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A taste of Montréal will be coming to Westboro when Dunn’s opens their new location at 295 Richmond Rd. This new location of the well-known smoked-meat sandwich chain has a tentative early-April opening date and will have a “retro” deli look. It will also be geared towards express customers, focusing less on dining and more on take-out. Continued on page 5
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From straw lampshades to giant painted flowers, it almost feels like a summer day inside clothing boutique Tallow at 1116 Wellington St. W. “The concept is based off of Australian fashion,” explains cofounder Jasmine Riley. She says she and the other founders were going for a “surf-lifestyle, yoga-lifestyle vibe” with the swimsuit and clothing store, which was named after a beach on Australia’s gold coast. According to Jasmine, they’re one of the first stores in Canada to carry some cult favourite brands from down under, like Spell and Arnhem.
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Originally from from Haryana, India, Gourav “Guru” Sharma came to Ottawa in 2010 to study culinary skills at Algonquin College. Now the 27-year-old chef is carving out a niche in Hintonburg with Guru’s Inspired Food Bar, his first restaurant. Since opening last fall at 1123 Wellington St. W., Guru has been serving up wraps, butter chicken, and hakka noodles. While his menu carries a few pasta and Chinese-fusion dishes, the basis of the menu selection comes from his roots in North Indian cuisine. The “inspired” in the restaurant name refers to his many inspirations, such as his Uncle Rakesh, who is also a chef.
When starting a new interior design company, Diana Delaney already knew the majority of the industry’s clientele were women. She recalls: “When I was looking to stand out and create my own niche, I said ‘well what’s the complete opposite of that market?’” The result is her new business, Bachelor by Design, aimed at young urban males. Her curated rooms are inspired by Ottawa neighbourhoods and include a trendy, “rugged” series of Hintonburg packages. Check out Diana’s work online at bachelorbydesign.ca.
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As the weather clears and the snow melts away, new businesses are beginning to sprout up throughout the ward. We’ve rounded up a few of the neighbourhood’s latest expansions and start-ups:
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I decided to go to school at Algonquin for Travel and Tourism. I landed a job at Whispers and that’s a key component to me staying here. “It feels like home in Ottawa. For me, because I’m a country kid, Kitchissippi is the heart and soul of this city. It reminds me of a small town, and it’s not a big city. Every place I go in to, I recognize people because I’ve been in there before. I do all my grocery
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Sadly, some Kitchissippi shops have closed their doors for good this year. Susan Venables of Nectar Fine Teas is retiring after more than a decade in business. The shop served its final cup on February 28. “If it wasn’t for you,” Venables wrote to her customers in a Facebook post, “I wouldn’t have lasted so long. Thank you very much for letting me share a tiny bit of your lives.” Baby en Route in Westboro closed in February and Holland’s Cake and Shake closed March 10. Read more about Cake and Shake, and see what’s going in its place, on page 6.
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Earlier this month, Kitchissippi staple Thyme and Again announced they’d be making their first-ever expansion to 1845 Carling Ave. (just on the inside edge of the ward) and taking over the old Beer Store next to Produce Depot. Owner Sheila Whyte says that this location will be a “grab-and-go,” spot and will not have a seating area. It will also house another production kitchen to help with their expanding catering service. Construction is still underway but they’re hoping for a May opening. Sheila adds that with the new flexibility provided by the expansion, customers should “stay tuned” for new events and specials at the original location.
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Sherry Wallace says that ultimately, she would like Ebb and Flo, her Brockville-based leather and cosmetics store, to be a chain. For now though, she’s focused on her first ever expansion, a “small but lovely” store coming to 373a Richmond Rd. late March. Her business model focuses on Canadian- and European-made leather goods such as handbags, as well as clothes for all ages and sizes. “There really is something for every woman,” Sherry says of her selection.
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It’s been a long time coming, but MHK Sushi has finally made the move and reopened their doors at 429 Richmond Rd. in Westboro, just a few blocks from their old location. You can still order take-out from their extensive menu, or eat-in in their new, more casual seating area.
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Holland’s Cake and Shake closes its doors Big demand for mini cakes in final weeks
“A lot of people will think I’m crazy for shutting down a successful business,” says Chef Michael Holland. “But it’s only as successful as the owner can keep it up.”
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“The mini cakes were going to go, but because there’s such a strong reaction from people wanting me to keep them, we might do it.” but not like this,” says Michael. “This week alone my volume has doubled.” Customers were lining up out the door even before the shop opened, eager for one last taste of cakey goodness. Many were coming to show
their support for Michael and their love of the business, but for the overworked business owner, the overwhelming popularity comes as a mixed blessing. “I can’t keep this up forever. I
would have eventually collapsed, just from the exhaustion.” Running a flourishing pastry business is no small undertaking. Michael hasn’t exercised or eaten well Continued on page 9
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For four years, Michael Holland has run Holland’s Cake and Shake, a popular stop just north of the Parkdale Market that garnered a loyal following with its innovative miniature cakes. These were no cupcakes. They had all the trappings of full-sized cakes: frosting, layers, and a distinct lack of paper wrap. Best of all, Cake and Shake’s menu changed weekly, with inventive, often whimsical themed flavours that often included sweet cereals, candy, and other unique fillings and toppings. It was almost universally accepted that there was something magical about these mini cakes and business was booming. To many people’s shock and dismay, Holland’s Cake and Shake closed its doors on March 10. “A lot of people will think I’m crazy for shutting down a successful business,” says Michael. “But it’s only as successful as the owner can keep it up.” He looks tired. Ever since he announced on Instagram that he would be closing his doors, Cake and Shake has been inundated with cake fans. The shop sold out of most products by noon almost every day in its last week. “I knew I had a strong following,
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In a cozy corner of a Richmond Road coffee shop, Sheena and Mary are chatting and telling their stories. Like old friends do, one of them sometimes fills in details of a story the other has forgotten. They smile often and nod their agreement and laugh at the mention of a recent shopping trip. “For new underwear!” Sheena reveals with a grin and a ripple of laughter. Yup. They’re that kind of friends. The kind you can go underwear shopping with. The kind who go to aquafit with you when you’re recovering from a knee replacement. The kind who keep you alive.
