Darren has successfully made the trek back to Ottawa from Vancouver, and is looking forward to losing that West Coast vibe he has picked up over the past month. 

This means no more waking up at noon, no more business meetings in athleisure, and the end of making major decisions by star sign. 

Nope, it’s back to things more Ottawa-esque: like building birdhouses, bird feeders, or garden art for the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust fundraising auction, Backyard Beauties 2023. Vancouver‘s seagulls just would not appreciate them. 

– Martha and Darren


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    • ❄️  Mainly sunny, later periods of snow. High of -7°, low of -7°


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    • – Where Ottawa lies on a list of the 50 Best Canadian Cities For International Students. Number one is Sherbrooke, number 28 is Kamloops, BC.  (The List)

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    • The Algonquin College student will be part of Team Canada at the Special Olympics World Games this June in Berlin, competing in rhythmic gymnastics. (Rory Friend in the Algonquin Times)


    • We got a lemon 
    • – Former mayor Bob Chiarelli on Ottawa’s light rail project. (Ottawa Bulldog)


    🔨 Spark of Joy

    •  Someone has vandalized the Joy sculpture on Sparks Street. The Bruce Garner work of four figures dancing was donated to the street in 1970 by the ER Fisher menswear store. (Gord Holder in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🫁 Downtown Trucking Corridor

    • Downtown residents are attempting to use the Human Rights Codeto stop trucks from using a downtown corridorEcojustice Canada, representing the residents, say the fumes from the trucks are violating human rights. Hundreds of trucks travel every day along Rideau Street and King Edward Avenue through Sandy Hill and Lowertown. (Dave Charbonneau at CTV


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    • Jazz and cocktails seem to go hand in hand, and Thursday nights at Apothecary Cocktail Lounge are the ideal place to enjoy both. 


    • Great Gatsby It’s Murder, presented by new Ottawa-based company Paper Picture Productions will be playing at local venues for a limited run starting this Friday January 13 at The Kanata Legion. The play, by Rachel Paul, is set in a sleazy speakeasy in 1920s Chicago. The show plays the Richmond Legion January 14, the NAC January 18 and Feb 9, and January 20 and 22 at the Arts Court. Proceeds from all the performances will go to Operation Come Home’s homes youth hot breakfast program. 


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    We should have expected that NarCity would have already been on this: they figured out Canadian cities by star sign. Ottawa, like Darren, is a Capricorn and therefore institutionally not a believer in astology.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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