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Some call it tradition for Canadian kids to rise early and head out onto the ice for a game, and their parents typically watch from the stands with a cup of coffee. It’s no different at the Granite Club in Westboro, but if you’re picturing a hockey rink, think again. Little Rocks has been raising

curlers in Ottawa for decades. On February 21, the Granite Club will host a bonspiel for the kids, aged six to 12, to test their new skills. For director Gary Findley, the bonspiel represents important aspects of the program. “It’s one of those big things for them, that at this age, they learn how to compete in a healthy way,” he says.

Organizers do keep score at the bonspiel. Findley says that while it’s not always about winning, kids should always know how they can improve. “It’s a nice sport. I’m fairly good at it, as well,” says Luka Cule. He sounds sure of himself, and you wouldn’t doubt his confidence if you saw his form as a skip. Cule is Continued on page 3

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Rylee Boswell, 10, shows her stuff on the ice. Photo by Kate Settle

Little Rocks bonspiel Continued from page 1 in his final year of the Little Rocks program and will move to the bantam league next year. Although he is getting older, his attraction to curling isn’t changing. “Apparently, once you get to high school, schedules get more bunched up. There’s much more stuff that you need to get done. But I hope I keep doing curling.” For Jennifer Hanna, curling never stopped. Two Newswest articles hang in the Granite Club from 1978 and 1988, pic-

turing Hanna with her Little Rocks team. Now a coach for the program with a daughter learning the game, she’s hoping to pass on a few lessons. “I’ve attributed my ability to work in a team to curling. I’ve attributed my leadership skills to curling. There aren’t many sports you can play on teams that are small teams. You get the team dynamics, but it’s in a small space so it’s different,” she says. Once a month, a celebrity curler will also come in to help inspire the curl-


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ers. Jean-Michel Ménard, the first Quebecois winner of the Tim Hortons Brier, visited the club this month. With a daughter of his own, he believes this is the time to give back to curling. “It’s my time to promote the sport. There’s a lot of new curlers, and the older guys are going away. So programs like these are the perfect scenario to get people into the game,” says Ménard. Hanna says that getting kids started in curling early can have lasting effects. “It’s become, in my eyes, a sport that you can play right from this age to all the way up to when you’re 90 years old. You can play as competitive as you want and as recreationally as you want. I think that appeals to so many people.” The Granite Club bonspiel will begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and it’s open to the public. Families interested in curling may want to stop by to see what the Little Rocks community has to offer. The Granite Club is located at 2026 Scott St. More information is available online at

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The tale of St. George’s This “distribution” centre for children has gone through several incarnations Q: I know that St. George’s Home for Boys has been closed for a while, since young boys are not being sent from the U.K. anymore. I would like to know what the house is being used for now. If it is not being used, could it be turned into a hostel or house for some street people in the neighbourhood? Arthur Chartrand A: Thank you for your question Arthur. I too have wondered what’s going on with this building, which is located across the street from the Salvation Army Grace Manor on Wellington. For those who haven’t read the plaque out front, I thought it’d be interesting to share a bit about its history. This building used to be a “distribution centre” for Home Children, which was the term given to British children (sometimes orphans, mostly not) who were sent to Canada to work as cheap labour in farms and as domestic help between 1896 and 1935. Thousands of children passed through these doors. I asked Dave Allston, a local historian, to see what else he could dig up about this building and find out what it’s being used for today. There are actually three parts to this building. The oldest is the central portion, which started out as a grand 2 1/2-storey wood-framed home that dates back to at least the 1870s. In 1895, it was acquired by Lord Archibald Douglas, who had been arranging for the emigration and placement of Catholic children from England to Canada since 1882. Douglas hired a well-known Ottawa real estate agent T.W. McDermott to be the first superintendent of the home, which he called “New Orpington Lodge.” McDermott was the agent responsible for the lease and eventual sale of the home to Douglas. The first group of 30 children arrived in May of 1896. Sometime between 1904 and 1905 the building was renamed St. George’s Home. A report issued by G. Bogue Smart in 1904 described it in this way: “The accommodation at this Home, I regret to say, is not what it should be. The boys’ sleeping quarters consists of one large room in the attic. This room is

