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Ottawans offered A Taste of the Arctic next Monday

While Ottawa has the largest Inuit population outside of the Arctic, many Ottawans who don’t have ties to the North have few opportunities to experience the richness and diversity of Inuit culture. Next Monday, an event offers Southerners an opportunity to sample the NAC kitchen’s take on a variety of Inuit culinary delicacies, with ingredients […]

Photo of the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat from Wikimedia Commons.

Lecture: Preserving Heritage in the Developing World

Founded in 1980, the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) is a private sector enterprise supporting economic, social and cultural development and various development programs in Asian and African countries where poverty is rampant. Through a holistic approach, the foundation incorporates aspects of environment, health, poverty and illness in the hopes of providing long-term solutions for […]

Left: Photo from ottawadivination.com. Right: Steve Morrison, photo by Hollie Davies.

Understanding myself better – through my handwriting! + giveaway

Hollie Davies lives in Wellington West with her boyfriend and cat, and loves sharing her experiences that the lovely city of Ottawa has to offer. Catch up with her as @Hollie_Grace7 on Instagram andTwitter. At one time or another, a fellow by the name of Steve Morrison had a measly $5 in his pocket (which […]

Bank and Wellington, ca. 1900. Photos courtesy of Library and Archives, Canada, unless otherwise noted.

Streetscape Memory Bank: The lost neighbourhood of Uppertown, Pt. 4

Last time, we looked at the residential area of Uppertown’s Cliff and Vittoria Streets.  To refresh: in Ottawa, on February 27, 1912, the Federal Government expropriated all properties located in Uppertown, an area bounded by Bank, Wellington, and Bay Streets and the cliff along the Ottawa River.  On March 9, 1912, a notice of expropriation […]

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Librarian in Residence: New year, new skills

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. Ottawa is a very crafty place and only seems to be getting more so the longer I live here. […]

All photos by Kelly Hotte.

Black Squirrel Books celebrates Bookmas

Amidst yummy treats, friendly chatter, and the smell of freshly ground coffee,  the first annual Bookmas was held this past Saturday (December 19th) at Black Squirrel Books & Cafe. More than 110 bookworms participated in the community Secret Santa event that organizers Vaughan MacDonald and Alexandra Ekstrom referred to as “literature and giverature” – books and giving. […]

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Streetscape Memory Bank: The lost neighbourhood of Uppertown, Pt. 3

Read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, or check out all of our Streetscape Memory Bank posts. Last time, we looked at the mix of housing and individuals who lived on the north side of Vittoria Street between Lyon and Kent. Now we continue our journey by looking at a remarkable set of […]

Some of the Westboro Brainery's upcoming classes: image from their website.

Get a quick shot of learning at the Westboro Brainery

Where can you get a nice dose of knowledge in one evening, is more social than watching another documentary on Netflix, and costs about the same as a night out anywhere? Whether you’re looking to break the routine, start a project, or have your eyes opened to something new, chances are you’ll find what you’re […]

All photos from Library and Archives Canada.

Streetscape Memory Bank: The lost Ottawa community of Uppertown, Pt. 2

Last time, we looked at the area of Uppertown now taken up by what is now 395 Wellington, or Library and Archives Canada. This time I’m interested in taking a look at some of the houses located on Lyon, the north side of Vittoria, Kent and Cliff Streets.  [Ed. note: Here’s a Google Maps link […]

The Heritage Building at City Hall, lit up purple for last year's Shine the Light. Photo courtesy of OCTEVAW.

Spotlight on domestic violence in November’s “Shine the Light” campaign

Shoppers in the Wellington West area may notice a new violet trend adorning storefronts this month, with a number of businesses choosing to decorate their storefronts with the colour and hand out purple pamphlets throughout the month of November. The Ottawa Coalition To End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) is running their annual “Shine the Light” […]

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