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Winterlude 2012: More partners, more to discover

2:19 pm in Festival News, News Release

Skating, sliding, musical fireworks, culinary experiences and much more

[Source: NCC press release]

Canada’s Capital Region — The National Capital Commission (NCC) today unveiled the line-up of events for the 34th edition of Winterlude and the 42nd season of the Rideau Canal Skateway, the world’s largest skating rink.

The Capital’s winter celebration, will be held from February 3 to 20, 2012, and feature an array of memorable activities where the outdoors, winter sports, Canada’s diverse cultures, winter traditions and culinary arts will be at the forefront.

“For the 34th edition of Winterlude, more partners than ever have come together to offer residents and visitors the opportunity to rekindle their appreciation of Canadian winter traditions, our diversity and our artistic and scientific achievements,” explains Marie Lemay, NCC Chief Executive Officer. “The iconic Rideau Canal Skateway, the world’s largest skating rink, will be at the heart of the Capital Region’s winter celebration”.

Ms. Lemay was accompanied by Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa; Marc Bureau, Mayor of Ville de Gatineau; and Wendy Hall, Vice-President of Account Development, Global Corporate Payments with American Express, at a news conference held today at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa.

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Cue the gondolas for summer fun next year

10:29 am in Industry News, Ottawa News

NCC puts out calls for ideas to \’animate\’ Rideau Canal

Chloé Fedio, Ottawa Citizen

Imagine gondola rides on the Rideau Canal and fire-juggling acrobats in the surrounding green space.

These ideas could become a reality, after the National Capital Commission put out an open call for pilot projects to \”animate\” the canal as early as June 2012.

The request for submissions is intentionally vague, said Marie Lemay, chief executive officer of the NCC.

\”We thought it would be interesting to let the creative minds in the capital region really tell us what type of project would be great to animate,\” Lemay said. \”We\’re testing a different approach on this. Why don\’t we let the market tell us where the activities should take place and what kind of activities should take place.\”

Proposals must include details on the concept, a financial model and can have a timeline of up to three years. The NCC will not fund projects but will offer use of the canal and its shoreline, from Rideau Street all the way to, but not including, Dow\’s Lake.

John Baird advises Ottawa to look beyond public service

11:44 am in Festival and Event Industry, Industry News, Ottawa News

Mohammed Ahmed, The Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — The future of Ottawa as a great capital lies in not just being a government town, but also in diversifying its economy to ensure future prosperity, says Foreign Minister John Baird.

Baird said Ottawa is blessed with a vibrant public sector that has fuelled economic growth, but the biggest challenge facing the city as it looks forward to the future is how to build on the prosperity that has anchored the city’s much-vaunted quality of life.

“The biggest thing for the future of the capital, how we make it a world-class capital, and how we continue to enjoy our pretty quality of life, is how we ensure we are prosperous and attract the jobs of the future,” Baird said in an interview at the grand opening of Algonquin College’s new trades building on Friday.

“The No. 1 issue for me is: how can we diversify our economy, jobs, economic growth. That’s the issue facing every city in the country and I don’t think it is any different here in Ottawa.”

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Ottawa could be ‘one of the great conference centres of the world’

9:50 am in Community News, Festival and Event Industry, Industry News, Ottawa News

The Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — Ottawa should shape its destiny as a great city and capital by becoming the centrepiece of international gatherings where the world comes to debate, argue, learn and find solutions to global problems, former UN ambassador Stephen Lewis said Tuesday.

Speaking on the first day of the National Capital Commission’s national conversation on a new plan for the capital, Lewis said some of the world’s iconic cities like New York, Barcelona and Berlin, have fashioned their own unique place in the world, and Ottawa can do the same. But he said Ottawa can find its own greatness not by copying others, but by carving its own niche by using its unique attributes as the heart of Canadian politics and democracy.

“One of the ways to enhance Ottawa-Gatineau is to make it one of the great conference centres of the world … a centrepiece of international gatherings,” Lewis told about 300 people at the Ottawa Convention Centre.