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So it looks like the Wellington at Island Park is nearly ready to open. We noticed some lights on a few nights ago and stared while workers seemed to put the finishing touches on the showroom. They’ve also improved the signage on the building and on the parking lot sign.

Possibilities for your floor plan include the Warren, the Caroline and the Julian, with the largest being the Julian at about 2300 sq. ft., if I remember correctly. I only had the blackberry for taking photos, so the quality isn’t great, but it is better than the cell phone.

Hope the Istanbouli is around for a while. I know there’s another location, but it’s just sooooo convenient at that location.

Timbit was invited to the preview for invited guests.


After two fires, GT Boutique will be re-opening this Saturday November 28.   This from the Wellington West Business Improvement Area:

Giant Tiger Open for Business This Saturday!
Event Date: November 28, 2009
Event Time: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Location: 1085 Wellington St W

Like a Phoenix raising a second time from the ashes, you cannot keep GT Xpress down! Despite recent difficulties, they’re back, better than ever, ready to reopen thei r doors and begin serving the community again. Open daily as always, Giant Tiger will be back to regular hours this coming Saturday:

Monday to Friday — 9:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday to Sunday — 9:00am – 6:00pm

Please stop by to welcome back John and his staff. They’ve had to deal with a lot, including this summer’s road reconstruction! Congratulations on the reopening!

Will have to check it out and see if the tiger shows up like last time.



Last Sunday we headed off for Wolf Trail, expecting more snow. We did see some, but it was mostly in the shady areas. Nothing compared to what we saw on Saturday morning.

And you know how it is when you’re hiking and you get mud on your hiking boots? You kind of think that maybe you might as well walk THROUGH the mud instead of trying to go around it. After all, that’s why I have poles, to test how deep it is and keep me from falling over.

Well, this is the result:

This from the Wellington West Business Improvement Area:

Community Meeting
Event Date: November 17, 2009
Event Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Fisher Park School Cafeteria
Re: 199 Holland Avenue/Ottawa Mission community meeting

A community meeting has been requested by the Ottawa Mission to discuss its new housing initiative at 199 Holland Ave (at Byron).
The meeting will take place on Tuesday November 17, 2009 from 7:00-8:30 PM at Fisher Park School in the cafeteria (Holland at the Queensway).
The Ottawa Mission has purchased the building at 199 Holland Avenue. The property will be managed by District Realty and operated by a separate Board of Directors under the name “Holland Properties Association.

The Association will move people into the building who have come through programs at the Mission and are working or job ready.  Residents will be moved in as existing tenants leave.  The building is expected to house a mix of tenants some of whom will pay market rent while others will require a rent subsidy.  The objective is to bring this mix to a 50/50 split.

The meeting will be chaired by Councillor Christine Leadman.

And another blogger‘s perspective on the proposed housing arrangement. It’s not statistical, but nobody cares about statistics when you personally live through a bad experience.

It’s our standard “quick, we need to hike” kind of hike because it’s close to the city and well maintained. There can be mud, but it’s the pitch that keeps us going back.

When our hiking season first starts, this hike is filled with “water breaks” after each steep climb. Given the lower temperature and what we hoped were hiking legs we figured we could do it quickly today without water.

Thankfully we did think to bring our poles. These were essential when we realized that yesterday’s city snow had actually accumulated in the Park.

We’d only brought the cell phone, so the pics aren’t the greatest, but they do prove that we did see snow today!

Well the sales office must be opening soon because the India Food Centre sign is gone from the building and the road sign now has been replaced by a large picture of what the condo tower will look like and a web site that doesn’t seem to be working yet:

Will try to grab the camera tomorrow for a few pics and retry the site.  Theberge Homes is the developer. More to come …


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