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Source The Lord Elgin Hotel, seen here in 1942, is an Ottawa landmark. The Lord Elgin – or LE as it was known – became a safe place for gay people in Canada to socialize. As Carleton University journalism professor told the Ottawa Citizen’s Kelly Egan, “it’s a badge of honour for the hotel.” (Kelly […]

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The Avalon Theatre opened at the corner of Bank Street and Second Avenue on Saturday 17 November 1928. Reportedly the first movie theatre in Ottawa to show “talkies”, the theatre was on the cutting edge of new sound technology. Its opening warranted a three-page spread in The Ottawa Journal, which declared that the “atmospheric effect […]

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The building at the corner of Somerset Street and Bank Street was constructed in 1896 in a commercial Queen Anne style for J. Frank Crosby and James A. Carruthers. As the advertisement you are looking at suggests, they specialized in “dry goods” and were the modern pre-curser to a department store, selling wholesale fabric, ties, […]

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FILIP KONOWAL

admin Uncategorized December 6, 2018

Corporal Filip Konowal, V.C. Credit: Vladimir J. Kaye / Library and Archives Canada / C-010023 As you look at this dramatic painting by artist Ross Rheaume you are witnessing an historic moment during the 1930s. Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King was passing through the halls of the Parliament Building when he noticed a janitor […]

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In 1845 Elisabeth Bruyère, a Grey Nun from Montreal, became the foundress of the Sisters of Charity community in Lowertown Ottawa. The original buildings completed between 1847-49 were located between Cathcart Street and Bolton Street (now Bruyère Street). It was here that Bruyère and the Sisters worked tirelessly to save lives during the typhus outbreak […]

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