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Residents weigh Inside in on Beechwood NEWS renewal plans ‘More retail space’ is common refrain at public meeting Michelle Nash
Residents in the Glebe Annex will take charge of their own destiny starting next month. – Page 3
The woman who broke all the boundaries to lead the Ottawa Mission into the new century retires after 20 years at the helm. – Page 14
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EMC news - Residents living near the site of the 2011 Beechwood Avenue fire have made it loud and clear to the firm redeveloping the site that they want their shopping district restored. For nearly two years since fire devastated the site, area residents have been struck by the loss of retailers along the main street strip. A local food service, a watch repair shop, dry cleaners, barber shop, diner and a Home Hardware outlet were all destroyed in the blaze. Now, as the Minto Group prepares to develop on the site, residents are calling for the return of retail to the area, making their views known during an event where preliminary plans for 7-23 Beechwood Ave., 409-411 McKay St. were presented at a New Edinburgh Community Alliance-hosted
event on Jan. 16. “It would be great to have a higher number of retail spaces,” said Tobi Nussbaum, a facilitator for the meeting. “Try and come up with a retail plan and create one that reflects the community’s needs.” Suggestions included expanding retail to McKay Street, having many small, independent shops with reasonable rent. Another resident described it as the community’s “essential needs.” The meeting invited residents to hear from Minto representatives in what the community alliance described as a friendly and open environment. The event featured both a presentation from Minto and a working discussion where participants could share their views. The design features an eight-storey, mixed-use development with retail planned for the Beechwood Avenue frontage, an open courtyard planned for the corner of Beechwood and McKay, with residential use for the McKay frontage. See PROPOSED, page 9
Ready, set, skate Michelle Currie and her son Patrick Santos-Currie of Riverside Park South sport rosy cheeks after a morning skate on the Rideau Canal on Friday, Jan. 18, when the skateway opened for its 43rd season.
Community reps gearing up for planning review First time Federation of Citizens Associations invited to participate in Official Plan review Laura Mueller firstname.lastname@example.org
Hintonburg looks to break the mould with new foodie festival this spring. – Page 17
EMC news - How can we create a more liveable Ottawa? That’s the theme of an upcoming public consultation on how to rewrite the city’s Official Plan and the rest of its master plans for transportation, infrastructure, cycling and pedestrians –documents that set the stage for Ottawa’s development.
The city is holding its first public meeting about the review on Jan. 29, but community association representatives got a head start on the issue when about 40 of them gathered for a brainstorming session at the Overbrook Community Centre on Jan. 10. The session was hosted by the Federation of Citizens Associations, a citywide group that represents a number of community associations. For the first time, the city invited
the federation to send two representatives to sit on one of three consultation panels that will undertake the in-depth consultation and review of the plans. “There was no such community panel in previous runarounds of the Official Plan,” said federation member and Glebe resident Bob Brocklebank, one of the people taking the lead on the federation’s master plan input. “They have provided a greater role for the
community this time than in 2009.” “We’re trying to build a new city and have some influence over that,” added Gary Sealey, a federation member from the Kanata-Beaverbrook Community Association. From infill to traffic congestion to more nebulous concepts like density targets and sustainability benchmarks, participants covered off what they see as the building blocks for a more liveable city.
Infill was a common concern. Anna Cuylits from Old Ottawa South said her community would like to see rules that have more teeth with regards to things like building setbacks and height. In Old Ottawa South, one of the main concerns will be pushing for the Alta Vista transportation corridor to be completely removed from transportation plans. The corridor is a proposed road linking Lees Avenue to Ottawa Hospital’s General Campus. See REPRESENTATIVES, page 5
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Heritage garden may be coming to Vanier Residents work at restoring beauty of Gamman House Michelle Nash email@example.com
EMC news - This summer, the only designated heritage home in Vanier could become a little more beautiful thanks to the efforts of a few dedicated gardeners. The Gamman House, located at 306 Cyr Ave. was first built in the 1800s by Nathaniel Gamman, a city councillor and as it turns out, an avid gardener. The history of the little house is storied: from Gamman making ends meet by selling produce grown in the garden at the ByWard Market to the owners who took over in the 1920s who kept the flowers blooming and vegetables sprouting. It wasnâ€™t until the former city of Vanier -- and later the City of Ottawa -- took over the property that the grounds were left fallow. Now a small group of heritage enthusiasts aim to change that. Ken Clavette and Anne Prowse want to bring a little colour back to Cyr Avenue and on Jan. 15 the two reached out to the Vanier Beautification Group for a little help to bring back the areaâ€™s heritage garden.
