Thirty Years Ago in the Glebe Report

Volume 21, Number 2,

February 7, 1992 (28 pages)

 This retrospective is filed bi-monthly by Ian McKercher of the Glebe Historical Society. The society welcomes the donation or loan (for copying) of any item documenting Glebe history (photographs, maps, surveys, news articles, posters, programs, memorabilia, etc.). Contact Ian at 613-235-4863 or

Note: All back issues of the Glebe Report to June 1973 can be viewed on the Glebe Report website at under the PAST ISSUES menu.

Glebe teens in cast

Seventy-five students auditioned for Easy Avenue, an adaptation of Brian Doyle’s novel that was to be presented at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in April. Fourteen local teens were selected for the cast. Five of the students attended Glebe Collegiate, including Michel Protti who was selected for the lead role of Hubbo O’Driscoll. Easy Avenue traces the antics of Hubbo, a student at Glebe Collegiate in 1949.

Glebe resident Janet Irwin, artistic director of Easy Street Productions, said she was very pleased with the cast. Eight additional students were to be involved in the play as production assistants. Participating students would all earn high school credits through the cooperative education program of the Ottawa Board of Education.

Randall paint store

Randall Paints Ltd. had applied to the City of Ottawa to develop a two-storey paint and furniture store on the southeast corner of Bank Street and Isabella. Limited outdoor parking was to be provided on the east side of the building. The Rosebery Residents Association had registered concerns with the application with respect to parking problems.

Tree census update

The Environment Committee of the Glebe Community Association was planning to update the City of Ottawa Tree Census by surveying front and corner side yards of Glebe properties during the Great Glebe Garage Sale on May 23.

Global Releaf’s Operation Treesave

For a fee of $100, community associations could participate in a September tree planting on public land. Associations would receive as many trees as they committed to plant and water for a period of two years. Participants would receive training in urban forestry. One drawback of the initiative was that except for the green ash, species offered by Operation Treesave were not sufficiently pollution-resistant for areas of heavy traffic.

Ian McKercher is a long-time Glebe resident, a former Glebe Collegiate teacher, a part-time historian and a current novelist whose latest work is Carbon Copy.

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