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Somerset Ward: Decisions, decisions

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Post by Trish Chang Your palms are sweaty — you’ve been looking through profiles for hours. Some sound too good to be true, and others sound just plain wacky. Looking through pictures and profiles, overwhelmed by both too much information, and not nearly enough, you turn off the computer and decide to look again tomorrow. You’re choosing a city councillor in Somerset Ward. There are 11 candidates running in Somerset Ward, as you may have noticed by their signs, littered throughout our parks, streets and intersections. And while you could... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Ottawa’s electro-indie-rock band, Fevers, plays at the Shenkman Arts Centre this weekend. Photo from feversband.com.Ottawa’s electro-indie-rock band, Fevers, plays at the Shenkman Arts Centre this weekend. Photo from feversband.com.

As we move out of a warm week of beautiful weather and into the third weekend of this great month, we have a whole lot of music (and plenty more) in store for you. Thursday is World Food Day and the Good Food Box is hosting a World Food Day Ottawa event at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. There, you can enjoy some delicious bannock and learn about sustainable food production. With bellies full, there is still room to savour some art. Thursday night marks the vernissage of Claudia... | Continue reading article

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Geek-out your walking with Ottawa (de)tours

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Photo courtesy of lazy_artist (Mitch Carriere) from the Apt613 flickr pool.Photo courtesy of lazy_artist (Mitch Carriere) from the Apt613 flickr pool.

I love a good walking tour. I’ve been a fan of Jane’s Walk for quite a while and Apartment613 has run some pretty amazing walks over the years. That’s why I was so pleased to learn about the newly launched Ottawa (de)tours, an insightful set of walking tours and conversations that are addressing political and social issues. I shot a few questions over to Dan Monafu, one of the founders of the project, to find out more about what we could expect, and also had the pleasure of taking part in... | Continue reading article

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Hull your ass across the River! Arboretum will make it worth your while

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Arboretum is taking the party to Hull with a full night of programming across the river, including shows at Le Troquet and Le Petit Chicago. This will be a great opportunity to increase our cultural dialogue  across the river and help extend the festival audience. Nicolas Sylvestre, of the Fau Mardi collective, (a group that links DJs, VJs, producers and other technology-engaged artists together for events and shows) believes that people who cross the river to work should really think more about getting to know the community after hours. “Reality... | Continue reading article

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Calling all Ottawa women: Make your mark in the October 2014 election

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Canada's first and only female Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Kim Campbell. Photo courtesy of Equal Voice.Canada's first and only female Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Kim Campbell. Photo courtesy of Equal Voice.

Post by Etana Cain & Jennifer Mowbray from Equal Voice National Capital Region Chapter Make your mark – that’s the slogan featured on the City of Ottawa’s website for the upcoming municipal elections. Equal Voice National Capital Region (NCR), the local chapter of Canada’s only multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women, is calling on Ottawa women to heed this call and put their name forward on the ballot this fall as candidates. Criss-crossing the city are numerous landmarks named after female leaders who have made their mark in the... | Continue reading article

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Olivia Chow offers Ottawa a “two for one” mayor deal

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Left: Jim Watson, photo from his Twitter. Right: Olivia Chow, photo from www.torontosun.com.Left: Jim Watson, photo from his Twitter. Right: Olivia Chow, photo from www.torontosun.com.

In a surprise move Olivia Chow has declared that she will also run for the office of Mayor of Ottawa in the upcoming 2014 municipal election, offering Ottawa a “two for one” deal if she also wins her bid to take the reigns at Toronto City Hall. “If a crack-smoking buffoon can successfully run Toronto, I can probably run at least two cities” stated Chow in a one-on-one interview with Apartment613 this morning, adding “quite frankly, I’m worried I might be bored with just a single city to run.” “Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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Live chat with Mayor Jim Watson today at noon!

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Photo courtesy of Jim Watson Facebook page.Photo courtesy of Jim Watson Facebook page.

Every month, Mayor Jim Waston takes does an online Q&A with different journalists across the city. Today is Apt613′s chance to speak to him. The live, interactive chat takes place between 12-1pm on jimwatson.ca. We’ll be taking questions from Twitter, Facebook, emails and comments. If you want to know what Watson’s local brew is or what he thinks of the LRT expansion, this is your chance. Tweet/Facebook us your questions using hashtag #AskJim.

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Apartment613 Talks! 3D printing: The democratization of production

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New technology is changing the way that we produce and prototype goods. 3D printers have inspired a new generation of crafters, makers and hackers taking charge of their own production in new and creative ways. This panel will bring together Ottawans thinking about how technology is changing the way we make goods and what this might mean for our local culture and economy.  You can register online here! Our panelists are Dominic Coballe, N-Product; Alëna Iouguina and Anthony Dewar, Ecotonos Design and Manufacturing Co-founders;  and Luc Lalande, maker movement advocate @LucLalande! Doors open at 7pm at the Shopify... | Continue reading article

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Visit Syria from a seat at the NAC on October 29th

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The audience looks on at thePanel's previous event, Canada in Asia. Photo by Alexandre Laquerre.The audience looks on at thePanel's previous event, Canada in Asia. Photo by Alexandre Laquerre.

Big names will be gracing the podium at the National Arts Centre on Oct. 29 – and you can be there to meet them.   In an event put on by thePANEL, experts will come together to discuss the role that Canada should play in the Syrian humanitarian crisis. Speakers include Senator Romeo Dallaire, former representative to the UN Paul Heinbecker, University of Waterloo professor Dr. Bessma Momani and co-founder of the SecDev Group Rafal Rohozinski. ThePANEL is a non-profit, non-partisan group committed to bringing Canadians lively and intelligent conversation... | Continue reading article

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Staring into the political crystal ball with three of Canada’s top political journalists

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Photo of Paul Wells courtesy of Andrew TolsonPhoto of Paul Wells courtesy of Andrew Tolson

While the Senate scandal rivets the country, political junkies from across Canada are asking some fairly important questions.  Is this the beginning of the end for Prime Minister Harper?  Will the Conservatives weather this brutal storm and win a fourth consecutive term? Are Canadian horrified, or simply indifferent, about what is happening on Parliament Hill? With exquisite timing, the Ottawa International Writers Festival has organized an event on Tuesday, October 29, with three of Canada’s best political journalists to discuss national politics.  While all three were booked some time ago, before the... | Continue reading article

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