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May days Exactly a year ago this month we relaunched KT as monthly publication and upgraded our distribution system with the help of Canada Post. Big changes come with their own risks, but in hindsight, this was one of the most positive changes that has happened during my time as editor. Guaranteed delivery is of key importance to everyone – for the readers and advertisers alike – and we continue to receive positive feedback. For readers who live and work in Kitchissippi who may not be getting the paper in their mailbox, we’ve doubled down on news boxes and racks. More copies are distributed in the initial run and high traffic areas are topped up at the mid-month point. If you’re not sure where the closest box is to

you, check the “About” page on kitchissippi. com for a handy map. This issue contains Kitchissippi Favourites (KT Faves for short). It’s a twiceannual special advertising insert that goes behind the scenes and tells the stories of shops and services around the ward. The Westboro Villager in this issue shines a spotlight on, you guessed it, Westboro. This month’s focus is on Mother’s Day and I’m sure you’ll find something in there to inspire you – or make you hungry. As always, stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels for photos, links, and stories that don’t make it into the printed edition. You can find the jumping off point of all of our social media at As we (finally) enter a warmer season I look forward to seeing you at community events around the ward, such as The Happening. This year the launch is going down at Vimy Brewing Company on Friday, May 24. There’s a ton of stuff happening at The Happening, and I encourage readers to review the schedule at New this year is the Summer Spectacular Kitchissippi Community Garage Sale on June 1. It’s going to be huge! Details in the community calendar on page 39. Mark your calendars for Westfest too. It’s coming up on June 7-9 at Tom Brown Arena. It’s a free festival of music, art, and community and you don’t want to miss it. Regards,

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art shows, from theatre and music to weddings and birthday parties, political events, fundraisers, and their annual star gazing parties. It’s an art gallery not just for the elite and anointed, but one for all of the people. Sadly though, all things must end at some point, or change. The show currently on display at Cube will be their final one. On May 12, Don and Sylvia will close the doors at the gallery for the final time and this chapter for Cube will end. But Don and Becky aren’t leaving, they’ve been long time Kitchissippi residents and that isn’t changing. The team behind Cube are still advocates for their community and proud supporters of their friends and family in the local business community. “To be able to shop local means your helping people in your community to survive, you want to have great businesses in your community that are owned by moms and pops,” says Don. Continues on next page


fter nearly 15 years as an institution of art and community in Kitchissippi, Cube Gallery will be closing their doors permanently this month. But don’t think this will be the last you see of the team behind the Cube. They’re not going away. Don Monet and Becky Rynor launched the first iteration of Cube Gallery on Hamilton Avenue back in 2005. Don took on the role of being ‘the face’ of the gallery and its curator, while Becky made things happen behind the scenes. The team – and the gallery – have come a long way since then and the neighbourhood has grown up around them, with Cube as a cultural hub. As a gallery, Cube has always been about making art accessible. Giving Canadian artists – many of them local – a place to show their work, and giving customers a warm, welcoming place where you don’t have to be wealthy to take home something beautiful. “I like putting art into the hands of people who love it,” says Don. “It’s not something that you need, it’s something that you want and it becomes a part of your house that can last for generations.” Every piece of art you have ever seen at Cube has been personally selected by Don and his long-time assistant, Sylvia Johnston, because that particular piece means something to them; never with the question of, ‘will this sell?’ but with asking, ‘is this good art?’ “Everything that’s hung in this gallery is something that we (Don and Sylvia) would proudly hang in our homes,” says Don. As a space for the community, the gallery has hosted countless events and



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“We don’t want to go away too far,” says Don Monet of Cube Gallery. Continues from previous page And they won’t be leaving their family in the art community either. The couple will still have a role to play, if just a bit less tangible. “The Cube bricks and mortar is going away, Becky and I are retiring from that major thing of running a day to day operation, but Cube will continue in terms of doing special events and I fully plan to keep being a curator in this community,” says Don. “We don’t want to go away too far.” Cube friends old and new are encouraged to come see the last show, a stunning display of work they have aptly named Threshold. It will be there until May 12. “A threshold is the point of entering

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oyful, inspiring, colourful. That’s how Ms. Smid, an English and creative writing teacher at Nepean High School, describes her third and most recent children’s book: T-Rex Girl. It’s a 300-word picture book about a shy little girl named Ting who finds her inner roar when she creates a dinosaur costume. “After rescuing a friend from a scary situation, Ting realizes that true courage can’t be disguised,” describes Ms. Smid. Although the book was created for children, the story touches upon important subjects such as loneliness and bullying that older

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Meet Kathy Armstrong “I was born in Toronto and I grew up there. I moved to the Ottawa area around age 30. I wanted to leave Toronto, and I lived in Wakefield first and then I moved into town and to the west end. I’ve always loved the west end. I feel really at home here. We lived on Armstrong at first and we moved to our current house about 20 years ago. Our street is a really tight knit community. When we moved here, to Clifton Road, there was no other residential areas around. There was a forest around us, and commercial stuff. We have the best time together, we have street parties, we have holiday parties, we have impromptu BBQ parties, and we have all raised our kids together. We even have a street band that gets together, and we have a really amazing community. “For many years, I have freelanced doing music and my specialty is West African drumming, dancing and

singing. I started a non-profit called Baobab Drum and Dance Community that will be going into its 25th season. That has become a great way to meet people in the community as well. “I run classes for adults and kids, and I’ve been to a lot of schools. I also teach at Carleton University in the music department. My work brings me to people and I feel I know a ton of people in Kitchissippi. One thing I love being able to do is to get people of different ages together when I’m teaching drumming. We don’t do that too much in North American society. “I’ve traveled a fair bit, but I’d really like to get to Spain. I garden a lot and I can’t wait until spring. If I ever won the lottery, I truly believe I would be doing the exact same thing as I’m doing now. I can’t think of a single thing I’d rather be doing.” Collected by Ellen Bond

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Her love of writing is clear, whether it’s teaching it to others or focusing on her own writing projects. “Margaret Atwood once said, ‘A word after a word after a word is power.’ That sums it up for me: I love words,” says Ms. Smid. “I love picking ideas from the lovely mess of imagination and pinning them to a page in the form of words. There is true power in that and it fuels me every day.” T-Rex Girl is published by Peanut Butter Press and is available for purchase online at


Continued from page 5 Hanna Carkner-Botte did the book’s layout, Maya Kumar designed the cover, and Kat Truong took the author and illustrator photos. “I think it’s incredible that four young women got paid publishing credentials before they graduated high school,” says Ms. Smid. The group recently hosted a book launch in the Nepean High School library, which was attended by many members of the school community. Ms. Smid is already brainstorming ideas for her next book. “I have a novel that is in round two of major edits. I also have a vague new picture book idea – something fictional about sound waves.”


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Who Lives Here: Green beauty in McKellar Park 1960’s bungalow gets the love she deserves STORY AND PHOTO BY ANDREA TOMKINS


he door of 651 Rowanwood Avenue swings wide open and there’s Rosemary Cotroneo with a ready smile. Rosemary and Joe are the proud owners of a lovely bungalow at Rowanwood and Dovercourt and they’re quite possibly the nicest couple you’ll ever meet. Many readers might recognize Joe as the owner of Pub Italia on Preston Street, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this summer. Joe and Rosemary were both born and raised in Ottawa. (In fact, they were born two weeks apart and may have crossed paths in the nursery at the Civic Hospital.) Joe grew up on Preston Street. Rosemary grew up in Centretown, one of eight children in an Irish family. The two met

on a blind date at Joe’s brother’s wedding in 1971. Their first date had a rough beginning. Joe picked Rosemary up in his red 1965 Mustang, which failed to make a favourable impression on her conservative father. “I think my father nearly had a heart attack,” recalls Rosemary. 18 months later they were engaged. They were married in 1973 and their first home was an apartment at Baseline and Woodroffe. They lived there for two years before they bought their first home on Western Avenue. It was a busy time in their lives. “We had the house on Western, we had three boys under four, and Joe was in business for himself,” says Rosemary. “We just hit the ground running.”

