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SECOND ANNUAL ER KT SUMM READS
Whether you’re a fan of fiction, cookbooks, history, or real life drama, you will definitely find something to inspire you in our second annual summer reads special issue. So string up those hammocks and read on, Kitchissippi!
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It’s our second annual summer reading issue!
Last year was the first time we rolled out a special summer edition of Kitchissippi Times we called “KT reads.” In it, we profiled a dozen local folks and found out what books they had on their nightstands. It was such a fun edition that we decided it had to be an annual event. Not only do we get to find out what notable folks in Kitchissippi are reading over the summer months, but it gives us an opportunity to pad our own reading lists and gain some extra insight into people we know. We are kickstarting this year’s group of readers with Hintonburg artist Andrea Stokes. Read on Kitchissippi!
By Ted Simpson
Andrea Stokes, well known for her painting and textile artwork, has a book recommendation that is sure to inspire some deep thinking. Stokes’ first book pick is Opening Heaven’s Door: What the Dying Might be
Trying to Tell us About Where They are Going, by Patricia Pearson (granddaughter of Lester B.). “She’s an incredibly intellectual, thoughtful, rigorous thinker and also hysterically funny,” Stokes says about Pearson’s writing style. Continued on page 3
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Andrea Stokes’ summer reads Continued from page 1 Pearson is able to insert humour into a typically unfunny subject, death. More specifically, the spiritual experiences people have had around the deaths of those closest to them. For example, it could be a message from the beyond, a vision or foreknowledge of a loved one’s passing. It’s an abstract subject to tackle. Obviously none of these experiences have been proven, yet they are very widely reported. “It’s about not being a flake, and listening to what these people have to say without dismissing them,” says Stokes.
In the book, Pearson uses a journalistic approach to seek out people who have had what is referred to as Near Death Awareness and shares their stories incorporated with scientific explanations on the phenomena. Pearson started working on the project after the sudden death of her father, followed closely by her sister dying of cancer. It’s a heavy subject, and it is one that certainly deserves attention. “Death is not something that we really talk about,” says Stokes. Opening Heaven’s Door invites readers to talk about it with an open mind and without fear of scrutiny.
The second book on Stokes’ list is The Love Monster: A Novel, by local author Missy Marsten. Stokes describes Marsten’s novel as “funny, and sweet, and tender.” It’s about a lady named Margaret H. Atwood who, in mid-life, has encounters with a whole host of bizarre characters and an alien who speaks in the voice of Donald Sutherland. You will almost certainly be seeing Stokes’ artwork around town this summer, as she’s been chosen to adorn one of the Bell boxes on Wellington West with her art, adding to the collection of Hintonburg artist Andrea Stokes has two boxes already painted by ARPi and Daniel recommendations for your summer reading list. Photo by Ted Simpson Martelock.
What’s our MPP reading?
Yasir Naqvi’s summer book picks reflect work life, and engines By Ted Simpson
MPP for Ottawa Centre, Yasir Naqvi, is keeping his summer reading fairly rooted in his work and his book recommendations will appeal to the political junkies out there. That being said, it’s worth pointing out that he does often take a break from serious reading to share a book with his three-year-old son, Rafi. “His favourite book is The Big Book of Engines, and we have spent many hours
learning all about the different characters in the exciting world of Thomas the Tank Engine,” says Naqvi. Being such a busy person, it’s hard to believe Naqvi can find the time to read. He pops up at just about every community event in the ward, he even ran this year’s Hintonburg 5K, with a very respectable time of 21:11. For his personal choice, Naqvi is currently enjoying Paikin and the Premiers, by Steve Paiken. Paiken is a journalist
who has been covering Queen’s Park for TVO for many years. The book is a mix of Paiken’s interviews and personal perspectives on Ontario’s premiers from Bill Davis up to Kathleen Wynne. “It captures the trajectory of various economic and social issues in Ontario over the last 50 yearsfrom Premiers of all three major political parties, and I have found it to be a really interesting read,” says Naqvi. Next up from the MPP is more politi-
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cal history that he picked up at Elmdale School’s Bookfest this spring: The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and the Day that Almost Was by Chantal Hebert. The title being fairly self explanatory, Herbert sought out 17 key political leaders from that time to create an in depth account of the ‘95 referendum. “I am looking forward to learning more about what was going on behind the scenes during this pivotal period in our country’s history,” says Naqvi.
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KT READS Since this issue is all about our summer reading lists, we thought it would be fun to share what Kitchissippi Times staff and contributors are reading too. What’s on your book list? Send your summer book recommendation to editor@kitchissippi. com and you may see it listed in the next issue or online at kitchissippi.com.
Dave Allston, contributor
My cottage reading will be The Opeongo: Dreams, Despair and Deliverance by S. Bernard Shaw, which tells of the historic Ottawa Valley road west to Algonquin Park established by the Canadian government in the 1850s to lure European settlers into the wilderness. My guilty pleasure reading will include my garage sale find of a stack of vintage 1970s hockey magazines, and for my kids, re-reading them their insane collection of 200+ Berenstain Bears books.
Judith van Berkom, contributor and proofreader
I’ll be tackling Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, published by Harper in 2015. TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, broadcast a two-part interview with Hirsi Ali in May 2015. Here’s how Wikipedia describes her: “Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born DutchAmerican dual citizen activist, writer, and politician. She is known for her views critical of female genital mutilation, Islam and Muslims and supportive of women’s rights and atheism.” Greatly encouraged by her ideas, concerned about the rise of violent Islam worldwide, I felt hopeful after hearing her speak on The Agenda. I’m interested in reading more about how she sees this ‘reformation’ taking place.