â€œWe think this property is special to this community and the community should celebrate it,â€? Clavette said. The lot is large, with room for two or three different types of gardens. Members of the beautification group were interested in what is planned for the space. Prowse explained plans are currently up in the air until a Gamman House garden committee is formed.
The one thing we donâ€™t have is a fragrant floral garden where people can go to sit and read. GEOFF DERRY
â€œWe are looking for a group willing to create a heritage garden,â€? Prowse said. According to Clavette and Prowse, there is funding available from the city for this project. â€œAs it stands now, the city will just do what is easiest for them to do to maintain the property, we hope this funding and volunteers can change that,â€? Clavette said.
Tina Delaney, co-chairwoman of the beautification group, said they loved the idea. â€œI certainly think we can commit to something,â€? Delaney said. Fellow resident Geoff Derry suggested the garden become a floral garden, with a space for residents to visit. â€œThe one thing we donâ€™t have is a fragrant floral garden where people can go to sit and read,â€? Derry said. Clavette loved the idea, adding he always dreamed the garden would become a place where wedding photos could be taken or garden parties could be held. Once the Workerâ€™s Heritage Centre, the Gamman House has seen a revival lately. The house will become a new space for local artists to hang their work and starting in March, the house will offer a new cultural space for First Nations, Inuit and MĂŠtis artists with two six-month occupancies per year. The next step for the heritage garden plans will be to hold a general meeting for residents interested in volunteering. People are invited to email Clavette and Prowse at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Pearl Denison shows off the front garden at Gamman House in the 1960s. The heritage home in Vanier may see another great garden this summer as local residents look to recreate a space Denison would have been proud of.
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Glebe Annex organizing first association meeting Constitution, name, board members to be discussed Michelle Nash email@example.com
EMC news - Residents of the Glebe Annex neighbourhood are taking the next steps toward forming a community association, with plans to hold a meeting early next month. Located to the northwest of the Glebe, the annex has been represented informally by the Glebe Community Association or the Dalhousie Community Association in the past, but some residents felt it was time for the neighbourhood to take control of its own future. The first meeting about the new association will be held at the Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave. on Feb. 6. Organizing the event are Sue Stefko, Peggy Kampouris and Sylvia Milne, who said the continuing concerns about development and other issues drove some community members to mobilize. â€œDevelopment is number one, but traffic, safety and security, environmental concerns and lack of recreation facilities are all issues we hope to address,â€? Milne said. A condominium development at the corner of Cambridge Street and Bronson Avenue was the catalyst that got the wheels in motion towards forming the new association. â€œWe needed our own association. There are a few issues with development that
The Glebe Annex will hold its first meeting on Feb. 6 at the Glebe Community Centre. Dalhousie South Park is one of the few greenspaces in the area, one of the topics the group organizing the meeting aims to discuss. need our attention,â€? Milne said. â€œAs well, there is no place for us to hold a public meeting and no parks where people can go to play, we need something.â€? When it comes to this particular development at Cambridge and Bronson, Milne said concerns over lack of parkland or providing a public space for the neighbourhood are definitely things the group hopes to make known. â€œI think when a developer
submits a plan there should be some consideration for where a public space should go,â€? she said. After word was circulated late last year that some residents in the annex were interested in forming an association, Milne said the three women received many emails and calls from other interested residents, and there are now seven people helping organize the first meeting. To get the word out, Milne said flyers have been distrib-
uted around the neighbourhood. â€œThe flyers will help us determine the number of residences in the annex,â€? she said. Milne used to live in Kanata, during which time she and her husband were very active in their local community association. She said she has found that starting up this neighbourhood association has brought back all those memories. â€œIâ€™m loving this. Iâ€™m meet-
ing more people everyday who are enthusiastic and smart, people who are interested in doing something positive in this community,â€? Milne said. â€œIt feels so good to be moving forward and meeting people who all think the same way.â€? Capital Coun. David Chernushenko has also said he will attend the meeting. â€œThe councillor has been very supportive of us,â€? she said.
