It’s official folks – the Rideau Canal Skateway will not open this year, for the first time ever. But it will probably not be the last.

A long term risk assessment by the National Capital Commission says that February openings will be the norm in the future, if at all.

It’s cold comfort, no pun intended, but the mild weather that keeps the Skateway closed allows your local sugar bush to open early. This is a good weekend to go visit one.

– Martha and Darren


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Founded in 1971, Bell Northern Research was purchased by Nortel and eventually shared that companies fate. The BNR campus in Ottawa was fondly deemed the 'Big Nerd Ranch', and is now the headquarters of the Department of National Defence.

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  • ☀️  Sunny. High of -11°, low of -25°. 


  • 14 minutes
  • – The average amount of time it takes to drive 10 km in Ottawa, according to the TomTom Traffic Index. This puts us in eighth place, compared to first place Toronto (22 minutes 30 seconds) and 12th place Québec City at 12 minutes. (Josh Pringle at CTV

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  • Nicole Feriancek
  • The Haligonian has been appointed as editor-in-chief of the Ottawa Citizen, where she has worked since 2017. Feriancek had been the acting editor-in-chief since December. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)


  • Ottawa’s Transit Gong Show
  • – The headline of The Walrus’ 5,800 word feature on the commissioning and building of the O Train. Nothing we don’t already know but all the bits and pieces are put together in a nice coherant narrative. (Brent Popplewell in The Walrus)

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  • 🏒 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 8 – Les Saguenéens de Chicoutimi 2 last night

💰 Atomic bucks

  • Radiation oncology technologists in the Outaouais will be getting a bonus from the Province to encourage them to stay at their posts, ranging from $3,000 to $9,000.  Their union says that the area is losing the technicians to better paid positions in Ontario. Eleven out of 52 positions are vacant in the Outaouais.  (CBC)

📚 Ādisōke Ottawa Public Library

  • The Bank of Montréal has donated $100,000 towards indigenous programming at the new Ottawa central library, Ādisōke.  The money will be distributed over five years and be used for books and programming to give access and exposure to Indigenous history and culture. Ādisōke in LeBreton Flats is expected to open in 2026. (CityNews)

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  • Get your fix of old school Hip Hop and Reggae at East Africa Rhythms, an East African DJ dance party in support of the River Rehabilitation Project in Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya. Tickets $20 at the door (or $15 in Advance
  • It’s a brand new season of 613Flea at Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park. From 10:00am to 4:00pm, shop from nearly 150 vendors, like Ottawa’s own Strut Jewelry (booth 308). Check out their zodiac necklaces, which make great gifts.


  • Rakestar and Day of the Dreamweapon take the stage at Spark Beer. Expect big, sax-y sound from Rakestar, who are an eight piece band. Free to attend, but donations are welcome. 7:00pm - 10:00pm at 702 Somerset St W.


  • That Brewer’s Dinner at Overflow Brewing that we told you about last week is on Monday February 27. Menu highlights: Double-cream baked Brie with French loaf crostini, Pork tenderloin, chicken breast, chocolate truffles, house-made ice cream.

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This one is more of a good deed than a deal, but here's a chance to win a small Satin Vase by Atelier Make of Montréal. When you donate to Unicef Canada’s Türkiye and Syria Earthquake Appeal, follow Atelier Make on Instagram, and add your name to the comments. There will be a draw on Monday February 27. Atelier Make will even cover the shipping costs within Canada to get the two winners their prize vases.

Save 20% on purchases of $50 or more at Mint & Honey Tea & Gift Emporium. The sale ends Sunday March 5.

It’s time for Duffield Design’s End of Season Sale. There are limited sizes and colours available, and free Canada-wide shipping on orders of $200 or more.

This weekend only, get 10% off everything at Meemoza, even sale pieces, using the code SPRING10.


Budding screenwriters looking for an inspiration could pitch The Orchid Thief part 2: Wild Garlic Boogaloo. A man found with 300 wild leek bulbs in Montebello has been slapped with a $1,600 fine. Ails des bois – wild leeks – have been been protected in Quebéc since 1995 against over-harvesting. Residents are permitted to pick only 50 bulbs per year for personal use.

We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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