OTTAWA

Adam Petto

Planned Parenthood in Canada Is Under Attack Too

You've heard of the recent attacks on women's healthcare in the States, but in Canada, we're feeling the impact too. For 50 years, Planned Parenthood Ottawa has been there for our community, providing unbiased counselling, education, advice and support. But it's become increasingly hard to do our work. Planned Parenthood is under attack, by people who oppose healthcare for women and the trans community, who don't want youth to get the education they need, and who dedicate themselves to cutting our funding every way they can.
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Discover Ottawa's Independent Coffee Scene

Ottawa is enjoying a bit of an independent coffee revival that includes new cafes, small-batch roasters, and knowledgeable, artistic baristas. It's worth noting that this trend isn't just hitting the downtown core, but is also spreading to the suburbs and rural areas as well. East or west, downtown or outskirts, we've found some of the city's best coffee to quell your caffeine craving.
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These Are Issues Federal Party Leaders Should Be Debating

There was a very telling disconnect earlier this week between what passes for priorities inside the Ottawa bubble and the issues that really matter to Canadians. While federal leaders and backroom organizers debated the debates, Canadians were still stuck in traffic. They still worried about finding a home they could afford. They still faced the frustration of trying to be globally competitive with inadequate and aging infrastructure. These issues are critical to the quality of life of Canadians and they need to be front and centre in this election campaign.
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The Defacement of Sandra Bland Mural Proves #AllLivesMatter Is Destructive

In the wake of Sandra Bland's death, artists Kalkidan Assefa and Allan Andre painted a mural in Ottawa in remembrance. Less than 48 hours after it was completed, the mural of Sandra Bland was defaced with "All Lives Matter." Make no mistake, this is an act of white supremacy. #AllLivesMatter is a mantra of white supremacy that ignores history, social relations, power, and, most of all, the lives of non-white people. #AllLivesMatter is a mantra of peaceful multiculturalism that proclaims equality in the face of disproportionate violence against black and indigenous peoples, in particular.
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).