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EDITOR LETTER New editor inspired by local stories

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t’s with a sense of adventure and enthusiasm that I take on the role of Editor at the Kitchissippi Times. The Kitchissippi Ward is a vibrant community, with caring residents and engaged businesses. And I’m looking forward to being part of it. There always seems to be something big going on in this Ward, whether it’s for music lovers, like Porchfest, or for foodies – I see you Taste of Wellington. But what truly inspires me are the stories of residents. Take Anna Jahn for instance, our Human of Kitchissippi this month. She wanted to get to know her neighbours a bit more so decided to organize a street party. Thinking there would be about 40 to 50 people, she began organizing. But no, almost 130 people showed up! Incredible. Or Justin Champagne, of Bar Lupulus. He’s taking part in the Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre’s annual fundraiser, where he’ll be competing

against other Ottawa chefs to create the most delicious sandwich! And Brad Green and Petra Thoms, owners of World of Maps. They just celebrated 25 years of business in the ward. These are just some of the many Kitchissippi residents (it seems like all!) who are active and involved in making our community and the whole of Ottawa better. And we love sharing their stories here at KT. This month, we also welcome Notre Dame High School students as new contributors. Along with the regular Nepean High School column, it’s great to see youth embracing the local paper. For 16 years, KT has been a source of

primarily good stories, success stories. These stories offer a snapshot into the lives of those who’ve chosen to make this little corner of Ottawa their home. And we’ve been privileged to be invited into your homes to share those stories with our readers. I plan on continuing doing just that, and I hope you’ll keep sharing your stories with us. We can always use a few more good stories. So if you ever see me at any one of the many coffee shops scattered along Wellington/Richmond Rd. (where I’ll be setting up my “roving offices”), be sure to say hello. I’d love to hear your story, what you’re passionate about and what you are getting up to these days. And if you’re interested, I’ll even share mine!

Coalition wants NCC to develop community benefits agreement for LeBreton Flats


he National Capital Commission (NCC) is busy with public consultations leading to an updated “Master Concept Plan” for the development of LeBreton Flats. The LeBreton Flats Community Benefits Coalition believes that as well as being an exciting new national asset, LeBreton should become a vibrant neighbourhood integrated with surrounding communities and generating wealth in the broadest, most socially beneficial way possible.

Imagine a LeBreton Flats where people from all walks of life can live and work affordably and comfortably, with access to a complete range of health, affordable housing and other services. Imagine a Lebreton Flats that is a model for sustainable building and social innovation. Imagine a development that procures from local enterprises and provides local employment, training and apprenticeship opportunities. The coalition’s goal is to secure a

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Community Benefits Agreement with the NCC that would specify a range of specific community and social outcomes that the LeBreton redevelopment must achieve during and post construction. This agreement would become an integral part of the NCC’s master plan and tender documents for the future land parcelling at LeBreton. Community benefits agreements (CBAs) are legally binding and enforceable. Continued on page 21

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ELECTION The intersection at Island Park and Byron seems like ground zero in the battle for Kitchissippi votes for Ottawa Centre candidates.


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There are a number of ways you can cast your vote in this upcoming election according to Elections Canada. If you won’t be around on Oct. 21, you can take advantage of advance polling, which will take place on October 11, 12, 13 and 14 at your designated polling station. You can also vote in person at any Elections Canada office in Canada, any time before 6 p.m. (Eastern time) on October 15. Voters can also send their vote by mail if they apply no later than 6 p.m. (Eastern time) on October 15. Elections Canada asks that you check your voting information card for your exact polling location or check their website.


nother election is upon us, with 11 candidates vying for your votes to represent Ottawa Centre in Parliament. According to Elections Canada, almost 95,000 people are on the riding’s electoral list. For those who missed the September 25, October 2 and October 3 allcandidates’ debates, there is at least one more, scheduled for St. Georges Parish on Piccadilly Ave from 7 to 9 p.m. on October 15. In addition, local Kitchissippi coffeehouse Morning Owl is hoping to spread awareness of the election by hosting meet-and-greet events with federal candidates.

“Our emphasis for these events is on first time voters and those who consider themselves to be uninformed when it comes to the world of politics,” said Kate Lin, co-owner of Morning Owl on Parkdale. “Holding these events is not reflective of our political views, but rather we are doing so in hopes of garnering interest and helping educate. This is our effort to make the process of the electoral vote more representative of all Canadians.” Already, NDP candidate Emilie Taman (Monday, Oct. 7 between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.) and Green Party candidate Angela Keller-Herzog (Thursday, Oct. 17 between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.) have confirmed their participation. Lin is trying to get other candidates to participate as well.

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Meet Anna Jahn “I was born in Berlin, Germany, so you have another German to feature. It was a very cool place to grow up. I came to Canada in 2009. My husband is an academic and he got a great offer from the University of Ottawa. At the time our children were two and four. I played a lot of Trivial Pursuit so I knew Ottawa was the capital of Canada, and that was all I knew. We decided to give it a try for a year, and then we stayed and we liked it! At that stage of our life, this was a great city to be in, to raise a family in and we landed where we are still today, right here in Westboro. “Westboro is far enough from downtown and it’s close enough to downtown. It is very walkable, and that is something coming from Berlin, that is something I really value a lot. We live close enough to Richmond Road that we can do our grocery shopping by foot. We really fell in love with the schools here. This was a fantastic community to start with. The greatest thing about Westboro, and Ottawa as well, is it’s an amazing city because of its people. There are a lot of immigrants here. We found a lot of kinship in people who have also arrived, some of them a long time ago, some more recent. We quickly felt really at home and we have fantastic friends and

neighbours. And that’s where we started growing that community. “In February, when it’s really, horribly cold, and everything is grey, you need something to look forward to in the summer. So I thought, I’d really like to do a community event, that is beyond the five or 10 neighbours we already know well; something where we can get people together that we have seen on the streets over the years, but really are only there to say hi. I’d like to do it a little more formally, so that it’s not a big potluck, but more like an actual sit down dinner. So I pitched it to my friends and neighbours. “We picked ‘W’ because of the names of our three streets. Let’s share a meal with people who live so close. In my wildest dream I imagined maybe 50 people showing up, and in the end we had 127 (82 adults and 45 kids). “I feel the difference now when I walk my dog down the street. And I never knew all these great people lived here. I feel more connected to my neighbours. We are going to do this as an annual event the second weekend of September. Check out my pop up dance party and we have a Facebook page at Le Club Pop Up.” Collected by Ellen Bond

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nna Jahn, our Human of Kitchissippi this month, wanted to get to know her neighbours beyond the passing “hello” as she walked down her street. She wanted to build her community a bit more and help everyone get to know each other. Last month, she decided to do something about it. She hosted a street party of the three neighbouring “W” streets: Winston, Wilmont and Whitby (Madison Street would also be represented). Instead of a potluck, Jahn and a few of her friends prepared all the food. Neighbours only had to bring chairs, plates and cutlery, and their own drinks.

“We served three courses and there were five families responsible for the cooking,” said Jahn. “We had a nice salad before with some garlic bread and then lasagna and a peach cobbler for dessert. I did a seating chart and we placed people anywhere and not with the person they came with.” There were even a couple of counselors on hand who kept the children entertained while the adults could get to enjoy a meal together and, more importantly for Jahn, get to know each other. “The street party was wonderful. I think Anna thought maybe 40 people would come, but almost 130 showed up. Anna is the best possible neighbour,” said Sarah Matthews.

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Rullshi Van Rex performs at the Brooke Barber shop. Ken Mckay, organizer of Porchfest, and Marianne Long, with Salus, were both pleased with this year’s event.

Bad Parent had a nice crowd going at 55 Spadina. Maybe it was the hair.

Artists take to the porches BY CHARLIE SENACK


bit of rain didn’t stop hundreds of people from packing Kitchissippi storefronts and neighbourhoods for Porchfest. The fourth annual fundraiser, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 7, saw more than 50 performers at more than 50 locations– primarily porches of course – across Westboro, Hintonburg and Little Italy. It was an opportunity for the performers to show their talent and love for music, and for the public to enjoy local entertainment. But more importantly, it was a fundraiser for Salus, a local organization that provides rehabilitation and supportive housing services to people in the Ottawa area who have severe mental illnesses. This year’s event was dedicated in honour of Naomi Moore, a client of Salus who was a long-time friend and volunteer at Porchfest.

“As neighbours, we are honoured that the organizers of Porchfest wanted to provide such a touching tribute to their friend’s memory, while shining a light on Salus and the work we do right here in the community,” said Marianne Long, manager of fund development at Salus. Organizer Ken McKay was particularly pleased with how many local residents joined in and set up their own concerts this year. “It seems every year it just gets bigger and bigger,” said organizer McKay. “People are starting to learn the spirit of Porchfest, and they are creating their own mini concert areas around porches and businesses.” McKay said he plans to make Porchfest an even bigger event next year, and is currently working at setting up a board of directors. He hopes to turn it into a notfor-profit organization, and would like to see the musicians receive some funding through grants.

