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Voices heard at FEDCO casino meeting

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The continued discussion on the City of Ottawa’s plan to open an additional gaming facility in the Nation’s Capital came to a conclusion early yesterday morning when the Province of Ontario rejected Mayor Jim Watson’s proposal, and suggested instead to expand the gaming facility at Rideau Carleton Raceway. The news was announced right before the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) meeting was scheduled to begin, and shifted the direction of the debate and public forum substantially. Residents of Ottawa were invited to take the floor to voice their concerns,... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Don’t trust the space aliens! They are liars and cheaters.

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The offer from the space aliens seemed too good to be true. When a race of extraterrestrials suddenly appeared on Earth, with an alien spokesperson named Bob, they approached a select group of countries and proposed a business deal.  Allow us to access your natural resources, and do not interfere with our construction of mineral processing plants on the moon and Mars, and in return we will provide you with highly advanced technology. Initially shocked by the unusual offer, the leaders of the selected countries quickly agreed.  However, while states... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Pedaling towards a more liveable (and profitable) city

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Motivated to make Ottawa a better city, two local residents have launched an online site that seeks to promote mass cycling. The Ottawa Bicycle Lanes Project was founded earlier this month by Michael Napiorkowski and Maayke Schurer.  Conceived as a non-profit community, the initiative wants to convince City Hall to install a network of segregated bike lanes throughout Ottawa’s major districts. If the duo’s vision is implemented, segregated bicycle lanes would be implemented in such areas as Sparks, Westboro, the ByWard Market, the Glebe, Hintonburg, Beechwood and Old Ottawa South. “My partner is... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Going undercover with the Veggie Underground

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Photo courtesy of Francois Levesque.Photo courtesy of Francois Levesque.

Over the past two years, my partner and I have been members of the Veggie Underground Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). There were many reasons to sign up: we wanted to diversify our veggie intake, the price was affordable and it was an opportunity to get to know the folks who feed us. In the middle of the July heat wave, I decided to see where my veggie basket actually came from and learn about the Veggie Underground’s history. The farm is located in Vars Ontario, a tiny place about 30 minutes south-east... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: New poetry books by Sonia Saikaley and rob mclennan

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Today we continue our look at the thriving poetry scene in the National Capital Region by focusing on two local writers. Sonia Saikaley has been busy the last couple of years.  Her novella The Lebanese Dishwasher was a co-winner of the 2012 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest, a work that she discussed in a previous interview with Apartment613. While she is currently working on a second novel, her most recent published work is Turkish Delight, Montreal Winter, a poetry collection that feels more like a series of short stories than a collection of poems. “I... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Talks presents Sports in the City: Building Local Culture through Play

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Ever since the days when the citizens of Sparta would gather round to watch their man humiliate Athens at the chariot races, sports has been a keystone of local culture. Is there a modern city state that doesn’t make rooting for the home team somewhat mandatory? But the role of sports in forming local culture goes beyond professional or even semi-professional sports. Soccer fields, hockey arenas and baseball diamond are places where friendships (or rivalries) are formed that play out in other spheres of our communal life. Newer sports like... | Continue reading article

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Best-selling Canadian author Kelley Armstrong is coming to Ottawa

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Given her extensive literary output, one could be forgiven for thinking that Canadian author Kelley Armstrong has never suffered from writers block.  Since publishing her first novel Bitten in 2001, which tells the story of female werewolf Elena Michaels, she has penned more than two dozen books, as well as several novellas and short stories. If you are a fan of fantasy, chances are that you have come across her Women of the Otherworld series, which was sparked by the huge success of Bitten.  Set in a modern setting, the Otherworld books contain such fantastical characters as witches, sorcerers, vampires... | Continue reading article

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Celebrating 20 years of poetry with above/ground press

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Since 1993, Ottawa-based above/ground press has been releasing poetry chapbooks and broadside poems from local writers, as well as out-of-town authors from Canada and the United States. Edited and published by literary jack-of-all-trades rob mclennan, (whose name is spelled all lowercase), this independent press has been an indispensable staple in the National Capital Region’s thriving poetry scene.  Among the numerous local wordsmiths that they have published are such talents as Amanda Earl, Michael Blouin, Sandra Ridley and Pearl Pirie. To celebrate two decades of publishing great poetry, they will be hosting a special 2oth anniversary party on Friday, August 23, at The... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Interview with the very talented (and award winning) local poet Sandra Ridley

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Photo of Sandra Ridley by John W. MacDonaldPhoto of Sandra Ridley by John W. MacDonald

Ottawa-based author Sandra Ridley is a fantastic poet.  Her writings have earned her numerous awards, including the Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing, the bpNichol Chapbook Poetry Award, and the Alfred G. Bailey Prize.  She has also facilitated poetry workshops at Carleton University and the Ottawa Public Library. Apartment613 caught up with the talented wordsmith to discuss her second poetry collection, Post-Apothecary, which looks at the process of being institutionalized, as well as her upcoming work, The Counting House, set to be released next month.  Below is a transcript of an email interview edited for... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: A pint and a tune with an artist

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The word “blog” normally conjures up images of an online site with text, photos, maybe some artwork. With increasing frequency, however, local bloggers are using video to express their creativity. Embracing the power of the video camera, local blogger Kevin McGowan and Ottawa musician Steven Fouchard have launched The Revue, a new website that will showcase a series of video interviews with local musicians, as well as special out of town guests such as Vancouver’s Swollen Members. “We want to do a talk show format, where we would have a pint... | Continue reading article

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