Web-extra (October 3, 2018): Weeks after the Tornadoes; Local Wellington Businesses Will Need your Patronage.

Web-extra (October 3, 2018): Weeks after the Tornadoes;
Local Wellington Businesses Will Need your Patronage.

Many foodie shops and restaurants lost large quantities of perishable food a day or more after the storm of this century knocked out power (for much more than a day). As they restock they need your business to get them through the end of a difficult year. So do what you can when and where to ensure the variety of foodstuff we have in walking distance does not disappear this year.

( Visit https://wellingtonwest.ca/after-the-storm-shop-local-to-support-businesses-wellington-west/ for some examples in our area.)

And please don’t forget the Parkdale Food Centre this Thanksgiving ( http://parkdalefoodcentre.ca/donate/ ).


September 27, 2018: Prairie Poet in the Spotlight; Joni Mitchell tribute at the Gladstone (on October 17th to 27th).

September 27, 2018: Prairie Poet in the Spotlight;
Joni Mitchell tribute at the Gladstone (on October 17th to 27th).

By Bear & Co.

Hot on the heels of the smash-hit tribute to Leonard Cohen, Bear & Co. returns to pay joyous homage to another Canadian giant. “This Flight Tonight: Songs of Joni Mitchell”, plays at The Gladstone theatre from Wednesday October 17 (preview) through Saturday October 27.

“We are over the moon to have the opportunity to showcase Joni Mitchell’s gorgeous music and incredible poetry,” says core Bear artist, and Kitchissippian, Rachel Eugster, one of the show’s creators.

Once again, Eugster will join Pierre Brault, Robin Guy, and Scott Richardson in a production directed by Eleanor Crowder. Just as they did in last fall’s No Way to Say Goodbye: Songs of Leonard Cohen, the quartet of singers will pass a range of instruments from hand to hand, including guitar, piano, bass, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, flute, accordion, and a variety of percussion instruments.

“With Joni Mitchell, there is always the painter’s hand in the music,” says director Crowder. “Expanding the musical palette we used for our Cohen show allows us to play with even more aural colours, much as Mitchell has done not only in her songs, but also on her canvasses.”

Using men’s voices as well as women’s furthers this. One question embedded deep in Mitchell’s work is how to live in a world that doesn’t support independent feminists. But unless men are included in the conversation, society will never grope its way to an answer. Furthermore, having a full vocal range, from Cohen-esque depths to a Mitchell-esque heights, in a line-up of solos, duets, and ensemble pieces allows the team to celebrate the songs with a wide range of vocal colours and shades, creating a “rainbow on the wall” of Mitchell’s major hits and hidden gems. Thus, the company will invite you to skate away with them for this spellbinding tribute to the soaring vocals, incisive vision, humour, wit, and bracing singularity of this uncompromising artist.

And again this year, Bear is inviting local choirs to get involved, offering them discount tickets and asking them to rise in their seats to sing along to the choruses of a couple of the songs. They will also be invited to advertise an upcoming concert on a choir board in the lobby. Bear was thrilled by the number of choirs who chose to join in the Cohen tribute last year, and is hoping even more choirs will participate this time. Email bearandcompanytheatre@gmail.com for more information.

Don’t miss the chance to help honour the Canadian genius whom Rolling Stone hails as “one of the greatest poets in 20th-century music—a visionary talent of achingly candid lyrics, fleet guitar lines and stirringly elegant vocals.” Gaze up with us at the Prairie sky as Joni Mitchell’s blaze of creative brilliance warms your heart.

The Gladstone Theatre is at 910 Gladstone Avenue. Tickets (with discounts for seniors, students, artists, and the unwaged) are available at http://www.thegladstone.ca/this-flight-tonight-songs-of-joni-mitchell/ , or through the box office at 613-233-4523 . For more information about Bear & Co., please visit http://www.bearandcompany.ca/ .

Photo Caption: Following a highly-successful stage presentation of the music of Leonard Cohen, Bear and Company cast (from left) Rachel Eugster, Scott Richardson, Robin Guy, and Pierre Brault, invite local choir participation as they bring the songs of Joni Mitchell to the Gladstone Theatre, October 17 – 27. Photo by Andrew Alexander Photography.

September 27, 2018: Social Club Abuzz with Activity; Ottawa Newcomers Club.

September 27, 2018: Social Club Abuzz with Activity;
Ottawa Newcomers Club.

By Cathy Stapleton.

“Welcome to Ottawa” is the message our group, the Ottawa Newcomers Club, gives to women new to Ottawa within the past two years. We provide a safe and supportive peer group for people wanting to explore their new city and make new friends at the same time. We also include those women who find themselves in a change of life circumstances, such as retirement, widowhood or divorce.

We have a slate of regular activities each month. Our current activities include monthly lunches and potlucks, a book club, bridge, Mah Jongg, and scrabble get togethers, art tours, walking groups, a craft and chat group, dinners out, movie nights and “Out and About”s where we visit local places of interest.

