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Were you at this year’s Highland Park Lawn Bowling annual strawberry social and fundraiser on June 23? This was my second year attending. Not only was the strawberry shortcake absolutely stellar (apparently it’s a secret recipe!) but the good company was excellent. Thank you to everyone who made me feel so welcome: Bob Thomson, Clarice Steers, club president Douglas McGregor, and my fellow table mates as we bonded over shortcake, lemonade, and of course, larger discussions about changes in Westboro and the future of the club itself. There’s more to come in a future issue of KT. 1321 Wellington St. W, 613-722-8753

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Some residents would also like to see a refreshed mural on the side of the Scotiabank in Westboro. I can’t disagree. Maybe it’s time to revisit? It’s important to acknowledge the assistance of the City of Ottawa Mural Program, who co-sponsored Ryan’s proposal with the Wellington West Business Improvement Area. The goal of the Ottawa Mural Program is to support the City’s Graffiti Management Strategy and beautify our city. According to the City of Ottawa, outdoor murals have proven to be effective in managing graffiti, promoting arts and culture, contributing to economic development, and providing youth engagement opportunities – all good reasons to have more murals, for sure. Readers: Don’t forget that some news and events are posted only to our website and do not appear in the printed edition of KT. If you subscribe to our email newsletter you’ll never miss an update. You can find the sign-up form at



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Humans of Kitchissippi is a special street photography project designed to introduce readers to some of the people who live, work, and play in Kitchissippi. Each instalment of HOK contains three elements: a photo, a name, and a quote from the subject that reveals a little bit about who they are. Go to to view our ongoing collection of humans.

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Meet Erika Gaal “I was born and raised here in Ottawa, I’ve lived all around the city in my life and have been living here in Westboro for the last almost 15 years. It’s the best neighbourhood I’ve ever lived in, in Ottawa. I really like the amount of green space. I love that it’s so close to

the water. It still has a small neighbourhood feel within a big city even though we are so close to central Ottawa. I really, really like the feel of this neighbourhood. My favourite space is the Parkway area, because I really love the water. Westboro Beach is a nice

area and all along there. I recently got a bike and I want to get out on it, especially on the bike path along the river, at least twice a week and my goal is to spend more time doing that. “Two places I would travel to that are of equal

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It was so nice to see the article in the May edition about Bates Island. It brought back such warm memories. April 25th, 2018, was a beautiful spring day. My husband Bob, I, and our 22-year-old grandson, Alexander, who is recovering from heart surgery and staying with us while he recuperates, went for a drive to Bates Island. While we were there I showed Alexander the exact spot overlooking the west end of the island where, on September 26, 1955, his Papa asked me to be his special girl – in those days we called it “going steady.” On April 20th of this year, we celebrated our 61st wedding anniversary. Many times, in the early days of our marriage, when we celebrated an anniversary we would go to the restaurant on Bates Island. It is one place we have always missed. Thank you, Dave, for your well-written article. Violet Lowe, Wesley Avenue

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I really enjoyed reading the history of Bate Island. Here is my story. As a young boy, my family would travel every summer from Sudbury, Ontario to the Outaoauis region to visit my grandparents and help with the farm chores in haying BOTS ON THE season. My uncle, Roger BEACH Danis, lived in Buckingham and later owned the tavern in Perkins (now Val-desMonts). He would order his take-out Chinese food all the way from the Café Champlain and this is how we discovered Chinese culinary delights. He even liked to eat his egg rolls cold right out of the freezer. My parents would always point to the cafe when we crossed the bridge, but I do not remember ever having visited the site. I keep wondering when someone will take advantage of this great site to build a restaurant offering spectacular views of the river, the city and sunsets. It would have to be architecturally integrated into the site to preserve the natural feel, but it could be done. Maybe hide the kitchens etc. under the bridge and only have some transparent structures above the bridge for the dining spaces? After dark, maybe the exterior could project landscapes like the lantern at the NAC?

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he cozy “war time” style home at 526 Highland Avenue had a certain charm about the place when it, and the house next door, were built by an enterprising young man in 1939. Situated on a generous sixty by hundred foot lot, the home had everything a young family, at that time, would have wanted: nice neighbourhood, three bedrooms, hardwood flooring throughout, a cozy fireplace in the living room, kitchen, sturdy basement, dining room and a solid, oversized detached garage. Good schools were also close by. Two little silver maple trees, one in the side yard and one at the rear held the promise of shady, tranquil spots when they reached maturity plus, within their branches, an ideal location for a tree house! Fast-forward some sixty years, when Gabriella and Francis Tremblay were searching the area for a new home. For them, the little home at 526 Highland, put a check mark in all the right boxes, including the silver maples. “Somewhere there’s a photograph of me hugging this maple tree,” laughs Gabriella. The Highland house quickly became their home and for the next three years, the young couple enjoyed their new quarters. Francis Tremblay was busy working at what was then Newbridge Networks, today owned by Nokia. Gabriella was enrolled in the architecture program at Carleton University and would soon be expecting their son, Xavier. “We lived happily here for three years,” Gabriella recalls. “Then one day Francis came home and asked what I thought of relocating to France.”

The Tremblay family at their Highland Avenue home. PHOTO BY ANDREA TOMKINS Within a matter of a few short weeks, the couple made the decision and in January, Francis was in Paris. Not long after, with her architecture studies complete and, nine months pregnant, Gabriella rented their home and followed her husband to France. They settled in the small suburban village of Gif Sur Yvette south west of Paris. Xavier was born shortly thereafter. The family quickly settled into life in France and just as quickly faced the challenge of learning to cope with a new language neither of them spoke with any proficiency. As difficult as it was, Gabriella has nothing but fond memories. “It was a great experience. We gradually learned not to be shy

about using the language. Not to worry about grammar or how we sounded. You learn best when you struggle to learn.” What’s more she pointed out that the shopkeepers and merchants of Gif Sur Yvette were not about to speak English to them – even if they could. “They appreciate the effort, especially in a small town,” she says. “They will not speak English. You have to adapt. It is their culture.” Three years in France came to a close and the Tremblay family moved back to Ottawa and the Highland Avenue home. Gabriella describes their feeling at the time: “We spent three years away in a different culture being challenged. We got back here and said “now what?”

As it turned out, the home became their next project. While Francis resumed his duties in the Kanata high tech scene with Nokia, Gabriella put her architectural skills to work designing a generous renovation to their home. “We didn’t want to tear this house down. It has character. It’s own personality.” And, it also had those big silver maples, which were to figure prominently in the design and function of the renovations. For Gabriella, form follows function and in this case she knew the renovation would have to include a room off a newer and larger kitchen where Xavier could play and be easily observed while she and Francis prepared meals. Second on the list, was a larger dining room, extra space for a master bedroom, including an ensuite bathroom where Gabriella incorporated the base of an antique sideboard into the design to hold matching sinks. The final plans included a total of four bedrooms, studio area, a three-piece bathroom in the basement, an upgraded main second floor bathroom and a new powder room on the main floor. All of the original windows were replaced. Not wanting to remove or fatally injure the big silver maple in the back yard, the Tremblays opted not to put a foundation under the new open kitchen and sitting area. Instead the addition is on piers. Concerned that the floors might be uncomfortably cool, the couple opted to add in floor radiant heating in the addition. They later decided to extend the in floor heating throughout the entire house – all three floors including the basement – a process Francis refers to


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come up with the ideas and my husband implements them!” Xavier adds, with a wisdom belying his 14 years: “I just sit back and watch the entertainment!” The Tremblays have enjoyed the “expanded” 526 Highland for several years but even their generous renovation Continued on page 13

WHO LIVES HERE? Which Kitchissippi-area homes are you most curious about? It could be an old home, a new one, a big one, or a small one. Send an email to editor@ and we’ll make some inquiries.

