🎶 Anyone interested in keeping the Ottawa music scene vibrant should answer the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition survey about gaps in the region’s scene.

Difficulty: The deadline is today.

As a thank you, three survey submitters will be drawn to win a prize of $100.

Take the Ottawa Music survey here

– Martha and Darren


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  • $3,244
  • – The amount in traffic fines a Montréal driver received after a high-speed chase on Autoroute 50. And that didn't include the fact the car was stolen. (Alex Black at CityNews)

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  • Théo Mallett
  • The 21 year-old athlete from Chelsea is the first person to represent Haiti in cross-country skiing at the FISU World University Winter Games. (CBC)


  • Everyone’s instinct is to suggest an Asian or European city with awesome urbanism but my vote is Calgary and Ottawa both of which have higher transit mode than any non-NYC American city. 
  • – Washington-based political writer Matthew Yglesias’ tweet in response to the question, ‘If your mayor and city leaders who make decisions were forced to visit 3 model cities for good transportation and urbanism, which would they be?’ He was not trying to be funny.  (Matthew Yglesias on Twitter


  • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 0 – Colorado Avalanche 7 last Saturday
  • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 2 – Sarnia Sting 0 last night
  • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 3 – Hamilton Bulldogs 4 last Friday
  • 🏒 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 6 – L’Armada de Blainville-Boisbriand 5 last Saturday

⛺ Our Backyards

  • The Lowertown Community Association wants social services to stop being concentrated in its neighbourhood. Their preference is that services, such as shelters for the homeless or drug addictio, should be spread out to other wards. Rideau-Vanier ward councillor Stéphanie Plante, who supports the idea, thinks that as the O Train expands, people will come downtown, use the services, and ‘then at night they'll be encamping or being homeless in more suburban areas’. (Trevor Pritchard at CBC)

🏒 Elegy

  • Hockey great Gino Odjick has passed away at age 52. Odjick was a favourite of Vancouver Canuck fans, where he set a team record of 2,127 penalty minutes. Born on Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, Odjick chose 29 as his player number as it was his father's identification number from residential school. Odjick was diagnosed in 2014 with the heart ailment primary amyloidosis and given weeks to live. He took the next nine years. (Chad Pawson at CBC)

💰 Canada Revenue Agency versus the Union

  • The Canada Revenue Agency has lodged a complaint against the Public Service Alliance of Canada with the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board. The Agency accuses the Alliance of not making a real effort to negotiate a new contract, asking the Board to them back to the negotiating table before a strike can be authorized. Canada Revenue Agency workers have been without a contract for a year. The Alliance’s main sticking point is working from home – the Alliance wants to keep it, the Federal government wants civil servants to work two or three days per week from the office. (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen)

    Related Today is the first day back in the office for thousands of Federal civil servants.

⛸️ Rideau Hall Skating Back

  • The 150th season of skating at Rideau Hall has opened. As befits its heritage, the rink is old school – no refrigeration involved. The public can skate without reservations on weekends 12 pm to 5 pm, and groups of 15-50 people can reserve on weekdays. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen) (Rideau Hall Skating)

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  • Ottawa Public Library sees high demand for Prince Harry's memoir Spare. The library had 1831 holds for 99 books. (Josh Pringle at CTV)
  • People lined up at Ottawa sneaker shops to buy Nike’s Montréal Bagel shoe on early release. The shoe, which has sesame seed graphics, officially goes on sale tomorrow. (Jackie Perez at CTV)
  • Here are some photos of Ottawa’s fourth highest house sale ever, listed at $7 million but sold at an unknown price. (Josh Pringle at CTV) (The Listing – has the most pictures)

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  • To celebrate Chinese New Year, Red Apron will be dishing up a feast on Friday (January 20) of Sweet & Sour Sesame Chicken, Long Life Noodles, Pot Stickers, stir fried veggies, and Good Fortune Almond Cake on Friday (January 20). The full feast for six people will cost you $89.95, while a half is $56.95, and it’s selling fast. Call 613-695-0417 or email info@redapron.ca to reserve.


  • Have you ever wondered about a career with the RCMP? Have your questions answered at the RCMP Career Presentation at 1:00pm at the Community Employment Resource Centre, 415 Hazeldean Road.
  • Elevate your Samba dancing with a Kizomba class, which celebrates the dance craze founded in Angola in the eighties. Presented by TOCA, the classes happen at the Bronson Centre (211 Bronson Ave).
  • There’s a free screening of Buster Keaton silent films (The Electric House (1922) and Sherlock Jr. (1924) at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in the Glebe. 7:00pm at 217 First Avenue.


  • Ottawa Tool Library presents How to Plan for a Home Reno. Featuring Steven Schuhmann, a licences architect and project manager. From $23.17. 7:00pm to 8:30pm art OTL, 877a Boyd Ave.
  • 27-36 year olds are invited to head to Beyond the Pale for some speed dating and beer flights. Tickets are $49.97. 250 City Centre Avenue, Bay 106.

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Mandala Clothing’s huge inventory sale starts today, with discounts of up to 57%. Even sale pieces are an extra 30% off. Only until Friday (January 20).

18 Waits has a BOGO sale on mens’ trousers right now. Buy one pair and get the second at 50% off.

For a limited time, Bkind is offering a free body soap with the purchase of a 2-In-1 Travel Case and Soap Dish.


Ottawa historian Andrew King has some questions, like ‘What kind of strange Government projects are going on at Shirley’s Bay?

We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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