January 18, 2018: Meals, Music and Christmas Magic; Carleton Tavern Dinner 2017.

January 18, 2018: Meals, Music and Christmas Magic;
Carleton Tavern Dinner 2017.

By Hintonburg Economic Development Committee.

How do you turn one of the loneliest days of the year into a day filled with good food, kindness, wonderful human interaction and live music? You work with the amazing Saikaley family, owners of the Carleton Tavern, to throw open the doors and invite everyone in for the best Christmas Day possible.

The Carleton has opened their doors for 17 years now to provide a free meal to those in the community right on Christmas Day. Lots of great food is provided but possibly more important is the companionship and fellowship that happens there that day. There are only a few locations that provide a meal right on Dec. 25. Christmas used to be the only day in the year the Carleton closed, now as opposed to a day off, the owners are there at 5:00 a.m. getting ready for the day.

What does it take to make this day happen? 35 cooked turkeys, 25 kg of ham, 18 giant tortieres, baked beans, a vegetarian meal, lots of home baked goodies, 18 musicians, lots of volunteers, the generosity of this community (businesses and residents) to donate food and gifts and of course what would Christmas be without Santa and Mrs. Claus.

How many people had a better Christmas? Close to 1000 meals were provided. There were at least 465 meals served to people who came in, another 100 meals delivered and about 250 meals taken out for those who could not come. Any food left at the end of the day was distributed within the local community to the local shelter and several rooming houses.

Many, many volunteers are required to make this day happen – about 125 volunteers starting a month in advance. By 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Day the weariness of the volunteers melts away and the comments that come through that day from those attending or having a meal delivered make you realize that this effort has made someone else’s day much better, as well as your own.

It is an entire community who make this day happen. Thanks to: Allegro, Artistic Cake Design, Bridgehead at Fairmont, Canadian Linen & Uniform Service, Carleton Tavern Hockey Leagues, Carlingwood Dental Centre, City of Ottawa, CYR, Devonshire Grade 6 Class, Farm Boy, Fil’s Diner, Global Pet Food, Grafik Visuals, GT Express, Happy Goat Coffee, Herb & Spice, Hintonburg Economic Devel.Committee, Holland’s Cake & Shake, Holland Cross Dental Centre, Holy Rosary Church, Indian Express, Karma Cravings, Laroche Park Sports Assoc., Merge Design Print & Promo, Metro Island Park, Musicians from Open Stage Revue, Ottawa Fit, Ottawa Nepean Sports Club, Pasticceria Gelateria, Precision Snow Removal, Purple Dog Consulting, Rideau Bakery, Royal Lepage Gale Real Estate, SDM Albert & O’Connor, SDM Rockland, Tannis Food Distributors, Transition House, WWBIA, Yuk Yuk’s (Elgin St), 10061620 Canada Inc., Collin & Michelle and the very many individual “Friends of the Carleton”. Thanks to you all.
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Photo Caption: Mr and Mrs Claus dropped by the Carleton Tavern on Christmas Day to bring smiles and good wishes to nearly 500 guests. Photo by T. Hairbach.

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January 18, 2018: How Well Do We Regard Our Past?; Taking Stock of Our Built Heritage.

January 18, 2018: How Well Do We Regard Our Past?;
Taking Stock of Our Built Heritage.

By A. Marsha.ll, A. Phillips and A. Polywkan, Built Heritage Researchers, City of Ottawa.

The goal of the Heritage Inventory Project is to create certainty around Ottawa’s heritage resources.

The City of Ottawa is undertaking a major project identifying buildings, structures and other built resources of cultural heritage value.

The ‘Heritage Inventory Project’ is a city-wide project involving the surveying and evaluation of a vast array of Ottawa’s built resources, from the modest worker’s houses of Lowertown, to the fine Arts and Crafts homes in Brantwood Place, to the century-old barns of Kinburn, and even the numerous bridges that span our city’s many waterways.

The goal of the Heritage Inventory Project is to create certainty around Ottawa’s heritage resources. Properties identified through the project will not be designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, rather they will be added to the City’s Heritage Register.

A rigorous update to the City’s Heritage Register will be beneficial for property owners, developers, heritage advocates, elected officials, planning staff, community groups and all concerned residents.

The research method for the project includes photographing, describing architectural characteristics and evaluating thousands of built resources throughout the city.

We’re asking Newswest readers to share information about their properties or other buildings or structures in their neighbourhood. We would love to know who designed your home or the original use of a particular building.

Please connect with the City of Ottawa’s built heritage researchers: Avery Marshall, Adrian Phillips and Amber Polywkan at HeritageInventory@ottawa.ca or say hello if you see us in the neighbourhood.