Summer is the perfect time to take on a house project, whether it is a larger renovation or just some smaller updates. If you are considering selling your home, these few months offer a great opportunity to get your property looking its best before the Ottawa real estate market picks up steam again in the Fall. Of course, the greatest consideration for any homeowner is this: What renovations will actually bring me a return on investment? There are three different routes you could consider depending on your budget and timeline. For flashier renovations, kitchens and bathrooms are generally the best areas to spend your money. As the rooms where people spend the largest portion of their time, kitchens and bathrooms are typically the first areas buyers are hoping to wow them when they view a property in-person or online. The Appraisal Institute of Canada estimates updates to these main spaces bring a 75-100% return on investment. Less showy but perhaps more practical are updates to the property’s major components (e.g., roof, HVAC, windows, etc.). These main items needing to be replaced – 613-422-8688

as “scope creep.” Ductless air units keep the house cool in the summer. The exterior of the house was finished with forest green cement board cladding with cedar accents. The new windows are all trimmed with cedar. Soft brown coloured metal roofing on both the house and the garage, a stone walkway and steps in the front were the finishing touches. Along the way, the second big silver maple beside the house became the site of a generous tree house for Xavier. It too was upgraded with the soft green cement board cladding. While the Tremblay family knows when to call in the professionals and have done so during this renovation, they are also firm believers in DIY. “We are a great team,” Gabriella jokes. “I

is one of the biggest reasons why a buyer could cross a home off of their shortlist, so ensuring the grunt work is completed makes your home more turnkey and therefore more appealing. Lastly, even little things can help make a big first impression with buyers. Amping up the curb appeal with a bit of landscaping or giving the main living spaces a fresh coat of paint works wonders and will not break the bank. These are also the easiest projects to take on yourself; do not be afraid to get a little dirty! Whether you are considering selling in the Fall or waiting until further down the line, talk to a professional Realtor who can guide you on the renovations—big or small—that will truly increase the value of your home.

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GIVING Knitting for a cause

Helping women find comfort after a mastectomy BY JUDITH VAN BERKOM

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estboro’s Eileen Hunt lives in a tiny post-war house on Wesley Avenue. Some might know her as the volunteer caregiver of the gardens at the Embassy West Senior Living on Carling Avenue, or an active volunteer at Hampton Iona Park. She’s also a busy volunteer gardener at Maplelawn Garden on Richmond Road. Originally from the UK, Eileen grew up on a farm and later studied horticulture from the University of Nottingham. She immigrated with her husband and child to Canada in the 1960s and became a Canadian citizen in 1968. The family lived and worked out west for 25 years, she retired in 1997 at age 55, and they moved to Ottawa in 2007. In December 2016, Eileen developed breast cancer, which required a total mastectomy in January 2017 and the removal of 11 lymph nodes and some nerves in her armpit. It took seven months for the swelling to go down. The skin becomes sensitive after surgery, she explains, adding that her arm feels wooden some of the time or like she has a basketball under her arm. During that time, medical staff advised her not to invest in prosthetics. After her diagnosis, she

Eileen Hunt’s collection of knitted breast prosthesis. was instructed to purchase a commerciallymade camisole with fiberfill, but she found the seams made the garment too uncomfortable to wear. A friend in Calgary sent her a Knitted Knockers prosthesis for swimming (it was stuffed with bathtub sponges) and it launched her next volunteer career as a knitter, making soft, comfortable, lightweight prosthesis for mastectomy survivors. After surgery, she explains, you can’t wear certain bras. The knitted prosthesis also gave her protection from the seat belt. ”I was so intrigued after receiving one, I borrowed knitting needles, bought the cotton and started to make one,” describes Eileen. ”It took me two afternoons and actually made me sweat with the concentration and following the


pattern! Once I had one completed, I was hooked. The miracle is, I think, that the chemo drugs last year actually made my joints better (just my theory) and with each one I make, my tension improves.” These special, hand knit by

volunteers, prosthesis are made of nonirritating Cascade Ultra Pima cotton yarn and are available free of charge to women who find traditional breast prosthetics too expensive, heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. “For me they work like a charm,” says Eileen. “I have tried all the recommended prosthesis and bras but these are light weight and washable and for gardening and an active lifestyle, they are comfortable.” An international organization, Knitted Knockers Canada was founded by Nancy Thomson of Waterdown, Ontario. For information about the group, prosthesis patterns, and the materials list, visit knittedknockerscanada. com. To contribute knitted prosthesis, send an email to contact@ Breast prosthetics are available free of charge to those who have suffered through the trauma of breast cancer. Eileen hopes to spread awarenesss about this resource and would love to join a group that knits or crochets, so that creating them can become a social activity. Please contact her at ebbevin@

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n the evening of June 19, One World Grannies teamed up with tellers from Ottawa StoryTellers to share the joys of getting older. The grandmother group is one of about 250 across Canada that work with the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers Campaign to raise awareness and funds to support grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa. As a consequence of the AIDS pandemic, these elderly African women have buried their children and are caring for some 15 million young people left behind. In 12 years, Canadian grandmothers have raised $27 million for many initiatives, including school fees and housing. For their latest fundraiser, sixty guests filled the shady Hinton Avenue garden of Val Swinton and Noel Lomer to enjoy stories, granny-made treats, and laughter. Mary Wiggin, a master of folk tales, launched the evening with “Three Strong Women,” an intergenerational Japanese story replete with the fantastic and subtle wit expected of the genre. Annie Creighton, an Ottawa grandmother, shifted the mood with her recounting of a recent visit to Uganda where she saw first-hand the hardships, courage and love of grandmothers raising scores of children. Stand-up comedy followed, with Peggy Edwards and Sandi London, both members of One World Grannies, exchanging jokes and stories for an audience vote on whether they were ageist, sexist or just plain funny. After a break for granny-made desserts and door prizes, Clive Doucet, Ottawa writer and former city councillor, shared

memories of his Cape Breton grandfather and how that relationship enriched his role as a grandfather. Pat Holloway closed the program with “I Did It My Way,” a humorous chronicle of his youthful self, rebellious streak, and meeting the girl of his dreams. Peggy Edwards, a co-founder of the One World Grannies who met with African grandmothers at the launch of the Grandmothers Campaign in 2006, recalls, that “after understanding the challenges these women face, doing nothing was not an option. We vowed not to rest until these courageous and spirited women could rest.” She adds: “We welcome ‘grand-others’ as well as grandmothers and have a ‘no guilt, have fun’ work ethic.”

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COMMUNITY It’s a platinum anniversary for the Westboro Legion

Supporting veterans and serving the community for 70 years BY ANNE BOYS-HOPE

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oored like a boat at the corner of Richmond Road and Winston Avenue, the Westboro Legion stands out amongst the coffee shops and condominiums that surround it. Not a hot spot for foodies or craft beer drinkers, but a home away from home for veterans and their families and a stalwart contributor to good causes in the community. And in case you’re wondering, they are open to the public. “We’re part of the neighbourhood. Come in here, have a drink, use the Wi-Fi or play a game of pool for 50 cents. We encourage people to consider this as a possibility,” says legion president and Westboro resident, Doug Cody. The legion’s spacious bar, which is located on the second floor (accessible by elevator), looks and feels like a British pub. It offers the “cheapest beer prices on the block,” along with pool tables, dart boards, and a gallery of military history. Its main floor meeting room is available to rent for weddings, fundraisers, and other events. The legion was formed by a small group of veterans in 1948, and was then known as Nepean Branch 480. They met in homes and meeting rooms in the community, eventually purchasing their first property, a barbershop, at 375-381 Richmond Road in 1968. In 1973, they bought and renovated their current location – formerly a grocery store – at 389-391 Richmond Road. (It’s thought that the legion has multiple street numbers in its address because it was originally comprised of multiple buildings.) The branch was one of many Royal

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Doug and Shirley Munroe have been active volunteers at the Westboro Legion since 1973. PHOTO BY ANNE BOYS-HOPE

Canadian Legions established by and for veterans after the Second World War. Doug Munroe, past legion president, long-time volunteer, and veteran, saw the need first-hand. “When the people of the Second and First World War got out of the service, they were dumped on the street. My father was dumped in Halifax. No job and no support,” says Munroe. “So the legion was formed to advocate to the Government of Canada for benefits, and we’re still doing that today.” Cody, who is also a veteran, says “they

had served together for a good cause, and they had a real bond of comradery.” Today, the legion continues to support veterans, promote remembrance and serve the community. It’s perhaps best known for organizing the annual poppy campaign and Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Westboro Cenotaph. Their ongoing fundraising efforts – from bingo nights to strawberry socials put on by the Ladies Auxiliary – help to support veterans and their families, as well as military organizations like the Military Family Resource Centre, the Perley and

Rideau Veteran’s Health Centre, Soldiers Helping Soldiers, along with three local cadet groups. Their fundraising extends to charitable causes across the community, such as special needs camps for children, Meals on Wheels, CHEO Foundation and the Ottawa Food Bank. Michael Maidment, Ottawa Food Bank CEO, says the Westboro Legion has been a generous donor since 1997. “Through trivia nights, kitchen parties, and food raisers for our charity, the Westboro Legion has contributed over $12,000 to provide for the 38,400 people who need emergency food every month in Ottawa,” says Maidment. “I cannot think of another organization that has done so much to support veterans, their families, and the community at large.”





