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ARTS & CULTURE Hintonburg pub staging beast of a hip-hop tribute

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Anniversary of landmark Beastie Boys album offers perfect opportunity for Hintonburg Public House owner Summer Baird to celebrate her love of legendary group BY DAVID SALI


ummer Baird has found the perfect excuse to put one of her favourite bands on steady rotation on the playlist at her Wellington Street West pub and restaurant. The owner of the Hintonburg Public House has always been a big fan of the Beastie Boys, the groundbreaking hip-hop group from New York City that catapulted to fame with the 1986 album Licensed to Ill. This year happens to be the 30th anniversary of the Beasties’ classic followup Paul’s Boutique ​– today regarded as a hip-hop masterpiece ​– and Baird and some of her customers decided it was time to celebrate the band and its legacy. “We’ve been talking about this for a couple of years now,” says Baird, noting one of her regulars, local graphic artist Adam Hughes, is also a big fan of the band. “We both really like the Beastie Boys, and we were talking about doing a group show and how it would be fun.” The result is a two-month series of events at HPH called Grand Royal: A Beastie Boys Tribute. From Sept. 3 to Nov. 4, the pub will host activities that include a Beastiesthemed bingo game, a trivia night to test superfans’ knowledge of the group as well as a listening party featuring the group’s music and videos and two evenings when the bar’s regular “colouring” nights – where customers get to colour sheets designed by local artists – will also be devoted to the band. The two-month Beasties extravaganza will also feature works from half a dozen

local artists, including Hughes. Baird has even set up her own version of “Paul’s Boutique” based on the fictional Manhattan clothing store depicted in the album’s cover photo, where she’s offering Beasties-themed merchandise – such as T-shirts emblazoned with the words “She’s Crafty” after a song from Licensed to Ill. In addition, local craft brewery Whiprsnapr has created a new beer for the occasion called A Grand Royal, License to Lager that plays on the name of the group’s breakthrough album. Several of the events, including the bingo game and the trivia contest, will raise funds for the Parkdale Food Centre. The way Baird sees it, it’s a tribute to a legendary group that aids a great cause. And it’s got an added bonus – for the next two months, she can play the Beastie Boys as often as she likes and have no problem justifying it. “I think that’s actually where it stems from originally: ‘How can we listen to Beastie Boys and get away with it all the time in the dining room?’” she says with a


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laugh. “I love all of their music – even their newer stuff.” The popular Wellington Street establishment has hosted themed art shows in the past, but never anything this elaborate. Baird says customers get “pretty excited” when they hear about the idea. “It’s a first for us, and we’re having a lot of fun with it,” she says. For more information, go to

”I think that’s actually where it stems from originally: ‘How can we listen to Beastie Boys and get away with it all the time in the dining room?” – Hintonburg Public House owner Summer Baird

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Meet Jens-Michael Schaal “I was born in Germany 45 years ago, and I lived and grew up in Frankfurt, and I wasn’t expecting that ever to change. I was really happy where I was. I had a good life and I had established myself in Germany and I worked in the financial services sector. In 2004, I moved to Canada, and the reason for that was because I met a Canadian woman from Quebec and we moved to Montreal. We met in Cape Town, South Africa, in language school, both taking English as a second language. We are both selfadventurous, which took us individually to Cape Town instead of studying in our own countries. I am eternally grateful for her choosing something out of the norm because that’s how we met. I chose South Africa because I had been there the year before, I liked it there, and my work agreed to send me there for the training. We went there, met there and the rest is history. “We moved to Montreal, lived there for a while, and then I decided to go back to school. I earned a B.A. from Concordia, and then did a master’s at Queen’s. Afterwards, we decided to move to Ottawa. Then our nomadic journey started. We moved to the U.K. and started with

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The $2.1-billion project has been a long time coming, but now that it’s (almost) here, many people are taking a serious look at the long-term implications LRT will have on development and transportation patterns in the city. One person who’s particularly interested in light rail’s potential to transform life in the capital is Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper. Noting that the Confederation Line is expected to usher in an unprecedented wave of transit-oriented housing and commercial development near LRT stations, Leiper argues that city leaders must take a wide range of social and environmental factors into consideration when planning those projects. Find out more in our Q&A with the councillor that starts on page 12. Also in this month’s issue, Dave Allston’s always fascinating Early Days column looks at the history of banking in Kitchissippi, Charlie Senack brings us the story of a new outdoor patio market that’s livening up a stretch of Wellington Street West and Ellen Bond profiles a well-travelled local resident in the popular Humans of Kitchissippi feature. In conclusion, I just want to say that my second issue as interim editor has been just as much fun to write and edit as the first. Kitchissippi has no shortage of great stories, and it’s been a privilege to get to tell at least a few of them.

he new office space on the second floor of a commercial building in a trendy part of Westboro isn’t particularly big or flashy, but for Maher Arar, it’s part of a trend that could change the future of work in the National Capital Region. Arar, a longtime entrepreneur and a resident of the neighbourhood for the past six years, is the owner of Coworkly, Westboro’s first dedicated co-working space. He believes the community will welcome his venture with open arms. You can count Westboro Village BIA executive director Michelle Groulx among Coworkly’s fans. She says the neighbourhood has long been shackled by a lack of flexible office space –​ she experienced the challenge of finding new digs in the area firsthand while overseeing the BIA’s upcoming move to a new headquarters on Picton Avenue ​– and believes Arar’s business will be a welcome addition. This month’s KT cover story takes a closer look at Coworkly and what its arrival will mean for the community. But the co-working trend is hardly the only new development that’s poised to have a major impact on how and where local residents live and work. As you know by now, the Confederation Line is finally set to bring light rail service from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair Station beginning on Sept. 14.


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The Westboro Legion honoured Second World War veteran Doris Jenkins at a ceremony in mid-August. Jenkins, 95, joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corps in 1942 and later worked for the Department of National Defence. PHOTOS BY CHARLIE SENACK

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oris Jenkins always knew she wanted to join the military. The service was in her blood, after all. Her father was a drill sergeant during the First World War, so she

knew what it was like to live the life of a soldier. On May 29, 1942, just a few weeks after her 18th birthday, Jenkins enrolled in the Canadian Women’s Army Corps and was accepted. The corps, a non-combatant branch

of the Canadian Army for women, was formed on Aug. 13, 1941, with the purpose of releasing men from noncombatant roles in the Canadian armed forces as the country expanded its war effort. Jenkins –​ born Doris Allen –​ started

out working in the canteen for the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps before being transferred to a different role stocking supplies. She was discharged from the corps in January 1946 after the war ended and went on to work for the Department of National Defence.

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‘CHARITY STARTS AT HOME’ Jenkins has received a slew of prestigious honours and distinctions over the years, including the Legion’s Meritorious Service Award, the Order of St. George medallion and a Poppy Campaign appreciation award, to name just a few. “They say charity starts at home, and it’s true,” said Richardson. “My Aunt Doris has always been a very strong-willed person and a very charming person.” The ceremony concluded with Jenkins being given a bag of goodies, which included a small bottle of Baileys Irish Cream, Brandy Beans and shortbread cookies –​ some of the longtime Ottawa resident’s favourites.