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Throughout the day, small crowds congregated in front of porches to catch some of the live music.


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HOMES & FAMILY Let there be light New build on Java Street emphasizes open space and natural light


leta Moher can’t help but smile as she walks around the house, still under construction. Moher can already see the finished product in her mind, and can list off how many days each of the final touches will need before they are complete. “There’s been a lot of work and time put

in, and a lot of anticipation over the last 18 months,” she says. Aleta and her husband, Kerry, purchased the lot and original house on Java Street in May 2018. The couple, who have three girls ages 2, 5 and 7, like their current place, but the split bungalow with one bathroom was just getting too small. They actually started looking for homes in 2016, and they almost exclusively

became clear we would have to rebuild,” says Aleta. The couple also quickly realized that, financially, it made sense to build a semidetached home instead of a single home, with the plan of selling the second unit once completed. “Semis have a bad rap in Ottawa, but we wanted something different and infused with luxury,” she says. The first thing they did was hire architect Jason Flynn for the project. “Right away, Jason was on board with our vision.” That vision included a lot of natural light and open space. “The windows are my favourite feature of this house. Light was the main driver for the design, and working with Jason, we were able to emphasize that,” says Aleta.

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looked in the Kitchissippi area. “I loved the feeling of having everything close by. And Kitchissippi is the perfect place,” says Aleta. “We looked at new homes, old home, renos, rebuilds. We weren’t in a rush and we never found everything that checked all our boxes. We wanted to find the right area, the right street.” So when they found a house for sale on Java Street, a small street off of Island Park Drive, just north of Byron, in Wellington West, they knew they had found what they were looking for. There’s a middle school and large park at one end of the street and an elementary school at the other. “It was perfect. And we are close to all the retail stores on Wellington.” But then the work began. “When we first saw the original house, we hoped to keep it, but as we walked through, it

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Both living rooms boast a large fireplace, with the Mohers unit featuring 4’x8’ concrete tiles and the other unit boasting textured Italian tile. Because it’s a semi, the dividing wall is fully soundproof, vapour and odour proof. “We were worried about the noise transfer that open-riser stairs would enable, which is why we opted for closed-risers and the solid banister. I find the result to be one of the more striking features of the house,” says Aleta. “I don’t think we quite knew what we were getting ourselves into. But I’m so happy with our decision. I love the idea of living in a new house. “I feel very fortunate to be able to live in a place like this. I have to pinch myself sometimes, knowing that we’ll be bringing up our kids in this wonderful neighbourhood,” says Aleta.


Emphasize it they did. In fact, the whole south-facing side of the house is primarily windows, giving the main floor a welcoming, airy feel bathed in natural light. In both units, the front doorway leads to a large, open concept foyer. The Mohers side has a large mudroom, an office in the back and a powder room, while the other unit has a smaller mudroom, a living space, lots of storage and its own powder room. Both units have an open staircase that leads to the main living area, an open space concept with kitchen, dining room and living room. The bedrooms, four on the Mohers’ side and three in the other unit, are upstairs. Each master bedroom has a large en-suite bathroom. (The Mohers’ installed a steam shower in theirs.) Each unit has their own unique touches. Even the front exteriors will be different. While mostly windows, there will be a mix of zinc, cedar and cement fibreboard for both sides, just in different proportions and locations. “We didn’t want to have the two identical. What works for us might not work for someone else, so we wanted to keep the second unit flexible,” says Aleta. The couple opted for elegant and high quality materials, working with Astro on the design of the kitchen and Cedar Ridge Designs on the mudroom, office and laundry room. - 613-299-6243 -

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EARLY DAYS Kitchissippi’s early automobile pioneers

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Westboro, Hintonburg businesses thrive as the ‘oil age’ arrives in Ottawa BY DAVE ALLSTON


ne hundred years ago, Kitchissippi would have been a thrilling time to be alive. One can only imagine the excitement of living through the era of the arrival of the automobile. In Hintonburg and Westboro, things were no different than they were in the bigger cities across Canada and the U.S., as cars very quickly became a part of everyday life. It was in 1919 that the first car-related services arrived in our neighbourhood, to meet a growing demand. World War I had just ended and the world was changing fast. Long just a toy for the rich and curious, the automobile represented a significant amount of advantage and opportunity, and thanks to Henry Ford and other car manufacturers of the era, was becoming increasingly affordable to the common person. The “oil age” had arrived. Cars had first been seen in primitive forms in Ottawa as early as 1890 as the subject of demonstrations at the annual summer exhibition. In 1898, the first car was driven on Ottawa’s streets when merchant Harry Ketchum drove his imported French “De Dion” automobile. It was described as “a cross between a bicycle and a car, it had four wire-spoked wheels, with one seat for the driver, similar to that of a bicycle, with another seat for a passenger located dangerously near the two front wheels”. The car caused a sensation, exciting young and old alike, but also worrying many who

feared the influx of large numbers of these fast-moving machines. Within a year, Ottawa Electric Company President Thomas Ahearn introduced an electric car, G.H. Millen of the E.B. Eddy Company invested in a steam car, and E.C. Grant began driving around in a four-passenger one-cylinder De Dion. All of which caused a frenzy in Ottawa. According to the newspapers of the day, these cars “chugged and wheezed around the streets like asthmatical old threshing engines”. But no doubt with each new model, improvements were quickly advancing the automobile’s development. Ketchum was a visionary who realized that motor car fever was imminent to spread, and he set out to help it along. In 1902, he modified his store at Bank and Sparks, and began offering the first cars for sale in Ottawa. By 1909 there were an estimated 200 cars in Ottawa and 500 by 1912. (Ontario-wide there were just 220 cars in 1903, 4,200 in 1910 and more than 109,000 by 1918.) In 1912, more than a million dollars worth of cars were displayed at Lansdowne Park at the first large auto show to come to Ottawa. That same year, the first six taxi cabs were put on Ottawa’s roads (built right in town by the Watson Carriage Company). The 1920s would have been an interesting time to drive a car. While a road network existed, only a handful of streets (typically those operated as toll roads) were paved or maintained to any

This 1920s era photo of the Westboro Garage inspired this month’s column. PHOTO COURTESY MIKE KRZYZANOWSKI

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degree. The first traffic lights were years away. What little signage existed was intended for slow-moving horses and buggies, and there was no licensing or testing for drivers. Car owners basically took their new toys out on the rough roads and banged them around, often performing their own repairs as they went. While governments hastened to deal with all of these new issues, the demand for sales and services grew, and savvy local entrepreneurs jumped on the exploding opportunity.

THE ARRIVAL OF AUTO MECHANICS Thomas A. Stott Sr. was a successful general store merchant in Hintonburg’s first years, and also was an early real estate mogul, amassing properties and rental houses in Hintonburg and Westboro in the late 19th century. The family business at the northeast corner of Wellington and Merton was a cornerstone of Hintonburg commerce for years. Following in his father’s footsteps, in 1900 the 24-year-old Thomas Jr. opened his own business on the opposite side of Merton (now the site of the Pharmasave)

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Andersons opened the Westboro Garage, a large one-storey building constructed pantone 409 cvu pantone 072 CVU of cement and sheet metal, with a woodframe interior. The garage was even more dynamic than Stott’s shop. They sold a small selection of cars and trucks, performed repairs to any model, sold tires and accessories, sold gas through pumps, and even provided storage for cars (likely for the winter months). They were the first shop that did any of these services in Westboro, and one of the first in the Ottawa area. Westboro Garage thrived and the brothers expanded operations over time, including acquiring Ottawa stations under the moniker of Owl Service Stations (including one at the intersection of Wellington and Somerset). However, their hearts were always in Westboro, and eventually refocused solely on the Westboro Garage. The original Westboro Garage building burnt in a fire in November 1930, and an impressive, modern new building was built in 1931. A major addition was added in 1947, and the shop rebranded itself as Westboro Motors & Appliances, adding an appliances division, an RV/trailer department, and even a phonographs record shop (complete with listening booths). The business remained in the family, even after Percy was the last of the three brothers to pass away in 1949. His son Sid kept the business running until selling in the fall of 1954, when it became known as C. Connelly Motors. Later it became Turpin’s, Bedard’s, and then co-operated by Bourk’s Ignition and Leland Love’s Car City into the 1990s. The original 1931 and 1947 buildings were demolished in April 2009 to make way for the condo buildings. Westboro and Hintonburg has seen so many mechanics, gas stations and dealerships come and go over these past 100 years, and the automotive industry continues today to constantly modernize. The efforts of the Stotts and Andersons cannot be forgotten, as the pioneers of this exciting and ever-changing industry here in Kitchissippi.

