Bus fare increase could take a toll on riders

By Jean-Sébastien Marier

OC Transpo riders might soon face a fare increase and service cuts. (Jean-Sebastien Marier/offCentre)

The City of Ottawa needs to make cuts to balance its budget and OC Transpo riders may have to take a hike. (more…)


December 1, 2009 at 4:32 pm Leave a comment

Constable’s community-centered career celebrated

By Samia Madwar

Cst. Allen Percival (left) will take on the role that made Cst. Tim Senack (right) a known face in the community. (Madwar/offCentre)

Constable Tim Senack has spent the past fifteen years patrolling Hintonburg’s neighbourhoods on foot and on bicycle.  This type of grassroots, community-centred pavement pounding has helped change the face of Hintonburg. (more…)

December 1, 2009 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

Anti-crime program on the chopping block

By Evgeniya Kulgina

Crime Prevention Ottawa has helped Hintonburg to become a safer community. (Li/offCentre)

Crime Prevention Ottawa could be the next victim of city budget cuts, and Hintonburg community leaders are speaking out.


December 1, 2009 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

Mobile art makes an appearance in Hintonburg

By Anita Li

The C4 Gallery is a display that showcases artistic work by local Ottawa residents. (Li/offCentre)

Flanked by large vending machines and half a dozen newspaper racks, the C4 Gallery is almost invisible in the Hintonburg Community Centre.


December 1, 2009 at 3:53 pm Leave a comment

Crafters gear up for Christmas

By Elyse Skura

Christina Ballhorn is busily crocheting, trying to replace some of her sold stock at Sunday’s Idle Hands craft sale. (Skura/offCentre)

Despite another tough year for the economy, Ottawa crafters are optimistic about the upcoming Christmas season. And if last weekend’s busy Idle Hands craft show was any indication, they have reason to be excited. (more…)

December 1, 2009 at 3:29 pm Leave a comment

SCAN hits a snag

The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods legislation (SCAN) is designed to protect neighbourhoods, like this one near Chinatown, by targeting properties that house habitual criminal activity. The bill, championed by Hintonburg's Security Committee, was killed in a committee meeting last week in Toronto. Ottawa MPP Yasir Naqvi is not giving up on his fight for SCAN. (Israel/offCentre)

By Jayme Poisson

It has been a disappointing week for Cheryl Parrott and her colleagues at the Hintonburg Security Committee. The community organization saw their bid to get legislation targeting high-crime residences squashed by opposition politicians in Toronto. (more…)

December 1, 2009 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

Raw Sugar Cafe inspires and caffeinates locals

A young customer enjoys a latte and a good read at Raw Sugar Cafe. (Wei/offCentre)

By Renee Wei

For some, visiting Raw Sugar Café is a chance to sit in the café’s antique chairs, dream and wonder. For others, it’s the chance to watch passersby walking down Somerset Street. But the café is quickly becoming a hub for local activists. (more…)

December 1, 2009 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

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