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Breast MRI is the most sophisticated testing to detect cancer and The Ottawa Hospital had been raising funds to purchase the equipment, which costs $250,000. This machine, dedicated to breast MRIs, will help test more women and catch cancers earlier than conventional tools. Rebecca and Mary Ellen launched a fundraising campaign by planting “Rebecca and Mary Ellen’s Tree of Hope” outside the Breast Health Centre at the Hospital’s General Campus. The campaign aimed to solicit donations to help the Breast Health Centre purchase the machine. Ottawa businesses and individuals contributed generously; one individual, Suzanne Halpenny, contributed $250,000. Thanks to Suzanne’s generosity, the original goal was surpassed and the sisters are now working on helping the Centre purchase a new GE Logic 9 ultrasound machine. Funding is also needed for ongoing research in best practices in breast cancer oncology. The research includes a project called REaCT (for Rethinking Clinical Trials), being conducted by a team of “amazing” Ottawa doctors, including Rebecca’s and Mary Ellen’s oncologist, Dr. Mark Clemons. Rebecca wants to draw attention to the stellar work of the Ottawa Breast Health Centre. The expanded centre, to be consolidated within the Ottawa Hospital’s General Campus, will address patients’ breast health needs in one location and with greater efficiency. It will improve capacity in diagnostic imaging, provide more consultation and examination rooms, accommodate the varied needs of patients and facilitate increased collaboration among physicians, nurses, oncologists, breast imaging technologists, and administrative staff. Both sisters completed their treatments in September and Rebecca is now focussed on her fundraising. The Ottawa Hospital and the Breast Health Centre has “inspiring” doctors, nurses, radiation oncologists and staff, she says, and all she wants to do now is give doctors the tools to do their job. We are lucky, she says, as The Ottawa Hospital is one of the best places for treatment in this part of the world. Access to sensitive tools helped her and her sister treat the disease, and she now wants to help the Breast Health Centre bring more life-saving technology to Ottawa. To that end, she is hoping that Kitchissippi residents will help support the ongoing Tree of Hope campaign. For more information, please visit treeofhopecampaign.com.
Kitchissippi resident Rebecca Hollingsworth describes herself as “lucky.” Diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2016, she learned that same week that her younger sister, Mary Ellen Hughson, also had the same disease. After being treated for breast cancer and watching her sister go through the same experience, Rebecca says they were fortunate to have had access to the diagnostic facilities of the Breast Health Centre, part of The Ottawa Hospital. She is now on a mission to encourage other Ottawa women with similar health challenges to support the Breast Health Centre’s expansion and purchase of sophisticated diagnostic machines. Her experience started with a routine breast self-exam in November 2016. She felt something amiss. Trusting her instincts, she called her doctor and got a mammogram the same week. A few more tests and a biopsy later, the diagnosis of breast cancer was confirmed. In the meantime, she convinced Mary Ellen to have a lump of her own checked out immediately. It turned out that she too faced the same disease—a statistical aberration that oncologists at the Breast Health Centre likened to the odds of being struck by lightning, twice. Rebecca and Mary Ellen underwent extensive testing at the Breast Health Centre where sophisticated technology caught tumours that other tests had missed. For instance, Rebecca’s presurgery MRI found five other tumours that hadn’t been visible on a mammogram or on an ultrasound. In Mary Ellen’s case, the mammogram came back negative, but an ultrasound revealed her cancer. Both sisters, like about half of all women, have dense breast tissue. Dense breast tissue increases the chance that cancers may go undetected in a routine mammogram. MRI scans, more sensitive than other diagnostic options, provided a fuller picture of the extent of the spread of the disease even in their dense breast tissue. Early detection through regular breast self exams, world-class diagnostic technologies, and expert surgeons and oncologists at the Breast Centre informed the sisters’ treatment plans and prognoses. In Rebecca’s experience, diagnoses, treatment plans and outcomes all depend significantly on the quality of the initial screening, so providing more access to MRI machines is critical. The sisters took on a challenge that the Breast Health Centre faced—the purchase of a new 3 Tesla MRI, part of the Centre’s plans for expansion.
