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Ottawa’s hidden math scene: Revealing the numbers behind the city’s art and culture

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Given Apartment613′s focus on arts and culture, some fascinating parts of city life can get overlooked. I was thinking about this recently while reading a math-related novel. While I am no number whiz, I appreciate math’s inherent beauty, and strongly believe that mathematical ideas can be as captivating as a beautiful painting or catchy song. In fact, I came to realize that mathematical concepts manifest themselves in the city’s art and cultural life in some unexpected ways. To uncover Ottawa’s hidden math scene, I chatted with Prof. Brett Stevens from Carleton University,... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Nuit Blanche a success, urban design in Gatineau and Ottawa

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The inaugural Nuit Blanche Ottawa was held without a hitch to the delight of co-curators Megan Smith and Lainie Towell. Metro Ottawa reports that 6,500 went through the doors of the Ottawa School of Art and many thousand more partook in the different events and installations in the Byward Market and Hintonburg. Some Ottawans thought the two zones were too far apart – I suggest for next creating a link from the Market to Hintonburg via Centretown and Chinatown. For year 2, we need an app. Let us know your favourite... | Continue reading article

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Jonathan Hobin to show new image from “In the Playroom” at Festival X

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Photo courtesy of Jonathan HobinPhoto courtesy of Jonathan Hobin

Jonathan Hobin has stunned me with two exhibits. His now famous In the Playroom series is a hauntingly funny critique of our modern media-scape – where children take the lead role in telling hard truths. More recently, he created a personal and intimate series of photos dealing with the death of his grandparents and his memories of their final days. He’s proven himself to be a versatile and accessible artist, confronting us with intelligent art photography that is a vehicle for his critical and piercing social commentary. Hobin will be participating... | Continue reading article

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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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Photo courtesy of Tim SmithPhoto courtesy of Tim Smith

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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Photo by tcp909 on Flickr.Photo by tcp909 on Flickr.

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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Photo courtesy of Jessica Ruano on flickr.Photo courtesy of Jessica Ruano on flickr.

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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