people, she says. “But when they recognize there’s safety there…” she begins. “…it changes,” Sheena says, finishing her sentence. A lot has changed for Sheena. She’s been shaving her head since she was 15. It was a way to create a “barrier,” she explains; a way to tell people to “back off.” Last year she decided to let her hair grow and by December it was long enough for a haircut. “Back off” is no longer Sheena’s message to the world. She helps in the kitchen. She writes for the Cornerstone newsletter. Her hospital stays are far fewer. “I still have my problems, but I know I’m getting better. I’m blessed to have people in my life that care about me,” says Sheena. “If this hadn’t happened, I’d be gone.” Learn more and donate to the Princeton Avenue campaign online at cornerstonewomen.ca.
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ready for more independence. There will be a Lifelong Learning Centre for residents to upgrade their education and learn new skills. Ten per cent of the units will be for Indigenous women and an Indigenous elder will be on staff two days a week. Government funding is covering much of the $6.8 million cost. Cornerstone hopes they can raise $1.9 million with the community’s help. Executive Director Sue Garvey and Foundation Chair Wilda Phillips are effusive in their gratitude for the support the project has received in the neighbourhood. “It’s been embraced with such warmth and enthusiasm, from the business community, from neighbours and churches and schools,” says Wilda. Ultimately, it’s not about a building, but about the connections made possible because of the building, says Mary. “It’s the relationships that really give women the confidence to move forward.” When they arrive at Cornerstone, they may be unsure they can trust the
together for six years, at least once a week and sometimes more often. Mary, who lives in the Civic Hospital neighbourhood, often accompanies Sheena to medical appointments. After Sheena’s knee replacement, they went to aquafit together. “Mary was with me the whole way. She’s like a big sister to me,” she says. Sheena has similar praise for Cornerstone staff and other volunteers and residents. The two chefs in the kitchen are “the most amazing men you’ve ever met.” Despite conflicts and challenges, the residents stand up for each other. “The women here don’t judge me,” she explains. “They accept me as I am.” “I cherish all of that. I have never felt so loved.” Cornerstone will widen that loving community when they open a new residence this fall in the former home of the Sisters of Jeanne D’Arc on Princeton Avenue. It will provide supportive housing to 42 women who’ve moved beyond the crisis stage and are
“Your loneliness is going to kill you. We have to find a community of women who will embrace you.” That doctor’s pronouncement, during one of Sheena’s frequent hospital stays more than seven years ago, stands out clearly in her memory. She’d been in and out of hospital for years, struggling with mental health issues after a childhood of terrible abuse. Sheena fled home at a very young age and then lived in a succession of group homes, detention centres, shelters and temporary housing for 29 years. “I lived everywhere and I never really belonged anywhere,” she says. Sheena found her community at Cornerstone Housing for Women. In 2011, not long after that doctor’s prognosis, she moved into Cornerstone’s residence on Booth Street, along with 41 other women with histories of homelessness, poverty, and abuse. With her own bachelor unit, a meal plan and numerous support services, the home has offered Sheena stability and a place to heal. Early on, Sheena was matched with Mary McNamara. They knew each other from Sheena’s stays at The Ottawa Hospital, where Mary was an Occupational Therapist. Newly retired, Mary was teaching sewing classes at Booth Street and they reconnected. They’ve been getting
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This year’s 15th-anniversary edition of Westfest promises fans something familiar, as well as something new. The familiar: a diverse roster of entertainment with fresh artists to discover. The new: a location that comes with extra perks. “There is so much going on this year, and I’m psyched,” said Westfest event founder and producer, Elaina Martin in an exclusive interview with KT. The 2018 festival line up was announced March 4 at Cube Gallery during a special edition of the All-Star Fundraiser, co-hosted by Councillor Jeff Leiper & Ottawa musician, Jim Bryson. Yellowknife’s award-winning Quantum Tangle, featuring vocalist Tiffany Ayalik and singer/guitarist Grey Gritt, headlined the event. First, the new Westfest location: Westfest is taking place June 8-10, outdoors, on the grounds at Tom Brown Arena (141 Bayview Rd.). Like in previous years, there’ll be a main stage, a family zone, food trucks, a VIP area, and artist and business booths. The most notable change is the earlier end to the evening program on the main stage, which will shut down at 10 p.m. The festivities, however, will move indoors, upstairs in Tom Brown on the Friday and Saturday nights of Westfest weekend. Visitors can expect a licensed bar and dance party on Friday night (June 8) with Ottawa DJ del Pilar and Craig Domenic. The Saturday night after party (June 9) will feature River City Junction and Mi’kmaq artist Thomas Starwalker Clair. Elaina forecasts “huge” crowds for the 2018 festival compared to its previous site at Laroche Park. With its proximity to transit and busier thoroughfare, she predicts that by next year organizers may have to shut down the strip between Bayview and Wellington just to accommodate the crowd the festival will start to draw again. The indoor space at the arena lends itself to another new opportunity for Westfest organizers. Residents are invited to Tom Brown on Saturday morning from 11 a.m. to noon, for what promises to be a lively panel discussion about the importance of crosscommunity collaborations moderated by Cara Tierney. A well-known aspect of Westfest has always been the community stage, a welcome opportunity for young and new groups to perform in front of an
(L-R) Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper, Paul Knoll, Elaina Martin, Mayor Jim Watson. Elaina thanked Westfest volunteers like Paul, who were recognized with a special award for their service. Photo by Ted Simpson. For more photos from the Westfest All-Star Fundraiser, see the web version of this story at Kitchissippi.com.