The goal for the February meeting is to reach out to residents and let them know what is going on, how they can get involved and that from this point on, there will be an association representing their concerns at city hall. The agenda will include a decision on the associationâ€™s official name, the election of an executive committee and the drafting of a constitution. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the community centre.
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Old Ottawa South seeks developers input Laura Mueller firstname.lastname@example.org
EMC news - While many community groups are busy ﬁghting tooth and nail against developers, Old Ottawa South is hoping to invite them in to review building projects. There is a growing desire to reform OSWatch, the planning and development review committee of the Ottawa South Community Association. Member Don Westwood went as far as to call the group “dysfunctional” during a Jan. 15 meeting of the association. The issues the committee
deals with are complex and there is a nebulous and inconsistent membership of about a dozen people to review them, Westwood said. There is a need to invite people with industry expertise to participate, he said. More proactive planning and envisioning what a development’s neighbours would like to see in the community is a goal the committee should look towards, Westwood added. It’s an ongoing issue for all community associations, said Michael Jenkins, president of the association. “It is a perennial challenge
of OSCA and community associations in general,” he said. “How do you oppose bad development but create a consensus about development you think is important or good? “We want to encourage a positive agenda,” he added. This issue was one factor in the recent resignation of community association board member Greg Zador. In a letter printed in the January edition of the Oscar, a newspaper published in partnership with the community association, Zador said recent columns and articles by OSWatch members are troubling, negative and
strident. “They all point out development problems and what is not wanted, at least according to OSwatch members,” Zador wrote. “None offer solutions or speak to what Old Ottawa South wants.” Jenkins said because the volunteers on OSWatch spend most of their time reacting to a veritable ﬂood of development applications, they have little energy left to look forward. “We spend time reacting to bad proposals,” Jenkins said. “We don’t have time left to put into ideas about what might be good for the community.”
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Those efforts would be greatly helped by the addition of members who have expertise in land-use planning, architecture, development and construction, Westwood said. “We want to engage with those people who are experts in our community,” Westwood said. “Instead of continually moaning and ﬁghting against developers, how can we work with them? They’d be indispensible.” The discussion during the community association’s board meeting on Jan. 15 led Westwood and others to ponder a renewed push for a com-
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munity development plan for the area. City staff had advised against seeking a community design plan for Old Ottawa South in the past, and former OSWatch chairman Brendan McCoy said he agreed that such a plan would not achieve the results the community was looking for. While Old Ottawa South’s efforts are often focused on encouraging compatible residential inﬁll development, a community design plan is a tool the city uses to encourage more dense development in an up-and-coming area.
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Bringing high fashion to Ottawa runway Convention centre to host international designers Heather Rochon
EMC news - Ottawa’s annual winter fashion showcase is just around the corner, offering style aﬁcionados the chance to check out the latest local designs. Ottawa Fashion Week is an international platform open to industry and the general public with the sole purpose of promoting artistic talent and entertainment in the nation’s capital. Fashion Week runs from Feb. 8 to 10 at the Ottawa Convention Centre.
