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One of four recreation centres in Ottawa serving the older adult population, Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre on Richmond Road in Westboro recently reopened after a four-month closure for outdoor renovations, making the centre more accessible to an aging population. Phase one of two reversed the outdoor handicapped ramp, created wrap-around stairs in the entrance, and replaced indoor carpeting with laminate flooring. Phase two won’t shut down the centre but will concentrate on restoring and cleaning the old stonework on the outside of the heritage building. The original building dates back to 1896. It once served as the Town Hall for what was then the Township of Nepean. The Churchill Seniors Centre came into being in the 1960s, in the heritage building and former fire hall with the new addition added in 1996. Funded by the City of Ottawa, the Churchill Seniors Centre specializes in Integrative Care for clients who have suffered a major event such as a
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Ottawa, and St. Vincent’s Hospital. The ratio of specialized fitness trainers to clients for this class is smaller than a normal fitness class and long-standing, trained volunteers work one-onon with clients to integrate them back into the community. Janice Davis, Recreation Supervisor, has been with the centre for five years. She explains that although the focus has been largely on fitness at the centre in past years – fitness equipment and classes are full from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily – input is sought from both client feedback and the Friends of Churchill group, and they are always open and receptive to new ideas. A recent, innovative initiative resulting from a grant application, received an overwhelming response. Free botanical art and ukulele lessons were offered on a first-come-firstserve basis to seniors in the community and were very popular. The focus is
shifting to include more of the arts and hopefully, free classes in the New Year, and art classes on a regular basis for a reasonable fee. Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre offers a variety of events such as a monthly book club – with a second book club scheduled to start November 29. The singing of traditional folk music from the 1950s to 1980s with the Friends of Rasputin’s will start up again on November 15 and continue every third Friday of the month. No singing experience is necessary. In addition, the Belles and Beaus Choir rent space at the centre and practice every Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For information, contact Janice at the Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre at 613-798-8927 or by email at Janice.Davis@ottawa.ca. The Older Adult Activity Guide for Fall 2017 and Winter 2018, lists all of the courses offered by City of Ottawa recreation centres, including the Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre, and can be picked up at the centre. To register online, see ottawa.ca/ recreation or call 613-580-2588. KitchissippiTimes kitchissippitimes
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What a refreshing article! Here is a woman who declares, “I was looking for a home, not an investment.” This is, of course, in stark contrast to the vultures who roam our neighbourhoods now, in search of a property where they can tear down a perfectly fine home so they can build an unsightly double and make an enormous profit. I am also extremely tired of reading pieces in other papers where Homes articles extoll the features of gigantic new houses with mas-
Unfortunately, even small homes are now priced way too high for many folks. It’s the lot location that drives the price, not the house itself. And so we are losing most of our small homes; houses where many other residents would be as happy as Ms. Hamilton is now, and has been for many years.
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ter bedrooms as big as bowling alleys. No one needs that much space. Ms. Hamilton reminds us of the basics – that a house is a home. She has a “generous yard” which she can enjoy, she is in a good location so she can walk to retail shops. She is perfectly happy with a modest sized home.
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Inside Ride is an annual indoor cycling challenge and fundraising event at Nepean High School in support of children with cancer and their families. The event will take place in the Nepean High School gymnasium on November 17. Inside Ride is student run, and Ella Macmullin and Gwynn Macintosh are organizers this year. Student teams consist of six students each, who fundraise at least $50 so that each team raises at least $300. So far, there are approximately 30 teams signed up from grades nine through twelve. This year’s fundraising goal is $20,000. On the day of the event, the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation provides stationary bikes for each team and each team member cycles for ten minutes while teammates cheer them on. It’s a “party with a purpose.” There are awards given for most donations collected, most team spirit, best costumes, and more. This year’s Inside Ride funds are being donated to Candlelighters, a
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year, to be able to give back to the people that helped my family, and I hope to help other families like mine.” Coast to Coast Against Cancer gives 100% of donations to community charities as well as national childhood cancer charities which provide physical, mental, and emotional support for children with cancer. Funds raised support families in various ways, including research and scholarships for teen survivors. “When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it not only has a huge effect on their life but also on their family and friends and everyone they know. It’s important to support people during these hard times in any way that we can, including helping with the costs that go along with it,” says Ella. Families can donate to students directly, or via the Inside Ride website at theinsideride.com/ottawa-region. (Find Nepean High School in the website’s event calendar on November 17.) Sophie O’Reilly is a grade 12 student at Nepean High School.