They moved to Black Friars Road and Knightsbridge area around 1980, primarily for the schools although they appreciated the parks and transit service in the area as well. Carlingwood Mall just a hop skip and a jump away, as was the Parkway and the Queensway. The family lived on Black Friars until four years ago, when they moved to the bungalow on Rowanwood. By all accounts, it sounds like it was destined to happen. Joe and Rosemary had admired the Rowanwood home long before they purchased it. Their daily walks often took them right past it. “Every time we walked by there was an older couple outside, always with their garage door open. Rose would say, ‘if ever that house goes up for sale, I want to go see it,’” says Joe. “It had never been for

sale, in all of the years we’ve lived here,” adds Rosemary. One day in June 2014 she noticed it was up for sale. “I went immediately home to phone Joe,” she recalls. They went to an open house on a Sunday and bought it that week. As it turns out they bought it from the man who built it; the original owner. They undertook some renovation work when they moved in. The kitchen got a major facelift and Joe enlarged an opening from the kitchen into the dining area. One aspect that sets this home apart from others in McKellar Park is the green colour accenting the exterior of the house. This was the original colour, which was changed at some point to brown. (Rosemary made sure it went back to green!) The home is a charming mix of old and new. A timeless (yet new!) modern kitchen features gleaming marble countertops and black and white cabinetry. The vintage tiles in the upstairs bathroom are a shade of teal that belongs in a 1960s House and Home magazine. They didn’t have the heart to replace them. “They were perfect,” says Joe. “We had to keep them!” A full basement features a retro style bar, as well as a large living area complete with bedroom and bathroom for when family comes to visit. Perhaps the best way to describe the interior is “open concept with walls.” The front entrance opens to a light-filled living room and the dining room is a few steps further back, unless you take the kitchen route which leads to a sunken family room that looks out into the back yard. The bedrooms and main bath are at the back of the home. Of course, a story that mentions Joe Cotroneo also has to include his restaurant, Pub Italia, a popular destination on Preston Street. He describes it as “something that just kind of started.” 25 years ago he was working in the electrical business and knew he couldn’t realistically continue in this line of work. The space for the restaurant was available and things came together.

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“It was a moment of insanity,” quips Rosemary. She adds that they knew “nothing” about the restaurant industry, only that they liked to go out. When the pub first opened it featured a coffee roaster, but within a short span of time he got rid of the roaster and started specializing in Belgian beers and collecting religious decor for the pub. The rest, as they say, is history. As if Joe hasn’t been busy enough over the years, he’s also an avid collector. On April 14, Joe hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for his Italian Moto Museum, located in a former machine shop behind the Dollarama on Somerset St. W. Imagine rows of classic cars, motorcycles, mopeds, bicycles, and all kinds of car-related collectibles. Joe’s collection began like many collections do, with one acquisition

In Ottawa real estate, we’re experiencing a “seller’s market” at the moment, meaning there are more buyers then properties for sale. Arguably, this puts the seller in the driver’s seat when they put their home up for sale. This isn’t the case with every home for sale, but if the property checks off many of the boxes for multiple buyers, the seller may be in a position to receive more than one offer for their home. In some situations, the seller may receive competing offers resulting in the property selling for more than the asking price. As a Realtor, I have been on both the winning and losing side of multiple offer situations with my clients, so now more then ever I encourage my clients to do their due diligence even before they start shopping for a home. Number one on the list is to get your finances in order. Meet with a mortgage lender and understand what you can afford to buy before starting to look. This includes not only the purchase price of a

home but also other fees associated with buying a property, including items such as land transfer taxes, legal fees, and more. The other key is to have a home inspector and/ or contractor on speed dial, ready to look at a property—meaning, before one puts in an offer, have a professional inspect the home to understand what you are dealing with and any costs associated with required repairs. These are the two most common conditions to consider in preparing to make an offer on a property, and if one can eliminate these conditions prior to making an offer, it puts them in a better position if a multiple offer situation takes place. Most importantly, work with a professional Realtor who can guide you throughout the offer process. Happy house hunting!





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ince 1979, Salus has been providing rehabilitation and affordable housing services to adults in Ottawa with severe mental illness, and this year they are celebrating their 40th anniversary. Salus, which is a Latin word meaning “health and wellness” was originally created by a group of parents, social workers and doctors who were concerned that people with severe mental illnesses were being discharged from hospitals without adequate support. It came at the time provincial

Marianne Long, Manager and Fund Development for Salus Ottawa, stands next to Lisa Ker, executive director for Salus, at their headquarters in the heart of Kitchissippi. Salus provides supportive housing to individuals living with mental illness. mental hospitals began to close, leaving the vulnerable population without a place to go. The group opened their first location on Cooper Street in 1979, which housed seven residents and an on-site social worker. Little did they know 40 years

later the charity group would be made up of nine apartment buildings, a single family home and two shared living spaces. “Every person who comes to us is their own person with their own unique situation,” says Lisa Ker, executive

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someone living with a serious mental illness is that isolation just fuels their illness,” says Lisa. “That’s why breaking isolation is a huge part of our mandate.” The group also has two different locations that are used as rehabilitation centres — and some are the first of their kind in Ontario. One location houses 15 people at a time, and is a one-year program which helps rehabilitate people who are mentally ill back into the community after spending time in a psychiatric hospital. And the Grove, as it’s called, is a similar program, but works with people who committed a crime but were not declared criminally responsible due to their mental illness. “They committed a crime, but because of their mental illness, they were sent to a psychiatric forensic unit instead of jail,” states Lisa. “Now they are

The group has become so popular in recent years, the waiting list to be a part of the organization is almost 10 years long. But it’s not just housing support Salus offers. They also host a number of activities at their head office located at 2000 Scott St., a building that also houses 40 residents. Different programs that share the common living space, including knitting groups, yoga classes and Tai Chi. Salus also offers opportunities outside of their buildings, including field trips to places like Upper Canada Village and participating in Ottawa Race Weekend. But Lisa says it’s not always easy to get the residents involved. Despite all activities being voluntary, a community developer works with the residents to help push them out of their comfort zone. “One of the biggest challenges for



Looking back on the history of education in Kitchissippi

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here’s a wide variety of schooling available for children living in Kitchissippi in 2019, with options for language, faith, special needs, and more. For the majority of kids, their school is just a short walk or bike ride away. Sometimes we take this kind of easy access to school for granted. Most KT readers have surely heard at least one person in their lifetime boast about walking 10 miles uphill in a snowstorm to get to school. Today, most kids don’t need to do this on a daily basis but there was a time that this was absolutely true, especially here in Kitchissippi. In the first half of the 19th century, most children were schooled at home, if they were educated at all. The more affluent families sent their children away.

Nepean Township was sparsely populated, and particularly in our neighbourhood, there were just a few families living along Richmond Road so local schooling was not an option. In 1850, the Common School Act legislated the establishment of school boards across Ontario (Canada West), requiring townships to provide funding for schools (though townships could still charge student fees to supplement costs). The Act also allowed for the creation of separate schools, leading to the establishment of provincially funded Catholic schools (the dual school system was later built into Section 93 of the Canadian Constitution in 1867). It also regulated school construction, teacher examination and licensing, and curriculum. “School Sections” were drawn up for

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education compulsory and free up to age 12. The railway arrived to Bayview and LeBreton the year prior, leading to a flood of new residents in Hintonburg and the new Mechanicsville subdivision. Children in this area were technically part of S.S. 2, which required them to attend school in Westboro but they were allowed to cross Cedar Street (Somerset) bridge to attend school in Rochesterville, where, in the early 1870s, a wood duplex house had been converted to a two-classroom school. To deal with the demand – and its own growth – Rocherterville Village built a large four room brick school directly across the street in 1884, behind where Plant Bath now stands. However, when it was announced that Rochesterville would be annexed to Ottawa in 1889, it meant Hintonburg students would be charged 50 cents per month to attend a city school. Families already paying a levy for the Westboro school – which was simply too far for young children to attend – would now be double-charged. It became clear that Hintonburg and Mechanicsville needed its own school. Prominent local residents Jonas Bullman, George Young, David Moodie, and Alex Stewart established a committee, holding meetings in Moodie’s blacksmith shop. New School Section 18 was established (cutting S.S. 2 in half at about Patricia Avenue), and construction of the new public school occurred during 1888. Neither Rochesterville nor Westboro were pleased, as both had been banking on fees from Hintonburg to help pay for their schools. Hintonburg Public School on Rosemount (after a renaming and two rebuilds is now Connaught P.S.) opened on January 8, 1889, as a two-room brick schoolhouse that was already too small at its opening to house its 149 students. The wall between two cloakrooms was removed to create a third class, and in 1891, the roof was raised, and two classes added on a second floor at a cost of $7,000. In 1898 it was expanded again when the student count hit 245. (The original school was replaced in 1915 by the old Connaught, which itself was replaced in 1994.) Not surprisingly, at around the same time there was a call for both separate and

Nepean Township, with virtually all of Kitchissippi falling within S.S. 2. A year later (July 1851), the Thomsons of Maplelawn, who owned most of the land west of Churchill, donated a 66’x99’ choice parcel of land and a wood-frame schoolhouse was built on the spot where Gezellig stands today. Though a basic structure, it was actually the first school in Nepean Township not made of logs. It was built literally in the wilderness, where bears and wolves still roamed. In The City Beyond, Bruce Elliott noted that schools in Nepean Township at the time “had from 40 to 50 pupils on the rolls though only half that number attended at any one time. Three-quarters of the children studied reading, two-fifths tackled writing and fewer than a third were instructed in arithmetic. Only 40 out of the 616 students [in the township] studied grammar.” Though the population in the vicinity of the school increased slowly (the arrival of Skead’s mill at Westboro Beach in 1870 helped spur significant growth), by 1866, the schoolhouse was deteriorating. Led by the efforts of Buckingham lumberman George W. Eaton (who in 1865 had moved into the new stone mansion on Richmond Road, now better known as a former convent), the wealthier residents of the area contributed towards the construction of a larger brick school house. (The new school also featured two outhouses!) Eaton had a significant personal interest in the new school as he was a widowed father of ten children. Secondary and post-secondary school was really only accessible to a privileged few families in Kitchissippi. Though facilities existed in Ottawa and rural students could even attend Ottawa Collegiate Institute (Lisgar) for free, it often required relocation and room and board as the streetcar was still nearly thirty years away. In the 1890s, when the OCI considered charging fees for rural students, a call was made to build a rural high school (though this would not occur until Nepean High School opened in 1922). The 1870s were a turning point in education, and for Kitchissippi. The area began its transition from rural farmland, its population rose, and more schools (and more types of schools) were needed. The School Act of 1871 made elementary


