Archive | March, 2021

Vaccines and healthy communities are priorities

Vaccines continue to be our priority as a government, and we remain on track to vaccinate every Canadian who wants a shot by September. In positive news, all residents of long-term care in Ottawa were vaccinated at the beginning of February, and vaccinations are ongoing for retirement residents, long-term-care home staff, essential caregivers, higher-risk health-care providers and seniors over 80.

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Supporting Chief Sloly’s mandate to reform the Ottawa Police

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson speaks on the year 2020, its accomplishments and challenges, and looks to hopes for the new year. He also reports on reform of Ottawa police services, and concrete action being taken on racism in Ottawa.

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A Glebite’s farm-to-table learning curve

Three years ago, I was introduced to some life-changing lessons about the vulnerability of sustainable food supplies. Shelley Spruit, local heritage grain farmer-entrepreneur and seed steward from Against the Grain Farms in Winchester, was speaking about climate uncertainties and other challenges faced by farmers and food growers. My eyes opened to the importance of open-source, open-pollinated seeds.

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Are pocketknives falling on your head?

No matter the weather, someone somewhere can describe it. Beginning in October, we can borrow from the Japanese kogarashi to describe the win- ter’s first wind. From there, we head to Finland, using the word kaamos to describe the longing for sunshine one feels on long polar nights.

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Environmental fair to take place at Patterson Creek

A special environmental fair – Ecology 2021 – will be held in the Glebe, practising strict COVID precautions. The Sunday coincides with the summer solstice! The fair will be held in the lovely park north of Patterson Creek between Queen Elizabeth Drive and O’Connor Street. Long-time community activist and fair organizer Ima Keener explained the event’s key goal.

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Moving fundraising online at Glebe Cooperative Nursery School

Fundraising at Glebe Cooperative Nursery School (GCNS) has tradition- ally been anchored by three big annual events – a Halloween dance, a holiday toy silent auction and the Spring Fling. The arrival of COVID-19 brought a swift end last March to all in-person events.

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Learn how to listen!

It’s easy to talk. At a very young age, we all learn to talk. But do we know how to listen? Listening has to be learned, practised and recognized as an essential tool in everyday communication.

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Craft ideas for kids at home

Maybe you are taking time off to stay home with the kids during spring break, or perhaps it’s your turn to entertain the kids on a PD day. You know what that means? You have to keep them busy! The Good Morning Creative Arts Preschool (GMCAP) has you covered. Here are a few crafting ideas.

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Birth of a Nation to Green Book: the film industry’s problem with racism

Without racial diversity in the film industry, the same white-centric narratives are told over and over again, with the few portrayals of people of colour often being reduced to harmful stereotypes and underdeveloped side characters.

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Calling Glebe consumers

“With online shopping, same day deliveries and prime days, big-box corporations have made it the easiest thing in the world to mindlessly and carelessly purchase their products, and it’s only making it that much more difficult for small local businesses to survive.”

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