“Every season we are extremely impressed with the calibre of designers and the beauty of their collections,” said Kimberly McCarthy-Kearney, spokeswoman for Ottawa Fashion Week. “To present such a diverse group of ﬁrstclass talent is always a great source of pride for us.” Collections will be shown on Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 5 p.m. Tickets for Friday and Saturday are $45 while Sunday is $55, with $10 going to UNICEF. Sunday also includes a celebrity runway
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show featuring well known personalities from the Ottawa area. “We have many different designers for this one, with one from the U.S.A. and even one from Nigeria,” McCarthy-Kearney said, “Then we have Jana and Emilia Couture Gowns and Bernice and Barkley who create elegant yet casual clothing thats ready to wear.” Fashion week is always looking for volunteers to help out during and after the shows. Many different positions available – all you need is love of fashion and enthusiasm. “We get a lot of volunteers that come back each and every season, weekend volunteers, but volunteers are always needed. It’s great experience for someone who wants to start somewhere in the fashion world,” McCarthy Kearney said. For more information, visit their website www.ottawa fashionweek.ca.
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EMC news - Contract talks have broken off between unionized security staff at the OLG Slots facility at the Rideau Carleton Raceway and the employer. The 38 security employees have given their union a 100 per cent strike mandate and could be on strike as early as 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 7. The main issues include beneﬁt parity and potential parking charges if the facility moves to a new location, according to the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. Greg McVeigh, staff negotiator for the union, said the employer’s position is “ridiculous and mean-spirited.” The largest issue is parking. Currently, there is no fee to park at the Rideau Carleton Raceway on Albion Road. However, if a new owner takes over operations and moves the facility downtown, parking could cost as much as $20 per day.
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Jumping off the development merry-go-round
he challenges posed by development projects popping up across the city call for innovative responses, which is exactly what one Ottawa community association is doing. Itâ€™s something other community groups would be wise to take a long, hard look at as well. The idea, proposed by the Ottawa South Community Association, is to recruit members who have expertise
in land-use planning, architecture development and construction on the associationâ€™s planning and development review committee, known as OSWatch. The committee is forced to deal with complex development applications, relying on a dozen or so members who may not have the necessary expertise or experience to craft a position on such proposals. This forces the committee to spend most of its energy
trying to understand and later fight unwanted applications instead of being proactive and encouraging desired development. Itâ€™s a familiar problem for the dozens of community associations across Ottawa and the result is costly and unproductive. The process begins with a development application. If community members donâ€™t like the proposed building, a number of meetings are held where the developer
outlines its plans, followed by a response â€“ usually negative â€“ from area residents. If the political pressure is strong enough, the ward councillor fights the application, sometimes over the objections of the cityâ€™s planning staff. If city council rejects the application, the developer has the option of appealing to the Ontario Municipal Board. Thatâ€™s where the real fun starts. The city doesnâ€™t exactly
have a stellar record opposing development supported by its own staff before the OMB. Case in point: the 2011 decision by the OMB to expand the cityâ€™s urban boundary by 850 hectares, over the objections of council and at the cost of hundreds of thousand of dollars in legal fees. It didnâ€™t help that the cityâ€™s position was at odds with its planning staff. Nobody enjoys the ride on this merry-go-round â€“ not
the city, the residents and not the developers, even if they ultimately win their case at the OMB. Wasted time. Wasted money. Old Ottawa South is hoping to get off this topsy-turvy ride and create a proactive development review process. By working with developers instead of automatically pegging them as the enemy, both parties can avoid many of the conflicts that often end up in the laps of the OMB. Compromise is often required, and that can only come following good communication and intelligent analysis.
