Reports for NECA AGM, Oct. 25, 2022

Below you will find the Agenda for the New Edinburgh Community Alliance’s annual general meeting, the reports from the NECA board committees, a financial statement, NECA’s strategic priorities and the minutes from the 2021 virtual AGM.

The following motion on a proposal for a pilot project to close a portion of Stanley Avenue is available here.

The AGM will take place on Thurs. Oct. 27, 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Fieldhouse, 203 Stanley Ave. and will also be streamed online. Please register in advance to join by Zoom:

All residents are welcome to the New Edinburgh Community Alliance’s Annual General Meeting and to join the board! Contact:

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Motion to discuss pilot project on Stanley Avenue

At the New Edinburgh Community Alliance’s (NECA’s) annual general meeting on Oct. 27, 2022, board members and residents will be discussing the following motion concerning the proposal for a pilot project to close a small portion of Stanley Avenue near the New Edinburgh Park Fieldhouse (203 Stanley Ave.) to create space for additional public amenities.

If you would like to share your thoughts on this proposal, please join NECA on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. either at the Fieldhouse (203 Stanley Ave.) or online, as the meeting will be in a hybrid format.

Motion to provide the basis for discussion with the City of Ottawa about the Terms of Reference for a Pilot Project on Stanley Avenue

Whereas policy 3–4 of the draft Transportation Master Plan update prescribes “pilot street designs that function as ‘places'” and “seasonal repurposing of streets for place-making activities” whereby streets that border parks are among the most appropriate; and

Whereas the New Edinburgh Community Alliance (NECA) and the Crichton Community Council (CCC) wish to enhance the use of New Edinburgh Park for use by the community; and

Whereas Stanley Avenue between River Lane and the New Edinburgh Park Fieldhouse is non-essential from a motor vehicle through traffic perspective; and

Whereas the public space of New Edinburgh Park between the Rideau River and Stanley Avenue between Dufferin Road and the Fieldhouse is very narrow, thereby compressing the intensive recreational uses and natural functions of the vegetated landscape;

Therefore be it resolved that NECA in collaboration with CCC solicit the City of Ottawa to launch a two- to four-month trial of repurposing a segment of Stanley Avenue in front of the New Edinburgh Park Fieldhouse for place-making such that

  • place-making is realized with amenities for public use added onto the repurposed road segment during the trial period. Examples of desired (none in particular are required) amenities are: 
  • seating
  • planter boxes with community volunteer installed/maintained vegetation or otherwise
  • art, cultural, or educational based installation(s)
  • game or activity-based installation(s)
  • food and beverage service(s)
  • only emergency, park maintenance and other such authorized motor vehicles are permitted to drive through the repurposed road segment during the trial period
  • on-street parking availability is maintained for users of the Fieldhouse and surrounding public space; and

be it further resolved that the CCC in collaboration with NECA work with the City of Ottawa to activate the repurposed portion of Stanley Avenue with community programming and events; and

be it further resolved that during and upon completion of the pilot, NECA, CCC and the City jointly assess the degree to which the roadway’s closure to motorized through traffic impacts

  • the usage and user satisfaction of New Edinburgh Park and the Fieldhouse
  • the volume of interprovincial and other motorized traffic cutting through New Edinburgh
  • traffic elsewhere in the neighbourhood, e.g., along Crichton Street, River Lane or MacKay Street
  • parking availability
  • the neighbouring community

Burgh Business Briefs (October 2022)

By Randy Mar and Tamara Miller (This article originally appeared in the October 2022 edition of the New Edinburgh News)

Align Massage Therapy expands its portfolio

Like stock splits, dividends are being paid to New Edinburgh residents with recent changes at Align Massage Therapy. A female-founded health care service established in 2000, Align has been growing and is now about to offer New Edinburgh, Manor Park, Rockcliffe Park, Vanier, Overbrook, Lowertown, and Sandy Hill residents two new therapy environments!