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The Centre is gearing up for the holiday season, when they often face an influx of new clients, and when more demands are placed on their resources. Most donations come in November and December, so the centre is hoping that the community will come through for them. Parkdale has been laying the groundwork for innovative approaches to eliminating poverty and believe in helping such families build their strength from the ground up. Often, the cornerstone of this endeavour is wholesome and nourishing food provided by the community. Karen Secord, manager of the Parkdale Food Centre, believes that “food,” or the lack thereof, represents many issues that affect the most vulnerable members of our community. A lack of food security implies gaps in society’s web of care: a lack of health, housing, a basic living wage, or opportunities. These are not problems that can be resolved in isolation; they are all interconnected. Parkdale’s clients are often an invisible cross-section of Ottawa society: the neighbour struggling to make ends meet on his monthly welfare pittance of $721; the man whose doctor writes
him a prescription for healthful food to manage his diabetes, but who can’t afford to buy the food; the skilled refugee who can’t get a job in Canada because he doesn’t speak English; the large family that lives in a single room at the shelter; and the kids who go to school hungry because their parents can’t afford food. Karen and her band of dedicated volunteers at Parkdale believe that nutritious, wholesome food is a basic human right, and is fundamental to building positive physical, mental, and emotional health. The solution is food, community and connection. Their programs build on these three elements to help their clients. For instance, Parkdale’s Thirteen: A Social Enterprise is an entrepreneurial program that helps young people start and run a business making and selling muesli, and has expanded into spice blends. The idea was a complete success; thanks to the support of local business owners, several younger Parkdale clients now have hands-on experience of starting a business from scratch right from designing the product, to sourcing raw material, assembling, packaging and marketing it. Parkdale’s Growing Futures program went one step further, encourag-
ing kids and the local community to grow their own food. The program uses hydroponic indoor growing towers to grow fresh produce and herbs all year. The towers are installed in the community, and participating children tend to the plants, harvest and sell the produce as-is, or turn the produce into marketable products like pesto. Local businesses that support the program teach financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills to the kids involved. The Centre also runs many programs that are smaller in scale, but large in terms of impact, thinking “beyond food banking,” as Karen says. For instance, they conducted four workshops for elementary school “solutionaries” about getting involved in their communities. At the recently held “Bring Food Home” conference, Parkdale clients presented on being a newcomer to Canada and entrepreneurship. Recently, the Centre publicized a “100 Neighbours Strong” campaign to encourage at least 100 members of the community to become monthly donors. Local businesses helped get the message out by placing informational brochures and notices in their storefronts. Karen says it is often not easy to
predict their operating budget for the month. A few extra meals for hungry clients in one month might mean less cash the next month to meet clients’ needs. Regular monthly donations help Parkdale plan their spending. Her greatest worry is Parkdale’s shortfall, which is about $40,000. Karen is banking on the generosity of Kitchissippi residents to help. Every November, volunteers deliver about 800 postcards in the area, reminding people that Parkdale needs help. This year, Parkdale is supplementing this effort with Beyond the Street, a program to help tap into the generosity of local businesses that might not have a visible storefront. KWC Architects, Parkdale’s long-time supporter have donated $5000 and are urging other businesses to also provide cash donations. Karen is hopeful that the generosity and support of the community will pull Parkdale through another busy season. As she points out, we can do better for our neighbours in need. For more information about donating to Parkdale, please visit parkdalefoodcentre.ca.
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Hintonburg and Mechanicsville have particularly deep francophone roots. While both neighbourhoods still feature a bilingual population, it may surprise some to know that for most of their history, these two areas were a t We s t b o r o P a r k mainly French-speaking, at some times, significantly so. Several notable events (and people!) in the history of the community 9098AMI_WB KitchTimes_3X3_BARB_FA2.indd 1 2017-08-29 4:21 PM helped shape this development. Today, only an odd street name pub: Kitchissipi Times community: Westboro park (AW) insertion: Sept 15, 28 Oct 12, 26 Nov 9, 23 or two gives recognition to these early francophone influences. riddochcommunications #545 67 mowat ave toronto 416.515.7562 Though the neighbourhood has FILE NAME 9098AMI_WB KitchTimes_3X3_BARB STOCK/SUBSTRATE n/a SIZE 3.1464 X 3.0069 QUANTITY n/a changed and evolved, the impact of these early community leaders and the events that shaped the Good people. Great lawyers. area’s strong French heritage cannot be denied. This Early Days column will look at one such individual whose contributions to the community over a 60-plusyear period undeniably helped shape the neighbourhood we know today. September of 1870 saw the 11Suite Holland SuiteSt,300, Ottawa • 613.722.1500••mannlawyers.com mannlawyers.com opening of a passenger station 710,Avenue, 1600 Scott Ottawa • 613.722.1500 and the first rail travel out of the LeBreton Flats and Hintonburg area (the Canada Central Railway line to Carleton Place and beyond, then a year later the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Railway south towards Billings Bridge). Industry arrived in the virtually overnight as the Affordable, Clean, Secure, Central area railroad ignited the rural farming area in the west end. As well, √ Inside Storage √ Over 600 Lockers major lumber mills opened in the √ Climate Controlled √ Over 100 area along the line. Capitalizing on the need for √ 7 Days/Week Different Sizes homes for the mill and rail workers, prominent lumber merchants, 340 Parkdale Avenue Blasdell and Baldwin, acquired (between Wellington & Scott) the land north of the CCR line (now Scott Street) in 1872 and 613-729-2130 subdivided it into small builder www.parkdaleministorage.com lots. They named their new community, Mechanicsville. Lots began to sell almost immediately and the workers built basic wood-frame houses. This was, of course, pre-electricity, pre-water, and pre-sewers and homes were expanded as the workers could afford it. The workers were largely French, and thus Mechanicsville in the 19th century (and even into the 20th century) was over 80% francophone. One of the first to invest in Mechanicsville also became its dedicated champion. FrançoisXavier (F.X.) Sauvé was born in April 1842 in Montebello, Quebec, where, as a young adult, he honed his craft as a stonema-
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François-Xavier (F.X.) Sauvé (centre) was one of the original residents of Mechanicsville. He’s also Dave Allston’s great- great- greatgrandfather. Photos courtesy of Dave Allston.
