Archive | October, 2018

The original annexation of the Glebe Annex

While the term the “Glebe Annex” is a relatively recent one, at one time in our community’s history, we were indeed annexed – from Nepean Township to the City of Ottawa. In fact, Ottawa itself used to be a part of Nepean.

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Hats off to Mickle Macks

My curiosity got the best of me on a sunny Saturday when I dropped in to the new haberdashery on Bank Street called Mickle Macks and discovered a bevy of young persons clustered in a very bright, colourful and inviting establishment in the heart of the Glebe.

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Saving two trees: a cooperative endeavour

Trees frequently become collateral damage during construction. With the increasing number of projects on Bank Street, the Glebe’s main business centre is losing trees. Sylvia Haines, a long-time Glebe resident, reached out to the Glebe Community Association (GCA) to express concern about the fate of one particular example – a Norway maple on the property of the now-closed Beer Store.

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Homeless in the Glebe: a compassionate approach

Despite the cozy village vibe the neighbourhood is known for, it’s clear the Glebe is not immune to the socio-economic issues that are plaguing cities, provinces and countries around the globe.

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Poems at 
the graveside

Meryl Streep did it in that nostalgic film, Out of Africa. They made a love story out of Karen von Blixen’s famous book, and the climax comes when the body of her lover, Denis Finch-Hatton, is buried high in the Ngong Hills where his plane crashed, and she walks on further up the hill and turns to read the poem “To an Athlete Dying Young” We were in good company, then.

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Plastic bags: Don’t toss – recycle!

Before you discard your used plastic packaging, take a look at the guide to see if it’s one of the items that McKeen Metro Glebe will send for commercial recycling. If so, put it aside to deposit it at Metro’s blue bin.

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Violins of Hope: reclaiming a lost heritage

Virtuoso violinist Niv Ashkenazi is coming to Ottawa, bringing with him a prized instrument. But this is no ordinary violin. Rather, it is one of scores of violins played during the Holocaust by “Jews in ghettoes, forest hideouts and concentration camp orchestras” and lovingly restored by Israeli luthiers.

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Ceramic artists converge on GCC for 260 Fingers

On Friday, November 9, from 6 to 9p.m., in the lovely, light-filled atrium of the Glebe Community Centre, visitors vying to be among the first to view and purchase new works by 26 accomplished ceramic artists will help kick off 260 Fingers’ 14th edition with a festive opening night of music, food, drink, lively conversation and, of course, a fabulous exhibition of contemporary ceramics.

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Quakers in the Glebe

Quakers have been meeting in the Glebe since the 1960s at the Friends Meeting House, 91A Fourth Avenue. Quakers (formally The Religious Society of Friends) began as a movement in England in the 1600s. Today there are more than 375,000 Quakers worldwide. World Quaker Day was October 7.

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So near, yet so far away

After watching the news about the Dempster Highway and reading about it in 2017, I was eager to travel from Inuvik, Northwest Territories, to Tuktoyaktuk, nicknamed Tuk, since it is very close to the Arctic Ocean. I had this dream to dip my feet into the Arctic Ocean at some point. That point came a bit early, but with a little disappointment.

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Facing our fear

Books for children on facing fears, and for teens, a festival of favourite authors of YA books. And something for those who love historical fiction set in ancient China.

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