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Category: Community

Arts & Culture

Faces of change: John Medicine Horse Kelly brings communities together through music

Capital Current continues its occasional series profiling some of the people who are making a difference in our community: John Medicine Horse Kelly has spent the better part of the past three decades working to preserve and revitalize Indigenous culture through music. Nowadays, he works to create bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities at Carleton University. Kelly, from Skidegate, Haida…

Arts & Culture

Faces of change: Jessica Ruano advocates for the arts community in Ottawa and abroad

Capital Current continues its occasional series profiling some of the people who are making a difference in our community: From theatre to community support to journalism, Jessica Ruano has worked to pave the way for younger artists in Canada and abroad.  In 2006, she founded the Ottawa Arts Newsletter in response to what she felt was a lack of local…

Community

In a downtown park torn up by construction, dedicated volunteers help flowers bloom amid pandemic gloom

Sarah Lozowski smiles through her floral-patterned face mask as she explains what she’s planting. Today it’s tiger lilies, which she has donated more than once from her garden at home to begin filling the bare plots in tiny St. Luke’s Park, tucked away just off Ottawa’s busy Elgin Street strip of bars and restaurants. “They tend to spread everywhere!” Lozowski…

Community

Ribbons of remembrance: Ottawa church dedicates COVID tree to honour victims, soothe community’s grief

A small tree beside a church in the Glebe has been transformed into a memorial for local victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of pale blue ribbons — the colour of the disposable masks so commonly worn since the global health crisis began in the spring — flutter among the tree’s branches, each knotted strand dedicated to an Ottawa resident…