September 27, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

September 27, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

DRAFT UPDATED October 3rd. See bottom for late additions.
(Suggestion: Bookmark the Coming-Events category or the Calendar tag so you can quickly return to see late additions/updates )

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Newswest Volunteers. ++++
Newswest is seeking volunteers to help with its monthly digital on-line content. Experience with Facebook or WordPress ideal, but eager learners welcome. Email or come to a board meeting. (Next meeting is Tuesday September 27, 2018 at 7p.m. in the Carleton Tavern. ).

November 13: Newswest AGM. ++++
Newswest is holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday November 13, 2018 at 7p.m. in the Hintonburg Community Centre. ). Besides electing the Newswest Board members, important motions will be presented to a vote concerning the year ahead.

September 27 – Carlingwood Film Club.
Carlingwood Film Club begins September 27! Watch and discuss a good film in a relaxed, book-club-style chat about film and cinematography! Last Thursday of the month (September to November, then March to May) at 6:30 p.m. at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library. For more information go to .

September 28 – Kitchissippi United Fall Rummage Sale.
The Kitchissippi United Church Fall Rummage Sale is taking place Friday September 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m; Saturday September 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at 630 Island Park Dr. Clothes, books, toys, collectibles, kitchenware, small appliances, linens, boutique specials and more! For info 613-722-7254 or .

September 28 – Friday Night of Worship and Ministry.
Join us at St Mary’s Church (100 Young St.) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the Night of Worship and Ministry. The speaker will be Father Yves Marchildon of the Companions of the Cross. The theme will be “Restore My Church.” The Worship Team will be Warren Scherr. A reception will follow in the lower hall.

September 28 – Arts Night.
The Kitchissippi community is invited to Arts Night at First Unitarian Church (30 Cleary Ave.) on September 28 at 7:30 p.m. This month’s artists include Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Literary Artist; Gilda Pontbriand, Painter/Photographer; Richard Hanna, Harpist, Singer, Actor. Admission is $5. For more information please call 613-725-1066 .

September 29 – Francis of Assisi Blessing. ++++
To show our concern for all creatures, and in anticipation of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, you are invited to bring any animal(s) in your care to the front lawn of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church ( 1153 Wellington St West at Parkdale ) at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 29th to receive a special blessing.

September 29 – Book launch.
Join local Illustrator, Alice Carter, to celebrate her picture book, Angus All Aglow, a gentle story of acceptance and friendship (written by Heather Smith, Orca Book Publishers). Come meet the illustrator, enjoy a kid’s craft, book reading and signing.This is a free event. Books available for purchase. Saturday, September 29 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Dovercourt Recreation Centre (411 Dovercourt Ave.) For more info see .

September 29 – Power of One concert and fundraiser.
Please join us at this fundraising concert for Arise and Shine Uganda ( The concert will be performed by the Big Soul Project Choir and promises to be an entertaining and uplifting evening. All money raised will be used to build new pit latrines (washrooms) for the 650 students attending the school in Kibuye village. The event is being held at the Woodroffe United Church (207 Woodroffe Ave.) Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. Tickets available on the choir’s website at: .

September 30 – Meet the Artist. ++++
At the Cube Gallery. On Sunday, September 30th from 2 p.m. Russell Yuristy will discuss his current show and his future practice. Cube Gallery welcomes the return of internationally acclaimed print maker, painter and teacher of art, Russell Yuristy for the most comprehensive show of his work to date. This Saskatchewan-born artist is renowned for his representational art based on his keen observations of nature. At 82 years old, Yuristy is considered a doyen of the contemporary art scene. He continues to enthrall with his love for and sensitive depiction of nature, fish, animals and birds. Visit or for more info. Exhibition held over to October 14th.

October 2 – Alpha Dinner at St. Mary’s.
Come and Explore Life, faith and meaning at our Alpha Dinner and Film Experience-Tuesdays starting October 2. Checkin 6:28pm. Register via; or leave a message anytime at 613-728-9811 x 701. St Mary’s Hall, 100 Young St. Access via parking lot. Alpha is free, the experience priceless.

