May is Bike to Work Month

During the month of May, we celebrate Bike to Work Month in the nation’s capital. This month signifies the start of riding season for many Ottawa residents. In fact, just the other week I went with my son to help him choose a new bike. How do we inspire more people to use bikes as …

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Panel Discussions: Focus on the table skirt not the woman’s skirt

Over the years, I’ve been on, and attended, a lot of panel discussions and conferences. When I am on a panel discussion, I am generally on stage sitting in a deep chair that isn’t quite comfortable. In recent years, there’s been more awareness of the need for inclusivity in panels, and moving away from the …

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From Sears-Simpsons, to Sears Canada, to no more Sears

Sears Canada, at the beginning Simpsons-Sears, began in 1952 as a mail order company where people bought household and clothing items. Until 2017, when the Canadian company filed for bankruptcy, Sears continued to sell via magazine and also in store. The first Simpsons-Sears stores were opened in Ontario and British Columbia before more stores opened …

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Terrazzo Flooring – A Trip Down Memory Lane

In Layman’s Terms (A Non-Architect’s Point of View) A Blog by Miranda Paquette The Globe & Mail announced back on September 21, 2017 that Terrazzo was being rediscovered. This is huge! Why they buried the article on page L3 I will never know. I feel like I’ve been waiting for this moment since I became …

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China and Canada: Wood Trading

The Globe and Mail published an article in early December 2017 entitled Ottawa holds up venture capital deal to highlight benefits of Beijing ties. The article discusses the business travel to China of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. While in Beijing, the two countries have agreed to work together on issues …

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Making Infrastructure Green

Infrastructure is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as, the basic systems and services, such as transport and power supplies, that a country or organization uses in order to work effectively. Infrastructure includes the bike lanes and roads that take us to work and school as well as the buildings where we live, work and play. …

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WOONERF

In Layman’s Terms (A Non-Architect’s Point of View) A Blog by Miranda Paquette I learned a new word today. I’m the second oldest person in our office so sometimes I feel like I’ve plateaued compared to my peers. But not today because I just learned about a woonerf. For those of you also learning today, …

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