audience, sometimes for the first time. A big part of Elaina’s mandate is to shine a spotlight on younger performers and up-andcomers. One of the “hardest plights” that artists have is simply getting heard, said Elaina, especially if they’re new. “We’ve always prided ourselves at Westfest, on being that festival that gives people those starts.” Last year at Laroche Park, the community and youth stage partnered with the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO). According to organizers, the performances were so well received they’re bringing them back on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Family Fun Zone. This year’s main stage line up is a diverse mix of performers, many of whom hail from the Ottawa area. One act to look out for on Friday is Witch Prophet. “This is Lido Pimienta meets Bjork,” describes Elaina. “Really interesting, on the rise, really going to blow people away.” Friday night’s main act is Bear Witness (A Tribe Called Red) an electronic music group known for its blend of hip-hop and Indigenous music. Accompanying them will be Indigenous youth dancers, Rhonda Doxtator and Sunrise Biidaaban. Westfest’s Saturday night headliner was announced in October. Legendary Canadian rock band, The Pursuit of Happiness, is performing a 90-minute set. Formed in Toronto in 1985, TPOH scored
with hit single I’m An Adult Now. The group retired in the late ‘90s but never officially broke up. This will be the first festival performance of The Pursuit of Happiness in over 20 years. Also on Saturday: Folk duo Kris & Dee from Kingston. Kris is the lead guitarist from TPOH. Some fans may remember their Westfest performance in 2015 when the festival was in Westboro. Other highlights of this year’s festival include dancer, Artin Avaznia. Elaina estimated it’s been 11 years since there was a contemporary dancer on the main stage. Ottawa’s spoken word/musical artist King Kimbit recently cut a double CD of her spoken word music. The daughter of Vietnamese boat people, the audience can expect “strong and powerful storytelling” of King’s experiences. King Kimbit performs on Sunday. Sunday night’s headliner will be familiar to Westfest fans. Cody Coyote, an Indigenous rap artist, will be performing with Indigenous dancers, Frazer Whiteduck and Sunny Paippatoo. According to Elaina, there’s no better person to close this year’s festival. “He’s a really kind and wonderful young gentleman,” she said. “He’s young and talented and he’s up for a Juno this year.” For more photos and the full lineup, go to the web version of this article online at Kitchissippi. com. For more information about Westfest, please see westfest.ca.
Goodbye baby cakes Continued from page 6
in four years. His business has kept him away from his wife and family. So, when the lease was up, he decided to shut down. Taking over Cake and Shake’s spot will be a new location of Morning Owl, the downtown cafe known for its commitment to strong coffee and quality sandwiches. And while Michael will step back from the full time pastry life, he will be joining Morning Owl’s staff as their in-house baker. “I have been a huge fan of Mike’s delicious creations for years,” wrote Jordan O’Leary, Morning Owl’s owner, in an email. “We will be integrating a large portion of his creations into the Morning Owl lineup.” Michael’s contribution to Morning Owl will include cookies, muffins, scones and his famous soft serve. His excellent freshly baked bread will become standard in Morning Owl’s sandwiches. But the cakes hang in the balance. The word from Jordan is that, while custom cakes will be available, the mini-cakes will not be a part of the menu. However, Michael is not ruling out the possibility of the occasional foray into miniatures. “The mini cakes were going to go, but because there’s such a strong reaction from people wanting me to keep them, we might do it,” he says,
adding, “it won’t be every day.” Michael perfected the miniature cake design over many years, partly reacting against cupcakes, which he views as abominations. If you ask him, he’ll explain his reasons: they get dry when the paper comes off, there’s no filling, the bite-per-bite ratio of cake-to-icing isn’t right. As the cakes became popular, they became a canvas for Michael’s creativity and wacky flavour sensibilities. In this move to Morning Owl, he admits he will have to tone things down. “The stuff I did here, I’d get fired for doing anywhere else. I’ll miss that a little bit, but in the end it’s a fair trade for less stress.” We asked our Instagram and Facebook followers to send in their favourite Cake and Shake pics for a special photo gallery. Find it on the web version of this story at Kitchissippi.com. Do you have a photo to share with us? We’d love to see it! Email it to editor@kitchissippi. com. The mini-cake selection at Cake and Shake was particularly creative at Halloween. This one was called “Gingerbread Man Massacre.” Photo by Andrea Tomkins. See more photos online at Kitchissippi.com.