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The celebration for Jenkins took place on Aug. 13, with the longtime Westboro Legion member being led into the branch’s lounge by Brunton, who played the bagpipes, and four army cadets. Friends and family gathered there to pay tribute to the woman who dedicated much of her life to giving back to others, with many sharing memories and stories about Jenkins. “Things have come out of the closet,” she joked. “It feels very good to be honoured in this way ​– excellent, in fact ​– and I certainly didn’t expect it.” Among the family and friends at the celebration was Jenkins’ nephew Royden Richardson, who is also a member of the Westboro Legion. He says he has seen his aunt honoured many times before, so he’s gotten used to it.


To recognize a lifetime of service to her community and country, the longtime member of the Westboro Legion was celebrated at a ceremony in mid-August that coincided with the 75th anniversary of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps. Looking back at her career in the military, Jenkins, now 95, says she wishes she’d had more opportunities to travel, adding her biggest disappointment was not serving in the Korean War, which ran from 1950-53. “There were some good times as well as some rough times,” she said. “I had a very nice time. The women were accepted over the men, and I learned a lot.” Jenkins is believed to be one of only two remaining members of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps residing in Ottawa ​ – coincidentally, both live at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre ​– and that was one of the main reasons why the celebration took place. Evelyn Brunton, president and piper for the Westboro Legion, says the organization had always planned to have a celebration marking the 75th anniversary of the corps’ creation, but after hearing that Jenkins wanted to visit the legion –​ a place where she spent much of her life ​– the timing couldn’t have been better. “I really feel that we should be honouring people who have contributed so much to our community and to our organization, and Doris certainly is one of those people,” said Brunton. “She still has vibrant and feisty characteristics that brought her so far.”

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HOMES & FAMILY ‘We definitely saw the potential to create something’

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Westboro’s Lindsay and Nickola Hockey have rebuilt their postWWII-era home into an elegant, modern place to call their own BY DAVID SALI


indsay and Nickola Hockey love the way a series of renovations has transformed their two-storey Westboro home from an antiquated “Good Housekeeping design” to a modern, elegant residence. But they’re also well aware that another owner might have taken a radically different approach to the property. “This could have easily been a teardown for somebody else,” Lindsay, a commercial real estate sales rep and principal at Avison Young, says of the family’s home at 660 Windermere Ave. “We definitely saw the potential to create something that we’d be happy with for ourselves and for our kids.” The Hockeys bought the home a decade ago, attracted by the price and the location. Lindsay grew up in the neighbourhood, and his parents still live just a couple of blocks away. In addition, both Lindsay and Nick worked downtown at the time. They were also the parents of a newborn and a toddler and were growing tired of the daily commute from their home in Barrhaven. “It was too much,” says Nick. “So we wanted to get closer to the city but not give up that neighbourhood feel.” Built in the late 1940s during the postSecond World War housing boom, the house hadn’t had a major facelift in years. The exterior looked a bit drab and the interior felt cramped, Nick says. “It was a livable house. It just wasn’t pretty,” she explains with a chuckle. But the couple saw plenty of potential in their new dwelling ​– even though they

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knew they wouldn’t realize their vision for the property overnight. “The location was the big thing, but I think we were both very confident that

we knew it wouldn’t be in one renovation right away like so many people do in this neighbourhood,” Lindsay says. “We knew it would be in phases. And I think we saw a

logical progression over time to get to where we are.” Initially, it didn’t look like the Hockeys were even going to get the chance to put

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their stamp on the property. “When we initially put in an offer, we lost,” Nick explains. “And we were devastated. Then three days later, we got a call that the original purchasers had dropped out.” Over the years, the couple has embarked on four separate renovation projects that have enlarged the home’s footprint and opened up its interior. Lindsay and Nick have worked side by side with designer Dean Caillier and contractor Bob Kirk, who have become their trusted partners. “We were very lucky with all of our jobs,” Lindsay says. “They were on time, they were on budget. We actually had a very good experience with everything. That’s not common.” Among their first moves was converting a bedroom on the main floor into more living space and expanding the kitchen, which was “tiny.” They also added a second entrance on the side of the house next to the kitchen and built a mudroom.


–​ Nickola Hockey, on the original state of their property at 660 Windermere Ave. (above)

Three years ago, the Hockeys added a new 400-square-foot master bedroom above the garage – a space that quickly became their favourite part of the house. The addition boosted the home’s footprint from about 1,800 to 2,200 square feet and significantly altered its appearance from the outside, completely changing the roofline. “I love the bedroom,” Nick says. “The whole opening of the upstairs made such a difference.” Over the years, they’ve made a range of other cosmetic enhancements, such as tearing out the array of green, orange and pink carpet that once covered up most of the birch flooring and replacing the old surface with oak hardwood. With their growing kids​ – Ava, now 12, and Matthew, 10 ​– in mind, they installed a 30-foot swimming pool and patio in the spacious backyard. They also totally revamped the home’s exterior, replacing the original faux stucco with stonework on the ground floor and new siding on the second level. To complete the new look, the Hockeys built a raised front porch with elegant columns. “It definitely adds to the curb appeal,” Lindsay says. They’re also planning to completely re-landscape the front yard with new paving bricks and new garden walls around the porch, but Lindsay says that’s a “next-year job.” It’s been a lot of work to be sure, but the couple couldn’t be happier with the results. “We’ll be outside working and people will walk by and say, ‘I love your house,’” a smiling Nick says, “which is always nice.”

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Digging into Kitchissippi’s vault of banking history Banks have a long history in the neighbourhood, but their appearance – and the services they offer – have changed a great deal over time BY DAVE ALLSTON


hese days, the Wellington-Richmond corridor through Kitchissippi features a bank seemingly every 100 metres –​ each branch offering a multitude of services. But banking in the ward wasn’t always this convenient. Though banks have a long history in our neighbourhood, their presence, appearance and particularly their roles have changed significantly over time. While the history of banking in Canada began in the early 19th century, the development of currency mirrored the development of the country itself. For years, coins, tokens, notes and even playing cards were used as legal tender, their origins a mix of American, British, French and other influences. Meanwhile, our currency had various names, including pounds and francs, and various versions of dollars held different and inconsistent values ​– even regionally within Canada. During the 1800s, individual banks, starting with the Bank of Montreal in 1817 (just after its incorporation), issued their own bank notes (which they would continue to do until the 1930s). Confederation brought much-needed organization to banking and money in Canada, establishing uniform values of currency, enabling the federal government to issue bank notes (backed by gold reserves) and creating a uniform system of banking regulation for Canada. Strategically, only the federal

