June 28, 2018: This Paper Needs You!; Community Partners Sought.

June 28, 2018: This Paper Needs You!;
Community Partners Sought.

A Newswest Sponsorship Challenge.

When Facebook first started, it developed an audience base by providing services free of charge, only later going to the financial markets to “cash in” on billions of dollars of built up value. Newswest is now looking to take a page from Mark Zuckerberg’s playbook, but with a more modest revenue goal – sponsorship support totalling $750 per month.

Since 2003, Newswest has been distributed free of charge as a “paper-within-a-paper” by The Kitchissippi Times, under an agreement that Newswest not compete for advertising revenue.

To cover NW’s budget, KT has absorbed publishing and distribution costs, and has generously provided a stipend to offset other operating expenses.

With recent changes to the community newspaper environment initiated by PostMedia and Metroland however, The Kitchissippi Times has been obliged to redesign its publication and distribution systems and to reduce its publication schedule from biweekly to monthly.

Through these changes, KT has continued with its agreement to publish and distribute four pages monthly of community content under the Newswest banner – with an added stipulation that Newswest raise its own operating funds through community sponsorship.

Our all-volunteer Newswest Board has eagerly taken up this challenge. We are proud to welcome and thank our very first sponsors: the craft breweries of Kitchissippi – Beyond the Pale, Tooth & Nail, and Vimy, together with the Hintonburg Community Association, the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee, the Wellington Barbershop and Kelly and Kerry Royal Lepage Realty.

To continue to be successful we must “cash in” on the value you, our supporters and readers receive from Newswest’s continuing monthly publication.

Without your sponsorship, Newswest would not be sustainable despite the continued support of The Kitchissippi Times. If you enjoy reading about our Kitchissippi neighbourhoods, their present, past and future, please consider pledging an amount by contacting Newswest online at: editor@newswest.org .

Through our paper-within-a-paper, the people in our ‘community of neighbourhoods’ will continue to be informed, alerted, advised and inspired. We need your support.
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Photo Caption: How to find some of our sponsors.

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June 28, 2018: Letters to Newswest; Wisdom of the Ages The secret to life.

June 28, 2018: Letters to Newswest;
Wisdom of the Ages The secret to life.

Jack Wright, my beloved spouse, and I moved into our apartment at Unitarian House on 15 January 2011. In May Jack was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Devastating, no question. But what happened next was reason not to despair.

The entire Unitarian House community rallied around us with education, practical advice, companionship, and loving kindness, which sustained us through my years as care partner at Unitarian House, and eventually Jack’s time at Grace Manor long-term care, until his peaceful passing on 12 February 2017.

I can’t imagine what would have happened to us without this cherished place. But, there is a secret to life at Unitarian House.

Immediately we moved in, aside from feeling safe, we noticed that practically everyone smiled at us. Of course, Jack’s diagnosis wiped the smile off my face for several days, but I was deeply comforted by the reassuring smiles of those around us. It was a great lesson, and I set about exploring what turns out to be wisdom of the ages.

Smiling is really good for us and has long featured in both medicine and meditation. So, began my practice of smiling just to feel the sense of peace that it induces.

Thankfully, Jack kept his smile almost to the end of his life. I would like to share some favourite quotations for you to ponder:

– “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” (Tich Nhat Hanh).

– “Peace begins with a smile. Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” Mother Teresa

– “Wear a smile and have friends. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?” George Eliot

– “Everyone smiles in the same language.” – anonymous.

Without exaggeration, I can say that Unitarian House and all that smiling saved and continues to save me. For those who want scientific proof, you can find plenty on the Internet – just search the health benefits of smiling. The same is true for laughing and singing.

Finally, and in mirth: You can only hold a smile for so long, after that it’s just teeth.

Jan Glyde
Unitarian House Resident.

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Photo Caption: Janine Poley a resident of Unitarian House, enjoys life to the utmost in a peaceful community of beauty, fellowship and laughter. Photo by Diane Russon.

June 28, 2018: The Birds of Summer; and Nature’s clever schedule for survival.