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It’s obvious that Sheba Schmidt and Gabriella Hilkes of West End Kids have the kind of friendly owneremployee relationship that can only exist in a small business. While they sat in a Westboro café for an interview for this piece, Sheba, who owns the children’s clothing store with her husband Gordie, interrupts a thought to glance out the window. “You see that cute snow suit that just walked by? That was from us,” she says to Gabriella. Gabriella recognizes it and they share a laugh at the coincidence. Gabriella is a university student who has worked at West End Kids for more than two years, starting when she was in high school. She is receiving a pay raise due to the new $14 minimum wage that came into effect January 1. Sheba estimates having hired over a hundred such young employees throughout her two decades of business. While she says she is happy for the sake of employees like Gabriella, she admits that the
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The job market from a student perspective By Sophie O’Reilly
The job market is a tricky realm for high school students. Many young people today are only just beginning to enter the work world and are looking not only to earn money for their future, but also gain experience in a work environment. The fact that many high school students do not yet have prior work experience can make for difficult job hunting. However, there is part-time work available locally and many stores and restaurants in Kitchissippi employ young people. In the fall, Dovercourt Recreation Centre was recognized by MP Catherine McKenna as an outstanding youth employer in Ottawa Centre. Youth jobs at Dovercourt include lifeguarding and being a counsellor. Canadian Tire on Carling Avenue and Shoppers Drug Mart in Westboro are also
major youth employers in the area. According to Vanessa Ippolito, a grade twelve student at Nepean High School and employee at Coles in Carlingwood, her work experience has helped her change and grow in a positive way. For example, she says she has become a more patient person. “There are things that you learn in a work environment that you can’t learn anywhere else,” says Vanessa. Annika Walsh, a grade twelve student at Nepean High School and employee at Farm Boy in Westboro, says that working in the store kitchen has taught her important life skills. Learning how to communicate clearly is key. “As a Farm Boy chef we are still considered customer service representatives, so being able to communicate with a high degree of effectiveness is necessary. And
time management… that is probably the most important [skill].” Vanessa agrees. Time management is extremely important for young people who work part time. “Working as a student isn’t always easy. You have to balance work responsibilities and school responsibilities,” says Vanessa. “When you do learn how to juggle these responsibilities, you get better at prioritizing and planning out your time.” Students are often busy with schoolwork and extracurricular activities, but the pressure is on to get a job. The exciting prospect of a post-secondary education and life away from home – as well as the associated costs – await everyone. Sophie O’Reilly is a grade 12 student at Nepean High School.
Minimum wage Continued from page 5 increments or with more consultation. Gabriella says she appreciates the pay hike because it will help her pay for university expenses. Ultimately though, the gaze at West End Kids is toward the future, and Sheba says she’s determined to work with her staff to “make the best of it.” “Me and my staff, we’re a team,” she says. Cutting some part-time hours can be read as a relatively moderate reaction to the new wage in comparison to some drastic measures appearing across the province: taking away tips or benefits, upping consumer prices, or closing down completely. Small businesses will certainly feel the impact from the increase. For now, cutting part-time hours seems to be the most popular reaction in Kitchissippi. Nu Grocery in Wellington West, for example, is choosing similar shift-shearing measures. They’re a much younger business than West End Kids, having only opened last summer. Founder and owner, Valerie Leloup, says that as a supporter of a living wage, she is “absolutely in favour” of the policy, but recognizes it may be a challenge for her. “For a new business like us, which is still at the beginning, and not making
The Piggy Market, a food shop in Westboro, is a locally-owned business that isn’t impacted by the new wage. Co-owner Dave Neil says they decided to pay their workers a living wage about two years ago.
profits yet, it is for sure tough,” Valerie explains. “I am not saying we cannot weather it — we will weather it.” The Piggy Market, a food shop in Westboro, is a locally owned business that isn’t impacted by the new wage. Co-owner Dave Neil says they decided to pay their workers a living wage about two years ago. “When we made our switch a long time ago, it affected us a little bit in the short term, but we got over that hump,” he recalls. Dennis Van Staalduinen, Executive Director of the Wellington West Business Improvement Area, says his organization understands business
owners have differing views of the new wage. “We try to say, ‘look, our members see both sides of the issue,’” he says, explaining that while higher wages can mean more spending on the local level, the “suddenness and proportion,” can be a shock to many businesses. The next step, he says, will be businesses making adjustments to the change. These sentiments from the business community — the “hump,” “weathering it,” “making adjustments” — all seem to hit the same basic idea: that the small business ecosystem of Kitchissippi is strong, and prepared to adapt, thrive, and, as Sheba says, “make the best of it.”
A ‘friendly and affordable option’ for local diners The latest edition to the restaurant scene takes over the former Blackpepper pub
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Hintonburg’s newest eatery gives one pause for thought in multiple positive ways. Its name – The Third – evokes the notion of a sociological phenomenon dubbed the ‘third place’ (after home and office) where people are encouraged to gather informally. Co-owner and operator, Ashley Struthers, said it’s both a nod to her small-town Merrickville roots and an acknowledgement of the culture of modern-day Hintonburg, where she now lives. “The name is proving to be a great conversation point since we opened,” says Ashley. There is a thoughtfulness to the food as well. While the straightforward menu is based on classic diner or pub favourites, the kitchen operates with a zero waste philosophy in mind, with portions scaled appropriately. The Third’s emphasis on using top quality ingredients is reflected in the excellent taste of their fare, which includes club sandwiches, fish and chips, roast chicken, burgers, nachos and more. Ashley and Chef Caroline Murphy, both veterans of the hospitality industry, collaborated to develop a menu that emphasizes comfort and nutrition, ensuring vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are also
available. Meats are roasted in-house, just as breads and jams are made on site; these are just a few of the authentic touches you will find. “We chose to focus on doing a short list of things really well,” notes Ashley, adding that the menu, which takes advantage of local ingredients as much as possible, will be seasonally refreshed. On the beverage side, The Third has thirteen beers on tap, including local favourites from Kichesippi, Dominion City, Ashton Brewing Company and Perth Brewery. Wines are available by the bottle as well as on tap from Niagara’s Vineland Estates Winery with an innovative keg delivery system that ensures the wine is fresh from first glass to last. Ashley leveraged her design background during the several months it took to refresh and rejuvenate the space. Church pews salvaged from the former Northwestern United Church grace the sides of the room and several were transformed into the bartop. Sturdy, custom-made wood tables and retro captain’s chairs round out the functional elements. The Third’s bright, comfortable décor includes historical artifacts – sourced by the Kitchissippi Times’ resident historian Dave Allston –
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The Third’s co-owner and operator, Ashley Struthers.
