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Is the customer always right? The role of the consumer in egg production systems.

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Photo from ashley.weeres on Flickr. All other images are courtesy of Burnbrae Farms.Photo from ashley.weeres on Flickr. All other images are courtesy of Burnbrae Farms.

The apparent simplicity of an egg is often also its appeal. It can be enjoyed with little preparation; boil, fry, or poach one. It reminds us fondly of bonding with family over bacon and eggs or, in later years, the breakfast sandwiches we so desperately needed when nursing a hangover. Taking a tour of Burnbrae Farms showed me that there is much more to eggs than what meets the eye of most consumers.  From studying the behavior of the birds themselves to supply management to marketing and branding, bringing eggs... | Continue reading article

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Beyond the Pale hosts screening of new doc exploring Ontario’s archaic liquor laws

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Photo by dugspr on Flickr.Photo by dugspr on Flickr.

With the popularity of craft beer exploding across the capital, not to mention everywhere else, a new film exploring Ontario’s archaic liquor distribution laws is sure to get micro broupies fired up when it makes its Ottawa debut Thursday. The independent documentary called Straight Up: The issue of alcohol in Ontario, seeks to answer tough questions like: “Why can’t we open a craft beer store of our own?” and “Why does the Ontario government allow three foreign-owned companies to operate a near monopoly on 80 per cent of the beer... | Continue reading article

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City Pulse: Ottawa mall wars, part 1

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Conceptual drawing of an open square at the Kanata Outlet Mall. Image courtesy of the Tanger Factory Outlet Centers.Conceptual drawing of an open square at the Kanata Outlet Mall. Image courtesy of the Tanger Factory Outlet Centers.

The latest big move in clothing & fashion retail in Ottawa is coming this fall, with the opening of the new Tanger Outlets in Kanata. Scheduled for its grand opening on October 17th, the Tanger Outlet Centre will feature major Brand name factory stores including Calvin Klein, Banana Republic, Coach, Michael Kors, and the Nike Factory Store. The company behind this new project, North-Carolina based Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, currently runs 45 outlet malls throughout the United States and Canada. So you can expect a similar array of retailers in... | Continue reading article

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What’s growing on at 3Dponics?

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Still from 3Dponics' Kickstarter campaign video.Still from 3Dponics' Kickstarter campaign video.

Do you have a garden of your own and wish there was a way to keep it going into the cold months? Or have you dreamed of having a veggie patch but have been held back for lack of space or good soil? Out of Ottawa has come an invention that can have you growing your own produce year-round even if you don’t have a lot of money, time or space to spare. Inspired by the growing consciousness around eating local and organic and seeing that the high price of... | Continue reading article

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Geek-out your walking with Ottawa (de)tours

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Photo courtesy of lazy_artist (Mitch Carriere) from the Apt613 flickr pool.Photo courtesy of lazy_artist (Mitch Carriere) from the Apt613 flickr pool.

I love a good walking tour. I’ve been a fan of Jane’s Walk for quite a while and Apartment613 has run some pretty amazing walks over the years. That’s why I was so pleased to learn about the newly launched Ottawa (de)tours, an insightful set of walking tours and conversations that are addressing political and social issues. I shot a few questions over to Dan Monafu, one of the founders of the project, to find out more about what we could expect, and also had the pleasure of taking part in... | Continue reading article

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Hull your ass across the River! Arboretum will make it worth your while

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Arboretum is taking the party to Hull with a full night of programming across the river, including shows at Le Troquet and Le Petit Chicago. This will be a great opportunity to increase our cultural dialogue  across the river and help extend the festival audience. Nicolas Sylvestre, of the Fau Mardi collective, (a group that links DJs, VJs, producers and other technology-engaged artists together for events and shows) believes that people who cross the river to work should really think more about getting to know the community after hours. “Reality... | Continue reading article

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Check out the Maker Faire this weekend – it’s bigger than ever

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It is no secret that Ottawa is full of talent of both an artistic and technical nature. Doors across the city conceal people working on special projects. This Saturday and Sunday (August 16 and 17) a number of these hidden works will be on display  at the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology in the fun and interactive event – Maker Faire. I spoke with Remco Volmer who is Program and Development Manager at ArtEngine, the Ottawa-based  collective  focused on technology-based art that organizes the event. The first Maker Faire was held in 2010 and... | Continue reading article

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Find out about the Fall’s big events at the next Hub & Spoke

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It was over three years ago that we first participated in Hub & Spoke. Hosted by Hub Ottawa, the event enabled us to tell a group of local movers and shakers about what we did, what we were trying to achieve and how we wanted to get there. During the night we made important connections, without which we wouldn’t be where we are today. Both Hub Ottawa and Apt613 have come long way since then, but Hub & Spoke remains the place to showcase social and eco innovation and create... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Local writer debuts new fantasy series

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Johnny Eaton has lived an interesting life.  When not writing fantasy, the Ottawa-native spends his summers working as a tree planting boss, while in the colder months you can find him acting and making music.  Although he’s on the road quite a bit, he still spends parts of each year in Ottawa, as well as across the river in Chelsea, Quebec. Apartment613 caught up with the multitalented Eaton to discuss Summons, his debut novel that is Part One of the fantasy series The Panachrest.  Below is a Q&A slightly edited for... | Continue reading article

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Calling all Ottawa women: Make your mark in the October 2014 election

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Canada's first and only female Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Kim Campbell. Photo courtesy of Equal Voice.Canada's first and only female Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Kim Campbell. Photo courtesy of Equal Voice.

Post by Etana Cain & Jennifer Mowbray from Equal Voice National Capital Region Chapter Make your mark – that’s the slogan featured on the City of Ottawa’s website for the upcoming municipal elections. Equal Voice National Capital Region (NCR), the local chapter of Canada’s only multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women, is calling on Ottawa women to heed this call and put their name forward on the ballot this fall as candidates. Criss-crossing the city are numerous landmarks named after female leaders who have made their mark in the... | Continue reading article

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