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Looking for that unique gift for Christmas? Tired of the rush and stress of retail box stores and malls? Ready to get into the spirit of the season and support your local community? Although it seems that many traditions have lost their way in this digital age, the tradition of Christmas bazaars is not just alive and well in Kitchissippi – it’s flourishing. The very popular “Fall Fair at First” took place at First Unitarian Congregation on November 19. The Fall Fair dates back to the 1970s and line-ups often start over an hour ahead of the doors opening. The All Saints’ Westboro Village Fair on Richmond Road was also a popular venue that day, offering up delicious homemade preserves and baking, and a huge selection of used books, linens, china, and jewelry. Sales were brisk at both venues, despite the inclement weather. The approach for many of the organizers is similar. These annual events are significant sources of revenue, but bring about as much community building as they do money. Sherri Watson has been the director of the Fall Fair at First Unitarian for the past three years. “It does take a lot of work but tasks turn out to be so much fun,” says Sherri. It’s a massive undertaking, with a dozen coordinators and volunteers running each of the many rooms that take over nearly 12,000 square feet of the church. A handy map helped shoppers find their way. Items not purchased still have the chance to become someone’s treasures.

“Anything left over is given to other charities as much as possible,” says Sherri. Those two popular fairs may have passed, but fear not shoppers, there are plenty of opportunities to support local artisans, entrepreneurs, and grassroots initiatives. The Fisher Park Christmas Craft Sale, which is organized by the Fisher Park Community Recreation Council, will feature over 100 vendors on Saturday, December 2. You’ll find local urban artisans, handmade items, and gourmet foods. Make sure to bring along a donation for the Parkdale Food Centre as the need only grows this time of year. The sale takes place at Fisher Park Public School on Holland Avenue, and both admission and parking are free. The St. Martin’s “Christmas Bakeshop & Baubles Bonanza” is also on the docket on December 2. Located at 2120 Prince Charles Rd. the sale will include Christmas cakes baked by the church’s rector, Father John Organ, and you can also purchase 2018 desk calendars that showcase St. Martin’s stained glass windows. Additionally, there will be a limited number of original olive wood nativity carvings, produced near the West Bank. An age-old tradition with a modern and local twist, there is no better way to start the holidays and support the scores of local organizers and artisans who make these neighbourhood events so special every year. See the event calendar on page 22, or follow KT on Facebook for news of upcoming holiday craft fairs or church bazaars in our communituy.

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“I was born in Suzhou, China, and moved to Canada in 1993, but my parents are still living in China. Even after a few decades living in Canada, I still miss my family and my culture roots, especially the traditional music, ancient and folk art, and philosophy - of course, the food too. I moved into Kitchissippi area in 2010 for my daughter’s school. “We have great communities in the area. In the springtime, I like to stroll in the neighbourhood to see the little gardens in front of the houses. It shows that people don’t just live here, but love them and

appreciate them. We also have many unique boutiques, organic restaurant, fair trade shops, galleries, theatre, a zero waste grocery store, health food stores, yoga studios, vegan or vegan friendly restaurants and bakeries (even a vegan cat café that really kindly put the cats’ wellbeing in consideration), an environmental friendly dry cleaner, and great schools, etc. In summer, we have the farmer’s market, where we can find so many organically grown fresh fruits and vegetables. I firmly believe that organic vegan life style not only nourishes a health

body but also restores the health of our planet, and it is the most effective way to curb the global warming. We even have some low carbon houses in the neighbourhood, and they kindly have open houses to the public to showcase, and to inspire people, to adapt or design more eco-friendly living environments. I am very grateful to live in this vibrant area. “In ten years I see myself living a simpler life and being more connected with the divine and nature.”

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Students at Nepean High School are experiencing a change in the community, but are also documenting a part of it for the history books. Located at the corner of Princeton and Melbourne Avenues is the former Institut Jeanne D’arc. Built in 1989, it was, until recently, the residence of an order of nuns. Currently undergoing renovations, it will become a new location for Cornerstone Housing for Women, a non-profit organization that provides safe and affordable permanent housing for women in Ottawa. On October 27, Mme. Théorêt’s

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The Cornerstone chronicles Continued from page 5 dent project. From now until the residence opens in June 2018, this group of students will document the renovation. Photos and text will depict the entire process of transforming the building. The final result will be an exhibit of photos and stories that will also include quotes from interviews with local politicians, Cornerstone, and other major players, and will hopefully remain in the new building to help educate newcomers to Cornerstone and illustrate how their new home came to be. Students met Joe Zammit, the head of construction at McDonald Brothers Construction, and Sue Garvey, the Executive Director of Cornerstone Housing for Women. Sue recalled how Sister Yvette Papillon, the Director of Les Soeurs de l’institut de Jeanne d’Arc, approached her during initial discussions about the reuse of the building. “They wanted their home to stay as something that would continue to serve the community and be good for other people,” said Sue. “So, they came to Cornerstone…. and they said, ‘If we managed to find a way to get you this building, would you turn it into something that would

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A Q&A with Melody Jewitt, co-owner of Flo Glassblowing

Kitchissippi Times: Tell us a bit about your own background. How did you become the co-founder of a glassblowing studio?

