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Photos for August 2015

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IMG_9660Thousands of people turned out for the 30th annual Capital Pride week parade in Ottawa August 23, which took a new route this year past Saint Patrick’s Basilica. Some parade participants posed for photos beside a group of Roman Catholics praying the rosary on the sidewalk outside the basilica as part of an event organized by The Legionnaires of St. Maurice, a recently formed Catholic men’s fraternal organization based in Ottawa. The event was called “a silent and prayerful reparation” in an online article by organizer John Pacheco. “Our battle is not against flesh and blood, and in particular not with those misguided souls who are trapped in this destructive lifestyle,” he wrote. “Our battle is against their general, the prince of the Air.”

IMG_9676Among the participants in the 30th annual Capital Pride parade in Ottawa August 23 were members of the LGBT and Straight Alliance of St. Joseph’s Catholic parish. “By marching, we show that LGBT people have the right to spirituality and spiritual communities that accept them as they are,” the group wrote in an invitation in the parish’s weekend bulletin August 16 for others to take part in the march  “Both spirituality and sexuality are wonderful gifts from God.”

IMG_9688Members of the LGBT and Straight Alliance of St. Joseph’s Catholic parish walk past St. Patrick’s Basilica in Ottawa as participants in the 30th  annual Capital Pride parade in Ottawa August 23.”By marching, we show that LGBT people have the right to spirituality and spiritual communities that accept them as they are,” the group wrote in an invitation in the parish’s weekend bulletin August 16 for others to take part in the march  “Both spirituality and sexuality are wonderful gifts from God.”

IMG_9607Anglicans from a handful of parishes in the Diocese of Ottawa marched in the 30th  annual Capital Pride parade in Ottawa August 23.

IMG_9541Along came a spider …

From the camera’s point of view, Maman, a bronze, stainless steel sculpture by Louise Bourgeois depicting a spider, appears to be much larger than Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa in the background. But the sculpture, part of the National Gallery of Canada collection is just over 30 ft high. Even so, the sculpture is among the world’s largest.

IMG_9529 Thousands of people attended the Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light international fireworks competition on the Ottawa River below Parliament Hill  from August 8-22. It featured four evenings of fireworks by teams from Spain, Belgium, Greece and Venezuela.

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Friends, family, and political friends and foes alike filled the pews of Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa August 2 for the funeral of Flora MacDonald, a pioneer for women in Canadian politics and a tireless humanitarian who died July 26 at the age of 89. MacDonald became Canada’s first female foreign affairs minister in 1979 and helped free the six U.S. hostages in Iran by authorizing false passports and money for the group. She was also instrumental in helping to bring 60,000 Vietnamese refugees to Canada. In his tribute to MacDonald, former Prime Minister Joe Clark told the gathering she “made a real impact on the world at a time when it was extremely difficult for a woman to do that.” Others at the funeral included NDP leader Tom Mulcair, former NDP leader Ed Broadbent, Ottawa-Vanier Liberal MP Mauril Belanger and former senator Lowell Murray, who gave the eulogy. Federal Labour Minister Kellie Leitch represented the government.

clark4Former Prime Minister Joe Clark steps down from the chancel of Christ Church Cathedral August 3 near the flag-draped coffin former cabinet minister Flora MacDonald who died July 26 at the age of 89. “Flora made a real impact on the world at a time when it was extremely difficult for a woman to do that,” he said in his reflection.

Murray“When it came to doing God’s work on Earth, Flora walked the talk,” said former Senator Lowell Murray in his eulogy at the funeral at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa for former Conservative cabinet minister Flora MacDonald who died July 26 at the age of 89. MacDonald became Canada’s first female foreign affairs minister in 1979 and helped free the six U.S. hostages in Iran by authorizing false passports and money for the group. She was also instrumental in helping to bring 60,000 Vietnamese refugees to Canada. In his tribute to MacDonald, former Prime Minister Joe Clark told the gathering she “made a real impact on the world at a time when it was extremely difficult for a woman to do that.” Others at the funeral included NDP leader Tom Mulcair, former NDP leader Ed Broadbent, Ottawa-Vanier Liberal MP Mauril Belanger, former senator Lowell Murray, who gave the eulogy. Federal Labour Minister Kellie Leitch represented the government.

macdonald pallbearersPallbearers carry the coffin of former Conservative Cabinet Minister Flora MacDonald from Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa August 3. MacDonald, a pioneer for women in Canadian politics and a tireless humanitarian, died July 26 at the age of 89.