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There’s been a striking new addition to the Wellington West streetscape, and it’s arrived in the form of a National Access Cannabis (NAC) office. Under the large, eye-catching sign and through open bay windows is a modern office that facilitates the medical marijuana process

for patients who choose cannabis as their method of treatment. On June 29, NAC officially opened their doors on the company’s second location. The Hintonburg office joins the company’s initial location in Victoria, BC which opened in January. NAC CEO Gulwant Bajwa, a cancer survivor who uses his own experience to relate to clients who

are in pain, sums up what the company is all about: “It’s an education centre that is geared towards educating people on the safe and responsible use of cannabis as a medicine.” It’s important to note that NAC does not store or dispense cannabis and is not a venue for marijuana use. Continued on page 3



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National Access Cannabis comes to Kitchissippi Continued from page 1 The company essentially functions as a middleman between the patient and the government medical marijuana program. For the average person to access the medical cannabis program, there is a daunting amount of administrative and legal hurdles. NAC membership takes care of the complex process and allows the patient to focus on a proper diagnosis and treatment. To be considered for membership, a client needs supporting medical documents and a letter of diagnoses from a licensed physician. A practicing doctor must confirm the presence of an illness that can be treated with cannabis. These conditions range from cancer, to anxiety, to arthritis. “NAC is in a position to help people deal with pain, that’s what I suffered – physical pain, mental pain,” says Bajwa. NAC employee Brock Marcotte describes the clients they have already helped and expect to see in the future. “These are people who are using traditional pharmaceuticals and are not happy with the effects and side effects. There are also people who have been self-medicating with cannabis who know it works for them, but they are having to get it from the black market.” The key difference between

NAC staff demonstrate a vaporizer, their suggested method of cannabis use. The device releases the active chemicals in the plant without combustion, creating a healthier alternative to smoking.

black market pot and medical marijuana is that not all marijuana is the same, or even similar. Different strains of the plant have been developed to treat certain symptoms of illness. One of the key services of NAC is matching a patient with the particular strain of cannabis that will benefit their condition. Marcotte also explains that NAC imposes strict guidelines on the cannabis suppliers they

deal with, making sure members only receive product that is organically grown, with no additional chemicals and pesticides. It’s a unique business for the area and NAC has been drawing the attention of just about everyone who passes by. On opening day, more than a few heads turned to take a longer look at the storefront. Reaction from neighbours so

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far has been mixed. Uncle Bob, owner of Fab Gear 64 across the street, was on hand for the media launch to show his support for NAC. Alejandra Mathisen, owner of nearby Amanecer Fashion Boutique was mostly indifferent to the new addition.

“It doesn’t bother me at all,” she says. Susie Pearson of The Extraordinary Baby Shoppe, was apprehensive of the business concept: “It does look nice, and there are already two head shops down the street anyway, so it’s better than that.” Though several people have drawn the comparison to a traditional head shop, there are very few similarities. NAC doesn’t stock any of the bongs, pipes and papers found at Smoke Signalz, and carry only a small selection of vaporizers (similar to electronic cigarettes). NAC does not actually encourage smoking cannabis. On the afternoon of July 3, a group of NAC staff spent some time on the sidewalk, interacting with the public and handing out information about the business. According to the canvassers, the response from people on the street has been mostly supportive. They estimate about 85 to 90 per cent of people have a positive reaction to the NAC concept.

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Kitchissippi Times 250 City Centre Ave., Suite 500 Ottawa ON K1R-6K7 Kitchissippi, meaning “the Grand River,” is the former Algonquin name for the Ottawa River. The name now identifies the urban community to the west of downtown Ottawa. Newswest is a not-forprofit community-owned publication that is distributed 12 times per year inside the Kitchissippi Times.

