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Broadview Public School – The Galaxy – 1967

Broadview Public School as it appeared in the early 1930s.
Broadview Public School (Ottawa) circa (1930) – image courtesy of “Lost Ottawa” Facebook Community

If any of you went to Broadview Public School in Ottawa during centennial year (1967) you will know that it was a hive of activity. One of the things that happened at Broadview was the publication of “The Galaxy”. If you were in grades 7 or 8 in 1967 you just might find yourself represented in this 70+ page retrospective that has sections for student prose and poetry, student humour, sports, clubs, and so much more. There are no pictures and the text that is there is in graphic format so you can’t search it properly, but some of the stuff is really good.  I hope you enjoy!

BroadviewPublic_TheGalaxy(1967 – part 1r)

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BroadviewPublic_TheGalaxy(1967 – part 2r)

 

Pool leaks are an environmental disaster!

swimming pool
swimming pool (Photo credit: freefotouk)

Regardless of what anyone tells you, if you live in North America your pool should not be losing more than about an eighth of an inch of water (3 mm) each day in the summer.  If it is losing more that that…don’t ignore it and don’t let people tell you that the larger amount of water loss is to be expected.  An inch of pool water is a huge amount and the western world is just beginning to understand that water is our most precious resource.  Don’t waste it like I did!

My family has had an in-ground swimming pool since the kids were little. Generally, we have only had to fill up the pool in the early spring and we are more-or-less good for the rest of the season.  There is a bit of evaporation, but it is usually replaced by rainfall.  This year, unfortunately, was “off the charts” as far as water consumption goes and that is an environmental disaster. Continue reading Pool leaks are an environmental disaster!

Public transportation woes in Ottawa

OC Transpo bus 4067
Image via Wikipedia

OC Transpo doesn’t have enough drivers or busses to make the public transit system work and the busses we do have aren’t large enough to meet demand. We need to address this issue in the short, medium and long terms. The municipal vision for a light rail system is a start because it gives us a glimpse of the long-term vision, but it leaves us with a broken system for the next 20 years. Further, even this long-term vision needs better documentation and communication. Continue reading Public transportation woes in Ottawa