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I like my headline better than the one in the Ottawa Citizen. I find it interesting that the NIMBYs aren’t quoted. It must have been part of the hush deal: no talking to the media. Anyway, here’s the full article from today’s paper: Read the rest of this entry »


Thanks to 93.9 BOB FM, Movies on the Beach are back. This weekend’s movie at Walter Baker Park in Kanata was postponed, but next up (Friday, July 8th) is Westboro. Voting starts this coming Monday. Just go to 93.9 BOB FM and look for the voting link.

I should warn you: although this is a childfree blog, movies on the beach usually include a lot of kids. But don’t worry, they’re better behaved than you’d expect. And besides, movies on the beach is about being a kid again. And there’s no better way to do that than having a bunch of kids around you.

Looking forward to a rain-free, bug-free July 8!

For the past month, I’ve been taking morning walks around the neighbourhood. Because of the construction at Westboro Station, sometimes I avoid going down to Golden because the south side of Richmond has been closed to pedestrians.

This morning I set off just after a big downpour thinking there would be fewer cyclists on the Byron path. In fact, I didn’t see any cyclists until I was west of Churchill. And that one was on the narrow sidewalk coming towards me. I decided to hold my ground and asked her where she’d like me to go? in the road? She said in a tick French accent, “But hi will get vet if hi cycle on the road.”  I don’t think she’d really thought that one through. I told her to take the road side and that she should be on the road. It’s a side WALK after all!

What's going on here?

But I digress. Because I had continued to the west side of Westboro, I walked back along Richmond to Churchill. I had seen this spot several times and wondered what they were doing. Where they creating a park in the alley?  This morning workers were busy laying cement blocks up the east side, adjacent to Adventure Travel. They were so close to the sidewalk, I had to ask: What are you doin’? Read the rest of this entry »

On Sunday morning, NosyNeighbour and I went for a walk in the hood with a neighbour.  We headed east on Wellington and noticed that Max’s Shoe Repair now has its sign installed. Still no news on opening day.

Then we went through the Parkdale Market, heading towards Armstrong. The sweet smell of strawberries lured us towards the new meat section, where we browsed and contemplated a stop on our return home.

Infill on Fairmont south of Queensway

From there, we meandered through Hintonburg along Armstrong, eventually going back on to Wellington then up Fairmont and over to Little Italy to see the bike races. Just south of the Queensway we saw an interesting infill. The one on the corner was finished, and included a garage on the side. Presumably the others will look similar.

We saw part of the junior race, and they were going fast.  Really fast. We were at the corner of Preston and Aberdeen, waiting for the volunteer to let us cross the street when the three lead cyclists were heading for the corner. She told us to stand back because the cut the corner really close. One of the three wiped out. Thankfully he wasn’t badly hurt and he was able to get back on his bike before the rest of the pack caught up.

It was one of these three that fell (I think).

Of course photos can’t easily capture the speed.

Hard to believe they were the “juniors”!

After sticking my head inside the doors a few times to bug the guys about when they were opening, we finally checked out Churchills last Friday. It was a busy night, with the opening of Westfest and game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals. The hostess originally said we’d have to wait about 30 minutes for a table, but a couple at the bar offered their seats just before they asked for their bill.

We’d had a light supper earlier in the evening but wanted to try at least an appetizer. NosyNeighbour opted for the wings (chili lime) and I chose the deep fried pickles. I know, not the healthiest choices, but we did share, if that makes it any better.

So, here’s what the pub looks like now: Read the rest of this entry »

A walk to Hintonburg, partly to say goodbye to the KFC. I don’t think I’ve eaten anything from there in quite a few years so I can’t say I’m sorry to see it go. But that’s what I like about the neighbourhood …. no fastfood restaurants: no rotten Ronny’s, no BK, no Tim Hortons. Just a Subway, that is now open again.


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