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Delivering Smiles for Seniors at Christmas

Delivering Smiles for Seniors at Christmas

By Holly Lake – iPolitics – Published December 5, 2016

For Chantal Langevin, Christmas hasn’t always been the most wonderful time of the year.

Growing up, while her mom struggled to put food on the table, at her relatives, presents would fill half the living room for a family of five at Christmas. The contrast always struck her — and stayed with her.

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NCC talks with Melnyk’s RendezVous group on LeBreton Flats project move ahead

NCC talks with Melnyk’s RendezVous group on LeBreton Flats project move ahead

By Don Butler – Ottawa Citizen – Published November 24, 2016, Updated November 25, 2016

Ottawa residents will have to wait at least another year to find out whether they can look forward to watching the Ottawa Senators play in a new downtown arena.

After hearing that enough progress has been made in talks with Eugene Melnyk’s RendezVous LeBreton group to designate it as the preferred proponent to develop LeBreton Flats, the National Capital Commission’s board agreed Thursday to begin formal negotiations.

All board members voted in favour other than Victor Brunette, who said he didn’t have “all the information I need” to make an informed decision and abstained.

NCC official Marco Zanetti said the agency’s negotiating team met 22 times over the past six months with RendezVous officials to resolve preliminary issues.

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Update: NCC to start negotiating LeBreton Flats redevelopment with Senators-backed group

Update: NCC to start negotiating LeBreton Flats redevelopment with Senators-backed group

By Peter Kovessy – Ottawa Business Journal – Published November 24, 2016

One of Ottawa’s largest urban redevelopment projects took a major step forward on Thursday morning, but the start of construction still remains more than a year away.

The National Capital Commission board of directors voted today to officially recognize RendezVous LeBreton as the preferred proponent to redevelop the 53-acre vacant property west of downtown.

The designation means the NCC can start officially negotiating an agreement with RendezVous LeBreton, a process that’s expected to take at least a year.

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Canadian Museum for Human Rights: from dream to reality

Canadian Museum for Human Rights: from dream to reality

  The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – When Canada’s newest national museum opens next weekend, it will mark the end of a 14-year journey sparked by one family’s desire to have Canadians learn about the struggle for — and the fragility of — freedom.

Global Winnipeg will mark the opening on Sept. 19 with a day of coverage from the museum, online and on air.
The road to create the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has not always been a smooth one. Costs rose sharply, which led to a renewed search for donors and government aid; deciding which groups and what milestones to recognize has been a thorny issue with some interest groups.

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Fans, players give TD Place at Lansdowne a loud welcome

Fans, players give TD Place at Lansdowne a loud welcome

Ottawa Citizen
MICHAEL WOODS
SAMANTHA WRIGHT ALLEN
Published on: July 9, 2014

Thousands of Ottawa Redblacks season-ticket holders got their first look at the team’s sparkling new home Wednesday night at the grand opening of TD Place at Lansdowne.

While the event was a chance for fans to tour the stadium and meet Redblacks players, it also served as a test run for team officials madly preparing for the team’s July 18 home opener.

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Canadian Museum for Human Rights can change Canada, CEO Stuart Murray believes

Canadian Museum for Human Rights can change Canada, CEO Stuart Murray believes

BY DON BUTLER, OTTAWA CITIZEN MAY 6, 2014 – On the subject of Winnipeg’s new Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Stuart Murray makes no bones about it: he’s an optimist.

“If you’re not going to be optimistic with a project of this magnitude,” the museum’s president and CEO said during a promotional visit to Ottawa Tuesday, “you might as well get out.”

But Murray’s optimism extends far beyond his conviction that the $351-million museum, which opens Sept. 20, will be a popular success. He believes it will change Canada. “Canada has never had a place to tell this kind of story before,” said Murray, who admits he knew more about American civil rights icon Rosa Parks before starting at the museum than he did about Viola Desmond, a high-profile casualty of racial discrimination in Nova Scotia.

The new museum will change that. By the time they finish touring the museum’s 11 galleries, visitors are “going to be inspired to make this a better civil society, a better human rights society,” he said. “That’s our mandate, that’s our goal.”

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Sandy Hill Development Expected to Ease Student Housing Shortage

Sandy Hill Development Expected to Ease Student Housing Shortage

Ottawa – Robert Viner and Susan Viner Vered, CEO and COO, respectively, of Viner Assets Inc. (VAI) and Tony DiBiase, principal, CA international, an affiliate of CA Student Living (CASL), VAI’s joint venture partner, are pleased to participate in a public consultation at the Sandy Hill Community Center at 6:30 p.m. on November 6 to present and answer questions on their proposed student housing project on a one-acre site at the corner of Laurier Avenue and Friel Street. The meeting is being arranged by the City of Ottawa’s Planning department and will be facilitated by City Councillor Mathieu Fleury.

This redevelopment will replace the existing six buildings of which almost all the occupants are students. The site has been owned by VAI and related companies for almost 60 years. The project will be co-developed by VAI and CASL independently of the University of Ottawa, and will provide students with more housing options close to the University.

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CMHR announces September 2014 opening date

CMHR announces September 2014 opening date

WINNIPEG – November 4, 2013 – The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) will open its doors to the world on September 20, 2014, its President and CEO announced today at a briefing with industry partners.

“A national project of this scope and scale comes along just once in a generation,” Stuart Murray said. “When the doors of this building open next September, it will be a historic moment for Canada and a proud day for Manitoba, as we welcome visitors from across the country and around the world.”

CMHR Board Chair Eric Hughes said the Museum reflects the best of what Canada has to offer to the world. “It doesn’t matter which province or territory you’re from. This museum belongs to all of us: to you in Manitoba, to me from Alberta, to each citizen from coast to coast to coast,” he said. “This project reflects the values we cherish as a nation. By celebrating our success and reflecting on our failings, the CMHR will be a beacon of learning and inspiration for Canadians.”

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Convention Centre meant $100M for local economy in full first year, report says

Convention Centre meant $100M for local economy in full first year, report says

By Matthew Pearson, Ottawa Citizen | May 13, 2013.

The Ottawa Convention Centre pumped more than $100 million into the local economy in its first full year of operation, says an economic impact report to be released Monday.

The $179-million facility opened in April 2011, but the latest study, prepared by market research firm Ipsos, focused solely on the 2012 calendar year.

It found that 57 big-ticket events that drew more than a quarter of attendees from outside the Ottawa-Gatineau region — the NHL All-Star Weekend and the national Liberal convention among them — attracted more than 47,000 people from outside Ottawa and were responsible for $94 million in direct spending on everything from hotels and meals to taxis and haircuts…

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