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Weekly News Review: Design plans and Planning Summit, student strike and more!

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Centretowner? Curious about the direction the neighbourhood will be taking in the next 20 years? Check out the Community Design Plan here. On the Québec side, hundreds of people gathered at a Gatineau high school to protest rising tuition fees. Premier Jean Charest was in town and called for an end to the violent protests. In Gatineau on Thursday, 151 people were arrested during protests after busloads of student protesters arrived from Montreal. OpenFile’s got the scoop on a couple of visual renderings in the city. First, the new Barrhaven... | Continue reading article

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Flash Mob! The Ottawa legal community celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Charter

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Photo courtesy of Gloria Song.Photo courtesy of Gloria Song.

Tuesday was the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  Lawyers and other members of the legal community in Ottawa celebrated by organizing a flash mob at noon on the busy Sparks Street at Metcalfe, right in front of the Federal Court and a stone’s throw from Parliament Hill. In front of dozens of curious tourists, media cameras, and civil servants on lunch break, legal professionals donned bright green t-shirts instead of their usual suits and danced their hearts out for their favourite constitutional document to a... | Continue reading article

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A eulogy for Nicholas Hoare and the independent bookstore

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Photo courtesy of Nicholas Hoare.Photo courtesy of Nicholas Hoare.

Road signs are valuable instructional tools: they tell us what’s coming, what to expect. It’s fitting, then, that the propped up sign in front of the Nicholas Hoare bookstore a few days ago had this Robert Graves quote: “There’s no money in poetry, but there’s no poetry in money.” Now somewhat old news, Nicholas Hoare is closing up shop in both Ottawa and Montreal while keeping their store in Toronto. While newspapers everywhere have covered the story, from the Globe to the Post to the Citizen the story is the same:... | Continue reading article

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Fight! Resist! Dance! at this year’s PROMdemonium

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It is often said that youth is wasted on the young. If celebrating prom was wasted on your youth, you’ve got another chance to break out the tux/crinoline this weekend with the 5th annual PROMdemonium. PROMdemonium bills itself as “Ottawa’s radical, community-oriented, gender-bending, bike-loving, enviro-humping, queer-diggin, slow dancing, big dress wearing prom that you never had”. Our sources report that it’s also a really fun party. Basically, think about this as the prom that you wish you had. Ottawa’s PROMdemonium is inspired by the people’s prom in Vancouver, and carries the same commitment to... | Continue reading article

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Neighbourhood Wars: The Final 8

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The story to date: Apartment613 launched the 2012 Neighbourhood Wars a few weeks ago, our yearly contest to determine which Ottawa hood is best. The preliminary round saw Ottawa neighbourhoods divided into four conferences – East, West, Centre and Boonies. The top two neighbourhoods in each conference were to advance to the finals. In the West, returning champion Hintonburg/ Mechanicsville smashed the nearest competitor by 100 votes. The contest for second place was much closer, with Chinatown beating out Westboro by only two votes! No one will be surprised that... | Continue reading article

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Space out with Kid Koala

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Photo by Paolo Kapunan.Photo by Paolo Kapunan.

Beginning tomorrow, April 14th, Kid Koala’s settling into the Aviation and Space Museum for a few days. Not to spin some tunes to make us dance, as he did when I first saw him live in Montreal opening for Radiohead, but to take us to a space of play, of reflection and contemplation. Koala – aka Eric San – gave me a hour of his time this week to discuss his newest book/soundtrack project Space Cadet and the live show that he created for it. San has always considered himself a... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: PayByPhone, Street Food, Beer and more!

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We wish Hélène Campbell a good recovery following a 7-hour lung transplant on Friday. The young woman, who’s online campaign for organ donation caught the attention of U.S. TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and Justin Bieber, finally got her turn; she had been awaiting a new pair of lungs since last summer. The City’s made it easy for people to pay for street parking by rolling out its PayByPhone feature. Any cell phone can use the service and instructions explaining how to use the new feature will be placed... | Continue reading article

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mesh: Networking for not-for-profit professionals

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Mingling with mesh at Hub Ottawa's new digs.Mingling with mesh at Hub Ottawa's new digs.

Ottawa is chock-full of not-for-profits – from environmental to health organizations, from education to arts and culture groups. Yet in a city where other sectors tend to dominate the workforce, it can be tough to meet people also in the field. This is where mesh steps in – a network for young not-for-profit professionals. For the past year, mesh has provided opportunities for like-minded, similar-job-holding young people (although I was assured that ‘young’ simply refers to state of mind, not age) to connect, chat, and build their networks in the... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Budget, blows, Junos and more!

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The big news coming out of budget 2012 is that the government is shedding over 19,000 jobs over the next three years – some of it through attrition but most of it through layoffs. Unfortunately, the Ottawa/Gatineau region will receive the biggest cuts. Where’s this downtown tunnel station going to happen? The city had originally planned to build an LRT station near Elgin Street, but revised the plan to move it further east under the Rideau Centre – a change they said would save them $40 million. However, the local... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa!

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Photo courtesy of Ming Wu on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Ming Wu on Flickr.

Hey, Ottawa: those extra strains of music you’re suddenly hearing? That haunting melody and those catchy beats? They’re the result of the latest national event to stop by our city. The Junos are in town, bringing along Deadmau5, City and Colour, Feist,  Austra, Socalled and yup, a few hockey greats too (our money is on the rockers). Needless to say, these musical visitors are dominating our venues for Friday and Saturday – check out the full list of shows, and get your fill of Canadian music all weekend long. You’ll... | Continue reading article

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