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Before their first full season last winter, the organizers of the Sir John A. MacDonald (SJAM) Winter Trail envisioned the trail becoming a regular community fixture where Ottawans could enjoy many types of winter sports. With a new season soon to begin, head groomer Dave Adams says the trail is quickly carving its own
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alking into Trending Nails feels like a visit to any nail salon: welcoming staff greet you at the door, cozy chairs line the wall, and warm water bubbles away in the foot spa. The one big difference at Trending Nails is the smell – there are no strong chemical fumes that are common in salons that do acrylic nails. Artificially enhanced nails have been popular for decades, often among young women desiring the perfect look for weddings or other special events. All of the products that build nail extensions are glued on using a gel-based solution, which is very sticky and claws itself into the nail bed. This ensures a long-lasting product, but can cause inflammation or even permanent damage to the nails when removed.
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two divisions: a daytime brigade composed of village merchants and a night brigade of working men who resided in Hintonburg. A hose reel was purchased, and a house for its storage was built by the village council on Wellington Street near the corner of Fairmont. The keys to this house were kept in three locations: at James Byers’ tavern, at Village Clerk Mason’s house, and on the key ring of Police Constable Morgan. James Byers was also Chief of the Brigade, and James A. Forward was Captain. The brigade purchased rubber coats, boots, pails, lanterns, and ladders. The hose reel was placed on runners, to be pulled by Byers’ horses when a call arrived. The brigade held practices in mid-February and drafted bylaws in March. Then, in late April, the great Hull-Ottawa fire struck. Hintonburg was largely unaffected but it further underlined the need for fire protection in the village. Hydrants were installed throughout 1900 and waterworks were extended by Hintonburg as far west as Ross Avenue over the winter of 1900-01. In its first year, the brigade battled 12 fires. When a fire was discovered, those first on the scene started a bucket brigade, and a messenger was sent out to alert members who would bring the hose reel to the fire. In August 1901, tenders called for construction of a new fire hall on Continued on page 7
It’s hard to believe, but Kitchissippi is one of the few wards in Ottawa without a fire station. It hasn’t always been that way, however. Local fire fighting has a history as old as the neighbourhoods themselves. Over time, Kitchissippi has been well served by local fire companies that grew from volunteer bucket brigades to small stations with a horse and a hose, to full-sized fire halls with increasingly modern equipment. The closure of the Parkdale and Churchill Avenue stations in November 1985 sadly signaled the end of the community fire stations in Hintonburg and Westboro. Until the early 1900s, citizens were ill-equipped to put out a fire if it burned out of control. Buildings were mostly wood-frame shacks and in some areas – like Mechanicsville – were built very close together. Under these conditions, a fire quickly became destructive and deadly. At the very least, bucket brigades using water from local wells, creeks, or the Ottawa River may have prevented fire from spreading, if they were lucky. Essentially, west-enders were on their own. (As a result, it was almost impossible to obtain house insurance.) After Hintonburg constructed an expensive, elaborate waterworks system in 1899, the next step was to establish a fire-fighting strategy. A fire brigade was organized in January 1900, with 40 volunteers split into
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Community members honoured at special ceremony Canada 150 awards recognize youth leadership, youth employers, community leaders
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As Canada 150 winds to a close, MPs across the country are putting a pin in the occasion by recognising those who stand out in their constituencies. Each MP was given 30 pins, crafted from Parliament Hill roof copper, to award to members of the communities they represent. Catherine McKenna, the MP for Ottawa Centre, asked for nominations in three categories: youth leadership, youth employment, and community leadership. She had no trouble finding nominees. All gathered on Queen Street for the award ceremony on November 22. The positivity was palpable. Attendees included several Kitchissippi residents and organizations. One community member, Bettina Vollmerhausen of the Ottawa Tool Library, expressed joy at being nominated. It’s been three years since she and a small team launched the library, which allows handy people to borrow tools for their projects and offers workspaces and guidance. The project has had enormous response from the community, but for Bettina, the nomination still came as a wonderful shock. “I cried actually. I did – I started crying,” says Bettina. “I was so touched that someone actually thought I was doing something important that would be worthy of recognition.” This past summer, Bettina was able to get her Canadian citizenship after Germany relaxed its own rules. Her father came to Canada to see her receive it, but passed away before he could. So when she accepted her citizenship from Catherine McKenna on July 1, it was a bittersweet moment. Not so as she received her Canada 150 pin from the very same Catherine McKenna. “She just said to me, ‘I’m so glad we’re meeting on happier terms.’” The final list of honourees included organizations like the Boys and Girls Club and Dovercourt Recreation Association, and people like Catherine Barette, whose commitment to Hintonburg manifests in her calls to other seniors living alone and her delivery of her church’s food donations to the Parkdale Food Centre. She speaks fondly about the neighbourhood she’s called home her whole life. “It’s like living in a little town,” says Catherine. “It’s changed, but it’s still good.” The wide range of people being honoured is something Catherine McKenna was hoping to cultivate. In
her words, this isn’t just “the usual suspects.” Rather, Catherine wanted to focus on what makes Ottawa Centre unique and exciting, and a big
MP Catherine McKenna (left) with Bettina Vollmerhausen, founder of the Ottawa Tool Library. OTL started three years ago and has become a valuable resource for all makers and doers. OTL is now hoping to expand. “Initially we thought it would be in my garage, something small,” says Bettina.
