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Launch Some Good: An opportunity to take your idea to the next level

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#SocEntWeekend at HUB Seattle. Photo courtesy of Karen Ducey.#SocEntWeekend at HUB Seattle. Photo courtesy of Karen Ducey.

Have you ever had an idea to better the city or the community, but you didn’t know how to make it happen? Launch Some Good is your chance to take that idea off the back burner and make it tangible. Launch Some Good is a bit of a riff off events that have been taking place around the world. The inspiration came to organizer David Rust-Smith while in Melbourne. There, he participated in Hub Melbourne’s Freshly Hacked event, which seeks to create a social impact startup within a weekend. “It... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Renaissance woman Rachel Eugster releases charming children’s book

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Literary inspiration can come from the most peculiar places.  For Rachel Eugster, whose impressive artistic talents include acting, singing and writing, it arrived while dropping off her son at kindergarten. Eugster recalls her son turning to her on that fateful day and saying: ”I wish you were the smallest mom in the world so I could put you in my pocket and take you with me all day long.” Touched by this beautiful moment, she was inspired to write a story.  ”It was such an articulate thing for a three-year-old to... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: August 6, 2013

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Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but you may want to check your #ottcity Twitter feed a little more often. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Rita Donovan’s new novel is a moving journey through history

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In 1809, on the harsh streets of London, England, a young girl named Maura Quell is caught stealing a shirt. Orphaned, homeless and desperately poor, she has also lost her younger brother, who has disappeared in the chaos of street life. Despite her terrible circumstances, the unforgiving English justice system sentences her to seven years, and orders that she be placed on a convict ship named Canada that sets sail for Australia in 1810. Maura the “criminal” is only 13 when she sets sail. Two centuries later, a woman in Canada... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: New coffee table book celebrates the magic of the dinner table and travel

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Photo by Jennifer Baguss courtesy of Heather HeagneyPhoto by Jennifer Baguss courtesy of Heather Heagney

Since 2009, local blogger Heather Heagney has been celebrating food on her wonderful blog After the Harvest.  In more than 200 online posts, she has written on such subjects as food sustainability, farming, Ottawa chefs and wine.  Now she is tackling a new challenge by publishing a coffee table book titled After the Harvest: Eat. Drink. Connect. “I wanted to think outside of a blog,” says Heagney about her debut book that was released in June. Many bloggers become involved in publishing to promote their online work.   Some food bloggers, meanwhile,... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: Downtown bird’s eye view, 1938

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All photos courtesy of Library and Archives, Canada.All photos courtesy of Library and Archives, Canada.

Andrew Elliott is an archivist who by day works with the federal government and by night is a freelance historian who is interested in architectural heritage issues. Elliott has written for Blacklocks Reporter, the Glebe Report, and the Peterborough Examiner. He can be reached at ajg.elliott@utoronto.ca. This occasional column will take a look at Ottawa’s streetscapes, ca. 1938, and take note of a city at the crossroads of change. His motto was: “It can be done”. And invariably, when James B. Hunter said this, things were done. Hunter was one... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Pop-up library

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Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 5. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. Need something to do on a Tuesday evening?? Why not head on down to Marion Dewar Plaza to see the pop-up library! It’s open every Tuesday from 5 to 9 pm as part of the Summer Arts Market in front of City Hall. People visiting the pop-up library will be able to get or renew their card... | Continue reading article

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Guerilla Magazine celebrates return to print

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Photo courtesy of Tony Martins.Photo courtesy of Tony Martins.

Hundreds attended the launch of Guerilla 36 at Patrick Gordon Framing Studio on July 26th. “The event had incredible energy,” said Tony Martins, Guerilla’s editor and creative director. The evening that featured powerful artworks from Guillermo Trejo, Angelina McCormick, Drew Mosley, Anthony Tremmaglia, and Tina Picard, also celebrated Guerilla magazine’s return to print. “The event had a very interesting range of people, which is a hallmark of Guerilla events; being back in print has definitely caught people’s attention.” Founded in 2004, Guerilla magazine is an arts and ground level culture... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: July 29, 2013

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Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but you may want to check your #ottcity Twitter feed a little more often. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Does the Byward Market have a drinking problem?

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Is the Byward Market a farmer’s market with a drinking problem, or a bar district with a vegetable problem?  The City of Ottawa thinks that these two aspects of the Market can coexist, but they’ll need a little help. On June 26th, Ottawa’s City Council approved a plan to revitalize the Byward Market by helping the area reconcile the competing halves of its identity: as a farmer’s market serving Ottawa residents and as a tourist-attracting bar and restaurant district.  The plan addresses concerns that the Market’s successful nightlife is undermining... | Continue reading article

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