and for many years was the king of bicycles in the west end; his “bicycle livery” shop a popular destination for Ottawans. Thomas Jr. was no doubt attuned to technological advances, and as early as 1903 was listed as dealing part-time in automobiles and motorcycles. He remained primarily focused on bikes until June of 1919, when he plunged headfirst into the exciting world of automobiles. He renamed his business the West End Garage, and began offering a full range of car-related sales and services to Hintonburg residents. Thomas Jr. died in 1929, but the West End Garage continued on until it was closed, sold and demolished in 1955. Equally important players in Kitchissippi’s early automotive days were the Anderson brothers and their Westboro Garage. Percy Anderson was the first of the three brothers to discover Westboro, arriving in 1912 and building 577 Highland Avenue for his family. He worked as a mechanic at a shop in Ottawa, honing his skills before joining the active service with the Canadian Army Service Corps from 1915 until his discharge on July 31, 1919. Timelines indicate Percy must have been motivated to open his own business upon his return to Canada, as a little over a month later, in September of 1919, the Westboro Garage was up and running. Percy, 33, recruited his older brother Herbert, from Toronto, and younger brother Fred to run the business with him, and get in on the automobile craze, on rapidly growing Richmond Road. The England-born trio acquired a block of lots at the western end of Westboro, on the south side of Richmond between Golden and Roosevelt (the final piece of buildable land on the south side of Richmond before the streetcar tracks began). The location was likely quite strategic; by constructing their business here, they would be assured that their shop would be the first that anyone from the west would pass by on their way to Ottawa or beyond. It was here (on the site of today’s Westboro Station condo building) that the


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Councillor calls for ‘line in the sand’ on infill projects In the second part of his conversation with KT, Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper talks infill, upcoming development applications and cyclist safety. KT: You’ve talked about infill being a priority for this term of council. Can you expand on what’s happening there? JL: I think residents are very aware that we’ve seen a dynamic for over a decade now in Westboro where single-family homes are being bought on relatively large lots. The single is demolished and two semi-detached (houses) go up in its place. Often, those semi-detached (houses) have a secondary dwelling in them. So where there was one dwelling, now there are four. The actual process of building infill continues to be one that needs to be reined in. Residents can expect that the pressures that arise from the new official plan, with its new emphasis on intensification, may push developers to seek more than that four-to-one ratio. What developers are looking for now is to actually put two long, semi-detached (houses), to sever that original lot of subdivision. (They want to) put a long semi-detached – so front to back semis – on each one of the new lots, each of which has a new secondary dwelling in it. So the ratio from that original lot goes from one dwelling to eight. I think that’s too much.

The new official plan is going to push for greater intensification, especially near transit, which is the right move. But we have to be thoughtful about what the limits are on that. My own preference is to see that (Westboro infill) study normalize the level of intensification that we’ve been seeing for a decade and that we know will continue. I want to make sure we put a line in the sand to say that the new normal is not going to become eight-to-one. KT: There are a couple of other development applications I wanted to talk about. What do you think of Trinity’s proposal for 951 Gladstone Ave. (a partnership with CLV Group and PBC Real Estate Advisors to build three apartment towers of 35, 33 and 31 storeys near the future Gladstone LRT station)? JL: The discussion that (Somerset Coun. Catherine) McKenney and I are having with the developer is less around the height and density and more around trying to ensure that it’s truly transitfocused by limiting the amount of parking. The big discussion continues to be how will we treat the artists who

”We need to invest in our cycling infrastructure to keep cyclists safe in order to ensure that our transportation in this city is going to be sustainable for the foreseeable future.”

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KT: What specifically do you think needs to be done? JL: Segregated cycling infrastructure on all of our main corridors. It’s not going to be every street. But too many of our streets, like Wellington West and Richmond, where there should be segregated cycling infrastructure, there’s not. And we need to accelerate those (projects). We have a cycling master plan. But we’re accomplishing it too slowly. And the other piece of Vision Zero is we need to slow traffic down in this city. There is a limit to what government

can do. But we do need to make sure that we are doing what we can, which includes lowering speed limits, ensuring protected intersections for cyclists and for pedestrians, always prioritizing whenever we have decisions to make about how streets function, our most vulnerable users. We can play a big role in terms of making those investments.


KT: What else is happening on the development front? JL: We know that not this fall, but over the rest of this term of council, there will be proposals made for greater height on Richmond Road. My initial approach with all the developers is to let them know I want to stick to the existing traditional main-street plan which calls for buildings of no greater than six to eight stories. I think we deviate from that plan at the peril of potentially creating a much less friendly traditional main street. We love our main street in this ward. It’s a pedestrian-friendly environment – we don’t want any repeats of the convent site, where the pedestrian-friendliness of that block has been destroyed by a very poorly thoughtthrough, too-dense building. I don’t have any reason to believe that the city is looking at a deviation from their six- to eight-storey traditional main street.

KT: There’s been a lot of talk recently about Vision Zero – the project to create a road system where there are no fatalities or serious injuries. What’s your opinion of council’s approach to Vision Zero when it comes to cycling? JL: I was disappointed that council chose, when we brought that motion, not to immediately embrace Vision Zero principles. However, we have a safety review that’s coming this fall. Cyclists are getting hit in this city every day. Accomplishing our second of the five big moves in our official plan – a majority of trips accomplished by something other than the private automobile – means that we have to get much more aggressive on cycling. We can’t do that if cycling is not safe. And right now, people just have to read the headlines to see how unsafe the environment is for cyclists in Ottawa. We need to invest in our cycling infrastructure to keep cyclists safe in order to ensure that our transportation in this city is going to be sustainable for the foreseeable future.

are currently residents in the buildings that are around there. I’m encouraged by the direction that the developer is taking. I think there’s a pragmatic recognition of the reality that those buildings are going to be tall and dense. I want the architecture to be great. I want there to be affordable housing. I want the artists to be treated well, and I want it to be truly transit-oriented by limiting the amount of parking. If those are accomplished, then I’m not going to fight the height. They recognize that we want affordable housing, and I think the discussion is about how to accomplish that rather than whether to accomplish that.

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Justin Champagne is humbled to be taking part in the Breaking, Bread, Breaking Stigma sandwich competition. PHOTO BY TED SIMPSON

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n his 15 months as Chef de Cuisine at Bar Lupulus, Justin Champagne has made quite an impact on diners at this popular Wellington West eatery. He’s garnered much praise for his ability to take ingredients both humble and exotic and transform them into inventive, delicious dishes. On October 23, 2019, the Winnipeg native, who now lives in Hintonburg, is excited to be competing in the third annual

Breaking Bread, Breaking Stigma gourmet sandwich competition, a fundraiser for the Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre. “It was very humbling to be nominated to participate,” said Champagne. “I didn’t really realize that my name or that of Bar Lupulus was getting out there to this level so that’s pretty exciting. I am a competitive guy and I love sandwiches so that makes me a great fit for this event.” Champagne is no stranger to intense culinary competitions, having previously

served on Marc Lepine’s team from Atelier which won the prestigious Gold Medal Plates national championship for an unprecedented second time in 2016. During his five years at Atelier, he also assisted Chef Michael Holland (later of Hintonburg’s Holland Cake & Shake and now Morning Owl Coffee) when the duo competed on the Food Network show Donut Showdown. Having grown up playing sports, Champagne admits he genuinely feels the need for competition and loves the

adrenaline rush it brings. “It’s also fun to get out of your own kitchen for a night and interact with a big group,” he adds. “Cooking is a social thing, so an event like this offers a different way to share food and make people happy. Having said that, as a competitor I really want to win so I put pressure on myself as I don’t want to fail. The good thing is that the process of creating a new dish, like my sandwich for this competition, gives me a chance to fail initially then tweak and

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don’t feel good in their own skin,” said Garland. “Rather than demonizing food, it should be prepared and enjoyed with friends and family. Competing to create a masterpiece out of the seemingly lowly sandwich is a great way of doing this.” When asked if he had any advice for Champagne, Garland said that he likely doesn’t need any, but suggested to not underestimate the bread. “Last year we used a top-split brioche hot dog bun which we brushed with bacon fat and toasted it on a grill for lots of crunch and bacony flavour to boot. I’m sure Justin has some tricks up his sleeve and I’m 100% confident that Justin will kill it.” Although the format is different, Champagne says Breaking Bread, Breaking Stigma will help him prepare for his participation in the Canada’s Great Kitchen Party regional qualifier in November. “Any competition helps because it teaches you how to move quickly, efficiently and precisely while also keeping your emotions in check.” An unabashed Wellington West fan, Champagne agreed that having a second winner from the neighbourhood would be terrific. “It’s such a great area and still under appreciated – so it could put this area a bit more on the map. We already have so many gems, like Stofa, Supply and Demand, Wellington Gastropub and The Third, plus great coffee shops. Our neighbourhood has so much going for it right now but there’s still room for more.”

