Tag Archives: Glebe Today

Ecology in the Glebe

Spring is finally here and there’s no better time to embrace your green side! Read on to find out about local intiatives that help make the Glebe a beautiful and ecologically bountiful place to live, work, and play.

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David A. Walden writes in response to Bob Brocklebank’s invitation in his Viewpoint article (Glebe Report, March 14, 2014) to share opinions on improving public participation in civic issues.

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Health and wellness

Add some spring into your step with these useful articles on health and wellness.

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Community Life

Glebites are lucky to live in such a wonderful part of the city – we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to outdoor adventures that are right in our backyard! Check out the great images captured by Julie Houle Cezer, Christine McAllister, and Lorrie Loewen.

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‘The Veil’ a breath of fresh air

In purely quantitative terms, you might find the sheer volume and diversity of construction projects on the site of the former Lansdowne Park to be impressive, albeit overwhelming and intimidating. However, thinking of design quality, you are unlikely to conclude that the proliferation and massing of the box-like buildings qualify as anything other than utilitarian and unimaginative.

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GCA Updates

Christine McAllister, Bobby Galbreath, and Brian Mitchell bring updates on traffic, zoning, Lansdowne, and other community matters from the Glebe Community Association.

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Business Buzz

This month, we feature two new businesses to the Glebe: Flapjack’s Pancake Shack and Delightful Tastes. If you’re craving a yummy, home-made pancake creation, be sure to visit the Shack — it’s tucked away behind Mrs Tiggy Winkles, so don’t miss it! And if nut-free sweets are your kind of treat, Delightful Tastes will be sure to tickle your taste buds.

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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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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 and Lansdowne

Glebe residents, the Glebe Community Association and the Lansdowne Traffic Advisory Committee have been expending a great deal of effort over the past months to identify and suggest solutions to current and future traffic issues in the Glebe.

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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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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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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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Friends and ‘friending’ in the age of social media

By Adelle Farrelly

On September 12, social media giant Twitter announced – in a tweet, of course – that it is going public. This is just further evidence of social media’s entrenchment in our lives. For those under 30, Facebook has been around for all of our adult lives. Along with competitors Twitter, Google+ and MySpace, it has become the primary way people keep in touch. To untangle the benefits and drawbacks, I posted the following on Facebook: “Do you think that social media brings you closer to those you care about, or do you think that it has a distancing effect? Would your life and relationships be richer without it?”

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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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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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History of the Glebe Sisters: GCA

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


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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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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Update on proposed parking on Mutchmor Field


The Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) recently announced its intention to use 10,000 square feet of Mutchmor Field between Third and Fourth avenues to provide additional staff parking for Mutchmor Public School, once First Avenue Public School and Mutchmor’s programs, students and staff are “switched” in 2014. This proposal was unexpected and short on community consultation.

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Glebe Ash Trees Succumbing to Emerald Ash Borer


Now that the trees have leafed out, the devastation being wrought by the Emerald Ash Borer is there for all to see. While our foresters have been sounding the alarm bells for several years, seeing the incontrovertible evidence in our front and backyards is still shocking.

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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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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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