Britannia Myth and Memory; the Squirrels and the Yohawks

Growing up in Britannia in the 1960s and 70s there was a certain accepted wisdom that Britannia and/or the west end was a relatively "tough" neighbourhood. The noteriety was based particularly on the reputation of two fearsome gangs, the Squirrels and the Yohawks; Britannia's version of the Jets and the Sharks, or the Crips and … Continue reading Britannia Myth and Memory; the Squirrels and the Yohawks

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The Ottawa International Dog Derby

  In 1930, as part of the Ottawa’s Winter Carnival activities, the Ottawa Business Men’s Association organized the first Ottawa International Dog Derby. Under the leadership of Major F. D. Burpee, the Association raised $3,895 from area businesses and citizens to help fund the event. The First Ottawa International Dog Derby, Today in Ottawa's History … Continue reading The Ottawa International Dog Derby

The Sear’s Great Canadian Chill† on Ice

From 2011 to 2016 people gathered on Britannia Pier on Jan 1st for the "Sear's Great Canadian Chill", a charity event to raise funds for children's cancer research. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JdmwT3OA4g Then on Dec 30, 2016 this notice was published in the Ottawa Citizen. Organizers of The Sears Great Canadian Chill — a New Year’s Day polar … Continue reading The Sear’s Great Canadian Chill† on Ice