like. “As we get older, we start to disintegrate,” said Stan, as he was getting ready to have his feet treated by Ruth. Calluses on his feet had been making it hard for him to walk, an activity he and his wife Marilyn Johnson enjoyed doing together. “Bad feet can’t walk,” he quipped. Marilyn, a retired nurse, had been caring for her husband’s feet until recent months. However, her training helped her recognize that the time had come to have professional care. She said it was important for both of them to know that “everything was being done that could be done.”


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that might go undetected without regular care. Clients might also come when they are recovering from surgery, or when changes to their mobility make it hard to fully care for their own feet. Like many of the clients at Beautiful Feet, Stan and Marilyn were already coming to the Churchill Seniors Centre for other activities. Being able to book an appointment before or after a class is convenient. “I’m glad they’re here,” said Marilyn. Ruth said she and Diana are grateful to the City of Ottawa and the Seniors Centre for allowing them to use space in the building. The clinics are currently being offered every second Wednesday. Veterans and people with Blue Cross or other extended health benefits may find the treatments are covered with their existing plans. Receipts can also be provided for tax off-sets.

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Diana Hood, another specialized nurse at Beautiful Feet, said calluses like those Stan has are common. “While normal, if they get too big, they can cause pressure sores,” she said, adding that callused skin is also inflexible and more prone to cracks. Other common foot problems are corns and thickened toenails, issues which the clinic is fully able to address. Diana and Ruth use professional tools and methods. “We don’t paint nails,” Diana said with a laugh. “It’s medical foot care. Our priority is keeping people mobile and active.” Diana added that a big part of their practice is understanding their clients’ health history. Diseases like diabetes impact circulation, often resulting in loss of sensation in toes and feet. Treatments like chemotherapy can also affect people’s nervous system. Someone experiencing lost or decreased sensation is at greater risk of infection and problems

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Stan Seymour, 89, gets a foot treatment from Ruth Scott at the Beautiful Feet clinic, located in the Churchill Seniors Centre. The foot clinics are currently being offered every second Wednesday.


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Bob Chiarelli, Mark Sutcliffe among 40 Ottawa leaders recognized for promoting mental health By Yose Cormier

Kitchissippi residents Bob Chiarelli (left) and Mark Sutcliffe were recognized along with 40 other Ottawa community leaders during the Royal Ottawa Foundation’s 40th year anniversary last November. With them are Bob’s spouse Randi Hansen. Photo courtsey Royal Ottawa Foundation

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asr Nasr may only be 24 years old, but the young entrepreneur sees a bright future for his new store, Juice Dudez. Opened on September 23, the juice bar, located at 91 Richmond Road in Westboro, could very well be the start of a new franchise. “My goal is to provide Ottawa, even Canada, something it really needs: to spread freshness all over,” he says. Nasr, whose mother is from Ottawa and who’s dad is from Lebanon, actually grew up on a fruit farm in Lebanon. “I’ve always wanted to get into business,

and I’m a foodie, so this is a great fit,” says the former engineer student. The place, which he owns with his brother, is already doing well, and interestingly, Nasr says he’s busiest in the evenings. “I love Westboro and the people here have the mindset of health,” he says. While Juice Dudez focuses on fresh fruit smoothies, juices and cocktails, he’s also a bit of a chocolate fan, so has added waffles, crepes and fruit platters, usually drizzled with Belgian chocolate. Juice Dudez opens at 9 a.m. seven days a week, and closes between 10 p.m. and midnight depending on the night of the week.


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hey are on a mission to better themselves while celebrating milestones in their lives – all while raising money for a charity. Two Kitchissippi friends, Meghan Mack and Astrid Nielsen, are among 14 Canadians participating in the ‘CUSO Challenge’, a nine-day trip to Cusco, Peru, which features a five-day hike in the Peruvian Andes. Meghan and Astrid are being joined by two of their Ottawa friends, Corinna Vester and Josée Desrosiers, the manager of Thyme and Again in Westboro. The trek will take the hikers past ancient Inca ruins and through traditional Andean villages. On the last day of their trip, the group will reach the lost city of Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate. The hike will be difficult and grueling, but participants have the luxury of the trip being fully supported.