unfurnished, unplastered, and access to it is had only through a narrow attic stairway. There were some camp beds with mattresses and blankets sufficient to accommodate half a dozen boys, and the balance of the party are obliged to sleep on the floor...” The home closed in 1935, and it was mostly vacant until 1940 when it was leased to the Navy. It was used primarily for storage during this time, but after the war ended a newspaper reported it was the site of some “highly hush-hush” experiments. Today, the on-site historian says those secret experiments were only water testing, and tells a story of a local Hintonburgian who joined the Navy to see the world but got posted two blocks from his home to guard a water tank on Wellington Street. St. George’s was also considered a possible site for a “wartime nursery” (in other words, a daycare) because of the increased need for women to join the workforce. Although many women did gain employment outside the home, the building never housed childcare facilities. In September of 1946, a permit was issued to convert the building to a church. In May of 1947, the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish opened in the building. “Father Phil” Harris acquired a bell, an acquisition which was worthy of a mention in the local paper at the time. As it turns out, the bell was too heavy for the roof and they were never able to install it. Today, the building continues to operate as the Holy Rosary Parish. The chapel is at the rear (fronting onto Grant) and the rectory and offices are in the middle. The part along Wellington is used as a residence for young missionaries as part of the NET Ministries of Canada program (National Evangelization Teams). Allston has been inside, and says the entire building is definitely being put to good use. Local history buffs who would like to learn more about Home Children should go to canadianbritishhomechildren. There’s a section about St. George’s too. Andrea Tomkins, Editor

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Despite freezing temperatures, Kitchissippi residents and members of the Carlingwood and Woodroffe North Community Association made time to play at Woodroffe Park on Feb. 8. The snowy scene was dotted with colored ice blocks, giant inflatable bowling pins, and the volunteer-maintained rink all set for games. Steamy cups of hot chocolate and coffee were provided by Rogers to combat the cold. “We even have some fire pits to keep everyone warm when they’re feeling a bit frosty, which I was much more worried about at eight this morning when I came to put the pylons out for the horse trolley,” laughs Tricia Ross, one of the several coordinators of this event.

two communities. “It started off when an old neighbor asked about a trolley for their neighborhood party,” says Julie Findlay, one of the event coordinators. “I suggested we combine neighborhoods since we’re close together and all of our husbands take care of the rink.” Despite the cold, CJ Angel and his fourIt’s something the year old son, Jack, had a great time at two neighbourhoods the winter carnival at Woodroffe Park. are doing more frePhoto by Andrea Tomkins quently. “It gets us all on “If we don’t go out and the same page,” says CJ celebrate winter we’ll all be Angel, as his four-year old hibernating inside, we’d son, Jack, plays around the never see any of our neigh- rink with other children. bors,” says Mayor Jim “It’s a young neighborWatson, who was also in hood, and we all aspire attendance. “This is a com- towards the same kind of munity with great spirit.” goal, which is to keep the It was the first winter place safe.” carnival jointly run by the Sophie Smith, who par-

ticipated in the carnival with her two young daughters, adds, “I think it gives parents the chance to meet other people who are in the same boat with kids about the same age.” It wasn’t only the feeling of togetherness that ran the carnival, but also the spirit of giving. The organizers also collected donations of gently-used winter gear for St. Joseph’s Women’s Centre and Supper Table. “We were realizing how cold it was and how everybody outgrows their mitts and hats,” says Findlay. “We wanted to find the right place for it all to go.” St. Joe’s is located at 151 Laurier Ave. and hosts programs to help homeless mothers and children. The donation box will be kept inside the field house at Woodroffe Park until Feb. 26.


