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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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Sunnyside partially reopens

Good news! The Sunnyside branch of the Ottawa Public Library will partially reopen on November 16 for “contactless” returns and holds pick-up.

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Raising baby in a pandemic

Newborn care and a global pandemic have some striking similarities. Both encourage staying close to home. Both do strange things with time, where hours stretch to days and months compress to the blink of an eye. Both bring to mind speaking moistly.

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Singing in the pandemic

As the pandemic tightened its grip earlier this year, the Rideau Chorale Board wasn’t sure we’d be able to continue this great Canadian activity. What were we to do? Stop singing? No. Like most of our fellow choirs, we figured out how we could continue to make music safely.

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Consultations close for Canada Lands development in Glebe Annex

Canada Lands Company (CLC), together with their joint venture partner the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO), is wrapping up its virtual community consultation on its rezoning proposal for 291/299 Carling Avenue. Since the proposal was last seen in 2019, a number of changes have taken place.

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The Jazz beat goes on… outdoors

Glebop Jazz and Friends (trumpeter John Haysom, pianist Bert Waslander, vocalist Helen Glover, bassist Alrick Huebener, and saxophonist Rick Moxley) brought live jazz to the great Glebe outdoors in August, in memory of Howard Tweddle, one of the founders of the Glebop Jazz Trio, who died of COVID-19.

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Bank Street Height/Character Study: City recommendations soon

The city will present its recommendations in September for the Bank Street Height & Character Study. This work is intended to provide a vision and guide future development along Bank Street in the Glebe. The city had invited feedback on preliminary ideas.

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Glebe track-and-field standouts join Dalhousie Tigers

Two Glebe Collegiate Institute grads are continuing their track and field careers with the Dalhousie Tigers. Mackenzie Kitchen will be competing in the high jump, and her classmate Kate Collings will be competing as a sprinter and hurdler.

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An Anxious reopening  

Kids are heading back to school and Glebe bars, restaurants and stores are serving customers inside again, but the champagne is still on hold – any celebration of getting back to normal is tempered by fears.

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Reopenings in the Glebe

Glebe merchants have been working hard over the past few months to safely reopen and begin serving the patrons they love so much. With “open” signs hanging from nearly every business, that familiar neighbourhood vibe is slowly starting to return.

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A hundred years in the Glebe

While the Glebe has lost some trees, many of the grand old trees from the 1800s, before there were houses in the Glebe, still remain. One such tree is in our backyard. Its roots run deep, and it struck me how my Glebe roots run almost as deep.

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Lansdowne Farmers’ Market reopens

The Lansdowne Farmers’ Market reopened on May 31 with pandemic precautions that require online prepayment of goods with vendors. Here’s how it works.

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Glebe neighbourhood vibes return with opening of shops

When Jennifer Adam reopened her kitchen supply store in the Glebe after being closed for more than two months, she had no idea whether to expect lineups or crickets. But knowing how loyal her customers have been over the years, Adam and her husband John prepared for a busy time.

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Grapevine and Marketplace June

The Glebe Report’s Grapevine is our community bulletin board bringing the latest bits of neighbourhood news.

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Otto Graser – 50 years of friendship

Otto Graser of the Glebe died of COVID-19 on April 6. The story of his 50-year friendship with three friends in the Glebe is told by one of the quartet, Jaan Krusberg.

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Glebe merchants adapt

When Katherine Slack was told her stationery supply boutique had to shut its doors due to COVID-19, she had no idea whether or not her business could survive.

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Grapevine and Marketplace

The Glebe Report’s Grapevine is our community bulletin board bringing the latest bits of neighbourhood news.

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