“It’s glamping of sorts,” says Meghan, who is also the manager of fundraising at CUSO. “All our tents are put up and we have food waiting for us at the end of the day.” CUSO International works in 100 countries across four continents. The Canadian group hopes to raise $50,000, which will go towards helping women and girls gain the skills they need for lasting employment, promote sustainable economic development in their communities and strengthen their Andean way of life. For Meghan, it’s also the first time she will see the work CUSO does on the ground. She is looking forward to learning more about the programs they offer – highlighting the day they will spend with their international partner, Cenro Bartolome de las Casas, a local tourism company. “It is a time in my life where my kids are older and I am able to do this

activity – both physically and I have the ability to do things on my own,” she said. “I get excited to be able to push myself physically and to see new surroundings while being part of a group where we get to do this together.” For her part, Astrid was attracted to the trip after learning it was fully supported. She enjoys the thought of having coffee served to her tent in the morning and wanted to find a unique way to spend her 50th birthday. “I love South American culture. I love learning about history and the archeology of the area, and I also love the physical challenge behind it,” said Astrid. “It is a great way to have a fantastic trip while doing some good at the same time for a community organization whose work I have known about for a long time and appreciate.” Josée is an avid hiker who has woken up to sunsets all across the globe. She is looking forward to taking in the views, much like she did during a trip to Nepal. “This is really what I need in my life right now and it is going to be breathtaking,” she said. “I am excited to be fully taken by this trip, live in the moment and just take it all in.” All costs associated with the trip are being covered by the participants, with funds raised going directly to the charity. So far, they have raised a little over $23,000, a third of the way to their goal of $50,000.

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EARLY DAYS Furniture store thrived in early Hintonburg BY DAVE ALLSTON

Willow, though soon after renamed Oliver Street) and the east side of Loretta (then known as Second Avenue), now the site of a newer commercial building featuring Studio S Interiors (formerly Auto Trader). At 120x45, it was a significant structure for its day and became an important piece of the industrial growth of early Hintonburg. Construction moved quickly through the winter of 1900, and by early May the factory was in operation, with 40 employees. J. Oliver & Sons had begun as Holgate & Oliver, operating out of a leased apartment overtop a small pump factory on Victoria Island overlooking the Chaudiere in 1862. John Oliver and his partner William Holgate were experts in cabinet making and furniture building.

Holgate retired in 1872, and John continued on with his son James under the name J. Oliver & Sons. The business survived a series of four fires (most of them without insurance), rebuilding each time on a larger scale, eventually relocated to Duke Street in LeBreton Flats, and becoming one of Canada’s major furniture manufacturers. John Oliver retired in 1899, and it was his son James who spearheaded the move to Hintonburg that year. That summer, J. Oliver & Sons built a new office adjacent the factory, and in August it was announced that another three-storey structure would be built next door, to serve as a shipping centre, warehouse and finishing/painting facility. A year later a third three-storey building

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he intersection of Gladstone and Loretta is steeped in history, as many will identify the soon-to-be-designated Standard Bread building as an important piece of west-end history. However, there is another key part of Hintonburg history, largely forgotten through time, that stood at this corner. By the late fall of 1899, Hintonburg’s development was full steam ahead. The CPR and GTR railways were bringing blue-collar workers to the area as fast as they could build. Around that time, the Hintonburg waterworks system began pumping water throughout the village, enticing industry

to come set up shop in the vast (and cheap) available land. Just one week after the water began to flow, a land deal was made between the Nicholas Sparks estate (the original landowner and subdivider of the “Bayswater” section of early Hintonburg) and a well-respected Ottawa furniture manufacturer, J. Oliver & Sons , to purchase a five-acre lot in a quiet, isolated part of the subdivision for $4,200, on which they immediately began building a three-storey factory. On December 6, 1899, the day that Hintonburg’s water was deemed “quite fit for use, as the flavor of tar has disappeared”, work began extending the pipe for the Oliver factory, located on the south side of what is now Gladstone (then known as

