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Beechwood Business - The Magic Pill?

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Beechwood Business - The Magic Pill?

Our main street is flanked by an NCC path system, one of Ottawa’s largest urban forests and two heritage districts. Throw in a cohesive business community and increased service standards and you may find Beechwood becoming a destination. Perhaps then, we could more effectively address things like lowering rents, improving infrastructure and increasing parking.

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A season of many things new

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A great 2018 season. Thank you to you all for your dedication to your local economy and community. We brought on a new Market Coordinator, introduced two new mini-markets and welcomed many new faces to the Beechwood Market. Helena Chouchani joined the Beechwood Market team just after the New Year. A former vendor (Nona Bakes), Helena recently had a baby girl, Madeleine. She was after something she could do from home that drew on her uber-Millenial skills and business savvy. She took on the admin duties, revamped the Click and Collect Market and has been a great source of counsel...

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Gotta go - what to do about Ottawa's poor number of public washrooms

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Gotta go - what to do about Ottawa's poor number of public washrooms

Back at the beginning of the project, it was announced that not a single LRT station would include a public washroom. Indeed, it saves a few dollars on the project, prevents the wrong ‘element’ from misusing them and does not hold the City accountable for maintenance, cleaning etc. However, it has riders drying out at the end of their workdays dreading the long ride home, surveying the Bayview Station surroundings for the best tree cover. The City’s rationale of cost savings extends to the vast majority of public parks. Few have washrooms for visitors. Every Saturday during the market season,...

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Markets in the Capital: Byward vs the rest of us?

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The latest survey on the Byward Market was announced on August 1st. This one, run by the City’s Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department, seeks the greater public’s opinion on Byward’s ‘public realm’. No, the City does not want your feedback on a Game of Thrones Day on George St. The public realm refers to every inch you can touch without going into a private property. Sidewalks, planters, roads, public washrooms etc. There has been a double standard set forth by the City in funding all things Byward (and Parkdale) while profiting off smaller markets. To be clear, I am...

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Local or not to local....

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Local or not to local....

The recent scandal in Peterborough's biggest market has once again raised the verified local food concern. How is Ottawa doing in this regard? What can we do to create a stronger local food scene?

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