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KT asked the representatives of each of Kitchissippi’s community associations about their biggest issues. Photos by Andrea Tomkins.

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Wellington Village Community Association “Traffic, pedestrian safety and infill are three main issues residents bring to our attention,” says Wellington Village Community Association (WVCA) president Catherine JamesMcGuinty. Last June, WVCA worked with

the City’s Safer Roads Ottawa (SRO) initiative and installed “Slow Down For Us” signs encouraging motorists driving around the residential streets to be mindful of child and senior pedestrians. She hopes whoever is elected will help WVCA continue this program. “This is a walking area,” says James-McGuinty. Continued on page 3








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Connecting with Kitchissippi community associations Continued from page 1 James-McGuinty also says excessive bus and car traffic running from Tunney’s Pasture via Scott Street into WVCA’s catchment could be addressed through a proper traffic redesign. “Many residents consider Scott Street dangerous for pedestrians,” says James-McGuinty. New development is welcome but James-McGuinty says the City should pay more attention to monitoring Community Design Plan (CDP) requirements to ensure originally requested variances match the final product. “Buildings often end up being put too close beside existing houses. New buildings often have very small or no backyards at all,” says JamesMcGuinty. Hampton Iona Community Group Hampton Iona Community Group (HICG) president Lorne Cutler says communication between the councillor and residents could be improved. For example, residents want to know how the Cash-InLieu of parklands funds are spent. “We would like to see a public consultation process across the ward when deciding priorities for Cash-inLieu parklands and Section 37 funds, rather than the ‘squeaky wheel getting the grease’ approach,” says Cutler.

co-chair Heather Pearl. Bluntly put, Pearl calls Island Park a “traffic sewer.” Traffic jams frustrate drivers, which makes it unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians, particularly children walking to and from St. George’s Elementary School. “It’s unsafe [at the corner of Clearview and Island Park]. Children and cyclists are having a hard time,” says Pearl. The CPCA wants developers to be held accountable for creating buildings in a sustainable fashion, and to follow the plans on file at the Committee of Adjustment (COA). But mostly, the CPCA just wants the City of Ottawa to enforce its own bylaws. For example, one bylaw requires developers to install single car driveways for the semis that they build, yet some are not obeying the rules regarding driveway width. “It should not be the job of communities to try to get the City to enforce its own bylaws, but this is what ends up happening,” says Pearl.  The CPCA attends COA hearings on all infill development applications for their neighbourhood. Pearl says the community association’s role is to negotiate with builders for more compatible development. “What we find in certain cases Continued on page 10

Hampton Iona Community Group president Lorne Cutler. Photo by Andrea Tomkins

Cutler also says recent developments do not live up to the City’s official plans. For example, neighbours oppose the rezoning of a site at Hilson and Clare. Instead of going forward with existing zoning for six semi-detached homes, developers want to build seven townhouses and two semi-detached houses. “People are fine with semidetached homes. We object to rezoning the site for townhouses. We want a councillor that represents the concerns of the public to City Hall,” says Cutler. Champlain Park Community Association “We need a traffic light at the corner of Clearview Avenue and Island Park Drive,” says Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA)

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Trampled plants, cut-through traffic, cracked plaster Dear Editor, I am writing to you this morning, because the gas company contractors are installing gas lines to two new semi-detached houses across the street and they are trampling on my garden plants. They were asked kindly yesterday to be careful with the plants, but it never got to the supervisor or the backhoe guy. It’s a typical day in Westboro. My house, on Tweedsmuir, is surrounded by new million dollar houses. Construction noise is constant during the week and even on weekends. It is not going to stop for another year, because they are building one next to me. I went to the committee of adjustment to find out what was happening with the houses being built next door. It seems to me that the only thing that is important to the City, is the cash register. By-laws for the city are ignored or modified at a whim or because the city knows they will get extra tax revenue from these new houses. That also means my taxes go up too; and my house isn’t worth a million dollars. They offer me $520,000, tear it down in 45 minutes, and start building two new houses on the same lot, even though it’s just a single lot. The contractors for these new houses don’t care either. When they put in the water main across the street, they filled up the excavation hole, but not quite. For months now, when school buses and trucks go by and hit this (un)-bump, the house shakes. The plaster on my walls is cracking in some places. With the renovation of Churchill Avenue, cars and buses and trucks had to make detours. The detour was on Kirkwood Avenue, but people found a way of cutting through Clare Avenue to Dovercourt Avenue, going west. It’s constant traffic at rush hour. People actually live here, and walk with their children, some with dogs. People are racing up Tweedsmuir, frustrated with the detour. I asked the city to put up signs, and they put up 50 km an hour signs.

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That’s crazy. Bronson Avenue is 50 km, and Scott Street is 50 km. Other streets in the neighbourhood have 40 km signs, speed bumps, and narrowing effects. The neighbourhood that I chose to live in, is not the same neighbourhood now. I can’t afford to sell and I can’t afford to buy. My wife is expecting, and the baby will be born in February 2015, just in time to get rattled by the construction of two, million dollar semidetached houses next door. The child will grow up remembering how noisy Westboro was. Not the Westboro that I remember.   

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An end-of-season thank you Dear Editor, Amidst the noise of on going construction in our neighbourhood, the noise of increased traffic on our tiny narrow streets, the noise from the bars and restaurants closing at night, and yes the noise of passersby talking so loudly on their cell phones I can hear them in my living room. Amidst our elected politicians who have their pockets lined with developers money, amidst disappearing gardens of yesteryear in favour of infills with small patios and cramped balconies. Plant breeders, keenly aware of current market trends have now developed miniature peonies and hydrangeas. Not quite the same as the lax blowzy kinds that grew in our grandmother’s gardens. Amidst all this noise, din and havoc, I thank the Lord for gardeners. 


