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Adàwe – a bridge connecting communities

Friday Dec 4th at 1PM the new pedestrian and cycling bridge spanning the Rideau River between Strathcona Park and River Road opens.

Adawe

Adàwe, meaning to trade, provides a vital and necessary link connecting communities and businesses; reclaiming a part of Ottawa’s history on the site where historically practical residents built a boardwalk passage.

Adawe predecessor

The Adàwe crossing eliminates the unnecessarily long detour for walkers and cyclists by providing a crossing points in-between the car-centric Cummings bridge and isolated MUP train bridge.

This is a hopeful sign of change in Ottawa where modal-share infrastructure investment is, even in record years, woefully inadequate and the destitute to vehicular road investment.

Adàwe transforms Riverain and Strathcona parks from end-points to passage-ways providing a commuter route for many.  The beauty of this route reclaims the river, encourages the practical use of parks, promotes mobility and builds interaction between communities via a purposeful people-place in the heart of urban nature.

Congratulations to all that brought this vision to reality!

 

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Eye-Spy: Do You Know Phoebe Rose?

Phoebe Rose Hoffman-Doull is a 3.5 year old beautiful blond bundle of energy living just over the river from Sandy Hill in Overbrook.  She has an almost 6 year old sister called Mae, strong loving parents Jenny & Jonathan, cousins down the street and Grandparents Liza & Robin in Vanier. Phoebe Rose also has a rare form of childhood leukaemia having first been diagnosed at only 9 weeks old.

For her entire life Phoebe Rose and her family have been forced to battle for her survival. The struggles this family faced are unimaginable and yet they have relentlessly advocated for their daughter’s good health with grace and dignity.

Phoebe Rose & Mae - courtesy Jenny Hoffman-Doull http://phoeberoserocks.blogspot.ca/

Phoebe Rose & Mae – courtesy Jenny Hoffman-Doull http://phoeberoserocks.blogspot.ca/

Phoebe Rose relapsed this month; she and her family who have worked tirelessly to help other kids with cancer are facing their monster again for the 3rd time.

The family is sitting on a knife-edge as we write this waiting to hear whether OHIP will approve her latest treatment deemed “experimental” in Ontario.  The family have now been waiting 15 days.

As Phoebe’s mother Jenny wrote “In the twelve days that we have waited, the disease in Phoebe’s bone marrow has grown and now takes up 50% of this precious and valuable space. 

Please consider writing to your MP or Premier (or tweet @kathleen_Wynne)  about Phobe Rose. This is acute and aggressive cancer and time is not a luxury afforded. Or, if you can help please go to the online-auction on Facebook to lighten the massive financial burden of the family.

Jenny Doull-Hoffman writes eloquently and passionately – spare a moment to visit her blog: PhoebeRoseRocks and get to know your neighbour.

 

Weekend Round Up: Sweet Spring in the Air

Lots going on this weekend so buckle-up for fun.  Pick of the weekend has got to be Sugarfest at North America’s only urban sugar shack – that would be the one in fun-loving Ward 12 of course!

Thursday – all day – get 50% off at Menchies in the Byward Market to celebrate their first anniversary. Given the lovely weather a family walk rewarded by dessert likely won’t go amiss this evening.

Autism fundraiserLater tonight in honour of World Autism Day (yesterday) the Lunenburg Pub is holding a fundraiser for Autism Speaks. The organisation that promotes the safety and well-being of those with Autism is Pay-What-You-Can.  This promises to be a great event with loads of live music and the opportunity on a night out to contribute to a great cause. Interested in advances in autism? Check out our recent post by Professor and Autism Expert Laura Cavanagh.

Opening Thursday and running until April 7 it’s the Edible Arctic Festival at the Museum of Nature featuring the creative culture and vibrant lifestyle of the Arctic North.  Much of the Museum’s collection is from the North yet little focuses on the life and culture – this exhibit of art, music, food and activities explores that human side.  Thursday night is free from 5-8PM and the schedule includes a movie at 6:30, storytelling, crafts and the Northern Lights!