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And yet, Munroe says that with declining membership, “most branches, including branch 480, are struggling to get enough volunteers to carry on their work.” Membership peaked in the 1980s at about 800 members. Current membership stands at about 300, and

“There are a number of members who literally walk to this branch. Who once a week enjoy coming up here socializing. It would not be the same in the neighbourhood if we were gone,” says Cody. “We’re here, and we want to improve our visibility a little bit. We’re hoping to open people’s eyes to the fact that they can walk in the door.” True to the sign they’ve got posted outside their door: everyone is welcome at the Westboro Legion. Check the legion’s website at rcl480. com for events celebrating their 70th anniversary.


In 1947, a few veterans from the Westboro area banded together to form a west-end Legion Branch to be called Nepean Branch. While the formation of the group originated in 1947, the Charter was not granted until 1948. Lt Col. R. Taylor was the Westboro Legion’s first president. PHOTO BY ANNE

those are mostly non-military members. (legion membership is open to family members of veterans and to Canadian citizens who support the purposes of the legion.) “Branches are suffering, closing, and amalgamating to try to lessen the burden, and this branch isn’t any different,” explains Cody. They’ve considered selling up and moving, but say that would mean being less accessible and visible to their members and the community. Instead they say they’ll work to bring in new members, while continuing to welcome their regulars.

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organization that has done so much to support veterans, their families, and the community at large.”


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The Legion in 1973, before the upstairs addition. See for extra photos.

There is in our business a term that is used “cosmetic pointing”. This is when a person puts a bit of mortar over holes in the mortar, brushes it and off he/she goes. The client does not know any better but it looks good. This is not the way pointing gets done. The area that has loose or missing mortar needs to chipped out, at least 1/2 to 3/4 of inch, raked out and then filled with new mortar so that the joints are well packed and keep their integrity. this is more time consuming but a more detailed and long lasting job. Stone pointing is an even more labour intensive process. If the mortar has colour, the mason will need to try and match the colour as close as possible to the old mortar.

EARLY DAYS Kitchissippi’s Hollywood connection Westboro’s Rosina Lawrence was a sensation during the golden age of cinema BY DAVE ALLSTON

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he 1930s was an era of depression and lean times, but it was also the golden age of cinema. Perhaps to escape the occasional dreariness of life, residents would flock to the theatre, as movie-houses began appearing in every neighbourhood, including Westboro. However, Westboro in the mid-1930s had a more direct connection to Hollywood, as one of its own briefly became one of Hollywood’s most popular starlets. Her visits back home created a sensation in the neighbourhood, and there was arguably no bigger name locally in the pre-WWII era then that of Miss Rosina Lawrence. George Lawrence and Annie Hagar married in Ramsgate, England in 1910, and moved to Westboro a year later. Their daughter Rosina was born a year after that, on December 30, 1912. George worked briefly as a streetcar operator, but was a carpenter by trade, and put his skills to work building houses in Westboro. In 1912 he built 350 and 352 Wilmont Avenue, and it is likely in one of these two houses that Rosina was born. In 1914, he built an impressive brick home at the north end of Roosevelt (342 Roosevelt Ave.) on a large double lot across from the CPR Westboro Station. It was here Rosina spent her early childhood years, attending Westboro Public School (now Churchill) and developing her early swimming skills at Westboro Beach. Annie’s entire family moved close-by; the Hagar name remaining prominent in Westboro for years. In March 1922, when Rosina was nine, the Lawrence family moved to the U.S. for warmer weather and grander opportunities. The family resided in Boston briefly, before arriving in California by the mid-1920s. In Los Angeles, Rosina was signed up for ballet

and acting lessons, learning “elocution and stage deportment” under renowned Canadian director, Joseph De Grasse. Meanwhile, George found employment building stage sets at Hollywood studios. Rosina made her film debut at the age of 11 in “A Lady of Quality” (1924), and appeared in Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Angel of Broadway” (1927). Around this time, Rosina suffered a serious spinal injury from a fall while playing tag at school. Though it was perceived that she was uninjured at first, two weeks later her entire left side was paralyzed. She received extensive medical care over the next year, but it was a revolutionary treatment using dance lessons that returned her to normal health. During her teen years she worked in vaudeville, stage musicals and film, and as a fashion model in Hollywood. She was also as a stand-in for the popular actress, Sally Eilers, but most of Rosina’s roles were small and uncredited at the time. In what was referred to as a Cinderella story for the daughter of a set builder, Rosina got the lead in the 1934 film “$10 raise” opposite Edward Everett Horton. Screened at Ottawa’s Capitol Theatre, Rosina immediately gained a legion of fans. Her performance led to the exciting announcement on May 1, 1935 that she had signed a six-year contract with Fox Studios (which, by the way, paid her as much as $700 per week). This was front page news in Ottawa and her photograph appeared in virtually every major newspaper in North America that day, billed as the “year’s most promising ingénue.” As was common in the era, Rosina was advertised as younger than she was. Two years were shaved off her age. Fox Studios selected her as one of the

Rosina Lawrence was born in Westboro, attended school in Westboro, and went on to become a Hollywood starlet during the golden age of cinema. For more photos, see the web version of this article at “Four Debutante Stars of 1935” who were to be “groomed for stardom.” Also in the group was Margarita Cansino (aka Rita Hayworth), who Rosina had performed with in a dinner club in 1934. Rosina was 5’3”, blonde with green eyes and had a “clear, firm soprano voice and a trim, graceful figure which would

be admirably suited to what is still her greatest ambition – ballet dancing.” She was described as “quiet, almost to the point of being shy, Rosina isn’t the typical wise-cracking, chorus girl type. She seldom dates, does not smoke, and is never seen in Hollywood night spots.” The press called her “one of the prettiest

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Tremblay family adapted the Highland home to their standards opting to keep as much of the original structure as possible and added impressive new elements without lavishly expanding the overall house. They’re hoping that a new family will appreciate what they’ve done and can move in soon. Xavier Tremblay is 14 now. He’ll start high school in the fall. At first, he wanted to take the tree fort with him to the new house but he’s comfortable with the fact that it will be staying, perched gracefully in the leafy arms of the big silver maple in the side yard of 526 Highland Avenue.


