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NCC considering overnight closures of Gatineau Park parkways

This post submitted by Rick Strong 

Would closing the Gatineau Park roads at night (and early morning) have a deleterious effect on nature photography in our region? Much would depend on the specific hours of closure, I expect. You can have your say in an NCC survey.

Driving through Gatineau Park could come with a curfew in the future, as the National Capital Commission considers closing down the parkways at night.

Changes considered as part of master plan for the park (from CBC News · Posted: Nov 21, 2018 4:00 AM ET):

Driving through Gatineau Park could come with a curfew in the future, as the National Capital Commission considers updating its master plan.

The NCC launched a survey on Tuesday to consult the public on a number of ideas, including possible changes to Camp Fortune, putting some restrictions on large events in the park and closing its parkways at night. More:

The survey is available on the NCC’s website and will remain open until Dec. 10. NCC website link here:

Survey link here, also on the NCC website :


The old-world charm of India’s portrait studios

RAPC blog readers, particularly studio group members, might be interested in this photo story about India’s portrait studios on the BBC website.

In 2014, Ketaki Sheth, an award-winning Indian photographer, began shooting portraits of visitors to the Jagdish Photo Studio in Manori, a coastal village in the western state of Maharashtra.

She says she stumbled across it – “wedged between a hardware store and a grain depot” – by chance. “I poked my head in and saw a bright blue stool against a diaphanous cascading red backdrop,” she told the BBC by email. “That was it. I was hooked.”

To read more, visit the BBC website at:

This post was submitted by Rick Strong.


Tom Schatzky’s Celebration of Life


May 17, 1939 – October 11, 2018

Tom Schatzky, a long time RAPC member, died peacefully in Ottawa on October 11th, 2018 in his 80th year from pancreatic cancer. He was born in London, England at the onset of World War II. His childhood was spent in Church Stretton and Norwich before the family moved to Toronto in 1953.

As a proud Canadian, his adventurous spirit took him to many corners of the world. Tom always had a profound sense of the injustice of the underdog and supported their needs throughout his life.

A lifelong love of choral singing (a member of six choirs), Tom’s other hobbies included photography and outdoor adventures in the Canadian wilderness. He used his irreverent sense of humour and his witty puns to break down barriers and build bridges with strangers and friends around the world. Tom will be missed by many.

Donations in Tom’s memory may be made to organizations which supports refugees and immigrants to Canada.

An informal drop-in reception to celebrate Tom’s life will be held on Sunday, October 21st in Ottawa at the Orange Art Gallery at 290 City Centre Avenue between 4pm-6pm.

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