part of that for her was the youth. “When I was knocking on doors in my campaign, I met a lot of young people who were unemployed or underemployed,” she says. “It inspired me, not just to help them, but also to highlight all the amazing things they’re doing.” One such youth doing amazing things is Elizabeth Lennox, a Kitchissippi resident honoured for her sponsorship of a Syrian family. She jumped at the opportunity to do so when it came up through her work, and has since become close with the family. She has worked with the family for almost a year, helping them with their English and with their adjustment to life in Canada. “They’ve been able to pick up and leave everything behind,” she says. “I hope to continue seeing them and being friends with them as they grow up as Canadians.” It was a night that was best summarized by one oft-repeated word in the MPs introductions: awesome. In interviews afterward, Catherine stood by the word choice. “I know I overuse the word awesome, but Ottawa Centre is awesome.” For a full list of Canada 150 pin recipients go to cmckenna.liberal.ca.
Early Days of firefighting in Kitchissippi Continued from page 5 Fairmont Avenue. Designed by E.L. Horwood, it was built by Villeneuve Bros. of Hintonburg at a cost of $2,025. Poles were installed throughout Hintonburg and into Nepean for the fire alarm system, which was powered by batteries. Herbert Moodie was hired as battery inspector for $5 monthly.
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The new station opened for service on December 5, 1901. When Hintonburg joined Ottawa in 1907, it became Ottawa Station 11, a number which stuck for the next 78 years. It remained in operation until 1924, when it was deemed too dilapidated. It was renovated and repurposed as a police station, and later, a funeral parlor. Amazingly, this building still stands today at 7 Fairmont as Forbes Beauty Co., though most of the features of the fire department are long gone. The new station on Parkdale Avenue, designed by architect Millson, Burgess, and Hazelgrove, opened on July 28, 1924, under the charge of Captain Stephen Starr. Meanwhile, in Westboro, a brigade of 25 volunteers was finally organized at a meeting in Nepean Town Hall on September 3, 1913. Paddy Mears was elected as the first Chief. Westboro Village council provided the first apparatus, a water tank, and wagon, and the brigade used a portion of the town hall shed as their headquarters. Leander Henderson rigged up a primitive alarm in the form of a large circular saw that was mounted on top of the shed, which could be activated by a rope. When the alarm sounded, volunteers rushed to the shed. The first to hitch his team of horses to the wagon received five dollars. A year later, the village purchased a hand-drawn chemical engine, which was later replaced by a Ford truck. In 1916, the bell and belfry to summon the fire fighters were added to Nepean town hall at the request of the brigade. Village council approved the fee of $175 be paid to W.J. Hamilton to construct the tower and install the bell, which later became Nepean’s iconic logo. The brigade later rented a large rus-
tic building on the east side of Churchill, just north of Richmond, which became the first “station.” Soon the Westboro brigade was fighting fires throughout Nepean Township, and marshals were appointed to conduct building inspections. In 1923, Chief W.G.H. Cummings became the first to be paid a salary. By then, Westboro had three trucks and a horse-drawn vehicle for winter use. The brigade received about 100 calls a year, which doubled by the mid-1930s. Water service and hydrants were installed in Westboro during the depression, partially to provide work to residents. The new Churchill Avenue fire hall, built behind the town hall along Madison Avenue, opened August 30, 1939. Designed by William Abra, it was built very economically by F. E. Cummings for a mere $9,000 using local materials, with many of the volunteer firemen contributing labour. It had space for three trucks, plus an office, locker room, recreation room, and basement workshop. The new station and waterworks led to a boom in industry coming to Westboro. By the mid-1940s, Nepean began to pay their firemen, and once Nepean joined the City of Ottawa in 1950, there were few volunteers remaining. Adding to the community feel, the station was largely staffed by Westboro residents. In 1982, Ottawa conducted a fire station relocation project, designating seven of them surplus, while planning construction of eight new stations at more strategic locations, at a cost of $14M. Both Kitchissippi fire halls were deemed to be in poor condition, and Parkdale was criticized for slow response times due to the Queensway ramps. Both closed in November 1985. The Churchill fire hall was used briefly as extra space for the seniors’ recreation group Churchill Club until demolished in the early ‘90s. A massive $15M 120,000 square foot commercial-residential development partnership between All Saints and the City (including a 12-storey observation tower) failed. The old town hall was later expanded to a smaller degree. The former fire hall location remains a parking lot. Parkdale fire hall was used as office space by the Grace Hospital, Salvation Army Snowsuit Fund, Bridgehead, and the Parkdale Food Centre, before a major renovation in 2004-2005. As one of the last pre-1930 stations remaining in Ottawa, the hall received heritage designation in 1996. It continues today as Urban Element, but more importantly, as a local landmark that connects the neighbourhood back nearly 100 years to the early days of fire fighting in Kitchissippi. Dave Allston is a local historian and the author of The Kitchissippi Museum. Do you have memories of the fire brigade? We’d love to hear them! Send your email to stories@ kitchissippi.com.