Laundry operated at 1017 Wellington St. W. for decades until its closure in 1976. After that, the space became a popular pub called Bonkers and later, Blackpepper. A lightbox from an old refrigerator found on the premises has been transformed into a delightfully retro ‘Bar Service’ sign and Ontariomade reproduction tin ceiling panels decorate several areas of the restaurant.
Ashley notes that it is fun to see to see the shifting customer base during the day. “We see parents having lunch with toddlers, then we get another wave in the afternoon of people who want to shift focus and work somewhere else, which is exactly why we installed so many electrical outlets. Next up, it’s families enjoying early dinners and then the vibe changes again as couples come in together and friends gather for the evening. We love that so many of our customers are walking in from just a few blocks away.” True to its ‘third place’ vision, The Third really is a ‘come as you are’ spot. When asked to describe The Third’s appeal, Ashley suggests it’s because so many people are looking for places to go that are not fast food, yet still affordable. “There are a lot of places to eat, especially in this area, but we offer a good price point, food made with fresh, wholesome ingredients and we are very hospitality focused. It helps too that we’re a great spot for families. Our philosophy is that we will keep working hard to be a friendly and affordable option, giving people good reasons to give themselves permission to go out and have a good time.”
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After 27 years, one of Westboro’s most iconic landmarks is about to come down. Earlier this year, Ottawa’s city council approved a new 24-storey development that will take the place of the old Trailhead location, a post and beam building at the corner of Scott Street and McRae. The new development is the second phase of Westboro Connection, Colonnade BridgePort’s mixeduse project that now houses Pythian and Farm Boy. City council approved the new building in April despite dissent from seven council members, one of whom was Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Jeff Leiper. For Jeff, it was the height of the building that posed an issue. “What has been approved is far higher than what I, and I think most people in the city, consider to be appropriate,” says the councillor. “The building is going to loom over the residential.”
However, it is clear that the city considers this site one at which density is a priority. It is located directly across from Westboro Station on the Transitway, which will be converted into an LRT station in 2023 with the completion of Stage 2 of Ottawa’s light rail expansion. Jeff notes that residents who have expressed concerns take issue with the height of this development and fear it may usher in even more tall developments like it. “I’m concerned that it has already been a precedent in the community for tall heights on Scott Street before we’ve had a chance to determine what the appropriate height on Scott Street is going to be,” says Jeff. The councillor pointed to the need for a plan for Kitchissippi development that fits with the city’s new guidelines, which encourage density near transit. With its demolition looming later this year, there is no shortage of nostalgia for the old
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With construction slated to start this year, Hugh acknowledges that some, especially those near the building, will be negatively impacted by the construction. However, he claims that the feedback he’s gotten from the community has been overwhelmingly positive. “I get nine, maybe nine-and-a-half positive comments for every negative comment that I get,” he says.
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He expressed interest in buying the remains of the building after the demolition takes place, but according to Colonnade BridgePort President Hugh Gorman, that may not be possible. However, he has acknowledged the importance of the building to the community and the company has opted for what they’re calling “sympathetic demolition.” “What we’re trying to do is take some of the structure of the building and preserve it for other uses,” says Hugh. Those uses include the donation of beams from the building to both Wally and Chris, as well as to the new Trailhead Paddle Shack location at Fairlawn Plaza. In addition, Colonnade Bridgeport plans to turn some of the lumber from the old building into decorative accents for the new development’s interior, as well as build a pergola in the green space behind their building for tenants.
