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Vaccine passports and mandates will help us beat COVID

We urgently need vaccine mandates in healthcare and education as well as vaccine passports to protect people’s health. We need political leaders to stand up for what’s right and for the well-being of folks who are most at risk from COVID-19.

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Among the anointed at iconic Harry’s Bar

Harry’s Bar is a world-famous restaurant bar in Venice. In 2001, the Italian Ministry of Cultural Affairs named it a national landmark. One source claims that the place evokes “not simply a cuisine, or a kind of drink, but a frame of mind.” When in Venice, my wife and I found Harry’s Bar.

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New York and 9/11, two decades later

After watching the “We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert” recently on CNN to celebrate the city’s comeback from COVID, I realized how much I am in a New York state of mind. It made me think of where I was on September 11, 2001, 20 years ago when the most horrific incident took place in New York City.

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Cannabis stores smokin’ in the Glebe

Does the Glebe have too many cannabis retailers? The cannabis retail sector has experienced a boom across Ottawa in recent years. The influx of new dispensaries along with the COVID-19 pandemic have challenged cannabis retailers to get creative.

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Feisty Senator Jim Munson fills big shoes

After 17 years in the Senate, which ended last month when he turned 75, it’s hardly a surprise that the Glebe’s Jim Munson left with a more positive view of the Upper Chamber than he had in his early days on Parliament Hill.

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Noffke brings Mediterranean charm to the Glebe

No house in Ottawa takes me back to my university years in Santa Barbara as readily as the Spanish (Colonial) Revival house on Clemow Avenue. It was designed and built by the noted Ottawa architect, Werner Noffke, in a style then emerging in the south-lands of California.

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InStep Health offers one-on-one wellness

InStep Health is a new wellness studio in the Glebe, which opened on June 30, 2021. It is tucked away on the second oor of 738A Bank Street, so you may not have noticed this new neigh- bour yet.

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Demolished Church Tells a Tale

The demolition of the former Fifth Avenue Methodist Church (more recently, Ecclesiax Church) at Monk and Fifth on June 21 sparked a trail of coincidences, synchronicities and epiphanies that ranged from support for homeless women to a marriage and a memorial garden. A time capsule in a mason jar added a sense of history.

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Fulfilling the dream: Black Canadian scholarships

The Black Canadian Scholarship Fund (BCSF) was founded in 1996 by Dr. Horace Alexis with the mission and objective of offering scholarships annually to black Canadian students who are “graduating from an Ottawa area high school and/or have been accepted by a recognized Canadian university.”

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Walk for the Centre going virtual!

The annual Walk for the Centre fundraiser for the Centretown Emergency Food Centre will be on Sunday, October 3. This year, due to COVID-19, the event will again be virtual.

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GNAG fall adult courses – online and in person!

It’s been a long time coming, but we are happy to announce that the fall line-up of in-person adult programming is about to kick off. Along with the classic courses and workshops that have been favourites for years, we at GNAG are excited to offer a collection of brand-new offerings.

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Let’s push for more outdoor pools

I’m a little obsessed with the idea of outdoor pools. There is nothing quite like the joy, the spontaneous fun, the instantly recognizable cacophony of whistles, laughter, conversation and pleasant childhood screams that emanate from an out- door pool.

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Kudos to the Great Glebe Garage Sale 


When asked about the environmental implications of the sale, Colette Downie, lead for the Great Glebe Garage Sale, believes the benefits are massive. “It has diverted tons and tons of stuff from landfills every year and has given that stuff new life.”

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Too much stuff

During our COVID confinement we’ve all been staring at our excess “stuff,” wondering how that happened. In this occasional series, Martha Tobin answers some of your organization and decluttering questions and provides tips for making the process easier.

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GCA makes a difference despite pandemic

The GCA had a busy June with the second virtual Great Glebe Garage Sale, our annual general meeting and our usual monthly board meeting. Hasn’t it been wonderful over the past month or so to see neighbours in restaurants and shops, to visit with those we haven’t seen face-to-face in quite some time, to see things opening up a bit more?

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O’Connor, Lansdowne and the Need for Respectful Planning

At the time of writing, Ottawa is firmly in Step 3 of the reopening plan. Our COVID-19 numbers are down and our vaccination rates are high. It’s been a long year and a half, and I want to thank everyone who has done their part to slow the spread of the pandemic

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Mairi Brascoupé

“I think it’s becoming more and more clear to people that we really need to look at the natural world and protect it,” says Mairi Brascoupé, who this year was named the first Indigenous artist-in-residence at the Diefenbunker Museum.

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Dave O’Malley receives Order of Ottawa

Dave O’Malley of the Glebe was recently awarded the Order of Ottawa. With close to 50 years of experience as an illustrator, and more than 40 as a graphic designer, O’Malley has led Aerographics Creative Services in producing highly creative marketing materials for numerous local, national and international companies and organizations.

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Birds of the Glebe

Why is it that woodpeckers seem to find the noisiest metal roof, tree or telephone pole to hammer their bills against? In our neighbourhood gardens and surrounding green spaces, two small woodpeckers, the Hairy and the smaller Downy, can often be seen creeping up and down trees.

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Abbotsford will be “open” for business in September!

It is time to open up Abbotsford, your seniors’ active living centre, to our members, volunteers and friends. The doors won’t be wide open but there will certainly be a warm welcome as we begin to o er some in-person classes and programming this September.

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Meals on Wheels takes on the isolation of COVID-19

As a Meals on Wheels client since 2014, Larry enjoys the quality of the food that he gets every weekday. “The meals are handy all around… I’m not a cook and I can do just about everything else, but when it comes to cooking, I just can’t do it.”

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Meals on Wheels takes on the isolation of COVID-19

This month the Glebe Report food writers bring you hints on making quick pickles, and how you can use locally gown and seasonal sumac plants to make a unique lemonade or jelly.

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ON THE SCREEN

This month the Glebe Report’s film reviewers take a look at The Grand Budapest Hotel, a 2014 Wes Anderson film; The Father, a 2020 film that disrupts our notions of time and truth; and Old, a recent thriller filmed in beautiful Dominican Republic.

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Memorable men

After being trapped indoors with just your own thoughts for so long you’re probably ready to get to know some new people. Luckily for you, the Ottawa Public Library offers many different biographies and autobiographies on some incredible individuals.

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Jolts of recognition for Ottawa movie-lovers

Art Lending of Ottawa (ALO) is excited to invite the Glebe community members to our art show at the R.A. Centre on Riverside Drive on September 18. This will be our first show since March 2020 when we had to cancel all upcoming in-person events because of COVID-19.

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