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actually educational for others. “One skill I learned during improv was to follow my impulses,” says team member Zineb Nour. Leo agrees. “I learned how to be less self-conscious and to put myself out there,” he adds. Improv teaches you real life skills you can use in university, during job interviews, or just for hanging out with friends. Anna says that the skill that she finds most useful is thinking on the spot, which may seem obvious, but it makes having even a simple conversation so much easier. “Improv just makes [quick thinking] come a lot easier to me, so now it just comes naturally,” she says. “If someone says something, it’s really easy for me to play off it. For example, if someone says a joke, I can take it five steps further.” Getting out of their comfort zones is something high school kids have to do, and joining an improv team or club is a great way to practise. It’s simple, and with a coach, actual advice can be given. Learning while also cracking jokes with friends doesn’t seem like learning, which is why improv is seen as being so great. Improv Club may not seem as important as clubs that focus more on the academic side of things, but improv can teach skills that help make participants more confident and approachable. Becoming a better public speaker and being able to problem solve quickly are crucial life skills. The Nepean Improv Team’s next event is the Canadian Improv Games’ Regional Tournament at the National Arts Centre (NAC). It will take place February 26 to March 1. Tickets will be available at the NAC. Claire Keenan is a grade 12 student at Nepean High School.


Nepean High School is home to many clubs for practically any interest. One of the more energetic ones is the Improv Club. With 10 members, eight team members and two alternates, the improv team competes with other high schools in Ottawa with wit and onthe-spot thinking. Improv involves having to create a scene, a character, or an emotion in a matter of seconds. The team has to pull together a funny and enjoyable scene the audience can relate to in practically no time at all. Every team member has to be present in the scene, whether as the main character, the narrator, or a set piece. Leo Compton, a member of the Nepean team, describes what improv is like. “It’s a lot about trusting yourself, and trusting the people you’re with,” says Leo. “Working properly in a group is key.” During scenes, teams do sometimes make mistakes. Plot lines disappear, names or certain characteristics are forgotten, but that’s just the fun of it. Being part of the improv team means you need to be ready to fail and make mistakes, because that will only make you better. Anna Kollenberg, who has been on the team for three years, describes the bond shared by the team. “Every single year the improv team gets really close, just because of what we’re doing,” says Anna. “We’re sharing a lot and creating a lot together. There is a really strong bond between us, and being able to trust each other is easy now.” As part of the team you can make new friends, get out of your comfort zone, and make people laugh. Though this may seem terrifying to some, it’s



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slowly and gradually acquired equipment and tools. In 1916 it became obvious that an alarm system was needed to alert volunteer fire fighters. At the February 1, 1916 meeting of Westboro Village Council, four members of the brigade made a formal presentation requesting council to purchase a “motor chemical engine” for fighting fires and install a bell atop the Continued on page 6

It’s one of the few remaining vestiges of Westboro’s historic streetscape; a heritage stone building at the geographic centre of much development and change.


Westboro has not been whole for over fifty years. An important piece of the village’s history was stolen away in the dark of the night and residents have never successfully reclaimed what is rightfully theirs. The former Nepean Town Hall stands proudly on Richmond Road near Churchill Avenue. It’s one of the few remaining vestiges of Westboro’s historic streetscape; a heritage stone building at the geographic centre of much development and change. Intended to replace the town hall on Parkdale Avenue, it was built in 1896 by renowned local architect, Moses C. Edey, after Hintonburg became independent from Nepean. At the time, Westboro was still a small hamlet. In fact, it wasn’t even “Westboro” then. That name would come three years later. As detailed in my Early Days column in December, fire-fighting services in Westboro had its earliest beginnings with the establishment of a fire brigade in 1913. The brigade developed



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Continued from page 5 town hall. Secretary C.W. Ross agreed to make the request to Nepean Township council (which he did, successfully, on April 20). In anticipation of approval, Westboro Council researched various types of bells and their prices. Stinson & Cummings hardware store on Richmond Road presented options and at the April 4 meeting of Westboro council, “it was decided to pur-

then looked the other way, the law being satisfied. But if it was after 9 p.m. when the show finished, you really, really ran like hell to get home and avoided Churchill Avenue so as not to run by the police station.” After WWII, the city relaxed the curfew and the bell fell silent for many years. The bell and belfry miraculously survived a massive fire that

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A long rope attached to the bell hung down the front of the town hall. It was not long enough to be pulled from the ground, but could be reached from a window. chase one of about 1,000 lbs.” Unfortunately, none of the official records indicate its cost. On June 27, council approved the tender of William J. Hamilton, a 40-year-old Westboro-based insurance agent and contractor to erect the belfry and install the bell for $175. The work was completed by early July. The bell was used to summon the fire brigade when needed. A long rope attached to the bell hung down the front of the town hall. It was not long enough to be pulled from the ground, but could be reached from a window. According to Bob Grainger in his book Early Days of Westboro Beach: “The fire alarm rope was always a tempting target for young men interested in a practical joke. Sid Goldenberg told of a time when he and a couple of friends succeeded in fastening a length of wire to the bell-rope and proceeded to ring the fire alarm to summon the firemen.” Later, the bell was used for special civic occasions, and most notably, to announce the 9 p.m. curfew for children under 16 beginning in 1937. Curfews were commonplace and took on additional significance during wartime. Jerry Cooke was the legendary long-time Westboro Constable and truancy officer whom the local children feared, particularly after he rang in curfew. The Westboro Theatre was a popular spot for local teens during this era. Ron Statham remembered the sense of dread at the sound of the curfew bell, and recounted that for evening movies: “If you were under age you could not attend unless accompanied by an adult. Problem solved by asking strangers to buy your ticket for 18 cents and everyone

