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LETTER TO THE EDITOR In search of the history of Rolls-Royce in Westboro

Dave notes that “from 1909-1913, there were surprisingly few (almost no) mentions of Rolls-Royces in any Ottawa papers. In 1913 it picked up when the Ottawa Taxi and Auto Co. began advertising them for sale through their store (they had taken over Ketchum’s auto department, though Ketchum remained as manager; it seems like it was mainly a change in name only).”

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e forwarded Ray Pearmain’s letter about Rolls-Royce in Ottawa to see if Dave Allston might be able to find something. As usual, Dave didn’t disappoint. He was able to find 11 items of note in newspaper archives. This included a May 2, 1908, automotive article noting that a Rolls-Royces was on its way to Ketchum’s! “A pretty good find I’d say,” wrote Dave. Some of his other finds included a March 27, 1909, ad for Ketchum’s that advertised Rolls-Royces for sale; a May 15, 1909, article that mentioned that the first 6-cylinder Rolls-Royce car in Canada would be arriving in Ottawa shortly, under a section devoted to updates from Ketchum’s; and a Nov. 3, 1911, article which mentioned that Ketchum will be acquiring more Rolls-Royces for sale.

and found that the Royce car was superior and with Henry Royce formed Rolls-Royce to produce and market them. Rolls unfortunately was also an air pioneer and died in an early air crash. The 1905 Rolls-Royce was a V8 produced to compete with electric cars, so maybe it would have competed with Ottawa pioneer Ahearn’s electric car. We have gone full circle now! On a tangent regarding automobiles in Canada, the Wilson Carbide works in Gatineau were producing calcium carbide for acetylene gas which was used in car headlights before there were electric headlights. Let’s hope that the Kitchissippi Times has more historical articles in future editions! Ray Pearmain 36-635 Richmond Rd.


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hat was an interesting article in October’s Kitchissippi Times by Dave Allston on Kitchissippi’s early automobile pioneers. As a founding member of the local Rolls-Royce and Bentley club of the St. Lawrence Valley, I was then reading a book about the earliest Rolls-Royce cars and there was an advertisement reproduced about the 1905 models, including a list of agents which stated that Ketchum in Ottawa was one. I tried to find out if there actually had been any sales by Ketchum, then located on Sparks St. I went to Ketchum industries that were still located about 20 years ago off Richmond Rd. near downtown Westboro, which was still

producing agricultural fencing. I spoke to the Ketchum grandson who told me that while his mother was still alive, she unfortunately could not remember any details like this. So I drew a blank, as I did in the Ottawa Public Library Archives. So if any of your readers or Dave Allston have any knowledge of whether the Ketchum Agency for Rolls-Royce ever sold any cars, it would be of great interest to us. Maybe there could also be a “barn find” or a wrecked chassis. As readers may know, Henry Royce was an electric crane manufacturer who had come up from poverty. He bought a De Dion Bouton French car but thought it unreliable and made his own. Then he joined up with the Hon. C.S. Rolls, the son of an aristocrat and unusual for his background. Rolls had studied engineering


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Meet Gail Cockburn “I grew up in Peterborough, and went to Wilfred Laurier and studied political science and women’s studies. I did a co-op program and ended up doing a placement at the then External Affairs. I wanted to work on international development and human rights. Through one of my co-op placements I met a woman who ran a non-government organization (NGO) in South Africa called Black Sash. That was during apartheid, and they were doing legal support for women and everyone else, too. I stayed there for a while and did some research on gender equality and oppressed groups in apartheid. I got to see the country and was there in 1992 for the last “white” vote. At that time I was in Pretoria with a group called Lawyers for Human Rights. Race was part of everything. When I came back to Canada I worked with an NGO from the Philippines on development education. I decided I should get my Masters, so I went to Simon Fraser and lived in Vancouver. I did my research in the Philippines. I looked at gender equality and indigenous rights. After finishing my Masters, I came back to Ottawa. I really wanted to work at Foreign Affairs and work in international development. I got a job with CIDA working on children’s

rights. Then we took a posting in India, and the whole family moved there with our three-yearold and nine-month-old. We spent three years in India, and our baby spoke Hindi before she spoke English. My kids grew up knowing what it was like not to be like everyone else and what it was like to be the minority. They have such a rich and diverse way of looking at the world. There’s not one religion, there’s not one way to act or look, and I’m really glad that is something they picked up. After India, we came back to Ottawa. Then I got a posting to Mozambique and we stayed there for four years. We all loved it! Driving to the dentist, we would drive through the park and see rhinos, lions and other animals. We then moved from there straight to Peru; Peru is absolutely beautiful. We all moved back to Canada last year. Throughout our time in Ottawa, we have always lived in Kitchissippi. This is our next adventure. We are going to stay put until our girls have finished high school. We love the neighbours, the urban feel but it’s a neighbourhood. I always want to live somewhere I can walk to a market and find olives and goat cheese.” Collected by Ellen Bond

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Mooney featured in our Remembrance Day article, served in Europe so future generations could prosper and live freely. My trip to Europe is an experience I will never forget, and one that has left an indelible mark on my beliefs and values. It’s why I believe in a Canada that is united, inclusive and welcoming. This year, we saw a federal election that focused on our differences and left stark divisions across the country. I hope all of us, including our civic leaders, work harder to address these rifts. We live in, by my reckoning, the best country in the world. Yes, there are issues that need to be addressed but they shouldn’t detract from what Canada represents: equality, freedom and respect for all. That’s something our veterans fought for, and it’s something that continues to be worth fighting for. I for one will never forget that.


all is a time to be thankful. It’s also a time for reflection. This year, I hope it will also be a time we refuse to let differences divide us. In October, we had Thanksgiving, a time to give thanks for what we have, for our family and friends. In November, we have Remembrance Day, a time to pause and give thanks to our veterans, and veterans to be, for the sacrifices they made for freedom and peace. And, as importantly, not to forget why they fought in the first place. Approximately 20 years ago, I was fortunate enough to travel Europe, where I visited a number of World War I and II sites, including Vimy Ridge, Ypres, Juno Beach and Dieppe, each with historic ties to Canada’s identity. I walked along the Vimy Ridge trenches, some mere metres from enemy lines. My visit to Dieppe coincided with the 60th anniversary of the raid, where Canadian soldiers played a leading role. It was a devastating loss for the Allies, but it would prove to be a valuable lesson for the successful D-Day invasion in Normandy. During my time in France and Belgium, I met Canadian veterans, seemingly already very old, and saw firsthand what these soldiers, some barely 18 years old at the time, had to face. It must have been a daunting, even scary, proposition. Brave men and women, like Connie

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COMMUNITY NEWS Kitchissippi adjusting to light rail Local residents and businesses remain hopeful despite initial hiccups BY ANITA GRACE


For many locals, the LRT has improved their commute to work, despite initial troubles. Wellington West resident Chris Huggins, a professor at the University of Ottawa, is happy with the new system and

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t opened with much fanfare in September but had a tumultuous first week of full service in October. The Confederation Line of Ottawa’s

Light Rail Train (LRT) has certainly attracted a lot of attention, both positive and negative. As November rolls around and the novelty begins to wear off, how are Kitchissippi residents adjusting to the changes?

