Greening the Great Glebe Garage Sale

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The Great Glebe Garage sale on Saturday, May 27 is a fabulous annual event organized by the Glebe Community Association.

As always, sellers are encouraged to donate 10% of sale proceeds to the Ottawa Food Bank. In addition, various organizations use the GGGS to raise funds and/or awareness while encouraging environmental stewardship and the responsible and pro-active disposal of leftover items. Instead of sending unsold, unwanted items to the landfill, donate them!

Donating leftover items for re-use or recycling

This is an environmental partnership initiative between the Environment Committee of the Glebe Community Association, the TWIGS Club at Glebe Collegiate Institute, and Glebe St. James United Church.

Donating items to be sold at the Great Glebe Garage Sale

If you will be out of town for the weekend or just don't have time to participate, a number of local organizations are accepting donations of items:

  • The Glebe Collegiate Prom Committee will have a booth on the school’s property on sale day. They are accept donations until May 26 of items toe sell, with proceeds going to lowering the cost of prom tickets. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Ottawa Centre Refugee Action is holding a fundraiser for refugee sponsorship. Drop off on Friday, May 26, from 4  to 8 p.m., or Saturday, May 27, from 7 to 11 a.m. at 164 and 166 Glebe Ave (corner Lyon). For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Free trees!

Ecology Ottawa volunteers will distribute thousands of free saplings to residents and shoppers throughout the neighbourhood during the GGGS — the single largest one-day distribution of trees Ottawa has ever seen!

Ecology Ottawa’s “Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale” will once again be located at the corner of Bank and Glebe in the Kunstadt and former Rogers Plus parking lots. This year, instead of collecting donations to re-sell, they will host a fun community zone and give away thousands of free trees in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday! There will be a veggie BBQ, public washrooms, a water bottle filling station, music, kids' activities and more! Come get your free sapling(s)!

Presentation on King’s Daughters and Sons expansion

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Presentation on King’s Daughters and Sons building expansion

Tuesday, June 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
567 Cambridge St. South

Residents are invited to attend a presentation on the proposed expansion of the King’s Daughters and Sons (KDS) seniors' apartments at 567 Cambridge St. South.

Presentation boards will be on display for viewing in the meeting room. Representatives from KDS will describe the organization and its mission, while project architect CSV Architects, planning consultant Novatech, and City of Ottawa planning staff will be in attendance to answer questions about the project and the planning process.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the councillor's welcome begins at 7 p.m., followed by presentations and a question and answers session.

Children's Garden redesign revealed at open house

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The Old Ottawa East Children's Garden will be closed this year due to soil contamination. Facebook/Children's Garden

Old Ottawa East popular garden to be closed this summer for soil remediation work

Michelle Nash Baker,  Ottawa Community News

The Old Ottawa East Children's Garden will be closed this year due to soil contamination. The park will be undergoing soil remediation. An open house will be held on May 15 to reveal the garden's redesign, as well as give residents the opportunity to speak with city staff about the remediation process that will be taking place this summer.

Designs for Old Ottawa East’s Children’s Garden will be unveiled at an open house on May 15.

The consultation at Old Town Hall Community Centre, 61 Main St. will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation from Lady Evelyn Alternative School students.

The students helped the Children's Garden volunteer board with the redesign, and will be showing off the new plan.

Following the presentation, there will be an activity for community kids to provide their input on the proposed design.

The main idea, according to organizers who held a community meeting on April 23, is that the design will be explored based on what the children said they wanted.

The garden was created in 2009, in Robert Legget Park, 321 Main St., a small green space at the corner of Clegg and Main streets.

Lady Evelyn students created the plan for the garden, complete with a picket fence the children painted.

Managed and run by a volunteer board and a summer student co-ordinator, the garden has offered local children the space for volunteers to educate them about nature, food-growing, composting.

The space is also used for playgroups, giving children the opportunity to play in an urban nature setting.

Organic gardening workshops, science activities, summer camps, and harvest feasts have taken place at the space since it opened.

15 Capital Rides for Canada's 150th

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May 5, 2017

For as long as I can remember, the bicycle has been my favourite way to travel. Fast enough to get places quickly and efficiently, but slow enough to be a part of the places through which I am passing. Whether it be for a daily commute, running errands, local recreation or holiday travel, I agree completely with the Queen lyrics: "I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I like."

As Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation, and the City of Ottawa embarks on dozens of projects to commemorate the occasion, it seemed obvious to me that my personal project would involve cycling. As a city councillor and a proud citizen of this great and diverse city, I have contributed to the development of Ottawa's cycling infrastructure, to a culture of making cycling normal and to encouraging cycling tourism. That includes the development of a set of 15 cycling routes in the Ottawa region, or as I like to call them, 15 Capital Rides.

Experience Ottawa by bike

My Canada 150 project is to ride these 15 routes over the coming months, between May and September 2017. My goal is to experience this very big and diverse city from the seat of my bicycle, and to share what I see and learn (and eat and drink) with the world. I know Ottawa is a great place to ride, for local residents and visitors alike, and I want to share this with the world.

My rides will be informal. Some will be with family and friends, some with invited guests. Some will be planned, with pre-arranged stops at points of interest, like significant local events, bakeries, cafes, vineyards and pubs (did I mention food and drink?). A couple may even involve overnight stays at an inn or a campground. I say "may" because planning everything in advance would be restrictive. Weather is just one factor that might force me to postpone a ride or two. Then again, if the day is looking just too glorious, I may have to cancel whatever I was planning for that day and just get on my bike and ride.

I'll take photos. I'll tell stories. I'll invite local people to tell me about their businesses, favourite eateries or points of interest. Some might even come along for all or part of a ride. Click on the individual Capital Rides (sidebar menu) to see the routes and read about my experiences discovering our vast city by bike.

Part of my motivation for trying these 15 rides is to help publicize their creation. Most of us could do at least some of them, keeping in mind diverse route length, varying road conditions and skill or fitness levels. The maps indicate level of difficulty and areas where on-road competence is needed. Please review each route before you go and be smart about what rides to choose.

You'll want to note the rest stops, bike rentals (including e-bikes) and places of interest. No ride should be a chore!

David Chernushenko
Councillor for Capital Ward
Lover of Cycling