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Temporary Pedestrian Detours along Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway in Downtown Ottawa

Parks Canada has advised that, "Investigative work on the Rideau Canal walls in downtown Ottawa will require temporary pedestrian detours along the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway near the Mackenzie King Bridge. The work will take place between January 22nd and late February 2018, weather dependent.

The first phase of this work will require a closure on the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway in the area beginning just south of the Government Conference Centre and extending just south of the Laurier Ave. Bridge. The second phase of the work will require a closure beginning just south of the Laurier Ave. Bridge and extending just south of the Corktown Bridge. In both instances, a marked pedestrian detour will be in place and will be kept clear of snow and ice."

Sesquicentennial Prime Ministers Book Club - Alexander Mackenzie


7:00 p.m., Monday, January 29, 2018
Room L120, 233 Main Street, Saint Paul University

John Morgan will be helping us better understand the life and times of Alexander Mackenzie, Canada’s second prime minister. In many respects, Alexander Mackenzie was the antithesis of John A Macdonald. “Known for his utmost honesty, integrity and hard work, Mackenzie sought no recognition or reward for himself,” says John Morgan. “A devout Baptist, he fought passionately for equality, democracy, the rule of law, and honesty in government.”

John Morgan is a great-great grandson of Alexander Mackenzie. He attended Glebe Collegiate and then Queen’s University where he obtained his Bachelor of Commerce in 1976. After obtaining his Chartered Accountant designation, he went on to work 20 years at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and then 12 years at the Office of the Comptroller General of Canada. He retired in 2009 as the Assistant Comptroller General responsible for government-wide financial management. John spoke at the Government of Canada’s commemoration ceremony of Mackenzie’s grave site in Sarnia and also on CPAC’s The Prime Ministers episode on Mackenzie. He recently wrote an article on Alexander Mackenzie for the Ottawa Citizen.

More details and a picture are included in the event poster.

Old Ottawa East ranked as a top cycling neighbourhood in Canada

In an article published by City Clock magazine, Old Ottawa East was ranked as one of the top 15 cycling neighbourhoods in Canada. The full article is available on their website.

Sesquicentennial Prime Ministers Book Club - John Diefenbaker


7:00 p.m., Monday, December 11, 2017
Room L120, 233 Main Street, Saint Paul University

Dr. Michael Stevenson will be helping us better understand the life and times of John Diefenbaker, the Progressive Conservative leader who won three federal elections, including the 1958 landslide. During his six years as prime minister, Diefenbaker appointed the first female cabinet minister in Canadian history, and his government obtained passage of the Canadian Bill of Rights. Diefenbaker also presided over the cancellation of the Avro Arrow, and he ultimately failed to adopt a consistent defence policy, particularly in the matter of acquiring nuclear weapons for Canadian forces.

Dr. Stevenson is an associate professor of history at Lakehead University specializing in Canadian diplomatic and military history. His publications include Canada’s Greatest Wartime Muddle: National Selective Service and the Mobilization of Human Resources during World War II (2001), and he has edited three volumes in the Documents on Canadian External Relations series focusing on the John Diefenbaker government. He is currently writing (with Eric Bergbusch) a biography of Howard Green, Canada’s Secretary of State for External Affairs from 1959 to 1963.

More details and a picture are included in the event poster.

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