Continued from page 7 will not accommodate the possibility of an older parent moving in with the family, an eventuality for which they want to prepare. Since the Highland home is not suitable, the couple found and bought another house a few blocks away. They have since put their home on the market and Gabriella is putting her mind to work contemplating the designs for this next house. The individual who built 526 Highland Avenue must have been proud of his accomplishment. Subsequent owners benefited from his construction skills so evident in this west end home. The




actresses in the motion picture colony.” Swimming skills, perhaps developed at Westboro Beach, led to her accomplish an impressive feat. She was one of the first women to swim across Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada. Rosina appeared in five films with Fox. Her contract terminated in 1936 when Fox merged with 20th Century. She was signed by MGM’s Hal Roach Studios, and appeared in “The Great Ziegfeld” and gaining wider popularity as the school teacher in the “Our Gang” series of short films, including the Oscar-winning “Bored of Education” (1936). Her most well-known role was heroine alongside comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

in “Way Out West” (1937). At the height of her popularity, Rosina returned to Westboro on several occasions to visit her grandparents and aunts. Neighbourhood children flocked around the Hagar house on Wilmont to catch a glimpse of the famous Hollywood star and get her autograph. Rosina married New York lawyer, Juvenal Marchisio, in 1939. Following the wedding, she was filming in Italy (where she was extremely popular) when WWII broke out. She had difficulty finding passage home, lucking out in narrowly catching a boat and avoiding capture as a British subject in Germany-allied Italy. That film was Rosina’s final one, as she retired from show business to focus on her marriage and three children in Brooklyn. Widowed in 1973, Rosina remarried in 1987 to a Laurel & Hardy biographer. She died of cancer on June 23, 1997 in New York City. Despite her natural beauty and considerable talents, Rosina never reached super stardom, but during Westboro (and cinema’s) exciting early days, she was definitely its most famous resident. Dave Allston is a local historian and the author of The Kitchissippi Museum ( His

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t’s officially summertime now and Kitchissippi ward is hopping with fun events and new projects. With so many things that make our ward wonderful, it’s hard to choose just a few things to write about. Read on to find out what’s new in the neighbourhood. We are very pleased to see that the new pedestrian crossover on McRae Avenue between Scott and Richmond is now fully operational. This safe, midblock crossing is a massive improvement to the area that addresses pedestrian safety and construction concerns. We understand that this crossing will be made permanent, and we look forward to it becoming a useful fixture in the neighbourhood. The intersection of Churchill and Richmond will see some much needed changes this summer. Pedestrian improvements are pending for this area; many thanks to every one who participated in our consultation process back in June 2016. Your feedback gave us valuable insight into what was most needed at this busy spot. We’re excited to see this intersection become much more pedestrian-friendly when the work is completed. Speaking of Richmond Road, FUSE street festival is returning to Westboro August 18 and 19! Richmond Road will be closed to vehicle traffic from Golden Avenue to McRae Avenue to bring out the best of what Westboro has to offer. Join in the family friendly fun and support great local businesses and initiatives. With live music, theatre, magic, circus performances, a pig roast in Winston Square, an inflatable playground for kids, and so much more, there is truly something for everyone! There are also volunteer opportunities available

”This safe, midblock crossing is a massive improvement to the area that addresses pedestrian safety and construction concerns.” for anyone aged 14 and up. Visit the Westboro Village website to learn more and register to volunteer. Don’t forget to check our newsletter for more up-to-date information about pop-up office hours and local events. A brief note about our office: staff are excused at 3 p.m. on Fridays to enjoy our gorgeous summer weather, but are still happy to help with any concerns during regular business hours the rest of the week. Stay cool Kitchissippi!


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From activist to teacher, to father, to candidate Five things about Joel Harden



n the June provincial election, we saw a massive shift take place in Ontario’s political climate. Many communities have seen a change in their representation at the provincial level. Here in Kitchissippi, one of those changes has brought us a new MPP, and his name is Joel Harden. Joel first credits his success to his team of volunteers, who have been building up his campaign from the grass roots since late 2017. In the end, over 1,200 people had volunteered on Joel’s campaign, to knock on doors, make phone calls, distribute lawn signs and collect data. That’s more

volunteers than any other NDP campaign in the province of Ontario. “I think what’s special about what we did, is we showed people that it’s possible to succeed in politics without a high price tag,” says Joel. “We were up against an incumbent who was well respected and well resourced, I think what we were able to do was raise expectations, the slogan was, ‘demand more from politics’, and I think that’s what we tapped into.” Now that the election is over and done with, we are going to be seeing a lot of Joel over the next four years. So let’s get to know him a little better.


His previous job title was “Professor” at Carleton University

Joel has spent the past three years teaching in the department of law and legal studies at Carleton. Before that, he has taught at Nippissing in the sociology department and spent five years teaching at York University while he completed his Ph.D in political science. He also spent years working at the Canadian Labour Congress, a job that had him on the road very often, and took him to all areas of the country. After the birth of his second child, Joel found the need to be close to home, and ended up in the teaching position at Carleton.


His political career started at Queen’s Park over 20 years ago.

Joel Harden spoke at Queen’s Park for the first time in 1995, not as a politician, but as a protestor.

In the mid 90’s, the Ontario government made cuts to social service, reducing rates by over 20 per cent. This policy had a direct effect on Joel’s family at the time. “We were working poor, we were on social assistance, my brother my mom and me,” says Joel. “I remember mom up at night looking at bills and crying her eyes out.” So he took action in the only way a punk kid with green hair and red Doc Martens knew how: “I jumped on the subway, I went down to the legislature, I went into the gallery and the moment the session opened I just

started yelling at Mike Harris,” says Joel. He was detained for an hour and let go to find the media waiting for him. “They were asking me all these questions about why I had done it, and I just said, I’m sick of governments that beat up on the poor.” “I went there the first time out of anger and frustration, and now I’m going back with a certain level of anger and frustration, but also with maturity and some more tools in my tool kit and a willingness to fight for change.”


Family, friends, fitness, music and art drive Joel’s life.

He considers himself a huge cyclist, he’s competed in mountain biking and road racing events around the city. He did all of his campaigning on a Dutch bakfiets bicycle.

“I enjoy absorbing the energy of other people, and often the medium for

“I am a known cookie monster, I like to know where to get great cookies all over this riding and we have so many great bakeries.”


Joel wants to hear from you.

“The area of Kitchissippi is a special, special place,” says Joel. “What people need to know about me is that if you are a community builder, if you are a heart-forward volunteer and you need access to resources, you need to give me a call so I can help you get access to those resources. I will figure out a way, with you, to make it happen.”

To reinforce his approach to collaboration between public and government, Joel has committed to monthly town halls on key issues. The first issue will be cannabis, with a change in Ontario’s government, the province’s approach to legal cannabis will be up for debate again. Joel says the goal of these sessions is to bring together people who are more knowledgeable on these issues than him, so he can learn from them what makes the most sense for Ontario. “We could easily fill up a year with topical events that will help me understand what the community wants and empower local people to take some space to make democracy a constant exercise,” says Joel.

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that is art and music and various ways in which to procure a tasty chocolate chip cookie,” says Joel.



He even shows up three days a week at 7 a.m. to meet his Spartan kick-boxing trainer. “He shows no mercy and it’s been great,” says Joel. “I bring my son with me and we hit the heavy bag and do 140 pushups. It’s just unbridled pain, but very cathartic.”

”I went there the first time out of anger and frustration, and now I’m going back with a certain level of anger and frustration, but also with maturity and some more tools in my tool kit and a willingness to fight for change.”


“What I personally do to stay sane is try and soak in as much beauty and art as I can,” says Joel. “I love music, I hack at music myself, but my brother is a real musician, both my parents are piano teachers.”


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Lexington Smokehouse & Bar opens its doors STORY AND PHOTO BY PAULA ROY


f you’ve ever felt a yearning to recreate the sights, smells, sounds or tastes of a favourite holiday experience once you’re back home, then you’ll appreciate the spirit behind Lexington Smokehouse & Bar, Westboro’s newest eatery. Owners Roc Strasbourg and Tom Christie named their new spot after a favourite town in North Carolina, with the intention of capturing the atmosphere and energy of several destinations they’ve really enjoyed visiting. “We’re nerds for all things Southern and truly passionate about the traditional Southern smokehouse food and vibe,” he admits. Renovating the Richmond Road space that was the longtime home of Puzzles, followed by the Corner Bar and Grill, was a significant undertaking, but one that has yielded dramatic results. The team designed the décor themselves, leaning heavily on the chic industrial vibe so popular now, softening it with lightly distressed wood and pops of dark teal on the chairs and banquettes. Copper accents glow behind the bar and whitepainted brick lightens the formerly dark space. Garage-style windows overlooking Richmond Road will serve to bring the outdoors in during warm weather, as well as beckoning patrons in off the street. Both Tom and Roc are leveraging numerous years of restaurant experience with this venture, yet count themselves as fortunate to have recruited Chef Thomas Painer to head their kitchen. Roc credits him as the mastermind behind their comprehensive yet concise menu. “Chef Tom has opened numerous other places and is really the backbone

