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Westboro BIA opts out of Westfest Sponsorship

Sheba Schmidt, owner of West End Kids, fought to reverse the Westboro BIA's decision.

Sheba Schmidt, owner of West End Kids, fought to reverse the Westboro BIA’s decision.

At the end of the summer of 2015, I reported my first scoop. The Westboro Business Improvement Area had made the controversial decision to pull its sponsorship from the popular Ottawa festival, Westfest.

The unexpected decision had members of the BIA, and soon, residents, in an uproar over the decision.

My reporting, inclusive of perspectives from business owners, the city, and the BIA itself, showed the many sides of a difficult decision.

Read the piece, broken by The Kitchissippi Times on the web, here.

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