Two local gardeners in particular are Mark Renaud and Sylvia Bogusis. Mark gardens at the corner of Wellington and Carruthers. This magnificent garden is meticulously kept. I rarely see a weed or spent flower and it is lush and green all through the gardening year. This garden means a lot, to a lot of people each spring, summer and fall. Sylvia has transformed the space at Somerset Square on Wellington Street from what used to be a haven for drug activity to a beautiful miniature green garden to sit in and enjoy. Both of these gardens are unique and different in style and character, which makes them all the more interesting to visit. Volunteering and committing one’s self to

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starting, and constantly maintaining a garden is back breaking work, and these two gardeners do it all for the love of not only flowers but our community. These two precious gardens and gardeners are important to Hintonburg when so many of our side streets are losing trees and every inch of green space to developers. Thank you Mark and Joanne, from all of us, for giving your time and expertise to the greening of our neighbourhood. It is gardeners like you that will eventually save our planet. Hopefully these small patches of paradise will not be paved over to put up a parking lot or condo.   Emma Robe Tea Cup Gardens

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Many Kitchissippi residents probably pass right by this lot every day without giving it a second glance, but if you have ever wondered why it’s there, read on! Photo by Andrea Tomkins

Why is this vacant lot fenced in? Q: Just wondering if you guys know what the property adjacent to the Carlingwood library is? It has been vacant for years and is surrounded by a thick black iron fence. I have always wondered what it was. Roslyn Richardson A: Thanks for your question Roslyn! I have noticed this grassy lot as well and have often wondered about it. In the summer it is a quiet oasis for ducks and pigeons, and in the winter it’s used for Christmas tree sales. So why is it fenced off the way it is?

Allston confirmed that this little stretch of fenced-off grass is owned by Carlingwood Mall and has always been a part of the property. Ground was first broken on Carlingwood Mall in November of 1954 and it opened a year later. Prior to that, the area was farmland, owned by the Honeywell family. The library lot was a separate parcel of land that was broken off in 1948 and sold to Hugh Cecil Laing. Laing built a house there, then five years later sold it to Hammett Pinhey Hill (no doubt a direct relative of the famous Pinhey family), who then sold it in November of 1961 to the

This 1958 aerial map of Carlingwood Mall clearly shows the lot in question.

I first asked the staff at the Carlingwood library if they knew anything about it since it backs on to their parking lot. They were able to confirm that the lot belongs to Carlingwood Mall. I reached out to the mall to see if they had anything to say but never received a reply. I also contacted local historian Dave Allston (check out his site at housestory.co) to see what else he could dig up about it.

Ottawa Public Library. The library had been operating a branch inside Carlingwood Mall since 1956. The lease inside Carlingwood ran all the way until 1966, so although they bought the house and lot in 1961, construction on the new library didn’t begin until the fall of 1965. The house that was there was either demolished or moved. The vacant lot in question was bought as part of the larger lot on

which Carlingwood Mall now stands. An aerial photo from 1958 clearly shows the iron fence, surrounding what looks to be four small structures near the parking lot. These are likely sheds or work coverings, such as a hydro box or generators. (This was well before the parking garage was built in the 1980s.) By the mid-1970s, these four smaller structures were replaced with a larger structure that Allston describes as having “a very odd shape and look to it.” He believes it may have been a hydro substation for Carlingwood Mall. It remained in place until around 2000 or 2001, at which point it was demolished. The lot was left vacant but the iron fence remains. Allston also spoke with a friend whose mother has been a long-time librarian at the Carlingwood branch. “She indicated at some point it had been an auto collision centre, but I don’t think that’s true,” says Allston. “It would have had to have been there very briefly, and I still don’t see how it would have fit within the boundary of the iron fence, nor can I imagine Carlingwood using their land like this.” Little-known fact: Saville Row used to end at Lockhart Avenue. Although the road continued, it actually had a different name. The small stretch between Woodroffe and Lockhart used to be called Lorne Avenue. Allston doesn’t know when that changed but it’s shown on early maps of the area. Thanks for your question, Roslyn. And a big thanks to Dave Allston for helping us find the answer! Andrea Tomkins, Editor

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“I am proud to call Katherine Hobbs my City Councillor. Katherine cares about the community she represents and has tirelessly worked for a better Kitchissippi. Whether it is on the street or meeting with residents in their home, Katherine always takes the time to be there for her constituents. Bravo on the past 4 years, looking forward to your continued enthusiasm.” Dave Smith, Philanthropist and Kitchissippi Resident “Katherine has done a great job --the best Councillor Kitchissippi has had in 20 years.” Peter Webber, Resident “This is why I’m voting for Katherine--giving up your car so you can truly understand and relate to the needs of transit users is exceptional devotion and inspired leadership. Katherine Hobbs for mayor in 2018? You’d have my vote! Just like you have it this time for council.” Dominique LaCasse, Resident “Katherine Hobbs…will act in the best interest of working people.” Endorsed by the Ottawa and District Labour Council (ODLC) Katherine Hobbs is a principled and dedicated City Councillor… It is thanks to Councillors like Katherine Hobbs that the next four years will be our best four years.” Councillor Peter Hume, Chair of the Planning Committee “Her enthusiasm for working for the community is just commendable.“ Khadijah Khan-Potter, Resident of Kitchissippi “Katherine has done great work for the community. She’s very intelligent and she listens to all sides of the issue before she makes up her mind. She loves the community – she loves Westboro and Kitchissippi. She always has our community’s best interests at heart.” Brenda Chapman, Local Mystery Author