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History of education in Kitchissippi Continued from page 13 In 1886, the Mechanicsville Separate School (later named St. Antoine de Padoue) opened on Forward Avenue, run by the Grey Nuns (it was demolished in 1955). As it became overcrowded, Mechanicsville told Hintonburg it would not allow its residents to send their children, so Hintonburg established St. Mary’s Separate School in 1894, at first in a building on the southwest corner of Somerset and Bayswater, then in 1897 to a new brick schoolhouse on the southeast corner of Irving and Laurel (replaced in

”The 1870s were a turning point in education, and for Kitchissippi. The area began its transition from rural farmland, its population rose, and more schools (and more types of schools) were needed.” 1909 by the school on Bayswater). Meanwhile, the Westboro school house at Churchill and Richmond remained in use until 1886 when John Cole, proprietor of the Highland Park Dairy Farm provided land at the highest point of the village, for the construction of a new black limestonefinished school. This school was rebuilt in 1910 as Main Street (Churchill) Public School, which was later replaced in 1991

with the Churchill Alternative School that stands today, with the original 1910 east entrance preserved. Hilson Public School and Broadview Public School were built just prior to WWI as Westboro boomed. Certainly by the turn of the 20th century, all of Kitchissippi’s schools were thriving and each new generation of Kitchissippi children benefitted from the improved education available to them. It was a vast

improvement from the early days of long walks to primitive schools through the wilds of Nepean. Dave Allston is a local historian and the author of The Kitchissippi Museum ( His family has lived in Kitchissippi for six generations. Do you have early memories or photos to share? Send your email to

Please join us for the PFC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Let’s talk Neighbour to Neighbour about building healthy, connected communities.

May 22, 2019 Registration: 6:30-7pm Program: 7-9pm

Light refreshments will be served Hintonburg Community Centre 1064 Wellington Street Need more information: Call 613-722-8019



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Stella Luna’s award-winning treats a hit in Hintonburg When Stella Luna Gelato’s second cafe opened in Hintonburg two years ago, owner and gelato master, Tammy Guiliani, knew the neighbourhood was a perfect fit. The café is a chic, urban oasis favoured by those who appreciate delicious food and beverages enjoyed in a warm, welcoming environment. Launching a third location in Merrickville last year is proof that Stella Luna Gelato has captured the hearts and tastebuds of the entire national capital region, including Kitchissippi. Leveraging her training at Carpigiani Gelato University, Tammy and her team create scores of different flavours of gelato each year using the finest ingredients. Having won the award for Best Gelato in Canada as well as the International Journalists Choice Award at the 2017 Gelato World Tour in Italy has made Stella Luna a popular destination for visitors to Ottawa, not to mention the favourite of thousands of locals, many of whom first discover Stella Luna thanks to its charming vintage push cart, a favourite at weddings, festivals and private events. Aside from the extraordinary gelato, you’ll also find such temptations as fully loaded breakfast “croissantwiches,” freshly baked scones and

Tammy’s grandmother’s buttermilk waffles and crepes. Panini, farm-fresh salads and hearty soups are on offer at lunch. Tammy notes that thanks to the incredible talent in the Stella Luna kitchen, desserts are garnering their own spotlight. “Our decadent desserts are best enjoyed with a side of gelato or sorbet, a gelato cocktail, or both!” she enthuses. Summertime will see the Stella Luna patio in full swing, thanks to the completion of the adjacent park. “It’s reminiscent of that European ambiance we’ve been striving for, where neighbours gather, children play, lovers kiss and everyone savours the simple pleasures of summer in Ottawa – a well-deserved reward after such a gruelling winter,” says Tammy. As if world-class gelato on a patio wasn’t appealing enough, you can also enjoy Arts and Crafts soirees with live music courtesy of singer-songwriter extraordinaire Danielle Allard and friends on the second Sunday of every month at Stella Luna Hintonburg. Starting at 7 p.m., admission is free. Stick around for Gelato Madness Sundays from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. with 40% off all gelato (while quantities last). Gelato lovers can also embrace this year’s Summer Stella Challenge, offering a free gelato to all who either paddle from their Bank Street location to their ‘Stella Luna on the Rideau’ shop in historic Merrickville, or those who bike from Hintonburg to Merrickville – just grab some selfies to prove it!

“Our decadent desserts are best enjoyed with a side of gelato or sorbet, a gelato cocktail, or both!” Tammy Guiliani

Stella Luna 1103 Bank Street 613-523-1116 1130 Wellington St. West. 613-695-6565 111 Main St. East, Merrickville 613-269-4949 |


Come as you are, enjoy familiar favourites 25 and on the third Saturday of the month throughout the summer. It’s an opportunity to check out some cool cars and hop over to the restaurant to fuel up afterwards. The patio will be open as soon as the weather allows. “Come as you are, you are more than welcome,” says Angie. And she means it.

Monkey Joe’s Bar and Grill 1265 Carling Ave. (Westgate Shopping Centre) 613-725-2992 contact@

work. We do not subcontract our work out to anyone. Our level of craftsmanship is very high, and we offer a warranty on our work that is longer than our competitors’.” In addition to placing the needs of their

customers first, L.A. Sicoli Masonry is known for their ability to restore the brickwork in older homes and making “the new look old” by selecting the proper colour of mortar that blends in perfectly with the original work. In

addition to brickwork, they also offer chimney repair, parging for houses, window sill repair, levelling interlock, and other custom stonework. Luciano learned from the very best. He trained under his father and two uncles and comes from a line of bricklayers and stone masons. The one challenge for L.A. Sicoli Masonry is keeping up with demand, so make sure to call early because they book up quickly. And if you’re lucky, you will get to meet Luciano’s 82-year-old dad who occasionally accompanies his son to job sites.

L.A. Sicoli Masonry Luciano Sicoli 613-859-4684


Known for their European craftsmanship, L.A. Sicoli Masonry has a reputation for quality work as well as extraordinary customer service. Luciano Sicoli believes a job welldone means a job that will last for years to come. “We provide all our customers with the same high level of craftsmanship and dedication that we have for our work, which in turn leads to very satisfied customers.” “We try to return telephone calls within 48 hours. We also try to set up visits with our customers within 72 hours and give them a written quotation within 48 hours of seeing them. The boss comes to see the customer and provides the quotation, but it is also the boss that comes to do the


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Wings, burgers, lasagna, and salads are the name of the game. Deep-fried zucchini and nachos are signature dishes and it’s easy to see why they’re a big draw. They’re double stacked with homemade salsa and St. Albert’s cheese. Car lovers won’t want to miss the Durand Motorsport “Cruise Night,” which will fill up part of the Westgate lot from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May


outing for the whole family. No kids on the scene? Enjoy a cold one and watch the game. If you have fond memories of Monkey Joe’s as the place to go for pizza you should know that it’s still the same great slice. You can’t beat homemade sauce and dough, made fresh from scratch. The menu hasn’t changed much over the years because it’s what keeps people coming back.

Monkey Joe’s Bar and Grill is a familiar landmark on the corner of Island Park and Carling Avenue. Did you know they’ve been feeding the Kitchissippi community for the past 37 years? They’ve been here so long, they’ve watched families grow up. “I think we’re probably on our fourth generation of customers,” says Angie Mastromattei with a smile. Her husband Jack is one of the owners. “He’s been here longer than we’ve been married,” she laughs. One of the great things about being part of the community for so long is being present for many of life’s big moments that unfold here, whether it’s a first date, a special anniversary, a multi-generational get together, or a post-game celebration with the team. With cozy booths and junglethemed decor, Monkey Joe’s is a fun






Finding Solutions and Solving Problems with Trusted Treatment at Back on Track Westboro Back On Track Physiotherapy and Health Centres have been a leading healthcare provider in the Ottawa region for 25 years with expert treatment from highly trained professionals. The Back on Track team treats their clients like family. Their goal is to make sure their clients feel comfortable and confident with their treatments, as well as to promote healthy, injury free living, allowing people to optimize their mobility and improve their quality of life. “We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service and true one-on-one, hands-on therapy with the focus on ‘injury proofing’ the client through specific exercise programs and

in-depth education on their condition,” says Mike Gaynor, owner of Back On Track Physiotherapy and Health Centres. “We spend quality time with our patients. They never feel rushed out the door.” Assessment and treatment appointments are booked with plenty of time to focus on each clients’ needs without interruption. Therapists do not run from client-to-client, and always have the time to fully investigate a client’s injury and get to the root of the symptoms, or to re-evaluate a client’s progress and modify their program each visit so that the client can make gains. Back On Track understands that people want to be able to play with their kids or grandkids pain-free; they want to run their first 5 km race without injury or have started exercising and want to know if what they are doing is safe.