Tanya Connolly-Holmes, creative director
I have just started reading a borrowed copy of The Underpainter by Jane Urquhart. It’s about an artist named Austin Fraser who looks back on his life and love. Fraser’s method consists of underpainting – hence the title of the book – a painting technique that involves applying layer upon layer of paint. Urquhart uses this technique in a literary way in order to reveal hidden truths that lie beneath. I’m hoping my trip to Vancouver will allow for some downtime to read it!
Michael Curran, President of Great River Media
I recently attended an Ottawa event at Shopify with Globe and Mail business journalist Sean Silcoff, who co-authored a book titled Losing The Signal: The Spectacular Rise And Fall Of Blackberry. The book explores the fascinating story of two iconic CEOs, Mike Lazaridis and Balsillie, who took the world by storm with a revolutionary device only to watch the entire company stumble. In the world of business, definitely high drama!
Jamie Dean, production
I am re-reading The War of Art: Break the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield. It’s a book about motivation, procrastination, and creativity. This book is great, I’ve read it a few times now. I recommend it to anyone who works in a creative industry, and/or to anyone who has ever had trouble with procrastination.
Regan van Dusen, production
I am reading Outlander as well as watching the show. The mix of Scottish/ English history, with a side of magic, time travel and superstition makes it enticing. Lighthearted, but often very dark, definitely a captivating read about two characters from two different times, coming together.
Anita Grace, contributor
As a PhD student, I’m quite buried in academic texts these days. But there is one book I’m particularly enjoying: Petticoats and Prejudice by Constance Backhouse. It’s a fascinating look at women and the law in 19th century Canada. I also took a break from academia last weekend and read The Martian by Andy Weir – a quick and entertaining summer read.
Craig Lord, contributor
This summer I’ve been getting a bit more into tech, and ended up with a copy of Losing the Signal: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of BlackBerry by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff. It’s a compelling look into one of Canada’s biggest successes, fueled by the dramatic relationship between its two cofounders. I found it was a pretty great entry book into the world of business, too. Pick it up for a brutally honest and engaging read.
Shaun Markey, contributor
I just finished reading Losing the Signal, The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Blackberry by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff. RIM’s Blackberry product was Canadian and the first device that enabled mobile email. It is a fascinating account of the spectacular success of the product and the many pitfalls that can, over a relatively short period of time, disrail an internationally successful company. The fact that RIM is/was a Canadian company makes it all the more interesting.
Don Mersereau, VP sales
In the summer I reread classics and books from the past. Right now it is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Book burning at its worst!
Marc Nordemann-Keller, marketing and sales
I’m reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy by Douglas Adams. It is about the end of the world and a wild ride across space and time. This book is hilarious, fun, wacky and another case of a book which is much better than the movie made of it.
Donna Roney, sales
I’ve been reading Race for Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations by Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers, CAE. I may seem like a dry read for summer, but, if you’ve spent much time on volunteer boards, it’s quite an eyeopener. It is written in plain English and really identifies the relevant issues in these changing times. When the excitement of reading this book gets too much, I calm down with Canadian Pie by humour writer Will Ferguson.
Paula Roy, contributor
I’m reading The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse. It’s the latest by
one of my favourite authors and it’s a wellwritten, compelling piece of historical fiction that uses vivid imagery to draw the reader into a suspenseful mystery. I can’t wait to see how it ends.
Ted Simpson, contributor
So, I’ve decided to tackle the Game of Thrones book series. I thought I could just enjoy the show and leave the books alone, but here we are. These are by far the thickest books I have ever attempted to read, so we’ll see how that goes. I have four more to go after this one, and by then there should be a book number six waiting for me.
Cristha Sinden, marketing and sales
Atop my reading list is Wild by Cheryl Strayed. A young woman who thought she had lost everything after her mother’s death, embarks on a solo journey of more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, with no experience or training. I’m excited to read about her self discovery despite her life unravelling and the journey that put it all back together.
Lori Sharpe, sales
I recently finished reading No Excuses, The Power of Self-Discipline and Success by Brian Tracy and presently I am reading How to Advertise, Building Brands and Businesses in the New Marketing World by Kenneth Roman and Jane Maas with Martin Nisenholtz. This book is in its third edition and still holds true today. It reminded me of the continuing value and need for community newspapers and rekindled my enthusiasm to ensure they continue. Community newspapers are champions of the individual, small businesses and democracy.
Mark Sutcliffe, CEO/publisher
I’m reading Two Days in June, in which Ottawa author Andrew Cohen dives deep into the Kennedy White House as he delivers two landmark speeches on nuclear testing and civil rights. Drawing on painstaking research and previously unseen documentary footage, the detail is deliciously explicit and the writing superb.
Andrea Tomkins, editor
I have a stack of books on my nightstand which include Parenting in the age of Attention Snatchers by Lucy Jo Palladino, and It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by Danah Boyd but I’m actually looking forward to raiding my daughters’ stacks of teen fiction. It’s the ultimate summertime brain candy!
Bradley Turcotte, contributor
I am halfway through Booker Prize winning author Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. It’s an unconventional sci-fi story and it’s heartbreaking. Recently, I tore through Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys and Good Omens co-authored by Gaiman and the recently deceased Terry Pratchett. I’ve been meaning to read J.G. Ballard forever. He’s next in my queue.
