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

[youtube][/youtube] 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 […]

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Voices heard at FEDCO casino meeting

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Wear your golden handcuffs with pride!

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 […]

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Weekly News Quiz: Canada Day Edition

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 […]

Video of the week: Refugee Rights by Ikenna Onyegbula

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//” 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 […]


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

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 […]

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

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! Can I have your number… 4 out of 5: You are officially in the know. 3 out of 5: […]

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He’s Jim Watson, mayor of Ottawa. Ask him anything

Head over to Reddit today and ask Mayor Jim Watson anything. There were already a bunch of questions this morning and you can add yours to the list now. He’ll be online from 12-1pm, so you can spend you lunch hour checking out the answers.  Find it all in the /r/Ottawa subReddit.


Scary Bear Soundtrack launches new music video, takes two year hiatus

Usually ‘rock star’ and ‘human rights lawyer’ aren’t two vocations you’d think would go together. The former involves lots of tireless practice, touring, performances, and maybe the odd trashed hotel room. The latter involves representing people in cases of poverty, racial and sexual discrimination and domestic abuse, and, if your name is Gloria Guns, going […]

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The Ottawa Media Co-op: Journalism beyond the mainstream

Frustrated by the narrow perspective portrayed in the mainstream media, a group of local activists is operating a news site dedicated to independent journalism. The Ottawa Media Co-op is a grassroots online publication that allows alternative reporters to post stories, videos, audio clips or photographs online. In order to participate, all you have to do […]

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U.S. Electioneering in Ottawa

United States President Barack Obama will likely be re-elected to a second term. The Apartment 613 election team has come to this conclusion after spending countless hours reviewing polls, early voting numbers, demographic patterns and other relevant statistics. As Canada’s capital city, our town is filled with political junkies. Being the friendly neighbours that we […]