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Melissa, a client at the Parkdale Food Centre, volunteers in the kitchen for the center's neighborhood barbecue. Photo Karen Kelly
Melissa, a client at the Parkdale Food Centre, volunteers in the kitchen for the center's neighborhood barbecue. Photo Karen Kelly

Ottawa food bank flips the paradigm

Most food banks work in a simple way. They take in donations of food, almost any food, and they hand it out to people in need.

An Ottawa food bank is challenging the conventional wisdom. For starters, it sends some donations back.  Go to full article
Byward Market today. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/bonsmots/8365413559/in/photolist-dKdW1g-5nL3sf-afvyzX-afvytz-afykU5-afvygc-27NGkW-27JhS4-afvyEr-afvyqv-afykNh-afvy5x-afvyse-afvym4-afym7w-afym6s-6Vn789-667z4c-afym4Q-afyma9-afykGC-afvybV-afykS1-afvyDe-73Kuvx-afvZj2-9M3okC-jjkaZK-bxMCTh-dLHU5-cwcR6f-afyLFm-afyLHd-afyLKf-afvZhr-b1yp8v-93omF4-ahdUVt-eHcpxA-897iot-eH6jug-93omDP-93omBF-fU727E-93rtGb-3Xh6s-8Poaff-3XgBYG-58ZkTw-8PobLY">Bonnie Dean</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Byward Market today. Photo: Bonnie Dean, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ottawa's Byward Market is way wilder than you think

Residents and visitors to many cities around Canada and the world will celebrate urban life, neighborhoods and history this weekend during the "Jane's Walk" events. Jane Jacobs was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a community-based approach to city building.

Ottawa journalist and volunteer tour guide Karen Kelly will lead a tour along the Rideau Canal and talk about the "untold Ottawa." She spoke with Todd Moe about this annual pedestrian-focused event that offers insights into local history, planning and civic engagement through the simple act of walking and observing.

Karen Kelly's tour will be meeting at 2 pm Saturday at the corner of Colonel By and Daly Streets, across from the Westin Hotel. It'll last about 1.5 hours.  Go to full article
A family at last Saturday's Idle No More march over the Cornwall bridge.  Photo by David Sommerstein.
A family at last Saturday's Idle No More march over the Cornwall bridge. Photo by David Sommerstein.

Big expectations for "Idle No More" meeting in Canada

First Nations chiefs are meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa today. The meeting is a response to months of protests by a grassroots aboriginal group called Idle No More.

The group is demanding the government address issues such as poverty, land claims, and profits from natural resources.

As Karen Kelly reports from Ottawa, it may be difficult for today's meeting to soothe decades of discontent.  Go to full article
Skaters on Ottawa's Rideau Canal during Winterlude, 2010. Photo: Judy Andrus Toporcer, Pierrepont NY. NCPR Photo of the Day archive, Winter 2010.
Skaters on Ottawa's Rideau Canal during Winterlude, 2010. Photo: Judy Andrus Toporcer, Pierrepont NY. NCPR Photo of the Day archive, Winter 2010.

Warm weather threatens Rideau skateway

It's January and the Rideau Canal in Ottawa remains closed. The National Capital Commission--which maintains the canal-- is waiting for a good long stretch of cold weather.

It needs to be in the five degree range - and no warm days -- to harden the ice. Two winters ago, there were 58 days of skating on the canal. Last year, there were only 28, and this season doesn't look very promising.  Go to full article
Tremblay with 8-year-old Dana Abozmal. Photo: Karen Kelly
Tremblay with 8-year-old Dana Abozmal. Photo: Karen Kelly

Ottawa social worker is also Santa

With the requisite white beard and round belly, Raymond Tremblay looks like Santa Claus, even when he isn't wearing his red suit.

Tremblay is the official Santa for Canada Post, and the Rideau Centre in Ottawa. He's also Santa at his day job at the Shepherds of Good Hope, a homeless shelter in Ottawa.

Tremblay employs the same skills as a social worker as he does in the red velvet suit.  Go to full article
A Bixi Bike stand in Ottawa. Photo:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jfingas/">Jon Fingas</a>, <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/deed.en">cc, some rights reserved</a>
A Bixi Bike stand in Ottawa. Photo:Jon Fingas, cc, some rights reserved

Ups and downs of Ottawa bike-sharing

All over Ottawa, you can spot clusters of red bikes parked on street corners. They're known as Bixi bikes; it's a bike-sharing program that's supposed to make it easy for tourists to get around the city. There are 25 bike stations all over the dowtown area. And the same model is used in Washington DC, Boston, Toronto and Montreal. But as reporter Karen Kelly discovered, there are a few challenges to mastering the Bixi bike experience.  Go to full article

Paper or plastic: daily green dilemmas

Sometimes, the more choices you have, the more stress you feel. That's the case with some people when it comes to taking care of the environment. As Karen Kelly reports, being environmentally aware can be a burden.  Go to full article
A volunteer stacks the bikes into a pile at the back of a huge shipping container. Photo: Karen Kelly
A volunteer stacks the bikes into a pile at the back of a huge shipping container. Photo: Karen Kelly

Bike shop in a box

So many of us have an old bike collecting dust in the garage. More often than not, they end up in the garbage. But, as Karen Kelly reports, one group has found a unique way to recycle them.  Go to full article

Ottawa lawmaker braces for global warming

Many people think of climate change as a national, even international, problem. But a growing number of local officials are beginning to see it as a local problem as well. Census figures show that more and more North Americans are now living in cities. For those who want to fight climate change, that means changing the way these urban folks live. Karen Kelly has the story of one Ottawa city councilor who's made that his mission.  Go to full article

Cooling Concerns About Air Conditioning

As the hot weather settles in, air conditioners are being wedged into windows everywhere. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly usually tries not to use one. But she finds as the temperatures rise, her concerns for the environment evaporate.  Go to full article

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