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quality and local foods. Suppliers include Waratah Downs Organic Farm in Iroquois, Breads By Us, and True Loaf. The Piggy Market, also on Winston Street, is providing sausagesto-order. Beyond the Southern Italian-with-aCanadian-twist menu, Cucina Barone will celebrate other food traditions. Sharon Green, the Food Operations Manager, is Jewish, explains Anna. “I put it to her: I want the best latkes ever!” To Julie Theberge, Front House Manager, she said “let’s get the best tourtiere!” Anna is used to coaching people to bring out their best. Always athletic, she’s been a strength coach since the age of 16 and had a professional career in Mixed Martial Arts. She continues coaching now, as owner of Victory Strength and Boxing on Picton Avenue. In its former location at City Centre it was Victory Performance Centre, which included a café. Now the two businesses are in different locations but Cucina Barone will provide the food for Victory’s Food Plan for its clients – a 20-day plan of three meals, a snack and dessert, designed to help clients eat healthily and discover the foods that suit them best. Not only does Anna promote eating locally – she’s also an example of really living locally. Cucina Barone is just a couple blocks east of her Richmond Road home, and a couple blocks further east she’s at Victory. Anna says she loves being in Westboro -- being part of the community, connecting with people, and feeding them. “You bring somebody to your table to eat and it’s the best thing. It really is.” For more information, go to cucinabarone.ca.
Crowdfunding campaign for the SJAM Winter Trail Continued from page 3 the fundraiser for this year’s trail, aimed at a $20,000 target to support the costs of grooming and maintenance. As of writing, they’ve already surpassed a third of their goal. Dave says that this trail will have a number of small tweaks and improvements over last year’s. Most notably, the fieldhouse at Champlain Park will now be integrated into the route. During times that the Champlain Park outdoor ice rink is open, visitors to the trail will be able to use the fieldhouse as a warm indoor space to rest up or change into their gear. Extending the trail to Champlain Park represents not only a jump from NCC land to city-owned land, it also means closing off a portion of Pontiac street on the Park’s north end. The whole trail is already a collaboration between the Dovercourt Recreation Association and the NCC. The Champlain Park initiative required even more bureaucratic cross-government cooperation. As such, Dave is quite vocal in praising both the NCC and Kitchissippi Ward Councillor, Jeff Leiper, who assisted with the project. “You can just imagine what kind of work would be involved
to actually convince the powersthat-be to shut down a road to make more green space. That’s just not a trivial thing,” Dave says. “It’s an example of how different bureaucracies can successfully work together and get stuff done.” Dave and his team of groom-
“Just like in its debut season, the forthcoming SJAM Winter Trail will stretch from Westboro Beach to the Canadian War Museum.” ers will also be adding more tracks on the trail for those using the “classic-style” skiing technique. He says that according to last year’s post-season survey, more skiers preferred that style, in which the skis are parallel to one another, to “ski-skating,” in which the skis are at an angle. Dave says he was also surprised by how many survey
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The Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC) is turning up the volume on the city’s music scene and implores residents to reclaim the word ‘local’ as a musical badge of honour with a campaign that kicked off on November 25 at The Record Center. “The Love Local Music campaign is about increasing awareness of the great talent we have who live and work in Ottawa,” explains OMIC General Manager Nik Ives-Allison. As part of the initiative, six diverse playlists featuring Ottawa artists are streaming now on lovelocalmusic.ca via Spotify. A podcast covering local music news will launch in January. Nik will co-host the show with Joel Elliott of Jumpin’ Joel Flash. The City’s 2018 draft budget includes $100,000 for the implementation of The Ottawa Music Strategy, a project which has been taking shape since the summer of 2017. The City expects the strategy to launch in January 2018. A key areas for improvement includes industry and professional development, Nik says. “We’re a smaller music industry and being able to bring us closer so that we can improve the way we’re collaborating and communicating across the divide with the industry in Gatineau, increase awareness and promote tourism, getting local artists performing outside the city and professional development for artists so they better understand the business side [are components of the strategy.]” Kitchissippi Ward City Councillor, Jeff Leiper, spoke at the campaign kickoff. As a music fan and champion of the local industry, Jeff sits on the music strategy’s task force. Citing Ottawa’s recent attempt to woo Amazon to the city, he says a thriving arts scene is essential to attracting industry giants to the capital. “The kinds of workers that we want to attract to Ottawa are seeking to live in places that have really vibrant cultural landscapes. If you’re a 25-yearold… who is coming out of Waterloo or Stanford… you can work anywhere in the world… they want to live in a cool city. My hope with the music strategy is to bolster some of those elements.” Ottawa needs a mid-sized concert venue and a professional ecosystem of lawyers, accountants and other entertainment-specific professionals to realize our music scene’s potential, Jeff adds. Powergoats band member, Jamie Douglas, attended the launch and applauds the city for increasing funding to the arts in the draft budget, with total annual cultural funding projected at $11.3 million
