Ottawa Then and Now

OTTAWA THEN AND NOW: from the 1967 centennial to the 2017 sesquicentennial

(a panel discussion)
Elaine Marlin, Gail Larose, Josh Beer
Chaired by Dr. Michael Bloom
Date: Tuesday May 16, 2017

Time: 7:00 P.M.

Place: Ottawa Public Library Main Auditorium (120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, ON)

Description: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, … it was the spring of hope…”. So begins Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities about Paris and London during the French Revolution. Come and hear a tale of two Canadian cities during the ‘60s revolution and how life has changed since then in Canada’s National Capital Region. In 1967, Ottawa, staid, rather dull and bureaucratic; Hull, a Quebec frontier town full of night life and fun. Enjoy an evening of reminiscence about “Ottawa Then and Now” – not to be missed!



Dr. Michael Bloom (BA., MA., Carleton, D.Phil., Oxon)

Born and raised in Ottawa. After graduating from Carleton University, Michael took a doctorate in history at Oxford University. He worked as a consultant and university teacher before joining The Conference Board of Canada as a researcher. He is the author of more than 50 publications and was Vice-President, Industry and Business Strategy, at The Conference Board before his retirement in 2017.


Elaine Marlin (BSc., U. Ottawa)

A fifth generation Ottawan of Irish descent who grew up in Wellington West. At U. of O. Elaine was news editor of The Fulcrum and departmental representative on the Student Council. She became an activist resident of The Glebe as a founding member of several community programs and in preserving many public facilities. She served on the Executive of The Glebe Community Association and was, at different times, Chair of the Board of The Glebe Report and the newspaper’s editor. Elaine twice received the City of Ottawa Whitton Award for “her lifetime contribution as a leader in Capital Ward” and for “contributions in the area of environment”. Elaine is married to Professor Randal Marlin, a renowned authority on propaganda. They have six children who keep them abreast of our fast changing world.

Gail Larose (BA., MA., Carleton)
A native Haligonian, Gail moved to Ottawa as a child. She spent her working career in higher education and international relations policy and programs. She spent 15 years with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and five as Head of the Higher Education Unit at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, UK. After being at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, she was appointed Secretary-General of the Canadian Alliance of Education and Training Organizations. She was an independent consultant for some years on management, administration and evaluation issues in education programs to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada and the International Development Research Council (Canada). Gail volunteered as a member of the Carleton University Board of Governors for 11 years and served as chair of its strategic planning committee. She is co-Chair of OSFAS.

Josh Beer (BA., Bristol, MA., McMaster)

Josh came to Canada as a graduate student in 1963 from London, UK, and took a position teaching Greek and Roman Studies at Carleton University in 1966. He served many years as chairman of the GRS program and taught in it for 50 years. He served as Secretaty/Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans (1987-89) and organized the Ottawa meeting of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans in 1989. His main academic interests are Greek Tragedy and Democracy out of which came his 2004 book: Sophocles and the Tragedy of Athenian Democracy. He founded OSFAS in 2011 and is a co-Chair.

Free Admission