This charming video was produced by Awesome Arts en folie. It tells the story of the late René Chartrand, a Lowertown resident who was known as the Catman of Parliament Hill. Note: French narration, no sub-titles.
This animation was told and recorded by a group of francophone seniors who participated in the 2015 Awesome Arts en folie program in Lowertown. The storytelling program was led by Marie-Thé Morin of Vox Théâtre and the animation was created by a group of anglophone children of Lowertown who were led by Tina Le Moine and her intern Alia Khan and volunteer Janine Lameiras.
The program was funded by Canadian Heritage and the City of Ottawa Youth Internship Progam, offered in partnership with the Lowertown Community Resource Centre and the Centre de services Guigues. The video was screened at the March 27, 2015 Awesome Arts en folie Festival.
René Chartrand died on December 7, 2014. He was 92. Click here to read his life story.
The CapitalModern.ca website publishes features about "modern architecture" in the national capital region, generally regarding works constructed during the years of 1945-1975.
The site has dedicated a page to before and after pictures of the Union du Canada demolition and the new construction site at Dalhousie and York streets in Lowertown. Last month Capital Modern added a research document prepared by the LCA's Heritage Committee back when it was trying to save the Union du Canada building. Click here to read the LCA's March 18, 2013 submission to Ottawa City Council and its Built Heritage Sub-committee.
Post and photo collage by Michelle Ramsay-Borg
The NCC just issued an RFP to hire consultants to prepare a “Capital Illumination Plan”. This will provide a strategy to illuminate the unique buildings, monuments, districts and streetscapes of the national capital. The intent is to create a cohesive nightscape and reduce energy. The NCC organized a workshop on 31 March to seek suggestions from the public on what should be illuminated. Most of the work teams identified the ByWard Market as an area that should be illuminated.
The NCC will select a few special pilot projects to complete before the 2017 celebrations. The money for the plan and the special projects will be paid for out of the NCC’s regular capital projects fund. The NCC has indicated that they are interested in working with partners to do pilot projects. There is here an opportunity to work with the NCC to select the Market for a pilot project.
This article originally appeared on The Ottawa Jewish Archives Facebook page.
Well, in 1956 congregations Adath Jeshurun and Agudath Achim amalgamated to form the Congregation Beth Shalom. The Adath Jeshurun synagogue at 375 King Edward Avenue was then converted to function as the Chevra Kadisha – the Jewish Community Memorial Chapel.
Every year in March, city staff spend a couple of weeks on the Rideau River just upstream from the Rideau Falls, cutting key lines for ice floes that are first blasted apart, then freed to float down into the Ottawa River. It's a flood management strategy that has saved many a property in Lowertown and elsewhere along the Rideau over the years. (Photos by G. Blaze)
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