Dreaming of a better Sparks Street CHARLES GORDON Funny Town
parks Street looks pretty bedraggled these days. Mind you, some of that is just the way winter works on our city. The snow piles up, then it melts, revealing all of yesterdayâ€™s litter and dirt. But of course litter is not all thatâ€™s bothering Sparks Street, a place that has never lived up to the high expectations placed on it when it opened as a pedestrian mall in 1966. Not that it isnâ€™t a pleasant place at times. In the warm weather, at lunch hour, hundreds of people enjoy the sun and the stroll and visiting with their friends. Tourists, down from Parliament Hill, grab a coffee or a souvenir. But, as many observers have noted over the years, the place is silent as a tomb after six oâ€™clock and more or less deserted on weekends. What happened? Well, the federal government happened. The government owns much of the real estate along Sparks and has not been helpful to merchants and would-be developers. At any given time, a number of merchants will have been displaced while Public Works renovates something or other. Even the most ardent planning advocate must be wondering if Sparks Street might have been better off with unbridled development. The other thing that happened was the Rideau Centreâ€™s opening in 1983. Not that Sparks Street was exactly thriving before that, but it thrived even less afterwards. Important merchants decamped for the new shopping centre and shoppers were attracted away from Sparks Street. After that grew the idea that Sparks Street needed fixing. Various plans were implement-
ed, most of them seeming to involve moving planters around. None of them worked. And the attempt to lure tourists to Sparks Street has had an unintended consequence. Now the complaint is that you canâ€™t find anything on the street that isnâ€™t aimed at tourists. The latest proposal, one not put forward as a solution but as something worth trying, is to put a zip line, a kind of glorified rope slide, somewhere on the mall to attract thrill-seekers. Well, it might do that. But if it succeeds it will just bring zip line enthusiasts to the mall. Theyâ€™ll zip and theyâ€™ll go home, unless there is something else to attract their attention. The same goes for another perennial dream â€“ a Sparks Street casino. People will come to the casino, stay in it and go home. Thereâ€™s nothing for Sparks Street in that. The idea is not just to attract thrill-seekers and tourists to Sparks Street, but to attract people who live here, people who could decide to come downtown to shop instead of going to their nearest mall, who might decide to eat on Sparks rather than in the ByWard Market, who might want to hang out on a street where there is no traffic. Itâ€™s hard to believe this is impossible to achieve, yet it has been impossible to achieve for 46 years. The only thing that will save Sparks Street is a permanent constituency â€“ in other words, more people living downtown. And should there be apartments where there were once dark offices, those who live there would flock to Sparks Street, if it was open at night and if there were stores and clubs and restaurants of quality. These in turn might attract people who live away from the core. In the meantime, new options will be presented for your consideration. Markets and zip lines and new logos and more planters. Whatever option is chosen, one of them should not be reopening Sparks Street to traffic. Great cities all over the world have created pedestrian-friendly areas and many of them work really well. Cities that donâ€™t have such areas wish they did. We would too.
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Proposed eight-storey building wonâ€™t impede cemetery sightlines Continued from page 1
Preliminary plans predict 157 residential units and 188 parking spaces, with some surface parking at the rear of the building for the retail stores, accessed via McKay Street. The building is envisioned as a glass and concrete structure, stepping back from the street at five storeys to give the appearance of a smaller building. Architect Prishram Jain, from the Toronto firm TACT Architecture Inc., said he used the neighbourhoodâ€™s existing community design plan as a guideline. â€œI think it was a fantastic document and wish more communities had this type of document to follow,â€? Jain said. As the view from Beechwood Cemetery to Parliament Hill needs to be unimpeded, Jain said his initial plans to build a 10-storey building were scrapped. â€œThis building in no way affects the view,â€? he said. For some residents, however, the glass design was unattractive. â€œThis looks like a Toronto building being placed in
an Ottawa neighbourhood,â€? said Gemma Kerr, one of the working discussion participants. Other commenters called for red brick to be used, as was a feature of the former structure. Delivery for the retail stores, traffic congestion and parking access were also raised as concerns. David Sacks, president of the New Edinburgh Community Alliance, said the meeting was meant to compile all of those concerns into one report to hand over to Minto for further discussion. Brent Strachan, vice president of development at Minto, agreed to remain active with the community during the planning and development stage. â€œWe will keep this dialogue open,â€? he said. The report will be made available on New Edinburgh Community Allianceâ€™s website at www.newendinburgh. ca before February. Full design plans and details are available on the cityâ€™s website at www.ottawa.ca. Comments concerning the design must be made before Feb. 4. Another city-planned meeting is scheduled to be held this winter.
