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Ottawa Centre Election debate is all about you

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If there’s one thing our Neighbourhood Wars feature from earlier this year taught us, it’s that our readership has a big investment in Ottawa’s urban core. Issues like transit, intensification, and arts funding all resonate with people who click on this blog, and we’re fairly certain you want to hear what your provincial Ottawa Centre candidates have to say about them. That’s why you should head down to Saint Paul University’s Guigues Hall this evening for tonight’s Ottawa Centre election debate. It’s being hosted by OpenFile Ottawa (full disclosure: I’m... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 and Open File Ottawa are apologizing for Ottawa

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Andrew Cohen’s piece in the Ottawa Citizen last week certainly struck a nerve. At our latest “Urban drinks” at Shanghai, a few fellow bloggers spent some time discussing our annoyance at the suggestion that despite our “education and affluence” we were all working so hard to make a creative and interesting life in a city that (according to Cohen) can’t seem to do anything interesting or creative. We’re obviously Ottawa “apologists” here on Apartment613. We have a great time in Ottawa and we write about a lot of what we... | Continue reading article

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Eternia one of many strong voices at Women’s Worlds 2011

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Post by Greg Macdougall Eternia, proclaimed by Exclaim! Magazine as “Canada’s dopest female MC,” was born in Ottawa and spent the first part of her life here. She later moved to Toronto, and at 15 she says she “started to take [hip hop] more seriously.” Her latest album, “At Last” with producer MoSS, was nominated for a Juno and has made the long-list for the 2011 Polaris Prize. She’s performing in Ottawa this coming Thurday as part of the international Women’s Worlds 2011 conference. “I’m really really excited and honoured... | Continue reading article

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Have your say on the future of Centretown

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I love living in Centretown. It’s an amazing neighborhood, filled with great businesses, immense diversity and some cool apartments. It’s an important cultural hub for the city. But Centretown is evolving – there are more (and taller) condos going up. There are some new bike lanes going in. There are some new businesses opening and some old ones closing. And there are on-going transit debates that could change the way that people to get to, from and around this part of the city. Within this context, the city is working... | Continue reading article

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Get your walk on: Jane’s Walk is back!

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Many of us walk through our neighbourhoods every day. Remember that old building nestled in amongst more recent additions? It looks as though it’s probably been around since Ottawa was just an outpost? So who built it? And there’s a random statue placed on the corner. Who does it honour? Why is it still around? This weekend, thanks to Jane’s Walk, you can get all of the answers to your curious neighbourhood questions. Jane’s Walk is a yearly ‘festival of walks’ – when historians, activists, planners and residents come out... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Get out to vote, get out to the market, and get out to the gallery!

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It’s election time in Ottawa! Local candidates were out and about last week, making the case for their various platforms, and now it’s up to us to elect the folks we think can deliver for Ottawa. We’ve been surveying candidates on the tough issues (their favourite lunch spot, beavertail, happy hour, etc.) and you can find the results for Nepean here, Ottawa South here, Ottawa-Centre here, Ottawa-Vanier here, and a bunch of other folks from random ridings here. Our friends over at OpenFile Ottawa have also done lots of interesting... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 candidates’ survey: Miscellaneous edition

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Survey by Natasha Mooney and Chris Connolly Just as the campaigning enters its final few hours, our election correspondents Natasha Mooney and Chris Connolly have wound up their investigations into Ottawa’s candidates. Their questions – ranging from how to support Ottawa’s arts communities to favourite Beavertail flavour – were put to all major candidates in all ridings in and surrounding Ottawa. This last installment of their reporting is made up of all of the ridings where just one candidate replied (despite multiple follow-ups to all candidates!). We’ve got answers from... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 candidates’ survey: Nepean

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Survey by Natasha Mooney and Chris Connolly As you all get ready to decide which little box you’ll check off tomorrow, our election correspondents have continued their task of collecting a mix of useless, fun and thoughful information about our local candidates. Today we’ve got the Nepean candidates up – disappointingly, incumbent John Baird and Liberal Anita Vendenbeld didn’t respond, but we’ve got the NDP and Green’s answers below. Which one of them has a bit of a green thumb? The answer isn’t as obvious as you might think!

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Apartment613 candidates survey: Ottawa-South

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Survey by Natasha Mooney and Chris Connolly Apt613′s election correspondents election correspondents Natasha Mooney and Chris Connolly have continued their investigations into the favourite Ottawa spots of the candidates vying to represent us. They sent out a questionnaire to local candidates in a number of Ottawa ridings, asking them to identify their favourite summer festival, greasy meal, etc. To fill out our survey, we added three meaty questions to the mix: 1) What are your roots in your riding and how have you been involved in the community? 2) Why... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 candidates survey: Ottawa-Centre

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Survey by Natasha Mooney and Chris Connolly Apt613′s election correspondents have continued on in their intrepid task – tracking down Ottawa’s local candidates and finding out where they spend their happy hour. And while these details might not change your vote, they’ll give you a bit of a sneak preview as to exactly what kind of person your riding will send to the Hill. Towards that end, election correspondents Natasha Mooney and Chris Connolly sent out a questionnaire to local candidates in a number of Ottawa ridings, asking them to... | Continue reading article

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