June 28, 2018: The Birds of Summer;
and Nature’s clever schedule for survival.

By Robert Alvo.

Last time I promised to tell you about how the frogs and birds are doing in June and to continue with some surprise topics. Many of our birds have nests as I write (June 9) and will continue to be on nests this month.

In July, young will abound — many early nesters already have young now. Recently-fledged young in the city are particularly vulnerable to prowling cats, who take them for fun and leave them as dead gifts for their owners. Too bad that city cats have no predators, but they should really all be kept indoors for their own good, not to mention for the good of our birds and small mammals.

In August, many young birds will be difficult to distinguish from their parents because the former have become adult-sized while the latter may have started to moult their feathers. Of course, all these generalizations about timing are contingent on the bird species in question. For example, many Common Loon chicks will still be stuck on the lake on which they hatched in September or even October, whereas most other migrant species will have departed south.

Meanwhile, in the amphibian world, the early-breeding and mid-season breeding frogs have stopped singing, and their ponds will start drying up. Now it’s time for the late breeders: Green Frog, and Bullfrog. Rather than being in a big rush to occupy their temporary ponds upon ice-out in spring so as to complete their reproduction cycle before their fishless ponds dry up, the late breeding strategy is to use deeper waters like marshes and lakes, which have fish, and lay many eggs in a surface film to take advantage of the warmest water layer. The thousands of eggs cannot all be eaten by fish in the short 2-3 days before hatching, and because the roughly half-metre thick winter ice does not extend to the bottom, the tadpoles can overwinter in the water under the ice — for 1-3 winters.

Were these late species to lay their eggs in surface films in early spring, all the eggs would freeze during a night with sub-zero air temperature. That’s why early spring breeders lay their eggs below the water surface and/or in egg masses that, even if the top eggs in the mass lie at the water surface, the lower ones will not freeze. These eggs, such as in Spotted Salamanders, can take up to six weeks to hatch in the frigid water.

Nature is so smart with its strategies, and not just breeding ones. Strategies exist for all aspects of life in all organisms. Biologists study feeding strategies, migrating strategies, predator-avoidance strategies, etc. It’s Nature that crafts them over evolutionary time, leaving it up to humans to study and name them. What are your strategies.
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Photo Caption: Green Frog image provided by the author.

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Photo Caption: Image on the left: Wood Frog egg mass: “Wood Frogs are early spring breeders, laying their eggs in masses that, if it freezes, only the top eggs in the mass will die.”
Image on the right: Green Frog surface film: “Green Frogs breed in late spring/early summer. The eggs are laid in a surface film to take advantage of the highest pond water temperature, and thus a short incubation period.”

June 28, 2018: Remembering Monica Freedman; Community Activist Passes.

June 28, 2018: Remembering Monica Freedman;
Community Activist Passes.

By L. Hoad HCA.

Always ready for a celebration, Monica loved going out with friends for a meal, especially the annual New Year’s Eve dinner at Hino’s restaurant.

The Hintonburg Community Association (HCA) and the Hintonburg community lost a long-time member and enthusiastic supporter when Monica Freedman died on June 12th.

Many residents will remember Monica at HCA events, coralling people to remind them to renew their memberships or asking them to join the community association. So many of us can trace our membership back to Monica. In addition she was a member of the Board of Directors for many years and was always ready to help with any project.

Monica was born in Cincinnati and immigrated to Kingston in 1965 with her family. She worked at the Prison for Women as a social worker for many years, then with the Elizabeth Fry Society in Kingston and Ottawa.

She arrived in Ottawa in the mid-nineties and joined the HCA Board shortly after that. Active on several HCA committees, she also served on the Board of Newswest for many years.

Monica was the ‘eyes on the street’ for Hinton Avenue where she lived until 2005. She chatted with all her neighbours and kept up with the comings and goings. In 2009, after a few years in an apartment on Parkdale Avenue, Monica moved to the Grace Manor due to increasing mobility issues. She continued to attend meetings and events, cheerful as ever in her wheelchair. Always ready for a celebration, Monica loved going out with friends for a meal, especially the annual New Year’s Eve dinner at Hino’s restaurant.

