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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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The City’s Official Plan

The City’s draft new Official Plan has great vision, but it is hobbled by key problems. Its ambiguous language will continue to seed conflict and destroy trust. It leaves existing neighbourhoods high and dry on intensification, and the City’s intensification modelling remains a baffling black box.

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NCC Patterson Creek bistro – two years in the making

The much-anticipated NCC bistro opened in late July and for the most part has been enthusiastically received. But Glebe citizens spent untold hours fact-finding and negotiating to improve the design.

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Cannabis stores smokin’ in the Glebe

Does the Glebe have too many cannabis retailers? The cannabis retail sector has experienced a boom across Ottawa in recent years. The influx of new dispensaries along with the COVID-19 pandemic have challenged cannabis retailers to get creative.

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Feisty Senator Jim Munson fills big shoes

After 17 years in the Senate, which ended last month when he turned 75, it’s hardly a surprise that the Glebe’s Jim Munson left with a more positive view of the Upper Chamber than he had in his early days on Parliament Hill.

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Noffke brings Mediterranean charm to the Glebe

No house in Ottawa takes me back to my university years in Santa Barbara as readily as the Spanish (Colonial) Revival house on Clemow Avenue. It was designed and built by the noted Ottawa architect, Werner Noffke, in a style then emerging in the south-lands of California.

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The Ottawa Hospital unveils revised plans for the new Civic Campus

Last month, The Ottawa Hospital released revised plans for its new Civic campus. Gone are the circular, doughnut-shaped design and bulking block diagrams. They have been replaced by a central building flanked by two wings, one seven storeys and the other 11, with the main entrance on Carling Avenue.

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A final farewell to Ernesto

Just three years after retiring from the barber shop that still bears his name, Ernesto Falbo passed away in May at the age of 78 after a battle with cancer.

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The Majestic Great Blue Heron

Along the canal and other local waterways, especially in ponds and inlets where the water is shallower, we are often treated to a close-up view of the Great Blue Heron. It doesn’t matter how often I’ve seen it, I don’t seem to be able to resist pausing and appreciating this majestic bird living among us urbanites.

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Jabapalooza:

It was truly the most meaningful way to spend a Saturday – a six-hour “Jabapalooza” on Fourth Avenue that saw more than 200 people get their rst jab of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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How long does it take to change a light bulb (under COVID)?

Twenty fours later came the bad news: “COVID-19 detected.” How could this possibly happen? The next day, my wife also tested positive; three days later, our daughter.

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Birds of the Glebe

No, it’s not just a duck!
Probably like most people, I thought any duck was a mallard, our most familiar breed, until I started observing more carefully the amazing variety of ducks we can find close to home.

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Glebe Central Pub – a story of suffering and survival

On August 1, 2019, my business partner Blair Brassard and I took over what was then known as Pints and Quarts, located conveniently between Second and Third avenues, in the appropriately named Glebe Central building. We had no experience in the bar/restaurant business.

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John Howard Society coordinator will engage community

With the construction of the John Howard Society (JHS) supportive-housing development at 289 Carling Avenue now into its fourth month, the JHS has stepped up preparations to operate in the community by hiring residential coordinator Joshua Bridges.

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GCI student historians uncover the truth about the True North

History students at Glebe Collegiate Institute, participating in the OCDSB’s Project True North, have been uncovering the hidden stories of Canada’s first and only segregated Black battalion.

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Great Glebe Garage Sale cancelled for a second year

The annual Great Glebe Garage Sale has been cancelled for a second straight year due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. It was also cancelled last year because of public health restrictions.

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Our 15-minute neighbourhood’s gems

During COVID, the term 15-minute neighbourhood is being tossed about with enthusiasm in Ottawa and in other cities around the world. It’s a great catchphrase, suggestive of walking everywhere, social connection, comfort food around the corner, safe streets and clean air. But what exactly does it mean? Is the Glebe a 15-minute neighbourhood?

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A year of COVID

On March 11 last year, word went out throughout the land: “Pandemic.” And with that, our world turned upside down. How have we spent our time in limbo?

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The Good Cannabis Company: the first in the Glebe

When Simon Anisman was a baby, his mom took him to her store, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s, and put him in a basket under the counter while she sold toys. Forty-three years later, Anisman is now behind the counter in that same location selling cannabis.

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The Glebe Centre: the story of a COVID-19 outbreak

It was Sunday, October 25 when the fax machine delivered the news that we had been evading for the previous eight months – COVID-19 had hit the Glebe Centre.

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New 417 bridges will start work this year

As part of the Ministry of Transportation’s Highway 417 Midtown Bridges project, Rochester and Booth Street bridges will be replaced in 2022, the Bronson and Percy bridges in 2023 and the Preston bridge in 2024. Work is expected to start this year.

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New Glebe Gateway celebrates our neighbourhood

The Glebe now has its very own gateway sign – a colourful, vibrant and welcoming way to mark the entrance to our charming community. Those coming from downtown will certainly know the exact moment they hit the Glebe. And it provides a great new backdrop for selfies!

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New restaurant thrives in the Glebe

When Emilio Escobedo came to Canada four years ago, he couldn’t find authentic Mexican food. Now he can, at the two restaurants he owns and runs on Bank Street in the Glebe. Mona’s Taqueria, his new restaurant, opened its doors at 873 Bank on September 1. That same day, his other restaurant, Margarita, moved from that location to 895 Bank (previously Bowmans).

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Planning for the new Civic hospital

While largely out of the public eye, planning for the new Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital is well underway. This September, planning for the new facility entered stage two of the Ministry of Health’s Capital Planning Process.

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OSEG seeks city bailout for failing Lansdowne

Six years after its opening, the Lansdowne redevelopment is on the brink of financial collapse and can only survive with financial help from the city, according to City of Ottawa manager Steve Kanellakos.

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Lansdowne leads on waste management

The Zero Waste Committee of the Glebe Community Association met with Councillor Shawn Menard to talk about putting waste issues on the agenda at Lansdowne. The park is an Ottawa icon and a central feature of the Glebe, among others. Its status makes it a model for other parks, so the GCA and partner community associations believe it should be a leader in the management of waste.

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