Jackie Whalen, Controller
I am currently re-reading 1984 by George Orwell, written in 1949. Not light summer reading, but Orwell’s predictions for the future are unnerving. I am also reading any issue on hand of Canadian Living, as I love to try new recipes.
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There’s 80 years of history hidden in the walls of the Carleton Tavern
By Dave Allston
Kitchissippi’s most famous gathering place, the Carleton Tavern, turned 80 this year, and was marked with a week of celebrations this summer. A throwback to the city taverns that once dotted the working class neighbourhoods throughout the city, the Carleton is a piece of local history worth celebrating. The Carleton is intimately tied to the Parkdale Market neighbourhood, but this is actually true to a much greater extent, historically speaking. Digging deep into the archives reveals that the building has gone through several major changes throughout the years. In fact, part of the Tavern can actually be traced all the way back to the summer of 1896, when a 31-year-old local entrepreneur, James William Burnett, purchased several lots on both sides of James Street (now Armstrong) west of Queen Street (now Parkdale). Burnett, a veteran Ottawa lumberman, opened a wood planing and shingle mill on the south side of James, where the Parkdale Market now exists. He also constructed a modest two-storey brick-veneered house on the corner opposite his mill. This house would later form part of the Carleton Tavern; though unrecognizable through various alterations and expansions, the most south-easterly portion of the Carleton today is Burnett’s original 1896 house. Burnett rented the upstairs of the house to tenants. The main floor was designed to be a small general store. Between 1899 and 1900, Burnett sold his mill to James Lunny, who continued to sell wholesale and retail lumber from the future Parkdale market site (later partnering with James Gordon Maclaren, grandson of the famous Ottawa lumber baron
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James Maclaren). Lunny and his large family resided in the brick home on Armstrong. In 1904, Lunny sold his interest in the mill to Maclaren, who then altered the house to be used as the lumber office on the main floor, with a residential rental unit upstairs.
“His fetish in life was to pour a pint without a collar on it.” Maclaren operated the mill until 1909, which then passed through a handful of proprietors until closing in 1916 when economic priorities in Ottawa were shifted by WWI. Almost immediately, the site was suggested as an option for a much needed west end public playground. The mill and its related buildings were demolished, and by 1924 indeed it became the site of the new West End Market. The house on the north side of Armstrong remained a lumber office until 1909. Burnett had sold his ownership in 1906, and new landlords took over, including James Soutar, a recent Scottish
immigrant of advanced age who had spent his lifetime travelling the world by sea. Tenants would occupy the upstairs and downstairs of the house until 1911, when Soutar sold the property to the Moran family, who continued to develop the property over the next 30 years. The Morans immediately converted the house back into a grocery store. Thomas Moran and his family resided upstairs, while a series of shopkeepers operated the grocery store on the main floor. In 1922, the family constructed a house next door at 229 Armstrong (now the site of Holland’s Cake and Shake), into which–in 1927– the Moran’s moved their grocery store. 223 then became the location of other types of businesses, including fruit dealers and butchers. In 1930, Thomas Moran decided to open a confectionery of his own on the main floor of 223. However it was his next move which would prove to be most significant. In 1935, after five years of operating the confectionery, 75-year-old Thomas Moran extensively renovated the house at 223 Armstrong, and opened that fall as the Carleton Hotel. The business would have been small, still operating within the walls of the original brick home. Continues on page 13
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What does a high school principal read over the summer? It’s all about spies, leadership, and exploration for Patrick McCarthy Story and photo by Andrea Tomkins
Nepean High School Principal Patrick McCarthy isn’t resting easy this summer. In fact, he’s still working, as the summer school principal at the Adult High School on Rochester Street. McCarthy is a cottage reader who takes his books back and forth over the summer. Reading at his Sharbot Lake cottage is very much a family affair, although McCarthy’s daughter Molly, 13, is currently volunteering at a summer camp. (He describes her as a “voracious reader” who just finished The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.) “I am very purposeful about my time at the cottage. It belongs to my daughter and my family,” says McCarthy. “But in the evenings, we read a lot.” McCarthy works on cottage projects from 7 a.m. to noon and afternoons are spent on the dock or with friends on the lake. “After dinner, it’s all reading.”
McCarthy already has a few books under his belt. First on his list for summertime reading are paperbacks by American novelist Brad Thor. Think 24/ Jack Bauer/Kiefer Sutherland kinds of stories, or as McCarthy puts it: “good, mindless, summer reading.” It’s New York Times best-seller “counter-terrorism stuff” which McCarthy says he “mows through rather quickly.” McCarthy is partway through Personal, by British thriller author Lee Child. Child is the author of the Jack Reacher series of novels, a character who was the basis of a film starring Tom Cruise called Jack Reacher. No spoilers – in case you haven’t seen it – but McCarthy warns the die-hard Reacher fans will be upset because Tom Cruise is 5’9” and Jack Reacher is 6’5”. “A big part of the character is that he’s this really big guy,” says McCarthy, who goes on to describe it as “a fluff movie. It wasn’t a great movie.” The book he’s wanted to read for years is Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, first published in 1959 by Alfred
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Lansing. Sir Ernest Shackleton, born in 1874, was a polar explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic. McCarthy was at a leadership conference in Calgary with a student group seven or
eight years ago when he first learned about the book while in conversation with the director of the Calgary Zoo. “He spent 15 minutes talking to the kids about Ernest Shacketon,” remembers McCarthy. “About how leadership can be daunting, and how it’s sometimes not about how technically a good leader you are, but sometimes it’s about endurance and tenacity.” McCarthy says he’s been captivated by the story ever since, and even though he’s only 40 pages in, says he is very impressed with the author’s style and high degree of detail and research. “Alfred Lansing, the author, writes about it just beautifully,” says McCarthy. “He is such a natural storyteller, and makes you feel like you’re in the room with him, which is something I really enjoy.” The final book on McCarthy’s list is related to the story of the Endurance, and it’s called South: The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition 1914-1917, and was written by Sir Ernest himself. McCarthy hasn’t started it yet, but wonders if there might be some lessons to be drawn from Shackleton’s experience. “One of the things I’ve learned is that you have to like what you do,” says McCarthy. “If you are fighting to be where you are every day, you’re going to grind down pretty quickly no matter what field you’re in.”