Each Align Massage Therapy clinic is owned by an experienced Registered Massage Therapist.  This means they fully understand client needs as well as the business inside and out, and know how to support their therapist colleagues to achieve long-term career goals. Proudly, all seven Align locations are currently owned by women.

Align Massage Therapy has been part of New Edinburgh for the past 17 years at 16 Beechwood Ave., and positive changes of growth and accessibility are on the horizon as they prepare for a move to nearby Sandy Hill.  

Owner Elizabeth Eaton-Loken elaborated: “We have grown along with the community, and with growth comes change. We are excited to share our newest creations to serve our clients better.” Align Sandy Hill will be located in the newly retrofitted, multi-disciplinary healthcare and medical building at 168 Charlotte St. (at the corner of Rideau Street) in November. 

“We look forward to having a fully accessible clinic space to better offer equity in access. Many of our clients have braved our stairs for many years, and so it will be wonderful to offer an elevator, especially to moms with strollers, some of our seniors with limited mobility, and injured athletes,” Elizabeth tells the New Edinburgh News. The new location also offers street-level parking, and access to nearby bike paths and to four bus routes.

Align Sandy Hill will literally be up the road and around the corner from the current location on the Beechwood strip; only an eight-minute walk from the current location! Elizabeth explains that the therapist team had lots of input on the new layout to maintain the desired client-centric environment while ensuring their workspace continued to complement their needs.  You will see Elizabeth’s same team of therapists, who will continue to offer a full range of massage therapies, including expanded acupuncture (traditional Chinese medicine) treatments, osteopathy, and reflexology.

Other healthcare and medical services available in the building include a pharmacy and diagnostic clinic, as well as physio and occupational therapy, with more services to come.

As part of the upcoming changes, Krista Dicks, a long time New Edinburgh resident and RMT with Align, has taken on the challenge of operating her own clinic, Align Lindenlea. Her boutique wellness space – located in the former ORESTA Skincare storefront at 137 Beechwood Ave. – opened in early September (read more about ORESTA later in this piece).

Krista plans to continue the Align Massage Therapy philosophy of providing personalized, high-quality health care on an as-needed or preventative basis. The Lindenlea team includes skilled Registered Massage Therapists and a registered reflexologist; and Krista herself will continue to provide hands-on therapeutic and relaxation massages. She prides herself on bringing a calm and intuitive approach to her massage treatments which help relieve pain and muscle tension associated with desk posture, training, and the common “I just woke up with it” type of injury. She has training in lymphatic massage and lymphedema therapy recommended post-surgery to reduce swelling to affected areas.

Rounding out the Lindenlea team are Jade Arthur, a caring practitioner who restores mobility and reduces pain after motor vehicle accidents, including the treatment of whiplash and chronic back pain. Jade helps her clients relax by adding stretches throughout her massage to loosen tight muscles. Finally, Paulette Hébert is a certified reflexologist with a background in sports who knows first-hand the benefits of adding reflexology to health and wellness routines.  Her repertoire includes treatments for feet, hands, and cranium, as well as focused training in fertility and maternity reflexology for both men and women, aimed at empowering individuals on their reproductive and fertility journeys.

“I am fortunate to have found such wonderful space so close to home. The building has a historical charm and beauty that makes for a unique massage experience,” enthused Krista.  “As a new business owner, it is an honour to be within a space that has known success and is recognized for its quality of service and products, as well its contribution to the community.” 

Krista looks forward to new horizons as a local business owner, while maintaining balance of family life with her husband, Scott, and their two dogs Maxx and Kona. You will see them enjoying walks in Stanley Park! 

Both Elizabeth and Krista love the surrounding community and are thankful for the long-time support of their neighbours!  

