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Aloha Room back in business!

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Another sign Ottawa’s night life is picking up? The folks behind Barrymore’s have decided to re-open the legendary Aloha Room. In a recent Facebook message, Barrymore’s Manager George Syriannis writes: On Wednesday April 20th – ALOHA ROOM is re-opening its doors 7 days and nights a week. To some of you this little room meant alot. When it closed its doors it made you really depressed .Well its BACK n BETTER than ever. We haven’t changed much…. (dusted it up a bit and cleaned the washrooms). Open every days at... | Continue reading article

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Feeding the rumour mill with a tasty brew?

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Ottawa may just have a new brew pub opening, and hopefully in time for patio season. Don’t worry – it’s not going in the Market or near our already-beloved Clocktower in the Glebe. According to CBC News, the Toronto-based Mill St. Brewery put in an application to move into the Thompson-Perkins Mill near the Portage Bridge. According to the paperwork submitted to the City by Chorny Associates Architects Inc., a micro-brewery would be installed at the Mill, churning out 40 kegs per week. 20 of these would be served at... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Patio rule relaxed, Freegal Music at OPL and lots more!

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It looks like the city’s relaxing it rules when it comes to setting up patios. Under the existing bylaw, if a patio encroaches on city property and is within 30 metres of a residential building, the application is immediately denied with no recourse for the bar or restaurant owner to appeal the decision. Last week, the city accepted a patio request from the Fox and Feather and, perhaps more importantly, approved staff recommendations to change the policy that will allow applications like McLaren’s and Fox and the Feather’s to go... | Continue reading article

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Duelling Chefs Round Four: Are you being served?

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By Yasmin Nissim and Chris Cline We’ve told you about secret ingredients. We’ve told you about top chefs. We’ve told you about edible marvels that are a wonder to behold and a delight to devour. But now, we would like to take you behind the scenes to give you a glimpse of the vital moving parts that make each evening at Duelling Chefs such a success.  This article is dedicated to the unsung heroes of this competition: the servers. This week’s duel was an unbelievably well-matched meeting between chef René Rodriguez of... | Continue reading article

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Dust on the Throttle: Crazy ladies take on the Mongol Rally

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Post by Kim Bosch The Mongol Rally: a 10,000 mile drive from central UK to Ulan Bator, Mongolia. This ain’t no jaunty ride along the trans-Canadian highway. The journey (whichever way you choose to undertake it) tackles some of the most massive mountains, desolate deserts and heinous “roads” in the world. Which might leave you asking: What kind of nut-jobs would participate in such a thing? Enter Danica Doucette-Preville, a public servant and Ottawa gal, who first stumbled on the idea to participate after seeing the rally’s finish line during... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: We’re number 1, Bank street construction, Westfest, state of arts in Ottawa and lots more!

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For the second year in a row Ottawa/Gatineau has been voted the best place to live in Canada by Money Sense Magazine. The annual ranking of 180 Canadian cities with populations over 10,000 uses a number of different indicators like home affordability, climate, prosperity, crime rates, access to health care and lifestyle. Interestingly, Ottawa ranked 5th in culture based on the number of people employed in arts, culture and sport. Somewhat ironically, given our collective angst over the LRT proposal, we also did well in transit, ranking 8th based on... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Green bins, Apps4Ottawa winners, Genie Awards and more!

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A number of apartment dwellers will soon be able to compost with the launch of a trial green bin program in select apartment buildings across the city. City officials know this won’t be easy, as recycling in apartments has not been as successful as they had hoped. It will also have to find different solutions for different sized buildings. This year’s Genie Awards will take place at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre. The event, taking place on March 10th will be hosted by The Shat. The city announced the winners of... | Continue reading article

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Five Minute Policy Primer: Public Transit

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Post by Peter Raaymakers, the brains behind Public Transit in Ottawa, a great resource for anyone interested in knowing more about transit issues in the capital city, and the publisher of the peer-reviewed Journal of Public Transit in Ottawa. Peter kindly provided this summary of what’s hot and what’s not on transit issues for Apartment613 readers. Check out his blog for more in-depth analysis of these issues. Lots of things are happening in Ottawa on the public transit file. The biggest news of the day is probably the progress going... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Smart cards, borough talk, Mike Fisher and more!

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Are smart cards for our buses ever going to come? David Reevely doesn’t think so. Can someone at the city say otherwise? One of Jim Watson’s campaign promises was to study the potential of a borough system for Ottawa within the first sixty days of his mandate. Those sixty days have come and gone and still no news on the study. OpenFile wonders if the issue is off the table for now…or for good. I live by the Tunisian Embassy and things stayed quiet throughout the “Jasmine Revolution”. Not so... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Overcrowded schools, Centre multifonctionel, Fraser Cafe expands and more!

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If you’re a parent, you may already know that many schools in Kanata and Central Ottawa are overcrowded. In a city like Ottawa, that may sound surprising. After listening to concerned parents across the city, Ottawa’s public board is ready to share its recommendations for a short-term solution. A new report by the city of Ottawa shows that 23 empty lots in the downtown core could be used for office buildings. Analysis of data collected in 2009 reveals much more unused space in the area than was originally thought, which... | Continue reading article

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