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‘Horrible’ beach reading For Usman Mushtaq, summer reading isn’t always lightweight Story and photo by Francella Fiallos
For Mechanicsville’s Usman Mushtaq, summer reading doesn’t always mean escaping into a light, breezy story on a beach. It sometimes means delving into a serious academic piece about how music can play a role in how Muslim communities participate in political resistance. The book, Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture by Hisham Aidi, is a cultural and musical tour de force as it explores different genres of music in Muslim communities and its
emphasis on antiimperialism and Islam. “It’s awesome,” Mushtaq says. “But really academic and dense. It’s horrible for the beach.” Aidi is a professor at Columbia University in New York and is a bit of an academic celebrity. Not only did he contribute to the UNDP’s Human Development Report, but writes for The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, and Salon. His credentials and fame come through in his writing, much to Mushtaq’s annoyance. “He’s a very good looking brown dude, a superstar in his field,” he
says. “So he writes about these cool people he hangs out with, it can be a bit annoying to deal with that ego.” Mushtaq is a community activist with No One is Illegal Ottawa, a collective advocating for the rights of immigrants and migrant workers in Canada and abroad. Before that, he studied engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston. School, work, and the weather all have an influence on how much time Mushtaq has for reading. “I read more in the summer, most of my
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Are you a teen who is looking for a good read? Here are three book recommendations from the Carlingwood Library’s Teen Advisory Group. The Selection, by Keira Cass Review by Ramona Charbel In this fantasy version of the Bachelor, young America Singer is persuaded by family and friends to compete against 35 other beautiful and eager contestants for a chance to win the Prince Maxon’s heart – and the crown. Despite America’s deep distaste for the Selection, she develops a quick friendship with the inexperienced Prince, which soon evolves in to
more. But when an old love keeps standing in the way, America is stuck in her own little Selection. If you’re looking for a summer read that will make you fall in love, cry and feel a wave of emotions you didn’t know you could feel, The Selection by Keira Cass is a must read! Locke and Key, by Joe Hill Review by Cathy Jing In the world of Joe Hill’s Locke and Key, a key doesn’t just unlock doors. The Head Key opens the mind and allows anyone to insert memories and thoughts into the mind. The Animal Key has the ability of turning anyone into an animal. But... what’s the Omega Key? Join the Locke brothers on their adventure
of protecting the most evil and terrifying door of them all. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon Review by Maryan Chirwa Christopher, a fifteenyear-old boy, knows all the countries of the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7,507. He was living the life with his father and his pet rat until his neighbour’s dog was brutally murdered with a fork. He then became an amateur detective and started writing a book explaining in details his investigation. What has yet to be mentioned is that Christopher Boone has an autistic spectrum condition. However, The
reading is done in the evening,” he says. “Winter is harder because it’s colder and gets darker easily.” Mushtaq has also been reading some poetry collections, specifically Salt, by Nayyirah Waheed. “It’s really beautiful,” he says. “Her poems are three or four lines long about internalizing whiteness in black and brown communities. There’s a lot of power in what she writes.” Waheed poignantly describes complex emotions regarding self-love, desire, rejection, and revolution in surprisingly concise verses. It’s clear that Mushtaq’s
reading taste is eclectic, to say the least. The next book on his list is Octavia Butler’s Fledgling, a science fiction novel about vampires struggling with power dynamics, transformation and the debilitating effect of age. Despite the staggering
differences between the three books on Mushtaq’s mind, they do have one thing in common: they were all recommended to him by his partner. “My partner is really good with books,” he says. “I look at what she’s reading and just copy her.”
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by British writer Mark Haddon is not simply a novel about disability, but a means of demonstrating the life of a teenage boy who, despite his lack of insight into other people’s emotional lives, is capable of overcoming his deepest
habits and fears. Christopher Boone is not a typical character you find in a novel. What differentiates Christopher from others you may ask? Read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and jump into the mind of Christopher as he uncovers some
unexpected secrets. For more information about the Teen Summer Reading program, please visit the Carlingwood or Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Courtney Mellor is the teen services librarian at Carlingwood Public Library.
Usman Mushtaq’s reading list includes books about music in Muslim communities, poetry, and vampires.