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Local people tend to know me as ‘the Lego guy’ but what people might not know is that I’m also a Quidditch player. About 6 or 7 year ago I was hanging out at Carleton University and found out that they had a Quidditch team. I thought ‘hey this could be fun’ and so I tried out for the team and ended up playing with them that year. I played for about two and a half years, at which point I got injured so couldn’t keep playing, but I’ve stayed involved in the team, and now am the Director of Photography for Quidditch Canada. We play with one Quaffle, three Bludgers and one Snitch – one more ball than JK Rowling imagined in the Harry Potter books, and yes, we even use a broom, although it becomes

almost more of a handicap in the real-life game. You have to be on your broom if you want to interact with any of the balls on the pitch. Of course there are differences – the Snitch, for example is someone dressed in yellow with a ball attached to them that the Seeker has to catch, but instead of flying, the Snitch in this case is typically someone who is very fast and maybe has martial arts training, so they fight back. I played Keeper – I cover three nets from both sides, have full use of the whole pitch, and take on the role of calling out plays. It’s the only co-ed full contact sport. Early on the teams used to be mostly Harry Potter fans, and it still is a little bit, but more and more we get people who have a rugby, football, or soccer background as people recognize

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it as the tough sport that it is. Sometimes the fans don’t do too well with the tackling. I fall somewhere in between. When I was growing up, my brother and I were super into the Harry Potter books, and wanted to make our own version of Quidditch. I’ve been playing sports all my life – my parents instilled a great ‘go outside and play’ ethos in me so it was a good fit. There are actually Quidditch teams in 15 different countries now – last year saw the start of Quidditch Rwanda and in April I got to travel down to the States for the 7th Quidditch World Cup. Local games? Well, coming up on July 25 the Ottawa Black Bears team will be playing Washington in Brewer Park at 4 p.m.!

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Dr. James Emmett returns to Westboro. Photo by Andrea Tomkins

“Is this the new Westboro?” Dear Editor, After many years away from the Westboro area, I decided to move back into the ‘hood. Before I moved in I wanted to walk around to get reacquainted and also just to meet the local ’shop owner.’ On my walkabout I wanted to find out what the Westboro feel was now after being away from the village for so long. For the past four years I had been living in South Keys, with my office in Orleans. In both of these suburbs, I found there to be almost a disconnect in the social interactions in many neighbourhoods, conditioned to think that way, so I wasn’t expecting much in the way of interactions here in the ‘boro. As I walked around Richmond road and on another day, Wellington Street, every shop/store/restaurant that I entered, I was pleasantly surprised by the welcome I received. I had never met these people before, yet they were so very friendly, curious about my story and welcoming. 

Early days of the Queensway Re: Making way for the highway (June 11) Dear Editor, I enjoyed reading Dave Allston’s column. The most recent topic was the Queensway. My family moved to Ottawa in 1960. I was in grade 2; my sister was six years older than me. We moved into

One telling experience, that in hindsight seemed to define Westboro, was when I went into one restaurant for a take-out meal. While there and quite by accident I sat down at a table, and ended up staying for lunch instead of taking out. I stayed because as I sat and waited, I had time to look around at the clients at the tables. What caught my attention was that almost every customer (patron) was engaged in a smiling conversation with their lunch partner. Intrigued by the energy that generated, I wondered how this possibly could be at every table in this one place. Was it the food, the ambiance, sheer luck of the moment, or observer bias, but something was going on. So, I turned my focus to the numerous servers and watched them for a while to see if they were the catalyst to this energy. In this busy restaurant not one server looked hurried, rushed or remotely bothered by the busyness of this full to capacity lunch hour crowd. In fact all were smiling, interacting and genuinely seemed to be having a good time. Finishing my meal, ideas rolling in my head from what I had observed, I continued on my ’tour’ feeling very light and energized from the experience. I wondered: “Is this the new Westboro?” Several stores and several welcoming conversations later, I began reflecting on what I had witnessed in that restaurant and on the street. I came to realize, and feel, that there is something special here in Westboro. That special relates to the people, and the warm sense of community that this ‘boro brings to life. There really is a community here, one where people actually seem to care, truly a village feel to this area. Although Westboro could be considered self-contained and thus isolated, but as you know it is not, it draws people in. It is more than a group of houses, and more than a group of ‘cool’ new shops that by definition would make up a village. Westboro is not perfect, nor does it pretend to be, but there is an energy, a refreshing energy, a dynamic vibrant energy to this place, one that I am looking forward to embracing on many levels. Thank you Westboro for my warm welcome back. Dr. James Emmett Westboro

