In this town, everyone knows someone who spent their life on the Hill. Long hours and thankless, it takes more than a little gumption. That’s Margit. She’s been in the service of Canadians practically since the day she arrived at age 17. We owe her a really big thank you. Or at least, I do. [...]
Alan is kind of a big deal. I didn’t actually know this, because his CBC show, All In A Day, caters to the after-work crowd, and my commute does not involve a radio. Turns out it’s been my loss. While we’re chatting, a perfect stranger introduces himself to Alan, tells him he’s the very best [...]
Bethany spent nearly a year in Burma when she was 18, living the life of a monk. Buddhists wake up really early. She had a chance encounter with Aung San Suu Kyi on her very last day in the country. Suu Kyi asked all the questions, then told her; get an education, above all. So [...]
Stepping into Andrea’s house is like stepping into Andrea’s heart. It teems with life, and colour and chattering voices. They serve excellent coffee. I thrill at people who live by simple truths, who are honest and thoughtful and give good answers to hard questions.
Bill and I go to the same gym, except that he takes two buses every morning to get there, five days a week. My attendance is less exemplary. Bill brought up a baby monkey while living in a Venezuelan jungle camp in the late 1940s. And that’s not even the most interesting thing I know [...]
Dolly was born “Upon the Sea” (in Shanghai). When the family left, they journeyed by boat, through the Suez Canal to England, where she lived for a time before coming to Canada. She was a nurse. Her daughter, Kerry, took her back to the city a while ago. They’re having the front doors from her [...]
This is Councillor Scott Moffatt. He grew up in Kars, just outside of Manotick, and has roots to this part of the world that predate even the word “Ottawa.” As we all know, Ottawa is actually a small town pretending to be a big city, and Scott pretty much manifests that wonderful duality. Hobbies include [...]
This is Blaise. On Thanksgiving weekend, we took a walk through the staggeringly beautiful grounds at the Governor General’s house, maple leaves falling all around. And talked about our love for this government town. It could not have been more Canadian. Like Blaise.
When I started LeMien, I asked a few friends to volunteer; in those early days, I needed to be sure I was up to it. Chris was one of those friends. Anyway, with the passage of time, so too go best intentions. When he asked me about it recently, I didn’t say no. He was [...]
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