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The Heritage Building at City Hall, lit up purple for last year's Shine the Light. Photo courtesy of OCTEVAW.

Spotlight on domestic violence in November’s “Shine the Light” campaign

Shoppers in the Wellington West area may notice a new violet trend adorning storefronts this month, with a number of businesses choosing to decorate their storefronts with the colour and hand out purple pamphlets throughout the month of November. The Ottawa Coalition To End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) is running their annual “Shine the Light” […]

Photos from the National Access Cannabis Facebook page. Right: NAC Grand Opening ribbon cutting ceremony with CEO Gulwant Bajwa and NAC member Shauna.

Helping patients obtain medicinal green cards

If you live or work in Ottawa’s trend-setting Hintonburg, chances are you’ve noticed the new addition to Wellington Street’s storefronts. National Access Cannabis (NAC), a BC-based company founded by former Public Servant Alex Abellan, recently opened its franchise doors this past July in the heart of Ottawa’s blooming Hipsterville.  The clean, haute-couture look, lined with […]

All photos by Kenneth Ingram.  Left: Archery Tag co-founders Ramsay Jackson, Qi Hu, and Brian Seto. Right: Qi Hu demonstrates technique.

Flying arrows with ‘marshmallow’ tips: Archery Tag comes to Ottawa

Apt613 was invited to Archery Games, a new recreational facility that celebrates its grand opening in Ottawa this weekend. Inspired (in part) by dodgeball and paintball, the sport is guaranteed to make you sweat and won’t hurt if when you get hit. Standing outside an 8,000 square foot arena before game time, Ramsay Jackson focuses […]

Photo by Mike Gifford courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

It’s official: Ottawa loves/hates the new Lansdowne

Earlier this week we asked Apartment613 readers to offer their thoughts on the new Lansdowne development in the Glebe.  After receiving a lot of feedback via Twitter, on our Facebook page, and in the comments section on our blog site, we can conclude that Ottawa residents are engaged in a vigorous debate about the merits of this […]

Photo of farmer's market at Lansdowne by lezumbalaberenjena (courtesy of Flickr - Creative Commons)

Is the new Lansdowne complex a boon or a bust?

The new Lansdowne complex in the Glebe is pretty much complete.  While there are still some restaurants that have not opened yet, for the most part the urban village that was long promised to Ottawa residents is now up and running. But has it been a success?  If you are a glass half-full type of […]

All photos by Trevor Alain.

Dundonald Park benches get a facelift

Somerset is a bustling street. You could be leaving one of the uncountable pho restaurants, Pour Boy or The Daily Grind, but chances are you’ve passed by Dundonald Park. The park doesn’t have a great reputation. One Yelp reviewer claims that it’s “frequented by shady characters after dark.” Another reviewer said, “This isn’t necessarily the prettiest […]

Jonathan Rotondo flying Smith Miniplane C-GDSA near Luskville, QC in April.  (Author's collection).

Tour de blogosphere: Finding Foxtrot Alpha Mike

Finding Foxtrot Alpha Mike is a story about aviation archaeology and family.  Fittingly, its writer, Jonathan Rotondo, is my older brother and life-long inspiration.  From childhood co-conspiracies to more ripened grown-up pursuits, he remains my sidekick, constantly supporting the counterpart to his sibling tribe. For that same reason, I wanted to support him in his […]

Falling Star, 2013 by Don Maynard. The 13-foot high cast aluminum sculpture sits atop the toboggan hill at Cambrian and Greenbank roads. Photo from the City of Ottawa website. Credit: Dugan Maynard.

Public art in Ottawa: Reaching out

After two and a half years in the making, the City of Ottawa will issue its new Public Art Policy this year. The Public Art Renewal Committee (PARC) was set up in 2012 to renew the City’s policy. The committee is composed of artists, academics and representatives from the public. PARC met six times in […]

Photo courtesy of Laurent Robillard-Cardinal.

Ottawa company blows out its first birthday candle

One year already! On April 20, Ottawa’s Lowertown Canning Company celebrated its first year in business at Oz Kafe. More than 40 guests attended the event enjoying drinks, charcuterie and of course a wide variety of Lowertown Canning products. “The past year has blown by. It has been exhausting at times, but 100% worth it,” […]

Photo by Steven Ritzer courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

Future of Ottawa: The death (and rebirth) of journalism

This is part four in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this guest column, James Baxter, the founding editor and publisher of iPolitics, provides a thought provoking analysis on how the traditional mainstream media is crumbling.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. Evolve or die.  That’s […]

Artist sketch of how the NAC will look from Elgin St. following its planned renovations

Future of Ottawa: Re-Imagining the NAC

This is part three in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this guest column, Rosemary Thompson, the director of communications at the National Arts Centre, describes the planned renovations at the NAC.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter.  (Note: For details on the redevelopment of Arts […]