OSEG seeks city bailout for failing Lansdowne

Six years after its opening, the Lansdowne redevelopment is on the brink of financial collapse and can only survive with financial help from the city, according to City of Ottawa manager Steve Kanellakos.

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Lansdowne leads on waste management

The Zero Waste Committee of the Glebe Community Association met with Councillor Shawn Menard to talk about putting waste issues on the agenda at Lansdowne. The park is an Ottawa icon and a central feature of the Glebe, among others. Its status makes it a model for other parks, so the GCA and partner community associations believe it should be a leader in the management of waste.

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Sunnyside partially reopens

Good news! The Sunnyside branch of the Ottawa Public Library will partially reopen on November 16 for “contactless” returns and holds pick-up.

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COVID crushes this year’s hopes for Mutchmor Rink

A letter from the principal of Mutchmor Public School, Sandra Walker, on the decision not to open Mutchmor Rink this year due to COVID-19.

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Aberdeen Square proposals a good first step, but a greater vision is needed

A proposed redesign of the city-managed Aberdeen Square follows a deal the city and OSEG made last year with Casino Lac Leamy to invest $250,000 to rename and re-energize the square.

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THR33’s Company dared to open during a pandemic

Black and orange adorn the outside of the THR33’s Company Snack Bar. The colours stand out, grabbing pedestrians’ attention. This retro-style restaurant has had its ups and downs since its grand opening during the pandemic, but the owners have maintained their positive attitude.

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Capital Home Hardware’s new face

Andrew Dean, the new manager of the Capital Home Hardware as of early October, started working in the Glebe at 16 and hasn’t stopped working there since.

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GNAG

The enduring vitality and continuing survival of Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group (GNAG) rests on four powerful pillars: our annual Taste in the Glebe, Craft and Artisan Fair, and the Glebe House Tour fundraising events, and the year-round support of so many wonderful people: participants, volunteers, staff, sponsors, and friends.

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GCA working for us!

It is inspiring to see, on an almost daily basis, neighbours getting involved and working together to improve our community, despite the increasingly cold weather!

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Return of Glebe Spree highlights need to ‘buy local’

Glebe merchants struggling through the pandemic will be thrilled to see local shoppers out in the neighbourhood with Glebe Spree ballots in hand this holiday season. The community’s “Buy Local” campaign launches November 15 and so does your chance to win a $10,000 shopping spree in the Glebe.

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Changing the Queensway Bronson exit

Get ready for more construction and more delays at Bronson and the Queensway because of a redesign and rebuild of the highway exit and connecting streets. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has released a design and construction report outlining detailed plans for improving the eastbound exit.

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Poetry Quarter

Our language is enriched by Shakespeare’s words that often marry insight and poetry in one happy phrase. The impertinent theme for this month’s Poetry Quarter is the cheeky dare to “Best the Bard!” with a poem springing from a Shakespeare quote.

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Glebe-St James Memorial Tree

Glebe-St. James United Church has established a COVID-19 Memorial Tree outside its Lyon Street entrance. A two-foot ribbon hangs in the tree for every patient who has died in Ottawa.

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The Look and feel of Bank Street

The Bank Street Height and Character Study is a planning effort to create a vision guiding future building along Bank Street in the Glebe.

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St. Matthew’s first online auction!

Like many other charities, St. Matthew’s Anglican Church has had to change its fundraising plans because of COVID-19. The church holds a major auction, with all the trimmings, every three years, and this wasn’t meant to be one of them. But instead of “Jazz & Tapas” originally scheduled for the fall but cancelled, St. Matt’s is looking forward to its first-ever online auction.

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Kudos from the Glebe Zero Waste Committee

Samantha Tierney is appalled to see so much being thrown away, and her latest effort to try to change that is the new thrift store she has opened to encourage reusing and recycling, called Rekindled Thrift.

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Encore Fashions on Fourth – Why you want to go again and again

If like me, you know that retail therapy delivers that sometimes much-needed adrenaline thrill, and you love and cannot resist a good bargain, and you also want the added bonus of helping others by shopping, then you must check out Encore Fashions on Fourth Avenue at Bank.

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Abbotsford House is still standing, as are all of us

It’s hard to fathom how many months have passed since Abbotsford was forced to close its doors to the public. Though our doors may be closed, we are not closed to you and you have certainly not been idle.

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Abbeyfield House creates habitat for wildlife

The residents of Abbey Field House, a 10-person seniors’ residence, were pleased recently to have the Abbeyfield property and garden designated as a Wildlife Friendly Habitat by the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

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Esther Laurie and the fountain of youth; stories of my mother

My mother’s beauty regime consisted of first applying one of perhaps 50 shades of coral to her lips, then blotting most of it off on a Kleenex, leaving behind an open kiss.

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Booth Street complex for sale

Last month, the Booth Street complex entered a new phase – the land was put on the market by Canada Lands Company. It is looking for a buyer, or buyers, to commit to implementing its vision for the 6.5-acre property.

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Food

On the food file this month, Marisa Romano tells the tale of her kitchen reno and the recipe for twice-baked potatoes that arose from it, and Tim O’Connor, head chef at Flora Hall Brewing, is converted to the attractions of beer-can chicken.

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Books

This month, Paul Green reviews the 2019 French film, La Fille au Bracelet or The Girl with a Bracelet, a subtly told psychological tale, and Lois Siegel tells the inside story of her 1995 documentary Stunt People, about four generations of stunt actors.

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Film reviews this month

This month, Paul Green reviews the 2019 French film, La Fille au Bracelet or The Girl with a Bracelet, a subtly told psychological tale, and Lois Siegel tells the inside story of her 1995 documentary Stunt People, about four generations of stunt actors.

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A Tale of two artists who care

Local artists Christopher Griffin and Heidi Conrod have found ways to make their art work for the Ottawa Food Bank and the Mayfair Theatre.

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Why are goodbyes hard?

There is no denying that goodbyes can be difficult! You have loved, cared for and nurtured your children since the moment you laid eyes on them. Is it any wonder your heartstrings are pulled when your child is tightly gripped around your neck, crying and pleading with you not to go during school drop-off?

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Glimmers of hope and community in trying times

Many of us agree that 2020 has been difficult. The magnitude of loss and fear is taking a toll. Many are struggling with mental health issues, addictions are on the rise and domestic violence is increasing. It will take years to understand the full impact of the pandemic on society.

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Skin cancers need vigilance even during COVID

Skin cancers are the most common type of cancer in Canada, accounting for one third of new diagnoses. The good news is that most skin cancers are curable. While the skin is our largest organ, it is also the most amenable to direct observation.

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Feeling More Aches And Pains In Cold Weather?

When it comes to injury prevention in the winter, we often think about pre- venting slips and falls due to slippery conditions in the ice and snow. But the cold weather itself can also increase the feeling of joint aches and muscle tightness. There’s a reason why we feel this way.

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Figures of speech

A metaphor can take any two entities and compare them, creating a connection between them and thus a deeper understanding of them. Let’s look at the idiom “The cat is out of the bag.”

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