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John G. Diefenbaker Building

The John G. Diefenbaker Building is a building in the New Edinburgh neighbourhood of Ottawa, Ontario; the building served as Ottawa's city hall from August 2, 1958 to January 1, 2001, is known as Old City Hall. Purchased in 2003 by the Government of Canada, it was known by its municipal address, 111 Sussex Drive, until September, 2011 when it was renamed after Canada's 13th prime minister, John Diefenbaker; the building is located on Green Island at the point where the Rideau River empties into the Ottawa River. The historic city hall on Elgin Street had been destroyed by a fire in 1931. For the next 27 years the city operated out of temporary offices in the Transportation Building; the International Style building was opened on August 2, 1958 by Princess Margaret as a member of the Canadian Royal Family. It is noted for being the first building in Ottawa to be air conditioned, it was designed by John Bland of the firm Rother and Trudeau and is considered one of the most important International Style buildings in Canada, winning the Massey Medal for design in 1959.

The original drawings for the building are held at the McGill University Library Special Collections as part of the John Bland Archive. In 1988 Ottawa mayor Jim Durrell initiated a controversial scheme to expand the building, quadrupling its original size. Architect Moshe Safdie was chosen for the redesign, carried out in 1992-93. Conflict soon broke out between the city. Safdie demanded a higher fee and delayed the project for several months before the city acquiesced to his demand. A conflict broke out over a pair of eighteen story observation towers. City council voted to cut the towers to save the million dollars; this infuriated Safdie. The panel that picked the design had singled out the tower as one of the highlights of the design; the city compromised and a bare scaffold was erected. The new building caused considerable controversy in the city with some liking the design, but others seeing the $72 million structure a waste of money; the building was much larger than the city needed and for several years large sections were vacant.

In 1999 offices were rented out to Global Affairs Canada, based nearby, this filled the building. On January 1, 2001, Ottawa was amalgamated with Cumberland, Goulbourn, Nepean, Rideau, Rockcliffe Park and West Carleton, it was decided. This building was smaller but more centrally located. In 2003 the Old City Hall was sold to the federal Public Works department. Today the building houses Global Affairs employees. For several months it was the site of the Gomery Inquiry hearings. First City Hall, city hall from 1849–1877 Second City Hall, city hall from 1877–1931 Transportation Building, 1931 the building became Ottawa's temporary city hall Ottawa City Hall, city hall since 2001

Augustin Chenu

Augustin Pierre Bienvenu Chenu known as Fleury Chenu was a French painter. His father was a master tailor who worked for the Sixth "Régiment de Ligne", he spent most of his childhood in Briançon, where the beauty of the local countryside inspired him to make landscape drawings. In 1846, his family moved to Lyon and he entered the École Nationale des Beaux-arts, where he studied design and painting with Michel Philibert Genod and Claude Bonnefond, his career began poorly and financial difficulties forced him to take work painting the ceiling at the local casino. Beginning in 1854, he participated in the local salons and attracted positive attention there, but failed to acquire a clientele outside of Lyon, he gained some nationwide attention with his showing at the International Exposition of Paris in 1867. His fame was established by a series of genre scenes of life in Lyon; these purchases insured his financial security, but his career was short as he died of a heart ailment in 1875, just three days before his forty-second birthday.

Today, he is known for hunting scenes and snowy landscapes. He was, in fact, sometimes called the "peintre de la neige". In addition to his canvases, he did decorative work in Lyon at the Hôtel de l'Europe and the Palais de la Bourse. Fleury Chenu, extract from Biographie-bibliographie du Briançonnais by Aristide Albert, Jouglard & Sons, 1889, @ Google Books ArtNet: More works by Chenu

Leith Harbour

You may be looking for Leith, the port of Edinburgh, Scotland Leith Harbour known as Port Leith, was a whaling station on the northeast coast of South Georgia and operated by Christian Salvesen Ltd, Edinburgh. The station was in operation from 1909 until 1965, it was the largest of seven whaling stations, situated near the mouth of Stromness Bay. One man prominently involved in setting up Leith Harbour was William Storm Harrison, it is named after the harbour area of Edinburgh, Christian Salvesen's home town. South Georgia was once the world's largest whaling centre, with shore stations at Grytviken, Leith Harbour, Ocean Harbour, Husvik and Prince Olav Harbour; the Japanese companies Kokusai Gyogyo, Kabushike Kaisha and Nippon Suisan Kaisha sub-leased Leith Harbour in 1963–65, the last seasons of South Georgia whaling. In 1912 Leith Harbour was the site of the second introduction of reindeer to South Georgia, an attempt that failed when the entire herd was killed by an avalanche in 1918. During the Second World War the whaling stations were closed excepting Leith Harbour.

Most of the British and Norwegian whaling factories and catchers were destroyed by German raiders, while the rest were called up to serve under Allied command. The resident British Magistrates attended to the island's defence throughout the War; the Royal Navy armed the merchant vessel Queen of Bermuda to patrol South Georgian and Antarctic waters, deployed two four-inch guns at key locations protecting the approaches to Cumberland Bay and Stromness Bay, i.e. to Grytviken and Leith Harbour respectively. These batteries were manned by volunteers from among the Norwegian whalers who were trained for the purpose. Prince Philip visited the settlement in 1957 in the only visit to South Georgia by any member of the Royal Family; the Falklands War was precipitated in March 1982 when a group of around fifty Argentines, posing as scrap metal merchants, occupied the abandoned whaling station at Leith Harbour. They were understood to have a commercial contract to remove scrap metal at Leith Harbour but they arrived aboard ARA Bahía Buen Suceso, a ship chartered by the Argentine Government.

