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Elaine Marlin: Paper of record

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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Reopening the doors of St. Giles Presbyterian Church


The people of St. Giles Presbyterian Church are very happy that the front doors of our church are once again open to the Glebe community. The Sanctuary of St. Giles was closed and locked by the Presbytery of Ottawa at a closing service on Sunday, November 20, 2011. Worship services subsequently were held downstairs until a recent decision by the Presbytery to reopen the Sanctuary. On Sunday, May 12 the Presbytery conducted a special reopening service for our Sanctuary. About a hundred people attended this joyous occasion. After almost a year and half downstairs, regular Sunday morning services (10:30 a.m.) resumed upstairs in the Sanctuary starting Sunday, May 19.

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Two opinion pieces discussing housing development in the Glebe and surrounding neighbourhoods: Jeff Walker’s ‘Conversion houses’ – coming soon to a street near you? and Robert Bell’s City planning ‘consultation’ – a tilted playing field?

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Music Then & Now: 40th Anniversary Party

Come out for a night of fun on Friday, June 21 from 7-11pm. GNAG and the Glebe Report are celebrating their 40th birthday with a party! Tickets for Music Then & Now, the 40th Anniversary Party, are only $6 for adults and free for youth!

There will be a cash bar, snacks, birthday desserts and live music featuring Video Dance First Quality Sound and Barry and the Blasters Rhythm and Blues Band !

Don’t miss this awesome community event! Tickets are on sale at Compact Music (Glebe), GCC counter, the Ottawa Folklore Centre, and at the door.

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Save Glebe ash trees – act now



The emerald ash borer arrived in Ottawa in 2008 and has now spread to every part of the city, including the Glebe. The tiny invasive bug, originally from China, is devastating Ottawa’s tree canopy, which, according to city foresters, is fully one quarter ash. Without treatment to control the ash borer, virtually every ash tree in the city will die, resulting in the loss of hundreds of thousands of trees in the next few years. The city’s foresters are advising that this summer is pretty well the last opportunity to save ash trees – and indeed, the Glebe has already begun to lose ash trees and many more show signs of damage.

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That wonderful day will soon be upon us. It’s the time when you finally get to purge all the unwanted stuff from your house! Whether it’s a well-loved sofa, an antique dresser that no longer matches the décor, or clothes from your former fashion self, this is the day for all your old stuff to find a new home, and the day for deals to be found for all those on the hunt for new stuff! It’s a fun day for shopping in the Glebe, people watching, or just getting out to see friends and take in the neighbourhood at its most festive!

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Play lots or parking lots?


The February edition of the Glebe Report included an update on the planned “switch” of programs, students and staff between Mutchmor and First Avenue schools. This update will focus on the issues associated with providing parking for the larger staff contingent at the expanded Mutchmor School in 2014. City of Ottawa bylaws require 14 parking spaces based on the expected staff size of the new Mutchmor School. These spaces have been accommodated on the existing school site. Less certain is the number of additional spaces that may be required, with up to 29 more spaces needing to be found, since the current practice of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is to provide parking for all staff at the school where they work.

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Consultations on “consultation”


Throughout the month of April, the City of Ottawa held meetings and conducted an online survey on the question of public engagement. One might wonder why.

In theory, municipal government is closest to the people. This is supposed to be the level of government at which ordinary citizens can most readily have access to decision-makers and take a direct role in how they are governed. Expectations run high. Citizens want access to their elected representatives, and councillors do faithfully show up at innumerable community meetings. The flow of city information, whether to explain garbage collection or to entreat people to conserve water, is continuous. So what is the issue?

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Doors Open 2013


Doors will be opening wide all over the Glebe and Old Ottawa South when Doors Open Ottawa returns on June 1 and 2. This is your chance to visit some of the city’s most architecturally, historically and culturally interesting buildings. Many of these are not normally open to the public. And by the way, it’s free!

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Witness to an OMB hearing: part II

By Tom Tanner Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part article on a citizen’s account of the process, procedures and arguments at the February 13 to 15 Ontario Municipal Board hearing into 174 Glebe Avenue. Last month I described my reaction to the Ontario Municipal Board hearing held to consider the zoning change […]

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Can’t stop eating potato chips? Michael Moss can tell you why

Reviewed by Dorothy A. Phillips

Michael Moss, a Pulitzer prize- winning New York Times investigative reporter, has written a damning indictment of the food and beverage industry in his new book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. The food manufacturers, he writes, are “engineering” products that we not only desire, but crave and can’t stop eating. They are not concerned with nutrition, but with beating their competitors for our dollars and “stomach share.”

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Shakespeare lab in the Glebe!

By Bryan Morris

Last month’s issue of the Glebe Report demonstrates the depth of interest in Shakespeare in the Glebe. Professional and dedicated amateur players from the Glebe and other neighbourhoods in downtown Ottawa work together to provide a rich theatre experience for our local audiences. Over the last few years, Glebe Neighbourhood Activitives Group (GNAG) Theatre has produced three Shakespearean classics: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night and King Lear. Each play included 30 or more local teen and adult actors, and found enthusiastic and appreciative audiences from the Glebe.

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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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From 1979 map

Community streetscape design: part II

By Andrew Elliott

Last month we looked at the development of Clemow Avenue as an example of a productive partnership between a federal agency and private developers to the long-term benefit of the neighbourhood. This month, looking for inspiration in planning the Glebe today, we can go back 40 years to the creative planning exercises conducted by the City of Ottawa.

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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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Book Sale

First Avenue book sale – thirty years of reading and recycling the written word

By Kylie Taggart

In 1983, the parents of First Avenue Public School students embarked on a new fundraising initiative: a book sale. The school had just undergone an extensive renovation and the new gym was the perfect site to host the sale. Children were encouraged to ask their families and neighbours for used books, and classes with high participation won prizes like a pizza lunch. One volunteer sewed a large canvas sign to advertise the sale.

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Mutchmor / First Avenue public school ‘switch’ – update

By Sharon Chartier

January 14, 2013 marked an important milestone in the ‘switch’ of programs, students and staff between Mutchmor Public School and First Avenue Public School, planned for September, 2014. On that date Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre, announced funding for an addition to Mutchmor School that would provide the necessary added capacity to accommodate the student population in the Glebe.

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Community streetscape design – Clemow Avenue

By Andrew Elliott

As many people know, the Glebe developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a streetcar suburb. In particular, when Clemow Avenue Driveway was developed between 1904 and 1914, its advertisers were quick to trumpet its relative proximity to the Bank Street streetcar line that could take people downtown in less than 20 minutes.

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Radio Glebe: broadcasting classic hits from a basement studio

By Paco Dvoi

“Ever since I was a teen I have always been interested in both radio and music,” explains Doug McKeen. He is a retiree with thousands of vinyl records and CDs, decades of listening experience and, thanks to a bit of technology, his very own Internet radio station.

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Keeping Healthy

Are we healthy?

By Pat Goyeche

Health, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is a “state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

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CAT Squad

Youth Helping Youth

By Mary Tsai-Davies

Over the past few years, GNAG has been very active in initiating new programs focused on youth, some of which have been adopted in other community centres across the city. The Be in the Band program, developed in cooperation with the Bluesfest Blues in the Schools organization, is just one example of this.

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Mutchmor Oath

Building a warm and caring school

By Amanda and Nora

Students at Mutchmor Public School work hard to build our school towards our Big Five—the five ways we build our warm and caring school

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Making the community a little more Awesome

By Julie Houle Cezer

You want to make a difference in your community. You have a great idea that is motivating you to seek out like-minded volunteers who have the skills and time to pull off your plans.

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