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Cyclists speak out By Michael Napiorkowski and Maayke Schurer, Ottawa Bicycle Lanes Project

Dear 2014 Municipal Candidates, As many are aware, the Ottawa Bicycle Lanes Project launched a petition this past year regarding the need for protected bicycle lane networks that directly link the main urban districts of Ottawa (a #minimumgrid). The growing response has been immensely encouraging as we now have 1,709 signatures to share with you as election day approaches. We hope this petition reveals the rapidly changing transportation needs of our city, as well as the associated infrastructure expectations and needs of the residents who live here. If anything, this project is revealing that all-season everyday bicycling is a norm for many in Ottawa, and through our extensive community outreach, we’ve come to learn that the desire to ride bicycles for practical everyday needs extends far and wide and the number is increasing fast. Residents clearly want to be able to use their bicycles as a fast, efficient, healthy and cheap transportation option. Despite this, too many are currently discouraged from following through because they do not feel comfortable or safe without adequate bicycle infrastructure. We keep hearing the call for protected bicycle lanes, and not simply on periphery routes. People want to be a part of their city and move around by other means than the car. One must also consider transportation equity and the high cost of designing our cities solely around the highly expensive automobile. Many who can’t afford to own a motor vehicle or simply wish not to, are left at a transportation disadvantage because cheaper modes of transport are always an afterthought. Needless to say, protected bicycle lane networks would be a huge step forward in closing this gap. With its new leadership, the City of Ottawa is in a very

good position to initiate a major modal shift towards more sustainable transportation by prioritizing investments in practical urban protected bicycle lane networks. On this note, although we appreciate the current “complete streets” strategy, we feel the long timeline for implementation and absence of complete streets as networks falls short of the real demand. Waiting many years for road reconstruction on a street-by-street basis is not an appropriate response to the currently impractical and dangerous system. The City needs to take a more aggressive approach by using cheap temporary materials (paint with flexi-posts, planters, turtle bumps, etc.) in the interim, while more permanent solutions are considered. This approach will be a long-term benefit in two ways:

1 Immediately establish safe and functional networks as pilots to inform long-term decisions 2 Ridership will increase dramatically, which in turn will continue to help build the momentum towards permanent solutions.

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Also, by fast tracking a temporary protected network now, the city would be providing immediate options to offset the traffic woes of years of LRT construction. With so many other North American cities already taking such extraordinary action, it simply makes sense to move forward on such a strategy now. For example, see Calgary’s urban protected bicycle network for 2015. As a grassroots organization, we would like to extend

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Improving the safety of our streets, sidewalks and pathways ■ Ensuring that development respects the rules and is consistent with the character of our community ■ Prioritizing community improvements and ensuring that revenues from development are spent in a transparent way ■ Increasing local spaces for childcare and affordable housing for our seniors ■

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What are the biggest issues facing our community? Looming towers and jammed streets worry Kitchissippi voters

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Many Kitchissippi residents fear that extending light-rail transit and bringing in more people into their ward will mean bulldozing trees, building tall towers, and jamming a major street with thousands of OC Transpo buses. Residents like Cheryl Parrott see extensive development as the biggest issue facing the ward in the run up to the 2014 municipal election. Parrott is particularly worried about the city’s plan to divert 2,500 buses a day onto Scott Street, near her home, during the rail construction starting in 2016. She suspects the solution will not only slow down service for commuters but also increase noise levels and push impatient drivers to side streets. “Can you just imagine that many buses a day 15 feet from your bedroom window?” she asked, frustrated that the city resists looking into other rerouting options to avoid a bottleneck cutting through her ward, just west of downtown.

“It’s going to make our lives unliveable.” Parrott is also concerned that some of the many new condos being put up in the ward are not selling out while other properties purchased by developers are left run down with shattered windows and tagged walls. Residents’ concerns over traffic and development were loud and clear at all three allcandidate debates, including the final event on Oct. 6 that filled St. George’s Parish, where incumbent Katherine Hobbs continued to defend herself from accusations of siding with developers on divisive projects. “Every condo that’s now being built did not come before me for approval. Those were all approved developments before I came on council four years ago,” said Hobbs in an interview. Hobbs has been dealing with a residual issue left over from the 2010 election. Corporations, including property developers and managers including Uniform Commercial Developments and Osgoode Properties, financed 35 per cent of that campaign.

She is being challenged in the ward by former Hintonburg Community Association president Jeff Leiper, consultant Michelle Reimer, community activist Ellen Lougheed, and retired registered nurse Larry Wasslen. Leiper has pledged that he would not accept campaign funding from developers or individuals with strong ties to the development industry, while Reimer wants to push this even further by forbidding candidates from accepting union and corporate donations. Earlier this year, Coun. Hobbs took the community’s side in supporting a 12-storey condo complex at Wellington Street West and Island Park Drive, a building which would have been three storeys higher than allowed by the community design plan. “The neighbourhood that was immediately there asked me to be in support. Very unpopular thing to do in an election year,” she said about the project, which was ultimately turned down by the city’s planning department and council in May. Kitchissippi residents are also concerned about developers seemingly having free reign over

their community’s older trees. A loophole enables developers with building permits to cut down trees and sidestep landowners’ requirement to obtain a “distinctive tree permit” to remove trees that are more than 50 centimetres in diameter. “We are losing our tree canopy and there is disregard for our mature, distinctive trees,” says Jean McKibbon, longtime Westboro resident. “The City of Ottawa forestry department and planning need to work together.” Hobbs says she would continue to work on closing the loophole. She mentioned Ottawa is currently entering its trees into a database, which will be considered when issuing building permits. Reimer has criticized how the ward’s development proceeds are funneled into public art and mini-parks, successfully supported by Hobbs at council, before other presumably more important concerns such as safety and infrastructure. “(Residents) are not blind to the broken road in front of their home and a new piece of art two blocks away,” said Reimer, citing the Winston Square project in Westboro as an example. “It’s

