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Are we funny yet?

What do an audiologist, a real estate agent and an environmental scientist have in common? A sense of humour and a desire to try something new. These were among my classmates in the stand-up comedy class offered through the Glebe Neighborhood Activities Group at the Glebe Community Centre this fall.

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Climate emergency –

On February 1 at 7 p.m., Clive Doucet, city councillor for Capital Ward from 1997 to 2010, will host a panel discussion with the NDP and the Green Party at the Glebe Community Centre. I recently caught up with Doucet in advance of this event.

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Our green bins’ ‘dirty little secret’

In the December 6 issue of the Glebe Report, I
read with interest Jennifer Humphries’ account of her guided tour … of the industrial plants that process the contents of our blue and black recycling bins….Humphries mentions that the tour group hopes also to visit the Renewi organics composting site operated by Orgaworld Canada Ltd. If the tour goes ahead, she may be as surprised and upset as I was when I discovered what actually happens to our green bin contents and yard waste.

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Meet the mayor of Plymouth Street

Meet the “mayor” of Plymouth Street. If there are two themes that run through the life of Ray Lalonde, they would be the dairy industry and the Glebe Annex.

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Talking trash

With Black Friday behind us and the holidays just ahead, it seems timely to look at how Ottawa deals with waste and to consider ways to limit our own trash footprint.

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The Cabana’s Kitchen – party

I am greeted by the proprietor of The Cabana’s Kitchen, Aseem Bhatia. “The Cabana’s Kitchen is a fast food restaurant with a twist,” Bhatia tells me.

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Neighbourhood of Sacrifice

The Glebe is a truly perfect place to raise a family, build a business and live out a life, but once it must have felt like the saddest place on Earth. Its avenues ran with apprehension and despair. Behind every drawn curtain hid anxious families, broken parents, heartbroken wives, memories of summers past and lost, the promises of futures destroyed and children who would never know their fathers. These were the years of the Second World War.

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Uncle Jack

Uncle Jack was the husband of my mother’s sister Floss. They met in the 1920s when my Auntie Floss was working at the Model Laundry in Watford, England, and Uncle Jack drove the delivery lorry (truck) there. But that is not the end of the story.

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On ‘Top of the World’ in the Glebe

It’s a warm autumn day, sun ablaze, temperature north of 24 when I enter Top of the World (TOTW), the tastefully-designed, well-presented skateboard and snowboard shop at 581 Bank Street.

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NHL dream comes true for Glebites Kuffner and Véronneau

Best friends and Princeton graduates Ryan Kuffner and Max Véronneau, both from the Glebe, are bound to see some hockey action in the big leagues this season. The 23-year-olds made their NHL debuts last March.

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Election candidates

There are 11 candidates vying for election as Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, most of them women. The Glebe Report contacted those candidates for whom we could find information, and received statements from eight. Here is what they have to say to Glebe Report readers.

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John Howard Society’s new building– plans progress

There has been plenty of progress on 289 Carling Avenue, the site of the future supportive-housing building and headquarters for the Ottawa John Howard Society (JHS). One major step was the site-plan proposal.

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Glebe gateway signage

The Glebe Gateway Signage Project is an exciting community initiative that seeks to introduce a welcoming installation at the corner of Bank Street and Chamberlain Avenue. Its aim is to create an engaging point of entry to our vibrant neighbourhood.

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Ottawa Hospital Civic campus expansion

The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus will be replaced by a new facility at the eastern side of the Central Experimental Farm, in the vicinity of Carling Avenue, Preston Street and Prince of Wales Drive. The hospital assembled a Campus Engagement Group (CEG) to help plan for the new campus and to ensure community perspectives would be considered.

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Election 2019 Ottawa Centre

The federal election is expected on Monday, October 21. Thus far, some nine Ottawa Centre candidates have been identified by the Glebe Report (although to date, not all have filed their papers).

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Eastward ho! Flora opens

The Flora Footbridge opened in late June four months earlier than scheduled, cost $2 million less than budgeted, generated greater use than forecast and as a bonus provided a glorious new public space overlooking the Rideau Canal.

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Glebe 
House Tour 
2019

At the Glebe House Tour on Sunday, September 15, from 1 to 4 p.m., you can stroll one of Ottawa’s oldest neighbourhoods, explore five private homes and help support GNAG’s subsidy program.

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Glebe playwright’s award-winning play, An Act of Grace, at the Gladstone

Many Glebe residents will have met John Muggleton, either in his new position as manager of adult and youth programming at Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group (GNAG), or as a co-founder of The Acting Company. I recently sat down with him to talk about that and his new play, An Act of Grace, opening September 9 at the Gladstone.

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Shaping the future of Bank Street

The Bank Street Height & Character Study, which the City of Ottawa kicked off with an open house in February, intends “to ensure that clear policy and zoning frameworks are in place to manage growth and redevelopment on Bank Street.

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This year’s Great Glebe Garage Sale a big success!

A huge thank you to the many Glebe residents and Bank Street merchants who held sales, and to the artisans, musicians, vendors, charities and community organizations that make the Great Glebe Garage Sale such a great part of living in our neighbourhood.

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Hope for return of Mutchmor rink!

I arrived at Mutchmor Public School on May 15 not knowing how many chairs to put out. As the Health, Housing and Social Services chair with the Glebe Community Association, I was helping host a meeting to try to get clarity about whether or not there was any chance the Glebe would get a boarded rink back, furthermore a rink at Mutchmor School.

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Trivuncic — Super-liver…

Kellylee Evans, Glebe resident, has had her share of trying times. Many of them could have killed her, but Evans does not dwell on the “what if;” instead she looks at the “what now.”

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Abbey – SHOE + SHOE

I was met by the very energetic and enthusiastic proprietor Liuba Orlesky when I entered the new children’s shoe store SHOE + SHOE at 802 Bank, former home of the video game outlet. The colourful room is full of wood, the original hardwood.

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Potter – New Art Festival

I first heard of the festival when I moved to Ottawa in 1998. Of course, back then, it was known as Art in the Park. When the festival weekend rolled around months later, I gathered up a few friends, a few snacks and a few dollars, and made my way there.

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Declutter your space: the Great Glebe Garage Sale is coming

One of the highlights of the year for many in Ottawa, this year’s Great Glebe Garage Sale is planned for Saturday, May 25, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., rain or shine. As always, veterans of this annual neighbourhood-wide porch, driveway and garage sale know that keen shoppers will be out searching for the best buys starting even earlier.

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Saving birds, one window at a time

Safe Wings is tackling the problem of bird collisions with a team of volunteers who monitor buildings looking for dead birds, rescuing live ones and collecting data on each collision so we can prove there’s a problem.

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McCrank’s on the move

In the dwindling days of March, I came for a farewell conversation with her and Peter, for at Eastertime they are to close one of the Glebe’s beloved nooks, McCrank’s Cycles, ready for moving across town. On the final day of March they held.

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City launches Bank Street Height & Character Study

The city has launched a long-awaited study of development on Bank Street. Back in 2015, the Glebe Community Association (GCA) was told by city planning staff that Bank Street had little development potential and that the city would not take on any sort of localized planning study.

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One Renfrew is a memory now

If you are walking through Central Park this spring, you may notice something is missing. The one-of-akind English Tudor-style ivy-covered cottage at 1 Renfrew Avenue, east of Lyon, has been demolished.

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Discounts in the Glebe

Everyone loves a bargain. The nice thing about being a student or a senior is that many businesses offer discounts to these two groups. This article provides a quick overview of what discounts are available in the Glebe.

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