Column: July 16, 2018

Dief The Chief: October 62

The Diefenbunker Museum and Pierre Brault, Ottawa’s multi award-winning playwright and performer, have come together to create a dramatic and dynamic journey through the life and times of one of Canada’s most progressive leaders - John Diefenbaker.  October 1962 - a world on the brink of nuclear war! Relive the heart-stopping story of the Cuban Missile Crisis through the eyes of Canada’s 13th Prime Minister, John “Dief the Chief” Diefenbaker. Travel with “Dief” through the Diefenbunker, into the war room as he and the world watch the USA and USSR face off in history’s closest brush with nuclear war. Hear in his own words how Dief’s rocky relationship with President John F. Kennedy played an extraordinary role in Canadian/American relations and how each influenced the other’s policies. This immersive theatrical experience, written by playwright Pierre Brault and performed by Peter Haworth and Pierre Brault, is a unique opportunity to relive history and to play a part in it.

Space is limited so book today. (Please note: the play will move around to different spaces and levels underground. Please wear comfortable shoes. There will be very limited seating.) For more information and to purchase tickets go to

New Caregiver Support Groups available in Ward 5

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) will be offering monthly caregiver support groups in both Carp and Fitzroy Harbour. Respite care will be available on-site at both locations. Refreshments and light snacks will be served. Register in advance with CSS by calling 613-591-3686 ext. 333 or by emailing

3rd Friday of each month, starting July 20, 2018
St. James Anglican Church, 3774 Carp Rd.

Fitzroy Harbour
1st Tuesday of each month, starting Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Bethel St. Andrew's United Church, 184 Jack Lougheed Way

Shakespeare in the Park coming to Carp Fairgrounds

Summer means Shakespeare in the Park! Bear & Co. brings the ridiculously over-the-top Cymbeline to Carp Fairgrounds on July 28. The show starts at 7pm, with a suggested donation of $20 per person. The full tour schedule can be found on

Follow a pair of lovers as they react to the mad world around them in a 90-minute version of the play Shakespeare packed with every plot device he could think of: star-crossed lovers, a wicked stepmother, a befuddled king, a loyal servant, separated siblings, wild men, exiled kin, cross-dressing, kidnapping, murder plots, and a Roman invasion. Six actors tackle Cymbeline’s 40-odd characters, full-on or in composite. Megan Carty (who grew up in Carp) plays heroine Imogen, while Ian Campbell (recently artistic director of Shakespeare by the Sea in St. John’s) plays the hero, Posthumous Leonatus. William Beddoe’s roles include King Cymbeline; Rebecca Benson’s include his wicked second wife. Phillip Merriman (last summer’s Romeo) doubles as her unlovely son Cloten and the fascinating Italian lover Jachimo. Ellen Manchee is both the gruff but kindly loyal servant, and the invading Roman army!

Keep an Eye on Family & Neighbours During Heat Warnings

With this hot spell continuing for the next couple of days in Ottawa, please take precautions to stay cool. Extreme heat can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death. Seniors, infants, young children, outdoor workers and athletes, people who are homeless and people taking certain prescription medications for conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and depression are at a greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness. Please stay connected with people in your community who have a difficult time coping with hot weather and those who live alone and check on them regularly. For more tips on staying cool visit