EvolutionPublished on April 14, 2017

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  • Epic topaz glass iron, polished-chrome hanging light; Troy Lighting, Marchand Electric

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  • Diamond polished brass mirror; ‚Ä®essentialhome.eu

Oh, look at us grow! Our spring renovation issue is the largest to date, and while it’s a tribute to Jennifer Tackaberry and her success with sales, it is also a true reflection of what’s happening in the Nation’s Capital. As Ottawa is in the midst of celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary with several grand-scale events, its evolution is becoming clearer.

The city is making its mark on the global map and earning respect from the world at large. Ottawa is growing in multiple ways, from the development of an elaborate transit system to meet the demands of an increased population, to numerous lifestyle enhancements on the food, shopping, hotel and entertainment scenes.

Our spring issue shows off the growth and development pattern of the city as we profile four visionaries who have each played a prominent role in the evolution of the National Capital Region. It was an honour for me to spend time with John Ruddy, Shirley Westeinde, Mayor Jim Watson and Barry Hobin, to learn about the city from their vantage points and understand the driving forces behind the decisions they have made that have left lasting imprints on the capital (pg 46).

As a media partner with Ottawa 2017 for Inspiration Village, an exhibit showcasing the cultural side of each province in the ByWard Market, Ottawa At Home has created a section to highlight some of the events. Read about how Guy Laflamme, the driving force behind the Ottawa 2017 committee, became inspired to create the outstanding, year-long festivities that will impress both locals and tourists. Paula Roy checks out the buzz in the flourishing ByWard Market food scene, and Melissa Shabinsky taps into some artistic fashion. (pgs  60-66).

Our renovation section fills the pages with ideas on how to transform space, from raising a roof and leveling floors, to creating backyard retreats. Each feature provides inspiration from local projects executed with style and precision.

I have a personal attachment to our Neighborhood on the Move feature (pg 42) which looks at the growth and development of my part of town. I have called Wellington Village home since 1976. And Andrew King’s Back Story (pg 80) ‚Ä®struck a particularly strong chord as I spent many a weekend night sipping a Sloe Gin Fizz in the Beachcomber bar at the Talisman hotel during my teen years. And yes, my tastes have grown up too! I now sip smooth, full-bodied ‘Napa Cabs’ in several world-class restaurants around the capital.

Cheers to growth & development,

Mary 

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Mary Taggart

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