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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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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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