Tag Archives: Community

New from the BIA

News from the BIA Congratulations to Glebe Spree winner Sylvie Reichert and her family Meet Andrew Peck, the new Glebe BIA executive director Congratulations to Glebe Spree winner Sylvie Reichert and her family Over the past three years, the BIA’s Glebe-Spree holiday promotion has been attracting more participants from the Glebe and other neighbourhoods. Part […]

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Columns: “Culturescape” and “Grandparents”

Adelle Farrelly asks the age old question “What is love?” in this month’s “Culturescape” column. The Glebe Report is also introducing a column that focuses over the next few months on grandparents. It will consist of Clive Doucet’s “As Grandfathers…” in February, April and June, and Barbara Coyle and Carol MacLeod’s articles on grandmothers in March and May.

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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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Glashan Schoolyard Greening Project

By Angela Keller-Herzog

“Our school looks like a jail!” says a student. The schoolyard is bleak, mostly pavement. To make things worse, the majority of trees shading the yard are ash trees and have to be removed because they are infested by the emerald ash borer.

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Traffic & Lansdowne

The discussion surrounding the ongoing development of Lansdowne continues this month with Carl Brunet’s coverage of the December 9th Lansdowne Traffic & Parking Issues Public Meeting. Tom Tanner participated in a consultation about land use planning, and he sheds some light on the process. Catherine Caule presents a fresh perspective on how and why the Ontario Municipal Board can revamp its appeals process.

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Should you be singing in the shower?

By Seema Akhtar

What can reduce stress, improve mood, lower blood pressure, boost immunity, improve breathing, reduce pain, improve memory and, according to Roxanne Goodman, “uncover hidden talents and open doors in the soul”? Singing can. So, you should keep belting out those show tunes in the shower!

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Exercise and movement

As we ring in the new year, our January issue focuses on health and wellness. Julie Ireton reports on the dance and yoga programs at Abbotsford; Karen Gordon shows us which exercises and yoga poses are ideal for people with osteoporosis; Neil McKinnon talks about the urban poling movement; Julie Houle Cezer introduces Authentic Movement; and Graham Beaton discusses ways to use exercise to control diabetes. Check out these five great articles about healthy living!

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In the baking lab at Algonquin College

By Danielle Blais

After much deliberation and a few setbacks, I found myself holding a piece of paper that said I had been accepted by Algonquin College. The first time I applied, insufficient money prevented my entry; the second time, I was offered a winter term, but with only a month to get everything in order, I felt rushed. They like to say that the third time is the charm and so it was for me.

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The Seasonal Traditions

Many holiday traditions that celebrate the season include services of inspirational music and candlelight that casts a glow in the darkness of winter, beckoning people to gather together.

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Business in the Glebe

After the first snowfall and the appearance of Christmas lights in the trees and shop decorations, people start to get enthused about the holidays and shopping. You can read about the BIA initiatives to make the year more festive, the opening of a new tapas restaurant on Strathcona, and some holiday specials available in Glebe store of the sweet and savoury variety.

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Rachel Collishaw brings history to life at Glebe Collegiate

By Caroline O’Neill

Meet Rachel Collishaw, a history teacher who is both engaged and engaging. She can be found in room 311 at Glebe Collegiate Institute (CGI), happily shepherding her Grade 10 students through the corridors of Canadian history. She brings history to life for her class. Instead of focusing solely on key figures and facts from Canadian history, Collishaw teaches her class about the lesser-known players who might resonate with students. In the photo above, she is seen holding a beautifully illustrated Roll of Honour that commemorates approximately 1,500 teachers and students from Glebe Collegiate who served in the Second World War. Some 200 of those perished and their names are cast in two bronze plaques that adorn both sides of the school’s entrance. The question hangs in the air – who were the people behind the names?

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Books

The Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library provides a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books for those interested in exploring the subject of war and peace in greater depth.

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Exuberance underpins Abbotsford’s November 30 sale and silent auction

Abbotsford Sale and Silent Auction — where treasure hunting is fast and furious! Don’t miss out on the best bazaar ever on November 30.