Melody Jewitt: Well, it’s been a bit of a gradual development, that’s for sure. I went to school back in 2002 for glassblowing at Sheridan College. I was fresh out of high school. When I graduated three years later, I moved to Ottawa and started a small flameworking company called Red Om Glass. I traveled to craft shows around Eastern Ontario, mainly selling jewellery but also I kept glassblowing orders going by renting time out of a space in Merrickville. It’s there where I met my future business partner, Bronwen McKnight. It took several years, but eventually we brought her existing studio into Ottawa and launched our grand plan of running a studio for the community making classes for all ages our main focus of the business. Bronwen retired officially in 2013 so I’ve been leading the helm since then with the help of a great crew of teachers and administrative staff. KT: It sounds like it’s changed a lot since you first came on board. Also, who’s Flo?

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It has grown exponentially since we first opened. Every year we got better at what we offered and every year the interest has only continued to grow! We started with a white board calendar for booking and zero additional staff. We currently have six teachers and four admin on staff and offer a wide variety of workshops and classes seven days a week. Flo is actually named in honour of my late grandmother, Flo Jewitt. She was my first really crafty mentor. She never worked in glass but she taught me the love of making things. KT: The timing and growth of Flo Glassblowing seems to coincide with a growing “maker” culture. Suddenly more people are interested in making their own stuff. To what would you attribute this bump in DIY? MJ: Good question. I would agree, not just in glassblowing, but in a variety of areas, the ‘maker movement’ seems to only be growing in popularity. And why not?! For one, its fun! Even a bit addictive! Working with your hands while learning something new and creative is both highly enjoyable and satisfying. As an extra caveat, you come

“Working with your hands while learning something new and creative is both highly enjoyable and satisfying,” says Melody Jewitt, the co-owner of Flo Glassblowing. Photo by Andrea Tomkins

home with this unique item and it’s made by you! It gets to remind you every time you look at it of this awesome experience you had making it; no vase at Home Sense can give you that! KT: Glassblowing is unique, though. It’s not very easy for someone to try this at home. Like, say, knitting. Can you tell us a bit about the set up at Flo and the classes available? MJ: Glassblowing is most definitely unique, unlike any other medium out there. It is also much more challenging than one might expect if you haven’t tried it before. There’s this juggle of gravity and this continual turning motion. Add in the intensity of a piping hot, 2100-degree furnace and a liquid medium that needs very precise actions before it looses heat and sets up again. It’s a lot to coordinate. This is why we offer such a variety of styles of workshops at the studio. One style of class is our full fundamental training we call our Beginner Series. If you really want to learn the medium for yourself, these sessions are designed to build you up slowly, eventually making it to larger more impressive shapes and forms. The other ‘specialty’ workshops can be fun group evenings out. We change up the styles of workshops depending on the time of year and everyone gets to participate and bring something home with little stress on the students’ shoulders. This time of year we are hopping with ‘Blow your own ornament’ sessions which we actually can offer for kids as young as six years old.

KT: What’s it like to watch someone try glassblowing for the first time? MJ: Ha! Well that completely depends on the student. There are a lot of steps to synchronize together at first. Throw in someone who is anxious due to the heat and it can look like a wild rodeo. Often I compare it to juggling, or patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time. Eventually all the pieces come together but it may take you a hundred times of doing the same action until finally it clicks and you don’t have to keep reminding yourself to turn anymore, your fingers just know to do it. KT: Can you tell us about anything new that’s coming up in the run up to the holidays? MJ: This is our busiest time of the year, so the studio is bustling. We’ve extended our gallery hours to open on Sundays from 12-5 p.m. until Christmas. Our latest seasonal ‘vintage ornaments’ classes have already nearly sold out so we’re encouraging everyone to buy a glass workshop as a gift for the New Year. Also, if you want to shop local and handmade this Christmas, Flo is hosting an Artisan Sale on Saturday December 2 from 2-6 p.m. featuring half a dozen local artists of a variety of mediums. There will be demonstrations and snacks for sharing. As always, our events are kid friendly so this is a great event to come out as a family and support your local community of craft.


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bers occupied, such as a Snow Queen photo op (Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.), a chocolate-making tutorial, and a holiday cardmaking workshop. “I’d really like it to be a hub where people can come and meet each other,” says Catherine. “Put your phone down and come say ‘hi’ to everybody!” This is the third iteration of Showstoppers, though it is the event’s first time in Westboro. All Saints Church in Sandy Hill served as its previous venue, but this year Catherine decided to take the event on the road. Part of the reason for that came from her desire to give more people in the city the Showstoppers experience, to break through the lines that divide Ottawa’s neighbourhoods and unite the city. “Plus, I really like the neighbourhood,” says Catherine. Showstoppers will certainly be something to behold. There’s word of special Massai warrior-blessed dog collars and crystals courtesy of Business Fractal. It’s an event that will have to be attended to be comprehended. For more information about Showstoppers, find the event page on Facebook by searching “Showstoppers 2017.”

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In a holiday season already stuffed full of shopping events, Showstoppers promises something a little different: unique gifts, food, and an opportunity to come together as a community. The event, which takes place at Q West (88 Richmond Rd.) on November 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., features a diverse lineup of vendors from across the city. Pascale’s Ice Cream, Undercarriage, Top of the World, Peachey Farms, Joe Momma, and Mama Shell Bakery will all be in attendance. Mama Shell will be debuting their Tipsy Cupcakes, a wine-filled cupcake that comes in three varieties: white, red and rose. The event will also mark the physical debut of the new Ottawa-based Mexican embroidery venture, Frida’s Attic, whose clothing and accessories are made by indigenous Mexican artists working for fair wages. And while the event is primarily about finding the right gift, it’s also about giving back to the community. A $3 entry fee goes to the Westboro Region Food Bank. Donations of new or gently used winter clothing are also welcome. If you’re feeling generous (or hungry), enormous pies will be available for purchase, with all proceeds going to Kindred Farms’ horse rescue. Each pie is said to weigh three pounds, which, if you think about it, is plenty for a pie. Like the pies, Showstoppers is meant to be spectacular, to evoke a kind of awe at the sheer grandeur of it all, but it’s also meant to give residents a place to gather, to experience some of what the city has to offer, meet neighbours and hang out. To facilitate that, there will be plenty of activities to keep younger family mem-