destroyed the town hall in March 1943. Firefighters worked hard to save the bell for fear that it would crash down on top of them. In 1950, Ottawa annexed 7,420 acres of what was almost Nepean Townships’ entire urban sector, including Westboro, and Nepean’s town hall was suddenly marooned. By January 1963, Nepean tired of having their municipal offices in Westboro and voted unanimously to build a new town hall in Bells Corners and sell the old one. Interest arose in the bell and Nepean officials decided it would not be sold with the building. Representatives of All Saints Church pleaded to Nepean Council for the bell to move to the church. At one point it appears Nepean was accepting bids on the bell, though it was never sold. In November 1964, following Mayor Charlotte Whitton’s push for historical preservation, the City of Ottawa decided to purchase the Nepean town hall for $40,000 with the intent of establishing a senior’s recreation centre. Ottawa expected the bell to remain as part of the sale, however, the two municipalities battled over the transfer for years. Former Ottawa Citizen columnist Ken Gray, in speaking with Aubrey Moodie in 1998, revealed how Nepean conspired to remove the bell on their own, after growing frustrated with Ottawa. Late one night in the summer of 1966, a Nepean crew put into action a well-planned mission to remove the bell from the hall. Moodie declined to refer to it as a theft and instead, described the action as a “way to recover money rightfully owed Nepean.” When Nepean’s new $700,000 town hall opened in November

1966, the old bell was installed on a custom-made tripod outside the new hall. The bell and tripod were later selected as Nepean’s official logo in 1980 when Nepean unveiled its official city flag. They moved to Ben Franklin Place in 1988. Since the 1970s, many in Westboro who see the bell as a symbol of Westboro’s heritage (more so than Nepean’s) have contemplated lawsuits, purchases, trades, or even stealing it back. Some have even considered installing a replica or digital bell system, since the original bell is reputedly built from “inferior cast iron,” has a crack, and doesn’t ring all that well. One study showed it was now too heavy for the belfry. Attempts to bring back the bell in 1998 as a millennium project and again in 2017 for Canada 150 were unsuccessful. Nepean politicians, meanwhile, have steadfastly fought against Westboro reclaiming the bell, with Jan Harder and Rick Chiarelli most vocally opposed to it. Westboro was able to borrow it briefly in 2005 for the 100th anniversary but Nepean officials kept a close eye. “There is no way Nepean should expose its heart and soul by allowing it to be moved to Westboro for any length of time. The risks of never seeing that bell in Nepean again are just too great,” said Harder.

Since the 1970s, many in Westboro who see the bell as a symbol of Westboro’s heritage (more so than Nepean’s) have contemplated lawsuits, purchases, trades, or even stealing it back. Perhaps we will never see the original bell in Westboro again, but it would be incredible to see something installed in that sad empty belfry and to hear the bell sound throughout Westboro as it did for so many years. The Westboro Beach and Westboro Community Associations have been actively pursuing options. Let’s hope a solution can be found soon. Dave Allston is a local historian and the author of a blog called The Kitchissippi Museum ( His family has lived in Kitchissippi for six generations. Do you have early memories of the area or of the old bell? We’d love to hear them! Send your email to

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Chamber Theatre Hintonburg (CTH) presents Killer Joe by American playwright, screenwriter and actor, Tracy Letts, at the Carleton Tavern for eight performances. Killer Joe is one of Tracy’s first plays, written in 1991. A dark comedy crime drama, it has since been translated into 12 languages and performed in 15 countries. Tracy is best known for his 2008 Pulitzer prize-winning play – later adapted for film – August: Osage County, which also won a Tony Award for Best Play. Donnie Laflamme, co-founder of CTH with Lisa Zanyk – the play’s director – plays the title role as Joe, a detective with a career as a hit man on the side. But, as Donnie explains, in this play “everyone has the same skin in the game.” Inspired by the need to make plays more cost effective, Chamber Theatre Hintonburg came about 14 years ago. Their first play took place at CUBE Gallery’s old location close to the Carleton Tavern and met with rave reviews. Donnie compares their innovative approach to a house – the bigger the stage, the more it costs you to populate it. Their model reduces production costs but still creates a venue for plays. Small, intimate spaces such as the Carleton Tavern – considered to be their home base – Irene’s Pub in the Glebe, Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, CUBE Gallery, Hintonburg Community Centre’s Wellington