October 3 – Rosemount Library Revitalization Open House.
The OPL is hosting a Rosemount Revitalization Open House on October 3 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The public can meet with the architectural team (+VG) to learn more about the project scope and potential options for the building layout and design. The Open House is a drop-in format. More info: .

October 10 – Kitchissippi United Church open house.
Come and help us celebrate 10 years of Kitchissippi United Church in the community! Join us for an Open House on Wednesday, October 10 at 630 Island Park Dr. between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. As part of this evening, we have also invited community partners and friends to share what they have been doing. Come and see who we are and what we do. Snacks and refreshments in the Main Hall. For more information go to or contact the office at 613-722-7254 or email Kirsten Gracequist at . Plenty of free parking.

October 14 – McKellar Park Community Association Annual General Meeting.
The McKellar Park Community Association is holding its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 7:15 p.m. at the McKellar Park Field House, 539 Wavell Ave. Come and find out what is happening in your neighbourhood. For more information visit our website at .

October 16 – Westboro Community Association AGM.
Please join us on Tuesday, October 16 at the Churchill Seniors Center (345 Richmond Rd.). Come out, meet your neighbours, and discuss the issues important to our community! Membership is required to vote but you can attend without joining. Membership is $10 for one year or ($20 for family membership.) Doors and community kiosks open at 6:30 p.m. followed by reports from the Board at 7 p.m. and the election of new directors. Special guests, presentations TBA (details to follow). Refreshments will be served. Your Community Association needs you! Infill development in Westboro continues to grow. Residents turn to us for help in responding to development issues in their neighbourhoods. The demand can be more than our small board of directors can handle. We need new members to bring their talents to our community. Interested in becoming a board member or community resource person? Email us at, or contact or .

October 16 – Friends of the Farm Master Gardener Lecture. ++++
Normally from 7 to 9p.m. Topic “Bulbs for Year Round Enjoyment” with Mary Reid. FCEF members $12, non-members $15, For more info check .

October 18 – Kids and Stamps. ++++
The Ottawa Philatelic Society, Ottawa’s oldest stamp club, meets every Thursday evening at the Hintonburg Community Centre. Following on a series of events for kids at 10 library branches this summer, we’re holding a Kids Night on Oct 18, encouraging kids to come along with their parents to see what stamp collecting is all about. See this issue’s Newswest web-extra article for more info.

October 19 – United Way Breakfast.
On Friday October 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Nepean High School (574 Broadview Ave.) will be holding their 29th Annual United Way Breakfast. The United Way Breakfast is a charity event that brings the Ottawa community together year after year to enjoy a delicious buffet-style breakfast with food generously donated from local stores and restaurants. We will be joined by our mayor, Jim Watson, our councillor, Jeff Leiper, and many more local celebrities. All proceeds will go to the Dave Smith Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre for Youth. We hope to see you there! Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door.

October 20 – Woodroffe United Fall Church bazaar.
Items available include china, books, clothing, bake table, silent auction, toys, jewellery, used furniture, and much more. 207 Woodroffe Ave. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments and lunch available. For more information, please contact Woodroffe United Church at 613-722-9250 .

October 20 – Friends of the Farm Used Book Drop Off. ++++
From 10a.m. to 3p.m. Save your books and re-gift them for a great cause. Please note we do not accept magazines, textbooks, or encyclopedia. Drive up to Bldg 72 CEF Arboretum, east exit off Prince of Wales roundabout. 613-230-3276 .

November 3 – Yuletide Bazaar.
The Parkdale United Church Yuletide Bazaar is taking place Saturday November 3 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (429 Parkdale Ave.) Lots of Christmas gift ideas, café, home baking, jams and jellies, soups, old linens, kitchen and bath, attic treasures, fashion boutique, silent auction, books, antiques and collectibles and much more! For information call 613-728-8656 or go to .

