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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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A stellar lineup, and some literary controversy, highlight the Ottawa Writers Festival

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is one of my favourite times of the year.  With a spring and fall session, as well as several literary events in between, this celebration of the written word is manna for book lovers. The 2013 fall edition, scheduled from October 24-30, continues the proud tradition of promoting intelligent discussion on a wide range of topics. One writer bound to pique local interest is Canadian author and University of Toronto English instructor David Gilmour, who recently started a firestorm after telling a journalist that he only... | Continue reading article

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One World Film Festival explores the global and local with themes of peace, freedom, wealth, justice

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The One World Film Festival is more than just a weekend of documentaries focused on human rights issues and environmental sustainability. It is an opportunity to turn some attention onto under reported issues that don’t make, or don’t stay, in the headlines long enough to capture the collective imagination and to be addressed by the public at large. Reaching beyond the images on-screen, the festival provides an atmosphere that encourages engagement and promotes meaningful dialogue. In the break between screenings audiences can grab a bite to eat and talk amongst... | Continue reading article

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Radical Orations for Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau

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Image from the Radical Orations project by the Think Tank that has yet to be named.Image from the Radical Orations project by the Think Tank that has yet to be named.

With only one day left until the National Capital’s biggest night-long art party, now would be a good time to get familiar with some of the artistic projects that are going to be happening on Saturday night (if you haven’t done so already). The Nova Express Kiosk (Byward Market Zone, at George & William) will have a series of projects curated by Michael Davidge. Presented by the City of Ottawa’s Art Centres, the artists included are Guillermo Trejo (Ottawa), Dominique Sirois (Montreal), Allison Rowe (Toronto), Gerald and Maas (Ottawa), and the Think... | Continue reading article

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Voices heard at FEDCO casino meeting

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Photo by Vince Alongi on Flickr.Photo by Vince Alongi on Flickr.

The continued discussion on the City of Ottawa’s plan to open an additional gaming facility in the Nation’s Capital came to a conclusion early yesterday morning when the Province of Ontario rejected Mayor Jim Watson’s proposal, and suggested instead to expand the gaming facility at Rideau Carleton Raceway. The news was announced right before the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) meeting was scheduled to begin, and shifted the direction of the debate and public forum substantially. Residents of Ottawa were invited to take the floor to voice their concerns,... | Continue reading article

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

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Photo courtesy of Ian Muttoo on flickr.Photo courtesy of Ian Muttoo on flickr.

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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