Align Massage Therapy Lindenlea is located at 137 Beechwood Ave. Contact 613-276-4396 or visit Until Nov. 1, Align Massage Therapy Beechwood is located at 201-16 Beechwood Ave.; 613-744-4604; After Nov. 1, you can find them at 406-168 Charlotte St. (same contact info). –RM

Farewell to Oresta Beechwood

On July 30, ORESTA clean beauty simplified on Beechwood closed its doors after 11 years in our neighbourhood. An Instagram post from the company thanked patrons for all their kind messages and visits, as well as for all the support they received throughout the pandemic. ORESTA will continue to have a strong online presence, as well as two other bricks-and-mortar locations in the Glebe and Hintonburg communities. As the name implies, ORESTA clean beauty simplified is still committed to offering clients the highest-quality clean beauty brands and treatments with the skincare guidance and friendly service customers have enjoyed, both in-store and online.  

Visit ORESTA Glebe at 464 O’Connor St., and ORESTA Hintonburg at 1121 Wellington St. Explore their website at – TM

A new space for Nuvo

Nuvo optometry was founded over 20 years ago and has two locations in the Ottawa East community with nine practicing optometrists! They have been in their 178 Beechwood Ave. location since 2009. However, they will be making a move to 156 Beechwood Ave. this October, according to Michelle MacDonald, who works in Nuvo’s marketing department. 

Nuvo has been fortunate to have outgrown the smaller location both in patient care and clinic needs, and they wanted to be able to offer a larger selection of eyewear. When the space in the adjoining plaza became available (the former dentist office next door to Subway), Nuvo jumped at the opportunity to move into a space that would accommodate their growing needs.

The new space will certainly be bigger. Nuvo will go from a location with only two exam rooms, limited room for additional testing equipment, and a small eyewear boutique, to a larger clinic with three exam rooms, ample space for additional tests and a larger dispensary and eyewear boutique.

If you need eye-care, Nuvo has you covered! They are a full-scope optometry clinic that offers routine and specialty eye exams, contact lens fittings and evaluations, a recycling program for used contact lenses, multiple myopic control strategies (including orthokeratology), and full optical services for all your eyewear needs.

Their clinics are proudly owned and operated by an all-women team. Dr. Corina Buettner has led the charge and guided Nuvo toward the ever-growing success of both locations and continues to promote a healthy and positive work environment for all her staff.

Contact Nuvo Optometry by phone at 613-749-0481 or by email at You can also book an appointment directly at –TM

Unleash your creativity at Ply Studio

Ply Studio is a creative arts space located at the corner of Crichton and Dufferin Streets, conceived of by local fibre artist Carmen Bohn

Carmen has had a lifelong passion for creating weird and wonderful things with paper, paint, yarn, textiles, markers, and anything else that might be lying around, and so she left the corporate world in 2021 to follow this passion.

The emphasis of Ply Studio is creative workshops, from in-person to virtual, where people can come together to engage in regularly scheduled (and sometimes pop-up!) events and activities, browse a beautiful selection of fibre and workshop supplies, as well as local, one-of-a-kind gifts for sale.  

In recent months, as we slowly move out of the pandemic and see a social narrative about well-being and people increasingly needing connection, Carmen saw a gap that needed to be filled.  A big believer in the link between creativity and well-being, she decided to offer creative team-building retreats.

These retreats are get-togethers that will inspire, build connections, and make people feel better. In preparing for the retreat, Carmen will work with you to understand your team dynamics, challenges, and areas for creative collaboration. Based on her years of team management, as well as her experience as an arts entrepreneur, Carmen will create a five-star learning experience that will have your team connecting and working better together in no time, using methods with creativity at their core.

So, whether you are an individual looking to engage with others in your community, or a team looking for a creative way to build connections, Ply Studio has something for you! Connect with Ply Studio on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or check out their website at You can also reach Carmen by phone at 613-850-8485 or by email at –TM

Coffee “solutions” on the horizon

Amid supply chain and resourcing challenges, Acacia Tree Farms/Advanced Coffee Solutions has managed to slowly build its presence within the Beechwood coffee scene.