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Bike corral users encouraged to log purchases Initiative raises awareness of the purchase power of cyclists

By Francella Fiallos

A new website which tracks purchases made by cyclists in Kitchissippi ward is just one way to show how valuable cycling is to the local economy and community, according to Councillor Jeff Leiper. The website,, was launched on June 26 by Leiper and local web developer David Hicks. Already, the website has documented that cyclists using the bike corral near the corner of Fairmont have spent over $3000 since the launch. “This is a win for residents, merchants, and cyclists alike,” says Leiper. The idea for the website came to Leiper after he asked residents via Twitter how he can show to the community that cyclists spend as much as customers who drive. Leiper originally thought of a large Microsoft Excel spreadsheet where users can log and calculate their purchases but Hicks thought that a website would be much more effective and easier to set up. “It was put together very quickly,” says Hicks. “(Cycling) is something that I do care about, so I thought ‘let’s just get this done.’ It’s a good cause that I

support.” According to Leiper’s online statement, promotion of – as well as cycling in Kitchissippi – will be displayed throughout the ward. “Over the course of the summer, we’ll add more collateral to the web site such as videos from merchants touting the benefits of having a corral close by,” the statement read. Last year, the city introduced bike corrals in three locations – two in Wellington Village – to accommodate bicycles by taking up one vehicle parking spot. However, local merchants were concerned about the potential loss of business due to the loss of key parking spaces that could be used multiple times a day on Wellington Street. “There was pushback from local merchants,” says Leiper. “They were upset the loss of a parking spot equated with loss of revenues.” One corral on Wellington near Ross and Grange Avenues was removed shortly before the pilot project was scheduled to wrap up. Both Leiper and Hicks say the website should not be considered as a formal and comprehensive

The bike corral takes up space of one car. Do cyclist visits generate the same income for the neighbourhood as cars? This new project might help find some answers. File photo by Ted Simpson

survey, but rather as proof that cyclists support local business. “You get the idea that cyclists are spending,” says Hicks. One of these cyclists is Jeana Stubbert, who says she often makes purchases at Bridgehead by Fairmont and Wellington, the Hintonburg Public House, and the Mac’s convenience store while commuting on her bicycle. “Since the website started, I have logged in (my purchases)

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and told another cyclist locking up this morning about the site,” she says. Hicks would like to see the Wellington West Business Improvement Area get involved with the website and use it as a tool to see which businesses are gaining the most attention. “(The website) would not just show how much you purchased, but where you purchased,” says Hicks. The

site also gives users the option to share their update on Twitter. To cyclists in Kitchissippi, the website has already been a useful way to champion biking in the community and in the entire city. “This is more evidence that Ottawa loves its bikes and wishes city hall would continue to do more to support safe cycling,” says Stubbert. “We count, we vote, we spend.”

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A reminder for drivers and cyclists alike Special to KT by Kevin O’Donnell

Sharing is important, which is why it’s one of the first skills we teach children. We teach them that hogging anything is bad. Ask a child “how would you feel if someone else didn’t share with you” and they will answer something like “sad.” Knowing the rules only goes so far. After that children need to have empathy for others before they really feel how important it is to share properly. Soon we grow up, get into a driver’s seat or onto a bike, and some of us promptly forget everything that was drilled into us for years. We forget how to share. Not because we forget the rules, but because we lose empathy for how it feels to be squeezed out. In a car we forget we are the biggest, strongest kid on the road. The most capable. The fastest. The most dangerous. We’re the kid on the playground the tiny kids are afraid to even approach. Yet for some reason we often can’t tolerate having to wait for a littler one to amble by if it delays us for a few seconds. Never mind that we have a gas pedal at our command, and often it costs us no time at all to speed up later. On a bike we forget we’re the heaviest, fastest kid on narrow recreational pathways. We are the one that forces parents to constantly hold