November 4 – Big Sing Ottawa.
Experience the joy of singing together in harmony with Evemarie Brunelle, the founder of Allez Chante! in Montreal, as she brings her dynamic workshop to Ottawa for the first time. Happening 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Westboro Masonic Hall (430 Churchill Ave. N.). No experience necessary. All ages and voices welcome. Information & tickets ($20):

November 6 – Friends of the Farm Master Gardener Lecture. ++++
Normally from 7 to 9p.m. Topic “History of English Country House Gardens” with Heather Clemenson. FCEF members $12, non-members $15, For more info check .

November 17 – First Unitarian Fall Fair.
Biggest church bazaar in town and it’s right here in Kitchissippi! Great deals on gently used clothing, books, jewellery, electronics and other treasures. Fabulous silent auction; two food venues; knitted items; baking, and jams. From 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All at First Unitarian (30 Cleary Ave.)! For information, email or call 613-725-1066 .

Ottawa Family Cinema. ++++
Is closed until September Please visit for more info.
Tentative Ottawa Family Cinema schedule for September:
Friday, September 28th, 2018 – Ant-Man and the Wasp (3D)
Saturday, September 29th, 2018 Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.
See Ottawa Family Cinema website for updates, changes and other dates.

Ottawa Newcomers Club. ++++
Our club is a non-profit, social organization for women who have recently moved to this area; (and those who have experienced a significant life change), and would like to meet new people of similar interests by joining our many group activities. More information about us and what we do can be found on our website at: or by contacting .

Making Music Meaningful in Nepean. ++++
A lively program that introduces babies, toddlers and preschoolers to the joy of making music. Music classes are offered in Nepean (Argue Drive), call 613-402-6082, or visit or see .

Westboro Supper Club is looking for members.
Food has a way of bringing people together. Some of our best memories are shaped around meals shared with family, friends, and neighbours. The Westboro Supper Club was created with the goal of creating new memories and sharing a meal together at one of the many wonderful restaurants our city has to offer! If you would like to join us in this experience of all things edible, please send us an e-mail at so you’ll be the first to know about our exciting Westboro Supper Club events. We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteers Needed!
OWCS has openings for volunteers to help on our Shopping Buses. Shopping Bus volunteers work with the OWCS Driver to assist client in the store and to carry groceries into their homes. For more information please email or call 613-728-6016 .

Westboro Legion’s Bingo and Leagues.
Bingo every Wednesday night at the Westboro Legion. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for Ric’s@480 food service. Games begin at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Join us with your friends, or come and meet new friends. Funds raised are donated back to community organizations. We also have bid euchre, darts, pool and sandbag leagues on a weekly basis starting in the Fall. For more information visit or call 613-725-2778 .

Westboro Legion’s Saturday and Sunday Pool.
Free pool from noon to closing upstairs at the Westboro Legion on Saturdays and Sundays. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit or call 613-725-2778 .

Learn confidence and hone your leadership skills. Above and Beyond Toastmasters will help you get there. We meet every Monday at 7 p.m. except holidays at the Civic campus of The Ottawa Hospital in the Bickell Room on the main floor (across from Tim Hortons). Everyone is welcome. For more information, please see or contact .

Churchill Seniors Centre.
Coming this fall! Drop-in programs at Churchill Senior Recreation Center:
Folk Song Circle is now meeting on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
Join our knitting, crochet or quilting circles on Fridays between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Open Lounge, Tuesday and Thursday, 1-3 p.m., meet others and play chess, Scrabble or cribbage. Play Pickleball Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. or Fridays at 11:15 a.m. Social Painting Club is Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., open room with lots of light and like-minded artists. Weight & Cardio Agility on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and there’s open use of the fitness center. Fees are nominal. For more information call 613-798-8872 or email .