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By Mark Narwa The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest single structure that humans have ever put into space. Sixteen countries including Canada were involved with the construction of the International Space Station. The first phase of the construction of the ISS was launched November 20,1998. Additional phases were launched during ensuing years until June 2011. The Space Station is 109 metres in length which is about the size of a football field. This length consists mostly of its solar panels. It orbits the Earth at an altitude from 330 km to 435 km, and circles the globe every 90 minutes (16 times a day) at a speed of
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launched on October 4, 1957 by the USSR. Today, there are over 2,000 functioning satellites launched by different countries, orbiting Earth. These consist of surveillance satellites, weather satellites, remote sensing satellites, communication satellites and navigational satellites. Artificial satellites in low orbit (300km to 500km) above the Earth, can be seen with the naked eye when they reflect sunlight from their metallic bodies and solar panels. The brightness depends on the size and altitude of the satellite. The ideal time to look for satellites is 1 hour after sunset, especially in the spring and summer when the Earth’s shadow is low in the
March 15, 2018 sky. Dozens of satellites can be seen with the naked eye, on a clear night. To the naked eye, the artificial satellites look like a white bright star gliding steadily against the background of stars. You will know that you are looking at a satellite and not an airplane because there will be no sound or flashing lights. The satellites travel at a speed of 28,000 km/h crossing the sky in about 2 to 3 minutes and then disappearing out of sight once they enter the Earth’s shadow. Most satellites move in a west to east direction, but others have orbits passing over the polar regions, and can be seen moving from north to south or south to north. There is a group of satellites known as Iridium communication satellites, which consist of 66 active telecommunication satellites in low Earth orbit. They have a peculiar shape with three shiny door-sized antennas. When one of these antennas is lined up to reflect sunlight towards Earth, the satellite appears as a moving streak of light that gets remarkably bright, producing a bright flash in the sky, fading away after several seconds and disappearing out of sight. Here is a list of websites to help find exactly when and where the International Space Station and other satellites pass over Ottawa. www.n2yo.com www.satview.org https://in-the-sky/org/satpasses.php www.heavens-above.com
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An Introduction to Birds and Birding (including Cooper’s Hawks) By Robert Alvo, Conservation Biologist So you’ve seen a neat bird in your yard or around town, and are wondering what it is. In fact a number of people in Hintonburg noticed a hawk prowling the neighbourhood a few weeks ago, and someone got in touch with me to identify it. It turned out to be a Cooper’s Hawk. “Was it supposed to be there?” Sure, it’s probably taking advantage of residents’ bird feeders to pick off smaller birds. “Is it perhaps one of the Tunneys Pasture birds?” No, the Tunneys birds I know of are Peregrine Falcons that sometimes still perch near the top of the Coats Building, which was used as a “hacking” site some years ago to release young falcons into the wild after being hatched in incubators. “Ok, but how can I identify birds myself?” Well, you’ll need eyes and ears, and the ears can often be more useful than the eyes. Binoculars can help greatly, and a field guide app or book is essential for species identification, which is what birding is mostly about. After that, the rest of the “stuff” (e.g., spotting scope, eBird, recordings of bird song) are optional but can also be very useful. Watch out for birding, because it can easily become very addictive and destroy healthy relationships! “What the heck are birds of prey doing in the city?” Well, what the heck are you and I doing in the city? Eating, sleeping, reproducing, working, learning, and having fun. Cooper’s Hawks nest in trees, and, like other “accipiters”, are particularly adept at dodging obstacles to catch small birds. Peregrine Falcons nest on cliffs (tall buildings with ledges will do) and are really fast, chasing down small birds in
flight and punching them out of the air. “Is birding like birdwatching?” Same thing. The word “birding” is often used instead of “birdwatching” because it is shorter and allows for the use of identifying birds by sound. Competitive birders (remember the 2011 movie The Big Year?) may identify as many as 75% of their birds for the year, or for the day during a “big day”, only by sound. Each species has its own song, as do most frogs (perhaps more on them in a future article). This means that considerable species identification can be done at night without seeing anything. “Okay, so I’ve identified that noisy red bird that seems to hang around all winter as a Northern Cardinal. Now what?” Enjoy the sound, for it was a rare sound in Ottawa 30 years ago. Or, identify more bird sounds, like that annoying drumming of a Downy Woodpecker on a nearby metal chimney. Before you know it, you have a species list, to which you might want to add more species. Now you see a bird in another part of the city, so you decide to keep a yard list and an Ottawa list. Then you’re on a work trip in Tucson Arizona and see a bird that doesn’t seem to occur in Ottawa. You’ve now got 3 birds on your “life list”. Next time we’ll talk about how birds connect us to nature and what we can do if we want to know more about birds than just how to identify them. Conservation Biologist Robert Alvo is the author of “Being a Bird in North America” (babina.ca) He has an extensive list of scientific accomplishments and the generosity to share his learning with all those interested in birds and birding. Newswest is pleased to welcome, as a regular column, Robert’s observations on nature, conservation, and the environment.
The End of Door to Door Sales?
