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Election 2021 in Ottawa Centre

The 44th federal election is set for Sept. 20. We spoke with some of the Ottawa Centre candidates to learn about their platforms and why they are running.

Exit interview with MP McKenna

In June, Ottawa Centre MP Catherine McKenna announced she would not run for re-election this fall. We spoke with the minister about her political career and what's next. 

Tayler's third Olympic run

Local Michael Tayler is back in Canada after his third Olympic run this summer. We caught up with him about the Toyko Games and retirement. 

HOK: Meet Kwadwo Kyeremanteng!

For this month’s Humans of Kitchissippi feature, Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, an ICU and palliative care doctor, took the time to speak with us.

What's happening in the 'hood 

COVID-19 note: This page has been updated to reflect the developments in Ottawa during the pandemic. 

Stay safe and healthy, Kitchissippi! 


Sept. 10-Oct. 9: Wall Space Gallery Exhibition – Low Tide 

“WALL SPACE GALLERY is proud to present Low Tide, a solo exhibition from artist Dominique Normand. Low Tide pulls inspiration from Normand’s excavation of artifacts and visual imagery from the St. Lawrence Seaway. This collection honours the artist’s desire to immerse herself in the histories of her Mi’kmaw, Maliseet and Anishinaabe ancestors while painting an abstracted visual language that furthers those legacies in a contemporary context. This exceptional collection of paintings, both dynamic and cerebral, grounds Normand in her homeland of Eastern Quebec after decades of nomadic travels and international artistic acclaim,” the Wall Space Gallery website states.

Visit to learn more.  

Sept. 13: Ottawa Centre Federal Election, All Candidates Virtual Debate 

An all candidates virtual debate will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13. This event is being co-organized by local community associations in the western section of Ottawa Centre. For more information and Zoom access, please go to

Sept. 18-19 and Sept. 25-26: West End Studio Tour

The 26th fall West End Studio Tour is back! The tour will take place over the last two weekends of September (Sept. 18-19 and Sept. 25-26) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. It will be an open-air event. Artists will display their work outdoors on their properties and strict guidelines for physical distancing and COVID-19 safety will be adhered to as recommended by Ottawa Public Health. A downloadable and printable map of the studio locations is now available on the WEST website (, or you can tear out the map printed in this issue of Kitchissippi Times (page 3).

Sept. 20: 44th Federal Election

The 2021 fall federal election will be held Sept. 20. To learn more about how and where to vote, visit Elections Canada’s website at

Sept. 26: Tree Giveaway by Ecology Ottawa

Come by and pick up a tree (up to 25) for your property on Sunday, Sept. 26, from 1-3 p.m. at First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa (located at 30 Cleary Ave. off Richmond Road). You must register online before receiving a tree. We provide planting and care instructions and follow up with everyone who receives a tree from us periodically to remind them to water it and check to see if it survived its first year. 

Kayoki, food and climate educator and the Future Food Warrior, will be available for Ajashki “Heart” Garden Tours. To register or to find more information, go to

Sept. 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

This June, the federal government passed legislation to recognize Sept. 30 as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, making the date a federal statutory holiday. The day recognizes the tragic legacy of residential schools across the country and honours Indigenous survivors and their communities. 

Oct. 2: Cornerstone Housing for Women’s Purple Tie Gala 

The third annual Purple Tie Gala, hosted by Cornerstone Housing for Women and presented by Livingston MacDonald Wealth Management, will take place on Oct. 2. The fundraiser will be broadcast virtually once again. Last year’s virtual gala sold out and brought in $73,000 to help Cornerstone with housing, program supports and COVID-19 related expenses, according to the organization. 

The one-hour show will be in a “community watch party” format and start at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2. Tickets are on sale for $95 and there are a limited number of tickets. To learn more, visit

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

WEST Fall Tour: The West End Studio Tour is back for its 26th annual fall tour. Read more from the artists on this year's event!
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