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Shirley Shorter, 1921 - 2017 Historian, Activist, Citizen By Dave Allston 2017 was a year of celebration and ceremony, with many important anniversaries of historical significance. However, 2017 also will hold importance for the loss of one of Westboro’s most dedicated residents, whose contributions to the community live on today. Shirley Shorter passed away May 4th at the age of 96. Shirley was an early advocate for history and heritage recognition in an era when it was almost unheard of. She was years ahead of her time in recognizing the value of protecting the character of a neighbourhood, but also the elements of a community which made it so much better. She was instrumental in the establishment of Newswest, and for many years gave so much not only to the development of the newspaper, but to Westboro itself. Born in Ottawa in 1921 as Shirley Geldert, she clearly was never destined to live a quiet, unassuming life. Shirley was involved in acting as a young child, and later became one of Ottawa’s top badminton and tennis players as a teenager, while attending Elmwood School. Her father, Dr. George McKinley Geldert, an anesthetist at the Civic Hospital, in 1924, converted the dining room of their home at 282 Somerset Street West into a studio for Canada’s first private radio station CKCO (later renamed CKOY, now better known as CIWW, aka 1310 News). A transmitter was located inside the living room, and each night, furniture would be moved, radio equipment set up, and broadcasting would begin. Shirley’s family home became a venue for musicians, celebrities, political debates and important newscasts. Mackenzie King made the first Prime Minster broadcast steps from her childhood bedroom. Shirley attended Havergal College, the Original
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and then the University of Toronto, where she continued winning championships on the court, while also achieving her B.A. in 1943. She married her husband Gord, then a Lieutenant with the Royal Canadian Navy, in September of 1944. The couple had three children, Sandy, Gord and Bill. While raising her family, Shirley continued to play tennis out of the Rideau Tennis Club, and later became an avid curler out of the Granite Curling Club. She also began a new hobby, antique bottle collecting (milks, sodas, beers,
medicines, etc.); a passion she would continue for the remainder of her life. Her collection would eventually become the pinnacle of the Ottawa area. By the early 1970s, Shirley also turned her attention to community affairs, and became actively involved in the Westboro neighbourhood. She contributed to the Village Voice, then Westboro’s community newspaper which ceased publishing around 1976. In 1978, Shirley was part of a group of residents who initiated the return of a Continued on page 19
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28 Years of Song Ottawa Carleton Choristers By Riaz Mohammed
The Ottawa Carleton Choristers is a diverse 65- voice, 4-part choir affiliated with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. We began singing in 1989 and have been joyfully singing together now for almost 30 years. For all that time we have sung under the direction of Laurie Hamilton, formerly Head of Music at Canterbury High School who also now directs choirs at Carleton University and we are accompanied by Maureen Hutchinson. Singers in our choir are almost all active and retired employees of the OCDSB, but we welcome all musical friends. We rehearse every Thursday during the school year from 4:30 to 6:00 in the Board Office at 133 Greenbank Road. We share the love of singing and the wonderful camaraderie of friends and colleagues. We sing a wide range of music, almost always in English, but sometimes we find ourselves taking on the challenge of a variety of languages. Regardless of the language the music is always beautiful and joyous. The choir performs two major concerts each year, usually in December and June and performs at a number of retirement homes and special events throughout the year.
The Ottawa Carleton Choristers’ next concert, ‘A Christmas Journey’ will take place on December 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm at Woodroffe United Church. This year, we are honoured to have Laurence Wall of CBC as our host. Admission is by goodwill donation. We welcome you to join us then, and to visit us at our first rehearsal in January to give us a try. For more information about joining the choir, please contact ottawa.occ. email@example.com. Sight reading is not essential, but some musical knowledge or choral experience is helpful.
