Editor’s Letter: KT honoured with eight OCNA Awards

Kitchissippi Times editor Charlie Senack. Photograph by Ellen Bond.

By Charlie Senack 

Pleased March, Kitchissippi! 

I’m thankful spring is pretty much here. I know we ended up blessed with a heat winter season, but I’m ready to ditch my trench coats for hoodie period. 

Spring does not formally start off until 11:06 p.m. on March 19, but it feels like it came early. As I produce this, it’s at this time seven degrees outside the house and the snow is melting. It hasn’t been a good year for our historic Rideau Canal or the Kichi Sibi Winter Trail which had a late begin to the 12 months. 

February was a incredibly prosperous thirty day period for the Kitchissippi Situations at the annual Ontario Neighborhood Newspaper Affiliation (OCNA) awards. 

KT won in 8 types, which include for very best Ontario community newspaper with a circulation 12,500 and in excess of. I was honoured to be regarded with the Stephen Shaw Reporter of the 12 months Award. 

The paper also acquired Greatest Variety Coverage with Bradley Turcotte currently being celebrated for his tale on LGBTQ2S+ sports activities leagues and Gabrielle Huston for their posting on Hi there Dolly pastries staying “neurodivergent and queer all 12 months.” 

KT photographer Ellen Bond received awards for Finest Function Image, Photographer of the Calendar year and Most effective Photo Structure, which is a shared entry with graphic designer Céline Paquette

KT also took residence awards for Very best Arts and Tradition Story and Very best Inventive Grip and Grin Picture. We want to wait around till April to come across out if we are initially, next or third position in each classification, but both way, it is an immense honour to be acknowledged. 

Making this paper every thirty day period is a labour of like and a crew work. Every single single person pours their heart and soul into their perform. I truly feel grateful to operate with this excellent group of people each day. 

In this problem of KT, I spoke with new Parkdale Foodstuff Centre govt director Beth Ciavaglia about what she hopes to attain with the group.  I also sat down with community city councillors and architects to understand far more about what the future retains for Carling Avenue. 

Hannah Wanamaker went to 10 Toes Espresso Home and Laundry on Somerset (a favourite hangout location of ours) to discover about how they are endorsing area solutions. Hannah also met up with Firdaus Kharas who was a short while ago awarded with the Buy of Canada. 

In ‘Early Days’, Dave Allston provides us back to when steeplechase races were the rage in Westboro. It’s challenging to imagine Richmond Road sprawling with fields and farms! 

Christina Korotkov flipped through the pages of nearby authors to master additional about a looking at festival Wellington West’s Bagelshop is internet hosting by means of March. A handful of blocks more than in Westboro, she also stopped by the Clocktower Brew Pub which is accumulating jackets for the homeless. 

Last but not least, Simon Hopkins went to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in McKellar Park the place dancers from Ukraine ended up placing on a amazing functionality. He also met up with a regional Nepean High Faculty swimmer who has her eyes set on the Olympics. 

That’s all the news that matches into print this month. Have a tale notion? E-mail me at [email protected].