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Weekly News Review: $600K gone from Escapade Fest, lobbyist registry, NCC change and more!

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The National Capital Commission will be getting a new CEO soon. Marie Lemay was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Infrastructure. The Citizen says that “many praised Lemay’s infectious enthusiasm, [but] critics said she lacked the vision to do the big things that really define great capitals. Waterfront development, redevelopment of Sparks Street and animation of Ottawa’s shorelines were not far advanced under her leadership.” After a successful weekend of festivities, Escapade Festival organizers had a rude awakening last monday when they discovered that $600,000 went missing, and co-organizer Nick Vachon hasn’t... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: BB10, Hoedown done?, LRT west and more!

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Poor Hoedown. After its money woes and cancellations, the city’s now told organizers that they cannot use the proposed Stittsville ranch location as it isn’t zoned to hold a large gathering of people. Denis Benoit and company have been resilient in making this year’s festival happen but I’m afraid this might be the final nail in the coffin. The city of Ottawa has decided to wait another year before deciding which corridor it will use for the western extension of the LRT. This means that all 15 options proposed are still... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Canada Day edition

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Canada Day and cottages: that sums up many an Ottawan’s weekend plans. Of course, for those of you staying the city this long weekend, the first option will be hard to miss. The usual craziness will take place around Parliament Hill, with Feist, Simple Plan and many more giving free shows. Major Hill and Jacques-Cartier parks will also be hopping, as well as several museums (click here for a full list) . You can also catch some free shows as part of JazzFest. There’ll also be a Canada Day event for almost every community... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Sens draft, movies in Ottawa, Bridgehead roastery and more!

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The NHL draft was held this past weekend and the Sens selected Ottawa 67′s defenceman Cody Ceci in the first round. They also picked up Gatineau native François Brassard, goalie for the Québec Remparts. Furthermore, there was some chatter that the Sens are trying to land Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets, but most sources say that’s unlikely to happen as Ottawa’s not on his preferred destination list. Ottawa’s film and tv industry may pick up if Invest Ottawa has its way. IO is looking to invest in a new sound... | Continue reading article

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Jazz Festival kicks off tonight

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We like to fill our schedules up at Apartment613, so when it’s festival season here in Ottawa (read: summer time), we get out and about as much as we can. This weekend, we’re juggling a few things, but are pretty dang excited about the Jazz Festival. We’ll be camping out there for the coming week, bringing you live-blogging and tweets galore. Rather than give you our amateur analysis of the best shows, we spoke to the festival’s programming manager, Petr Cancura, who gave us the inside scoop on this year’s lineup.... | Continue reading article

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Wanted: Home for Bridge to Gatineau

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Post by Olivia Crossman Seldom do issues ignite passion in suburban residents like the plan to build a sixth inter-provincial bridge linking Ottawa and Gatineau in the city’s east end. On the evening of June 12th, large crowds gathered at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orléans. A public consultation was hosted by the National Capital Commission (NCC) and Roche-GENIVAR Joint Venture as part of Phase 2B of the Interprovincial Crossing Environmental Assessment (EA) Study. The planners are considering public input for the social, cultural, human health, environmental, transportation and economic... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Dreaming of a new Rideau St., good news for beer lovers, and lots more!

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Rideau Street is about to get dug up and the construction will last until the end of next Summer. While this is being done to replace old water pipes and even older sewers, it’s also an opportunity to fix the street and make it hipper as Councillor Mathieu Fleury says. The Citizen’s David Reevely took a stroll down Rideau St. with Fleury to see the good, the bad and the what could be of Rideau. We’re getting another festival this Summer and I think many of you will be excited... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Folk fest, Presto fiasco, gray squares, Swift’s $2.1M and more!

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We’ve always been big fans of the Ottawa Folk Fest, and this year’s line up is stellar. Quite the coup by festival supervisor Mark Monaghan to get the Bon Iver – Kathleen Edwards tandem. What else should get you excited? Patrick Watson’s silky voice, John K. Samson musing over his PhD, the dark songs of Timber Timbre, Van-city’s Dan Mangan and lots more. The festival takes place a bit later this year – from September 6-10 at Hog’s Back Park. The Presto card is buggy, unfortunately. In early testing, users... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Cuts at Citizen, Hoedown, Kahoot and more!

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It’s been about a week since the Ottawa Citizen announced it was cutting 20 jobs in its news room as well as its Sunday edition. What’s more, the Citizen is planning on rolling out a pay wall by mid to end of June. The city’s pulled the plug on the Capital Hoedown…not exactly, but it might as well have by prohibiting the organizers to use Kanata’s Walter Baker Park for the festival because organizers “failed to pay a required $150,000 amount to use city-owned property from Aug. 10 to 12.”... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Ottawa Race Weekend, Bayshore renos, Beckta’s gezellig and more!

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Ottawa Race Weekend brought more than 42,000 runners to the streets of Ottawa over the past couple of days. No big surprises on the results, with twenty-eight-year old Kenyan Laban Moiben winning for the second straight year. He broke the Ottawa Marathon record with a time of 2:09:12, shaving 19 seconds off the previous time set in 2009. On the women’s side, Ethiopia’s Yeshi Esayias made it first to the finish line. Winners of the Canadian National Championships were Toronto-based 28-year-old Rejean Chiasson with a finish of 2:19:54 and Lisa... | Continue reading article

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