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Exploring Gatineau’s MosaïCanada 150 – and more

Jul 13th, 2017 | By

By Katharine Fletcher Imagine a serene sculpture of Mother Earth, complete with outstretched hands, where a deer grazes, a waterfall pours into a pond, and a bald eagle perches. With downcast, perhaps reverential eyes, the horticultural statue, where flowers and plants describe her hair, skin and features, emanates grace and peace. Mother Earth is possibly
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Temple Israel congregation celebrating 50th anniversary year

Jul 13th, 2017 | By

By Louise Rachlis Temple Israel is Ottawa’s only Reform Jewish congregation. Reform Judaism, also known as Liberal Judaism or Progressive Judaism, is a major Jewish denomination which emphasizes the evolving nature of the religion. It started in the 1800s in Germany, and experienced significant growth and evolution here in North America. Reform Judaism encourages the
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Pontiac gardens and gifts

Jul 13th, 2017 | By

(Y@H) Come visit six glorious gardens in West Quebec where local artists are selling their work. The third Gardens and Gifts tour is happening Aug. 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This self-drive tour introduces you to organic vegetable and flower gardening, wildlife-friendly designs, and native plants. What about the gifts? Local
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Two artists. Two visions of animals’ spirituality, energy, and mystery

Jul 13th, 2017 | By

(Y@H) Quyon’s Katharine Fletcher and Chelsea’s Heather Lamorie believe every animal possesses a spirit which they honour and enjoy interpreting. They perceive how the spirit world lingers in the physical and ethereal realms, where they love creating vivid impressions of animals’ physical power and commanding spiritual presence. Fletcher has loved and been drawing horses in
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The Ottawa Valley’s history and nature outings

Jun 9th, 2017 | By

Celebrate summer by getting out and about – in nature! By Katharine Fletcher Summertime and the living is easy. Finally the snow and yes, the heavy rains and flooding, are behind us, so now the Ottawa Valley awaits exploration. Where to go and what to do? Here are some best picks to get you started
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Top gardening trends for 2017

Jun 9th, 2017 | By

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by planting the Canadian Shield Rose, the 2017 Flower of the Year. (NC) With warm weather on its way, there’s never been a better time to start planning your garden. To help you get started this season, we asked Frank Ferragine, aka Frankie Flowers, for his thoughts on top gardening trends
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Dog trainer Derry O’Byrne

Jun 9th, 2017 | By

Many people find training and raising a dog a challenge. Having more than one at one time would be considered by most as an impossible responsibility. Well, how would you like to have many dogs under your care, and not only keeping them under control, but fed and happy? Recently, Mary Cook saw a young
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Top five ways to celebrate Montreal’s birthday

May 12th, 2017 | By

By Katharine Fletcher Sure it’s Canada’s sesquicentennial – but even more amazing, Montreal is celebrating its’ 375th birthday in 2017. There’s lots to enjoy throughout the year … here are five of my top summery picks. Cirque Éloize: Circus in the ’hoods Cirque Éloize has been entertaining international audiences with their fantastically creative circus/theatre shows
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Hackney pony breeders Karen and John Brunton

May 12th, 2017 | By

Karen and John Brunton, of Beckwith Township in Lanark county, have always believed that if you keep your children busy and involve them in family life, they will grow into responsible and reliable adults. So, from the time they were infants, Greg and Rae Ann, who are now married with children of their own, were
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Creating sustainable, beautiful landscapes

Apr 12th, 2017 | By

For most homeowners, the first signs of spring lead to thoughts of more time spent relaxing in their own backyard. If you’ve considered revamping your open-air landscapes, let this be your season to bring the elements of beauty and design to the environment. Homeowners who want to enhance both the aesthetics and efficiency of their
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