Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect an official position of apt613. I live downtown. I live downtown because I don’t want, and typically don’t need, a car. I (foolishly) don’t work downtown; I work in Ottawa South. Fortunately I’m in good health and I can get to […]
Bus drivers just rejected the city’s offer. The margin: 64.4%. CP reports 2,300 bus drivers have been on strike since Dec. 10, 2008. Yuck.
…check out this site: Public Transit in Ottawa. It’s run by a couple of Ottawa University students (current and former) and links to news sources, polls and other data relating to transit issues. They also have interviews with local politicians, such as Ottawa MPP Yasir Naqvi and the Green Party’s David Chernusenko.
The transit strike is (almost) over! The City of Ottawa and the OC Transpo workers union have reached a tentative deal to end one of the longest transit strikes in Canada. Both city council and union membership need to make things official before the buses start running again. It was announced that all issues that […]
UPDATE: Citing concerns about “additional controversy,” OC Transpo has refused to run the atheist ads on Ottawa’s buses and the city’s committee in charge of the transist system has declined to override the decision. It looks like the next stop for the Athiest bus will the nation’s capital, as the Freethought Association of Canada announced […]
Apartment613 is pleased to offer a take on the new transit tunnel plan today from David McClelland of the Ottawa Project. You’ll also hear him discuss the tunnel on CBC Radio. If you have comments on the proposal please leave us a comment! With the release of a proposed route and stations for Ottawa’s future […]
Councilor Clive Doucet Ward 17: The Glebe, Sunnyside, Old Ottawa South and Carleton U. ‘Doucet Breaks Rank’ read the headline of the Ottawa Citizen, referring to the fact that the councilor is the only one to have spoken his views on the bus strike independently of city hall. His point: control over schedules isn’t worth […]
It’s Day 48 of the Ottawa OC Transpo strike and some citizens are more than fed up. A number of protests were organized today, starting from the Ottawa City Hall and leading up the Parliament, where conveniently government reconvened today for first time since it was prorogued by the Governor General in December. It may […]
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 […]
Weekly News Review: Locals show their pride, try a nouveau rental car on for size, OC Transpo expands double deckers and more!
This year’s pride parade came off without a hitch, and Capital Xtra is calling it one of the most diverse and inclusive local pride events in years. Supporters ranged from eight months to 85 years in age, with the Senior Pride Network showing their colours in full force. A new Ottawa business is positioning itself as a godsend […]
According to Le Droit, Québec retail chain Simons came “à un cheveu” to move into the Rideau Centre. The owners of Rideau Centre, Cadillac Fairview, preferred Nordstrom over them. Simons is expanding beyond Québec and has recently opened a store at the West Edmonton Mall. While Simons still has hope of entering the Ottawa market, […]
You’ll get the chance to hear from provincial Liberal candidates vying for Premier Dalton McGuinty’s job this Tuesday as Glen Murray, Sandra Pupatello, Eric Hoskins, Charles Sousa, Hrinder Takhar, Kathleen Wynee, and Gerard Kennedy will debating at Carleton University’s River Theatre Building starting at 7pm. Innovative solution or environmental quagmire? That’s what the next few years will tell us […]
Weekly News Review: Presto cards arrive, Somerset House conflict almost resolved, the year in restaurants and more!
10,000 free Presto cards were snapped up by eager customers looking to try out the new system. Because of the high demand, OCTranspo is making another 2,000 free cards available shortly. Yours truly picked one up, I’ll let you know how I like it over the next few weeks! Back in September, I wrote about […]
The last few blogging round-ups have focused on specific subjects, while listing bloggers who specialise in those topics. This week’s column is a little different. Rather than choosing a single category and then discussing it at length, I will instead focus on five interesting local blogs that I have come across recently, and which I […]
Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of […]