Category Archives: General Interest

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: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/gatineau-park-survey-overnight-closure-1.4913959

The survey is available on the NCC’s website and will remain open until Dec. 10. NCC website link here: http://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/our-plans/gatineau-park-master-plan

Survey link here, also on the NCC website : https://ncc-ccn.questionpro.ca/a/TakeSurvey?tt=n6LDpF3Dr/2N6s0U1mSyXw%3D%3D

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Article about Gordon Parks, Life Magazine Photographer

This post submitted by Rick Strong.

The New York Times, Lens section, has published an article about a new book on Gordon Parks. The article may be something of interest to the Urban Group and perhaps people of a certain age who devoured LIFE magazine regularly! It also has some great Gordon Parks photos.

The article states, “At the beginning of the 1940s, Gordon Parks was a self-taught fashion and portrait photographer documenting daily life in both St. Paul and Chicago. By the end of the decade he was photographing for Life magazine. While his career has been examined closely, both in his own words and by others, this formative decade has attracted less attention than his experiences as the first black staff photographer at Life, and later as a groundbreaking Hollywood filmmaker.

A new book, “Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940-1950,” published by the National Gallery of Art, The Gordon Parks Foundation and Steidl, examines this transformation. It is timed to accompany the exhibit of the same name at the National Gallery from Nov. 4, 2018, to Feb. 18, 2019. The exhibit was curated by Philip Brookman, who is also the book’s author. The book features photographs that have never before been published.”

To read more and to check out the photos, the article can be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/01/lens/gordon-parks-early-years.html

 

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