Tonya Davidson is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Alberta. She currently lives in Ottawa, where she is completing dissertation research on the dynamic social lives of Ottawa’s monuments. She has also written for Briarpatch and Canadian Dimension magazine and is a contributor to the Yolk blog She can be reached at

The ‘Last Good Year’: Revisiting the Centennial Craze

1967 was a good year— the “last good year” according to Pierre Berton. Canada’s centennial sparked centennial-project craze across the... Read More

Mayoral Ottawa: from Fun Frank to Fisher’s Folly

When it was recently announced that Jim Watson would be joining the mayoral race, I began to think about mayors and their stamps of... Read More

View from the Hill: it’s a jumble out there

I was walking with my out-of-town friend around Ottawa, when, at Parliament Hill my friend remarked that while the Parliament... Read More

Angels in the City

Walking around Ottawa, with eyes directed only towards the city’s 70-plus statues and monuments the heroism of Canada, can seem... Read More

Spanning conflict: from Kettle Island to Big Joe Mufferaw

Three years ago, the City of Ottawa held a christening ceremony for a long-awaited piece of civil engineering. The Corktown Bridge was... Read More