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Streetcars in the Glebe Annex

Ottawa’s first electric streetcars were launched in 1891 and were soon to replace the system of horse drawn cars and sleighs that had served Ottawa’s transportation needs since 1870. While the original routes were largely focused on the downtown core, in 1892 the system’s first expansion brought train service westward along Ann and Emily streets (now Gladstone Avenue) to Bell Street – an intersection slightly north of what is now the Glebe Annex neighbourhood, in a community then referred to as Mount Sherwood.

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Thanjai Restaurant offers spicy South India fare

At Thanjai Restaurant at 108 Third Avenue, I met with a very enthusiastic entrepreneur, no stranger to the cuisine of Southern India, Rajesh Kumar Tyagi, who lives in Montreal. Thanjai opened in Montreal in 2012. Partners run the Ottawa establishment and Tyagi spends a number of days here each week. The restaurant has been open in Ottawa for about six months.

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Ernesto retires after 48 years

The dean of Glebe barbers has hung up his clippers after 48 years and more than 100,000 haircuts. Ernesto Falbo bought the Martella Barber Shop at 887 Bank in 1970 and renamed it Ernesto’s. Now 75, he decided over the last weekend in April it was time to retire and he left the next Friday. “I was just going to take a month off,” he said.

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Big trees, little trees: what of the in-betweens?

The Glebe has lost several majestic trees in the past year to infill and development. We have also seen the destruction of numerous mid-sized trees, unwanted by investors and builders. New builds and renovations that seem to summarily tear out existing trees and critically impact other urban-core neighbourhoods such as Westboro, Hintonburg, Old Ottawa South and East.

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Compact Music marks 40 years 
as an indie record store

The two brothers have owned and operated several record stores in Ottawa in the past 40 years. They witnessed first-hand the decline of vinyl and cassettes and the rise of digital music, and even closed down their stores at one point around 1988. They eventually changed their minds and a few years later launched Compact Music all over again.

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Glebe chefs put their own spin on ‘Canadian Eats’

Canadian Eats, the Glebe’s signature food promotion, will turn the neighbourhood into a playground for food lovers from June 21 to Canada Day. Participating chefs will feature a dish they feel captures the spirit of Canadian fare, one that is inspired by the vast array of Canadian ingredients we find here in Ottawa and beyond.

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Food – our modern obsession

This month features recipes for healthy and delicious dishes – radish kefir soup and radish and pine nut salad as well as frittata with vegetables and cheese. Enjoy!

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Local food partners

As “keepers of the seed,” Shelley and Tony Spruit of Against The Grain Farms (www.againstthegrainfarms.ca) in Winchester are gathering non-modified heritage seeds from around the world. They are located just one hour south of Ottawa and are local pioneers working at the leading edge of heritage grain growing and seed restoration.

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Open house with Bhat Boy

Clyde Sanger, journalist, author and poet, has moved from his Glebe home to a retirement residence across the bridge, and has great fun with friend and artist Bhat Boy at its recent open house.

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Glebe students pay tribute to war dead

“The 48 of St. Matthew’s” are the 16 men from St. Matthew’s church killed in the Great War as well as the 32 men killed in action during the Second World War. To commemorate the memories of these men, students of Glebe Collegiate Institute’s Grade 12 Communications Technology class have created a commemorative print.

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Glebe and change – how are we doing?

While changes come to the Glebe, residents and community members are asking the tough question of whether the Glebe’s culture will be preserved. The traditional, heritage-style character appeals to many who move into the area or who already live there.

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