Vikas Nagaraj takes the LRT from his Westboro home to his downtown office every day. “There have been some growing pains, but overall it has been a better experience,” he said. “I think the City could do a better job of communicating when there’s a problem on the line.” PHOTO BY ANITA GRACE

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grateful that there is a station right on campus. “It’s so fast and convenient,” he said. “I’ve only had good experiences with it.” He added that he enjoys the contemporary design of the new stations. Another Wellington West resident, Kim Louttit, said the train has sped up her commute to Vanier. What used to be an hour in transit is now 40 minutes. And for Laird Hindle, the LRT has shaved about 15 minutes off his daily trip from Westboro to Sussex Drive. “Now the commute seems more reasonable,” he said, and noted that he is taking his car to work less frequently. “Generally, I’m happy with it. It’s the way I choose to get to work.” But Hindle’s husband, Derek Lam, has the opposite experience. Like many people whose route to work does not line up with the LRT stations and new bus lines, Lam’s commute has become longer. It used to take him about 40 minutes to get from home to work in Gatineau, but now his commute is an hour long and he has to switch from bus, to train, to bus, to another bus. “It really doesn’t benefit me,” he said. ISSUES REMAIN Clearly not everyone benefits from the new transit system, and residents point out that several issues still need to be addressed, such as controlling access to the platforms when things go wrong and improving pedestrian pathways. But people like Wellington West resident Chris Henschel remain hopeful that the system will continue to improve. “I see so much positive movement in Ottawa,” he said, pointing not only to the LRT, but improvements to bike infrastructure as well. “Ottawa has finally become a modern city.”

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COMMUNITY NEWS Memories of wartime Remembrance Day important to ensure history doesn’t repeat itself, says veteran STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHARLIE SENACK

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emembrance Day is a time to pause and honour those who fought for our freedom in a time of conflict. It is also a time to remember our fallen veterans and celebrate those who are still living. Even today, more than 100 years since the end of World War I and 75 years since World War II, Remembrance Day is more than just another day on the calendar. It is a day to commemorate those who served, and those who are still serving. In 1941, longtime Westboro resident Connie Mooney walked into a recruitment centre in her hometown of Guelph, Ontario. The then 20-year-old was ecstatic to join what was a growing movement. Her father, Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Bill Noyes, was in London, England, as part of the Royal Canadian Regiment, and many of Mooney’s friends were already enlisted. She became part of the Royal Canadian Air Force Women’s Division and spent the next three years serving in many parts of Canada before getting the call to go overseas. “We went off to basic training in Toronto, and when I finished that I was posted to Guelph where I stayed for two years,” said Mooney. “After that I decided I wanted to do something else so I went to Trenton for three months of physical training. I was then posted to Winnipeg and was there for two months, and then came the big notice that I was to be posted overseas.” Mooney still has many artifacts from the war, things she likes to bring out at this time of year and put on display. She has books full of newspaper clippings, German propaganda, medals and posters full of memories from her time overseas.

The 98-year-old is not slowing down and still lives in her four-bedroom Westboro home, one which she has occupied for more than 50 years by herself. It has 27 stairs but she says that is what keeps her going. Two months ago Mooney joined the Westboro Legion — something she has wanted to do for a long time — and plans to have an active role. TIME IN ENGLAND In 1944, Mooney, who was a motor mechanic, hopped aboard a big ship for Yorkshire, England, where she was stationed in the sixth group, Canadian Bomber Command. Once there, it was a culture shock to see the war efforts in action. One of the first things Mooney noticed was that all street signs were painted over so the Germans wouldn’t know where people were in case of an attack. It made her job as a driver challenging, and also meant she had to

Connie Mooney brings out some of her artifacts from her time serving during World War II to commemorate Remembrance Day. drive her routes by memory. It was the middle of winter, and Mooney was the corporal in charge of her nissen hut, a prefabricated steel structure where she and 16 others lived. It was located on Lord Mulberry’s Castle Grounds, where

the Bomber Command was situated. Each person had a locker and a bed. A small coal-burning stove was situated in the middle of the room. “You were rationed coal, of course, but you had to steal more because

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EARLY DAYS History continues for Elmgrove Arena

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Ottawa’s first publicly owned indoor rink facility still an important community hub BY DAVE ALLSTON


ne of Kitchissippi’s hidden gems is Lions Park, a recreational outdoor park, indoor facility and, most importantly, a community hub for nearly 75 years. The site features a building that holds the distinction of being Ottawa’s first publicly owned indoor rink facility (Elmgrove Arena), which is now home to Canada’s oldest operating not-for-profit gymnastics organization, the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre. This same property was also one of Westboro’s first homesteads, a small farm occupied by the daughter of the pioneer Birch family, Elizabeth, (who arrived in the area in 1838) and her husband, William George Wilton. As the patchwork of Westboro’s neighbourhoods came together through the gradual subdivision of farmland and vacant land parcels, so too did the little community of three streets running east off Winona between Scott and Richmond, the 1899 subdivision of retired former Westboro postmaster, constable, storekeeper, and baker, John Falls. Falls laid out these small streets to the edge of his property, which adjoined the Wilton-Birch property; the latter of which would never be subdivided, a rarity as Westboro grew and grew in the early 20th century. Elizabeth Birch died in 1881, and a year later her husband lost their property to foreclosure. It went through multiple hands, never being developed or built on, until finally being surrendered to the Nepean Township due to unpaid taxes during the

depression. (It’s incredible to think that this land, now worth many millions, was lost over a matter of $651.) PUSH FOR GREENSPACE By 1944, Nepean Township began to feel a push by residents to establish more recreational space, particularly parks and playgrounds. Local associations, school boards and parent groups urged Nepean to open rinks in the winter, and pools and parks in the summer. A few years later, as annexation to Ottawa loomed, Nepean would actually be required to establish park space as part of the deal. (McKellar Park being one such site, where land had to be acquired in order to fulfill the terms of the deal.) After a year or so of debate, Nepean announced in December 1945 that they would create three outdoor skating rinks at Champlain Park, Woodroffe and Nepean High (with the one at Nepean High geared towards hockey). For whatever reason, the rink at Nepean did not materialize and, perhaps in lieu of that rink, in 1946 it was announced that a park and rink would be established at the end of Elmgrove Avenue, in the old rocky, thickly tree-covered WiltonBirch property. Nepean cleared the land in 1946, in time for the new Elmgrove Park and outdoor rink to be opened later that year. Elmgrove, along with Champlain Park (then still known as Riverside Park), became the first two outdoor rinks operated by the Township that winter. Elmgrove Park was improved bit by bit


each summer in the late 1940s. A long, thin wood building was constructed at the east end of the park in 1947, to serve as dressing room facilities, and a baseball diamond, playground and swings were added in 1948. However, it was the two immaculately maintained outdoor rinks which brought the neighbourhood to Elmgrove Park, particularly in the winter, with busy hockey leagues and the annual winter carnival from the late 1940s into the 1960s drawing thousands of residents from Westboro and beyond. In 1953, a portion of the property was divided off and sold to a group of Westboro residents interested in establishing a curling club, which they did with the opening of the Granite Curling Club in February of 1954. The City of Ottawa was under heavy pressure to establish more sports facilities in its urban neighbourhoods (Elmgrove Park had become part of Ottawa when Nepean was annexed in 1950). So, in 1958, Elmgrove was deemed the ideal place for the construction of Ottawa’s first enclosed ice rink! The $73,000 plan, for which City Recreation Commissioner J. Alph Dulude was a strong proponent, was made possible through a joint agreement between the City and service clubs of Westboro. Initially the City was allocating $35,000 from its capital budget for the project,

but required the remainder to come from community organizations in Westboro, who in turn would be allowed “to use the building for their own purposes from time to time and sell tickets of admission”. Some members of the Board even felt that recreation facilities were in greater need in other areas of the city, but it was noted that there were no sites available in central areas, and that the Elmgrove location was a prime one, which should be taken advantage of. In the end, the City retained the original plan, and further kept things simple by allocating an additional $30,000 from a special fund, requiring only $8,000 from the community. The contribution was provided in full by the West Ottawa Lions Club, towards the interior facilities (dressing rooms and bleacher seating). Sirotek Construction was awarded the contract to build the arena, and construction began in December 1958. Anticipated to be completed in early 1959, the project was not completed until late in the year, largely owing to concerns over the roof (incidents during arena construction in other parts of Ontario in the late 1950s prompted additional detail to be put in to the roof design). The final cost had ballooned to $93,000, but Elmgrove Arena opened to great fanfare on November 6, 1959. The first night


