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Weekly News Review: Mercier out, Manconi in at OC Transpo, city heritage, Craig Anderson & more!

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There’s a change of guard at OC Transpo as Alain Mercier’s reign as GM came to an abrupt end this week. It may not have come as a total surprise as negative  perceptions about the transit service have been accumulating ever since the 2010 winter strike. Taking over from Mercier is Public Works’ General Manager John Manconi, a man well respected in the city bureaucracy. Hear what Manconi had to say his first day on the job. On a related note, no one ever said OC Transpo drivers had an... | Continue reading article

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Ceremony, Ottawa’s newest dance party, puts a whole new spin to ‘Jail House Rock’

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On Saturday February 25th Ceremony, dubbed by organizers as a “brand-new-spanking dance party,” is starting in Ottawa. And this party promises to be off the hooks. Heard of Timekode? Chances are that, even if you haven’t graced it with your presence, you’ve heard all about the shenanigans that occur at this Ottawa institution. Ceremony promises to be just as raging a dance party, but with a different twist. At Timekode, you get a rad mix of soul, funk and electro, but at Ceremony you’ll get more electronic, techno and bass... | Continue reading article

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La p’tite épicerie du quartier – no fool’s paradise

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As you turn the corner onto Notre-Dame-de-l’île from Boulevard des Allumetières, observing the funky houses in the area, you will notice a fluorescent light written Ouvert  in the dim street. In this case, head towards the light to find salvation which will come in the form of a sandwich. The family run p’tite épicerie du quartier, a few metres away from Douglas Cardinal’s stunning Canadian Museum of Civilization, is a revelation from above for sandwich lovers. This cozy convenience store, fine grocery and sandwicherie, is a little gem, in a... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Well, Ottawa, we’ve almost made it through to March. And there’s plenty going on to help celebrate those babysteps we’re taking towards spring… If the warm weather this week wasn’t enough to dispel those Suckuary vibes, Doldrums Winter Music Festival is for you. Raw Sugar, Cafe Dekcuf and the Rainbow have teamed up to bring you a songwriters’ circle featuring some of Ottawa’s best acoustic acts, shows with New Teeth and Ornaments, and a Sunday evening variety show with everything from psychobilly to gypsy jazz. If you need a little... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Fashion Week: Fall/Winter 2012 bodes well for the city’s fashionistas

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Post by Stephanie Naday Seeking a bit of aesthetic inspiration? Feeling a little stylistically uninspired in Ottawa? This past weekend saw the seventh edition of Ottawa Fashion Week which delivered fall/winter 2012 collections fit to satisfy any fashion enthusiast’s cravings. Held at the Westin Hotel downtown, the weekend featured a diverse group of designers hailing from across Canada. Apartment613 was at the event on Friday night, and was thoroughly impressed with the collections being shown. The night started off with Elena’s Creations, a local designer who has run her own... | 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: Banning smoking, CE Centre & water and AA Baseball coming to town

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It’s already been ten years since Ottawa banned indoor smoking…ten years of my clothes not stinking after a night at the bar! Now, the city’s public health board is proposing a bylaw expansion that would make all city properties – including beaches, more than 1,000 parks and 300 city facilities, including the Byward and Parkdale market stalls – smoke-free zones. Most individuals consulted were happy with the decision but some businesses like bars and clubs feel as though it might hurt their business. An idea being discussed would be to... | Continue reading article

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There once was an apartment and an OAK

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Post by Sonia Riahi, from OAK Computing.  Throughout the year, Sonia will be guest blogging on Apt613. Back in 2011, at a networking event in town, Apt613’s François Levesque made an open request to the assembled community asking for help with an improved calendar for their site.  OAK’s founder Manu Sharma, always supportive of community events and a huge fan of Apt613, stepped up instantly, recognizing that this partnership would be an ideal opportunity for OAK to deliver on its commitment to create a better and more powerful social web... | Continue reading article

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Cheers to Amos & Good Night My Dear…

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Goodnight My Dear…I’m Falling Apart, the newest release from Amos the Transparent, was supposed to take two months to make. Instead, it took two years. Despite the delay – by chief songwriter Jonathan Chandler’s initial dissatisfaction such that he deleted nearly all the early work – the final result is a record sonically more coherent than either their 2007 or 2009 efforts. Released on February 14, on 45 Records / Sunday School Music, the new record is a bold step forward for the Ottawa alt-rock outfit. “On this [record], said... | Continue reading article

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