Archive | August, 2020

An Anxious reopening  

Kids are heading back to school and Glebe bars, restaurants and stores are serving customers inside again, but the champagne is still on hold – any celebration of getting back to normal is tempered by fears.

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Reopenings in the Glebe

Glebe merchants have been working hard over the past few months to safely reopen and begin serving the patrons they love so much. With “open” signs hanging from nearly every business, that familiar neighbourhood vibe is slowly starting to return.

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A hundred years in the Glebe

While the Glebe has lost some trees, many of the grand old trees from the 1800s, before there were houses in the Glebe, still remain. One such tree is in our backyard. Its roots run deep, and it struck me how my Glebe roots run almost as deep.

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August 2020 Glebe Report issue

Read the latest issue of the Glebe Report.

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Glebe fencer’s long-awaited Olympic debut postponed

In July, fencer Kelleigh Ryan was supposed to experience the pinnacle moment of her athletic career when she’d at last make her Olympic debut at age 33. Instead, she was much less glamorously waiting for 1-800-GOT-JUNK workers to come clear out her apartment.

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A Steinway for Southminster!

Southminster United Church, with its growing music program, has embarked on an ambitious fundraising campaign to raise money to purchase a spectacular Steinway & Sons Model D nine-foot concert grand piano.

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Poetry Quarter

This month, we asked for poems that flow from the veins of the pandemic – poems that mourn the loss of freedom, the loss of innocence of the past day-to-day and the dimming of hope for the future. Poems that plumb the depths of what we long for amidst the confusion and fear of the pandemic.

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Dog days:

When COVID-19 forced my daughter Jade to leave her job in England earlier than planned and move back home for the lockdown, she found the perfect distraction in troubled times – she bought a pandemic puppy. “Being locked down gave me so much more time to train and care for a dog,” she said.

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The Future of public transit in the Glebe

Watching OC Transpo buses trundle down Bank Street in recent months has been a surreal experience. Once-full buses now carry few passengers. Drivers and riders alike are wearing masks. Ridership on OC Transpo has plummeted by 70 to 90 per cent. How can we ensure a sustainable future for public transit in the Glebe?

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Supportive housing on Carling Avenue – construction to start soon

The Glebe Annex has been buzzing with development activity of late. Of the many projects in the works, which will be the first to emerge? It seems it could be the John Howard Society supportive housing for the chronically homeless.

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Culture change in long-term care homes

The tragic loss of life in long-term care homes due to COVID-19 has exposed many of the problems that have plagued the system for many years. A number of innovative models have been proposed to embraced culture change, among them the Butterfly model recently adopted experimentally at The Glebe Centre.

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A vision of Ottawa as a circular economy

You may have noticed that since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the amount of waste being produced by Ottawa households has increased, and the Glebe is no exception. Last year, the city launched a three-year process to develop a Solid Waste Master Plan that will guide Ottawa’s waste management processes for the next 30 years. We need to make sure we choose the right path, particularly at this historic juncture in which we are confronting both a climate crisis and a pollution crisis.

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The Precariousness of a once-certain academic year: thinking about returning to school amidst a global pandemic

When classes continue both online and at school, the usual pattern of students will inevitably change. Course instruction may be planned out, yet many other aspects of education come into question. Will group assignments be completed social distantly or online? Will students have access to lockers? Will extra-curriculars like bands and sports be possible?

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Building resilience in your child during a global pandemic

Families are under a kind of stress most of us have never experienced before. Knowing what to expect as children grow up makes parenting a lot easier, especially during a global pandemic. Here are some tips for helping your children thrive.

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Glebe Community Association keeps things positive 

This has been such a strange summer – the usual festivals and visitors are absent from my schedule, and I have been trying to find new things to look forward to. If you care about neighbourhood issues and the work of the GCA, please become a member – you can buy a membership online.

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Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group (better known as GNAG) is relaunching summer

The sound of laughing children is livening up the Glebe Community Centre again with GNAG summer camps finally underway again after a pandemic delay. On July 13, exactly four months since our closure, GNAG reopened its doors to kids attending summer camps.

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All about the Bank Street Bridge

The Bank Street Bridge is an iconic structure for Capital Ward and for the city, and it serves as an important link between the communities on either side of the Rideau Canal. It has also long been a source of concern for local residents. Councillor Shawn Menard proposes a redesign of the bridge to make it safer for cyclists and walkers.

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Thinking ‘outside the house’ 
at Abbotsford

At Abbotsford House at the Glebe Centre, programs moved over to online platforms in the spring and continue to attract active seniors. Zoom classes connect them to the outside world without having to leave home.

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Art

Studio Sixty Six (Unit 101, 858 Bank Street) is showing “Passages,” the photographic art of MaryAnn Camps, until August 16. “We are living in an in-between state, a passage, a time of transition and uncertainty. Without the crowds and fewer cars, can we reimagine our cities through fresh eyes?”

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Library news

The Sunnyside branch of the Ot- tawa Public Library (OPL), originally scheduled to open August 10, remains closed due to COVID-related staf ng challenges. Its reopening date is yet to be determined. The Main and Alta Vista branches will begin offering some new in- person services on August 17.

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Books

Here are some of the books I have read so far this year, in order of when I read them, not by favourites. I mostly like mystery novels but hopefully you can nd something that appeals to you in the book reviews below.

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Raising funds for the Ottawa Food Bank, one stitch at a time

Sylvia Milne has a new hobby. It started, as many passion projects do, as a one-off effort. An elderly gentleman was in need of a mask to use when he went grocery shopping.

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MPP’s Report

Joel Harden, MPP for Ottawa Centre, advocates a focus on schools, not bars, during the pandemic.

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