ON THE SCREEN

This month the Glebe Report’s film reviewers bring you The Nightmare Before Christmas, a Christmas horror classic reviewed by Angus Luff, and The Father, an evocation of developing dementia that reviewer Kate Roberts calls “a series of spirals that twist around each other, mixing up places, people and conversations like hair trapped in a brush.

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Peace and Remembrance

The Ottawa Public Library has an extensive collection of picture books that appeal to both younger and older readers. In the month when we recognize Remembrance Day, war and conflict are subjects, which children might be discussing in school while adults ponder the same issues.

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Parts of speech Nouns and pronouns

Nouns and pronouns are the objects and subjects of our thoughts and actions. Without them, we would literally have nothing, and no one, to talk about! Three cheers for nouns and pronouns and the fantastic work they do.

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Back at Good Morning, 30 years later

Even as an adult, fall gives me the feeling of a new year. I came full circle this September as I started at Good Morning Creative Arts and Preschool for the second time. I first began at GMCAP (formerly Good Morning Playgroup) as a child in 1989 and have now joined the ranks as a parent.

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Enjoying the simple things

As many of us grown-ups start our days by grabbing a coffee and rushing around, little ones at Glebe Cooperative Nursery School start their days taking in and learning from all the hustle and bustle around them. The GCNS playground in the heart of the Glebe is a perfect spot for young children to experience the world.

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Standing up against hate

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Ottawa Centre never ceases to amaze me. From hurricanes to massive floods, from bus crashes to an historic pandemic – I’ve seen our community rise in the face of adversity. In October, it happened again on Broadview Avenue.

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Collaboration with federal and provincial partners key to Ottawa’s success

In order to make real progress on important city building initiatives, all three levels of government must work together with our residents and community groups.

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Re-engagement Plan 2021

The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) spent millions of dollars to ensure our students, families and staff felt comfortable and confident returning to school. Safety remains our number one priority – this will never change.

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Getting the immune system ready for the winter

The immune system is a wonderful and complex body defense that adapts to its internal and external environments. It warns us of the state of our health. Paying attention to signs and symptoms can help slow down and maybe prevent certain illnesses.

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Managing screen time during a pandemic and beyond

It is likely fair to say that most of us developed some strange screen habits during the early days of the pandemic. But now that we are getting back to some “normalcy” (written with fingers tightly crossed), how can we re-establish rules for our children around technology?

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Residents upset by Bronson and Carling high-rise proposal

Residents from Dow’s Lake, the Glebe and the Glebe Annex are unhappy with the massive scale of a 26-storey, 328- unit building proposal at 774 Bronson Avenue on the southwest corner of Carling.

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We’re about to get stuck…

This month, the City of Ottawa intends to approve a new Official Plan (OP). It’s not small potatoes. This new 30-year plan is massively consequential. It will affect how the city grows and develops for decades. For the Glebe, it will guide how our neighbourhood changes as more intensification happens.

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The Not-so-new guy on the block

La Chingadera Mexican Market, a new Mexican grocery store at 740 Bank Street, only opened in August, but its owner has been serving the Glebe for several years. Emilio Escobedo, owner of La Chingadera, is also the owner of Margarita and Mona’s Taqueria restaurants.

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Making a splash

“Mom, we’re going to do something fun, something different. We are going to go paddle boarding. Now! Today! Get your bathing suit on. I’m booking us paddleboards.” Paddle boarding? What? That could be dangerous. It is dangerous.

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15-Minute planning

The “15-minute neighbourhood” has become a buzzword for contemporary city planners and some politicians. In Ottawa, the 15-minute neighbourhood concept has been a top-down, technocratic exercise imposed on inner-city neighbourhoods.

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Speed kills. Period.

Why does it matter if drivers speed? If you get hit by a car doing 30 km/h while walking or cycling, you only have a five-per-cent chance of dying. At 40 km/h, the chance of dying rises 50 per cent; at 60 km/h, it’s 95 per cent.