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nesses or the Wellington West BIA office (1285 Wellington St. W.). Those who pick up the bags will have until December 2 to fill and return them to one of the participating businesses in exchange for a gift. Each business’s gift will be unique. Every tote bag will then be given to a woman receiving services from Cornerstone or Caldwell. The contents is up to those who donate, but Connie Franklin, resource development manager at Cornerstone, says there are a number of much-needed items, especially during this time of year. Items like pajamas, slippers and undergarments are needed, as are items that women without disposable income rarely purchase for themselves, things like chocolate, candles, makeup, and gift certificates. “Everyone appreciates something of a treat,” says Connie, stressing that it is often the thought that is put into the donations that matters most. “These are women that have experienced a lot of abuse and trauma in their lives, and they haven’t known a lot of kindness.” Pay It Forward seeks to cultivate that kindness and draw attention to the need for more of it in the city. Connie points out that approximately 1,000 women each year are homeless

Kitchissippi shoppers are encouraged to give back to the community with a “Pay it Forward” campaign. Grab a tote bag, fill it for women in need, and drop it off at a participating retailer in exchange for a special gift. Photo by Ellen Bond

in Ottawa, and though Cornerstone is able to help up to five hundred of those women, there is still a great need for housing. To help fill that need, Cornerstone is currently renovating their new permanent housing location at the old Jeanne D’arc Institute on Princeton Avenue in Westboro. “I must say the neighbourhood has been very welcoming,” says Connie. “Ottawa is a very generous community.” The eight businesses participating in Pay It Forward want to facilitate that spirit of welcoming. The coalition of businesses is made up of owners who share a strong community spirit,

one built out of a shared location of Wellington West, but also out of bonds of friendship: they meet for coffee regularly and many of the owners have worked together previously. These businesses are working together, Laura Twiss says, because they understand the power of collaboration. “We all have a lot going on in our lives,” says Laura. “We know that if we can share initiatives like this, we can accomplish them much easier.” Laura hopes that Pay It Forward will rally the community around extending kindness to homeless women in Ottawa in a personal way. Each bag will be given to one woman, and though those who donate and those who receive may never meet, Laura sees meaningfulness in knowing that the contribution is going to someone in need. She visualizes one woman feeling that kindness. “I hope that it can inspire hope for her,” she says. “I hope that it can give her a bit more strength.”

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At a time of year so often dominated by tales of extreme consumerism, a coalition of Wellington West businesses are shifting the focus from shopping to giving. On November 24, a day observed in the U.S as Black Friday, these businesses are asking their community to show compassion to those who need it. Instead of gatecrashing sales, the eight participating Wellington West businesses are offering an opportunity to improve the lives of women in need. The owners of Viens Avec Moi, Twiss and Weber, Bloomfields Flowers, Muriel Dombret [Clothes], Victoire, Kindred, JV Studios, and Flock have teamed up for an initiatve they’re calling Pay It Forward to bring awareness to the needs of homeless women in Ottawa. The event – planned in partnership with Cornerstone Housing for Women and Caldwell Family Centre – invites the community to fill a tote bag with items for women in need. “We feel like it’s important to help women in need,” says Laura Twiss, co-owner of Twiss and Weber. “If we help women, we help our community to be stronger.” The tote bags will be available on November 24 at any of the eight busi-

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The revolution will be illustrated Annual Cyclelogik Art Show spins into tenth year

By Bradley Turcotte

The Cyclelogik Art Show celebrates a decade of design with over 40 professional and amateur artists producing pieces inspired by the ten-year milestone of Andrea Stokes’ annual event at the Wellington Street bicycle shop on December 2. When Cyclelogik rolled in to the neighbourhood, Andrea “audaciously” suggested a bike-themed art show to welcome the burgeoning business to Hintonburg. After apprehensively assuring she could produce a willing troop of artists with the “snap of [her] fingers,” the inaugural event proved a resounding success and has become a harbinger of Christmas for the founder and event producer. The fitting theme of “Ten,” follows past themes of square, text, red, and blue. Artist Sharon Lafferty plays with “the inherent power of memory to define existence” in her works and will be participating in the show for the second consecutive year. Last year’s theme of “Home” conjured thoughts of the dinner table for Sharon and inspired her to paint a girl with a fish on her head in a piece titled “Fish For Dinner Again!” “Themes throw me for a loop because I normally paint figures or

“At the opening last year, I was amazed by the crowd, the energy, the variety and quality of the artwork on display. It’s a real labour of love.”