New legislation fights high pressure sales tactics By Security Committee, Hintonburg Community Association Have you ever had a salesperson come to the door that you could not get rid of? Did you make the mistake of opening the screen door and then could not get it closed, or allowed the person just inside the door on a cold day and then could not get the person out? Have you ever had to call police because the salesperson would not leave or was aggressive and demeaning if you would not agree to sign a contract? These are all experiences people in Kitchissippi and within Ottawa have experienced over at least the last 7 years with aggressive doorto-door sales. As of March 1 this year, the province banned door-to-door sales of certain items: air cleaners, air conditioners, air purifiers, duct cleaning services, furnaces, water filters, water heaters, water purifiers, water softeners, water treatment devices, and bundles of these goods and services. Another key part of the legislation is that businesses will only be able to sign a contract in the person’s home if the person contacted the business ahead of time and invited them to
their home to purchase the service. Businesses must document how the contact was made and any contracts that do not follow these rules will be considered void, and the resident will be able to keep the goods and services with no obligations.
rental water heaters and furnaces. The salespeople were very aggressive and the number of complaints we heard skyrocketed. Police were also being called because the salespeople would not take “No” for an answer and would not leave.
The salespeople were very aggressive and the number of complaints we heard skyrocketed. Police were also being called because the salespeople would not take “No” for an answer and would not leave. For more information see: tinyurl. com/ya3fakr2 (www.ontario.ca/page/ door-door-sales-and-home-servicecontracts) How did this legislation come about? The summer and fall of 2011 saw a growing increase, both in this area and across the City, in door-todoor salespeople with contracts for
The Hintonburg Community Association (HCA) was alerting residents about the issue and recommendations from police on how to deal with concerns. We collected impact statements and heard devastating stories of some seniors who signed contracts, had their furnace or water heater removed within a day and ended up
with a very expensive rental contract. We heard of abusive and offensive comments made to residents by these salespeople.We forwarded the impact statements to the police, MPP Yasir Naqvi and the Ministry of Consumer Affairs. In 2012, Cst. Andrew Milton, Community Police Officer at the time, contacted the head office of the company that was causing the concerns here. He asked them for a meeting and when they heard that a representative from MPP Naqvi’s office would also be attending they sent a senior executive from the U.S. The representative disavowed that the high pressure tactics we were experiencing were company policy. They said they would speak to the local sales reps and they invited Cst Milton to speak to their trainees to explain the law to them. As a result of the meeting the complaints in this area stopped for a few years, however it was clear from other media reports that the problems had just moved to other areas. This recent legislation is very welcome. Loopholes will certainly be found but hopefully the province will move quickly to plug those as well. kitchissippi.com
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Faulty Assessment Leads to Wrong Decision By Blaine Marchand, R.E.A.D. Increasingly in Ottawa, community consultation seems to be tokenism – architectural plans are presented and comments noted. But often when push comes to shove, the finished product is a far cry from what was shown and doesn’t reflect the input received. There are many examples of this… the Lansdowne development, and closer to home the former Visitation convent. Rosemount Branch library is another case in point. Despite community input in 2016 that recommended a new facility located close to the current site, the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) board hired a consultant to evaluate possible renovation and new-build options for Rosemount. At no time was community input sought in the development of the scope of the business case. Rather, a hard financial budget was pre-set, which effectively eliminated any consideration of expansion or a new building. Was the real intent to ensure the only possible conclusion would be a superficial renovation of the branch? In spite of the views of the community, expressed in extensive public consultations, the consultant’s report did not assess the benefits of an expanded Rosemount library. The Rosemount Expansion and Development (READ) group has stressed the need for a library that responds to 21st century needs. The READ group believes the report ignored the fact that Rosemount has the highest circulation per capita of ALL branches. READ believes the consultant’s report relied on faulty or misleading data in its analysis of Rosemount’s overuse and
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user needs, including allocating half the space at Carlingwood, more than 7km away, to the Rosemount catchment area. The OPL’s proposed $2 million renovation will not expand the space at Rosemount and will result in the closure of the branch for a significant amount of time. The OPL has said that community consultation will take place prior to the closure, but no timeline has been pro-
vided. Closure could be as early as autumn 2018. A related issue is how the city budgets for new and renovated libraries, which in READ’s view, is deeply flawed. Consider two other cities. The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) has created a library system that is responsive to the needs of both urban and suburban
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When does a “Home” become a “Bunkhouse”? By HCA Security Committee By-Law Services held a public consultation Feb. 21 on proposed clarifications to the definitions of Rooming Houses, related definitions and some of the newer housing forms being seen in recent years – private home conversion which have sometimes been labelled “bunkhouses”. This process is an attempt to align the definitions in other City departments so that there is one clear definition for Zoning and By-Law. A further review slated to begin later this year will be a comprehensive review of the licensing of residential room rentals including shortterm rentals such as Airbnb and shared accommodations. There has been a lack of clarity in defining what constitutes a rooming house and what constitutes shared accommodation - a group of friends sharing a residence. This consultation has been prompted by conversion of houses into many bedrooms under the guise of friends sharing
accommodation when they clearly operate as a Rooming House. Areas close to the universities and Algonquin College have seen many of these conversions. A house that once had a family of 4 or had 2 apartments might be converted to 10 or 20 bedrooms. Neighbours have complained of problems with excessive and unmanaged garbage, many vehicles parking on the property and street, lots of visitors, parties and general disruption. Another complication with the definitions was that a rooming house was defined by the number of roomers not the number of rooms – so if a room was empty at the time of inspection it might fall below the threshold. Rooming houses began to be licensed in 2002. There are yearly inspections and there are a number of specific requirements and building code standards that must be met before a license is issued. All these strict requirements are in place for tenant protection and to ensure minimal
impact on the neighbouring community. Many of these conversions or “bunkhouses” essentially operate as rooming houses but avoid the more stringent requirements, inspections and expense. The essential difference is how the people operate together. They are deemed to be a single housekeeping unit if they have collective decision-making and responsibility for the management of the interior of the dwelling unit. It is a rooming house if they are independent tenants with no collective decision making or responsibility for the management of the interior of the unit (ie: common areas) and there are more than 4 rooms. This review and the one to start later this year is also being looked at in conjunction with the larger Zoning review of R4 zones. For information and to fill in the online survey : https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/laws-licenses-and-permits/laws/ rooming-house-licensing-law-review.