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for $25,000 to Lyle Blackwell, who demolished the old structures and built a large “modern dry cleaning plant” for his laundry business. This building still stands today at the corner of Loretta. One surviving building, the old threestorey building that stood alongside the railway tracks fronting Gladstone, was sold in 1947 to Cecil Leach & Co., which moved its furniture dealership from Somerset Street. This building stood until the late 1960s before being demolished, the last vestige of the J. Oliver & Son furniture business. Sadly today there is no longer a trace of this important business that was one of Canada’s finest for the first 30 years of the 20th century. However, their impact on Hintonburg cannot be understated, and their memory lives on through the telling of their story on the pages of the Kitchissippi Times.

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would be constructed alongside the CPR railway tracks which was an enlarged warehouse. The proximity to the CPR and GTR tracks allowed the company to install railway siding that came right into the property and allowed for easy shipping, a necessity with their exploding sales numbers. More expansion and additional buildings were added through the years, which included a showroom with 12,000 feet of floor area. At its peak the firm employed more than 100 men, most of whom lived in Hintonburg. During WWI, Oliver & Sons began producing materials for the war, including large quantities of saddle bars, hospital furniture (including folding tables and chairs that were sent to England and France), tent supplies, and shell boxes (over one million produced). In 1923, Ernest J. Oliver, the great grandson of John Oliver, became the fourth generation of his family to manage the firm. After the war, J. Oliver & Sons began to focus more on the production of school furniture and hall seating, contracting not only locally (they furnished the new Nepean High School and Glebe Collegiate), but also with the Toronto Board of Education, as well as schools and boards across Ontario. They constructed all 5,000 seats in the new Ottawa Auditorium. The great depression of the 1930s brought about the end of the business. A bankruptcy sale was held through the A.J. Freiman store in November of 1934. Over the next 12 years, the property was split in three pieces essentially. The south part of the property, where Oliver once stacked its large holdings of lumber, was sold in October 1942 to General Supply Company. When General Supply moved to Moodie Drive in Bells Corners in 1974, the regional government (RMOC) moved its transportation operations division in. The RMOC demolished most of the buildings, and in 1975 built most of the current building that exists today as home of the City of Ottawa’s Traffic Operations Control Centre on Loretta. In 1947, Freiman sold the north part, including the old Oliver Furniture buildings

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his year, in order to celebrate the vibrant art scene at Nepean High School, the senior drama class coordinated Knight of the Arts, an evening which featured jazz bands, the student male choir, visual art and an original theatre piece. Parents and peers first gathered in the cafeteria, where they viewed the senior jazz band, conducted by music teacher Mr. Szabo, perform three pieces.

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First was A Night in Tunisia. Next were Feeling Good and Higher Ground, which featuring Meera Thomas first singing and then playing the piano. The audience was then invited to wander down Nepean High’s main corridor where they viewed visual art from Mr. Miller’s Grade 11/12 class. In one of the stairwells, Nepean High’s student male choir, Equis Chorum, sang three pieces: Find and the Cost of Freedom, King of Spain, which featured Silas Vonhurff, and Parting Glass.