refine until I move on to something more wonderful, which I find so rewarding.” Although he has yet to nail down his sandwich recipe for the event as it’s been so busy at Bar Lupulus, he has lots of ideas since sandwiches are always on the lunch menu. Known for his success at combining ingredients in seemingly unorthodox ways, Champagne has proven that with patience and the appropriate technique, surprising pairings can offer brilliant flavours and textures. “I’m looking at environmentally friendly proteins and I have a ton of fermented items in my pantry that I can work with to make things pop. Of course, I’ll be serving up my creation on house-made bread. I’m aiming for something simple with big, deep flavours.” In assessing his competition – including Shane Brown of Beckta and Cory Baird from Eldon’s who have already been confirmed – Bar Lupulus’ chef says that a culinary showdown is just like playoffs in sports. “Anybody can win. The best chef can have a bad day, others can have a great day. Everyone in this event is very talented and capable of putting out a winning dish at any moment.” Champagne describes the competition as being like a sporting event for people who love food and says it’s an interesting way to help generate awareness about an extremely important cause. His thoughts are echoed by last year’s winner, Pat Garland of Hintonburg’s Absinthe Cafe. “With all the media and body shaming aimed at young people on platforms like Instagram, it’s no wonder that people often

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ACTIVE LIVING A pair’s love of running evolves into a shared goal PHOTOS AND STORY BY CHARLIE SENACK

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who share the same goals and interests, and hope this is the beginning of what will become something even bigger. “I think the biggest thing is the social component and support that is offered through run club,” says Davies. “It doesn’t matter if you’re having a great


unning can take a toll on the body, especially if you’re not physically prepared. So to help local runners reach their goals, including training for marathons, Leah Reinberger and Trevor Davies created a unique new group in the Kitchissippi neighbourhood. Reinberger and her partner Davies love to run; it’s something they do at least six times a week. They have taken part in races all across the globe, from ironmans to ultramarathons, and even trailblazer runs. “We have ran from coast to coast, but my favourite thing is that we do it together,” says Reinberger, who adds they can now run up to 68 km. “Whatever you think you can do, it’s not even close. You can always do more.” So when the opportunity came up to start a running group at Evolve Fitness, located at 953 Somerset Street West, Reinberger knew it was the opportunity she was looking for. They launched a 10-week pilot project called Evolve Run Club in July. Their first goal was to help train runners for the Army Run, which took place on September 22. But what makes the group unique is that not only do they focus on the running itself, but incorporate other issues like strength training and nutrition. “Everyone has different limitations as far as what’s going on in their bodies,” says Michael Patone, owner of Evolve Fitness, who works with club members on

strengthening their bodies. “For us it was a case of if we could build a program where we are not just getting into the actual activity of running, but can we ensure that we are basically adding the best value, the best motivation,” he adds. “Also so we can help people begin at a starting point and improve.” Kitchissippi resident Joel Stelpstra started running about four years ago after going through some life changes and deciding he needed something different in his physical activity routine. He joined the running group after wanting to create a better training schedule and become more systematic when it comes to running. “It’s been a lot of fun and it’s definitely been a more methodical way to run,” he says. “We have had some really great workouts. We have had some good speakers come in, and it’s just overall been a really great opportunity to try something different.” Both Reinberger and Davies say the pilot project was a success, and are now looking for new ways to keep the running group alive. They are launching a new 14-week session which begins on October 15, where they will begin training for a half marathon taking place in Phoenix in January. “This time it will be a longer distance and the destination race is taking place in the winter,” says Reinberger. “That is the big draw which makes it different this round.” As a whole the two say it’s been a fun experience getting to know other people

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World of Maps celebrates 25 years in Kitchissippi BY YOSE CORMIER


rad Green is adamant: maps are not old-fashioned and out-of-date. On the contrary, he says. And the fact that World of Maps, which Green and his partner of 40 years, Petra Thoms, owns, celebrated 25 years in business is a testament to that. “There’s a misconception around what we do, and we even get that from our customers. We get some coming in and saying they are old fashioned for wanting maps, but that’s not true. It’s smart, intelligent. Our customers embrace technology. They aren’t fuddy duddies!” says Green. And Green and Thoms also embraced technology right from the get-go and have never looked back. “When we opened in the early 1990s, emails were just starting, the web was just starting. But within two months, with help from a neighbour, we had our catalogue online and people could download our inventory. We had customers from all over the world, thanks to the Internet,” says Thoms. While internet mapping has exploded, it hasn’t decreased demand for “proper detailed maps and books.” “Our customers come in with a Google map on their phones and they want it enlarged because it’s too small. Or they want a detailed map of the lake where their cottage is, or a place they are planning on visiting,” says Green.

Brad Green and Petra Thoms aren’t surprised their store, World of Maps, has been around for 25 years. They knew from the get-go they had something people wanted, and still do even in today’s digital age. PHOTO COURTESY PETRA THOMS AND BRAD GREEN

Thoms notes that custom-made maps – printed, mounted and framed in store – are a big part of their business. They even take online requests, from people all over the world, for specific geographical areas. Green credits their longevity for providing a product that people are passionate about, but also for constantly adapting, both to customer needs and to technology. “About 10 years ago, people were asking why don’t we sell flags. We had never thought about that, but we started with small flags and we slowly grew that part of the business. Now many people know us as the flag shop, too.”

The most rewarding part for the couple is meeting the interesting people who walk into the store and share their stories. “We are very thankful because we are part of their adventure because we help them plan for their trip,” says Thoms. “We share their enthusiasm for where they are going to go. We get a buzz off of that and feed off their enthusiasm.” They are also enablers in some ways as well. “We get many people who come in and are hesitant about taking long trips. We tell them to just go. The hardest part is the first step, but then the experience of travel is so rewarding.”

Green likens the store to an independent bookstore. And in fact, they offer a curated list of interest books, from international politics, adventure, science, geography, humor. But they are all linked to travel. A walk through the store is a testament to their love of travel. Everything is related to “worldly things” in one way or another. There are travel books on a series of shelves, flags in one corner and maps of all kinds on seemingly every wall. There’s even a kids section. The couple’s story is one tied to travel and adventure. Green, originally

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West, where they now employ five staff members. Green and Thoms have seen the area grow and change since they opened, especially over the last 10-15 years. “I think, partly because of the BIA, this area has changed into a real neighbourhood. If you go to other places in Ottawa, and even elsewhere in Canada, people know Wellington Street as a happening place. Sure, there’s lots of traffic now, but it’s manageable, especially compared to other parts of the world. And where can you find free parking right in front of stores these days?” The couple note there are lots of “cool things happening in the neighbourhood”, and they are glad to be part of that. Green and Thoms realize they may not be part of the store in 25 years – “I hope not” says Thoms with a laugh. But they do plan on celebrating their 35-year anniversary, and they don’t see anything getting in the way of that.


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Q: A new study confirmed again that hormone replacement therapy for menopause causes cancer, why are doctors still prescribing them?

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Q: I’ve had urinary incontinence and pain since menopause, is there anything I can do?

he Garderie Tunney’s Daycare, which was on the verge of closing just three years ago because of a rent increase imposed by the federal government, introduced 18 new French spaces to its daycare this summer. The daycare held a celebration to mark the occasion in August. “The new spaces were created following an extensive renovation–cost was about $200,000 from parent’s fees and city funding—in response to the fact that the federal government is no longer applying its workplace daycare policy to Tunney’s Daycare. This meant that the daycare’s rent has gone up from 0 to $145,000 over the course of just a few years,” said Bill Parker, a member of the daycare board. The daycare now has 67 spots, split into infant, toddler and pre-school groups.

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TASTE OF WELLINGTON POPULAR AS EVER The Wellington BIA tried a new approach to its popular TASTE of Wellington event with success. Instead of having all the businesses bring out their food at the same time, they staggered the tastings, which meant people could try more and the event lasted longer.

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NEW BUSINESSES AND NEW LOCATIONS Tallow, a women’s clothing store looking to bring “little bit of bohemian rock n’ roll style to Ottawa” at 358 Richmond Road held a grand re-opening at the end of August. On the Wellington West side, the Yuzumi, a Japanese restaurant, opened at 83 Holland Avenue (former location of The Bowl). They feature poke bowls, sushi and sandwiches. Also new is Drip House, a beautiful coffee shop located at 340B Parkdale Avenue, the former Urban Juice Press location. It’s actually not on Parkdale

Kids at Garderie Tunney’s Daycare are enjoying the new space, which has allowed the business to meet rental increase demands. PHOTO BY YOSE CORMIER

Large crowds lined up in front of Wellington’s restaurants and shops, hoping to get a taste of their fares. PHOTO BY ELLEN BOND Ave, but is just around the corner from Railbender Tattoo Studio. Uproar Interiors have moved from their long-time Hintonburg location, but they have not gone far: the new spot is just across the street at 1116 Wellington St. West. Also moving is The Westboro BIA, which is going from 261a Richmond to a smaller, more manageable space at 290 Picton.