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Continued from page 9 Every summer at Dovercourt brings exciting, new opportunities and 2015 is no exception. There are white water rafting or aviation camps for your young adventurers. Any burgeoning rock stars in the house? Send them to Rock U, where they’ll get the chance to form a band and perform at CityFolk, Ottawa’s world-renowned folk festival. Dovercourt not only has the most amazing variety of Summer Day Camp programs in the Ottawa area but a communal atmosphere means it’s also a place to make friends. Campers start and end the day together, and many counsellors are Dovercourt camp alumni who couldn’t get enough. For over 75 years Elmdale Tennis Club has been a staple in the Kitchissippi community. Their camp program is designed for children aged six to 12. Elmdale campers get three hours of tennis instruction on high-quality clay courts, learning the basics of the game and an array of tennis skills. Along with playing tennis, campers will get to use the new Fisher Park, complete with an updated play structure and splash pad. Camps will also take out-trips to the many parks and outdoor pools that are close by, and the week culminates in a tennis tournament and lunch-time barbecue. Last year the camps sold out, so if your children are looking to improve their game in a comfortable, safe and fun atmosphere, make sure to register early!

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February 19, 2015

The Hintonburg Howitzer A mystery in our history

The ‘Hintonburg Howitzer’ photograph shows Somerset Square prior to WWII with a German siege howitzer pointing west along Wellington Street. (detail of photo identified as MIKAN #3326071 from Library and Archives Canada website).

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By Anne Duggan, Coordinator, Safe Streets Working Group Every neighbourhood has a spot where pedestrians have to pay extra attention to avoid an accident when crossing a busy intersection, or where there are fender benders on a regular basis. The Safe Streets Working Group is inviting all Kitchissippi residents to send in information about these trouble spots by emailing safestreets@, or by phoning 613- 5802485. The Safe Streets Working Group was initiated by Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Jeff Leiper to document all of the dangerous spots and intersections along our streets.

While issues like snow removal and congestion are also important, Jeff sees this working group as a way to create a complete inventory of places that can be tweaked through better street design and traffic calming measures, to make our streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. The working group will be comprised of members from all Kitchissippi community associations, interested residents and myself, Anne Duggan, Safe Streets Working Group coordinator. The need for this group is clear. We invite you, the people who use our streets every day, to send us your observations by March 6, so that together, we can make all Kitchissippi streets safer

By Paulette Dozois A couple of months back retired Hintonburg resident Wayne Rodney, who some call Hintonburg’s mayor, was looking at an Ottawa website dealing with local history. He found a fascinating photo of Somerset Square between the wars which he then showed to Hintonburg’s unofficial historian Linda Hoad, and to myself, and the search for the back story of this photograph began. All three of course thought it to be a tank – but no, being unschooled in First World War armaments, we were wrong. After consulting military archivist Alex Comber at Library and Archives Canada, we learned it was a howitzer, a tank-like ‘big gun’. This is not just any howitzer though – it is a German siege howitzer. Archivist Comber tells us it is a 21 cm. Model 1916 Mörser, with wheel shoes fitted to keep it from getting bogged down in mud. Unfortunately our howitzer is missing its gun shield, though Comber tells us many were like this. Today there is an exact duplicate of the Hintonburg Howitzer in the Quebec Citadel. Lucky for us in Ottawa, there is also a Mörser 1910 version at the Canadian War Museum, just a stone’s throw away from where ours was located. A close-up photo of the War Museum’s gun can be seen on line at www. edk7/13066157285/ Also, for those who saw the Spielberg movie “War Horse”, there is a scene in which the poor

horses pull a similar howitzer up a hill. Now why would a howitzer be on what today is called Somerset Square? The answer can be found Canada’s history of War Trophies. During the First World War the Canadian Corps captured literally thousands of War Trophies. These were machine guns, artillery pieces and other material gathered up throughout the war. These war trophies – gathered by a team headed by then Dominion Archivist Arthur G. Doughty – were distributed around the country and placed in community squares. Their importance, was described by Doughty who wrote, “When our tears are dried and Time has assuaged our sorrow, then shall we seek for memorials of this momentous event and regard them as our ancestral Heritage.” Canada lost over 60,000 soldiers in the First World War and the community of Hintonburg – just amalgamated by the city of Ottawa in 1907 – would have lost some of their young men at that time as well. A memorial would have been important to our forebears. There is indeed more to this story. When did the howitzer arrive? Was its placement the start of Somerset Square? When and how did the it leave? We do know that many war trophies were melted down for use in the Second World War. If you have any further information, please contact Newswest and we would be pleased to update what we have so far.

