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Ottawa (/ˈɒtəwə/ (About this sound listen), /-wɑː/; French pronunciation: ​[ɔtawa]) is the capital city of Canada. It stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of southern Ontario. Ottawa borders Gatineau, Quebec; the two form the core of the Ottawa–Gatineau census metropolitan area (CMA) and the National Capital Region (NCR). As of 2016, Ottawa had a city population of 964,743 and a metropolitan population of 1,323,783 making it the fourth-largest city and the fifth-largest CMA in Canada.

Founded in 1826 as Bytown, and incorporated as Ottawa in 1855, the city has evolved into the political centre of Canada. Its original boundaries were expanded through numerous annexations and were ultimately replaced by a new city incorporation and amalgamation in 2001 which significantly increased its land area. The city name "Ottawa" was chosen in reference to the Ottawa River, the name of which is derived from the Algonquin Odawa, meaning "to trade".

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Ottawa Electric Railway Company was a streetcar public transit system in the city of Ottawa, Canada which operated between 1891 and 1959. Ottawa once had tracks through downtown on Rideau Street, Sparks Street, and others and extended outside of the downtown core to provide services which helped form communities such as Westboro, Old Ottawa South and The Glebe. Prior to this, starting in 1866, public transportation had been provided by Ottawa City Passenger Railway Company, a horse-drawn tram service. Today Ottawa employs a bus rapid transport and light rail (LRT) service provided by OC Transpo, in operation since 1973.

In May 1885, electric lighting commenced in the city. In 1908, Ahearn & Soper, (with Erskine Bronson) was consolidated as Ottawa Heat, Light and Power. O.E.L. had been purchased by the city in 1905 for $200,000, forming the core of the Municipal Electric Department, and then Ottawa Hydro.

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Barbara-Ann Scott, OC, O.Ont (born May 9, 1928 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian retired figure skater. She is the 1948 Olympic Champion. Barbara began skating at a very young age with the Minto Skating Club of Ottawa. She was only eleven years old when she won her first Canadian national junior title. Two years later, in 1942, the thirteen-year-old became the first female to ever land a double lutz in competition.

During her 40s she was rated among the top equestrians in North American. She remained active in skating by volunteering her time as a figure skating judge. She has been awarded with many honours and accolades, including being made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1991 and a member of the Order of Ontario in 2009 for her contributions to sports and for charitable works.

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  • ...that Ottawa’s active workforce comprises approximately: 78,000 in advanced technology, 73,000 in the federal government, 70,000 in health and education, and 57,000 in trades?

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Ottawa in summertime - (left to right) - above the Ottawa River: Alexandra Bridge | Samuel de Champlain Statue | glass section of the National Gallery of Canada | Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel (pale building with turrets) | Rideau Canal Locks | Parliament Hill – Parliament of Canada Building | Library of Parliament (round shaped) | Peace Tower | downtown buildings, offices | Ottawa Marriott Hotel (circular roof structure) | The Supreme Court of Canada Building (above trees; grey with black roof)

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