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Taking a turn around an outdoor rink is a favourite winter pastime for many Kitchissippi residents, yet many don’t know the ice isn’t maintained by city staff. It is, in fact, a small army of volunteers who do the work. Recruits come and go, but there are a few people like Westboro’s Stewart Dewar who give their time freely. He moved to the neighbourhood “twenty-some” years ago and raised two boys who went through a hockey program. “They were almost raised here at Dovercourt,” reflects Stewart. “They spent a lot of time on the ice and on the little hill.” It was during this time he noticed his neighbours working on the outdoor rink – commonly referred to as the ODR – shoveling and scraping and flooding it at night. He started helping once a week. As time went on, the original organizers moved on and he became the volunteer co-ordinator. Stewart’s sons are in their twenties now, but he’s still involved. It takes a village to keep an outdoor rink in top shape. Not only is it a multi-step process that starts with shoveling the snow, scraping the ice and chipping away lumps and bumps, but there’s the flooding – connecting a heavy hose and spraying water over both surfaces – and draining the hose and putting it away. Depending on the weather, the process might happen multiple times a week. If there’s a thaw, which seems to be happening more often, it requires time and effort to rebuild. Some outdoor rinks in Ottawa didn’t open this season due to a lack of volunteers. Many are maintained by community associations but this isn’t the case for the Dovercourt ODR. The number of residents coming forward to pitch in is not a “torrent of volunteers by any means,” describes Stewart, although Dovercourt has an enviably goodsized crew. He estimates there are about 20 in rotation and half a dozen regulars but he’s hoping to bump his

Stewart Dewar is the volunteer co-ordinator of the outdoor skating rinks in Westboro Kiwanis Park behind Dovercourt Recreation Centre. Photo by Ellen Bond

“It takes a village to keep an outdoor rink in top shape.” core crew and spread the load. “No one person, or even a small group, can do it by themselves,” says Stewart. “You need to get as many people involved as possible.” A large new sign by the shack is a direct appeal for volunteers and even goes so far as to have Stewart’s email address and phone number printed right on it. He understands why it can be hard to get folks to come out and pitch in. Continued on page 10

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“We were walking by as we live in the neighbourhood. The fire and the face painting drew us in. We ran into friends from school too,” says Jamie and Sarah Messel.

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Outdoor rink volunteers Continued from page 8 Rink prep time is “prime time” for many people. Rink volunteers are bundling up and heading out for their shift at a time when most people are just sitting back to binge on Netflix. “You gotta go at 8:30 or 9 p.m. and spend an hour and a half or two hours outside in the dead of the winter,” Stewart laughs. “It’s not everybody’s cup of tea but it’s actually not bad if you dress for it.” Even a short stint cleaning the snow off the ice is welcome and there’s no need to be on a call list. 15 minutes with a shovel in the evening makes a big difference. Parents can lead by example by picking up a shovel while their children play. It’s a good lesson for kids in community building and an easy way to give back. “That’s often the sentiment,” says Stewart. “People say they want to give back to the community and this is how they’re going to do it.” It’s a busy rink. The variety of people who use them is always a wonder, says Stewart. The ODR is enjoyed by everyone from skilled young hockey players playing a fast-paced game of pick-up, to people who’ve never been on skates. Stewart is especially thrilled to see new Canadians tie on a pair of skates. He remembers a group of kids who were new to Canada and to hockey. “Honestly, they were just howling with laughter, having fun. To me, that’s awesome,” recalls Stewart. “You don’t have to register or pay hundreds of dollars to sign up for hockey and then hundreds more to get all the gear; they just came out. I was tickled pink every time I saw those kids.” Intergenerational games of shinny are also a treat to watch: “When the little ones get the puck, they get to keep it for a little bit.” Ice skating is a lifelong tradition for many of us, a new tradition for others. Stewart reflects fondly: “Keeping that tradition alive is definitely what motivates me and a lot of other people to come out and do the work that they do.” Of course, that begs the question: Where would we be without our community ice rinks? “Communities need lots of threads to hold them together,” he says. “The outdoor rink is a thread in the fabric of the community.” But it’s more than just a physical space, says Stewart. It’s also the interaction. “People don’t just sit there; they merge together. It’s social.” Where else do people just show up and join a game for which there’s no schedule or time frame? “You just join and it sorts yourself out,” explains Stewart. “You see what side needs a player and all of a sudden you’re playing a game with your neighbours and you’re connected with them. Where else can you do that?” Andrea Tomkins volunteered to flood the rink at Dovercourt. Read about it online at


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It’s Time to Shift to a Deprescribing Healthcare Model For what seems like a million years, the conventional pharmacy model has been built around the idea that pharmacists must dispense more prescription medications in order to make more money. This business model has served many pharmacists well since Canada is one of the most drug-dependent countries in the world, dispensing more than 400 million prescriptions annually and spending nearly 30 billion dollars on prescription medications last year. And these numbers are steadily increasing. Behind only the United States, Canada uses the most prescription medications per capita in the world and spends more than any other nation on our drugs. We love to pat ourselves on the back when we look at our neighbours to the south and tsk-tsk them for not having “free” public healthcare, but be assured that our healthcare is far from free. With our use of more and more prescription medications, one might expect to see rates of chronic conditions declining, right? Since these evidencebased drugs are so effective, and we use them so frequently, we should also be seeing a steady decline in the conditions these drugs are treating, right? Wrong. We are in the midst of an opioid crisis and rates of opioid dispensing have never been higher. We are also in the midst of a mental health crisis, and though pharmacists like myself are dispensing more antidepressants and

Drugs certainly play a pivotal role in medicine. When it comes to acute conditions treated, for example, in hospital emergency departments, surgery units, intensive care, or cancer wards, drugs can be miracle molecules. But for many chronic conditions commonly seen in the realm of community pharmacy, they simply aren’t that effective and patients are faced with a poor risk-to-benefit ratio. Pharmacists, in combination with teams of other healthcare providers, are in a prime position to help deprescribe inappropriate medications and replace them with safer, more effective alternatives.

