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Allison’s Brain: a testament to the human spirit

A life can change in a moment. Allison Woyiwada’s certainly did. She went from being an active member of our community, an inspiring music teacher, a composer, performer and director to being diagnosed with a giant brain aneurysm in December 2011.

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People of the Glebe

The Glebe is home to a plethora of interesting people with interesting stories. Read on to find out more!

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Profiles in the Arts – Gerald Trottier and Zara Ansar

The family of the late Ottawa artist Gerald Trottier (1925-2002) recently made a major donation of 102 of his works to the Ottawa Art Gallery, OAG will celebrate this generous gift with a donation launch exhibition, Perspective: Gerald Trottier, from April 10 to June 14, 2014.

Also profiled this month is Zara Ansar, local artist, video jockey, photographer, and blogger behind the successful Ottawa VeloVogue blog.

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Gem of a book celebrates Ottawa’s architect

Reviewed by Andrew Elliot

How does one review a book that is a gem? And Shannon Ricketts’ little book on the Ottawa architect W.E. Noffke is surely one.

Entitled Werner Ernst Noffke: Ottawa’s Architect, and published in 2013 by Heritage Ottawa, this is an attractively designed yet slim book, with a simple eye-catching cover. At 75 pages long, this is no hefty coffee-table issue, but something that anyone can pick up and bring with them as they go about Ottawa tracing Noffke’s work. Whether you have a casual interest in architectural history or you’re a heritage nut, this book is for you.

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Eleanor Milne on not listening to the prime minister

By Bhat Boy

“I found a note from Lester B. Pearson in my mailbox asking me to clean the bricks in the foyer outside his office one at a time, but that was going to take eight years, literally, so I decided to pretend I never received that note.” At age 88, Eleanor Milne is more than a little cheeky.

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Profiles

This month, Pamela Hilchie interviews envisionist artist, Bhat Boy, and David Pritchard sits down for a chat with philosopher and educator, Randal Marlin.

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Wow! the World of Tennis Is Expanding at St. James Tennis Club

By John Wins-Purdy
All photos by Soo Hum

It’s not every day a seven-time Grand Slam winner offers to be an instructor at a tennis club in Ottawa. So imagine my surprise when I received an email in the depths of winter through the St. James Tennis Club website. Swedish-born Mats Wilander, one of the greatest players of all time, was coming to the capital for one day. He asked if our club would like to bring him in to run high-intensity clinics and play an exhibition match.

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Glebe Paddler and Gold Medal Winner Sets His Sights on Puerto Rico Pan Am Championships

By Ian Miller

Drew Hodges has had a phenomenal season. The Glebe resident has won gold at the Canada Games, captured six medals at the National Championships and is representing Canada this month at the Pan American Championships that take place October 18 to 20 in Puerto Rico. “Drew is one of the hardest workers in our club,” said Rideau Canoe Club coach, Ian Mortimer, a fellow Glebe resident and former national team member. “He has earned every result with dedication and patient effort.”

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John Leaning – architect and author

By David Pritchard

Most people who know John Leaning would agree that he wears his many achievements lightly. It is not widely known, for instance, that he is a recipient of the Bletchley Park Commemorative Badge, granted to the men and women who took part in the breaking of the German Enigma code, the greatest secret operation of the Second World War. Nor is it widely recognized that as a young man he worked in the office of the great French architect, Le Corbusier, and later met Frank Lloyd Wright. These are only minor footnotes in a distinguished career as architect, planner, educator and author that has encompassed not only Ottawa but countries as diverse as Tanzania, India and Bolivia.

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