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Meals, Music and Christmas Magic Carleton Tavern Dinner 2017 By Hintonburg Economic Development Committee How do you turn one of the loneliest days of the year into a day filled with good food, kindness, wonderful human interaction and live music? You work with the amazing Saikaley family, owners of the Carleton Tavern, to throw open the doors and invite everyone in for the best Christmas Day possible. The Carleton has opened their doors for 17 years now to provide a
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free meal to those in the community right on Christmas Day. Lots of great food is provided but possibly more important is the companionship and fellowship that happens there that day. There are only a few locations that provide a meal right on Dec. 25. Christmas used to be the only day in the year the Carleton closed. Now as opposed to a day off, the owners are there at 5:00 a.m. getting ready for the day. What does it take to make this day
happen? 35 cooked turkeys, 25 kg of ham, 18 giant tortieres, baked beans, a vegetarian meal, lots of home baked goodies, 18 musicians, lots of volunteers, the generosity of this community (businesses and residents) to donate food and gifts and of course what would Christmas be without Santa and Mrs. Claus? How many people had a better Christmas? Close to 1000 meals were provided. There were at least 465 meals served to people who came in, another 100 meals delivered and about 250 meals taken out for those who could not come. Any food left at the end of the day was distributed within the local community to the local shelter and several rooming houses. Many, many volunteers are required to make this day happen –
January 18, 2018 about 125 volunteers starting a month in advance. By 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Day the weariness of the volunteers melts away and the comments that come through that day from those attending or having a meal delivered make you realize that this effort has made someone else’s day much better, as well as your own. It is an entire community who make this day happen. Thanks to: Allegro, Artistic Cake Design, Bridgehead at Fairmont, Canadian Linen & Uniform Service, Carleton Tavern Hockey Leagues, Carlingwood Dental Centre, City of Ottawa, CYR, Devonshire Grade 6 Class, Farm Boy, Fil’s Diner, Global Pet Food, Grafik Visuals, GT Express, Happy Goat Coffee, Herb & Spice, Hintonburg Economic Devel. Committee, Holland’s Cake & Shake, Holland Cross Dental Centre, Holy Rosary Church, Indian Express, Karma Cravings, Laroche Park Sports Assoc., Merge Design Print & Promo, Metro Island Park, Musicians from Open Stage Revue, Ottawa Fit, Ottawa Nepean Sports Club, Pasticceria Gelateria, Precision Snow Removal, Purple Dog Consulting, Rideau Bakery, Royal Lepage Gale Real Estate, SDM Albert & O’Connor, SDM Rockland, Tannis Food Distributors, Transition House, WWBIA, Yuk Yuk’s (Elgin St), 10061620 Canada Inc., Collin & Michelle and the very many individual “Friends of the Carleton”. Thanks to you all.
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How Well Do We Regard Our Past? Taking Stock of Our Built Heritage By A. Marshall, A. Phillips and A. Polywkan, Built Heritage Researchers, City of Ottawa The City of Ottawa is undertaking a major project identifying buildings, structures and other built resources of cultural heritage value. The ‘Heritage Inventory Project’ is a city-wide project involving the surveying and evaluation of a vast array of Ottawa’s built resources, from the modest worker’s houses of Lowertown, to the fine Arts and Crafts homes in Brantwood Place, to the century-old barns of Kinburn, and even the numerous bridges that span our city’s many waterways. The goal of the Heritage Inventory Project is to create certainty around Ottawa’s heritage resources. Properties identified through the project will not be designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, rather they will be added to the City’s Heritage Register. A rigorous update to the City’s Heritage Register will be beneficial for property owners, developers, heritage advocates, elected officials, planning staff, community groups and all concerned residents. The research method for the project includes photographing, describing architectural characteristics and evaluat-
“The goal of the Heritage Inventory Project is to create certainty around Ottawa’s heritage resources.” ing thousands of built resources throughout the city. We’re asking Newswest readers to share information about their properties or other buildings or structures in their neighbourhood. We would love to know who designed your home or the original use of a particular building. Please connect with the City of Ottawa’s built heritage researchers: Avery Marshall, Adrian Phillips and Amber Polywkan at HeritageInventory@ ottawa.ca or say hello if you see us in the neighbourhood. More information about the Heritage Inventory Project is available at ottawa. ca/heritageinventory. The City of Ottawa Heritage Inventory Project uses a GIS software tool to collect heritage data on neighbourhood buildings. Readers are invited to get in touch with the authors and share information about your house and your neighbourhood.