BUSINESS CLOSURES Unfortunately, Cyclelogik will be shutting down this fall and by extension, Cafe Maillot will also be closing. Cyclelogik have been outstanding community members over the years, especially with their sponsorship of the Hintonburg 5K road race. Also closed is Wine Bottega on Richmond Road. With files from the Wellington West BIA

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or being negotiated in Toronto to govern Metrolinx transit projects, the former Woodbine Raceway lands, and in the Parkdale neighbourhood. A particularly important precedent is the Community Benefits Plan for the Windsor-to-Detroit Gordie Howe International Bridge development, which is under federal jurisdiction. LeBreton Flats is an opportunity for the NCC to show leadership and embrace a community benefits agreement as the social framework for the development; much like the federal leadership shown with the Gordie Howe Bridge project and what other levels of government have done elsewhere. Over the next few months, the coalition will be working hard to establish community benefit targets for a community benefits agreement and also to raise awareness of how it would benefit our citizens. We hope the CBA goal for LeBreton will resonate with residents of Hintonburg, Mechanicsville and Wellington West who know well the challenges posed by how various developments can play out in a community. Stay tuned for our web site and social media launches. We welcome your involvement. Martin Adelaar is a resident of Hintonburg and member of the LeBreton Flats Community Benefits Coalition Steering Committee. For more information on the Coalition and Community Benefits Agreements, contact George Brown, or 613-804-2453.

Continued from page 2 The coalition currently comprises 21 Ottawa-based organizations and the list is growing. These organizations advocate for affordable housing, decent work and training, local and social procurement, sustainable energy, co-operative enterprises, the needs of Ottawa indigenous citizens, health services, and other social outcomes. The coalition also includes several community associations, like the Hintonburg and Mechanicsville community associations. The use of CBAs to build community wealth from major developments is growing rapidly in North America and overseas as communities now realize that the old playbooks used by institutions and developers often leave little long-term community value. CBAs can ensure that social, economic and environmental benefits actually result from development. CBAs enable communities to play a meaningful role in development planning and execution and they avoid weak governance and enforcement. In advocating for CBAs, broad-based coalitions address the needs of community voices not normally considered and avoid the fragmentation that occurs when community sectors are forced to advocate for their own interests as individual silos. Here in Ottawa, a community benefits agreement is being negotiated in the Herongate community. CBAs are in place

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The Sunset Singers perform all over Ottawa, and show that you are never too old to share the joys of music with others.

Sun not setting on this group of singers Kitchissippi seniors part of seemingly ageless musical group PHOTOS AND STORY BY JUDITH VAN BERKOM


he dynamic singing group, The Sunset Singers, has resumed its weekly practices in preparation for its annual November concert at Centrepoint and other gigs in retirement and nursing homes this fall. “What The Sunset Singers demonstrate is that age need not be a burden. Aging does change behavior but much of what you were in your younger years can remain with you as you enter your senior years,” says Ed Weick, one of three members from the Kitchissippi

Ward area, along with Sharon Shaver and Max Sternthal. The Sunset Singers share a passion for giving, singing and sharing their lives with each other – they meet occasionally for lunch on Tuesdays after practice and have social get-togethers in the summertime. Weick has lived in the Kitchissippi Ward for more than 30 years, raising his family in the same house on Melbourne Ave. He worked well into his 70s, both as a public servant for Northern Affairs, and later as a consultant for 20 years. The singer, whose voice ranges between a tenor and a bass, has a lifelong

passion for music and prior to joining The Sunset Singers, sang in a church choir for 10 years. “The Sunset Singers are a dynamic and energetic group of older people who see the world as a meaningful place – a place they want to affirm and praise through song,” says Weick. “As positive people, they want to do things for their community and its people. They see themselves as singing not because the sun is going down, but because it’s still up there.” Shaver moved back to the ward seven years ago after living in an outport of Newfoundland on the island of

Twillingate for 14 years. Known there as a “mainlander”, she says she could write a book about her experiences. Like Shaver, the members of the Sunset Singers are a diverse group of seniors accustomed to giving back to their communities. When they perform in nursing homes, choir members are encouraged to mingle with the residents. “One of the ways to contribute to our society is to sing,” says Shaver. “I like to hold their hand and look into their eyes, touching as many people as I can.” Before she joined The Sunset Singers, Shaver sang acapella with the Capital Chordettes for five years, in a church choir

short exerpts of their interesting lives. Ten women and five men, from all parts of Ottawa-Gatineau, make up the current choir. Choir numbers wax and wane according to the health of their members,with ages ranging from the late 60s to well into the 90s. The group is looking for new members this fall (no previous experience is necessary). Their choir director, Roxanne Goodman – a graduate of Concordia University’s music program – also directs The Big Soul Choir in Ottawa and teaches music from her home. Weick describes Goodman as a superb director, and confidence booster. Their next performances are at Carlingwood Shopping Centre on October 5 at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. A freewill offering is appreciated to offset their costs.

The group’s eighth annual fundraising concert for local charities will take place at Centrepoint Theatre on November 2 at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Children under 12 are free and a cover charge of $20 per person gives you an afternoon of songs, skits and lovely items to bid on in their silent auction. They also have a Remembrace Day concert planned November 11, for 10:30 a.m. at the Carlingwood Shopping Centre. To join The Sunset Singers, contact Goodman at roxanne@ or 613-424-0595, or Adrienne Packnadel-Powell, who at 80 years of age arranges most of their gigs and handles administration, at ajp@ Practices are on Tuesdays at Temple Israel, 1301 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, at 2 p.m.

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in Twillingate for two years, and with the Carlington choir for four years upon her return to Ottawa. Declining health has not stopped many of the members from being active participants in society. For instance, Sternthal, who is well into his 90s, completed two books, recorded four CDs and created a website to share his research on the history of Israel. Ron Stoltz has recently written a play, which is to be performed at a theatre in Wakefield this fall. Michael O’Connor, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, served at St. Joseph’s soup kitchen downtown for years. Patricia Hutton produced a CD to celebrate her 80th birthday and still takes piano lessons and practices two hours a day. These are but a sample of the 15 current members of the choir, and

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City Building • The Confederation Line of our O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) system opened to the public on September 14. It was the busiest LRT system on day one in North America • Construction for Stage 2 LRT is underway, bringing rail farther east, west and south • The Flora Footbridge, which connects the communities of Old Ottawa East and the Glebe, as well as Lansdowne, was completed ahead of schedule, under budget and officially opened to the public in June • An additional $9.8 million being invested into roads, bike lanes, sidewalks and City facilities in 2019 to bring the total road and infrastructure budget to $128.5 million

Community • No-charge OC Transpo service for seniors has been extended to include Sundays in addition to Wednesdays • Started to pilot new school bus stop-arm cameras with the Ottawa Police Service to catch dangerous drivers and keep children safe in school and residential areas • Over 400 new affordable housing units have been approved to be built since the beginning of the new 2018-2022 mandate • 6 new Red Light Cameras will be installed in 2019, for a total of 60 • Started a comprehensive review of the City’s Tree By-Laws with in order to reduce urban tree loss

Affordability and Economic Development • Amazon fulfilment centre now employing over 600 residents in the east end • Ottawa’s first soundstage campus and creative hub being built in Nepean, creating up to 500 new jobs and generating $40 million in economic activity in the first few years • Reduced patio permit fees by 50% to help local businesses deal with rising costs • Maintained a Moody’s Aaa credit rating • Keeping life in Ottawa affordable while investing in essential services with a cap on taxes


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Charles Simon, one of Dovercourt’s popular instructors, leads an aquatic exercise class.

Fall fitness at Dovercourt If cooler weather tends to chase you inside, then this is the perfect time to pick up a new or familiar fitness program at Dovercourt Recreation Centre. With programs available for all ages, abilities and interests, there is something for everyone at Dovercourt. Are you looking for an alternative to your gym-based or high impact workouts? Aquatic exercise classes can deliver benefits without the wear and tear associated with some forms of exercise. Dovercourt’s warm water is always the right temperature for both high and low-intensity workouts, and the ramp entry provides easy access. There is an impressive variety of classes for fitness, rehab and specialized needs: deep and

shallow classes; pre and postnatal classes; strength and circuit classes; balance and mobility classes; and programs for specific conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, post-stroke, and more. New this session is Aqua Strength, an aquatic workout focused on muscular strength and endurance that incorporates a variety of equipment to provide excellent toning and strengthening, offered Wednesday mornings and Thursday evenings. Expectant moms can stay healthy and strong with Prenatal Strength and Prenatal Yoga, while Aqua Prenatal offers low impact exercise that is easy on the joints and lower back. If you’ve just had a baby, there are many postnatal classes available, including daytime postnatal TRX and core conditioning, and spin and core conditioning classes. Both programs offer parents a chance to reconnect

with exercise while also providing a safe place to connect and get fit with baby nearby. Dovercourt also offers postnatal yoga and core classes. Designed for postpartum moms, this class focuses on core-strengthening and posture-improving fitness techniques. Pre and postnatal classes are a great place to meet fellow parents-to-be, parents and babies, and can be the start of lifelong friendships. If you’re looking to get your heart pumping, sign up to one of their Zumba classes, an exciting hip-swivelling workout where African, Caribbean and Latin dance moves are combined with aerobics for a class that’s so fun you won’t even realize you’re exercising! For long and lean muscle development, Dovercourt’s eclectic barre program combines dance, Pilates, yoga and strength exercises to improve your posture, core strength and coordination.