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How fit are our streets? By the 2500 Buses A Day – No Way Group The “2500 Buses A Day – No Way” group and the Hintonburg Community Association worked with the Ottawa Seniors Transportation Committee of the Council on Aging of Ottawa on the third AllSeason Pedestrian Safety Walkability Audit on Friday February 6th. The audit covered the south side of Scott Street (from Smirle to the O-Train) and Albert Street (from the O-Train to Empress). It assesses four areas: Pedestrian Safety; Accessibility; Convenience and Connectedness; and Comfort and Attractiveness. A total of about 18 people participated in the audit. The afternoon turned out to be a sunny day with no wind, so the warmth of the sun made it seem much warmer than the temperature showed. The warmer day was a welcome change for those recording the notes while walking - the ink in the pen only slowed down a bit rather than freezing completely. The same area was done in 2 previous audits – June 3rd and November 24th using the same checklist, but with different seasonal conditions. Sidewalk Hazard Forms were submitted for hazards that could cause tripping or tipping of wheelchairs on both audits. None of these hazards has been repaired despite the first notice of them having been sent to Public Works shortly after the June 3, 2014 audit. Follow up is scheduled to see if the sidewalk hazards are fixed this year. Ecology Ottawa will be compiling the data for a comprehensive look at the street. The overriding comments regarding the sidewalk on Scott Street is that it does not feel safe. Cars and trucks are travelling at a high speed (some well over the 50 km posted speed) and are inches from pedestrians. Some residents have had their elbows clipped by traffic while walking on this Scott Street sidewalk. The bus going by inches from pedestrians during the audit had quite an impact on those walking. The sidewalk on most of this section

of Scott is narrower than the City standard – parts are less than 1.5m in width – in the winter it is much less than that – at times just a single footpath through the snow. Curb splash from vehicles and slushy sidewalks is par for the course. Scott Street clearly fails on all four criteria of the audit. It is an unpleasant and potentially dangerous walk now, and will become much worse with 2500 Buses A Day just a few feet from the curb.

The resulting hazards can be reduced with proper action on the part of the city. The citizens who use these sidewalks daily deserve the same respect and consideration as those people who will be zooming past on buses every day for the next two years.

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Snow Plowing Standards


There IS a system here By the Hintonburg Community Association The Hintonburg Community Association attended a meeting in December, set up by Councillor Jeff Leiper, with the City supervisor in charge of snow plowing for this area. The meeting was to reiterate some of the issues with plowing of streets and sidewalks last year. The supervisor encouraged people to let the City know of issues by calling 311 and emphasized the importance of asking for the Service Request Number so that if the issue was not resolved, followup could be done. Residents can also call Councillor Jeff Leiper’s office at 613-580-2485. Staff there can forward the complaint or follow-up on it if the 311 call does not provide results. The City does have a priority listing of streets and sidewalks which are plowed first, and they also have time frames within which streets have to be cleared. Sometimes they plow early in a storm so that, by the end of the storm, the priority sidewalk is all filled in again. They then have a required time

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frame under which all sidewalks have to be cleared once the storm has passed. We hope to be able to publish these time frames on the Hintonburg Community Association web site. There is already a listing of how the streets are prioritized for plowing. For the map of Hintonburg streets, go to:

Hint_Snow_Removal.jpg For the street listings, go to: of_Hint_Snow_Removal.jpg Private contractors sometimes plow snow out of a laneway or parking lot and dump it on the street – congesting the street even more. There is a City by-law prohibiting this practice. Contractors have an orange snow plow licence plate simi-

lar to taxi cab licence numbers. If you witness this, call 311 and give the orange plate number when possible. If you witness this happening and are willing to file an affidavit, the snow plow operator can be fined. As our neighbourhoods grow and traffic increases, the safety of our winter streets becomes increasingly important too.