Whether you are seeking treatment due to pain, lack of mobility, balance, reliance on medication, or thinking there’s nothing else that can be done – Back on Track can help. They understand that it can be challenging to find the time for treatments and appointments. It’s why they have convenient clinic hours and occasionally see clients on Saturdays. Access to treatment (physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, concussion management, laser therapy, dietitian services, personal training/ kinesiologist) is available within 24-48 hours of a request, especially if it is urgent. Back On Track Westboro is also highly involved with the local community. They are a member of the Westboro BIA, take part in the Westboro Fuse Festival, provide free

therapy coverage at charity events such as Lap the Gats cycling event in Gatineau Park for Parkinson’s, Stokes for Stroke Golf Tournament, as well as various running events. As an active member in the community and healthcare, people know and trust that Back on Track is there for them to treat injuries, for maintenance of ongoing issues, to answer questions, and to give guidance.

Back On Track Physiotherapy 411 Roosevelt Avenue, Unit 309 613-792-1166


Counselors, Camp Buddies, and 1:1 Support Workers. Supports for campers might include low-ratio staffing models, one-on-one workers or buddies, extra resources like visual aids or other communication tools, scheduled breaks, and individual accommodation plans.

“All parents want their child to feel included and valued” Dovercourt is grateful for the funding from the City of Ottawa, the Canada Summer Jobs grant program, and Youth Job Connection, to name a few. Parents of all children in Dovercourt programs can feel good about contributing to a program that sees continued success,

makes a substantial difference in the lives of many children, and provides meaningful employment experience to local youth. Approximately 4% from each camp fee directly contributes to the resources required for Inclusion and about 7% of our summer campers benefit from the supports made available. The successful integration of all children in programs as a result of the continued support of participants and partners is likely the best example of Dovercourt’s motto” “A Community Working for the Community.”

Dovercourt 411 Dovercourt ave. 613-798-8950


Over the past decade, Dovercourt has developed a robust system of supports and resources. The belief that each and every child has an equal right to a high quality experience is at the heart of what we do, and while it starts with having the right attitude to support the integration of children with special needs, it also requires having the right aptitude – the knowledge and resources to be effective. For this reason, we rely strongly on the

partnership of parents, the expertise of consultants, external funding sources, and the dedication of our staff. As the success and awareness of the program has grown, Dovercourt continues to support as many children as possible – more than 100 children each year. This takes creativity, resourcefulness, and a strong team of caring professionals. The Dovercourt Inclusion Team makes every effort to get to know the children in our programs. Depending on the child and the program, Inclusion Coordinators work with each family to ensure the right supports are in place. This might include a Camp Buddy to help with first-day jitters, a support worker to assist with personal care, or access to our Inclusion Space for a break when the day is simply too overwhelming. The Summer Camp Inclusion Team includes two Coordinators, four Leads, and a full group of Inclusion


Dovercourt Recreation Association recognizes the struggles parents of children with special needs can face when looking for programs and services. All parents want their child to feel included and valued, and it can be challenging to find access to an affordable program that sets the child up for success.


Supporting children with special needs at Dovercourt






Collaborative Health Care with Integrated Touch Physiotherapy With over 22 years of combined experience in orthopedics, sports medicine, cancer and chronic illness, Integrated Touch Physiotherapy is known for their knowledge, customer care, and commitment to getting their clients better. They offer bilingual, one-on-one assessments and treatments and there are no assistants. They also offer online booking or the option to call, and they are open Saturdays! As the owner, Andria Cellucci states, “We believe that having time solely with your physiotherapist increases your quality of care and will get you better faster. If we don’t see results, we will not hesitate to refer our clients to other health professionals for further testing. We believe in collaborative health care to achieve the best outcome for our clients.”

on us and more confident in their ability to manage their issue is empowering for them, and that is important to us.” Integrated Touch Physiotherapy is active in the community and has volunteered with St. Joe’s Food Bank as well as with youth sports and activities. “We are here to “pay it forward” to the community. If you have questions, if you want to drop in and check us out, come by! We are here to help.”

Integrated Touch Physiotherapy is certified in the Mckenzie MDT Method in assessment and treatment. This method allows them to give their clients self-help or self-treatment tools and can prevent reoccurrence of their issue after stopping physiotherapy. Integrated Touch Physiotherapy believes in open

discussions with clients about their condition, their feelings and they take the time to explain what can be done at home to speed recovery. They work to get to the root of the issue and make sure everyone is on the same path in the recovery process. “Empowering our clients and making them less dependent

Integrated Touch Physiotherapy 2148 Carling Ave suite 201 613-722-2148

It’s Bike Season at Fresh Air Experience! In the winter, Fresh Air Experience is Ottawa’s crosscountry ski community’s go-to ski shop, and has been for 50 years! They also work on the beloved SJAM Winter Trail, are among the original sponsors, and have operated a trailside location on weekends for the last three winters. But did you know they are also an exceptional bike shop?! “As with skiing, our staff includes bike racers, community leaders, and enthusiastic weekend warriors,” says owner Jon Digney. “We also employ a number of young local cycling racers as a way of supporting their endeavours.” Fresh Air Experience has a wide selection of bikes from the best brands in cycling. “We recently added Specialized Bicycles to our in-store lineup.

bikes to people who wanted to ride 6 km along the Ottawa River parkways to work more regularly, people who wanted to do a 60 km loop of Gatineau Park a little bit faster, and to people who wanted to ride 6000 km across Canada. “Our ability to serve all three customers comes down to the quality of service we provide and the quality product that we stock.”

Specialized supplies bicycles to many of the world’s top riders, including world champions from a variety of disciplines, from road riding to downhill mountain biking.” In addition to top brands, they also offer a personal, bespoke shopping experience, and the expertise that can only come from staff who love cycling.

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products are not for every customer, so they offer a variety of options and pride themselves in having a pressurefree sales environment. “We really emphasize the right product for the right person. As we say, ‘if it doesn’t fit, it’s not a good deal.’” Last year Fresh Air Experience sold


Fresh Air Experience 1291 Wellington St. W. 613-729-3002


His mission was, and still is, to provide high-quality bathroom products at great prices If showers aren’t your thing, maybe you can picture yourself in a freestanding soaker tub with solid brass or stainless steel faucets. Gus’s has those too. 90% of everything on the floor is in stock, which means no long wait for orders. Cabinets are fully assembled at the shop. If you need an installer, John is happy to recommend reputable contractors and

licensed professionals who can help. The other thing you might not get if you’re sourcing a complete bathroom from a big box store is the ability to negotiate and the opportunity to deal directly with the owner. And if you have a plumbing question, there’s always someone on hand to answer. That’s the difference shopping locally makes.

Gus’s Kitchen and Bath 2183 Carling Ave. 613-828-2284


Gus’s is family-owned and operated. Gaston “Gus” Dozois, a master plumber, opened his first store in his hometown of Peterborough in 1989. Clearly, plumbing runs in the Dozois family! The Ottawa location opened in 2008 and is run by his son John. John’s brother James is also a licensed plumber and manages a location in Whitby. The three stores attract customers from Toronto through Kingston, all the way to the Ottawa Valley. “Gus never compromised on quality,” says John, who lives in Kitchissippi ward. His mission was, and still is, to provide high-quality bathroom products at great prices.

It’s one-stop shopping if you’re in the market for cabinets, counters, shower doors, bath tubs, toilets, and fixtures, and you aren’t likely to see their selection in any other Ottawa store. Kitchens and bathrooms are high traffic areas and they sell homes, explains John. “All the products Gus brings in are made to last a lifetime.” Vanities are a major draw here. Gus’s has a huge selection of cabinetry in the Carling Avenue showroom, with over 100 models in stock. You won’t find any MDF or pressboard here. “It’s a product line that’s second to none,” says John. Looking for a way to make a gorgeous statement? How about a shower wall made from a slab of quartz? Gus’s owns a stateof-the-art cutting facility and they’re the only ones in the city who cut quartz slabs for shower walls. The effect is stunning. It’s a clean and sophisticated look, and as a bonus there’s no grout to scrub.


Whether you’re renovating a kitchen or bathroom now or in the near future, one look around Gus’s Kitchen and Bath is sure to thrill and inspire you in equal measure.


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it gives them a place to belong. It gives kids and adults with disabilities a safe place where they are encouraged.”

Local Special Olympian Kimana Mar performing her favourite event, the ribbon apparatus. This is the only opportunity Kimana has to use her dominant left hand, making the ribbon “extra special.” PHOTO COURTESY OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS CANADA.

