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Stage II recap: Public Art Competition for the Somerset Steet West Reconstruction

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Last Wednesday evening, the Public Art & Community Art division at the City of Ottawa invited the general public to take a peek at the finalist submissions of the public art competition for the Somerset Street West Reconstruction Project. 16 proposals were originally submitted and the list has been narrowed down to five artists/teams (as posted on the City’s website): Ryan Stec Adrian Göllner & Andrew O’Malley Deborah Margo & Laura Taler Ian Birse & Laura Kavanaugh Charlynne Lafontaine & Ryan Lotecki About one hundred people came out to meet... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: 49.2% voter turnout, Bayshore Shopping poised to expand, B. Clubb retires and more!

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Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals have been voted in for a third straight term, this time one member short of a majority. The Conservative gains clearly show an urban-rural split in Ontario voting – divisions that may be hard to overcome for McGuinty and co. What’s truly unfortunate is that only 49.2% of the 8 million or so eligible voters took the time to vote on October 6th – the lowest turnout in Ontario politics. Our favourite Head Librarian Barbara Clubb will be moving on to new things. The City of Ottawa’s... | Continue reading article

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Hey Ottawa! Can you keep a secret?

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We may live in a city rife with state secrets and a multitude of security clearance levels, but this may be the best-kept secret we’ve ever encountered. And yes, it’s just a simple picnic. Well, ‘simple picnic’ might not be the right phrase – it’s more of a flash mob with tasty fare and formal attire. And even though hundreds of Ottawans have already signed up, they’re all still in the dark on one thing: the location. So what is this event? It’s Harvest Noir – an idea based on... | Continue reading article

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The Donna Litas get ready to make a scene

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Post by Robin Levinson Local band The Donna Litas are busy trying to balance promoting their new EP, Laser Doves, with the sheer joy of making music. Formed in the summer of 2009, Sean Rioux (keyboard and vocals) Adam Dunn (guitar), Phil Jonasson (guitar), Andrew Jonasson (bass) and Justin Orr (drums) spent the first couple years under the radar, writing music and developing their sound. Now, with a debut EP and their first live performance in almost a year planned for tonight as they open for Sound of Lions at... | Continue reading article

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Election day is tomorrow – some links to help you decide

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For the 22 percent of you who are undecided as to who should run the province, time is running. Luckily folks working at much more serious media outlets than our’s have been working hard to pull together information that can help you figure it all out in time for the polls on Thursday. If you live in Ottawa Centre, Open File Ottawa has you covered. They have parsed the Ottawa Centre debate into shorter videos, transcripts and statements on key topics. Wondering what each candidate’s take is on the OMB?... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Dewar runs, public art, Sens at 20 and more!

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Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar announced yesterday he will be entering the race to become new NDP leader. In order to run, Dewar has to give up his senior role as the party’s foreign affairs critic. We’ve discussed the possibility of Ottawa getting a safe injection site here before, but nothing has happened yet. Dr. Mark Tyndall, head of the Ottawa Hospital’s division of infectious diseases, said “the time is now” to offer a service similar to the Insite clinic in Vancouver here in Ottawa. There are approximately 6,000 intravenous... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Centre Election debate is all about you

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If there’s one thing our Neighbourhood Wars feature from earlier this year taught us, it’s that our readership has a big investment in Ottawa’s urban core. Issues like transit, intensification, and arts funding all resonate with people who click on this blog, and we’re fairly certain you want to hear what your provincial Ottawa Centre candidates have to say about them. That’s why you should head down to Saint Paul University’s Guigues Hall this evening for tonight’s Ottawa Centre election debate. It’s being hosted by OpenFile Ottawa (full disclosure: I’m... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Canada’s most powerful telescope, intensification, business comings & goings and more!

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Astronomy geeks and star gazers, The One Meter Initiative (OMI) is bringing you Canada’s most powerful telescope. The facility, in the Madawaska highlands (about an hour and forty minutes from Ottawa) will host the largest visitors telescopes in the world. The OMI will be the only major observatory in Canada with valuable telescope time open to the general public, including schools, teachers, students, instructors, and amateur astronomers alike. In business news, OpenFile reports that popular burger joint the Hintonburger is hoping to move to the old KFC location next to... | Continue reading article

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Come celebrate the Great River Project with a paddle on the Ottawa River this Sunday

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By Sabrina Bowman, who works for the Ottawa River Keeper, but is soon embarking on new adventures in San Francisco. The Ottawa River has been in the news a lot lately, and as we all know, the occurrence of raw sewage being dumped in the River happens much too often for comfort.  This issue, among many others, is why Ottawa Riverkeeper embarked on the Great River Project this summer, in an effort to document the state of the Ottawa River and share the ecology of the Kichi sipi (or “Great... | Continue reading article

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Islam, pluralism and respect: thoughts from Irshad Manji at the Ottawa International Writers Festival

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By Alessandro Marcon A couple of nights ago, I was rollin’ down on Bank, jammin’ B.Blade, thinkin’ on Siggy Freud. Laid back, though pensive I was, with my mind on my Muslims and my Muslims on my mind. Not two days previous, with hand extended in fistbump position, I had found myself in the midst of cultural clash. “Teacher, I can’t do that” my student told me. “Sure you can,” I responded, while swiveling and fistbumping the chipper Korea woman on my right. “No teacher, I really can’t. I can’t... | Continue reading article

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