The City of Ottawa has proposed rerouting 2,500 buses to Albert Street from the Transitway when it closes in 2016 to accommodate LRT construction. People who live near Albert Street are not happy. I put together a short radio voicer on the story.
I love making New Year’s resolutions.
People have told me they don’t see a point in making New Year’s resolutions if they’re not going to achieve them.
I don’t get that attitude. If you really believe that, why bother trying to do anything?
Here are some of the things I’m working on this year:
Related: I’d like to relaunch this website by September 1, 2014 with a new theme that I have customized myself.
2. Read 52 books. I have this theory that if you can’t find 15 minutes in your day to read for pleasure, you probably need to organize your time better. Down time is essential. I love to read but I definitely don’t read 52 books a year. It’ll be a challenge. I’ll be tracking my reading on Goodreads; my username is amcneely if you’re on there and want to be friends!
Related: I hope to read one French novel per month. In grad school I’m finding my French skills are so very valuable but so very rusty.
3. Complete a 30-day yoga challenge. I’ve had a casual relationship with yoga for a few years now. I’d like to see if I can stick to it for 30 days. I suspect I won’t be able to, but I’m still going to try it because why the hell not?
Related: Run 2-3 half-marathons this year. I am already registered for one, at the end of January, and I’d like to run one in the summer or early fall as well.
I saw this quote on Instagram yesterday, posted by JackieJohnstone. I’m adopting it as my 2014 personal vibe.
I’ve been at the Vancouver Courier for the past week and a half for a mini news-reporting internship. It’s been really great experience so far because it’s the first time I’ve worked for a newspaper and it’s the first time I’ve done a strict news internship. I have a new understanding of the stories that work for community news, how to proof pages and the production cycle of a print edition (as a digital kid this is very interesting to me). It’s been very fun and engaging work.
Here a few highlights of my stories so far. There’s a story coming out on Jan. 1 that I am also very proud of and will post here at that time, as well as a few others.
- Vancouver ski businesses optimistic despite lack of snow (Dec. 24)
- Online shopping affecting Vancouver retailers (Dec. 18) – I enjoyed writing about Ottawa’s local businesses for The Winter Times and I decided to bring that idea over to Vancouver and figure out what was bugging retailers here this holiday season. Turns out, it’s online shopping.
- Pubs cheer new B.C. liquor laws (Dec. 17)
A number of Ottawa boutique owners heading into their first Christmas season say they’re feeling optimistic about sales despite the opening of retail giants such as H&M and Target.
“I’m pretty dialed into how people shop,” said Mandy Gosewich, owner of Stunning, a new fashion accessories store in ByWard Market. “At the end of the day what it all boils down to is assortment, what you bring into your store, and service.”
Gosewich, a fourth generation ByWard market business owner, opened her accessories shop in May of this year. She said her shop has something for everyone, from $12 earring studs to statement necklaces selling for hundreds of dollars.