Golden girl of McKellar Park Special Olympian Kimana Mar wins seven golds at Abu Dhabi World Games BY BRADLEY TURCOTTE


ineteen-year-old McKellar Park resident Kimana Mar triumphantly returned from the 2019 Special Olympics (SO) World Games in Abu Dhabi with seven gold medals from her stellar performances in rhythmic gymnastics.

Five of Kimana’s top-of-the-podium results were in individual events and two came from group routines. Team Canada dismounted Abu Dhabi with 155 medals including 90 gold. “I felt really good on the carpet,” Kimana says, “showing what I could do.” Kimana first flexed her athleticism in

pointed shoes, transferring ballet skills to gymnastics. Competing for over a decade, she cites ribbon routines as her favourite to execute. “I like how it flows and can be used to express your emotions,” she says. “The ribbon comes in multiple different colours and patterns.” A left-handed athlete, the ribbon is the sole apparatus Kimana can use with her dominant hand. This requires mirroring the routine. Ball, hoop, and clubs are right-handed events. The challenges that come with this freedom make the ribbon “extra special,” Kimana says. Parents Sandra Wong and Anthony Mar accompanied their champion to the United Arab Emirates and were “amazed” by Kimana’s conduct. “The emotions of standing there on the carpet with people from all around the world cheering her on, it seemed to give her energy,” Sandra observes. “She performed at a level I have never seen.” Kimana’s medal haul is “a cherry on top,” Anthony says, as the Special Olympics are about more than hardware. People with intellectual disabilities are frequently othered. They don’t fit in at school or are not welcome to participate in “generic sports,” Anthony says. “What Special Olympics does is it gives them a place to belong. It gives kids and adults with disabilities a safe place

where they are encouraged.” Currently competing at level three, Kimana says the routines are difficult to master. “Even though it may seem like a small achievement, like a catch, or in Kimana’s case a specific pose, like an arabesque, it may have taken her four years to get to that point,” Anthony explains. “The coaches and the volunteers in Special Olympics know that and it gets celebrated.” “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt,” is the Special Olympics oath. “It is all about trying and making the effort,” Sandra says. “It is a skill that transfers from sport into their everyday lives.” Since engaging with the Special Olympics, Kimana’s parents have seen her confidence soar and this positive influence has improved her attitude and academics. “People of all abilities should be treated with dignity and respect,” SO Ontario Programs Chair for Greater Ottawa, Lindsay McPhee, says. “When athletes are able to connect with their community and get access to sport, they are more employable and have better social skills. There are so many benefits to giving them access to Special Olympics.” There are approximately 800 SO athletes training and competing in the Ottawa area, backed by around 300 @Kitchissippi

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“The more volunteers we get, the more programs we can offer,” Lindsay forecasts. “I don’t think it is a hard sell. We just need more of them.” Set to move to the highest level of competition next year, this gold medalist is unsure if she will continue. “The routines will be harder and longer than the routines I am doing now. Definitely, I will never be gone from Special Olympics. If I do not continue in rhythmic gymnastics, I will still do something to support Special Olympics.”


volunteers. Ottawa’s SO community is distinctive as one of the only Canadian cities to offer nearly every sport. The Ottawa schedules freeze out speed skating but non-traditional sports like canoe, kayak and bouldering, or rock climbing, are active. As these athletes require more attention and development, SO employs an athlete/coach ratio system. Volunteering as a coach is mutually beneficial, Lindsay asserts, as SO provides sport-specific training. Most SO volunteers come to the organization through relationships to athletes but some, like Lindsay, simply have a desire to contribute.


Competing in rhythmic gymnastics for a decade, McKellar Park resident Kimana Mar won seven gold medals at the Special Olympics World Games held March 14-21 in United Arab Emirates. PHOTO COURTESY BY ANTHONY MAR




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Q: I’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, what can I do to improve my condition? A: Individuals with fibromyalgia respond differently to various treatment options depending on their biochemistry. I highly suggest testing your hormones to see if any of them are out of balance. Certain vitamin deficiencies such as B12 and vitamin D can also worsen symptoms of fibromyalgia. I also usually investigate inflammation and mitochondrial activity which can be easily balanced through diet and lifestyle and highly improve fatigue. Q: Which hormones may be implicated in fibromyalgia? A: An underactive thyroid and burnt out adrenals can exacerbate signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia. Doing a comprehensive thyroid panel including antibodies to rule out an autoimmune condition as well as testing cortisol (our stress hormone) is very important for fibromyalgia patients. If these hormones are low, they can easily be balanced and symptoms of fatigue and pain may greatly ameliorate.

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It’s time to plan for the future, writes Dave Adams, a.k.a. Groomer Dave. PHOTO BY ANDREA TOMKINS

What does the future hold for the SJAM Winter Trail? The end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one SUBMITTED BY DAVE ADAMS oly smokes! We did a proof-ofconcept in the winter of 2015 of the SJAM and here we are today having concluded our third official season of the SJAM Winter Trail. Time flies. Who says winters are long, bleak and dull? I think the trail has surprised us all on how well it has been adopted by


the community and the scary reality is that there is no turning back. It is unconscionable to think of the Ottawa River multi-use pathway, or bike path, NOT having winter trail in the future. Up to now, the SJAM had been considered an experiment and that is why Dovercourt (my representative) and the NCC originally settled on a three year agreement to let me show the potential

of the trail. This term is now up and it is time to plan the future. There is no doubt we will continue to groom, but under a new agreement. So, in hindsight, what have we learned? To start with, urban winter pathways are good. They make our city livable. They get people out and active in winter. Help people commute to work. Get them saying ‘hi’ to their neighbours

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are good. They make our city livable. They get people out and active in winter.”

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own. And can you blame them? The National Capital Region is gifted with tons of greenspaces that lay vacant in winter, and so why not get some snow grooming on-site and make some trails? So that is my summer – dreaming up plans for the future. Fortunately, I will have lots of help. For starters, I have an open relationship with the NCC and am always welcome to go “slum it” in their downtown offices chatting about ideas for winter. We have also formed a subcommittee with other communities that want to develop their own winter trail network. It is called the WTA, or Winter Trails Alliance, and is made up of Ski Heritage East, Rideau River, Kanata Nordic, and together we are working with city councillors to find ways the City of Ottawa can participate in the future; possibly in cooperation with the NCC. See you next winter! If anything comes up that is important, I will post to social media but I try hard to limit my posts to give you a break from the bombardment of information I throw at you during winter. You can find a link to all of our social media channels at Groomer Dave Adams SJAM Winter Trail Manager and Head Groomer

at a time of year that folks typically become groundhogs. (Did you know, loneliness is the new smoking?) We also know that our weather is changing, and freeze/thaw cycles are now common. Grooming ice is very difficult, but the good news is that it can be done and urban winter pathways can handle diverse weather better than say, ice rinks that need a very precise and consistent weather condition. We all recall that week in February where walking down the icy city sidewalks was treacherous, and it was a very proud moment in the season for the grooming team where we continued to groom and provide a safe place for people to recreate and stay active. I hope the City of Ottawa appreciates the public service that we provided. Over the past three seasons, we also learned that we cannot proceed without public funding. Try as we might, and with all our fundraising efforts, we ran a deficit this season. And it wasn’t for lack of trying. Businesses have certainly stepped up with their sponsorships and the general public remains as generous as they have been since the beginning, but it wasn’t enough to balance our books. And finally, we know that other communities want an SJAM of their

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A picture perfect milestone Camera Club of Ottawa celebrates its 125st anniversary BY CHARLIE SENACK


or 125 years, the Camera Club of Ottawa has met regularly to capture the city’s beauty. It was December 10 1894, when a group of men and women held their first camera club meeting, with wooden tripods and box cameras in hand. Since then a lot has changed in the way photography works, but one thing has stayed the same — the group’s dedication to the hobby they love most. “A lot of things have even changed in photography since I have joined the camera club over 25 years ago,” says Kitchissippi resident Bruce Amos, a member of the club since the early 1990s. “The main change I would say is the rapid changeover from film to digital photography,” he says. “That was a real revolution and most of us from my generation grew up shooting coloured slides and printing black and white in the basement darkroom.” From September to May, the group meets every Tuesday at the Hintonburg Community Centre to improve their skills and document pieces of the city’s history. On top of the weekly meetings, the club holds workshops to teach the 80 or

Photo of stone sculptures at the Ottawa River by Camera Club member, Niels Rasmussen. To view a gallery of Camera Club photos, see the web version of this article at

so members different photography skills, brings in guest speakers, hosts field trips, and even holds photography shows where they bring in outside judges from around the community. “This is a group that is geared towards what we call the hobby photographers,” says Bruce. “There are some professionals who are members of the club but we have people from novice through to advanced levels and everybody is welcome.” Paul Dickie has been a member of the club since 2006, and was promoted to president in September of last year. He says he joined the group because

he wanted to improve his photography skills, and wanted to meet like-minded individuals “I take part in basically everything the club has to offer,” states Paul. “I joined because I wanted to get better at what I’m doing, and over the years I think I have managed to do that.” Both Paul and Bruce say it’s hard to pick what their favourite part of the club is, but both agree that it’s the people who make the experience so special. Paul says the Camera Club of Ottawa is probably the longest running camera club in Canada, although Toronto insists they have a club that’s been around for a year longer.