More information about the Heritage Inventory Project is available at ottawa.ca/heritageinventory.

The City of Ottawa Heritage Inventory Project uses a GIS software tool to collect heritage data on neighbourhood buildings. Readers are invited to get in touch with the authors and share information about your house and your neighbourhood.

January 18, 2018: Trustee’s Report; OCSB School News.

January 18, 2018: Trustee’s Report;
OCSB School News.

By Jeremy Wittet, OCSB Trustee Kitchissippi/Bay.

Happy New Year! Wishing you and your family the very best for a safe, healthy and happy 2018.

Team Canada Special Olympics Visit – Notre Dame High School:
On November 29th, the Canadian Special Olympic Team visited Notre Dame High School to join staff and students for a pep rally in the gym along with the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. The school community helped celebrate the outstanding achievements of our athletes and students with special needs. An exhibition basketball game was also held between the NDHS Eagles and Glebe Collegiate Institute.

Lighting up the Grace:
The Salvation Army’s Grace Manor held its annual “Light up the Grace” on December 1. It was a pleasure to attend along with MPP Yasir Naqvi and Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper. Everyone was in the festive spirit with hot cocoa and Christmas carols accompanied by the Salvation Army Band.

Advent Mass and Christmas Potluck St George’s Parish:
St. George’s Parish held its annual Christmas Potluck and Advent Mass on December 17th. Many Kitchissippi families were in attendance to enjoy the children’s concert as part of the third Sunday of Advent which culminated with a delicious potluck meal in the parish hall.

OCSB Childrens’ Choir Christmas Concert – St. Basil’s Church:
On December 18th, the award winning Ottawa Catholic School Board Children’s Choir along with the St. Basil’s Church Choir put on a Christmas concert to remember. Many well-known pieces were performed, as well as some new numbers for the packed house to enjoy. One notable selection featured the OCSB Boys Choir teaming up with their dads to perform some holiday favourites.

Christmas Lunch – St. Rose of Lima School:
As 2017 ended and the Christmas Break was on the horizon, St. Rose of Lima School in Bayshore hosted their annual Christmas Lunch for students. Parents and community members were kind enough to prepare a lunch with all the fixings. It was a pleasure to help serve lunch on and chat with over 150 students, staff and community volunteers.

Jeremy Wittet is the Zone 7 (Kitchissippi /Bay Wards) Trustee for the Ottawa Catholic School Board. He can be reached by email at Jeremy.Wittet@ocsb.ca , or telephone 613–721-2376 . Jeremy Wittet is also accessible on Twitter: @OCSBWittet .
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Photo Caption: Ottawa Catholic School Board Trustee Jeremy Wittet. Photo courtesy of OCSB.

January 18, 2018: Provincial Report; OC150 Award.

January 18, 2018: Provincial Report;
OC150 Award.

By Yasir Naqvi MPP, Ottawa Centre.

On December 2nd, I was proud to recognize 50 women, 50 men and 50 youth with the #OC150 Award.

2017 has been a very special year for our country as we commemorated 150 years of Canada’s Confederation. Much like Expo ’67 was for Canada’s 100th birthday, 2017 has been a historic year and one to be remembered for generations to come.

In the past 150 years Canada has grown to become one of the most welcoming, diverse and peaceful nations in the world. This would not have been possible without nation’s most important asset — our people.

In a year focused on celebrating our province and country, as your MPP I wanted to honour local residents who embody the qualities and values that make Ottawa, Ontario and Canada great.

On December 2nd, I was proud to recognize 50 women, 50 men and 50 youth with the #OC150 Award. These dedicated volunteers have committed their time and talent to our community and continue to serve Ottawa Centre making Canada one of the greatest country to live in.

The award ceremony was emceed by CTV Ottawa’s Stefan Keyes, and the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, delivered a keynote speech at a special reception hosted by Carleton University.

#OC150 Award recognized community members who have contributed Ottawa Centre in one of the following ways:

  1. Celebrating diversity/inclusion,
  2. Building community/capacity,
  3. Protecting the heritage of,
  4. Promoting a healthy community.

The 150 recipients we have recognized are true community builders whose contributions have made our national capital a place we are all proud to call home. It is thanks to them that we can enjoy Ottawa Centre as one of the most welcoming, diverse and accessible communities in Canada.
A full list of recipients is available at http://www.yasirnaqvimpp.ca .

Thank you to all the nominators for taking the time to help recognize the efforts of many deserving community leaders in Ottawa Centre. It has been an honour to celebrate our recipients vital contributions to our community.

Please accept my best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2018. As always, do not hesitate to contact me at the Community Office at 613-722-6414 or email at ynaqvi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org .
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Photo Caption: The #OC150 Awards recognized contributions from community members to improve life in communities across Canada. Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi recognozsed 150 recipients. Photos courtesy of Y. Naqvi.