Dr. Adam Livingston, PharmD, is a clinical pharmacist at NutriChem Compounding Pharmacy and Clinic. He is NutriChem’s Deprescribing Program Coordinator. Adam’s areas of focus include medication deprescribing, gastrointestinal health, mental health, and addiction. benzodiazepines than ever before, rates of depression and anxiety have never been higher. The conventional dispensing model of pharmacy is dying. Pharmacists are going to have to take on new roles and responsibilities to actually help patients get real results. This raises an important question that seems completely counterintuitive to most pharmacists: can

pharmacists build a new business model around helping people to come off of inappropriate medications? If pharmacists play a role in helping patients to use drugs safely, could there be a role for them to help patients discontinue drugs safely? This is what is done at NutriChem Pharmacy, and it is called Medication Deprescribing. It is the safe reduction or discontinuation of inappropriate prescription drugs.

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Managing chronic health conditions with exercise

Yoga is a great way to stay active By Misty Pratt

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Yoga is widely understood to be an ancient practice involving breath work, meditation and postures. Beyond that, practitioners have a hard time agreeing on what a yoga practice should look like. In the Western world, yoga is mainly a physical practice, with participants (called “yogis”) flocking to large studios where they’re often put through a serious workout. Despite the focus on strength and flexibility, many yoga teachers are quick to point out the practice’s roots. “Yoga is truly a breath and mind practice,” says Kate Laird, teacher with Pure Yoga in Westboro. “In North America the physical aspects of yoga are more easily accessible to us because of the way we think and what we’re used to.” Starting as a beginner in yoga can be a confusing process, due to the overwhelming number of options – flow (or Vinyasa,) Hatha, power, hot, Yin and many more. Beginner yogis may try one class and feel disappointed, because the approach or philosophy is not what they were seeking. Kate points out that yoga is a very personal practice, and beginners should make their choice of class based on their greatest need. “Yoga can cover all your bases,” says Kate. Classes can be a great workout for those needing physical activity, or can be very gentle and meditative for stress relief. Some beginners turn to yoga to increase mobility or recover from an injury. To reach out to those less likely to attempt yoga, some studios and teachers have started offering yoga spin-offs

such as goat yoga, ice yoga, and even beer drinking yoga. These classes are usually a lot of fun, and a great way to introduce the practice to yoga skeptics. Although teachers in any class will offer modifications for the postures or movements, beginners may want to consider starting with a gentler class. Advanced yogis are fully aware of the limits of their bodies, and are much less likely to do a posture that will cause strain or injury. When in doubt, it’s best to call the yoga studio and ask which class is most suitable for beginners. Kate tells her beginner participants two things when they join her classes: one is that yoga is about breath. This means that yogis can take a break at any time; if they continue to focus on their breath while lying or standing, they are still doing yoga. The second piece of advice Kate gives her participants is that they should think of their yoga teacher as a GPS. “Sometimes your GPS tells you to go one way and you know a better route,” says Kate. “So you choose to go the other way, and you meet up with your map further down the road.” This comparison speaks directly to the responsibility that yogis have for their own bodies. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s probably time to take a break. Other than a willingness to take things slow, there isn’t a whole lot that beginner yogis need in the way of equipment when they are starting out. A yoga mat is nice to have (especially for those who are practicing at home,) Continued on page 17

depending on the condition being addressed, so make sure that any exercise program you are considering follows the best practices for your specific issue. For example, water-based exercise can be incredibly helpful for managing arthritis and chronic pain, but isn’t recommended for osteoporosis. To gain a clearer understanding of the benefits you can expect from the program, and ensure the program is a good fit for you, talk to the instructor or health manager prior to participating. Finally, understand that there are good days and bad days, and be patient with yourself. Exercise is not something that is meant to be done temporarily or for a fixed amount of time. Prioritize exercise as a regular part of your self-care routine so that you can fully enjoy your lifestyle, maintain your independence and perform daily tasks with ease.


Fitness for every body

Living with a Chronic Health Condition can significantly impact your comfort and quality of life. Chronic Health Conditions are sometimes referred to as diseases of aging, although they can affect younger adults as well. The most common chronic illnesses in Ottawa are arthritis, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease, though many adults may have orthopaedic issues, such as hip or knee replacements or ongoing shoulder issues, or neurological conditions such as MS, Fibromyalgia and Parkinson’s Disease. Exercise can help you manage your chronic conditions by reducing pain and joint stiffness, increasing strength and preventing the loss of fitness that comes from being inactive. In fact, a lack of regular exercise is considered to be one of the leading causes of the rise in chronic conditions. Despite the benefits of physical activity, special consideration should be taken before embarking on a new exercise routine. Chronic health conditions can affect energy levels and the body’s rate of recovery, so it is important that any program allows you to work within your own abilities and comfort. The regularity of exercise is more important than the intensity, so start slow and work towards adding gentle to moderate activity daily. Exercise recommendations vary



Fluctuating temperatures have tested the patience of winter enthusiasts all across Ottawa. If you’re planning a skating date we recommend checking the weather forecast as well as for specific rink conditions.