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of skating was held on December 23, interestingly with natural ice (the artificial ice plant did not get put in to use until sometime after). In April 1966, the City acknowledged the efforts of the West Ottawa Lions Club, not only in their contribution to its construction but for their years of volunteer-led ticket selling and taking, skating lessons and canteen operation, by renaming the Elmgrove Park Arena to Lions Park Arena. They also gifted back $6,500 of the $8,000 the Lions had contributed in 1958. In 1989, the City announced it would begin phasing out the use of Lions Park Arena due to an assessment that it was “declared not suitable for hockey” as well as the funding of the expansion of the Walkley Arena in the east end. The City began exploring options on what to do with the arena, and one of the first

parties to jump at the opportunity was the Ottawa Gymnastics Club, which had been operating at a smaller venue at 175 Richmond Road (at Kirkwood). The O.G.C. was unable to afford the cost of constructing a new building, and their rent at 175 Richmond Road was high. Also, the Club was squeezed into a space only 8,000 square feet, yet needed 18,000. The 20,000 square foot arena was an ideal fit for them. An agreement was reached between the City of Ottawa and the O.G.C. whereby the city leased the arena to the club for $1 a year, and the Club would be responsible for maintenance costs. A $400,000 renovation over two years was required to repurpose the arena, while the O.G.C. operated temporarily in a unit at the City Centre building. Finally the new Ottawa Gymnastics Centre opened in the spring of 1992, where it remains to date, the building continuing to provide fun, high-quality recreation for the families and children of Westboro as it has, in different ways, for 60 full years.





A skating party on the outdoor rink from 1955. CITY OF OTTAWA ARCHIVES, CA-031733 The Elmgrove Arena on opening day of skating, December 23 1959.




The Truth about Bunions

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Q: What is a Bunion and how do you get them? A: A Bunion or Hallux Valgus is a bony formation/bump which most often forms on the outside of the big toe joint. A lot of people talk about genetics playing a factor in the development of these formations but in reality anyone with abnormal or poor movement patterns over a long period of time will develop them. 2 major causes of the Bunions are over pronation of your foot (collapsing arches) and poor dorsiflexion (ankle mobility).

How do I prevent my bunion from getting worse? Or avoid them all together? A: The first step to preventing this formation from growing is by recognizing your ankle and foot movements. Do you have a collapsing arch? Are your ankles really stiff? The second step is developing better foot and ankle health. You can do this by kicking off your shoes at the end of the day walking around your house bare foot. I always suggest playing a game with family members – who can pick items up in the house with their feet. When talking about ankle mobility, the best way to start improving dorsiflexion is by controlled isolated circles of the ankle. Josh Presley Mobility Clinician NutriChem Compounding Pharmacy & Clinic 613-721-3669 | NEW LOCATION: 2599 Carling Ave. Ottawa, ON K2B 7H7

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estboro was in full swing for Halloween last month, with kids and dogs getting dressed up for various events. On October 19, the annual Halloween Dog Parade, organised by WAVE Ottawa and Dovercourt, was held in the field behind the Dovercourt Recreation Centre. Dozens of furry friends came out on the sunny autumn day dressed in their Halloween best and were met by a large crowd of dog lovers, eagerly snapping photos. For an entry fee of $10, the dogs and owners paraded in front of the crowds and were judged by local celebrities Amy Karlin, blogger at Amy in 613, and Patricia Boal, news anchor at CTV Ottawa. All of the funds collected at this event go to WAVE Ottawa, Dovercourt’s Work and Volunteer Experience program for adults with autism and other developmental issues. WAVE will be using this money to create a sensory reduced room at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre where WAVE participants can relax and focus after stressful days at work. On October 26, it was time for the kids, as they descended on Westboro in search of candy and fun. Organized by the Westboro BIA, Wickedly Westboro featured street buskers, a bouncy house, a puppet show and candy... lots and lots of candy.




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(4) Not only the world’s greatest detective, but also a very good dog. TED SIMPSON PHOTO (5) This little fire truck didn’t wait long before taste-testing his loot. CHARLIE SENACK PHOTO (7) A family of Minions. TED SIMPSON PHOTO (8 ) Chistie with her hotdog Cooper. TED SIMPSON PHOTO (9) The happiest swarm of bees in Westboro. TED SIMPSON PHOTO (10) Otis the bumblebee and winner of the day’s people’s choice award. TED SIMPSON PHOTO (11) Monsters of all sorts took to the streets of Westboro during the annual Wickedly Westboro on October 26. CHARLIE SENACK PHOTO

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women have been through a lot in our lives, and (these paintings) will bring peace to us.” – Elizabeth Craig (L-r): Miles Frasca, Lachlan Jones, Timmy Lewis, Nepean High School Principal Krista McNamara, Elizabeth Craig, Terri-Lynn George, Pei Ju Wang, Suzanne Amenta were present for the unveiling of student artwork a the Cornerstone Housing for Women.

Kitchissippi students create art work for women’s shelter PHOTO AND STORY BY MATTHEW HORWOOD


he Cornerstone Housing for Women got a dose of colour last month thanks to Nepean High School students. The shelter received two paintings, titled “Complementary Flowers” and “Balanced Bouquet”, which were created by 52 students from two Grade 9 classes during the spring semester of 2019. As part of the classes’ unit on colours, the students learned about colour theory, how to transfer images using grids and how to mix acrylics together. Using these

skills, each student painted 1/25th of an image to fit onto a canvas, culminating in two 40” x 50” paintings of flowers. Suzanne Amenta, a visual arts teacher at Nepean High School, oversaw the students’ work. She said the school reached out to several locations to inquire about gifting the paintings. Her hope was that the students would “feel empowered by making a positive difference in the lives of others with their hard work and with their artwork.” Pei-Ju Wang, community developer of Cornerstone located on 373 Princeton Avenue, was more than happy to take the

artwork. Over the summer, the paintings were hung on the second floor of the building, along with plaques listing the student artists’ names. On September 27, Cornerstone and the school held an art reveal, with three students attending. The majority of the artists were marching in Ottawa’s Climate Strike, held on the same day. At the reveal, Amenta congratulated the students on their hard work and collaboration on the art pieces. “This is not just like a test, where you get done and move onto the next thing. The work you guys did is having a

positive ripple effect on people,” she said. “There’s such a reward in giving, and I want you to feel good about this and remember that feeling.” Terri-Lynn George, manager of Cornerstone’s Princeton location, said the paintings were “something small, but really a very huge thing that brings a lot of joy to our house. We appreciate your talents.” Tim, one of the students who attended the reveal, said it was “definitely rewarding to be able to present it here, and it makes us feel good”. Another student, Miles, agreed, saying while creating the paintings was a long process, it was “good to see the results”. Elizabeth Craig, a Cornerstone resident who attended the reveal, gave thanks to the students for creating and gifting the painting. “A lot of us women have been through a lot in our lives, and this will bring peace to us,” she said.

