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Duelling Chefs Round Four: Are you being served?

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By Yasmin Nissim and Chris Cline We’ve told you about secret ingredients. We’ve told you about top chefs. We’ve told you about edible marvels that are a wonder to behold and a delight to devour. But now, we would like to take you behind the scenes to give you a glimpse of the vital moving parts that make each evening at Duelling Chefs such a success.  This article is dedicated to the unsung heroes of this competition: the servers. This week’s duel was an unbelievably well-matched meeting between chef René Rodriguez of... | Continue reading article

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Dust on the Throttle: Crazy ladies take on the Mongol Rally

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Post by Kim Bosch The Mongol Rally: a 10,000 mile drive from central UK to Ulan Bator, Mongolia. This ain’t no jaunty ride along the trans-Canadian highway. The journey (whichever way you choose to undertake it) tackles some of the most massive mountains, desolate deserts and heinous “roads” in the world. Which might leave you asking: What kind of nut-jobs would participate in such a thing? Enter Danica Doucette-Preville, a public servant and Ottawa gal, who first stumbled on the idea to participate after seeing the rally’s finish line during... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: We’re number 1, Bank street construction, Westfest, state of arts in Ottawa and lots more!

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For the second year in a row Ottawa/Gatineau has been voted the best place to live in Canada by Money Sense Magazine. The annual ranking of 180 Canadian cities with populations over 10,000 uses a number of different indicators like home affordability, climate, prosperity, crime rates, access to health care and lifestyle. Interestingly, Ottawa ranked 5th in culture based on the number of people employed in arts, culture and sport. Somewhat ironically, given our collective angst over the LRT proposal, we also did well in transit, ranking 8th based on... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Green bins, Apps4Ottawa winners, Genie Awards and more!

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A number of apartment dwellers will soon be able to compost with the launch of a trial green bin program in select apartment buildings across the city. City officials know this won’t be easy, as recycling in apartments has not been as successful as they had hoped. It will also have to find different solutions for different sized buildings. This year’s Genie Awards will take place at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre. The event, taking place on March 10th will be hosted by The Shat. The city announced the winners of... | Continue reading article

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Five Minute Policy Primer: Public Transit

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Post by Peter Raaymakers, the brains behind Public Transit in Ottawa, a great resource for anyone interested in knowing more about transit issues in the capital city, and the publisher of the peer-reviewed Journal of Public Transit in Ottawa. Peter kindly provided this summary of what’s hot and what’s not on transit issues for Apartment613 readers. Check out his blog for more in-depth analysis of these issues. Lots of things are happening in Ottawa on the public transit file. The biggest news of the day is probably the progress going... | Continue reading article

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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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