Drop-in Ukulele.
at the Churchill Seniors Centre. Come play ukulele on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m and/or Friday at 9:15 a.m. Bring your own ukulele. This is a beginner drop-in but all players welcome! Cost: $2.00 .

The OWCS Grocery Bus. ++++
A Call for Volunteers to help with this service is currently in effect (see Notice above).
For Seniors in Hintonburg, Carlington and Westboro who need assistance with grocery shopping. For only $6 Ottawa West Community Support (OWCS) provides door to door transportation and help with bagging and carrying of purchases. Each Tuesday and Wednesday, the bus departs OWCS at 9a.m., picks up seniors from their homes and takes them shopping at local supermarkets. For more information about the Grocery Bus and other OWCS programs, please contact the office at 613-728-6016 ( and read their article in Newswest On-line ).

Spirit of Rasputin’s Open Stage. ++++
Each Monday night at 7:00 pm we hold our Open Stage at the Whispers pub in Westboro. And on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm it’s the Folk-along Jam at the Vimy Brewing Company [Ed: BTW the Vimy Brewing Company happen to help support Newswest, so our thanks to them too.].
Also: Spirit of Rasputin’s members Jay Kassirer and Rita Finnigan are happy to announce a series of Sunday afternoon (1 p.m.) musical events at the Britannia Coffeehouse (with its adjacent ice cream shop The Beachconers) at 273 Britannia Rd. They’ll take place at 1:00 pm and there’s no cover charge. .

Musicians and singers: An opportunity to help. ++++
Hospice Care Ottawa offers palliative and end-of-life programs and services with no charge to clients or their families. Their Day Hospice service provides a day out in a warm and friendly environment at three sites in the city. Volunteer musicians or singers who could entertain hospice clients would be very welcome. If this interests you, or if you know someone who might be interested, you can contact .

Ottawa Tool Library – Shop Night. ++++
Every first Wednesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. come book our benches to grind away at your projects with tools from our library. Book on line at and then come to your bench for the might in Makerspace North, 250 City Centre Avenue, Bay 216 (upper level). Just $5 for members and free for members 55 or older, with lots of parking.

Ottawa Tool Library – Community and Demo night. ++++
Connect and chat with other makers around Ottawa at our tool library. Learn and observe with live demonstrations starting at 6 p.m. on topics such as Bikes, Gardening, Carpentry, Painting, Canning, Wiring etc. We are a volunteer-run nonprofit providing endless opportunities to create, garden and cook. Located in Makerspace north, 250 City Centre Avenue in Bay 216 (upper level), we are open Mondays 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesdays 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find us on Twitter and Facebook, @yowtoollibrary.

Bytown Swing. ++++
Come dance Lindy Hop and West Coast Swing with us on Saturday nights in Ottawa. Grab a pair of indoor shoes and get ready to hit the dance floor. Non-profit, holds a dance every Saturday at Studio X, 122-250 City Center Avenue ( 3 minute walk from the Bayview Transitway stop ). Parking available. Beginner lessons start at 8:15 p.m., DJ’d social dancing starts at 9:00 p.m. Cost is just $7 cash at the door and $5 for students and seniors.
Starting in 2017 there will be no more bi-weekly dances: we’re moving to one-off Lindy Hop events like bar nights, pop-up dances, and special live band events. The Westie Underground will be hosting bi-weekly WCS dances under a new name. Stay tuned for future announcements on dates and details! See or .

Friends of the Farm’s new book ‘Blooms’ ++++
Is about the Ornamental Gardens at Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm A wonderful gift for anyone who loves gardens and flowers, as well as a treat for those interested in Canadian history. Friends of the Farm has several books now available for purchase highlighting Ottawa’s Farm, Ornamental Gardens, and Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm. By local authors, they are for anyone who loves gardens and flowers, as well as a treat for those interested in Canadian horticultural history. Available at and local bookstores.

