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City council rejects 'embassy row' plan in Mechanicsville greenspace

In mid-February, Ottawa city council voted against rezoning a stretch of Mechanicsville greenspace where the National Capital Commission was considering a plan to build five embassies. 

Kitchissippi businesses help downtown neighbours during trucker convoy

During the trucker demonstrations, businesses in Kitchissippi helped out neighbours in Centretown. We hear about a Venus Envy pop-up that Little Jo Berry’s hosted and a fundraising effort made by Julianna Banana for highjinx.

Former NHS student writer finds success as a published author

Bella Crysler self-published her first book called Bubble Gum & Black Coffee on Jan. 30. Crysler is from Westboro and she was a Nepean High School student columnist for Kitchissippi Times just a few years ago!

Commemorative names considered for local park and stage

The City of Ottawa is considering proposals to rename Tillbury Park to “David Shentow Park,” for one of Canada’s best-known Holocaust survivors and educators, and the Parkdale Park stage to the “Pat MacLeod Community Stage,” after the local leader whose nickname was “Mayor of Hintonburg.” 

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! 


Feb. 9-March 6: Orange Art Gallery Exhibition - Bhat Boy - Window on the City

“‘Window on the City’ is an eclectic exhibition of works where windows are the view into the soul of the city. Bhat Boy's unexpected views of Ottawa tell stories of both our own private city and the Ottawa we share with Canada. Bhat Boy is an [internationally] renowned artist and refers to his work as "Envisionism". He is a prolific painter and continues to live and work in Canada's National Capital,” the Orange Art Gallery website states. 

The exhibition runs Feb.9-March 6 at the gallery—290 City Centre Ave. Visit to learn more.

Feb. 22-March 6: Great Canadian Theatre Company - Blissful State of Surrender

“‘Blissful State of Surrender’ is a dramatic comedy about a Bosnian-Canadian family and the larger-than-life culture clashes between the parents and their three grownup daughters. This humorous and haunted portrait of the Muslim refugee experience explores the lives of a family coping with family secrets, intergenerational differences and PTSD,” the Great Canadian Theatre Company website states. 

Blissful State of Surrender by Sanita Fejzić is scheduled to take place between Feb. 22-March 6 at the Great Canadian Theatre Company—1233 Wellington St. W. To learn more, visit

March 5-26: Wall Space Gallery Exhibition - Eryn O'Neill - Travelling Vicariously: The High Line

“Through painting, O’Neill studies urban spaces in transition. Travelling Vicariously: The High Line draws attention to the transformation of the New York Central Railroad system into its contemporary identity as a rail trail and greenway,” the Wall Space Gallery website states.

The exhibition runs from March 5-26 at the gallery—358 Richmond Rd. Visit to learn more.

March 7 - Rain Ready Ottawa Information Session

The McKellar Park Community Association is hosting with Rain Ready Ottawa, a City of Ottawa initiative, an information session on Zoom, for homeowners on how to manage rain and storm water on their property. Rebates are available for homeowners who qualify. The Zoom meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. For more information and to register, go to

March 8 - International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) recognizes the political, cultural, economic and social achievements of women and advocates for gender parity globally. The day has been celebrated since 1911. To learn more about the day, visit 

March 9-27: Orange Art Gallery Exhibition - David Cation - Famous

The exhibition runs March 9-27 at the gallery—290 City Centre Ave. Visit to learn more.

March 13: Westboro Legion Jazz Night

The popular jazz fusion band Safe Low Limit entertains from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Westboro Legion’s Upstairs Bar & Lounge, 391 Richmond Rd. Tickets are $15 and available at the upstairs bar and at the door.

March 16: Westboro Legion Bingo Night

Regular Wednesday bingo returns at 6:30 p.m. in the Westboro Legion’s Downstairs Hall, 389 Richmond Rd. The door opens at 4 p.m. and the kitchen opens at 5 p.m. For more information: 613-725-2778.

March 22-April 3: Great Canadian Theatre Company - Heartlines

"'Heartlines' traces the interaction of love, art, and war as it reimagines the lives of French surrealist and avant-garde artists Lucy Schwob (a.k.a. Claude Cahune) and Suzanne Malherbe (a.k.a. Marcel Moore), who were secretly Jewish, lesbian life partners, active in the French Resistance during the Second World War,” the Great Canadian Theatre Company website states. 

Heartlines by Sarah Waisvisz is scheduled to take place between March 22-April 3 at the Great Canadian Theatre Company—1233 Wellington St. W. To learn more, visit

March 25: Westboro Legion Folk Night

The Big Train Wreck performs from 8-11 p.m. in the Westboro Legion’s Upstairs Bar and Lounge, 391 Richmond Rd. Tickets are $10 and are on sale at the upstairs bar. For more information: 613-725-2778.


Every Monday at 6:45 p.m. (except holidays)

Have the jitters each time you need to present a speech? Visit us online. Learn how to communicate better in a relaxed atmosphere and hone your leadership skills. Impromptu speaking is one of our highlights. It’s fun, fun, fun! We would love to have you join us on Mondays. Contact our club at to receive the link.


Although the choir is not able to prepare for public performances, we will be meeting online each Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. We will be learning some new music and maintaining our vocal cords in a relaxed environment, with plenty of musical and technological help. We will all be experiencing this new way of meeting and singing together and are happy to welcome new members, men and women, to join us.

For more information, see our website at

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

NHS Corner: Nepean's Black History Month organizers Gloria Rwentambo and Heaven-Lee Emond talk about this year's celebration and the need for more open conversations about racial issues in education. 
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