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By Jeff Leiper, Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Happy March, Kitchissippi! Our February was very busy. We have lots of active planning files on the go, which means lots of public open houses. We also had our last community bonfire of the season, complete with s’mores and a synthetic skating pad courtesy of the Wellington West BIA. On February 14th, council voted – including me – to approve a modified version of the Rochester Field development concept. This concept still contains two mid-rise buildings grouped together at the south end of the field, but some changes have been made to address the concerns I was hearing from residents.
“It was a difficult decision for me to support this, and I am grateful for all the advice I received, but I consider the addition to the gap to be meaningful.” The original proposal contained two six-storey buildings on Richmond, with a setback and a gap of roughly 15 meters between them. Because of concerns from myself and residents that this offered too little gateway between Richmond and the SJAM park, I successfully secured a pause on the process to see whether any improvements could be made. My thanks to
Carnegie facilities. The city has three principles it considers for each library branch redevelopment – maximize investment and revenue potential of city owned lands with stand-alone library facilities; advance community benefits through mixed use development opportunities and partnership possibilities; and, recognize today’s technology necessitates contemporary library services. Other Canadian cities develop strategies and commit to long-term funding for their library systems. Why, in Ottawa, do the OPL and city council not adopt similar approaches?
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Councillor Harder, the Mayor, and the NCC’s Dr. Kristmanson for helping us get that second look. Ultimately, the new plans resulted in a 4-meter widening to the gap between the two buildings, which is roughly the same width of the Byron Linear Park. To compensate for loss of density, the building on the east side of the site is proposed at seven stories instead of six. It was a difficult decision for me to support this, and I am grateful for all the advice I received, but I consider the addition to the gap to be meaningful. There is no actual development proposal for this property, and there likely won’t be for many years. This effort was not the last chance to effect change in the proposal, and we will continue efforts with the NCC as opportunities arise. Recently, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) decided that the City must take steps to either officially decommission the Prince of Wales Bridge or bring it into a state of repair where it could be used for rail operations within a year. While this decision has enormous repercussions for the City, it could be good news for those advocating for a cycling/pedestrian connection between Gatineau and the Bayview Station. The City will take some time to determine how it wants to proceed, and the current deadline for the City to outline its intended actions is April 30th. I have a few outstanding questions about this; it seems to me that the City should appeal the April 30th deadline in order to gather more information about the cost of renovating the bridge. Furthermore, we need to understand what the CTA will accept as a plan to repair the bridge moving forward. I consider that the bridge should be put into operation as a rail/cycling/pedestrian connection, but the issue is complex. You can read more about my thoughts on the blog. We look forward to welcoming spring in the Ward and all the wonderful activities that attend it!
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the Ottawa Catholic School Board. It was a privilege to join Fiona Fahey, teacher from St. George School who was recognized and who has been a tremendous asset to the St. George school community. Congratulations Ms. Fahey! St. George School Council Meeting: On February 20, St. George School held their monthly school council meeting. Whenever possible I try to attend school council meetings to listen to parents and better understand individual school needs. Topics at the meeting included, school fund raising initiatives, hot lunches and the need for more outdoor education items such as benches and gardens. More Support For Outdoor Education:
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At the regular board meeting of February 27, trustees discussed how to spend some surplus funds from previous budgets. The board looked at flexible classroom seating/lighting, playground equipment for schools in need and boosting technology for teachers in the classroom. One notable item that was missing was support for outdoor classrooms and educational experiences. After listening to school councils and principals, I put forward a motion, which the board of trustees unanimously passed, calling for a one-time expenditure of $200,000 toward outdoor classrooms. We look forward to seeing what creative ideas schools have to enhance outdoor learning experiences for students. Contact Jeremy Wittet by telephone at (613) 721-2376, by email at Jeremy.Wittet@ocsb.ca, and via Twitter @OCSBWittet.
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lot line of the homes on Fraser Avenue. A representative for the NCC said this was necessary because the Federal Government wasn’t providing them with enough funding to carry out their mandate. Also in February, four meetings were scheduled to inform residents of rezoning applications in
our community. On February 20th at the Churchill Seniors Centre, we were presented with a Domicile proposal for a six storey mixeduse building which would replace the first three houses on the west side of Roosevelt behind Starbucks. This is an R3 zone where single homes are zoned for a height of 8M not six storeys as proposed by Domicile. On February 22 we met at the Superstore to hear about a six Continued on page 17
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the beginning of every month and this information is available on the Ottawa Police web site at ottawapolice.ca or you can sign up to receive a Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin which includes this information and more about staying safe. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org asking to be added to the list. The approach of spring is certainly reason to celebrate, but if the improving weather isn’t enough of a reason to hold a party, I see that we’re just about to hit St. Patrick’s Day, a long-standing invitation to party hearty. Go ahead. Enjoy yourself. Just don’t spoil the party by drinking and driving, a potentially deadly combination. Do yourself and your friends and colleagues a favour by offering to be a designated driver. Drink close to home. Use public transit. Anything but drinking and driving.
