Archive | May, 2021

Jabapalooza:

It was truly the most meaningful way to spend a Saturday – a six-hour “Jabapalooza” on Fourth Avenue that saw more than 200 people get their rst jab of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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How long does it take to change a light bulb (under COVID)?

Twenty fours later came the bad news: “COVID-19 detected.” How could this possibly happen? The next day, my wife also tested positive; three days later, our daughter.

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Birds of the Glebe

No, it’s not just a duck!
Probably like most people, I thought any duck was a mallard, our most familiar breed, until I started observing more carefully the amazing variety of ducks we can find close to home.

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Take part in the Glebe “Cut your Waste by Half” summertime challenge

Packaging accounts for a significant proportion of our waste and recycling. Citizens have an important role to play in reducing the amount of new stuff we consume and the amount of waste and recycling we produce as a result. The Glebe Community Association’s Zero-Waste Committee is launching a challenge to Glebe households to halve your waste and recycling footprint by the end of August.

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Queen Anne homes in the Glebe

Learning about the architectural styles of Glebe houses adds a whole new dimension to wandering our wonderful streets. Among them are the many homes in the Queen Anne Revival style, a flamboyant Victorian creation.

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A Grocer of the Glebe

McKeen Metro Glebe has a long history in the Glebe. James McKeen (1874-1953) opened his first Glebe store in 1910 at 901 Bank Street (corner of Bank and Clarey Avenue, now the home of Running Room). These photos, courtesy of the Glebe Historical Society, show James McKeen’s original grocery store at 901 Bank Street.

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Former Glebe teacher/coach Dave Cummings said it all with his smile

If you were to play the word association game, high-school teacher edition, and were given the name Dave Cummings, there could only be one proper response: Smile. In a nutshell, that beaming facial expression was the open door that guided you into the discovery of a dedicated teacher and coach

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Young Glebe athlete has caught the eye of Speed Skating Canada

Though he has never laced on a pair of speed skates, local athlete Adriano Padoin-Castillo has discovered he has potential talent in the sport that could propel him to competing at the national level. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the 16-year- old’s athletic abilities attracted attention from Speed Skating Canada through the RBC Training Ground program

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Beavers and Banshees rugby club learns to adapt

Few may know this, but the Glebe is home to the city’s largest (and founding) men’s and women’s rugby teams. The Ottawa Beavers and Banshees Rugby Football Club normally trains out of Glebe Collegiate through the summer, but it had to suspend operations last year like all other team sports.

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Spring in your garden – hello pests!

April’s warm weather le us all laughing with delight – but bumble bees, ants, mosquitoes, white grubs and beetles all re-entered our lives once again, making a beeline for the most tender of shoots, with chompers a-gnashing! Here are some ideas to help deal with them.

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Radio-controlled boats at Brown’s Inlet

Rideau Nautical Modellers will be returning for our sixth summer at Brown’s Inlet. We would like to welcome everyone back to visit with us this summer.

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A quaint hub located at 734 Bank Street, Café Morala was the first specialty coffee shop in
 the Glebe. It opened its doors in 1993 as Morala Specialty Coffee. I sat with current owner Miriam Rangel to reminisce upon the transformation that made Café Morala the community hub that it is today.

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Rich flavours of Togo bring people together

I want to talk about how food can bring people together, and how my friend Derrick brought us to today’s recipe. Derrick, Flora Hall’s sous chef, is from Togo in West Africa, and it’s neat to listen to him talk about the food his mum makes, the food served at family gatherings.

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How to love your favourite Glebe businesses during the lockdown

With the province’s second stay-at-home order this year, Ottawa residents, merchants and employees have been faced with another forced closure of businesses with only curbside pickup, delivery and takeout available to customers. But despite this, there are still ways to support your favourite Glebe spots.

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GNAG looks ahead

During these difficult times, isolation can be so tough, especially for parents with newborns. GNAG’s preschool program coordinator Jason Irvine, his wife Nora Dempsey and their latest addition, baby Logan, are teaming up to offer an online Parent and Baby Coffee Club.

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Glebe Annex Community Association during COVID – what have we been up to?  

After cancelling our Annual General Meeting (AGM) due to COVID-19 last year in hopes of returning to an in-person event this year, the Glebe Annex Community Association (GACA) has decided to forge ahead with a virtual AGM. Despite the pandemic, GACA has been quite busy,

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Local grannies turn summer trek into African aid

Grandmothers from our region are once again springing into action to raise funds for the Grandmothers-to-Grandmothers Campaign (G2G) of the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF). The One World Challenge, led by Ottawa’s One World Grannies group, is an exciting summer fundraiser – participants from several local granny groups will embark on a virtual journey through sub-Saharan Africa.

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Abbotsford House’s 150th anniversary next year!

Celebrations will be held next year to mark 150 years since the construction of Abbotsford House on Bank Street.

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Great Glebe Garage Sale is going online again

The Great Glebe Garage Sale will be going online again this year with a virtual event to benefit the Ottawa Food Bank, via the Give Shop marketplace.

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St. Matthew’s treasures boutique goes online

St. Matthew’s, the
Anglican Church in
the Glebe, launched an online Treasures
Boutique in March.
The boutique sells art, antiques,
books, housewares, furniture
and jewellery, a wonderfully eclectic selection of items, new and old.

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Climate change action during the COVID pandemic

The pandemic has meant that almost all media and political attention has been focussed on COVID-19. When the pandemic is declared “over,” there will be another large test the world over: Our ability to mitigate and adapt to the greatest threat facing us, the irreversible climate crisis.

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Chalk River radiation concerns

The Glebe Community Association (GCA) usually deals with matters in our community and within city boundaries. But issues occasionally come from further away – like two hours up the Ottawa River, at the Chalk River nuclear facility.

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Instructions for radioactive waste: store in a dry place

Water is life. That is why cities like Gatineau and Montreal oppose nuclear waste sites upstream on the Ottawa River. Not Ottawa.

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Womanhood explored in novels

With the arrival of spring and the recent celebration of Mother’s Day, the themes of motherhood and womanhood in literature are fresh in my mind. I appreciate novels that explore the difficult elements of motherhood and feature complex female characters. Here are some of my recent reads.

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Poetry Quarter: Come, spring!

A season of beginnings, daylight and warmth, leaves in bud, birdsong, crocuses! Thaws, rain and floods, too. How does release from winter’s grasp feel after a year with the pandemic? Here are your poems of relief – exuberance –wistfulness – and joy. Spring has come!

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Sound of Metal a film that surprises

Here are two takes on the Oscar-winning film Sound of Metal, one from Glebite Barbara Popel and the other by Glebe Collegiate student Angus Luff. Both find the film “surprising.”

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Drive a mile in a nomad’s shoes

Niamh O’Kelly reviews the popular film Nomadland, this year’s winner for best picture and director at the Oscars.

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On the Screen

Blow-Up, a 1966 thriller directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, was based on a short story by Julio Cortázar called “Las babas del Diablo.”
 Read a review by filmmaker Lois Siegel.

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The Magic of Herbs

To truly appreciate the herbal festival of senses, it helps to understand the history of the plants before your nose. From vengeful nymphs to lifesaving concoctions, the world of herbs, erbe (c. 1300, Old French, “grass, green crops, herb”), is just waiting to be discovered.

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