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An Acre of Time: The Enduring Value of Place Paperback – Jan 1 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Macfarlane Walter & Ross; illustrated edition edition (Jan. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551990202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551990200
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.9 x 22.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"What a gem!"
Quill & Quire


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About the Author

Phil Jenkins is a maker and seller of fine English. He has written three works of creative nonfiction: a national bestseller on family farms, Fields of Vision; the award-winning An Acre of Time, later a play; and RiverSong. He was the books columnist for the Ottawa Citizen for six years.


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Jenkins has extensively researched the history of an acre of land in LeBreton flats near the centre of Ottawa. He begins with the geological formation of the area: the layers of rocks and sediments that were formed. He then discusses the natives that inhabited the land and their first interactions with the explorers of Canada (Champlain) etc. The land is then surveyed and settled. Jenkins shines with his stories of the people that lived there in the '40s and 50's. Then in the late 50's the land was expropriated for government office complexes that were never built and other than for a brief flurry of activity when the Pope came to Ottawa and gave a mass it has stood almost empty since.
Do the natives still have a claim on the land?
A pleasant read for Ottawa Valley residents and a must read and must have for historians of the area. It would make an excellent history textbook for high schools - makes history come alive.
Bernie Geiger, Ottawa
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Format: Paperback
This book covers the history of a small parcel of land in the center of the City of Ottawa – Le Breton Flats. The author begins his story billions of years ago and quickly goes through the various geological time periods, always keeping this location in mind. Within a few pages, he reaches the post-Columbian period in which exploration, conflicts and settlements are presented in a whirlwind tour. Finally, much more space is devoted to the past two centuries: establishing communities, businesses and life in general on the Flats and its surroundings. Throughout the discussions about human involvement, the author ensures that the interactions between the First Nations people and the new settlers are well represented.

As a resident of the Ottawa area, I found the book generally interesting, particularly because, at this writing, serious discussions are underway (again) about massively developing Le Breton Flats in such a way as to satisfy the needs of the population – as much as possible. On the down side of this book, I believe that several well-captioned photos and diagrams appropriately distributed throughout the text would have given much more life to such a fascinating story.
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Delivery slow.. Overpriced for second hand book.
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HASH(0xa05c5654) out of 5 stars History of a significant acre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Aug. 10 1998
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Format: Paperback
Jenkins has extensively researched the history of an acre of land in LeBreton flats near the centre of Ottawa. He begins with the geological formation of the area: the layers of rocks and sediments that were formed. He then discusses the natives that inhabited the land and their first interactions with the explorers of Canada (Champlain) etc. The land is then surveyed and settled. Jenkins shines with his stories of the people that lived there in the '40s and 50's. Then in the late 50's the land was expropriated for government office complexes that were never built and other than for a brief flurry of activity when the Pope came to Ottawa and gave a mass it has stood almost empty since.
Do the natives still have a claim on the land?
A pleasant read for Ottawa Valley residents and a must read and must have for historians of the area. It would make an excellent history textbook for high schools - makes history come alive.
Bernie Geiger, Ottawa
HASH(0xa2403ab0) out of 5 stars An Interesting History Feb. 4 2016
By George Poirier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book covers the history of a small parcel of land in the center of the City of Ottawa – Le Breton Flats. The author begins his story billions of years ago and quickly goes through the various geological time periods, always keeping this location in mind. Within a few pages, he reaches the post-Columbian period in which exploration, conflicts and settlements are presented in a whirlwind tour. Finally, much more space is devoted to the past two centuries: establishing communities, businesses and life in general on the Flats and its surroundings. Throughout the discussions about human involvement, the author ensures that the interactions between the First Nations people and the new settlers are well represented.

As a resident of the Ottawa area, I found the book generally interesting, particularly because, at this writing, serious discussions are underway (again) about massively developing Le Breton Flats in such a way as to satisfy the needs of the population – as much as possible. On the down side of this book, I believe that several well-captioned photos and diagrams appropriately distributed throughout the text would have given much more life to such a fascinating story.


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