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Is Ottawa Ready To Roll The Dice On A Downtown Casino?

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In March of this year, talks of bringing a casino within Ottawa city limits were back on the table after the Ontario government announced a decision to begin accepting private-sector bids for the establishment. The news made headlines, and it seemed like everyone had an opinion on the whereabouts of the casino and if having one in Ottawa was even a good idea. Five months later, these ambitious plans are at a standstill. No concrete information on the project has been released to the public, and sites for the casino are all... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for July 25th, 2012

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Listen here, or on iTunes. Note: the Paper Kindle Club is this Sunday, not Saturday as is reported in this podcast.  This week on Apt613 Live, Jared hosts the entire show by himself! In addition to his unreasonably strange antics, we were able to snag two interviews this week. The first is with Gerry Paquette, Professor of Game Development at Algonquin College. In addition to other disciplines, Paquette teaches Algonquin game dev students about board games, something we are Apt613 are generally fairly enthusiastic about (though Katie often proclaims her annoyance with... | Continue reading article

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Paper Kindle Club: The Horse That Leaps through Clouds–An Update!

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You know, I remember a time when books were books—when reading a book meant flipping pages, when the phrase “cracking open a book” made sense, and when sniffing the pages of a new book gave you that giddy, lightheaded feeling that only glue can provide. But this is the future. We live in a time when books are blasted through cyberspace at our heads, streams of ones and zeros bouncing through the air like super balls in a cement mixer. I welcome this new reality with a strange look on... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Annie Pootoogook, OCTranspo enhancements, Nordstrom’s new store and more!

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Photo courtesy of dianamdevlin on Flickr.Photo courtesy of dianamdevlin on Flickr.

Metro reports that OCTranspo will be adding 75 double decker buses to their fleet this Fall and will be adding expanded services to several routes. Famed Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook has been known for the past 15 years or so for her simple contemporary pieces of Inuit life. Originally from Cape Dorset, Nunavut, the 43-year old former Sobey Art Award winner’s life has taken a turn for the worst, and she now finds herself pregnant and homeless, living on the streets of Ottawa. Read her story in the Citizen. Good news for beer lovers... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live: Two Shows for the Price of None!

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Apt613 Live is dropping two new shows this week. On the first, we play some music from this year’s Bluesfest, Karen interviews Greg Searle from Harvest Noir, the guys behind 327 Wine Bar on Somerset. And we do it all without the guiding hands or smooth sultry voices of Ryan or Trevor. Despite our impediments, we prevail, delivering wacky humour and informative, earnest discussion. Download the MP3 here. On the second, this week’s edition, Ryan, Karen and Jared talk to Catherine Langois from Sandbanks Winery, the Burlesque Assassins, Coffee with... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Congestion in Ottawa, Paradiso closing, brush fire and more!

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How’s your daily commute to work? A study conducted by TomTom, the in-car GPS navigation system, concluded that Ottawa’s now the 10th most congested city in North America and 3rd most congested in Canada after Vancouver and Toronto. What’s more, it’s the only Canadian city where congestion levels went up from 2011. Get that LRT up and running! The home of jazz in Ottawa – Cafe Paradiso – has been forced to close its doors over unpaid HST. The Cafe has been closed since June 30 - soon after Canada Revenue Agency officials... | Continue reading article

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Looking above: The Roof Gardens of historic downtown Ottawa

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Last Sunday I found myself atop the rooftop garden of the Rideau Centre to participate in the newest addition to Heritage Ottawa’s long list of city walking tours. I was there for the tour of the Roof Gardens of the Rideau Centre and NAC, which is led by the Vice-President of the organization, David Jeanes, and offers a fresh perspective on the history of surrounding buildings and sites that we all think we know so well. Alongside me were roughly forty keen local heritage enthusiasts, whose impressive turnout on the roof made nearby pot-smokers... | Continue reading article

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Grab a book, pick a chair – enjoy the sunshine, or the shade at the Capital Reading Garden

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Photo courtesy of the Capital Reading Garden.Photo courtesy of the Capital Reading Garden.

This story starts in New York City. Mary Beth Baker and her partner’s family were in the Big Apple and Mary Beth wanted to see the lions at the New York City library. They passed through Bryant Park to get to the library – and to their surprise – right at street level, they found a bunch of books, chairs and tables.  ”The open air library was a beautiful space.” says Baker, who unfortunately didn’t get to spend that much time there. But the idea stuck in her head… Fast... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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It’s another sunny one ahead, friends. And while our coverage of all things local at Bluesfest continues (did you know Kelly from the Claytones can do an awesome Cher impression? Or that The Flats want to head to Pluto? We’ve got the inside scoop, folks), there’s more than just music happening this weekend. First of all, grab a summery novel and head down to the canal downtown to check out the Capital Reading Garden, a popup space that’s perfect for bookworms. Shakespeare fans should head to Prescott for their annual... | Continue reading article

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mother tongue books closes its doors

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Photo of rob mclennan doing a reading at mother tongue books courtesy pesbo on Flickr. mother tongue books has been an Ottawa bookstore institution for 18 years – many young and future feminists passed through its doors. A community hub ever since it opened in 1994, mother tongue books has served as a creative, safe space for people to meet, chat and share life. They’re not going out quietly, though – they’ve been throwing regular events since they announced the closing, and have a few more events to go before... | Continue reading article

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