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Weekly news review – Mayor takes a gamble with OLG, Elizabeth Fry questions birth in Ottawa jail, Ottawa finally to be home to an H&M and more!

City Hall was buzzing this week with the debate over whether Ottawa should consider a proposal for a new casino from OLG. Many thought that the debate lacked the time or nuance required and addiction experts spoke out about the harmful effects a casino might have on the population. Council passed the motion with a […]

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Apartment 613 Live for September 5, 2012

Listen here or on iTunes. This week, Trevor and Jared join forces to bring you a show chock-full of goodness. First up is an interview with Ian Campeau, who has recently been making headlines with his campaign to change the name of the Nepean Redskins. His stance against the team’s name has been churning up […]

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On renaming and rebranding Centretown

You might have heard that a recently-launched campaign celebrating an entity called “South Central Ottawa” as “the next great hood” has turned a lot of heads, especially among residents of the neighbourhood itself. What’s wrong with a little community spirit? First point: the world already has a South Central . But that’s neither here nor […]

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Is Ottawa Ready To Roll The Dice On A Downtown Casino?

In March of this year, talks of bringing a casino within Ottawa city limits were back on the table after the Ontario government announced a decision to begin accepting private-sector bids for the establishment. The news made headlines, and it seemed like everyone had an opinion on the whereabouts of the casino and if having one in […]


Wanted: Home for Bridge to Gatineau

Post by Olivia Crossman Seldom do issues ignite passion in suburban residents like the plan to build a sixth inter-provincial bridge linking Ottawa and Gatineau in the city’s east end. On the evening of June 12th, large crowds gathered at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orléans. A public consultation was hosted by the National Capital […]

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Live blog of Apartment613 Talks: Is Ottawa a Creative Capital?

How close are we to being a truly creative Capital? This panel brings together three of Ottawa’s top designers and leaders of Ottawa-based design firms to talk about their experiences leading companies that run on creativity. What does it take to succeed as a creative entrepreneur in Ottawa? Is Ottawa becoming a hub for creative […]

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Fight! Resist! Dance! at this year’s PROMdemonium

It is often said that youth is wasted on the young. If celebrating prom was wasted on your youth, you’ve got another chance to break out the tux/crinoline this weekend with the 5th annual PROMdemonium. PROMdemonium bills itself as “Ottawa’s radical, community-oriented, gender-bending, bike-loving, enviro-humping, queer-diggin, slow dancing, big dress wearing prom that you never had”. […]

Shit Bureaucrats Say…

[youtube width=”600″ height=”400″][/youtube] It was only a matter of time before this popped up. Love it.

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Policy that goes NOM NOM: Ottawa’s first community food action plan

Imagine an Ottawa where food is valued as a public good. You might see commuters buying healthy, locally produced food from vendors at OC Transpo stations on their way home from work. You might see children or residents gathering at schools and community centres for workshops in nutrition, cooking and gardening skills. You might see […]


Logging on from City Hall: New chat session improves access to the mayor

On March 8 at 12:30pm anyone with access to the internet had the opportunity to ask Mayor Jim Watson any question they felt needed an answer. You could do so either by going to Jim Watson’s website or by using the hashtag #AskJim via Twitter. This is part of an ongoing monthly initiative dubbed Monthly Chat With The Mayor. […]

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Urban Parks are for People: The Dundonald Park Project

Dundonald Park is a Centretown favourite, a historically significant and charmingly urban bit of  green space in a neighbourhood that is lacking in other public areas. With a children’s park, chess tables and space to play sports or walk dogs, the park has a lot to offer, although there is certainly room for improvement. Luckily, Dundonald […]

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Déjà vu? The impact of Ottawa’s smoking ban on Gatineau and its bar scene

The City of Gatineau is once again forced to react after the Ottawa city council approved a motion, 21-2, to ban smoking in bar and restaurant patios. Beaches, playgrounds and parks among other locations will also become smoke-free after Canada Day. “It is only a matter of time before a similar law is ushered into Gatineau’s City […]


Linking infrastructure key to making Ottawa North America’s #1 Bike-Friendly City

The family of Ottawa cyclist Nathan Anderson, who died on Feb. 19 after being struck by an allegedly drunk driver, released a statement this week thanking all those who provided help following the accident. The family’s statement asked for privacy and also calls on citizens to keep Ottawa’s streets safe for travelers. “In spite of […]