Today Rideau-Vanier Street Talk #Ottvote @CBCOttawa

Lucy Van Olden and CBC Street Talk will be in MacDonald Gardens Park today from noon until 1PM. McDonald Gardens is located near Rideau St and Charlotte St.

80 - "Stone Gazebo" as seen in MacDonald Gardens ParkCome down to watch the recording and share your opinions on the Ottawa Municipal elections race in your ward and the issues that matter most to you.

Rideau-Vanier Candidate makes case for Central Library

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Libraries HeartVisionary thinking could uplift not only the Byward Market but all of Ward 12. I love libraries, including our 60’s- style current Central library at Laurier & Metcalfe. A library at the heart of the Market in sites that are only car parks and with underground parking could truly transform local perception of why we go to the market. This type of infrastructure would brand the market as a local as well as a tourist destination. Further, libraries world wide are of course visited by tourists so this idea doesn’t negate but only uplifts the current profile. Currently Bayview is under consideration for the location of the ‘Central’ library which may be handy for Hintonburg but what about those in Centretown, Lowertown, the Glebe etc who chose to live downtown so they can walk and bike to use service rather than drive. Ward 12 and the market needs an advocate that stands up for preserving not only the physical heritage but also the historical importance of the Byward market as a core part of our city and not simply a tourist destination. A candidate who proposes workable positive and truly transformative ideas is one definitely worth very serious consideration.

Originally posted on Metro News:

If Ottawa gets a new central library to replace the beat up main branch at Metcalfe and Laurier, Catherine Fortin LeFaivre wants it in the ByWard Market.

The candidate for Rideau-Vanier says a new library complete with local ma and pa coffee shops and bakeries could do a lot for Ottawa’s trendy inner city.

“It wouldn’t be just a library, it would be an anchor for a public square where many other things could take place,” she said.

“Other cities have great squares and we don’t have one in Ottawa.”

Part of LeFaivre’s platform is to turn the market from a boozy haven for late night partying into a more inclusive, family friendly space. She said there is a movement to “take back the market.”

“There are just too many bars and restaurants in the market now and that has really changed the dynamic of the market,” said LeFaivre.

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Christopher Griffin’s Nuit Blanche Bypass! Portage: Be Part of the Creation

Esteemed artist Christopher Griffin is taking Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau (NBOG) 2014 theme BYPASS! to the artistic extreme.

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Griffin will launch “Portage” an interactive clay flash mob experience where the public is welcomed to touch, mold, embellish and ultimately create an art installation on Friday Sept, 19th.  Griffin has chosen to literally interpret Nuit Blanche’s 2014 theme BYPASS by veering from the official date and unleashing his art party of clay, dj’d beats and creativity one night early.

The result of Friday’s “Portage” will be screened on the official Nuit Blanche evening whereby visitors can revisit the courtyard party now passed.

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24 York Street – the courtyard
Friday September 19th 4:00-11:00PM

Christopher Griffin is a Canadian artist that has exhibited work throughout North, Central and South America. Griffin’s works are largely inspired by his extensive travels and by his local observations.

Christopher Griffin_Concrete ElephantGriffin has exhibited at Nuit Blanche since its inaugural year 2012 where his “Flourishing Herd of Elephants” proved a hugely popular exhibit encapsulating the mystique and joyfully humane expression of the event while 2013’s “SuperNova” melding of clay and automobile captured the all-nighter imaginings of rebirth and the melding of factory made creation enrobed in crafted clay.

Rideau Vanier Candidates Debate – Monday Sept 15th

The race for the Ward 12 Rideau-Vanier is nothing if not exciting. With many issues from homelessness, the urgent need for revitalisation, committed representation, smart place-making and increasing modal-share just to name a very few.

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Monday night will be the first All Candidates debate – strictly on transportation issues – in our ward and it is taking place 7PM at 159 Murray.  Transportation touches on so much and is an integral part of making Ward12 a full success ensuring room for pedestrians, patios, and all modes of transit. Prep some tough questions and come here how your candidates respond.

Go Gold this Sunday

We’ve written several times about Overbrook neighbour Phoebe Rose Doull Hoffman and her childhood cancer  challenges.GoGold

Unfortunately, she and her family will not be able to attend this year’s awareness raising event in Ottawa due to Phoebe’s relapse treatment in Denver, Co. However we urge the neighbourhood and beyond to come out in droves to Parliament Hill this Sunday at 5:45PM for the Childhood Cancer Awareness rally for a wonderful, fun and important evening. There will be music, puppets, speakers, face-painting, bubbles and more.

Serious though this topic is GO GOLD is a heart-warming gathering and  fun event that needs your presence to make it’s message heard. -So please come alone, with friends, with kids, for a short visit or stay the duration but please come out and see the Peace Tower GO GOLD in support of all those and their families afflicted by Childhood Cancer

Eye Spy: Two Parks, Two Events, One Neighbourhood TODAY!

windinthewillowsJoin Odyssey & Rag and Bone Theatre for today’s final matinee performance at 1PM in Strathcona Park. The sun is currently shinning bright over Sandy Hill so no better opportunity to experience theatre in the great outdoors with kids and the young at heart. Today’s performance from the innovative puppet theatre Rag & Bone Theatre brings Kenneth Grahame classic “The Wind in The Willows” to Ottawa’s stage with a river view.

1PM Strathcona Park (River Road by Laurier Ave E)

RAIN DATE MOVE!!! Play has been relocated to All Saint’s Church 317 Chapel St at Laurier Ave.

80 - "Stone Gazebo" as seen in MacDonald Gardens ParkThis evening it’s over to MacDonald Garden’s Park on the opposite side of Rideau to celebrate the centenary of this local dog-friendly haven with one of the best sunset views in the capital city. This park has a fantastical history as a previous a cemetery when the cemetery by Parliament (Queen St) was moved here due to overcrowding in the 1830’s. Come celebrate 100 years and learn some of Ottawa’s oldest history.
6PM MacDonald Gardens.Park (Between Coburg St & Wurtemburg St and Heney St & Rideau St)

Eye Spy: “The Birder” sees native son return to Ottawa Screens

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The Birder” premières tomorrow Thursday July 31st at Ottawa’s Mayfair Theatre on Bank St.  The comedy, currently boasting a 7.9/10 IMDB rating, sees mild-mannered bird watcher Ron (Tom Cavanagh – Ottawa born and yours truly’s brother) seek revenge after losing out as Head of Ornithology at a National Park to a younger couple.

As well as Cavanagh, The Birder heralds the return of wonderful Ontario-born actor Graham Greene, perennial comedy master Fred Willard in the role of Park President with Toronto natives Tommie-Amber Pirie and Mark Rendall who is rumoured to deliver a tremendous performance.

An Official Selection at Raindance Film Festival 2013, the Calgary International Film Festival, the Canadian Film Fest and the Los Angeles Comedy Festival The Birder promises smart wit and charm.

The Mayfair is a great choice given Tom lived as a child for  several years around the corner in Old Ottawa South on Willard St.

Tomorrow’s première will be attended by the film’s Director Theodore Bezaire, Producer Gerry Lattman and more so fly on out for a great flick with a touch of home!

The Birder
Thursday July 31st 7:00PM
The Mayfair Theatre 1074 Bank St.