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Children's aid workers in Ottawa demand province reverse cuts

Workers with the Ottawa Children's Aid Society are calling on Premier Doug Ford to reverse a $28-million cut to child welfare services.
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Powwow pageantry and all that jazz this weekend

The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival and the Ottawa Jazz Festival offer plenty of choice for culture and entertainment this weekend.

Opposition from neighbours halts pop-up bistro in Glebe

The digging has stopped and the construction machinery has been removed for now, but residents who live across the street from Patterson Creek are still angry they weren't consulted about the National Capital Commission's plans to install a pop-up bistro in their residential neighbourhood.
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Fringe returns with tales from the tornado and confessions from the ER

A pair of Ottawa Fringe Festival plays bring humour to unlikely circumstances, while a prominent Ottawa dance school celebrates its 40th birthday.

Family fighting for dementia patient's missing OAS money

The family of an Ottawa man who has dementia says he's owed nearly $20,000 in Old Age Security payments he never received because his illness prevented him from filing the correct paperwork.
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Ottawa's songwriting heritage, a new dance and kilted fighters light up weekend

A rich heritage of Ottawa songwriting, a new theatrical dance from a local choreographer and an invasion of warriors in kilts are lighting up this weekend in the capital.

Ottawa groups present stirring choral tribute to bullied teen

Three local choirs have joined forces for the Canadian premiere of Tyler's Suite, a nine-part choral work dedicated to Tyler Clementi, a talented teen who took his own life after being cyberbullied.

NAC offers a backstage pass for 50th birthday

The National Arts Centre celebrates 50 years with backstage tours of prop and costume shops and workshops on centre stage this Sunday.
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Rhythm is gonna getcha this weekend

Immerse yourself in rhythms of the world, come face to face with Gauguin and meet writers in Wakefield, Que., this weekend.
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A new look at our distant cousins, plus jazz and Rossini

Check out some futuristic jazz, a major choral work from Gioachino Rossini, and a new exhibition that suggests Neanderthals may be more like us than you think.

United Way blames Phoenix anxiety for drop in donations

Anxiety over the troubled Phoenix payroll system may be to blame for thousands of public servants opting out of automatic donations to the United Way, the charity says.
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Let your imagination run wild

This weekend in Ottawa: the creative power of young imaginations, reflecting a unique neighbourhood in art and song, and the power of pansies.

Getting inside the visionary mind of the ultimate Renaissance man

See a genius's vision brought to life, immerse yourself in Canada's inspirational landscapes or sound off in an air guitar throwdown in Ottawa this weekend.

Students among those lending hand in Cumberland

Cairine Wilson high school students were among the hundreds of volunteers loading sandbags for flood prevention in Ottawa Monday.
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The Pigeon King, future food and canoeing laid bare

Canada's great pigeon scam lands on the stage, a voyage into the future of food, and a canoe trip for skinny dippers top The Weekend List.