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Patrick Gossage

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The Langevin Block

The Langevin Block

The imposing sandstone structure on Wellington facing the Hill and the War Memorial has quite a story. The Langevin Block has morphed from being the first building outside the Hill to house a growing civil service into a symbol of the power and influence of the Prime Minister’s Office which [...]

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First Canadian Bank’s Storied Links to the Nation

First Canadian Bank’s Storied Links to the Nation

Our chartered banks are now the bedrock of our economy. Until the 1930s, Canada’s first bank — the Bank of Montreal — enjoyed a pre-eminent position in the economic and political life of Canada, and has remained a pioneer and leader in its financial affairs ever since. A lavish [...]

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Rare Insights Into Campaign War Rooms – An Ottawa Must Read

Rare Insights Into Campaign War Rooms – An Ottawa Must Read

There are more civil servants than politicians and journalists in Ottawa, but increasingly, and of necessity, allegedly neutral government employees are political players, their lives often turned around by the incoming government’s new polices and priorities. They will find veteran campaign manager [...]

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Ottawa Needs To Think About the Odawas

Ottawa Needs To Think About the Odawas

Illustration: Shooting the Rapids by Frances Hopkins (1879) Official Ottawa is struggling to define a new era of relations with our founding nations almost indifferent to the central role they played in the exploration and opening up the continent to trade. In fact, the very savvy Odawa [...]

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Capitals Thoughts From Someone Who Has Lived And Worked In Both

Capitals Thoughts From Someone Who Has Lived And Worked In Both

One big difference between Ottawa and Washington DC is that the wicked House of Cards fourth season is the stuff of binge watching in the capital of the most powerful nation on earth — to the point where the plot’s twists are fully outlined in advance in The Washingtonian — the city’s premium [...]

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Old Media Atrophying – Should We Care?

Old Media Atrophying – Should We Care?

Odd that I should be posing this question in a magazine, a so-called old or even “legacy” media. But it’s not the successful Ottawa Life and Toronto Life type of publication in question. No, it’s the strictly old daily “news” media – including news magazines, newspapers and the news on [...]

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A Revolution in Political Communications

A Revolution in Political Communications

It’s a safe bet that the large numbers of younger Canadians among the 3 million new voters who cast ballots in the last election did not open a paper or watch TV news to get their political information. This is the internet, mobile phone and social media generation, and they were well served on these [...]

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