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Team Canada Special Olympics Visit – Notre Dame High School: On November 29th, the Canadian Special Olympic Team visited Notre Dame High School to join staff and students for a pep rally in the gym along with the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. The school community helped celebrate the outstanding achievements of our athletes and students with special needs. An exhibition basketball game was also held between the NDHS Eagles and Glebe Collegiate Institute. Lighting up the Grace: The Salvation Army’s Grace Manor held its annual “Light up the Grace” on December 1. It was a pleasure to attend along with MPP Yasir Naqvi and Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper. Everyone was in the festive spirit with hot cocoa and Christmas carols accompanied by the Salvation Army Band. Advent Mass and Christmas Potluck St George’s Parish: St. George’s Parish held its annual Christmas Potluck and Advent Mass on December 17th. Many Kitchissippi families were in attendance to enjoy the children’s concert as part of the third Sunday of Advent which culminated with a delicious potluck meal in the parish hall. OCSB Childrens’ Choir Christmas Concert – St. Basil’s Church: On December 18th, the award winning Ottawa Catholic School Board Children’s Choir along with the St. Basil’s Church Choir put on a Christmas concert to remember. Many well-known pieces were performed, as
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well as some new numbers for the packed house to enjoy. One notable selection featured the OCSB Boys Choir teaming up with their dads to perform some holiday favourites. Christmas Lunch – St. Rose of Lima School: As 2017 ended and the Christmas Break was on the horizon, St. Rose of Lima School in Bayshore hosted their annual Christmas Lunch for students. Parents and community members were kind enough to prepare a lunch with all the fixings. It was a pleasure to help serve lunch and chat with over 150 students, staff and community volunteers. Jeremy Wittet is the Zone 7 (Kitchissippi /Bay Wards) Trustee for the Ottawa Catholic School Board. He can be reached by email at Jeremy. Wittet@ocsb.ca, or telephone (613) 721-2376. Jeremy Wittet is also accessible on Twitter: @OCSBWittet.
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By Yasir Naqvi MPP, Ottawa Centre 2017 has been a very special year for our country as we commemorated 150 years of Canada’s Confederation. Much like Expo ’67 was for Canada’s 100th birthday, 2017 has been a historic year and one to be remembered for generations to come. In the past 150 years, Canada has grown to become one of the most welcoming, diverse and peaceful nations in the world. This would not have been possible without the nation’s most important asset — our people. In a year focused on celebrating our province and country, as your MPP I wanted to honour local residents who embody the qualities and values that make Ottawa, Ontario and Canada great. On December 2nd, I was proud to recognize 50 women, 50 men and 50 youth with the #OC150 Award. These dedicated volunteers have committed their time and talent to our community and continue to serve Ottawa Centre making Canada one of the greatest countries to live in. The award ceremony was emceed by CTV Ottawa’s Stefan Keyes, and the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, delivered a keynote speech at a special reception hosted by Carleton University. #OC150 Award recognized community members who have contributed to Ottawa Centre in one of the following ways: • Celebrating diversity/inclusion • Building community/capacity • Protecting the heritage of Ottawa Centre • Protecting the environment • Promoting a healthy community The 150 recipients we have recog-
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“On December 2nd, I was proud to recognize 50 women, 50 men and 50 youth with the #OC150 Award.” nized are true community builders whose contributions have made our national capital a place we are all proud to call home. It is thanks to them that we can enjoy Ottawa Centre as one of the most welcoming, diverse and accessible communities in Canada. A full list of recipients is available at www.yasirnaqvimpp.ca Thank you to all the nominators for taking the time to help recognize the ef-
forts of many deserving community leaders in Ottawa Centre. It has been an honour to celebrate our recipients’ vital contributions to our community. Please accept my best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2018. As always, do not hesitate to contact me at the Community Office at 613-722-6414 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Summer Jobs Program 2018 By Catherine McKenna, MP, Ottawa-Centre Calling Ottawa Centre Employers: Applications Open for Canada Summer Jobs Program. Canada’s future prosperity depends on young Canadians getting the education and experience they will need to succeed in their careers. Our government understands that doing this requires access to meaningful work experience. That’s why we are committed to helping organizations hire young people through the Canada Summer Jobs program. A summer job is a critical way for students to get the kind of valuable work experi-
ence that employers look for on a résumé, all the while earning money for the upcoming school year. Since its inception in 2007, the Canada Summer Jobs program has funded thousands of employers and created hundreds of thousands of student jobs. In 2017, over $1.3 million dollars was invested into Ottawa Centre to employ more than 300 young people. Through the program, eligible small businesses, notfor-profits, and public-sector employers are able to subsidize the wages of full-time students. Small businesses with 50 or fewer employees and public-sector employers can receive up to 50 per cent
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of the minimum hourly wage, while not-for-profit organizations can receive up to 100 per cent of the minimum hourly wage. I often say the youth are the leaders of today. Hiring a student brings energy and ideas into the workplace. They have important and influential voic-
es within our communities and are a large part of what helps small businesses and not-for-profit organizations thrive. As an employer in the Canada Summer Jobs program, you will play a vital role in generating employment, fostering entrepreneurship and preparing our youth for the future. When you hire young people, our local economy is boosted and young people gain access to experiences they need to prepare for the jobs of today and tomorrow. For more information, including the eligibility criteria and application guide, please visit Canada.ca/CanadaSummer-Jobs, a Service Canada Centre, or call 1-800935-5555. Applications will be accepted until February 2, 2018.