government could issue currency in lowvalue denominations (less than five dollars), to reduce the power of chartered banks. The government began doing so soon after Confederation. It would not be until 1935, during the depths of the Great Depression, that the Bank of Canada was established and the first set of Bank of Canada bills were issued. Individual banks were no longer permitted to issue their own notes, making the Bank of Canada the sole issuer of Canadian bills. The first bank in Kitchissippi did not arrive until 1907 ​– before that, residents and merchants had to travel to central Ottawa to do their banking. You might be surprised to know that banks generally just had one branch in a city, and those branches offered far fewer services than today’s. In fact, banks largely catered to business owners and the affluent, providing minimal services to regular citizens. A typical bank’s services at that time included vaults and safety deposit boxes to hold money, gold and valuables; commercial loans to prospective merchants; savings accounts on which interest was paid (at a rate of three per cent, paid out quarterly); money orders for sending small amounts (under $50) within Canada; cheques for clients to use in daily life; and travellers’ letters of credit to be used in other parts of the world. Personal loans and mortgages were rarely, if ever, offered by banks of that era. Mortgages were typically secured largely

through a loan directly from the seller or from an affluent individual. Insurance companies and loan houses were also options to obtain funds; banks were not allowed to offer mortgages until the 1950s. CIBC was the first Canadian bank to establish a personal loans department in 1936 (and even then, loans were offered only to a maximum of $1,000). Banks in Ottawa, particularly in the suburbs, were small operations. One of the many chartered banks in Canada at that time would open a small office in whatever real estate was available, often in converted houses or shops. With the simplicity of technology and the obvious security limitations of the era, one can imagine how relatively easy it would have been to rob a bank back then –​ not to mention the opportunities for internal fraud and scams. Yet, these local branches were a friendly operation in the community, providing a handy service which the residents, and especially the merchants, heartily welcomed. Hintonburg was the site of Kitchissippi’s first bank, the Crown Bank of Canada, which opened in the infamous Magee House at 1119 Wellington St. on Feb. 25, 1907. (A little irony to this story: Charles Magee, vice-president of Crown Bank, was the son of Frances Magee, who built Magee House 34 years earlier!) The branch opened with a staff of three, including manager E.O.S. Strange. This same bank, though having gone through two name changes and three

moves within Hintonburg, still exists today as the Royal Bank just east of Parkdale Avenue (Crown merged with Winnipegbased Northern Crown Bank in 1908, taking on that new name, and that bank later merged with the Royal Bank in 1918). Residents in Westboro had to wait a little longer for banks to arrive than those in Hintonburg. The Bank of Ottawa opened for business in Westboro in May 1912, occupying an old wood-frame house on the northwest corner of Richmond Road and Churchill Avenue (where Gezellig stands today). This location was temporary until a new, dedicated bank building was constructed by John E. Cole in December 1913 just a little to the west (at 365 Richmond). This impressive vintage bank building still exists today as Frontline Credit Union, amazingly having housed financial institutions for nearly all of its 106 years (for 40 years it was home to the Ottawa Firefighters Credit Union). Meanwhile, the site of the original 1912 Westboro bank later came full circle when the Bank of Toronto moved to the building in 1945. By 1953, that structure was demolished and a new bank built on the spot. A merger led the bank to be renamed

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IMPROVING THE STREETSCAPE The construction of dedicated, architecturally detailed banks became more common in the 1920s and 1930s, helping improve the streetscape of a neighbourhood’s main thoroughfare. This is exemplified in the wonderful 1920s former Bank of Nova Scotia building in Hintonburg at the corner of Wellington and Rosemount Avenue (now occupied by the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association). That branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia had originally opened on the same site in early 1912 in a two-storey red brick house (previously the dress-making shop of Madame Proulx), under the Bank of Ottawa name (that institution merged with the Bank of Nova Scotia in 1919). Hintonburg was also home for many years to the Caisse Populaire St. Francois D’Assise/Champlain, which dates back to


Toronto-Dominion in 1953, and the bank operated until 2012, when it moved into Westboro Station Condos on Byron Avenue.

1911. Originally operated on the church property, it moved across the street into a former pool hall in 1956. It burned down on Christmas Eve 1999. In between Hintonburg and Westboro is Wellington Village, where there is a Bank of Montreal at the corner of Huron Avenue (which opened in 1947). But the Bank of Montreal actually first arrived in the neighbourhood in January 1929 when it was the first occupant of the building that is today Pizza Pizza at 1197 Wellington! Wellington Village also has a TD bank at the corner of Holland Avenue. That bank first arrived in the neighbourhood in January 1929 but was originally located at 1256 Wellington (now Muriel Dombret’s shop). It moved to the corner of Holland in April 1937 in a new building, which was later replaced with the current one around 1970. Other banks in Wellington Village over the years have included the CIBC from 1954 until about 2000 at 1335 Wellington (now Supply and Demand) and Royal Bank from 1947 until 1963 at 1275 Wellington (now Flock Boutique). Of course, Kitchissippi is also home to the Canadian Bank Note Company on Richmond Road (as of 1950) and the former British American Bank Note Company on Gladstone Avenue, producers of Canada’s bank notes and other important documents. As you can see, there is a lot of banking history right here in Kitchissippi!

Far left: A 1907 newspaper ad for the Crown Bank of Canada. Left: A 1953 newspaper ad for Westboro’s new Bank of Toronto building. Above: The former Bank of Nova Scotia building at Wellington and Rosemount.



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Q&A ‘I’m nervous about how thoughtful we’re going to be about intensification’ As the city prepares to update its official plan, Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper sits down with KT to talk about the issues it must address in producing Ottawa’s next major planning blueprint KT: Let’s start with the hottest topic of the day: the Confederation Line is set to start running on Sept. 14. What are your thoughts as light rail is set to arrive? JL: The key will be to make sure that we don’t put it into service until we’re absolutely confident that it’s going to be reliable. It’s really critical to me that once we launch the train that it be reliable. I want to make sure that I’m clear: I have absolutely no doubt that the train is going to be safe. The city and the mayor are not going to rush a train into service if there is any risk to public safety. We’re going to have bus service running in parallel for … a few months. But once you start getting people used to getting off the bus at Tunney’s Pasture and getting on the train to go downtown, we don’t want to interrupt that on any kind of unpredictable basis. Once we put the train in service, it’s got to be reliable. KT: What about the noise complaints surrounding trains running near Tunney’s Pasture? JL: The noise is absolutely unacceptable. I first started getting the noise complaints ​ – and I noticed how loud the train was because I cycle by there every day –​ as soon as testing began in earnest in April. So we’ve been pressing the city to address the noise since April. They’ve taken

measurements; they agree that it’s too loud and the commitment is there to bring that noise level down. The noise is not due to the engine –​ it’s due to the steel wheels on the steel rails. Right now, those rails haven’t been ground, so they’re uneven. At whatever microscopic level, they’re pockmarked –​ they’re not smooth. Rail grinding is the first step to see if we can alleviate some of that noise. And then if that doesn’t work, the city is going to explore what they call rail dampening, which is to put some kind of rubber between the ties that will absorb more sound. I have let the city know that I’m not going to be happy until the noise is at least as quiet as the previous buses. KT: What about the official plan? Can you describe in layman’s terms what the “five big moves” are that the city is looking at in its official plan review and where its priorities should be? JL: It’s really important that people understand what the official plan is. The province is in charge of land use planning in Ontario. They’ve delegated decisions to the corporations called municipalities. The province has told cities, you are going to grow through intensification near transit. That’s the provincial policy statement. So in big broad strokes, our official plan is going to set out

how Ottawa is going to grow through intensification. And that means we’re going to intensify near transit. Every planning decision that the city makes is going to be looked at through the lens of the official plan. The official plan has to abide by the provincial direction that we grow through intensification. KT: And what exactly are the “five big moves”? JL: The first big shift that we’re looking at is an even greater focus on intensification. In our planning horizon going to 2042, over half of the new builds in Ottawa should be (through) intensification ​– that is, growth near transit stations, growth on traditional mainstreets, growth near big employment centres. The second big move is that we want most of our trips to be accomplished by something other than private automobile. Right now, our target is not that aggressive. The third one is a greater focus on urban design. If we’re going to intensify, that means more tall towers near our transit stations, more dense developments on our transitional mainstreets, more infill. If we’re going to have a greater variety of (business and residential) mixed cheek by jowl with each other, and they’re going to be denser, what are the parameters around