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Even Justin doesn’t know how he comes up with his creation. “I’m not really sure. My brain starts wandering and I try to pair flavours. I don’t do things that have already been done and I don’t like to play it safe. I like to add oddness. Sometimes I just make things up as I go.” Justin had help from his girlfriend, Amanda MacIntosh, and one of the Bar Lupulus cooks, Ian “Trout” Giles. “Amanda must have taste-tested about a dozen different pretzel buns before the competion,” said Justin. “It was two hours of non-stop cooking. We were moving as fast as we could, but it was a lot of fun,” he says.

Justin Champagne receives the trophy for best sandwich from Jeff Bond at this year’s Hopewell Eating Disorder Centre’s Breaking Bread Breaking Stigma competition. PHOTO CREDIT: ASHLEY COTTEE PHOTOGRAPHY

or the second year in a row, a Kitchissippi chef won the Hopewell Eating Disorder Centre’s Breaking Bread Breaking Stigma sandwich competition. Justin Champagne of Bar Lupulus followed in the footsteps of Pat Garland of Hintonburg’s Absinthe Café.. “The event was a ton of fun. I love to do things like that,” said Justin. The event raised more than $47,000 for the centre. Justin’s winning creation featured pulled Quebec boar pressure cooked with birch

syrup, fermented crab apples, kombu, lobster mushrooms on a togarashi infused pretzel bun dusted with burnt crab apple skins and seared in lactobacillus fermented barley koji butter. The sandwich included “Champagne” grape mustard (“I used the juice from the three main varieties of grapes used in Champagne production”), 12-month-aged manchego cheese (only thing that was not made in house), pickled red onion, crispy shallots, fresh sage and lemon zest. For the judges, Justin added an extra touch: a small package of sage wrapped in birch bark lit on fire, adding a distinct aroma to the dish.

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COMMUNITY NEWS Group aims to ‘make space for death’ Expo sparks conversation, engages community around ‘taboo’ topic BY SARAH WILLISCRAFT WITH FILES FROM TRUIN REBEL

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e’re all going to die.” That was the provocative tagline on a certificate of membership being handed out at Ottawa’s first annual Community Deathcare Expo, held on October 19 at the Churchill Seniors Centre. Co-organizer Kelly Butler said the tagline was intended to spark conversation and engage on a topic often considered taboo. “At some point in our lives we all face death, whether of someone we love or our own, and yet somehow we never want to talk about it. Because of this we meet it ill-prepared.” She said death is something that affects us all and speaking openly about it needs to be normalized. “In our society, we don’t really make space for death and yet we are enormously affected by it,” said Butler. “The death of someone we love is one of those monumental moments in our lives and yet we don’t make space for it. That’s something I’m hoping we can change.” By holding events like this, Community Deathcare Ottawa is on its way to making that space. The expo offered a welcoming environment for people of all ages, with families bringing their children. Many young people were very interested in learning about environmentally friendly burial options. Booths offered informational and emotional supports for attendees. Those who came to the expo could speak openly and ask questions about death, look for emotional support, and learn about having home vigils for their loved ones. Kids were able to personalize a cardboard casket with paint and try their

hand at building a grief mandala. Visitors were invited to pay their respects at a home vigil demonstration. A grief phone was set up behind a privacy screen where visitors could “call” a deceased loved one and answer the question: “what would you say?” A popular activity was the Death Café, guided by Heather Martel. Death Cafés are part of a global movement working to destigmatize death and allow people to consider their attitudes around mortality. “As much as it’s not group therapy and it’s not grief counselling, it can be therapeutic to talk about death and dying and our own mortality. These conversations tend to happen with cake, which is always a plus,” said Martel. Mandie Bates, a member of Community Deathcare Ottawa, said she was pleasantly surprised at the wide age range of the expo’s attendees. “I was very hopeful that lots of people would come out,” said Bates. “Creating awareness and making death part of our every day and having no stigmas attached to it is important.” Tawnis Commanda, who is looking to become a death doula (someone who assists in the dying process), said she was surprised at the amount of resources the expo had to offer.

Expo participants were able to take advantage of “The Grief Couch.” Volunteers from Authentic Relating Ottawa acted as compassionate listeners, inviting attendees to sit and talk about what was on their mind. PHOTO BY SARAH WILLISCRAFT “There is quite a variety of things people are doing locally, from the death cafés to the different green funeral options,” said Commanda. “I didn’t realize it was getting to the point where people are actually organizing to do this kind of thing.”

Anna Maranta and Judith Wouk held a Tahara demonstration – the preparation of a body for burial in the Jewish tradition. PHOTO BY AMANDA COTTREAU

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water in Dovercourt’s pool is always warm, just like the facility’s friendly instructors. Dovercourt’s learn-to-swim program focuses on improving the three principle swim strokes plus increasing confidence and ability in the water. Instructors develop weekly lesson plans, which are reviewed by supervisors, and regular staff training sessions plus performance expectations ensure that your family receives topquality, enthusiastic instruction. Dovercourt’s aquatics staff undergoes extensive training and


We all know that swimming lessons are the optimal way to encourage water safety as well as being a fantastic fitness option during the cooler fall, winter and spring months. In fact, aquatic activities are great for the whole family, and one of the city’s best options for fun in the water, seven days per week, is the Dovercourt Recreation Centre. Dovercourt’s pool is specifically designed to accommodate lessons. With features such as a beach entry ramp plus a variety of pods, it is easy for instructors to closely supervise and interact with students. In addition, there is a dedicated shallow pool for young swimmers to play safely and become water-wise. Perhaps best of all, the

Programs. “We have had great success with hiring staff who have learned and trained at Dovercourt; they are very committed to maintaining our high standards.” A variety of aquatic exercise classes present wonderful opportunities to maintain or enhance fitness levels for adults. Dovercourt even offers specialized rehabilitative programs, an ideal post-surgery or injury option. Did you know that, in addition to swim lessons, exercise classes and recreational swims, you can book Dovercourt’s pool for a Cool Cat Swim party or a pool rental? It’s a fun and unique party option! Fall session is underway (the second half of this session’s private lesson packages began on October 28). Registration for Fall II opens on November 12.


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demonstrations of the ritual at the expo. “The ritual is a moment of transition in the life or a person from their living to their final resting point,” said Maranta. “In Jewish tradition, we talk about the soul being in or around the body in the short little while after death. This process of cleansing and ritually purifying the body is respectful and provides an opportunity to pray over the deceased one.” Kyla Carson, a psychiatrist and medium, said death should be as easy for us to talk about as birth. “It’s very easy to be dead; being alive is the tricky part,” said Carson. “Western society is in denial of death which I think is a big mistake. It comes as such a terrible shock when you are bereaved, and I think dying should be part of an ongoing conversation to prevent that shock.”

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The Big Soul Project performs at last year’s annual Christimas concert. PHOTO BY JAKE MORRISON

The power of one voice Big Soul Project aims to show one voice really can make a difference SUBMITTED BY CYNTHIA CEE, MEMBER OF THE BIG SOUL PROJECT


e’ve heard of young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg who began protesting for more action from her government on climate change. Is she a unique case? Can anyone foster change? The members of the Big Soul Project (BSP), Ottawa’s largest community choir with between 130 to 150 members, think so. “You never know when one voice will say something that will change you”, said Madeleine Pouliot, assistant choir director and Kitchissippi resident. Her former life partner suggested she join Big Soul and the rest is history. “It keeps me sane,” she added.

