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Let’s Get Fresh Initiative continues Ottawa’s fight against HIV/AIDS

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Post by Katherine Palbom At first glance the war on HIV AIDS is a good story, with headlines like ‘End in sight’ popping up in newspapers and all over the internet. New drug treatments have transformed what was once a death sentence into a chronic illness, and there are even babies getting ‘cured’ from the virus (or at least going into long term remission).  However look deeper and it is evident that, while there is light at the end of the tunnel, there is still a long way to go before HIV/AIDS is truly... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Intelligent short stories that offer smart and unusual thoughts

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The mind of Andrew Simpson is an ideas machine.  After reading The Big Picture, his collection of clever short stories, it was easy to imagine that his brain is actually a powerful alien computer, which is designed to furiously produce an endless stream of fascinating albeit quirky thoughts. Published by BareBack Press from Hamilton, The Big Picture contains 60 stories that describe a surreal universe.  There is the man who is hired by God to be a hitman, and the time machine that ends humanity in 2014.  You can read about... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: The market courtyards

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Ask any local resident what’s the one place in Ottawa that you absolutely have to visit when you’re in town. Nine times out of ten, the answer you’ll get is the Byward Market. While there are a ton of other great spots in Ottawa, there’s no denying that the busiest and most well-known area of the city is the Market. Though not so much of a landmark or icon as Parliament Hill, it packs all of the urban necessities. From shopping at the Rideau Centre, to its restaurants, bars, art... | Continue reading article

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Hey Maker: A chat with Steve St Pierre

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By now you’ve likely seen the Support Local logo and poster – goodness knows we at Apartment613 have been using it wherever possible for the last few weeks. As we wind down on this month long initiative, we wanted to chat with the guy behind the ingenious design. Steve St Pierre of Maker, cleverly realizing that our city is in the shape of a heart, has created a logo that (we like to think, at least) warms the actual hearts of Ottawans, and lets them show a little extra lovin’... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Two new fiction books look at the wonder of Christmas and childhood

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Paul Mackan is a true master of the arts.  For more than four decades, he was involved in community theatre and church music, as well as spending several years as a freelance broadcaster with CBC radio.  His efforts won him an ACTRA Award, as well as a filmmaker prize from the Ontario Arts Council. With an already distinguished artistic career, the Ottawa resident  is now keeping busy by writing fiction and poetry books.  Ready for the holiday season, he has published two new works, one a collection of short stories and... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Riveting novel by Deborah Jackson is a page-turning treat

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In a remote region of Mexico, while exploring one of the deepest caves in the world, a group of scientists becomes hopelessly lost.  Among the trapped group is Kat Delaney, an expert caver and microbiologist. When Kat’s husband Mark discovers that she is missing, he immediately flies from Canada to save his wife.  On his arrival in Mexico, however, his rescue attempt hits a roadblock when he discovers that nobody wants to take him to the dangerous (and, according to some, cursed) cave. After some prodding, Mark hires a mysterious... | Continue reading article

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Support Local showcase: Book sale at the Ottawa Public Library on November 23

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The National Capital Region is overflowing with amazing literary talent.  To celebrate the great wordsmiths in our midst, Apartment613 has organised a book sale of local authors who write in English, French and/or Spanish.  The event takes place this coming Saturday, November 23, from 11 am to 4 pm, at the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe) . Bookworms will be able to purchase books from, and have their copies signed by, 20 local writers and one comic book publisher.  This event is part of Support Local month, and is co-sponsored by the Ottawa Public... | Continue reading article

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Need a small hit of learning? The Westboro Brainery has got you covered.

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Have you ever felt the urge to learn something new? For me, it’s a hunger that can only be quelled by the consumption of knowledge—hearty, metaphorically consumable knowledge. Sometimes, it’s enough to just read a Wikipedia article, but more often I feel the need for something substantial. Now, I don’t have the time to commit to a college course, or even a weekend learning stint, so this need goes un-satiated more often than not. Which is why The Westboro Brainery so appeals to me. It’s a way to get a... | Continue reading article

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Malorie Bertrand & EF Magazine put a spotlight on sustainable fashion

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Ottawa’s Malorie Bertrand has a passion for eco fashion. Her friends at Second Grace Vintage  describe her as “gracious, articulate and cute as a button.” These things are all true and she has been a tireless advocate in promoting environmentally friendly and sustainable fashion through her blog EF Magazine, and through her company with partner Stephanie Major August/May Sustainable Styling. They offer a variety of personal and commercial styling services with a focus on sourcing from sustainable labels. EF Magazine, started in 2011, promotes sustainable fashion and beauty that is... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: From Mexico with love

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I stumbled across this sculpture entirely by accident as I was walking towards the Market to check out some of the great art exhibits during this year’s Nuit Blanche. Located right off Elgin Street and steps away from the Rideau Centre, this little Gem is tucked into a small open space outside the National Art Centre. This gleaming sculpture of polished metal, entitled Musica, was crafted by Mexican artist Leonardo Nierman. It was donated to the NAC by the Embassy of Mexico in 2006 as a gesture of friendship. For... | Continue reading article

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