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Writer Edith Iglauer’s legacy on the B.C. fishing village she made home





Edith Iglauer may have been a ground-breaking journalist and exceptional writer, but for those in the B.C. fishing village of Pender Harbour, she’ll be remembered for bringing together a tight-knit community of book lovers and literary dreamers.

Iglauer was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 10, 1917. Her writing career started early, selling articles to her hometown newspapers while attending the prestigious School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York.

As one of the few female journalists in the era, Iglauer earned respect for her work as a correspondent in the Second World War. Eventually, she became a contributor to the New Yorker, where she was assigned the Canada beat. 

Iglauer travelled to the Arctic, writing about Inuit-run co-operatives and the ice road network. She wrote memorable profiles of prominent Canadians like Vancouver architect Arthur Erickson, artist Bill Reid, and Pierre Elliot Trudeau.

Then, for a story on West Coast commercial fishing, Iglauer came to Pender Harbour on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast. 

Love on the West Coast

It was an assignment that would change the trajectory of her life. 

Iglauer, who had since divorced her first husband in 1966, met commercial salmon-trawler John Daly. The unconventional couple fell in love, married and she moved to the area where she would spend the rest of her life.

Howard White, 73, one of the founders of Harbour Publishing who published many of Iglauer’s works, grew up in Pender Harbour. 

“It was very much a logging, fishing and working class town in those days,” he recalled. “To be bookish or literary, and in the time when I was growing up here, was to be a complete weirdo and outcast.” 

Pender Harbour is a harbour on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, with a population under 3,000. (Shutterstock)

White said Iglauer — with her worldly sophistication, connections to the New York literary scene, and open curiosity — was a revelation. 

“She was one of those people who lit up every room she came into,” he said. “She was a force of nature and […] she was always planning dinners for interesting people who were coming from all parts of the world to visit her.”

Long, literary career

Iglauer kept writing, notably Fishing with John, a depiction of her life with Daly which was nominated for the 1989 Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction.

It was also later turned into a TV movie called Navigating the Heart. Iglauer was portrayed by Jaclyn Smith.

Navigating the Heart, a TV movie based on Edith Iglauer’s life with fisherman John Daly, was billed as an “unlikely romance between a cosmopolitan career woman and a small town fisherman.” It starred Jacyln Smith as Iglauer. (Front Street Pictures)

After the death of Daly, Iglauer married Frank White, Howard White’s father.

As she grew older, Iglauer was always generous with her time, making it a point to mentor young writers and remaining a staunch member of the Writers Union of Canada.

A secure legacy

Iglauer continued to write until recently, when dementia started affecting her memory.

On Feb. 13, 2019, she passed away in Sechelt. She was 101.

White says Pender Harbour — which has in decades since changed from a fishing village to a retirement community that boasts reading clubs and an active volunteer library — owes a lot to the sophisticated New York writer who made it home.

“People like that only come along once in a while.”


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‘Too soon to celebrate’ Ottawa’s low case count, says Etches





Ottawa Public Health (OPH) logged just 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the lowest daily total since Sept. 1.

Because of the lag between testing and reporting, the low number could simply reflect low turnout at the city’s testing sites on weekends — all month, new case counts have been lower on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

During a virtual news conference Tuesday, the city’s medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches said she doesn’t read too much into a single day’s report.

“I don’t think we can make too much of 11. Actually, it could be a lot higher tomorrow — I would expect that, on average,” she said. “It’s too soon to celebrate.”

Provincewide, public health officials reported 1, 249 new cases Tuesday.

OPH also declared 62 cases resolved Tuesday, lowering the number of known active cases in the city to 462. Two more people have died, both in care homes currently experiencing outbreaks, raising the city’s COVID-19 death toll to 361. 

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Santa Claus isn’t coming to Ottawa’s major malls this year





Santa Claus may still be coming to town this Christmas, but he won’t be dropping by any of Ottawa’s major malls, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Friday, Cadillac Fairview said Santa won’t be making an appearance at any of its 19 malls across Canada, including Rideau Centre in downtown Ottawa. On Tuesday, Bayshore and St. Laurent shopping centres confirmed they, too, are scrapping the annual tradition.

“Due to the evolution of the situation in regards to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Santa Program and Gift Wrap Program this year,” Bayshore spokesperson Sara Macdonald wrote in an email to CBC.

Macdonald said parent company Ivanhoé Cambridge cancelled all holiday activities “due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country.”

Macdonald said families that had already booked an appointment to visit Santa will receive an email with more information.  

Virtual visits with Santa

Rideau Centre said based on customer research and discussions with public health officials, its North Pole is going online this year.

“Children will be able to have a private chat with Santa,” said Craig Flannagan, vice-president of marketing for Cadillac Fairview. “You’ll also be able to join a 15-minute storytime with Santa over Facebook Live.” 

At Place d’Orléans Shopping Centre, visitors are invited to take a “selfie with Santa” — actually, a life-size cutout of Santa Pierre, the man who’s been playing Santa at the east end mall for years.

“We understand that this is not ideal, but in lieu of this tradition we will be doing what we can to maintain and encourage holiday cheer,” according to a statement on the mall’s Facebook page.

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Ottawa Bylaw breaks up two large parties in Ottawa over the weekend





OTTAWA — Ottawa Bylaw is investigating social gatherings of more than 10 people in private homes across Ottawa last weekend.

Mayor Jim Watson tells Newstalk 580 CFRA that Ottawa Bylaw broke-up two house parties over the weekend, with 20 to 25 people at each party.

“That’s the kind of stupidity that angers me, that’s where the bulk of the transmissions are taking place, if we exclude the tragedy of the long-term care homes; it’s these house parties with unrelated people,” said Watson on Newstalk 580 CFRA’s Ottawa at Work with Leslie Roberts.

“The message doesn’t seem to be getting through, particularly to some young people who think they’re invincible.”

In a statement to CTV News Ottawa, Bylaw and Regulatory Services Director Roger Chapman says, “There are still ongoing investigations from this past weekend that could result in charges.”

Chapman says recent investigations led to two charges being issued for social gatherings of more than 10 people in a private residence in contravention of the Reopening Ontario Act.

“In one case, up to 30 individuals were observed attending a house party in Ward 18 on Oct. 24,” said Chapman.

“The second charge was issued following a house party in Ward 16 on Oct. 31, where up to 16 individuals were observed to be in attendance.”

The fine is $880 for hosting an illegal gathering.

Alta Vista is Ward 18, while Ward 16 is River Ward.

Ottawa Bylaw has issued 24 charges for illegal gatherings since the start of the pandemic.

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