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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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Ottawa Centre candidates in the June 7 provincial election

A provincial election will be held on Thursday, June 7. Go to www.elections.on.ca for information on the upcoming election, how and where to vote, etc. Here are statements from the candidates running (six at time of press) to become the Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa Centre.

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Great Glebe Garage Sale coming 
Saturday, May 26

With spring finally in the air, a reminder about the Great Glebe Garage Sale: this neighbourhood-wide garage sale and celebration of spring is coming up soon, on Saturday, May 26, from 8 a.m. till 3 p.m., though depending on the weather, keen shoppers may be out much earlier. Bank Street merchants are also getting ready for their fantastic sidewalk sale. Here’s hoping for great weather!

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Ottawa’s Great Fire of 1900 – another close call for Glebe Annex

What is now the Glebe Annex neighbourhood narrowly escaped from Ottawa’s Great Fire of 1900, which saw more than five square miles of land go up in flames, destroying more than 3,200 buildings. The fire raced from Hull through Lebreton Flats to what is now Little Italy, and south to the Experimental Farm and was held back at Booth Street (then Division Street) just one block from our neighbourhood.

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Bonbons and bars on Bank – Alicja Confections

The Glebe has welcomed several new businesses recently. Learn more about the chocolate at Alicja Confections, the tasty treats at Yummy Meat Pies, the Stag Shop and the all-natural soaps at the Purple Urchin.

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The Great Fire of 1870, or how Dow’s Lake saved Ottawa

When the people of Ottawa reflect upon the great fire, the vast majority think of the 1900 fire that started in Hull and tore through Lebreton Flats down to Dow’s Lake. However, many people do not realize that an earlier, much larger fire, the Ottawa Valley’s Great Fire of 1870, came upon Ottawa’s doorstep, threatening much the same area.

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Capital Ward election heats up

Unlike last time, the municipal election in October will be hotly contested in Capital Ward. Even though nomination papers can’t be filed until May 1, six candidates have declared themselves.

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Glebe Report essay contest

The winner of our recent essay contest marking the Glebe Report’s 500th edition in February is Christie Diekmeyer. The Glebe Report Board was very pleased with the enthusiastic responses to its essay contest and the warm feelings that writers expressed on the subject of community newspapers. Many thanks to our judges Elaine Marlin, former editor of the Glebe Report, and Patricia Lightfoot and Steve Zan, current co-chairs of the Glebe Report Board of Directors.

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Lisgar reunion to celebrate 175 years!

Older than the country and the fourth oldest high school in the province, Lisgar Collegiate Institute, this grand old lady–Ottawa’s first high school–will celebrate a milestone birthday the weekend of May 4–6, 2018.

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