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Entrepreneurial spirit knows no age: the Glebe’s youngest shoveller

Everyone remembers the first winter that they had to shovel their own driveway. After years of watching from the window as Dad trudged through a blizzard with a shovel or a blower, the torch was finally passed on.

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Candidates for Councillor, Capital Ward 17

The Glebe Report asked the candidates for Councillor for Capital Ward 17 to provide our readers with a brief statement of their priorities. Here are statements from Shawn Menard, Rebecca Bromwich and Daniel Rogers.

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The Party in the Park is back!

For the first time since 2019, the Glebe Annex Community Association (GACA) hosted a “Party in the Park” at Dalhousie South Park on Saturday, August 13.

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Crazy Pho You a little-known gem

Crazy Pho You, at the corner of Bronson and Carling, specializes in authentic Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese cuisine. The restaurant’s newest owner, Khanh Luu, is excited to serve the local community his delicious fresh food.

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The Margarita Mural: Emilio’s love letter to the Glebe

The Margarita Restaurant opened in January 2020, just before the pandemic hit Ottawa. Emilio Escobedo, the owner of the restaurant, said he was hesitant to buy the place and wouldn’t have if his mother, after whom the restaurant is named, hadn’t pushed him to do so.

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Iraq to Canada:

The Hakem family of four from Iraq arrived in Canada in September 2016. They had been asked whether they wanted to be sponsored by the government of Canada or by a group of Canadians purposely formed to help refugees; the father, Hareth, replied: “Whichever will get us there quicker!”

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GNAG welcomes new executive director  

GNAG is very pleased to announce its new executive director, following in Mary Tsai’s substantial footsteps.

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A Letter to my younger self – my last article

From departing GNAG executive director Mary Tsai: As I leave GNAG, there are many things that my younger self would have done well to know. I was moved and inspired by my husband’s recent retirement letter to his younger self and decided to follow his lead.

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Beandigen Café extends an Indigenous welcome

Beandigen Café on Exhibition Way at Lansdowne Park is a recent addition to the Glebe. It is owned and run by Paula Naponse and her daughter Jayde Micah-Naponse, and it showcases Indigenous art along with serving coffee, drinks and snacks.

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Proposals for Lansdowne 2.0

The City of Ottawa has been working with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) over the past year to develop a plan to make Lansdowne financially self-sustaining, and their revitalization plans were shared on April 20 during a meeting of the Lansdowne Stakeholder Sounding Board. In short, there are major changes being proposed in what is becoming known as Lansdowne 2.0.

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Provincial election candidates in Ottawa Centre

The provincial election will take place on June 2. The Glebe Report presents statements by the candidates for Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Ottawa Centre: Shelby Bertrand (Green); Katie Gibbs (Liberal); Joel Harden (NDP); Marc Adornato (None of the Above); and Glen Armstrong (New Blue).

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Great Glebe Garage Sale only a few days away

The Great Glebe Garage Sale is a popular community event that, except for the past two pandemic years, has been held on the fourth Saturday of every May since 1986, when it was established by the Glebe Community Association. This year, it is planned for Saturday, May 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Great Glebe Garage Sale is back after two years

After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the Great Glebe Garage Sale is coming back. While the in-person event was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Glebe Community Association (GCA) is planning to hold it this spring on May 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., subject to public health advice.

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The latest on Queensway construction

If you have ventured anywhere near the Queensway (aka Highway 417) this year, you may have noticed that work on the Midtown Bridge Replacement Project is now in full swing. The new and improved versions of the Booth and Rochester overpasses are already peeking up expectantly over the north side of the highway.

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Behind the mask – say what?

I wear hearing aids, purple ones. The colour has varied over the past 35 years. My hearing loss was “mild” when I was five, “moderate” when I was 20, but “profound “ (no sound, only vibration) by the time I was 30. Not a game-changer for the most part, as I’d become quite adept at lip reading over the years. Lip reading was especially useful in the classroom, where I worked as an education assistant and teacher.

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The ‘Freedom’ Convoy in downtown Ottawa

I had just recovered from COVID-19 when the Freedom Convoy rolled into Ottawa. After 10 days of fatigue and isolation, I felt unusually eager to see our new guests. As a firm believer in public health measures, I was opposed to the goals of the convoy from the beginning, but I was also intensely curious.

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We’ve been skating on the Canal for more than 150 years

Ottawans have been skating on the Canal since at least the 1860s. The Ottawa Citizen reported that thousands were taking to the ice by the 1870s.

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Tree myths and misconceptions

Funny thing about trees: Most people like them, but even when they do, some adamantly do not want any on their property. What reasons do they give? Among others, they’re messy, they damage sewer pipes and foundations, and they’re dangerous. But these views are rooted in myths and misconceptions.

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There’s something about Mary

The Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group has been an integral part of the Glebe for decades, and at its core has been its indefatigable executive director, Mary Tsai. Thus it came as a surprise to many when Mary announced that she would be retiring as executive director in 2022.

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Clyde Sanger remembered

The Glebe lost one of its biggest fans and comprehensive chroniclers in January when journalist Clyde Sanger died at the age of 93. His ties to the Glebe and the Glebe Report run deep.

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Glebe needs affordable housing

Our affordable housing crisis is only worsening. Homelessness is growing, particularly among families with children. As a neighbourhood, we can make a difference. The Health, Housing and Social Services committee of the Glebe Community Association is brainstorming how we can address these massive and complex issues.

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All shook up – blasting at ‘The Clemow’

On the morning of November 2, a strong blast shook homes near the building site of The Clemow retirement residence at 275 Carling. The blasting was part of the excavation for the five-storey underground parking garage in the 16-storey development. After feeling the intense vibrations, residents from Dow’s Lake, the Glebe Annex and the Glebe began contacting Councillor Shawn Menard’s office to voice their concerns.

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Bank Street Plan approved by City’s Planning Committee

After three years, the Bank Street Height and Character Study finally made it to Planning Committee where it gained unanimous approval on November 25. Hooray! Next stop is consideration by full City Council.

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Dog grooming is her passion

As a teenager, Jenna Stevenson’s favourite Disney movie was The Fox and The Hound. She also dreamed about being a dog groomer and thought the film’s title would be the perfect name for her future business. Now it is – in May, Stevenson opened the Fox and Hound Grooming Company at 790 Bronson Avenue.

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Happy ending to the tale of tree sabotage

In June 2019, I looked out the front window of our house and a flash of white caught my eye. When I investigated, I discovered that bark had been meticulously cut around our large blue spruce tree. Not being familiar with such things, I quickly googled and learned about girdling, a process used to kill trees.

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Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club begins restoration

The Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club on the banks of the Rideau River serves the whole of Ottawa but more particularly nearby neighbourhoods, including the Glebe. Indeed, before it moved to Old Ottawa South, it operated in the Glebe for a full two decades, from 1902 to 1922.

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Mitigating negative impacts of the new hospital on the Glebe

It should come as no surprise that the Dow’s Lake Residents Association has been responding to some of the serious flaws in the plans for the new Civic Hospital campus in the Experimental Farm near Dow’s Lake and the Arboretum.

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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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Ottawa Centre Election guide 2021 – Website updated September 17. 2021

Ottawa Centre voters will elect a Member of Parliament on September 20. Find out who is running and what those candidates who responded have to say.

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