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Second City, Second Metro: Dissent in Gloucester Township

Gloucester Council was not singing from the same hymnal when it came to the future of the Township. Image: City of Ottawa Archives, RG9000 – GLOU-QAA-CG – 25 G10-01- Governance and Corporate Management : Elections : Election Ballots (prototypes), File 8-21.

Gloucester Councillors Robert W. MacQuarrie and Federick G. Barrett were not in agreement with their colleagues views on what was to come.

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Second City, Second Metro: Gloucester Township and Ottawa’s Hungry Eyes

Gloucester Township, new fire engine. August 10, 1956 Source: City of Ottawa Archives, CA039925.

With memories of 1947-50, Gloucester Township’s Council was not supportive of additional annexations, but did see additional roles for Carleton County.

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Second City, Second Metro: The Women’s Institute of Navan Seconds the Call for Alignment with Carleton County

Presenting on the same day as the Navan Lion’s Club, the Women’s Institute of Navan appeared before Murray Jones on March 31 to make the case for separation from the United Counties of Prescott and Russell and an alignment with Carleton County.1”Navan Briefs: More Urge Link To Carleton County,” Ottawa Journal, March 31, 1965, 1.

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1. ”Navan Briefs: More Urge Link To Carleton County,” Ottawa Journal, March 31, 1965, 1.
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Second City, Second Metro: The Lion’s Club of Navan Wants Cumberland to Join Carleton County

The Lions Club of Navan would have been more than happy to join up with Carleton County. Image: Shell Highway Map of Quebec, 1955.

Arguing that Cumberland Township’s life was oriented towards Ottawa, rather than to Prescott-Russell seat in L’Orignal, the Navan Lion’s Club appeared before Jones on March 31, 1965 to make the case.

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Requiem for Dorothea Athans’ Dream

It's not the Athans subdivision. It's Blossom Park on July 19, 1956. Close enough. Image: Ted Grant / City of Ottawa Archives, Item CA039619.
It’s not the Athans subdivision, but it’s close. Blossom Park on July 19, 1956. Image: Ted Grant / City of Ottawa Archives, Item CA039619.

Dorothea Athans was ambitious. Really ambitious. And determined. Characterized as “a visionary” with “a force of will that was incredible”, Athans (and her husband Alex, a chemist) arrived in Ottawa from Greece in 1955.┬áThat she was one of the few women in Ottawa get involved in property development would have made hers a good story. Her 1980 plan to develop a movie studio near Hawthorne Road, however, is what makes hers a great story. Unfortunately,┬áher ambitions in the Ottawa area were met with little more than disappointment, frustration, and – in at least two cases – being caught on the wrong side of the region’s green belt policies.