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Amedeo de Pretto

Features Writer

Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Amedeo moved to Ottawa to study Political Science at Carleton University, after which he aspires to be a journalist.  Other than spending hours in the darkroom developing film, you'll most likely find him immersed in Russian literature, making espresso, or sharpening his kitchen knives after several onions' worth of risotto.
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Trudeau’s Pipeline Blockage Continues

Trudeau’s Pipeline Blockage Continues

Justin Trudeau made a lot of promises to Canadians while campaigning — 226 to be precise, according to TrudeauMeter, a non-partisan website tracking his political performance. So far only 55 of them have been achieved. While the Liberal government’s abandoning of its electoral reform [...]

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Challenging Social Stigmas Through Art

Challenging Social Stigmas Through Art

Photo by Amedeo De Pretto Pop culture has familiarized us with the image of the young, starving artist, furiously labouring away at the next potential magnum opus inside a grim studio devoid of all but art supplies and unfinished pieces. Yet, isn’t the art world all about connections, social [...]

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Ottawa Welcomes Inside Out’s 11th LGBT Film Festival

Ottawa Welcomes Inside Out’s 11th LGBT Film Festival

For decades members of the LGBTQ community have struggled with representation in media, with strong heteronormativity displayed in everything from advertisements to blockbuster productions. Despite Hollywood’s increasing display of diversity in its movies, the underground, dedicated LGBTQ film [...]

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Ottawa Remembers 35th Anniversary of Colonel Atilla Altikat’s Death

Ottawa Remembers 35th Anniversary of Colonel Atilla Altikat’s Death

Photo by Amedeo de Pretto Yesterday marked 35 years since Colonel Atilla Altikat, military attaché for the Turkish Embassy in Ottawa, was shot on his morning drive to work at the intersection of Island Park Drive and Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. The Armenian terrorist group, Justice [...]

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Y Kids Club more than just before/after-school support

Y Kids Club more than just before/after-school support

There are only 24 hours in a day, and a little less than half of those will usually be spent at work. Add in another two for breakfast, a brief lunch at your desk and dinner, and you’ll quickly find yourself in bed setting the alarm for the next day. Lest we forget the kids’ schedule, its [...]

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Ottawa hosts first ever Canada-Pakistan Cricket Cup

Ottawa hosts first ever Canada-Pakistan Cricket Cup

Cricket lovers and newcomers to the sport alike in the capital enjoyed the first ever Canada-Pakistan Cricket cup match yesterday at the Rideau Hall Cricket Ground. In a thrilling last ball finish, Toronto Pakistan XI defeated Ottawa Canada XI Cricket team in the final of Canada Pakistan Cricket cup [...]

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Window of Hopportunity: Ottawa Brewers' Best Beer Names

Window of Hopportunity: Ottawa Brewers' Best Beer Names

With the recent explosion of craft beers in the market, local brewers will do everything to make their specialty ale stand out from the rest of the (six) pack. Naming brews allows the maker to showcase their creativity and pun proficiency, and while some made us cringe with disabrewvement, we have high [...]

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Country Legend Shania Twain to headline 105th Grey Cup

Country Legend Shania Twain to headline 105th Grey Cup

While we’ve been enjoying the capital’s extensive 150th birthday programming for the whole year, surprises are always welcome here in Ottawa, especially where local talent is concerned. With just over three months to go until the 105th Grey Cup presented by Shaw kicks off in Ottawa, the [...]

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Around the World in a Weekend

Around the World in a Weekend

Ottawa Life’s Festival City Series is back! We'll provide a unique look at some of your favourite events. We’ll go beyond the music with artist interviews, volunteer profiles, concert reviews and spotlights on the tastes, sights and sounds of the festival season. Your city! Your [...]

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National Pharmacare Makes Sense, So Why Don’t We Have It?

National Pharmacare Makes Sense, So Why Don’t We Have It?

Every developed country in the world with universal healthcare also provides universal coverage of prescription drugs. Well, except Canada. A national public drug plan, or Pharmacare as it’s more commonly called, has been in the works since the 1960s, when the Royal Commission on Health Services [...]

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