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Weekly News Review: Arts Funding, Parkdale overpass, Fat Cats & 3D TVs

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Good new, bad news in the Ottawa arts world. While the Great Canadian Theatre Canadian (GCTC) was able to secure a $175,000 grant from the City to ensure its future short to medium-term future, the National Gallery of Canada is laying off 18 people and eliminating a total of 27 positions as part of a major restructuring. The Gallery will also spend less on its exhibitions in an effort to to trim its deficit. If you live in the Parkdale Avenue area, you may have noticed the overpass is not... | Continue reading article

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Wind Mobile Launches in Ottawa… Maybe?

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For those who were waiting for a bit more competition in the cell phone industry, your wait may be over. Rumour has it that after a delay due to network issues, Wind Mobile, the no-contract alternative to Bell, Rogers, etc., will have phones available in Ottawa as early as next week. The Wind Mobile kiosk at the Blockbuster on Rideau Street is apparently open and you can get yourself on a list to be notified when they actually have phones available. Mysteriously, the Rideau location isn’t yet listed on the... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Update on Sparks St., Garbage strike?, Super-con Ann Coulter at UofO & more!

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Last week, I wrote about the struggle to revitalize Sparks St. It was announced a few days later that an Ottawa-area housing company has launched a project to build new boutique condominiums on Sparks Street, which could be an “important catalyst” in rejuvenating the pedestrian mall. Ashcroft Homes plans to build a luxury hotel-condominium complex on Sparks near Metcalfe Street, with homes ranging between $400,000 and $2million. What’s more, the ground floor will feature a 6,000 square foot market. Garbage and recycling pickup could be disrupted in some parts of Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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Big News Week for Beau’s Brewery – Oh Yeah!

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Apartment613 has a long history with beer…in many ways, we actually credit beer with this blog’s creation. We’re also huge fans of Beau’s Brewery in Vankleek Hill – we had a great time at their Oktoberfest party and we broke the news last summer when they released their IPA. It seems that things are only going up for Beau’s as they expanded into the Toronto market recently and have now announced their much anticipated four-packs are available at the LCBO. Honestly, it wasn’t a huge burden to have to finish... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Reinventing Bells Corners, Sylvia Holden Park & Lansdowne, Sparks St. and more!

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Councillor Rick Chiarelli thinks something can be done to improve Bells Corners, the Nepean neighborhood, which is seen as a place people drive through to go get somewhere else. In the last few years, it’s become more of an eye sore. Chiarelli thinks it could be a key area for tourists coming from Toronto or the U.S. who want cheap accommodation. The city is also about to start a community design plan, which is intended to guide Bells Corners’ future development by focusing on residential intensification. In the Glebe, there has... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Chiarelli wins in Ottawa West-Nepean, U.S. Embassy removing barriers and more!

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Ontario held two provincial by-elections last Thursday, one of which was in Ottawa. Former mayor Bob Chiarelli won for the Liberals in the Ottawa West-Nepean, while former Brockville mayor Steve Clark is now the Conservative member for Leeds-Grenville. While the win at first seems like positive news for the McGuinty government, the relatively small margin (43.46% vs. 38.99%) by which Chiarelli beat his little known rival, Beth Graham, might make the Liberals a bit nervous. U.S. Ambassador, David Jacobson, and federal Transport Minister John Baird announced Saturday that the ‘Jersey’ barriers will... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Crowded hospitals, baseball back in O-town & Go Travel South goes under

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Is it just me or has it been a slow news week here in Ottawa? Maybe everyone has been too busy watching Canada’s resurgence at the Winter Olympics. Ottawa area hospitals are busy places these days. Maybe too busy. Last week the Queensway-Carleton Hospital was at 113% capacity while the Ottawa Hospital showed a 105% occupancy rate. Several factors contributed to this highly stressful situation: gastrointestinal outbreaks in nursing homes and local hospitals; too many patients needing a bed but not acute medical care; elderly patients waiting to get into nursing homes... | Continue reading article

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SEX! Now that we got your attention…

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Friday will be a special day for Apt613… the incomparable Nadine Thornhill is joining our team of writers and will contribute a monthly sex/relationship advice column – Dirty Laundry. All those questions you had about that third nipple or how to properly introduce your pie throwing fetish to your partner, Nadine’s there to answer them! A professional sexual health educator with an alarming lack of tact, Nadine is used to speaking openly about the wonders of masturbation – even within earshot of your conservative relatives. When she’s not making you... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Strollers controversy, Ottawa real estate, Gauthier vs. Cow, Lansdowne Design

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Senior and disabled persons advisory groups have been pushing city council for more priority seating at the front of the bus, complaining that parents and their strollers were taking too much space. The advisory groups wanted: Wheelchair users, people with disabilities and seniors to be officially given higher priority than parents with strollers for seats at the front of the bus. Strict limits on the size of strollers allowed on buses. Parents to be “strongly encouraged” fold their strollers as a “default policy.” But it appears they won’t be getting... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Suburban boundaries, Ottawa artists, strike averted at Algonquin and more!

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The Ottawa Citizen reports that Councillor Rick Chiarelli hopes that city council will revisit a decision to reject expanding Ottawa’s suburban boundary into new areas where developers wanted to build subdivisions. Some say doing this is a political move that could potentially gratify owners while Chiarelli contends that with a number of landowners that have filed appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board (which can overturn city planning decisions), the city’s legal bills to defend its decision may be hefty. According to a report by Hill Strategies, Ottawa has the 5th... | Continue reading article

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