The Ottawa Carleton Choristers perform two major concerts, as well as performing at special events and retirement homes throughout the year. Photo courtesy of The OC Choristers
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When Alessandro and I opened Stella Luna, we dreamt of creating a space where everyone belonged. Where children could enjoy a freshly handcrafted gelato with their grandparents, alongside friends who were mingling over a glass of wine. Where couples could stare dreamily into each other's eyes in the company of folks who’d been married for decades, enjoying a hearty plate of artisanal cheeses. We dreamt of creating The Village Piazza, where everyone could gather to enjoy the simple pleasures of life! Whatever your celebration at this time of year, we wish you peace,
Community Newspaper Holds AGM
Newswest’s 40th Annual General Meeting, on November 28, was marked by the election to the Board of Directors of the people who will guide Newswest into its fifth decade of continuous publication. The board sits “at arm’s length” from the editor. The editor works with each issue’s content. The board establishes the paper’s approach to the issues of the day, and its goals. Board members need to know, and be involved in their neighbourhoods and their community. The Newswest board of directors is composed entirely of volunteer members from the community, many of whom have served repeatedly, and in varied capacities, to ensure Newswest’s place as Ottawa’s oldest, continually published, community newspaper. Moreover, for most board members Newswest is only one part of their community involvement. These are the people who set up tables and chairs, and man the information booths at community fairs, festivals, protests, bonfires, and memorial services. They carry rakes and bags of garbage on neighbourhood clean-up days; they pass out bottled water and serve cake at the neighbourhood 5K Run. They find
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Newswest’s 2018 Board of Directors. From left: Gary Ludington, Tim Thibeault, editor, Kimberly Burke, Allyson Domanski, Pat O’Brien, Cheryl Parrott, Pat MacLeod and Wayne Rodney. (Incumbent board member and “Canada150” award winner, Paulette Dozois, was absent.) Photo by Andrea Tomkins
out who needs to be contacted to solve which particular civic problem, and they make that contact and have the problem confronted. Community volunteers are not only the ‘squeaky wheel gets the grease’ people. They are the quietly spinning wheels that work tirelessly in the background, making sure our neighbourhoods are safe, healthy and inviting, and that our kids have clean parks, neighbourly surround-
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Big decisions at City Council By Jeff Leiper Welcome to December, Kitchissippi! We hope all residents are staying warm as the winter sets in. We’ve had a busy time in the office with many big decisions coming to Council. Read on to find out what we’ve been up to. On November 18th, Planning Committee voted in favour of the Salvation Army men’s shelter relocation to 333 Montreal Road. The debate lasted 3 days with over 140 speakers in attendance - the majority to express their opposition. I dissented, along with Councillors Brockington and Nussbaum. There were four main reasons for my dissent: the shelter would over-intensify a lot that has a major impact on the surrounding residential neighbourhood; it defies our stated Official Plan principles of how we build traditional mainstreets; little attention was paid to how the development could contribute to the evolution of Vanier in a big-picture way; and approval would be a failure to take advantage of an opportunity to address housing and homelessness in more sustainable ways. On November 22nd after lengthy debate, the proposal was approved at City Council. You can read more about my thoughts on this topic and what might come next at kitchissippiward.ca. Further planning and development changes have occurred in relation to the Hard Rock Casino and 386 Richmond
“On Friday, November 24th, we held a ceremony to officially rename River Street to Onigam Street with the guidance of the Algonquins of Ontario.” Road. Councillors Nussbaum, McKenney, Deans, Chernushenko, Fleury and I wrote to the Hard Rock concerning their decision to bring an addition of more gaming tables to the Committee of Adjustment. The full letter can be found on Councillor Nussbaum’s Twitter, but in summation, we communicated our opinion that this issue was greater than a minor variance application and should be subjected to a re-zoning application – including the public comment period. The tables were approved,
but I feel this decision could colour future discussions about expansion. Our office and affected community associations have received a heads-up on an upcoming site plan application for a proposed 6-storey, mixed-used development at 386 Richmond. The proposal outlines at-grade commercial, second floor office use, and 16 dwelling units. No parking is proposed. Some good news: it appears that this development will be going in without seeking any variances or re-zoning. A refreshing change! Even more good news: on Friday, November 24th, we held a ceremony to officially rename River Street to Onigam Street with the guidance of the Algonquins of Ontario. Onigam is Algonqiun for “portage,” and the name honours and celebrates the link between the Kichissippi and the Algonquin people. We are thrilled to have championed this change, which we feel is a constructive outcome of the City’s street renaming project. Now that winter is here we’re getting excited to host some community bonfires out in the Ward! The first one is at Roy Duncan Park on December 16th, where we will be lighting a tree and organizing a crafting event for kids. Three more bonfires will be happening throughout the season, so keep an eye on our calendar for more information. Stay cozy Kitchissippi!
