The stats show that it really has been both warmer and more snowy in Ottawa this year. The average January temperature from 1981 to 2010 was -10.2 degrees. The average January temperature  in 2022 and 2023 was -5.9 degrees. 

We've also had 280 cm of snow this year, rather than the average of 225 cm.

But beware overnight – we're probably going to make it an even 300 cm with a heavy snowfall warning.

Also: move your car off the street. The parking ban will be in effect from 7 pm Saturday to 7 am Sunday. As always, there are some park and rides and community centres where you can temporarily move your motor.

– Martha and Darren


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  • ❄️  Snow, at times heavy. High of -5°, low of -5°. 


  • 4 years
  • – The length of time that an apartment building owner has been waiting for reimbursement after a garbage truck contracted by the City of Ottawa rolled backwards and into the first floor. The owner wants $400,000. (Laura Glowacki at CBC)

Ottawan of the Day

  • Emma Weller
  • The Carleton student is the coach of the African Hockey Association programme which strives to break down racial and socio-economic barriers in hockey for youth in the Ottawa area. (The Hockey News)


  • This book is a gift to my adopted country. I am a proud Indian and a blessed Canadian
  • – Thali and Coconut Lagoon chef-owner Joe Thottungal on the launch of his new cookbook, My Thali: A simple Indian Kitchen (Adam Shein in Apt613)


  • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 5 – New York Rangers 3 last night

💻 WiFi Bye Bye

  • Northwinds Wireless, a company set up to provide Internet in the then-tech desert of West Carleton, is shutting down next week after 17 years. Customers have until March 10 to arrange new Internet or have a gap. Northwinds was once so influential that in 2016 it bought the naming rights to the Constance Bay Community Centre but these days Bell has strung fibre to most of Ward 5. (Jake Davies in West Carleton Online)

🌳 Slow Cuts

  • Neighbours say that work continues at the Tewin property despite a City stop-work order. The City says that the order stops the cutting of trees, it doesn't cover hauling the trees away. The developers of Tewin say they intend to farm the land, a loophole in the law which doesn't require permission to cut trees. (Kate Porter at CBC)

🥫 Food Bank Challenge

  • There is still time to register a team for the Ottawa Food Bank’s Food Sort Challenge at Aberdeen Pavilion on March 24. Teams of between six and 10 people are given a 1,000lbs of food to sort and whoever finishes first wins. (Apparently the time to beat is around a half an hour.) There’s a team fundraising minimum requirement of $1,500. Organizers are expecting more than 50 teams to take part. Once your team has competed, there’s an after party all day long at Jack Astor’s.

🏥 The Ottawa Private Hospital

  • Eight doctors who work out of the Ottawa Hospital have struck a deal to let their private company use Riverside campus facilities for joint replacement surgeries. Hospital nurses and staff are paid double their regular pay for their shift while on duty. The surgeons, staff, and rental are paid by the Ministry of Health as part of a scheme to reduce the joint replacement surgical backlog. (Alistair Steele at CBC)

🚌 Transit Treats

  • OC Transpo has some enticements planned in hopes of increasing ridership: Free WiFi to all stations on the Confederation Line, buskers in the stations, credit card tap technology, and a pass for part time workers. Ridership has risen to 62 per cent of pre-pandemic levels. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)

💸 Budget Crisis

  • We can never get enough of these ‘How can I retire at my salary’ stories, particularly when one’s own salary is extremely t-shirt dependant. In this case, Government workers Joel and Natalie make a combined $200,000 and want to retire at 60 and 50 respectively plus buy a Florida condo. They own a $900,000 Ottawa home plus cottages in New York and New Brunswick. Can they do it? (Answer: if they can survive on $95,000 per year in retirement rather than $100,000, they can just scootch by.) (Mary Teresa Bitti at Yahoo! Finance)

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  • Deacon Brodies welcomes Chris Allaby to the stage tonight, and Jasen Colson plays there tomorrow night. Enjoy live music with no cover from 9:00pm to 1:00am. 247 Elgin St.
  • Justin Case: The Enemy Within ends today at the Diefenbunker, and two new permanent exhibitions open. ‘An Inuit Story: The DEW Line’ uses first-hand accounts and powerful images to expose the long-lasting negative effects — from forced relocations to toxic waste — that the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line has had on Inuit communities in the Arctic. ‘Canada and the Cold War’ highlights defining moments in Canada’s Cold War history to examine how community and government responses at the time have shaped our country as we know it today.
  • Winterfest takes over the Horticultural Building at Lansdowne Park today through Sunday. The event features music, speakers on all manner of topics, artisans, and more. Under the same roof, meet authors and publishers at the Ottawa International Crafts & Book Expo, which is running alongside Winterfest.
  • Ottawa’s long running weekly magic show is back after a COVID hiatus. Wonderstruck: Ottawa Magic Experience featuring Michael Bourada will run at the OneUp Room at 1 Beechwood Ave or The Prescottt, 379 Preston St. Check your ticket to make sure you head to the correct venue. Tickets cost $39 including tax.
  • Jayla Kirkey performs at Ridge Rock Brewery in Carp. 421 Donald B Munro Dr, Carp.


  • Arnprior's Cold Bear Brew Co presents Tacos N’Tunes, with Andy Stokes live in the taproom at 7:00pm. Enjoy Mexican Pulled Chicken and Korean Gochu Pulled Beef tacos with your craft beer.
  • Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm opens for the sweet season this Saturday and Sunday. $10 per person includes tractor drawn rides, walking trails, activity centre, and the heritage museum. They also have a Pancake House and a heritage sugar shack. Taffy on snow is available at an additional charge. Parking is included in admission. 2452 Yorks Corners Road, Edwards, ON.
  • It’s monthly Karaoke Night at Orléans Brewing Co.
  • Answer us honestly: when’s the last time you went Wassailling? Your chance has arrived. Head to Farmgate Cider in Arnprior for an afternoon of family-friendly winter fun. Your $10 ticket (or $25 for a family) will include cider samples, traditional banging on pots to scare off bad spirits, singing, fun times around the bon fire, and maple taffy.
  • There’s more magic in the air. Keith Brown brings his sophisticated show At the Table to the Les Lye Studio Theatre, Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe. 101 Centrepointe Dr. Tickets are $33.28 in advance.
  • Spring is coming, and it's time once again for Just Food’s Seedy Saturday. Local vendors will be selling seed packets, and there will also be an opportunity to take part in a seed exchange. The shopping will include food, drink and merchandise. Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Ave. 10 am to 3 pm.


  • The Council of Turkish-Canadians, Turkish Cultural Canadian Association, Canadian and Turkish Women’s Association of Ottawa, and the Turkish Embassy in Ottawa present a Fundraising Event at Ottawa City Hall, to aid in relief efforts for victims of the recent earthquakes. $25. Turkish tea and pastries will be served. Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave W.
  • Introduce yourself to the wonderful world of curling by visiting Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park. Ottawa Valley Curling will be setting up a 30 foot inflatable curling sheet for newbies to experience the sport.
  • The sugarbush at the Log Farm is open Saturday and Sunday for scheduled visits ($12.50 per person). The Log Farm uses traditional pails to collect the maple sap, and your family is invited to take part. Walking trails will also be open, and the farm’s animals will appreciate a feed and a friendly hello.

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We will see you Monday  – Martha and Darren

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