Friday afternoon Chef Christine Cushing will be doing a meet and greet with Olive Oil tasting at La Bottega Nicastro.

Friday is opening night for a intriguing new production by Vacant House Theatre. The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine is their inaugural production and the play set in a basement apartment is literally set in the cramped basement confines of the Backpacker’s Hostel on York St. We’re looking forward to reviewing this production shortly – let us know what you think!

Over at Ritual on Besserer St it’s Toronto indie 5-piece The Wooden Sky supported by Dusted and the Wilderness of Manitoba.

Saturday is the Family bike ride to Vanier’s MuseoParc for the annual Maple Sugar Festival. The bike ride is a joint initiative put on by the Vanier & Overbrook Community Associations spearheaded by Sarah Partridge of Vanier a Velo / Vanier Cycles. Of course all comers – cyclists, pedestrians, public transport and drivers – are very welcome to the MuseoParc’s Sugaring Festivities… and did we mention FREE PANCAKES!!

Saturday night have a top meal or a quiet drink at The Albion Rooms or mix it up with the Brooklyn DJ Duo The Underachievers at Ritual.

AmayaframetasticSunday why not register yourself or your kid at a Capoeira class at neighbourhood studio Dende Do Recife – offering a 20% discount to all Sandy Hill residents. No better time to get fit whilst being immersed in this ever-more popular Brazilian cultural experience.

Weekend Round Up: Jazz, Germans & Auntie Loo’s Love

Warm up this weekend to the soulful sounds of the Ottawa Winter Jazzfest! From Friday-Sunday Ottawa has the hottest sounds around including Matuto, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Grace Kelly Quintet and our favourite event the Late Night Jamming sessions – this year at the Arc Hotel’s Arc Lounge –  that promise impromptu flashes of genius in a congenial setting that will set your Friday and Saturday night on fire. 

Thursday night the AB Series continues at Arts Court with ever interesting and challenging participants. This month the series welcomes authors Oana Avasilichioaei & Christine McNair, features a multi-media presentation and, as always, is FREE!

Set yourself up for a healthy weekend and week ahead by visiting the University of Ottawa Farmer’s Market. The market is located in the University Centre and is open Friday from 9am-4pm. So get going & get healthy.

Auntie Loos cookiesFriday – it’s Valentines day!  We highly recommend the alternative baked goods from our favourite fresh and vegan local bakery Auntie Loos. Dazzle with originality or dump with panache!

Get your own Valentine’s day treat by biking by EnviroCentre at Bank & Laurier between 7:30-9:30am where they’ll be handing out delicious Camino bars. Go on, you deserve it!

Looking for something low-key to avoid the V-day madness? Head to Cafe Alt on the UofO campus for their concert series which this week features the mesmerising Amanita Bloom. Located 60 University Private the soiree starts 9PM and it’s a snip at 5$

On Saturday there is a German-Canadian Graffiti Jam at, of all places, the German Embassy just off the Canal – should you be skating by – in the Golden Triangle. The event commemorates the 25th Anniv of the fall of the Berlin wall. Two German graffiti artists who painted on the Wall join Canadian artists to paint a commemorative mural.  The German embassy teamed up with House of Paint and Canada’s top graffiti artists to collaborate on this event and hip-hop music, wine, cider, sausage and pizza will all add to the festive atmosphere.

Saturday head off to our neighbours in Vanier for their funtastic Vanier Winter Carnival. Sleigh rides, hockey, indoor crafts, movies, aboriginal activities, eats and more! 10-5PM Free.

Saturday night warm up and recoup from your winter fun with Vanier’s 2nd annual Apres-Snow party. If last year’s success is anything to go by a great time is in store. “Meet, Mingle, Eat and Drink” while videos and Darcey Whyte’s interactive light installation that responds to movement entrances. DJ Hobo & SweetCheeks are on hand to spin the tunes and keep the funtimes flowing. 84-86 Beechwood Ave, FREE