son. One of the projects he worked on was the expansion of the Manoir Papineau on the Chateau Montebello property. He moved to Ottawa by the mid1860s, likely for the opportunities in construction. Ottawa was growing significantly as a government town. His work was so respected that he was hired as one of the stonemasons in the construction of the original Parliament Buildings. F.X. married Marie Poirier around this time, and together they had two children. The family must have seen promise in the new Mechanicsville neighbourhood, purchasing lots on Carruthers Avenue and constructing one of the first three houses in the subdivision. This house still stands today at 85 Carruthers and may be the oldest still standing in Mechanicsville. F.X. eventually acquired many more properties throughout Hintonburg and built at least ten houses on Carruthers and Stonehurst alone. He was one of the first to build multiple dwellings on the original 50-feet wide builder lots, building on half lots and duplexes on those half-lots. He gifted homes to his family members and maintained others as a landlord. His real estate acumen eventually brought him in as a partner with the Ottawa Land Association for a time, which acquired hundreds of acres of farmland that now make up Hintonburg and Wellington Village. One of his friends and closest business associates was G. B. Greene, one of the principals of the Upper Ottawa Improvement Company (which managed log
driving on the Ottawa River) and namesake for the infamous steamboat that provided excursions at Britannia through the first half of the 20th century. F.X., and later his son Frank Jr., were significantly involved with the union of Bricklayers, Masons, and Plasterers – the earliest trade groups. He was also heavily connected with the affairs of the local community and was busy with local community organizations and as a trustee of the local separate school board. F.X. was one of the original members of Saint-Françoisd’Assise parish when it was first established in 1890. He helped the Capuchin Fathers construct the original church in 1891 and contributed to the Stations of the Cross inside the church. (The Stations of the Cross is a 14-step devotion; a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion to help Christians make a spiritual pilgrimage through contemplation and prayer.) One of F.X.’s final jobs involved the construction of the new Saint-François-d’Assise church in 1914, immediately to the east of the original. His role was likely on the coordination side. A small chapel was built in the basement of the new church, where the original Stations of the Cross were moved. F.X. was also one of the original members of the Third Order of St. Francis, an association of those who live according to the ideals and spirit of a religious order, without taking religious vows. His death on February 5, 1935, at the age of 92 marked the end of an era for Mechanicsville. His final service
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was held inside Saint-Françoisd’Assise, the church he helped build. The descendants of F.X. Sauvé likely number in the hundreds today, and many still reside in the neighbourhood. Family names such as Derouin, Gauthier, Matthews, and of course Sauvé, to name a few, can trace their family history back to F.X. Sauvé. Some of the stories of the important, yet largely unknown francophone history of Kitchissippi are just beginning to surface. I’m working with the Wellington West BIA on their new “Gallery 150” project, a large public display of local history along the side of GT Express at Wellington and Pinhey. The launch is scheduled for November 27 and the first set of photos will focus on Hintonburg at the turn of the century, including the Great Hull-Ottawa Fire of 1900, which destroyed most of Hull and LeBreton Flats. A large number of residents displaced by the fire chose Hintonburg as a place to rebuild, which increased the size of Saint-François-d’Assise Parish from an initial congregation of 550 to 2,080 by 1907. That year, Hintonburg, a predominantly French community, was annexed to Ottawa. In fact, as late as the 1951 census, 65% of Hintonburg residents claimed French as their mother tongue. It is thanks to community builders like F.X. Sauvé that Hintonburg and have such a unique and S GO Mechanicsville TO successful history; a story that continOOD BANK ues to unfold today. Dave Allston is a local historian and author of a blog called The Kitchissippi Museum (kitchissippimuseum.blogspot.ca). His family has lived in Kitchissippi for six generations. Do you have early memories of the area? We’d love to hear them! Send your DORANT email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A dose of reality at Kitchissippi United Church Naloxone kits handed out to prevent opioid overdose By Bradley Turcotte
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Over 50 people attended a Naloxone demonstration at the Kitchissippi United Church (KUC) November 1 led by Mark Barnes, the Naloxone program champion pharmacist for the Ontario Minister of Health. He provided Naloxone kits, which have the potential to save someone during an opioid overdose, walked attendees through preparing and administering the shots, and answered a multitude of questions about addiction and opioids. Prompted by the rise of opioid use and the presence of fentanyl and carfentanyl in street drugs, the event was organized by KUC’s Kristen Gracequist and Reverend Hilary Merritt. Opioids include heroin, OxyContin, Percocet and fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 stronger than morphine. Carfentanyl is said to be 10,000 times stronger than morphine. Mark describes taking fentanyl as putting a plastic bag over your head and tying it shut. “As a pharmacist, we cannot do our job, administer proper pain management without opioids. They are a great medication when used proper-
Unlike other drugs – which expand the pupil – opioids contract pupils to the size of pinpricks. ly,” says Mark, who operated the Westboro Pharmasave from 2007 to 2014 before founding Vanier’s Respect RX. “The problem is the same prescription meds used for epidurals and surgeries are being used on the streets of Ottawa right now. That’s the scary part.” Ottawa Public Health estimates there are 71,000 opioid users in Ottawa, a portion of whom use opioids for non-medical purposes. According to Mark, most urban
centres in Canada claim heroin as their most used opioid, but in Ottawa, prescription opioids come before heroin, making Ottawa unique. Mark, who serves on the Ottawa Public Health Overdose Task Force, says Ontario consumes more opioids than anywhere else in the world. “People do not use opioids chronically to get high. People use opioids to prevent pain. This pain could be physical. Most often this pain is mental… we need to treat addiction like a mental illness because it is,” says Mark. Signs indicating an opioid overdose include slow or stopped breathing, blue lips and nails, gurgling or snoring sounds and tiny pupils. Unlike other drugs – which expand the pupil – opioids contract pupils to the size of pinpricks. The naloxone kits provided take some assembly, as pre-loaded kits would be much more expensive, Mark says. In a pinch, the naloxone can be poured into a drug user’s nose rather than injected. Attendee Gillian FitzGibbon is a self-described “opioid survivor” and divulges she was over-prescribed opioids after a knee injury. “I was on, you name it Oxy, Percs, Dilaudid; I lived in a hospital bed in
my living room for six months. All I could think about was killing myself,” Gillian says. “[It is] a systemic issue. These are the prescriptions coming from my family doctor who over and over and over again prescribed them. I didn’t know anything. I was in and out of withdrawal for so long… no one has ever said take a few and see how it goes. Ever.” Gillian is now opioid-free and credits medical marijuana for easing her pain and helping her get off prescription medication. Reverend Hilary is a youth and young adult minister and says organizing the event was the “socially responsible” thing to do as youth she works with have had friends, classmates and peers affected by the opioid crisis. From prescriptions to illegal drugs cut with dangerous opioids, Kristen says it was an “eye opening” experience to learn it is not just street kids who are affected. “It’s a very diverse group that this crisis is hitting. It’s not just one segment,” says Kristen. For more information, visit stopoverdoseottawa.ca or visit Respect RX for a naloxone kit with a valid health card.