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By Anna Borris One day when the mail was delivered, to my surprise there was a little envelope addressed to me. At ten years old, the only mail I had ever received besides Christmas cards from distant aunts and uncles, was my monthly copy of “Calling All Girls” magazine. With great excitement I tore open the envelope to find a birthday party invitation in honour of a girl who had recently moved in down the street. The card said “It’s a surprise.” I was just getting to know Judy, who was in my class, and wondered if my friend Karen would be invited too. As it turned out, she was. After school the next day my mom and I walked up to the United Store on Wellington Street to look for a birthday gift. We found paint by number sets, paper dolls and India rubber balls, but nothing that really caught my fancy. Our next destination was Beamish’s, quite a few blocks further west on Wellington Street just past Holland Avenue. Some of the toys were the same but I found one I liked, Wooly Willy. Willy was a magnetic drawing toy. He had a hairless face and a bald head under a clear plastic cover. Metal filings were moved about with a magnetic wand to add hair, eyebrows, a beard or moustache. I loved Willy right away and insisted that that was the
perfect gift. We picked up some wrapping paper and a card all for under two dollars, and headed home to wrap him up. Finally the big day arrived. Wearing our party dresses, Karen and I walked over to Judy’s house. Her mother told us that Judy was out with her dad, and showed us to the basement playroom where a number of kids of various ages were gathered. Some were cousins and a few were neighbours. All were aware of the social importance of birthdays and were dressed accordingly, the girls in fancy party dresses and boys wearing bow ties. Suddenly Judy’s mom appeared in the doorway hissing “Shh, they’re here!” In the silence we could hear Judy and her dad coming in and heading downstairs. As she came through the door to a loud “Surprise!” she stopped short and stared. Then she burst into tears, covering her face with her hands. “What’s the matter?” asked one little boy cousin. “I’m just surprised that you’re all here,” Judy started to laugh. “Let’s have some games, then we’ll open your gifts” suggested her mom. We played pin the tail on the donkey as we did at every birthday party, drop the clothespin in the milk bottle, and musical chairs. Everyone was hot and flushed after all the activity. Judy sat in a
chair surrounded by her gifts which she began to open excitedly. The guests watched with anticipation and envy as cards were read and papers were strewn about the floor to reveal each new burst of excitement and anticipation. Obviously several people had been shopping at the United Store, both the paper dolls and paint sets appeared. Along with the India rubber ball there was a Bobbsey Twins book and another called “The Water Babies”. Finally she opened Wooly Willy. She was delighted, and everyone wanted to try drawing some hair for Willy. We trooped upstairs to the dining room where the table was loaded with glasses of orange Freshie, and three kinds of sandwiches made of egg, peanut butter and jam, and cheese. Judy blew out the candles on her cake and we were all served a piece with chocolate ripple ice cream. Everyone found at least a nickel or dime wrapped in wax paper in their cake, and Karen found a quarter in hers. It was getting late, and some of the little ones were overexcited and starting to cry and fight. Little plastic baskets full of candy were handed out as we went out the door yelling “Happy Birthday” to Judy one last time. It’s safe to say that a fine time was had by all and that Wooly Willy was a hit.
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Because the ISS passes over Ottawa so rarely at convenient times, and in suitable weather conditions for viewing, Newswest is celebrating this month’s 7 consecutive evenings of early fly-overs with this handy schedule and score card. Now, you can keep track of your sightings and let us know about what you expected to see, and what you actually saw. Send an email to email@example.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter @NewswestOttawa. Chart courtesy of Mark Narwa
MARCH 15 – ST. PATRICK’S FRIENDSHIP LUNCHEON At the Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre (345 Richmond Rd.) on Thursday March 15 from 11:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Featuring the Sue Fay Healy Irish Dancers. Catered sandwiches, salads, desserts, tea or coffee Cost: $12.50 (over 65) or $13.75 (under 65). Deadline to register is March 6. For more information, please call 613-798-8927. MARCH 17- WESTBORO LEGION’S ST PATRICK’S DAY PARTY Please join us for live music and great food at the Westboro Legion’s St Patrick’s Day Party on Saturday March 17 in the main hall at 389 Richmond Rd. There will be live music performed by Country Reflections. Doors open at 1 p.m. and music begins at 3 p.m. There is no cover charge but donations are gratefully accepted. 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 at rcl480.com or call 613-725-2778. MARCH 18 - OTTAWA ORCHID SOCIETY MEETING The Ottawa Orchid Society welcomes guest speaker Leslie Ee from the “Southern Ontario Orchid Society” Toronto. Leslie’s presentation will be on Phalaenopsis Violacea variety Indigo. Also on the program will be a show table for members bringing in their flowering orchids to be shown and judged. Plants will be offered for sale from Flora Peculia which specializes in Neofinetia (Vanda) Falcata (the Samurai orchid). Starting 1:30 p.m. at Tom Brown Arena (141 Bayview Rd.). Visitors welcome, $5 at the door. For information please call 613-729-0175. MARCH 19 - TOASTMASTERS SPEECHCRAFT PROGRAM Do you have trouble finding the right words to say when speaking to a group of people? A Speechcraft workshop can help you become a confident poised speaker The Above and Beyond Toastmasters program starts on Monday March 19. The cost is only $30 which can be put toward membership dues should you wish to join the club. The meetings are from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and are in the Bickell Room of the Civic Campus. For enrollment information contact Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to aboveandbeyondtoastmasters.ca. MARCH 21 - AFTERNOON TEA AND DANCE At the Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre (345 Richmond Rd.) on Wednesday March 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Ballroom, line, and latin dance in a social setting on large wood spring floor. No partner required. Cost: $3.75. For more information, please call 613798-8927. MARCH 22 – WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF JERUSALEM? Public meeting organized by Canada Talks Israel Palestine to understand what the fuss is about making Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Includes panel discussion with Reem Buhaisi, a Palestinian refugee, David Halton, long time CBC journalist in Jerusalem and Carl Hétu, just returned from leading meetings of Canadian Catholic bishops in Jerusalem. Dr. Peter
Larson, will present on the historical and current events impacting on this most historical city. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 22, Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.) For more information, contact email@example.com. Admission is free.