32 special forces troops from Corbeta Uruguay were brought by the Argentine Navy ship Bahía Paraiso to South Georgia and landed at Leith Harbour on 25 March 1982. On 25 April 1982 the Royal Navy damaged and captured the Argentine submarine Santa Fé at South Georgia; the Argentine garrison in Grytviken surrendered without returning fire and so did the detachment in Leith Harbour — commanded by Captain Astiz — the following day. There is a gun emplacement on the hill behind the station, another at Hansen Point with the original 4-inch gun still in position. Leith Harbour boasted a hospital, a library, a cinema, a narrow gauge railway; the centre of Leith Harbour is a graveyard with a second, cemetery to the rear of the station. Due to its nature, the station contained a factory and a flensing plan or platform. Since 2010 access to the station has been prohibited due to the dangers posed by asbestos and collapsing buildings. Leith Harbour and the hardships endured by the whalers are the subject of "The Little Pot Stove", a song covered by Nic Jones and written by the former whaling engineer turned singer-songwriter Harry Robertson.

Christian Salvesen Ltd History of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Pictures by Jim McLaren More pictures On the narrow gauge railway Article in the Whaling Times Friends of the Island of South Georgia Legislation

Dauphin County Bridge No. 27

Dauphin County Bridge No. 27 known as Seaman Bridge, is a historic iron truss bridge spanning Mahantango Creek at Mifflin Township, Dauphin County and Lower Mahanoy Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. It has a single span, 162.5-foot-long. The bridge was constructed in 1896, by the Chambersburg Bridge Company, Pennsylvania; the bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in 1978. After petitions from local residents, it was reopened, but closed again to vehicular traffic in 1983 and to pedestrian traffic in 1992 due to deterioration, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993

Kuala Lumpur Mini-Bus Service

The Kuala Lumpur Mini-Bus Service or Bas Mini was one of the oldest and popular Malaysian public bus service, having served in Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley region. The buses were painted pink with a white stripe on the sides, had a capacity of 20-30 passengers, due to its smaller size; the bus operated on a commission basis, with service operators being paid according to the fare they collected. The mini-bus service was discontinued from 1 July 1998 onwards, to be replaced by the Intrakota bus service and RapidKL buses in 2005; the mini bus started operating on 23 September 1975 under the Ministry of Transportation. At that time, the mini bus operated on various routes according to their individual colours; the mini bus was responsible for servicing nearly sixty different routes. Three major companies monopolized the various bus routes while smaller operators were allowed to service certain areas only. In 1975, when the mini bus was introduced as a service, the bus-fare was just 40 sen. In 1991, the fare was increased to 50 sen while two years after, the fare was again adjusted to 60 sen.

The mini bus did not have any fixed time-table. Instead, the service operated on a commission basis whereby the operators were paid according to the number of trips and fare collection they could raise in one day. Sometimes, in order to outdo a competitor, a driver would detour from the designated route much to the annoyance of the passengers. In 1990, the Deputy Minister of Transport, Datuk Paduka Rahmah Osman, standardized the colour of the mini bus to pink and white. On 1 July 1998, the services of the mini bus was terminated in the city of Kuala Lumpur. Once a notorious mode of transport for the many commuters in Kuala Lumpur, the "Pink Lady" will always be remembered for its death-defying activities on public roads. RapidKL Public transport in Kuala Lumpur A Brief History of the "Bas Mini"/"Pink Lady" Nostalgia Mini Bus In KL From 75-98

Endangered Species (Klaatu album)

Endangered Species is the fourth and penultimate album by the Canadian progressive rock band Klaatu, released in mid-1980. According to Dave Bradley, "An outside producer was brought in, most of the instruments were played by Los Angeles based session musicians, the band members were asked to add their voices and one lead instrument per song; the band was sent home before the album was mixed." John Woloschuk, bass player of Klaatu, said that all of Dee Long's lead guitar parts were overdubbed by Chris Bond, with the only exception being Long's guitar solo on "Sell Out, Sell Out."One track on the album was a searing attack on Capitol's attempts to "jump on the bandwagon." The album was a critical failure. As a result, the band was dropped shortly afterwards by Capitol, though Capitol's Canadian division picked up the band and released their final album Magentalane in Canada only. AllMusic described Endangered Species as a “downright ghastly pop-rock affair”, deemed its songs “dismal”. Regular Klaatu artist Ted Jones, who had not painted the cover for the group's previous album Sir Army Suit, returned to paint the album cover.

The following tracks were recorded but not included on the final album: ”There's Something Happening” ”Inflation Blues” ”C'mon Dance With Me” ”All Over Morocco” ”Tribute to Walt Disney” ”I'll Miss You” ”List of Endangered Species” - re-recorded and released as "Blue Smoke" on Magentalane. Klaatu Dee Long - vocals, guitar solo on "Sell Out, Sell Out" John Woloschuk - vocals, keyboard, guitar Terry Draper - vocals, drumsAdditional musicians Chris Bond - lead guitar, backing vocals Leland Sklar - bass guitar Ed Greene - drums Tom Scott - saxophone on "Hot Box City" Rupert Perry - spoken vocals on "Sell Out, Sell Out"