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Profiles of Glebites: Peter Dillon and Damian Konstantinakos

The Glebe is home to many interesting people. This month, we have interviews with actor and teacher Peter Dillon, and we continue with our third in a series of personal profiles of political candidates in the federal riding of Ottawa Centre: Damian Konstantinakos is the Ottawa Centre candidate for the Conservative party.

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Profile: Paul Dewar

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of personal profiles of political candidates in the federal riding of Ottawa Centre.
Paul Dewar has always called Ottawa home. He was raised near Maitland and Carling, the youngest of four and son of Mayor Marion Dewar. Throughout his childhood he was a competitive swimmer, while also, like many Ottawans, an avid skier and cyclist.

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Glebe women of distinction

The Glebe is home to a plethora of interesting people with interesting stories. This month we feature profiles of Janet Irwin and Catherine McKenna.

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Tanzania ‘crazily awesome’

In what country can you find cool wildlife, beautiful beaches, Maasai warriors and snow-capped mountains? I’ll give you a hint; it starts with a T, ends in an A, and has ‘anzani’ in the middle. In other words … Tanzania! Ella Hodgson-Pageau is an 11-year-old Glebe resident and a writer who is on a 10-month trip around the world with her family. This is the fourth installment in her series for the Glebe Report.

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Glebe grad and author Sean Michaels talks about Ottawa

Sean Michaels is a music journalist and blogger based in Montreal. He recently won the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize for his debut novel, Us Conductors. A fictionalized tale of the life and passions of Leon Theremin, inventor of the theremin, a mysterious musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the player, Us Conductors is a major accomplishment for the 32-year-old Glebe Collegiate Institute graduate.

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The course in “Writing Your Memoirs,” offered at Abbotsford House has brought out some wonderful stories by local residents. We share some of these stories and hope that their summer themes will bring comfort to our readers in frozen January.

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The course in “Writing Your Memoirs,” offered at Abbotsford House and taught by Anne Le Dressay, has brought out some wonderful stories by local residents. We share two of these stories by John Last.

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Doughnut divas living their dream

As I sit with Kathy Aldridge on the couch by the window in Bridgehead at Bank and Second, a woman walks in with a huge smile on her face. She approaches Aldridge and says something along the lines of: “I just had to come in and say hello … you were on Donut Showdown, weren’t you? I saw you on TV! You were great.”

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Dance dream comes true in the Glebe

By Ashwin Shingadia
Kailena Van de Nes realized her life’s dream when she opened the doors of KV Dance Studio on September 2 in the basement of 108 Third Avenue. Van de Nes was GNAG’s principal dance instructor for nine years and gave dance lessons at the Glebe Community Centre, Ecclesiax Church and other venues. More than 150 people helped Van de Nes celebrate at her opening party on September 5.

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Allison’s Brain: a testament to the human spirit

A life can change in a moment. Allison Woyiwada’s certainly did. She went from being an active member of our community, an inspiring music teacher, a composer, performer and director to being diagnosed with a giant brain aneurysm in December 2011.

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People of the Glebe

The Glebe is home to a plethora of interesting people with interesting stories. Read on to find out more!

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Profiles in the Arts – Gerald Trottier and Zara Ansar

The family of the late Ottawa artist Gerald Trottier (1925-2002) recently made a major donation of 102 of his works to the Ottawa Art Gallery, OAG will celebrate this generous gift with a donation launch exhibition, Perspective: Gerald Trottier, from April 10 to June 14, 2014.

Also profiled this month is Zara Ansar, local artist, video jockey, photographer, and blogger behind the successful Ottawa VeloVogue blog.

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Gem of a book celebrates Ottawa’s architect

Reviewed by Andrew Elliot

How does one review a book that is a gem? And Shannon Ricketts’ little book on the Ottawa architect W.E. Noffke is surely one.

Entitled Werner Ernst Noffke: Ottawa’s Architect, and published in 2013 by Heritage Ottawa, this is an attractively designed yet slim book, with a simple eye-catching cover. At 75 pages long, this is no hefty coffee-table issue, but something that anyone can pick up and bring with them as they go about Ottawa tracing Noffke’s work. Whether you have a casual interest in architectural history or you’re a heritage nut, this book is for you.