nice, I like walking by it, but when other priorities are not being addressed, it’s actually quite annoying.” For his part, Leiper proposed bringing back a ward council— which can be best compared to town hall—to give constituents a say before decisions are made, which he thinks would pair well with mayor Jim Watson’s shovelsin-the-ground approach, as seen with the LRT project. “The only time the community really gets together with the councillor right now is when something awful has been proposed, and it’s always a battle,” said Leiper, who instead wants quarterly meetings with residents and community stakeholders.  On the development issue, Lougheed pushes for more accessibility and affordability. Wasslen, who ran as Ottawa Centre’s communist candidate in the last provincial election in June, only attended the Oct.6 allcandidate’s debate. His platform also includes affordable housing as a top priority. Got questions about the election? Check out the Kitchissippi ward quick reference card at Kitchissippi.com.

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Although it was kiddie chaos at Elmdale’s annual Elmdalepalooza, students took a moment to thank those who helped make the new junior play structure a reality.

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Elmdale Public School has plenty of reasons to be proud of their brand new play structure. Not only has it become an essential part of students’ active play time this year, but the kids got a say in how it would look. “The kids are enjoying it so much that we had to create a schedule in the first month of school,” says Suzie Robertson, the Principal of Elmdale Public School. “They were playing on it in the summer and now they go on the structure before and after school, and on the weekends.” Students were polled on what kinds of play equipment they wanted on the new structure. Some options included the type of slide (curved or straight), the number of monkey bars, or whether there should be a moving bridge or not. A parallel community survey was also passed out amongst parents in the community. “Each class was having this conversation during school,” says Robertson. “In kindergarten we had

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Continued from page 3 we go there to support a developer’s application and they do what they want. There are good developers, but there are some who abuse the privilege of having our support,” says Pearl. Westboro Beach Community Association “We hope any new development at 250 Lanark doesn’t end up sticking out like a phallic symbol,” says Westboro Beach Community Association (WCBA) president Mari Wellman. Wellman says barbed wire fence around


Mechanicsville Community Association Mechanicsville Community Association (MCA) president Blair Simser says he is happy that some of Mechanicsville’s Section 37 money is being used inside the area. For example, Laroche Park was chosen as a location for a Sens RINK (Recreational Investments in Neighbourhood for Kids) in 2015. It will provide a social hub and access to recreational programs for hundreds of children and youth. “With the rink the park is always going be the focal part of the neighbourhood,” says Simser. Terrence Nelligan, In the last five years, from the Westboro Simser notes that develCommunity opers have shown Association. Photo immense interest in by Andrea Tomkins Mechanicsville and that many neighbours welcome it. “You can see down the road what a nice little area it will be,” says Simser.

the vacant lot makes the former CBC property look like a “jail.” WCBA hopes affordable recreational facilities, such as a swimming pool and exercise area, will be included in any new developments. “We want the government to sell the property. That’s our concern. We have a vision for the property. We don’t want another high rise like the Metropole,” says Wellman. Next year, a fieldhouse will be built within WBCA’s catchment. Wellman hopes it will mainly be used to deliver social programs to lower-income residents who cannot afford Dovercourt’s fees, particularly Van Lang tenants. “Van Lang tenants would really like to have a homework program, English as a Second Language classes, and something for stay-at-home moms and children,” says Wellman. Hintonburg Community Association “We need clearer communication between major city projects and the councillor’s office,” says Hamilton Avenue North resident and Hintonburg Community Association (HCA) president Matt Whitehead. Whitehead says sufficient communication with HCA should be the overarching theme for the next elected councillor. People want to be updated about LRT construction, bus detours and intensification. “We had a lot of trouble being updated about the LRT file and the bus detour. This led to some frustration. We’d like to see a Karen Wright, president of the concrete timeline as to Civic Hospital what can be expected for Neighbourhood Scott Street,” says Association. Whitehead. Whether it’s infill, or Photo by Andrea Tomkins new developments on Somerset (1050 and 1040), Whitehead says zoning is HCA’s most active issue. “Most emails I get are about this build or that build. But we want to maintain what people did in the past and ensure 20 years later the community fabric doesn’t change too much and that it’s still a good area to live,” says Whitehead.

Westboro Community Association “Representing this area has always been challenging for any councillor. The community is very active. There are a lot of citizens who voice their views,” says Westboro Community Association (WCA) longtime board member Terence Nelligan. Nelligan says most WCA discussion is about development and traffic control. “New development and traffic are connected. In Hintonburg, buses go down Scott Street towards here. Development in Quebec means more traffic crossing Island Park Bridge. So proper traffic planning should be engaged across the region,” says Nelligan. Nelligan notes that older residents are frustrated Ottawa’s 2020 intensification plan hasn’t been followed as well as they would have hoped. For example, it is common to see small homes on large lots torn down and be replaced with two houses on smaller lots. “I still wonder why there’s a four-storey building on Scott Street across from the Westboro bus station. Across the street there’s a 16-storey building in a residential area. We need better controls on planning,” says Nelligan. Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association Development, transportation and traffic are the big issues for the Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association (CHNA).

