Last summer, many swim classes and open pool sessions were cancelled because of the lack of lifeguards.

This year, the City is trying something we have not seen before: trying to attract older people as lifeguards.

It's a novel concept, so novel you might want to try it yourself.

– Martha and Darren


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  • ❄️  Flurries. High of -7°, low of -16°.


  • $141,000
  • – The amount of money from Ottawa ByLaw fines that is still left owing by participants in the Trucker convoy last year. The total value of tickets issued was $320,545. (David Fraser at CBC)

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  • Jennifer Fournier
  • The former prima ballerina has returned to her hometown to scout for new ‘bunheads’ for the Alberta Ballet School on February 3.  (Lynn Saxberg at the Ottawa Citizen)


  • We cannot fathom why he has been charged with this offence, having done nothing wrong 
  • – The lawyer for Captain Gregory Wright of the Ottawa Fire Services.  
  • Wright has been charged with criminal negligence after one fire fighter was accused of choking another firefighter. The choked fire firefighter asked to go to the hospital but was told by Wright to finish the shift. Wright was not involved in the alleged choking. (Gary Dimmock at the Ottawa Citizen)


  • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 5 – Montréal Canadiens 0 last Saturday
  • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 6 – Toronto Maple Leafs 2 last Friday
  • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 4 – Mississauga Steelheads 2 yesterday
  • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 4 – Hamilton Bulldogs 5 last Saturday
  • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 1 – London Knights 2 last Friday
  • 🏒 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 11 –Les Foreurs de Val-d'Or 6 last Friday Eleven goals! WTF?

🗾 Fun with Maps

  • A journalist overlayed a map of the last civic election with the boundaries of the City before amalgamation in 2000. The areas that were once outside the City limits – rural and suburban – voted Mark Sutcliffe by high margins. However, the wards that were in pre-almagamated Ottawa largely voted Catherine McKenney, who would have won. (Amy Oldfield in The Leveller)

🧗 Job Applicant

  •  Ottawa Centre Member of Parliament Yasir Naqvi is considering a run for leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party. Naqvi, who is a member of the Federal Liberals says people around him are encouraging him to run. The Ontario Liberals are currently leaderless after incurring their worst ever vote tally running against Doug Ford last Autumn. (CBC)

🔖 People’s Commission Report Released

📔 National Arts Cente

  • International press coverage has caused the National Arts Centre to change its mind about Black-only evenings. The Centre had scheduled a Black audience-only night on February 17 for the play, Is God Is. After coverge from the UK Telegraph and NY Post, the  Centre has changed the night to ‘an open invitation to Black-identifying audiences’ and ‘[e]veryone is welcome at all our shows’.

    In an internal email, the Centre’s CEO Christopher Deacon says about Black Out nights: ‘This initiative is an important step forward in the NAC’s work in diversity and inclusion. Research in Canada has identified the number one barrier to participation at theatres and arts centres: “It’s not for someone like me.” If we want to serve Canadians by engaging them in the performing arts, we must work to remove that barrier.’

    In a 2021 production, The Guardian gave Is God Is four stars (out of five), quipping it was ‘Tarantinoesque bloodshed meets Greek tragedy in Aleshea Harris’s daring drama about a voyage of vengeance’.

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  • Curious about the future of Lansdowne Park? Parkways for People: The Future of Lansdowne is a free online discussion event to share your views. Join City Councillor (Capital Ward) Shawn Menard, Amélie Cossé of Momentum Transport, Susan Redding of Parkways for People, and Mark Goudie of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group for the discussion, which runs from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
  • Not only is the Hintonburg Public House now open for lunch and dinner on Mondays, but you will also find plenty of board games behind the bar. Make a quiet, cozy, cardigan-sweater-wearing evening of it. 1020 Wellington St. W
  • It’s Preview Night for the Youth Infringement Festival 2023 at Arts Court. Watch trailers for six shows that will run during the non-profit theatre festival later this year. 7:00pm to 10:00pm at 2 Daly Ave.


  • CUPE, members of the NDP, and interested citizens will be rallying at Parliament Hill to demand legislation to end the use of scab workers during labour disputes. 11:30am to 2:30pm.
  • Enjoy century-old silent films in the Nautical Night session at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in the Glebe. Buster Keaton classics The Boat (1921) and The Navigator (1924) will be screened. 130 Glebe Avenue near Bank.
  • Head to Le Hibou in Wakefield for Folk Collusion, with hosts Kate Greenland and Robert Clarke. On the bill: folk, roots, country, and blues music. 757 Ch. Riverside, Unit 2, Wakefield, QC.



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This music video is months old – we have no idea how we missed it before: The Day the FreeDUMB Died (To the tune of Don McLean's ‘American Pie’) And it includes tons of photos that we had not seen before.

We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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