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Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat. Photo by Douglas Sprott on Flickr. All other photos from the Spur Ottawa website.Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat. Photo by Douglas Sprott on Flickr. All other photos from the Spur Ottawa website.

Clear your schedule this weekend – because Spur is well worth your time. On the heels of a new government’s swearing in, this Thursday through Sunday Spur Fest descends on the Capital and promises a medley of sophisticated dialogue. According to Festival Director Helen Walsh, Spur will provide opportunities for people to debate topics or issues that may be “provocative, informative, infuriating or just plain fun”. Folks of all walks of life and all political stripes are warmly welcomed, and can expect debates and conversations, lectures and readings from an... | Continue reading article

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GCTC presents a pointed political satire for election season

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Matt Cassidy (Richard), Katie Ryerson (Lily) and Adam Pierre (Scotty Nguyen) Photo credit Pascal Huot.Matt Cassidy (Richard), Katie Ryerson (Lily) and Adam Pierre (Scotty Nguyen) Photo credit Pascal Huot.

What better city than the nation’s capital and what better time than with a federal election hot on our heels for the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) to debut their 41st season with Michael Healey’s politically-charged satirical piece, Generous. Healey, an award-winning playwright, is no stranger to stirring up controversy in the theatre scene with his blunt, farcical way with words. If you were lucky enough to catch a showing of Proud two years ago at GCTC – his recent play, based on an all-too-familiar overbearing prime minister, that resulted... | Continue reading article

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Candidates to set the record straight on LGBTQ issues

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The One World Film Festival, an annual documentary film festival that focuses on social justice, human rights and environmental issues, is wading into the political fray with a candidates’ debate on topics affecting LGBTQ communities.  The event promises to see where some of Ottawa’s federal candidates stand on “trans rights, HIV criminalization laws, the blood-ban, support services for youth at risk, and community-based educational programs”. The debate takes place tonight at the National Gallery.  The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, the AIDS Committee of Ottawa, Ten Oaks Project, Gender... | Continue reading article

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New comic “Beans” is a thorn in politicians’ sides

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The first Beans comic, written by The Thorn and drawn by Steve Woolley, from beanscomiconline.comThe first Beans comic, written by The Thorn and drawn by Steve Woolley, from beanscomiconline.com

Note: The creator of this comic prefers not to use his real name and will be referred to by the moniker “The Thorn” instead.  Ottawa is full of politics. Beyond the glitz and glamour of Parliament, the city bursts with regular citizens who may not work on the Hill, but still follow the political news and gossip on the daily. It was in this climate that The Thorn, as he chooses to be known, decided to dedicate time to the creation of a comic of political satire. The comic, titled... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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"Rideau Falls at Dusk", photo by flickr user Alan Wainwright, from the Apt613 flickr pool"Rideau Falls at Dusk", photo by flickr user Alan Wainwright, from the Apt613 flickr pool

The first weekend of September is upon us, and with it the schools mercifully take back the children and the rest of the city amps up their enthusiasm for complaining about the impending weather. There’s lots of art and music to take in this weekend, with some mini festivals and comedy to balance things out. All weekend long, PDA Projects has Coalesce at the St. Patricks Building on the Carleton Campus. Curated by Jacklyn Meloche, this performance art mini-festival runs from Sept 3-6th. This is also the last weekend to... | Continue reading article

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#WALK Together, it’s that simple

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Image from the #WALK Facebook event pageImage from the #WALK Facebook event page

If you’ve been roaming the streets of downtown, soaking up some of this temperate summer weather in the last couple of weeks, you might have noticed some rather peculiar black-and-white posters taped to utility poles. No fancy pictures. No attention grabbing graphics. Just: #WALK TOGETHER JULY 18TH PARLIAMENT HILL 2:00PM This may have created more questions than it answered. I spoke with one of the creators of #WALK Together, Kenneth Antonio, to figure out just what this walk was all about. “#WALK together” is a sort of “un-demonstration”, a statement... | Continue reading article

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TROTSKYrific or MAOmumental failure? What do YOU think of the Victims of Communism Memorial?

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The design for the memorial, image from TributeToLiberty.ca. Updated designs will be available soon,The design for the memorial, image from TributeToLiberty.ca. Updated designs will be available soon,

There are many open fields in Ottawa, but one in particular is garnering an unusual amount of attention of late. It’s located on Wellington, just west of the Supreme Court, and just east of Library and Archives Canada. It’s the site where the Memorial to the Victims of Communism is set to be built. With a budget of 5.5 million, the planned memorial will feature a serious of escalating triangular walls, which one can either walk through or view from an arched spectator deck. As written on the website, Tribute... | Continue reading article

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Keep the beer flowing and the buses rolling: Brew Donkey’s legal battle

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Boarding the Brew Donkey bus. Photo from their Facebook page.Boarding the Brew Donkey bus. Photo from their Facebook page.

If you’re a craft beer lover – and let’s be honest, over the last few years the local beer scene in Ottawa has exploded, making it extremely difficult not to hop on the beer wagon (or in this case, beer bus)  – chances are you’ve already heard about Brew Donkey. Just last week, the beer-delivery service and brewery tour operator was selling out their meticulously put together excursions while expanding on what they already offer just to keep up with demand. But as if overnight, this small business has come... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: The death (and rebirth) of journalism

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Photo by Steven Ritzer courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)Photo by Steven Ritzer courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

This is part four in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this guest column, James Baxter, the founding editor and publisher of iPolitics, provides a thought provoking analysis on how the traditional mainstream media is crumbling.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. Evolve or die.  That’s the lesson of history.  Sure, a few dinosaurs managed to make it through mass extinctions, but the ancestors of these once-dominant beasts are now being turned into boots and wallets. So it is for Canada’s... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition)

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Photo by fishbown_fish courtesy of Apartment613 Flickr poolPhoto by fishbown_fish courtesy of Apartment613 Flickr pool

Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. This past January we published the Future of Ottawa series that looked at some of the major urban development projects in our city.  The original plan was to have a one-off group of posts, but after receiving a lot of positive feedback from readers we decided to do another series of articles. As we thought about the future of our region, however, we realised that we should not limit ourselves to urban affairs.  The National Capital Region is... | Continue reading article

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