Market Musings

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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A Market has gotta grow!

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Going into its fifth season of operation, our quaint Market has made significant progress. Happy to call ourselves a staple in the neighbourhood, the Market’s move to Optimiste Park has made it all that more attractive to haul the kids down for a few hours while you shop and mingle. All of our vendors rate the Beechwood Market as one of their best-selling venues and all remain keen on returning year after year. Many customers have developed friendly relationships with the farmers, bakers and chefs. Food security such an issue these days, it is a luxury to look producers in...

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Bring Food Home Conference

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I recently attended the Bring Food Home Conference. A combined effort of various groups dedicated to a more cohesive local food system for Ontario, the gathering takes place every two years. Held at Ottawa U, the biggest hurdle was navigating the construction. Thursday was dedicated to area tours. With four to choose from, I chose the one that ended with Top Shelf Distillers. Also with stops at Just Food’s Farm, North House Foods and the Two Rivers Food Hub, each stop presented tangible manifestations of ideas that have been floating around my head for quite some time. Next day I...

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