Roc Strasbourg’s Lexington Smokehouse is the newest restaurant to open in Westboro Village. of our business model. The style of food he has developed for us to serve in our welcoming, casual space is delicious and comes at an accessible price point, but with a high end feel thanks to beautiful plating. True to our commitment to supporting local suppliers, from Orangerie Floral to craft breweries and more, Chef is sourcing the majority of his ingredients locally and making everything from scratch, in-house, including biscuits, buns, sauces, jams,

pickles, desserts and more.” There’s something for everyone on the menu at Lexington, including tempting snacks, salads, barbeque sharing trays – think charcuterie boards but with a Southern twist – and a range of delicious main dishes. Roc says the St. Louis cut ribs, glazed with a house-made peach chutney, are among his favourites, along with the fried green tomatoes and the creative sandwich offerings. He notes that the menu includes lots of gluten-

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a very food-friendly sour beer from Collective Arts Brewing. The wine list focuses primarily on North American vineyards, with some appealing choices from Oregon and Niagara, along with some organic and unfiltered options. Roc notes that the decision to locate in Westboro was an easy one. “We found ourselves spending a lot of time in this neighbourhood as we’re good friends with people at Pure Kitchen. We’ve grown to love the sense of community and like that there’s a lot of foot traffic including in the evenings. We want to become people’s favourite local spot as well as being a destination for those across the city looking for great food

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GREAT ENTERTAINMENT COMING TO WESTBORO Mark your calendars because everyone’s favourite Westboro street festival is back with another year of amazing family friendly entertainment. The Fuse Street Festival is taking place August 18-19 and you definitely won’t want to miss it. Here’s a sneak preview of three acts coming to Richmond Road:

JUNKYARD SYMPHONY Although they’ve performed all over the world, Junkyard Symphony is a mainstay in the Ottawa festival scene, and for good reason: They create extraordinary music out of ordinary household objects. They’re fun to watch, and audience participation is always an entertaining part of their performances. They’ll definitely

There’s nothing better than walking (or biking!) over to Westboro Village, meeting up with friends and neighbours, and taking in some great free entertainment. have you laughing and tapping your toes. Who knows, maybe they’ll inspire you to adapt their motto to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rock.

OTTAWA’S DUELING PIANOS Classic rock harmonies with a note of good humour: Duelling Pianos consists of Dave Kalil and Tyler Kealey as well as Todd Huckabone on guitar. Immensely entertaining, supremely talented, Ottawa’s Dueling Pianos liven up many events and


functions across the city but they’re famous for their weekly appearance at the Marshes Golf Club in Kanata and the Senshouse in the Byward Market. This is live music at its best!

RBC YOUTH STAGE, PRESENTED BY BLUESFEST SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND ART This year RBC and Bluesfest School of Music and Art are collaborating to bring local musical acts, art demonstrations

and much more to Westboro Fuse. In a community with so much to offer, both RBC and Bluesfest School of Music and Art are ready to showcase great local talent, and with the support of many great local businesses, are putting together two days of entertainment and activities at the corner or Tweedsmuir Avenue and Richmond Road. It is sure to be an exciting two days of activities for all ages! There’s nothing better than walking (or biking!) over to Westboro Village, meeting up with friends and neighbours, and taking in some great free entertainment. Follow us on Facebook and be the first to know what’s going to be lighting up the streets this summer during the Fuse Street Festival. A full schedule of activities and shows is coming soon to

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And if it’s time to replace your BBQ brush, check out the Grill Scraper from the Companion Group.

Rob Olafson at Kitchenalia knows how to make grilling great this summer


Why not treat yourself to delectable Korean short ribs from craft butchery, The Piggy Market (400 Winston Ave.)? These popular ribs - as well as The Piggy Market’s burgers and sausages - are perfect for weeknight suppers or weekend

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Dave Neil at The Piggy Market is always cooking up something new and is happy to answer any questions you might have

entertaining! The Piggy Market is a fullscale butchery offering locally sourced meats of all kinds, including steaks and ground meats done to order. Farm Boy (7 McRae Ave.) is known for its delicious Farm Boy™ Flattened Chickens that are prepared fresh in the kitchen with the breast bone removed (so that it cooks quickly and evenly) and marinated to perfection. Available in a variety of marinades or plain to enjoy with your favourite Farm Boy™ Gourmet BBQ Sauces (GF) sauce. These sauces are made in Ontario and have no artificial colours or flavours, only real homemade taste. For something different try grilling pineapple or tomatoes from the Real Canadian Superstore (190 Richmond Rd.) – a perfect side to go with their popular PC Blue Menu Thick & Juicy Lean Beef Burgers or try one of the fresh pork or chicken selections available from the PC World of Flavours collection. Ensure all your barbecued meals are cooked to perfection by picking up a Thermoworks Thermopop thermometer ($39.95) from family owned and operated, Kitchenalia (274 Richmond Rd.). This thermometer is considered one the world’s best in speed – it gives a reading in 4 seconds! And if it’s time to replace your BBQ brush, check out the Grill Scraper from the Companion Group. This non-bristle, wooden scraping paddle cleans grill grates, while the heat and pressure from cleaning slowly shape your paddle so that it fits the grate perfectly.

Barbecue season is well under way and the grill welcomes many foods, from the traditional hot dog to the majestic bone-in filet mignon! Luckily, Westboro retailers have these and so much more to offer seasoned grillers.





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The Secret to life at Unitarian House Jack Wright, my beloved spouse, and I moved into our apartment at Unitarian House on 15 January 2011. In May we learned that Jack had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Devastating, no question. But what happened next was reason not to despair. The entire community rallied around us with education, practical advice, companionship, and loving kindness, which sustained us through my years as care partner at Unitarian House, and eventually Jack’s time at Grace Manor long term care, until his peaceful passing on 12 February 2017. I can’t imagine what would have happened to us without this cherished place. But, there is a secret to life at Unitarian House. Immediately we moved in, aside from feeling safe, we noticed that practically everyone smiled at us. Of course, Jack’s diagnosis wiped the smile off my face for several days, but I was deeply comforted by the reassuring smiles of those around us. It was a great lesson, and I set about exploring what turns out to be wisdom of the ages.

A Q&A with a fitness coach for older adults KITCHISSIPPI TIMES: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?

Smiling is really good for us and has long featured in both medicine and meditation. KIT FLYNN: From my childhood days So began my practice of smiling just to feel the sense of peace that it induces. of ringette, ballet and field hockey to Thankfully, Jack kept his smile almost to the my late teens playing squash, tennis endUnitarian of his life. House offers an affordableand home like racquetball, I have always Without exaggeration, I can say that enjoyed environment in Kitchissippi surrounded bybeing active. My interests Unitarian House and all that smiling saved moved to golf, small triathlons and gardens withme. easy and continues to save Andaccess for thoseto the parkway. walking half-marathons as an adult who want scientific proof, you can find • Nutritious meals • In-houseand exercise lately, spinning, outdoor cycling plenty on the Internet – just search the • Housekeeping program and walking are my activities of health benefits of smiling. (The same is true • Laundry services • Van to shopping centers choice due to osteoarthritis. for laughing and singing.) • 24 Registered Libraries, movie room It was never my plan to go into the Finally, andhour in mirth: You can only•hold a more!business. I was a happy fitness smile for so long,Nurse after that it’s just teeth. and much Toronto businesswoman in the 80s, Call or email Jan613-722-6690 Glyde • Unitarian Resident


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clients in their 40s and 50s have come 20 to me post-Ave breast cancer, Cleary wishing to live a healthy lifestyle, as off Richmond Rd well as those training specifically for special walks such as the Camino. There are those in their 60s and 70s

Kitchissippi’s Kit Flynn is a personal fitness trainer for adults over 50 and co-founder of the Association of Fitness Professionals of Ottawa. Photo by Andrea Tomkins to want to be mobile and strong enough to play and lift grandchildren, carry heavy items and eliminate poor posture. In their 80s and 90s, they may come to maintain a higher quality of life, continued independence and the ability to keep doing the activities they enjoy. Whatever your age or whatever the reasons, it is never too late! Often, one of our first conversations is about expectations, mainly with regards to weight loss. This is not a weight loss program. I help clients build muscle, increase heart health through cardiovascular exercise, improve balance and flexibility. And yes, we do burn some calories and build muscle mass, but


as I say, I can help build the mountain range, but melting the snow covered mountain tops is something they must do at home. I am always happy to help with ideas, though, if asked.

