April 26, 2018: Change is Growth; A note from Newswest’s editor.

April 26, 2018: Change is Growth;
A note from Newswest’s editor.

By Tim Thibeault, editor@newswest.org .

Recent changes in the landscape of print journalism in Ottawa have closed many community newspapers and caused others to adapt quickly. Newswest is proud of our 40 year history and particularly proud of our last fourteen years as the volunteer community “paper within a paper,” in partnership with Kitchissippi Times.

We congratulate the Kitchissippi Times team for skillful way they have met the challenges required to continue serving our community.

This is our inaugural print edition within the newly formatted KT. The size is new, the look is new, the delivery system (Canada Post) is new, but the focus is the same… reporting on the Who, What, When, Where, and Why of issues and events relevant to our Kitchissippi families, friends and neighbours.

We are also broadening our online presence. On our web sites, newswest.org and newswestblog.wordpress.com, readers will find all of our regular articles plus a growing number of exclusive “Web Extras.”

Let us know your thoughts. We listen carefully because we know that feedback is what holds communities together and keeps good things growing.

The gold KT distribution box on the corner will remain a reliable source of both The Kitchissippi Times and Newswest, as always.


April 26, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

April 26, 2018: Community Calendar Plus.

DRAFT UPDATED May 16th. 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 editor@newswest.org or come to a board meeting. (Next meeting is Tuesday May 29, 2018 at 7p.m. in the Hintonburg Community Centre.)

April 26 – Public Open House, Building Complete Communities. ++++
Thursday April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Good Companion Centre, 670 Albert Street. Discuss with Senior City Staff active development applications (East Flats, New Central Library and NCC lands) in the greater Lebreton Flats area, as well as the broader planning framework for how the area is to evolve over time. Possible discussion items may include parks and recreational space, active transportation, family oriented development, affordable housing, traffic management, urban ecosystem, community connectivity, and height and intensification goals. See our web-extra article in this issue.

April 27 – Westboro Legion’s Trivia Challenge for Charity Contest.
Please join us for fun and raise money for your favorite charity. The Westboro Legion has become known for their legendary Trivia for Challenge Contests. It all takes place in our downstairs hall, located at 389 Richmond Rd. Compete in our popular trivia tournament, featuring an Ottawa Trivia League quizmaster, and your team could win a donation to your favourite charity. The cost is $10 per player – maximum six (6) per team. Email your registration form to trivia@rcl480.com and pay at the door on game night. (Because space is limited, registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.) All participants must be 19 or older. To ensure fairness, no spectators or electronic devices are allowed during the tournament. For more information please visit our website at http://www.rcl480.com . .

April 28 – What you don’t know about organ donation.
Please come to the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa (30 Cleary Ave.) on Saturday April 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The FirstUO Caring Network is hosting “Organ Donation – What You Don’t Know,” a presentation by members of the National Capital Region Gift of Life Network providing factual and emotional aspects of organ donation from the point of view of donors, recipients, family members, and donor registration. The talk is followed by discussion and light refreshments. There is no charge and parking is free. Everyone is welcome for an informative event. For more information, please call 613-725-1066 .

April 28 – Westboro Legion’s Down East Kitchen Party – Downstairs Hall.
You and Yours are invited to celebrate Spring at The Westboro Legion’s Down East Kitchen Party on Saturday April 28. Doors open 6:30 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m. and there are Irish dance lessons between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Live music by some of Ottawa’s best Irish, Down East, Country and Bluegrass sessions players. Please join us at the Westboro Legion, 389 Richmond Rd., ground floor hall. Wear your comfy dance shoes and wax up your vocal chords. You won’t be able to resist stompin’ yer feet and singing along. Admission is $10 each or 2 for $15. For more information please visit http://rcl480.com .