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Hours of supervised operation:

Mon: Closed Tues-Fri: 4:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. Sat & Sun: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. This park has a boarded rink for pick-up hockey as well as a puddle ice surface that is perfect for beginner skaters of all ages. There are washrooms in the field house, which is open during supervised hours. Follow the Carlingwood Community Association Facebook page to access upto-date information on winter events and rink conditions.

2. McKellar Park 539 Wavell Ave.

Hours of supervised operation:

Mon-Fri: 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sat & Sun: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. There are washrooms in the field house during supervised hours as well as a wide

ice path leading from the field house to the rink. There is a small parking lot beside the fieldhouse as well.

3. Westboro Kiwanis Park 411 Dovercourt Ave.

Hours of supervised operation:

Mon-Fri: 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sat & Sun: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The early start time on the weekends makes this a great option for parents of early risers. This is one of the busiest parks in Kitchissippi. The boarded rink is usually busy with games of pick-up hockey, while the adjacent puddle surface is great for kids learning to skate. Families can also go inside Dovercourt Recreation Centre to warm up, have a snack at Adam’s Café, or use the washrooms. The park also has a great sledding hill for young children and there is a large parking lot onsite.


4. Champlain Park 140 Carleton Ave.

Hours of supervised operation:

Mon-Fri: 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Sat & Sun: noon – 6 p.m. Like most Kitchissippi rinks, Champlain’s boarded rink and oval ring are lit at night and supervised during posted hours. The field house has change rooms and washrooms. Scheduled events include women’s hockey games, hockey for kids 10 and under, and hockey for kids 11 to 14. For information about special events and ice conditions, go to the-rink.

5. Laroche Park 52 Bayview Rd.

Hours of supervised operation:

Mon-Fri: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sat & Sun: noon – 5 p.m. The boarded rink is perfect for


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impromptu games of shimmy. On street parking is close by. A free “Love to Skate program” takes place Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m.

6. Iona Park

223 Iona St. The rink at Iona Park is a perfect place for an informal pickup game of hockey or for learning how to skate. Check the Hampton Iona Community Group website at for more information.

7. Fisher Park

250 Holland Ave. Fisher Park has a rink with a puddle, and is a popular destination for the locals. A nearby trailer available for changing.


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Hours of supervised operation:

Mon: Closed Tues-Wed: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Fri: 7-11 p.m. Sat: noon – 8 p.m. This popular park boasts a wellmaintained boarded oval rink as well as a puddle surface. The field house offers access to washrooms during supervised hours. As an added bonus, the rink is just a block away from excellent post-skate refreshments available at Little Italy’s many cafes, pubs and restaurants on Preston Street. Open until 11 p.m. on Friday nights, it might just make the basis for an excellent date night.

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10. Tillbury Park

725 Sherbourne Rd. Kitchissippi’s smallest and possibly cutest rink, this small puddle surface is tucked away on the Tillbury Avenue side of the park. Without lights, changing facilities or rink attendant supervision, the rink may not boast many amenities but the ice surface is well maintained and perfect for young kids who are learning to skate. Rink hours are sourced from

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9. Ev Tremblay Park

Footcare & Orthotics

Mon-Fri: 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sat & Sun: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Twinned puddle ice surfaces offer plenty of room for skaters of all abilities, but no boards. There is a trailer for changing but no washrooms on site.



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At Parkdale Foot Care & Orthotics we strive to provide each patient with a unique experience and quality foot care. We want to ensure that each patient is educated in their specific foot concerns to allow them to be activate participants in their own health and well being. Registered Chiropodist Fraoch Shepherd B.Sc.(Pod) has been practicing for over 20 years and has a specific interest in Foot Mobilization Therapy and Custom Made Orthotics. Foot mobilization therapy (FMT) is a gentle technique that corrects misaligned or dysfunctional foot joints, aiming to gradually restore the way they work. By addressing the underlying cause of the foot pain, mobilizing and manipulating the foot joints will stimulate the body to heal itself. This is achieved via a series of handson treatment sessions. Sometimes FMT is applied in conjunction with custom foot orthoses. Combined with a structured foot exercise program, your feet will become a strong, supportive foundation to your body with the goal of giving your improved foot function and increased range of motion. We look forward to taking care of your foot care questions and needs.


In today’s world health foods seem to be everywhere, so why shop at a local health food store? There are many reasons to make The Natural Food Pantry an integral part of how you feed yourself and your family. NFP owner and Holistic Nutritionist, Rick Payant has a passion for health and is focused on bringing a positive experience to customers. NFP was established in 1981 by Rick’s uncle and to this day Rick strives to maintain a family-like environment within the three (soon to be four - with a Barrhaven location opening next month) stores. Throughout his 26 years as owner, Rick has supported many local businesses such as Ottawa Integrative Cancer Clinic, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, Ottawa Senators and Ottawa 67’s. When you walk into any of the locations, you will be greeted by friendly, helpful staff. NFP always has fully-trained Holistic Nutritionists on staff to help you with your health concerns whether it be digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, chronic fatigue, inflammation, insomnia, stress or others. We are here to help at any stage of your health journey. From food, supplements, home cleaning or body care products, the NFP team is dedicated to stocking the highest quality, health promoting products on the market today, including organic, non-GMO, gluten free, dairy free, vegan or paleo, we have what you need! Judi McLaren, RHN & Westboro Manager loves to explore new products. “We take pride in stocking our shelves with items

that come from companies with integrity, sustainability, and quality and we strive to support local and Canadian businesses and growers.” Watch for great deals in our monthly flyer or during one of our many event days. You can also shop in our well-stocked online store which provides convenient, accessible shopping for local and distant customers. We are especially proud of our NFP Educational Initiative. Built upon the foundation of knowledge and community, our aim is to deliver informative, engaging workshops and demonstrations to the public. For more information, subscribe to our newsletter or check out our events at and find us on Facebook! WESTBORO • KANATA BILLINGS OPENING SOON IN BARRHAVEN




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Yoga for kids By Misty Pratt



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Yoga for kids helps children build their physical yoga skills and introduces concepts such as consciousness, compassion, and community.


