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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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Weekly News Review: Parliament returns, Mill St. update, Ottawa Yankees and more!

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We rarely cover federal politics at Apt613 but I thought our readers might be interested in checking out the CBC’s 12 things to watch in Parliament this fall. The list spans issues from scrapping the gun registry to the NDP’s performance as official opposition. Park(ing) Day took place last week. Did you notice the green patches that replaced spots in Ottawa and Gatineau? Park(ing) Day is an annual event where citizens change metered parking spots into temporary parks to raise awareness about the urban environment. Blogger Denise Deby reviewed what... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live: The “Apologies for Ottawa” writers speak their minds

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Happy Friday, audiophiles. It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? We’re only now getting around to posting last week’s episode of Apartment613 Live, which is too bad, because it’s a stellar episode. (Of course, they’re all stellar, but this one is more stellar – stellarer? – than the others. Also, “stellar” is a funny word when you write it four times in a row, but that’s sort of off topic.) Why is it stellar? Because it’s so rare that you get to hear the voices of the people who toil away in... | Continue reading article

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Unshaven Mavens get hairy in October for breast cancer

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Post by Robin Levinson Malorie Bertrand and Amie Beausoleil want women to stop shaving their armpits and start fundraising for breast cancer. Inspired by such fundraising campaigns as “Movember” and “Mustaches for Kids,” the two decided to brainstorm ways that women could raise money for breast cancer that were quirky, humorous, and fun. Under the name “Unshaven Mavens,” they are asking women to forgo shaving their underarm hair for the month of October, all while raising funds for Rethink Breast Cancer, a Canadian charity that brings education and support to... | Continue reading article

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Michael Ondaatje and Joseph Boyden kick off the Writers Festival

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Post by Alessandro Marcon, who took in the opening night of the Ottawa International Writers Festival’s fall season. The man who sat before me last night was Michael Ondaatje. Actually, before he was sitting, he was standing, and reading from a copy of his newest novel The Cat’s Tale.  Adorned with piercing eyes and white hair, sporadic and sparse, the legendary Canadian novelist sort of mumbled, sort of sauntered, through a few sections of his layered and soft narrative. I wouldn’t consider myself the biggest of Ondaatje fans, having only... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: NCC roadshow, Ontario elections, taxi fare hikes and more!

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The National Capital Commission wants to reinvent Ottawa’s image and is going on a cross-country bender to see what folks outside of Ottawa think should represent them, as Canadians, in the capital. The ideas and comments will help elaborate the plan that will determine the future of the national capital for the 2017-2067 period. Election promises are now in full swing. All major parties have promised not to raises taxes, if elected on October 6th. If you’re looking to have your voice heard, our friends at OpenFile Ottawa are preparing... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s wide open spaces

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This week, OpenFile Ottawa and Apartment613 have partnered to present a series of stories—apologies for Ottawa—that show off what makes Ottawa a great place to live. We drew inspiration from ideas readers submitted to both websites. In our final installation, Drew Gough writes about our amazing open spaces. In January of 2008, I was standing in the middle of a forest with two dozen freezing Brazilians. By Ottawa winter standards, it wasn’t a particularly cold day, but these teenagers—in Ottawa for a month as part of a language exchange—hadn’t dressed... | Continue reading article

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