April 15, 2014

Rose Simpson: Let's humanize Jim Flaherty, not lionize him

Rose Simpson's column appears every Tuesday morning on the OttawaStart Blog. She also blogs at Rose's Cantina. You can read her previous columns here.

Cotton Candy Clouds
Cotton Candy Clouds by David Johnson, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group


I wonder if I'm the only person in Canada who is creeped out by all the fuss over the unfortunate demise of Jim Flaherty.

I cried a few tears when I heard he had passed, as I would for anyone who had been struck down so suddenly. Poor guy, I thought. Poor wife. Poor kids. For most people, that would be it, a funeral, a wake, some hugs and nice rembrances.

But the outpouring of grief is simply over the top for me. He was a politician, by all accounts, a nice guy, a person who liked to kiss the blarney stone more than his doctor might have allowed.

Jim Flaherty was a guy with a bad ticker who worked too hard, drank too much and didn't watch his cholesterol.

Yet somehow our country has been hurled into a weird ritual of national mourning that is bound to go on for weeks. Most of us didn't know Jim Flaherty and only saw him on budget day when he brought in a mixed bag of programs that a lot of us didn't agree with. There was more money for prisons under Flaherty, bad decisions on defence spending while cutting back on the human side of soldiering, the gutting of the CBC, excruciatingly oppressive energy and food costs, the loss of good jobs to McJobs. Well, I could go on.

All his drinking buddies in the Press Gallery lauded him for saving Canada from a depression, yet it still looks like a depression from where I'm sitting. Half my family is unemployed while the other half is under-employed. Oh yes, and he's making people my age work longer.

So forgive me for refusing to lionize the guy. He wasn't Jim Almighty; he was just a better than average finance minister whom people liked personally. He did good things for some people, other people not so much.

And while we're at it, let's not idolize somebody who died because he didn't take care of himself. He wasn't called to his job. God didn't send down tablets to him. He wasn't Moses or even Noah. He was a politician who had a bit of a God complex who stayed up too late, rode around in limos and private jets and ate and drank at the very best establishments.

Nobody asked him to stay on until the deficit was vanquished. He should have listened to his doctor, reduced his stress levels, and taken more time to smell the roses.

Now he can't and that, my friends, is a cautionary tale.

If you were Jim Flaherty standing at the pearly gates and St. Peter asked you if you have any regrets, what would you say?

I don't think anybody would wish they had spent more time as finance minister.


-- Rose Simpson



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April 14, 2014

Cool Ottawa Blog: "Ottawa Gig Posters"

Here's a great blog for Ottawa music and art fans: Ottawa Gig Posters, a collection of work from Rocket 57 Illustration. The man behind Rocket 57 is Marc Audet, an illustrator and animator based in Gatineau.

Marc tells us: "I've been working as a self employed illustrator in the Ottawa region for the past 13 years. 99% of what you see on the site is my stuff. I do, on the rare occasion, collaborate with a designer or two. A lot of the stuff I do is for my own band, Still Winter Hills, but I'm making an effort to branch out and work with other bands."









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April 12, 2014

Lunch Out Loud Ottawa: Episode 68 with prototypeD & Sound of Lions


Every week we publish a link to the Lunch Out Loud podcast, a weekly show produced by Nick Bachusky and co-hosted by Andrew Miller. In this episode: We meet with with Janak, Kirill, Karissa and Khaled from the innovative non-profit hub PrototypeD Urban Workshops which you will be hearing about a lot in Ottawa in the future. From how the workspace started to the projects (Bayview Innovation Centre) that they are working on now, we learn about their passion for creativity in several aspects of life on the show. A true example of the future of Ottawa! Music this week was from the very talented Sound of Lions! Check them out at RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest July 12th!



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April 11, 2014

Christopher Ryan: Rupert McLelland's distinctive rounded entrances

A weekly feature by Christopher Ryan, a local photographer, blogger and researcher. It appears every Friday on our blog.



When you see them, you can’t unsee them. Mason Terrace, at one time the epicentre of Ottawa’s single largest housing development features homes with rounded front entrances. April 2014. 