April 28 – Baobab Drum and Dance Beats & Eats.
Baobab Drum and Dance Community presents “Beats & Eats” on April 28 with a pre-concert reception at 6:30 p.m. and a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m., at First Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Ave. An exciting and vitalizing evening of West African drumming, dancing and singing by the Baobab Youth Performers, with special guest Master Drummer Kwasi Dunyo. Also featuring the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Association Harp Ensemble and the Adowa Dancers. Baobab Youth Performers are excited to welcome their Ghana host, Kwasi Dunyo, to Ottawa. The group travelled to Ghana in July 2017 to study with him in his home village of Dagbamete. OYOA Harp Ensemble, under the direction of Michelle Gott, will present traditional material and a collaborative piece with drums, linking the classical Western harp with the West African kora sound. Traditional Adowa dancers from the Ghanaian community here in Ottawa will round out the evening of vibrant music and dance with strong community energy. Tickets $20; $10 students and seniors in advance ($5 more at the door); includes a pre-concert reception with Ghanaian snacks at 6:30 p.m. Tickets available at the Village Quire (312 Richmond Rd.) For info go to http://baobabtree.org/events, call 613-729-0987 or email info@baobabtree.org .

April 28 – Westboro Legion Dance with Live Music – Upstairs Hall.
Please join us at the Westboro Legion Saturday Night Dance with live music performed by “The Divas” in the upstairs lounge at 391 Richmond Rd. from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be a member to join in. Cost for admission is $2 for Legion Members and $5 for the public. For more information please visit http://rcl480.com . Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.

April 28 – Craft, Bake, Rummage Sale.
The Salvation Army Ottawa Grace Manor will be holding a combination of Craft and Bake Sale along with a Rummage Sale on Saturday April 28 at 1156 Wellington St W. from 9 a.m to 2:30 p.m. Artisans will be selling baked goods, jewelry, gifts, and collectibles among other crafts. There will also be a rummage sale of gently used book and household items. All proceeds go towards supporting resident activities. For more information, please contact Sandy at 613-722-8025 ext. 135 .

April 28 – Parkdale United Church, Spring Rummage Sale. ++++
Saturday, April 28, 2017, 9 a.m.-12p.m. at 429 Parkdale Ave. Use Gladstone Ave door. Clothing, household items, toys, books, electronics, furniture, linen, plants, sports items, oodles of items. Donations are welcome but must be delivered before April 26. 613-728-9686, http://www.parkdaleunitedchurch.ca/

May 1 – A Taste of Thailand fundraiser dinner.
The Taste of Thailand fundraiser dinner for KLEO Support Group will be at the Nokham Thai restaurant (747 Richmond Rd.), on May 1 starting at 6:30pm. Tickets are $60 and include a $35 tax receipt. Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact Nancy Maddams at nama108@rogers.com. More details are available at https://facebook.com/KleoOttawa/ .

May 5 – Highland Park Lawn Bowling Club Spring Yard Sale.
Everything under the sun sale: from baking to books, toys to collectors’
items, jewelry, glassware, silent auction and more! Corner of Golden and Byron Avenues in Westboro on Saturday May 5. Gates open at 8 a.m. RAIN OR SHINE. Refreshments available. For information go to http://Highlandparklawnbowling.ca .

May 6 – 6th Annual Borshch Cook-Off. ++++
Come, sample, enjoy all the different borshch recipes created by our volunteer chefs at the 6th annual “Borshch Cook-Off for the Orphans” at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church located at 1000 Byron Avenue. See our web-extra article in this issue.

May 8 Friends of the Farm Master Gardener Lecture. ++++
From 7 to 9p.m. “Unusual Edibles” with Esther Bryan. Come and learn about all sorts of weird and wonderful edibles. FCEF members $12, non-members $15, Bldg 72 CEF Arboretum, east exit off Prince of Wales roundabout. 613-230-3276 or http://friendsofthefarm.ca/master-gardener-lectures-2018/ .

May 9 – Introduction to iOS.
Join us for an introduction iOS, the operating system that runs iPhones and iPads, with Dave and Tom, founders of the Bytown Mac User Group. ByMUG has been helping Ottawans using Mac and iOS devices since 2006. Bring your device and follow along. No device? No problem! This informative workshop will cover the basics and much more! Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Wednesday May 9 at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

May 11 – Nepali Gala.
Namaste. On behalf of the Women’s Foundation Nepal we invite you to the 12th Annual Nepali Gala to be held at First Unitarian (30 Cleary Ave.) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come and enjoy a delicious Nepali meal of dahl, butter chicken and curried vegetables prepared by members of the Ottawa Nepali community; peruse our unique silent-auction items; sale of hand-woven silk and cashmere scarves and be entertained by Nepali dancers. Tickets, including dinner are $25/children $15. For reservations call 613-820-4061 or email ottawanepaligala18@gmail.com. Proceeds from the event will support the Women’s Foundation Nepal and their work to provide shelter and assistance to victims of gender-based violence and exploitation. For more information and to see a video of the Foundation please visit http://firstunitarianottawa.ca/nepali-gala-2018 .

