Archive | August, 2018

Glebe House Tour returns!

This fall, take a self-guided stroll through a historic Ottawa neighbourhood and explore the interiors of five private homes. It all happens on Sunday, September 16 from 1 to 4 p.m.

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291 Carling Avenue – watch this space!

Canada Lands Company (CLC) and the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) held a series of public open house drop-in sessions in July showcasing three preliminary development concepts for the site at 291 Carling Avenue. The property consists of a parcel of approximately 3.4 acres of vacant land on Carling Avenue bordered by Bell Street South to the east and Lebreton Street South to the west.

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Reducing our plastic footprint – 
a Glebe call to action

Single-use plastics are everywhere; they exist because it is relatively cheap and easy to make products from plastics and consumers have become used to quick and convenient packaging. But they are becoming a mountain of waste on the planet and negatively impacting the environment from their manufacture to disposal.

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The Reps

Ronaldo Sayah, the very upbeat owner of The Reps, welcomed me to his second-floor office (not wheelchair accessible) at 901 Bank Street whose décor would fit in trendy burgs around the world. The theme is grey and white, with lots of it.

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Indian-inspired pizza – who can resist?

Four friends began a new venture in Old Ottawa South: the Roost & Grills restaurant that quietly opened to the public in December. Owners Krishnakumar, Hundlani, Rappai and Kumar developed and perfected their menu in anticipation of a summertime grand opening, when they throw wide the doors and invite neighbours and family to sample the delicacies they have designed.

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Healing forests: seeking a just future through reconciliation

Trees are at the centre of a national movement aimed at coming to terms with our country’s legacy of injustice to First Nations peoples and helping to build genuinely equal relationships. The National Healing Forest initiative urges communities across Canada to create their own greenspaces dedicated to reconciliation.

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Encore!

When big headliners like Anni Difranco, David Byrne and Hozier close out CityFolk this September, the party will only be getting started in the Glebe. The fourth edition of Marvest is set to invade the neighbourhood September 14 and 15, and this year’s local music showcase is bigger and better than ever with 24 venues, more than 65 bands and over 70 performances packed into two full days of phonic fun. And all of it is free.

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Development projects in the Glebe – where are they now?

Have you been wondering what’s up with some of the major development projects on Bank Street – 99 Fifth (Fifth Avenue Court); 852 Bank (the former McHale’s Garage); and 890/900 Bank (the former Mr. Muffler and Beer Store)?

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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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