Tag Archives: Glebe Today

Heritage homes in the Glebe

In recent issues of the Glebe Report, we’ve learned about the importance of trees on the neighbourhood’s streets and about the historical significance of its street names. We’ve heard about Lansdowne traffic and parking challenges, and preliminary ideas for the Glebe’s future look and feel. All these issues relate to one of the Glebe’s key features: it is an area of historical character. As such, its streets and buildings are worthy of commemoration and protection.

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Glebe grad and author Sean Michaels talks about Ottawa

Sean Michaels is a music journalist and blogger based in Montreal. He recently won the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize for his debut novel, Us Conductors. A fictionalized tale of the life and passions of Leon Theremin, inventor of the theremin, a mysterious musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the player, Us Conductors is a major accomplishment for the 32-year-old Glebe Collegiate Institute graduate.

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What’s in a (street) name? The Clemows and Powells

Two of the Glebe’s most fascinating streets surely are Clemow and Powell avenues, because they are not just exceptionally good-looking (wide boulevards, grand old homes, plenty of trees) but also because they exude an aura of influence and prestige. Even without knowing anything about the men and women behind these two names, one can easily surmise that they were part of Ottawa’s elite.

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The switch – First Avenue 
and Mutchmor schools

Reality is sinking in as Mutchmor Public School and First Avenue Public School begin the official countdown for the big switch in September 2015. During the spring of 2015 staff of each school will begin the huge task of switching buildings. This is happening almost five years after the school board first identified the issue of overcrowding at First Avenue P.S.

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Whole Foods Market opens at Lansdowne

The day before the opening, as I sat chatting about Whole Foods, I asked Lisa Slater, “Why Ottawa?” Slater said the company had done market research to find the right location for expansion before settling on Ottawa. “It was a combination of landlord and market.” Ottawa’s population is well educated and has a reasonably high income. Now, people are more aware of the connection between food, health and the total well-being of a person.

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Davidson’s Jewellers turns 75!

A big basket of flowers in the window of a new shop at 782 Bank Street caught the eye of 17-year-old Jean MacLean in November 1939. She was delighted to see that it was a jewellery store and immediately decided that she was going to buy something. She bought her first watch there; later on her engagement ring when she became engaged to Sam Macdonald, and then her wedding band. This 75-year relationship is still going strong!

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