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Eleanor Milne on not listening to the prime minister

By Bhat Boy

“I found a note from Lester B. Pearson in my mailbox asking me to clean the bricks in the foyer outside his office one at a time, but that was going to take eight years, literally, so I decided to pretend I never received that note.” At age 88, Eleanor Milne is more than a little cheeky.

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This month, Pamela Hilchie interviews envisionist artist, Bhat Boy, and David Pritchard sits down for a chat with philosopher and educator, Randal Marlin.

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Wow! the World of Tennis Is Expanding at St. James Tennis Club

By John Wins-Purdy
All photos by Soo Hum

It’s not every day a seven-time Grand Slam winner offers to be an instructor at a tennis club in Ottawa. So imagine my surprise when I received an email in the depths of winter through the St. James Tennis Club website. Swedish-born Mats Wilander, one of the greatest players of all time, was coming to the capital for one day. He asked if our club would like to bring him in to run high-intensity clinics and play an exhibition match.

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Glebe Paddler and Gold Medal Winner Sets His Sights on Puerto Rico Pan Am Championships

By Ian Miller

Drew Hodges has had a phenomenal season. The Glebe resident has won gold at the Canada Games, captured six medals at the National Championships and is representing Canada this month at the Pan American Championships that take place October 18 to 20 in Puerto Rico. “Drew is one of the hardest workers in our club,” said Rideau Canoe Club coach, Ian Mortimer, a fellow Glebe resident and former national team member. “He has earned every result with dedication and patient effort.”

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John Leaning – architect and author

By David Pritchard

Most people who know John Leaning would agree that he wears his many achievements lightly. It is not widely known, for instance, that he is a recipient of the Bletchley Park Commemorative Badge, granted to the men and women who took part in the breaking of the German Enigma code, the greatest secret operation of the Second World War. Nor is it widely recognized that as a young man he worked in the office of the great French architect, Le Corbusier, and later met Frank Lloyd Wright. These are only minor footnotes in a distinguished career as architect, planner, educator and author that has encompassed not only Ottawa but countries as diverse as Tanzania, India and Bolivia.

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Capital to Capitol by Canoe: Part III

By Clive Doucet
The expedition from Ottawa to Washington D.C. was in memory and honour of William Commanda, the Algonquin elder and spiritual leader who died on August 3, 2011 at the age of 98. As a child, William Commanda avoided residential school by hiding in the forest, and was able to escape that great eraser of language and culture. In spite of a childhood marked by poverty and hunger, he grew up to be recognized for his leadership by his own people, and by people from many other countries. As Keeper of the Seven Fires Prophecy Belt, the Jay Treaty Border Crossing and the Three Figure Welcoming Wampum Belt, band chief and in his elder years, Grandfather Commanda, he was recognized around the world for his efforts to inspire reconciliation and spiritual renewal among peoples of all nations with his annual Circle of All Nations meetings.

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Mary Pal, Glebe artist and shopping spree winner!

By Gillian Campbell

Glebe textile artist Mary Pal did not realize that she had won the Glebe Shopping Spree for days after she received the call from the Glebe BIA. “When Christine Leadman called me, she said, ‘Now don’t get excited, but your name has been drawn in the Glebe Shopping Spree contest.’” Mary Pal laughs, “So I didn’t get excited! I just thought my name was one of several that had been drawn and that they would be doing another draw to determine the winner.” When she went to the Glebe BIA office, she was very surprised when they gave her $10,000 in travellers’ cheques to be spent at Glebe BIA businesses.

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Downtown Aultsville

In search of the “lost villages” of the St. Lawrence River

Excerpts from “The Lost Villages” By Louis Helbig
Introduction By Julie Houle Cezer

Aerial art photographer Louis Helbig, who is based in the Glebe, is no stranger to flying solo when it comes to capturing the lay of the land. In his single engine, two-seater Luscombe, he has logged many air miles to create large-format photographs of landscapes – natural, urban and industrial.

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In fire alley, the world is reinventing itself

By Clive Doucet

Fire Alley

From fire alley,
you can watch the towers of New York City
lined up in steel and glass rows above the East River.
They rise in the night like Mount Olympus
scratching the sky at the edge of the Peloponnesian plain.

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Glebous & Comicus: A thank you letter from Miss Poppy

Editor, Glebe Report

I am Miss Poppy the dog. Christmas is coming. I do not have money to buy presents. That is sad. If I had money I would get a very nice present for the people who leave me biscuits and treats in front of their house.

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