You may also want to try one of their W.O.W. (Women on Weights) or M.O.W. (Men on Weights) classes to improve bone density and metabolism. Be sure to check out Dovercourt’s fall program guide. They have many early morning, afternoon as well as evening and weekend classes available, so fitting exercise into your routine has never been easier. Though September is over already, it’s not too late to join in – classes are just getting underway!

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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.

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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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Modern dental practice offers exceptional service and a culture of caring For many people, the ideal dental practice is bright, modern and welcoming while also offering the skills of experienced practitioners who confidently provide exceptional care. Carling Dental is exactly that kind of place, delivering unparalleled cosmetic and family dentistry services out of a comfortable, cheerful new office. Carling Dental’s patients benefit from the unwavering drive for perfection shared by Dr. John Oueis and his team. “Everyone who works here is exceptionally well trained and takes pride in constantly upgrading their expertise to bring new innovations to the practice,” explains business manager Rebeca Oueis. “Dr. Oueis has a particular fondness for technology; ours was the first practice in Ottawa, for example, to offer dental CT scans. We love embracing new techniques and equipment whenever we feel they will be of value to our patients.” Husband and wife team John and Rebeca purchased the business almost twenty years ago and quickly made a name for themselves at both their original Carling Avenue

“I am genuinely thrilled every time someone tells us that our dental services have transformed their life.” location as well as their Lyon Street office in the Glebe. “From the beginning, our vision was to keep our practice as a one stop shop,” says Rebeca. “We offer a full suite of dental services – including oral surgery, orthodontics, implants, restorative work, dentures, endodontics, whitening and more – all under one roof.” As if more proof of the culture of caring at Carling Dental were needed, their office is fully accessible, a rarity in Ottawa yet much appreciated by many of their older patients as well as those with mobility issues. In addition, the team’s passion for helping children have positive, happy dental care experiences has led to another innovation – dedicated hours for kids’ appointments. “During the one afternoon and evening where we exclusively welcome our younger

patients, we make it very fun for the kids to be there together. It’s lively, happy and even a bit noisy and we just love the atmosphere. Kids learn from a very young age that coming to the dentist is a very positive thing and by the time they are in their early teens, many of them are quite comfortable coming to see us by themselves, which their parents really appreciate.” One aspect of visiting Carling Dental that sometimes takes patients by surprise is the fee structure, which is as close to the provincially recommended guide as possible. Rebeca explains that when she first met Dr. Oueis, she was coming from a background where dental care was not a priority and she needed to have a lot of work done. “We made a conscious decision to keep our practice fees in line with the provincial recommended dental pricing. We are

hoping it will encourage people to come and get the dental care they need. I am genuinely thrilled every time someone tells us that our dental services have transformed their life, just as mine was transformed by finally getting the care I needed years ago.” Everyone at Carling Dental is eager to welcome new patients and show them how pleasant and effective modern dentistry can be. “A big part of the warm atmosphere our patients enjoy stems from the fact that we are a family owned and operated business,” notes Rebeca. “John and I like to joke that having raised six children together, there’s very little that we encounter at work that can surprise us anymore,” she adds with a laugh. “We are eagerly looking forward to welcoming our son Matthew to the practice in 2019 when he graduates from McGill University.”

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Spinning with creativity at Hintonburg Pottery flexibility when it comes to scheduling. Hintonburg Pottery is very active in the community – every year they host a workshop in support of the Parkdale Food Centre – with all proceeds going to the provision of holiday meals. They are hosting their next event on Sunday, November 17, 2019, and hope to see members of the community supporting this brilliant cause! They recently supported the Cornerstone Housing for Women’s Purple Tie Gala, and Ginger McCoy, Owner, offers free monthly lessons to a local women’s group, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to take classes. Hintonburg Pottery also participates in local community events, such as TASTE of Wellington West. They are moving into outreach programming and have partnered with

schools and other organizations in the past to bring a bit of Hintonburg Pottery into their space, for those who can’t venture out to their studio but wish to try their hand at working with clay. Next time you’re in the neighbourhood, stop in to say hello. Hintonburg Pottery is always happy to meet new faces! Their warm space invites a hint of whimsy, encouraging every passerby to pop-in and explore their wares and workshops.

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Depending on the day of the week and time of day, you may find an after-school kids’ handbuilding class, a corporate retreat, people dropping in to play with clay or laughter amongst friends at an evening Spin The Wheel session. In addition to the bustling studio and creative programming, Hintonburg

Pottery also hosts gallery exhibitions and sells unique pottery pieces crafted by local artists. Friendly and welcoming, the instructors and staff at Hintonburg Pottery pride themselves on offering a positive and nurturing learning environment, where all levels and abilities can explore, get messy and learn to trust themselves as they build confidence while having fun taking new creative risks. If you’re a beginner, instructors advise not to be afraid to “make a mistake”. If you want to learn or create, but can’t commit to regular classes or workshops, Hintonburg Pottery recently launched a new offering for those who wish to experience handbuilding or wheel throwing classes. The Pottery Flex Pass is ideal for shift workers, students or anyone who craves creativity but requires


Enter the doors of Hintonburg Pottery and you are welcomed into a lightfilled studio and pottery shop. Hintonburg Pottery is an active space that mixes the regular practice of studio members with the regular running of classes, workshops, courses and special events for all levels, abilities and ages.


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Family owned Wellington Butchery focuses on quality. “One of our priorities is to buy local when we can, and to buy Canadian,” says owner Joel Orlik. “We do a lot of specialty items and have a good selection of gluten-free sausages, deli meats and homemade prepared meals.” Wellington Butchery is not your run-of-the-mill butcher. They stock certified organic, grass-fed meats as well as specialties, such as Wagyu beef and Nagano pork. And just in time for Thanksgiving, they have quality, antibiotic-free turkeys; all raised on vegetarian feed. A delicious addition to any holiday table! If you’re looking to grab something delicious to go, they offer prepared meals made in their own kitchen from scratch – if you are looking for a treat, they are well known for their fabulous cookies! Customers of Wellington Butchery know they will find variety, quality

Wellington Butchery is helping connect neighbours to good food by helping supply the Parkdale Food Centre or taking part in their TASTE of Wellington Fundraiser. Make every meal special with quality products from Wellington Butchery. Their friendly staff are available seven days a week to answer your questions.

and many unique products to fill their dinner plates. In addition to traditional cuts of meat and organic products, they can also accommodate special dietary needs, with low-sodium or gluten-free products and meals, or pork-free sausages. They even have vegan offerings, such as mushroom tofu burgers and tofu tiki masala.

Wellington Butchery has quickly become a well-loved addition to the community because they produce the majority of their products in-house, including their artisanal sausages, bone broth and nitrate-free deli meats. Look to them for well-aged beef and expertly trimmed prime cuts. When they are not in store,

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Hello Kitchissippi! We would like to introduce ourselves: we are Notre Dame High School. Specifically, we are (from left to right) Nelly Lienou Kamayou, Victory Kaly, Erin Donahue-Boyle and Adam Csagoly. Missing is Ana Solana. We will be working at keeping

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e are Anna Berglas and Ellis Bissonnette, and we are thrilled to be the new Kitchissippi Times student columnists from Nepean High School. We are two Grade 12 students who hope to enlighten the Kitchissippi area with all the ins and outs of our school – from student life, to community events, to youth activists. Before launching into the new school year, here’s a quick bio about who we are. Anna has been writing for as long as she can remember. She spends what little free time she has leading Nepean High’s writing club, co-editing Knightwatch (the student newspaper) and participating in a national slam poetry team which will be competing in Guelph this October. Anna can be found at the school library early every morning, and in the drama room every evening. Ellis has a huge interest for design and organization, and loves taking photographs. When she isn’t busy fawning over her cat, she contributes a lot

of her time to helping around her school, most notably as co-editor for her school’s yearbook, co-editor for her school’s newspaper, and editor and webmaster for her school’s KEY Club. Now that we’ve been introduced, there is much to report from the new school year already. Students are kicking off the year with Club Fair, an annual tradition in which younger students can get a taste of Nepean High’s various clubs. Since many of the previous club leaders have graduated, a new generation of club heads took charge on October 2 to promote their clubs, teams and upcoming events. Meanwhile, many students took part in the Friday Climate Strike. It is not uncommon to see students armed with catchy posters and planning bus routes to Confederation Park in demand for action against climate change. “I’m glad to see so many Nepean kids passionate and willing to miss school for this cause,’’ says Sarah Landry, a Grade 12 environmental activist. “Activism is really exciting, and I encourage kids to join local groups and get involved.”