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Eric Coates, artistic director of GCTC, moved to Kitchissippi in the fall of 2010. He lives a simple life, no TV or radio, no media at home and as few possessions as possible (that’s not counting his five bikes). An avid cyclist, he bikes for exercise and shopping, walks to work, cross-country skis in winter and sails in the summertime. Prior to Ottawa, Coates lived in Stratford where he directed the Blyth Festival and worked as an actor. Many actors need a second career to supplement their income, and Coates, whose interests are varied, worked in carpentry and did manual labor, something he loves almost as much as the arts. “I don’t take it for granted at all that I’m able to make a living in the arts,” he says. Coates takes the opportunity to catch up on reading in the summer at the remote, Georgian Bay family cottage. Completely isolated, it’s a half hour boat ride from the main land and depends on a wood stove for heat and solar energy for electricity. As a child, Coates read by kerosene lantern. The cottage,
owned by his mother of 80, is a family gathering place during the summer months, until Labor Day. “There’s nothing like it,” Coates says. Coates’ goal at the moment is to read all the books he has before adding to his collection. His selection for this summer’s reading is a combination of personal, fictional, and practical non-fiction.
our lives through urban design by Charles Montgomery, a book which was given to him by his younger daughter. “Since moving here, I’ve become really interested in how the city is handling the congestion problem. I think there are some really creative things happening in Ottawa. RightBike operated by Causeway is one system that’s coming back. It
“The short story is a form I love – even if it’s something I don’t like to read about – I’m not in it for long.” First on the list is a collection of 100 short stories called Highway 99: A Literary journey through California’s Great Central Valley. “I grew up in Berkley, California, left when I was very young, but every time I go back I feel transported back to my childhood,” says Coates. “The short story is a form I love – even if it’s something I don’t like to read about – I’m not in it for long. This collection offers a huge range of literary voices.” Next on his list is Happy City: Transforming
makes so much sense for people visiting the city,” he says. “I’ve never read much about this before. My daughters are both very socially conscious – it’s neat to have something in common with them.” Coates’ third choice is Soul Mountain by Chinese author, Gao Xingjian, which won the Nobel prize for literature in 2000. All of Xingjian’s books continue to be banned in China. “The book is about the author who is diagnosed with terminal cancer. He goes on a spiritual journey and cures the cancer.”
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Kitchissippi theater troupe A Company of Fools is celebrating 25 years of Shakespearean shenanigans but Catriona Leger, director of The Comedy of Errors currently touring Ottawa parks, says you’ll find more than works by the Bard on her Kindle. “Sometimes I read Shakespeare,” Leger laughs, but recently, she says, a podcast featuring author Jennifer Pharr Davis sent her on a nonfiction adventure jag. “I devoured her books and started reading all these books about the Appalachian Trail,” Leger explains. “Then I got into Cheryl Strayed and Wild. The book is amazing. I find a lot of inspiration in solo female travelers.” If Leger were to embark on a solo expedition she may look to the stars for guidance as, in addition to devouring books on directing and management, she describes herself as a “horoscope nerd.” “I really love books on astrology but I have a discerning eye. I won’t just read anything,” Leger says. Sun Signs by Linda Goodman, while dated, Leger admits, is a touchstone for astrology aficionados. Leger says those looking for a more modern approach to astrology, entries by Starsky and Cox are insightful reads. Additionally, classic authors like Ernest Hemingway, Ian Fleming and Timothy Findley can claim Leger as a fan. Leger slowly worked her way through Findley’s bibliography over the years and his biblical alternate history novel Not Wanted on the Voyage is one of her all-time favourites. “It’s a fictional take on the great flood and Noah,” says Leger. “It’s told from the perspective of Noah’s wife and this blind, pregnant, old cat named Mottyl; who are neither of them wanted on the voyage. It’s about them getting the ark ready and the family coming in. The devil ends up on the ark in disguise. It was the first time I think I ever wept
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A weighty book list for this history lover Kitchissippi teacher and journalist Ashley Wright is going home to read Story and photo by Judith van Berkom
Ashley Wright is currently a freelance journalist, teacher of journalism at Algonquin College and Carleton University and part-time CBC broadcaster, having worked for CBC radio in Halifax, Charlottetown, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Ottawa. “Somewhere along the way, [between taking time off to raise three children and work part-time] I completed a Master’s degree in oral history.” Wright is currently interviewing elderly people for a special side project. She is travelling by car for three days at the end of July to her hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, as she does most summers, stopping to visit a longtime friend and CBC colleague, Garnet Angeconeb, who lives on the native reserve in the Sioux. She co-produces an educational website called
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Garnet’s Journey ( g a r n e t s j o u r n e y. c o m ) which focuses on Angeconeb’s life from the trap line to residential school to life today. Her summer is shaping up to be busy, but there’s always time to read. Wright says she loves nonfiction: “Anything about Canadian history. I find it fascinating and read purely for pleasure.” Her book list this summer takes her back to her roots in Manitoba. First on her list is a re-read of Nellie McClung’s 1976 autobiography, Clearing in the West. “Nellie Clung is from Manitoba. Her autobiography covers from 1870 to the 1920’s. Her writing is out of this world,” says Wright. “She was one of the suffragettes who obtained the vote for women and she was also a farmer. My people were also farmers. “ As sometimes happens, reading leads to other reading. “[Clung] talks about the books people were reading at that time. One of these books was Trilby,” explains Wright. “I grew up all my life knowing that my grandfather’s horse’s name was Trilby. I was recently in my parent’s basement and found the book – I’ll be reading it this summer.” Trilby, a novel by George du Maurier, was published in 1895 and was one of the most popular serials of its time. Next on Wright’s list is James Daschuk’s Clearing the Plains.