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pleted for the Preston/Carling area. “We’re looking for developments that make sense with zoning and guidelines in place,” says Wright, adding the City can still intensify with low-rise buildings. Wright says she is concerned about pedestrian safety on Scott Street during LRT construction, and worries the area will not be able to withstand the increased load of buses. “We need to properly spread around the LRT traffic pain. We want to know how our community will be protected from cutthrough traffic that endangers the integrity and safety of our neighbourhood. We want to know how they’ll protect our local roads from unacceptable levels of traffic resulting from developments,” says Wright. Island Park Community Association “The City seems to have difficulty managing the adverse impacts of growth,” says Island Park Community Association (IPCA) president Daniel Koepke. Koepke says the growth of Gatineau and the number of drivers crossing Island Park Bridge exacerbates the traffic volume problem in IPCA’s area. “To be really blunt, the National Capital Region needs a proper master transportation plan to determine how public transit in Gatineau coordinates

McKellar Park with Ottawa,” Community says Koepke. Association Koepke says reckless drivers president Seema across Island Lamba. Photo by Andrea Tomkins Park Bridge cause about 90 collisions annually. Residents feel that is unacceptable. “The wall of traffic splits the community in two. It’s not uncommon to see people driving 20 to 30 km/h or more over the limit. This has an isolating effect for aged residents who have a hard time crossing the street,” says Koepke. Koepke says the leisure element could also be improved on Island Park Drive, particularly for cyclists. While the street has bike lanes, many cyclists choose the sidewalks instead. “I’d like to see some type of physical segregation for cyclists and pedestrians,” says Koepke.

McKellar Park Community Association Maintaining greenspace, traffic calming, and how the western LRT route has been selected concern McKellar Park Community Association (MPCA) president Seema Lamba. Lamba says McKellar Park is not a suburb and it works with the greenspace it has. Parks need regular maintenance and improvement. She notes the high number of dead trees that need

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to be replaced and require care. Lamba also says that previous traffic calming study recommendations were never implemented, and that the studies should be reviewed and updated. “I would like for someone who wants to hear from the community, take our input very seriously and respond accordingly,” says Lamba. Lamba says the MPCA is still monitoring how the western LRT route is unfolding. Whether it ends up being above or below ground, she wants more meaningful public consultation and transparency around the whole decision-making processes. “We feel the decisions were already made about where it was going,” says Lamba. What are your biggest issues coming into this election? We’d love to hear from you. Send your feedback to editor@kitchissippi. com.

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The election campaign so far in Kitchissippi has been quite the race, with debates drawing standing room only crowds. But here’s the thing, those debates have almost exclusively attracted voters over the age of 30. Young voters are out there, of course, although they may seem few and far between. Some choose to remain anonymous when approached, mostly for fear of seeming to be under informed. Overall, Kitchissippi residents in the 18-25 age group have expressed concerns that are very similar to those that played out in the debate venues. Jeff Leiper and Katherine Hobbs are the two names that most young people recognized. Michelle Reimer’s name never came up despite the fact that her sign campaign has been a strong one. Development is a top issue for many youth voters, whether it involves condos in Westboro or the LRT. The environment is also a big issue, as is park maintenance and making the ward better for cycling. Perhaps surprisingly, younger voters do not want to see neighbourhood character lost to overdevelopment. Leiper is popular for his friendly attitude and is remembered for coming to the door to talk, and his unique sign campaign. Hobbs is recognized for her presence at so many local events.

Bradey Helberg, 24: “It sucks that a lot of younger people don’t care about voting. I guess it seems in the grand scheme of things like it doesn’t matter or you can almost get too cynical to go out and be bothered. I’ve been concerned about how we are represented by the people in charge now. With LRT going in the way it is, it’s kind of a mess, they show a bunch of stats and numbers to us but it doesn’t really mean anything. I want to elect the right people, but who are they? It’s easy to have grand aspirations but once they get in and get that security, no one wants to be the one to stick their neck out. “ Rachael Martin, 21: “I was reading Jeff Leiper’s flyer and I liked his stance on development. This area (Westboro) is kind of a mess right now, all this new stuff keeps coming in and it’s very mismatched. I’m worried that a bunch of rich people will keep coming in and pushing out the good things that are here now.”

Zarina Mail, 26: “I like Katherine Hobbs. She always shows up at events all around and that’s really important to me, that she is part of the community and involved.”

Ellen O’Connor, 23: “Jeff stood out to me most. His sign caught my attention and made me think about him more than others. I would be interested to know the councillor’s stance on the bike corral that was removed and if they would work with the BIA to bring the corral back, either along the main street or a side street.”

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KT BRIEFS Babes 4Breasts benefit concert Kitchissippi’s Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre is hosting a Babes4Breasts benefit concert on October 23, as well as a variety of other activities in the community as part of the campaign. All funds raised will support a new program for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer called Head Start. One of the performers at the concert will be Hintonburg’s own Juno Award winner, Amanda Rheaume. For more information about the event go to oicc.ca. Christmas Kettle volunteers needed The Salvation Army is seeking volunteers for its iconic red Christmas Kettle campaign. Bell ringers are needed to raise funds at Christmas Kettles located in shopping centres throughout the city. Individuals, families and groups including corporations, churches, service clubs and organizations are welcome to take part. The Christmas Kettle Campaign helps support local individuals and families with nutritious meals, emergency food and clothing, and rent and utility assistance. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer please go to OttawaKettles.ca.



