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Ottawa Magazine - - CONTENTS - By Dayanti Karunaratne Dayanti Karunaratne, ED­I­TOR feed­back­ot­[email protected]­me­

Like a well-de­signed home that brings joy to its in­hab­i­tants, our In­te­ri­ors edi­tion aims to en­ter­tain, and pos­si­bly guide, read­ers. To suc­ceed, we lis­ten to our in­tu­ition — which, for me, means our con­trib­u­tors. No an­a­lyt­ics sys­tem can tell us what read­ers want. (Is it use­ful to know where a home­owner bought that 3-D mod­el­ling soft­ware? Do read­ers want to know the cat’s name?) Our con­trib­u­tors are our eyes and ears, our foot sol­diers who look at the city with an eye for what Ot­tawa Mag­a­zine read­ers want.

That’s why it’s im­por­tant I share with you two ma­jor changes for us in 2018.

Jane Cor­bett, art di­rec­tor of over 30 years, is re­tir­ing. Jane started in 1985, when a com­pany called Cap­i­tal Pub­lish­ers was based in an of­fice tower on Cum­ber­land Street. Ot­tawa Mag­a­zine came in 1988 — that means that in ev­ery is­sue, Jane put words and pic­tures to­gether in a way that en­ticed read­ers, struc­tur­ing mag­a­zines to of­fer com­fort­ing pat­terns as well as sur­prises. Plus, she of­ten wrote the head­lines! A skilled word­smith who writes with sen­si­tiv­ity and hu­mour, Jane’s own writ­ing will ap­pear in our next is­sue as she re­calls the hor­ror, sus­pense, and tri­umph that she ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing the flood of 2017.

We have a say­ing around the of­fice that Ot­tawa Mag­a­zine is like “Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia” — you can check out any­time you like, but you can never leave. While The Ea­gles might have been ref­er­enc­ing the pit­falls of Hol­ly­wood ex­cess, we’re proud of the long­stand­ing re­la­tion­ships we’ve built with our con­trib­u­tors, and much credit is due to Jane for this, as she al­ways sup­ported pho­tog­ra­phers and il­lus­tra­tors to stay true to them­selves. As Jane moves into the next phase of her life, we look for­ward to see­ing her name on the con­trib­u­tors list and wish her the best in her other ven­tures.

In ad­di­tion, af­ter five years as our restau­rant critic, and 20 be­fore that re­view­ing food for the Ot­tawa Cit­i­zen, Anne DesBrisay feels it is time to “put down the fork. Or at least to leave the pen at home.” (For more, read “Dear read­ers and restau­rants” on Cap­i­talDin­ Anne is known across Canada for her re­views; more re­cently, she worked with chefs in a dif­fer­ent way to pro­duce Ot­tawa Cooks. I re­mem­ber well the day she told me about the project: a pa­tio lunch on Som­er­set, Anne ex­hil­a­rated by this new en­deav­our. It wasn’t with­out its chal­lenges; af­ter all, it meant shed­ding her cloak of anonymity that she held so dear. That’s the thing about Anne — she cares more about re­veal­ing the truth for read­ers than about the perks that come with be­ing a me­dia VIP. As fur­ther tes­ti­mony, she was a few min­utes late for our last lunch date be­cause she had wit­nessed a car ac­ci­dent on the 401 — and stopped. Many peo­ple would have kept driv­ing; many would have been too rat­tled to talk busi­ness af­ter such an in­ci­dent. Not Anne. She is a pro and I will miss her.

Our con­trib­u­tors are the lifeblood of our pub­li­ca­tion. Sim­i­lar to the ar­chi­tects and home­own­ers fea­tured in this is­sue, they make hun­dreds of de­ci­sions that af­fect the fi­nal prod­uct. And while I will miss work­ing closely with Jane and Anne, I trust that they will con­tinue to be part of our ex­tended fam­ily. Com­ing Up: As Jeff Eus­tace takes the reins as art di­rec­tor (no rookie, hav­ing joined Cap­i­tal Pub­lish­ers in 1988 and worked on ev­ery is­sue of Where mag­a­zine), our spring is­sue will fo­cus on real es­tate — the hot ’hoods, new con­dos, and hous­ing trends that are chang­ing our city. It’s also our 20th-an­niver­sary is­sue, so we might have some fun go­ing through the ar­chives. Do you have a favourite story or cover im­age? Let us know!

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