Saturday Night is Bettye Hyde Trivia Night

This Saturday, Nov 21st, support local and win big at the 9th annual Bettye Hyde TriviaNight. Trivia night tickets are 25$ however a FREE silent auction reception kicks off the soirée.

The evening at Bate Hall (317 Chapel St) features cocktails and silent auction from 6:00-7:30PM. The chance to take home great prizes accompanies an opportunity to catch up with neighbours in the elegant atmosphere of this stunning heritage venue. The cocktail event is followed by the trivia night from 8-11PM where locals will vie to take home the coveted trophy of honour.

This aim of the community event is to improve the school playground equipment. Spring 2016 will see the addition of permanent garden structures to nurture motor-skill development in a natural setting that plans to include climbing rocks and a water feature.

For more information or to purchase Trivia tickets contact


The Bravery of Phoebe Rose

It is with unbearable sadness we received the news yesterday morning that Phoebe Rose had died.

Her incredible strength and the tireless love, belief and pursuit of a cure by her family had so many of us hoping she would defeat the monstrous cancer, MLL and infantile leukemia, with which she was diagnosed at 9weeks of age.  Her journey is documented here in her mother Jenny’s blog.

Phoebe Rose hat

Last night we lit a candle for Phoebe Rose, her sister Mae and her family. Phoebe Rose’s indomitable spirit will live on in our hearts but 5 years is too short a life and 3% of the healthcare budget is to little for these brave children.

Keep shining Phoebe Rose and rest easy.

Terror Impact: preferential coverage and little ears

On Friday evening following the repulsive terror attacks, we limited the news in our household mindful of the fears it might awaken in our 6-year-old.

Beirut Iraq Paris SyriaFrom Beirut through Paris, and in so many other regions, people were going about their daily lives when horror erupted. Accompanying death were traumatic, chilling sights and sounds imprinted on survivors and transmitted to onlookers near and far.

As we began to weigh-in on what to tell a young child. Whether to share or shelter her from the news that was, after all, not on our shores the question of the location raised its head.

The continued pervasive coverage of France’s tragedy is neither surprising nor an insult to other countries or populations that have equally suffered. This is not a competition. In London the coverage of 7/7 was intense and on-going for months, especially in the UK. Last year the October shooting in Ottawa, Canada saw international coverage but no where was this coverage more concentrated and extensive than in Canada.

Paris is an international city; one of the most visited and well-known even to those that have only toured it via films and books. This fact is precisely why coverage of the tragedy here is more intense than the coverage of similar attacks. Paris is a relatable, familiar location where many of us have participated in the exact activities, in the exact locations where these event unfolded.  Familiarity breeds curiosity. The 2013 Westgate Mall siege provoked blanket media coverage. There have been attacks before and since in Kenya however this assault occurred in an everyday familiar location– a shopping mall – riveting global interest. Paris belongs not only to the French but is a global outpost which many call “home” whether they’ve taken up residence or not.  The population of Paris is not simply French but vibrant, massively multi-cultural; where Eid and Diwali are as well-known as Hanukkah or Christmas.

Comfort must overrule the cynicism in the perception of preferential coverage. If anything, the coverage of Paris shines a light on bias and can, if allowed, frame an understanding of life in war zones and build empathy towards refugees fleeing these exact horrors.

So, recognizing that media will be intense and pervasive does one shelter or share with a child? We all make our own choices as parents but open discussion should rule. Parents, families, friends, aunts and uncles are best placed to open this sensitive dialogue even in a selective, imprecise manner.  Children, even the very young, are acutely perceptive whether to a news report playing in their home, a magazine, newspaper or iPad story left open. A media-blackout at home cannot control what is overheard on the streets, schoolyards and playgrounds. Far worse than having this delicate, uncomfortable conversation is a child being burdened with almost incomprehensible information from another child that may have been exposed to the horrible details without an opportunity for follow-up and exchange. So we sit with our children and tell them that some people were hurt in Paris and that this has made us and the world incredibly sad.  We light a candle and take them to a memorial if they need comfort.  We start a dialogue enabling them to come back to us should they overhear disturbing news, have questions or fears. Together, regardless of age, we open that interchange, we fumble, we improvise, we speak; we simply do our best to ensure the communication is there for solidarity, empathy and reassurance.