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This month, Westboro resident Shaun Markey will be publishing his first book, Folk Art in the Attic: Adventures from a Lifetime of Hunting for Antiques and Folk Art, which chronicles thirty years of his antique hunting adventures. “I think collecting Canadian antiques and folk art has been one of the most enriching experiences in my life,” says Markey. Each chapter of Folk Art focuses on one of Markey’s finds and the journey that led to its acquisition. Sometimes Markey succeeds, and other times he does not. Although there are some grandfather clocks that got away, Markey has very few regrets. “A friend of mine once told me that you’ll only ever regret the things that you don’t buy,” says Markey. “I find that to be very true.” Markey’s first foray into writing came in the form of a series of posts on a Facebook group called Canadiana Antiques. He began giving titles to his stories and realized they could actually be chapters in a book. “I didn’t know I was writing a book at first,” says Markey. “But I got to this point where I started to think, maybe I do have a book in me.” In Folk Art, Markey reaches back across decades of experience hunting down extraordinary pieces. People often think of art as only existing in museums, so the process of discovering it in someone’s home can be exhilarating, says Markey. In the second

Shaun Markey began collecting and selling antiques in 1981, and he hasn’t stopped since. Photo provided by Shaun Markey

chapter of the book, Markey describes how he stumbled upon a number of incredibly rare pieces of folk art in an attic. They included work by Maud Lewis, Joe Norris, Joe Sleep, Charlie Tanner, and more. “I stood there in the middle of a freezing room, teeth chattering and shivering from the cold and probably the excitement too,” remembers Markey. Part of Markey’s work as a collector, especially early on, involved the restoration of older pieces. “When you see a good piece of antique Canadian pine furniture [in rough shape] it makes you want to save it,” says Markey. These days he doesn’t meet many young collectors who are interested in pieces of Canadiana. This is partially because interest has shifted to pieces from the 1940s, or ‘50s. There is also a lot less Canadiana furniture and folk art on the market, says Markey. Markey hopes more

Markey has had a lot of great finds over the years, but he says his “top-of-the-list favourite” is this elaborately carved whirligig built by Arthur Sauvé (1896-1973) of Maxville, Ontario.

young people will become collectors. “The beauty of it is that it’s out there for everyone to discover,” says Markey. “There’s nothing quite like the thrill of finding an important piece of folk art … and I hope it’s a thrill that many more people get to enjoy.” For more information, or to buy a copy of the book, go to folkartintheattic.blogspot.ca.

Call for Community Representatives Special Education Advisory Committee The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is seeking to appoint up to three community representatives, who have an interest in issues related to exceptional children, to sit on the Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee. The Special Education Advisory Committee meets monthly to consider and make recommendations to the Board on special education programs and services to exceptional children. If you are interested in serving on the Committee, please forward a covering letter outlining your interest and résumé to: Michèle Giroux, Executive Officer, Corporate Services Ottawa-Carleton District School Board 133 Greenbank Road, Ottawa, ON K2H 6L3 Or submit electronically to: board.services@ocdsb.ca Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, November 6, 2014. To be eligible for nomination you must be a public school supporter living within the city of Ottawa. Employees of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board are not eligible to apply. The appointment will be effective from December 1, 2014 until November 30, 2018.

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Coffee for a cause

Community initiative helps feed local children in need By Meagan Curran

The Ottawa Network for Education’s Coffee for a Community Cause, a fundraiser to support the Ottawa School Breakfast Program, brings together Kitchissippi business owners and residents with the goal of feeding hungry children in need across the city. “We know that there are kids all over the city that come to school hungry,” says Carolyn Hunter, the director of the Ottawa School Breakfast Program. The program, which was created by United Way/Centraide Ottawa, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, and the Ottawa Network for Education, serves over two million breakfasts to Ottawa children each year. “The goal of the program is to make sure that every child in our city has a proper nutritious breakfast so that they can make the most out of their day of learning,” says Hunter. Since its creation, it has grown from feeding 1,000 children in 1990 to over 13,000 children in 166 schools this year. Last year alone, the program added 18 new schools. The Ottawa School Breakfast Program needs to raise $500,000 each year from the community to operate. In response to this need, the Coffee for a Community Cause was created. From each bag of coffee the cause sells to participating local businesses, $6 is donated to the Ottawa School Breakfast Program. “It’s kind of a win-win,” says Hunter. “Adults can sit and enjoy the coffee with their breakfast while supporting kids in their community to have a healthy breakfast too.” The trial run of the Coffee for a Community Cause fundraiser was originally planned to end in October 2014, but a second phase will continue coffee bean sales over Christmas and until February 2015. So far, 30 businesses have signed on to sell the organic, locally roasted fair-trade coffee as community vendors for the cause. “It’s about our community making change, and that’s what

“Adults can enjoy their morning coffee while helping kids in the community have a healthy breakfast.” excites me about it,” says Sheila Whyte, the president and owner of Thyme & Again Creative Catering and Take Home Foods, one of the Kitchissippi-

based businesses that volunteered to be a community vendor for the cause. Once she heard about the need that exists in the

city, she says she was eager to find out how she could help support the cause. She sat down with her neighbour, Julie Findlay, and discussed what they

could do to help. “I’m in the food business, and I live in Ottawa and I cater to the community here, and the fact that we have 12,000 children in Ottawa that are in the breakfast program is pretty shocking,” says Whyte. The idea for Coffee for a Community Cause was the result of that discussion. To date the campaign has raised over $25,000.

Individuals can help the cause by buying coffee from one of the Kitchissippi-area vendors, which include Thyme & Again, Kiddie Kobbler, The Piggy Market, Village Quire, and West End Kids. Business owners can also sign on to become a community sponsor. For more information, go to the Ottawa Network for Education website at onfe-rope.ca.

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Saturday, October 25th – 10am–4pm Scavenger Hunt

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Be surprised by the delightfully decorated participating stores - join in the fun and laughter of the costumed staff – and enjoy tasty treats at each stop along the route.

Stroll along Richmond Road, or meander down Danforth or Picton Avenues to be wickedly delighted by the funny, the macabre and the fantastical. A panel of community judges will choose The Scariest, The Funniest and The Most Creative.

