Archive for the Category ◊ Community Watch ◊

Author: admin
• Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Neighbourhood: Hintonburg/Wellington West
Location: Wellington St. West from the Somerset St. Bridge to Island Park Drive.

To some, it is known as Wellington West. To others, it is known as Hintonburg. Whatever you choose to call it, Wellington St. West from the Somerset bridge to Island Park Drive is a neighbourhood that has a little something for everyone; the foodie, the shopaholic, or even the artist.

Before you conquer Hintonburg/Wellington West, there are a few things you should know:

– Be sure to bring sunglasses and comfy walking shoes, as you’re going to be outside most of the day walking up and down the street!
– Come on an empty stomach because there are so many amazing restaurants to try out! There is something to satisfy every craving.
– An open mind: to new art, jewelry and clothing. Each store and gallery brings a certain unique factor that no one else has.. You might be surprised at what you can find in each.

I started my tour right in the middle of the neighbourhood, Holland and Wellington St. The sun was shining and for a Tuesday afternoon, it was quite busy! Lots of people out running errands, shopping for something special or, like me, just wandering around taking in all this neighbourhood has to offer.

I began walking down the street and peeking in a few shops when noticed my stomach starting to growl. I ended up choosing Caffe Mio for a quick lunch, a favourite spot among locals with a great menu and even better wait staff. What I love about this place is the fact that it’s a triple threat – cozy atmosphere, knowledgeable staff and good food. It does not get any better than that. Although there are many amazing restaurants in this neighbourhood, Caffe Mio is an awesome choice.

What is so awesome about this neighbourhood is how welcoming it makes you feel. Each store you enter, you are greeted with a smile and a “hey, how’s your day going?”. I had some great conversations with people as they were working and to me, that can make the experience of shopping so much better.

There were so many amazing jewelry shops as you walked along Wellington St. West. I had to stop myself from wanting to buy every single thing I saw. So decided to wander toward where more of the restaurants are.

Although there are some great patios to check out in Hintonburg/Wellington West, the spots with the big, open windows at the front are the ones that I enjoy. It gives you that outdoorsy feel without actually having to sit out in the hot sun.

When I first decided to give this neighbourhood a tour, I had an ulterior motive. I had heard from friends about this gourmet donut place called SuzyQ for quite some time now. People just could not stop talking about how amazing these things were and how I absolutely had to try it. So now I had a reason! When I arrived at SuzyQ, I was surprised that I was the only one in there. But I soon realized why. They had just ran out of donuts and were about to bake some more so the wait was 10 minutes. I decided to stay and I’m so glad I did. These donuts we’re so warm and fresh. The flavours were amazing and for just $10, I got six of them!

My time spent in Hintonburg/Wellington West was an afternoon well spent, and I highly recommend checking it out, whether you have an hour or a whole day.

Restaurants worth trying:
– Wellington Gastro Pub
– Absinthe
– The Hintonburger
– Supply and Demand
– SuzyQ
– Caffe Mio
– Elmdale Oyster House and Tavern

The neighbourhood has so much to offer, for more information visit their website here or check them out on twitter @wellington_west

Author: admin
• Thursday, May 29th, 2014

My name is Tess MacLellan and I am a social media intern at the historic Lord Elgin Hotel located in downtown Ottawa. As a public relations student at Algonquin College, I am passionate about great food, family and friends, and working hard. Each week, I will be featuring a different neighbourhood and restaurant in Ottawa to showcase all the amazing and diverse treasures this city has to offer. Discover new and exciting possibilities through The Lord Elgin Hotel’s blog!

Neighbourhood: The ByWard Market
Location: Sussex Dr. & Rideau St. to Dalhousie St. & Cathcart St.

It may seem hard to believe, but every weekend the ByWard Market has 50,000 people walking it’s sidewalks during summer. For some, the Market is a place to go for some nightlife fun and amusement. For others, it is a place to purchase fresh, local fruits and vegetables. I have spent the day touring around to find out what the ByWard Market is really about.

For starters, It is beneficial to know a little history about the Market. It was established in 1826 by Lieutenant-Colonel John By, the same man who designed the Rideau Canal. The ByWard Market includes George Street North, Dalhousie Street from George to Cathcart, and Sussex Drive East to Cumberland Street West. Originally, the Lieutenant-Colonel designed George Street North and York Street to be extra wide to accommodate the horse drawn carriages that came through to make deliveries to the Market.