I must concede that I’ve spent so much time looking at Ottawa’s construction booms before and after the Second World War that it hadn’t occurred to me that Ottawa experienced one during the War too. Whether it was the larger bureaucracies demanded by Depression-era relief projects, the exceptionally large number of civil servants demanded by the war effort, or the postwar growth of the Welfare State, all those Ottawans needed somewhere to live.

This past weekend I decided to take one of my patented long, meandering walks. Aside from hitting the expected sorts of places, I decided to take a stroll through those residential borderlands between Old Ottawa South and (Old) Ottawa East. Once I hit Mason Terrace, Mount Pleasant, and Brown Streets, I had noticed that the majority of front doors were rounded at the top. Both cute (on the smaller singles in particular) and distinctive, when the majority of all doors everywhere are concerned. Naturally, I was curious.




Not quite Alta-Vista, but a record is a record. While war was raging overseas, Rupert McClelland was housing Ottawans. Source: Ottawa Citizen, November 8, 1943.

Although McClelland’s name does not enjoy the same sort of recognition as other Ottawa developers, his homes and projects constructed between 1939 and 1949 have a certain distinctive feature that others do not.


Yes: it’s the rounded front doors. Aside from the homes around Mason Terrace (as pictured at the top of the story), there are a large number of homes around Ottawa that are a McClelland project. Pictured clockwise are his homes at Marlborough Ave., Leighton Terrace, Breezehill, and Holland Ave. There is a good chance that if you live within the Greenbelt in a home with a rounded front door constructed during the War, it was built by Rupert McClelland. Image source: Google Streetview (Spring-Summer 2012).

Before the record-setting project in Ottawa East, McClelland had generally spent his time constructing a small number of homes around Ottawa: most often doubles, but a number of bungalows as well. While they haven’t all survived the ravages of time, many of his trademarked rounded doors are are enjoyed by residents on Marlborough (Sandy Hill), Renfrew (The Glebe), Muriel (The Glebe), and Breezehill (Hintonburg) among others.


Most of McClelland’s building permits before the Ottawa East project consisted of less than a half-dozen homes. Source: Ottawa Journal, November 18, 1940.

The distinctive doors were likely manufactured at his own factory, which was located at 120 Parkdale on what is now Tunney’s Pasture. It seems to be a good bet that McClelland’s homes reverted to more conventional entrances following the destruction of his factory by fire in August of 1949. The property was expropriated shortly thereafter by Public Works for the construction of a building for the Department of Trade and Commerce (Industry Canada).


A birds-eye of the neighbourhood today. Source: Bing Maps.

In the fall of 1942 an opportunity came up for the purchase of a number of lots near Main Street. The land, which was owned by the Public School Board and known as the Whitcomb Property, was considered surplus and the best use, it was thought, was for housing. Housing, of course, was something that Ottawa was in an eternal short supply of.


McClelland’s big gambit began in 1942. Source: Ottawa Journal, November 28, 1942.

In January of 1943 as McClelland had begun construction of the first eighteen homes, more of the details surrounding the purchase were revealed. McClelland’s project was the single largest component to a project that was being undertaken by the Ottawa Home Builders’ Association that would see the construction of 300 homes to alleviate the shortage. Among the conditions applied to the sale of the Whitcomb Property were:
"The sale of the Board’s property on the Main street, Ottawa East, known as the Whitcomb property to Rupert S. McClelland for $10,000 was announced. Mr. Kennedy stated that the agreement provided that no building costing less than $5,000 would be built on any one lot."
-- Ottawa Journal, January 8, 1943.
Once all of the details were set, construction proceeded rapidly. Streets were laid and the homes were constructed in batches of 15-20 at a time. Always the family man, Mason Terrace was named by McClelland after his brother.



The neighbourhood at 15 years. Source: City of Ottawa, geoOttawa, 1958 Aerials.


“Terms to Responsible Purchasers.” Source: Ottawa Journal, April 8, 1943.


From that point onward, the sky was the limit. Once the Ottawa East project was completed, McClelland proceeded to replicate that success in the city’s west as well. Named after another one of his brothers, McClelland’s Leighton Terrace development (off Island Park) was completed in 1945.


