We made an error yesterday in the coterie of villains named by the Provincial LRT Inquiry.

We wrote that former city transportation head John Manconi retired the day before the Inquiry report was released. That was incorrect – Steve Kanellakis, the former City Manager, is the one that resigned the day before the report.

Manconi retired in September, after giving notice last May.

We apologize for messing up the timeline of the OC Transpo Cinematic Universe.

– Martha and Darren


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    • ❄️  30% chance of flurries High of -7°, low of -16°


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    • – The number of flights to Europe flying from Ottawa International Airport. Like Winnipeg and St John's, European flights stopped at the start of the pandemic and have not returned. (James Pearson at Simple Flying)

    Ottawans of the Day

    • Jessie Mulloy, Aurélie Dubuc, Greg Bowles, Aidan Marler, Alexandre Cadieux
    • Watch these local athletes at the 2023 FISU Winter World University Games, January 12 -22 at Lake Placid, NY. Jessie Mulloy of Carleton Place, who attends University of Edinburgh in Scotland, will be playing for the GB women’s hockey team. U of O student Aurélie Dubuc of Trois-Rivières, QC, is on the goaltending squad of the Canadian women’s hockey team, which is coached by Ottawa Gee-Gees’ head scout Greg Bowles. U of O and Carleton U are represented on both the men’s and women’s Cross Country ski teams as well. Aidan Marler of Carp takes one of the spots on the Men’s Apline Skiing roster. Watch for Ottawa athlete Alexandre Cadieux on the snowboarding team.(FISU)


    • I didn’t know how big hockey was over here when I came over for university, so I didn’t actually bring any of my hockey equipment 
    • – 20 year-old University of Edinburgh student Jessie Mulloy. (Lake Placid 2023)


    • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 0 – Nashville Predators 3 last night


    🚊 O Pain

    •  OC Transpo says the O Train will be back in full service at the end of today. The  line has been closed between uOttawa and Tremblay stations for nearly a week after the system broke during freezing rain. (CBC)
    • The Ottawa Citizen has a Q & A with the City’s director of transit operations, Troy Charter, about the latest chaos. No new information, really. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🚆Via Rail

    • Anyone who had their VIA Rail travel disrupted should receive automatic compensation from the company. Hundreds of people traveling between Québec City and Windor – we’re dead centre — had their trains cancelled or stuck in the middle of nowherebetween Dec. 24 and 26. VIA Rail says it is hiring outside experts to review its actions. (CBC

    🚨 Police are doing automatic license plate checks

    • Ottawa Police have noted that they have their new automated license plate readers and will be doing a blitz for people who have not done their free online renewal. The Provincial government removed the requirement for license plate stickers, and the $100 fee, last year but motorists are still required to go online and tick a box or face a $110 fee. (Megan Gillis in the Ottawa Citizen) (License plate renewal)

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    It’s true that winter has barely started. But the warm weather will return one day, and you’ll want cute clothes. Take a look at the sale page of Melissa Nepton, where you’ll find a limited selection of pieces to take you through spring and summer in style. Oh, and they’re all under $75 and made in Canada. 

    There’s a 35% off flash sale at Little & Lively (formerly The Kindred Studio), today only. Use the code HBD35 for your discount. Ends 11:59pm tonight. 

    JB Field’s Apline “Ski and Snow II” socks are on sale at Great Sox. These made in Canada beauties have a number of features that make them an uber-comfy yet stylish performance sock. Was $20, now $12. 


    Ottawa Public Health reports COVID-19 information Tuesdays and Thursdays. This information is from this morning.

    The Ottawa Wastewater survey continues to show a rise in evidence of COVID-19 growth in the sewer water. 


    If you have not already read the report of the Provincial LRT Inquiry, you should do that now. It is both eminently readable and devastating. They even posted a video summary of findings (at the same link), which really should have been called O Train and the Multitudes of Madness. Marvel, call us. 

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren


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