“Fish For Dinner Again” by artist Sharon Lafferty. Sharon will be participating in the tenth annual Cyclelogic Art Show.

faces,” says Sharon, who enjoys painting anonymous individuals who address the viewer directly. “I usually try to work something into the title that relates to the theme. This year it was easier as I could actually paint the theme title right onto my figure.” Participating artists can interpret the theme however they like. Andrea adds that the varying levels of exper-

tise and sliding price points make for a diverse and affordable selection. “Often it’s a first opportunity for many who’ve never shown their work before,” says Andrea. “Andrea and the folks at Cyclelogik are to be commended. To produce this event for one year would be a real accomplishment, but for ten, it says a lot about who they are, their

love of art and care for other artists,” says Sharon. “At the opening last year, I was amazed by the crowd, the energy, the variety and quality of the artwork on display. It’s a real labour of love.” Andrea has previewed a few of this year’s pieces and gives them a “perfect ten.” Coffee from Cyclelogik neighbour, Little Victories Libations, as well as cocktails, nibbles and “the best funk DJ in town,” Greg Reain, will round out this tenth anniversary event. The party starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday December 2. For more information, search for the “10th Annual Cyclelogik Art Show” event page on Facebook.

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Blank walls become canvases for Hintonburg artist Arpi. Throughout the area, murals of wildlife, historical notes, great art prints, and whimsical follies adorn neighbourhood surfaces from Bell Canada phone boxes to business walls, exterior and interior. Photo courtesy of Arpi

The Writing’s on the Wall... and it’s in pictures

By Cheryl Parrott If you have been out walking in Hintonburg the last few weeks, you might have seen a number of new murals brightening the walls of neighbourhood buildings. Local artist, Arpi, has been hard at work creating several new murals through some very trying days of heavy rain, freezing cold and bitter wind. Arpi began painting murals in Hintonburg 4 years ago, starting with a neighbour’s garage, followed by the very visible mural of birds on the side of the Orange Gallery’s original location at Hamilton and Armstrong streets. One of Arpi’s early projects was commissioned by a partnership of the Hintonburg Community Association, the Wellington West Business Improvement the Original

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Area (WWBIA) and Bell Canada. Arpi painted murals on both sides of two large Bell Canada boxes in Somerset Square. Since that time he has painted murals on several large walls throughout the community. Painting large murals outside has many challenges – not only the weather and diminishing daylight hours, especially at this time of year, but recently police were called when he was at work on a very large mural. It was evident, of course, when Police arrived, that this was not graffiti tagging but in fact a commissioned mural. Some challenges are more easily resolved than others when it comes to art and artworks. Arpi lives, works and creates his art, in Hintonburg. He has a studio/salesroom on Armstrong at Hamilton (233a

Armstrong) where he has paintings as well as artistic creations from reclaimed wood. Take a walk through the area to see some of Arpi’s murals; most are on the sides of buildings so exercise your eyes. Here are a few to search out: • Hamilton between Spencer and Armstrong - all of the buildings in this block including the rooftop area of the Parkdale Mini-storage. • Somerset Square – the two Bell Canada boxes • Garland between Scott and Lowrey – the retaining wall • Garland between Ladouceur and Armstrong – side of the building • Maker House (987 Wellington St. W) – side of the building • Takaki Automotive (47 Breezehill Continued on page 18

By Kathy Kennedy Residents of Kitchissippi Ward have an opportunity to share their input on the planning and design of the new Civic campus of The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) on Thursday December 7, during an Information Session at Tom Brown Arena. The new TOH Civic campus on Carling Avenue will be one of the most important new institutions in the National Capital Region for the foreseeable future. While residents represented by the Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association (CHNA), in the south-east district of Kitchissippi will be among the closest neighbours of the new Civic Campus, the new hospital facility will be important to all residents of Ottawa. Kitchissippi residents who have questions or concerns, or who just want to learn more about the vision for this twenty-first century health facility, are encouraged to participate in the session on Thursday, December 7 from 7:00 – 8:45 p.m. at Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Road. Dates and locations of other Information Sessions include November 29 at the Nepean Sportsplex and December 11 at the Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street. For additional information, visit CHNA’s website at www. chnaottawa.ca/new-civic-campus.html

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Ending the Payday Lending Cycle By Rachel Mckeen On Friday November 3rd, Causeway celebrated the first anniversary of the Causeway Community Finance Fund (CCFF), our newest and most innovative program. CCFF was created to provide reasonable low interest loans as a means to help people escape the payday loan debt spiral. Ontario Attorney General and Ottawa Centre MPP, Yasir Naqvi, along with City Councilors and representatives from partnered credit unions, gathered to listen to some of the impacts that the CCFF has had on individuals who were once trapped in the payday lending debt cycle. One loan recipient described breaking free from the cycle of payday lending as being “lifted above the waterline” so they could breathe again. The goal of the CCFF is not only to help people get out of debt, but also to develop and strengthen their relationships with mainstream financial institutions such as banks and credit unions. Since its launch in 2016, the CCFF has helped about 14 people pay off debts to payday lenders. This was accomplished thanks to partner credit unions, Alterna Savings, Frontline Credit Union, and YOUR Credit Union which provided loans totaling $25,000. The average recipient of a loan from the CCFF has 2.5 payday loans totaling

over $1350 with an average monthly income of $1685. The average size of a loan is $1820 with a term of 22 months and an interest rate at 8.35%. What became clear was the need to prevent people from entering into those establishments in the first place. Most individuals who came to the CCFF were low-income individuals who lacked accessible banking options, in-

cluding small overdraft protection and the availability of affordable smalldollar credit options. During the first year of operation, the Causeway Community Finance Fund was approved for a seed grant of $67,000 from The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). Doug Pawson, Causeway’s Director of Social Business and Social Finance, is confident that

we are on the right path to helping more people escape this debt spiral. “The funding from OTF will allow Causeway to increase its impact and help even more people trapped in the vicious cycle of payday lending. We’ve learned there are many reasons people turn to payday lenders, and we hope to help overcome these challenges by working strategically with our partner credit unions to grow a suite of services that can have even greater impact for low-income individuals.” MPP Yasir Naqvi believes that this is a better alternative to payday lending. “The Causeway Community Finance Fund is a more compassionate way to offer Ottawa’s most vulnerable a payday loan alternative and tools to enhance their economic wellbeing... and offer a responsible alternative to Pay-Day Loan Vendors.” Causeway is a not-for-profit agency that helps people with mental health issues and other challenges find rewarding work and live more independently. Causeway transforms lives and fuels community economic development through an integrated network of innovative training and employment programs, one-on-one support, and by creating socially-minded businesses. For more information on programs and services at Causeway, please visit www.causewayworkcentre.org.

