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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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Your feedback's needed for Lansdowne!

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By Phil Castro To recap, in our last installment we reported that on Monday November 16, 2009 our Ottawa City Council voted 15-9 in favour of moving ahead with the $250 million dollar redevelopment of Lansdowne. The redevelopment of the city owned property would include a collection of shops, restaurants, theatres, parking garages, green spaces, condos, townhouses, offices and a refurbished stadium and arena that would have a CFL franchise taking to the field in 2013. The City would contribute $129 million to the plan and partner with a private... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Sewage in the River, Festival funding, Open Data Ottawa and more!

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Will water and wastewater management become an important election issue? Last Thursday’s rainfall pushed roughly two million litres of sewer overflow into the Ottawa River. Dixon Weir, manager of environmental services, wrote to council that the real-time control installations at three regulators are almost complete. The improvements will help staff better monitor the sewer flows. The Ottawa’s city council voted in favour of making its data publicly available. City council voted Wednesday to support the principle of making all municipal data available to the public in accessible formats, provided a... | Continue reading article

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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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