The arts scene moves into Chinatown

Art galleries and creative spaces have been steadily setting up shop in Chinatown, but with new businesses entering the neighbourhood, some are wondering whether it will affect the community’s culture, history, and economic value. The Central Art Garage, a conceptual art gallery located at Somerset Street West and Lebreton Street North, opened in 2013 in a renovated auto repair shop. When co-owner of the gallery Danny Hussey moved in four year ago, he said the arts scene hadn’t yet formed in Chinatown. “When we moved in here, there wasn’t very much,” Hussey said. “Over time, I think people start to gravitate to a certain space.” Neighbourhoods such as Westboro and Hintonburg are pricing themselves out of the market for many […]

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NDP candidate Dewar wants to expand the public sector for students

Paul Dewar, the New Democratic Party (NDP) incumbent for Ottawa Centre, is running once again to be an MP, but said becoming one wasn’t his childhood aspiration. “I never planned at an early age to run for office,” the 52-year-old Ottawa native said. “[But] I can say that growing up with my mother involved in politics, I saw the importance . . . of making a difference in politics.” The son of a prominent NDP politician who served as Ottawa’s mayor from 1978-85, Dewar has been through three federal elections. He was first elected in 2006, when Stephen Harper’s Conservatives formed its first government. “Elections are like job interviews,” he said. “You go up to the electors and they decide […]

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