Street of Rock

Youth group sings out for SPCA By Kayren Mosurinjohn You may have seen Street of Rock perform at one of many neighbourhood venues in the past. This group of inspired musicians between the ages of 4 and 12 years, have performed regularly in area neighbourhoods at ArtsPark, Summer Solstice, and the Hintonburg Community Centre’s Kris Kringle event among others. Now they are

working on something special for spring. Street of Rock is putting on a concert. The senior members of the crew have been planning a fundraising concert/cabaret where the group will perform the songs they have been working on and apply the proceeds of their efforts to a very worthy cause. The concert is set for Sunday March 22 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the Carleton

Tavern (223 Armstrong Street at Parkdale). We will be using this concert to fundraise for the SPCA of Western Quebec. Please book this date in your calendar and start telling your family and friends to do the same. The energy and talent of the members of Street of Rock will contribute to making this an event not to be missed. See you there!

Important Conversations Suicide Prevention By Paul Dewar, MP Ottawa Centre In November, I had the pleasure of moderating a roundtable discussion as part of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s 308 Conversations on Suicide Prevention. Over the course of two hours I learned that last year more kids died by suicide than from cancer; that men die from suicide at a rate up to four times that of women; and that First Nations, and especially Inuit, have suicide rates higher than any other group in this country. In discussing the weaknesses of suicide prevention in Ottawa, the list of issues is shockingly

long. Highlights include the severe shortage of psychiatrists in Ottawa, compounded by the tragic reality that those without medical coverage cannot afford to get help, even though they need it most. There is little education on mental health in schools, despite teenagers being a highrisk group for mental illness. The waiting lists to receive treatment are atrociously long. After discussing the weaknesses of the current mental health system, we turned to its successes. Again, too many examples were raised to list here. Of particular note were the breakthroughs Ottawa Police have made in working with

mental health professionals to connect people with the care they need, as well as improvements in officers’ understanding of mental health problems and knowledge of how to handle individuals with sensitivity and tolerance. Various organizations, including Psychiatric Survivors Ottawa, community health centres, and the Suicide Prevention Coalition, are increasing awareness of mental health and suicide, and enhancing dialogue with those who need help. Following our discussion, the participants agreed on a few recommendations. First, a durable, national approach to sui-

cide prevention demands serious and sustained funding with a greater emphasis on youth and marginalized groups. There were many ideas on how to realize these aims, including a great deal of support for a national strategy for mental health. If I were to summarize the main messages of this meeting, they would be the following: talk to everyone you know about mental illness so we can fight the stigma, especially those whom you know to have problems; let them know you care, and consider what you can do, on your own and as part of our community, to help prevent more deaths by suicide.

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Zen and Our Trees

Newswest Letters

By Emma Robe I want to believe that there was a time when we were not so quick to destroy trees that nourished our lives, that our good times together went way, way back, when a favourite tree greeted us day by day, season by season and year by year. Will today’s children grow to say, “I climbed in that favourite tree of mine�? While you may feel powerless and overwhelmed to slow down development which has resulted in the loss of our precious trees, you can be part of the solution to help the healing process. A case in point are the tender young tree saplings that the City of Ottawa planted either side of Wellington Street. I ponder in deepest winter how many of these saplings will survive. Will they survive another summer drought.? If you live or own a business on Wellington Street you may want to contemplate a little “Zen Mindfulness� by being “Present�. By nourishing a Human-Tree Relationship with just one tree, you will come to appreciate your life’s parallels with that one tree. You are both living beings requiring the same

In Rochester Park, north of Richmond Road and west of the transitway’s Dominion Station, Ash trees are removed in a bid to curtail the ash borer infestation. In the same park, the LRT construction seems liable to affect what, and how many, trees will be replaced. These changes could last a long time. More photos are available online at Photo by John Porter

basic needs. Would you want to destroy another living being? Of course not! All that is required is that you remember to water your one tree and report any tree damage to the City. Of course this may be extended to just one tree in your neighbourhood or just one tree on the street where you live. If we are to preserve what trees are left in Hintonburg it requires that each of us take ownership and become ‘Mindful and Present’. All it takes is just one tree. But please don’t delay. Mother Nature no longer has time on her hands. As a wise man once said, “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit�.