To commemorate the 125th anniversary of the club, a special event called “Celebrating Photography” will be held on November 7, 2019 at the new Royal Canadian Geographic Society building located at 55 Sussex Dr. Bruce, who is one of the main organizers for the event, says details are still being worked out, but says it will feature a variety of old pictures from the group’s history and work by well-known photographer, Michelle Valberg. For more information on the Camera Club of Ottawa and to stay up to date with their anniversary plans, visit

Life is beautiful in Ottawa’s Little Italy during Tulip Festival May 10-20, 2019


For art lovers

You can enjoy a VIP Fireworks Experience on the Dow’s Lake Boardwalk. May 19th from 7pm to 11pm celebrate in style with reserved seats on a fully licensed patio and the best view of the fireworks display. Make a short walk over to Preston Street and keep the party going, our bars and clubs are open late. La Vita e Bella (Life is Beautiful) on Preston Street.

See live bands playing on the Tulip Boardwalk along Dow’s Lake, with a roster of different performers filling the air with music all weekend from 11AM - 5PM. Finish your day on Preston Street, where you’ll find live music every weekend. La Vita e Bella (Life is Beautiful) on Preston Street.

Preston Square’s Art in the Tulips features local and regional artists creating gorgeous works of art among the stunning Tulip Beds of Commissioners Park. Stay inspired with a trip to Preston Street, home of Santini Gallery and the School of Photographic Arts Ottawa. La Vita e Bella (Life is Beautiful) on Preston Street.

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Take on the challenge of our GIANT Scavenger Hunt for GIANT Tulips! Take a selfie with 5 of our giant wooden tulip statues, tag @prestonstreetbia, and you’ll be entered to win some GIANT prizes. We’ll have Giant Tulips all over Little Italy for you to discover. La Vita e Bella (Life is Beautiful) on Preston Street.

For the Fireworks Fan

Make this Mother’s Day extra special with a slow stroll through the tulip gardens at Dow’s Lake. Pamper Mom with a trip to a few of our shops boutiques and spas, and make sure to treat the family to the best brunch ever, right here on Preston Street. La Vita e Bella (Life is Beautiful) on Preston Street.


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Take the Tulip Legacy Walking Tour around Dow’s Lake. You’ll learn about the incredible heritage of this festival while visiting highlights such as the Queen Juliana Gift Bed, or the historic statue, The Man with Two Hats. Come to Preston Street and see our special, five-foot tulip statues. La Vita e Bella (Life is Beautiful) on Preston Street.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS The heart of the matter

Jeff Leiper talks about life as a heart attack survivor STORY AND PHOTO BY ALYSON QUEEN

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hings are excellent.” Generally, Jeff Leiper says he feels well. It has now been a couple of months since his very public heart attack. He sat down recently over coffee to reflect on his journey, not long after his 49th birthday. “Everything that has happened to me has been clichéd from the start. You think you’re invincible, you don’t bother with doctors and then you ignore advice and go shoveling. It was the most Ottawa way to have a heart attack.” He was back at work two weeks after his heart attack. Taking medication for the first time in his life has been an adjustment. Checking in for cardiac rehab is now a reality. But the Ward 15 Councillor, who is back at work full-time, openly admits that although life goes on (thankfully), it is different. HE STILL WANTS TO SMOKE Jeff always knew that smoking was bad for his health. He started when he was 18, when he admits he should have known better. But quitting has been tough. “I really wanna smoke,” he says. Jeff is completely transparent that quitting the puff isn’t easy – and particularly as a means of stress relief. “I am used to going out on my back deck and smoking my brains out, smoke after smoke after smoke, working through whatever issue. Out of habit, I am used to responding to stress by smoking. So that’s going to take a while.” He’s on a patch, has nicotine inhalers and gum. He also acknowledges that it’s

a long road ahead, especially given his life style. “For four years, this job has been all that I do in the course of a day.” The rest of his day – from the moment he gets up around 5:30 a.m. until around 9:30 p.m. – is spent working. Now, he needs to find time to do other things that include cooking and resting – and not smoke. Watching the first season of Mad Men while off, however, was probably not his best convalescent activity; the opening scene showcased the main character considering how to re-brand Lucky Brand cigarettes. CAN HE BE A DIFFERENCE-MAKING STATISTIC? It’s a common thread wherever he goes, with people walking up to talk to him, genuinely asking how he is doing. In fact, one such random conversation happened during this interview. But there is a second type of conversation now, with those reaching out because they know the ropes of having heart disease – and are recipients of incredible and life-saving care at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. “There’s a group of (primarily) guys, who are 50-55 years old, and they’re like ‘I’m a graduate too! It’s amazing what they do, you feel like a million bucks!” But he has come to realize that heart disease is more likely to kill women. Research indicates that heart attacks tend to strike men younger – but the survival rates are worse in women, with less awareness and research to support prevention and management. CHECK YOUR CHOLESTEROL “It’s remarkable to me now that I’ve had

Councillor Jeff Leiper updated KT on his health, and his challenges. this scary event. I should have dealt with this 15 years ago,” says Jeff. Instead of managing his cholesterol when first raised as an issue, he stopped going to the doctor. Jeff hopes that his situation inspires others to take action for their health – earlier – and to pay particular attention to cholesterol levels. He is asking men

and women to do what he didn’t: have their cholesterol checked with a simple blood test and if high, to listen to doctors and deal with it. “There are lots of very healthy people who don’t smoke, who eat right, who get felled by heart attacks because they had that cholesterol issue that has never been identified.”

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“Jeff hopes that his situation inspires others to take action for their health – earlier – and to pay particular attention to cholesterol levels.” But he needs help. Kitchissippi Times readers, the challenge is on: Jeff has agreed to receive your suggestions for quick and tasty recipes that will help him eat healthier while on the run. Send them to We’ll collect them and pass them along. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, during this interview he chose the lemon loaf as a snack. He’s also planning to post a help wanted sign for snow shoveling next winter.

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ave you ever wondered where to find wild food growing in the city? SUBMITTED BY JOEL HARDEN, system is hanging by a thread, with Have you discovered Ottawa’s MPP OTTAWA CENTRE overcrowding in hospitals leading to rare urban sand dune or wondered patients being treated in hallways. Many about one of the Capital region’s many igh school walkouts show the of our schools, meanwhile, are literally monuments? Have you hoped to explore power of youth crumbling, with an infrastructure deficit the revitalization of Sparks Street? Or is April 4 was a special day, running in to the billions. Budget 2019 there something in your own backyard thousands upon thousands of high school will make both of these problems worse that you want to share with others? students throughout Ontario walked out by restricting spending on healthcare and If you like to get outside and you’re of class to protest Doug Ford’s cuts to their education to below the rate of inflation, a enthusiastic about learning about your education. The potential impact of these reduction in real terms. community, its history and its future, cuts are so severe, that school boards are It doesn’t have to be this way. join Jane’s Walk to explore Ottawawarning they could lead to high Instead of giving tax breaks to Gatineau through free walking tours on school class sizes of 46 kids. the rich, as this government May 4 and 5. I was proud to attend local has done, we can invest in Last year, 3,000 people joined us for walkouts at Glebe Collegiate services like healthcare, this “sidewalk ballet,” a communityInstitute and Immaculata education and childcare driven festival of more than 60 free High School, where the that build strong and caring walking tours celebrating the work of energy and passion was communities. Rest assured late urban thinker Jane Jacobs. Jane was Ourfighting office for you with: infectious. that we will keep for is here a writer and activist who studied how Ford thinks the students who the things that matter. cities work, how they grow and change. Monthly Town Halls walked out are “pawns” but nothing could Her work helped define what makes Canvasses be further from the truth; young people ACCESSIBILITY TOWN HALL AT QUEEN’S PARK cities livable, how to promote street-life Community Organizing are organizing, and they’re leading us. It’s As the Official Opposition Critic for and how toServices design attractive, Help Accessingvitality Government incredibly inspiring to see youth standing Accessibility & People with Disabilities, uplifting places where people feel safe. up, fighting back, and taking their futures I’m committed to involving people with Jane’s Walk is a pedestrian-focused in to their hands. disabilities directly in our work. That’s event thatP:improves urban literacy by 613-722-6414 109 Catherine St. / rue Catherine E: why on April 10, our office hosted open offering insights into planning, design, Ottawa, ONan K2P 0P4 MPP / Député provincial, Ottawa Centre BUDGET 2019 – CALLOUS AND CRUEL forum on accessibility at Queen’s Park. local history, and civic engagement We knew the Ford government’s first The event was an opportunity for the through the simple acts of walking, budget would be bad, but we didn’t disability community to come together, observing, and discussing. expect it to be so cruel. Budget 2019 share their experiences and insight on This year, Jane’s Walk Ottawamakes devastating cuts to services that what needs to be done for Ontario to Gatineau expects to offer more than 60 families, and some of our most vulnerable achieve full accessibility by 2025, a goal free walks to choose from as the local citizens rely on. Over $1 billion is being set by the Accessibility for Ontarians with event celebrates its eleventh edition. cut from Children, Community & Social Disabilities Act (AODA). Jane Jacobs considered citizens to be Services, putting supports for people with We were delighted to welcome about the experts on their own communities disabilities and others who rely on the 130 people with disabilities, of whom and our walks are all led by volunteer social safety net at risk. Post-secondary around 70 made deputations. It was a leaders who have something to share education is being cut by $700 million. sobering reminder that urgent action — you could be one of them! Visit our Indigenous Affairs is being cut in half, is required to eliminate the barriers website,, to find out moving us backwards on reconciliation. that prevent 1.9 million Ontarians with After years of neglect, our healthcare disabilities from living their fullest lives.


