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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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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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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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Wear your golden handcuffs with pride!

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Consider this a bit of payback for our t-shirt contest from last year. Nick Charney and Chris Pointer have come together to create Bureaucratees - a set of satirical t-shirts aimed at the city’s public servants. They’ve combined some of the sayings, puns and funny realities of government employment and some creative design treatments to create a fun set of t-shirts. “Sometimes you’ve got to be able to make fun of yourself and own your stereotypes, we figured what better way to do that than wear it proudly on your... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: Canada Day Edition

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For today’s weekly news quiz, we skip the news and for some patriotic trivia. Test your knowledge of our nation’s capital with this special nine question edition of our Weekly News Quiz. Many of the questions for today’s quiz came from Ottawa: The Unknown City by Rob Mcleannan. How to score 9 correct: The spirit of John A. lives on in you. 7-8 correct: Perhaps you’d like to take a crack at Minister of Canadian Heritage? 5-6 correct: The Bytown Museum is hiring, but you may need to brush up... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week: Refugee Rights by Ikenna Onyegbula

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<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/zHthlErCOLU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> We don’t often talk federal politics on Apt613, but we thought this topic was important because it’s not just about politics, but also human rights. When the Canadian government announced it was implementing cuts to health insurance for refugees, it created a big backlash among many groups – from new Canadians to the healthcare community. The government has thus far stood by its plan. The changes have been described by civil society organizations like Amnesty International as “unconstitutional” and falling “short of international legal requirements with... | Continue reading article

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The future of libraries – can we build a better city through information?

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In a recent blog post on the Future of the Library, marketing guru and author, Seth Godin, points to some of the trends converging on our public libraries and imagines what these spaces could look like in the future. He lands on “…the vibe of the best Brooklyn coffee shop combined with a passionate raconteur of information?” adding that “There are one thousand things that could be done in a place like this, all built around one mission: take the world of data, combine it with the people in this... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: How well do you know your city?

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Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but you may want to check your #ottcity Twitter feed a little more often. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in... | Continue reading article

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