Be part of the Wickedly Westboro Scavenger Hunt. Yummy treats, special offers and delightful prizes to be won from over 20 wickedly amazing merchants.

Get your FREE Wickedly Westboro Treat Bag and Scavenger Hunt Map from one of our roving Youth Street Team Members – they’ll be wearing the orange Wickedly Westboro t-shirts.

Don’t miss the frighteningly fantastic pumpkins in the windows of participating merchants, day or night, from October 25-31st.

Winning pumpkins will be announced in the October 30th edition of the Kitchissippi Times.


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The Wellington West bicycle corral kerfuffle Dear Editor, We still haven’t received the complete story about what went down in Wellington West with the early removal of one of the bicycle corrals – but we do know two businesses (Saslove’s Meat Market and Petit Bill’s Bistro) publicly complained before it was prematurely removed. (We have received information from the Wellington West BIA that there will be an attempt to move this corral further east near the West End Well Co-op where there is also very high bicycle parking demand.) We do know that other than Saslove’s and Petit Bill’s, there was overwhelming wide-spread support for this corral from the rest of the area businesses including among the many: the Ottawa Bagelshop, the Wellington Street Gastropub, Terra 20, Parma Ravioli, Supply and Demand (as reported by the Ottawa Citizen). Now, the big question is: Why wouldn’t a business support the bike corral? This one space essentially provides parking for 13 potential customers with constant turnover rather than one empty car with one customer. As a unique part of the evolving urban village landscape, the local community loved it too. We often heard pedestrians walking by with very positive remarks about how many people it can fit in one car space while adding such interesting visual appeal to the street. Wellington West also received national and international coverage for being a forward-thinking business area that understands the necessary shift towards more space-efficient and sustainable transportation in a tight urban environment. This is all very positive visibility that any BIA or individual business in the area would want. Regardless of what one’s position is on the bicycle corral, the minority of complaints are symptomatic of a much larger and very real business problem that Wellington West, along with many other urban business districts will need to face if they wish to remain competitive and

Photo courtesy of Ottawa Bicycle Lanes Project.

successfully grow into the future. The area has maxed out its on-street parking and in doing so, plateaued its growth from automobile customers. There simply is no more room to fit any more cars. This means that the BIA needs to focus on improving conditions for people who take transit and walk and/or ride bicycles to encourage these transportation choices to continue to grow their customer base. The current car-centric environment is simply not doing this. The corral pilot was the first step towards improving conditions for other road users, and we hope the BIA and City of Ottawa don’t back down to narrow-minded resistance from a few. Any business in the area that doesn’t start thinking outside of the ‘car only’ mentality will do so at their own peril. Wellington West is not a suburban box store shopping outlet, and it shouldn’t be trying to compete in this way. Rather, it is a locally focused business area with a thriving active community. The future of this wonderful urban business district simply put, is not the car (see 2013 Wellington West Modal Transportation Survey at wellingtonwest.ca/cycling/). Lansdowne Park is learning to go car light and car free. It is about time that other areas of the city do as well. Regards, Michael Napiorkowsk and Maayke Schurer, Ottawa Bicycle Lanes Project


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Katherine Hobbs: I just want to say again that I’m running on a record I’m very proud of. I’m running on a sigKatherine Hobbs nificant amount of accomplishments that you can see on my website at voteKatherineHobbs.ca. And I’m very proud of the plan I have for the next four years as well. It’s been a great four years talking with you, dealing with so many of you in the neighbourhood, and I’m ready to keep going from the day one after the election and keep both the plans that we have in place going and put plans into place that I’ve been talking to you about for the last four years. A key one in this neighbourhood is the 40 km zone, first time we’ve ever been able to do it. The province is looking to have the zones. We’re looking to have a test case in the city. And I think this is an ideal neighbourhood for it, so it’s one of the big things on my plan but there’s much more and I really encourage you to look at the website…. So I just want thank you. Thank you Amanda and Judith and Lorne and the other community associations. Thank you very much and to all you for being here. Michelle Reimer: So I believe that cities are for people. I think we spend a lot of time talking about LRT and bridges and infrastructure but we fail to talk about why we’re putting them in place. And at the door I’ve been privileged to listen to many residents telling me about different situaMichelle Reimer tions that matter to them. Mothers who are at home with disabled children who don’t have programs at recreational centres, families who are at home desperately looking for child care in the ward because of our growth that we are not meeting the needs. Our supply does not meet the needs. So we have an aging population, we have lots of families coming into the ward, and I’m wondering how adequate we have been at paying attention to those needs. So my commitment to you, using the skills that I have in my current career of collaboration and planning and building common visions, building consensus, is for us to come

together as a community and do a far better job together setting priorities and determining the cost of those priorities together. Thank you. Ellen Lougheed: We’ve not talked about seniors issues something that is near and dear to my heart and I’m not going to start now but it’s something the city needs to deal with as baby boomers age. I want to say why I think you should vote for me. People listen to me and I get my point across. I’m not wordy and I do get to the point. I champion the issues of those who won’t or can’t speak for themselves. I will represent the issues and solutions of my ward. I’m a hard Ellen Lougheed worker and I find ways to get solutions. That’s how I got here today, and that’s what I have achieved in life. I’m well educated. I actually have three university degrees, one in psychology and two in social work, one being a Masters degree from McGill. So vote for me. I will represent you and you’ll also get as a bonus more diversity at city council. [Lougheed then introduces her service dog, Tilly.] Jeff Leiper: So, I had different closing remarks planned. But I’ve heard some things here this evening that indicate that we have to have change. To keep it on a positive note I want to make you three promises should I be elected. I will not attack you personally because I disagree with you. I will insist Jeff Leiper that my staff are civil and professional and responsive. I will not play politics with your legitimate interests. Three simple promises, for a better relationship starting October 27th between City Hall and us. Larry Wasslen: ...I’m going to thank the organizers and Amanda thank you, and most of all I’m going to thank the citizens and residents of the ward because I think you are an example of what the city needs. The engagement, vigorous engagement, of the peoLarry Wasslen ple for fighting for what’s important for you. So I’m going to thank you for coming, I’m going to thank you for listening to all of the candidates and I’m going to say that Kitchissippi ward offers a great example for the entire city. So thank you.