how we can help turn your advocacy efforts into action as part of Jane’s Walk. A typical Jane’s Walk tour is given once during the weekend, takes about an hour, and covers around one to two kilometres. As a highlight of the May 4-5 weekend, we are planning a celebration marking what would have been Jane’s 103rd birthday. It’ll take place on Saturday, May 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cube Gallery (1285 Wellington St. W.) It’s free! For updates on the festival, be sure to watch our website, janeswalkottawa. ca, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@JanesWalkOtt) and Instagram (@ JanesWalkOttawa). KT RECOMMENDS Six heritage trees in an urban ‘hood We will visit six majestic bur oak trees that will be coming into leaf. Learn how Champlain Park ‘hood has managed to get a provincial designation for these heritage trees—to date, the only such designations in Ottawa. Discuss and strategize on ways to ensure heritage trees and all our natural heritage are recognized by the City of Ottawa as it reviews its tree by-law in 2019. Guides: Debra Huron and Daniel Buckles Date:............... Sun May 5, 2019 Time:.............. 1:00 PM Duration:........ 1 hour Language:....... English Start:............... Champlain Park, Cowley Ave. End:................ Clearview & Patricia Aves Area:............... Champlain Park Distance:........ 1.0 km Accessibility: The route will take us up some slopes and grassy, uneven terrain. See the list of other local walks at


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Eventbrite on the IODE Laurentian Chapter website at One of the stops on the tour is a Kitchissippi-area home. Designed in 2013 by Kariouk Associates, the “Smart Technology” Kenora Avenue home has a series of linked indoor/outdoor spaces that subtly bring the outdoors in and the indoors out by employing a continuous visual and spatial gap that cuts entirely through the space. From its entertainment-sized rooms to its sleek built-in cabinetry and its commercialgrade appliances, the attention to detail is exquisite throughout. The focus recipient for this year’s tour is the Youville Centre, which is an innovative centre that inspires, educates and nurtures young mothers and their children to utilize their strengths and achieve their goals. Funds will go to purchase much needed new cribs for the facility. A day out on the House and Garden Tour is the perfect way to spend time with

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your comments at kitchissippiward. ca. Our office is organizing an open house on May 9 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Dovercourt, and interested residents can view the designs and provide comments in person. The comment period closes May 10. The City of Ottawa is reviewing the planning policies and zoning for lands near the Westboro and Dominion LRT stations. The Richmond RoadWestboro Secondary Plan was adopted in 2008 and provides planning guidance to a large area extending from Island Park Drive in the east to the Sir John

A. MacDonald parkway in the west. In recent years it has become apparent that more clarity regarding what kinds of developments this area can permit is needed. Visit to view the Discussion Paper on the main issues that will be reviewed and find contact information for where to submit your comments. Feedback is due by May 31. In closing, I want to thank all our residents for pulling together during the flood to help friends, neighbours, and communities both within Kitchissippi and in other parts of the city. Thank you for volunteering your time and energy to the prevention efforts. We really are better together.

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ow that it’s May the city and the ward are gearing up for summer! Read on to find out what’s coming up in our sunniest season. Have you been cleaning out your basement, attic, or garage lately and finding lots of forgotten treasures in the process? Looking to make a little extra money and participate in a great ward-wide event? Join in the Kitchissippi Community Garage Sale on June 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m! Neighbourhoods across the ward will be participating in the sale. Every individual seller can set

their own start and end times for their sale, and promotions are encouraged through social media and postering your area. Rain date is June 2. Tillbury Park is slated for some lifecycle renewal of the playground equipment and gazebo. The replacement is anticipated for the fall with the playground area being re-opened in late fall (timelines are weather dependent). Staff are currently seeking community feedback on the two design concepts for the playground equipment; you can find both designs and where to send

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n April 2 at the OCDSB Committee of the Whole meeting we held a discussion regarding an Operational Review of Learning Support Services, the department in charge of special education. This discussion was an opportunity for Trustees to give input into the scope of the review; the Special Education Advisory Committee was able to offer feedback into the review at their March meeting. A request for proposals will go out shortly and we are hopeful to have an update on the timeline late in this school year or early in the fall once an external consultant has been selected. We also held a discussion regarding Employee Well-being and Absenteeism on April 2. We understand how important this issue is to the quality of education that we are able to deliver and our Human Resource department is working with our federations to help better understand this complex issue and find ways to support our staff, so that they in turn can support our students. We had hoped to see the Grants for Student Needs (GSN) in mid-April, however, at the time of writing this column we have not heard from the Ministry of Education what our budget will be for next year. This is causing a delay in our budgeting process. We will no longer have a budget meeting on May 13, and will not see the finance departments

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initial draft budget until May 29. I am co-hosting a joint community budget meeting with Trustee Ellis at Hillcrest High School on May 14. We will not have the draft budget at that time, but we believe we will have received information on our budget from the ministry. These community meetings are an excellent opportunity to have a dialogue with your local trustee and Mike Carson, Chief Financial Officer for the board, in a less formal setting than is available at meetings in the board office. At the April 16 Committee of the Whole meeting Trustees considered a recommendation from the OCDSB’s Advisory Committee on Equity to apply an equity lens to our understanding of mental health supports to students in the district. After a rich discussion, Trustees voted in favour of recommending the motion to the Board for action at the board meeting on April 23; I anticipate that the motion will be amended from its current iteration after Trustees have had time to further reflect on its impact to improve equity in providing mental health support to all students. As always, I welcome community input on all motions in front of trustees and ask that you email your thoughts to me at Erica.braunovan@ We are hopeful that a draft of our next Strategic Plan will be available for feedback in early to mid-May. Please keep an eye on my public Facebook page for this.

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WESTBORO VILLAGER HAPPY SPRING! Walking through Westboro Village, it is wonderful to see the street thrive and new businesses settling in! We are very happy to welcome new to the neighbourhood Newboro (295 Richmond Rd.), Wild Child Coffee Project (314 Richmond Rd.), Sisterhood 613 (371a Richmond Rd., Suite 5) and La Diperie (429 Richmond Rd.). We hope you can join us at a few new events we have lined up in the spring! May 5 is the Big Spring Clean Up and we are collecting clothes and car seats for kids’ sake at Winston Square. We will have the Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa collection truck at Winston Square (beside the Royal Canadian Legion) May 5 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please stop by with your unwanted items of all sizes! Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa uses this to raise funds that support the local programs here in our neighbourhoods. We will be handing out free samples of David’s Tea in the morning. Our Winston Square businesses, Cucina Barone and Piggy Market will be out as well.

June 1 is the annual Kitchissippi-wide Community Garage Sale and this year, the merchants of Westboro Village are participating as well! This year will be the very first SHOP THE VILLAGE event in Westboro Village. When you are out looking for great deals in the community, stop on by to shop, savour, and save! Several merchants will be set up outside for a sidewalk sale and we will be handing out canvas “Shop the Village” bags filled with savings! For more details follow WestboroVillage on Facebook or check it out online at On June 15, the Westboro Village BIA is putting in a team in the Shoppers Love.You Run for Women in support of The Royal. If you are looking to join a team, we welcome any businesses and members to sign up with us. Email admin@ if you want to join. Michelle Groulx Executive Director Westboro Village Business Improvement Area

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We’re big fans of taking mom out for breakfast or brunch on Mother’s Day. It’s an easy meal, and easy on the wallet too. We understand that many mamas love their coffee (we get it, we really do) and that’s why we love what Mamie Clafoutis is brewing up this summer. Next time you’re visiting, bring your own mug. If you BYOM, you’ll get a free cup of filtered coffee to go with that delicious chocolatine. Don’t miss their special Mother’s Day draw! Children are invited to participate by colouring in a very special ballot (ask for one at the register) and dropping it in the ballot

box. One winner will be chosen, and that lucky person gets to choose a special edition pie as a prize. The draw takes place on May 8. If you haven’t been to Gezellig (337 Richmond Rd.) in awhile, now is the time to make a return visit. Dishes that herald the arrival of spring are on the menu. There’s something delicious for everyone, and if there are special dietary requirements, it’s no problem. Owner Stephen Beckta recommends simply letting the restaurant know ahead of time. Pro tip: Mother’s Day will be busy, so book your table now. “It’s always a celebration when we’re celebrating moms,” says Stephen. “They are the most important people in our lives.” Brunch at Gezellig is now served Saturday and Sundays. This is good news for those who aren’t able to swing a Mother’s Day out on Sunday. Make your reservation at Perhaps the easiest Mother’s Day outing is to Wild Child Coffee Project (314 Richmond Rd.), especially if there are small kids in the picture. Wild Child is brand new in Westboro and is owned by Paige Watts, a mother of three (8, 4 and 6 months!). This is a coffee shop with a twist. Bring the kids and set them free to have fun in a special “play zone” while you enjoy a hot cuppa and some baked goodies from Strawberry Blonde. Head over to the website at for more information about drop-in rates and passes. The space is available for birthday parties as well and future plans include workshops, classes (Yoga! French language!) playgroups, and ECE-guided play. It’s a space for kids to climb and play but it’s just as much for the parents. “It’s a social space too,” says Paige. “The goal is to build a community.”