January 18, 2018: Federal Report; Summer Jobs Program 2018.

January 18, 2018: Federal Report;
Summer Jobs Program 2018.

By Catherine McKenna, MP, Ottawa-Centre.

Calling Ottawa Centre Employers: Applications Open for Canada Summer Jobs Program.

Canada’s future prosperity depends on young Canadians getting the education and experience they will need to succeed in their careers. Our government understands that doing this requires access to meaningful work experience. That’s why we are committed to helping organizations hire young people through the Canada Summer Jobs program.

A summer job is a critical way for students to get the kind of valuable work experience that employers look for on a résumé, all while earning money for the upcoming school year.

Since its inception in 2007, the Canada Summer Jobs program has funded thousands of employers and created hundreds of thousands of student jobs. In 2017, over $1.3 million dollars was invested into Ottawa Centre to employ more than 300 young people.

Through the program, eligible small businesses, not-for-profits, and public-sector employers are able to subsidize the wages of full-time students. Small businesses with 50 or fewer employees and public-sector employers can receive up to 50 per cent of the minimum hourly wage, while not-for-profit organizations can receive up to 100 per cent of the minimum hourly wage.

I often say the youth are the leaders of today. Hiring a student brings energy and ideas into the workplace. They have important and influential voices within our communities and are a large part of what helps small businesses and not-for-profit organizations thrive.

As an employer in the Canada Summer Jobs program, you will play a vital role in generating employment, fostering entrepreneurship and preparing our youth for the future. When you hire young people, our local economy is boosted and young people gain access to experiences they need to prepare for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

For more information, including the eligibility criteria and application guide, please visit Canada.ca/Canada-Summer-Jobs, a Service Canada Centre, or call 1-800-935-5555 .
Applications will be accepted until February 2, 2018 .
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Photo Caption: Catherine McKenna, MP Ottawa Centre Photo courtesy C. McKenna

January 18, 2018: Councillor’s Corner; City news.

January 18, 2018: Councillor’s Corner;
City news.

By Jeff Leiper, Councillor, Kitchissippi Ward.

Happy New Year, Kitchissippi! We hope that everyone had a restful holiday season. We’re back in the swing of things and excited to tackle all the challenges and opportunities 2018 has to offer.

Before the break, we were thrilled to pull off a successful tree-lighting ceremony in Roy Duncan Park. This year we got the whole tree lit; big thank you to Giant Tiger for the lights, Dovercourt for equipment, and Taggart Construction for the use of a cherry picker to string the tree.

One of the issues we’ll face in 2018 is the new inclusionary zoning regulations set forth for comment by Queen’s Park. Inclusionary zoning gives municipalities the power to force developers to include a portion of affordable housing in new housing developments.

This would be huge for Kitchissippi, as much of the growth happening inside the Greenbelt is happening here; not surprising when we consider how LRT will transform our neighbourhoods, placing five stations in our ward alone.

This growth increases property values. Without intervention, it’s likely there will be very little affordable housing in Kitchissippi in the coming decades. This creates barriers for many Ottawans to access transit in our ward, and will have a negative impact on our communities.

Unfortunately, I feel the inclusionary zoning regulations have some problems. Core issues include: the rules only apply to ownership; municipalities will be required to subsidize developers’ affordable units by 40%, cash-in-lieu of parkland and development charge waivers would be used as part of the subsidy; and, affordability would be defined at a neighbourhood, not city-wide level. You can read a detailed copy of the regulations on the blog, but ultimately I feel that these new inclusionary zoning regulations in their current state won’t be much help to Kitchissippi.

Essentially, cities will be required to set out locations in their Official Plans where inclusionary zoning rules would be applicable to buildings with 20 or more units. The affordable units would be limited to 5% of a development or 10% if the building is in a high demand area due to access to transit. Cities must then lay out a detailed housing plan and guarantee that units would be affordable for a minimum of 20 but a maximum of 30 years. Clearly, this is a complex issue that will require some careful thought. If you have ideas, please drop me a line.

As Kitchissippi continues to grow, we need to work together to ensure it’s the best it can be.

Don’t forget: our next Pop-Up Office will be held at Freshii in Westboro (342 Richmond Road) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 27th. While January is giving us some winter weather, we may as well enjoy it. The SJAM Winter Trail is fully open, having reached its fundraising goal of $20,000. Thank you for keeping this pathway open and making our city just a little bit greater.
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Photo Caption: Pictured here at the Hintonburg 5K Run, Kitchissippi community activist Jeff Leiper regularly bicycles to his job at City Hall. Photo by T. Hairbach.