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      Did you know that in the past Lansdowne Park was much more than a sports venue and exhibition space? During both the First and Second World Wars, Lansdowne Park was transformed into a training ground and barracks as seen here in these photographs from Library and Archives Canada and the Canadian War Museum.       […]

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  At the turn of the century, Old Ottawa East was virtually unrecognizable. Not yet amalgamated with the City of Ottawa, it was a small town that was booming with trade, industry, and agriculture. Much of the land was divided into estates owned by the business-owning families whose names are captured in many street names in the area: […]

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You are standing at the corner of Preston and Gladstone admiring the St. Anthony 1961 soccer championship team. St. Anthony’s is one of Ottawa’s oldest and most prestigious soccer clubs, named after the community’s patron saint, St. Anthony of Padua.   Up the hill, you can see St Anthony’s church, a keystone of the Italian […]

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PLANT BATH

admin Uncategorized October 7, 2017

Anchoring the intersection of Little Italy, Chinatown, and Hintonburg, Plant Bath and the Community Centre has been a focal point and gathering place for the neighbourhood since 1924. The baths were seen as an important step in promoting hygiene and good health, particularly for working-class families whose homes lacked indoor plumbing. Over the decades thousands […]

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  Ottawa Journal, 4 October 1918, page 14, column 5. In October 1918, the female teachers of the Ottawa Public School Board launched a campaign to improve their salaries. Two months later, female English lay teachers of the Separate School Board came forward with the same request. Over the next year, female teachers faced both […]

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Léo Paquette, Paroisse Saint-Charles, Vanier, Ontario, 1908-1988 (Vanier, Ontario : Entreprises Jeanneville, 1992), 177. In the early days, the caisse gave loans to members for mortgages as well as constructing homes and home repairs. Paquette writes that Curé Barrette “compara la coopérative à une famille où tous les membres travaillent en pleine harmonie pour le […]

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Teacher Margaret McGrath and pupils at S.S. No. 10 (Jockvale), circa 1889. Source: Bruce Elliott, The City Beyond: A History of Nepean, Birthplace of Canada’s Capital, 1792-1990 (Nepean: Corporation of the City of Nepean, 1991). Since the Jockvale schoolhouse first opened in 1841, it has functioned as a community gathering space in Barrhaven. It began life […]

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CBC

admin Uncategorized July 6, 2017

Passengers listen in aboard Maple Leaf radio car CSTM/CN Collection: CN000299 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) emerged out of the Canadian National Railway Ottawa (CNRO) radio network. CNR President Henry Thornton believed radio broadcasts would enhance the experience of travellers as well as facilitate management of the railway system. Station personnel in CNRO broadcast room, 1926 […]

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Photo: Hi Ottawa Jail Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/hiottawajail) As Ottawa (then known as Bytown) grew, the County of Carleton determined that a new gaol was needed and the Nicholas Street Gaol opened in 1861. It held men, women and children whatever their offence for the next 110 years. Built of solid limestone and fashioned with arches […]

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Capital History Kiosks: Project Team (*) and Graduate Researchers: Left to right: Samantha Osborn*, Ross Rheaume*, Chelsea Fahey*, Barb Stewart*, Sara Hollett, Stephanie Lett, Sarah Chelchowski, Kelsea McKenna, Lisa Bullock, David Dean*, Francesca Brzezicki, Meredith Comba, Rebecca Sykes, William Teal, Jen Halsall, Adam Mahoney, Denise Steeves, Andre Mersereau* Seated: Emily Barsanti-Innes, Kelsey Bodechon, Phoebe Mannell, […]

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