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Future of Ottawa: Correcting Past Blunders (or not)

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This is the fourth part in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this guest column, journalism professor and Ottawa Citizen columnist Andrew Cohen argues that Ottawa is still making poor urban planning choices, notwithstanding a few notable exceptions.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. Ottawa is full of swagger these days.  A new stadium opens in Lansdowne Park. The National Arts Centre is getting a new façade and the Canada Science and Technology Museum is getting a new roof – and new walls... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: Promoting the public interest

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This is the third part in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this post City Councillor Jeff Leiper tackles the issue of what roles the private and public sectors need to play in the future development of Ottawa.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. During the recent municipal election campaign, the issues in Kitchissippi were predominantly about growth.  Our transition from a sleepy government town to fast-growing metropolis is both exciting and challenging. Across Kitchissippi, voters raised time and time again the need... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: In praise of developers

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Artist sketch of proposed redevelopment of the Domtar lands by WindmillArtist sketch of proposed redevelopment of the Domtar lands by Windmill

This is the second guest post in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this column Jonathan Westeinde of Ottawa-based Windmill Development Group discusses how developers can play a positive role in urban growth, as well as outlining his company’s potentially transformative plans for the Domtar site on the border of Ottawa-Gatineau.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. Real estate development is a challenging business. It is intensely local, highly emotional for those that are impacted and a major focus of local politics. Real... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: Is Lebreton the new Lansdowne?

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This is the first guest post in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this column, urban affairs blogger Eric Darwin looks at the proposed phase II redevelopment of Lebreton Flats, and whether this project can become another source of heated debate like the redevelopment of Lansdowne.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. The Lansdowne Park redevelopment scheme was done in a rush to meet the needs of sporting promoters.  It increasingly looks like we may see a transformation of LeBreton Flats  /... | Continue reading article

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The Future of Ottawa series

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Ottawa is on the verge of becoming an extraordinary city.  Over the next few years, billions of dollars will be spent on several projects that will transform our region.  These initiatives include: ▪  The $2.1 billion Light Rail Transit (LRT) system currently under construction; ▪  The $110 million planned renovation of the National Arts Centre; ▪  The proposed phase II redevelopment of Lebreton Flats, which could see the Ottawa Senators move downtown; ▪  An exciting city plan for expanding Ottawa’s pedestrian and cycling infrastructure once LRT is complete by 2018; and ▪  A multi-billion dollar proposal by Windmill Development Group to redevelop the... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa luxury fashion gets a facelift

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All photos by John Aung.All photos by John Aung.

As one fashion luxury door closes in Ottawa, a new one opens. The iconic Holt Renfrew, a Sparks Street fixture for the last 78 years, will be closing its doors for good on January 25th, 2015.  Nordstrom, a large high-end American department store, will be taking over the luxury fashion market in Ottawa and will be open for business on March 6, 2015 at Rideau Centre.  Fear not fashionistas, there will only be a six-week withdrawal where high-end designer labels won’t be easily accessible in the Ottawa area. It is... | Continue reading article

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New year, new hashtag!

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Photo by Colin White.Photo by Colin White.

With the first Weekend Roundup of the year around the corner, we have exciting news for you all – the Apt613 Weekend HashtagProject is back! New year, new hashtag: #apt613wknd There are all kinds of wonderful things happening in this city all the time – especially on the weekends – and we want to be sure to see them! Hashtag all your photos from the weekend’s events and we will feature some of the best on our Instagram feed. Go out, do things, have fun, and take photos!

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Foodie Friday: Brew Brahs interview Cartwright Springs Brewery

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Photo from the Cartwright Springs Facebook page.Photo from the Cartwright Springs Facebook page.

Just shy of an hour west of Ottawa is the small community of Mississippi Mills, home to about 12,000 residents and soon to be home to 1 brand new brewery. Cartwright Springs Brewery, opening in 2015, is named after the fresh water spring the brewery sources locally to brew its beer. The CSBeer team currently consists of André Rieux, Eduardo Guerra and Hien Hoang. Right now, the brewery is running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds so they can build a tasteful tasting bar. BrewBrahs.com had the chance to chat with the... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Support local this holiday season at the Christmas Markets

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After the Harvest. Photo by Liz West on Flickr.After the Harvest. Photo by Liz West on Flickr.

Fresh off the wildly successful Support Local initiative in October comes the Christmas Market. Opening its doors this past Sunday, the Christmas Market will be held at the new Landsdowne Park for a total of five days this month. The 116-year-old Aberdeen Pavilion, colloquially known as the Cattle Castle, celebrated the commencement of the new holiday shopping experience with festive music, decorations, and 120 local artisans. Merchandise for sale included, but was certainly not limited to, fresh produce, preserves, home décor items, and even children’s toys. With no admission and... | Continue reading article

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The Rainbow celebrates 30 years!

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Tony D. of MonkeyJunk with Paul Deslauriers. All photos by Terry Steeves.Tony D. of MonkeyJunk with Paul Deslauriers. All photos by Terry Steeves.

There is something about performing on the Rainbow stage. As a fledgling singer over 20 years ago, I remember the acute sense of nervousness I felt walking onto it, standing as green as could be, high above the crowd, looking out past the packed dance floor below me, the bar area beyond, the balcony area above me, and surrounded by the enormous talent of musicians who were there to strut their stuff during a jam night. I felt like I didn’t have a right to be there, rubbing elbows with... | Continue reading article

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