Friends of the Farm’s “Join Us”. ++++
Join the Friends of the Farm to influence decision-makers to preserve the integrity of this cherished National Historic Site and its exceptional setting in the heart of Ottawa.
The future of the Farm as we know it is more important than ever. While the core research areas remain, the Farm lands, Dominion Arboretum, Ornamental Gardens and historical buildings still need constant care and protection. If lost, this jewel can never be replaced.
Become a member today and support the Friends’ mission to bring the Arboretum and Ornamental Gardens to their full potential. Membership benefits include free admission to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, a quarterly newsletter, discounted events, and more.

Your Community Associations.
For up-to-date news on your neighbourhood, stay in touch with your community association. Information about events, traffic changes, development, neighbourhood clubs, volunteer opportunities and board meetings is available from the following Community Association websites.

Champlain Park Community Association

Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association

Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre

Hintonburg Community Association

Hampton-Iona Community Group

Island Park Community Association

McKellar Park Community Association

Mechanicsville Community Association

Wellington Village Community Association

Westboro Beach Community Association

Westboro Community Association

Late Additions:

October 6-8 – Thanksgiving at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., This Thanksgiving weekend, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum will celebrate fall harvest in the heart of the city with demonstrations and activities for the whole family. Come see some of our farm machinery on display and watch a baler in action! Discover fun facts about corn and apples, sample fall recipes, explore several pumpkin varieties and get creative with a fall themed craft. A full schedule of activities is available on the website. Canada Agriculture and Food Museum 901 Prince of Wales Drive. Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, Twiter: @AgMuseum | Instagram: @AgFoodMuseum | Facebook: @AgMuseum

October 18-21 – Enriched Bread Artists (EBA)’s 26th Annual Open Studio.
With 22 active artists occupying our two floors, critical research and current artistic exploration develops in each artist’s studio The EBA remains the city’s largest and longest-running visual arts co-operative located in a former bread factory. Opening Night is Thursday, October 18, 2018 (6:00 – 9:00 p.m.). The exhibition continues: Friday, October 19, 2018 (6:00 – 9:00 p.m.), Saturdays, October 20 and 27, 2018 (11:00 am – 5:00 p.m.), Sundays, October 21 and 28, 2018 (11:00 am – 5:00 p.m.). Admission is Free. 951 Gladstone Avenue (1st and 2nd floors). Access to the inside of our building is limited to stairs. There are no ramps, lifts, or elevators. See or Instagram: enriched_bread, or Twitter: @enrichedbread for more info. We are also on facebook.

October 27-28 – Enriched Bread Artists (EBA)’s 26th Annual Open Studio.
With 22 active artists occupying our two floors, critical research and current artistic exploration develops in each artist’s studio The EBA remains the city’s largest and longest-running visual arts co-operative located in a former bread factory. The exhibition continues: Saturday, October 27, 2018 (11:00 am – 5:00 p.m.), Sunday, October 28, 2018 (11:00 am – 5:00 p.m.). Admission is Free. 951 Gladstone Avenue (1st and 2nd floors). Access to the inside of our building is limited to stairs. There are no ramps, lifts, or elevators. See or Instagram: enriched_bread, or Twitter: @enrichedbread for more info. We are also on facebook.


Web-extra (September 27, 2018): Kids and Stamps; Ottawa Stamp Club Special Night, October 18.

Web-extra (September 27, 2018): Kids and Stamps;
Ottawa Stamp Club Special Night, October 18.

By Ian Smillie (Vice President, Ottawa Philatelic Society).

Stamp collecting—a popular hobby in the 1950s—seems to have gone into decline among today’s young people. The Ottawa Philatelic Society (OPS), Canada’s oldest stamp club, is doing something about it.

The OPS operates a “youth booth” every year at ORAPEX, Ottawa’s premiere annual stamp show and bourse, held at the RA Centre in May. Stamps, covers, albums and supplies donated by members and former collectors are available free to kids under 12. This year the club approached the Ottawa Public Library, offering a summer program for kids between the ages of seven and twelve. By the end of March, ten branches had signed up, with afternoon sessions in July and August. The turnout was good.