True to his advertisements, Leighton Terrace is home to a number different models of home. Source: Ottawa Journal, August 28, 1945.

As with most active developers, Rupert McClelland would go on to construct larger projects on larger parcels and taller buildings on small parcels. He would also go on to purchase a number of downtown properties. That will, however, be a story for another day.



-- Original photos & text by Christopher Ryan.
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April 09, 2014

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: April 10-16, 2014

Smokin'
Smokin' / by J. Michel from the OttawaStart Flickr Group


Here are our contributors' picks for the best events in Ottawa this week.


Thursday-Sunday, April 10- 13: Ottawa Guild of Potters Spring Pottery Sale
Get your fill of locally-crafted bowls, cups, vases and other works of pottery art at the Ottawa Guild of Potters Annual Spring Sale and Exhibition. Proceeds from the sale of specially-marked pots will go to Helping With Furniture, an awesome local organization that provides used furniture and household items to families in need.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Thursday, April 10: Radioactive Series Presents The Goodluck Assembly
The Radioactive music series is featuring indie rock group The Goodluck Assembly live in concert this Thursday night. Presented by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. and the Mercury Lounge, the show will include an opening set by Kennedy Cult, a heartbreak pop four-piece that released one EP a month in 2013.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Friday, April 11: Messagio Galore Take XIV
Gallery 101, 51B Young St. at 8pm. Performed by the Quatour Gualuor: jwcurry, Rachel Lindsey, Georgia Mathewson, Brian Pirie, & Robert Rosen Featuring work by Richard Beland, bill bissett, Jaap Blonk, Victor Coleman, Dureau de La Malle, Fortunato Depero, François Dufrêne, Paul Haines, Raoul Hausmann, dom sylvester houédard, ernst jandl, Cøghdur Krübben, Alastair Larwill, F.T.Marinetti, Tomahawk, Richard Truhlar, David UU, Don Van Vliet, Frank Zappa & more. $20 at the door. A rare & fantastic opportunity to see a well-choreographed performance of sound poetry, skits, comedy, whimsy, poesie & more.
-- Amanda Earl, Bywords

Saturday, April 12: John Geggie and special guests at the NAC Fourth Stage
For a dozen years, jazz bassist John Geggie has brought superb jazz players from Canada and the world to play together in new combinations at the NAC Fourth Stage. Saturday's concert may be the last, but he's got a great lineup with many Juno-award-winning Canadian jazz musicians. Saxophonists Christine Jensen (2014 Juno) and Joel Miller (2013 Juno), and pianist David Braid (2012 Juno) are all well-known as ground-breaking composers as well as instrumentalists. And when you add in drummer Ted Warren and trumpeter Jim Lewis, who have played in many memorable concerts here, it's going to be an unrepeatable night.
-- Alayne McGregorOttawaJazzScene.ca

Sunday, April 13: Ottawa Vintage Fashion Show
Canada’s largest vintage clothing show is happening this Sunday, April 13 at the Ottawa Convention Centre. This bi-annual fashion sale gathers rare-one-of-a-kind pieces, jewelry, scarves, hats, purses, and cocktail dresses under one roof. There’s sure to be something for everyone at any price range.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Sunday, April 13: “Energy East: Our Risk – Their Reward”
You may have heard talk of the proposed Energy East project that would convert an existing natural gas pipeline through the Ottawa area to one that would carry oil from Alberta to New Brunswick. Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians chair, and Eriel Deranger, of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, will be in town to share their views on the proposed pipeline and its possible effects. 7 p.m. at the Mayfair Theatre.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Wednesday, April 16: Lunchtime Roundtable, Gotta Go! Campaign
The Gotta Go! campaign recognizes that sometimes, well, you just gotta go. The goal of this new initiative is to get more safe, clean and accessible public toilets in Ottawa. If you’ve ever needed to find a public washroom in a hurry, you’ll understand the urgency. Find out more at @25One Community (251 Bank St., 2nd floor), noon-1 p.m.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa



Have a great week!