After twenty years of friendship with Angeconeb, Wright became aware of his struggles as a child with the residential school system. “I’m deeply aware that the story of my people is very different than the story of Garnet’s people,” she explains. “Clearing the Plains is the other side of the story. While Europeans were colonizing, aboriginals were going through a horrific experience. I think it’s very important for all of us to be aware of both these experiences – both sides.” Wright’s daughter selected the next book on her summer reading list: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, a Native American. It is a book she describes as a “very funny graphic novel, which really relates to teenagers.” Wright explains how the book deals with serious subjects but in a light, comical way. Last but not least on Wright’s summer reading list, are two works of fiction. “While I’m sitting in the shade [at the family cottage], I’ll read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (2013). It’s American fiction. My mother says it’s great. You can’t put it down.” And since Ottawa summers tend to be short, if time allows, Wright’s final choice for summer reading is The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.
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Channelling his inner Abe? Jeff Leiper’s summer read is a political one Story and photo by Craig Lord
Are you surprised to learn that your Kitchissippi councillor has a thing for politics and history? Probably not. But can you picture Jeff Leiper with a bushy black beard and a top hat? You might after reading this. Leiper is spending this summer with a thick tome of a historical read: Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion by Harold Holzer. The book is an account of President Abraham Lincoln’s approach to the press: how he engaged, cajoled, and censored newspapers in his quest for emancipation and victory in the Civil War. Holzer paints Lincoln through the journalists who covered him, from his rise in politics to his tragic end. The fabled president was a master of public opinion in all his endeavours and spoke to his people through the press. The councillor knows how this might sound, but he insists he’s not reading it as a how-to guide. Rather, he finds Lincoln’s campaign for emancipation a captivating subject. For while history may paint the Civil War as a moral conflict over slavery, there were in reality many more political and
economic drivers that led to the divisive war. Americans didn’t want emancipation until Lincoln convinced them they did. “How do you take something people don’t believe, and get them to fight a bloody war?” Leiper asks. “I find that fascinating.” As a student of the liberal arts, Leiper has always found reading to be crucial. While the sciences and engineering are fantastic for showing how the world works, he says that reading is a way for us to understand how the world should work. “Reading the world’s literature has shaped me,” Leiper says, reflecting on his fondness for the great Russian authors of our time. That connection translates directly to his work. As a councillor, he says these lessons inform every decision he makes. “Reading is the gateway of linking the minutia of what you do to the world,” Leiper says. A solitary activity like reading for pleasure isn’t something that falls naturally into a councillor’s busy schedule. But it’s always a priority. “I have to carve out that time… It’s important to do that,” Leiper says. “Just to remember the big picture.” Kitchissippi ward Councillor Jeff Leiper’s summer read is a historical one.
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Philanthropist’s life reads like a bestseller Grete Hale herself is quite the page turner Story and photo by Bradley Turcotte
Grete Hale hopes to have more time to read this summer as she recently stepped down from the board of directors of Beechwood Cemetery after 12 years as Chair. Chairman Emeritus of Morrison Lamothe Inc., a national frozen food
company that her father, Cecil Morrison, founded as a bakery in 1933, Hale has parlayed her business acumen into an illustrious philanthropic career. Hale’s diverse accomplishments include founding Friends of Library and Archives of Canada in a successful attempt to preserve historical literature, serving
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was meant to be there,” adding that she “felt the time had come to pass the hat.” Hale’s lifelong home, Fuller Street’s historic Bayne House, was built in 1828 and saw countless charity events staged by Hale’s parents on its once sprawling lands. “I look back, I think I was about 13 years old,” Hale reminisces. “My mother said ‘after suppertime I want you to come with me,’ this was during the Second World War. She said ‘we’re going to go and pack food parcels for Britain.’ What we were doing in one evening helped a family in Britain I didn’t know survive. It stuck in my mind, that you could do that. That never left me. Put out a helping hand. You can make a difference if you care. It doesn’t cost anything to give. That’s why my life is so rich, fun and eventful.” As for summer reads, Hale reminds readers of Friends of Library and Archives of Canada’s annual September book sale, which is where she picked up many of the titles in her current queue, including Mary O’Hara’s collection of poems and prayers, Celebration of Love.
Grete Hale, 86, hopes to spend sunny afternoons reading this summer in the garden of her historical property.
There’s a familial connection to Cathy Le Feuvre’s William and Catherine, which Hale says she is about half way through. Hale’s late husband’s great grandfather married William and Catherine Booth, who went on to found the Salvation Army. “It’s their love letters to each other and how it evolved,” Hale explains, “I haven’t got to the part where they founded the Salvation Army yet. It’s a
very touching story.” Former Regional Contact co-host Kathie Donovan’s Inspiration in Action also makes Hale’s list. “I like opening it and just reading a page,” Hale says. “You can pick it up and open it anywhere; just to get some inspiration.” Barbara Frum: A Daughter’s Memoir written by Linda Frum and To Serve Them All My Days by R.F Delderfield, round out Hale’s reading list.