community building and skills development by helping tool libraries around the world hold events just like this one. This will be the Ottawa Tool Library’s second Repair Café and promises to be even better than the first, though that will be hard to top. From kettles and socks, to bicycle trailers and lamps, our volunteers and experts are ready to take on any repair

challenge. Because of this, there will be vapors from glue and other solvents. Once you’ve had your item fixed, feel free to stick around for activities for little ones, treats, coffee, and a chance to learn from community members and volunteers. The Repair Café is a free, physically accessible event, all on one level, and is generously supported by the Ontario

Trillium Foundation. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity; join us December 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Makerspace North, 250 City Centre Avenue, Bay 216. If you would like to volunteer to be a fixer or helper at this, or future Repair Cafes, please get in touch with project coordinator, Shelley Taylor: shelley@ottawatoollibrary.ca

(from left) Director Doug Pawson, MPP Yasir Naqvi, Director Don Palmer, join Ontario Trillium Foundation volunteer Norma Lamont to celebrate the first anniversary of the Causeway Community Finance Fund and the support of the OTF in freeing borrowers from the payday lending cycle. Photo courtesy of Causeway

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By Michael McLean Do you have a broken household item that you can’t seem to fix, but also can’t bring yourself to throw away? On December 9, the Ottawa Tool Library is hosting its second Repair Café, an event that reduces landfill and teaches people how to repair things themselves. Originating in Amsterdam in 2009, the Repair Café Foundation promotes

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How can we fund services for Kitchissippi?

Comparative library funding By Blaine Marchand, R.E.A.D. By 2023 the population served by the Rosemount Library will increase by 17.3% to 47,500. Plans for new and expanded infrastructure have not kept pace with population projections for the ward. While building libraries in new areas of the city is funded through development fees paid by owners seeking to develop their properties, urban areas rely exclusively on property taxes to fund the OPL’s small capital budget. Development charges help the City finance a portion of the cost associated with new infrastructure and municipal service expansion growth. For years, the city has promoted libraries as integral to creating a vibrant city, an essential component for all communities. Libraries have been touted as a hub for community information, inviting, safe focal points that foster greater reciprocity among diverse cultural groups, and encourage greater tolerance through knowledge and understanding. They offer a supportive environment where people are introduced to new technologies, new media and new ideas.

Ottawa could learn from other Canadian cities with roughly similar populations. For example, Winnipeg has a long-term ($46.6M) library facility redevelopment strategy which addresses the needs of nine existing branches in mature neighbourhoods. All will be bigger than Rosemount, which has an annual circulation higher than eight of those nine Winnipeg branches. Edmonton too, has a long-term budget ($798M) for renovation and expansion of libraries. Interestingly, neither Winnipeg nor Edmonton has development charges. Their long-range renewal plans for libraries are met with a stable multi-year funding commitment from the municipal government. The 2016 Ottawa Public Library Annual Report says about Rosemount – “While recent studies indicated need for renewal in the near future, community involvement and input showed a desire for a new facility.” The recent decision taken by the OPL Board not to expand Rosemount unfortunately flies in the face of the community’s wishes and its needs. The OPL’s 2016 Long-term

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By Catherine McKenna, MP Ottawa-Centre I can’t believe it’s been two years since the voters of Ottawa Centre elected me. Every day I feel lucky to have the job that I do, and be able to make a difference in our community. In two years we have accomplished a lot and I would like to take a moment to highlight some of the milestones I am really proud of. When I ran in 2015, I promised the Clegg Street Footbridge would proceed with the help of the federal government, and today I am so happy construction is under-way. Our Government has also committed over $1 billion for the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Stage 2 Project, resulting in the largest reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in Ottawa’s History. We’ve created three new canal paddle access points and secured Heritage Designation for the Ottawa River. The old U.S. Embassy at 100 Wellington Street, which sits on the ancestral land of Algonquin people, will be turned into a space for Indigenous Peoples.

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I know these projects are very important to the riding and I’m happy to be a part of bringing them to life. Since November 2015, my community office team has been able to assist in over 280 immigration cases. This work has brought more diversity and experience into our city, and reunited loved ones. Through our constituency Youth and Youth Jobs Councils, we have made bold steps to address youth empowerment and youth unemployment. This year, 133 organizations received almost $1.4 million to employ 380 students through the Canada Summer Jobs Program, our commitment to the next generation. And the next generation is important. If we continue down this path, we are not only doing the right thing for our kids and grandkids, we are also creating incredible opportunities for our city to grow. I want us to think bigger and aim higher to re-imagine how we live, work and play in our nation’s Capital. Street West. Membership is $5.00 annually and all members are eligible to vote for the 2018 Board members. Come join us and share your voice in deciding what issues are of greatest importance to your neighbourhood and your community.

