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

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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”. Our sources report that it’s also a really fun party. Basically, think about this as the prom that you wish you had. Ottawa’s PROMdemonium is inspired by the people’s prom in Vancouver, and carries the same commitment to... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Dewar’s dream dashed, Apps’n'Apps, Taxis and consultations

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This past weekend, Ottawa’s Paul Dewar bowed out of the NDP leadership race after receiving 7.5% in the first round of voting at the NDP Leadership Convention. Thomas Mulcair is the new leader of the NDP, after receiving 57.2% of the final ballot on March 24. OCTranspo data has been set free and an app has been released, but OCTranspo’s warning has been proven right: the data’s not always reliable. Some GPS data is forwarded several minutes late, which has caused some frustration among users of the new app called... | Continue reading article

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

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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 a transformation of little-used urban green spaces into sites of shared food production with fruit trees and vegetable plots. You might see busy mothers feeding their children in the privacy and safety of dedicated public... | Continue reading article

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

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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. For an hour during lunchtime, you can shoot the bull with Jimmy boy and take the bull by the horns on certain issues. This gives you the choice to either spend your lunchtime asking questions to the... | Continue reading article

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Urban Parks are for People: The Dundonald Park Project

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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 was recently selected as one of eight parks across the province to take part in a planning and design program by 8-80 Cities, an organization that aims to make cities people-friendly for anyone ages 8... | Continue reading article

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

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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 Hall,” said Éric Gaudreault, owner of Le Troquet – Bar and Bistro, which has two patios. This seems like a déjà-vu for bars and restaurants owners in Gatineau, specifically for bars in le Vieux-Hull. On August 1, 2001 the City... | Continue reading article

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

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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 losing him, we will remember Ottawa as the city Nathan preferred to live in and to get around by biking, walking and using public transit. Please keep on doing whatever you can to keep the... | Continue reading article

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Vote Against Bad Urban Infill: Vote Old Ottawa South

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Editorial by Gwen Gall, Web Editor for the Old Ottawa South Comminity Association. Gwen nominated Old Ottawa South in the “Great Neighbourhood” contest as a private citizen, independent of any group or association. The views represented below do not necessiarily represent those of Apartment613. Why did I nominate Old Ottawa South as a “Great Neighbourhood” in the the Canadian Institute of Planners’ Great Places in Canada contest? (Vote here until Feb. 29, 2012). In addition to my personal conviction that Old Ottawa South (OOS) is indeed “a great Canadian neighbourhood”,... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Look at Lansdowne, an Elgin St. BIA and more!

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Curious to know what the new Lansdowne might look like? Check the video above. Thanks to OpenFile for putting it on Vimeo. If you were interested in the future of the LRT, the CE Centre was the place to be last week as Ottawa was host to over 250 companies hoping to work with whoever ends up winning the bid to create Ottawa’s light rail. Companies hoping to find work in the project offered services for every aspect of the LRT system, from employee recruiting to waste-soil disposal to suites... | Continue reading article

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