Now the club is planning a Kids Night at the Hintonburg Community Centre, Thursday evening, October 18, from 5:45 to 8:00 pm for kids under 14 accompanied by a parent. Club members will provide information and advice, and kids will be able to get free stamps, first day covers and stamp supplies.

One reason for the declining interest in stamp collecting may be the proliferation of distractions for kids today. Postal authorities around the world have added to the problem, issuing more and more stamps—in inverse proportion to their actual use for postal purposes. In 1952 you could buy the entire year’s Canadian output at the post office for precisely 38 cents. Today it will cost you upwards of $150.

But postage stamps are miniature works of art. Some commemorate famous people and events, others show animals and birds, flowers, railways, ships and planes, buildings and bridges, coats-of-arms and flags, space and sport. Stamps are educational and provide some of the nicest and most practical ways of learning about geography and history, politics and religion, and everyday ways of life in different parts of the world. Stamps also offer a window on postal services, a country’s postal history and its transport systems.

At the end of one of the library sessions this summer, kids were asked how many would like to start a collection. They held up the stamps they had gathered during the session, and they all said, “We already have!”

More information on the OPS can be found at and they can be reached at .

August 30, 2018: Rosemount Library Renovations Begin; Group urges community input.

August 30, 2018: Rosemount Library Renovations Begin;
Group urges community input.

By Barbara Clubb, R.E.A.D.

It’s official! The architects for the renovation of the Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library will be the Ontario firm +VG Architects (the Ventin Group).

READ Rosemount will be be participating in the consultations and encourages everyone in the community to get actively involved in this planning and design process beginning Fall 2018 (see OPL announcement below).

Councillor Jeff Leiper tweeted out August 10th that he ran into firm representatives at the library recently, so they are already hard at work. Some of the other libraries in the +VG Architects portfolio include: Drayton library (Township of Mapleton, ON), Callander library (on Calnder Bay on the shores of Lake Nipissing, ON), Hillsburgh library (Wellington County, ON), Fergus library (Wellington County, ON), Peterborough library and Clearview library branch in Stayner, ON (northwest of Barrie).

From the OPL website.
Rosemount Revitalization.
Ottawa Public Library has engaged +VG Architects to design the revitalization of the Rosemount branch. This project will extensively renovate and refresh the branch, address building condition and accessibility issues, improve efficiencies, and modestly increase public floor space.
+VG Architects is an award-winning architectural firm known for innovative approaches to their design. Carnegie Library upgrade projects represent a core competency of their experience; having completed projects at eight of Ontario’s remaining Carnegie Libraries (more than 10%).
Overall Design Objectives:

  • Provide functional, flexible library spaces by creating multi-use areas with open sightlines;
  • Rehabilitate building elements, while retaining and complementing the building’s historic character;
  • Address accessibility requirements;
  • Address sustainability requirements;
  • Address building code requirements;
  • and Incorporate Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles.

Public input is a key to the success of the Rosemount Revitalization, and is set to begin in early Fall 2018. More information and specific dates to follow in September 2018. Construction is tentatively set to begin in April 2019, at which time the branch will be closed for revitalization. Service to the community will continue at a temporary site at 1207 Wellington Street West.

Photo Caption: Rosemount Branch of the Ottawa Public Library is about to embrace some much needed changes. Photo courtesy of R.E.A.D.

August 30, 2018: Letter to the Editor: Carlingwood Mall Rebuild; Letters to Newswest.

August 30, 2018: Letter to the Editor: Carlingwood Mall Rebuild;
Letters to Newswest.

By Pat Parker.

Carlingwood Mall is in the news with the recent announcement that the former Sears store is slated for demolition. We were living in McKellar Park when Carlingwood was built. I grew up and grew older with all its various renditions.

I think the Sears location would be perfect now, for affordable, seniors’ apartments. The first two floors could be retail and business, then floors 3 and up could be apartments.

