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A celebration of child and teenage awkwardness

Lisa Frank diaries filled of pages and pages of melodrama, all written in a pink gel pen. A school project detailing your hopes and dreams for adulthood. Letters written between classes to your friends, rife with angst and spelling mistakes. Juvenilia comes in all shapes and sizes, but maintains a few commonalities: it’s endearing, revealing, […]

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Future of Ottawa: Promoting the public interest

This is the third part in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this post City Councillor Jeff Leiper tackles the issue of what roles the private and public sectors need to play in the future development of Ottawa.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. During the recent municipal […]

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Dance shows to raise money for youth mental health

For a second straight year, young dancers from the National Capital Region will be performing as part of a charity fundraiser that fosters social charge through dance. Dancers Give Back was originally founded in the United States in 2008 by Ali Dietz and her mother Mary Alice Dietz.  The first event was organised to help […]

Justin Rutledge performing at the National Arts Centre. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Justin Rutledge – A troubadour at heart

The summer’s turned its back on me, with a sorrow-laden symmetry – with a highway kind of robbery, like my life was an apology. Now I don’t think about you all the time – only when the trees sway, slaughtered by the Alberta Breeze. – Justin Rutledge (“Alberta Breeze“ – from Man Descending) Toronto country/alt […]

Artist sketch of proposed redevelopment of the Domtar lands by Windmill

Future of Ottawa: In praise of developers

This is the second guest post in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this column Jonathan Westeinde of Ottawa-based Windmill Development Group discusses how developers can play a positive role in urban growth, as well as outlining his company’s potentially transformative plans for the Domtar site on the border of Ottawa-Gatineau.  Twitter users: use […]

Emma Slipp and Graeme McComb in Moss Park

Moss Park is a brutally honest play

Is it really necessary to always find meaning in pain and suffering?  For many people, finding lessons in sorrow is a necessity, because otherwise what is the point of experiencing anguish. But what if we can’t find any answers, let alone wisdom, from misery?  This question arose in my mind after watching Moss Park, which […]

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Future of Ottawa: Is Lebreton the new Lansdowne?

This is the first guest post in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this column, urban affairs blogger Eric Darwin looks at the proposed phase II redevelopment of Lebreton Flats, and whether this project can become another source of heated debate like the redevelopment of Lansdowne.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to […]

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The Future of Ottawa series

Ottawa is on the verge of becoming an extraordinary city.  Over the next few years, billions of dollars will be spent on several projects that will transform our region.  These initiatives include: ?  The $2.1 billion Light Rail Transit (LRT) system currently under construction; ?  The $110 million planned renovation of the National Arts Centre; ?  The proposed phase II redevelopment […]