onto their kids because we zip past them at 25km/h, inches away. We’re the big guy who thinks: “this entire park is for me,” and by doing so, prevents little kids from being able to truly enjoy a walk along the river. It’s hard to investigate interesting rocks and flowers and bugs when your parent is too scared to let go of your hand. As a society, we’ve lost our empathy. A brush up on the rules of the road which change over time is always useful, but unless we pair knowing how to share the road or pathways, with truly caring about other people, we’ll get nowhere. You may have noticed more sharrows popping up on West Wellington, now paired with “Bicycle Priority” signs. The rules here are simple: cars and bikes go single file and cars cannot pass bikes. The road is too narrow to pass safely, ever. Drivers, have empathy for the cyclists. Think of how it would feel to be small and vulnerable while a big kid pushes you off the playground. Sit back, enjoy your music, and accept you’re just going to get stuck at a red light anyway. Cyclists, think about how scary it is when a car buzzes by you, close enough to touch. Now think about how fast you are relative to pedestrians. It is horrible that the City of Ottawa

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Small cupboard is a slice of Canadian history Hello Shaun, This is a pine cupboard that we found many years ago. My husband refinished the piece as it was covered in several layers of paint. As you can see it has a single door. It is roughly 40” in height, 30” in width and 20”deep. I imagine it was used for storage purposes. I would appreciate any information you could provide including a current value. Thank you, Barbara Hi Barbara, Thank you for sending along the photo of your interesting cupboard. This piece falls into that category of antique furniture, which we commonly refer to as “Canadiana” or “country” furniture. Country furniture, as the name implies, was largely made in rural areas and from what you’ve told me, this piece was found in the Ottawa Valley Of course, the timber industry was the original raison d’etre for the settlement of the Valley but once the forests were cleared, immigrant farmers, many from Ireland, England and Scotland, set about tilling the land. The majority of them also worked “in the bush” during the winter, continuing to harvest the majestic white pines that were floated down the rivers and off to England for use in ship building and other applications. The interest in Canadian country furniture really caught the imagination of collectors at the time of this country’s centennial celebration in 1967. That’s when the first serious wave of collectors started to search out these hand made pieces and the accessories that were made alongside them. At the time, collectors were quick to remove or “strip” the paint from pine furniture. They wanted to see and enjoy the white pine from which these pieces were most always made. After a hundred or more years the wood had a “distressed” look that was further enhanced with a stain and varnish or shellac. Today, while refinished pine antiques are still popular, serious collectors

of Canadiana strive to acquire pieces in their original painted condition. They want to see the furniture and accessories in as close to the original state as possible with the natural wear that comes from 150 years of use. Interestingly, pieces in original paint fetch a much higher price these days than refinished furniture. Your little cupboard is in refinished Photo submitted by Barbara condition. I imagine it would have had many wood and affixing the front layers of paint on it when and side panels to them. first discovered. On the sides, about Storage was an important halfway, the maker added requirement on the farms an additional horizontal and in the homes of early member for more strength. Canadians. Cupboards were Doing so created a “double made usually on the farm or panel” effect on each side. in the immediate vicinity. Typically, the top of a Your piece has some cupboard or washstand interesting and attractive would have a slight features and was obviously overhang, which gives a made by someone who was cupboard a more finished quite accomplished. The look. In your case, the top raised panel on the door is might have been “trimmed” an amusing touch in that it off or that may have been appears to be a rectangular the way it was made slab of wood that is affixed originally. to the door. Raised panels The hinges on the door on doors are usually fitted appear to be original, into a frame that surrounds possibly cast iron, dating the panel. Perhaps this the cupboard to about maker wasn’t confident in 1870. his ability to construct such I suspect this little a door and opted to achieve cupboard was used in a the same end by mounting kitchen. It’s also small the raised panel directly on enough that it might have the door. started out life as a I should point out that washstand. most often panels in doors The market for refinished on antique cupboards are pine furniture is quite soft “flat” and surrounded by a these days. Perhaps it’s the frame. You can see that economy or the fact there effect on the sides of your are so many other competing cupboard. categories of collecting. In a The vertical pieces of shop, I think you’re wood that form the corner cupboard would be priced structure are an interesting at about $400. It would detail. Not only does this certainly cost that much – method provide for the or more – if you had to corner construction, by replace it. Interestingly, if extending them it provides the cupboard had its original the legs on which the little paint or an old secondary cupboard stands. The space paint, it would probably be between the front and back worth about $650. legs also elevates the In any event, it is a cupboard from the floor, charming and interesting which is important. piece of furniture and would Cupboards with flat look right at home in any bottoms that sit directly on “country” collection. the floor are prone to decay, Shaun Markey writes about especially if there is any antiques and folk art at dampness nearby or folkartintheattic.blogspot. underneath. ca. Is there an antique The typical way of you’re curious about? Email joining the sides together would be to use a dovetail Your item – and its story­– or butt joint as opposed to might be published in the constructing a 90 degree next column. angle from two pieces of