A DAY OF BEAUTY AND PAMPERING FOR MOM Day beauty gifts. How about lash lifts or extensions? “It’s that extra little something that will make anyone feel really special,” says Su. She’s offering 20% off a full set of lashes as a special Mother’s Day promotion. (Tell her you saw it in the Westboro Villager!) Book an appointment for mom online at Make a day of it and celebrate that gorgeous new look at one of Westboro’s many great cafes and restaurants.



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Mother’s Day. From May 6 to 12, guests who purchase a gift card for $100 or more will receive a free 10spot beauty hand cream while supplies last. Ten Spot assistant manager Olivia Foulkes recommends booking ahead as spots will fill up quickly! Book online at Sisterhood 613 (371a Richmond Rd., suite 5) opened a permanent shop in April. The owner is Su Chu, who owned a beauty biz on Sparks Street called Her Beauty & Lash Lounge. Lucky for us, she’s now part of the Westboro beauty scene! We’re thinking outside the box for Mother’s

The trick to Mother’s Day success is to figure out whether the mom in question is the type who likes to leave the kids at home and indulge in a day of solo pampering or if she’s the kind of mom who prefers company along for the ride. Whatever kind of mom she is, there are treats galore waiting for her in Westboro Village. It’s about time for the first pedicure of the season, right? Well The Ten Spot (397 Richmond Rd.) has something really special in store for Mother’s Day. In addition to that long-awaited springtime mani/pedi, a complimentary continental breakfast will be awaiting guests on



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MAY 4 - SONGS OF HOPE PART II SPRING CHORAL CONCERT Did you miss Songs of Hope Part I? Don’t worry, you have a second chance to fill your life with hope during these turbulent times. The three choirs at First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa (30 Cleary Ave.) will further explore the concept of hope on Saturday May 4 at 7:30 p.m. Free will donation accepted at the door. Refreshments will follow.

MAY 5 - SULTANS OF STRING Sultans of String, an instrumental music group based in Toronto, combining elements of Celtic reels, Spanish flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, and French Manouche Gypsy-jazz are presented by the Young String Performers’ Foundation (YSPF). They are 3x Juno nominees and SiriusXM winners. The group’s leader is award-winning producer and Canadian musician Chris McKhool. This show will not disappoint! Event will be May 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Congregation (30 Cleary Ave.) For ticket info, please visit or Eventbrite.

MAY 4 - WOODROFFE AVE PUBLIC SCHOOL CAR WASH FUNDRAISER Come out to Woodroffe Ave Public School (235 Woodroffe Ave.) for our Car Wash Fundraiser on Saturday May 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost per vehicle is by donation (any monetary amount accepted). Get a spring cleaning for your vehicle and support the grade 4’s field trip fundraiser!

MAY 4 – COFFEE HOUSE An evening with Birch Bark Coffee Company founder Marc Marsolais-Nahwegahbow, about his project to purchase equipment to bring potable water to Indigenous community homes. May 4 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dessert and coffee will be served. Birch Bark Coffee Company organic and certified free trade coffee will be available for sale. Entertainment by Indigenous artists. Free event. Everyone welcome. At All Saints’ Westboro / First United (347 Richmond Rd.). For more information call 613-725-9487.

MAY 9 - CANADA’S NEW FOOD GUIDE - WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE? Healthy eating is important for healthy aging! The new food guide encourages Canadians to think not just about what they eat, but how they eat. In this session we will look at the new food guide,

MAY 11 - HIGHLAND PARK LAWN BOWLING CLUB OPEN HOUSE Drop in, have fun! Try lawn bowling at the Highland Park Lawn Bowling Club (corner of Golden and Byron Avenue) Saturday May 11 between 2 and 4 p.m. or Tuesday May 14 between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday May 12.) Please wear flat soled shoes for tryout. For info go to MAY 11 - WALK FOR DEMENTIA Join the Walk for Dementia at Tunney’s Pasture for outdoor fun, fitness and to raise much-needed funds to support caregivers and people diagnosed with dementia in Ottawa and Renfrew County. With a 1km or 2km walking route designed for all ages and abilities, the Walk for Dementia is great for spending time with friends and family. The Walk for Dementia is The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County’s annual fundraising

MAY 18 - OTTAWA FLOWER MARKET The Ottawa Flower Market will bring together local flower growers and the community in a once a month floral event from May to October. Located in Somerset Square Park, Hintonburg from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Browse the colourful stalls full of your favourite spring flowers, purchase a bouquet and meet and chat to the people that love and grow the blooms. Be sure to ask the vendors about where and how they grow their flowers, what other services they offer and tips for caring for your purchases.

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MAY 11 - GREAT BACH MARATHON 3 The Ottawa Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists is pleased to be hosting the third annual Great Bach Marathon at Woodroffe United Church (207 Woodroffe Ave.), beginning at 1:30 p.m. This event includes performances by organists and pianists of all ages, along with a special cellist, all celebrating the music of Bach. A freewill donation is accepted, which goes to support the Centre’s Scholarships for Beginning Organ Students.

MAY 16 - PARKDALE AND FAIRMONT AVENUES: A VISUAL HISTORY OF THE PEOPLE AND PROPERTIES The Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association’s (CHNA) History & Heritage Committee will present an engaging photo history of the people, properties and happenings on the southern stretches of Parkdale and Fairmont Avenues, going back more than 100 years. This event starts at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church (579 Parkdale Ave.). Donations welcome. For more information, visit


MAY 4 - HIGHLAND PARK LAWN BOWLING CLUB YARD SALE Drop by and peruse books, jewellery, baking, and silent auction items at the Highland Park Lawn Bowling Club (corner of Golden and Byron Avenue in Westboro) Saturday May 4 at 8 a.m. Gates open

MAY 11 - IODE LAURENTIAN CHAPTER 58TH ANNUAL HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR Tour five homes and gardens across Ottawa. Tickets are $30 and are available at Flowers Talk Tivoli or at The focus recipient for this year’s tour is the Youville Centre. For more information visit our website or call Jo at 613-842-5304.

event. Monies raised support local programs and services that improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and their families, as well as support other activities like education and public awareness. For more information, email walk@, or call 613-523-4004, or go to


MAY 4 - GARAGE SALE Our Lady of Fatima Church church garage sale is taking place at 153 Woodroffe Ave. corner of Byron and Woodroffe) from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Money raised supports charities in Ottawa.

MAY 6 - JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY Chanoyu (‘tea and hot water’) is a fascinating tea ritual still practiced in Japan and throughout the world today. Join Rebecca Cragg, Omotesenke teacher and practitioner with over 20 years experience as she introduces the tools, history, health benefits and cultural impact of the tea ceremony. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m.Registration is required. For more information go to

and how older adults and their caregivers can incorporate the food guide in menu planning. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Thursday May 9 at 2 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to


at 8 a.m. RAIN OR SHINE. Refreshments available.

MAY 3 - NEPEAN CHOIR’S SPRING CONCERT Nepean Choir is pleased to present “For the Living: Songs of Rest, Renewal and Hope.” We are particularly excited to be performing the Ottawa premiere of Dan Forrest’s “Requiem For the Living.” Our programme also includes an uplifting selection of traditional and modern pieces from Mozart’s “Laudate Dominum” to Carly Simon’s “Let the River Run.” Please join us for the final concert of Lee Carter’s inaugural season as director of Nepean Choir. Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Woodroffe United Church (207 Woodroffe Ave.) Tickets $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Children are free. For info go to

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ARTS & STARTS season


AUGMENTED REALITY Railbender - 2017

RYAN SMEETON MURAL Iron North Studio - 2018

2016 ARTS GRANT Shanima Puppets

24 HOUR JAZZ MARATHON The Record Centre - 2018


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Ottawa’s most eclectic art festival in Hintonburg & Wellington. Just a few examples from previous years...

THE HAPPENING ARTSPARK June 1, 2019 - Parkdale Park HINTONBURG MUGS Hintonburg Pottery - 2018

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