“Many curious residents and coffee lovers have been wandering in and getting to know us since we first opened our doors in December” said Amavit Rath.  But it has been slow as they experienced the struggles of starting a new storefront business venture in the middle of a pandemic, and are now emerging with a new sense of positive energy.

When co-owners Nikhil Rath and Karawan Ahmed first chatted with the New Edinburgh News late last year, they excitedly revealed their plans to introduce Ethiopia’s signature Harar coffee bean to Ottawa and Canada, to offer a superior line of home coffee machines, and to establish partnerships with name coffee brands to offer collaborative roasts, all based in the former BMO space at 14 Beechwood Ave.

Among the unique offerings in the works was a self-serve vending machine offering high-quality cold brewed coffee to go, along with roasted Happy Goat beans. Coffee aficionados will be pleased to hear that the parts and servicing challenges have been overcome and the “ATM” of coffee is running smoothly.  

As a locally founded and locally operated coffee enterprise, Acacia is especially proud to have forged partnerships with two purveyors of specialty coffees, local favourite Happy Goat, as well as Toronto-based Hatch Coffee Roasters.

Similarly, those stopping by the showroom will see a range of high-end home espresso units alongside commercial grade equipment.  They will also get a chance to learn more about the Acacia Tree coffee experience from Jeylene Suangco, who will be there during operating hours.

Acacia Tree Farm/Advanced Coffee Solutions is located at 14 Beechwood Ave. Learn more at, or call 613-741-7272. ­-RM

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Guide to New Edinburgh’s Patio Pathway

By Randy Mar. Map by Chantel Richard. This article originally appeared in the June 2022 edition of the New Edinburgh News)

Patio season certainly arrived with a blast of heat and sunshine this spring!

The New Edinburgh News has put together a guide to help make choosing your patio easier. As you can see from the accompanying map and legend, at print time, there are at least 13 locations to choose from. You can head out your front door and walk or bike there in mere minutes.

New Edinburgh patios have you covered, whether you want to enjoy fantastic scenery, fall into deep loungers, absorb the urban streetscape, savour international cuisines, test in-store-baked goods, or sip your favourite beverage at a bistro-style table.  

Our community’s patios have family-style picnic tables on which to spread out, are off the beaten path, can be either open air or have sheltered overhangs, or offer colourful umbrellas to provide much-needed shade.  

Equally important is your choice of beverage, whether sipping tropical cocktails, tasting local craft beers, non-alcoholic refreshments, or simply a cold brewed or iced coffee.

The map legend also notes which patios are accessible (for those with mobility issues or strollers); serve alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, have public washrooms; offer kid-friendly menus; and provide shade.

Fun fact: the New Edinburgh Patio Pathway is 2.5 kilometres in length. It starts at Tavern on the Falls on Sussex Drive, weaving south to Union Street Kitchen Café, turning east at the Royal Oak, and continuing along Beechwood connecting Ministry of Coffee, Dhruvees, Starbucks, the Clocktower Brew Pub, and Mr. Luko, with a slight detour to Ola Cocina, then continuing to the Red Door, Bridgehead, and Bibi’s, before ending at Soca/Plantain Cartel.

Sadly, the patio at resident-favourite Fraser Café on Springfield Road is not able to open this summer for reasons beyond the owners Ross and Simon’s control. We will miss stopping by and enjoying their menu outdoors.

Let’s get outside and continue to support our neighbourhood businesses!

Burgh Business Briefs (June 2022)

By Jane Heintzman and Tamara Miller (This article originally appeared in the June 2022 edition of the New Edinburgh News)

In-person training returns at Happy Fido Co.

In the two years since COVID emerged, the substantial cohort of “pandemic puppies” acquired by many local families has settled in, and many are now familiar figures on our streets and in the dog parks. While most pups will have adjusted reasonably well, some may have rough edges and canine quirks to be sorted out. One challenge many may face as they head back to the office is separation anxiety. 