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Sewing Seeds of Survival West End Well hosts Nepali fundraiser. Story and photo by Judith van Berkom

The April 2015 Nepal earthquake killed more than 8,800 people and injured more than 23,000. It was the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal-Bihar earthquake. Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless with entire villages flattened across many districts of the country. Kitchissippi resident and USC Canada’s Asia Program Manager, Kate Green, spoke about the rescue efforts being done in Nepal at a fundraising event on June 21 at The West End Well – a coop promoting local economies and sustainable food systems. USC (Unitarian Service Committee) celebrates their 70th anniversary this year as Canada’s oldest registered international development agency. Connections to the Unitarian Congregation were made when Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova (19091990) arrived in Canada in 1945 as a Czech refugee, sponsored by the Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa. Working originally as a

journalist, she quickly founded USC Canada, first working with post-war refugees and reconstruction efforts in Europe and later initiating programs worldwide. In 1977, Hitschmanova established orphanage and scholarship programs in Nepal. Over the years, USC Canada has built relationships with communities and government in the country. Today, USC Canada’s core program is Seeds of Survival. Working in 11 countries around the globe, Seeds of Survival supports farmers to stay on their land and grow healthy food for their families and communities. Programs also aim to preserve the environment and enhance valuable biodiversity. Green has been working for over a decade as USC Canada’s Asia Program Manager. She travels several times a year, and was in Nepal two weeks before the earthquake hit in April 2015. She’s leaving for Bangledesh and East Timor in July. “We work as a team with local colleagues. Hitschmanova strongly believed that local people should take leadership

Kate Green presented on behalf of USC Canada at the West End Well on June 21

roles,” explains Green. “We don’t have any Canadians posted overseas.” Green describes her work as very challenging, and it shifts every few months from small and local to big international issues. The Seeds of Survival program was borne out of the massive famine which occurred in Ethiopia in the 1980s. Ethiopia approached USC, having heard about their work in sustainable development with farmers in Canada. “Even after so many years,

I’m still learning about organic agriculture and local seed issues,” says Green. “It’s all about growing enough food where you are. That’s what really matters, and is important around the world.” USC Canada is working in remote, rural areas of Nepal that were deeply affected by the earthquake to restore livestock and animal populations through animal coops, and good breeding practices. There are often no roads into the high areas of Nepal. The Rasuwa district, for example, where

USC Canada has worked for many years, is only accessible by plane or a 10-day walk. Two Nepali districts that were badly affected by the earthquake had their grains (seeds) for next year’s food supply destroyed. “People store their grain in their homes in plastic, clay, or wooden storage bins,” explains Green. During the earthquake, roofs collapsed, storage bins were destroyed or cracked, and two days of heavy rains followed, which caused the seeds to get wet and lose their viability. By connecting to other community seed banks, USC Canada worked to borrow or buy seeds for those areas of Nepal where seeds were lost. “You need the right kind of seed in the right place at the right time,” explains Green. The event at West End Well, which included a Nepali buffet of rice, lentils and vegetables, and the sale of fresh lemonade, raised $1650 for the Seeds of Survival program and Nepal’s long-term recovery. For more information about USC Canada, go to usc-canada. org.

