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Important Update

Dear readers,

We’ve got some exciting news: Kitchissippi Times is back.

In April, like many local businesses and organizations, the Kitchissippi Times team had to make some tough decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This included suspending our printed monthly publication. 

But that didn’t stop us from producing local news. These last months, we were busy keeping up with the community and publishing stories digitally. The Kitchissippi Times website was also redesigned! Check it out at

Now, we’re thrilled to announce that the print edition of Kitchissippi Times returns to newsstands the week of August 3-7. 

Kitchissippi Times has served local readers for more than 17 years, providing a valuable community service that keeps people informed. We have a strong and committed readership. 

Kitchissippi Times is 100% local. Locally owned. Locally produced. Local employees, writers and photographers. Local audience. We think LOCAL is more important than ever.

As always, please send us story ideas, letters to the editor and any other updates about our favourite Ottawa neighbourhood. 

Stay safe and thank you for all your support! 

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Olympian at home

This week, Michael Tayler would have been at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In the early spring, the local athlete was set to represent Canada for the third time in men’s canoe/kayak slalom when the pandemic struck. With the Games postponed until 2021, Tayler is at home in Westboro with his family this summer. We caught up with him on the Games, the summer and what the future holds.

Kitchissippi welcomes third cannabis store
At the end of June, Spiritleaf Wellington West opened its doors making it the third cannabis retailer to call Kitchissippi home. Spiritleaf is a Calgary-based cannabis franchise with stores across the country. The location at 1200B Wellington St. W. is the company’s first to open in Ottawa. The new cannabis spot is owned by Kitchissippi resident Shawn Moffatt.

Community Photos: COVID-19 and creating space

As Ontario gradually reopens — businesses, services and public institutions, etc. — we wanted to capture some of the ways in which life has adapted in the ward. Our photographer, Ellen Bond, took photos around the idea of “space” — How our community is balancing reopening while keep everyone safe. 

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What's happening in the 'hood:

If you know of any local events that are being hosted online, please let us know. We’d like to build an electronic community calendar during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Virtual Capital Pride Festival
The annual celebration of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in the National Capital Region will be hosted online this year. The 2020 Virtual Capital Pride Festival runs August 23-30. Check out the full festival calendar of free, virtual Pride events online at

Above and Beyond Toastmasters
Every Monday at 6:45 p.m. (except holidays). Visit us online to enjoy time with members learning to communicate better while honing your leadership skills. This new reality has taught us much. We are learning new skills and still relating great stories. Join our family of joy by contacting Sharon at or Lucille, our webmaster, at to receive the link.

National Arts Centre - Canada Performs
“#CanadaPerforms is a $600,000 short-term relief fund that pays Canadian artists for their online performances. It was launched by Facebook Canada and the National Arts Centre to help ease the financial strain for Canadian artists impacted by the closure of performance venues across Canada related to COVID-19, and to lift the spirits of Canadians during the crisis. Artists who are selected will receive $1,000 and their online performance will be announced and listed on the NAC’s Facebook page.” Visit the National Art Centre’s website for more information.

Ottawa Live Music Streams!
This Facebook group was created during the pandemic “as a virtual venue to showcase our region’s musical talent.” There are live streams, and announcements of upcoming live stream performances, of artists from the National Capital Region. To tune in, visit ottawalivemusicstreams. 

Feline Café – Cat Videos and Livestream
While the Hintonburg coffee shop/cat lounge is closed, the staff are connecting cat lovers with their fav felines electronically:

For more details about these and upcoming events, check out our online community calendar.

Do you have a non-profit event to share with Kitchissippi readers? Send your info to  

In case you missed it: Nepean High School raised nearly $5,000 for cancer research amid COVID-19. We caught up with the student leaders on this year's Relay For Life.


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