May 12 – Urban Organic Gardening Seminars.
The Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Organic Growers hosts a final series of urban organic gardening seminars at the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington St W.) Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 10, April 14, and May 12. Seed sale to follow at 1:30 p.m. One day passes are available, which includes three full seminars. For more information and to sign up go to http://cog.ca .

May 12 – This Is Why We Sing.
This Is Why We Sing: Five Decades of CCC is taking place Saturday, May 12 at 3 p.m. At All Saints’ Westboro / First United Church (347 Richmond Rd.). A light and joyful double choir concert with the Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa directed by Jackie Hawley, with instrumental accompaniment. Come and listen to key performance choices by Cantiamo, and favourite choral pieces selected by CCC members from the choir’s 50-year repertoire. Hear what inspires us to keep on singing!

May 12 – Short Story Writing Workshop – OPL 50+ Short Story Contest.
Join Peter Scotchmer, one of the judges for this year’s OPL 50+ Short Story Contest, as he discusses the elements of a good story and answers your questions about writing. Registrants may bring short samples of their writing. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Saturday May 12 at 2 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

May 12 – Yoga in the Park.
All are welcome to McKellar Park for a dog-friendly yoga session. This will be a drop-in yoga fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bringing a dog is optional! 100% of the event proceeds will be donated to Interval House of Ottawa. A suggested fee of $10 (just for the humans) is requested. Additional donations will be graciously accepted, charitable tax receipts can be provided. Hosted at McKellar Park, 539 Wavell Avenue, Ottawa. In case of rain, the event will move into the onsite McKellar Park Field House. The yoga instructor is generously donated by the Dovercourt Recreation Association. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please visit: http://sites.google.com/ocdsb.ca/yoga-in-the-park . About the charity: Interval House of Ottawa offers safe, short-term emergency accommodation to abused women and their children and (soon to be added) pets. Community partner: Dovercourt Recreation Association.

May 12 – Fish Fry.
Woodroffe United Fish Fry celebrating its 70th Anniversary. Meal includes cod fish, fries, coleslaw, beans, dessert, coffee/tea. Beer and Wine available for purchase. Entertainment provided. 207 Woodroffe Ave. Saturday, May 12. Plenty of free parking! There will be two sittings: 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. For tickets, call 613-722-9250. You can also purchase tickets via PayPal at http://woodroffeunited.org or at door. For more information email treasurer@woodroffeunited.org .

May 12 – Parkdale Food Centre Book Sale.
Rain or Shine! Come by for our 2nd annual PFC Book Sale at 16 Julian Ave. Paperbacks $1 and hardcovers $2. Great selection! Stock up for summer reading! This sale is run by our amazing volunteers and all money raised goes directly to the Parkdale Food Centre. Our Charitable number is 889365003 RR 0001.

May 15 – Wellington Village Community Association AGM.
The Wellington Village Community Association would like to welcome all neighbourhood residents to our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday May 15 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ottawa Bagel Shop and Deli (1321 Wellington St. W.) A highlight of the evening will be a 15-minute photo presentation from board member and local historian Dave Allston on the history of our “high” street, Wellington Street West. Dave will draw from his vast collection of historical photos and videos and will share his knowledge of the growth of the neighbourhood. The AGM is an excellent opportunity for people to make their views known, and to have input on a range of issues that affect the growing and changing community. The Wellington Village neighbourhood is bordered by Island Park Drive on the west, Scott Street on the north, Holland Avenue on the east and the Queensway on the south. We have more than 1,300 households on our membership list. Some of the issues on our agenda in the coming year include Traffic concerns; infill developments: Tunney’s Pasture redevelopment; and Parks and green spaces. Everyone is welcome. For more information go http://wvca.ca .