Newswest, Growing and Changing In print and on-line

By C. Brace, Newswest Webmaster Change is growth, as the saying goes. And for some readers, Newswest appears to be both changing and growing. The most recent change is that our old postal address will end this month. Check the masthead for our new regular mail spot and new phone number. Another change this past year is that we’re doing a lot more articles exclusively on-line. Last issue had 5 Web-extra articles exclusive to our easyread section. And lots of web-only images got added to some unabridged versions of ar-

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ticles. Now here’s a partial recap of topics you may have missed: • Read up on an annual shinny tournament for all ages (3114). • See amazing pics from Nepal and read how a local annual gala supports its vulnerable (3197). • Learn how your old bike could go to those here in need (3680), and how Grannies party for Halloween (3600). • Learn about door knocker fraud (3302), and discover how walkable our streets are in traffic (3181, 3501). • Learn about how a writer

found the secret spot of Westfest (3361), and the sounds of cow bells in Mechanicsville (3358). Did you tap your toes to an infectious local song of protest (3530)? • Read the amazing tale of how some local homeowners still have no storm sewers (3184), or travel back a century to read of a rainy day that forever changed our world (3506), and how Newswest’s anniversary cakes fared when it poured buckets last July (3491). • How did a school child move a Parliamentarian (3724)?

Learn how moving hydro poles a few feet will affect local parks and more (3673).

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By Yasir Naqvi, MPP-Ottawa Centre The Fall session of the Ontario Legislature wrapped up on December 11th. Since being re-elected in June, our government has passed legislation that will make a difference in communities all across Ontario. We have raised the minimum wage and tied it to inflation so that economic factors determine it, not politics. We improved accountability and transparency within government and passed legislation to combat auto insurance fraud in order to lower your rates. Most importantly, we are helping kids get the best start in life by improving the safety of our daycare system and investing in education. These are all part of our four-part plan to build Ontario up by investing in people, developing new public infrastructure like the Ottawa LRT Confederation Line, maintaining a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan. With the start of another year, there are positive signs that our plan is working. Ontario now has 517,400 more jobs since the recessionary low in June 2009. Premier Kathleen Wynne’s first trade mission to China resulted in nearly $1 billion of new investments, including $210 million in investments and

“In January, I was pleased to announce increased funding to allow seniors more opportunities to stay engaged, active and healthy.” 325 new jobs here in Ottawa. Our Youth Jobs Strategy is creating employment opportunities in the job market. Time and time again, companies are making Ontario – and Ottawa – their first choice for investment, creating more opportunities for the people of our province. As a result, we are also seeing positive results in Ottawa Centre. In January, I was pleased to announce increased funding to allow seniors more opportunities to stay engaged, active and healthy. For example, the Jewish Youth Library received funding for a workshop series focused entirely on matters that are important to seniors. Also this month, we invested in our children by providing a wage increase ($2/hour over two years) to MONDAY early childhood educators. This will help give parents in Ottawa peace of mind and help TUESDAY us also to recruit and retain valued caregivers. While I am encouraged by this

progress, we are also working to address the real challenges facing Ontario communities, such as retirement security. Fewer than 35 per cent of workers in Ontario enjoy the security of a workplace pension plan, and a significant portion of today’s workers are not able to save enough to live comfortably in retirement. Before the holiday break, our government put forward the first piece of legislation required to bring in the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP), beginning in 2017. We are consulting on various features of ORPP. To learn more and to provide your views, please visit I wish you a Happy New Year and a prosperous 2015. Should you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me at my Community Office atynaqvi. or 613722-6414. I look forward to hearing from you.