KT: What, if anything, have you learned from your time with older adults? It sounds like the time you spend with your clients can be a twoway street! KF: All my clients are interesting, fun, life-affirming people but two octogenarians stand out. I met 87-year-old Calvin and 86-year-old Katherine Smith many years ago when they wanted to begin an exercise routine that would allow them to

What are some easy, active things anybody can do at home to stay healthy? • Walk in place, down an apartment hallway, or outside. Get a little breathless. • Sit up and down off an armchair or arms crossed across chest. Vary chair heights. • Have a regular stretching routine every morning. • Maintain upright posture. • Drink lots of water; alcohol in moderation. • Get some sleep! Make sure you’re getting 7 to 9 hours every night. • Practice daily gratitude awareness. Journaling is an excellent way to do this, even if it’s just a sentence or two every day.


KF: Deciding to spend your resources (money, time and energy) on exercise even pays dividends well beyond a longer and more able life. When people put their health on the front burner and prioritize themselves, they blossom. When they actually do what they said they wanted to do I witness inner self-trust building and it transforms them. Their spirit soars. Having a fitness destination twice a week gets people up and out of their homes. The one-on-one session feeds our human social need, too. Many people in my studio have become experts at talking and exercising

KF: Carlingwood Mall is a great place to walk, and walking is the number one best exercise. In between your normal pace walking, try to walk as fast as you would if you were late for a bus, every so often. To help you adhere to your activity plan, it helps a lot to find a likeminded walking buddy whether you are walking along the parkway, the streets of Kitchissippi or through Hampton Park. Dovercourt Recreation Centre offers lots of specialized water programs. Fitness stations are popping up in our area parks, too, which is wonderful!

“Many people in my studio have become experts at talking and exercising simultaneously. We have such fun!”

KT: It’s not just physical health that’s important though, it’s mental health too, isn’t it?

KT: Is there anything special in the Kitchissippi area you see as a particular benefit to older adults who want to live a healthy and active life?

Kit Flynn is a Kitchissippi resident who runs a fitness business for adults over 50. She’s also co-founder of the Association of Fitness Professionals of Ottawa. For more information, go to To read the rest of this Q&A, go to


KF: People in their 50s and beyond will be able to continue to do things that bring them joy if they have a strong body and healthy heart to support them. Nothing less than a longer, healthier life is at stake, regardless of the number on the scale. Cardio exercises decrease the chance of heart disease. Strong muscles lead to a higher quality of life.

KF: I am a strong believer in starting now, whether you are 45 or 85. With a trusted, knowledgeable coach helping lead safe activity, our aches and pains can decrease. Our happiness and enthusiasm for life can increase. We’ll feel far less lonely and can feel part of the community again. I use urban poles to assist new walkers to negotiate the roads. We often walk along Richmond Road and Wellington Avenue. If you see me walking by, please say hi!

to visit children, grandchildren and great grands. The Smiths have shown me that the late eighties can be fun and active by never letting anyone else do for you what you can do for yourself, prioritizing your physical health and never, ever let anyone call you old.


KT: I think most people would agree that fitness is important at any age, but why is it especially important for older adults?

KT: What advice would you give to older adults who have never been very active?

retain and maintain the strength to mow their lawn, nurture their garden and spend weekends at their cottage. As a fitness professional, what I find most impressive about the Smiths is their prioritization of their workouts. I witness the invaluable results of their adherence to exercise in their day-to-day lives, and I learn from it. The Smith’s outings, doctor appointments and everyday errands are planned around their workouts. Almost nothing comes between them and their routine of exercise twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. They arrive in separate cars for their back-to-back hours because they need to get to other things. No waiting around for these two! Even on days they don’t feel energetic about exercise, they do it anyway and always feel better afterwards. What they may not know is that each week they gift me the invaluable reminder not to give in to our ailments, to keep doing what’s important, and to recognize that our body works in partnership with our mind and spirit. Calvin and Katherine tell me about their breakfast dates at the Britannia Yacht Club, pub lunches, dining at Le Café, and mounting the 75 steps (yes, they counted) to take their seats for an NAC Symphony. A dinner dance club, book club, stitch group and a regular food bank shift all somehow fit into the week as well, unless they are driving to an out-of-town investment club meeting or to Toronto


“As a fitness professional, what I find most impressive about the Smiths is their prioritization of their workouts.”

simultaneously. We have such fun! Mental gymnastics are addressed, too. Memory work combined with movement has been proven to keep minds sharp. The benefit of having private sessions is getting exactly what you want and need in mind, body and spirit!






Tubman Therapy Dog helps Mourners Grieve Tubmans would like to introduce our youngest staff member, Beau. At 12 months old, Beau has completed 3 training programs towards his certification as a Therapy Dog. Working with Stephanie, Beau attends classes weekly and is expected to graduate in July 2019. Aussie Doodles are highly intelligent and devoted dogs. With a strong willingness to please, Beau is always ready to show off his skills. “I’m excited to go through this process with Beau. He’s a very loving dog, and the opportunity to offer additional support to our families is wonderful,” explains Stephanie Joly-Paquette. As a therapy dog in training, Beau is learning many skills. To date, he has worked on basic tasks such as simple cues, problem solving, and leash training. As he rises through the levels, Beau is honing his skills as distractions are being added to test his focus. Throughout the program, Stephanie and Beau are developing their relationship as dog and handler. While Beau is building his reliability,

Stephanie is learning his body language and how to identify his signals. Stephanie is also tasked with training Tubmans’ entire staff to work with Beau while he is supporting our families. Once the training process is complete, they will undergo a rigorous evaluation, throughout which, Beau must maintain his focus, composure and his manners; which means, no barking! Beau’s role at Tubmans is to help our grieving families. The bond between people and dogs is powerful as they have an innate ability to offer comfort and support in ways that others cannot. Your family can invite Beau to be present throughout your journey with us. Tubmans hopes that he will help to reduce anxiety and offer peace during a very difficult and emotional time. Excellent service and great value. We guarantee it. Absolutely.

Health care options as you age Submitted by Cynthia Chinkiwsky

It typically starts with changes in mobility – your loved one suffers a fall, their driver’s license was revoked, their health changes suddenly. They find themselves in a situation where they need extra help. They want to stay at home, but may not be able to. What to do? Knowing what your options are beforehand could be very beneficial to you. This was the topic at a speaker session held earlier this year at the Churchill Senior’s Recreation Centre in Westboro. The guest speaker was Erin Courtney, Community Relations Director, Amica at Westboro Park Retirement Residence. She outlined the various resources available, starting with the Ottawa Community Support Coalition (OCSC), funded through United Way and government subsidies. They offer long and short term solutions to help seniors stay in their own homes for as long as possible. After assessing your situation and working with your budget, they provide local support and connections to volunteers that have appropriate training for your needs. There are two options for at-home care – private pay and government subsidy through the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), formerly known as CCAC. The application process begins with a referral, done by a health care worker or yourself. After the initial assessment, social workers are involved to co-ordinate care needs. Nurses are also available for home visits. Many people opt to move in with family, supplementing that with extra at-home care when needed. This can be mutually beneficial for both seniors and their adult children, as seniors can be involved and help with the care of their grandchildren. Over time, however, there is the possibility

that this could become stressful, so this should be considered as a good short-term option. Seniors apartment buildings are the new trend, along with subsidized co-ops. They give a sense of community and support without the worry of yard work. The drawback is that there is no nursing care on site. Retirement residences range from apartments to privatized assisted living and can be expensive. Long Term Care Residences are for people who have mobility/cognitive issues and are unable to stay on their own. They consist of private, semiprivate and dorm style rooms, depending on affordability and availability. In general, the lower the income, the more limited the options. Erin recommends that people try out different types of living arrangements. “Stay in a place for two weeks before committing,” she suggests. One 93-year-old woman, still living at home, wondered if she should start talking to LHIN now. Erin responded, “in terms of applying for the medical care, you can’t get it until you need it. The health care system is still very reactive.” She added, “regarding the housing options though, by all means, start investigating.”