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By Jeff Leiper, City Councillor, Ward 15 Happy November Kitchissippi! As the days get darker and the temperatures drop, our office gets busy with new initiatives and events. The Ottawa Music Industry Coalition is developing Ottawa’s first music strategy, set to be presented to council in 2018. OMIC is seeking public input through an online survey to guide the direction of the strategy to measure the short and longterm growth of our local music industry. What kinds of music opportunities are available in Ottawa? What opportunities are missing? Let OMIC know by answering the survey linked on our blog under the heading “Help Shape Ottawa’s new music strategy!” Just in time for the snow to fly, the SJAM Winter Trail is moving into

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Champlain Park. After a meeting with multiple stakeholders and interested parties, the Winter Trail will now be extended right to the door of the Champlain Park Fieldhouse. This means the facilities provided by the Fieldhouse will be available to skiers, walkers, snowshoers, and fatbikers during the times that the Fieldhouse is open to service the public rink in the park. Dave Adams has come up with a pathway that won’t interfere with the rink and this grooming is possible due to the recent closure of Pontiac between Cowley and Carleton - something I was very pleased to see finally accomplished. Coming up in late November is our quarterly Kitchissippi Ward Forum. This forum will be held at Happy Goat Coffee Co. at 35 Laurel Street on November 27th from 6 to 8 pm. Our special guest speaker will be Steve Willis, GM Planning, Infrastructure and Development. There will also be updates from local community associations and BIA’s and a Q&A session. Don’t miss it. A meet the artist night is being held at Beyond the Pale Brewery on Saturday November 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. at 250 City Centre Bay, 108. You will see some photos of the murals if you have not had time to walk around to all of them, as well as see the large mural Arpi has painted inside Beyond the Pale. Arpi will also have new

Upcoming Pop-Up Office Hours are as follows: Tuesday December 5th at Bridgehead (440 Richmond Rd) from 6 pm to 9 pm. To provide an update on the infill situation, I got a response from City Staff to my inquiry about the number of variances sought in the five urban wards in the last five years, and the numbers paint a picture of the challenges our ward has been facing. I had a good meeting with the City, Great Ottawa Homebuilder’s Association, Federation of Citizens Associations, and Synapcity with representation from Yasir Naqvi’s office. It was generally agreed that a few bad apples- or builders- are spoiling the bunch, and giving both the industry and government a bad name. Although the ombudsperson concept I originally proposed will not come to fruition, we have come up with a number of measures to work on that would give our communities more leverage when dealing with new developments.

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By Cst Dawn Neilly Today’s subject is “fraud” a form of stealing that requires your permission. This is not a case of someone breaking into your house while you’re away to steal a few valuables. Fraud needs you to be complicit with the scammer who is looking for any number of rewards: your money, ID, banking information, property, gift cards and more. Being a willing participant in the scammer’s transaction can leave you not only poorer but also humiliated, for having been so easily duped. Fraud is nasty. Anyone who owns a house, has a bank account, pays taxes, does transactions on line, owns a phone or is simply looking for a friend, is susceptible to a clever, fast-talking scammer. A favorite target group is seniors, who are often seen as financially well off and gullible, but a “good” scam can make a fool of anybody. When it was a paper-only world, fraud opportunities were more limited, but with the advent of computers and the internet, fraudsters can come at you from many more angles. This means you have to be more vigilant than ever. You might find that your “free gift” comes with a price tag.

By Sharron Hanna On Sunday, December 10 , St Martin’s Anglican Church at 2120 Prince Charles Road will host a very wonderful choir for a very wonderful cause: St Martin’s Adopt-a-Room fund raising campaign in support of the latest Cornerstone Housing for Women initiative. That initiative is currently under development here in McKellar Park. It will see the former home of the Sisters of Jeanne D’Arc Institute at 373 Princeton Avenue converted into 42 bachelor-sized rental units for women unable to afford current market rents and at risk of being left homeless. St Martin’s goal is to raise $6,500 to furnish one of those 42 units. The Sisters of Jeanne d’Arc entrusted Cornerstone with the residence they had used as their “Mother House” for many years to continue their legacy of helping women in need. The women who move into this new housing community will be transitioning out of crisis, into a transformative space that can help turn lives around. Addressing the needs of vulnerable women at risk of homelessness

Many scams are designed to bilk you of some cash one time only, for example, “I can pave your driveway right now because I happen to be in the neighbourhood.” That’s bad enough. But the scams that appear to come from reputable organizations, like your bank or the Canada Revenue Agency, are meant to clean you out entirely by getting access to information that will allow the scammer control of your accounts and your identity. If you have not initiated an action, but receive an email from your bank or the CRA asking for personal information, such as your date of birth, account numbers or passwords, then assume you are being scammed and do not respond. If you think you’ve been the victim of fraud, you can make a report at 613-236-1222 (follow the prompts) or go to online reporting at ottawapolice. ca. If it’s a fraud in progress, call 911. Want to know more about fraud? Check out these agencies: the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, the Competition Bureau and the Better Business Bureau. Remember: keep your private information private!

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holds firm appeal for the fifty-five members of the Voices In Harmony Choir. That is why the Choir will be front and centre at this December 10 concert which gets underway at 2:00 p.m. As part of Ottawa’s vocal scene the Choir has been lending its magnificent voices to assist worthy causes for the past forty years. Their upcoming concert at St Martin’s will feature a repertoire of seasonal music including lesser-known hymn renditions and a sing along of timeless favourites. St Martin’s Adopt-a-Room fund raising campaign co-ordinator, Margaret Bloodworth, reports that funding support has been growing steadily since the campaign’s launch last May. Margaret and her core of volunteers are hopeful that the Voices In Harmony Concert will successfully cap their fund raising efforts. Concert admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets will be available at the door but given this Choir’s popularity, advance purchase is recommended and can be arranged by emailing ereicker1@gmail.com.