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KT: What are your biggest concerns about those priorities? JL: The five big moves that were outlined at council have broad buy-in. There’s no question that they are the right moves in the minds of most. But one of the things that we did not see as councillors and that we will have to push staff to incorporate in a better way is social injustice, for want of a better term. As we build a city that is more resilient to climate change, we have to take into account inequity in a more thoughtful,

the opportunity to talk to our staff about how residents and councillors want to see that evolve.

that to maintain livable communities? How will those be designed? What is the shape of those buildings? What kind of setbacks do we need for them? We have that in nascent form; we have highrise guidelines, we have midrise guidelines, we have infill guidelines. How do we make those have greater teeth and what should they be? The fourth big move is a resilient city. In a way that we have not seen in previous versions of the official plan, (there is) a recognition of climate change and building a city that is resilient in the face of climate change. Big move No. 5 is around economic development.

explicit way. We need to be very thoughtful about the different effects that climate change has on the privileged versus the vulnerable. I’m nervous about how thoughtful we’re going to be about intensification. We can’t just take the reins off and let the developers have at it. For example, we are making the common-sense move to intensify near transit. But we have not got enough of a focus on making sure that intensification is going to be affordable. The people who can best take advantage of public transit like LRT, we don’t want them forced to live in Bells Corners because house prices in Westboro are too high. On Scott Street, we have approved a parade of very tall buildings. And that is in keeping with the direction of the official plan. None of them incorporate any affordable housing components. So the people who are going to be able to live on Scott Street ​ – which over time is going to be turned into a nice, complete street with cycle tracks, it’s right next to LRT ​– the only people who are going to be able to afford to live in that great neighbourhood, around the corner from Richmond Road’s amenities, the Farm Boy, the great schools in the neighbourhood, the green space that’s available, Westboro Beach, will be the rich. And that is not a thoughtful way to pursue intensification. Our most vulnerable are going to continue to be pushed out to neighbourhoods like Bells Corners and Vanier that don’t have the same level of amenities. And that means that the strain on our non-LRT public transit is just going to be that much higher. We need to think about things like fares and routes to make sure we’re not wholly focused on LRT in our transportation master plan. If the official plan speaks to people’s vulnerabilities, then when we’re developing our transportation master plan through that official plan lens, I hope we’ll be more thoughtful about the intensification behind that. The nice thing is, we’re not going to pass the new official plan until 2022. The five big moves are the right ones, and we have

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hen Westboro resident Maher Arar was searching for the perfect place to open a new co-working space in Ottawa, he didn’t have to look far. Arar, who opened his first facility to house temporary office workers in early 2018 in Vanier, found the ideal space right in his own backyard on the second floor of a commercial building at 371A Richmond Rd., next to trendy children’s clothing retailer West End Kids and across the street from Mountain Equipment Co-Op. The 2,500-square-foot venue, known

as Coworkly, officially opens on Sept. 3. It features space for about 15 workers in a common area as well as a couple of private offices with half a dozen dedicated desks. Tenants can rent space by the day or the month, park their laptops at an empty desk and come and go as they please. “Our strategy is to go closer to where people live,” says Arar, who lives just a five-minute walk from the newest Coworkly location. “We’re going to help people hopefully save on commute time.” The veteran entrepreneur says he hopes the space becomes a breeding ground for cool new business ideas that one day

turn into the capital’s next great wave of companies. “I want the incubation and the business advice and the help to happen organically and naturally here,” he explains. “Here, we want to make sure that everyone knows everyone else’s first name at least, if not their life story.” The site isn’t meant for “people in suits,” Arar elaborates, but rather for the roll-upyour-sleeve type of founders who want to build companies from the ground up. He has plenty of them at his Vanier location, he notes, and is hoping to create the same kind of vibe in Westboro.

“Those are people in the trenches,” he says. “They’re not people who are going to teach you theory. This is the kind of dynamics I want to recreate here. The space is part of the story. The community is the bigger story.” Although the co-working movement is gaining momentum in Ottawa –​ real estate services firm CBRE estimates more than 300,000 square feet of facilities aimed at temporary workers are either already operating or soon to be launched in the National Capital Region –​ no such spaces existed in Westboro until now. Westboro Village BIA executive director Michelle Groulx says the neighbourhood was long overdue for a venture like Arar’s. “For the professional or the freelancer or very small business, there is nothing available in Westboro Village,” she says. “You know that people want to come because you see all these coffee shops that are full of people with laptops. When you see all of those people now have a space to go to, obviously they come to Westboro Village because it’s a great vibe, but also to get out of their homes and interact with other people.”

include Switzerland-based International Workplace Group, which is set to open 75,000 square feet of new co-working space downtown at 66 Slater St. this fall under its Spaces banner. But he believes Coworkly has the right formula to go head-to-head against the big boys and win. He’s already planning to take over another 2,500 square feet of adjacent space next spring and eventually hopes to occupy the entire second floor at 371A Richmond, which covers about 7,500 square feet. “We are trying to be different,” he says. “The space, I would say, is just 20 per cent of the entire story. The other 80 per cent is community, how you operate, how you market, how you brand yourself. We’re trying to build a homogeneous community.”

