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Future of Ottawa: Promoting the public interest

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This is the third part in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this post City Councillor Jeff Leiper tackles the issue of what roles the private and public sectors need to play in the future development of Ottawa.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. During the recent municipal election campaign, the issues in Kitchissippi were predominantly about growth.  Our transition from a sleepy government town to fast-growing metropolis is both exciting and challenging. Across Kitchissippi, voters raised time and time again the need... | Continue reading article

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Justin Rutledge – A troubadour at heart

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Justin Rutledge performing at the National Arts Centre. All photos by Terry Steeves.Justin Rutledge performing at the National Arts Centre. All photos by Terry Steeves.

The summer’s turned its back on me, with a sorrow-laden symmetry – with a highway kind of robbery, like my life was an apology. Now I don’t think about you all the time – only when the trees sway, slaughtered by the Alberta Breeze. - Justin Rutledge (“Alberta Breeze“ – from Man Descending) Toronto country/alt singer/songwriter Justin Rutledge has made a very lucrative career out of turning his study and long love of poetry writing into the lyrical masterpieces of his music for over a decade. Topics of personal heartache,... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Judging books by their contents and readers by their tastes….

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Photo from juniperbooks.com.Photo from juniperbooks.com.

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. I stumbled across two very interesting articles that discuss reading habits. The first, which you can find here  looks at why we should finish every novel we read. Juliet Lapidos makes her case for reading completely through every novel we start. I don’t know if she picked her examples terribly well though, as Charles... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: In praise of developers

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Artist sketch of proposed redevelopment of the Domtar lands by WindmillArtist sketch of proposed redevelopment of the Domtar lands by Windmill

This is the second guest post in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this column Jonathan Westeinde of Ottawa-based Windmill Development Group discusses how developers can play a positive role in urban growth, as well as outlining his company’s potentially transformative plans for the Domtar site on the border of Ottawa-Gatineau.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. Real estate development is a challenging business. It is intensely local, highly emotional for those that are impacted and a major focus of local politics. Real... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: Is Lebreton the new Lansdowne?

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This is the first guest post in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this column, urban affairs blogger Eric Darwin looks at the proposed phase II redevelopment of Lebreton Flats, and whether this project can become another source of heated debate like the redevelopment of Lansdowne.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. The Lansdowne Park redevelopment scheme was done in a rush to meet the needs of sporting promoters.  It increasingly looks like we may see a transformation of LeBreton Flats  /... | Continue reading article

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The Future of Ottawa series

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Ottawa is on the verge of becoming an extraordinary city.  Over the next few years, billions of dollars will be spent on several projects that will transform our region.  These initiatives include: ▪  The $2.1 billion Light Rail Transit (LRT) system currently under construction; ▪  The $110 million planned renovation of the National Arts Centre; ▪  The proposed phase II redevelopment of Lebreton Flats, which could see the Ottawa Senators move downtown; ▪  An exciting city plan for expanding Ottawa’s pedestrian and cycling infrastructure once LRT is complete by 2018; and ▪  A multi-billion dollar proposal by Windmill Development Group to redevelop the... | Continue reading article

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Le Festibière D’Hiver now serving Ontario brews

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Photo from the Festibiere D'Hiver website.Photo from the Festibiere D'Hiver website.

Winter is a hard time to get warm in Ottawa, so Winter Beerfest (known as Festibière) has joined together with the Museum of History to offer over 100 craft beers and gourmet appetizers to aid in the process. On January 30 and 31st Le Festibière D’Hiver will host some of Quebec’s best microbreweries for the fourth annual Winter Beerfest. This is the first year they open their doors to local company Beau’s, which has worked diligently over the last 8 years to release their beer as widely as possible. Being able... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: A rollercoaster ride of flavours at Bassline’s food/wine pairing

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Wine selection for the evening. All photos by Terry Steeves.Wine selection for the evening. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Earlier this week, Bassline Pub & Eatery offered a unique wine and food pairing session. It was the perfect way to spend an evening on a day dubbed as Blue Monday…January’s supposed most depressing day of the year. The idea to host these special evenings began last year in Ottawa’s quaint west end bar/restaurant/music venue, supported by owner A.J. Scarcella. Paul Corfe, one of the establishment’s bartenders and our culinary and wine expert for the night, has had an on-going love affair for all things food and wine, enhanced by... | Continue reading article

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Tick, tick, boom: Ottawa’s Little Theatre lights up with explosive drama Clybourne Park

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All photos courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.All photos courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.

If you’re up for a night of powerful live theatre there is still time to catch Clybourne Park, the multi-award winning play written by Bruce Norris and brought to the Ottawa stage for the first time by director Chantal Plante. This tension fuelled, incisive drama will make you laugh, make you squirm and make you think. Even in the face of some pretty heavy subject matter, the show has plenty of humour, though it isn’t always the result of the lines as much as an uneasiness. Clyborne Park takes its... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Photo courtesy of Snowday.Photo courtesy of Snowday.

This weekend is heavy with Friday events, with your pick of the mix from music to art and theatre filling the days and nights around it. Make sure to get in on some Robbie Burns celebrations this weekend honouring the famed Scottish poet and lyricist. Typical celebrations include whiskey tastings, indulging in some Scottish cuisine and readings of his most famous poems. And of course, another installment of Nature Nocturne, celebrating the Lunar Year Year with Chinatown Remixed. Tonight, the Ottawa Art Gallery opens a collection of exhibits running until... | Continue reading article

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