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Anti-Prorogation Protest

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Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. While Apartment613 normally focus on city issues, from time to time the fact that Ottawa is the national capital just can’t be ignored. This weekend, as many as 3,500 people gathered on Parliament Hill to protest the closing down of parliament until March. The Ottawans were joined by at least 7,000 people in Toronto and 500 in Halifax, as well as a number of other groups around the country. The  protests were organized by the people behind the Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament facebook group, which now... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Haiti, Barrymore's revival, and lots of city news!

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The big story this week was of course the horrendous earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti. International emergency efforts have begun, with Canada leading the way. Canadians all over the country are demonstrating their generosity and the government has agreed to match individual contributions up to $50 million dollars.  Here’s a list of  Ottawa-area relief efforts if you care to donate. Our thoughts are with everyone in Haiti. The Ottawa Sun’s Dennis Armstrong reported a rumor this week that someone, a busy concert promoter, was hoping to take over Barrymore’s and... | Continue reading article

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The Conference Board thinks Ottawa's pretty sexy

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Few cities can resist the urge to engage in a little my-skyscrapers-are-bigger-than-yours style one-upmanship. Of course, it helps to have a little documentation on your side. Thanks to the latest Conference Board report, City Magnets II: Benchmarking the Attractiveness of 50 Canadian Cities, Ottawa can now claim to be better looking than both Toronto and Montreal, at least when it comes to attracting migrants. The conference board analysed the attractiveness of 50 Canadian cities seven categories: Society, Health, Economy, Environment, Education, Innovation, and Housing. All together, 41 different indicators –... | Continue reading article

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The Apartment613 Blogger Consultation on Budget 2010

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If there is one thing that the blogging community is known for, it is speaking their minds. Leading into the City of Ottawa’s 2010 budget process, the editorial team at Apartment613 is working to compile a list of concerns, ideas and suggestions for Ottawa’s budget from local blog readers-extraordinaire. Send us your thoughts by email to editors@apt613.ca with Ottawa Budget as subject and we’ll create a master list of recommendations from our online community.

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The City of Ottawa 2010 Budget: Have your say!

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The people of Ottawa have an important voice on the proposed 2010 municipal budget: their own. Public consultation is more important than ever in the new budget process, and it’s up to you to let your city councillors know what’s on your mind. Check out the budget breakdown below, call your city councillor, or use one of the many contact options listed at the end of this post to make your voice heard. Debate on the final budget will begin January 25, so you have to act now if you... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Snowbowl Cancelled, already 2 candidates for mayor, complaining about street signs

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Is it really to save the environment? That’s the excuse the National Capital Commission gave to explain why it has canceled the Winterlude Snowbowl, the annual series of free outdoor concerts that have featured the likes of  Colin James, Jim Cuddy, Joel Plaskett, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tom Cochrane, Stars, Daniel Lanois, Keshia Chante, Rheostatics, K-Naan, K-OS and others throughout the years. Reasonable or completely lame? Following Bay Ward councillor Alex Cullen’s lead, Robert G. Gauthier filed his nomination papers at city hall Wednesday. Gauthier, formerly the publisher of the independent newspaper... | Continue reading article

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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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