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Dear Interweb*: Where can my puppy go for a swim?

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A question came to us from @amelie_danger on twitter: please RT!! Where are all of the dog friendly swimming holes? This seems like a case for the interweb! Do any of you have some suggestions for dog-friendly swimming holes your four legged friend can go to beat the heat? The Ottawa Dog Blog fielded this question a year ago, so there’s another possible Web resource. However, since this also seems a case for the city’s Seasonal Recreation Office, we got in touch with them by phone as well. A call... | Continue reading article

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What’s all the COmotion about? Spins and Needles hosts collaborative stop motion project

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Spins and Needles, the people behind the music-fueled crafternoons that have become a standby of the Ottawa scene, are making a move towards becoming enablers of collaborative art. Winterlude 2010 saw their urban cozy project, a large scale art project where crafted cozies from across Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia, Africa and the US were wrapped around various poles and plants around the city. This time around, the S&N crew are collaborating with artist A. Megan Turnbull to make a stop motion master piece, and they want you on board.... | Continue reading article

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For the love of fashion and innovation: meet the folks behind the Deckster

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A friend of mine is currently working on a documentary on Ottawa’s creative side. After meeting with Dom Coballe last week, I’m convinced he should be featured in this documentary. Coballe and his partner Chrystale have a mind for the chic, retro and cool. Their most recent creation is the Deckster, a high end time piece that fits with the iPod nano. Coballe explains that about a decade ago, he and his partner were thinking of leaving town, maybe returning to Montreal or Toronto, where they had both lived individually.... | Continue reading article

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Hacks and Hackers: reporters and data crunchers team up to create better journalism

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Hacks and Hackers is an international project designed to bring together those who write about stuff (the hacks) and those who work with data, numbers and information (the hackers). And tonight, Ottawa plays host to its very own Hacks and Hackers event at the James Street Pub. The event will feature local hacker Alice Funke, the force behind Canadian election information portal Pundits’ Guide, and local hack Glen McGregor, who writes data-driven stories for the Ottawa Citizen. To find out more about the project and what they hope tonight’s event... | Continue reading article

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Put the pedal to the metal this month

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The weather has been incredibly cooperative this week – after a bit of a rainy start, Bike To Work month organizers were finally able to talk to the right people in charge and deliver some sunshine! Since most of us Apartment613 editors primarily rely on two-wheelers to get around town (with at least one of us longing to learn the unicycle), we’re natural proponents of biking to your place of work. Bike to Work lasts the entire month of May, and today the Bike to Work folks launched the video... | 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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Apartment Crush: Auntie Loo edition

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Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Post by Dominic and Nancy This week’s post includes two things I really like: sweet treats and super nice gals. Mandi – also known as Auntie Loo from Auntie Loo’s Vegan Bakery – graciously invited Nancy and I to tour her place in a fascinating 1930s hotel-turned-apartment building. Mandi was really welcoming, making us feel at home and letting us explore her space. Having seen her fun and lively bakery, we were surprised to find a completely different vibe in Mandi and Chris’ apartment. Minimal yet... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: things to do around O-town

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These successive rain days have successfully seemed to put a damper on the city – the smallest glimpse of sun seems to get everyone excited. So take advantage of the hot, hot rays this weekend and get out to discover more about your neighbourhood. The yearly Jane’s Walk festival is on Saturday and Sunday, so you’ve got no excuses for staying holed up inside! Unless, of course, you’re at one of the music shows we’ve got lined up. With Kelp Record’s 17th birthday bash (they’re almost legal voting age!) happening... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: things to do in Ottawa

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Let’s get right to it, Ottawa! Start your pre-weekend off right and head to Raw Sugar to see Zac Crouse and Steve Gates tonight – or head over to Mavericks to see Maybe Smith (who will hopefully come back to town again and again). For Friday, if you’ve been missing the early ’90s of late (and who doesn’t from time to time?), the Allrights will happily fill that void for you. Library Voices and Luke Doucet will compete for Prairie Scene audiences on Friday night, while Right by Midnight and... | Continue reading article

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Dust on the Throttle: Crazy ladies take on the Mongol Rally

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Post by Kim Bosch The Mongol Rally: a 10,000 mile drive from central UK to Ulan Bator, Mongolia. This ain’t no jaunty ride along the trans-Canadian highway. The journey (whichever way you choose to undertake it) tackles some of the most massive mountains, desolate deserts and heinous “roads” in the world. Which might leave you asking: What kind of nut-jobs would participate in such a thing? Enter Danica Doucette-Preville, a public servant and Ottawa gal, who first stumbled on the idea to participate after seeing the rally’s finish line during... | Continue reading article

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