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From the time they can crawl, children are ruled by action – exploring their bodies and the environment around them. A preschooler’s constant movement can seem exhausting, and not conducive to the focus and quiet necessary for a yoga practice. This leads parents to question whether yoga is an appropriate activity for young kids. Yoga for adults does indeed require a lot of focus, and is normally a combination of postures, breath work and sometimes, yogic philosophy. However, yoga classes for kids are a much different experience from yoga classes for adults. Children learning yoga are doing so in a more explorative way, and there is not as much emphasis on breath work or postures. Champlain Park resident, Elizabeth Shouldice, has loved watching her five year-old son take part in the drop-in classes at PranaShanti Yoga Centre in Hintonburg. “It’s a change of pace from his usual activities and gives a busy five year-old body a chance to slow down,” says Elizabeth. The one-hour classes at PranaShanti are geared to children ages three to eight years old. Owner Devinder Kaur aims to help children build their physical yoga skills, while introducing concepts such as consciousness, compassion, and community. “Children learn valuable skills in yoga class: body awareness, how to manage stress through breathing, meditation and movement, and building focus and concentration,” says Devinder. Yoga postures are introduced in the class, but the teacher also uses storytelling and crafts to help support the children at their level of attention and focus. Parents can take part in the class as well, but Devinder often encourages the adults to take a break for themselves. Parents can participate in an adult yoga class at the same time

or step out for a tea or coffee. This hour of independence is a chance for kids to leave behind the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Children are sometimes participating in several extracurricular activities during the week, some of which are competitive and focused largely on building physical skills. While there are plenty of benefits to sports and other competitive activities, children rarely find the time to slow down and develop awareness in the present moment.

“Children learn valuable skills in yoga class: body awareness, how to manage stress through breathing, meditation and movement, and building focus and concentration,” Devinder Kaur, owner of PranaShanti

Along with the lack of down time, electronic devices and less outdoor play means that children aren’t getting time to move their bodies. Body awareness is a skill that’s not normally taught in the classroom, and PrantaShanti hopes to fill that gap in young children’s lives. Body awareness includes physical strength in the form of postures, but also helps children to become aware of the limits of their bodies. Body awareness can also teach children respect for others, and yoga teachers strive to create a healthy and non-competitive environment. “Children are practicing together, in a community,” says Devinder. This Continued on page 17


means everyone works together, and the teacher ensures that all children are engaged in a meaningful way. Mindfulness and meditation are other skills that children are learning in yoga class, and many parents see benefits that extend beyond the yoga mat. In fact, Elizabeth Shouldice’s son was introduced to yoga in junior kindergarten at Elmdale Public School. “The school had organized special workshops for all grades, which have continued this year with mindfulness training,” says Elizabeth. More studies are emerging on the

benefits of yoga and mindfulness for young children, including better concentration in the classroom and fewer behavioural issues. Although classes such as those offered by PranaShanti are a fantastic way for children to learn from skilled teachers, there are also many online yoga programs designed to help children to unwind after a busy day. Giving a child time each day to practice movement and breathing is not only beneficial for the child – the exhausted parent gets a break too!

Yoga for every body Continued from page 13 but studios often rent mats for a low cost. Comfortable clothing is a must, but unless you are participating in a hot yoga class (where synthetic fabrics are preferable,) cottons are fine. Kate reminds her beginners that they may want more form-fitting clothing, so that they don’t end up feeling uncomfortable about exposed skin during

upside down postures. If there’s one thing that yoga practitioners can agree on, it’s that yoga is for every body. It doesn’t matter whether you are completely inflexible, out of shape or carrying some extra weight. Yoga is a way to develop respect for your body, with a gentle approach to wellness that can suit anyone’s fitness goals.

(NC) From goat yoga or aerial yoga to acroyoga, the popularity of this exercise is undeniable. But is there something to be said for yoga and your lungs?

Drumming up Health! Local percussionist and educator Kathy Armstrong is celebrating the launch of Pulse! Rhythm and Wellness, her new drumming and health initiative. This project offers facilitated drumming events, experiential arts workshops, lectures and informal talks, and arts retreats to Ghana, West Africa. Recent research highlights the many positive health benefits of music and rhythm on our social, mental and physical selves. Pulse! is a natural outcome of Kathy’s

“The repetition of patterns found in drumming contributes positively to health and wellbeing by establishing emotional connection and building community”

Pulse! aims to support individual and collective wellness in educational and healthcare settings, workplaces, community hubs, and wherever people gather. Drum a little, feel better! The next public workshop is “Radiant Rhythm”, a collaborative arts experience in Yoga and Drumming, designed to strengthen your body, free your mind and inspire your soul! Saturday March 3 from 1-3pm at the beautiful, newly renovated Rossy Pavilion at the National Arts Centre. Facilitated by Kundalini Yoga instructor Victoria Lynes (www.yourownpathyoga. com) and Kathy Armstrong. See how the patterns in drumming and yoga connect in this exciting integrated workshop! No experience necessary.