We were pleased to organize an informal Celebration of Life for Monica and her family from Toronto and Alberta to let them know how much she was appreciated and remembered.

Donations in her memory can be made to the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa at http://CanadaHelps.org .

With the support of Monica’s family the HCA will plant a tree in Monica’s memory this fall in a Hintonburg park.

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

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Photo Caption: Dining at a local restaurant

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Photo Caption: A younger Monica, and Monica at the Annual Hintonburg Kingle Event.

June 28, 2018: Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic; Subsidized service reduces pet overpopulation.

June 28, 2018: Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic;
Subsidized service reduces pet overpopulation.

By Cheryl Parrott, Hintonburg Resident.

Got a cat? Don’t want to add to the pet overpopulation problem? Can’t get to the City Spay/Neuter clinic way out in the Colonnade Business Park? Can’t afford the cost of getting your pet spayed or neutered.

The Ottawa Humane Society has the answer with their Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic service for cats. This is a subsidized service for low-income pet owners in targeted Ottawa neighbourhoods.

The mobile clinic visits 15 different communities on a regular basis so people can access the service. Tom Brown Arena parking lot in Hintonburg is one of their locations.

To be eligible for this service you must show proof that your address is in Ottawa and proof of annual income under $30,000 (Ontario Works or ODSP stub, OSAP forms or screen shot of funding, most recent notice of assessment, most recent T4(s), most recent pay-stubs (three), letter of referral from a social worker).

This program helps address the problem of cat overpopulation in Ottawa while providing a service for pet owners who may not be able to afford traditional veterinarians or the City Spay/Neuter Clinic.

The program is for cats only and an appointment for up to two cats can be scheduled. Cats must be between four months and eight years of age and the cost is $20 per cat.

Registration is done online at tinyurl.com/yb4c8twj .

[ http://www.ottawahumane.ca/?s=mobile+spay+neuter+clinic ].

or by phone 613-725-3166, and due to the volume of appointment bookings, it may take up to 10 days to get a response. It is really heartening to hear that this is a very busy service.

The City Spay/Neuter Clinic used to be located on Bayview Road just north of Scott St. and was always a well-used resource relocated some years ago to Colonnade Road.

Twenty years ago there were lots of stray cats in Hintonburg, not nearly as many today. Many residents did their part helping find homes for those cats and adopting kittens from feral colonies.

It is gratifying to see Pet Stores with rescue cats for adoption and of course the very impressive Feline Café on Wellington St. has adopted out 142 cats in the year since it opened. It is the combined effort of everyone that makes a difference.
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Photo Caption: Look for the mobile clinic van in your area.

Web-extra (June 28, 2018): Imagining a Greener Hintonburg; Ottawa’s first community sustainability plan.

Web-extra (June 28, 2018): Imagining a Greener Hintonburg;
Ottawa’s first community sustainability plan.

By Carol Paschal, Hintonburg resident.

Kermit the frog once proclaimed, “It’s not easy being green.” One might wonder if this applies to Hintonburg. Well, let’s take a look. Long-time residents know that Hintonburg has had a history of re-using, repairing and repurposing long before it was fashionable.

The pawn shops and second-hand shops are gone, along with the appliance recycling store, but there are still an impressive number of shops who continue to carry on this tradition. JR Perry Electronics and the Audio Video Centre are two long-time Hintonburg businesses that come to mind, along with newer ones such as Maker House Co. (locally handcrafted items) and Nu Grocery (zero waste grocery store).

Hintonburg is known as a very walkable neighbourhood. The steady stream of people along Wellington St. West, and the constant bumping into neighbours, attests to the fact that it’s more than possible to get by without a car while doing errands.

The local bus routes are quite convenient and the advent of the LRT will further improve getting around. Residents and businesses alike have taken steps to improve cycling safety through bike-specific signage and infrastructure such as bicycle parking. The neighbourhood is lucky to have two large parks (Parkdale Park and Hintonburg Park), as well as many “pocket parks” and a farmers’ market. So why imagine a greener Hintonburg.