May 15 – Aging by the Book: A Reading Circle.
Be part of a group that meets weekly for six weeks to explore the older adult experience as portrayed in a wide range of written work. We will discuss poems, short stories, essays, and excerpts from novels and memoirs. Readings will be provided. Registration is limited to ten participants; no new registrants after the second session. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Tuesdays, May 15- June 19 at 2 pm. Registration is required. For more information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

May 22 – Friends of the Farm Master Gardener Lecture. ++++
From 7 to 9p.m. “A Garden for the Bees” with Julianne Labreche. Learn how to attract bees and why they are necessary for pollination. FCEF members $12, non-members $15, Bldg 72 CEF Arboretum, east exit off Prince of Wales roundabout. 613-230-3276 or http://friendsofthefarm.ca/master-gardener-lectures-2018/ .

May 26 – Author visit with David Mulholland.
AuthorDavid Mulholland will read scenes from his most recent work,Chaudière Falls – A Novel of Dramatized History. The story is based upon the founding of our National Capital Region and how Ottawa became our nation’s capital. David will answer questions about the story, and copies of his three novels will be available for purchase. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Saturday May 26 at 1:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

May 30 – Mobility: Maximizing Your Choices.
Join an expert panel from The Council on Aging, Ottawa West Community Support, The City of Ottawa and learn about issues ranging from walking and wheeling in varied weather conditions, age-related changes and driving, transportation options of your local Community Support Services agency, and riding OC Transpo and preparing for the LRT. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Wednesday May 30 at 1 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

May 31 – Parkdale Food Centre Gala.
Our 5th Annual Gala promises to be quite the affair. Amazing restaurants and a great band. Come and dance, bid on some amazing Silent Auction prizes and don’t miss a chance to eat at 10 of your favourite local restaurants & caterers all in the same evening! All money raised goes to pay our grocery bills over the summer. (Charitable number 889365003 RR 0001.) Click here for details. Tickets can be purchased at https://parkdalefoodcentregala.eventbrite.ca .

Westboro Legion’s Bingo and Leagues.
Bingo every Wednesday night at the Westboro Legion. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for Café 480 and 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. For more information visit http://www.rcl480.com or call 613-725-2778 .

Westboro Legion’s Saturday Pool.
Free Pool from noon to closing upstairs at the Westboro Legion. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit http://www.rcl480.com 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). Our next guest night is January 22. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please see http://abottawa.toastmastersclubs.org or contact toastmasters.iwona.bm@gmail.com .

Churchill Seniors Centre.
Drop- in bridge and mahjong at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.) every Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. Come and play. No partner required in either of these games Cost: $1.75. For more information, please call 613-798-8927 .

Drop-in Ukulele.
at the Churchill Seniors Centre on the last Wednesday of the month from
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring your own ukulele. This is a beginner drop-in but all players welcome! Cost: $1.75 .

The OWCS Grocery Bus. ++++
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 9am, 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 look for their September 1st article here in Newswest On-line ).

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 http://www.ottawatoollibrary.com 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 http://bytownswing.com or https://www.facebook.com/bytownswing/ .

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 http://friendsofthefarm.ca/ 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. http://friendsofthefarm.ca/

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:

Volunteer wanted. ++++
Friends of the Farm is seeking an volunteer event coordinator for their “Annual Used Book Sale”. Central Experimental Farm, June 16 & 17, 10-4p.m. You’ll require good communication, organizational skills, ability to work well in a group setting. Submit resume volunteer@friendsofthefarm.ca .

Plant Vendors wanted. ++++
Friends of the Farm is seeking Plant Vendors for the May 13 Plant Sale 9a.m. to 1p.m. The annual event that Ottawa Gardeners line up for. Don’t miss it. Neatby Building Parking Lot at Carling and Maple. Information and registration details at 613-230-3276 .

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.

April 26-29 – Ottawa Grassroots Festival. ++++
This annual family-oriented celebration of folk music, dance and spoken word will be held from April 26 through April 29 at Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave.

April 28 – Ottawa Family Cinema.
Saturday April 28th at 2p.m. On the big screen again the beloved family classic! Rare chance to see it! “THE SANDLOT” (G) plus Cartoon (G) and Door Prizes. The Ottawa Family Cinema, Notre Dame Auditorium 710 Broadview Avenue (north of Carling) Ottawa 613 722 8218, http://www.familycinema.ca .