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Capital Ward news

There are a lot of changes at City Hall this fall. And last month, an LRT train derailed through Tremblay Station and into Capital Ward. Investigations and revelations continue.

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GCA in full swing!

After our break from meeting over the summer, the Glebe Community Association had a full agenda for our monthly board meeting in September. Please join us on the fourth Tuesday of each month at our board meetings. Our next meeting will be October 26.

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GNAG

Planning and implementing seasonal courses during the pandemic have been like riding a roller coaster. Our incredible team was motivated to come up with ways to keep our community connected. We became experts in pottery, gardening, art, sports, theatre, cooking – you name it, we taught it. Under the constant threat of another shutdown, we offered a multitude of mini sessions for in-person programs.

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Trees of Character in the Glebe

How much pleasure can a tree provide to its owners and the community? In our case, a lot. Part of the attraction of the house we moved into in the Glebe in 1980 was the magnificent Linden tree in the front yard.

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Birds of the Glebe

There is so much more to sparrows once we start looking carefully. Our most commonly seen sparrow is the House Sparrow, which is larger than most other sparrows. They belong to the group known as Old World sparrows, originating in Europe and found throughout Asia and Africa. They were introduced to North America in Brooklyn, New York, in 1851 and have adapted very successfully to urban life everywhere.

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Abbotsford serving seniors in community

After too many months of isolation from friends and family, of shut-downs and lockdowns and trying to figure out Zoom, Ottawa seniors are more than ready to be back socializing at their seniors’ centre across from Lansdowne Park. “They’re ecstatic – some are almost moved to tears to be back and see people again,” said Kirsten O’Brien.

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Glebe report salutes local writing excellence

For 24 and 18 years respectively, the Glebe Report has sponsored two awards for local students showing ability and interest in writing and journalism: the Anne Donaldson Memorial Scholarship for Community Journalism, awarded to a Carleton journalism student, and the Susan Jermyn Award for Creative Writing, given to a Glebe Collegiate student.

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Centretown Community Garden – neighbours helping neighbours

Have you ever noticed a dozen or so garden boxes beside Centretown United Church on Bank Street? You have probably passed them many times without knowing about the Community Garden Project. For several years, volunteers from the church and neighbourhood have been growing vegetables and supplying Centre 507, a city-operated day program located on the second floor of the church, with fresh produce for their soups, sandwiches and salads.

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Doors Open for Music at Southminster

Music fans can now attend Doors Open for Music at Southminster concerts live at noon on Wednesdays at Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue. No preregistration is required, but you are asked to arrive no earlier than 11:40 a.m. and bring your proof of vaccination. Or you can watch the concert live on YouTube. Here is the fall lineup.

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Sylvie’s thriller & mystery review  

Some of the books read so far this year by Sunnyside library’s Sylvie Chartrand. “I mostly like mystery novels; hopefully you can find something that appeals to you.” The books are available at the Ottawa Public Library.

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Stillwater

Stillwater is one of those unassuming at-first-glance movies that once seen cannot be easily forgotten. It has this raw quality that reaches straight for the heartstrings. It is mostly a classical drama telling yet another harrowing story of love and redemption, starring Matt Damon, who needs no introduction, and Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine and My Sister’s Keeper).

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Classic zombie horror comedy worth another look

I absolutely love a good horror film. Movies are a perfect place to explore fear and dread. The visuals, audio and tone used to explore primal emotions and sensations are a fantastic escape from our actual fears – we experience the danger, without the consequences of the danger.

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Films

Freedom of the press is the reason that most of the news we consume is made available to us. Throughout history, journalists have strived to write, share 
and expose the world’s biggest stories and many have even risked their lives
in the process. Their efforts have been depicted in films for years and the art of journalism has also been shown in a fictitious form. These films are broad and engaging.

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The potato

The humble potato is, well, humble, which may be why we forget how great the little guy is. The spud is so simple and yet so versatile. Here is a recipe for Tim’s Top Taters, basically a fried potato with hot sauce served with ranch dressing. It’s so simple and pleasing.

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