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April 08, 2014

Rose Simpson: "Dear taxpayer. Thank you for your letter. We misplaced it. Love Canada Post"

Rose Simpson's column appears every Tuesday morning on the OttawaStart Blog. She also blogs at Rose's Cantina. You can read her previous columns here.

First Snow Storm of 2013
First Snow Storm of 2013 / Photo by Zhu from the OttawaStart Flickr Group


As usual, I spent part of the morning pouring over the online want ads looking for a job.
Once in a great while, one jumps out for which I might actually be qualified. It's not often, given my lack of bilingualism and absence of a nuclear level security clearance.
But I'm not giving up.
I need to buy dog food.
One caught my eye this morning.
Canada Post was looking for a writer for its correspondence division. Ah, I thought. I can do that.
I spent some time working in the Prime Minister's Office answering correspondence back during the short term tenure of John Turner's government.
I'd been working as a writer in Pierre Trudeau's PMO, so the correspondence gig was a bit of a demotion. Instead of writing lofty briefing notes for MPs, I would be lending my ear to the gripes of a nation thoroughly pissed off at the Liberals, particularly Westerners who hated The National Energy Program and Trudeau's distain for the common people.
But in politics, sometimes a job is a job.
I must say, the Trudeau folks were interesting, fun and cool as compared to the
Turner lot, known forever in my mind as the Government of Grey Men in Old Man Pants because all his advisors wore their pants right under their nipples. They were also incompetent as hell compared to the well-oiled machine of the Trudeau government.
The correspondence job was a toughie.
It was also awesome.
It made me feel close to other Canadians, even the guy who sent a letter, in which he included a photo of himself jacking off. (Here's my contribution.) or the man who must have spent four hours making a pop up middle finger. He was the best.
I think I would be great at the Canada Post job. I can already see myself in the chair, opening up the email and watching hundreds of pieces of correspondence load, all of them about how pissed off Canadians are that Canada Post is taking away their home delivery, raising the stamp to one dollar, and generally NOT delivering the nation's mail on time.
I might even see my own emailed correspondence in the pile, the letter I wrote this week about the mailman who keeps leaving our gate open so my dogs can get killed on St. Laurent Blvd., the same guy who delivers mail to us addressed to the public school four blocks down, the same guy who gave my husband the finger the other day because he didn't appreciate the ice on our sidewalk after a snow fall.
What a prick.
I would write back to myself the following:


Dear Ms. Simpson

Thank you for your letter. The president of Canada Post would very much like to thank you for your comments and he has made a note of them. (Lie.) I have forwarded your concerns to our Vice-President of Mail Delivery (who is also losing his job). As you are aware, Canada Post is downsizing its delivery service to better and more efficiently serve Canadians (justification for squandering taxpayers' money in the past) and soon you will be able to have the opportunity of getting some exercise by walking your dog to your handy neighborhood communal postal box. The carrier in question will be on the unemployment line very soon so don't be too hard on him. If you don't like him, let your dog loose when he's in your yard and he will be sure to shut your gate in the future.

Thank you for contacting Canada Post.

Sincerely,

name here.

p.s. I'm only fantasizing about this situation as I am not qualified to apply for this position. Apparently, you need to have a Master's Degree to be a correspondence writer for Canada Post, which is further evidence that the post office is squandering your tax dollars hiring an over-qualified person for an entry level position.


-- Rose Simpson



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April 05, 2014

Lunch Out Loud Ottawa: Episode 67 - Home Inspector & Mackenzie Rhythm Section



Every week we publish a link to the Lunch Out Loud podcast, a weekly show produced by Nick Bachusky and co-hosted by Andrew Miller. This week we meet up with Ottawa and Gatineau home inspector, Eric Ayotte to talk about what new home buyers should be looking for, new technologies in the industry, the cold winter and problems he has seen lately and more! foodiePrints comes on to talk about Flapjack's Pancake Shack and music from the awesome Mackenzie Rhythm Section!



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April 04, 2014

Christopher Ryan: A Wolf on Elgin Street (The Park Square apartments at 425 Elgin)

A weekly feature by Christopher Ryan, a local photographer, blogger and researcher. It appears every Friday on our blog.

