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Weekly News Review: Liberal leadership up for grabs, more street food soon, 5 years of Somerset House rubble, and more!

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Good Monday morning readers! The big news of the week was Dalton McGuinty’s surprise announcement that he will be stepping down as leader of the provincial Liberal party. To add to the drama, early in the week, local MPP Yasir Naqvi was said to be contemplating a run for the leadership. Yesterday however, he confirmed that a leadership bid was not in the cards. There will be a memorial this morning for the Carleton student killed in a biking accident last week on Bronson Avenue. I can’t help but be reminded of... | Continue reading article

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Art and Science journal launches this weekend

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This weekend you don’t have to choose between art and science. You get a decent dose of both with the launch of the Art & Science Journal, a student run project out of University of Ottawa. I caught up with Lee Jones the editor and founder of Art and Science to learn more about the project and what we can expect from the journal. Lee is hosting a launch party for the journal this Saturday night at Raw sugar. They’ve booked a DJ and will have a print making workshop... | Continue reading article

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DJ Fight Night: Timekode and Ceremony face off in the ring

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Jamie and Randy of Beaver Boxing Club show off the ferocity found in the ring. All photos by Jon Schofield.Jamie and Randy of Beaver Boxing Club show off the ferocity found in the ring. All photos by Jon Schofield.

On Saturday, October 20, 2012, some of the heaviest weights in Ottawa’s DJ and boxing scenes are going to be under one roof and in the same ring – for one heck of a good cause. The Beaver Boxing Club is hosting its first DJ battle and dance party featuring TIMEKODE vs. CEREMONY, in support of the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. You heard that right, and you know what these guys are capable of, so start stretching now, folks, ‘cuz this is going to be one great party. Everything... | Continue reading article

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Weekly news review – Mayor takes a gamble with OLG, Elizabeth Fry questions birth in Ottawa jail, Ottawa finally to be home to an H&M and more!

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City Hall was buzzing this week with the debate over whether Ottawa should consider a proposal for a new casino from OLG. Many thought that the debate lacked the time or nuance required and addiction experts spoke out about the harmful effects a casino might have on the population. Council passed the motion with a vote of 19 to 5. The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa is working to reunite a mother and her child after she gave birth in an Ottawa jail cell. The shocking story has been raising... | Continue reading article

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A love letter to your hometown: Ottawa rapper Peter Joynt’s cd release party

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Gloria Song is an Ottawa-based writer and research lawyer, as well as the frontwoman for her own band Scary Bear Soundtrack The works of Peter Joynt, the Ottawa-based rapper known as the Joynt, often read like an unusual love letter to his hometown. His track “Capcity”, where he proclaims himself Ottawa’s biggest fan, is so full of so much hometown enthusiasm that it was picked up by the Ottawa Senators, and a special Sens version of the song has been played at every hockey game last season. The Joynt is... | Continue reading article

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Interview with Herd Magazine founder Steph Vicente

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A new entry to Ottawa’s indie media-scape is launching this weekend – combining discussion of Arts and Culture with compelling design to create something that should be pretty unique. The big reveal for Herd Magazine – billing itself as “freely distributed literature covering local arts&culture on a quarterly basis” will be this Friday night at Fall Down Gallery on Bank Street. They’ve invited Amos the Transparent and will have food from LUNCH, Auntie Loo’s Treats, and the Gouda Life on hand. All the details are on the Herd website here.... | Continue reading article

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Butterflies descend onto Carleton campus

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The little boy in front of me is stunned as he stares at the beautiful butterfly that is mere inches from his face. Perched on an orange in the boy’s hand, the colourful insect eagerly sucks the nectar from the citrus fruit, as the shouts of other excited children ricochet off the greenhouse walls. The boy’s fear, however, quickly turns to curiosity and then amazement, as he observes the butterfly’s proboscis dig deeper into the orange. For ten days, countless scenes like this one were repeated in the Nesbitt Biology... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Pink Slip Patty erects protest piñata, Gatineau comes alive with colour, a chopper buzzes Parliament and more!

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If you’ve taken a trip down Centretown’s Florence Street lately, you might have been surprised to see an eight foot art installation lamenting the most recent round of public service job cuts. Erected by Shannon Lee Manion, aka Pink Slip Patty, the so-called pink slip piñata decries the government’s handling of job cuts by way of distributing pink slips to outgoing employees. Expect to see the avant-garde structure until the first snow hits the city. If you’re looking for colours of a different sort, you might want to head over... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Study says Barrhaven is accident-prone, Casino speculation causes furor, OpenFile takes a temporary break and more!

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Attention Barrhaven residents! Do you find yourself accidentally injuring yourself at an alarming rate? Perhaps you’ve found yourself in the emergency room a little too often. If this sounds like you, a new study says that, among Barrhaven residents, you’re not alone. The Ottawa Neighbourhood Study goes far beyond singling out Barrhaven as the most accident-prone neighbourhood. It’s packed with plenty of interesting information about the city’s various locales. Want to know about crime rates, civic engagement, food deserts and more? Look no further. The Citizen reports. OpenFile brings us word that the segregated bike... | Continue reading article

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Google Streetview’s Hintonburg time capsule

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Checking out Hintonburg on Google Streetview is like taking a time machine back to 2010. It seems like Google hasn’t updated their images of the hood in a few years, so the service erases the massive changes made by the neighborhood’s rapid gentrification project.   View Larger Map Much like Hintonburg’s lightning-fast transition, the Streetview images are quite jarring to look at if you’re familiar with the neighbourhood. Streetview provides a look at the area before Taco Lot, Tennessy Willems, Burnt Butter, Suzy Q’s and countless other restaurants and food vendors moved it. The status-bestowing... | Continue reading article

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