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Many Of Ottawa’s Heritage Buildings Will Open Their Doors This Weekend

The City of Ottawa presents Doors Open Ottawa, a free annual architectural event that celebrates our community’s built heritage. It is the second-largest Doors Open event in Canada, and one of the largest in the world! On June 2nd &

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No Snakes In Ireland, No Thanks To St. Patrick

Popular legend tells of St. Patrick using the power of his faith to drive all of the snakes in Ireland into the sea, but it couldn’t have happened. It was the fake news of the day. There were never any

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The Origin Of The Heart Symbol Is Still A Mystery

Things that keep me up at night. Why does the heart symbol you see everywhere in February not look anything like an actual human heart? Which isn’t a bad thing, but it had me wondering…  The heart ‘symbol’ goes at

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Space Race History Made On This Day In 1957

On this day (November 3rd) 1957, the former Soviet Union launched the first-ever living animal into orbit: the first Soviet space dog Laika. A stray from Moscow. Her mission on board Sputnik 2 stunned the world. Sputnik 1, the world’s

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Cleaned Up Reputation! Ottawa Called Canada’s “Most Orderly And Best Conducted City” In 1865

On this day in 1865, Queen Victoria issued a Royal Proclamation making Ottawa the permanent seat of government for the Province of Canada. The soon to be ‘Capital’ was nearing confederation, and had slowly turned itself around from its earlier

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Beginnings Of Ottawa Can Be Traced To This Day in 1826

On this day in 1826, the Governor Of British North America, Lord Dalhousie outlined his orders to develop the land adjacent to the Rideau Canal. This is where Ottawa begins. By November 25th, 1830, Lieutenant-Colonel John By could report to the

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Why Do We Associate Poinsettias With Christmas?

Why do we associate Poinsettias with the Christmas season? After all… it’s a sub-tropical plant, indigenous to Mexico. The wild-growing poinsettia was named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the U.S.-Mexican ambassador who first brought it to the States in 1828. In

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