May 3 – Cube Gallery Vernissage. ++++
Thursday, May 3 from 5-9 p.m. “Contrarians”, Artists Peter Fischer and Stuart Kinmond, One is a near-abstract bender of landscapes, the other a careful realist. Combined, their work presents a show of contrarian camaraderie. Cube Gallery, Ottawa, 1285 Wellington St. W. Ottawa K1Y-3A8, 613-728-1750, http://Cubegallery.ca .

May 1 – Gil’s Hootenanny – Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope. ++++
Spirit of Rasputin’s is proud to be a co-presenter of the 9th annual Gil’s Hootenanny on May Day, It’s an energetic sing-along event to celebrate the power of song to change the world. This year’s headliner is singer-songwriter Eve Goldberg, Featured performers are Christine Graves and the Elizabeth Riley Band, and co-hosts are Karen Flanagan McCarthy and Tony Turner. Tuesday May 1 at 7:30 pm at Clark Hall in the RA Centre. $10, kids free.

May 12 – Spirit of Rasputin’s Featured Artists Series. ++++
The Shoe Drops bring the sound of bluegrass to Westboro Masonic Hall on Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 p.m. The Shoe Drops will also be talking and singing on CKCU FM’s Canadian Spaces show on Saturday, May 5 at 11:00 a.m. Opening artist Alex Sinclair is a prolific songwriter; his output includes over 200 satirical songs for CBC Radio and was recently President of Folk Music Ontario. Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave. N. at Byron, Ottawa Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 p.m.; doors open at 7:30. Tickets $20 at http://rasputins.ca by credit card or PayPal. Some seats may be available for cash at the door, but capacity is limited, so advance purchase is recommended.

May 23 – Preview A New Canadian musical. ++++
A Saucy new Canadian musical “Miss Shakespeare” at The Gladstone. Three Sisters Theatre Company, Ottawa’s own indie theatre company dedicated to promoting local opportunities for women in theatre, delights audiences with Miss Shakespeare, a new musical by Kamloops, BC playwright Tracey Power with music co-written with Steve Charles, featuring a powerhouse cast of Ottawa talent including CBC National Triple Sensation II winner, Leah Cogan. After the preview the play opens on Thursday May 24 and runs evenings at 7:30p.m. (no shows Sunday night nor Monday nights) and 2:30p.m. on Saturdays & Sunday, Please visit http://www.threesisterstheatre.ca or http://www.thegladstone.ca for more info.

May 26 – Final Concert of the Season. ++++
For Cantata Singers of Ottawa’s final concert of the season, the CSO will be joined by a 13-piece string orchestra for a concert based on the 14th century Christian hymn, Ave Verum (presented in plain chant and a more Canadian modern composition). Other composers represented will include Josquin des Prez, William Byrd, Peter Phillips, Orlando Lassus, Franz Liszt, Mozart, Edward Elgar, Charles Gounod, Camille Saint-Saëns, Gabriel Fauré and Francis Poulenc. A wonderful evening of music for all. Join us at 8 p.m. atSt. Joseph’s Church, 174 Wilbrod St. Please visit http://www.cantatasingersottawa.ca for more info.

May 27 – Dollars for Dogs in Andrew Haydon Park. ++++
Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind presents their 34th annual Dollar$ for Dog$ Fundraising Dog Walk. This is an event for the public and their pet dogs to raise funds for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Raise pledges in advance and join us for a four-kilometre walk in the park on Sunday, May 27th. A 100 dollars in pledges will get you an exclusive Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind t-shirt, or $500 gets you a $50 gift card from a major retailer (a whopping $1,000 will get you a $100 gift card). After the walk, there will be free pizza and plenty of prizes. Registration starts at 9:30a.m. and the walk starts at 10:30a.m. Sign up online at http://guidedogs.ca or email events@guidedogs.ca for a hard copy entry form. Andrew Haydon Park is at 3169 Carling Avenue.

May 29 – Dining in the Dark at Chances R. ++++
Chances R will host their 9th annual Dining in the Dark, a fundraiser in support of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. There are sittings at 5:00p.m. and 7:30p.m. Tickets are $40 per person, which includes a 4-course meal. Tickets are available in restaurant only by cash, and by debit, or credit card. 7:30p.m. is SOLD OUT. Tickets for 5:00p.m. are first-come, first-served. Last year, $5,000 was raised bringing the grand total to $35,000! This event sell outs, so act quickly! Chances R is at 1365 Woodroffe Avenue not far from Baseline Bus station.

