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Why It's a Good Time to Rent in Ontario

Ontario provincial highlights from CMHC's Rental Market Report show that despite there being less options to do so, more people are choosing to stay in a rental situation for longer periods. With sky-high prices, ongoing employment instability, and plain confusion over the real estate market, it seems that for many, renting is generally a safer and more feasible option than buying a home in 2015.
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Mr. Harper, Move the Victims of Communism Monument

The planned Memorial to the Victims of Communism has attracted ever-greater controversy over its design and location, evoking strong and remarkably united criticism from a broad array of commentators, including architectural associations, legal experts, the Mayor of Ottawa, the NCC, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court -- not to mention the vast majority of local residents. Perhaps most astonishingly, nearly two-thirds of Conservative supporters nationwide oppose the plan. Yet the Conservative government perseveres, obstinately rejecting any reasoned debate or compromise.
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FIFA Women's World Cup a Winner for Tourism

Last week, FIFA took centre stage in the world media for all the wrong reasons. This week, the beautiful game will rely on its most beautiful players to re-focus attention on the sport itself. That means eyes of the soccer world will be on Canada for the entirety of the 2015 Women's World Cup, which starts on June 6 with a pair of matches in Edmonton and culminates on July 5 in Vancouver.
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I'm the Ottawa Comic Who Was Sexually Harassed on Stage

It's hard to put into words how I felt at that moment. Scared. Objectified. Threatened. Invalidated. I felt like I was going to cry. Turned my head for about 15 seconds, took a sip of water, told myself to just plug through, went to talk and my voice was all warbled like I was about to cry. Realized I couldn't talk because I was so upset. Said into the microphone, "I'm sorry but I can't do this." I was not able to do my job because someone was sexually harassing me. As a stand up comic I do not have a Human Resources Department. The stage is my workplace and I was publicly humiliated, objectified and belittled.
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Ottawa's After-Work Cocktail Scene

From locally sourced ingredients to house-made bitters and even a vegan cocktail menu, Ottawa's watering holes are raising the after-work drinking bar. Whether you need a place to dust off the day's trials or toast to a week well done, these businesses are serving up the best in Ottawa craft cocktails.
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A Former Dancer's Lesson in Finding Balance

My first career was as a dancer. Then, suddenly, that dream was over. About 10 years ago, the first incarnation of a more specific dream-within-a-dream began creeping tentatively from my mind. Spurred by that voice, my dream today takes the form of Ottawa's seventh annual Women in Business conference.
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Canada Family Day Top Destinations 2015

Family Day is right around the corner and is, of course, all about spending time with loved ones and taking advantage of the long weekend. What better way to do that then to take a quick mini-vacation! Here's a look at the top five most popular domestic destinations over the holiday weekend, along with some fantastic things to do in each city.
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Outdoor Winter Fun in Canada's Capital

Has all that outdoor fun left you spent? Maybe you're just sick of layers, static, and space heaters. Beat the winter blues at this Old Chelsea oasis. It's the biggest spa in North America! While they do offer indoor services such as massage and body treatments, the full experience includes taking a dip in the outdoor baths and warming up in seven different saunas.
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The Real Reason Canadians Pay Higher Prices Than Americans For the Same Products

The United States and Canada do not allow for full competition, but Americans benefit from a bigger market given their much larger population. Thus, a continental market in airline travel would serve passengers if an American airline could compete head-to-head with Canadian airlines on domestic routes. But the federal government won't allow it. The result? Higher airline fares in Canada.
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Where to Play, Stay and Eat in Ottawa

For about $400 per night you can walk the hallowed halls of history where scoundrels, prime ministers and the famous have played and made change. Every exquisite detail from the wrought iron in stairwells to the exact and prompt timing of your eggs Benedict is carefully crafted. Buildings just aren't made like this anymore as each sightline sparkles with the ornate and makes for sumptuous comfort.
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What to Do on a Weekend In Ottawa

Think Ottawa is a sleepy government town with little to offer other than politicians? Think again. Three friends and I embarked on a weekend road trip to take in the food, entertainment and history that the city and outlying area have to offer. Ottawa did not disappoint.
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Canada Needs to Get Serious About Development Finance

Canada is the only G7 country that doesn't have a publicly-owned, profit-driven development finance institution (DFI) that can help private business invest in jobs, growth and markets in low-income countries. We're not just missing an opportunity to raise people out of poverty: we're also missing a chance to build Canadian business while earning returns for Canada's stretched taxpayers.
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Canada's Top 15 Best Value Cities for 2015

If you're looking for a fun and affordable vacation it's time to travel domestically and explore one of hotel comparison trivago.ca's 15 Best Value Canadian Cities for 2015. Based on the yearly average price of a standard double room and the destinations' overall hotel reputation on over 200 booking sites, trivago has revealed the home turf cities that are both budget friendly and worth a visit in 2015!
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Let's Reflect on the Attacks in Canada, But Hold Off on Legislation

The horrific and public murders of two Canadian servicemen days apart will surely become political fodder for debates about Canada's international and domestic policies and practices concerning terrorism. While these tragedies should indeed stimulate conversation and reflection, they should not be used to stifle debate and facilitate the speedy passing of any counter-terrorism legislation without due scrutiny or a critical eye.
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More Surveillance Punishes Canadians, Not Terrorists

The potential destruction of terrorism is infinitesimally smaller than the damage done to our rights by a disproportionate attempt to prevent it. Please. Please remember this. It's even more important now, when that fact is so easily forgotten in the wake of the attack on our Parliament and the tragic deaths of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. We cannot allow the extreme actions of a few to strip us of the freedoms those soldiers worked so hard to protect. But the Canadian government continues to roll back our rights in the name of "security."
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5 Reasons To Quit Calling These Guys Terrorists

We should honour the sacrifice of Cpl. Cirillo and Warrant Officer Vincent by refusing to bestow their attackers with a name that accords them prominence and stature. Let's dial this back several notches and call this phenomenon what it is: violent treason. And the mental health aspect cannot be dismissed. Our focus should be soberly fixed on appropriate security, not obsessing over unstable individuals who are by their nature unpredictable.
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Not Everyone Who Commits Terrible Crimes Has Mental Illness

A lot of people who end up committing terrible crimes belong in jails -- not mental hospitals. Studies show the majority of people with mental illness are not violent and in fact are more likely to be a victim of a violent crime then commit one. Yes, some people with mental illness commit violent crimes but the majority of people who commit these same crimes are perfectly sane.
Ottawa is the capital of Canada and the fourth largest city in the country (812,129 population in 2006 census). It was founded as Bytown in 1826 and incorporated in 1855 with a new name derived from the Algonquin word adawe, which means "to trade." Ottawa was appointed Canada's capital city by Queen Victoria in 1857 and is home to Parliament Hill, the National Library and Archives, the National Gallery, the Museums of Civilization, Contemporary Photography, Nature, War and Science & Technology. The city also boasts three professional sports teams, the Ottawa Redblacks (CFL), the Ottawa Senators (NHL), and the Ottawa Fury (North American Soccer League).