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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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Weekly News Review: Canal open, garbage talks and a whole lot more

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Winter’s here. For real this time. That means the Canal is finally open. Tons of you were able to enjoy it this weekend. @canalconditions will be tweeting how the canal is fairing all winter long. The city of Ottawa wants to know: Are you willing to get your garbage picked up on a bi-weekly basis? The city is proposing plans to make garbage collection a bi-weekly affair, while green bins for organic waste will be emptied each week in the urban core.  Rural areas presently without green bins would get... | Continue reading article

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See what you can’t see at the Smithsonian at Gallery 101

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You may have heard that the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. has been recently embroiled in controversy over their decision to give in to demands from Republican congressmen and the Catholic League and remove the film A Fire in My Belly. The film, which is said to depict a cross covered in ants – and thus has conservative religious groups in a tizzy – was to appear in the exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery. Local free speech advocates and censorship-haters should not fret,... | Continue reading article

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Local band featured in national ad campaign

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Ottawa indie rockers Amos the Transparent are hitting the big time.  After All That, It’s Come To This off the group’s 2007 album Everything I’ve Forgotten To Forget is being featured in a national ad for Plenty of Fish. It’s a great song and a decent commercial, so we thought that we’d share it with you all.

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Weekly News Review: Elections? Transit, green buildings and awful Sens

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All the pundits are saying 2011 will be an election year in Canada. All of the political leaders have their future on the line. If the results aren’t up to snuff, will we see some new leaders for our 5 main parties? It was announced that the proposed LRT tunnel be shortened by one third after unstable soil conditions near the University of Ottawa was discovered. Perhaps an opportunity to save on costs? Not so said city staff at a recent news conference releasing tunnel test-drilling results. The costs in... | Continue reading article

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Do you have a face for radio? CBC’s All in a Day is looking for a permanent host

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We noticed an interesting job posting on the CBC jobs twitter feed this week. The local CBC Radio One team is looking for a new host for the flagship afternoon program All in a Day. The show has been without a permanent host since Adrian Harewood left for the new CBC Ottawa afternoon and late-night television news programs. Think you might have what it takes? According to the job posting, you will need an “engaging and intelligent on-air presence, showing a wide emotional range” and “curiosity and a genuine interest... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: O’Brien coming back, Algonquin courses, Gonchar a Sen and more!

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As we reported last week, city council voted 15-9 in favor of the Lansdowne redevelopment. Clive Doucet wants to bring the process to court, others just want to move forward. Councillor Diane Deans, who voted against the plan last Monday, said she thinks “unfortunately, there’s a divided community left in the wake of this decision.” But she added that now that council has made a decision, people need to move on. All signs pointed to it (this, for example) and now it’s confirmed: Mayor Larry O’Brien is seeking re-election. In... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: A Barrymore heritage site, more fires and the O-card!

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Barrymore’s has had a lot of ups and downs over the years. It started as a popular theater, only to end up a furniture store. After its revival as the Studio 54 of Ottawa, hosting acts like Steppenwolf, Bryan Adams, U2 and Tina Turner during the 80s, it has once again fallen into hard times. Rolf Klausener of the popular Ottawa Band The Acorn has started a facebook group to get the building designated as a heritage building that has almost 1,000 members. However, as David Reevely points out in... | Continue reading article

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