Carlingwood includes a grocery, pharmacy, a walk-in clinic, barber, hair salon, restaurant, and every service seniors would need – in a covered, carpeted environment that is already seniors friendly and well-appreciated.

Underground parking for residents would be available. We seniors who are not snow-birds need a place like this to endure our winters, maybe even a theater on the second floor using escalators from the main floor? I think it would be wonderful for seniors and for business and, believe it or not, we seniors CAN revitalize an area.

I have posted this idea to social media where it quickly received many encouraging responses and suggestions as to further opportunities offered by the upcoming renovations planned for the Carlingwood Mall.


August 30, 2018: Healthy Heart Ideas; Study initiative seeks volunteers.

August 30, 2018: Healthy Heart Ideas;
Study initiative seeks volunteers.

By T. Thibeault.

Is your heart “all aflutter”? If it is, you may be a teenager facing the challenges of young love.

But if you aren’t a teenager in love, and you still recognize that flutter, you may be experiencing atrial fibrillation — an electrical disorder of the heart which affects about 350,000 Canadians. People over the age of 40 have a one-in-four chance of developing atrial fibrillation and could be managing it with drugs. Some patients though, will need better treatment options.

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is undertaking a research project to study the impact of different levels of exercise training on participants’ heart-health and fitness. This study will help discover new options that could affect the treatment of atrial fibrillation You are cordially invited to play an instrumental part in the success of this project.
Dr. Jennifer Reed and her team are seeking up to 100 Ottawa area residents with persistent or permanent atrial fibrillation to join the study. Subjects will have their health measures taken, complete questionnaires and participate in one-of-two 12-week exercise training programs.

It is hoped that the results of Dr. Reed’s study will lead to:

  • important ideas for new treatment strategies,
  • ways to alleviate symptom burden, and,
  • ways to reduce exercise intolerance in affected patients.

To learn more, or to volunteer for this very worthy project, you can contact the project coordinator, Anna Clarke, B.Sc. at 613-696-7000 ext. 15944, or send an email to .

This study may have very little effect on the challenges faced by teenagers in love, but it could make a great and positive difference for some 350,000 Canadians who have left adolescence behind, but still face the challenges of a fluttering heart.

For more info visit: .
Photo Caption: Dr. Jennifer Reed of the U of O Heart Institute is hopeful that Newswest readers and their friends, will help populate a heart-health study looking into irregular hearbeat and how exercise may affect its treatment. Photo courtesy of

August 30, 2018: Has it Been 40 Years Already?; Newswest turns a corner.

August 30, 2018: Has it Been 40 Years Already?;
Newswest turns a corner.

By Tim Thibeault.

This month completes Newswest’s 40th year of publication. If, as they say, “Life begins at 40,” then we are about to embark on a great adventure.

Having started as a neighbourhood newsletter, Newswest has developed into a community newspaper offering readers and residents a place to voice their concerns, celebrate their victories, plan their strategies, suggest new directions, and perhaps even bemoan the changes wrought by Time.

When Newswest began in the early fall of 1978, Gerry Rafferty was enjoying 4 weeks on the top ten charts with a song that would inspire the name of a popular Westboro breakfast haunt. Barbra Streisand was complaining to Neil Diamond that, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” and Olivia Newton-John was “Hopelessly Devoted to You…”.

At City Hall, Lorry Greenberg was handing the reins of the city over to Mayor Marion Dewar who would hold that office for the next 7 years. On Parliament Hill, “then” Prime Minister Trudeau was 59 years old while “now” Prime Minister Trudeau was just seven.

Things change with time, as growth and development coax, cajole and drag us into the future. And Newswest is growing and changing as well.

We are always looking for people to tell us what’s going on, and what it’s all about. Over the years we have had scores of contributors helping make Newswest an entirely volunteer-driven undertaking that celebrates all the neighbours and neighbourhoods throughout Kitchissippi Ward.