MARCH 24 - WESTBORO LEGION DANCE WITH LIVE MUSIC Please join us at the Westboro Legion Saturday Night Dance with live music performed by “The Divas” in the upstairs lounge at 391 Richmond Rd. from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be a member to join. Cost for admission is $2 for Legion Members and $5 for the public. For more information please visit our website at rcl480.com. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.
MARCH 25 - UKRAINIAN EASTER BAZAAR Join our regular bazaar patrons who have shown exceptional skills as they refine the art of designing beautiful pysanky (Easter eggs) every year. Pysanka decorating supplies including traditional dyes and beeswax will be available along with beautifully illustrated books. The Ukrainian Women’s Association hosts its bazaar from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral hall (1000 Byron) on Sunday, March 25. Admission is free with parking on Byron and the church parking lot. Enjoy your Ukrainian lunch with your friends, then stock up on varenyky, holubtsti and borscht for your freezer. New arrivals from Ukrainian include richly embroidered handicrafts, blouses, modern apparel and ceramics. Local raw honey and knitted goods are favourites along with the Easter breads and popular goodies like lemon poppy-seed and carrot cakes. For more information call Doreen Keir at 613-826-0353. MARCH 26 - MEDIA STREAMING 101 Broadband internet has significantly transformed the delivery of media content to our households. With more content readily available, a growing number of Canadians are cutting the traditional cable and satellite umbilical cord and opting for online alternatives. Jeff Dubois, Publicity Chair, Ottawa PC Users’ Group, examines some of the alternatives, restrictions and solutions used to maximize your streaming experience. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday March 26 at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
Legion members and $5 for the public. For more information please visit our website at rcl480.com. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more. APRIL 11 - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING FOR HAMPTON IONA COMMUNITY GROUP The Annual General Meeting for Hampton Iona Community Group will be taking place April 11 at 7 p.m. in the second floor Teaching Kitchen of Loblaw’s Superstore on Richmond Road. The agenda will include: A review of the past year’s events; upcoming June gardening and park events; election of officers and proposed constitutional amendments. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If anyone is considering putting their names forward for the position of President, Vice President, Treasurer or Secretary, they are required to submit their names by March 28 so we can plan for any potential board elections. Please contact Ken Hoffman at khoffman@web. ca. APRIL 20 & 21 - KITCHISSIPPI UNITED CHURCH SPRING RUMMAGE SALE This popular event has a good selection of clothing, boutique items, jewellery, collectables, books, household items, toys and more. Come and browse. Friday, April 20, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to noon, 630 Island Park Dr. (at the Queensway). For information call 613-722-7254. 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 rcl480.com or call 613-725-2778.
MARCH 29 - CARLINGWOOD FILM CLUB Watch and discuss a good film in a relaxed, book-clubstyle chat about film and cinematography! Last Thursday of the month until May. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. Drop-in. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca.
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 abottawa.toastmastersclubs.org or contact email@example.com.
MARCH 31 - WESTBORO LEGION DANCE WITH LIVE MUSIC Please join us at the Westboro Legion Saturday Night Dance with live music performed by “Country Mile” in the upstairs lounge at 391 Richmond Rd. from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be a member to join. Cost for admission is $2 for
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 first Wednesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (for beginners) and last Wednesday of every month (non-beginners). Bring your own ukulele. Cost: $2.
YOUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS For up-to-date news on your neighbourhood, stay in touch with your community association. Information about events, traffic changes, development, neighbourhood clubs, volunteer opportunities and board meetings is available from the following Community Association websites. Champlain Park Community Association champlainpark.org Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association Chnaottawa.ca Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre friendsofchurchill.com Hintonburg Community Association hintonburg.com Hampton-Iona Community Group hamptoniona.wordpress.com Island Park Community Association islandpark.wordpress.com McKellar Park Community Association mckellarparkcommunity.wordpress.com Mechanicsville Community Association facebook.com/MechanicsvilleCA Wellington Village Community Association wvca.ca Westboro Beach Community Association westborobeach.ca Westboro Community Association lovewestboro.wordpress.com
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