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By Cst Dawn Neilly As a Community Police Officer, I find one issue keeps coming up over and over. That’s theft from vehicles. I’ve written about it before in these very pages, answered questions about it from individuals, and at community meetings, and tried to make as many people as possible aware of the problem and how to handle it. It’s today’s topic again, mainly because we’re heading into the Christmas season which means a lot of extra shopping going on in every community. If you have a lot of presents to buy
“ Take the little bit of extra time required to make sure the valuables in your vehicle are out of sight and the doors are locked.”
and time is short, the temptation to leave items in your vehicle while you dash about is almost irresistible. It’s so easy to say “I’ll just be gone a minute” and run off forgetting to lock the car. That’s the minute the would-be thief walks by, tries the door handle and gets lucky. Take the little bit of extra time required to make sure the valuables in your vehicle are out of sight and the doors are locked. Let the potential thief know this right away by placing an “All Valuables Removed” card in your window. You can get one from me or print your own (see Ottawa
Police web site). Christmas coming also means that what was in those vehicles will end up in houses and apartments – promoting an increase in break and enters. Keep your house secure. See us if you think there’s something more you could be doing (613-236-1222, ext. 5870, 5871). When you’re putting packaging out for recycling, turn the boxes inside out
so you’re not advertising what’s in the house. If you’re traveling, make sure your house continues to look lived in while you’re away: lights on timers, someone to shovel the driveway, mail picked up. Never assume that your house is not on a would-be thief’s radar. I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday and the very best in the New Year!
of early Westboro. Shirley also contributed the monthly “Neighbourly News” column, with updates and tidbits on the people, shops and sites of the west end. There was seemingly no one better connected during this era than Shirley Shorter. She established a group known as “Heritage Westboro” which worked with the city on the establishment of the original heritage register, and published a reprint of the 1927 “History of Westboro: The Town of
Possibilities” booklet. Most importantly was the protection of Westboro’s threatened historic structures, notably the preservation of the McKellarBingham House (then the headquarters of CKOY). It is thanks to the efforts of Shirley and others she helped coordinate that several area heritage buildings still stand today. Shirley gradually began to focus on different activities over the last 20 years of her life, but she still assisted many an author writing on local history. A trip
down memory lane with Shirley was a remarkable experience, and I am thankful that I had the opportunity on several occasions. Shirley was still passionate in her love of Westboro, and her memories still strong right to the end. With gracious thanks to her family, many of her files, notes, interviews and photos were recently passed along to me, and I will be proud to carry on her legacy as best I can. Rest in Peace, Mrs. Shirley Shorter, after a life well and thoroughly lived.
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much-needed community newspaper. The first issue of Newswest came out in November of 1978, featuring a full-page article written by Shirley on the history of Maplelawn. For more than ten years she would contribute regular heritage columns, profiling the personalities and places of historic Westboro. This was long before the internet or digitized newspapers; Shirley’s research was all done through interviews and personal recollections, capturing the true stories
Scott and Albert Streets reconfiguration after removal of reserved bus lanes (Smirle Avenue to City Centre Avenue) Open House and Online Consultation Open House Monday December 11, 2017 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tom Brown Arena - Hall 141 Bayview Road
Numerous OC Transpo bus routes along Transitway and O-Train Trillium Line – stop at Bayview Station Located along Cross-town Bikeway #2 and the Trillium Multi-use Pathway Free parking is available in format provide residents with the opportunity to review the designs and provide comments and direct questions to City staff. Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please call or email the contact below before the event.
Next Steps The functional design will be refined
Complete the feedback questionnaire or email your questions/comments by Monday December 18, 2017 to the project manager below. Paul Clarke, P.Eng. Project Manager Transportation Services Department City of Ottawa 110 Laurier Avenue West Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 29882 Email: Paul.Clarke2@ottawa.ca
Tell Us What You Think You have the opportunity to review the functional design and fill out the feedback questionnaire at the open house on December 11, 2017 or online at ottawa.ca/ScottStreet from December 8 to 18, 2017.
based on comments received from the public. The detailed design will be carried out in the winter of 2018. Implementation is expected to begin after the LRT’s Confederation Line is operating and the reserved bus lanes are removed.