“The music is so uplifting. It changes your mood.” The Big Soul Project community choir is a voice of a different tune. “Our choir raises money to help other charities raise money,” said Cheryl Coull, another choir member from Kitchissippi. BSP’s concert performances offer publicity and provides a fundraising vehicle for other, smaller charities. “Last year we raised about $10,000 for the Tanzania Education and Micro-Business Opportunity (Tembo), about $6,000 for Out of the Cold, and about $5,500 for the Ottawa Food Bank (which an anonymous donor then doubled), giving a total of about $27,000,” said Julek Meissner, marketing

and publicity coordinator for BSP. “Roxanne Goodman, BSP’s choir director, encourages and inspires us all,” said Coull. Under Goodman’s direction, the choir sings songs with roots in R&B, gospel, soul, rock and motown. Their message is encouraging, uplifting and inclusive as they share songs of hope, love and peace. Their sold-out shows often get people up on their feet, dancing. “Every time we perform, somebody has come up and shared how they were moved, how we made them feel better, even if just for a moment. That’s what we try to do,” Pouliot said. “We’re one voice with 130 parts.” Coull became a voice for change right

in her neighbourhood when she watched the Syrian crisis unfold on the news five years ago. She attended a meeting hosted by Jeff Leiper on how communities could get involved. She learned about a government immigration program that enabled groups of Canadians to sponsor individuals or families in need. Coull invited a multi-age mix of friends, family and co-workers to a party in her home, with the intention of creating her own group. They raised money, sponsored two medical students from the Middle East and supported them for one year. “We help with the extras in terms of medical and dental care that aren’t provided by the government,” said Coull.

”You never know when one voice will say something that will change you.” – Madeleine Pouliot Big Soul Project’s annual Christmas concert is being held on Saturday, December 7 at the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre or CDCC (formerly Dominion Chalmers United Church) at the corner of O’Connor and Cooper streets. “This is the only time we raise money to subsidize our efforts to support other charities throughout the rest of the year,” Coull said. Can one voice really make a difference? I think so. If people can’t sing or start a cause of their own, they can add their support by coming to the concert. Performance time is at 7:30 p.m. The theme is “The Power of One Voice”. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

(L-r) Cynthia Cee, Madeleine Pouliot, Cheryl Coull, Carole Johnson and Basia Mair are some of the Kitchissippi residents who are involved with the Big Soul Project, Ottawa’s largest community choir. PHOTO BY YOSE CORMIER


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Closer to home, Coull has held clothing swap parties to raise money for local causes such as the Parkdale Food Bank. She invited women into her home to socialize and exchange fashions with each other, with the remaining clothing being distributed to different charities. The business attire is donated to Dress For Success and Suits Me, helping underprivileged women in Ottawa to re-enter the work force. Other items go to St. Vincent de Paul’s and the Salvation Army thrift stores. “You’ve heard of the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle,” Coull added. “We recycle, save money and raise money. It’s a party for family and friends, a good social event for a good cause.”

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Two years ago, Jennifer Stewart took part in a fundraising hike in Iceland to raise funds for women’s shelters. This year, she’s doing it again, but in the Sahara Desert. PHOTO CREDIT: JENNIFER STEWART

Hiking the desert for women’s shelters Local realtor taking part in national Royal Lepage fundraiser STORY BY YOSE CORMIER


his month, Jennifer Stewart will be leaving the comfort of her Wellington Village home for a week of hiking through the Sahara Desert, complete with Bedouin-style tents, hot days and lots of sand. “I am a little freaked out at the thought of sleeping on the ground with snakes, scorpions and tarantulas,” she admits. The hike is the culmination of a fundraising effort for the Royal Lepage Shelter Foundation, which is dedicated

to funding women’s shelters and violence prevention programs. It’s only open to Royal Lepage realtors. “My partner in the realty business, Diane Allingham, and I have always been top donors to the shelter foundation. It’s a charity we believe in, and in fact, every transaction we make, we donate a portion to the foundation. It’s important for us to give back to our community. I also have an adventurous soul, so this fundraising trek allows me to combine both.” Jennifer will be leaving on Nov. 18 for Morocco, where she will have some time

to acclimatize to the weather and get ready for a weeklong, 100 km trek through the Sahara Desert. Each hiker will have to carry their own day-packs, which Stewart says will contain lunch, snacks, a change of clothes, emergency kit and water… a lot of water. At night, the hikers will be sleeping in Bedouin-style tents. “The trek is designed as a physical and psychological challenge, although I think the biggest challenge in Morocco will be water. We’ll have to carry a lot of it,” says Jennifer. This is the third biannual fundraising effort of this kind for the Royal Lepage Shelter Foundation, whose goal is to raise $865,000 from across the country this year. Jennifer will have taken part in all three fundraisers now, sort of. In 2015, she raised money for the event in Peru, where participants hiked the Inca Trail into Macchu Picchu. Unfortunately, she had to drop out a few weeks before the hike after breaking her leg in a skiing incident. She was able to complete the second trek, in Iceland in 2017.

Jennifer says she is more of a coldweather person, so while Iceland was in her comfort zone, she says this one in Morocco is not. Heat aside, she knows there will be other major differences. “Iceland was physically taxing. We were climbing constantly, and some of the trails had me thinking ‘if I misstep, I could die,’” she says, adding that they even had lunch in a volcanic crater which had been recently active. Jennifer has been training over the summer, constantly going hiking, taking long walks and even doing some strength training in the gym. “These long distances are hard for the joints, and the uphills can be challenging. But when I finished the trek in Iceland, I felt I could have kept going. I was a little sad to stop. I like the camaraderie of the event. It’s quite an experience and you build great and strong relationships,” she said. In fact, she’s looking forward to reconnecting with people she met during the Iceland trek two years ago. Approximately 120 Royal Lepage employees from across the country will take part. They will be divided into four groups, with departure dates staggered for logistical reasons. The group, accompanied by a train of camels and local guides, will travel approximately 20 km a day, crossing sand dunes and some small mountains. In order to participate, Jennifer had to raise a minimum of $5,000 for charity (she is aiming for $7,000) and cover all the associated costs herself (flights, hotels, food, etc.), which she figures will be about $5,000. Of the funds raised, 20% stays with the Royal Lepage Shelter Foundation for its educational programs around domestic violence efforts while the other 80% goes to the participant’s charity of choice. Jennifer chose the Lanark County Emergency Shelter and the Interval House of Ottawa’s pet sanctuary project. The Interval House of Ottawa labels itself as “the only shelter in Ottawa and surrounding areas to allow women, and children into the shelter with their pets.”