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have already been selected and will soon be rehearsing daily in order to deliver the best show possible. Finally, the Model United Nations group, more commonly known by the acronym “MUN”, will be participating in the Nuclear Disarmament Conference during the week of October 7. During this conference, students from high schools all around Ottawa will get the opportunity to research and advocate for the varying roles of nuclear weapons, as well as the importance of international disarmament. There are always many exciting opportunities and events going on around the school and we are honoured to be your community reporters.

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There will also be a canned food drive, run by Nepean High’s KEY Club. They will be collecting non-perishable foods from October 9 to October 31 in support of the Parkdale Food Centre. Canned food donations can be dropped off in the main office. In relation to donating non-perishable food, the school’s Youth In Action club will be going door-to-door on Halloween collecting canned goods for their “Trick or Canning” event, which will also be donated to the Parkdale Food Centre. Looking ahead, the annual Children’s Theatre show will take place on November 19 in the Nepean High auditorium at 7 p.m. This event is open to the public and garners a large audience each year. Crew and cast


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ith month one under our belts, I hope that everyone is settling into a nice, easy routine and students are engaged and excited about their learning. In Zone 10, our facilities crew has two major projects that are underway this year: an addition at Elmdale Public School and rejuvenation of the yard at Nepean High School. If you have concerns on either of these projects you can email facilities@ And a friendly reminder that weather can play an important role in construction timelines, so let us all cross our fingers that Mother Nature is on our side with both of these projects. With regards to the Nepean Field, the project consists of new field irrigation, drainage, re-grading, new sod, fencing and new goal posts. In order for the field to form properly, we must keep all people and pets off the field until September of 2020. This plan was put together in conjunction with the staff at the school and they are fully aware of the impacts it has on their programs. We understand that this will have an effect on the entire community, including students, staff and neighbours, and request your patience as we do the much needed work to this yard. I have access to the working schedule that the contractor has provided, and am able to forward that on to interested parties. Please email your request to The Elmdale addition project is finally underway, and we are a little behind schedule getting started. As we have more information on our timelines we will share

them with parents, students, staff and the larger community. It is difficult to know how this delay in starting will affect the overall length of the project, as there are many variables in projects of this scope. We will continue to look for efficiencies and strive to get students back to the Elmdale building as soon as we can. There is a federal election being held this October. Youth engagement in the 2015 federal election was higher than previous years, but still barely more than 50% of young people (ages 18-24) voted. It is important to encourage participation in our electoral system, far from perfect as it is. Improving voter turn-out is one way we can all work at improving the system. Depending on the age of your student, there are several ways to encourage their participation in the election. Children of all ages are likely to be exposed to advertisements through different media channels. Discussing these ads is one way to encourage young people to start thinking about the issues that matter to them. Older youth can get involved by watching debates, and if they find they identify with one party or another, they are able to volunteer, long before they are able to vote.


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chaos in public education under Premier Ford. In fact, by the time you read these remier Doug Ford invoked a fourwords, he may have provoked custodians, month recess for the Ontario clerical staff and education assistants Legislature on June 6, 2019, but one into a strike. sees the impact of his agenda everywhere. One can only assume that teachers’ While Premier Ford shields his unions aren’t far behind, given Premier government from view, we’ve been Ford has already referred to them as working hard to highlight the damage of “union thugs”. his government, and to demand change. Having said all that, it would be unfair In Kitchissippi, for example, to suggest that our current plight is due we’ve challenged procedural to Ford alone. After 15 years of roadblocks that have delayed Liberal government in Ontario, renovations at Elmdale a $16 billion infrastructure Public School. deficit existed in our public Our MPP office schools, and education corresponded with Elmdale workers were furious about parents and the local how they were being treated Our office is here for you with: education trustee (Erica by the Ontario Government. Braunovan) to press for change, The answer, as I’ve said Monthly Town Halls and papers were finally signed last many times, is to demand more Canvasses week. But delay has meant Elmdale’s from politics. By the time you read these Community Organizing expansion is now stalled for a further words, a federal election will be weeks, if Help Accessing Government Services year. This ham-fisted outcome is a not days, away. As your MPP, I urge you to direct result of the Ford Government’s ask tough questions to those running to approach to public education. represent you. P: 613-722-6414 / rue Catherine Fewer services for students with Are you satisfied109 withCatherine the statusSt.quo? E: Ottawa, ON K2P 0P4 MPP / Député provincial, dyslexia, autism, and other special our children deserve something OttawaDo Centre needs. Indefensible meddling into beyond piecemeal reform? Can we the physical and health education imagine a province and a country that is curriculum that leaves queer and trans more fair, more equal and prosperous for kids vulnerable. Mandatory “online everyone? learning” in high schools that leave That’s what I’ll be thinking at the students, parents and teachers furious. ballot box this month. I hope you will be And that’s just the beginning of the too. SUBMITTED BY JOEL HARDEN MPP OTTAWA CENTRE


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Linear Park by June 2020. This will likely mean some additional parking pressure while the Market operates on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. I appreciate your patience with that. If you have any concerns or suggestions for improvements to the Market operations, please contact my office at and we’ll work with the Market to implement those. We’ve been hearing from residents of Mechanicsville about the noise generated by the LRT for some time now and have been working with City staff to resolve these issues. The City is doing rail grinding and installing damping measures in the

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t’s officially autumn in Kitchissippi, and big changes are afoot in the ward, as always. The City of Ottawa is formulating a new Official Plan to create a vision of Ottawa’s future. The Official Plan provides a policy framework to guide the city’s physical growth and development. It’s important to stay engaged with this process: this is your opportunity to provide input on how Ottawa can stay awesome for all current and future residents!

Visit for more information and to sign up for email updates and stay connected with your community association so they can advocate on your behalf. As many of you know, the Westboro Farmer’s Market will be temporarily relocating in October of 2019. The City will be re-sodding the Byron Linear Park, so the Farmer’s Market will be setting up in McKellar Park starting on October 5. The final date of the fall season of the market will be November 2, and then they will return to McKellar for May 2020. The Market will be back to its regular location in the Byron

trench between Tunney’s Pasture and Bayview Stations to reduce the noise generated by the train. This work is ongoing, and damping measures will be installed as soon as possible. We know that many residents who live near the planned location of phase two are concerned that this issue will persist when that line is up and running, and I want to reassure those residents that the City has committed to the same measures in stage two where necessary. I am very excited about the positive changes that LRT will bring to the City and encourage you all to get out there and ride the train whenever you can! It’s truly a world-class public transit experience.

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WESTBORO VILLAGER THANKFUL THIS FALL Westboro Village BIA wants to thank everyone who participated in the survey we conducted for the Churchill mural. We received 118 responses—mostly from Kitchissippi residents. Our next step is to meet with the community associations and solicit a proposal from local mural artists. We want to wish everyone a very warm and cozy Thanksgiving. Please consider those in our community who need our help and support at these times: Westboro Region Food Bank, Cornerstone Housing for Women and Salus Ottawa. On October 26, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., we welcome everyone (including dogs) to Wickedly Westboro to enjoy free outdoor entertainment and trick or treating at the businesses. Enjoy the family friendly frightfest and check out the business storefronts and jack-olanterns—provided by Real Canadian Super Store. Salus has been selected as our supported charity for this year’s Wickedly Westboro—they are our neighbours in Westboro who offer housing for adults with serious mental illness and concurrent challenges. Farm Boy is generously providing food for a yummy fundraiser Salus is running at the former Avenue’s Garage lot. This month, after 20 years at 261 A Richmond Road, Westboro Village BIA office will be moving. We will be located at 290 Picton Avenue Suite 203. Happy Thanksgiving and a Happy Halloween! Michelle Groulx Executive Director Westboro Village Business Improvement Area

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WICKEDLY WESTBORO RETURNS Time to get spooky; don’t miss this year’s Wickedly Westboro! Back by popular demand, this FREE, family and dog friendly Halloween event will be held on Saturday, October 26, from 1 to 5 the heart of Westboro Village. Bring your little ghouls and goblins decked out in their best Halloween costumes and wander down jack-olantern-decorated sidewalks while you take in the hauntingly frightening festivities. Adults can be kids, too! Dress up the whole family and get into spine-chilling spirit together. Go ahead and dress up the dog while you’re at it—in the cutest doggone costume you can find. (See how long it stays on.) All ages are welcome at this thrillingly mysterious afternoon! Expect some seriously sweet trickor-treating, thanks to participating

local businesses handing out candy at their locations, while supplies last. Not sure what to explore first? Not to worry, there will be plenty of volunteers handing out trick-ortreating maps and guiding your crew throughout the Village in case you get spooked or lost. Be sure to stay tuned for updates on Facebook. How about a Fangtastic Ghoulfriend party? These ain’t no ordinary ghoulfriends! They will be hosting loads of fun activities for the whole family including a “fearleading" cheer lesson! Expect ghoulish party games, spooky stories, monster makeovers and more. Watch and learn how to juggle with Dawn Dreams, and check out the circus performers and the balloon animals made by World’s Greatest Balloons. How do they do that?