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Like most of its competitors in the increasingly crowded co-working space, Coworkly offers a range of services such as WiFi, kitchen space and private phone booths targeted at the growing number of freelancers, consultants, contractors and other “on-demand” workers who don’t have regular offices. Monthly plans at his Vanier location start at $100 a month for part-time members, rising to $200 for full-time members with unlimited daytime visiting privileges. Private office space starts at $1,000 a month for four-member team, while individuals can also purchase day passes for $20. Conceding that co-working is a “tough business,” Arar says smaller operations such as his have to find ways of differentiating themselves from multinational giants that

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few years ago, Euphoria Hair Salon owner Mike Fulga began to notice that rent for commercial spaces in Wellington West was on the rise. Concerned that the increasing cost of commercial space would hinder new, small, mom-and-pop businesses from putting down roots in the area, he set out to find ways to support them. “We don’t want to lose small businesses and be taken over by giant companies who are the only ones who can afford to be here,”

Fulga says. “It will change our community, and it won’t be that interesting, trendy neighbourhood anymore.” Turning to European cities for inspiration, the business owner soon came up with the idea of creating a street food market. “The idea came just from being in this neighbourhood for a long time and watching how it’s evolved,” he says. “The idea is something you would see in artistic cities, and since this area is quite artistic, I see it working out.” A pilot project launched this year to

test Fulga’s idea. Three businesses ​– Yakko Takko, Roasted Coffee and Piccolo Grande Gelato ​– started sharing Fulga’s patio at 1195 Wellington St., which borders onto Hamilton Avenue. “They are sharing different areas of the space, and they are sharing it at different times,” says Fulga. “I like the street food idea, because no one vendor can really (cover) all of the expenses with a large space like a garden and a patio.” The idea really is a simple one. Multiple businesses share the same space during various time slots throughout the day and

split the cost of the bills. It’s a way for them to lower their individual expenses and make more of a profit. MORE DINING OPTIONS “From a financial point of view, it cuts rent down so much, which has helped us out greatly,” says Anton Ejov, owner of Piccolo Grande Gelato, which moved into the space in July and has signed on to be there for a minimum of three years. “At the same time, it gives people a number of options as to where they want to eat. They can have dinner, coffee or

”The idea is something you would see in artistic cities, and since this area is quite artistic, I see it working out.” – Euphoria Hair Salon owner Mike Fulga, on the new street food market on his patio

Our office is here for you with: owner hopes to see a new mix of businesses use the space ​– something he believes would add even more character to the already vibrant neighbourhood. “I’d like to bring maybe some entertainment or some experiential services into it like tattooing on the patio or fortunetelling, or really anything that will make it fun,” he says. “I’m entering into it with an open mind because I have to be prepared for the community to dictate what they want to see.” The three businesses will be using the outdoor space until the end of October, and the area is then slated to close for the winter before reopening at the beginning of next May. Fulga says he’d like to find either a bakery or breakfast place to take over the space in the morning, when it’s currently not being used.

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dessert,” he adds. “It’s also helpful that it’s outdoors, because I don’t think we have anything like that in Ottawa. It’s essentially an outdoor food court.” Ejov, who has another Piccolo Grande location in the Byward Market, says he wanted to enter the Wellington West neighbourhood for a while. He looked at different spaces throughout the community but couldn’t find anything that met his needs and budget. Fulga says he hopes to expand the service in the next few months and has already started building a patio on the second floor of his hair salon. He is just waiting for the city’s permission to add a staircase up to the space and will then start looking for a new tenant. As the space grows and more people become aware of the concept, the salon

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n Ottawa organization dedicated to protecting the environment has teamed up with a Hintonburg merchant to cultivate “urban forests” in an effort to fight climate change and ensure people have access to healthy local food. Ecology Ottawa has a bold goal of planting tens of thousands of trees in the next few years, and the group is now one step closer to making that happen thanks to its recent three-month partnership with Maker House, a Kitchissippi furniture business. The store opened at 987 Wellington St. four years ago and immediately started a program called craft change, under which Maker House donates two per cent of its earnings to community organizations each quarter. “The craft change program has really been a part of our DNA since the beginning,” says Gareth Davies, owner of the Hintonburg shop that sells handcrafted furniture. “We wanted to give back because we wanted to make sure that there is a clear, community benefit to what we are doing.” Davies says the store has donated more than $60,000 to 15 local charities and organizations since the fall of 2015, with another $10,000 expected to be donated in the next four months. The local business owner says he tries to partner with Ottawa-based groups that share similar values and beliefs as he does, making Ecology Ottawa a great fit. “We are in a climate crisis right now around the world, and we are seeing a crazy fluctuation of extreme heat and extreme, extreme cold, as well as forest fires and droughts,” says Davies. “Ecology ensures

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”I think there is a lot of interest in the city about food security and what that looks like.” ​– Robb Barnes, executive director of Ecology Ottawa that people are educated when it comes to the environment, while growing their roster of volunteers, educating people on how to get involved with city hall and planting trees.” Between April and June of this year, Maker House raised more than $4,200 for the grassroots not-for-profit organization. That money will go towards purchasing 1,000 fruit- and nut-bearing trees, as well as the creation of a new urban food forests workshop for youth. Ecology Ottawa has given away almost a million trees to be planted around the city, including 10,000 already this year. The organization set a goal of providing 12,000 trees this year, a target it expects to reach sometime this fall. The group decided to launch the

new urban food forests program after discovering residents are becoming more interested in growing plants they can actually eat, says Robb Barnes, the executive director of Ecology Ottawa. He says the workshop will encourage people to do their part to make their community a little greener. “I think there is a lot of interest in the city about food security and what that looks like,” says Barnes. ”People want to learn more about how to do that in their own backyard, and they want to learn more about how to make this city resilient to climate impacts and foster food security.” The group has also partnered with the Parkdale Food Centre to identify what sorts of issues people want to address and make the new workshop come to fruition.

“They bring a level of expertise in terms of what the community needs are at the very grassroots, and what kind of food issues and food pressures they are seeing on the neighbourhood level,” Barnes explains. While details are still being worked out, the youth workshop is slated to get under way this fall. It will focus on planting trees that produce food, as well as demonstrating community gardening techniques. Barnes says Ecology Ottawa will be reaching out to local schools, community centres and universities looking for interested participants. Anyone who wants to find out more about the urban food forests workshop can contact one of the two community partners though or

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HEALTHY ACTIVE LIVING Junior paddler making a splash on the big stage Rideau Canoe Club’s Maren Bradley part of Canadian team’s historic bronze-medal finish at junior world championships BY DAVID SALI

Germany. Their third-place result also helped Canada wind up second in the overall medal standings, ahead of Germany. “I knew we had a pretty powerful crew, so I was kind of going into that hoping for the best and knowing that we could really show other countries what we’re there for,” said the recent graduate of Nepean High School, who is heading to Dalhousie University in


itchissippi sprint kayaker Maren Bradley usually favours 1,000-metre races over 500-metre events, but that might change if she keeps getting results like the one she and her teammates achieved at the recent junior world championships. Appearing in her second straight worlds,

Bradley was part of Canada’s women’s K4 (four-person kayaking) crew that captured the country’s first-ever junior world championship medal in the 500-metre distance at the event in Pitesti, Romania, in early August. Bradley and her teammates took home the bronze, finishing behind perennial paddling powerhouses Hungary and

Halifax to study commerce this fall. “We worked really hard for it, and I think we showed what we could do.” Bradley, 17, didn’t have much time to rest following her triumph in Romania. Just a couple of weeks later, she was in Regina to take part in the Canadian sprint canoe kayak championships in late August. Bradley made the most of her trip out west, placing third in the under-18 women’s individual 1,000-metre canoe final on windy Wascana Lake –​ despite not having much practice time at that distance under her belt. “It was my first thousand-metre race of the year, actually,” she said with a laugh during a phone interview from Regina the day after the Aug. 27 race. “I hadn’t been training it when I was at worlds, but it went pretty well. I’m really happy with it.” Continued on next page

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Continued from previous page The result probably shouldn’t come as a big surprise. Bradley, who fell in love with the sport after joining the Rideau Canoe Club’s summer camp for kids at age six, says she normally favours racing the 1,000 over the 500. “It’s easier to make a pace and be consistent,” she explains. “It’s fun.” Bradley won’t have much down time after the nationals, either. Almost immediately after the competition ends, she’ll fly to Halifax to start preparing for her first year at Dalhousie. She’ll also begin training at Dartmouth’s Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club under the tutelage of head coach Chris Chaisson, who also oversaw the women’s team at the world juniors. Still, she says she’ll never forget where she came from. Bradley is quick to credit her coaches at the Rideau club, Andres Carranco and Reid Farquharson, as well as her teammates for helping mould her into the powerful paddler she’s become.