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Letters to Newswest Wisdom of the Ages The secret to life By Jan Glyde, Unitarian House resident Jack Wright, my beloved spouse, and I moved into Unitarian House on 15 January 2011. In May, Jack was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Devastating; but what happened next was reason not to despair. The entire Unitarian House community rallied around us with education, practical advice, companionship, and loving kindness, which sustained us through my years as care partner, and eventually Jack’s time at Grace Manor, until his peaceful passing on 12 February 2017. I can’t imagine what would have happened without this cherished place. But, there is a secret to life at Unitarian House. Immediately we moved in, aside from feeling safe, we noticed that

practically everyone smiled at us. Of course, Jack’s diagnosis wiped the smile off my face for several days, but I was deeply comforted by the reassuring smiles of those around us. It was a great lesson, and I set about exploring what turns out to be wisdom of the ages – smiling. Smiling is really good for us and has long featured in both medicine and meditation. So began my practice of smiling just to feel the sense of peace that it induces. Thankfully, Jack kept his smile almost to the end of his life. Without exaggeration, I can say that Unitarian House and all that smiling saved and continues to save me. Finally, and in mirth: You can only hold a smile for so long, after that it’s just teeth. Janine Poley, a resident of Unitarian House, enjoys life to the utmost in a peaceful community Jan Glyde’s unedited letter of beauty, fellowship and laughter. Photo by Diane Russon appears online at

The Birds of Summer

and Nature’s clever schedule for survival By Robert Alvo Last time I promised to tell you about how the frogs and birds are doing in June and to continue with some surprise topics. Many of our birds have nests as I write (June 9) and will continue to be on nests this month. the Original

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In July, young will abound — many early nesters already have young now. Recently fledged young in the city are particularly vulnerable to prowling cats, who take them for fun and leave them as dead gifts for their owners. Too bad that city cats have no predators, but they




should really all be kept indoors for their own good, not to mention for the good of our birds and small mammals. In August, many young birds will be difficult to distinguish from their parents because the former have become adultsized while the latter may have started to moult their feathers. Of course, all these generalizations about timing are contingent on the bird species in question. For Continued on page 3

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Remembering Monica Freedman By L. Hoad HCA The Hintonburg Community Association (HCA) and the Hintonburg community lost a long-time member and enthusiastic supporter when Monica Freedman died on June 12. Many residents will remember Monica at HCA events, coralling people to remind them to renew their memberships or asking them to join the community association. So many of us can trace our membership back to Monica. In addition, she was a member of the Board of Directors for many years and was always ready to help with any project. Monica was born in Cincinnati and immigrated to Kingston in 1965 with her family. She worked at the Prison for Women as a social worker for many years, then with the Elizabeth Fry Society in Kingston and Ottawa. She arrived in Ottawa in the mid-nineties and joined the HCA Board shortly after that. Active on several HCA committees, she also served on the Board of Newswest for many years. Monica was the ‘eyes on the street’ for Hinton Avenue where she lived until 2005. She chatted with all her neighbours and kept up with the comings and goings. In 2009, after a few years in an apartment on Parkdale Avenue, Monica moved to the Grace

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Community Activist Passes

Long time Social Worker and community activist, Monica Freedman, shown with Mayor Jim Watson, was an energetic contributor to many community undertakings, including several terms on the Newswest Board of Directors. Photo courtesy of the Hintonburg Community Association

Manor due to increasing mobility issues. She continued to attend meetings and events, cheerful as ever in her wheelchair. Always ready for a celebration, Monica loved going out with friends for a meal, especially the annual New Year’s Eve dinner at Hino’s restaurant. We were pleased to organize an informal Celebration of Life for Monica and her family from Toronto and Alberta to let them know how much she was appreciated and remembered. Donations in her memory can be made to the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa at With the support of Monica’s family the HCA will plant a tree in Monica’s memory this fall in a Hintonburg park.


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Subsidized service reduces pet overpopulation By Cheryl Parrott, Hintonburg Resident Got a cat? Don’t want to add to the pet overpopulation problem? Can’t get to the City Spay/Neuter clinic way out in the Colonnade Business Park? Can’t afford the cost of getting your pet spayed or neutered? The Ottawa Humane Society has the answer with their Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic service for cats. This is a subsidized service for low-income pet owners in targeted Ottawa neighbourhoods. The mobile clinic visits 15 different

communities on a regular basis so people can access the service. Tom Brown Arena parking lot in Hintonburg is one of their locations. To be eligible for this service, you must show proof that your address is in Ottawa and proof of annual income under $30,000 (Ontario Works or ODSP stub, OSAP forms or screen shot of funding, most recent notice of assessment, most recent T4(s), most recent pay-stubs (three), letter of referral from a social worker). This program helps address the prob-

Neilly’s Neighbourhood This is the season to pay extra special attention when you’re on your bike or driving. There are definitely more pedestrians and bike riders, including young, energetic ones, out and about. Be especially vigilant at crosswalks and wherever new, inexperienced bike riders might be found. Pools and beaches provide their own hazards. Rule of thumb: never

Birds and Frogs

time for the late breeders: Green Frog, and Bullfrog. Rather than being in a big rush to occupy their temporary ponds upon ice-out in spring so as to complete their reproduction cycle before their fishless ponds dry up, the late breeding strategy is to use deeper waters like marshes and lakes, which have fish, and lay many eggs in a surface film to take advantage of the warmest water layer. The thousands of eggs cannot all be eaten by fish in the short 2-3 days before hatching, and

because the roughly half-metre thick winter ice does not extend to the bottom, the tadpoles can overwinter in the water under the ice — for 1-3 winters. Were these late species to lay their eggs in surface films in early spring, all the eggs would freeze during a night with sub-zero air temperature. That’s why early spring breeders lay their eggs below the water surface and/or in egg masses that, even if the top eggs in the mass lie at the water surface, the lower

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example, many Common Loon chicks will still be stuck on the lake on which they hatched in September or even October, whereas most other migrant species will have departed south. Meanwhile, in the amphibian world, the early-breeding and mid-season breeding frogs have stopped singing, and their ponds will start drying up. Now it’s

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ones will not freeze. These eggs, such as in Spotted Salamanders, can take up to six weeks to hatch in the frigid water. Nature is so smart with its strategies, and not just breeding ones. Strategies exist for all aspects of life in all organisms. Biologists study feeding strategies, migrating strategies, predator-avoidance strategies, etc. It’s Nature that crafts them over evolutionary time, leaving it up to humans to study and name them. What are your strategies?

By Cst Dawn Neilly, OPS It’s “summertime and the livin’ is easy” as the song has it. I hope that’s the case for everyone. Who doesn’t appreciate the chance to enjoy the good weather – by the pool, in the park, at the beach…? Kids, of course, are out of school with the whole summer to take advantage of the outdoors, all day, every day.