Membership costs $30 a year. Once you join you will receive our monthly newsletter and you can sign up for any of our activities. We then send out a list of those attending for carpooling purposes, thinking it is more fun to ride to an event with new friends than on your own.

If you want to know more about Ottawa Newcomers Club, check us out at: http://www.ottawanewcomersclub.ca and/or contact us at: newcomersclubottawa@gmail.com to request an application form. We look forward to meeting you!

My Story

My name is Cathy and I am writing because I think you may know of someone from your family, neighbourhood, or workplace who could benefit from our Club.

When I moved here in November of 2014 I had a broken ankle. After sitting in the apartment for two months I was so glad to see a small notice in a local paper about this social club. Even though I had a bad cold, I went to my first activity. After two hours I knew I had made the right choice. The women I met in this group have become very dear friends of mine.

I am going to back up now and tell you about my life before Ottawa. I am married with two daughters. I worked as a Church Administrator for 14+ years. I worked, worshiped, socialized all through the church.

When my husband and I arrived, I wondered what was I going to do? I realized that I had a lot of friends, back ‘home’ however I only socialized with them at church events. My friends that I socialized with away from these events are less than you can count of one hand.

After six months with the Ottawa Newcomers Club, I was asked to convene one of the social groups, then I asked if I could start another group with a different interest. I convened these two groups for two years. I now sit on the Board of Directors. Members can be as busy as they like with this club.

I now worry that in two years when we move back out west, that I am going to miss more friends than you can count on both hands!

If you’re a woman who is new to Ottawa or has just experienced a major change in your life circumstances, I highly encourage you to join our group. Send us an email at: newcomersclubottawa@gmail.com . We look forward to meeting you.

Photo Caption: Not restricted to any one area of interest or of the city, the Newcomers Club of Ottawa includes exploration among its many activities. Here, members explore the NCC’s Stony Swamp Beaver Trail. Pictured are Sandi Stalder, Allen Dobson, Karin Dobson, Krista Pressey, Ruth Gray-Beauchamp, and Maureen Pomphrey. Photo by Cathy Stapleton.

September 27, 2018: Rosemount Library Consultations; Community participation encouraged.

September 27, 2018: Rosemount Library Consultations;
Community participation encouraged.

By Josh Nutt, Chair R.E.A.D..

Rosemount branch is undergoing revitalization and community input is key to the success of the project. There will be three main opportunities for the public to share their thoughts:

1. Have your say:
Complete the OPL preliminary online survey at tinyurl.com/ycebkth4 .

This survey will help the library and architects understand how visitors use Rosemount and understand visitors’ opinions regarding heritage, architecture, layout, accessibility, technology, size, and the overall use and function of the building.

Attend the Open House on Wednesday, October 3rd from 6 to 8 pm. The Open House will take place at the Rosemount branch, 18 Rosemount Ave.

At the Open House, the public can meet with the architectural team (+VG) leading the revitalization to learn more about the project scope and potential options for the building layout and design. Come share your thoughts and ideas. The Open House is a drop-in format.

Can’t make it to the Open House? For anyone who can’t make it to the Open House, a version of the presented materials as well as options to provide feedback will be available online. Please check the OPL website, tinyurl.com/yb5ervul on October 4, 2018.

Provide the Library with input on the design concept beginning in December 2018. This second round of consultations will build on the results of the Open House. Check out the OPL’s website in December for more details.

And of course you can always contact your local City Councillor for Kitchissippi Ward #15.

September 27, 2018: Neilly’s Neighbourhood; Meet the Central West CPO.

September 27, 2018: Neilly’s Neighbourhood;
Meet the Central West CPO.

By Cst. Dawn Neilly.

Now that we’ve hopefully got the kids safely off to school, I thought I’d take the opportunity with this issue to explain a little bit about my role as a Community Police Officer (CPO) as most of you will only know me through this paper.

You may never have to call 911 to ask for the services of a police officer – that’s good! – but it doesn’t hurt to know that there’s an officer available to help with non-emergency issues that might crop up from time to time. And that would be me, Cst. Dawn Neilly, if you live in the area served by this paper.

My responsibility extends from Old train tracks at Somerset Bridge to Churchill Avenue and from the Ottawa River to Carling Avenue plus a bump on the other side of Carling around the Merivale and Caldwell area.

Central West, as it’s called, is a high-density area with the full range of diversity and socio-economic levels represented. My job requires me to engage with all residents as needed. This includes attending community events to reach out to kids and their parents; meetings with community safety groups; working with various organizations/community partners, such as the councillor’s office, the food bank, community health centres, and so on, to resolve ongoing community issues that require police oversight, such as problem addresses, drugs and theft.

