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FILIP KONOWAL

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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MALAK KARSH

Malak Karsh was born in Turkey in 1915 and followed his photographer brother Yousuf to Canada in the 1930s.  Malak had a deep appreciation for Ottawa’s landscape and wanted to capture thesurrounding beauty of every season. His first photograph to gain fame was popularly known as “Paper and Politics”. It graced the back of the …

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COLONEL BY EXCAVATION

In this beautiful watercolour of Bytown (later Ottawa) in 1841 by John Bainbridge, we can clearly see the home of Ottawa’s founder, Lieutenant-Colonel John By. Credited as Ottawa’s founder, By was responsible for overseeing the construction of the Rideau Canal and helping shape Bytown’s development. Built atop what is now Major’s Hill Park, his house …

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ELISABETH BRUYÈRE AND THE 1847 TYPHUS EPIDEMIC

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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DR. VALADE

Métis leader Louis Riel was placed on trial for high treason in July 1885 for his leadership of the North-West Resistance. Held in Regina rather than his home province of Manitoba to avoid a sympathetic jury, Riel was found guilty and sentenced to death. Against Riel’s wishes, his lawyers pleaded insanity on his behalf in …

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HENRY J. FRIEL

Henry James Friel was an Irish Catholic who moved to Bytown from Montréal with his family at the age of three. Bytown became the City of Ottawa in 1855 and Friel, having previously served as alderman and mayor of Bytown, was mayor of Ottawa during most of the 1860s. In 1868, when Member of Parliament …

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