The Better South Keys group has written a long letter to the City about the proposed widening of the Airport Parkway.

Their main concern: why is the City widening the Airport Parkway? The new O Train line parallels the road, and widening it will only cause more traffic.

The City’s 2023 draft budget has included $21 million to widen the parkway, after cutting $47 million from the transit budget.

– Martha and Darren


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  • ❄️  Snow mixed with ice pellets. High of -1°, low of -1°. 


  • 27 out of 29
  • – The number of collective agreements with the Treasury Board that have expired, leaving hundreds of thousands of Federal civil servants without a contract. (Gord Holder in the Ottawa Citizen

Ottawan of the Day

  • Arnold Alfred 'Babe' McRae
  • The late McRae, who lived in the Richmond area since the 40s, was well-known by residents for running the local convenience store and laundromat. City Council has agreed to rename Meynell Park for McRae, who passed last month. (Anil Jhalli at CityNews)


  • I can't explain it other any other way other than given divine favour in that we were right in the wheelhouse of where everything was being organized... And we knew at that point it was beyond what what we had originally planned’
  • – BC filmmaker Benjamin Haab on his two and a half hour documentary Unacceptable?, which features interviews with many of the participants in the Convoy siege. (Matt Preprost in the Alaska Highway News)

🌊 Flooded out

  • Forty-two tenants in an affordable housing complex for people with serious mental illness have been flooded out after a sprinkler pipe burst. The flood at the Ottawa Salus building on Scott Street started in the early hours of Saturday morning. Tenants, who pay around $522 per month, have been forced to find other accomodation and could be without housing for weeks. The charity landlord is asking for donations to help the tenants  with food and accomodation.(Joseph Tunney at CBC) (Donations)

💍 Heist

  • Thieves stole a safe containing $500,000 worth of jewellery by cutting through the wall of a BBQ shop next door on Saturday night. The thieves broke into Moe's BBQ using the back door, then cut though the wall to access Le's Jewellery. The careful heisters crimped water pipes to prevent flooding and spray painted cameras in both establishments. The safe, which the thieves took with them, weighed two tonnes.  (Stu Mills at CBC)

📚 Shushed forever

  • The public library in Fort Coulonge has permanently closed its doors and is giving away all its books. The town of 1,300 could no longer afford the $42,000 per year that it cost to keep the doors open. Five thousand books were given to the Outaouais regional library network. Residents can pick through the final 1,000 books today and Thursday. (Peter Szperling at CTV)

🏫 School Rules

  • A Renfrew Catholic school student was arrested yesterday for trespassing after he ignored his ‘non-disciplinary exclusion’. The grade 11 student recieved the exclusion after organizing a protest against the school’s mixed-sex toilets in November. The Renfrew County Catholic District School Board’s policy is students choose their washroom based on their gender identity not sex. The student has hired a lawyer, saying his religious beliefs have been violated. (R Bruce MacIntyre in the Eganville Leader)

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  • Art House Cafe turns six this weekend, and there will be partying. On Thursday head to the Staff Exhibition Vernissage from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.
  • Ottawa Music Industry Coalition presents Grant Writing: Free Online Panel at 3:00pm. Learn what you need to know to design a project fit for funding.

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Pink Tartan has an offer that bridal parties might find hard to resist. They’re offering 50% off bridesmaid, Mother of the Bride, and special occasion pieces.

Translucent porcelain lanterns are 10% off until February 28 at Atelier Make of Montréal. The delicate lanterns are available in a variety of styles and sizes, and start at $40.

The Soca Kitchen is offering 30% off all online pickup orders through the restaurant’s website, using the promo code SOCAPICKUP. The discount is valid through Thursday (February 9).


Ottawa magazine has talked to mysterious Instagrammer Matt who has documented the weird and wonderful aspects of the Hull quarter in his fabulous account What The Hull.

We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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