As a neighbourhood in transition, Hintonburg is undergoing significant changes, many of which have a negative impact on the environment. The number of demolitions and renovations is striking. Some of the recently built (or underway) infill developments and renovations have contributed to problems such as fewer trees, less public green space, more cars and traffic, more garbage and — although it is against City by-laws — paving over front yards for parking.

Walk down any street in Hintonburg and you will see dumpsters filled not only with construction debris but also other materials that could be repurposed (e.g., wood and metal) or recycled (e.g., cardboard and paper).
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Knowing all this, it would be easy to throw up one’s hands and ask, “What’s the use?” But, as it turns out, there were 40 people who didn’t feel that way and recently came together to discuss ways to make Hintonburg a greener place to live and work.

Through a project of the Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City (OBEC), this group created Ottawa’s first community sustainability plan based on 10 themes including transportation, energy, design, food, waste and recreation. Simply put, sustainability means using the resources that we need for a good life but leaving enough for others, including future generations, to have a good life too.

Ideas ranged from simple things like using LED lights and buying local food to more ambitious projects like creating affordable housing. The next step is to put the plan into action. You can help by downloading the sustainability plan, choosing any project that interests you (including ideas that are not in the plan) and then reporting on what you are doing. I think Kermit would approve.
For further details, check out: tinyurl.com/y9g7vb4.
[ http://obec-evbo.ca/hintonburg-community-sustainability-plan .
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Photo Caption: The manager from the local GT Express Store (second from left) on Wellington West joins in with the Transportation Group

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Photo Caption: The Habitat group in discussion.

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Photo Caption:The energy group in discussion.

Web-extra (June 28, 2018): Rosemount Library; Users deserve better.

Web-extra (June 28, 2018): Rosemount Library;
Users deserve better.

By Blaine Marchand, R.E.A.D.

The months ahead are critical ones for the future of the Rosemount library. The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) has indicated that, prior to Rosemount’s renovation, a public consultation with Kitchissippi residents will take place in September 2018 (dates to be confirmed).

As readers of Newswest know, the OPL will spend $2 million to “renew” the one hundred year old branch. During this renovation, the branch will be closed for approximately one year. A “depot” library situated in a store front on Wellington Street will serve our community. The “Renovation” will not provide much needed additional space. The branch size will remain 6089 square feet.

The Rosemount Expansion and Development (READ) group has nothing but praise for the work done by our librarians in the local branch. They work in constrained circumstances. But with the population of Kitchissippi swelling to 44,262 at the end of 2017 and continuing to increase over the upcoming years due to intensification and natural growth, meeting the needs of the community in such a small space becomes an issue.

Rosemount Library will continue to be 66 percent smaller than branches in other comparable neighbourhoods. As a result, it cannot provide the programs or the amenities that are available in other branches. Elmvale Acres is a comparably sized branch at 7,493 square feet, but in that space there is seating for 40 users and a meeting room which can hold 59 people. Meeting rooms are a staple at most OPL branches, but Rosemount has no meeting room for its community. A fully functional and accessible program room is a must-have and the renovation must provide for one.

A modern library must provide sufficient space and services to adequately respond to the community, not just for the present generations but the future ones. In READ’s view, the $2 million allocated for Rosemount is neither an efficient use of taxpayers’ money, nor will it meet the future social and cultural needs of our rapidly expanding community.

The current City of Ottawa administration is unwilling to adequately fund infrastructure in the urban core despite its advocacy for intensification. The Rosemount renovation decision is a prime example of the short-sightedness of city officials. READ believes strongly that Ottawa Library Board staff might like to do better but cannot do so.

Before consultations take place, READ encourages Rosemount Library users to consider several issues. What services do they most desire? What is the best use of the space to assure these are provided? Given the limited space, should there be more hours per week to spread services out and meet be increased demands? Can some services be provided through partnerships and synergies with other service-providers and locations, such as the Innovation Centre or the Hintonburg Community Centre? Raising these important issues will ensure Rosemount library users receive the services they deserve.