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Coming soon: African Village Restaurant. Photo by Andrea Tomkins Once home to Fratelli’s, Lapointe’s Westboro Fish House has reverted to its Italian roots. Photo by Andrea Tomkins

Changes are afoot at The Flying Banzini. Photo by Andrea Tomkins

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Kitchissippi’s restaurant scene continues to change

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It’s been a busy few months on the food front in Kitchissippi, with numerous establishments departing from and arriving in the area. Working from east to west, here’s a recap of the new food landscape in Hintonburg, Wellington West and Westboro. After three decades of serving up Japanese fare, Hino Restaurant closed in April. The space was revamped to house a second location for local indie darling Ministry of Coffee and Social Affairs, which opened in early May. Much-praised for its daytime coffee, sandwiches and baked goods, it shifts its vibe at 7 p.m. to a non-coffee serving lounge bar. Street eaters might enjoy a visit to Hintonburg’s newest seasonal food truck, the Bytown Bayou Louisiana Smokehouse. Overnight slow-smoked meats are served up daily on the east side of Spadina between Somerset and Wellington. The menu includes pulled pork, smoked chicken and brisket, po’ boys,

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tacos, ribs and more. After an uneven three and a half year run, Burnt Butter in Hintonburg closed and has been replaced by Carben Food + Drink which opened in mid-June. A trendy rustic-industrial interior complements its inventive dinner, dessert and late-night menus. Years after the papered-over windows announced its imminent arrival, Bella Via has finally opened at the corner of Parkdale and Wellington. Billed as a coffee

shop, bakery and ice cream parlour, their panini and gelato are earning early accolades. It was with a heavy heart that Chef Richard Nigro closed the doors to his Hintonburg Kitchen in early May, citing the brutal winter weather as having had a significant negative effect. The good news is that Etienne Cuerrier, formerly of Soif Wine Bar, is moving in to open Meat Press, a creative charcuterie and sandwich Continued on page 11

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The short-lived Zanadu Juice Bar is no more. Photo by Andrea Tomkins

Bella Via finally opened at the corner of Parkdale and Wellington. Photo by Andrea Tomkins

shop. Also in early May, Teatro Café in the GCTC building was shuttered, shortly after Chef Mook Sutton left to join the kitchen of Hintonburg’s perennially-popular Back Lane Café. Another exciting alfresco addition is Flapjack’s Panwich Shack at 34 Holland Avenue near Tunney’s Pasture. This is the third location for Flapjack’s, an innovative local company which has an outdoor shack in the Glebe and a bricks-and-mortar joint on Preston Street. The just-opened food truck has a nice little seating

area and a menu composed of grilled panwiches, which are freshly panini-pressed buttermilk pancakes (more like biscuits) loaded with fillings. They’re served up with a side of housemade kettle chips; add in a dipping sauce and a drink and you’ve got a great lunch for $10. Owner Dave Scharf has exhaustively blogged about the trials and tribulations of running The Flying Banzini, on Wellington near Holland. He’s recently taken on a new business partner, Mathew Gregoire, who is also

serving as the restaurant’s chef and vice president of operations. Significant menu changes are afoot, as well as an interior renovation that will see the addition of a small six-seat bar counter. The outdoor dining options are a little more comfortable in Wellington West with the recent construction of an attractive new roof over the cozy patio in front of the Wellington Gastropub. It’s open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, and from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

MEET CATHERINE MCKENNA LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA CANDIDATE IN OTTAWA CENTRE Catherine McKenna was born in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1971 to a Quebec-born mother and an Irish father. She credits competitive swimming as a defining characteristic of her youth, when she was compelled to develop self-discipline, endurance and time management. After a Masters degree in International Relations at the London School of Economics, she took her law degree at McGill. This lead to legal work with the United Nations mission in East Timor. Catherine and her husband moved to Ottawa Centre in 2002 where their three children, Madeleine, Isabelle and Cormac were born. She practiced competition and trade law at Stikeman Elliott, and was the senior advisor to former Chief Justice Antonio Lamer during his review of Canada’s military justice system. In 2004, Catherine co-founded Canadian Lawyers Abroad (CLA), a charity that uses law to support good governance, rule of law and human rights work in Canada and abroad. CLA partners with Aboriginal communities to empower students and their families.

“The Liberal Party has a new generation of leaders committed to listening to Canadians in order to build better communities and a stronger country. I want to be part of that change, to combat political cynicism and create a better future for our children.” Authorized by the official agent for Catherine McKenna.