“The Rideau Canoe Club has an amazing team,” she said. “My coaches and especially my training partners, we’re all super close, and I don’t think I would have been able to get anywhere without them.” Fresh off her success at the worlds and nationals, Bradley has even loftier longterm ambitions to shoot for. Her objective is to one day paddle for Canada at the Olympics, with her first real opportunity to wear the Maple Leaf on that stage likely being the 2024 Games in Paris. But she knows she’s got a lot of miles to put in before that can happen. Bradley, who stands 5-foot-9 and weighs a solid 155 pounds, says she needs to up her mental game and add more muscle to her frame. “I really need to work on staying focused before all my races and also in the off-season not getting too distracted. If you watch all the Hungarians and all the Germans, all the women are massive. I’m going to have to get quite a bit stronger to be at that level.”




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How to winterproof your home Local contractor Luc Faucher offers his tips to help you have the most energy-efficient home possible as the cold weather approaches September is here and the kids are set to go back to school, signalling that fall is at our doorstep. Which in turn means that winter is not far off the horizon. Although we might shudder at the mere thought of the return of cold weather, Mother Nature isn’t liable to take much pity on us. With winter coming up fast in our rear-view mirrors, local contractor Luc Faucher is here to offer a few words of advice to both homebuyers who are preparing to move into a new property and owners who are already ensconced in their dwellings and looking to ensure their homes are as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible in the chilly months ahead. Faucher, the owner of Maverick Home Builders, says buyers need to keep a few things in mind when having a new home constructed.

SEALING THE DEAL Once the framing is done, builders should ensure that the house is at least 95 per cent sealed under the finishing. For example,

“Clients should ask lots of questions and the builder has to be able to answer all the questions,” he says. “The house has to be leak-proof.”


caulking should be used around windows and any openings where air can escape. Weather barriers made of substances such as rubberized asphalt compounds can be applied to provide weather-tight seals around doors and windows, skylights and other openings.

Flashing ​– material such as galvanized sheet metal that acts as a sealant between joints in the roof ​– needs to be installed properly, Faucher stresses. Otherwise, water can seep into the roof, eventually leading to mould and a host of other problems.

It might not be something most prospective homeowners would think about, but it can lead to an awful lot of headaches if not addressed: ground around the new home should sloped away from the foundation so runoff water doesn’t leak into the foundation and the basement. That can cause mould and other issues down the line, Faucher notes. “A lot of people do not realize if they don’t slope the ground away from the house’s foundation, they’re going to have problems,” he says. Once those things are taken care of and owners have moved into a house, they need to stay vigilant to make sure it’s operating as efficiently as possible, Faucher adds.

LET THE LIGHT SHINE IN Many homeowners keep blinds in many rooms closed all day even in winter, he notes. That’s not a good idea, Faucher says,

because windows need to be exposed to indoor warmth early in the day in order to prevent condensation from accumulating and creating a buildup of frost. “It’s not good because your windows have to breathe,” he explains, adding many homeowners mistakenly believe the frost buildup means the windows are of poor quality or not property sealed. In fact, he says, in many cases “it’s because the heat never made it to the window.”

By Deb Cherry, Broker with Engel & Völkers Ottawa Having lived in Vancouver and several large cities across Canada, with rapid transit I can tell you that Ottawa’s Confederation Line is going to change the way that we live and interpret our city, specifically when it comes to real estate values. Traditionally, it is expected of young adults to get a driver’s license, buy a car, and commute to and from the suburbs. This is no longer the case. With rail extending from Moodie Drive in the West, Trim Road in the East, and Limebank to the South, Ottawa’s LRT will bring 70% of residents within five kilometers of rail. Not only will this reduce the number of vehicles and traffic on our major roads and highways, but it will also make less central neighbourhoods more accessible, desirable, and valuable. Property values have already increased exponentially in the last two years in areas near future LRT stations. Many developers are clueing into this and starting to plan and build mixed-use

condominiums in areas such as Crystal Beach, Orleans, and Ottawa South. This is great news for those first-time homebuyers seeking affordable housing outside of downtown with a guaranteed return on investment over the next five to ten years. Not only is buying near the LRT a good investment, but you also don’t have to sacrifice the “urban lifestyle”. With options such as rapid transit, Vrtucar, RentABike, and OC Transpo, Ottawa has become increasingly accessible, making it one of Canada’s most desirable cities, and currently the hottest real estate market in the country. Contact us to learn more about how the LRT will affect property values in your neighbourhood. 613-422-8688 –


Finally, if you really want to find out where your home’s energy-efficiency weak spots are, Faucher suggests hiring a professional to scan the property with a thermal imaging camera that will detect where heat is escaping from your house. It’s not cheap but can be worth it in the long run, he says. “Maybe it’s not only the windows,” he notes. “Maybe it’s a corner of the house where the insulation was not installed properly.” The bottom line, Faucher says, is that being vigilant and paying attention to details can save you money this winter. “You just have to make sure every step is done properly,” he says. “You can’t cut any corners.”

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Getting your furnace inspected by a certified professional at least once every three years is important to ensure it’s running properly, Faucher advises. He recommends having it done even more often – about once every two years – if you can afford it. Changing the air filters regularly – he suggests doing it four times a year – will also help you get the most of your furnace, he adds. Homeowners also need to make sure they keep the furnace’s outside air vent clear of snow and other debris, which can also hinder the proper operation of the unit. “If there’s too much snow and it doesn’t




breathe properly, it’s hard on the furnace,” Faucher says. A proper humidifier is also important to preserve hardwood floors, he advises, adding you should check with your furnace service professional to find out the right level of humidity for your home.