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FEBRUARY 20 - WINTER PARTY The McKellar Park neighbours are hosting a Winter Party in McKellar Park on Friday, February 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition to outdoor skating (ice conditions dependent), there will be a bonfire, music, food for purchase from onsite food trucks, free hot chocolate to the first 250 people and free popcorn. A ribbon cutting will be held at 6:30 p.m. for the new, fully accessible seating that was installed in McKellar Park in November funded by previous years’ Fall Festivals and a City of Ottawa grant. The Field House will be open. FEBRUARY 22 – COUNTRY JAM FOR OTTAWA HEART INSTITUTE More than 15 Ottawa Valley country entertainers will take to the stage for Lorne Daley’s annual ‘From the Heart, For the Heart’ fundraiser from 1:30-7:30 p.m. at the Westboro Legion, 389 Richmond Rd. The line-up includes such well-known performers as the Ricochet Riders, Jan McCambley, Andy Clarke, Stella Gallagher, Mike Cloutier, and Fred Ducharme. Emcee: CTV’s Terry Marcotte. Advance tickets ($10) are available at the branch’s upstairs bar. At the door: $15. For information call 613-725-2778. FEBRUARY 22 - YOGA FOR HEART Santosha Yoga (346 Richmond Rd. at Churchill Avenue) is offering classes by donation every Sunday in February at 1 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Ottawa Heart Institute. For information go to FEBRUARY 22 - BORSHCH COOK OFF FUNDRAISER This friendly competition for the People’s Choice “Best Borshch” is to raise funds to support the needs of the orphanage in Kryviy Rih, Ukraine. Come and enjoy borshch of all types, vote for your favorite, and take an opportunity to support the orphanage with a free-will donation. The fun begins at noon, at the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral (1000 Byron Ave.) Do you want to test your culinary skills? Contact the committee members to enter: Fr. Ihor at or 613 325-3903, Olena Stetskevych at, or Iryna Carman at You can also visit FEBRUARY 25 - TRACING YOUR CANADIAN ANCESTORS IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR Discover websites and databases that are useful in tracing your Canadian military ances-

tors and understanding the context of their experience of the Great War. This session is two hours long and will begin at 6:15 p.m., at the Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Registration is required. For more information or to register, go to FEBRUARY 27&28 - ELMDALE PUBLIC SCHOOL BOOKFEST One of the community’s largest book sales will have an extra literary boost this year. Awardwinning author Frances Itani; Mark Sutcliffe, author of Why I Run; Bob Plamondon, author of The Truth about Trudeau; Robert McMechan, the author of Allison’s Brain; and Charles Gordon, author of At the Cottage and The Canadian Trip, will be reading selections of their work. BookFest will take place in the Elmdale Public School gymnasium (49 Iona St.) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday Feb. 27, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28. More information about the author’s readings and BookFest itself, can be found online at, or by emailing Pete Laughton at Pick up of book donations can be arranged by emailing FEBRUARY 27 - TRIVIA CHALLENGE FOR CHARITY Get a team together (maximum six players) and compete for cash donations to your favourite charity at the Westboro Legion, 389 Richmond Rd. The door and bar open at 6 p.m. and the tournament begins at 7:30. Pregame food will be available and prizes will be awarded to the winners of the contest for best team name, judged by Kitchissippi Times editor Andrea Tomkins. The cost is $10 per player and all are eligible for the door prizes. For information, call 613-262-8647. FEBRUARY 27- ARTS NIGHT Residents are invited to come by First Unitarian Church, (30 Cleary Ave.) and meet Dick Bourgeois-Doyle, literary artist; Salim Douba, photographer and Anthony Grosdev, pianist. They will all be discussing, demonstrating, or performing their art. Admission is $5. For more information call 613-725-1066 MARCH 7 - A CELEBRATION OF ST. PATRICK A Celebration of St. Patrick is hosted by The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, Our Lady of Fatima Parish (153 Woodroffe Ave.) and will be taking place at 6 pm. Live Irish traditional music, Irish stew, soda bread, rolls, tea coffee and dessert for $20. Advance sales

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