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Out of a tiny kitchen — hundreds of meals served with compassion

Cornerstone Housing for Women lost its commercial kitchen during the pandemic, but that hasn't stopped it from serving up thousands of hot meals to those in need.

Sartorial symbol of LGBTQ persecution arrives in Ottawa-Gatineau

The Amsterdam Rainbow Dress, a voluminous multicoloured gown that embodies a powerful statement about the global persecution of LGBTQ people, is now making its way through Ottawa.

Nutcracker returns for Christmas — without most of the kids

The pitter-patter of little feet will be mostly missing from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's (RWB) Nutcracker when it returns to Ottawa on Friday after a two-year absence.

Nordic Lab celebrates Indigenous artists of the North

Nordic Lab, a new Indigenous-led research and production space at an Ottawa gallery, showcases artists from the far North.

Music venues can reach capacity, but they're choosing caution

Unlike nightclubs, live music venues can reach full capacity, but caution is the name of the game as they hope crowds will eventually return in full force.

Soprano creates mask made specially for singers

Ottawa soprano Joan Fearnley invented a mask tailor made for vocalists, which has then been adapted for choirs around the world.

Ottawa film industry shaken by death on Alec Baldwin movie set

Ottawa's film and television community is reeling from the shocking death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who officials say was shot by actor Alec Baldwin with a prop gun on the New Mexico set of the movie Rust. 

Matchmaking website aims to help women find affordable housing

A new website aims to help women find affordable housing in Ottawa's red-hot real estate market by linking them with other women to either rent or own a home.

Lawyer turned filmmaker turns his lens on restrictive farm rules

Étienne Trépanier has teamed up with an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa to tell the story of small-scale farmers facing daunting legal obstacles.

Walking a path of hope and sorrow at Beechwood Cemetery

Some 57,000 tiles individually painted by school children and youth groups are being laid out on the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour the survivors and victims of Canada's residential school system.