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Weekly News Review: Ups and downs of local businesses, Sparks St. NYE party and more!

By François Levesque on December 10, 2012

It appears another independent bookstore is biting the dust. Collected Works announced this weekend that it is for sale and, if not purchased by Christmas, will close its doors. As one of the few bookstores that focused on local authors, this is one business that will be missed.

In happier news, the Mayfair Theatre has reached its fundraising goal of $45,000 that will allow it to purchase a digital project and stay in business. Lee Demarbre, one of the four co-owners of the Mayfair, told Centretown News early this month that, without a digital projector, the theatre would have to close by the end of the year.

Executive Director of the Sparks Street Mall Authority, Les Gagne, has been making tremendous efforts to make Sparks St. more enticing to Ottawans. The pedestrian mall’s been traditionally host to a slew of events, mostly in the summer, but this year it will be the host of a New Year’s Eve party. It should be a fun night starring The Arkells and Autumn’s Cannon among a number of activities along the strip.

You probably know by now that the Rideau Transit Group is being recommended to city council to design, build, finance and maintain the light rail project. RTG includes SNC-Lavalin, Spain’s ACS Infrastructure, EllisDon Corp., EllisDon Inc., Draga-dos Canada Inc. and Veolia Transportation Services Inc. Here’s a first look at what the stations with look like.