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Five things about Dennis Van Staalduinen A few things you didn’t know about the new head of the WWBIA
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Dennis went to Canterbury High School and became an amateur, and sometimes professional, actor and singer. Most notable was his role in the short-lived high school drama, Denim Blues, which was filmed in Ottawa in 1989 and ran for 13 episodes on CJOH-TV. Dennis played a regular character on the show named Rob, and the program was broadcast across Canada. Dennis’ co-star, Sandra Oh, went on to international success in the performing arts. Dennis still regularly performs with Hintonburg’s musical theater company, Orpheus. Funny enough, the writer/director of that TV show lives in Wellington West to this day. 3. He’s building a giant dragon.
Local theater isn’t all glitz and glamour and sometimes you have to get your hands dirty. So instead of taking a staring role in the next Orpheus production of SHREK The Musical, Dennis has sacrificed a large part of his property to construct the play’s antagonistic dragon. “I volunteered to help with props, and I was assigned to build a giant dragon for the show,” says Dennis. “We’re talking 12 feet high with mechanical wings about 20 feet long, it’s quite a substantial thing.” “I have a maker streak in me.” 4. Named a chicken sandwich.
“Back in 2008, I worked with Kentucky Fried Chicken, the Canadian affiliate, they were launch-
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ing a brand new chicken sandwich and they needed a name for it, they called me up and had me put together some ideas,” says Dennis. The company ended up releasing the sandwich with one of the names he suggested (although not his top choice): The Big Fresh. It was billed as a healthier product and was supposed to take the brand in a new direction. Unfortunately, the American parent company took over product development in Canada and scrapped Dennis’ chicken sandwich, and, ironically, proceeded to release the Double Down sandwich (we’re using the term loosely here) which uses two pieces of fried chicken fillet instead of bread with bacon, cheese and sauce in between.
5. He is the only person in a family of six born in Canada.
When Dennis was young, his father’s work took him and his family all over the world, and that earned them an interesting collection of birth certificates. Dennis was born in Ottawa (though he only stuck around for a few months). Both his parents were born in the Netherlands, his older sister was born in the Philippians, his younger brother in India, and younger sister in Chicago. Dennis eventually returned to Ottawa for high school, before moving to the Toronto area to pursue his postsecondary education. He swore at that time he would never live in Ottawa again. Thankfully for West Wellington and Hintonburg, he eventually came back and made his home in Champlain Park.
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Back in 2005, Dennis was involved with the unofficial business association in Wellington Village, working on a volunteer basis giving advice and helping out with marketing and promotion. Dennis’ name can actually be found printed at the bottom of the
2. He is a natural performer.
1. He actually helped found the BIA.
bylaw that authorized the official BIA in 2008. “After the BIA was founded I pulled back to an advisory role, on and off, since then,” says Dennis. “When this job came open I was just at the right point in my career and in my family life, that I thought, ‘I really enjoyed that work, I love doing it and I think I can dedicate myself full time now.’ That’s what brought me back.”
The Wellington West Business Improvement Area (WWBIA) has a brand new Executive Director, Dennis Van Staalduinen. Some readers might know him from Twitter, @DenVan, or may have seen him perform on stage or even your TV screen, but we are here to help you get to know him a little bit better. Dennis has been a resident of the Champlain Park neighbourhood for the past 15 years, where he lives with his wife and three children. He’s spent the past 25 years working as a freelance business consultant, helping out in marketing campaigns for businesses as big as Nestle, down to local charities and non-profits. In late October, Dennis took over the reigns at the WWBIA, an official body that extends from Island Park Drive to the O-Train tracks and stretches down side streets as far as Scott Street and the Queensway. The Wellington West BIA represents 532 business members, and over 100 property owners, and Dennis is now their go-to person for help on a broad range of issues. “The first thing I do is represent those people, connect them and provide service to them,” says Dennis. “The second thing is beautification: We fund graffiti removal, we maintain planters and foliage, bike racks. We are a day-to-day street manager. The third leg is advocacy, speaking for the interests of the businesses and the value we provide to the city.” And now, to dive a little deeper into the personal side of things, here are five things you probably didn’t know about Dennis Van Staalduinen. (Bonus thing: It’s pronounced vanSTALL-dine-en.)
Century-old school looking for community support Online petition has already garnered hundreds of signatures for ‘Renew Elmdale’ campaign Submitted by Erin Hetherington
Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre, is planning a visit to Elmdale Public School on the afternoon of Thursday, November 9 to show his support for efforts to renovate and rejuvenate the century-old building. He will be joined by Kitchissippi Councillor, Jeff Leiper, and School Board Trustee, Erica Braunovan. The visit will mark the first time in recent history that three elected officials have agreed to visit Elmdale Public School in support of renovations for meaningful and lasting renewal at the school. Elmdale Public School, in the heart of the Kitchissippi ward, has an almost 100-year-long history in the community. Elmdale parents are wholeheartedly involved parents with a strong belief in the public school system. Unfortunately, despite having a reputation for educational excellence, the school is in need of meaningful and lasting renovations to address numerous problems such as lack of accessibility, effective heating and cooling, and outdated washrooms. While the majority of elementary schools in the neighbourhood have received extensive renovations,
Elmdale has not. Accessibility is a significant concern. Elmdale cannot accommodate students or staff with mobility issues as it has no elevator and its only accessible washroom, is in a kindergarten classroom. Classroom space remains another issue. The increase in density that is occurring in Elmdale’s neighbourhoods means the Board projects enrollment will continue to increase. Currently, there are seven portables being used to house the overflow of students from the main building. The washrooms are outdated, and the building lacks an effective heating and cooling system, which means that teachers are required to find creative solutions to keep the students cool in warmer months. Minor renovations are not sufficient to address accessibility, capacity, and heating/cooling concerns – in fact, following a boundary review and also as a result of the implementation of Full Day Kindergarten, an addition was proposed for Elmdale, and approved by the Ottawa Carleton School Board (OCDSB). Despite concerned efforts from both the OCDSB and Elmdale parents, the Ministry of Education has not yet agreed to fund the Board’s recommended addition.
six months, the committee has gathered almost 700 signatures from Elmdale families and community members supporting the need for this addition, and officials, including Yasir Naqvi, Erica Braunovan and Jeff Leiper have written letters of support for the initiative. Larry Shamash, founder of the Renew Elmdale committee, has effectively rallied parents and the broader community to support the improvements because the quality of education and staff is so excellent. Noting the importance of Elmdale to the community, he says, “Elmdale School is the heart of the community, where children are classmates, neighbours and friends all at once.” To support Renew Elmdale, please join us at Elmdale School on Thursday November 9 at 3:10 pm to thank our elected officials for their support. Coffee will be served thanks to the generous support of Bridgehead. For more information, or to sign the petition, go to renewelmdale.org. Erin Hetherington is a member of the Renew Elmdale team and is an Elmdale parent.