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By Jeff Leiper, Councillor, Kitchissippi Ward Happy New Year, Kitchissippi! We hope that everyone had a restful holiday season. We’re back in the swing of things and excited to tackle all the challenges and opportunities 2018 has to offer. Before the break, we were thrilled to pull off a successful tree-lighting ceremony in Roy Duncan Park. This year we got the whole tree lit; big thank you to Giant Tiger for the lights, Dovercourt for equipment, and Taggart Construction for the use of a cherry picker to string the tree. One of the issues we’ll face in 2018 is the new inclusionary zoning regulations set forth for comment by Queen’s Park. Inclusionary zoning gives municipalities the power to force developers to include a portion of affordable housing in new housing developments. This would be huge for Kitchissippi, as much of the growth happening inside the Greenbelt is happening here; not surprising when we consider how LRT will transform our neighbourhoods, placing five stations in our ward alone. This growth increases property values. Without intervention, it’s likely there will be very little affordable
housing in Kitchissippi in the coming decades. This creates barriers for many Ottawans to access transit in our ward, and will have a negative impact on our communities. Unfortunately, I feel the inclusionary zoning regulations have some problems. Core issues include: the rules only apply to ownership; municipalities will be required to subsidize developers’ affordable units by 40%, cash-in-lieu of parkland and development charge waivers would be used as part of the subsidy; and, affordability would be defined at a neighbourhood, not city-wide level. You can read a detailed copy of the regulations on the blog, but ultimately I feel that these new inclusionary zoning regulations in their current state won’t be much help to Kitchissippi. Essentially, cities will be required to set out locations in their Official Plans where inclusionary zoning rules would be applicable to buildings with 20 or more units. The affordable units would be limited to 5% of a development or 10% if the building is in a high demand area due to access to transit. Cities must then lay out a detailed housing plan and guarantee that units would be affordable for a minimum of 20 but a maximum of 30
Pictured here at the Hintonburg 5K Run, Kitchissippi community activist Jeff Leiper regularly bicycles to his job at City Hall. Photo by T. Hairbach
years. Clearly, this is a complex issue that will require some careful thought. If you have ideas, please drop me a line. As Kitchissippi continues to grow, we need to work together to ensure it’s the best it can be. Don’t forget: our next Pop-Up Office will be held at Freshii in
Westboro (342 Richmond Road) from 11:00 to 2:00 on Saturday, January 27. While January is giving us some winter weather, we may as well enjoy it. The SJAM Winter Trail is fully open, having reached its fundraising goal of $20,000. Thank you for keeping this pathway open and making our city just a little bit greater.
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By Cst. Dawn Neilly Happy New Year! I hope 2018 has started off on the right foot for everyone and that it will be a healthy, happy time for all. Let’s talk about some tips to help that happen. We all know that winter has to start sometime, but I think most of us were somewhat surprised by the unusual deep freeze in December. Temperatures in the minus 20’s can be real killers if we’re not prepared for them. And the likelihood of more for the rest of January and into February is a strong possibility. If you’re a walker and/or a transit user, bundle up! Don’t assume that your destination can be reached without difficulty. The cold has lots of ways to make us miserable (think: waiting for a bus that’s late – it happens!), so always assume the potential for trouble is there. Even if you normally drive and think you’re protected from the elements, equip your vehicle for the possibility of an accident or a breakdown that could leave you exposed to the cold. Speaking of driving, ‘tis the season to adapt your habits to cope with dangerous road conditions, which could be anything from heavy snowfall to freezing rain. Don’t drive so fast that you can’t stop easily and safely if the situation warrants. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a Good Samaritan, winter is the season with the potential for opportunities to find out. Keep an eye out for anyone who might not be properly dressed or who is show-
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“Even if you normally drive and think you’re protected from the elements, equip your vehicle for the possibility of an accident or a breakdown that could leave you exposed to the cold.” ing signs of frostbite. Your help could be anything from a word of warning to practical assistance to whatever extent is possible: an offer of a ride? A pair of mittens or a hat? If you see someone who needs assistance but you’re reluc-
tant to approach, don’t hesitate to call the Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222. Bottom line: don’t take the weather for granted in a season when it can go to extremes. Stay warm and have a safe winter!
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By T. Hairbach The super moon on January 31 will also feature a partial lunar eclipse. Moonrise occurs at 5:31 p.m. in Ottawa, and the eclipse will begin at 8:31 p.m. Although only partial, the
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By Allyson Domanski “Compelling theatre, close to home.” That’s the mandate of Bear & Co., a professional indie theatre collective and a resident company at The Gladstone Theatre. Barely five and a half years old, Bear is about to open its 18th play for a limited run at The Gladstone from January 17-27. Bear’s production of playwright George Brant’s Grounded is just the latest in a string of Ottawa premieres by the company. This award-winning one-woman show became an Off-Broadway hit starring A-lister Anne Hathaway as an elite air force fighter pilot, proficient at dropping bombs over Afghanistan and Iraq, who gets grounded once she becomes pregnant, only to be reassigned to Nevada’s ‘chair force’ to operate drones continents away from her targets. A trio of equally formidable women is behind Bear & Co.’s production of Grounded. Alexis M. Scott dons the flight suit to white-knuckle the audience through the emotional power trip of feminism going head to head with female biology. Director/ actor/producer Eleanor Crowder is one-half of Bear & Co., while Hintonburg’s own Rachel Eugster is the other half of its genius. (Eugster is also Bear’s music director, actor, writer of an awardwinning children’s book, community activist and formerly a longtime soloist at Parkdale United Church.) After seeing Grounded in New
Bear and Co.’s Alexis Scott. Photo courtesy of Bear & Co.