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While the city and province proclaim an official policy of intensification, here in Kitchissippi, the most rebuilt ward in the city, there are real divisions regarding infill housing. Drive around Tweedsmuir Ave., where signs titled “Stop Over-Intensification” have sprouted on many lawns. Those homeowners bought houses because they liked the traditional feel of the neighbourhood. That traditional feel is disappearing as office-type buildings invade our old fashioned streets. We are not opposed to intensification, if it

is done with careful consideration to the existing houses. We’re not against doubles. We’ve had them for many years but they were the same style and size as their neighbours. They did not stand out. Infill guidelines have improved over the past few years, but the reality still seems like the “wild west”, with wealthy buyers and greedy developers calling the shots. In their quest to maximize profit by selling doubles, builders often use cheap materials to cover gigantic edifices. A friend of mine looks out her living

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room windows and all she can see is the corrugated steel wall of the new double next to her. Remember when corrugated steel was only used for farm sheds? This example illustrates the main problem with most intensification… the blatant disregard for long-time residents. Thank goodness there are examples of appropriate infill being built. For an example of a new house, that conforms to neighbourhood standards, simply look across Java to #20. That new house has a similar scale, style and materials to the existing houses. It can be done. You can build singles and doubles with modern features and not antagonize your new community. We all live in dread that our neighbours will put their homes up for sale. Mary Ellen Kot

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here’s a saying that the kitchen is the soul and heart of a house. John and Sofia Borsten, who own a number of restaurants in Ottawa including the two Zak’s Diners (a third is opening on Elgin Street later this month), must have been thinking that when they built their house on Highland Avenue. “We wanted a modern look, with flat roof, lots of windows and open concept. But we wanted a feel that combined both our personalities. John is a restauranteur and I’m a designer,” says Sofia. As such, the home blends both of their personalities seamlessly. The couple hired Alex Diaz, of Art House Development, to design the house while Sofia, a designer and artist by trade, worked with Candace Sutcliffe, co-owner of CA

Paradis/The Chef’s Paradise, on the design. “We aren’t cottage people, but we wanted to have a cottage feel right here in town,” says Sofia. “Alex came highly recommended. We’d seen photos of some of his work, toured a few of the homes he worked on and really liked his approach. We saw lots of what we liked in his style and we incorporated that into what we were aiming for. He handled all the architecture and contracting,” says John. “We wanted a kitchen that a restaurant would have, that looked like it could belong in a restaurant. That’s why we went with stainless steel,” he says, before going off on how great the material is. “Is there anything better than stainless steel?” The couple bought the original property about five years ago. The 1919 house had been sitting vacant for some time before John approached the owners, whom he

knew, offering to purchase it. Already living in Westboro, he’d been eyeing a larger lot, and this was the perfect opportunity. “It’s a 100 by 70 lot, which is bigger than most in the area, and the house was showing signs of neglect.” John says. While the new house feels like it’s primarily windows, the way they are positioned still keeps the interior obscured from the outside. “It’s great. I feel like we live in a glass box, but it’s still very private,” says John. The couple are big art lovers, with local artists such as Whitney Lewis-Smith and Jonathan Hobin featured on their walls. One of the more prominent piece is Sofia’s own painting inspired by Alex Colville and a scene from the movie Moonrise Kingdom. Walking into the house, a large, open foyer greets the visitor, with an open stairwell on the right and a large entrance

giving way to an open-concept space, combining kitchen and dining room and two living spaces. The kitchen starts at the far right of the space, and features a large island, which is actually movable, giving the couple lots of flexibility when entertaining guests, which they admit they do a lot. Behind the living space and kitchen are a den/playroom for their four-year-old daughter and a large mudroom which leads to a double car garage. (John was hoping for a four-car garage, but settled for the double. He did manage to put in a lift on one side though, which they use to store one of their cars for the winter.) Because of all the windows, it feels like you are outdoors. The backyard, complete with in-ground pool and large covered deck, is enclosed by trees and bushes, providing a quiet, private place to cool down and sit back

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We cried when she left and we cried when she came back. I’m speaking about our daughter who left home seven years ago to live in Australia. She just arrived back home and, more specifically, back in our house with her Aussie boyfriend by her side. With the jetlag now gone and government paperwork completed, they are now on the hunt for jobs in their respective professions. It won’t be long before they find their own place and once again leave home. My wife and I had been talking about downsizing since all three of our kids left home. We have a big house, perfect for a growing family—not empy nesters. With the arrival of our new roommates, as well as our other two daughters and their partners popping in a couple times a week plus Sunday dinners, the thought of selling and downsizing may not be the best option.

In fact, according to Statistics Canada August 2017 census, the share of young adults living with their parents is higher in Ontario than any other province, where the proportion of adults between the ages of 20 and 34 who were living with their parents was 42.1% in 2016, up from 35.0% in 2001—a 20.3% increase over the 15‑year period. So with all the talk of downsizing, maybe upsizing is the better option. There was a time when it was the norm for multi‑generational families to live together. Within some cultures, it is assumed grandparents, parents and their kids’ families live under one roof. Some developers even build in‑law suites and separate dwellings complete with their own entry and apartment, designed for multiple family living. So instead of thinking smaller, like so many empty nesters, maybe I should think bigger. That or use the tried and tested method from that old Dairy Farmers commercial: “Stop cooking with cheese”, then maybe they’ll leave. 613-299-6243 -

and relax, just like a cottage. The second floor, which has four bedrooms, is unconventional to say the least. The stairwell opens up to a small nook and into an L-shaped hallway complete with powder room. The large master bedroom, which takes up about one-third of the whole second floor, is on the right of the hallway, at the top of the stairs. The hallway actually wraps around the master bedroom, with two spare bedrooms tucked in the back, and their four-year-old daughter’s room at the end, although it is attached to the master bedroom. “We thought having it connected would be great, but she’s probably only slept there a couple of times, preferring our bed,” laughs Sofia. There are two full bathrooms on the second floor, one along the back hallway and

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all participants will join in activities such as photobox, bubble soccer, crazy forts, and All Night Fireside Chats, sponsored by Bell Let’s Talk. “Though the fundraising minimum is relatively high for what some students would consider affordable, it is well worth it for the cause and the activities and all the other opportunities that can come out of attending an event as big as this,” Rachel said. For those interested in supporting this cause, donations can be made to the Nepean High team on the YSB SleepOut site by searching Nepean Knights. In addition, everyone has the opportunity to create their own team. Team divisions can be youth leaders, corporate, community organisation, or even family and friends. Be sure to check in on how Nepean High’s SleepOUT team is doing throughout this month, and get ready to support students as they brace for the cold on November 28.

very year, teams from across Ottawa participate in the SleepOUT initiative, led by the Youth Service Bureau (YSB). This fundraiser, which takes place on November 28, 2019, raises funds dedicated to giving resources to vulnerable youth. Sleeping outside is a show of solidarity for more than 1,400 youth who experience homelessness. Nepean High School has a team called Nepean Knights, and these students will be sleeping in tents at the TD Place field. Teams are not just restricted to school groups, but also include groups from local businesses and organizations, including accounting consultant organization BDO Canada and Tomlinson Red Army. At the Nepean High club fair, more than 150 students expressed interest in the event. Rachel Lowenberg, a Grade 12 student, has taken on the role of Nepean Knights team captain. As well as leading the Model UN club and KEY club, Rachel is a member of YSB’s Youth Cabinet, a group of high school representatives who meet monthly to take action in support of other youth. “I got introduced to the Youth Cabinet, which is the teenage representative branch of the YSB that runs throughout the year and they are responsible for organizing and helping with the sleepout as well as other events,” said Rachel. “All the money goes to youth shelters and youth services, so that’s mental health helplines, that’s counselors, that’s housing aids [which] help those who have been in shelters [...] transition into more sustainable means of living.” Last year, 650 people participated, raising $228,000, with a team of about 10 or 15 Nepean High students taking part. From 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day,


