Ottawa, ON, Aug 07, 2009 — The first Monday in August is a holiday that gets localized across much of Canada. Ottawa has taken to calling it Colonel By Day. Royal Engineer Lieutenant Colonel John By was responsible for building the Rideau Canal - a huge, six-year project completed back in 1832. Largely because of that over-land waterway, a scruffy area called Bytown grew into the city of Ottawa and became the national capital a few decades later. Today, the well-preserved canal system connecting Kingston with Ottawa is a boater's delight and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Allan Meltzer was one of several re-enactors at commemorative events surrounding the grounds of Ottawa's Bytown Museum.
(05/20/2013) "Miss Caledonia" is playing in the Studio at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa through May 25. Melody A. Johnson runs the gamut from farmer girl to beauty pageant contestant in a delightful eighty minutes.