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The evening ended with a one-act production put on by the Grade 11/12 drama class and directed by Grade 12 student Joey Gilbert-Parsons. The students were responsible not only for acting, but also creating costumes, props and sets, and organising the evening. Miriam Felman, a Grade 11 student with a passion for writing, took on the task of writing the script. “Mr. Wright wanted it to be a message to kids our age, so we decided on mental illness and friendship,” said Miriam. The play, State of Mind, revolves around a teenage boy, Niko, played by Braeden Moore. He is accompanied by three voices in his head; anxiety, depression and addiction. The actors playing the voices in his head physicalize, too. For example, anxiety taps Niko repeatedly. As Jana Badawy, the voice of anxiety, said “It empowers the story.” “I think it’s good to get it out there and have it voiced,” added Anna Carsely-Jones, who played the voice of depression. “It’s a story that people are invested in.”

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awareness about some of the world’s most difficult situations. This past Christmas, ND’s efforts began with a project to support families within our community with ND students in each homeroom bringing in everyday essentials such as food, brushes, soaps, and clothing as well as monetary contributions to make the holidays brighter for families. Another subject that ND feels strongly about is the massacre that is happening in the Congo. To raise awareness about this atrocity, ND held a special day called “Colors for Congo”. Thanks to the success of the Congo fundraiser, ND is hoping to host two other fundraisers to support some of the largest humanitarian and

environmental issues in the world: the strife in Yemen and the Australian wildfires. Furthermore, this year ND plans to participate in the Relay for Life event. ND is proud to support survivors and victims of cancer. Finally, for the first time, ND has started a debate club. The debate club was created so that students could discuss controversial and interesting topics and situations affecting us as individuals, and the world we live in. In the future ND will continue to stand up against the wrongs in life. The school community will continue to support those in need and improve life for those less fortunate. We will continue to grow and learn through debate, discussion and education.


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ensure Ottawa stays a livable mid-sized city, we have to have thoughtful and meaningful discussions about all forms of transportation and rethink how we travel. Whether you walk, ride, drive or take public transit, this review will affect how you navigate Ottawa. To stay up to date on this process and make your perspective heard, visit www.engage.ottawa.ca/ transportation-master-plan.    We know that a lot of you are probably already looking forward to warmer weather and all the joys that come with it. One of those joys is street parties! The City makes it very easy for residents to apply to close their street for

a block party – all you have to do is visit www.ottawa.ca and type “residential block party” into the search bar, and fill out the application, or call 311 to get started. Then all you have to do is plan for the weather and decide what kinds of snacks you want to serve.   We have some pop-ups coming up in February: you can meet me at the Ministry of Coffee (1013 Wellington) on February 3 between 4 and 7 p.m., at Equator Coffee (412 Churchill) on February 14 between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and at Stella Luna Gelato (1130 Wellington) on February 25 between 12 and 3 p.m. Come see me – no appointment necessary – to chat all things Kitchissippi.

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zoning changes that will enable a wider range of low-rise, multi-unit housing in R4 neighbourhoods, seeking to fill a “missing middle” range of affordable mid-density housing suitable for a wide range of households. If you’re interested in learning more about this process or participating in the review, email R4Zoning@ottawa. ca or visit ottawa.ca to read the current discussion paper.   Also underway is the Transportation Master Plan Update. As Ottawa continues to grow beyond one million residents, we need to rethink how people, vehicles and goods move through the city. In order to


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ecause Elmdale Public School is currently under renovation, the school’s much-loved BookFest will look a little different this year. The February 21-22 event will take place a few blocks away from its usual location, at Fisher Park/Summit Alternative Public School on Holland Avenue.

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Active communities are healthy communities – Be winter active with Dovercourt! Winter can be a challenging time to remain active outdoors – especially with seemingly endless cold weather and early dark evenings. Icy, slushy sidewalks mixed with stormy weather can be slippery and dangerous at times, preventing outdoor physical exercise on a regular basis. How can you stay outdoor active despite all of this? An active community is one of the hallmarks of a healthy community. Thanks to Dovercourt Recreation Association, there are plenty of opportunities to get outside, to be active and be a part of your community. “Dovercourt Recreation Centre is just a building we run many of our programs in. We have a significant footprint throughout our community. We want to bring about free opportunities to get