From cookbooks to classics Which book gives Moe Attalah goosebumps? By Bhavana Gopinath
Moe’s Newport Restaurant in Westboro is a beloved local institution famous for its cloud-like pita bread, innovative pizzas and, as the headquarters of the Elvis Sighting Society, also for all things Elvis. The owner, Moe Atallah, personifies all that is good about the eatery – the cheerful, efficient service and a desire to please the client. These are lessons rooted in hard work, learned when Moe turned around a family restaurant in his native Lebanon. “I’m a people person, that’s why I succeeded,” he says. “It’s not just about the food, people treasure the experience.” This understanding proved valuable when he moved to Canada in 1976, and built his life from the ground up by working in several eateries in Ottawa and eventually buying his own place. Natural host that Moe is, it’s not surprising that Moe’s reading list contains cookbooks. A proud owner of 300–400 food-related books, he has recommendations for must-reads: the Cooks Illustrated publications for mastery of technique, and Donna Hay, the food stylist and author, for presentation and artistry in food. To master home-style Lebanese cuisine, he suggests Lebanese
Kitchen (published by St. Eligias Church), available at Lebanese grocers. From cookbooks to classics: Moe was enthralled by Les Misérables as a schoolboy. “I couldn’t stop turning the pages,” he says. He admits that he doesn’t remember anything by Shakespeare or other writers that he read in school but Les Misérables has taken root in his mind. He has read it cover-to-cover several times, has seen the musical, and still gets goosebumps talking about it. Moe’s days and weekends are spent in his restaurants, and his mind buzzes with catering orders and raw material supplies. His busy life doesn’t leave him with much free time for recreational reading. “I really want to read more,” he says ruefully. If he were granted the gift of time, what would he read? His wish list has two broad areas. One, he wants to improve his knowledge about Canadian history. Two, he is fascinated by nature, specifically animal behaviour, and would like to understand it better. If feeding people is your vocation, you have to find a way to nourish your own soul too. So now, Moe has a plan: he will soon take some time to relax, a cruise perhaps. He will pack many books – about Canada and nature (and some cookbooks!) – and feast in the sun with them.
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Golf, politics, history, and of course, food Stephen Beckta’s reading list is a buffet of diverse interests Story and photo by Andrea Tomkins
It might seem surprising to learn that Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game, by Joseph Parent is at the top of Stephen Beckta’s reading list, but there are actually quite a few lessons which can be shared both on the green, and off. “There are lessons learned in golf that can be applied to work and life elsewhere: whether they are lessons about patience or being in the moment, says Beckta.“To play golf well you need to be very much in the moment and be attuned to your emotions and how they influence others – or the golf ball.” “Things happen when you believe they will happen.” Beckta, a restaurateur and Westboro resident, has been golfing for twenty years. (“It’s been erratic, just like my swing,” he jokes.) Last year he says he hardly golfed at all, so this year he’s making more of an effort, and he’s picked up some reading material to go with it. He’s just started reading Zen Golf, but it’s already making him rethink his game. Contrary to what one might think, it’s not a light read. “It’s heavy. It requires digestion. You read a couple pages then you need to sit and think about it for awhile and really integrate it. Because it’s not an easy page turner.” Although he likes to have a paper book on hand for stolen moments of reading – or when his young son borrows the iPad Beckta actually prefers to do the bulk of his reading on the family iPad. He reads whenever he can find the time: in “ten minute Stephen Beckta doesn’t have a lot of time for golf or reading, but we have a feeling he’s snippets” before he falls asleep and going to manage both just fine this summer.
Carleton Tavern’s early days Continued from page 5 On February 26 1941, Moran sold the Carleton Hotel to Harold Starr and Harry Viau, for the sale price of $10,500. Starr was a popular Ottawa sportsman, having played for both the Rough Riders and the original Ottawa Senators in the NHL. Viau was a former barber who grew up in a hotelkeeper family. The pair immediately hired local contractor F.E. Cummings to take out a $6,000 building permit to significantly alter and expand the Carleton to its present dimensions (almost triple its original size). As Starr and Viau were both socially well-known and well-connected, the Carleton became an instant hangout for the sports crowd, particularly for ex-NHLers. In the late 40s, the owners phased out the hotel aspect of their business. By 1947, the Carleton Hotel became known as the Carleton House, and in 1951, changed to the Carleton Tavern. Harry Viau’s daughter Judy recalled for me the days when the taverns were required to close at 6 p.m. (“to make sure husbands went home”), and then re-open an hour later at 7. The Carleton had a ladies side and a gents side, where the women were not allowed. She also noted there was a standard bar near where the kitchen is now, that the bar furniture had changed little, the bathroom not at all. She also reminisced that her father
disliked serving draft beer, notably because of the cost effects due to the foam (“His fetish in life was to pour a pint without a collar on it.”), and as it took longer to serve and received more complaints. In the mid-40s, the house next door (number 229) became Sadaka’s Ice Cream Bar. In 1948 Starr and Viau purchased this building from the Moran family, but just two days after the sale, it was swept by fire. They renovated and re-opened as a confectionery store (Carleton Sweets) before becoming the Carleton Steak House in 1955, which it remained for 50 years. On November 1, 1973, Starr and Viau retired from the business, and sold the Tavern and Steak House to a syndicate of lawyers. In 1989, the group sold the bar to the Saikaley family, the operators of the Steak House since 1964. Through its 80 years, little has changed at the Carleton Tavern, and that’s just how its many loyal patrons like it. It is a trip back into time, an experience that has fortunately been preserved in Kitchissippi, and one hopes will continue for many more years to come. Dave Allston is a local history buff who researches and writes house histories and also publishes a popular blog called The Kitchissippi Museum (kitchissippimuseum. blogspot.ca). His family has lived in Kitchissippi for six generations.
