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Spring clean your wardrobe sustainably and charitably

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Photo by Kristen Taylor on Flickr. All other photos from chelsyann.com.Photo by Kristen Taylor on Flickr. All other photos from chelsyann.com.

The time has come to spring clean. This dauntingly includes tackling your wardrobe. As a dress enthusiast I know the trouble of stuffing my wardrobe until the bar bends, buckling under the weight of my well-intended enthusiasm. To provide my poor closet with some relief I often host a clothing swap with friends, where everything old is new again and the remaining items are donated to a thrift shop. However, with new organizations such as Clothes for Charity  in the UK arising, it seemed to me that there were more... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa, it’s time to unleash your Fury

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Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC Facebook pagePhoto courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC Facebook page

A little piece of sporting history is going to made on Saturday, when Ottawa Fury FC takes the field at Carleton University for their first North American Soccer League home game, and you should be a part of it. For those who don’t know, the NASL is a professional soccer league that competes at the second-highest level on the continent, just below Major League Soccer.  Fury FC will bring the total number of pro soccer teams in Canada to five (FIVE!), following Toronto FC, the Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact of the MLS, as... | Continue reading article

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Height-of-the-party vibe before the sun goes down

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Every year, restaurants, galleries and clubs sprout up around the city, offering new and undiscovered spaces for artistic and culinary talent, cultural and social activities, and opportunities to meet new people. Sometimes though, places that have been in the scene for what seems like ages change how they do things and offer up a traditional space for reinterpretation. That’s exactly what’s been happening every Monday night at the Mercury Lounge since the start of this year, where a few dance lovers have taken over the floor albeit in a different... | Continue reading article

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Lace up your skates for a good cause

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Photo courtesy of Engineers Without Borders Carleton.Photo courtesy of Engineers Without Borders Carleton.

What could be more Canadian than a game of ODR? How about a friendly tournament that combines outdoor hockey with fundraising for a socially-conscious good cause? This Saturday at Brewer Park boasts exactly that event: Carleton University’s EWB Winter Classic. Apartment613 got in touch with one of the organizers, Sebastian Mol, to get the skinny on this shinny. Apartment 613: You’re currently one of the presidents (along with Alex Serada) of the Carleton University chapter of Engineers Without Borders. How did you first get involved with this organization? Sebastian Mol:... | Continue reading article

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5 local winter activities to keep you fit in 2014

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Ski trails in Gatineau Park. Photo by Active Steve on Flickr.Ski trails in Gatineau Park. Photo by Active Steve on Flickr.

Every winter I hear a few different versions of the same complaint:  “Cold enough for you?” “Can’t wait until Spring!” “It’s colder than a polar bear’s arse out there!” (which makes no sense, as a polar bear’s arse is 37 Celsius, so really even the hottest summer days are colder than a polar bear’s arse) OK, so Ottawa winters can suck I get where people are coming from though: Ottawa winters can suck. We should all hibernate from November to April, with perhaps a few brief moments of activity around... | Continue reading article

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Think you can play professional soccer? Then the Ottawa Fury wants to hear from you.

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Photo courtesy of the Ottawa FuryPhoto courtesy of the Ottawa Fury

Professional sports teams don’t often hold open tryouts for the general public.  Ottawa Fury FC, however, is planning on doing just that this coming fall, by giving aspiring soccer players a chance to become a professional athlete. “We are doing it for two reasons,” says Fury coach Marc Dos Santos, when asked why the team is holding an open tryout.  ”The first is to see players who have played in the past in a professional league…. Players who got lost in the system but who only need a chance.  The... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Pedaling towards a more liveable (and profitable) city

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Motivated to make Ottawa a better city, two local residents have launched an online site that seeks to promote mass cycling. The Ottawa Bicycle Lanes Project was founded earlier this month by Michael Napiorkowski and Maayke Schurer.  Conceived as a non-profit community, the initiative wants to convince City Hall to install a network of segregated bike lanes throughout Ottawa’s major districts. If the duo’s vision is implemented, segregated bicycle lanes would be implemented in such areas as Sparks, Westboro, the ByWard Market, the Glebe, Hintonburg, Beechwood and Old Ottawa South. “My partner is... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Talks presents Sports in the City: Building Local Culture through Play

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Photo courtesy of Lazy_Artist from the Apt613 flickr groupPhoto courtesy of Lazy_Artist from the Apt613 flickr group

Ever since the days when the citizens of Sparta would gather round to watch their man humiliate Athens at the chariot races, sports has been a keystone of local culture. Is there a modern city state that doesn’t make rooting for the home team somewhat mandatory? But the role of sports in forming local culture goes beyond professional or even semi-professional sports. Soccer fields, hockey arenas and baseball diamond are places where friendships (or rivalries) are formed that play out in other spheres of our communal life. Newer sports like... | Continue reading article

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Lawn Summer Nights: Bowling for Cystic Fibrosis

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Lawn bowling isn’t typically understood as a young, hip sport – it brings up images of grey-haired, white-clad folk moving around gracefully on a perfectly manicured lawn. However, a bunch of young people, inspired by one woman’s fight against Cystic Fibrosis, have claimed the sport as their own. At Lawn Summer Nights, teams of four compete in a lawn bowling tournament – and all proceeds from the event go towards Cystic Fibrosis Canada. We chatted with the organizers of the Ottawa Lawn Summer Nights series, the last of which happens tonight... | Continue reading article

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Finding a home with Nomadic

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Photo courtesy of Michael Anderson.Photo courtesy of Michael Anderson.

Today, staying fit in Ottawa isn’t just about jogging along the canal. Our city’s ever-growing wave of independent gyms and new-age workout classes now provides ample opportunity to shape, cut, and build. A fitness fix can come via hot yoga, barre classes, crossfit, and even hot spinning (a spin class in a heated room…which exists somehow). Choosing where to sweat-it-out can be an intimidating experience. I’m a yogi myself, but sometimes I find that yoga doesn’t always give the results that I’m looking for.  So, from time to time, I... | Continue reading article

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