outside and be active all winter long, and help build an active and engaged community through recreation,” says Steve Nason, senior director of the Dovercourt Recreation Association. Many of our neighbourhood communities host winter carnivals, usually with skating, tobogganing, or just meeting up with friends and neighbours around a seasonal fire pit to stay warm and cozy, enjoy sipping hot chocolate and rosy cheeks. Active commuting can all still take place during winter months if you dress properly for the conditions! And one of the best options for a healthy commute is the SJAM Winter Trail, a partnership between Dovercourt, the National Capital Commission, the City of Ottawa and our local business sponsors. Thanks to the initiative of community resident Dave Adams to bring our riverside parkland to life from December to April, the city-groomed multi-use winter trail along Sir John A. McDonald Parkway offers easy access to downtown and transit as well as opportunities for recreation and special events Local parks and community outdoor rinks provide opportunities for skating and toboganning as well. There’s no reason not to get the whole family out for some fresh air on weekends to remedy cabin fever.

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together. Although we are not in our usual building, the spirit of Elmdale has come with us to our temporary site and will be felt at BookFest this year.” In keeping with the tradition of promoting literacy and a love of books among young readers, students will be treated to readings from storytellers and authors like Mary Wiggins, Christos Aslanidis, Bob Plamondon and Charles Gordon in the week leading up to BookFest. This year, they will also hear from Parkdale Food Centre’s Karen Secord and have a special workshop with librarians Jennifer Johnson and Catherine Boyd. A very dedicated group of parent volunteers has been organizing BookFest for decades as a fundraiser to support Elmdale’s educational programs and to raise money for local initiatives. While the faces of volunteers have changed over the years, the event has mostly stayed true to its roots. The idea was originally conceived several decades ago by parent volunteers

like Simone Binkhorst, who sadly passed away recently. This year’s volunteers will be thinking of Simone as we carry on the BookFest legacy. Donations of gently used books are gratefully accepted and can be dropped off in the front lobby of Fisher Park until February 14.

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Members of Elmdale’s BookFest Committee have been working hard to ensure that the school’s iconic book sale runs smoothly and feels familiar to students, neighbours, book lovers and bargain hunters across the city who eagerly anticipate the annual event. “BookFest patrons can look forward to the same high standard they’ve come to expect from the event,” assures Committee Chair Traceylyn Watchorn. “We know our regulars expect a large selection of expertly sorted books at great prices and we won’t let them down!” Teachers, staff and volunteers at Elmdale are making sure students experience the excitement of the upcoming event even though they won’t see the books piling up in the halls or feel the buzz of book sorting around them. “We are excited to keep the BookFest tradition alive in 2020 and look forward to hosting it again at Elmdale in 2021,” says Principal Isabelle Flannigan. “This is such a great opportunity for the community come


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of emergency in Ontario. Our opposition caucus has also been advocating for the construction of more affordable housing, and the restoration of real rent control to protect tenants from unmanageable increases. Inside and outside the Ontario Legislature, we will continue the push to ensure housing rights for all Ontarians are prioritized by our municipal, provincial and federal governments.