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As Geri Moss-Norbury, Elmdale parent and past council co-chair notes, “the solution was arrived at democratically after hundreds of hours of work between parents, school councils and school trustees. It is important that the Ministry of Education listens to and respects this democratic process.” Despite the school’s physical condition, it is well loved by students, staff and parents. It has an active council, including co-chair Kaireen Patton, who is an Elmdale alumnus whose child is the third generation to attend the school. The council has donated funds to other schools in need and to the community through Elmdale Cares, holds fundraising and community events such as Fun Fair and Bookfest, and has, in the past, supported and cheered improvements to neighbouring schools. Kaireen notes, however, that “while the Elmdale community works very hard to raise funds we are unable to direct the use of these funds towards school building improvements.” Elmdale parents have formed the “Renew Elmdale” committee in hopes of obtaining funding for Elmdale. While much work remains to be done, momentum is building. Over the past
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Meet the passionate advocates of fair trade practices in Kitchissippi
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Across Kitchissippi, in all of our diverse neighbourhoods, people are choosing to act globally by shopping locally for fair trade products. They know that their purchases directly support marginalized families to live more dignified, independent lives while offering a better future to their children. The best way to understand the international fair trade movement is simply to listen to those involved: Ten Thousand Villages’ staff, Festival Sale organizers and volunteers, shoppers, but most important of all, the artisan partners whose lives have been changed by fair trade practices. Ten Thousand Villages is a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization and an adherent to their guiding principals including providing fair wages in the country where artisans work, safe working conditions, and economically sustainable longterm partnerships. Kathy Neufeld is the volunteer Assistant Manager of Ten Thousand Villages in Westboro and Education co-ordinator at the Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale. She explains that ensuring fair wages begins from the moment they order from an arti-
san group. Makers are paid 50% of the cost up front so that they are not forced to take out expensive loans for the raw materials needed to create the products. Upon shipment, the artisans receive the remaining 50% owed on the order. “When you buy fair trade from us, you know the makers have already been paid in full,” says Kathy. “One of my favourite products is the recycled sari throws from Bangladesh,” says Kathy. “They are made with two, well-used cotton saris sewn together. Each one is unique. These throws began as a project to help street workers find an alternative source of income and they have become so successful that the artisan group, Hajiganj, now employs marginalized people in the Nilphamari District (one of the poorest in Bangladesh,) enabling them to earn a fair wage. When I cuddle up under my throw, it warms both my body and my heart.” Judy Lincoln, the manager of the Westboro Ten Thousand Villages shop, is a passionate life-long advocate of fair trade practices. She started in her student days with fair trade coffee and sugar. Today, fair trade products in her home include chocolate chips and lovely (yet sturdy!) Continued on page 18
Hebron Glass employs more than 60 artisans. Ten Thousand Villages ensures workers are employed year round and receive fair wages. Products from Hebron Glass will be available at the Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale and the store.
THE 2017 TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES FESTIVAL SALE Open every weekend in November at the Ottawa Mennonite Church on Kilborn Ave., Ottawa. Normal opening hours: Friday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. & Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday Nov. 24: High Tea. There are sittings at 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with extended shopping hours from noon to 8 p.m. Tickets available until Nov. 17. For information, please contact ttvhightea@ gmail.com. Saturday Nov. 11: The Festival Sale, in honour of Remembrance Day, will open from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy homemade borsht and fresh baked desserts every Saturday in the Tea Room.
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‘Falling into fellowship’ A unique chronicle of a life-changing journey
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Walking the Camino de Santiago took Peter Coffman about two months in spring 2004. His book about the travel — appropriately titled, Camino — has gone through an even longer journey to manifestation, and will finally launch at an Ottawa event later this month. The Camino, whose name means “The Path of St. James,” is an ancient route of pilgrimage in northern Spain that ends at a cathedral in the city of Santiago de Compostela, the traditional burial site of St. James. Catholic pilgrims and other travellers have been making the journey to the shrine for about a millennium. Professional photographer, architecture history professor, and Hintonburg resident, Peter Coffman, decided to contribute his own footsteps to the path with a friend some fifteen years ago. The idea arose when, on holiday in France, Peter and his wife encountered a pilgrim who would make music in each of the churches along the Camino’s traditional pathway. Peter was so intrigued that he proposed a similar pilgrimage to his friend Oliver Schroer, a violinist. After a few years, they finally decided to set aside time for the trip, and in May 2004 convened with their wives at a point in central France. From there, the four of them hiked about a thousand kilometres to the route’s end, stopping in cathedrals and villages along the way, Peter taking photographs and Oliver setting up his recording equipment to capture pieces of warm, yet haunting violin music. Oliver would later release these recordings as the critically acclaimed album, also titled camino. Tragically, Oliver passed away in 2008. In the thirteen years since returning from the journey, Peter has given numerous talks, presentations and exhibitions of his photography. Camino will feature Peter’s pictures and new writings and reflections arranged by themes, not chronologically. His pictures and Oliver’s music
almost always accompany each other, and this new book is no different, as it comes with a download code for new bonus material from Oliver’s album. “All the elements, the writing, the music, the photography, have converged in this book, now because of circumstances. Much like the Camino in a sense, that when the time is right, and when everything seems to point in a certain direction, then that’s the direction to go in,” Peter describes. Hearing Peter speak about the Camino impresses on the listener just how powerful the journey is, as well as how passionate about it Peter remains. Although his visit was years ago, he still speaks of it with the same awe as if he had just returned yesterday. He refers several times to the feeling of “falling into fellowship” while walking the ancient road, finding community with fellow travellers, as well as with the countless pilgrims of the past. Peter has been cultivating some praise for capturing in his book an accurate depiction of the traveller’s experiences along the Camino, a journey whose sensations are reputedly difficult to describe. “It is not easy to catch the subtle nuances of the inner journey but [Peter’s book] has succeeded where many fail,” writes John Brierly, an author of several guidebooks about the route. One’s impressions of the pilgrimage seem to have an impact on the travelling experience itself, as expectations can fall out of line with the unique journey that actually occurs. Indeed, Peter said that while he hasn’t “ruled out” another visit to the Camino, he’d need to be careful not to let his memories of the first journey interfere with a new adventure. “I’m not in any great rush to [do the Camino again]. If I did it again, I would have to find some way to do it very differently… what you don’t want to do, especially in this case because it was such a singular experience, I wouldn’t want to go do it again and have some little corner of
Photo by Peter Coffman
Hintonburg resident, Peter Coffman, walked the Camino and has written a book about his journey. It’s being launched at a special event on November 10. Photo by Diane Laundy
my brain keep thinking ‘why isn’t this happening like it did last time.’” The book launch will take place at Friends of Earth (251 Bank St.), at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 10.
