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Countdown to FIFA 2015: Apt613 talks to uOttawa’s star striker Pilar Khoury

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Pilar Khoury. Photo from geegees.ca.Pilar Khoury. Photo from geegees.ca.

As a countdown to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Apartment613 is embarking on a six-part series that will take a look at women’s soccer in and around the city. Our inaugural piece focuses on one local athlete who’s no stranger to making waves at the national level. We got in touch with Pilar Khoury, star striker for the University of Ottawa’s varsity squad and one of this year’s All-Canadian athletes. For those of you not familiar with the talented veteran Gee-Gee, Pilar has been playing at the university level... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: A bright future

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Photo by Joel Bedford (courtesy of Flickr - creative commons)Photo by Joel Bedford (courtesy of Flickr - creative commons)

This is the final part in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this post urban affairs analyst Kevin Bourne imagines what Ottawa will look like in the not so distant future.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. Imagine a city where you hop on a train to meet up with your friends at the renovated and expanded downtown mall.  Imagine you’re driving down the highway and suddenly the skyline appears on the horizon signifying that you’re approaching the heart of the city.  It... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: Correcting Past Blunders (or not)

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This is the fourth part in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this guest column, journalism professor and Ottawa Citizen columnist Andrew Cohen argues that Ottawa is still making poor urban planning choices, notwithstanding a few notable exceptions.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. Ottawa is full of swagger these days.  A new stadium opens in Lansdowne Park. The National Arts Centre is getting a new façade and the Canada Science and Technology Museum is getting a new roof – and new walls... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for January 27, 2015

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Photo by gynti_46 on Flickr.Photo by gynti_46 on Flickr.

As you may already know, all week long Apartment 613 is presenting “The Future of Ottawa” series: a week-long collection of guest-written posts aimed at promoting discussion around Ottawa’s development and its future as a growing city. In a similar spirit, this week on Apt613 Live you can catch my discussion with Chris Osler, Trevor Haché and Suneeta Millington: three organizers behind this Thursday’s FREE screening of The Human Scale over at the Bytowne. We chatted about their personal take on what can make Ottawa neighbourhoods great going forward and... | Continue reading article

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

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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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Photo by J. Michel Carriere courtesy of Apartment613 flickr poolPhoto by J. Michel Carriere courtesy of Apartment613 flickr pool

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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Write On Ottawa: Six young authors to watch out for

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The aim of Apartment613 is to profile the great arts and culture scene taking place in Ottawa-Gatineau.  As part of our mandate, we have written about numerous writers, poets and comic book artists from our region. Sometimes, however, we like to take a look at the next generation of artists, which is why today we are showcasing six young scribes whose literary talent has already been recognised. Each year the Ottawa Public Library runs their Awesome Authors contest for local residents who are between the ages of 9 to 17.  Submissions... | Continue reading article

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