Desperately seeking a fitness regime
anuary is almost over, so Iâ€™m starting to think about finding a new exercise regime. I like to wait until everyone else has given up on their New Yearâ€™s resolutions before committing to anything. As I approach official middle age, I realize that 2013 has to be the year I whip my pearshaped, post-baby (times three) body into shape. And with all the articles about sitting being the latest epidemic â€“ sitting is the new smoking and all that â€“ I realize that sitting and smoking simultaneously is probably not the best way to go. So Iâ€™m looking for renewal. But as I look to define the new me â€“ the healthier, more fit me â€“ the almost middleaged me isnâ€™t quite sure where to begin. Besides the inherent psychological difficulty in taking that first step, a big part of the problem is also that there are so many choices available. Iâ€™m wary of committing to something financially before Iâ€™ve taken careful time â€“ possibly over coffee and/or red wine, while sitting, of course â€“ to examine all the options. Thereâ€™s a great yoga studio, for example, spitting distance from my house with a $100-per-month unlimited yoga deal on now. It sounds great. And Iâ€™m sure my
BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse bones and muscles would love me to stretch myself in new ways, never mind the mental boost it would likely provide. But all that stretching and breathing? I wonder if I would get bored after a week or two. If I spit in the other direction â€“ you know, from my back door â€“ thereâ€™s a fitness and dance studio with regular, fun aerobic classes like zumba. Everyone tells me this is a really enjoyable way to get your heart rate up. But at $16 per session, Iâ€™m not sure itâ€™s within my financial grasp. And then thereâ€™s this really cool place, nowhere near my house, in Gatineau, called PhysXtreme, where a former personal trainer helps whip you into shape by getting you to roll truck tires around and climb fireman poles and such. I have a neighbour that goes for the 6 a.m. workout. Sheâ€™s super fit and does mud-racing and all kinds of cool things with her muscular, fit body. Youâ€™d never know she has two kids
and sits in an office all day. The idea of doing a non-traditional workout is extremely appealing, but I wonder how long it would be before I decided I couldnâ€™t be bothered to drive my car to Gatineau twice a week before everyone elseâ€™s day begins. I was about to throw in the towel and give up the whole search when I discovered a new exercise regime that may have been designed for the almost middle-aged me. Itâ€™s low-cost; it doesnâ€™t require me to go anywhere; I can do it as frequently as I want and I may not even have to sweat â€“ not for long, in any case. Itâ€™s called high-intensity interval training, or HIIT for short. A body of research around HIIT suggests that short periods of intense exercise may be as effective as lengthy workouts for some people. The kinesiology department at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., for example, had test subjects do 30-second power pedalling on exercise bikes, inter-
spersed with four minutes of relaxed pedalling. The pattern was repeated four to six times in a session for three sessions per week, a total of about 45 minutes of exercise over the course of the week. Similar studies conducted at universities across Britain and the United States have found this type of exercise may be as effective as a daily cardio workout in reducing insulin and glucose levels, improving metabolism and, in some cases, increasing muscle gain. The only downside to HIIT is that it could cause major physical injury and/or kill you. Study results are inconclusive. Thereâ€™s also evidence that it may not benefit people of certain genetic makeup, so short of having blood tests conducted to determine results, it may be all for naught. Still, I think Iâ€™m going to give it a try. As one friend pointed out the other day, â€œI can commit to anything for 15 minutes, but thinking about doing something for an hour is really hard.â€? Yeah. Iâ€™m a big believer in baby steps. HIIT may just be my foray into extreme mud racing. Iâ€™ll let you know. In the meantime, I have to go upstairs and refill my coffee. It may be the only physical stimulation I get today and itâ€™s only 6 a.m.
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Photographer Patrick Nantel brought his camera to the Brewer Park community garden nearly every day during the summer. At the end of the season, Nantel decided to create a calendar to commemorate the community gardenâ€™s first season.