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A peek at the last day of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market in Westboro Although the season had a very wet beginning, it ended with a blast of sunshine and hundreds of happy shoppers By Andrea Tomkins
Saturday, October 28, was the last day of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market (OFM) in Westboro. It was, in the words of Stephanie Kittmer, Market Manager, “crazy busy.” This was a good thing, considering the shaky start to the growing season. The Ottawa Valley had record rainfalls in the spring. In May, approximately 180 millimetres of rain drowned farmers’ fields all over the region. “It was probably the worst beginning to any season we could have had,” recalls Greer Knox, president of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market Association. “We couldn’t get on the field to plant, and we couldn’t get on the field to harvest it, so it was really a dreadful start this year.” But, as we know, it turned out all right. The lost days at the beginning of the growing season somehow materialized at the end. “Some of the crops that normally would have been finished by late September just kept on going, so we had a really really good late summer and fall,” says Greer. On this day, the stalls were full of carrots, beans, Brussels sprouts, onions, broccoli, even tomatoes, which were late but in abundance
in October. “It’s been a very good year for this market,” says Greer. Regulars already know that a trip to the market is not just an ordinary excursion to buy food. The social aspect is part of the experience, and not just for residents, but for the vendors as well. “The community is very supportive of this market, which is really nice. It’s the same customers every week. You see your regular customers, you chat with them,” says Greer. “It’s a really nice aspect of this market.” The news hasn’t been good for every farmers’ market across the province. In September, CBC exposed “homegrown lies” at farmers markets. A Marketplace segment showed some Ontario vendors misleading consumers about their produce, passing off imports as produce they had grown themselves on local farms. Greer wants residents to know the Ottawa Farmers’ Market has mechanisms in place to protect shoppers and prevent this from happening. “We are a very strict market and we do not allow any reselling. We police it, we have a mechanism in place to go out and inspect farms if we suspect
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Patrick and Eliza Rossiter, with Neve (in the centre): “Our favourite part of the market is people watching. We love getting fresh produce and not having to leave the city for it.”
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The first and second floor lobby of the Great Canadian Theatre Company, (1233 Wellington St. W.), is the locale for the one day art event by THE ARTFUL LADIES on Saturday, November 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. There will be a “finissage” from 5 – 7 p.m. to end the show with refreshments and a social mixer. A silent art auction during the day will raise funds for the GCTC. Admission is free. Many emerging artists struggle to find a way to exhibit their works in an effective and convivial manner. Out of town tours can be expensive and not particularly lucrative, while art galleries may be impersonal and costly to the artist. Group art shows in rented auditoriums and studio tours have become a popular way of displaying and selling fine art. So in 2006, Heather Bale, a well-known local artist, invited Lynda Turner and Jo-Anne Cairns to form the “3 ARTFUL LADIES” and present their art in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The original “3 ARTFUL LADIES” has been an annual fixture in the Ottawa art scene since 2006. It began as a late fall weekend event featuring a Friday evening vernissage and two drop-by days where visitors could chat with the artists, view their work and make purchases in a relaxed home setting. A few years later, Janick Lorion, watercolour artist and Elisabeth Baechlin, fine artist and gold smith joined the group; adding more diversity and talent to the group now known as THE ARTFUL LADIES.
Clockwise from lower left: Janick Lorion, Heather Bale, Lynda Turner, Elisabeth Baechlin, Carolynne Pynn Trudeau, and Y. Donna Randall.
In 2016 the private venue became public with a one day show at the Great Canadian Theatre Company and in 2017 this venue will again be used and more artists invited to become ARTFUL LADIES. This year’s group of ARTFUL LADIES include: Heather Bale, fine artist; Lynda Turner, painter/printmaker; Janick Lorion, watercolour painter; Elizabeth Baechlin, fine artist and gold smith; Carolynne Pynn Trudeau, fine art potter and Y. Donna Randall, abstract artist /painter. The six artists bring a unique mix of styles and various artistic media together in one place for one day. The Artful Ladies shows are as much about camaraderie and the sharing of ideas and laughs as about selling art. Everyone is invited to meet THE ARTFUL LADIES on Saturday, November 25 at the GCTC!