Paris Je t’aime

ParisThe past few hours has seen many of us glued to the internet following the gruesome attacks in Paris. This city on the Seine has infused so many of our lives with pleasure; to see it torn brutally apart is mind-numbing.

There is little to say as the events unfold other than tonight we stand with Paris, it’s residents – many who are opening their homes to strangers using the hashtag #PortesOuvertes – and like all who value humanity tonight nous sommes tous Parisiens.

Beirut Iraq Paris SyriaMay our commitment to peace be renewed by this tragedy and may it help us in the West to appreciate the horrors faced by refugees – the impetus that has led so many to flee their own nation.

One & Only Craft Fair Returns to Sandy Hill

Hot on the heels of last week’s successful Makers Faire at Landsdowne, Sandy Hill’s One & Only returns for it’s 9th annual craft sale this Sunday from 10am-4PM at the Sandy Hill Community Centre.

One and Only frametasticThe art and artisan products on display are all locally handmade and as per previous years a free buffet is provided by Peter Evanchuck between 10-2PM.

Free food and locally sourced art in a local community hub are bound to create a great neighbourhood vibe – so come for the art and linger for the conviviality.

Vendors include : Chalkboard Chique, Kitschy Chic, Claude Paradis, Peter Beninger, Joyce Halladay, Erin Wallace, Iya Carson, Mailles, Maryam Dris, Karole Albert, Pluma, Danielle Cusson, Michelle Cusson, Little Black Dog Designs, Grant Wilkins,  Old Ottawa, Harvest Honey, DeeDee Passmore, Ariel Wolf, Joanne Lockyer, Stone Era, Cabin SoulFood, Mains de Mariposa, Joan Alexander, Annette Bellamy, Roseangela Gendron, Barbara Carlson, John Benn, Carol Waters, Lynn Murphy, Charlynne Lafontaine, Littlest Bird Workshop, idi Designs, Robin Harlick, My Jacket Pocket, Funk Your Junk, Munia & Samira, Romeo’s Factory, Liebchen Designs, Helene Lacelle, Epidemic, Mags Knitting, Francine Chamaillard, Earthy Essentials, Spread the Joy, Maureen Z.
One and Only Arts & Crafts
Sunday Nov 15th 10am-4PM
Sandy Hill Community Centre 250 Somerset St E.

Les Parents Réclament la réouverture du Centre Educatif Beausoleil (article de SOS Beausoleil)

SOS Beausoleil“Les parents continuent de réclamer la réouverture du Centre éducatif Beausoleil en invoquant, notamment les droits linguistiques de la communauté francophone de l’Ontario. D’autres motifs d’ordre social et culturel sont également mis de l’avant afin de souligner la nécessité de réouvrir le Centre éducatif Beausoleil et de conserver l’ensemble des garderies municipales de la Ville.”  Lire l’article au complet ici.

What to do this weekend and beyond


Feeling hungry? Go grab free poutine between noon-1:30pm today only at Smoke’s Poutinerie at 407 Dalhousie. Major #nomnoms

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Tuesday, July 14

The Music & Beyond Festival pays homage to the two world wars in three events today, beginning at 1 p.m. with a performance of music and poetry written by those who perished in the wars, followed by a discussion on Culture and Intolerance: Remembering the Holocaust with speaker Eva Olsson at 4 p.m. Then, Kleztory will play music created during and inspired by the tragedy of The Holocaust at 7:30 p.m., all at the Dominion-Chalmers United Church. Tickets: $10-$50.

Kinocular Vision wants you to feel better about your own first efforts, and is screening the early works of stars before they were stars, from commercials, music videos to pitches, including early efforts by Quentin Tarantino and P.T. Anderson, 7 p.m., Avant-Garde Bar. Admission: Free, all welcome.

The Abba Show tribute concert at the Shenkman Arts Centre is sold out — including a second show added Wednesday — so enjoy this video and then go out…

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