tim wieclawski

Expect a Japanese invasion at animation festival

The Ottawa International Animation Festival is experiencing a bit of a Japanese invasion this year. "There is a number of Japanese films in competition, it's a very strong year, they've kind of taken over the festival," said OIAF artistic director Chris Robinson. This year's festival will be...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 10:34 AM

Vital Signs report chides Ottawa on homelessness

In the five years since the Community Foundation of Ottawa released the first Vital Signs report, the cost of a transit pass has gone up 40 per cent, the average cost of a two-bedroom apartment has gone up 11 per cent, but Ontario Works for individuals has only gone up $49.“It’s no surprise then,...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 9:28 PM

Watson enjoys big lead in new poll, undecided voters a 'wild card'

With three weeks to go before election day, a new poll shows Jim Watson is boasting a big lead in the mayor's race, but the campaign is far from over. According to a poll conducted by Holinshed Research Group of 396 people randomly selected from across the city, Watson is leading the race with 36...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 11:14 AM

Bay Ward centre of controversy

A proposal to turn the site of the Grant Alternative School into a Francophone community service centre has become one of the lightning rod issues of the election in Bay Ward.Among the top contenders for the seat, three candidates agree on the plan, at least in principle, but one has vowed to make...

Friday, October 1, 2010, 10:58 AM

Doucet talks tax savings

There will be no promises of zero-means-zero or even to cap tax increases at 2.5 per cent from Clive Doucet. “Those arbitrary numbers have caused a great deal of trouble at council,” said Doucet. “This old way of thinking will deliver the same budget woes and the same rise in city taxes.”Rather...

Friday, October 1, 2010, 10:44 AM

O'Brien not sold on prostitution court ruling

While the decision by an Ontario judge to strike down several key provisions of Canada's prostitution laws is being appealed, things won't change for sex trade workers and clients in Ottawa. "I'm determined to make sure that business gets carried on like usual for the next 30 days at least," Mayor...

Thursday, September 30, 2010, 11:10 AM

Snow-removal operators get jump on winter

Winter is a few months away, but the city of Ottawa is getting into snow removal mode now. Over the next few months, operators will be training on and getting reacquainted with snow removal equipment. The fleet department will put up to 400 students through the school over the over the next three...

Thursday, September 30, 2010, 11:01 AM

Tower to get green upgrades

Residents of an Ottawa Community Housing tower at 215 Wurtemburg St. will be getting some environmentally sustainable upgrades.Yesterday, the Home Depot Canada Foundation presented OCH with a $25,000 Affordable Housing Grant to purchase new energy-efficient light fixtures and water-saving devices.

Thursday, September 30, 2010, 10:35 AM

Metro Minute at the Orange Gallery

Today is that last day to take in Michel Luc Bellemare’s glittering abstract paintings at the Orange Gallery at 233 Armstrong St., across from the Parkdale Market in Westboro. Bellemare is an avant-garde artist whose works have been featured in the National Gallery of Canada. He likes to describe...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 5:30 AM

Metro Minute on Preston Street

Take a stroll through the heart of Ottawa’s Little Italy and check out the new street art installations on the sidewalks along the newly rebuilt Preston Street between Carling Avenue and Scott Street.The 15 new bronze and granite sculptures, designed by Wakefield artist CJ Fleury, each depict...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 5:30 AM

Wetlands key issue in debate

The next city council may start buying property around Ottawa in a big way, at least the wetlands. Land banking has been a central theme of Clive Doucet’s platform since the beginning of his campaign. He’s been suggesting undeveloped land around the city could be used for everything from more city...

Monday, September 27, 2010, 11:16 AM

O’Brien not buying sport fee freeze

Larry O’Brien has taken exception to Jim Watson’s promise to freeze sport facility rental fees.If he is elected Mayor, Watson pledged that rental fees for sport fields, hockey rinks and community halls would be frozen for the next four years.Watson criticized the current council for raising fees by...

Monday, September 27, 2010, 11:03 AM

Metro Minute at the Drop Zone

Drop by the Delta Ottawa Hotel and Suites on Queen Street any time between 8:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to watch some brave fundraisers do their best superhero impressions. Approximately 65 people, who each raised at least $1,500 for Easter Seals, will get a chance to rappel down the north tower of the...

Monday, September 27, 2010, 5:30 AM

Council approves new zoning for Lansdowne

The Lansdowne Partnership Plan has taken another step forward. Despite calls to delay rezoning since the city had not received a heritage report on the plan, city council approved the change Wednesday by a vote of 14-9. The new zoning allows for all the current uses and the commercial and...

Thursday, September 23, 2010, 11:29 AM

Watson claims O'Brien secretly wants party politics at city hall

According to a nine-month-old email exchange released by mayoral candidate Jim Watson, Larry O’Brien secretly wants to bring political parties to city hall. Watson issued an open letter to O’Brien Wednesday calling on the mayor to clarify his position.O’Brien admitted to pondering party politics at...

Thursday, September 23, 2010, 11:21 AM

Upcoming political fundraisers around the city

Mayor Larry O’Brien is getting some fundraising from one of the lawyers who helped with his trial last year. Vincent Clifford is one of three people organizing a meet-and-greet cocktail party this Friday. Prominent business lawyer Debbie Weinstein will be hosting another fundraiser for O’Brien at...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 9:22 PM

Watson’s sign of prosperous times

For a man with a mayoralty platform heavy on tourism, Jim Watson’s Chinese name is very appropriate.According to translator Jin-Tiong Tan, a retired uOttawa professor, Watson’s Chinese name, Wan Jin Si, literally means “Countless Number, to Promote Events, Thoughtfully.”“I’m not making this up,”...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 11:27 AM

Air Force marks the Battle of Britain

In the middle of 1940, a seemingly irresistible German military had swept across Europe and was preparing to invade Britain. Before they could risk a land invasion, the Nazis first had to eliminate the Royal Air Force. Despite the Luftwaffe having superior numbers and aircraft, the RAF held them...

Monday, September 20, 2010, 10:48 AM

Metro Minute with legal graffiti

Done poorly and illegally, graffiti is vandalism, but when a talented artist has the time and permission to work, there is no question of its artistic merit.Check out the work of some of Ottawa’s top graffiti artists at the Tech Wall located at the intersection of Slater Street and Bronson Avenue....

Monday, September 20, 2010, 5:30 AM

Metro Minute at the Laurier House

Nestled among the residences at the intersection of Laurier Avenue and Chapel Street, Laurier House commemorates two of Canada’s most notable prime ministers, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and William Lyon Mackenzie King. From 1897 until 1948, the house was one of the focus points of political life in Canada...

Thursday, September 16, 2010, 3:49 AM