June 1 – Ottawa Family Cinema. ++++
Coming Friday June 1st, World Premiere “Reliving Marilyn” (rated PG). Please visit http://www.familycinema.ca for more info, The Ottawa Family Cinema (613-722-8218) is at Notre Dame Auditorium 710 Broadview Avenue (north of Carling). (No films on Friday May 18th and Saturday May 19th as the Cinema is closed for May )Long Weekend.

Web-extra (April 26, 2018): How High Can You Go?; Developer aspirations soar to new heights.

Web-extra (April 26, 2018): How High Can You Go?;
Developer aspirations soar to new heights.

By Cheryl Parrott, Hintonburg resident.

How high can you go? Want to be the tallest building in Ottawa? 30 storeys no longer cuts it, nor 50 storeys, nor 59 storeys. Let’s get this race going and try 65 storeys.

This is the newest proposal for a tiny, tiny piece of land across from the new LRT Bayview Station at 900 Albert Street. It is situated between the City Centre buildings to the south, Albert Street to the north, the O-train station to the west and City Centre Avenue to the east.

Workers have been busy moving piles of earth around all winter as they relocate a major sewer line that went through the middle of the property.

This work is in anticipation that the City will approve their request to build a major development on this tiny piece of land. The sewer relocation is being done by developer Trinity Developments at their expense.

On April 13, 2018, a notice was sent out from the Planning Department that Trinity has changed their proposal again and they are now proposing greater height.

The changes are numerous, so the main points are copied from the City’s communique: Summary of Revisions.

Building heights: Tower 1 has increased in height from 55 to 65 storeys; Tower 2 has increased in height from 50 to 52 storeys; Tower 3 has decreased in height from 59 to 32 storeys with a larger floorplate for offices on the first 15 storeys;

A hotel component has been added, with 150 guest rooms;
The number of residential units has decreased from 1,632 to 1,232 units.
The amount of retail GFA has increased from 10,864 square metres to 11,926 square metres; The amount of office GFA has increased from 17,442 square metres to 18,332 square metres;

The parking layout has been revised. Previously five (5) levels of above-grade parking were proposed within the podium, and four (4) levels were proposed underground. The revised plans include seven (7) levels of underground parking and no parking within the podium.

The proposal also states 1,153 parking spaces and 749 bike parking spots.
This newest application can be seen at https://app01.ottawa.ca/postingplans/home.jsf?lang=en where the address to enter is 900 Albert.

How things change over a few years. Fifteen years ago the proposal was for 24 townhouses and 32 condo apartments. Thirteen years ago the proposal for this site was for a new Ottawa library on the first 6-10 storeys with a tower above with 140 residential condominiums and a restaurant, the total height was to be 24 or 25 storeys.

The plan then changed to office and residential use with two 30 storey buildings plus a third 8 storey building.

In 2016 a new owner of the property, Trinity Developments came forward with a new plan that again included a new Ottawa library on the main floor, retail space larger than at Landsdowne Park, some office space and three towers of residential that were 55 storeys high and would contain about 1,500 rental residential units. They also wanted to build overtop of the O-Train line and connect to Albert Street at the edge of Tom Brown Arena. The proposal then changed to three towers that were 59, 55 and 50 storeys.

Will it stop here? 75 storeys anyone?

Photo Caption: Tall buildings in tiny spaces reflect multiple changes in developer plans as the site at City Centre reaches for new, record heights for Ottawa highrises. This image from the City Hall web site gives a view from the northeast.

Web-extra (April 26, 2018): Development Plans to Be Made Clear; City plans information presentation.

Web-extra (April 26, 2018): Development Plans to Be Made Clear;
City plans information presentation.

~Public Service Announcement from HEDC.

Thursday April 26, 2018,
6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.,
Good Companion Centre,
670 Albert Street.

Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development staff will provide a brief presentation on City of Ottawa planning framework including relevant policies and transportation goals. The date is Thursday April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Active Development Applications in the area will have display boards with project details and team members available to take comments and questions, including;

  • 900 Albert: Proposed mixed-use development with three high-rise towers reaching 32, 52 and 65 storeys offering a range of commercial/retails uses and a mix of residential dwelling units (approx.. 1,200 units).
  • 557-587 Wellington: Proposal including the new Central Library and a mixed-use development concept with building heights up to 25 storeys.
  • 301, 324 Lett and 133 Booth: Proposal known as Claridge East Flats for a development concept of five high-rise mixed-use buildings ranging in height from 25 to 45 storeys, with approximately 1950 residential dwelling units.

Details are also available at: http://catherinemckenney.ca/en/planning-applications/ and at: http://catherinemckenney.ca/event/public-open-house-building-complete-communities/ .

April 12, 2018: Big Tree Culling; Cut now, pay later?

April 12, 2018: Big Tree Culling;
Cut now, pay later?

By Chris Jones.

To anyone who strolls casually through the streets of Kitchissippi, it will be clear that there is a great deal of new house construction, additions and renovations going on. Developers and investors engaged in new builds and home-flipping are altering the character of the neighborhoods that have been so welcoming for so long.

As larger, boxier dwellings, condominiums and multi-residential units get built, consuming larger portions of their respective lots, a regrettable consequence is the demise of many large or distinctive trees that once adorned our neighborhoods.

These venerable trees make up the canopy of our community, furnishing much needed shade and shelter, absorbing low level ambient pollution and providing a cherished aesthetic enhancement to the streetscape. Their branches and leaves soften the harsh geometric shapes and straight lines that make up the typical urban street form.

Trees, once regarded as things of beauty, are increasingly seen as hindrances or “dangerous” obstacles that must be removed to maximize construction footprints and other amenities for the new owner/investor.

Larger dwellings provide additional property tax revenue for the City of Ottawa, which becomes a financial disincentive for the preservation of trees.

In 2015 in Kitchissippi ward, there were 100 requests made for the removal of “distinctive” trees—defined as a tree 50 cm in diameter or larger at breast height. It should be noted that each application may have included multiple trees at the same civic address. This means we have no way of knowing just how many distinctive trees were actually removed under the 59 permits granted that year. The city’s report on this topic didn’t provide this information.

I have noticed, too, that through neglect and lack of enforcement, insufficient protection is afforded to the root systems of distinctive trees when contractors are excavating a site. The result? The tree’s vital nutrient system is compromised leading to a failure to thrive. This of course, results in the developer or owner being able to later request a removal on the basis that the tree is dangerous, dead, diseased or severely injured.

These unfortunate trends have recently led a group of concerned residents — BIG TREES of Kitchissippi — to push for changes designed to arrest the steady cull of distinctive trees that is happening in the name of development.

Some of the sensible recommendations made by the group to amend the existing Urban Tree Conservation By-Law include;

  • Requiring the applicant to post a notice of application for removal of a distinctive tree for a period of 14 days in plain sight, in plain language, and readable from the street’s curbside so that neighbors do not need to enter the property to read it;
  • Change the definitions of distinctive tree so the diameter at breast height (DBH) for a deciduous tree is 30 cm and for a coniferous tree is 20 cm;
  • Revise the rules for impacted trees on neighboring properties in order to protect the critical root zones that span adjoining properties; and
  • Increase the minimum fine for conviction of injury to or removal of a distinctive tree without a permit from $500 to $10,000.

More can and must be done to protect this unique natural heritage wisely bequeathed us by earlier residents of this community. Learn more at: https://bigtreeskitch.wixsite.com/trees .

If you are concerned about the rapid loss of Kitchissippi’s forest canopy, contact Jeff Leiper at jeff@KitchissippiWard.ca or Mayor Jim Watson at Jim.Watson@ottawa.ca and make your views known. This is an election year.

Photo Caption: Every tree lost diminishes a community in noticeable and measureable ways with a cost that will be borne by future generations. Exposed roots on this spruce have been dealt significant damage which threatens this tree’s survival. Carelessness during construction often damages root systems, necessitating, or providing excuses for, later tree removal.

April 12, 2018: Rock, rock and more rock; Explosive construction ahead.

April 12, 2018: Rock, rock and more rock;
Explosive construction ahead.

By Cheryl Parrott.

At the moment there are 3 active sites – 2 are large, really deep excavations and 1 that is just a single small lot.

The communities of Hintonburg and Mechanicsville are built mostly on bedrock.

