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Weekly News Review: Holiday Break Edition

The month of December has kept Ottawa firefighters busy with no less than 26 fires – ranging from flames in the kitchen to blazes in highrise apartments, including one that killed two residents of a building. Dalton McGuinty gave us some good news a couple of weeks ago when he confirmed that the Ontario government […]

Prepping for the LCBO Strike: Where to buy booze

Update 2: So it turns out that it may not be legal to transport alcohol across provincial boundaries, therefore apartment613 does not condone this activity and would caution you to please consult a legal expert before moving any beverages from the SAQ into Ottawa Update: The LCBO and the Union have delayed a strike until […]

Feats of Great Lake Swimming on display in Ottawa

We at the Apartment613 Society for the Appreciation of Maritime Feats have long been impressed by the great lake swimming of Tony Dekker and his bandmates. Who can forget the time in 2007 when – carrying a mandolin, a slide guitar, and a single snare drum on their backs – they managed to traverse the […]

Cultural revival in Orleans: Shenkman Arts Centre Grand Opening

Is Orleans revitalizing its cultural and arts scenes? It would seem like  it with the opening of the Shenkman Arts Centre and the development of the Orléans Town Centre. According to the City of Ottawa website, “The Shenkman Arts Centre will deliver a unique cultural hub to East-End residents in their own community, while the […]

Weekly News Review: Party recovery (summer has arrived!), Bixi bikes in Ottawa and Gatineau, biofuel from wheat straw in Ottawa!, new public library on the way, Heatley wants out

My apologies for the tardiness of this week’s WNR, I am still recovering from the Apartment613 launch party. Thanks to all that came! If you missed it, our friend Jesse has posted some awesome photos of the night, so you can live vicariously through Flickr. We can safely say that Summer has arrived in Ottawa. […]

Another coffee shop in the Glebe

A couple of months ago, the Timothy’s on the corner of Bank and Fifth shut down. While I never like seeing a business fold, I thought that this would be a good opportunity for another type of business to expand or to settle in the area. Perhaps Kardish – the neighbouring bulk food store – could […]

Weekly News Review: Feds and province give $375 M to Ottawa for infrastructure projects, the NCR loses 3,300 jobs in May, the NAC turns 40, Gatineau’s new Ecocentre

Federal and provincial governments have given $375 million to Ottawa for short-term infrastructure projects. The money will pay, in part, for road work, improvements to the city’s Transitway and library upgrades. To be noted, $38 million to build a tunnel to connect light rail with rapid transit was set aside. While this is a step […]

What we learned at ChangeCamp

The weekend before last the team at Apartment613 spent the day live-blogging some of the sessions at ChangeCamp Ottawa 2009. We were pretty overwhelmed after the event – there were lots of great ideas and motivating folks there. We’ve taken some time to digest the content from the event and have tried to synthesize some […]

Weekly News Review: Seal hunting and foie gras, Dewar’s Cycle Summit, No more transit strikes? Baby steps on transit tunnel proposal

While Governor General Michaelle Jean  has been at the heart of mini-international controversy for  defending the Canadian seal hunt following the European Parliament’s “hypocritical ban of seal products“, a number of Ottawa restaurants have found themselves in the midst of another animal-related controversy: offering foie gras. The Ottawa Animal Defense League successfully made Ottawa-famous restauranteur […]

i(heart)music/SOCAN update

This post by Justin Beach of is reproduced with permission under a Creative Commons license agreement. Make sure to check North by East West, it’s an awesome Canadian music blog. I (heart) Music is based out of Ottawa, they put on great shows and we want to see them continue to exist and grow. […]

Audio Visual meets Apartment613

I’m Peter Henderson, and I’m one half of the team behind Audio Visual, a weekly arts and culture radio show that plays Wednesdays from 12-1pm on CHUO FM 89.1, the University of Ottawa’s community radio station. A weekly podcast (with archives) is now being hosted here at Apartment613, and our latest show will be updated […]

Thanks Glebites and Glebe posers

Our little stand at the corner of O’Connor and Second Avenue raised $215 Saturday. We say “raised” because the money is going to our bandwidth fund. We met lots of friendly people and our apartments are now slightly less crowded. We worked our sales pitches: “buy a knife, settle your domestic disputes;” “support Stéphane Dion, […]