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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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Weekly News Review: Feds and province give $375 M to Ottawa for infrastructure projects, the NCR loses 3,300 jobs in May, the NAC turns 40, Gatineau’s new Ecocentre

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Federal and provincial governments have given $375 million to Ottawa for short-term infrastructure projects. The money will pay, in part, for road work, improvements to the city’s Transitway and library upgrades. To be noted, $38 million to build a tunnel to connect light rail with rapid transit was set aside. While this is a step in the right direction, councilor Clive Doucet would have liked to see more funding set aside for the city’s rapid transit plan. Unfortunately, a lot of the money seems to be going to suburban areas... | Continue reading article

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What we learned at ChangeCamp

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The weekend before last the team at Apartment613 spent the day live-blogging some of the sessions at ChangeCamp Ottawa 2009. We were pretty overwhelmed after the event – there were lots of great ideas and motivating folks there. We’ve taken some time to digest the content from the event and have tried to synthesize some the key themes here for our readers. If anyone has any thoughts on the ChangeCamp discussion (as I bet there were some of you there) we’d love to get your thoughts in the comment section.... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Seal hunting and foie gras, Dewar’s Cycle Summit, No more transit strikes? Baby steps on transit tunnel proposal

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While Governor General Michaelle Jean  has been at the heart of mini-international controversy for  defending the Canadian seal hunt following the European Parliament’s “hypocritical ban of seal products“, a number of Ottawa restaurants have found themselves in the midst of another animal-related controversy: offering foie gras. The Ottawa Animal Defense League successfully made Ottawa-famous restauranteur Stephen Beckta remove the dish from his menu. He did clarify, however, that he did this because of personal reasons and not business reasons.  According to the Wellington Oracle, the ADL has moved its protest... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: LCBO strike looming, City to spend $1M to fight homelessness, GM dealerships shutting down and Ottawa Race weekend wrap up

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Last week, over 3600 of the 6000 LCBO employees across the provinces voted on whether or not to strike this summer. The response was rather clear: 93% of the 3672 union members voted in favour of strike action. The LCBO employees have been without a contract since the end march. There are still negotiations planned this week and a strike could be averted. The main issues of contention are the elimination of full-time positions to be replaced by casual workers, hours of work, wages and benefits the union said. The... | Continue reading article

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i(heart)music/SOCAN update

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This post by Justin Beach of NXEW.ca is reproduced with permission under a Creative Commons license agreement. Make sure to check North by East West, it’s an awesome Canadian music blog. I (heart) Music is based out of Ottawa, they put on great shows and we want to see them continue to exist and grow. This why I am sharing this with you. It would appear that, through tremendous support from readers, musicians, bloggers and others that I (Heart) Music will continue. Through a combination of donations of money and... | Continue reading article

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