National Perspective: Presto’s Field of Dreams

November 4, 1998 2:10 pm
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Its deja vu all over again! Presto Manning, oblivious to the stark reality that Canadians are suffering from the worst symptoms of constitutional fatigue, is plead-ing for a renewal of these selfsame negotiations. In the tradition of all true prophets, he believes that if he builds his “Field of Dreams,” […]

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Ottawa Professional – Selling Canada’s Food to the World: Cynthia Currie, Chair, National Farm Products Council

September 3, 1998 2:35 pm
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Canada is selling more food to the world than ever before. Cynthia Currie, the hard-working chair of the National Farm Products Council, wants to see this trend continue. Her main mission is to help the Canadian poultry and egg industries move forward and cater to growing international markets. Currie is […]

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National Perspective: Hugh “No Surrender” versus Joe “Redux”

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The once proud Progressive Conservative Party of Diefenbaker, Stanfield and Mulroney is facing a bleak future. The best candidates it can muster for its leadership slugfest are Joe Clark, a recycled, short-term Prime Minister, and Hugh Segal, a former political guru to Brian Mulroney. Both consider themselves and their party […]

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National Perspective: Canada’s “Supremes:” Fatal Tilt

May 3, 1998 12:58 pm
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Are Canada’s “Supremes” like the Pope, infallible? Our nine Supreme Justices have closeted themselves away to consider their responses to the three legal questions put to them by the Chretien government in the Quebec Secession Reference case. Will the “Supremes” confirm their 1981 “fatal tilt” toward defining Canada as a […]

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Canadiana: Capital Notes

February 12, 1998 1:36 pm
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This month’s column is something different because it does not deal with quotations about Ottawa or questions about the National Capital Region. Instead, it offers a short discourse on numerology… numerology as it relates to Ottawa. Numerology is the study of the relationship between numbers and letters and their significances. […]

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National Perspective: Paul Martin’s Counter – Revolution

February 3, 1998 12:47 pm
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Paul Martin Jr., minister of finance, and his senior mandarins, are the counter-revolutionaries in the Chretien government. Indeed, Paul Martin Sr. was the true revolutionary. In the governments of prime ministers King, St. Laurent, and Pearson, Paul Martin Sr. helped design and implement a wide range of social programs. Canadians […]

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Ottawa Professional: FUNERAL BUSINESS EXPANDS INTO CHINA

January 6, 1998 12:20 pm
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The new year will mark a new direction for the principal owner of Ottawa’s largest funeral home business, Brian McGarry. He decided not to run in the November elections and thereby gave up a part of his life that he calls his community life, at least for the time being. […]

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BILL 160: A Threat to Democracy in Ontario Education

January 5, 1998 12:42 pm
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As Canadians gathered on November 11 to remember those brave men and women who fought to secure freedom and democracy for Canada, various groups in Ontario were waging another war to preserve the democratic process. The initial battle, led by more than 126,000 teachers, administrators and support staff, ensued when […]

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National Perspective: Democracy & The Canadian Constitution

January 3, 1998 12:10 pm
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Are Canadians a sovereign people when it comes to amending their constitution? Not according to our political leaders, self-proclaimed democrats one and all. While they encourage Canadians to participate in a meaningless public debate about the vague and contradictory Calgary Declaration, they amend our Constitution without obtaining our consent. Recently, […]

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National Perspective: Asks if Canada’s Political Realignment is Virtual or Real?

December 12, 1997 2:10 pm
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Is Canada’s “Pizza Parliament” proof that the country is witnessing the political realignment first predicted by pundits during the Diefenbaker regime, from 1957 to 1963? Yes, but with a qualification. Canadians are well on the way to creating a new political map with a centre-right dominant party. The process is […]

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Fast Trains for Ottawa Will Be Slow in Coming

December 6, 1997 2:37 pm
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JUST IMAGINE THE TRAVEL OF THE FUTURE IN OUR NATION’S CAPITAL. YOU’VE FLOWN IN FROM EUROPE. AFTER CLEARING CUSTOMS AT OTTAWA MACDONALD-CARTIER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, YOU TAKE A SHUTTLE SERVICE OVER TO THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT (LRT) STATION BUILT RIGHT NEXT TO THE MAIN AIR TERMINAL, AND HOP ABOARD A SLEEK […]

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S.H.A.M.E- Society for History as Mandatory Education

November 28, 1997 12:51 pm
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In response to the embarrassing results of a national Angus Reid Survey of 18-24-year-old Canadians’ knowledge of their history, a group of graduate students from the Department of History at the University of Ottawa recently announced the formation of SHAME (Society for History As Mandatory Education). The students are calling […]

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Politics: Clark and Chiarelli Set to Battle it out in Regional Election

October 28, 1997 1:07 pm
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The campaign is about to heat up for the regional chair post. Incumbent Peter Clark has a battle royale on his hands as he tries to fight off his high-profile challenger Robert “Bob” Chiarelli. Chiarelli is known mostly for his tenure as the vocal Liberal MPP from Ottawa West. Before […]

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Board of Trade Issues Looking for a Leaner, More Efficient Ottawa

October 20, 1997 1:11 pm
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Willy Bagnell is the president of the Ottawa-Carleton Board of Trade. As we move through 1997, the 140th anniversary of the Ottawa-Carleton Board of Trade, I realize that the board has contributed a great deal to our community. Members of the board of trade successfully advocated clean drinking water and […]

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Bizarre Bylaws it’s Okay to Ride your Bike, but Don’t Speed or Coast

October 13, 1997 1:54 pm
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The City of Ottawa recently celebrated the 150th anniversary of a meeting by Bytown council on September 18, 1847 to choose a mayor of the town. This enactment gave council the power to enact laws and regulations for the internal government — known as bylaws. The town, which had only […]

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226,527 City of Ottawa Bylaws Since 1850 Man, are we Overgoverned… or Very Anal

October 3, 1997 12:47 pm
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A lot can be learned about a city and its inhabitants—its history, character, evolution—by perusing its bylaws. Yep, I said bylaws. While not exactly your high literature full of colorful prose, City of Ottawa archivist Louise Roy-Brochu thinks bylaws are pretty darn good reading. “I always enjoy reading the bylaws,” […]

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DIPLOMAT’S DIARY: Ottawa’s Heritage and Tradition Great but People are it’s Most Valuable Asset, Says Cuban Diplomat: Yuri Gala

October 1, 1997 12:46 pm
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According to its goals and purposes, I think this new magazine will be useful for many people in the region, especially in the diplomatic community here. I just came to Ottawa last April to work as Third Secretary at the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba. As I was lucky […]

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