November 29, 2018: Newswest Announcement; Stop the presses.

November 29, 2018: Newswest Announcement;
Stop the presses.

Dear Newswest Readers.

This is the final print edition of Newswest! After 40 years of publishing Kitchissippi community news, the Board has decided it is time to stop the presses.

We give special thanks to our many volunteers and editors, who over the years, made Newswest the community paper of the day and particularly our current editor Tim Thibeault. We also acknowledge the positive support of the Kitchissippi Times management and staff – our publication partner since 2003, our correspondents from across the region and especially you, our supporters and readers,

Although this is the final print edition of Newswest, we are continuing to work with community partners to develop our electronic Newswest presence. If you are interested in becoming part of a new E-Newest, contact us at: editor.newswest@gmail.com .
Thank you!
Pat O’Brien
Chair, Newswest Inc.

 

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November 29, 2018: Christmas Story Returns to St Martin’s; The Nativity as it’s meant to be shared.

November 29, 2018: Christmas Story Returns to St Martin’s;
The Nativity as it’s meant to be shared.

Story and photo by Sharron Hanna.

A real donkey and several of his animal pals will be front and centre once again in a live depiction of the Nativity story set to take place on the grounds of St Martin’s Anglican Church Sunday, December 9th between 2 and 4 pm. The church is located in the Carlingwood area at 2120 Prince Charles Road where it meets Lockhart Avenue.

With St Martins’ located in a neighbourhood brimming with young families, and a good cross section of residents at the grandparenting stage of life, it is the hope of event organizer, Fiona Hills, that folks throughout the neighbourhood will come and enjoy a rendition of the nativity story that invokes the true spirit of Christmas.

Of course with proceedings being held out of doors in typical Canadian weather for this time of year – read snow and below zero temperatures – there’ll be hot chocolate and cookies at hand to match the warmth of the nativity story being shared by the young people enrolled in St Martin’s Cross Training program.

Admission is free. All are welcome. Free will donations gratefully appreciated.
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Photo Caption: This donkey and his many furry friends are part of St Martin’s outdoor nativity celebration ready to delight young and old alike.

November 29, 2018: Christmas Day at the Carleton; 18th Annual Community Get-together.

November 29, 2018: Christmas Day at the Carleton;
18th Annual Community Get-together.

By Hintonburg Economic Development Committee.

The Carleton Tavern is once again hosting a free Christmas Day meal on December 25th.

Seventeen years ago, the owners of the Carleton Tavern wanted to ensure that Christmas was a wonderful day for those who might otherwise spend the day alone. They turned what might be a very sad and lonely day for hundreds of people into a day of music, good food and fellowship with neighbours and friends.

The Hintonburg Economic Development Committee has partnered with the Carleton Tavern on this event. Last year about a 1000 meals were served, either at the tavern, delivered to those who could not attend, or taken out for someone who could not come. At the end of the day the very small amount of food remaining was distributed to local rooming houses and the family shelter.

It really does take a village – 130 volunteers, 20 musicians, 30 businesses, several organizations and countless individuals who drive, deliver, bake, wait, or donate, to make this day a memorable one in Kitchissippi Ward. After 18 years, this memorable day has become a memorable tradition.

As always, making this day happen requires the whole community’s help. We need donations of: turkey, pre-cooked boneless ham, tortiere and home-baked goodies. Frozen turkeys should be dropped off to the Carleton 10 to 14 days before Christmas to allow time to thaw and cook the amount we need. Baking can be dropped off December 23 to 25.

We also need gifts of new, unused items (especially for men): gloves, hats, scarves, personal care items. We appreciate gift cards: Giant Tiger, coffee cards, certificates for food (Hintonburger, Pizza Pizza, Subway), phone cards, and movie passes. We need gifts for women, children, youth and also for pets.

We also really appreciate donations of gift bags – both gently used and new.

For information contact Cheryl 613-728-7582 or carletonxmasdinner@hotmail.ca or hedc@sympatico.ca .

