Pig Girl in Wonderland – the miracle of digital

Here we are on the Rideau Canal lagoon [Patterson’s Creek] in Ottawa’s Glebe and I’m shooting some pickups for my feature film, Pig Girl in Wonderland. Helene Lacelle, the actor who plays Alice Wonderland, sits in full costume by the Rideau lagoon as I set up the shot.

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Poetry Quarter

Water is critical to sustaining life – one of the ancient Greeks’ four elements that make up the world – 60 per cent of the human body – and the inspiration for poetry.

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Glebe’s abuzz

A fresh mound of earth from Paramount Nursery had been delivered to the front yard of Glebe Collegiate Institute (GCI) the day before and it was surrounded by potted plants and volunteers who where ready to get their hands dirty.
The pollinator garden, comprised of flowers native to the Ottawa region, was an initiative of TWIGS, Glebe’s environmental club.

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Chief Justice retires to write fast-paced murder mystery

If you’re looking for a murder mystery to round out your summer reading, try Full Disclosure by former Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin (review by Clyde Sanger). And for the kids who will soon be thinking back-to-school thoughts, here’s some reading to get them started (book recommendations by Sylvie Chartrand, Ottawa Public Library).

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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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