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Weekly News Review: K1S biggest donor, library upgrades hiccups, Feds building in Gatineau and more!

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An Ottawa Citizen analysis of party finance data for the first quarter of 2009 shows that the area that includes the Glebe and Old Ottawa South — where postal codes begin with K1S — handed over more cash to the Liberals, Conservatives and NDP than any other postal zone in Canada. The Tories received the most funding, edging out the Liberals. The NDP received the least, despite the K1S area code mostly falling in NDPer, Paul Dewar’s riding. You might have heard about the kerfuffle caused by the upgrades to... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: desecrated headstones, segregated cycling lane, the most livable city and more!

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Boo on vandalism! The Citizen reports that around 36 headstones were vandalized during the weekend at the Notre Dame cemetery on Montreal Road and St. Laurent Boulevard. One of the vandalized tombstones was that of Joseph-Balsora Turgeon who became the first francophone mayor of Bytown in 1853, two years before Ottawa sprang into existence. Did you know that the Ottawa Hospital was in a 5-year, $100 million technology renewal to become one of the most modern hospitals in North America? Vito Pilieci reports. On Wednesday, City council is expected to... | Continue reading article

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Ian Lee Slams Lansdowne Live on YouTube

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With the final vote on Lansdowne Live gearing up for the grand finale -  the final council vote is this June – I guess Ottawa’s favorite municipal issue will increasingly be back in the news. Case in point: this YouTube video by Ian Lee, the director of the Carleton Sprott School of Business, which was released this Tuesday. In a nutshell Lee argues that the lack of a competitive process will cause costs to the tax payer to balloon at a time when the city’s debt is rising sky high... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: branding Ottawa, art in public spaces, Watson launches campaign and more!

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The NCC has been working on a slogan to brand Ottawa to the world. The slogan is to be part of a five-year $2.5-million branding and marketing project that the NCC began last year. An opinion research poll suggests that terms like welcoming, environmentally friendly and historic might be used. What would you suggest? Spacing Ottawa Art published a very good article on the importance of public art in the urban landscape, of how it can be used as a meeting place and point of pride for the city. Kate... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: City deficit, King Edward row houses, new area code and more

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Last Wednesday, CTV reported that the City of Ottawa ended its fiscal year with a $17.4 million deficit. The difficult economic times meant that investments were down by almost $8 million while planning fee revenues dropped by more than $3 million. What should be done with the boarded up houses along King Edward St.? This is the difficult question that the Ottawa Citizen’s Hugh Adami tackles. With a $50 million reconstruction of King Edward completed, you’d think that the area deserves better. However the landlord for the buildings is unwilling... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Peter Hume and homelessness, Sens make playoffs, new Ikea on the way and more!

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A number of people thought that Peter Hume was entering the race for Mayor of Ottawa following his claim to make homelessness an election issue by putting a question on the ballot when residents head to the polls this fall. Instead, he’ll be running once more for the Alta Vista councilor position. David Reevely at the Ottawa Citizen has penned a number of interesting blog posts on city issues. I encourage you to read these posts on potentially moving the bus station, a new attitude for the NCC and more... | Continue reading article

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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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