The entrance to the Park Square apartments, November 2013.

It would be safe to suggest that Ottawa, at the national capital, experienced the depths of the Depression differently than much of the remainder of the country. While constructions projects were cancelled or stalled in cities like Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg, Ottawa (and in particular Centretown) experienced something of a boost in residential construction. Though I have briefly introducted the numerous Snear Miller projects in the past, he was far from the only Ottawan constructing apartments during the Depression.

Wolf Shenkman was perhaps the most active of all Ottawa developers during the first half of the twentieth century and during the Depression years in particular. Hardly a day passed where a property transaction or plan to construct an apartment was not reported on. On October 4, 1934, the Journal reported that he had purchased the lot on the southeast corner of Elgin and Park from Edgar L. Horwood for a sum of $6,000.


That's right, *the* Edgar Horwood. Source: Ottawa Journal, October 4, 1934.

Two years following, the Journal announced that J. Harold Shenkman was to construct a new three-storey apartment at the corner of Elgin and Park Ave for a cost of $23,000.


When it was announced, the digging had already begun on the Park Square Apartments. Source: Ottawa Journal, September 23, 1936.

Construction had continued into the early winter and it was completed in the new year. Unlike a number of other apartments around the city during this time, it seems that occupation commenced with little fanfare. 

A low-key introduction.  I admit that I could have missed a triumphant full-page ad. Source: Ottawa Journal, January 9, 1937.

For the most part, the Park Square has existed in a state of quiet dignity. Occupying a part of Centretown that may be considered to have been relatively safe and quiet (save for the passing trains in the pre-Queensway era), the Park Square story would have ended here. Indeed, most of the references to the apartment that I was able to locate in the Citizen and the Journal were human interest stories. 

During the Second World War, Park Square resident 'Rex' helped to raise funds for the Red Cross. Source: Ottawa Journal, September 27, 1940.

Only 10 years following its construction, Shenkman (via Monarch Realties) sold Park Square to one M.K. Emerson for $55,000. With inflation factored in, a decent, but not spectatular profit. Nevertheless, Monarch's goal of shedding a large number of its small apartments around the city had been reached.

In general, if an apartment building can survive middle age, its chances of long-term survival are higher. Outside of certain circumstances, the value tends to sag at a point from 25-40 years into its life and, depending on which side of the fence you're on, it could be seen as a crisis or an opportunity. In the case of the Park Square apartments, it was seen as an opportunity.

Although a story of success today, the Centretown Citizens (Ottawa) Corporation (CCOC) got off to a rocky start. In 1974, its first year of operation, proposals to purchase the Park Place Apartments, a rooming house at 183 Waverley, and a plan to construct a building on Gilmour were all turned down by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

Source: Ottawa Citizen, October 1, 1974.

-- Original photos & text by Christopher Ryan.
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April 02, 2014

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: April 3-9, 2014


"spring dreams crossed by lines" / photo by Christiane Wilke, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group

Here are our contributors' picks for the best events in Ottawa this week.

Thursday, April 3: Celebrate National Poetry Month with the A B Series
7pm at the auditorium, Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, Free! I will be reading from a new work entitled Plenitude. there may be singing. my co-feature is fabulous Ottawa poet, Dean Steadman. He will be joined by a group of poets to perform Apres Satie: Four Two and Four Hands.
-- Amanda Earl, Bywords

Thursday, April 3: LIVE ROCK KARAOKE with THE GARGLEBLASTERS
First there was THE HAMMERHEADS. Then LUCKY RON. Now its LIVE ROCK KARAOKE!!! You just HAVE to be here to EXPERIENCE it. Sing your song, backed by an incredible band, AND have it on video!!! Chris is coming down with his digital recorders (one audio, one video) to record the show. He synchs up the video with the audio and then posts the individual songs on YouTube and on Facebook. Presentation quality is great. At Zaphod Beeblebrox.
-- Eugene Haslam