Silver Spoon Thai Cuisine has opted to close its location on Wellington at Western Avenue and consolidate operations at its Carling and Maitland restaurant, making room for a new venture. African Village Restaurant, featuring East African and Caribbean cuisine, expects to be open soon. Continuing westward, the short-lived Zanadu Juice Bar on Richmond Road has closed. Half a block away, Ottawa’s fifth Nestle’s Toll House Café franchise is now open, dishing up oodles of sweet treats including

baked goods and ice cream, along with a variety of beverages. Once home to Fratelli’s, Lapointe’s Westboro Fish House has reverted to its Italian roots. The space has just reopened as Vittoria Trattoria, which they are calling Vittoria in the Village. Signs recently appeared announcing that the space occupied by Naked Fish Sushi in Westboro is for lease, but management said they are not sure yet if they will relocate or simply close.

She went on to be the Executive Director of the Banff Forum, a non-profit organization that tackles public policy challenges facing Canada. Catherine has served as co-Vice President of the Glebe Community Association and is a former board member of the Elizabeth Fry Society. She is currently on the board of the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and teaches at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Her decision to run for parliament stems from her belief that Canada needs a new government and a strong, fresh voice for Ottawa Centre. Catherine believes we need to grow our economy and create new jobs - particularly for youth who are struggling in this economy. She believes in a public service that is respected and valued. She is committed to a building a more livable and sustainable city with better public transit, more affordable housing, and a healthy environment - including a clean river and better paths for cycling and walking.

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Zoe Georgaras, who plays Ariel in The Tempest stands over Alexis Scott who plays Anthonio, Trinculo and Ceres during a Bear & Co. rehearsal. Georgaras is wielding a fireball that will be lit during the play.

with his daughter so that she can go back to Milan and be the queen. It’s a big play for a natural setting. “One of the challenges is getting vocally and corporeally big enough that in a park where there are no walls to bounce off and things like that people can hear and understand (us),” says McLeod. This is McLeod’s first time acting with Bear & Co. although he has worked with them before as a fight director.   About 16 years ago, McLeod approached Tempest’s director Eleanor Crowder, who at the time was the artistic director of another theatre company. He pitched a show to her that he wanted to direct and she ended up asking him if he wanted to act. They worked together for many years afterwards. For the past couple of years, McLeod has been

concentrating more on fight direction such as sword and rapier fighting. Then one day Crowder called him and asked him if he wanted to play Prospero in Tempest. “My first reaction was ‘aren’t I a little young for Prospero?,’”laughs McLeod. “And if there’s a little piece of you that thinks you’re an actor and somebody says you should be Prospero, you generally say yes.” Prior to agreeing to play Prospero, McLeod’s summer plans had been to renovate his house, but he says that’s all on the backburner. He’s currently working full time on the play, along with the six other actors and actresses who practice eight hours a day five days a week. The group began rehearsing at the beginning of June. The chemistry between the actors is apparent.

Kickass Canadians Continued from page 13 charities here at home. In fact, the first Kickass fundraiser, Kickass Talks for CARE, raised money for CARE Canada and a local charity, Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa. But I decided to keep the focus on one organization, and I picked CARE Canada because no matter how difficult things get for Canadians, there are still basic rights and freedoms in place that make things less dire than in other countries. I wanted to help raise money for people who don’t enjoy the benefits of living in a country as blessed as ours.

I also wanted to support an organization that focuses on helping women and children, as that has been shown time and again to be the essential element in bringing about positive change and helping communities flourish. Q. What do you get out of this Amanda? What keeps you going? I find it energizing. I get excited when I book an interview with a new Kickass Canadian, or get to chat with them for the podcast, or see others take inspiration from the articles. It’s a thrill to see everyone come together

“We’re having an amazingly good time and Shakespeare is just so funny,” says Crowder. Bear & Co. points out that The Tempest is a very accessible play, one which can be understood by audiences young and old. “It’s for all ages and the show really surprised me how funny it was. There’s a lot, it has everything,” says Sarah Waisvisz, an actor in the play. “It has magic, it has fights, it has clowning, it has a fortress, it has a love story, it has fire dancing, it has music… and these things are just so fun to discover.” There are performances scheduled for July 10 and 24 in Hintonburg Park and July 17 for Clare Gardens Park, rain or shine. Suggested donation is $20. For other Ottawa performances, locations and show times, go to for the fundraisers. I love it when I’m able to connect the Kickass Canadians with one another, so they can help each other out. I also love writing, of course. And with the Continuum, I’m looking forward to seeing the art and creativity that comes from the idea of celebrating loved ones. I’ve got an idea, for further down the road, that will combine an art hub with fundraising; maybe the Continuum will be the first seeds of that. It’s a joy and a privilege to watch it all unfold. I hope others think so, too! For more information, and to read the KAC profiles, go to