Fair trade giving Continued from page 13 handmade cushions perfect for her kids’ pillow fights. For Judy, the common thread of her many conversations about the impact of fair trade with visiting artisan partners is the “…feeling of empowerment they have when they are able to support their families, send their children to school and see them prosper.” For the artisans, their families and the community in which they live, fair trade has meant sturdier homes, regular meals, education for boys and girls, health care, maternity and paternity benefits to support new parents, the preservation of traditional crafts, and reforestation efforts. One craftsperson was able to save enough to purchase farmland, another bought a car to increase their business efficiency, and the innovative program, Cow Advocacy!, has helped to increase the individual ownership of cows (a sacred and valuable resource for many artisans). Marla Huddleston (co-coordinator
of the annual Festival Sale) has been volunteering for nine years with Ten Thousand Villages, and brings 30 years of work in international development, especially with women’s and community groups to her deep understanding of the importance of fair trade. “Having seen the hardships people experience first hand, I can appreciate the sense of self-sufficiency and dignity that comes to the artisans through their long-term relationships with Ten Thousand Villages,” says Marla. For her, both the Festival Sale – and the store – are opportunities for everyone to learn more about fair trade while shopping for beautiful handicrafts and food items that directly support the artisans. Follow Ten Thousand Villages on Facebook (facebook.com/ VillagesOttawa) and Twitter (twitter. com/VillagesOttawa). Joanne Lalonde is the Publicity Coordinator for Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale.
NOVEMBER 11 – WESTBORO REMEMBRANCE SERVICES The Westboro Legion will conduct a Remembrance service at the Carlingwood Mall at 11 a.m. At 1:45 p.m., Veterans, cadets and a band will parade to the Westboro cenotaph for the 2 p.m. service and wreath-laying ceremony. Starting at 4 p.m., everyone is welcome – and admission is free – when the Good Tymes Band takes the stage in the downstairs hall, 389 Richmond Rd. For information, go to rcl480.com.
November 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Noted for mouthwatering preserves, enticing home baking, All Saints Originals crafts, a huge selection of used books, linens, china, jewellery, a delicious lunch and a Silent Auction. Good source of vintage and collectibles. This year’s event will be better than ever. For information contact the church office at 613 725-9487 or go to allsaintswestboro. com. The church is located at 347 Richmond Road, near the corner of Churchill Avenue.
NOVEMBER 12 - FALL REFLECTIONS COG OSO, the Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Organic Growers, is hosting an event called Fall Reflections on November 12 at the Hintonburg Community Centre, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.There will be a panel discussion on Urban Agriculture in Ottawa, with Hidden Harvest Ottawa and two urban farmers from Backyard Edibles and Capital Greens.
NOVEMBER 18 - FALL FAIR AT FIRST Visit the popular Fall Fair at First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa (30 Cleary Ave.) on November 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Silent auction (including valuable art), clothes, collectables, flea market, homemade lunch. Great deals on gently used clothes, books, and timeless treasures! Newly knitted items, jewellery, stamps and coins, electronics, CDs, DVDs. For more information go to.firstunitarianottawa.ca or call 613-725-1066.
NOVEMBER 14 - CIVIC HOSPITAL NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATION (CHNA) 2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING CHNA’s AGM will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Foustanellas Auditorium, 2nd floor of the Heart Institute. Learn what’s happening in the Civic Hospital neighbourhood, elect the 2017-18 CHNA executive, hear from Kitchissippi Ward Councillor, Jeff Leiper, and Marion Fraser, VP University of Ottawa Heart Institute, and ask your questions! For more information email email@example.com.
NOVEMBER 18 - FAMILY DANCE WITH LIVE MUSIC Come dance with your young family, grandkids or kids you know at a super fun community dance in the heart of Westboro! Fantastic live traditional music (think fiddles). No experience necessary as all dances are taught and very family-friendly. 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. with optional potluck after! For more details go to ottawacontra.ca/familydance. Can’t make it to the November dance? Mark these dates in your calendar: January 20 2018, March 17 2018, April 21, 2018.
NOVEMBER 15 - AFTERNOON TEA DANCE Join your neighbours at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for ballroom, line and latin dance in a social setting on large wood spring floor. No partner required. Cost: $3.50. For more information, please call 613-798-8927.
NOVEMBER 19 - UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS BAZAAR For a pleasurable event of lunching and finding unique gifts, Sunday, November 19 from noon until 2:30 p.m. at the Ukrainian Orthodox cathedral hall (1000 Byron Ave.) is the date. The Ukrainian Women’s Association is gearing up for its popular Christmas bazaar that features the luncheon of varenyky, holubtsi, borscht and pastries. The home-baking tables will beckon with the favourite poppy seed and carrot cakes and kolachi. Beautiful embroidered fashions and jewelry from Ukraine as well as handicrafts, ceramics, local unheated honey and knitted goods are popular items. For your freezer, don’t forget the perogies, cabbage rolls and borscht. Admission is free with parking in the church lot and on Byron.
NOVEMBER 16 TO 18 - CRAFT SHOW AND SALE The OHS Auxiliary will be selling lovely handmade crafts at Westgate Mall (Carling Avenue and The Queensway) Thursday November 16 and Friday November 17, 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Saturday November 18, 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. All proceeds go to support the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society. For more info call 613-8236770 or go to facebook.com/ OttawaHumaneSocietyAuxiliary.
NOVEMBER 25 – BOB SEGER TRIBUTE SHOW Against the Wind’s Bob Seger tribute show is coming to the Westboro Legion, 389 Richmond Rd. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at the branch’s upstairs bar or at the door starting at 7 p.m. For more information go to rcl480.com. NOVEMBER 25 - FALL CONCERT The Parkdale United Church Orchestra and Music Director Angus Armstrong are pleased to present our opening Fall concert on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm entitled, “European Soundscape”. This concert features Ottawa Symphony’s Principal Clarinet Shauna McDonald. Held at Parkdale United Church (429 Parkdale Ave. at Gladstone). Tickets at the door: $15 Adults/$10 Students/Seniors. Free for ages 12 & under. For more info, please visit our website at parkdaleorchestra.ca.