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The City of Ottawa has initiated a functional design study for the modification of cycling facilities and eastbound travel lanes on Scott and Albert Streets between Smirle Avenue and City Centre Avenue. These changes are being considered after the removal of the temporary busway along this corridor, which will not be required after the Confederation Line of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) is fully in service. This study examines the section between Smirle Avenue (near Tunney’s Pasture Station) and City Centre Avenue (near Bayview Station). Functional design drawings of the proposed road and pathway arrangement will be available online and at the Open House. Both the online consultation and the open house drop-
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By the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee On December 25 from 11am to 3pm, the 17th Annual Christmas Day meal takes place at the Carleton Tavern, (223 Armstrong at Parkdale). We need your help to make this a day to remember for everyone. For an amazing 16 years the Carleton Tavern, has thrown open their doors to provide a free Christmas Day meal and companionship to those who are alone at Christmas. They have turned a very sad and lonely day for hundreds of people into a day of music, good food and fellowship with neighbours and friends. Last year about a 1000 meals were served either in the tavern, delivered to those who could not come, or taken out for someone who could not attend. At the end of the day the very small amount of food remaining was distributed to local rooming houses and the family shelter. It takes a village – 130 volunteers, 20 musicians, 30 businesses, several organizations and count-
“It takes a village – 130 volunteers, 20 musicians, 30 businesses, several organizations and countless individuals to make this day a memorable one.” less individuals to make this day a memorable one. Some of our volunteers began working at the Christmas dinner when they were children and have grown up making caring for others a personal and family tradition. We need the community’s help to provide this day to our neighbours. We need donations of turkey, pre-cooked boneless ham, tortiere and home-baked goodies. Frozen turkeys should be dropped off to the Carleton at least 14 days before Christmas to allow time to thaw and cook the amount we need. Baking can be dropped off December 23 to 25.
We also need gifts of new, unused items (especially for men): gloves, hats, scarves, personal care items. We appreciate gift cards: Giant Tiger, coffee cards, certificates for food (Hintonburger, Pizza Pizza, Subway), phone cards, and movie passes. We need gifts for women, children, youth and also for pets. We also really appreciate donations of gift bags – both gently used and new. For information contact Cheryl 613-728-7582 or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Nativity as it’s meant to be told By Sharron Hanna A real donkey and several of his animal pals will be front and centre in a live depiction of the Nativity story set to take place on the grounds of St Martin’s Anglican Church Sunday, December 17th between 2 and 4 pm at 2120 Prince Charles Road and facing onto Lockhart Avenue. With St Martins’ located in a neighbourhood brimming with young families, and a good cross section of residents at the grandparenting stage of life, it is the hope of
“There’ll be hot chocolate at hand to match the warmth of the nativity story being shared by the young people enrolled in St Martin’s Cross Training program.” event organizer, Fiona Hills, that folks throughout the neighbourhood will come and enjoy a rendition of the nativity story that invokes the true spirit of what Christmas is all about. Of course with proceedings being held out of
doors in typical Canadian weather – read tons of snow OR not – there’ll be hot chocolate at hand to match the warmth of the nativity story being shared by the young people enrolled in St Martin’s Cross Training program.
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Christmas in the 60’s
West End shopping on a budget By Anna Borris In the weeks leading up to Christmas highschool kids in the 60s were all preoccupied with studying for exams which left us no time for shopping. This, along with an always tight budget, created a last minute panic. We had to cram it all in on Saturday and cheaply, exactly a week before Christmas. The morning was frosty with a high wind. Karen and I set out early and it wasn’t long before our ears were red and our fingers freezing. We would never think of wearing any kind of uncool hat, toque or mitts. Some of the people from school walked around with their jackets unzipped in any kind of weather trying to look relaxed and not show how cold they actually felt. We stuffed our hands in our pockets.
“We loaded up with puzzles, tiny dolls, Silly Putty, colourful mitts and bubblegum hockey cards. In the candy section we found miniature boxes of chocolates, and hard candy with pictures of flowers and fruit in the centre.”
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Our first destination was Beamish’s on Wellington Street near Holland. There we could find a variety of candy and little toys for all the cousins who would land in at my house on Christmas day, and for Karen’s younger brother and sisters. We loaded up with puzzles, tiny dolls, Silly Putty, colourful mitts and bubblegum hockey cards. In the candy section we found miniature boxes of chocolates, and hard candy with pictures of flowers and fruit in the centre. Loaded down with two big bags each, we headed for Karen’s house to drop off our loot before continuing on. We still had presents to buy for our parents and some of our friends, so we decided to walk up to Westgate. Our first stop was Toy World. They had a good book selection, and I had decided to buy a book for each of my best friends, Karen and Judy. But one look at the price told me that books wouldn’t fit into my thin budget. They would have to settle for a couple of Betty and Veronica comics.