Traditionally most properties in the 2 neighbourhoods had no basements or at best a cave carved out of the rock. The odd property was on a small piece of ground that had enough depth for a basement but this was certainly the exception.

There are many new developments and redevelopments happening in both these communities. The coming LRT line is but one of the stimulants for this development. The proximity to downtown, walk-ability, and eclectic nature of the 2 communities have all stimulated the changes.

Blasting is felt throughout both communities on a daily basis as well as the incessant noise of the hoe-ram breaking up the rock and the dump trucks trucking it away. At the moment there are 3 active sites – 2 are large, really deep excavations and 1 that is just a single small lot. All 3 are within an area of about 3 blocks.

The small excavation site is on Carruthers just north of Scott St and right beside the Transitway pathway. This site shows how close to the surface the rock is, the depth of the soil at this location looks to be only a couple of feet deep before the solid rock begins.

The 2 larger sites are being excavated a long way down, especially the project at the corner of Parkdale and Burnside. It will have 7 floors of underground parking and looks to be near that level now. The tower above will be 32 storeys.

The building at the corner of Carruthers and Scott will be going down 3 storeys according to the plans on file at the City and will be an 18 storey apartment plus 12 stacked units that are 3 and ½ storeys in height.

Many other projects north of Wellington St. W. have been approved, are working through the approval process, or the properties have been purchased with the intent of redevelopment.

It will be a very noisy future for local residents as more and more holes are dug out of this rock.
Photo Caption: Hintonburg and Mechanicsville share a foundation of solid bedrock, in many cases just a few inches below the surface. Construction in this area requires intense blasting. Noise levels are expected to increase as more and more projects get underway. Photo by L. Marlow.

April 12, 2018: Connecting to Nature; A personal journey for anyone….

April 12, 2018: Connecting to Nature;
A personal journey for anyone….

By Robert Alvo, M.Sc., Conservation Biologis.

Last time I promised to write about how birds connect us to nature and what we can do if we want to know more about birds than just how to identify them. Okay, let’s start from the beginning: nature. I like to distinguish between living nature (plants, animals, algae, fungi, lichens, and bacteria — virus are only quasi-alive) and non-living nature (e.g., rocks, sand, wind, sunlight.

You can connect with nature in various ways, for example chasing frogs as kids, fishing, hunting, or trapping, sitting still in a natural area and marvelling at the scenery, paddling along a river, or hiking a mountain. With all these methods, you are immersing yourself and taking in experiences. Other, more active, ways of connecting with nature include white-water rafting and zip-lining. A less active way would be to sit on the balcony of your cruise ship watching the ocean’s waves. How do you connect with nature?

I’ve always had a desire to “capture” species, and this practice has been transforming over the decades. As a young teenager in Greece, I was shooting things, including birds, but after awhile I came to feel badly and sold my pellet rifle.

I used the money to buy a pair of binoculars and a field guide to the birds of Europe, at which point I turned to identifying and photographing birds. Later, as a conservation biologist, I studied individual species, such as the Common Loon, Black Tern, and Canvasback. I went on to rank vertebrate species for their conservation concern in Quebec, then later for all of Canada, and I wrote some national species status reports. Finally I figured out the ultimate way of capturing species, and did so in a book called, Being a Bird in North America (BABINA). It’s a unique way of reaching the public regarding the importance of conservation.

BABINA combines science and humour to present the most interesting aspects of each species. It is only the second book I know that gives global distribution maps of many North American birds. Conservation status ranks are presented for each species at the global scale, and at the national scale for Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. BABINA also features quotations from the days when people could write beautifully by taking full advantage of the rich English language without having to worry about limited space — the kind of writing that gave the reader memorable images. Each species page is a lesson on the species, and also a lesson on an issue. For example, the Common Loon account primarily discusses the effects of lake acidification from acid rain on loon breeding success. The book can appeal to anyone from 12 years old up to adults who wants to know how nature works, and how it has trouble working at times because of human activities — also, anyone interested in birds who wants to know more than simply how to identify species.

BABINA connects the reader to nature, and it can be purchased at Chapters and at a number of other Ottawa and other Ontario stores.

Next time we will discuss spring, which is already upon us, Ottawa’s annual cycle for birding, and my plans for future books.