York, Crowder was so taken by its powerful script that she had to produce it. Crowder, who directs Scott in a role whose hard edges turn anything but mushy, had this to say: “A solo show is a marathon, a triumphant display of talent and sweat. This text is exactly that. A sweep of action and insight that asks the performer to pour every ounce of strength into her work. Alexis is the actor for this role. She is utterly compelling.” Scott, a 2015 Prix Rideau Award nominee for her work as an emerging artist and a graduate of the Ottawa Theatre School, currently works out of Toronto. She has acted in past Bear productions, including Shakespeare’s Macbeth, The Tempest, and The Comedy of Errors.
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From Mechanical Engineer to Spiritual Engineer St. Stephen’s Welcomes New Minister St. Stephen’s has a proud history in the west end, and was founded as a result of a burgeoning Church School after the Second World War. It was one of those Churches that sponsored Vietnamese Refugees back in the late 70’s. Within the neighbourhood, St. Stephen’s is a proud partner and active supporter of the Parkdale Food Center, the Youth Services Bureau; A.A., the Ottawa West Community Support, the Forward Shelter and Campus Ministry at Algonquin College. Rev. Patterson hopes that St. Stephen’s will continue to have a positive impact in our Community.
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“ I gave my first sermon at the age of 14, and it has been something I have enjoyed since then. I like to experiment a bit with my preaching style, although it is always based on Scripture. Music has always been important to me, and I appreciate meaningful, theologically sound, sing-able praise songs that speak to the theme of the Scripture for the day. I love ministering within a community of people who are passionate for Christ and for God’s mission within their neighbourhood, as well as in the larger global context. I see the entire congregation as ministers of grace and love, where I am the pastor of ministers, equipping people to be Christ’s hands and feet in the community.”
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By Charles Singh “Church Street”, as Parkdale Avenue was once known, is celebrating the arrival of a new minister. St Stephen’s Presbyterian welcomed Rev. Meg Patterson, graduate of the Knox College, University of Toronto with her Masters in Divinity. Meg has a life-long association with the Presbyterian Church but prior to her call to ministry she worked as a mechanical engineer. She and her husband Ian have three wonderful children ages nine and six (twins) and all are settling in to their new adventure in Ottawa and with the family of St. Stephen’s. “It is a joy for me to plan and lead worship,” says Rev. Patterson,
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By Anna Borris Karen, Judy and I were congregated at Judy’s house, sitting around the kitchen table, listening to the radio and the blustering wind outside. We couldn’t think of anything to do. Saturday afternoons were boring after the fun and frantic Christmas season, the weather outside was quite uninviting, and Judy’s house was quiet, warm and welcoming. Her little brother Marty wandered into the kitchen to make a peanut butter sandwich. “What happened to your face?” I asked, noticing a cut on his cheek. “We had a sword fight” he said, “with icicles.” “Cut that out, you could have lost an eye,” Judy scolded. Marty munched his sandwich and rolled his eyes, both still happily in their rightful places. We had just started a half-hearted card game when Judy’s mom came bustling down the hall carrying the vacuum cleaner. “You girls move somewhere else for a while, I want to do the floor,” she said. “Let’s get out of here,” Judy said with alarm. “Mom’s having a cleaning fit. Let’s walk down to the store.” We piled on hats, coats, mitts, boots and scarves and went out into the day, now frigid with Arctic air. Gusts of wind blew snow down the deserted street. We pulled our scarves up to our eyes, but soon the scarves were soggy and cold. Then they froze into wet cardboard. The corner store was toasty, and cheerful. Sam the owner always had a joke for us. Sue Thompson was brokenhearted though, and was singing about “Sad Movies” on the radio. We took our time making our selections of Malted Milk and Sweet Marie chocolate bars, spearmint Life Savers, and peppermint Chiclets. Judy even
remembered to buy a treat for her brother. The bell hanging above the shop door jangled merrily as we struck out into the deep freeze and trudged hurriedly back to Judy’s house. We headed to the basement playroom where Marty was sorting through a pile of comics. “We brought you a box of Smarties.” Judy tossed it over. He caught it with a surprised grin. “Maybe there’s something good on television,” Karen suggested, flipping through the TV Guide. No
tled in to watch “The Hound of the Baskervilles”. The plight of Sir Henry Baskerville and the eerie sound of the hound howling on the moors made our hair stand on end. “I’m not walking home by myself. I’ll hear hounds howling all the way home,” I told Karen. “Don’t worry, I’ll walk with you, but only if you watch me get to my door, so the hounds don’t get me either.” We bundled up in all our winter gear and set off into the freezing night convinced that we could hear
“We piled on hats, coats, mitts, boots and scarves and went out into the day, now frigid with Arctic air. Gusts of wind blew snow down the deserted street. We pulled our scarves up to our eyes, but soon the scarves were soggy and cold. Then they froze into wet cardboard.” such luck though. “‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ is on tonight. I think it’s pretty creepy. We’ll probably like it.” “Hey, why don’t you stay for dinner and we can watch it later? My mom won’t mind. We’re having chicken à la king,” Judy said. Sure enough her mom didn’t mind a bit. After clearing the table and washing the dishes, we made a big bowl of buttered popcorn and set-
faint howling coming from neighbouring backyards. Thankfully the days were gradually getting longer, but spring was still far off on the horizon. With spring would come Easter holidays, a big melt, and the distant promise of summer. Until then, we would race through the cold days and only hope that Valentine’s Day would be interesting, romantic, and quick to catch up with us.