It was a beautiful day on Tuesday, the sun was shining and there was a light breeze in the air. Perfect for touring around outside. On first arrival, I could hear the strums of a guitar echoing. I could feel all the culture this place had to offer almost immediately.

The Market has so much to offer from fresh fruits and vegetables to lush flowers, jewelry, and clothing. The colours are so vibrant and pretty you cannot help yourself but be totally mesmerized by what is around you. Everyone working in the Market was extremely friendly and helpful making shopping and visiting downtown Ottawa a joyful experience.

I made my way to the ByWard Market Square, the central part of the Market where most of the action is. This building houses many different vendors, such as women’s and children’s clothing to food and cafés. My favourite place to visit was Moulin de Provence, an attractive spot amongst tourists since this was where U.S. President Barack Obama visited during his time in Ottawa in 2009.

As I continued on my journey I was able to find lots of great shops for clothing and accessories. Frou Frou, the Sassy Bead Co., and Tickled Pink are just some of my favourites to browse through. The kiosks along the streets also have some great finds at even better prices. Whether you are looking for something small or large, there is something for everyone.

After walking around for a few hours, you are probably going to be looking for a nice place to sit, eat, and relax. I know I was. The ByWard Market has an endless supply of restaurants and patios to choose from. There is something there for everyone whether you visit the Market during the day and venture for entertainment at night, there are lots of different options.

Recommended Restaurants:
– Play Food & Wine
– Blue Cactus
– Heart & Crown
– The Grand
– Stella Osteria
– Cornerstone Bar & Grill
– The Cupcake Lounge
– Luxe Bistro
– Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar

For more information on all the ByWard Market has to offer, be sure to check out or the ByWard Market Facebook page at

Author: admin
• Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Students in Algonquin College’s Event Management program are working to raise $1 million for Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.

Each year, students in both the fall and winter intakes of the Event Management program plan and execute a variety of events in support of Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. To keep things interesting for the students, the budget for these events is $0! Despite this challenge, in the past five years the students have raised nearly over $500,000 including over $127,000 by the 2012 graduating classes alone.

The 2014 events are just around the corner. Two events are ‘Gatspeak’ and ‘Sailing to a Wish’.

Gatspeak is an evening inspired by a 20’s speakeasy and a glamorous Jay Gatsby party. It will be taking place on Friday March 21 at the Centurion Conference and Event Centre. An evening filled with fedoras, flapper dresses, headbands and pearls. You will be mesmerized by the delectable meal, the glamour, the entertainment, the fashion, the food and much more. Tickets for this event are $50. Learn more at

Sailing to a Wish: Who Done it on the Bluenose is a murder mystery event taking place March 23rd at the Nepean Sailing Club. The captain will guide you through a sea inspired cocktail hour, a tasty dinner and scrumptious desserts whilst witnessing a crime unfold. This interactive, theatre-type, fundraising dinner will allow each guest to become a detective as they attempt to tie clues together to solve a crime at sea. Tickets are $45 dollars. You can learn more about this event at

To learn more about all of the events being planned by the Event Management students read here.

Author: admin
• Friday, January 24th, 2014

Do you have a portable keyboard at home that is not being used? Not sure what to do with it?

Our friends at the National Arts Centre have the answer!

The NAC’s Music Alive Program in Nunavut is interested in acquiring used portable keyboards to donate to Peter Pitseolak High School in Cape Dorset. This school recently acquired a beautiful digital piano, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. With this addition to their music room, students have had the opportunity to work on keyboard skills, songwriting, and digital recording techniques.

The schools’ music teacher, Christa Borden, is giving free piano lessons to a number of interested students, and the Music Alive Program is working with the school to support some exciting opportunities for the students to develop their musical skills. However, these students don’t have instruments at home to practice on, or to work on individually in class.

If you have a used portable keyboard that could be donated to this worthy program, the NAC would love to hear from you. They are interested in all makes and models, but donated keyboards must be in playing condition and should not require any repairs. Qualifying instruments may be eligible for a charitable tax receipt from the NAC Foundation. Please contact Music Alive Program Administrator Natasha Harwood at 613-947-7000 ext 233 or for more information, or to donate an instrument.