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Community and Music

By Cheryl Casey

Blame it on the First Avenue Book Sale. That’s where my search for a way to give back to the community first led me: my sons were both students at First Avenue in the 1990s and before long, I was co-chairing its annual book sale – and hooked on volunteer work. As my boys moved on, Paul’s talent as a young violinist led us to the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy (OYOA) where, over the course of 10 years, he progressed through the various ensembles, beginning in Junior Strings and ending in the Ottawa Youth Orchestra. During that time, I enjoyed volunteering in various capacities for the OYOA as parent rep, newsletter editor, event planner and board member.

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Upcoming Arts and Culture Events in the Glebe

Take in some of the up and coming shows on the visual arts scene in the Glebe!

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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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Lansdowne Park in 2013

An Urban Park to Serve the Whole City

By Bob Brocklebank

So far, the evident construction activity at Lansdowne has centred on the parking garage, commercial buildings and the new south-side stands of the stadium. We should remember that a positive aspect of Lansdowne redevelopment will be the transformation of acres of lifeless asphalt into parkland.

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Partygoers posing with a dinosaur

Upcoming Arts and Culture Events

Downtown cultural events are lighting up the fall in Ottawa. Find out first-hand about the creative events coming up in September and October.

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Even Before the Glebe Report, Community News Had Its Champions

Glebe’s early community paper, The Glebe Outlook The Glebe News Glebe’s early community paper, The Glebe Outlook By Andrew Elliott The man pictured in the accompanying photo, Joseph Patrick Dunne, was the co-founder and vice-president of the Glebe Municipal Association and co-publisher of the Glebe Outlook newspaper. Just by chance, while I was researching something […]

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Picture of Mary Lovelace and members of GNAG

Mary Lovelace – making our community better

GNAG’s success is a testament to the significant role Mary Lovelace has played in our community as director of administration for the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group. Mary has been a community icon for over 20 years, and now she is ready to hang up her GNAG T-shirt.

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Sculptor David Fels revels in the language of spirals

by Julie Houle Cezer

Glebe-based artist David Fels has once again taken up the challenge of creating a sculpture from the wood of the 200-to-300-year-old Brighton Beach oak tree, felled some two years ago in Old Ottawa South. As readers may remember, the first wood sculpture that he carved out of this venerable tree, “Sailing Through Time,” resides near the front entrance of the River Building on the Carleton University campus. It was installed in June, 2012 as part of a dual commemoration celebrating the 25th anniversary of the well-known Rick Hansen “man in motion” tour, and the lesser-known 1987 decision by Carleton University to provide disabled students with resident attendant services. This game-changing decision by Carleton kick-started the application of independent living practices in higher education.

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Annual Glebe House Tour September 15

By Suzanne McCarthy

Just when trees and gardens flaunt their full rainbow of colours to tempt you to indulge your senses, along comes the Annual Glebe House Tour and offers you yet another opportunity for a small adventure, a short one, into other worlds. Yes, you are cordially invited into some striking private homes in the neighbourhood. Good design, imaginative decor, and inspired renovation await you. The tour takes place Sunday, September 15, 2013, from 1 to 4 p.m., and includes a complimentary shuttle bus service. Refreshments and sweet nibbles will be served at the Glebe Community Centre from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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The Arts Issue

As part of the Arts Issue, here’s the inside scoop on art in the city.
Patrick Darvasi gives an overview of the 10th anniversary of House of PainT, the annual celebration of hip hop and urban art. Culturescape columnist Adelle Farrelly discusses the social significance of graffiti. Liz McKeen reports on the upcoming the Electric Fields festival. Willem Dunham talks about cartoons at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

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Discovering the rhythm of Ghana

By Eli VanDuzer

My life in Canada keeps time with the beat of a frantic and noisy drum – it soars and dips but never stops. In Africa, people’s lives dance to a drum that is slow, deliberate, sometimes laborious but more full of life than I can put into words. My trip to Ghana this May was nothing like what I expected it to be, and everything I did not know I wanted it to be.

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Dancing with the elements

Dusk Dances Ottawa 2013

By Julie Houle Cezer

The green expanses of Sandy Hill’s Strathcona Park, with its canopy of trees overlooking the Rideau River, are never more welcoming on a hot summer evening than when dance magic is in the air. Akin to a picnic with appetizers and fine wines to savour, the recent fourevening Dusk Dances tour de force offered an inspired menu of five short dances. Staged for outdoor spaces and integrated into the natural elements, these works collectively offer the audience an experience unlike any proscenium-arch production.

