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NCPR News Staff: Lucy Martin

Ottawa Correspondent
Lucy Martin covers regional news and events from her home in rural Ottawa. Her radio roots go back to the early years of Hawaii Public Radio, where she had many roles, including news anchor and station announcer. A family move traded ordinary Honolulu for exotic Canada in 1999. Lucy enjoys village life with her husband, Craig Miller. When not editing sound or text on her laptop, she likes to garden, read, travel and play outdoors. E-mail

Stories filed by Lucy Martin

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Music: Master Flutist Yoshio Kurahashi

Yoshio Kurahashi is one of Japan's great master shakuhachi flute players. He's performed on the evocative bamboo instrument for more than 40 years and has garnered esteem and accolades from across the world. Earlier this month, Yoshio Kurahashi was a guest at the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa. The embassy presented a free concert, at the National Gallery Theatre, as a New Year's gift to the community. The recital also featured Yoko Hirono Itatani on the koto, or Japanese floor harp. Lucy Martin spoke with Yoshio Kurahashi and recorded music from the concert. She asked him about the significance of New Year's in Japanese culture.  Go to full article
Skating under the Bank Street Bridge
Skating under the Bank Street Bridge

Good Ice, Gray Skies: Canal Opens

The "World's Longest Skateway" opened Saturday under grey skies and light flurries. Ice conditions were "fair" to "good", and crowds of walkers, joggers and skaters turned out to enjoy various canal attractions. Ottawa's Rideau Canal is a favorite winter activity for residents and visitors alike. Lucy Martin spoke to skaters, and a vendor who explained a traditional canalside snack.  Go to full article

Tories Edge Past Liberals in Canadian Campaign

With three weeks to go before election day, new polls suggest a turnaround in Canadian voter opinion. According to The Associated Press, an EKOS poll shows the Conservatives have the backing of 36 percent of decided voters, with the Liberal Party at 30 percent. The six percent lead is outside the margin of error. Another poll shows the (Conservative) Tories with 36 percent, the Liberals at 33. Candidates across Canada returned to the campaign trail with renewed energy after the holiday break. Lucy Martin has more on the winter campaign.  Go to full article
Skating on the Rideau Canal. Photo of the Day by Donna Kientz Matoes
Skating on the Rideau Canal. Photo of the Day by Donna Kientz Matoes

Tips for the World's Longest Skateway

Ottawa's Rideau Canal is still not open for the season. But it won't be long before thousands of people hit the ice there -- businessmen with briefcases, moms with kids, tourists. The canal runs from the edge of the city, Dow's Lake, all the way downtown -- about five miles. While waiting for the ice to thicken, Lucy Martin spoke with Jasmin Simard, the owner of Figure Eight Skate Specialist, in Ottawa. With 30 years of experience in outfitting customers, he had some tips for a good skate -- when the green flags are flying.  Go to full article

So... Boxing Day?

The day after Christmas is known as Boxing Day in Canada. Most Americans aren't very clear on what "boxing day" means--and neither are many Canadians. Lucy Martin sampled folks in Ottawa.  Go to full article

Charity Lottery in Ottawa

A much-anticipated event in the Ottawa region sweetens the holiday season. The "Dream of a Lifetime" Lottery is a successful fundraiser for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, nicknamed "CHEO". The prizes include cars, cruises and gift certificates. But what really captures the public's imagination is the grand prize package: A new luxury home - furnished. Plus moving and legal services, cash and merchandise, a new car, and free groceries, for a year. All together, worth about $1 million, U.S. And this pleasant fantasy is all the sweeter in Canada, where lottery winnings go untaxed. Lucy Martin stopped took the dream home tour with some of the hopeful participants:  Go to full article

Ottawa Adresses Urban-Rural Divide

When Ottawa was re-drawn to incorporate neighboring townships in 2001, the city that emerged was equivalent in size to all of New York's Clinton County. Roughly 90 percent of the new city's population resides in urban settings, while 90 percent of the land area remains rural. Centralization produced rural resentment that decisions were being made by a downtown bureaucracy which seemed culturally, and physically, remote. Responding to mounting frustrations, Ottawa Mayor Bob Chiarelli eventually called for a rural summit, which was held last week. Ottawa's City Council has followed up by earmarking two million dollars to fund summit-identified priorities. The two-day event wound up over the weekend. Lucy Martin filed this report.  Go to full article

Ottawa Brings Rural and Urban Together

In the late 90's, the Province of Ontario decided there were significant cost-savings to be found in municipal amalgamation. In 2001, the province ordered 11 historically-independent cities and townships to consolidate. They did, making an expanded City of Ottawa. The "forced marriage" has not gone smoothly.
While the majority of the new city's population lives in the urban core, almost 92 percent of the total area remains rural. A chorus of complaints has risen. Rural residents say they've lost services - and access to their representatives. Meanwhile, they now live with city-style rules and bureaucracy. Many of the old townships had carefully-guarded budget surpluses, while the new City of Ottawa has seen tax increases and chronic budget shortfalls. This week, Ottawa hosted a long-planned "Rural Summit" to bring urban and rural together. Lucy Martin reports.  Go to full article

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