Market Musings

What is up with food these days? Guest contributor, Dr Derek M.J. Turner weighs in

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What is up with food these days? Guest contributor, Dr Derek M.J. Turner weighs in

Dr. Derek M.J. Turner is a father, son, brother, husband and grandfather. He is a uOttawa BSc grad ’68 in physiology and U of T ’72 DDS dental surgery graduate. With fifty years of happy marriage and forty eight of equally happy dental practice and counting, he is somewhat obsessed with dentistry mentoring, nutrition studies and photography.  Dr. Turner will be one of our regular blog contributors. His blog series will be a potpourri of health and nutrition statements and discussions, and with his best efforts, factually presented and evidence based. It will discuss Canada’s Food Guide, the North American...

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The Rideau Wards: looking backwards to move forward

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The Rideau Wards: looking backwards to move forward

I enjoyed reading Randall Denley’s piece on January 2 - Ottawa: Brace for another exciting decade of incremental progress. In it, he looks at the award-winning plan for downtown Ottawa, Ottawa 20/20, put into action 16 years ago. Touching on negatives like Lebreton, drab downtown office areas (including Sparks Street) and zero originality on the Canal, he applauds the redevelopment of the Rideau Centre, the removal of most buses from Albert and Slater and the success of intensification across the core. He concludes that we, in the Capital, are very good planners, but not-so-good executors. Although the Ottawa 20/20 plan...

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Local Farmers' Markets - Flood Ottawa with produce

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City staff recently cited increased local food production as one of their suggestions to Council for the new Official Plan. In reaction to that, I recently submitted a proposal to two General Managers at the City as well as 14 Councillors. I was proposing the proliferation of small, local farmers’ markets across Ottawa in City run parks. The Councillors were a mix of urban, rural and a couple of suburban. I was asking the City to give basic support to small, privately run farmers markets; to allow the use of City park amenities (play structures, green space), the onsite hydro...

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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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