Archive | March, 2020

Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s a sad loss – and portent for retailers?

While a final clear-out sale draws huge crowds just around the corner at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s, Maida Anisman sips a glass of wine and laments the demise of the store she created and nurtured for 43 years. “I’m in shock,” she says.

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Coronavirus – ripples in the Glebe

The Glebe is a safe and cosy place. But we are reminded this month, with the onslaught of COVID-19 and its ramifications, of our essential interconnectedness with the rest of the city, the country, the world. We’re all in this together, we humans.

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Grocery store – inbound!

In looking at the large, 300-vehicle parking lot bordered by Preston, Beech, Rochester and Aberdeen streets, many local residents have long mused this would be a perfect location for a grocery store. Arnon Development Corporation seems to agree. Arnon has proposed to develop the site at 450 Rochester Street.

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Terrors and delights of the Mutchmor Book Sale

On a cold March morning six years ago, my neighbour brought me along as a volunteer for the First Avenue Book Sale (now the Mutchmor Book Sale). She oversaw “Collection & Sorting” and was looking for helpers. “Collection is tough,” she insisted, “but sorting can be hilarious.”

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Minding their Ps & Qs at Glebe Central Pub

The successful ownership change of a treasured business can be tricky to accomplish, particularly when the previous owners were as well loved and respected as Amir and Maryam Aghaei of Pints and Quarts (P&Q). But Glebites Blair Brassard and Dan Rogers have effectively managed the feat with aplomb, after acquiring the pub at 779 Bank Street.

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The Great Glebe Garage Sale:

This year’s Great Glebe Garage Sale is slated to take place on Saturday, May 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. With a long tradition as a fundraiser for the Ottawa Food Bank and hundreds of Glebe residents selling stuff from their porches and driveways, the sale has grown into a massive community event with significant benefits for the environment.

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Glebe Report and OSCAR

The Glebe Report and The OSCAR community newspapers are going to purchase six newspaper boxes to be located on Bank Street in the Glebe and Old Ottawa South so that both papers can be provided for the taking. Local artists will be commissioned to decorate the boxes. We welcome submissions from all artists, including Old Ottawa South and Glebe students in high school or university.

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New Glebe sports teams!

Line Lonnum wasn’t even a hockey fan when she moved to the Glebe in 2018. She had been to a couple of Ottawa Senators games but wasn’t wowed by Canada’s game. That was until she saw the Ottawa 67’s play. Nowadays, you can spot Lonnum in the stands at every home game.

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Politics from the ground up

Braeden Cain is only in his second year of political science at Carleton University, but the full-time Glebe student has already gotten his feet wet by working for Liberal MPP Mitzie Hunter.

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Choral music

Choral music and group singing are of interest to an increasing number of people. This month, Bob Brocklebank tells the story and Glebe origins of the Bytown Voices, and Janice Manchee gives a first-hand account of what it’s like to sing Bach in the Rideau Chorale.

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Food

Carolyn Best offers recipes for quinoa taboulie and quinoa-stuffed peppers, along with a brief history of quinoa, and Marisa Romano calls attention to the threat of olive tree leprosy, which could affect the world’s supply of olive oil.

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Books

This month, Robin Gallagher of the Sunnyside library provides a roundup of titles on sewing to guide and inspire your sewing projects, and Clyde Sanger reviews Aging: the Best Alternative, a book of poetry by Pat McLaughlin.

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Film reviews

This month the Glebe Report’s film reviewer Paul Green brings us his take on the 2019 French film Les Misérables, set in the powder-keg banlieues of Paris, and Lois Siegel reviews The Boys & Girl From County Clare, an Irish film from 2003 with lots of traditional Irish music.

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A Gift in adversity

It’s well known that heart attack symptoms are different in women, but I had no idea that they could be so subtle. Last spring, at age 75, I had a major heart attack.

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