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Samantha Madeley, Paul Rainville, Sarah McVie, Eric Coates  Photo: GCTC Andrew Alexander
Samantha Madeley, Paul Rainville, Sarah McVie, Eric Coates Photo: GCTC Andrew Alexander

Theatre Review: "The Burden of Self Awareness" at the Great Canadian Theatre Company

George F. Walker, Canada's multiple award-winning master of dark comedy, has written a new play. It's "The Burden of Self Awareness," currently running at GCTC in Ottawa through June 22. Being a fan of Mr. Walker's plays, I looked forward to this production, as I do with any of his plays.  Go to full article
Alison Woolridge, Ryan Allen, Mike Payette  Photo: Peter Bromley
Alison Woolridge, Ryan Allen, Mike Payette Photo: Peter Bromley

Theatre Review: "Oil and Water" at the National Arts Centre

"Oil and Water," produced by Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, a company located in St. John's, is closing out the season of the NAC English Theatre. It runs through May 31 and is based on the Truxton Disaster, the shipwreck of an American Navy vessel off the coast of Newfoundland in 1942.  Go to full article
Byward Market today. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/bonsmots/8365413559/in/photolist-dKdW1g-5nL3sf-afvyzX-afvytz-afykU5-afvygc-27NGkW-27JhS4-afvyEr-afvyqv-afykNh-afvy5x-afvyse-afvym4-afym7w-afym6s-6Vn789-667z4c-afym4Q-afyma9-afykGC-afvybV-afykS1-afvyDe-73Kuvx-afvZj2-9M3okC-jjkaZK-bxMCTh-dLHU5-cwcR6f-afyLFm-afyLHd-afyLKf-afvZhr-b1yp8v-93omF4-ahdUVt-eHcpxA-897iot-eH6jug-93omDP-93omBF-fU727E-93rtGb-3Xh6s-8Poaff-3XgBYG-58ZkTw-8PobLY">Bonnie Dean</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Byward Market today. Photo: Bonnie Dean, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ottawa's Byward Market is way wilder than you think

Residents and visitors to many cities around Canada and the world will celebrate urban life, neighborhoods and history this weekend during the "Jane's Walk" events. Jane Jacobs was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a community-based approach to city building.

Ottawa journalist and volunteer tour guide Karen Kelly will lead a tour along the Rideau Canal and talk about the "untold Ottawa." She spoke with Todd Moe about this annual pedestrian-focused event that offers insights into local history, planning and civic engagement through the simple act of walking and observing.

Karen Kelly's tour will be meeting at 2 pm Saturday at the corner of Colonel By and Daly Streets, across from the Westin Hotel. It'll last about 1.5 hours.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/visioplanet/4760316376/">Sudipto Sarkar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Sudipto Sarkar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ottawa smoking rate lowest in province

OTTAWA, Ont. Public health officials say Ottawa's smoking rate is now the lowest in the province. New figures released yesterday conclude that 11% of Ottawa's population were smokers as of the end of 2012.

Ottawa is also marking the two-year anniversary of expanded smoke-free rules that banned smoking from outdoor patios, city parks and beaches, and outdoor festivals as of summer 2012.  Go to full article
Jane MacNamara holds a copy of her book. Photo: Lucy Martin
Jane MacNamara holds a copy of her book. Photo: Lucy Martin

Gene-o-rama: Tracking your family history through wills

All sorts of people dabble in documenting family history. Some with a stronger interest attend conferences, like one held this March in Ottawa. Organized by the local branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, "Gene-o-rama" was a weekend event featuring vendors and talks from specialized researchers with material of interest for that endeavor.

One of the featured speakers was Jane MacNamara, a Toronto-area author of a new book: "Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and Other Records for Family Historians." MacNamara spoke with Lucy Martin about how and why wills can provide a wealth of information.  Go to full article
The remains of two Riverside Heights buildings under the waves of the St. Lawrence Seaway.  Photo: Louis Helbig
The remains of two Riverside Heights buildings under the waves of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Photo: Louis Helbig

Photos: Ottawa artist explores the Seaway's "sunken" communities

Since 2009, Ontario aerial photographer Louis Helbig has been collecting stories and memories of life along the St. Lawrence River before and after Inundation Day (July 1, 1958), when Canadian and American villages along the St. Lawrence were flooded and thousands of people relocated, so the St. Lawrence Seaway could come into being. Helbig's "Sunken Villages" project includes images and stories about the communities that have been hidden under the St. Lawrence Seaway for over 50 years.

For the last few years, Helbig has arranged exhibitions of his birds-eye view of the underwater remnants of houses and streets on the Canadian side of the Seaway. Now, he's looking for stories and family histories from the American side. On Thursday night at 6:30, he'll make an audio and visual presentation at the Massena Public Library.  Go to full article
Skaters throng the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa during Winterlude. Photo: Sarah Harris
Skaters throng the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa during Winterlude. Photo: Sarah Harris

A postcard from Winterlude

In Canada's capital, winter is something to celebrate. Every year, visitors and locals alike take to Ottawa's famous frozen canals. The Rideau skateway: really an urban, outdoor ice rink.

Sarah Harris, her mom Kate, and her partner Joe traveled north for a day of skating at the city's annual Winterlude. She sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Colin Goodfellow (right) serves up hot cocoa to NCPR's Barb Heller and Lucy Martin along the Rideau Canal on Saturday. Photo: Todd Moe
Colin Goodfellow (right) serves up hot cocoa to NCPR's Barb Heller and Lucy Martin along the Rideau Canal on Saturday. Photo: Todd Moe

A Winterlude interlude along Ottawa's Rideau Canal

Ottawa's National Capital Commission (NCC) has embarked on multi-year project along the Rideau Canal to attract more skaters, strollers and cyclists in the winter and summer months. It's part of a larger experiment to increase the number of visitors to Ottawa's historic and landmark sites.

Two years ago, the NCC approved four pilot projects along the canal as part of an effort "to bring more vitality to the shoreline."  Go to full article
Sarah Finn, John Ng, Drew Moore.  Photo: GCTC/Andrew Alexander
Sarah Finn, John Ng, Drew Moore. Photo: GCTC/Andrew Alexander

Theatre Review: "This Is War" at the Great Canadian Theatre Company

"This is War" by Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch, at the Great Canadian Theatre Company through Feb. 23, takes a bleak and uncompromising look at individual soldiers under the pressure of combat.

Framed by interviews with an unseen journalist, the four Canadian soldiers look back at an incident that occurred in a remote corner of Afghanistan involving them, Afghan forces and the Taliban. The brief interviews are interspersed with scenes that re-live portions of the incident, some re-running two or even three times from different points of view a la "Seven Samurai."  Go to full article
Holstered police taser. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/doctorq/6004372352/">Doctor Q</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Holstered police taser. Photo: Doctor Q, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Public input sought on Tasers for Ottawa police

OTTAWA, Ont. Ottawa residents will get a chance to weigh in on whether front-line police officers should be equipped with Tasers.

The consultations are to include an online survey, interviews, focus testing and for key stakeholder groups, even ride-alongs with officers.  Go to full article

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