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Mind over matter and our origins in stardust: Science at the Writers Festival

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For thousands of years, people have speculated about the nature of the human mind, as well as the origin of our species. In two riveting presentations at the fall 2012 edition of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, these questions were discussed and, at times, hotly debated. In a fascinating talk on Saturday, October 27, Mario Beauregard, an associate research professor in the departments of psychology and radiology at the Université de Montréal, argued that the brain and mind are not synonymous. Discussing his groundbreaking book Brain wars, Beauregard made the... | Continue reading article

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The NaNoWriMo chronicles: A local writer’s journey to 50,000 words

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Editor’s Note: Mike Reynolds is a local author who is taking part in the NaNoWriMo challenge running throughout the month of November. As a multi-year veteran of this grueling test of literary mettle, he’s been kind enough to chronicle his experiences for us. Be sure to check in at the end of the month to see how he fares. And if you’re participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo, be sure to tell us all about it in the comments. Anyone who has sat in front of a typewriter can attest to... | Continue reading article

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The Muslim tide, immigration and David Bowie at the Writers Festival

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Jian Ghomeshi (second from right) and his first band, Tall New Buildings. Photo courtesy Avard Woolaver on Flickr.Jian Ghomeshi (second from right) and his first band, Tall New Buildings. Photo courtesy Avard Woolaver on Flickr.

Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, a surprisingly large group of writers have argued that Muslim immigrants pose a threat to the West. These voices claim that Muslims are hostile to western values, and that their higher birthrates will turn them into a majority in Europe in the coming decades, leading to the decline and demise of western culture. In a fascinating talk at the fall 2012 edition of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, journalist Doug Saunders of the Globe and Mail made clear why... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Zombies Swarm the City, Frankenstorm Approaches, Elgin Street Flooded and more!

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Opinion seems to be divided about the impact of Hurricane Sandy here in Ottawa. The Citizen spoke to an Environment Canada expert who downplayed the storm’s severity, but CTV and CBC bring differing opinions. Hold on to your hats for the next few days folks. In a disaster of a different sort, nearly 2,000 Ottawans were consumed by the hunt for brains during the annual zombie walk on Saturday. The Citizen got into the spirit by putting together an awesome local zombie survival guide that you can read here. Elgin... | Continue reading article

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Apartment 613 Live for October 24, 2012: Nuit Blanche, Unshaven Mavens, and Union 613

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Listen here or on iTunes. On this week’s Apartment 613 Live, Ryan is our lonely host for an hour full of local happenings. Last month’s Nuit Blanche was reportedly attended by something close to 30,000 people, and next year’s nuit can only get bigger. The art-filled night’s organizers are already in the planning stages, securing sponsorship and debating layouts. Nuit Blanche 2013 is planned for September 21st. Visual Arts Editor Diane Bond joins Ryan by phone to offer her perspective on these early planning stages. Next, Amie Beausoleil of Unshaven... | Continue reading article

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Polytectures: Exploring the city with a soundtrack

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Photo by Alejandro Bustos.Photo by Alejandro Bustos.

To quote the great English novelist George Orwell, to see what is in front of your nose is a constant struggle. This insight is something that all Ottawa residents should keep in mind, for if we open up our eyes and ears to our city, we will see that our urban landscape is quite beautiful. I was thinking about this while listening to Polytectures, a brilliant musical guide to some of Ottawa’s most impressive downtown buildings. Directed and narrated by Montreal composer and musician Antoine Bédard, this soundwalk is similar... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Spooky-ish edition

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With Halloween just around the corner, there’s a whole bunch of events hiding behind a bush, waiting to jump out at you and reduce you to a puddle of fear. But be brave, Ottawans, and head out to look those ghouls in the face. For those of you with wicked awesome costumes, this Mobile Costume Party is where you should be Friday night. Missed last week’s zombie walk? Westboro will have a few of them wandering around. Zaphod’s is throwing an Indie Rock Halloween Party, and you can transform into your favourite Hollywood... | Continue reading article

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Radio dramas, novels and more: Ottawa International Writers Festival is back

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For the last 16 years, the Ottawa International Writers Festival has brought some of the world’s best authors to our nation’s capital. From the late-Nobel Laureate José Saramago of Portugal, to Canadian icons Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje, this impressive literary gathering has showcased some outstanding talent. The celebrity factor, however, is only one small part of this highly popular celebration of books, which has seen its audience grow by 800 per cent since hosting its first event in 1997. In fact, the festival has been so successful, it now... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Liberal leadership up for grabs, more street food soon, 5 years of Somerset House rubble, and more!

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Good Monday morning readers! The big news of the week was Dalton McGuinty’s surprise announcement that he will be stepping down as leader of the provincial Liberal party. To add to the drama, early in the week, local MPP Yasir Naqvi was said to be contemplating a run for the leadership. Yesterday however, he confirmed that a leadership bid was not in the cards. There will be a memorial this morning for the Carleton student killed in a biking accident last week on Bronson Avenue. I can’t help but be reminded of... | Continue reading article

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Art and Science journal launches this weekend

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This weekend you don’t have to choose between art and science. You get a decent dose of both with the launch of the Art & Science Journal, a student run project out of University of Ottawa. I caught up with Lee Jones the editor and founder of Art and Science to learn more about the project and what we can expect from the journal. Lee is hosting a launch party for the journal this Saturday night at Raw sugar. They’ve booked a DJ and will have a print making workshop... | Continue reading article

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