So, whether you attend as a diner, a server, an entertainer or a volunteer, come and participate in the 18th Annual Christmas Day meal at the Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong at Parkdale, from 11am to 3pm December 25. Santa and Mrs. Claus look forward to seeing you there.

November 29, 2018: Photo Inset: MCA Support; Helps the art of some friendly fine feathers.

November 29, 2018: Photo Inset: MCA Support;
Helps the art of some friendly fine feathers.
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Photo Caption: Mechanicsville Community Association (MCA) was pleased to provide a Letter of Support for the property owner at 93 Carruthers in order to obtain a permit for a mural to be painted by artist, Daniel Martelok. This mural is located on Carruthers and Lyndale Avenue and was unveiled this past summer. MCA would also like to recognize the property owner, Blair Simser, who has redeveloped this property into attractive, affordable housing units. This rental property has also attracted great residents to the community of Mechanicsville. Kitchissippi could do with more property owners like this one. Photo courtesy of Mechanicsville Community Association.

November 29, 2018: Cst Neilly’s Neighbourhood; Light up the night for safety.

November 29, 2018: Cst Neilly’s Neighbourhood;
Light up the night for safety.

By Cst. Dawn Neilly, OPS.

It looks like we’re well and truly into the dark season, otherwise known as winter. The long, dark winter nights are wonderful for showing off your Christmas lights but they’re also a great opportunity for would-be thieves to go about their activities without being noticed. Shining a light into the dark is a good way to thwart someone planning to break into your car or home. If you haven’t done so already, consider installing lights over your front and back doors and make sure they get turned on. If you prefer, make them motion-sensitive lights. If you have a garage and a vehicle, put the vehicle when it’s not in use in the garage and lock the garage door. A light over the garage door can’t hurt either.

In addition to the security of your property, once the dark days arrive, you need to think carefully about your personal safety, especially as a pedestrian or cyclist and especially during early morning and late afternoon rush hours.

By law, bicycles need to have a white light in front and a red light in back, and white reflective tape on the front forks and red on the back forks. But don’t stop there. You are at least as important as your bike, so get some reflective clothing and tape on yourself. You can’t be too visible.

Pedestrians, don’t hesitate to emulate your cycling neighbours. Lights and reflective gear for yourself and the dog you might be walking could be a lifesaver. Make it a light, bright, safe winter.

November 29, 2018: Where Does It All Go; Lessons from leftovers.

November 29, 2018: Where Does It All Go;
Lessons from leftovers.

By Carol Card.

Whew! The First Unitarian Fall Fair, held on November 17, is over for another year. This is the largest church bazaar in the city, with over 12,000 sq. ft. of sales space, 16 different shopping areas and some 300 volunteers. As always, it was a great event, with fun and bargains for all.

For Katherine Gunn and her team, the next phase has already begun. Their challenging task is to reduce waste by diverting material from the dumpster and giving it a new purpose. The fundraiser’s success depends on the tons of clothing, linens, computer equipment, books and other household goods brought in by church members and friends. That quantity of donations, however, creates the potential for large amounts of discards going to the landfill, including good-quality items that just didn’t find the right buyer on sale day. In response, and in keeping with Unitarian principles of protecting the environment and helping those in need, the “Site Services” team has found many innovative ways to recycle, reuse and redistribute everything possible from the fair.

These efforts were initiated some years ago when Katherine, a Westboro resident and longtime volunteer, spotted a large pile of blue recycling bags full of paper, plastics, etc. sitting beside the church. Given her deep involvement in community and environmental organizations, she wondered what else could be redirected from the fundraiser’s many unaccepted and leftover donated goods. Today, as a result, everything from scrap paper to torn linens and stuffed toys, is put to further use somehow.