in the half hour after he gets his son off to school or camp before work (they are reading vintage Hardy boys together). Beckta is determined to string up a hammock this summer – which he hopes will increase time and frequency of weekend reading. Also on his reading list is The Third Plate by Dan Barber. Beckta says the book really helps readers understand how we eat and why we eat. Barber is a chef who owns a restaurant in upstate New York called Blue Hill at Stone Barns. “It’s my favourite restaurant in the world,” says Beckta. Blue Hill serves food that is harvested and raised on the farm. “It’s on a 100-acre working farm, a former horse farm that the Rockefeller’s donated in order to encourage more agricultural production in Hudson Valley.” In his book, Barber suggests that vegetables should be the centre of plate, with protein being “merely the garnish, the accompaniment.” “[Barber] has changed the way people think about food,” says Beckta. “For sustainability, for health reasons, and for interest sake, it really changes the way you think about food. Why is it that vegetables are the things you have to eat, whereas protein is the thing you want to eat? How about we flip it around and make vegetables the most compelling thing?” Last on Beckta’s reading list is Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom by Conrad Black. It’s actually his third time reading it. “Every time I need that history fix or political fix, it’s been a good one to go back to,” says Beckta, who is a self-described history buff. “I’m not a huge Conrad Black fan in general, but he is a pretty incredible writer…. It’s an extraordinary book, incredibly well-written.”
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Annual Hintonburg run deemed a sunny success
Residents of Hintonburg gathered to take part in the ninth annual Cyclelogic Hintonburg Centennial run on July 12. The popular event was hugely attended, with over six hundred runners participating in the 5K and 1K races. Funds raised from registration fees went towards the Hintonburg Community Association, which also runs the event. Participants in the free 1K kids’ fun run were also encouraged to donate to community youth programs. Participants and organizers praised the race’s community atmosphere and well-organized logistical aspect.
The 1K kids’ run was especially popular with younger families. Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar has participated in the race for all nine years of its existence, and says the event is a good way to connect with all members of the community. “The great thing about running is it’s very democratic,” says Dewar, referencing the wide assortment of runners at the event. “Young, old, different shapes and sizes — everyone’s in.” Various community businesses acted as sponsors and donated food for the event. Lisa Georges, the lead organizer for the event, says that every business she reached out to was willing to contribute.
Marlene Dickon led operations for the 1K kids’ fun run. Dickon, who volunteered for the race for the first time this year, was pleased with how smoothly the event was run behind the scenes: “[The race] is very well-organized,” says Dickon.
Race director Lisa Georges was a smiley and energetic presence at the event. She dashed between helping volunteers to speaking onstage to cheering the runners from the sidelines.
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Kevin Matthews relaxed in the shade before the race began. Matthews says he enjoys experiencing the community feel of the event. “There’s a really fun atmosphere,” he said. “It feels like a party.” Runner Glenn Easton (right) with spouse Gwyneth Hughes and their dog Ruby after the race. Easton enjoyed the neighbourhood setting of the run. “People come out on their porches and cheer you on… they’re using their hoses to keep you cool,” he says. “It’s a community race.”
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JULY 23 - PAPER TOWNS MOVIE RELEASE PARTY Teens! Join us for an evening to celebrate John Green. Talk about the books and the upcoming movie, view Vlog Brothers videos and play trivia for prizes. There will be cupcakes! For ages 13 to 18 at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Thursday, July 23, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca/en. JULY 23 - LEGO BLOCK PARTY Show off your architectural creativity with Lego at this free drop in at the Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Can’t make this date? The Lego block party will also take place August 11 (2 p.m.) and August 25 (2 p.m.). For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca/en. JULY 26 - TOOL DRIVE FOR THE OTTAWA TOOL LIBRARY Come out to meet the Ottawa Tool Library team and drop off your tool donations while enjoying live entertainment! This tool drive is an easy way to get rid of underused household tools that are cluttering up the basement, garden shed, or kitchen cupboards. Let us take your tools off your hands and make use of them. Winston Square, Sunday July 26 from noon to 5 p.m. JULY 26 - AFRICAN DRUMMING The Baobab Youth Performers are bringing the arts of Ghana, West Africa to Winston Square in Westboro. This educational performance (2 p.m. – 3 p.m.) will include drumming, singing, dancing and cultural exploration performed by students age 12-18 years old. Check out their selection of classes and camps at www.baobabtree.org. JULY 26 - SUNDAY MEC GROUP RIDE A free, social ride, explores different parts of the region. Routes may include rides to Carp, Stittsville, Gatineau park, Wakefield, among others. For full details visit events.mec.ca/event/73136/sundaygroup-ride-jul26.
JULY 27-31- CAMP AWESOME It’s another year of Camp Awesome at Kitchissippi United Church (630 Island Park)! This day camp offers a fun-filled 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 kitchissippiuc.com. JULY 29 - INTRODUCTION TO THE CANADIAN WORKPLACE This interactive workshop at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library is designed to help New Canadians navigate the workplace. Topics will include: employer expectations, networking, resumes, and interviewing. Offered in partnership with PinecrestQueensway Employment Services. Registration recommended. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca/ en. JULY 29 – OUT OF THE PARK Take me out to the ballgame! Learn 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 Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Ages 8-12. Registration is required. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca/ en. AUGUST 13 - HI-TECH LO-TECH GAMING Teens! Join us for an afternoon of hi-tech and lo-tech gaming. Come play the Wii U and an assortment of board games including Settlers of Catan. Snacks will be provided. For ages 13 to 18 at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Thursday, August 13 from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. For more information go to biblioottawalibrary.ca/en. AUGUST 18 - DIY NAILS Teens! Learn from Shoppers Drug Mart how to do your nails with their new line Essence. Leave with a fresh new manicure
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