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n Wednesday, October 16, Notre Dame High School held our annual Fall Awards Ceremony. We came together as a community to celebrate the academic achievements of last year’s Grade 9, 10 and 11 students. Awards were given out in four different categories. They included: honour roll, subject awards, math competitions and highest overall averages in each grade. To be included on the honour roll, a student had to achieve an overall average of 80% or greater. We had 91 students who made the honour roll. Each student received a certificate commemorating their achievement. The subject awards were given to students who had the highest academic grade in a given subject area. Subject award recipients received medallions that included their name, subject and the mark that they earned in the class. Every year, the University of Waterloo holds a very prestigious Canada-wide math competition for each high school grade. An estimated 65,000 students from approximately 1,400 schools take part. A Certificate of Distinction is awarded to students ranking in the top 25% of all contestants in Canada. Notre Dame had 10 recipients. They included three students in Grade 9 and three students in Grade 10. Eric deKemp and Nelly Lienou Kamayou were among the award recipients in Grade 11. Finally, as a Grade 10 student, Stephen Tran wrote the Grade 12 Euclid math contest. He was ranked 1st in our school. Stephen was also awarded the Waterloo Math Contest School Champion Award, quite an accomplishment. Finally, awards were given to the students with the highest overall averages in each grade. Grade 9 recipients were Malcolm Smith with an average of 90%, Denise Abundo with an average of 90.25% and Kimlan Huyen with an overall average of 91.25%. Grade 10 recipients were Tamara

(who didn’t want her last name included) with a 91.94% overall average, Galeno Sousa with an average of 93.25% and Daisy Thang with an overall average of 95.14%. Our Grade 11 recipients were Catherine Dang with an average of 93.13%, Eric deKemp with an overall average of 94.25% and Erin Donahue-Boyle with an overall average of 97.75%. We are incredibly proud of all of our 113 award recipients. The hard work, dedication to academic excellence and commitment to learning shown by these students was celebrated and acknowledged by all who were in attendance. Well done and keep up the great work!

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e’re moving into cooler months, Kitchissippi, but that doesn’t mean we’re slowing down. Read on to find out what’s keeping us busy in the ward and at City Hall. The City Treasurer’s office is currently working on the 2020 Municipal Budget and there are multiple opportunities for you to engage! You can visit www. to get more information about how the City budget is formed, pose questions to the team crafting the budget and respond to a short survey about your budget priorities. You can also email us at to share your

perspective on next year’s budget. The Official Plan Review is still ongoing, and it’s important that you have your say in shaping the future of Ottawa. The new Official Plan is based on Five Big Moves being proposed by the City: growth, mobility, urban design, resiliency, and economy. These moves propose to prioritize intensification over greenfield development; build a robust transit system that will ensure the majority of trips in Ottawa are taken on sustainable transportation; prioritize good urban and community design; embed public health and environmental

resiliency in our planning policies; and keep economic development at the forefront. If you want to stay on top of the Official Plan review, you can get in touch with your community association or register for email updates at www., and you can always email us with your feedback and questions. Our fall Ward Forum is scheduled for November 26. We’ll be holding it at the Hintonburg Community Centre in the Wellington Room from 6 to 8 p.m. We’ll be focusing on themes of development and Official Plan review, as well as receiving updates from community associations and BIAs in the ward! Come out to learn more about our planning processes, engage in a Q&A with myself and City staff, and enjoy some light refreshments with your neighbours. All are welcome!


WESTBORO VILLAGER SUPPORT OUR VETERANS On behalf of Westboro Village BIA, I would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation for those who fought for Canadians and our freedom. Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa are scheduled at various times on November 11 to pay hpersonal ommage to our veterans. In Westboro, the Royal Canadian Legion will hold its annual service and wreath laying ceremony at the Westboro Cenotaph (Byron Park) beginning at 2 p.m. Through the annual Poppy Campaign (already begun), Legion members raise hundreds of thousands of dollars that are donated back toward community seniors' residences, hospitals, veterans' homes, and other charities and organizations. Please purchase a poppy. Westboro Village will be transitioning to our Winter Wonderland mid to late November (winter already!?). On November 30, please join us for a day and evening of activities to kick off Light Up the Village. This year, Westboro Village is proud to partner with members of our community to organize a Kitchissippi Food-Raiser on November 30 at the Churchill Seniors Centre from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The many fundraising activities for the Parkdale Food Centre and families in need include a makers market/craft sale, indoor activities for families, lunch, bake sale, afternoon high tea by Amica, and an evening performance by the Grateful We’re Not Dead band. Please stop in for some goodies and do some "one of a kind" Christmas shopping from local crafters. Come in early with the family, then join the tree lighting ceremony next door in the All Saints Anglican Church courtyard at 47 Richmond Road. Join us for caroling and our annual ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. Visitors are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the tree lighting ceremony in support of Westboro Region Food Bank and the Kitchissippi Food-Raiser. For details and more information, please visit Michelle Groulx Executive Director Westboro Village Business Improvement Area




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Kick-start your holiday spirit at The Savoy Brasserie with their first ever Miracle Pop-Up! From November 1 until January 1, The Savoy Brasserie, 334 Richmond Rd., will transform itself into everything Christmas! Expect sparkly decorations galore and holiday-themed cocktails, like the Christmapolitan, Bad Santa or the Christmas Carol Barrel, with $1 from each drink sold going to supporting The Salvation Army’s Toy Mountain campaign. Get your jingle-bell fix during your meal thanks to an exclusive allChristmas Magic 100 playlist. In addition, get jolly and break out that ugly Christmas sweater you’ve been dying to wear for Savoy’s Ugly Xmas Sweater Party, set for Dec. 2! Are you being volun-told to organize holiday gatherings for business and pleasure this season? Forget the rezo run-around. Book your Christmas/holiday party NOW. Get exactly what you’re looking for to accommodate your guests’ needs right here in Westboro. Barley Mow Westboro, 399 Richmond Rd., takes groups of up to 150 people, including a restaurant take-over option available in cocktail style and sit down buffet options. Enjoy sophisticated pub favourites such as perogies, wings, battered cauliflower, avocado wedges and their famous zucchini sticks to share! Send inquires to gmwestboro@barleymow.

com or call (613) 695-7669 to reserve. The Whispers Pub & Eatery, 249 Richmond Rd., is a neighbourhood staple which has been around since 1981. It can accommodate groups of up to 30 people at a time. The cozy pub, filled with quaint nooks to connect over food and drink, offers three designated areas to choose from for your holiday gatherings, including a private room available upstairs. Don’t forget happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily! Email paul@ or call (613) 722-9603. Ottawa’s original craft brewing authority since 1996, Clocktower Westboro, located at 418 Richmond Rd., boasts a friendly, inviting atmosphere with two spacious areas to choose from. A private room on the main level seats up to 50 people at a time, and is fully wheelchair accessible. A mezzanine upstairs holds 45 seats and is a semi-private way to enjoy pub ambiance in a more intimate group setting. Menus to accommodate larger groups include a home-style buffet with platter options to suit your groups dietary needs. Got a presentation to roll out for an end of year recap? Audio video and microphones are available on demand. Call (613) 680-5983 to reserve. Winter is coming, and Westboro is Ottawa’s shopping and dining destination this holiday season.



