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How walkable is Ottawa?

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When a pedestrian is struck in Ottawa, the news often hits Twitter first – then Walk Ottawa (@Ottwalk) is there to retweet it and spread the message. Lana Stewart from Walk Ottawa is trying to raise the profile of pedestrian issues in the city and get others involved with improving city streets for pedestrians. Lana says their site, ottawawalkingproblems.ca, has had almost 120 problems reported already. Problems include bad sidewalks, areas without crosswalks, accessibility issues and poorly timed pedestrian signals. The first FAQ on Ottawa Walking Problems is “Why bother?” which... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Great Public Spaces, underachieving buildings and the Dalai Lama!

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The book industry is dying you say? Maybe so, but Octopus Books is finding ways of making it work. The alternative book store which opened more than 40 years ago has opened up a second location in Centretown in the Under One Roof centre, a space bringing together community groups, social entrepreneurs and social justice advocates to share space, build community and strengthen the city’s social fabric. The South March Highlands was named the first People’s Choice Great Public Space winner, the Canadian Institute of Planners announced Thursday. The competition,... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Paper Kindle Club discusses Alone in the Classroom

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Welcome to the first ever Apartment613 Bookclub, sponsored by Collected Works! A few of us literary folk will be gathered at 1242 Wellington to discuss Elizabeth Hay’s novel, Alone in the Classroom. If you can’t make it down to the bookshop, but want to share your insights into the book, join in the online discussion below on on twitter with the hashtag #613books. The following is the publisher’s description of the novel: In a small prairie school in 1929, Connie Flood helps a backward student, Michael Graves, learn how to... | Continue reading article

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Rick Salutin discusses Dissent

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Canadian dissent: passionate and vivacious or feeble and dormant? For Rick Salutin, a man who’s famous for brandishing a combative spur in the melee of pertinent issues, there’s a little of column A and little of column B; “There’s good news and bad news.” On Saturday afternoon, in the Main Branch of the Public Library, Rick Salutin, in front of a room of about a hundred, including local MP Paul Dewar, first took a few moments to remind or inform the audience of the rather stagnant aura of dissent in... | Continue reading article

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Apt613′s hard hitting interview with Wellington’s marble hydrants!

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Stroll down Wellington West on a sunny afternoon and you’re bound to notice the Wellington Street Marble Hydrants. Half hydrant, half… well, the other half seems to vary, but fruit, vegetables, household appliances and musical instruments are common choices. When the marble statues were introduced to Wellington St. in 2010, they received a mixed reaction: some were derisive, a few appalled, but most were simply confused (what is a hydrant with a baby car seat strapped on top supposed to represent?). After a while, most residents got used to their... | Continue reading article

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Kichesippi Beer Company turns two

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Like any two-year-old, Kichesippi Beer Co. has already developed its own personality – and a tendency to want to go against the grain. In celebration of its second birthday party on Sunday afternoon (we’re expecting a bouncy castle, but is that too big-kid-esque for a toddler?), we sat down with a pint of Kichesippi Blonde and asked it a few questions. Apartment613: So what’s your favourite colour? Kichesippi Blonde: Ummm… Blue. Favourite food? KB: Malt. Yum! Oh – and ice cream. With sprinkles. What’s it like being two? KB: I... | Continue reading article

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Vincent Lam at the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival

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Giller prize winning author, Vincent Lam has just released his first novel, The Headmaster’s Wager. It is a intricate piece of historical fiction, where Lam depicts the complexity of the Chinese community in Vietnam during the Vietnam war. Lam is in Ottawa tonight speaking as part of the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival. Tonight’s event is titled The Weight of History and features Lam, Peter Hobbs and Ami McKay. The panel convenes at Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar Street at 8:30pm. Apartment613 sat down with Vincent Lam today to discuss his... | Continue reading article

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Pimp yo’ bi-pedalled ride: Breaking Away

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You love your bike. It helps keep you fit, it’s never runs  late, and paying for parking is a non-issue. Sometimes though, you forget to show your velocipede the love it deserves. You leave it locked outside, subject to the weather, and let it gather rust. You lock it to lamp posts or sign posts, scraping up the top tube. You’re embarrassed to ride it because green was so 2003. Is a new paint job in order? Whoa, hold on, back away from the spray paint! Do your frame a... | Continue reading article

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Caesar as a girl: Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra’s Guilio Cesare

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Of all the reasons to be intrigued by the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra’s performance this Friday of Handel’s greatest opera, Giulio Cesare, let’s start with this one: our Julius Caesar is a girl. This isn’t our innovation. It’s built into the role. Handel wrote the opera in 1724 to tell the tale of love and intrigue between Caesar and Cleopatra in Egypt. But the star he wanted to show off as his Caesar was a castrato, the great Senesino, who’d had the family jewels excised so he could sing in... | Continue reading article

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