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Weekly News Review: Richard Florida loves Ottawa-Gatineau, Ottawans are still taking the bus, Obligatory helmets for skateboarders? and trying to get Lansdowne Live! done

Ottawa: One Great City! Well-known urban studies theorist, Richard Florida, has named Ottawa-Gatineau  as the best city in Canada for mid-career people, families and retirees to live in, as well as one of the top three cities for singles and empty-nesters, in his latest book, Who’s Your City? In addition to this, he claims that […]

Weekly News Review: No new stadium in Ottawa and Tamils protests at Parliament Hill

The Ottawa municipal government decided to give a thumbs down to both Eugene Melnyk’s Kanata stadium plan as well as Lansdowne Live’s stadium plan. As David Reevely from Greater Ottawa has stated, the Melnyk Kanata stadium would probably be more profitable for the city in the long run, but it does not solve the “Lansdowne […]

Weekly news review: 3-way race for Mayor? Genie Awards in Ottawa, Denis Rancourt fired by U of O, T&L bounces back, Both 67s and Senators out of playoffs.

  Ottawa city councillor, Alex Cullen, has announced that he will be running for mayor in the upcoming 2010 municipal elections. Many pundits praise his knowledge of City Hall but believe that his left- leaning tendencies will scare off voters. Ottawa Citizen columnist Randall Densey sees a three-way race between Cullen, Alta Vista councillor Peter […]

Twitterrhea Outbreak in Ottawa

April 1, 2009. A warning has gone out in the capital region after an outbreak of Twitterrhea hit the Ottawa community. The Public Health Agency of Canada warns that if the infection is not soon put under control, an epidemic of huge porportions may soon face the city and  surrounding regions. Although the origins of […]

Bank St. woes continue: Tommy & Lefebvre burns down

Geez, I’m really hoping this does not become a regular trend, but yet again Bank St. has suffered a harsh blow with last night’s fire of Tommy & Lefebvre, the popular sports goods store. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but its clear that the store is a complete loss. The […]

Bank Street Takes Another Hit – Gina’s Cafe Closes, soon replaced?

UPDATE: Word on the street (the renovation permit posted on the window) is that Talay Thai Restaurant will be opening at some point in the future at the old Gina’s location. Happy, sad?  You let us know. ——— It looks like the economy is claiming another victim on Bank Street, as the staple breakfast/ lunch […]

Say bye bye to the “Gods of Rock”

I wasn’t even going to write about these ads; I would see them on the street and thought to myself, these are stupid and verging on offensive. It might actually be the graffiti that’s been added on so many of them that make them funny. But then, just last week, a slightly different version of […]

Updated: Apparently it wasn’t God that brokered a deal in the bus strike

UPDATE: Citing concerns about “additional controversy,” OC Transpo has refused to run the atheist ads on Ottawa’s buses and the city’s committee in charge of the transist system has declined to override the decision. It looks like the next stop for the Athiest bus will the nation’s capital, as the Freethought Association of Canada announced […]

O-town = Obama town

The city is all abuzz about President Obama’s drop-in tomorrow. If you’re a driver or a buser, watch out for road closures downtown around the Hill – and expect delays. There are tentative plans for a rally on Parliament Hill, although it’s not clear whether security will allow it. Word has it there will be […]

Apartment613 Week in Review, February 9-15: plot thickens in OC Transpo incentives, Oatway killer gets life, med students found safe and more

Transit windfall turns into deficit: The city’s treasurer reported that the expected windfall the city was to experience from the bus strike had turned into a deficit of $13.4 million due to planned incentives to bring riders back and lost revenue. In other news… OC Transpo ridership incentive program pulled back: the city council voted […]

Glen’s Chip Truck closed for February

Glen’s Chip Truck in Westboro is closed for the month of Suckuary February. I hope Glen is going somewhere warm to rejuvinate and he’ll be back in Ottawa ready to make more tasty treats for us in March. In the meantime, The Diner is only a couple blocks away and offers greasy comfort food with […]