hile the temperature drops, my thoughts turn to our neighbours who lack stable, safe housing. Our city and province is experiencing a significant emergency housing and homelessness crisis due to our failure to invest sufficient resources in building affordable homes. As I write these words, people are sleeping in cars, bus terminals or fast food ODSP Town Hall restaurants. City shelters are On January 16, our office over-capacity every night and hosted a forum for Ontario Our office are also limited by city policy Disability Support Program is here for and general safety protocols (ODSP) recipients on the Ford Monthly Town Halls regarding the number of mats they are government’s proposed changes to Canvasses allowed to place down each evening. As ODSP. In addition to reducing a scheduled Community Organizi such, people often end up sleeping upright 3 per cent rate increase to 1.5 per cent (a Help Accessing Gove in waiting room chairs, all night. real terms cut, below the rate of inflation), Almost 100 people are sleeping the government has discussed changing outside in the capital city of a G7 country. the definition of disability used to 109 Catherine St. / rue Catherine This is a moral outrage, but it is only determine eligibilityOttawa, for the program. ON K2P 0P4 MPP / Député provincial, Centrespecifically, they have suggested a the tip of the iceberg. There are more OttawaMore than 12,000 households on the waitlist new definition that aligns with federal for subsidized housing, and almost guidelines, meaning a more restrictive 8,000 people in Ottawa are accessing definition that would exclude certain emergency shelters. kinds of disabilities. In December, Somerset Ward At our town hall, we heard directly Councillor Catherine McKenney tabled from people on social assistance about a notice to declare a housing emergency how a more restrictive definition of in Ottawa. The motion calls on all levels disability would hurt them. Most notably, of government to address our housing it could result in some people with crisis and lack of supply for affordable disabilities being forced off of ODSP and housing. This is the kind of leadership on to Ontario Works (OW), which would we need across the province, and I thank mean a 40 per cent reduction in benefits. Councillor McKenney for her tireless We will continue to work with groups work on this.   like ACORN, Community Legal Services We cannot allow our neighbours to and others to push this government not go on without safe, affordable housing. I to impose more restrictive eligibility am proud that my colleague, MPP Rima criteria, and instead enhance ODSP so Berns-McGown, has renewed the call for that recipients can live full and dignified Doug Ford to declare homelessness a state lives.


COMMUNITY CALENDAR FEBRUARY 15 - ROCK & ROLL NEVER FORGETS Canada’s Bob Seger Tribute Show returns to the Westboro Legion’s Downstairs Hall, 389 Richmond Rd. Advance tickets ($20) now on sale in the upstairs bar. At the door: $25. Bar opens at 7 p.m. - first set at 8:30 p.m. For more information: 613-725-2778.

JANUARY - JUNE - HOMEWORK CLUB PROGRAM Starting in January, Frontier College will be offering a Homework Club program for children ages 6–12 at the Carlingwood Branch of the Ottawa Public Library. The program will run Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Learners at the Homework Club will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with volunteer tutors in an environment adapted to their individual needs.

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FEBRUARY 25 - TEEN INK NIGHT Join our teen artists who will help you get started drawing. Paper and pens will be supplied. Delicious mocktails will be served. This workshop is aimed at teenagers ages 13 to 18 years at the Carlingwood Branch of the Ottawa Public Library 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Dropin. For more information visit biblioottawalibrary.ca.

FEBRUARY 28 - FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE Country Reflections performs in the Westboro Legion’s upstairs bar & lounge, 391 Richmond Rd. Cover $5 (Legion and Ladies Auxiliary members $2). For more information: 613-725-2778.

TUESDAYS STARTING JANUARY 21 - ALPHA DINNER AND FILM EXPERIENCE Come and explore the big questions of life, meaning, and faith at our Alpha Dinner and Film Experience – Tuesday evenings starting January 21. Check-in 6:28 PM. Register via www.stmarysottawa.ca/alpha, email: alpha@ stmarysottawa.ca or leave a message at 613– 728–9811 x701. St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 100 Young Street. Access via parking lot. Alpha is free, the experience priceless!

APRIL 24 AND 25 - KITCHISSIPPI UNITED CHURCH SPRING RUMMAGE SALE A fine selection of clothing, jewelry, boutique items, shoes, books, collectibles, household items, toys and more make this a popular event. Friday, April 24 from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, at 630 Island Park Drive (at the Queensway).  For information 613-722-7254 or www. kitchissippiuc.com

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FEBRUARY 22 - POETRY WORKSHOP WITH APOLLO THE CHILD Join spoken word artist and Awesome Authors contest judge Apollo The Child for tips and tricks on how to write a winning poem. This workshop is aimed at teenagers ages 13-18 at the Carlingwood Branch of the Ottawa Public Library 2 p.m. -3:30 p.m. Registration required. For more information visit biblioottawalibrary.ca.