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By Anna Borris On Saturday morning the ringing phone made me fly out of bed from a sound sleep. “I was just thinking that it might be fun to go bowling,” my friend Judy said, “What do you think?” “Sure. I have to wake up and do a few chores, then I’ll meet you on Wellington in front of the bowling alley.” Soon, I was hurrying along Wellington, hands in my pockets, eyes watering from the chill wind. Dark clouds filled the sky and it looked as though it could snow any minute. Judy, with another school friend, Dave, was already at the West Park Bowling Alley when I arrived. They had already reserved us a lane. My first attempt at bowling, years before, had started with a strike, so I had thought this was the easiest game in the world. Only later I found out that my success was a total fluke and that strikes were few and far between. I had little skill, but it was always fun, and Judy was a fair bowler. We were no match for Dave

though, who was good at most sports and very competitive. When we were through, Dave thought it was time for a coke with french fries and gravy. As he started over to the snack bar, Judy stopped him. “Let’s get out of here.” she said, “How about going across the street to see Fred and Eva?” We all thought that was a great idea since the Aroma restaurant, just the other side of Holland, was one of our favourite hangouts. The steamy little restaurant was noisy and crowded with kids from Champlain and Fisher Park High School. We slid into the last booth. Grey-haired Eva, our favourite waitress came to take our order with her habitual scowl. “If I had known you three were coming I would have taken the day off,” was her typical greeting. Burly, jovial Fred, the Aroma’s cook poked his head out of the kitchen and rolled his eyes at us. “Don’t antagonize her, she’s in a mood” he yelled over the din. “We need some music,” I said as we waited for our food. Judy dropped a quarter into the tableside jukebox. “Here’s the perfect

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song for today” she said as Simon and Garfunkel’s “A Hazy Shade of Winter” filled the room, followed by “Paperback Writer and my favourite “96 Tears”. Soon our fries arrived, smothered in salty, rich gravy and were quickly polished off. “I’ve got to work on an essay for English. What are you two doing tonight?” I asked as we piled out the door into the gloomy dusk. “Toronto’s playing Montreal so I’ll be watching hockey” Dave said. “I’ve got a bet on with my dad. He’s going for Toronto but Jean Beliveau and Henri Richard can beat them any day.” “I’m babysitting” Judy said. “I need some Christmas money.” “See you tomorrow then, maybe.” Dave called out as we went our separate ways. With my chin tucked into my collar I hurried along Wellington Street in the gathering darkness. Tiny flakes of snow began to fall and suddenly I felt the festive season and Christmas vacation approaching. That would give us all something to anticipate as the nights grew longer.


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NOVEMBER 24 – FRIDAY NIGHT OF WORSHIP AND MINISTRY Join us as we gather at St Mary’s Church (100 Young St.) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the Night of Worship and Ministry. The speaker will be Fr. Francis Donnelly, Companions of the Cross. The theme will be “Acknowledge Him in All Ways.” A reception will follow (in the lower hall). NOVEMBER 24 - ARTS NIGHT The next Arts Night at First Unitarian Church (30 Cleary Ave.) is taking place at 7:30 p.m on November 24. Everyone is invited to come and see Shelina Merani, comedian; Nagwaeen Atef, painter; and Liliane Lalonde & Joanne Parenteau, pianists. Admission is $5. For information call 613-7251066. NOVEMBER 25 – BOB SEGER TRIBUTE SHOW Against the Wind’s Bob Seger tribute show is coming to the Westboro Legion, 389 Richmond Rd. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at the branch’s upstairs bar or at the door starting at 7 p.m. Information: rcl480.com. NOVEMBER 25 - FALL CONCERT The Parkdale United Church Orchestra and Music Director Angus Armstrong are pleased to present our opening Fall concert on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm entitled, “European Soundscape.” This concert features Ottawa Symphony’s Principal Clarinet Shauna McDonald. Held at Parkdale United Church, 429 Parkdale Ave at Gladstone. Tickets at the door: $15 Adults/$10 Students/Seniors. Free for ages 12 & under. For more info, please visit our website at parkdaleorchestra.ca. NOVEMBER 25 & 26 - HOLIDAY SHOWSTOPPERS SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA Fun and local! Stop by QWest at 88 Richmond Rd. for holiday shopping, sweets, eats, bikes, and bling. Crafts for kids, holiday trees and wreaths, and photo opp with Elsa from Frozen. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 25 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday November 26. $2 admission at the door goes to the Westboro Region Food Bank. For more information see page 11.

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NOVEMBER 25 - TEEN BOARD GAME CLUB Drop into the Teen Zone at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library at 2 p.m. to unplug and play group and board games. Some games include: Chess, Uno, Apples to Apples, Twister and more! No registration required. NOVEMBER 27 - A PRIVATE SAFARI IN TANZANIA AND RWANDA Safaris, safaris, safaris! Where is the best place to see the most abundant and the largest variety of wildlife: Tanzania. The Serengeti Plain, located in north-central Tanzania, is world renowned as an ideal location for wildlife and nature photography. Much of the beauty is attributed to its sweeping vistas and dramatic natural features that extend over 60,000 square kilometers. Join Carole Gobeil as she shares her travels to Tanzania and Rwanda!

Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday November 27 at 7 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. NOVEMBER 29 – WESTBORO BEACH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION AGM AND COMMUNITY MEETING Westboro Beach AGM and community meeting will be taking place at 6:45 p.m. at the Field House at 29 Van Lang followed by the AGM at 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. A Community Meeting: Developing a Vision for the NCC Land, East of Westboro Beach to the Champlain Bridge. NCC Staff will be present and everyone welcome. What would you like the area to become? What don’t you want the area to become? More information at westborobeach.ca. NOVEMBER 30 - KNIGHT AT NEPEAN Knight at Nepean is Nepean High School’s annual fundraiser for programs and clubs that directly benefit students. Everyone is invited! Tickets are available online at knightatnepean.com. The event will include an Italian-themed dinner (including vegetarian and gluten-free options), a silent auction and a cash bar. For more information, to volunteer, or to donate a silent auction item contact knightatnepean2017@gmail.com. DECEMBER 2 - ST MARTIN’S CHRISTMAS BAKESHOP & BAUBLES BONANZA Featuring home-baked yuletide yummies, Christmas cakes by St Martin’s very own Rector, unique gifts, fashion accessories, seasonal décor items, silent auction treasures, jewellry, knit goods and crafts bistro lunch. Saturday, December 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 2120 Prince Charles Rd. at Lockhart. For information go to stmartinsottawa.ca. DECEMBER 2 - MERRY CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW The Merry Christmas Craft Show will be at the Parkdale United Church on Saturday December 2 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. We’ll have over 50 vendors, a full service snack shack serving up some yummy delights, live music throughout the day, and a visit from Santa himself. Free admission. DECEMBER 2 - THE FISHER PARK CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE The Fisher Park Christmas Craft Sale, a West Wellington holiday tradition, featuring over 100 vendors. Free parking and admission. Saturday Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fisher Park Public School (250 Holland Ave.) Non-perishable donations for the Parkdale Food Bank are most welcome. DECEMBER 2 & 9 – TEEN BOARD GAME CLUB Drop into the Teen Zone at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library at 2 p.m. to unplug and play group and board games. Some games include: Chess, Uno, Apples to Apples, Twister and more! No registration required. DECEMBER 6 - WHAT IS EXPEDITION CRUISING? Cruising is a popular way of traveling today. There are many types and sizes of ships navigating the globe. Carole Gobeil has a yearning for smaller and more intimate ships. She enjoys the opportunity of meeting people around the world who favor travel-

ing on these expedition ships. Getting closer to nature, wildlife, and the locals are all part of what we call expedition cruising. Come and find out more! Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday, December 6 at 7 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/event/what-expedition-cruising-0 DECEMBER 15 - DROP-IN FOLK SONG CIRCLE Stop by the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.) on Friday December 15 for the Drop-in Folk Song Circle. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All ages and levels of experience welcome. Cost: $2.75. For more information, please call 613-798-8927. DECEMBER 19 – HOLIDAY DIY Teens! Save some cash this holiday season. Join us at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library for an evening of DIY fun and create an assortment of ornaments made with recycling materials from the Body Shop. Perfect gifts to give away during the holidays. Mocktails will be served. Registration is optional. For more information, go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. DECEMBER 20 - AFTERNOON TEA & DANCE Stop by the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.) on December 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for ballroom, line and latin dance in a social setting on a large, wood spring floor. No partner required. Cost: $3.50. For more information, please call 613798-8927. JANUARY 20 - FAMILY DANCE WITH LIVE MUSIC Come dance with your young family, grandkids or kids you know at a super fun community dance in the heart of Westboro! Fantastic live traditional music (think fiddles). No experience necessary as all dances are taught and very family-friendly. 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. with optional potluck after! For more details go to ottawacontra.ca/familydance. Can’t make it to the January dance? Mark these dates in your calendar: March 17 2018, April 21, 2018.

can learn to hone their leadership skills and become more confident in speaking. YOUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS For up-to-date news on your neighbourhood, stay in touch with your community association. Information about events, traffic changes, development, neighbourhood clubs, volunteer opportunities and board meetings is available from the following Community Association websites. Champlain Park Community Association champlainpark.org Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association Chnaottawa.ca Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre friendsofchurchill.com Hintonburg Community Association hintonburg.com Hampton-Iona Community Group hamptoniona.wordpress.com Island Park Community Association islandpark.wordpress.com McKellar Park Community Association mckellarparkcommunity.wordpress.com Mechanicsville Community Association facebook.com/MechanicsvilleCA Wellington Village Community Association wvca.ca Westboro Beach Community Association www.westborobeach.ca Westboro Community Association Lovewestboro.wordpress.com

WESTBORO LEGION’S BINGO AND LEAGUES Bingo every Wednesday night at the Westboro Legion. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for Café 480 and games begin at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Join us with your friends, or come and meet new friends. Funds raised are donated back to community organizations. We also have bid euchre, darts, pool and sandbag leagues on a weekly basis. For more information visit rcl480.com or call 613-7252778. WESTBORO LEGION’S SATURDAY POOL Free Pool from noon to closing upstairs at the Westboro Legion. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit rcl480.com or call 613-725-2778. TOASTMASTERS Above & Beyond Toastmasters meet through the summer months as well as all year on Monday nights (Except Holiday Mondays) at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Civic Hospital on the Main Floor in the Bickell Room. It is a friendly atmosphere where one

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