At Freiman’s we were distracted by the display of transistor radios in the record department. Shiny and modern, transistor radios would allow us to have music wherever we went. How modern and convenient. But Freiman’s was a little pricey for high-schoolers and we found no gifts we could afford. At Throops Drug Store, Karen bought a little box of colourful assorted soaps for her mom. By lunchtime we were both starving. We debated whether to stay at Throops’ lunch counter for one of their delicious cheeseburgers, or to catch the bus all the way to Carlingwood. “Simpsons Sears has a good cafeteria. Let’s go there,” Karen suggested, so we headed for the bus stop outside Freiman’s. Simpsons’ crowded secondfloor cafeteria had a tempting array of sandwiches, salads and desserts, and was filled with hungry shoppers and noisy children adding to the spirit of the season. “I can’t waste my Christmas shopping money on lunch. I think I’ll just have a hotdog,” I decided. Karen agreed. After lunch we wandered through the various departments of Simpsons looking for inspiration. A box containing three plaster of Paris chipmunk faces caught my attention. “Look, aren’t these cute?” I called to Karen. “I’m going to buy them for my mom to hang in the kitchen.” After all, who wouldn’t want the faces of three such famous singers as Simon, Theodore and Alvin, hanging in their kitchen? Finding something for my dad proved a little more difficult and Karen was having the same problem. “Let’s try Tamblyn’s”, she suggested. On our way through the store we passed shelves full of vitamins and tonics. “Hey look”, I said. “Ironized Yeast. My dad takes one of those every day.” “Why don’t you get him some for Christmas?” Karen asked. “Are you kidding, he’d kill me. Let’s find the after shave. That’s always safe.” “Here’s some Hai Karate,” I showed Karen. It was the latest new scent and widely advertised on TV and radio. “No, my Dad’s not the Hai Karate type.” So we both decided on Old Spice gift sets, knowing that while they were not the most original gifts, they would be put to good use. On our way out to the bus stop, we passed the Carlingwood Restaurant. In front of the cash register was a display of chocolate bars. Among them were little gold net sacks of foil-wrapped chocolate coins and we bought two each, to top up our shopping. We headed out into the swirling snow, elated with our success and feeling excitement starting to build as we looked toward the holidays just a week away.
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DECEMBER 9 - HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW The Holly Jolly Christmas Craft Show will be taking place on Saturday December 9 at St. George’s Church (415 Piccadilly Ave.). The show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We’ll have 50 vendors, a full service snack shack serving up some yummy delights, live music throughout the day, and a visit from Santa himself. Come and get some Christmas gifts off your list. Free admission. DECEMBER 9 - A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY Join The Ottawa Carleton Choristers, special musical guests, Jessica Bianconi and The Short Stuff, and MC Laurence Wall for “A Christmas Journey” concert on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Woodroffe United Church (207 Woodroffe Ave.) Admission is a goodwill offering. Dessert reception follows. DECEMBER 10 - FUNDRAISING CONCERT Christmas concert by Voices in Harmony on Sunday December 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Martin’s Anglican Church. Tickets at the door: Adults $15, students $10. Proceeds to St. Martin’s “Adopt-A-Room” Campaign for Cornerstone Housing for Women in Ottawa. 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 16 - DECK THE HALLS CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW The Deck the Halls Christmas Craft Show will be taking place on Saturday December 16 at St. George’s Church (415 Piccadilly Ave.). The show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We’ll have 50 vendors, a full-service snack shack serving up some yummy delights, live music throughout the day, and a visit from Santa himself. Come and get some Christmas gifts off your list. Free admission.
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DECEMBER 16 - STORYTELLING WITHOUT BORDERS: CONNECTING WITH COMICS Illustrator and Comics creator Nicole Burton
from Ad Astra Comix will be at the Carlingwood Branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Saturday December 16 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. highlighting social justice comics to empathize with people of the world. Are you ready to submit your illustrations but don’t know where to begin? There will be an opportunity to tap into your creative side. Participants will be encouraged to illustrate during the workshop. Illustrations will be discussed in a supportive small-group environment; group members will be encouraged to provide constructive feedback. Open to teens ages 14 and up, all materials will be provided. No formal art training is necessary, just bring an open mind and your creativity. Snacks will be provided. Registration is required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. DECEMBER 16 - BRUNCH AT THE LEGION The Westboro Legion is hosting a brunch event on Saturday December 16 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The menu will include scrambled eggs, pancakes and syrup, bacon, sausages, croissants, fresh fruit and choice of coffee/tea/juice for $10.00 including tax. Please join us. Bring a friend. Food will be provided by Ric’s @480. There will be a Legion presentation at noon. Ric’s @480 (Westboro’s alternative restaurant) will begin providing food service to Legion members and members of the public on a regular basis in the new year. The Westboro Legion is located at 389-391 Richmond Road in Ottawa. All are welcome. Please visit rcl480. com for additional information.
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 613-798-8927. 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. 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 613-725-2778. 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.
unteer 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 westborobeach.ca Westboro Community Association lovewestboro.wordpress.com
TOASTMASTERS Above and Beyond Toastmasters have openings for the great people of Ottawa to learn to perfect their communication skills and improve their Leadership skills. At the same time have fun doing it and making new friends. Meetings are on Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in the Bickell Room across from Tim Hortons. For more info contact the VP - Public Relations at email@example.com. 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, vol-
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