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JANUARY 20 - DOVERCOURT ANNUAL WINTER CARNIVAL Dovercourt Recreation Centre’s popular winter carnival is taking place Saturday January 20 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Drop by for sleigh rides (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.), face painting, skating/ hockey, bonfire, sliding & games, and hot chocolate. Warm up inside in the upstairs lobby and have a bite at the Adam’s Apple Cafe, which will feature hot dogs, grilled cheese, burgers and “Dovertails.” 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. JANUARY 24 – PERSONAL CARE OPTIONS Most of us have heard about CCAC (Community Care Access Centre), mainly on the difficulty of accessing sufficient care hours. There are several streamlining and cost-saving initiatives underway at CCAC. Come and hear the latest, and of the many types of personal care options available. Learn and compare, before you need it. Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.) on Wednesday January 24 from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Free. For more information, please call 613-798-8927. JANUARY 26 - BLOCK PARTY Something great for creative kids age 6-12 is happening at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library! “Building Boom,” show off your architectural creativity with Lego! Fridays at 4 p.m. starting from January 26 - March 23. For information or to register go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. JANUARY 26 – 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. Robert Arsenault of the Companions of the Cross. The theme will be “Our Redeemer Lives.”A reception will follow in the lower hall.
JANUARY 27 – WESTBORO BEACH WINTER CELEBRATION The Westboro Beach Community Association welcomes you to our annual winter celebration on Saturday, January 27 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature a bonfire and roasting of marshmallows, tobogganing and snow building and colouring. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available. Everything is free but donations are welcome. For more information, please contact email@example.com. FEBRUARY 7 - FIND YOUR ANCESTORS IN CHURCH RECORDS Church records of all denominations can be a treasure trove for genealogists. Gloria Tubman will discuss these valuable records and their place in family history research. Discover the information that is available from the record of a church rite, regardless of location, and learn some further clues to get the most from church records. Taking place at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Wednesday February 7 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. For information or to register go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. FEBRUARY 16 - PD DAY PROGRAM (GAMES, LEGO AND CRAFTS)! Children age 4-12 are welcome to join us at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library for board games, crafts, and Lego during your PD day! Drop-in. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca. FEBRUARY 23 & 24 – ELMDALE PUBLIC SCHOOL BOOKFEST 2018 BookFest, Elmdale’s iconic annual secondhand book sale, is an opportunity to find a great read while supporting a good cause. With more than 25,000 titles there’s something for everyone, all at very low prices (cash only) complete with raffles and a bake sale. BookFest will take place in Elmdale Public School’s gymnasium (49 Iona St.) on Fri., Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sat., Feb. 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Have a box of books you’d like to donate? We’d be glad to come and get them. Email Traceylyn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Like and share us on Facebook! FEBRUARY 28 - FRIENDS OF CHURCHILL EVENT SERIES: TAKE A TRIP TO BOLIVIA Come experience Bolivia through lens and commentary with Erin Courtney, Community
Relations Manager, Amica Westboro. Bolivia is home to over 40% if all Earth’s known wildlife. Taking place at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.) from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. No cost. Refreshments will be served. For more information and to indicate attendance, please call 613-798-8927.
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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.
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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 613725-2778.
Island Park Community Association islandpark.wordpress.com
TOASTMASTERS Learn confidence and hone your leadership skills. Above and Beyond Toastmasters will help you get there. We meet every Monday at 7 p.m. except holidays at the Civic campus of The Ottawa Hospital in the Bickell Room on the main floor (across from Tim Hortons). Our next guest night is January 22. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please see abottawa.toastmastersclubs.org or contact email@example.com.
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CHURCHILL SENIORS CENTRE Drop-in bridge and mah-jong at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.) every Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. Come and play. No partner required in either of these games Cost: $1.75. For more information, please call 613-798-8927. Drop-in Ukulele at the Churchill Seniors Centre on the last Wednesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring your own ukulele. This is a beginner drop-in but all players are welcome! Cost: $1.75.
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