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October 17 - Trivia Challenge for Charity

The Westboro Legion’s trivia tournament starts at 7:30 p.m. at 389 Richmond Rd. The cost is $10/player and prize money goes to the top teams’ favourite charities. Ottawa Trivia League quizmaster, Clocktower beer on tap, door prizes, beer tastings, and more. Registration forms are online at rcl480.com/trivia.html. For more information, send an email to WestboroLegionPR@ gmail.com.

October 17&18 - RUMMAGE SALE

This fundraiser at the Kitchissippi United Church (630 Island Park Drive) supports outreach efforts. Friday (7 p.m.-9 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m.-noon). Books, gently used clothes, household items, toys, collectibles. Everyone welcome! For information call the church at 613-722-7254.


Bring your old tax files other personal records for this one-day Kiwanis Club of Ottawa event at Hampton Park Plaza. (1399 Carling Avenue by the Queensway.) Watch as Shred-it technicians destroy your documents at their mobile unit. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Christmas Food Basket Program. Cost is $8.00 per box and there is a maximum five boxes per person. For more information visit ottawakiwanis.org or contact the Kiwanis office at 613233-1900.

October 18, 19 and 26 - Book sale

The annual KLEO book sale will be taking place from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Oct. 18 and 19 at the Dovercourt Community Centre, and 9 a.m. - 4p.m. on Oct.26 at the Westboro Legion (389 Richmond Rd.) KLEO is a charitable organization (recognized by CRA) that supports the work of Coleen Scott with the Karen refugees here in Ottawa and on the Thai-Burma border. For more information go to kleosupportgroup.org.

October 19 - Country Music Appreciation Event

A $10 ticket gets you into the Westboro Legion, 389 Richmond Rd., to see and hear 18 popular country musicians. The bar and Café 480 open at 1 p.m. All proceeds to support musicians and a charity. Call 613725-2778 for more info.

October 23 - Author visit for teens

Come and meet Eve Silver, 1 p.m. at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library, author of the teen series The Game. Eve pulls her readers headlong into a thrilling and high stakes alternate reality in which battling aliens is more than a game—it’s life and death. Eve will introduce her latest publication, answer questions, and sign autographs. Ages 13 and up. Registration is required. Go to biblioottawalibrary.ca for more information.

October 25 - ART SALE and BAZAAR

Drop by Westminster Presbyterian, 470 Roosevelt Avenue (two blocks south of Richmond Rd.) between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for affordable artwork by Deborah Lyall, Barbara Carlson and John Benn, plus vintage jewellery, hand knits, gift baskets, great used books, home baking and our friendly cafe.

October 25 - Woodroffe United Church’s Fall Bazaar  

This event will take place at 207 Woodroffe Ave. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items available include china, books, bake table, silent auction, toys, flea market, jewellery, used furniture, and much more. Refreshments and lunch available.  For more information, please contact the church at 613-722-9250.

October 25 - Fall Flea Market

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October 28 - Youth Zone job workshop

Get tips on what makes a dynamic resume and how to polish your interview skills. Bring in your resume to the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public library at 5 p.m. for some one-on-one feedback from a City of Ottawa Youth Zone employment specialist. This dropin program is for 16-30 year olds. Registration is required. Go to biblioottawalibrary.ca for more information.

November 2 - Taste of Russia

The third annual festival will feature authentic, delicious Russian cuisine, live entertainment, beautiful art for sale, souvenirs, and fun for the whole family. Licensed! 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Pushkin Cultural Centre (89 Stonehurst Ave.) For more information to go memorialchurch.ca/en/festival2014, call 613-599-9743 or  email RussianFestOttawa@gmail.com.

November 8 - Author visit for adults

Join celebrated author Sonia Tilson for a reading from her recent novel The Monkey Puzzle Tree at the Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library. The reading will be followed by a Q & A and book signing. Registration is required. Go to biblioottawalibrary.ca for more information.


This three day craft fair will be taking place at the Westgate Shopping Center (1309 Carling Ave.) on Thursday and Friday 9:30 a.m -9 p.m.; and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Drop by for an amazing selection of skillfully hand-crafted items and perfect Christmas gifts for people and pets. All funds raised go to the OHS to support the animals.

November 15 - Food Bazaar

At St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, 579 Parkdale Ave. (corner of Sherwood Drive). Drop by between 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. for deli, frozen foods, candy, baking, gift baskets, Christmas table and coffee shop.

November 25 - Travelogue

Carole Gobeil has just returned from her second expedition cruise out of the historic Northwest Passage and contoured the east coast of Baffin Island. Come and discover why this is such a hot and internationally sought out destination! This travel talk is taking place at the Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Registration is required. Go to biblioottawalibrary.ca for more information.

November 28-30 - Nepean Fine Arts League Fall Show

The Nepean Fine Arts League is having its Fall Show at the Ukrainian Banquet Hall (1000 Byron Ave.) on November 28, 29 & 30. Approximately 40 artists will be displaying their work. Admission is free. The opening times are: Friday, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This year the club celebrates its 50th anniversary. For more information go to nepeanfinearts.com.

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