But help is close at hand. In the April 2021 edition of the New Edinburgh News, we first introduced Happy Fido Company (, a local, force-free, science-based dog training business, emphasizing positive reinforcement in its approach to training.

Since launching her business, owner and certified trainer Fumie Watanabe has had to navigate the constraints of pandemic protocols, and to move online to deliver her core programs and one-on-one consultations. But thankfully, as the world begins to re-open, she is now able to gradually reintroduce in-person training and one-on-one consultations. 

Last March, Fumie teamed up with trainer Claudia Jodouin. Both are currently teaching beginner and intermediate level Canine Agility Classes at Keshet Kennels in Carlsbad Springs, Ont. ( Classes are offered from May through July, and start up again in September with a fall program. 

In addition to offering full-service dog boarding and daycare facilities, as well as dog training programs, Keshet Kennels is a rescue operation, providing a refuge for large-breed dogs which are most at risk of being euthanized when given up by their owners. Fumie and Claudia are generously donating a portion of the proceeds from their agility classes to Keshet’s rescue program. 

Fumie is enthusiastic about the benefits of agility training for dogs – and their owners! “Canine agility is a teamwork sport activity; the handler needs to give a cue to the dog telling it where to go next, and the dog needs to wait for the cue,” she explains. “Agility training is a great way to build communication skills. The dogs develop focus, paying close attention to their handlers, as well as body-awareness navigating the obstacles.” A prerequisite for agility classes is completion of a basic obedience program focusing on the familiar mantra of “sit, stay, down, come” and the foundations of impulse control. 

While most dogs benefit greatly from agility training, Fumie notes a few exceptions: 1) dogs in their crucial, early development stages (up to 12 months of age); 2) dogs experiencing physical discomfort; and 3) some very large breeds such as Newfoundlands and Saint Bernards, for whom the agility equipment is simply too small. 

In her one-on-one consultations to date, “reactivity” is at the top of the behaviour issues list. Reactive dogs typically overreact in a variety of circumstances, ranging from encounters with other dogs or strangers, to loud or startling noises, and even inanimate objects they may perceive as a threat. 

The majority of dog owners (myself included!) are all too familiar with the challenging behaviours associated with reactivity: lunging, barking, growling, or wild over-excitement. In most cases, these behaviours are driven by underlying fears or lack of socialization. “These are like panic attacks,” explains Fumie, emphasizing that “there is no quick fix.” Behaviour modification for reactive dogs can be a long process, using training methods rooted in an understanding of animal-behaviour psychology. 

“First, the owner must understand the emotional struggles of the reactive dog, and then apply the appropriate training methods to modify the dog’s negative emotional associations with the reactivity triggers,” says Fumie. “Changing the negative emotion to modify the behaviour takes time. It’s like going through psychotherapy in a way, totally different from obedience training.” She is justifiably pleased to have had some success in this work; in one recent case, her behaviour modification training helped to socialize a formerly overreactive dog sufficiently to participate comfortably in group agility classes. 

In our neighbourhood, the off-leash area in Stanley Park is a natural magnet for dog owners and their charges, where (ideally at least!) both humans and dogs can mingle sociably with neighbours. But a word of caution before you and your pooch plunge into that melee. “The true definition of socialization means letting the dogs have positive experiences with the environment, which greatly differs from just exposing the dogs to the environment,” says Fumie. So, if your companion seems exceptionally fearful of other dogs or strangers, or if they seem prone to aggressive behaviour, seek advice from a professional before taking it into that milieu. If it’s not fun for your dog, it’s a safe bet that it won’t be fun for you either!

