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Weekly News Review Special Edition: Local News Quiz!

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Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our first-ever local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: Local news hound! You should be writing this quiz. 4 out of 5: You are officially in the know. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but a little quality google time may be in order. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in a while.... | Continue reading article

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Creative Mornings takes on Happiness

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“Happiness” illustration by Jen Mussari“Happiness” illustration by Jen Mussari

This Friday, Creative Mornings is taking on the issue of happiness. John Zelenski from Carleton University is the director of the happiness lab, a facility devoted to testing what makes us happy and how we can control and manage our happiness. If Ottawa’s long (and cold) winter is getting you down, this morning lecture might be just what you need. We sent a few questions over to Zelenski to find out more about his work and his lab. Apartment613: Can you explain the link between nature and happiness? Does this bode... | Continue reading article

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BREAKING NEWS: Imperial Food and Beverage is closed

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The brunch you can no longer have by Jo Stockton from the Apartment613 Flickr GroupThe brunch you can no longer have by Jo Stockton from the Apartment613 Flickr Group

Apartment613 has confirmed that the Imperial restaurant on Bank street is now closed. According to owner Chris Edwards “they were unable to reach an agreement” with their landlord, forcing him to close the business. Our understanding is that the building is owned by the same folks as Barrymore’s. We’ve contacted them for a comment and we’ll be updating this story with any new information as we have it. Without a restaurant to run, Chris says that he’s planning to take a bit of time off now and perhaps do some... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Zip line on Sparks? Venture capitalism, and tourism in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy of Trevor Pritchard on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Trevor Pritchard on Flickr.

Sure, Ottawa and the national capital region gets its droves of tourists in the Summer, and during Winterlude and Tulipfest but I don’t really think of the capital as a touristy city like my hometown, Québec City. What brings tourists to Ottawa? The latest edition of the Ottawa Business Journal’s annual “book of lists” lists Leamy Lake casino as the top tourist attraction in the region with 2.8 million visits in 2011. Gatineau Park comes second at 2.7 million, and to David Reevely’s and my great surprise - the Rideau Carleton Raceway comes... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 tours the local blogosphere: An introduction

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Ottawa has an incredibly large blogging community. To help publicize this amazing body of work, Apt613 will provide a weekly round-up of some of the best posts in the city. To get things rolling, here are some websites worth reading. With our recent Arctic-like weather, it’s easy to be overcome with January blues. Andrea from a peak inside the fishbowl, however, has some positive thoughts on our recent deep freeze, as well as revealing that Westboro Beach is a great place to go sledding. If you want to find some... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for January 23: live performance from Yuri Bakker and an update on The Acorn

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Listen here or in iTunes. This week’s episode features a live musical set from Yuri Bakker who is in town as a musician in residence at Café Alt. Yuri plays Café Alt as part of a series organized by Popdrone starting February 1st. We also caught up with Rolf Klausener to get an update on The Acorn and his other on-going projects at the Manx and Arboretum. We round out the show with a chat with Marc Clairoux, a former gang member who will be taking part in the Ottawa Library’s... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: How to stay warm edition

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Photo of Sunfields courtesy their website.Photo of Sunfields courtesy their website.

Even though the temperatures are set to warm up ever so slightly this weekend, we know you might still feel the winter chill. So here are our top five ways to stay warm this weekend: 1. Go dancing! We all know it’s a great way to heat up the night – a little samba, a bit of funk and vintage reggae… Plus regular DJs at Zaphod’s, Babylon and the Mercury Lounge. Want some art mixed in with your beats? Head to Transmit on Friday. You can also kick up your heels with... | Continue reading article

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Our proposed name for Ottawa’s new CFL team

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A couple of weeks ago, we heard that the OSEG is contemplating the name Red Blacks for Ottawa’s future CFL team. However, it doesn’t look like residents support the proposition. A recent Ottawa Citizen Internet survey asked readers if Ottawa Red Blacks is a good name for the city’s new CFL team? An overwhelming majority, 91%, disapproved. Over 3,700 participated in the survey. The Ottawa Sun also solicited its readership to see what they thought of the potential name. Similar results from the Citizen’s questionnaire emerged, with 82% disliking it. Roughly 1,800 surfers voted. I have my... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Presto cards arrive, Somerset House conflict almost resolved, the year in restaurants and more!

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10,000 free Presto cards were snapped up by eager customers looking to try out the new system. Because of the high demand, OCTranspo is making another 2,000 free cards available shortly. Yours truly picked one up, I’ll let you know how I like it over the next few weeks! Back in September, I wrote about a petition launched by Centretown residents asking that the city and owner of Somerset House resolve the legal actions. It appears like the petition paid off. Centretown Buzz reports that in a surprise move at its... | Continue reading article

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Scary Bear Soundtrack launches new music video, takes two year hiatus

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Usually ‘rock star’ and ‘human rights lawyer’ aren’t two vocations you’d think would go together. The former involves lots of tireless practice, touring, performances, and maybe the odd trashed hotel room. The latter involves representing people in cases of poverty, racial and sexual discrimination and domestic abuse, and, if your name is Gloria Guns, going to court in your longjohns. Guns, the frontwoman of Ottawa band Scary Bear Soundtrack, will be leaving at the end of the month to spend two years in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, practicing human rights law... | Continue reading article

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