Friday, April 4: Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids

What could be more fun? At this open mic event, adults will read from letters, poems, essays and other things they wrote as kids. Expect to hear funny, poignant and goofy stuff that will embarrass and delight. A fundraiser for the Youville Centre, which provides much-needed support for young, single parents and their children. 7 p.m.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Saturday, April 5: Laurent Bourque Album Release Party 
Over in Wakefield this Saturday, singer-songwriter Lauren Bourque presents the launch of his sophomore record Pieces of Your Past. The album release party, happening at the Blacksheep Inn, will feature new material by Bourque and an opening set by Toronto folk noir musician Rob Moir.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, April 5: SOUND OF LIONS cd release
They've just been announced to play Bluesfest, but come see them play songs from their new album, as well as some older favourites. It has been over a year of writing and recording the new cd, Take Me With You. Sound of Lions are a five-piece female-fronted hip-hop/rock/soul act, known for their mood-driven beats and sincere lyrical content.  Encapsulating but restrained, bass-heavy yet ambient. At Zaphod Beeblebrox.
-- Eugene Haslam

Saturday, April 5: Grande Soirée Maghrébine à Ottawa, featuring BOUCHAIB AND HIS ORCHESTRA
Festival of music and dance of the Maghreb (North Africa/ Morocco/ Algeria). At Cabane En Bois in Gatineau.
-- Eugene Haslam

Sunday, April 6: 10th Ottawa Community Record Show
If you fancy yourself a music collector, or just a music lover, you should check out the 10th Ottawa Community Record Show at St. Anthony’s Hall. It's three bucks to get in and dig for rare gems and scour for deals on great music from every genre.
-- Ryan BreseeCKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me

Sunday, April 6: 10th Ottawa Community Record Show
CHUO 89.1 FM, CKCU 93.1 FM & Birdman Sound present the 10th Ottawa Community Record Show this Sunday, April 6th at St. Anthony’s Hall. This is the place to be to find LPs & CDs and dig for rare music gems from every genre. DJs Billy from Hot Butter & Bank St. Bounce will also be rocking the ones and twos for the occasion.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Sunday, April 6: Canadian Grand Masters 25th Anniversary
Music & auction fundraiser. A night of live music and performance. 4:00pm-8:00pm at Greenfield's Pub and Restaurant (900 Greenbank Road). Tickets $10. Bands include the Lyon Street Celtic Band, The Musettes, Triple Trouble and the Barrhaven Fiddleheads.
-- Max Keeping

Sunday-Monday, April 6-7: Buddy Guy
Buddy Guy, an American treasure and Blues legend will be playing at the Centrepointe Theatre. Guy, 76, is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has been a major influence on artists like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Not to be missed!
-- Jean Labelle

Wednesday-Thursday, April 9-10: Scooby Doo Live
Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang have been called upon to help solve an epic mystery. It appears a trouble-making ghost is haunting a local theatre and Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and Scooby-Doo are off in the Mystery Machine to solve it! At Centrepointe Theatre.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Wednesday, April 9: Omer Klein with Haggai Cohen-Milo at the NAC Fourth Stage
Jazz pianist Omer Klein studied with Fred Hersch for two years and you can hear some of the same approach in his music: melodic, thoughtful, and innovative. Klein fell in love with the piano and was urging his family to let him learn it at a very young age. After growing up in Israel, he studied jazz in Boston and New York, and now lives in Germany. On his Canadian tour, he'll be performing just with bassist Haggai Cohen-Milo: they've been performing and recording together for a decade now. Expect an evening of finely-produced and simpatico original music.
-- Alayne McGregorOttawaJazzScene.ca

March 26-April 12: Seeds at the NAC Theatre
Billed as “part courtroom confrontation, part social satire,” Seeds is the story of the real life legal battle between a Saskatchewan farmer and biotechnology company Monsanto over genetically modified seeds. Much of the script draws from court transcripts, news reports and interviews. The play features actor Eric Peterson of Corner Gas and Street Legal fame—well worth the price of admission.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa



Have a great week!



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Archival photo showing a model of a mushroom cloud detonating in Cold War-era Ottawa

Seen on the Canadian Civil Defence Museum Association web site: "Ottawa Atom Mushroom Cloud Model Used in Canadian Civil Defence Course".  Yikes. 



(Thanks @koolie62 for the tip!)

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