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the car windows open or the top down to make the most of the summer air. The temptation to leave everything opened up after you’ve parked can be hard to resist but it’s worthwhile taking the extra time to lock it all up. Citywide, thefts from vehicles top the crime list. This doesn’t mean you can forget about break and enters, also a favourite. If you’re doing repairs to your house, don’t forget to put the ladder and tools away when they’re not in use. Whatever your plans for the summer, play it safe!

take your eyes off your kids when they’re in the water, not even for a second. And if your kids are going to spend any time at all near water, it would be a good idea if they knew how to swim. Keep flotation devices handy and life jackets are mandatory in a boat. Check out the Ottawa Police web site or the Canadian Red Cross web site for more information on water safety tips and best practices. It could save a life. Livin’ easy in the summertime might also include cruising around town with


be located on Bayview Road just north of Scott Street and was always a wellused resource relocated some years ago to Colonnade Road. Twenty years ago there were lots of stray cats in Hintonburg, not nearly as many today. Many residents did their part helping find homes for those cats and adopting kittens from feral colonies. It is gratifying to see Pet Stores with rescue cats for adoption and of course the very impressive Feline Café on Wellington Street has adopted out 142 cats in the year since it opened. It is the combined effort of everyone that makes a difference.

lem of cat overpopulation in Ottawa while providing a service for pet owners who may not be able to afford traditional veterinarians or the City Spay/Neuter Clinic. The program is for cats only and an appointment for up to two cats can be scheduled. Cats must be between four months and eight years of age and the cost is $20 per cat. Registration is done online at tinyurl. com/yb4c8twj or by phone 613-7253166, and due to the volume of appointment bookings, it may take up to 10 days to get a response. It is really heartening to hear that this is a very busy service. The City Spay/Neuter Clinic used to

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Community Partners Sought A Newswest Sponsorship Challenge When Facebook first started, it developed an audience base by providing services free of charge, only later going to the financial markets to “cash in” on billions of dollars of built up value. Newswest is now looking to take a page from Mark Zuckerberg’s playbook, but with a more modest revenue goal - sponsorship support totalling $750 per month. Since 2003, Newswest has been distributed free of charge as a “paper-within-a-paper” by The Kitchissippi Times,

under an agreement that Newswest not compete for advertising revenue. To cover NW’s budget, KT has absorbed publishing and distribution costs, and has generously provided a stipend to offset other operating expenses. With recent changes to the community newspaper environment initiated by PostMedia and Metroland however, The Kitchissippi Times has been obliged to redesign its publication and distribution systems and to reduce its publication schedule from biweekly to monthly.

Through these changes, KT has continued with its agreement to publish and distribute four pages monthly of community content under the Newswest banner - with an added stipulation that Newswest raise its own operating funds through community sponsorship. Our all-volunteer Newswest Board has eagerly taken up this challenge. We are proud to welcome and thank our very first sponsors: the craft breweries of Kitchissippi – Beyond the Pale, Tooth & Nail, and Vimy, together with the Hintonburg Community Association, the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee, the Wellington Barbershop and Kelly and Kerry Royal Lepage Realty.

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Camp Anticipation

Sleeping bags, snacks and candy By Anna Borris “My application for camp just came in the mail” Judy’s voice yelled from the phone. “Why don’t you and Karen come too?” I was doubtful. “I don’t know, what’s it like?” “We swim in the lake every day, go boating, hiking, play baseball and make up skits. We sleep in cabins in bunk beds and the counsellors are terrific. I know you’d love it. It’s in Barry’s Bay, for two weeks, and we go on the train!” Judy’s excitement was contagious. “How’s the food?” I asked the very important question. Macaroni and cheese, shepherd’s pie; sometimes we have hot dogs and Kool-Aid around the campfire, it’s absolutely great. “I’ll talk to Mom and Dad. Call Karen and see if she can go.” My dad told me to find out the cost, and Karen’s parents said camps were expensive and they probably couldn’t afford to send her. Judy found out that

campers paid only what they could afford. All our parents agreed and the three of us were in. While we rode the number 2 bus downtown to pick up applications, Karen was reading the list of things to bring. “I’ll have to find a sleeping bag somewhere, mine is too small.” “Dave or Mike might have one you can borrow. If not, Canadian Tire down on Richmond Rd will have sleeping bags. We can walk down there tomorrow,” I suggested. Karen preferred to have a new sleeping bag, so the next morning we headed for Canadian Tire. We bought bug spray, suntan lotion, flashlights and batteries. Karen found an inexpensive sleeping bag, and we carted everything home down Wellington Street in the broiling sun. That afternoon we hit United Stores and picked up little plastic boxes for our toiletries, film for Judy’s camera and a new bathing suit for me. We each bought a new tee-shirt and went home

with our loot. “There, we’re done shopping.” Karen flopped down on our front steps. “No, not yet.” said expert Judy. “We’ll need to bring snacks. It’s a long trip on the train.” We dragged ourselves to our feet and headed for the corner store to stock up with Humpty Dumpty chips, Cheezies, chocolate bars and Life Savers. Judy suddenly remembered just one more thing, Fizzies. We had never heard of them, but Judy explained that at camp they were a necessity. At lunch we would be given water to drink, but Fizzies were little sugary tablets that, when dropped into water, fizzed into a drink something like fruit punch. We would be the envy of the camp. Our final shopping trip was to Malham’s Smoke Shop to pick up several flavours of Fizzies. After that, all that remained was to pack our suitcases and wait for the day we would leave Ottawa from Union Station downtown, on our way to Barry’s Bay and two weeks of fun, games, and new friendships.

To continue to be successful we must “cash in” on the value you, our supporters and readers receive from Newswest’s continuing monthly publication. Without your sponsorship, Newswest would not be sustainable despite the continued support of The Kitchissippi Times. If you enjoy reading about our Kitchissippi neighbourhoods, their present, past and future, please consider pledging an amount by contacting Newswest online at: Through our paper-within-a-paper, the people in our ‘community of neighbourhoods’ will continue to be informed, alerted, advised and inspired. We need your support.

Science in the Night Catch A View Of The Planets Through A Telescope By Mark Narwa On Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7, Westboro’s Cube Gallery at 1285 Wellington Street West will be hosting its 10th annual Nocturnal Sidewalk Telescope Festival. The Ottawa branch of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and PopScope Ottawa will be setting up various types of telescopes on both nights between 9:30pm and 11:30pm in front of the Cube Gallery, weather permitting. Visit for further details on what’s to see at the Nocturnal Sidewalk Telescope Festival.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR JULY 5 - STRAWBERRY SOCIAL Woodroffe United Church (207 Woodroffe Ave.) invites you to our annual Strawberry Social on Thursday, July 5. Between 5 and 7 p.m., we will be serving a ham and salad supper and one of the best treats the season has to offer: strawberry shortcake. $15 per person, children 10 and under free, family max $40. Tickets are available through the church office at 613-722-9250. JULY 9 - SUMMER TEEN COOKING 101 Jacklyn Villeneuve, Registered Dietitian from Loblaws, will be teaching teens how to make a quick and easy one-pot meal at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Monday July 9 at 5 p.m.until 6.p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to

HELP NEEDED OWCS has openings for volunteers to help on our Shopping Buses. Shopping Bus volunteers work with the OWCS Driver to assist client in the store and to carry groceries into their homes. For more information please email or call 613-728-6016. 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 or call 613-725-2778. WESTBORO LEGION’S SATURDAY AND SUNDAY POOL Free pool from noon to closing upstairs at the Westboro

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 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: $2.00   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

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JULY 14 - RASPBERRY PI TEEN PROGRAMMING WORKSHOP FIRST Robotics Team 2706 will teach you how to program a robot driven by a Raspberry Pi mini computer at the Carlingwood Branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Saturday July 14 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary. ca.

WESTBORO SUPPER CLUB IS LOOKING FOR MEMBERS Food has a way of bringing people together. Some of our best memories are shaped around meals shared with family, friends, and neighbours. The Westboro Supper Club was created with the goal of creating new memories and sharing a meal together at one of the many wonderful restaurants our city has to offer! If you would like to join us in this experience of all things edible, please send us an e-mail at westborosupperclub@ so you’ll be the first to know about our exciting Westboro Supper Club events. We look forward to hearing from you!

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JULY 10 - SONGWRITING BASICS: WORKSHOP FOR TEENS Workshop presenter Amanda Balsys has played and taught the violin for over twenty-five years. She has also worked as a touring and studio musician as a violinist, guitarist and vocalist throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. This workshop will introduce Teens to some basic songwriting techniques including lyrics and 3-chord composition using a standard acoustic guitar or ukulele. No experience necessary and ukuleles will be provided at the Carlingwood Branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Tuesday July 10 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to

AUGUST 18-19 - WESTBORO FUSE STREET FESTIVAL Fuse brings performers, demos, shopping, food, and lots of fun activities for the whole family to the heart of Westboro. Find more information about this community street festival at

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