Archive | February, 2022

There’s something about Mary

The Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group has been an integral part of the Glebe for decades, and at its core has been its indefatigable executive director, Mary Tsai. Thus it came as a surprise to many when Mary announced that she would be retiring as executive director in 2022.

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Clyde Sanger remembered

The Glebe lost one of its biggest fans and comprehensive chroniclers in January when journalist Clyde Sanger died at the age of 93. His ties to the Glebe and the Glebe Report run deep.

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Glebe needs affordable housing

Our affordable housing crisis is only worsening. Homelessness is growing, particularly among families with children. As a neighbourhood, we can make a difference. The Health, Housing and Social Services committee of the Glebe Community Association is brainstorming how we can address these massive and complex issues.

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Babies of the Glebe 2021

Special feature! Babies born to Glebe families in 2021 – congratulations on the newest member of your family joining you in this year of the pandemic.

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Some nasty surprises when the new Civic opens  

The new Civic Hospital is scheduled to open in 2028. When it does, Ottawa residents will be in for some nasty surprises, according to the Dow’s Lake Residents’ Association.

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New Civic Hospital at the Farm – a call to action

Construction on the site of the Civic Hospital at the Central Experimental Farm adjacent to Dow’s Lake is about to start unless we all take action to stop it now!

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Red flags for the proposed new Civic Hospital  

The proposals for the new Civic Hospital in the Experimental Farm are replete with red flags that suggest this project is headed for parking problems that will cost unknown amounts to solve and huge cost overruns in construction.

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Trade-up auction to raise money for Fringe performances protesting destruction of Experimental Farm trees  

As protests continue against the location of the new Ottawa Hospital Civic campus and the environmental damage it will cause in the Experimental Farm and Queen Juliana Park, a trade-up auction is being organized to raise money for performances about the issue at this year’s Fringe Festival.

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Introducing the new BIA executive director, Patrick Burke

The Glebe is endowed with charm in abundance. But who are the people behind the scenes helping to make it thrive? Patrick Burke is one of them. Originally from Toronto, Burke moved to Ottawa at the start of the pandemic and instantly fell in love with the Glebe.

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Ramen Isshin brings Japanese cuisine to the Glebe

The Japanese restaurant Ramen Isshin, which already has three locations in Toronto and one in Quebec, opened in January in the heart of the Glebe at 775 Bank Street.

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Purple Urchin: 10 years of community

For many small businesses that make up the very heart of the Glebe, the pandemic was not smooth sailing. But amid all the messaging about hand-washing, it was a little easier for Purple Urchin because of the main product it sells – soap.

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Glebe International Video: new location!

For Glebe Video International, the year’s pandemic difficulties were compounded by the disruptive effects of its move to the Fourth Avenue Baptist Church at 816 Bank Street this past summer, after it was forced to leave its longstanding location above the pub just up the street

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The rink at Capital Park

The great Canadian tradition of building backyard rinks is thriving in the Glebe this winter. One such rink, although not in a backyard, is in Capital Park. Without a rink at Mutchmor again this year and with ongoing pandemic restrictions, people are creating community skating rinks for everyone to use.

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Curling party on Brown’s Inlet  

During a snowy, frigid winter and another wave of COVID, what could ease our sad situation? One answer – the Wiltonfest Pondspiel on Brown’s Inlet! This curling party was the brainchild of four ingenious neighbours.

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Dudleigh Coyle honoured as volunteer extraordinaire

Dudleigh Coyle likes to keep a low profile as he goes about his volunteer work at the Glendale rink and at Glebe-St. James United Church. But there was no hiding from the limelight on February 3 when the 72-year-old Glebe resident was presented in an online ceremony with one of Ontario’s most prestigious awards for volunteers.

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GNAG

Welcome back into the Glebe Community Centre! GNAG’s winter programs are back in session, and it is so nice to see you all again!

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GCA tackles full agenda

We had some very cold days in January, but there was lots going on at the Glebe Community Association! After a brief break for the holidays, we had a full agenda for our meeting on January 25.

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Councillor’s Report

In the Glebe, throughout Capital Ward and across our city, we’ve seen the effects of undue influence that large development corporations can have. This manifests in many ways – urban boundary expansion with increased speculation, trees and greenspace might be an afterthought, planning guidelines may get shuffled aside and political donations play a role.

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New lease on life for Confederation Heights

Canada Lands Company has recently kicked off the first phase of the master-plan process for Confederation Heights through a collaboration with Public Services and Procurement Canada. While slightly out of our immediate area, the sheer size of the study area may be of interest to Glebe Report readers.

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Abbotsford in-person activities are delayed, not cancelled

Abbotsford House remains open during this current wave of COVID, but things are not as they were in December. Many of our in-person activities have been postponed until we can open safely again in person.

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Model neighbourhoods for aging in place

Senior Watch of Old Ottawa South (SWOOS) recognizes that the challenges facing seniors in Old Ottawa South are similar in the Glebe and Old Ottawa East. We are reaching out to encourage residents to participate in our consultations and surveys to determine what supports are missing for those who want to spend their life in these communities, aging in place.

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Oatmeal porridge: comfort food for cold mornings  

Warm and sweet – or savoury – with a plethora of combinations to enrich the basic recipe, oatmeal is the ideal breakfast before venturing out into the cold.

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Birds

How do migrant birds, about 20 per cent of species worldwide, know where to go? How far do they fly? How do those who spend days in the air sustain themselves?

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Kids’ soccer will be back in the Glebe this summer!

The Internationals are especially proud of their popular city-wide Developmental Soccer Program (DSP) for boys and girls ages four to 12, which has operated since 1997 and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The soccer program will return to its community roots this summer at neighbourhood parks and playgrounds.

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Books

At the Sunnyside Library children’s department, we go wild for graphic novels! It is one of our most popular collections, especially with the school-age crowd, and it is no surprise why: captivating illustrations and interesting storylines.

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Rashomon – a film that influenced how we interpret the world

In 1950, Rashomon introduced the Western world to Japanese film and to its accomplished director, Akira Kurosawa. The film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1951 and received an Academy Honorary Award in 1952 (the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film wasn’t introduced by the Academy until 1956). Rashomon often appears on critics’ lists of the greatest films ever made.

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Emotionally complex film on sexual violence

The Last Duel, a two-and-a-half-hour epic saga delivered by veteran director Ridley Scott, has quite the star-studded cast. This is the first movie after Good Will Hunting (1997) in which pals Ben Affleck and Matt Damon appear side-by-side.

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Don’t wait to renovate – this is the new normal

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned many things in our world upside down, and the renovation industry is no exception. Almost two years in, we are experiencing a new normal that leaves many homeowners wondering whether they should proceed with a renovation or addition now or hold off.

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A Norway maple remembers

Let me introduce myself. I’m a Norway maple tree, quite tall now, and I live on the front lawn of Derele and Les’s home on Fourth Avenue. Been there for about 60 years, and what a fascinating journey it’s been. There are a few stories I could tell you.

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Decision trees for tree planting

The Tree Team of the Glebe Community Association’s Environment Committee is actively promoting the planting of trees in the Glebe through its Glebe Neighbourhood Canopy Regeneration project, which aims to renew the leafy green tree canopy of the neighbourhood. The team aims to help Glebe residents identify great spots where a tree may be planted and the kind of tree that will do well. These decision trees will help.

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Let’s make schools safe and stop further closures

Safe, in-person learning can’t be done on the cheap. If this government truly believes that schools should be the first to open and the last to close, they must heed our advice and make the investments that are required to keep our kids in the classroom.

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