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Weekly News Review: BB10, Hoedown done?, LRT west and more!

By François Levesque on July 2, 2012

Poor Hoedown. After its money woes and cancellations, the city’s now told organizers that they cannot use the proposed Stittsville ranch location as it isn’t zoned to hold a large gathering of people. Denis Benoit and company have been resilient in making this year’s festival happen but I’m afraid this might be the final nail in the coffin.

The city of Ottawa has decided to wait another year before deciding which corridor it will use for the western extension of the LRT. This means that all 15 options proposed are still on the table. This will allow to better coordinate with the NCC.

It’s mid-summer and we’re talking hockey. The Sens have made a few changes to their alignment with the start of the Unrestricted Free Agent period. They’ve signed oft-injured forward Guillaume Latendresse to a one-year deal while sending Nick Foligno to the Columbus Blue Jackets for d-man Marc Methot. Yahoo Sports reports that the Sens are officially out of the Rick Nash derby.

Some changes for visitors are coming to Parliament. Evening tours of the precinct are now cancelled, however visitors will be able to benefit from a fancy new visitors centre in a few years with a price tag of just under $50m.

RIM’s asked their Ottawa employees to take as little vacation as possible this summer in order to concentrate on BB10. Ottawa is the “epicentre” of development for RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 (BB10) devices and software. Following last week’s news that the BB10 launch will be postponed to early 2013, the teams in place are focusing on bug testing and quality control for the next iteration of the device RIM hopes will keep them relevant in the smartphone market.

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