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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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Apartment613 Talks: Political Capital – How does a city of public servants engage in politics?

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Apartment613 Talks returns April 1st with a discussion on Ottawa’s political culture. Presented in partnership with the PSAC National Capital Region, this talk will explore how Ottawa’s position as the national capital affects the political behaviour of those who live and work here. How does a city that lives and breathes the always-on political climate of the Hill also engage with the politics in its own backyard? How does a city of un-biased and conflict-of-interest-obsessed administrators navigate the realities of electoral politics? Is there a risk of deepening apathy in... | Continue reading article

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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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