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located at 312 Richmond Rd. Find thoughtful, charming cards with warm words and fuzzy feelings, or hilariously inappropriate, laugh-outloud funny ones, to send your seasons greetings locally and abroad. Owner Molly van der Schee will have you in stitches while handwriting cards from the heart alongside new friends! Do you remember licking the raw cookie dough batter and frosty icing spoons from your mothers’ and grandmothers’ favourite holiday baking recipes? Can’t wait to do that with your own kids this season? Over at Kitchenalia, 274 Richmond Rd., find cookie cutters in all shapes and sizes for all of your festive baking needs! Bake up family classics with everything you need to make the perfect batch of shortbreads, butter cookies and more! Throw in a little Provençial French flair this holiday season with Chez Francois Plaisirs de Provence, 427 Richmond Rd. Try their house-line assortment of artisan olives and olive oils, salad dressings, vinegars, tapenades, pestos, specialty mustards, handmade chocolates and patisserie treats for you and your guests. They’re 100% natural with no preservatives, offering up the perfect gourmet gifts for your host and hostesses.


Now that November has arrived, are you secretly waiting until it’s considered appropriate to decorate your home for the holidays? Deep down inside, are you screaming “Santaaaaaaaa!” like Will Ferrell in the hit movie Elf? If so, Westboro Village has everything you need to give into these sparkly seasonal sentiments! Feel good about supporting local and global communities simultaneously. Visit Ten Thousand Villages at 371 Richmond Road and get holiday shopping done as early as November 1! Find eco-friendly, fair-trade, handmade gifts such as quilts, pottery, jewellery, baskets and more, crafted from natural and recycled materials. Donate to their Holiday Hampers program in support of the Westboro Region Food Bank by filling handmade hampers with locally renowned fair-trade cocoa bean company Camino hot chocolate and dried fruit to nourish those in need. Feed a global, nonprofit philanthropic social enterprise, support the Ottawa Food Bank through a weekend visit to the Fair Trade Festival. (Visit their Facebook page for more details.) Send your holiday cards on time this year! Beginning November 7, sign up for card writing workshops (for kids, too!) at The Village Quire –






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NOVEMBER 13 - LUNCH AND FALL FASHION SHOW You are invited to attend our Friendship Lunch and Fall Fashion Show on November 13, from noon until 2 p.m. at the Churchill Seniors


DECEMBER 8 - BYTOWN VOICES COMMUNITY CHOIR WINTER CONCERT Bytown Voices is celebrating its 20th year of choral singing! Our winter concert “Ring the Bells in Celebration” will be a lively salute to the holiday season as well as to the enjoyment of singing. Over 60 male and female voices plus violinist Eric Johnson will be ready to entertain you under the musical leadership of Joan Fearnley and accompanist Carla Klassen. Join us on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. in St Basil’s Church, 940 Rex Ave. Off Maitland north of the Queensway. Tickets in advance $18 from Leading Note, 370 Elgin St., or from choir

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NOVEMBER 11 - REMEMBRANCE DAY The Westboro Legion’s service and wreathlaying ceremony begins at 2 p.m. at the cenotaph in Byron Linear Park. Afterward, follow the parade back to the branch and gather with neighbours in the branch’s upstairs lounge, 391 Richmond Rd. For more information: 613-725-2778.

NOVEMBER 16 - ALL SAINTS’ WESTBORO VILLAGE FAIR All Saints’ Westboro Village Fair, Saturday, November 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 347 Richmond Road. Noted for crafts; knitting; used books; vintage linens; silver, china and collectibles; jams, preserves and baking; a children’s store, a silent auction, a delicious lunch and the New-to-You shop. See you there. For information contact the church office at 613 725-9487 or

DECEMBER 7 - HOLIDAY MARKET Join us for an afternoon pop-up craft fair of sustainable and hand crafted offerings from noon to 7 p.m. at the Metta Movement and Meditation Studio, 5 Hamilton Ave, North.

DECEMBER 11 - HIGH TEA/BAKE EXCHANGE The Churchill Seniors Recreation Center will host a High Tea/Bake Exchange from 2:00 – 3:30pm on December 11. Cost is $18 for 65+, $20 adult. Registration is at the Churchill Seniors Recreation Center.


NOVEMBER 8 - LIVE: GIB ROZON BAND Enjoy a mix of classic rock, blues and country music from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Westboro Legion’s Upstairs Bar & Lounge, 391 Richmond Rd. Public admission: $5. (Legion and Ladies Auxiliary members $2.) For more information: 613-725-2778.

NOVEMBER 16 - ANNUAL UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Welcome to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Hall for our popular bazaar. The doors open on Saturday, November 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1000 Byron Avenue. Our Ukrainian hot lunch will be beckoning or start with a coffee and roll. Take home our baked goods, borscht, perogies & cabbage rolls. Purchase a variety of local products, unique gift items, imported Ukrainian embroideries & Handicrafts & look for the Christmas crafts and White elephant table. Admission & parking are free. Info: Doreen Keir. 613 826 0353

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NOVEMBER 2 – ST. MARTIN’S ANGLICAN CHURCH BISTRO & BAZAAR The event will take place on Saturday, November 2 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 2120 Prince Charles Road. Featuring homemade baked goods, unique gifts, fashion accessories, seasonal décor items, silent auction treasures, knit goods and crafts. After shopping you can stay and enjoy our bistro lunch!

NOVEMBER 16 - FALL FAIR Biggest church bazaar in town! Great deals on gently used clothing, books, jewellery, electronics and other treasures. Fabulous silent auction; two food venues; knitted items, baking and jams. 9:30 am - 2:30 pm. 30 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa. FallFair2019@ or 613-725-1066.

NOVEMBER 23 - THE PARKDALE ORCHESTRA PRESENTS: A TRIBUTE TO SHOSTAKOVICH The Parkdale United Church Orchestra and Music Director Angus Armstrong present “A Tribute to Shostakovich,” their first concert of the 2019-2010 season, on Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m. The program features 5 works by this brilliant Soviet composer, including his Symphony No. 5. This concert is dedicated to Angus Armstrong, who is retiring as Music Director after 15 years on the Parkdale podium. Tickets are available in advance at Rob’s Music, The Leading Note, The Ottawa Conservatory or at for: $15 adults, $10 seniors and students. Tickets are available at the door for: $20 adults, $15 seniors and students. Children are free. Join us for a reception after the concert. Parkdale United Church, 429 Parkdale Ave, Ottawa.

NOVEMBER 2- YULETIDE BAZAAR Parkdale United Church’s Yuletide Bazaar will take place at 429 Parkdale Ave at Gladstone on Saturday, November 2 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Large selection of goods include: baking, jewellery, antiques and collectibles, silent auction, books, fashion boutique, etc. For more information please call the church at 613-728-8656

Recreation Centre. Good food: warm soups, delicious sliders, salad and tasty desserts with a taste of what’s fashionable this Fall. Cost: $18 for 65+, $20 adult. Registration is at the Churchill Seniors Recreation Center.

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Kristen Atkinson

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An amazing part of the community, she can always be counted on to donate a gift certificate to any fundraisers. – Mandala Moynahan

He has gone above and beyond to give back to the Ottawa dance community, and truly appreciates every member of his team. – Laura Bacic

She and her team did a burpee for each $1 donation to Parkdale Food Centre at Taste of Wellington. – Mandala Moynahan

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He gives so much back to Ottawa and the community - to train kids with disabilities and help them achieve goals they thought they never could. – Jo Arbuthnot

She always greets customers with a friendly smile, and of course, steps in when rescue cats need some extra love and care. – Michelle Cyr

He has a strong dedication to mental health. He donates his Ottawa Senator season tickets to Do It For Darren and often takes community members to games. – Tia Quinn

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To kick off our November / December GIVING season, we asked our Facebook followers to nominate a Wellington West business owner or employee who gives back to their community. Here are just a few.

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