DECEMBER 2 - ST MARTIN’S CHRISTMAS BAKESHOP & BAUBLES BONANZA Featuring home-baked yuletide yummies, Christmas cakes by St Martin’s very own Rector, unique gifts, fashion accessories, seasonal décor items, silent auction treasures, jewellry, knit goods and crafts bistro lunch. Saturday, December 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 2120 Prince Charles Rd. at Lockhart. For information go to stmartinsottawa.ca. DECEMBER 2 - THE FISHER PARK CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE The Fisher Park Christmas Craft Sale, a West Wellington holiday tradition, featuring over 100 vendors. Free parking and admission. Saturday Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fisher Park Public School (250 Holland Ave.) Nonperishable donations for the Parkdale Food Bank are most welcome. WESTBORO LEGION’S BINGO AND LEAGUES Bingo every Wednesday night at the Westboro Legion. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for Café 480 and games begin at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Join us with your friends, or come and meet new friends. Funds raised are donated back to community organizations. We also have bid euchre, darts, pool and sandbag leagues on a weekly basis. For more information visit rcl480.com or call 613725-2778.
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NOVEMBER 24 – FRIDAY NIGHT OF WORSHIP AND MINISTRY Join us as we gather at St Mary’s Church (100 Young St.) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the Night of Worship and Ministry. The speaker will be Fr. Francis Donnelly, Companions of the Cross. The theme will be “Acknowledge Him in All Ways.” A reception will follow in the lower hall.
NOVEMBER 30 - KNIGHT AT NEPEAN Knight at Nepean is Nepean High School’s annual fundraiser for programs and clubs that directly benefit students. Everyone is invited! Tickets are available online online at knightatnepean.com. The event will include an Italian-themed dinner (including vegetarian and glutenfree options), a silent auction and a cash bar. For more information, to volunteer, or to donate a silent auction item contact email@example.com.
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NOVEMBER 17 - DROP-IN FOLK SONG CIRCLE Join your neighbours at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for a dropin folk song circle. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Cost: $2.75 For more information, please call 613-7988927
NOVEMBER 19 - THE MCKELLAR PARK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION AGM The McKellar Park Community Association will host its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, November 19 beginning at 7:15 p.m. Please join us for updates on the various issues of importance to our neighbourhood and learn about how you can get more involved. Join us to learn more about Rochester Field, Cleary Avenue LRT station, neighbourhood traffic calming initiatives, renewal of Tilbury and McKellar parks and community event planning. Councillor Jeff Leiper will join us as well. We look forward to seeing you at the McKellar Park Field House, 539 Wavell Avenue.
NOVEMBER 22 - LYNDA.COM Learn how to use Lynda.com, one of Ottawa Public Library’s resources. With over 4,000 video courses from top experts, Lynda.com is the place to go for learning computer programming, multimedia software, 3D animation, photography, project management, and much more. Lynda.com is free through the Ottawa Public Library website. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Wednesday November 22 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
NOVEMBER 27 - A PRIVATE SAFARI IN TANZANIA AND RWANDA Safaris, safaris, safaris! Where is the best place to see the most abundant and the largest variety of wildlife: Tanzania. The Serengeti Plain, located in north-central Tanzania, is world renowned as an ideal location for wildlife and nature photography. Much of the beauty is attributed to its sweeping vistas and dramatic natural features that extend over 60,000 square kilometers. Join Carole Gobeil as she shares her travels to Tanzania and Rwanda! Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday November 27 at 7 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
NOVEMBER 18 - MEC SNOWFEST Drop by Mountain Equipment Co-op (366 Richmond Rd.) on November 18 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to welcome the winter season. MEC is bringing together outdoor enthusiasts, local ski clubs, and the local ski hills from around the Ottawa area under one roof for a full day of meet-and-greets, clinics, and prizes (and food!). Discounts on club memberships and lift tickets will be given out as well as coupons to be used in store. Members can also learn some new skills by attending a short, staff-led clinic on various topics such as snowshoeing, ski waxing, and cold weather clothing systems.
NOVEMBER 21 - WESTBORO COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Please join us and Councillor Jeff Leiper for our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, November 21 at the Churchill Seniors Center (345 Richmond Rd.) Come out to meet your neighbours and discuss the issues that are important to our community! Doors and community kiosks open at 6:30 p.m., followed by reports from the Board of Directors at 7 p.m., election of new Board of Directors, special guests, and presentations. Refreshments will be served. Membership is required to vote but you can attend without joining. Membership is $10 for one year or ($20 for family membership.) We are always looking for new board members who want to bring their talents to our community. Questions or interest in being a board member? Email helloWestboro@yahoo.ca or contact email@example.com.
NOVEMBER 25 & 26 - HOLIDAY SHOWSTOPPERS SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA Fun and local! Stop by QWest at 88 Richmond Rd. for holiday shopping, sweets, eats, bikes, and bling. Crafts for kids, holiday trees and wreaths, and photo op with Elsa from Frozen. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 25 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday November 26. $2 admission at the door goes to the Westboro Region Food Bank.
NOVEMBER 13 - HOW TO INSTALL AND WINTERIZE A RAIN BARREL A free workshop about how to install and winterize a rain barrel. This hands-on workshop covers everything you’ll need to know: picking the right location, equipment and supplies, installation and proper maintenance. One lucky participant from each workshop will go home with a new rain barrel. Monday, November 13, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Carlingwood Public Library. This workshop is offered through the City of Ottawa’s Pinecrest Neighbourhood RAIN project. For more information go to ottawa.ca/pinecrestrain. To register for the workshop, go to eventbrite.ca and search for “Envirocentre.”
NOVEMBER 20 - INVESTING 101: LEARN HOW TO INVEST YOUR MONEY This session provides a basic overview of investing. You’ll learn about the various savings vehicles (e.g. TFSA’s, RRSP’s, non-registered investment accounts) and the investment options and strategies available to all of us. Whether you are a seasoned investor or just starting out, the class will provide tips to get you on track to achieve your short term and long term objectives! Presented in partnership with John Hastings of RBC Dominion Securities. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday November 20 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
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