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Time to apply! Critical Blogging Residency with Artengine & Apt613

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This year, Apt613 will be partnering with Artengine for the 2012 Critical Blogging Residency. This residency is for an art critic or cultural journalist from the Ottawa-Gatineau area, who will pen in-depth posts on the Artengine blog and Apt613 throughout the year. The Critical Blogging Residency was originally conceived by Artengine as a creative space for expression and research into culture and technology.  The content and direction will be developed in consultation with Artistic Director of Artengine and with Apt613. The resident will also travel to Montréal for the 2012... | Continue reading article

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Announcing the Apartment613 Paper Kindle Club

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Remember books? Sometimes known as Kindles that you don’t need to plug in, those nice paper objects were useful for filling up bookcases and, as an added bonus, sometimes contained useful information or great works of art. In partnership with Collected Works, Hintonburg’s favorite independent bookstore, we’re launching a club to celebrate books and the people who love them. Our focus will be on local authors, both fiction and non-fiction. We’re hoping to get the discussion going both in person and online about the best of Ottawa’s literary scene, combining... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Dewar’s dream dashed, Apps’n'Apps, Taxis and consultations

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This past weekend, Ottawa’s Paul Dewar bowed out of the NDP leadership race after receiving 7.5% in the first round of voting at the NDP Leadership Convention. Thomas Mulcair is the new leader of the NDP, after receiving 57.2% of the final ballot on March 24. OCTranspo data has been set free and an app has been released, but OCTranspo’s warning has been proven right: the data’s not always reliable. Some GPS data is forwarded several minutes late, which has caused some frustration among users of the new app called... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: JunoFest, Beechwood Fire – one year later and more!

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Ottawa’s hosting the Junos at the end of the month. Coinciding with the award ceremony is JunoFest where 80 or so artists will be playing all over the city. OpenFile Ottawa’s created a nifty map of where and when the shows are taking place. About a year ago, a fire destroyed the Home Hardware and some adjacent buildings on Beechwood Avenue. The neighbourhood is still struggling to recover from the fire one year later, and an insurance quagmire has put the breaks on the redevelopment of the area. Summer’s here... | Continue reading article

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Policy that goes NOM NOM: Ottawa’s first community food action plan

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Imagine an Ottawa where food is valued as a public good. You might see commuters buying healthy, locally produced food from vendors at OC Transpo stations on their way home from work. You might see children or residents gathering at schools and community centres for workshops in nutrition, cooking and gardening skills. You might see a transformation of little-used urban green spaces into sites of shared food production with fruit trees and vegetable plots. You might see busy mothers feeding their children in the privacy and safety of dedicated public... | Continue reading article

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Logging on from City Hall: New chat session improves access to the mayor

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On March 8 at 12:30pm anyone with access to the internet had the opportunity to ask Mayor Jim Watson any question they felt needed an answer. You could do so either by going to Jim Watson’s website or by using the hashtag #AskJim via Twitter. This is part of an ongoing monthly initiative dubbed Monthly Chat With The Mayor. For an hour during lunchtime, you can shoot the bull with Jimmy boy and take the bull by the horns on certain issues. This gives you the choice to either spend your lunchtime asking questions to the... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Comiccon, Ottawa’s Top Chef contenders, Salvation Army strike and more!

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This won’t be news to the over 1,000 Facebook fans this event has already garnered, but for everyone else: Ottawa’s getting its very own ComicCon. Get ready to geek out May 12-13, 2012 at the CE Centre with DC Comics Marco Rudy, legendary comic artist Neal Adams, the Capital City Garrison – 501st Legion and many, many more. OH! And I recently learned Captain Jean-Luc Picard will be there himself! In the last three years since Apt613 inception, we’ve been seeing Ottawa’s foodie scene growing by leaps and bounds. Another... | Continue reading article

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Urban Parks are for People: The Dundonald Park Project

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Dundonald Park is a Centretown favourite, a historically significant and charmingly urban bit of  green space in a neighbourhood that is lacking in other public areas. With a children’s park, chess tables and space to play sports or walk dogs, the park has a lot to offer, although there is certainly room for improvement. Luckily, Dundonald was recently selected as one of eight parks across the province to take part in a planning and design program by 8-80 Cities, an organization that aims to make cities people-friendly for anyone ages 8... | Continue reading article

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Déjà vu? The impact of Ottawa’s smoking ban on Gatineau and its bar scene

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The City of Gatineau is once again forced to react after the Ottawa city council approved a motion, 21-2, to ban smoking in bar and restaurant patios. Beaches, playgrounds and parks among other locations will also become smoke-free after Canada Day. “It is only a matter of time before a similar law is ushered into Gatineau’s City Hall,” said Éric Gaudreault, owner of Le Troquet – Bar and Bistro, which has two patios. This seems like a déjà-vu for bars and restaurants owners in Gatineau, specifically for bars in le Vieux-Hull. On August 1, 2001 the City... | Continue reading article

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