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Rideau Club

The Rideau Club is a noted social club in Ottawa, Canada. Founded in 1865, and located near the Parliament Buildings, it is the meeting place both of Canada's political elite, and the city of Ottawa’s social and business elite.

Originally located across the street from the Parliament Buildings, the original Club building burned down in October 1979 and the Club is now located on the top floor of a downtown office tower. Ironically, at the time of the fire, the Canadian Government was attempting to expropriate the Club property to serve as part of a future US Embassy.

It was reported to be the first club in Canada (and one of the first in North America) to disallow the use of the blackball tradition which allowed clubs to subtly discriminate against potential Jewish members.

Similarly, in the 1970s, after seeing controversy over its all male policy, the Club allowed female members and at the same time removed restrictions on female guests.

The definitive history of the Rideau Club is outlined in the book Up from the Ashes: The Rideau Club Story published in 1990 by the

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