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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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    • 🌧️  Mixed rain and freezing rain. High of 2°, low of 0°. 


    • 350
    • – The number of layoffs proposed by pot purveyors Canopy Growth Corporation in Ottawa and Smith’s Falls. Canopy will be closing the old Hershey chocolate factory it operates from. Canada-wide, there will be 800 layoffs. (Evelyn Harford in the Smiths Falls Record News

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    • Pierre Noel 
    • Noel has come out of retirement to serve as interim CEO of The Royal Mental Health Centre, a job expected to last eight months.The previous CEO, Joanne Bezzubetz, left suddenly in December. Noel spent 16 years as president and CEO of Pembroke Regional Hospital. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen)


    • It's] not looking like that freeze is anywhere to be seen’
    • – Environment Canada warning preparedness meteorologist Steven Flisfeder on the dwindling chances that the Skateway will reopen this year. (CBC)


    • 🏒 OHL Ottawa 67s 8 – Kingston Frontenacs 1 last night


    🗞️ City Auditor General on the Convoy Fallout

    Nobody had anything nice to say about the City or the Ottawa Police after the release of the Auditor General’s report on the Convoy yesterday.


    🛻 Recognition

    • The Battle of Billings Bridge was honoured with a plaque today at Bank Street and Riverside Drive. On Feb 13, 2022 local residents did what the Ottawa Police would not – stopped a caravan of trucks intending to occupy downtown Ottawa. The would-be Convoy siegers were immobilzed most of the day, later allowed to return in the direction they came under police escort – and with flags lowered. Who issued the official looking plaque is unknown. (Megan Gillis in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🚋 Transit Commission

    • The O Train wires ‘melted’ during the Ice Storm. Today's Transit Commission meeting heard that the system was designed with a limit 12.5 millimetres of ice accumulation. On Jan 4, a bad weather day but not exactly armeggedon, there was 4.3 millimetres of freezing rain per hour, eventually knocking out the line for six days. Two trains sent to remove a stuck train also became stuck. Richard Holder, the city's director of engineering services, says they are considering using a diesel powered rescue train in the future. (Laura Glowacki at CBC)

      Related OC Transpo is considering offering a limited pass for workers who work part time from home, part time from the office

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    Today only: there’s a 30% off flash sale at Strut Jewellery, on one of a kind necklaces.

    Winter styles are up to 60% off at Manitobah. Get house Mocs, winter boots, slides, and slippers for lower prices. 

    You’ll get 20% off during the Yoga Jeans Flash Sale, plus free shipping on orders over $150. 


    Faces magazine says there are five lucky things that have happened to the Ottawa Senators: The Hamburglar Run, San Jose’s Implosion after Karlsson Trade, Not Winning the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery/LA Skips Stutzle, Claude Giroux’s Homesickness, and Montréal Passing Up Brady Tkachuk at the Draft. 

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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