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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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Business Watch: Forever 21 coming to Rideau Center

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Just as the Urban Outfitters makes itself comfortable on Rideau, another fashionista Mecca is opening its doors. A tip from The O’Valley blogger Chantsy has revealed that Forever21, an H&M-esque purveyor of fine cheap clothing, will be setting up shop in the Rideau Center. Apparently the store, which will open this September, will take over part of the space of the food court and have its own exit onto Rideau Street. More details are available here from our friends at OpenFile Ottawa, who broke the story a while ago. The Good: More... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Sneek Peak at Lansdowne, more development, Beaver Pond and bike lanes!

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No matter how you feel about Lansdowne stadium, you’ve got to be a bit curious about what the end result is going to look like. Thanks to the folks at Modern Ottawa, we now have an idea. The blog posted some preview photos of the stadium and surrounding structures that were presumably presented at the lastest installment of the Trends in Design lecture series. My two cents? It’s looking fantastic! Will it be Lansdowne take two? A 12 hectare site owned by the Catholic Church is slated to be put... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s urban poverty and the need for more social housing

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By Stephan Telka “Health problems among Ottawa’s urban poor are similar to those found in sub-Saharan Africa.” So began Canadian Medical Association President Jeff Turnbull in his opening remarks to a recent gathering of graduate students, poverty elimination advocates, and government and community representatives at Carleton University last weekend. According to Turnbull, tuberculosis, hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, and certain types of cancers are much more prevalent among the homeless you regularly whisk by and brush shoulders with on Elgin or Rideau Streets on your way to yoga or... | Continue reading article

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Scotch Irish Brewing Co. gets the Kichesippi treatment

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Kichesippi Beer continues its expansion in the Ottawa beer market concluding the purchase of Scotch Irish Brewing Co. This in itself is a simple asset transaction. Two thirds of Scotch Irish were owned by Heritage owners Ron Moir and Donna Warner while the other third was owned by Heritage Head Brewmaster, Ancil Hartman. Hartman remains as Head Brewmaster for Kichesippi. For new owners, Paul and Kelly Meek, it only made sense to consolidate the brands under Kichesippi. Meek commented that Scotch Irish is quite popular in Toronto and Kichesippi plans on... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: City Budget, Simons in Ottawa and Iranium

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The City of Ottawa presented its draft budget for 2011 last Wednesday. It held little in terms of surprises; tax hikes were set at 2.45%, respecting Jim Watson’s pledge of no more than 2.5% in total tax increase a year. Draft budget documents are available for review on the City’s website. Library and Archives is usually a pretty calm and quiet place but it wasn’t so last Tuesday when a series of threats canceled the much publicized screening of Iranium. After pressure from Heritage Minister James Moore, the library has... | Continue reading article

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Time to grow up Ottawa? Reflections on the Leaning Tower of Preston

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I have a favourite quote. It’s awesome. I’ve been trying to live my life by it… wanna read it? “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will themselves not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.” Daniel H. Burnham With that in mind, I had the pleasure of meeting Eric Darwin at a presentation by some very talented Urban Planning Students from McGill University. Eric is a really... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Consultations, Dalhousie St. woes and more!

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Weekly or bi-weekly, that is the question. Arguments on both sides abound with Spacing Ottawa pro bi-weekly garbage collection and Ottawa Sun decidedly against. According to Le Droit, Thursday’s first public consultation could have been  a bit more innovation. Our beloved Dalhousie St. has suffered a rough year in 2010. Tough business conditions has resulted in around half a dozen stores closing. Among the victims are the Book Market, Chinese Treasures and Canteen. But, there’s still hope for the area. An offshoot of Murray St. Bistro called Murray’s Market will... | Continue reading article

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Community groups want to put Bronson on a “road diet”

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Post by Stephan Telka Those of you living or working in Ottawa Centretown will likely have experienced the “joy” that is Bronson Avenue. During rush hour, cars, trucks and buses inch along the stretch from Albert Street all the way into the Glebe. The pedestrian experience is far from ideal, with narrow sidewalks, little greenery, and long waits at limited pedestrian crossings (up to 10 minutes at Bronson and Christie). Cyclists know the street should be avoided. The Plans As part of an ongoing infrastructure renewal process, the City of... | Continue reading article

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