We have benefitted from the generosity of sponsors such as GT Express, the Dovercourt Community Centre, and local businesses like Herb & Spice, as well as those sponsors whose services you can see in banners throughout these pages. And, as always, we seek new voices, and new writers to keep our readers informed and advised about what is going on and what may be happening if someone doesn’t do something.

You may be one of those intrepid souls who has a little time to give to the community. If so, we would love to hear from you. So would your neighbours.

To those who have stood by Newswest over the years,we can enthusiastically offer a heartfelt thank you and a warm and friendly handshake with eye-contact. Some have been with us for generations, others are just beginning their adventure with one of Ottawa’s longest running continually published community newspapers. Wherever you are on that spectrum, Newswest welcomes you, thanks you, and looks forward to serving you for as long as this community has news to share and people to read about it.

[Ed: and here are a few articles from;

Please don’t forget Newswest needs you reader-contributor and any who can help sponsor the print edition to survive as your community news.]

August 30, 2018: Cst Neilly’s Neighbourhood; Back to school.

August 30, 2018: Cst Neilly’s Neighbourhood;
Back to school.

By Cst. Dawn Neilly, OPS.

One of my favourite topics throughout the year is kids. They’re vulnerable for all kinds of reasons. And with school starting in a few days, they’re my focus again – for all kinds of reasons.
Let’s start with kids outside. They’ll be going back and forth from home to school and playing outside and not necessarily watching where they’re going. Fast traffic and kids don’t mix well. Parents, you can teach your kids how to be careful when they’re out but the onus has to be on drivers to slow down and be ready for a quick stop, particularly arounds schools.
On the other hand, there is occasionally the driver who drives much more slowly than necessary looking for an opportunity to entice a child into their vehicle. While the likelihood of this happening is low, the possibility exists and it’s a good idea for kids to learn early on that getting into a vehicle with a stranger is an absolute no-no.
Let’s move to kids on the inside. Back to school can be an exciting time for kids who are thrilled to be starting a new grade. Most are happy to be back with their friends and to be involved in favourite school activities or starting new ones. It’s not such a happy situation, though, if a boy or girl is the target of a bully. Children may be reluctant to speak up if they feel threatened or picked on, so it’s up to parents and teachers to keep a close eye on those in their charge for signs that something is wrong.
And in our brave new world, we have to cope with ever-present technology – its advantages and disadvantages. It’s glitzy, it’s fast and begs us to act without considering the consequences. Keep track of your kids’ internet usage. If you want information on how to manage the combination of kids and technology, come see us at the Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington West. Or, Google it! That’s what your kids would do.
I hope the coming school year is a safe one for everyone!

[Ed: Did you know your community police officer also has a mailing list for sharing the latest neighbourhood watch info? Here is a recent email of interest;

With respect to safety for kids starting school, a reader requested clarification for driver responsibility when passing through an intersection with crossing guards present. The following is from the Ottawa Safety Council web site.
Crossing Guard Rules:
New in January 2016, drivers are not allowed to pass ANYWHERE through a crosswalk if there are children and/or a Crossing Guard in the crosswalk. This applies even if you the pedestrians have cleared the lane that you would like to proceed/turn through and to all crosswalks where a Crossing Guard is present, regardless of whether the roadway is two or four lanes. The only time this rule doesn’t apply is if the crosswalk itself is divided with a median (i.e., the median juts out into the crosswalk providing pedestrians a safe place to stop and observe if it is safe to proceed).

Drivers who break this rule could face a fine of up $500 and will lose 3 demerit points.

School Zone Speed Rules:
Often, speed limits on roadways are reduced during the morning and afternoon bell times in school zones. Speeding in school zones costs you more than speeding in other places. Fines are increased if you are caught speeding in a school zone by up to 60%. Not to mention that it will cost you 3 demerit points if you are caught going 20 km over the speed limit (i.e., 60km in a 40km school zone will cost you $180 and 3 demerit points).