Appreciating “Voice of Fire”

“My five-year-old could paint that.”  This was a familiar response from viewers staring at “Voice of Fire.” The huge painting—on a canvas measuring 5.4 metres by 2.4 metres—by American artist Barnett Newman occupied a central place in the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. The problem wasn’t that it consisted solely of a vertical...
  • High Tech Hide And Seek

    May 28, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet
    My husband’s smart phone tells me I’m 500 metres—as the crow flies—from our Ottawa home. At the minute, he and I are wandering into a thicket of bushes near the historic Rideau Canal. I’ve probably passed this spot hundreds of times, but until recently, I...
  • Animal Tales

    March 14, 2011 by Tom MacGregor
    More than 100 years ago—in the era of Rudyard Kipling, Robert Baden-Powell and the beginning of the scouting movement, the reading public had a great interest in stories about animals, both domestic and...
  • The October Crisis

    September 14, 2010 by D'Arcy Jenish
    Robert Cote is 74 now, retired and living in east end Montreal, the city where he was born, raised and worked most of his life. He is a former city councillor, Montreal police officer and Canadian soldier who served on peacekeeping missions in Europe in...
  • This Land Of Verse

    July 28, 2010 by Tom MacGregor
    Cape D’Or, N.S. PHOTO: ©iStockphoto/creighton359 Canada is a large, rough country. It took tough, determined men and women to explore it, map it and give it place names. But when it came to defining the country in the minds of its citizens, it took artists,...
  • Backyard History – Little Stories, Big Nation

    May 21, 2010 by D'Arcy Jenish
    “Thank goodness for Sidney Crosby,” exclaims Janice Kirkbright. The NHL star and captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins has done something she and many of her friends and neighbours have been unable to do, despite years of trying. Crosby has proudly told the world that he...
  • The Last Of The Soddies

    April 4, 2010 by Graham Chandler
    Vines adorn the Addison Sod House in 1929. PHOTO: COURTESY LENORE McTAGGART When early homesteaders arrived to claim their quarter section of western Canadian prairie, sod was often all they had to build temporary homes. One has endured nearly a century. If you follow Highway...
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