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Saving the Founder's Home

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In August of 2015, Louise Abbott  completed a documentary titled Saving the Founder's Home for the Brome County Historical Society (BCHS) about the preservation of the Paul Holland Knowlton house in Knowlton, Quebec. The circa 1815 square-timber house was moved on Friday, October 17, 2014, from its quarters at the Knowlton Golf Club on Lakeside to its new home on the grounds of the BCHS on Lakeside.


Louise followed the progress of work on the building through to its restoration. The house was officially opened to the public on August 15, 2015, and Louise's documentary was screened at the inauguration. The film is now available for sale in DVD ($20) and Blu-ray ($25) format from the Brome County Historical Society or from Rural Route Communications. Proceeds go towards the final touches on the house, in particular, chinking between the squared logs.


Yves Beaupré gathers wood, while David Kininmonth does some measuring at the Paul Holland Knowlton House on April 7, 2015.


By Design

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Niels Jensen's work as a furniture designer-maker was featured in a show of modern furniture titled By Design at Studio Georgeville  in late June.

Niels continues to take on commissioned projects, like the tables and chairs seen in the photos below that belong to a client on the shores of Lake Memphremagog.






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Louise Abbott finished a contract for COTA (Cree Outfitting and Tourism Assocation) in June of 2015, producing two interpretive panels about the history of Cape Hope Island, or Nunaaluk, in southeastern James Bay. The panels were installed on the island during COTA's annual general meeting in Eastmain in July.

One of the panels features a reproduction of a detailed watercolour by Townships artist Dominique Gagnon that shows the location of  homes and dog teams as well as other aspects of life on the island during the Inuit occupation from the 1920s to 1960. Mini Aodla Freeman, the only surviving Inuk to have been born and raised on Nunaaluk, provided a sketch for Dominique and conferred with her on numerous occasions as Dominique's painting evolved. Dominique wanted to include Inuktitut names, and Mini kindly provided those for her.

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The second panel features historical photos of Nunaaluk, including family patriarch George Weetaltuk, and a bilingual text by Louise Abbott outlining the history of the Inuit occupation of the island. Mini Aodla Freeman acted as a consultant on this panel, too.

interpretive panel 1

Our thanks to Mini and Dominique for their help. Our thanks to Lettrage Fortin in Magog for mounting the panels and building and painting the posts. And finally, our thanks to COTA for the commission.


Educational Fair Dealing

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As a book author, I rely on royalties from my work. Because more and more schools, colleges, and universities in Canada are opting out of paying for copying rights through our national reprography collective, Access Copyright, authors across the country are losing royalties that were once so important to their annual revenue.

If Canadian authors continue to be stripped of their royalties, how can they continue to create content for educational purposes?

Teachers are rewarded for the work that they do. Shouldn't authors receive payment when teachers use authors' materials in their courses?

Access Copyright has posted an article about educational "fair dealing" and an accompanying video:

I urge you to find out more about this issue. If you want to tell your local MP about it, you can find his/her email address at

I rarely go on my soapbox, but I know how crucial this issue is to Canadian creators.

Louise Abbott

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