In addition to dealing with systemic problems in the community as a whole, I am available to help with issues involving individuals such as in ongoing neighbour disputes. The key word here is “ongoing”. As a CPO, I keep regular hours from Monday to Friday, working out of the Hintonburg Community Centre, carrying out tasks as outlined above, so I am not in the best position to respond to incidents when they happen, that should be a call to the Ottawa Police for a patrol officer to attend. If needed, I can follow up to help mediate the dispute.

Working with a group of dedicated volunteers, I can reach out to the community to promote safety and security at home and in the community. My contact with the community at large is through this regular Newswest spot and an online Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin. You can sign up to receive this by emailing wellingtoncpc@gmail.com to subscribe. And you’re always welcome to visit our office to discuss a specific situation, or give me a call at 613-236-1222, ext. 5871. See you around.

Photo Caption: Cst Dawn Neilly at a Parkdale Park Summer celebration. Along with regular police duties, Cst Neilly often attends community events in neighbourhoods throughout her working area. Photo by T. Hairbach.

September 27, 2018: Autumn Souvenirs; Roller skates and burning leaves.

September 27, 2018: Autumn Souvenirs;
Roller skates and burning leaves.

By Anna Borris.

As I was poking around in our basement one autumn Sunday, my old roller skates caught my eye. They hadn’t been used since May and inspired a sudden urge to go skating, even though my unfinished grade six math homework hovered on my radar. That morning I had completed only half of the required problems, and put the rest off until after supper. I looked around, found the metal key, and brought the skates outside.

Sitting on the front steps I attached the skates to my shoes, did up the leather straps, and set off down the sidewalk toward Karen’s house. Having forgotten how heavy and clunky roller skates were, it took a few minutes to remember how to propel myself forward.

Karen was home and we decided to skate to Fisher park, a few blocks away. She attached her skates, and we wobbled off down the street. Sidewalk cracks were one obstacle but the downhill slopes, even the gentle ones, were worse.

We weren’t very good at slowing down or stopping. On one downgrade we picked up speed and I lost all control of my feet. I swerved onto a lawn, crashed into a tree, and startled an old gentleman reading his paper on the porch. Karen skating gracefully past, hooted with laughter. I shook my fist at her bitterly as I hugged the tree.

Her turn to embarass herself came on the way back. She lost her balance crossing a deep crack in the cement and flew off the sidewalk into a huge pile of leaves in front of my house. My dad was just coming out of the garage unrolling the hose as he walked. “Are you hurt?” he asked Karen.

“No, I’m fine.” She stood up and brushed off all the leaves stuck to her sweater and in her hair.

“Can we rake these up and jump in them?” I asked my dad.

“No, I’m just about to set fire to them. Rake up the ones in the backyard.”

“We’d rather watch the leaves burn,” I said. We sat on the grass to take off our roller skates, as my dad lit a match and set the dry leaves alight. Wisps of grey smoke rose from the pile and soon the leaves were crackling with an orange glow.

“I love the smell of burning leaves,” Karen sighed as she fell over on her back on the lawn. Our next door neighbour had a big pile of leaves in front of his house. He set it on fire and when it got going a smoky haze drifted through the neighbourhood in the late afternoon sun.

Judy was coming down the street toward us. “Come on, we’re going to rake up the leaves in the backyard and jump in them,” Karen yelled. The two big maple trees provided a huge quantity of leaves which we soon had raked into a giant pile.

We took turns climbing on the fence and jumping into the leaves, then raking them back up until the sunlight faded and we were exhausted. Judy and Karen headed home for supper, their hair full of leaf bits, and I went into the garage to shake them all off. My dad was hosing down the last embers and the air was turning chilly.

As I washed up for dinner, the delicious fragrance of my mom’s spaghetti sauce filled the house and I was very hungry. Suddenly and sadly I remembered that after dinner my fun day would end the same way it started, with grade six math homework.

September 27, 2018: Newswest AGM; Celebrating 40 Years of Communty Service.

September 27, 2018: Newswest AGM;
Celebrating 40 Years of Communty Service.

By Pat O’Brien, Newswest Chair.

All are invited to attend Newswest’s 40th Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, November 13 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Hintonburg Community Centre. The AGM will be a celebration of our 40 years of providing community news to the residents of Ottawa West.

Light refreshments will be served.

This will be a full AGM with the election of Board Members in accordance with Newswest’s By-Laws. If you live within the distribution area* and wish to run for the Board of Directors you must be a paid-up member ($5.00) by October 14, 2018 For information contact us at editor@newswest.org .
I hope to see you there!

Pat O’Brien, Chair, Newswest Board of Directors.

Note: *: the area bordered by the O-train tracks and Woodroffe Avenue, between the Ottawa River and Carling Avenue. This area includes the neighbourhoods of Mechanicsville, Hintonburg, Champlain Park, West Wellington, Wellington Village, Hampton Park, Westboro Beach, Westboro, Highland Park, McKellar Park, Carlingwood and Civic Hospital.