Sesquicentennial Celebration of Canada's Prime Ministers - March 26

Next Sesquicentennial (Plus!) Celebration of Canada's Prime Ministers - "Blue Thunder" PMs: Bennett/ Diefenbaker/ Clark/ Mulroney/ Campbell
March 26, 7:00 p.m., room L120 Saint Paul University, 223 Main Street
FREE, registration:

Guest speaker Bob Plamondon will talk about "Blue Thunder," the Canadian Conservative prime ministers from the end of the First World War up to — but not including — Stephen Harper. With this talk, the Old Ottawa East Community Association will conclude its 11-part sesquicentennial celebration of our prime ministers.

Learn more about Brian Mulroney’s long-serving governments and how they enhanced the conservative values of Canada, how John Diefenbaker made key changes in Canadian domestic and foreign policies, and how R.B. Bennett’s government of the 1930s made enduring changes to the Canadian fabric.

Mr. Plamondon is a specialist on Canadian prime ministers who wrote Blue Thunder: The Truth About Conservatives from Macdonald to Harper, as well as biographies on Pierre Trudeau and Jean Chrétien.

Turning the Tables on the OECA Prime Minister Series: The Speakers and Audience React

The sesquicentennial project of the Old Ottawa East Community Association (OECA) celebrating the life and times of Canada’s Prime Ministers has been so successful that it is continuing on into 2018.

This series of free monthly lectures was the brainchild of current and former OECA presidents Phyllis Odenbach Sutton and John Dance. Their initial concerns about a small audience were immediately quashed when it was standing-room only at the first lecture last March at the Old Town Hall. The series was moved to a much larger room at St. Paul University which came on board as a co-sponsor.

An outstanding array of speakers volunteered their time free of charge to come and speak. In order of appearance, here is who we have heard from so far:

  • Richard Clippingdale, former director of Canadian Studies at Carleton University and author of Laurier: His Life and World presented on Sir Wilfrid Laurier.
  • Dr. Philippe Azzie with the public opinion research firm Phoenix Strategic Perspectives lectured on Sir John A. Macdonald.
  • Greg Donaghy, Deputy Director, Policy Research Division, Global Affairs Canada and author of Grit: The Life and Times of Paul Martin Sr. talked about Sir Robert Borden.
  • Dr. Stephen Azzi, associate professor of political management, history and political science at Carleton University lectured on Lester B. Pearson.
  • Louis St-Laurent was covered by Dr. Xavier Gélinas, the Canadian History Museum’s Curator of Political History.
  • We heard about Mackenzie King from Dr. Norman Hillmer, Carleton’s Chancellor’s Professor for History and International Affairs.
  • Paul Litt from Carleton’s Department of History and the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies and author of Trudeaumania spoke on Pierre Trudeau.
  • Lakehead University’s Dr. Michael Stevenson covered John Diefenbaker.
  • John Morgan spoke about his great-great-grandfather Alexander Mackenzie.

Through these lectures, we learned more about our leaders and the events that helped shape some of their decisions. Sometimes this sparked an interest not there before as it did for Alta Vista resident Lois Jensen. “On a few occasions, I came home and immediately went to the computer to further my knowledge of the prime minister spoken about. That was mainly when the PM featured had not been my favourite but the speaker pricked my interest to learn more.”

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.

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