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Weekly News Review: Reinventing Bells Corners, Sylvia Holden Park & Lansdowne, Sparks St. and more!

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Councillor Rick Chiarelli thinks something can be done to improve Bells Corners, the Nepean neighborhood, which is seen as a place people drive through to go get somewhere else. In the last few years, it’s become more of an eye sore. Chiarelli thinks it could be a key area for tourists coming from Toronto or the U.S. who want cheap accommodation. The city is also about to start a community design plan, which is intended to guide Bells Corners’ future development by focusing on residential intensification. In the Glebe, there has... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Chiarelli wins in Ottawa West-Nepean, U.S. Embassy removing barriers and more!

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Ontario held two provincial by-elections last Thursday, one of which was in Ottawa. Former mayor Bob Chiarelli won for the Liberals in the Ottawa West-Nepean, while former Brockville mayor Steve Clark is now the Conservative member for Leeds-Grenville. While the win at first seems like positive news for the McGuinty government, the relatively small margin (43.46% vs. 38.99%) by which Chiarelli beat his little known rival, Beth Graham, might make the Liberals a bit nervous. U.S. Ambassador, David Jacobson, and federal Transport Minister John Baird announced Saturday that the ‘Jersey’ barriers will... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Crowded hospitals, baseball back in O-town & Go Travel South goes under

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Is it just me or has it been a slow news week here in Ottawa? Maybe everyone has been too busy watching Canada’s resurgence at the Winter Olympics. Ottawa area hospitals are busy places these days. Maybe too busy. Last week the Queensway-Carleton Hospital was at 113% capacity while the Ottawa Hospital showed a 105% occupancy rate. Several factors contributed to this highly stressful situation: gastrointestinal outbreaks in nursing homes and local hospitals; too many patients needing a bed but not acute medical care; elderly patients waiting to get into nursing homes... | Continue reading article

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SEX! Now that we got your attention…

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Friday will be a special day for Apt613… the incomparable Nadine Thornhill is joining our team of writers and will contribute a monthly sex/relationship advice column – Dirty Laundry. All those questions you had about that third nipple or how to properly introduce your pie throwing fetish to your partner, Nadine’s there to answer them! A professional sexual health educator with an alarming lack of tact, Nadine is used to speaking openly about the wonders of masturbation – even within earshot of your conservative relatives. When she’s not making you... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Strollers controversy, Ottawa real estate, Gauthier vs. Cow, Lansdowne Design

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Senior and disabled persons advisory groups have been pushing city council for more priority seating at the front of the bus, complaining that parents and their strollers were taking too much space. The advisory groups wanted: Wheelchair users, people with disabilities and seniors to be officially given higher priority than parents with strollers for seats at the front of the bus. Strict limits on the size of strollers allowed on buses. Parents to be “strongly encouraged” fold their strollers as a “default policy.” But it appears they won’t be getting... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Suburban boundaries, Ottawa artists, strike averted at Algonquin and more!

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The Ottawa Citizen reports that Councillor Rick Chiarelli hopes that city council will revisit a decision to reject expanding Ottawa’s suburban boundary into new areas where developers wanted to build subdivisions. Some say doing this is a political move that could potentially gratify owners while Chiarelli contends that with a number of landowners that have filed appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board (which can overturn city planning decisions), the city’s legal bills to defend its decision may be hefty. According to a report by Hill Strategies, Ottawa has the 5th... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Fire at CTV, Jake coming to town, Winterlude begins and more.

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An early morning fire has destroyed a large part of the CTV Ottawa offices on Merivale Rd on Sunday, causing more than $2.5 million in damage. The entire newsroom was gutted, and the first floor, which includes the television studio, sustained extensive water damage. No deaths or injures were reported and the cause of the fire is still unknown. With Jake Gyllenhaal coming to town shortly, Ottawa’s got a big Hollywood production coming to town. According to Radio-Canada, this bodes well for the upcoming year in terms of cinema and... | Continue reading article

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End Hits Record Store to Close

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End Hits, a record store located at 407 Dalhousie St., will be closing its doors on March 13, 2010 after four years of providing Ottawans with a great selection of punk, indie, metal and alternative records. The store topped the Xpress’ best of list in the “best record store” category every year of its existence. Last week, Shawn Scallen, one of End Hits’ co-owners, left the following message on Punk Ottawa that summed up his reasons for closing up shop: End Hits opened its doors March 11, 2006 after the... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: 2010 Budget passed, Province funds shelter for women, Sens on fire and more!

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On Thursday evening Ottawa City council passed the 2010 budget – a full post on the subject is forthcoming. Some highlights: a 3.77% tax hike, reinstating the Crime Prevention Ottawa and scrapped recommended bus route cuts and reductions in stump removal and funding for tree trimming as well as approving a transit pass pilot program for Carleton and University of Ottawa students. The province of Ontario has agreed to foot the $3 million bill for the construction of a new 30-bed shelter for women and children.  The shelter will be... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: More candidates, AFO fête ses 100 ans, Smart Cities and Havoc by fire

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A quick note before we get to the news. Since we’re getting more and more photos from various contributors on Flickr, I decided to use a different photo for this feature instead of the same old one, starting with this ditty from Rick Carroll. Tell me what you think! While it looks like Bob Chiarelli won’t be running for mayor of Ottawa once more, a new candidate, Jane Scharf has entered the race. An anti-poverty advocate for many years, she ran in the 2006 campaign and received 0.49% of the... | Continue reading article

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