Thirty Years Ago in the Glebe Report 

 Thirty years ago in the Glebe Report 

By Ian McKercher 


NOTE: All back issues of the Glebe Report from June 1973 can be viewed at under the PAST ISSUES menu. 


Volume 22, Number 6, June 10, 1994 (40 pages) 



On Friday, May 20 (1994), residents celebrated the official opening of the Glebe North Neighbourhood Watch Program which was organized by Brian Lynch in response to a rash of break-ins on Renfrew Avenue and nearby streets. The ceremony took place at Bank Street and Powell Avenue where one of two official signs was unveiled. 

First Avenue School choir provided a spirited singing of O Canada and God Save the Queen. Ottawa Police Chief Brian Ford stressed that such programs help maintain the public good in times of cutbacks in resources. Refreshments were provided courtesy of Jim McKeen of Loeb Glebe and the Isabella Loblaws. 



On June 27, the newly renovated Aberdeen Pavilion was to be unveiled. The adjacent vast parking lot had been relandscaped with trees, bushes and grass. Writer John Leaning hoped that this was “the beginning of the end of a long-standing feud between the residents of the Glebe and Ottawa South and the Lansdowne Park administration.” He added, “the deplorable banalities of Lansdowne have started to change for the better thanks to the considerable diplomatic skills of ward councillor Jim Watson.” 



Retiring Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group (GNAG) co-chair Wendy Daigle Zinn 

announced that a feasibility study of the Glebe Community Centre (GCC) was being conducted as a blueprint for the community’s future growth and development. In 1993, 60,000 people participated in City and GNAG-sponsored programs at the GCC, and over 80,000 people used the centre. This success was despite the physical limitations of a 70-year-old building not designed as a recreational facility. 



After 20 years building up an inventory of 20,000 books at 775 Bank Street, Book Bazaar owner Beryl McLeod was retiring. New owners, John and Jane Wyatt, would take over the business in early July. 

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