A recent re-ignited a debate about what to do with Canada’s first pedestrian mall on Sparks Street. Here is my response: Ottawa Citizen column
As someone who worked on Sparks Street for two decades, I have followed with some interest the debate on whether this street can be “saved” or not.
“Know History” team finds Lotta on Sparks Street
This morning, I received a remarkable “Lotta story” from
concerning a Sept 10 event in the city of Ottawa, where a record was set for Friederike Knabe the world’s largest scavenger hunt: Continue reading
Czech costumes,1943, Ottawa. Lotta top row 2nd left. Photo courtesy of Heather Haas Barclay.
Did you know that Lotta Hitschmanova performed in the same Ottawa theatre as Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Nat King Cole and Jimi Hendrix?
that included this remarkable 1943 photo of Lotta and other women dressed in traditional Czech costumes. we posted an article
Lotta in Ottawa, 1943.
Lotta Hitschmanova is revered by many as a kind of “saint”, but she was as human as the rest of us, had a great sense of humour, and apparently in her early days, loved to party!
Here is a Lotta story shared by Heather Haas Barclay of London, Ontario, as she recalls the remarkable personal connection her parents had with Lotta.
Czechoslovakia, Humour, London, Lotta stories & reminiscences, Ontario, Ottawa, Portage la Prairie, Prague, Quebec, Unitarian connections, USC Canada |
Why is it that so many visitors come to Ottawa from across Canada, and after taking a tour of Parliament Hill, they find themselves strolling down the Sparks Street Mall, when all of a sudden, they catch sight of a big door with the number 56 on top of it, their eyes pop out with incredulity, they come to a quick stop and then they start taking souvenir snapshots – to show the folks back home – to prove that there really was, and is, a 56 Sparks Street?
How did a World War II refugee, born into a Jewish family in Prague, Czechoslovakia, become a revered figure for
? Unitarians, a small liberal religious faith in Canada
The following is a brief response to this question, taken from Clyde Sanger’s 1986 biography, “Lotta and the USC Story.”
Bermuda, Boston, British Columbia, Casablanca, Clyde Sanger, Czechoslovakia, France, Hamilton, Jewish roots, Lisbon, Manitoba, Marseilles, Montreal, Morocco, New York, Ontario, Ottawa, Portugal, Prague, Quebec, Refugees & Immigrants, Toronto, Unitarian connections, Unitarian Service Committee, United States, Vancouver, Winnipeg, WW II |
A special note from Peter Lockyer, producer of Lotta’s documentary,
: Soldier of Peace
“I think it’s a wonderful site and thanks so much for thinking of me and the documentary program we did on Lotta Hitschmanova of the USC so many years ago.
“Lotta was an amazing individual and there will never be another person like her.
Welcome to the launching of Lotta56sparks.ca – on this, the 107th anniversary of one of Canada’s most beloved humanitarians!
Though Dr. Lotta did not make it onto the Bank of Canada’s
, there is still much cause for celebration, and indeed for reflection on the lasting impact that she has had on our Canadian society. short list of five women banknote candidates Continue reading