In climbing, a push to change derogatory route names is underway
For the voice of each man pretending offensive climbing route names are not a problem, there are plenty of others that buoy the need for a widespread effort to change the names of climbing routes across North America. After a broader reckoning with how we name monuments to problematic historical figures, change is coming to both online and physical guidebooks thanks in part to women organizing and pushing for change.
Liberal MP Francis Drouin open to renaming federal riding that honours 19th-century slave owner Peter Russell
Liberal MP Francis Drouin, who represents the Ottawa-area constituency of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, says he’s open to renaming his riding to erase its association with 19th-century slave owner Peter Russell. Russell, a top-level administrator in Upper Canada in the late 1700s and early 1800s, fought for special exemptions for slave owners, including himself, when the British colony passed the Anti-Slavery Act in…
End date set for National Gallery’s lockdown
The National Gallery of Canada will end four months of lockdown on July 18. In a media release, the gallery said it will be open to a limited number of visitors four days a week — Thursdays to Sundays — for the time being. The opening hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on…
‘Russell’ slavery storm reaches Ottawa via Russell Road: ‘To preserve Black history, we need to re-write it’
A controversy over the historical namesake of Russell Township just east of Ottawa has reached the nation’s capital along Russell Road — the route that runs between urban Ottawa and the nearby rural area named for a slave owner. Peter Russell was also a top Upper Canada administrator in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Godlove Ngwafusi, a leading…
Enough already, British Columbia – it’s time to ban clothesline bans
The right to dry movement has not been able to get British Columbia to ban clothesline bans.
Ottawa’s new short-term rental managers could be shut down under new rules
Short-term rentals like Airbnb are being blamed for ramping up Ottawa’s housing crisis. Can the capital learn from other Canadian cities on how to regulate homestay services?
‘Democratizing’ zero waste: Can waste-free living be for everyone?
From Vancouver to Ottawa, stores like NU Grocery are dispensing a variety of food and cleaning products free of plastic packaging in an effort to cut waste. But some are saying that a zero-waste lifestyle is a privilege not everyone in Ottawa can afford.
From Eastview to Vanier: Community celebrates 50th year
As Vanier celebrates its 50th year, Capital Current explores the places and the people that make the neighbourhood come to life.
IN THE NEWS: Wednesday, Oct. 9
Good morning! The good news: skies are blue today with a high of 17 degrees. The bad news: Ottawa had its first frost warning of the season, and colder temperatures may not be far behind. Here’s what else you need to know this morning: Critical Highway 417 ramp reopens after lengthy closure The exit from Highway 417 to eastbound Highway…
IN THE NEWS: Thursday, Oct. 3
Good morning and bundle up. Environment Canada says the high temperature today will only be 10ºC with a low expected at 4ºC under grey skies and occasional showers or drizzle. But these stories should warm you up. School support staff strike looms Two unions that represent school support staff in Ontario including receptionists, education assistants and other essential employees, say…