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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 […]

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.

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vote Against Bad Urban Infill: Vote Old Ottawa South

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” […]

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

[vimeo width=”600″ height=”400″][/vimeo] 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 […]

Predictions for 2012: Urban planning

In the next days and weeks, editors and contributors to Apt613 will share their predictions and hopes for 2012. We start out with urban planner Phil Castro and his predictions on what’s in store for Ottawa’s urban planning scene. In practice urban planning is a policy-based profession. City planners are often given direction on what […]

Stage II recap: Public Art Competition for the Somerset Steet West Reconstruction

Last Wednesday evening, the Public Art & Community Art division at the City of Ottawa invited the general public to take a peek at the finalist submissions of the public art competition for the Somerset Street West Reconstruction Project. 16 proposals were originally submitted and the list has been narrowed down to five artists/teams (as […]

Ottawa Centre Election debate is all about you

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 […]