Visit;  search HappyFidoCo on Facebook and Instagram; or e-mail for more information or appointments. –JH

Brandi Cowl: Counselling, Yoga and Wellness

Brandi Cowl’s purpose in life is to cultivate health and happiness, both in herself and in others.  She has had an interest in health and wellness for many years – she has been teaching yoga since 2003, she became a life coach in 2008 and a health coach in 2012.  She’s also published a book: The Modern Yogi, A Guide to Living on Purpose and With Intention (available on Amazon!) and has spent 10 years working with the federal government. 

Now, having recently returned to the neighbourbood after her husband’s posting in San Francisco, Brandi has become a professional counsellor. She tells the New Edinburgh News that she is excited to be in Lindenlea to launch her business and connect with the community.  Through her counselling practice, she weaves together the emotional and cognitive elements elements of counselling, with the healing and mindfulness elements of yoga, and the action-oriented work of coaching.

Brandi notes that as people begin to emerge from the pandemic, it can be a difficult time.  On the one hand it’s exciting, but it can also be stressful and anxiety-inducing. Brandi assures us we are not alone in this situation and that she can work with clients to reduce their stress, anxiety and depression.

She offers one-on-one counselling, both in-person and virtually. Her areas of focus include ADHD; anxiety; depression; reducing stress; and building self-confidence.  She can also help folks who may be dealing with such major life events as job loss, relocation, or retirement.  She can help clients cultivate ongoing healthy habits, such as staying active, getting enough sleep, and cultivating mindfulness.  

Brandi has also launched a group support practice called “calm and connect.” The idea is to get a small group together to share thoughts, feelings, challenges, and insecurities in a safe and supportive environment, working with a different theme each week.  The practice offers tools to reduce stress and anxiety, but it’s also a forum to foster connection. The small-group format allows time for everyone to contribute. Everyone is heard and seen. Feedback on the group practice has been powerful: the format makes people feel less alone and more supported. It speaks to the power of hearing others’ stories.

It’s worth noting that Brandi also offers a monthly yoga program: members receive a new yoga video straight to their inbox each month.  If you’re interested in trying this out, Brandi can set you up with a free, month-long trial! 

Brandi is currently accepting new clients for her counselling practice. Reach her at or check out where you can also learn more about her “Calm and Connect” group practice. –TM

AIM Fitness: what motivates you to move?

Meg Stickl started AIM Fitness in 2013, having worked with seniors since she was 12 years old. In her experience, she noticed many seniors struggling with mobility-related health issues. She saw an opportunity to help people stay in their homes and empower them to move every day.

Meg’s company has been mobile from the start, and she began by offering personal training in peoples’ homes. She worked hard to help people understand that fitness doesn’t have to be difficult – daily stretching and simple movement are important. From individual visits she expanded to offer group fitness classes in condos and events in seniors’ residences. Her presentations focus on three topics: preventing falls; building healthy habits that last; and getting and staying motivated over the age of 65.

When the pandemic hit in March 2020, Meg had to adjust her business model as approximately 75 per cent of her clients paused their in-home services. However, it ended up changing things for the better! The pause gave her time to create an online membership for those aged 50+, where people pay $46.99/month +HST for access to videos on demand. Meg now has more than 150 videos and is still creating new content: three new videos per week. She also offers a $7 seven-day trial for anyone curious about joining.

The beauty of this membership program is the feeling of community that Meg fosters through inspiring weekly emails, as well as fitness challenges, and monthly Zoom calls with the membership. She recently held a two-year anniversary celebration with her members!

To folks new to exercise, or who are worried about injuring themselves or being unable to keep up, Meg wants you to know that the AIM approach – shared by her staff of personal trainers working from Kanata to Orleans – is gentle and accommodating of injuries and mobility issues. She challenges people to consider what motivates them to be active. For some clients it’s about keeping up with their grandkids; for others, it’s travel. Whatever the reason, once clients start, their feedback is the same: I wish I’d known how easy it was to get started! 

Interested in learning more or booking a free consultation? Reach AIM Fitness at 613-869-3246 or fill out the consult form at –TM