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While the lifestyle associated with yoga, including incense or even goats, may not always be favourable to good lung health, the core of the practice certainly is. Whether you use yoga as a preventative or a rehabilitative measure, yoga and lungs go well together. Here are the top three benefits of the deep breaths that are an essential part of this exercise.


work as founding director of Baobab Drum Dance Community, and instructor in Carleton University’s music department, where she has witnessed the many benefits drumming can provide to people of all ages. Her own recent research into drumming and health highlights the importance of community-based arts activities in our lives.





• Manage stress and reduces anxiety. Deep breaths help to manage stress and anxiety. This type of breathing is also calming. • Help strengthen your breathing muscles. All muscles can benefit from exercise, and breathing muscles are no different. • Increase lung capacity. Regular exercise, including yoga, helps to increase your lung capacity and overall fitness.

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• Experiential collaborative arts workshops • • Speaking engagements • • Custom workshops and events • • Arts retreats in Ghana, West Africa •

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The SJCC recently unveiled its new SpinFit studio with 18 stationary bikes. SpinFit is now included in membership with plenty of classes spread throughout the week. “Spin provides a great ride with focus on form and technique. The music and instructor keep you motivated, leaving you energized,” says SJCC Health & Wellness Director and SpinFit instructor Carla Gencher. “It’s as intense as you want it to be because you are in charge of your own resistance and speed. Spin is a great workout for beginners to advanced.”

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The SJCC is home to a modern fitness centre, indoor saltwater pool, outdoor pool and a friendly welcoming atmosphere that keeps people coming back. A membership at the SJCC gives you access to more than 40 fun Group Fitness classes including Yoga, Zumba, Tabata Bootcamp and SpinFit.

All of our desserts are 100% raw vegan We offer Raw Cheesecakes in an abundance of flavours, Date Me Squares, Austrian Lintzer Squares, Super Goji Fudge, Midnight Toffee Frosted Brownies, Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting and so much more! Gift certificates, catering services and whole cheesecakes (by special order) are also available. For more information, please call us 613-234-0806. And don’t forget that we deliver through UberEats!

The Soloway Jewish Community Centre has hundreds of ways to keep families fit and active this winter.

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In addition to annual and three month membership options the SJCC Fit Pass gives those looking to exercise an opportunity to use all the facilities at the SJCC without the commitment to membership.

There is a bike waiting for you in the SJCC’s new SpinFit studio. SpinFit is included in membership.

The Soloway JCC is proud to offer Heart Wise Exercise Programs in partnership with The University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Heart Wise programs are most suitable for those with cardiac disease or those who may want to assure themselves that their fitness routines are heart friendly. Vitality Plus, Aquawaves, After Work Energizer, AquaCan, Aqua Arthritis and Post Stroke Aquafit all meet the Heart Wise criteria. Everyone is welcome at the Soloway JCC. Come in for a free, no obligation, tour today.

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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, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. For information or to register go to

FEBRUARY 10 - CONCERT The Parkdale United Church Orchestra and Music Director Angus Armstrong are pleased to present a winter concert of romantic music from operas called Salut d’Amour. The concert is on Saturday February 10 at 7:30 pm at Parkdale United Church. A reception will follow the concert. Tickets are available at the door: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, free for children age 12 and under. For more information please visit

FEBRUARY 10 - WESTBORO LEGION DANCE Join us for a night of fun, music and dancing with Busting Loose on February 10 from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. in the upstairs lounge at the Legion (389 Richmond Rd.). Admission is $2 for Legion Members or $5 for general public. Everyone is welcome. You do not need to be a member to attend this function. Join us for the fun. For more information visit our website or call 613-725-2778.


FEBRUARY 22 - SOUTHERN ITALY & SICILY In Sicily visit Greek and Roman archaeological sites, smoking Mount Etna and explore charming Taormina. Crossing to the mainland, we will visit Matera, Lecce, Sorrento, Amalfi and Capri. The scenery, history and culture is amazing, but with a different feel from the north. Explore this with Alex Bissett! Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Thursday February 22 at 7 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to

FEBRUARY 23 & 24 – ELMDALE PUBLIC SCHOOL BOOKFEST 2018 BookFest, Elmdale’s iconic annual second-hand 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 Like and share us on Facebook!

FEBRUARY 26 - CLOUD COMPUTING 101 The “cloud” has become a ubiquitous term in the modern computing vernacular. In a nutshell, cloud computing is merely the practice of using an Internet hosted server to store, manage or process data rather than relying on a local network server or personal computer. Jeff Dubois, Publicity Chair, Ottawa PC Users’ Group, will examine a number of cloud-based practical applications, services and features that may be of interest to the consumer market. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday February 26 at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to

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.