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Michael Hapke has a perfect vantage point from which to witness a dramatic shift in the way Canadians are borrowing money to buy homes. A founding partner of Kitchissippi-based Advanced Mortgage Investment Corp., Hapke has been a private mortgage lender for 15 years. He says tougher stress test rules implemented last year for home buyers who don’t need mortgage insurance are pushing more and more Canadians to look to alternative lenders who aren’t obliged to follow the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions’ tighter lending requirements. “If you build a wall, you’ll figure out how to go over it, under it or around it,” Hapke says. Hapke’s company is one of hundreds of private mortgage lenders across Canada that don’t take deposits and are not under the purview of the OSFI. Some of them, like his firm, are provincially regulated mortgage investment corporations –​ or MICs, as they’re commonly referred to –​ that pool money from investors and are sometimes run as publicly traded firms. Other types of “alternative lenders” include credit unions, which also fall under provincial rather than federal jurisdiction, and other private lenders that typically charge much higher rates of interest than traditional banks – some as high as double-digits for second mortgages. Hapke says there’s no question the new stress test rules enacted in January 2018 have led to a spike in business for alternative lenders. “The majority of MICs would tell you, we’re busier than we’ve ever been,” he says. “I could be busier than I’ve ever been, but just because we see (new business) doesn’t mean I want to do it. We are very selective. But there’s definitely more business going to alternative or private sources than in the past.” Statistics on the number of Canadian borrowing from alternative lenders prove him right. A recent report from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said there were between 200 and 300 active alternative lenders in Canada last year, and they held a combined $13 billion to $14 billion worth of outstanding

mortgages. Those numbers are up from $11 billion to $12 billion the year before and represent a substantial increase from the $8 billion to $10 billion such lenders held in 2016. In addition, a Bank of Canada student said institutions outside the “Big Six” banks now hold about eight per cent of all Canadian mortgages. And another report from CIBC in April said alternative lenders constituted nearly 12 per cent of transactions in Ontario, up about two per cent rise since the new stress test was implemented. The new OFSI guidelines, known as B20, were designed to reduce the number of riskier mortgage loans as home prices skyrocketed in markets such as Toronto and Vancouver and households began racking up more and more debt in order to get into the market. To secure a loan from a federally regulated lender, home buyers now must prove they can service their uninsured mortgage at a qualifying rate of the greater of the contractual mortgage rate plus two percentage points or the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada. An existing stress test already requires those with insured mortgages to qualify at the Bank of Canada benchmark five-year mortgage rule. With rejection rates from traditional lenders rising, Hapke says an increasing number of clients who would have qualified for bank mortgages in the past are now turning to firms like his. Continued on page 30

Ottawa’s resale housing, homebuilding markets staying hot, agencies say Local realtors stayed busy through July, a typically slow month for home sales, according to new figures released in August by the Ottawa Real Estate Board.

Luciano with his teacher, his father, Antonio Sicoli. $500,000 should not even be something to have a discussion about. It should be a given. We take pride in our work and when we drive by a job that has been completed by L. A. Sicoli Masonry and Restoration it provides a sense of gratification that can’t be described by words. Word of

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Luciano’s teacher, Antonio Sicoli, his 82-year-old father, who still comes with him to different job sites, has provided him with a simple formula for longevity: be honest with your customers, make sure you provide them with an excellent job and make sure that your prices are fair and you will have many telephone calls, along with many satisfied customers. My father always taught me that even

though you may be comfortable with the skills you have acquired, there is always more to learn and you can never stop this process if you choose to strive to be the best you can be. Learning this craft is not only about acquiring skills, it is about investing passion into your work. This allows Luciano Sicoli to provide a little bit extra in a job. Others may not always do this part. An example of this is when bricks get installed on the front of a home, on a chimney or elsewhere, there may be mortar on the face of those bricks. We mix a special muriatic acid solution and wash the bricks upon completion of a job to clean them. You would not believe the number of customers that I visit that ask me what can be done to remove the mortar from their bricks. This issue is quite often on new home construction, where the bricks have not been cleaned after the bricklayer has intstalled them. Investing two more hours to clean the front face of bricks on a home, where customers are investing $400-


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Members of the OREB sold 1,842 homes in July, a jump compared to 1,605 units last year and well above July’s five-year average of 1,579. Condo properties helped fuel the uptick in activity with 460 units changing hands, an increase of 23 per cent year-over-year. Residential-class properties, which include detached, semi-detached and multi-unit homes, accounted for 1,382 sales in July, up 12.3 per cent from last year. OREB president Dwight Delahunt said last month saw July’s highest level of sales activity in 15 years. He added that while July tends to be a slower month following a busy spring, there was no such slowdown this year. Delahunt said that this past July saw a surge in new listings to boost the Ottawa’s housing inventory. He noted, however, that the capital currently has just a one-month supply, and would need a three-month supply to sufficiently meet market demand.

Despite the hot July, Ottawa’s average residential housing prices cooled to $487,308 after passing the $500,000 mark for the first time in June. The average sale price for condos fell just shy of $300,000. The $350,000-$499,999 price range was the most active in the residential market, accounting for 42 per cent, while more than half of condos sold were in the $225,000-$349,999 price range. Homebuilders in OttawaGatineau also had a busy July, launching nearly 900 new starts as a tight supply of resale homes and rental accommodations

continued to drive up demand for multi-unit housing types such as townhomes, condos and apartments, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said. Developers began 899 new builds in July, the agency said, up five per cent from a year earlier. Multi-unit projects accounted for a big chunk of that growth as builders started work on 323 new townhome, condo and apartment units on the Ottawa side of the river ​– a 21 per cent increase from July 2018. By contrast, single-detached starts in Ottawa dropped eight per cent to 276 compared with a year earlier. Total housing starts in Ottawa-Gatineau over the first seven months of 2019 are up 5.3 per cent from the same period a year ago, CMHC noted, with the strongest growth coming in condos and row starts. “Low resale and rental market supply coupled with higher ownership costs for single-detached homes are encouraging construction of less expensive dwelling types,” the agency said. Meanwhile, Ottawa-Gatineau’s seasonally adjusted rate of new housing starts dipped slightly in July, falling three per cent to 10,112. But several other major urban areas, including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, saw greater slowdowns in the pace of housing starts.

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Continued from page 28 “We turn down more, but all of the good stuff that all of the rule changes have left behind is where we really step in and earn our keep, so to speak,” he explains. “These mortgage rule changes have made it more difficult, and what we’re seeing on the private lending side is the quality of business that is coming over to us is second to none. It’s fantastic.” For example, Hepke says many of his clients are people who’ve split from their spouses but still don’t have a formal separation agreement in place. “If there’s not a separation agreement, (the JUST LISTED! banks) are not touching it. I’ll still do that deal,” WELLINGTON VILLAGE CONDO ALTA VISTA SINGLE he says. “I don’t need a separation agreement 45 Holland Avenue # 109. Listed at $288,800 346 Pleasant Park Road. Listed at $829,900 to see that the person’s got a perfectly good repayment history, the person can afford the payments and there’s good equity in the property. That’s a deal I’m happy to do.” Self-employed business owners are also finding it tougher to qualify for mortgages JUST LISTED! JUST SOLD! under the new rules because the big banks WESTBORO SINGLE CENTRETOWN CONDO CONVENT GLEN, ORLEANS SINGLE tend to focus their scrutiny on the numbers 146 Buell Street 457 McLeod St. # 101 6191 Ravine Way Listed at $649,900 Listed at $359,900 Listed at $695,900 on their T4 slips without taking into account the equity in their companies, says Ottawa Get your advice from the Top mortgage broker Steve Cochrane. 613-725-1171 Top 1% across Canada for Royal Lepage DocuSign Envelope ID: EC4E6C20-B1ED-439E-8E1E-F5FB52BC3419 “There are two sides of the coin: You can

either claim more income, pay more tax and get a lower (mortgage) interest rate or claim less income, pay less tax and have a higher interest rate (through a private lender),” he says. “It pretty much always comes out in the wash anyway.” Hepke also says he’s seeing more customers who are partnering with friends or getting help with a down payment from the “bank of Mom and Dad” in order to jump into the market. Ottawa mortgage broker Chris Allard says he’s noticed a similar trend, with a “significant” uptick in the number of files crossing his desk from people who’ve been gifted funds for a down payment as well as applications cosigned by a friend or relative. “If there’s an option at all for parents or family members to gift funds or to co-sign, they will take that option before choosing to pay a higher mortgage interest rate,” he says. Cochrane says it’s important for those considering the alternative lending market to do their homework. “Work with somebody who’s honest and transparent and will provide you with options,” he counsels. “The landscape is constantly changing. Every day there’s something new.” – This story originally appeared in the Ottawa Business Journal.