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History of the Glebe Sisters: GCA

The Glebe Community Association – where would we be without it?

BY CAROL MACLEOD

Before the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group and before the Glebe Report, there was the Glebe Community Association. The GCA was officially launched late in December of Centennial year. The impetus was the DeLeuw Cather 1967 “alignment study of the downtown distributor” (shudders up many spines across the Glebe!) for the City of Ottawa, which proposed the creation of a crosstown high-traffic road either by extending Carling along Glebe or using Fifth, and bridging the Rideau Canal. It was to be the first of many battles waged to keep our community family-centred and livable.

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History of the Glebe Sisters: Glebe Report

The not-so definitive History of the Glebe Report

BY JULIE HOULE CEZER

The first issue of the Glebe Report, a 12-page edition, hit the streets of the Glebe on Friday, June 17, 1973, a mostly cloudy day with a high of 18 degrees. That week, according to CFRA music charts, Ottawa was swinging and singing to “Playground in My Mind” by Clint Holmes, “My Love” by Paul McCartney and “Daniel” by Elton John.

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History of the Glebe Sisters: GNAG

Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group: A Grassroots movement

BY LIZ MCKEEN

In 1973, the city had just bought, for $300,000, the St. James United Church building with its iconic dome and sloping floor in the main hall, for use as the Glebe’s new community centre. The story of the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group (GNAG) is entwined with that of the community centre in which it performs its magic. Laughter abounds. Learning is non-stop. Brainstorming is a way of life.

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Penny Sanger: Lots of challenges

For this special anniversary edition, past editors were contacted and asked to share their personal recollections of the time they spent as editor of the paper, and to consider some key questions:
• During your editorship, how did you see the role of the Glebe Report as a community paper?
• What were the challenges the community faced at that time and what are your recollections of how the newspaper handled them? Are you especially proud of the Glebe Report’s handling of any issue? On reflection, is there something you would have done differently?
• What are the most pressing challenges facing Glebe residents today? Are they different from those encountered during your editorship? What role can a community newspaper play today?
• How can an enhanced website (and related social media) serve the community and help the Glebe Report fulfill its mandate?

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Sue Pike: My stint as editor of the Glebe Report

For this special anniversary edition, past editors were contacted and asked to share their personal recollections of the time they spent as editor of the paper, and to consider some key questions:
• During your editorship, how did you see the role of the Glebe Report as a community paper?
• What were the challenges the community faced at that time and what are your recollections of how the newspaper handled them? Are you especially proud of the Glebe Report’s handling of any issue? On reflection, is there something you would have done differently?
• What are the most pressing challenges facing Glebe residents today? Are they different from those encountered during your editorship? What role can a community newspaper play today?
• How can an enhanced website (and related social media) serve the community and help the Glebe Report fulfill its mandate?

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Ellen Schowalter: On turning 40

For this special anniversary edition, past editors were contacted and asked to share their personal recollections of the time they spent as editor of the paper, and to consider some key questions:
• During your editorship, how did you see the role of the Glebe Report as a community paper?
• What were the challenges the community faced at that time and what are your recollections of how the newspaper handled them? Are you especially proud of the Glebe Report’s handling of any issue? On reflection, is there something you would have done differently?
• What are the most pressing challenges facing Glebe residents today? Are they different from those encountered during your editorship? What role can a community newspaper play today?
• How can an enhanced website (and related social media) serve the community and help the Glebe Report fulfill its mandate?

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Inez Berg: Fond memories and future thoughts

For this special anniversary edition, past editors were contacted and asked to share their personal recollections of the time they spent as editor of the paper, and to consider some key questions:
• During your editorship, how did you see the role of the Glebe Report as a community paper?
• What were the challenges the community faced at that time and what are your recollections of how the newspaper handled them? Are you especially proud of the Glebe Report’s handling of any issue? On reflection, is there something you would have done differently?
• What are the most pressing challenges facing Glebe residents today? Are they different from those encountered during your editorship? What role can a community newspaper play today?
• How can an enhanced website (and related social media) serve the community and help the Glebe Report fulfill its mandate?

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