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Kick the holiday seasons off by enjoying plenty of local artisanal Thanksgiving fare from the heart of Westboro Village. Connect with family and friends through the art of entertaining. Enjoy an abundant autumn season which will lift your spirits high all the way through to the sparkly Christmas holidays! Westboro Village has everything you need, including



sweet baking spices this holiday season! Get premium cookware, knives (including onsite sharpening), bar ingredients, coffees, teas, artisanal condiments, linens and dinnerware to step up your entertaining and gift-giving game! Find the perfect foodie gift ideas for your gracious holiday hosts. Need to escape winter as soon as it arrives? Start planning an unforgettable family vacation with your favourite neighbourhood agent: Merit Travel at 375 Richmond Rd. Book now and plan the perfect family get-away this Christmas season! Take the family on an unforgettable journey. Whether it’s tropical beaches or more adventurous locations, get your gears motivated and allow their experienced travel agents guide you on your best journey—worry free!

festive guides to the best cheeses, charcuteries, house-made sausages, and fresh baked pastries and breads. Sign up for one of their sausage making classes and make your own to share over the holidays! Don’t want the hassle of cooking? Let them do the grunt work for you: bring home gourmet ready-made holiday meals, stress free! Pre-order ahead of time. Kitchenalia (274 Richmond Rd) has the best gift ideas to ensure quality entertaining all throughout the holiday seasons. Have a Masterchef in the family who has everything but needs more culinary tools and gadgets to cook with? Browse their online catalogue to get a headstart on gift ideas. Perhaps you’d like to reward the pastry-chefin-you with some sleek new baking gear to fill the house with the smell of





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COMMUNITY CALENDAR OCTOBER 4 - TRIVIA CHALLENGE FOR CHARITY On Friday, Oct. 4, the Westboro Legion Branch 480 invites you to compete for donations to your favourite charity. Cost is $15/player with a maximum team size of 6. All are welcome but must be 19 or older. Registration forms are available at the upstairs bar or online: http:/ The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at 389 Richmond Rd.

OCTOBER 5 - THE SUNSET SINGERS (see p.22-23 in this issue) Perform at Carlingwood Shopping Center at 10:30am and again at 1:00pm. All welcome

OCTOBER 25 - NIGHT OF WORSHIP AND MINISTRY Join St. Mary’s Parish, 100 Young St., for an evening of praise, prophecy, teaching, healing and fellowship on October 25, 7:00-9:00 pm. Theme: “Consumed by His Love”. The speaker, Pierre O’Reilly is the Executive Director of NET Ministries of Canada. He is passionate about mission and evangelization, especially spreading the love of God to the youth. The Night of Worship and Ministry is held every 4th Friday of the month. For more information, please contact: Natalia Lacar (613- 728-9811 x720); (night.worship.ministry@

OCTOBER 18 - ENRICHED BREAD ARTISTS 27TH ANNUAL OPEN STUDIO Enriched Bread Artists welcomes you, your family and friends, to our 27th Annual Open Studio event. A vernissage will take place from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. Meet with the artists in their studios, enjoy the exhibition and participate in our artists’ talks. Feed your creative soul and support the artists in your neighbourhood. A free event, open to art lovers everywhere. Open Studio continues on October 19, 20, 26 and 27, each day from noon to 6 p.m. 951 Gladstone Avenue. OCTOBER 24 - LET’S TALK ABOUT ELDER ABUSE: PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS IN THE COMMUNITY In this social awareness session, the Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre’s Elder Abuse Response & Referral Service (EARRS) will share how to recognize elder abuse, and much more. EARRS is working to effect positive change when seniors reach out for help or offer help to others. Seniors, and all who know and work with them, are

OCTOBER 26 - JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE Paul Anthony, award-winning tribute artist, will perform in the downstairs hall of the Westboro Legion, 389 Richmond Rd., from 8-11 p.m. The bar opens at 5 p.m. and the kitchen will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets ($25) are available at the upstairs bar and at the door. For more information: 613-725-2778.

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OCTOBER 26 - SENIORS HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR The Seniors Health and Wellness Fair promotes the health and well-being of the citizens of Ottawa by raising awareness of the resources and supports available in our community. This event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ron Kolbus Centre, 102 Greenview Ave (next to Britannia

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OCTOBER 26 - WOODROFFE UNITED CHURCH FALL BAZAAR This event will take place at 207 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawam from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items available include clothing, china, books, bake table, gift baskets, tools, white elephant, silent auction, toys, kitchenware, Christmas decorations, jewellery, furniture and much more. For more information, please contact the Church at 613 722-9250.

OCTOBER 28 - SMALL BUSINESS FINANCING Join Antonio Garcia, small business advisor at Scotiabank, for an informational talk about how the process works and how to prepare before applying for credit (any credit) and/or grants for your small business. Antonio will focus on financing for startups. What are the options for finding financing for your startup? What information do you need to provide to apply for financing? Antonio will share essential information about credit, loans, other options, and useful tips about credit and alerts. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm. [Registration required] For more information go to: https://


OCTOBER 5-6, 19 - CAPITAL REGION MODEL RAILWAY TOUR For a third year, local railway modellers are opening their layouts. This self-guided tour is open to everyone interested in learning more about the hobby of model railroading, whether you want to get ideas to build your own layout or just like looking at trains. Cost is $10 per person; under 16 free. Registration starts at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall, 523 St Anthony St. In addition, this year we are presenting a public train show on October 5-6 at Galeries Aylmer in Gatineau, featuring seven modular and portable layouts. At the Aylmer show, you will be able to register in advance for the Tour, which allows you to skip registration at St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall on October 19 and go straight to visiting the layouts. For more information, and to view pictures of the fine layouts on the Tour, visit our website at

OCTOBER 13 – TRIPLE-THE-FUN FITNESS CLASS FUNDRAISER Maelyn Kaya is holding a fundraising fitness class with all proceeds supporting the Students on Ice Foundation, a registered, award-wining Canadian charity dedicated to taking students from around the world to the Polar Regions to gain a deeper understanding of our fragile planet and changing climate. The event features three fitness classes wrapped into one! Start with a half hour of cardio dance (sort of like Zumba), followed by a half hour of kick-boxing, and cool down with a half hour of yoga. There will be snacks provided and prizes, too! Tickets are $25 and available on Eventbrite: https://www., or $30 at the door. Dovercourt Recreation Centre, Sunday, Oct. 13, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Beach) and provides residents an opportunity to explore and connect with over 50 exhibitors that support seniors health and well-being in our community. It is being organized by the Olde Forge Community Resource Centre and the Ottawa West Community Resource Centre, which can also arrange for transportation if required. Admission is free! Join us for keynote speakers, live demos and health screenings.


OCTOBER 5-6 - GIANT BOOK SALE The KLEO Support Group 12th Annual Book Sale, supporting education for ethnic minority students in Thailand, will take place at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre. Donations are welcome, and every accepted donation of gently used books, gives you a ballot for a chance to win $20 of free books at the sale. One coupon per donor. One winner only. For more information, contact

invited to join this conversation. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 at 3 p.m. [Registration required] For more information go to: let%E2%80%99s-talk-about-elder-abuse-protectyourself-and-others-community-2


OCTOBER 5 - BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS Bring your beloved pet to the side lawn of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary church for a special blessing at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 5. All animals welcome. 20 Grant Street (Wellington/Parkdale area). Rain or Shine

OCTOBER 12 - LIVE MUSIC: WESTBORO LEGION Branch favourites Doug and Pam Champagne will be on stage from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the branch’s Upstairs Bar & Lounge, 391 Richmond Rd. Public admission: $5. (Legion and Ladies Auxiliary members $2). For more information: 613-725-2778.

OCTOBER 5 - HAMPTON IONA COMMUNITY GROUP GARDEN EVENT Hampton Iona Community Group will be holding a ‘Garden Event’, at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Field house in Iona Park. This year the whole country is participating in planting 1.1 million “Liberation 75 Tulips”. Next spring these tulips will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. We will also be clearing away the annuals, and storing the planters for winter. All are welcome to this Family Event.


PRIX FIXE MENUS FOR PARKDALE FOOD CENTRE These top chefs and restaurateurs from across Hintonburg & Wellington Village have curated multi-course meal specials to raise funds for Parkdale Food Centre.

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