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EMC news - To help mark the first year of the Old Ottawa South community garden, one green thumb went beyond tilling the soil to produce a commemorative calendar. The Brewer Park community garden calendar is available for free on the association website at oldottawasouth.ca. It was created by community gardener Patrick Nantel and showcases the projectâ€™s inaugural year. â€œI had printed a few as presents for our supporters and one for my wife, who was the garden coordinator,â€? Nantel said. â€œIt was my wifeâ€™s idea to offer them out to all the members and community.â€? Important moments in the gardenâ€™s first year, including the building of the raised wooden garden boxes, the be-
ginning of the planting season and the constant watering that occurred during the dry summer months are all marked out on the pages of the calendar. Nantel is an avid photographer and he visited the garden nearly everyday, capturing images of itâ€™s evolution. Located between the Brewer Swimming Pool and Westboro School, the garden features 13 plots for members, five donation plots, as well as space for a childrenâ€™s garden. Plans to build the community garden at the park were announced in January 2012 and Nantel said funding came late, meaning volunteers worked many hours to make sure they didnâ€™t miss out on the season. â€œIt was a lot of work, but we are very pleased, and there are plans to expand it,â€? he said. Both Nantel and his wife love to garden, but it was while
living in Montreal, where they participated in a community garden, that he said they found true value in working alongside neighbours. â€œA community garden brings people together: you can share tips and there are a lot of people who donâ€™t have the right place to grow so having a public space is optimal,â€? Nantel said. â€œIt was also a great use of parkland that was being under-used.â€? The Brewer Park community garden currently has a waiting list for garden boxes, something Nantel said the group plans to address this coming season with the addition of a few more boxes. The goal is to one day have a total of 55 boxes. Free copies of the calendar are available at www.oldottawasouth.ca or individuals can order a printed copy for $25.
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Program gets Girls up and running in Manor Park 10-week program gets girls out on the track Michelle Nash email@example.com
EMC news - A new program in Manor Park is encouraging girls to lace up their sneakers for a good cause. The Manor Park Community Council has launched a new program for girls in grades 3 to 5 called Girls on the Run. The 10-week program teaches participants how to run a ďŹ ve kilometre race, all while raising money for the Girls on the Run charity. Lana Burpee, the councilâ€™s executive director, said it was nearly two years ago that she ďŹ rst contacted Girls on the Run, looking to ďŹ nd out if there was a way for Manor Park to participate. At the time, the organization wasnâ€™t yet ready to expand and it wasnâ€™t until this past fall that the organization contacted Burpee, who jumped at the chance to join in. â€œWe do a lot of sport programs and we began to notice that girls start to participate less around age 12,â€? she said.
â€œWe have tried a number of things to keep girls interested, included making things girls only with little success, but this program has both a classroom component and a physical one. It was a perfect combination.â€? Burpee added the council liked that the program aims to develop positive physical, mental, emotional and social skills for the girls. â€œIt delivers something that has been practiced and tested so that we can use it in our community successfully,â€? Burpee said.
This is something that everyone can do and the only person stopping you from running is yourself. BARBARA SPANTON, COACH
Once they were on board with the program, all that was needed was to ďŹ nd some volunteer coaches. Burpee said they put a call out to residents in Manor Park and received a number of responses, eventually settling on a pair of coaches. Barbara Spanton will be one of those coaches and said she is looking forward to motivating the young girls.
â€œI didnâ€™t start running until my mid-20s,â€? she said. â€œI thought that was for track athletes, but really if you look outside, you will see everyone in every shape and sizes running.â€? Spanton hopes girls who have never run before sign up, because she truly feels this could be a turning point in their lives. â€œThis is something that everyone can do and the only person stopping you from running is yourself, and you may not get to your goal all at once, but that is why you have 10 weeks to get there,â€? Spanton said. This year will be the ďŹ rst for Girls on the Run operating in Ottawa, and the girls participating in the program will participate in another charity event, Emilieâ€™s Run, on June 22. Burpee said the program is accepting close to 30 applicants, but if more apply she said the council would do their best to accommodate everyone. The program runs from April 16 to June 20 every Tuesday and Thursday at Manor Park Public School. A registration fee of $139 applies to this program, with all proceeds going towards the charity. Interested girls can register starting Feb. 4 through the Manor Park Community Councilâ€™s website at www.manorpark.ca.
Girls on the Run members are shown taking part in an event in Toronto in an undated photo. The Manor Park Community Council is bringing the program for grade 3 to 5 girls to Ottawa this year.
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