Tag Archives: Ottawa

The Stong Arm of Eugene Melnyk

Posted on 03. Feb, 2016 by .

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On January 26th the two competing bits for the redevelopment of the Lebreton Flats area of Ottawa finally revealed their proposals. Both groups have plans for extensive retail, residential, and green space, as well as an arena. The mention of an arena in both proposals is a surprise as while the “Rendez Vous LeBreton Group” is […]

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Breaking down OC Transpo Payment Methods

Posted on 15. Nov, 2015 by .

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Riders have a wide variety of options to choose from when it comes to paying to use OCTranspo. These options include cash, tickets, and the presto card. Each offers of these three options offer riders different ways to pay for their transit use. Unfortunately there is one powerful option that is missing from the system […]

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Residential Street Excavation

Posted on 21. Sep, 2015 by .

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Few things are more infuriating to see than a new or well paved road being torn up and improperly repaired. Unfortunately this tends to happen quite frequently where new houses are built in the place of older existing ones. These repair jobs are often done with little regard for the longevity and quality of the fix, or any consideration […]

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Changing the Ottawa Taxi Monopoly

Posted on 27. Mar, 2015 by .

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The Taxi system in many large cities in North America is broken. Unfortunately Ottawa is among these. Through the historical over-reliance on regulation as means to create a safe, quality, and consistent experience, Ottawa has managed to create the very climate they set out to avoid. Only with the recent entrance of Uber’s taxi service into the […]

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Mixed-gender Youth Sailing

Posted on 24. Aug, 2014 by .

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With many in Canada looking for ways to stay active and keep cool during the surprisingly hot summer, sailing fills that roll for many. Sailing schools across the country run programs for children as young as 6, all the way up to teenagers on the race team, many who look forward to taking part on […]

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“Call for a Quote”: Shopping Online in 2014

Posted on 17. Aug, 2014 by .

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Over the past month, while trying to purchase a variety of obscure items (security nuts and marine VHF cable connectors) I experienced for the first time the outdated nature of many small businesses on the internet. While the likes of Amazon and The Source have an extensive online presence, where browsing and purchasing their products […]

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Improving the Airport Parkway

Posted on 13. Jul, 2014 by .

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While many in Ottawa are fixated on the failed pedestrian bridge project over the Airport Parkway, they tend to forget about the parkways other serious issues, such as it being one lane for much of its length, the lack of highway access, and the roads use as a commuter thoroughfare. The Airport Parkway, as its […]

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Presto’s Missing Fourth Payment Option

Posted on 21. Jun, 2014 by .

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With the expiry of my U-pass in May I have begun to use my Presto card for the first time since it’s launch. Thankfully, while there are a few minor issues I have found with Presto, I have only one major concern: payment options. When I went to register and setup my Presto card I was […]

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Ending Urban Sprawl

Posted on 16. Oct, 2013 by .

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In the past 20 years the population of Ottawa has increased at an explosive rate. In those days Kanata, Orleans, and Barrhaven were just small collections of houses tucked away outside the greenbelt. Today those areas are huge sprawling suburban neighbourhoods which have shown some of the fastest growth in the city. With new expansions […]

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The Wrong Name for LeBreton Station

Posted on 09. Sep, 2013 by .

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As the development of the Ottawa Light Rail network continues the transit commission continues to make decisions about details of the Confederation Line. One of these decisions is the renaming of the LeBreton Transitway Station to Pimisi Station. This name, meaning eel in Algonquin, is supposed to pay tribute to the Algonquin tribe who once inhabited […]

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