MARCH 10 (AND ONWARD) - URBAN ORGANIC GARDENING SEMINARS The Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Organic Growers is hosting a series of urban organic gardening seminars at the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington St W.) Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 10, April 14, and May 12. Seed sale to follow at 1:30 p.m. One day passes are available, which includes three full seminars. Discounts are available with registration for full package passes; nine seminars in all. Student discounts are available too! March topics include: Growing Organic Vegetables; Herbs & Edible Flowers; Container, Small Space, and Labour Saving Urban Garden; Starting Seeds Indoors and Out. For more information and to sign up go to

WESTBORO LEGION’S BINGO AND LEAGUES Bingo every Wednesday night at the Westboro Legion. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for Ric’s@480 food service. Bingo 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 starting in the Fall. For more information visit our website at rcl480. com or call 613-725-2778.

WESTBORO LEGION’S SATURDAY AND SUNDAY POOL Free pool from noon to closing upstairs at the Westboro Legion on Saturdays and Sundays. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit our website at or call 613-725-2778.

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). Everyone is welcome. For more information, please see or contact

CHURCHILL SENIORS CENTRE Drop- in bridge and mahjong 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 dropin but all players welcome! Cost: $1.75.

YOUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS For up-to-date news on your neighbourhood, stay in touch with your community association. Information about events, traffic changes, development, neighbourhood clubs, volunteer opportunities and board meetings is available from the following Community Association websites. Champlain Park Community Association Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre Hintonburg Community Association Hampton-Iona Community Group Island Park Community Association McKellar Park Community Association Mechanicsville Community Association Wellington Village Community Association Westboro Beach Community Association Westboro Community Association

Deadline for submissions:

February 8 Please include “Community Calendar” in the subject line of your email.


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Join Connaught Public School (1149 Gladstone Ave.) for a free evening of dialogue and celebration of Indigenous culture in the spirit of Reconciliation. The evening will include keynote addresses and several interactive, family-friendly workshops that showcase different aspects of Indigenous culture and history. The event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with an optional dinner at 5 p.m. For more information and to register, go to

World Day of Prayer is an ecumenical prayer service that is held on the first Friday in March world wide and focuses on a certain country. This year the focus is Suriname and the theme is “All God’s Creation is Good.” In our area, the service is being held at St. George’s Catholic Church (415 Piccadilly Ave.) at 7 p.m. on Friday March 2. All are welcome.


The President and Executive of the Ladies Auxiliary to Westboro Branch 480 would like the pleasure of your company at our annual Valentine’s Tea. The Tea will be held on February 11 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. in the lower hall at 389 Richmond Rd. Everyone is welcome. Donations accepted at the door. You do not need to be a member to attend this function. Join us for the fun. For more information visit or call 613-725-2778.

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








Meet me on Preston ! Winterlude Festival 2018: Start your festivities on Preston Street Feb 2nd - 19th

There’s no better place to meet up with family and friends for Winterlude than on Preston Street, steps from the Rideau Canal. With activities planned at Dow’s Lake, Preston Street is a perfect meeting place to celebrate winter in Ottawa.

Ice Dragon Boat Festival Feb. 10, 8 a.m., Dow’s Lake

The world’s largest ice dragon boat festival is returning to the nation’s capital for its second year. This event will once again be a Winterlude highlight. This outdoor event has no site admission fee and is open to the public. For more details, go to

Something for everyone in February Landscape Art Show until Feb. 10 Featuring work by Sara Alex Mullen, Katherine Muir-Miller, and Grant Morden Santini Gallery, 169 Preston Shakespeare’s Othello February 2 to 10 The eternal tragic tale of race, love, jealousy, and betrayal. Suitable for ages 12 and up. The Gladstone Theatre, 910 Gladstone Ave. Carnevale dei Bambini February 25th A traditional Italian event for the whole family with fun and surprises for kids from 0-12. St. Anthony’s Soccer Club on February 25th from 2:00 - 6:00 pm. Magic Fridays Turning Tricks magic show featuring Michael Bourada, Friday’s @ 8:30PM The Prescott, 379 Preston St. Comedy, Theatre, Jazz, Country, Pop, Soul Go to for complete listings of your favourite live venues including GigSpace, The Prescott, Heart and Crown, Absolute Comedy and more

At the museums in February DreamWorks Exhibition Features rare and never-before-seen artwork and interactive displays from DreamWorks much-loved animated classics. Museum of HIstory, 100 Laurier, Gatineau She Who Tells A Story and From the Cold War to Today, Two new exhibits on now at the War Museum, 1 Vimy Place. Canada Agriculture and Food Museum Experience life on the farm. Meet the animals, make cheese. Enjoy the outdoor skating rink all throughout February. Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday 901 Prince of Wales Dr.

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Preston BIA Presents:

Disco Skate DJ Skate Nights

Whether you’re skating or spectating, you’ll be sure to enjoy this all ages throwback event. Show off your disco fever with costumes, themed era wigs, glow sticks and other accessories while kicking up your skates, or take a rest in our hay bale seating area. Highlights include; outdoor ice skating, a live DJ, disco lights, projection art, giant tree of light, interactive light tunnel, photo booth and fire poi entertainers. Admission is free. Donation of new, warm socks for Socks for the Homeless project are highly encouraged. A limited number of children’s skates are available on loan from the Plant Recreation Centre. Appropriate Winter attire recommended. February 9th & 10th @ 7:00PM - 11:00PM

Plouffe Park (Somerset Ave./Preston St.)

Kitchissippi Times | February 1, 2018  

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Kitchissippi Times | February 1, 2018  

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