Here are just a few examples. Paper, plastics and other recyclables are scrupulously separated for recycling. Metal goes to a scrap dealer who assists First Unitarian’s Poverty Action Working Group in moving furniture for the Minwaashin Indigenous Women’s support centre. Sewing and craft materials, including fur and leather from damaged coats, are sent to Inuit crafters in Arctic fly-in communities. For leftover electronics, it’s off to the Ottawa chapter of World Computer Exchange, for distribution in underdeveloped countries. The Good Companions Seniors Centre receives decorative items for their thrift shop. Unsold clothes are divided among various charities, such as drop-in centres, refugee support groups, clothing banks and organizations like Suits His Style, which provides business clothes to help low-income men find employment. Winter boots find appreciative new wearers at men’s and women’s shelters. And the 100-plus boxes of surplus books are shared among a number of local community organizations.

In this way, more than a dozen charities are supported, and waste from the Fall Fair is greatly reduced. As Katherine comments, “By the time we are done, my old van is ready for a tune-up, and so am I!” But the work is worth it.

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Photo Caption: Katherine Gunn sorting recyclables after the First Unitarian Congregation’s November Fall Fair. Careful waste-reduction and diversion serves to protect the environment while helping to the greatest possible extent, those in need both locally and nationally. Photo by Carol Card.

November 29, 2018: Rosemount Library; Looking to the Future.

November 29, 2018: Rosemount Library;
Looking to the Future.

By Josh Nutt, Chair READ Rosemount Community Group.

The Ottawa Public Library’s Rosemount Branch recently marked 100 years in its current building on 18 Rosemount Ave. Service is top-notch at Rosemount; the space leaves much to be desired. But after renovations beginning soon, Rosemount will, READ hopes, march into its second century revitalized and ready to provide improved community spaces for reading, reflection, social congregation, and study, notwithstanding the limited space the architects have to work with.

The wonderful new central libraries in Calgary, Halifax (and soon Ottawa!) herald a new era of public libraries as major and important community spaces of architectural significance that build civic pride. Equally, stunning new branch libraries in urban areas across Canada reflect branch libraries as innovative, interactive, and integrated community hubs. These branches provide powerful models for the Rosemount planning and design team as revitalization and renovation takes shape. Some examples.

Right here at home, Ottawa’s Beaverbrook and Greenboro and Kingston’s Rideau Heights branches have wonderful group study spaces. All new and renovated branches across the country have public bookable meeting rooms. Winnipeg’s Windsor Park and Victoria’s sx?e?x??? t???x? | James Bay branches are filled with an abundance of natural light. Most new branches including Markham’s Aaniin and Halifax’s tiny Musquodoboit Harbour branches have curved shelving often on wheels to provide flexibility, but with no diminution of collection size. Several library systems notably in Victoria, Markham, Winnipeg, Lethbridge and Regina have carefully developed collections, spaces and programing to respect and acknowledge Canada’s Indigenous peoples – First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

Technology underpins increasingly responsive and efficient service at renovated branches. This includes self-check and automated returns, sophisticated maker spaces and creative studios, ample and mobile public computer access, digital media labs, 24/7 wireless access, and much more. In Halifax and in some new Scandinavian libraries, even after-hours access is offered requiring no staff present.

All new branches have put an emphasis on more and varied seating for individuals and groups designed to support leisure, study, and business pursuits. Finally, most new branch libraries increasingly develop with significant community input so that the resulting expenditure of public monies responds closely to identified community needs.

Canada’s urban centres continue to put a priority on good, environmentally sensitive design. Recently five new branches were awarded LEED designation-the most widely used green building rating system in the world. LEED Silver included the Edmonton/Calder, Kingston/Rideau Heights and Winnipeg/Windsor Park branches; LEED Gold included the Toronto/Albion and Markham/Aaniin branches.

Many new/renovated/expanded branch libraries are part of a larger community complex such as Ottawa’s Greely, Beaverbrook, Greenboro and St-Laurent branches, Vaughan’s Pleasant Ridge and Vellore Village branches, Regina’s Albert Branch at mâmawêyatitân centre (a Cree word for let’s be all together) and Montreal’s Benny branch a part of the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Cultural Centre. These joint ventures, while sometimes challenging, offer enormous advantages to service opportunities.

Let’s hope that a revitalized Rosemount builds on the success of all these recent branch library developments across Canada!

Josh Nutt.