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Capital to Capitol by Canoe: Part III

By Clive Doucet
The expedition from Ottawa to Washington D.C. was in memory and honour of William Commanda, the Algonquin elder and spiritual leader who died on August 3, 2011 at the age of 98. As a child, William Commanda avoided residential school by hiding in the forest, and was able to escape that great eraser of language and culture. In spite of a childhood marked by poverty and hunger, he grew up to be recognized for his leadership by his own people, and by people from many other countries. As Keeper of the Seven Fires Prophecy Belt, the Jay Treaty Border Crossing and the Three Figure Welcoming Wampum Belt, band chief and in his elder years, Grandfather Commanda, he was recognized around the world for his efforts to inspire reconciliation and spiritual renewal among peoples of all nations with his annual Circle of All Nations meetings.

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Mary Pal, Glebe artist and shopping spree winner!

By Gillian Campbell

Glebe textile artist Mary Pal did not realize that she had won the Glebe Shopping Spree for days after she received the call from the Glebe BIA. “When Christine Leadman called me, she said, ‘Now don’t get excited, but your name has been drawn in the Glebe Shopping Spree contest.’” Mary Pal laughs, “So I didn’t get excited! I just thought my name was one of several that had been drawn and that they would be doing another draw to determine the winner.” When she went to the Glebe BIA office, she was very surprised when they gave her $10,000 in travellers’ cheques to be spent at Glebe BIA businesses.

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Downtown Aultsville

In search of the “lost villages” of the St. Lawrence River

Excerpts from “The Lost Villages” By Louis Helbig
Introduction By Julie Houle Cezer

Aerial art photographer Louis Helbig, who is based in the Glebe, is no stranger to flying solo when it comes to capturing the lay of the land. In his single engine, two-seater Luscombe, he has logged many air miles to create large-format photographs of landscapes – natural, urban and industrial.

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In fire alley, the world is reinventing itself

By Clive Doucet

Fire Alley

From fire alley,
you can watch the towers of New York City
lined up in steel and glass rows above the East River.
They rise in the night like Mount Olympus
scratching the sky at the edge of the Peloponnesian plain.

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Mark Monahan

Mark Monahan, the Glebe’s Blues man

By Penny Sanger

It’s 6:30 a.m. and Mark Monahan is in his kitchen squeezing oranges, beating eggs, making smoothies and putting bowls of fruit on the table, and whatever else he knows each of his four daughters and their mother will eat for breakfast. “It’s my big thing,” he says.

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