February is Black History Month and the Ottawa Public Library has set out a months-long schedule of events:

In Living Colour: Showing the Creative ACB Experience in Ottawa

Artwork created by African, Caribbean and Black artists from all around Ottawa. This exhibition will be held starting today until Friday, March 3 at Jean Pigott Hall inside City Hall. Free.

Author Conversation with Leslie Roach

Ottawa-based author and poet Leslie Roach will be speaking in-person at the Sunnyside branch to talk about her past experiences with racism and how she broke through in the literary world.  You can join her on Thursday, February 9 at 6:30 pm. 

Arts can Teach – Poetry workshops with Ariel Clarke

Youth between the ages of 13 and 18 can join educator, writer and artist Ariel Clarke for a four-week virtual poetry workshops. With a focus on Maya Angelou and Amanda Gorman, participants can examine and explore Black Poets and their work to make powerful statements.  The first session begins on Tuesday, February 7 at 6 pm. 

Retracing history with Dr. Amadou B

Join historian, political scientist, researcher and writer Dr. Amadou Ba for a virtual talk on some of the history and contributions of the Black community in Canada. The event will be held in English on Monday, February 13 at 6 pm, and in French on Wednesday, February 15 at 6 pm.

What Would Ms. Hina Do? Themes and lessons from the novel Scarborough. Allyship, community, in the context of Black History Month.

The Ottawa Public Library, in partnership with the National Arts Centre, will showcase award-winning author and screenwriter Catherine Hernandez who will be presenting her speech "What would Ms Hina Do?" The performance explores the themes of community and allyship in the context of Black History Month. This event will be held in-person at the National Arts Centre on Wednesday, February 22 at 7 pm.

For details and registration, click here.


– Martha and Darren



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    • ❄️  30 per cent chance of flurries. High of -6°, low of -10°.


    • $1.1 million 
    • – The amount of money that the National Capital Commission pays the Municipality of Chelsea in lieu of taxes for Gatineau Park. Chelsea just lost its court case against the Commission where it argued that it was owed twice as much. The Commission successfully argued that Chelsea’s number was calculated based on the development value of the park, which isn't going to happen. (Andrew Duffy at the Ottawa Citizen)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Melissa Lafferty 
    • The 23 year-old was the first ever baby born at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. Last week, in the same hospital, she had her own baby girl, Maciee Mundee.  (Natalie van Rooy at CTV)


    • The intraprovince rivalry between the national capital’s Ottawa Senators and these provincial capital NHLers comes to a fever of hate’
    • – One of the clues given under the category ‘Worst Case Ontario’  on Jeopardy last Sunday. Of the three baffled American contestants, one did correctly ask ‘What is the Maple Leafs?’. (Denette Wilford in the Ottawa Sun)


    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 5 – Montréal Canadiens 4 last night


     Canadian Championship

    • Atlético Ottawa is paired with HFX Wanderers for the first round of the 17th annual Canadian Championship in April. The Championship pits Canadian teams from all professional soccer leagues – Canadian Premier League, Major League Soccer, League 1 BC, and Première Ligue de soccer du Québec – against each other. (Cole Fortner at CityNews)

    🌲 The Greenbelt

    •  The Narwhal has published a great round-up on all the issues around the Ottawa Greenbelt from its beginnings to its status now as a Federally-owned question mark. Some are arguing that if it does not become a National Park it will get developed bit-by-bit. (Joy SpearChief-Morris in The Narwhal)

    🛻 Russia backed the Convoy?

    • An American post-doc student has published a 7,000 word analysis in the Journal of Intelligence, Conflict, & Warfare arguing that ‘there was Russian involvement in the 2022 truck convoy, though the scope and impact remain to be determined’.  (Caroline Orr Bueno)

    ⛸️ Skateway

    • If the Rideau Canal Skateway does not open tomorrow, we're in uncharted territory – it has never opened this late before. It does not seem that it will open tomorrow. (CBC)

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    • Aux Délices bakery is supplying this year’s official Winterlude cookie. Buy them at event locations from February 4 through 20th while supplies last. 

    • Across the Ottawa River, visit the Aurora Expérience Hivernale Festivefrom today through February 12, and enjoy illuminations, live music as well as DJs, a coffee and donut bar, and more. La Filature at Ruisseau de la Brasserie, 84 Rue Hanson Gatineau. 

    • Start the weekend off with live music at Stray Dog Brewing, featuring Cory Ell. No cover charge. 501 Lacolle Way 


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    Covered Bridge Brewing of Stittsville has a sweet sale on merch right now. Grab deals on glassware, tees, hats, and hoodies.

    At the Milk Jar Garage Sale, the candles burn and smell as beautifully as always, but the packaging might be a bit wonky. So what? You’ll pay 35% -40% off the regular prices.

    Get 10 prime rib burger patties for $20 + tax from Slipacoff’s Premium Meats. They’ve got other deals too.



    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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