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The Day the Music Died: Bring Back the Hartman's Piano!

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If you live or work anywhere near Centretown, you’ve probably frequented the Hartman’s Independant Grocer on Bank Street. It’s likely that you noticed that there was something especially nice about this otherwise typical big box store.  It wasn’t the produce, or the selection, or especially not the prices. It was the fact that in this age of  heartless corporatism, the store had set aside a few square meters of commercial space for the community – nothing special, just a couple of armchairs and, of course, the piano. You’d hardly ever... | Continue reading article

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Five Sens headed to Vancouver Olympics

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A friend of mine recently commented that Apt613 needed to beef up its sports section. Not a bad idea, I thought. With most of the hockey nations announcing their rosters in the past couple of weeks I decided to have a look at the Sens that will be representing their various teams in Vancouver. Before we look at who made their national teams, let’s first look at who did not make the cut. Many thought Mike Fisher was on the bubble for making Team Canada. Despite what appears to be... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Holiday Break Edition

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The month of December has kept Ottawa firefighters busy with no less than 26 fires – ranging from flames in the kitchen to blazes in highrise apartments, including one that killed two residents of a building. Dalton McGuinty gave us some good news a couple of weeks ago when he confirmed that the Ontario government is willing to provide $600 million for Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit (LRT). If the project’s total budget remains at 2.1 billion, this leaves a gap of $200 million to cover. A lot of money for... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: First H1N1 death in Ottawa, No LCBO strike, O’Brien trial not dismissed, Jazzfest time!

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On Wednesday, two people that were treated for swine-flu in Ottawa hospitals died. Only one of the Ottawa deaths has been confirmed as being directly caused by swine flu; however, the other person had also tested positive for the H1N1 virus. LCBO employees have reached a tentative deal to avert a summer strike at more than 600 Ontario liquor stores. With the fear of a strike coming, people flocked to their LCBO’s, making last Tuesday  “the largest single day of retail sales in the history of the LCBO,” LCBO spokesperson... | Continue reading article

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Prepping for the LCBO Strike: Where to buy booze

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Update 2: So it turns out that it may not be legal to transport alcohol across provincial boundaries, therefore apartment613 does not condone this activity and would caution you to please consult a legal expert before moving any beverages from the SAQ into Ottawa Update: The LCBO and the Union have delayed a strike until a deal is signed or talks break-down. Just as we’re cooling off from the transit strike that ruined our winter,  Ottawans are realizing that BBQ season may be without refreshments if LCBO workers strike tonight... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Drinks, News, Shopping

Weekly News Review: Nortel selling more assets, Abdelrazik coming back to Canada, Ottawa beach season starts and LCBO strike looms

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Nortel continues to sell its assets. This week the company announced that it is has sold its wireless business to Finnish giant Nokia Siemens for $650 million US. The sale of the wireless business to Nokia Siemens includes a provision that at least 2,500 employees have the opportunity to continue working with the buyer. According to CBC, Nortel is also in talks with a number of other buyers to sell the rest of its operations. The Federal Government will finally comply with the decision taken by Justice Zinn to repatriate Canadian citizen... | Continue reading article

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Feats of Great Lake Swimming on display in Ottawa

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We at the Apartment613 Society for the Appreciation of Maritime Feats have long been impressed by the great lake swimming of Tony Dekker and his bandmates. Who can forget the time in 2007 when – carrying a mandolin, a slide guitar, and a single snare drum on their backs – they managed to traverse the entire length of Lake Superior? Or in 2005, when they trod water off the shores of Lake Ontario for seven weeks straight, setting a still-unbroken world record? (Frankly, we were surprised they were not done in... | Continue reading article

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Cultural revival in Orleans: Shenkman Arts Centre Grand Opening

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Is Orleans revitalizing its cultural and arts scenes? It would seem like  it with the opening of the Shenkman Arts Centre and the development of the Orléans Town Centre. According to the City of Ottawa website, “The Shenkman Arts Centre will deliver a unique cultural hub to East-End residents in their own community, while the completion of the Orléans Town Centre will add a wealth of new residential and commercial facilities nearby.” As a hub for artists and cultural activities, it will: Service non-profit and community arts groups in the... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Party recovery (summer has arrived!), Bixi bikes in Ottawa and Gatineau, biofuel from wheat straw in Ottawa!, new public library on the way, Heatley wants out

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My apologies for the tardiness of this week’s WNR, I am still recovering from the Apartment613 launch party. Thanks to all that came! If you missed it, our friend Jesse has posted some awesome photos of the night, so you can live vicariously through Flickr. We can safely say that Summer has arrived in Ottawa. This past weekend was by far the busiest cultural weekend of the season so far. With Westfest, le Festival Franco-Ontarien, Gaga Weekend, Magnetic North and countless other events throughout the city, no one should dare... | Continue reading article

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Another coffee shop in the Glebe

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A couple of months ago, the Timothy’s on the corner of Bank and Fifth shut down. While I never like seeing a business fold, I thought that this would be a good opportunity for another type of business to expand or to settle in the area. Perhaps Kardish – the neighbouring bulk food store - could have rented it out and offered a broader selection of goods. A new sports store, pet shop or book vendor would also have been interesting options for Glebites. So when I heard that a Roast’n Brew... | Continue reading article

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