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JULY 9 - STRAWBERRY SOCIAL Woodroffe United Church (207 Woodroffe Ave.) invites you to our annual Strawberry Social on Thursday, July 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy a ham and salad supper and one of the best treats the season has to offer - strawberry shortcake. $12 per person, children 10 and under free, family max $40. Tickets are available through the church office at 613-7229250.

information go to, call 613-762-8893 or email

JULY 9 - TEEN GAMING CLUB Drop by and play Wii U, XBox 360, and Game Cube on the big screen at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Learn new tricks by Notre Dame High School Teens: Darius Hackney and Andrew Smith. For ages 13 to 18. For more information go to

JULY 12 - CYCLELOGIC HINTONBURG CENTENNIAL 5K   Billed as Ottawa’s “fasted and funkiest road race,” it’s chip-timed with finish line photos, prizes, and cake at the finish line. (Basically, everything you need in a race!) $20 and free for kids under 13. Visit for registration details.

JULY 9 – BLOCK PARTY Kids! Show off your building skills at this free 90-minute Lego drop-in at the Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library. 2 p.m. Can’t make this session? Alternate dates include July 23, August 11 and August 25. For more information go to JULY 10 - I CAN DANCE THE OUTDOORS Children ages 7-12 are invited to the Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library to bring author, Hannah Beach’s book “I Can Dance the Outdoors” to life by exploring movements for wind, water, stars and more. Hannah will guide participants in creating story vignettes using dance, fabric, music and imagination! 2 p.m. Registration required. For more information and registration go to JULY 11 - QI-GONG WORKSHOP This free QI-Gong Workshop taught by Master James Foo will be taking place 9:30 a.m. to noon. Group Healing will follow from 1-3 p.m at Kitchissippi United Church (630 Island Park Dr.). Space is limited. For more

JULY 11 - PARKDALE MARKET PARTY Come and celebrate the Parkdale Market Birthday Party on Saturday, July 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Parkdale Market parking lot with free birthday cake and food samples. There will also be wandering musicians and community information tables.

JULY 15 - CITIZENSHIP, PERMANENT RESIDENT AND WORK PERMIT INFORMATION This free workshop provides information for newcomers and covers permanent residency, citizenship, sponsorship, as well as filing for work permits and students visas. Offered at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library in partnership with Catholic Centre for Immigrants. Registration is required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary. ca/en JULY 21 - PARENTING SUPPORT GROUP Do you have a child, teen or young adult who is gender creative, gender independent, trans or transgender? Are you interested in meeting with other parents and caregivers? This group meets on the third Tuesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Family Services Ottawa (312 Parkdale Ave.) Registration is not required, please join us anytime. For more information contact Beck Hood, 613-7253601 ex. 105 or email

about the history of baseball in Ottawa through fun games, crafts and hands-on activities with staff from the Nepean Museum. 2 p.m. at the Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Ages 8-12. Registration is required. For more information go to JULY 27-31- CAMP AWESOME It’s another year of Camp Awesome at Kitchissippi United Church (630 Island Park)! This day camp offers a funfilled program for children four to 12 years of age. Program includes outdoor play, stories, songs and crafts. Camp runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, cost and registration contact Kitchissippi United Church office at 613-722-7254 or go to SOCIAL SENIORS Join in an afternoon of cards, bridge,  euchre, board games and socializing every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Hall, 153 Woodroffe Ave. All seniors are welcome to attend this weekly non-denominational social gathering.  For more information contact Ellena 613-728-4018 or Celine 613-234-0853. FRIDAY OPEN MIC NIGHTS Show off your musical chops and bask in the applause at the Westboro Legion! We have the sound equipment so just bring your talent and instrument(s). For information, call the branch any afternoon: 613-725-2778. 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:  

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