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t’s already time to go back to school here in Kitchissippi, and it’s also time to get engaged with your city! Read on to find out about many ongoing opportunities for consultation and feedback happening right now. The City of Ottawa is currently working to revise the Municipal Trees and Natural Areas Protection By-law and the Urban Tree Conservation Bylaw. Consultation materials are now available on the project website and the city will be accepting feedback on the proposed directions until Sept. 9. Staff recommendations are scheduled to come

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Dovercourt just wrapped up a busy summer of camps; hundreds of children enjoyed camps of all kinds! Now they’re switching gears for the fall session, offering a full menu including swimming, fitness, sports, music and arts for both kids and adults. Dovercourt offers group and private swim lessons every day of the week, with daytime, after-school and evening options. Their highlyskilled instructors teach techniques efficiently and effectively in their warm-water, beach-entry pool. If your summer included too much relaxation and not enough movement, get back to a regular routine with group fitness or

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SEPTEMBER 27 - NIGHT OF WORSHIP AND MINISTRY Join St. Mary’s Parish, 100 Young St., for an evening of praise, prophecy, teaching, healing and fellowship on September 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The theme is “A Catholic Understanding of the Ministry of Healing.” The speaker, Most Reverend Scott McCaig, is the Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of Canada. He previously served two terms as General Superior of the Companions of the Cross and, with a broad spectrum of pastoral experience, continues to be a highly sought-after conference and retreat presenter. The Night of Worship and Ministry is held every fourth Friday of the month. For more information, please contact Natalia Lacar (613- 728-9811 x720); (night.

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SEPTEMBER 21 - TASTE OF WELLINGTON WEST Dozens of our area restaurants, food stores, caterers and gourmet services will be serving up food samples in exchange for a donation to our charity partner, the Parkdale Food Centre. Come out for a full day of great food, sidewalk sales and entertainment in Hintonburg and Wellington Village. Food samples will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and there are sidewalk sales all day. Volunteer positions are available. For more information, please email

SEPTEMBER 25TH - MEMORY FITNESS: EXERCISING YOUR BRAIN Memory Fitness is a research-informed program that has provided recreational memory improvement classes since 2014. The goal is to encourage healthy people to be proactive and prevent cognitive decline associated with aging. Maria Giovannitti, the co-founder of Memory Fitness and a retired speechlanguage pathologist, will be appearing at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 281 Woodroffe Ave., at 6:30 p.m. to present fun and interactive group brain exercises, with practical tips to help improve memory. This class will be of interest to older adults and their families. Registration is required. For more information go to


SEPTEMBER 12 - WELCOME BACK BROADVIEW This community event runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Broadview Public School, 535 Dovercourt Ave. Celebrate the start of a new school year with nine bouncy structures, archery games, games to go and a ton of other fun hands-on activities for the kids. There will also be food trucks and pizza for sale. Admission is $10 (cash only).

SEPTEMBER 17 - NEPEAN CHOIR OPEN REHEARSALS Have you thought about joining a choir? Nepean Choir welcomes new voices. We rehearse weekly through fall and winter and perform several times during the season, doing two major concerts and community outreach. Our repertoire ranges from traditional choral works to folk, musical theatre and pop. All voice parts are welcome, but we seek tenors, baritones, and basses in particular. Our September rehearsals are open to all. Come check us out and see if we are the right fit for you. Rehearsals are at Nepean High School, 574 Broadview Ave., at 7:30 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 24 - NEPEAN CHOIR OPEN REHEARSALS Have you thought about joining a choir? Nepean Choir welcomes new voices. We rehearse weekly through fall and winter and perform several times during the season, doing two major concerts and community outreach. Our repertoire ranges from traditional choral works to folk, musical theatre and pop. All voice parts are welcome, but we seek tenors, baritones, and basses in particular. Our September rehearsals are open to all. Come check us out and see if we are the right fit for you. Rehearsals are at Nepean High School, 574 Broadview Ave., at 7:30 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 28 - CAUSEWAY’S WHEELY AWESOME SCAVENGER HUNT Get out your bikes and compete in Causeway’s firstever scavenger hunt by bike! Venture out on your own or as part of a team with your friends and decipher a series of clues that will take you around the city for your chance to win great prizes, spend quality time with your friends and make a difference in someone’s life! Test your knowledge to solve each clue, share pics of your journey on Instagram and Twitter and flood the streets of Ottawa with bikes. The best part is that all proceeds go towards supporting people who have barriers to employment such as mental illness, disability, poverty and homelessness and help them find meaningful and lasting employment. To participate, purchase your $20 event ticket through Eventbrite! If you fundraise over $100 for Causeway, your registration fee will be refunded. No fundraising or registration fee necessary for kids 12 and under! All donations support individuals who have barriers to employment, such as a mental illness or disability, in finding meaningful and rewarding work. For more information, go to


SEPTEMBER 10 - NEPEAN CHOIR OPEN REHEARSALS Have you thought about joining a choir? Nepean Choir welcomes new voices. We rehearse weekly through fall and winter and perform several times during the season, doing two major concerts and community outreach. Our repertoire ranges from traditional choral works to folk, musical theatre and pop. All voice parts are welcome, but we seek tenors, baritones, and basses in particular. Our September rehearsals are open to all. Come check us out and see if we are the right fit for you. Rehearsals are at Nepean High School, 574 Broadview Ave., at 7:30 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 14 - OKTOBERFEST IN WESTBORO The party begins when the doors open at 4 p.m. at the Westboro Legion’s downstairs hall, 389 Richmond Rd. Authentic German food will be served at 5 p.m. and an Oompah band and Schuhplattler dancers will entertain from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Advance tickets ($25) are available now at the branch’s upstairs bar. At the door: $30. For more information: or 613-725-2778.

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SEPTEMBER 9 - ARDBRAE SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCERS WELCOME DANCE The Ardbrae Scottish Country Dancers of Ottawa invite you to a free introductory class on September 9 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Churchill Recreation Centre, 345 Richmond Rd. Meet our teachers and dancers. Enjoy simple jigs and reels. No partner required. Please wear soft-soled shoes. For more information: ardbrae. org or

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