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Weekly News Review: Charging your electric car, 174 open, Le Nordik expands and more!

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The Ottawa Citizen reports that the city’s been slow to take up electric vehicles – it estimates there are about 100 electric vehicles in the city. It might just be because of a lack of plugs, but things are starting to change. The Place d’Orleans introduced two electric plugs in mid-August, and we hear that plugs will also be available at the renovated MEC in Westboro. The $5 million sinkhole is fixed and Highway 174 eastbound is reopened now, just in time for Monday morning traffic. Please note that the Jeanne... | Continue reading article

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Fantomatique is spine-chilling

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On a cold winter morning, with a snowstorm blowing in the air, a crowd of 5,000 people gathered in downtown Ottawa to watch a man being publicly hanged for murder. Many in the crowd believed he was innocent. The execution of Patrick J. Whelan on February 11, 1869 at the Carleton County Gaol, (today the site of the Ottawa Jail Hostel), is just one of the spine-chilling backstories to Fantomatique, a multi-discipline art exhibit presented by the SAW Video Media Art Centre, taking place at SAW Gallery at 67 Nicholas Street.... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Hintonburg gets new road signs for cyclists, sinkhole exposes east-west divide, Daisy the cow goes missing and more!

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Dairy enthusiasts were shocked to hear that Daisy, an interactive teaching cow, was abducted from the Russell Fairgrounds last week. There’s currently a $500 reward for information leading to the return of the fibreglass cow, which was used to teach children about agriculture. The sinkhole that opened on Highway 174 last week has sent locals all atwitter over crumbling city infrastructure. The sinkhole has been covered extensively, but it’s this Citizen editorial about the divide between the east and west ends of the city that is really interesting. Sticking to... | Continue reading article

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Board Games in Ottawa: A Beginner’s Guide

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This Sunday, the Nepean Sportsplex will play host to Skirmish 2012, a table-top gaming extravaganza, featuring tournaments of games like Warhammer, HeroScape, and Heavy Gear. Hundreds of competitors do battle, squaring off with their armies of intricately painted miniatures in a test of wits and fortitude. It’s just another example of Ottawa’s growing love of board gaming, a love that can only be satiated by a healthy round of Agricola or perhaps, if one is desperate, a rousing game of Monopoly. Ottawa currently plays host to two separate board game... | Continue reading article

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Apartment 613 Live for September 5, 2012

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Listen here or on iTunes. This week, Trevor and Jared join forces to bring you a show chock-full of goodness. First up is an interview with Ian Campeau, who has recently been making headlines with his campaign to change the name of the Nepean Redskins. His stance against the team’s name has been churning up no little amount of controversy, and Campeau recently received the support of the Assembly of First Nations. Next, Zoo Legacy stopped by the studio to perform a rockin’ live set, featuring songs from their recently... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Wilson Philips tribute, Red Skins reaction and train delays

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Improvements to the O-train lines mean that the trains will be at a stand still for about 18 weeks in 2013. The work will shorten the wait time between Bayview and Greenboro stations from 15 minutes to 8 minutes. Buses will ensure transit services during this period of work, slated to take place between April and September. Who knew there were still fans of Wilson Philips out there? Cairine Wilson Secondary School was mistakenly rechristened Carnie Wilson Secondary School for a brief period. “An honest mistake, says school board trustee... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Locals show their pride, try a nouveau rental car on for size, OC Transpo expands double deckers and more!

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This year’s pride parade came off without a hitch, and Capital Xtra is calling it one of the most diverse and inclusive local pride events in years. Supporters ranged from eight months to 85 years in age, with the Senior Pride Network showing their colours in full force. A new Ottawa business is positioning itself as a godsend for parents with small children. OpenFile brings you the story about Just Play Toy Rental, a local toy rental service that caters to parents with small children. Everyone knows kids love toys, but we think... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Muskie secretly invade Dow’s Lake, Tunney’s Pasture gets a makeover, sex toys take off and more!

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Quick: try to predict Ottawa’s next business boom.  The tech industry, you ask? Sorry, that one’s nearly played itself out. The booze biz? Perhaps, but not quite. The entertainment industry? Well, in a manner of speaking, you guessed it. The Ottawa Citizen reports that the local sex toy industry is exploding. (Not that kind of explosion! Get your mind out of the gutter!) Planning a paddle-boat trip on Dow’s Lake? Watch out for gigantic muskie. The Citizen tracked down urban fisherman Hedrik Wachelka, who claims to regularly pull the oversized... | Continue reading article

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On renaming and rebranding Centretown

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You might have heard that a recently-launched campaign celebrating an entity called “South Central Ottawa” as “the next great hood” has turned a lot of heads, especially among residents of the neighbourhood itself. What’s wrong with a little community spirit? First point: the world already has a South Central . But that’s neither here nor there. Perhaps it’s because, until a few months ago, no one had ever heard of South Central Ottawa. Perhaps it’s because the project isn’t being community-driven; the people behind South Central Ottawa,  the Urban Capital... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Cycling from the burbs, a giant blanket fort party, upgrading Plouffe Park and more!

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Thinking about cycling downtown from the burbs? Journalists from YourOttawaRegion tried it out. Read about their trials and tribulations as they traveled from Kanata, Orleans, Barrhaven and Nepean to City Hall. There’s been a lot of bat stories recently, and it’s not because of The Dark Knight Rises. Rather, one of the hottest summers in decades has set off an eruption of bat problems in Ottawa. While bats are generally not dangerous, there’s been a bit of a scare after an Ottawa resident found a dead bat that had rabies. Here’s a bit of... | Continue reading article

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