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Last day to support Jill Zmud’s “Small matters of life and death”

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If you’re a fan of local singer/songwriter Jill Zmud‘s work, you’ve got until the end of the day to jump in and support her indiegogo campaign. Her new record is a bit of an homage to an uncle she met for the first time through his recordings. It’s a fascinating story and we caught up with Jill to quickly give us the run-down of her project and the campaign. You can find all the details online here. Apt613: Can you tell us a bit more about your Uncle Eddie? Jill:... | Continue reading article

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Best of: Meditation workshops in Ottawa

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Photo by émiliep on Flickr. All other photos are by Jason Yung, unless otherwise specified.Photo by émiliep on Flickr. All other photos are by Jason Yung, unless otherwise specified.

The art of meditation is a way of getting into touch with reality. The reason for it is that most civilized people are out of touch with reality – because they confuse the world as it is, with the world as they think about it, talk about it, and describe it. -Alan Watts So you’ve decided to try out meditation. Perhaps you’ve just suffered a personal crisis and you need to find some calm. Perhaps you’ve heard about the health benefits. Or maybe you’re just plain curious – for whatever... | Continue reading article

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How to find a worthwhile unpaid internship? Jackpine Digital offers some clues

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Stagnating youth employment has led to the rise of internships. Some say organizations are cashing in on those desperate for experience and many people are critical of this trend. But there are several worthwhile opportunities to intern here in Ottawa, even unpaid ones; you just have to know where to look. Ottawa’s Jackpine, a mission-driven strategy and design studio, is offering one such opportunity. Their internships offer the chance to get involved in a highly creative team of hard working misfits. However, it is unpaid work. Jackpine’s CEO, Liam Mooney,... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: I am an author and so can you

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Lily and Jack. Photo by Lily Michailidis.Lily and Jack. Photo by Lily Michailidis.

Do you have that abandoned manuscript lingering in your drawer yearning to be picked up again? Well, local author Matthew Stella had one too but has spent the past two and a half years completing the biography of friend Thom Gulino. As such, he is no stranger to the ups and downs of the fickle writing process. It has taken him from Daegu, South Korea where he was working as an English teacher, to Eurasia on long train rides across Russia. Finally, upon his return to Ottawa in July 2013,... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: The Ottawa Leather Goods Company

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Exterior of the third Ottawa Leather Goods store located at 131 Sparks Street, 1948. All photos provided by The Ottawa Leather Goods Co.Exterior of the third Ottawa Leather Goods store located at 131 Sparks Street, 1948. All photos provided by The Ottawa Leather Goods Co.

“The store of 1001 gifts”. By 1938, this was the slogan George Wolf used for Ottawa Leather Goods, a store that sold luggage, handbags, and tourist novelty items on Sparks Street. At the height of the Great Depression in 1931, Wolf made a daring decision: he would move his ten year old business from 92 Bank Street in the Capitol Theatre Building to the former Home Bank building at 126 Sparks, next to what would be the Hardy Arcade. And thus began what is now an 83 year connection to... | Continue reading article

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New boutique will help EcoEquitable better serve Ottawa

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Betty (left), a seamstress with EcoEquitable who has started a small business creating African fashions with her husband, and  Ayseh, the Home Decor Assistant with EcoEquitable. All photos by SBHale.Betty (left), a seamstress with EcoEquitable who has started a small business creating African fashions with her husband, and Ayseh, the Home Decor Assistant with EcoEquitable. All photos by SBHale.

A local social enterprise is hoping to broaden its capacity while better serving the community through a brand new boutique. For twelve years, EcoEquitable has provided employment and skills training to immigrant and underemployed women through small-scale textile recycling. While participants develop valuable skills to achieve financial independence, a huge amount of what would have been waste gets repurposed through the program. Last Thursday, the organization opened the doors of its new space to show off a new boutique that will feature creations generated by the program. I had the... | Continue reading article

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Get your geek on this weekend at the Wonder Geeks Activate anniversary party

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Members of Wonder Geeks Activate at FanExpo 2013. Photo from wondergeeksactivate.com.Members of Wonder Geeks Activate at FanExpo 2013. Photo from wondergeeksactivate.com.

They’re everywhere. Learning in our universities, working in our restaurants and bars: some of them have even infiltrated the government and are working on the Hill. You’ve probably passed them in the streets, brushed up against them on the bus, and even shared the intimate confines of an elevator with them. All the while never guessing that beneath their veneer of normalcy lays a secret self… It’s true. Geeks live among us! They come from all walks of life and there are as many different types of geek as there... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: “My Life in Pictures” is a moving autobiography told through cinematic eyes

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If you were to write your life story with poetry what would you say?  Would you leave out painful memories and focus on personal triumphs?  Or could you gather the strength to tell the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, for public consumption? In his deeply personal book My Life in Pictures, Ottawa-author Christian McPherson offers his autobiography through a series of beautiful prose poems.  Starting with his birth in 1970, his life story combines painful memories (his father’s tragic mental illness; lost love; the death of his stepparents) with... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Celebrate freedom of expression with Freedom to Read Week!

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Photo by Rach on Flickr. Photo by Rach on Flickr.

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. Freedom to Read week takes place from February 23rd to March 1st and it is an annual event run by the Book and Periodical Council of Canada. Libraries of all varieties (as well as independent bookstores) take part in this week as it is one of the central tenets of libraries to promote intellectual freedom.... | Continue reading article

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Sex Survey Results! A deep, hard hitting analysis

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Photo courtesy of wilding.andrew on Flickr. Photo courtesy of wilding.andrew on Flickr.

The results are in for our completely non-scientific annual sex and dating survey. We asked Ottawa to throw back the sheets to show us what you got and now we can’t unsee it. We now have no choice but to share the love (or lust) with the rest of you. Quality and Quantity Around 21% of Ottawans are getting a perfect amount of sex; the average didn’t vary by sexual orientation. The guys are doing worse in that department than the gals: only 13% of men indicated they were getting... | Continue reading article

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