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Pokoloko X Cloud Forest calls Richmond Road 'home'
From pop-up to permanent fixture: Cloud Forest Coffee and Pokoloko joined forces to run a two-month holiday store and ended up signing a two-year lease in Westboro.

Students raise over $6,000 for local restaurants, frontline workers
Local high school students Adam Billowits and Rohan Kingwell raised over $6,000 this winter to support nine Wellington West restaurants and frontline workers at the Ottawa Hospital.

OCISO adapts services, builds pandemic partnerships
There's been a 30-40 per cent decrease in immigration to Ottawa due to the pandemic, but the needs of immigrants have increased in the areas of food security, housing and mental health, says Leslie Emory, Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization's executive director.

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What's happening in the 'hood:

Feb. 1-28: Black History Month 

This year, Black History Month will be celebrated virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic with speaker series and other events. To learn more about the virtual activities going on in Ottawa throughout the month of February, visit And to find out more about the celebrations taking place throughout the province, visit the OBHS website

Feb. 20 - Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY)

CNOY is a national, annual winter walk to “raise money for charities serving people experiencing homelessness, hurt, and hunger.” The second annual event in Westboro is being organized once again by Cornerstone Housing for Women to fundraise for women’s housing. The event is virtual this year for COVID-19 safety — participants can walk the 2 or 5 km route by themselves or with their households. To learn more about the event, or to register for CNOY Ottawa Westboro, visit 


Feb. 23 - Ottawa Horticultural Society Webinar: Ecology, On-line Learning and Saving the World One Garden at a Time

Please join teacher/author David Ward and witness his sincere, open lecture style as he comments on our individual journeys of lifelong learning, adventure however you define it and anything else his heart feels compelled to share. An award-winning author of two critically acclaimed books, and a winner of the Charles E. Pascal Award for Excellence in Teaching, Ward is pleased to now be sharing his long and varied history of working in horticulture, with learners at the University of Guelph. No registration required. Instructions for participating can be found at The Feb. 23 event runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. 

Got a Kitchissippi-area virtual or COVID-19 safe event to share? We’d love to hear about it. Send your info to  

HOK: Longtime Kitchissippi local Jake Guay shared his experience with COVID-19 last spring.


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