FEBRUARY 28, 7:30 PM - ARTS NIGHT First Unitarian Congregation 30 Cleary Ave (off Richmond Rd). You are invited to come and see T. Anders Carson, poet, Anthony Tremaglia, painter and Guy Major, jazz instrumentalist talk about, demonstrate or perform their art. Admission: $5 Information: 613-725-1066

MONDAYS - TOASTMASTERS Learn confidence. Hone your Leadership skills. Above and Beyond Toastmasters meet every Monday (except Holidays) at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Civic Hospital on the Main floor in the Bickell Room. Relaxed atmosphere. Meet great people. Everyone 18 and up are welcome. More info contact 45sharong@gmail.com

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FEBRUARY 22 - PARKDALE PROMS The Parkdale United Church Orchestra and guest conductor John Kraus present “Parkdale Proms” on Saturday, February 22 at the Parkdale United Church (429 Parkdale Ave. starting at 7:30 p.m. Join us for a journey through centuries of British music, from George Frideric Handel to William Walton. The concert will feature Ralph Vaughn William’s The Lark Ascending, with soloist Adam Nelson and Jeremiah Clarke’s The Prince of Denmark, with soloist Anne Shea. A reception will follow the concert. Tickets are available in advance from Rob’s Music, orchestra members, or at parkdaleorchestra.ca for: $15 adults, $10 seniors and students. Tickets are available at the door for: $20 adults, $15 seniors and students. Children are free.

FEBRUARY 26 - SCAM AVOIDANCE AND TRUST Join Lawrence Patterson (ISSO, ITIL & two decades supporting people’s personal/ professional technology needs) as he reviews the significant difference between blind and wise trust, the various scam sources, tips to be aware of, details common to all scams and, most importantly, how to take control. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Wednesday, February 26 at 6 p.m.  Registration required. For more information go to:  https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/event/ scam-avoidance-and-trust

FEBRUARY 28 - 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 28, 7-9 p.m. Theme: “Priests, Prophets and Kings”. The speaker is Fr. Francis Donnelly of the Companions of the Cross. The Night of Worship and Ministry is held every fourth Friday of the month. For more information, please contact: Natalia Lacar (613728-9811 x720); (night.worship.ministry@ stmarysottawa.ca).

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FEBRUARY 21-22 - ELMDALE BOOKFEST 2020 Because of renovations to the school, Elmdale Public School’s BookFest 2020 takes place at Fisher Park/Summit Alternative Public School at 250 Holland Ave. on Friday, February 21, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, February 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and books cost between $.50 and $3 (cash only). There will also be a raffle and bake sale.

FEBRUARY 25 - OTTAWA HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY FEBRUARY MEETING - BOTANICALS AND DRINKS Whether your drink of choice is beer, wine, cocktails, coffee, or tea, plants make up many of the beverages we enjoy every day, and the natural history of these important plant species is deeply intertwined with the cultural history of these drinks. Join Canadian Museum of Nature botanist Paul Sokoloff in exploring the botany behind what’s in your cup. There is also a seed swap beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Tom Brown Arena.


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Don’t let winter turn you into a couch potato. Get out and enjoy it! There are lots of ways to stay active inside or outside with your friends in Wellington West.

Enjoy your favourite winter activity on the SJAM Trail, proudly supported by Wellington West.

Try out the fat biking craze on the SJAM. Fresh Air Experience can set you up.

Stretch out with a yoga class, like this one at PranaShanti Yoga.

Get your heart pumping with urban dance classes at The Flava Factory.

Visit the local merchants supporting the Heart Institute’s Paper Heart Campaign. The new Wellington Vision Care is just one of them. See wellingtonwest.ca/heart2020 for the full list.

Get out there and help a neighbour shovel their snow. But stay safe while you’re doing it!

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