Winter is here, will it stick around?

Sunday’s snow was just the start, with another storm expected to hit later this week.

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Good morning!

One of the fun things about having a young dog is how thrilled she is by the snowy weather. While it’s underming a bit of the good progress we’ve made on the leash pulling, watching her gallop along, greedily gulping up snow is quite charming.

Of course, it’s all fun and games until we get inside and it’s time to get dried off. Turns out snow is wet, and drying of a young, exuberant dog is…a challenge.

In any case we’ve got plenty on the little dump of snow we got this weekend, and another one set to come over the coming days, plus events and more.

Let’s get to it!

— Robert Hiltz, managing editor

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Monday: -4 🌡️ -9  | ☁️

Tuesday: -2 🌡️ -1 | ❄️

Wednesday: +3 🌡️ -6 | 🌧/🧊


Snow, snow, and more snow to come

Ottawa Lookout/Robert Hiltz

What happened: About 12 cm of snow fell on the city Sunday, with more expected later this week, according to Environment Canada. Starting Tuesday, another storm will roll in, possibly dropping as much as an additional 20 cm of snow before maybe turning to freezing rain.

  • “The amount of snow will depend on how quickly precipitation changes to ice pellets or freezing rain, although some locations may receive 10 to 20 cm of snow.… The exact track of this weather system is still somewhat uncertain, and as a result, expected snowfall amounts and precipitation types may change,” the department said in a winter storm watch issued Sunday.

Messy day: The road conditions made things tough for OC Transpo. Multiple routes had to be detoured, the agency said, and several bus stops had to be closed because of the conditions.

The OPP had to deal with several collisions on the 417 once the snow began to fall Saturday evening, CTV reported. There were more than 20 crashes thanks to the snow around the rest of the city, Ottawa police told the broadcaster.

But, it wasn’t all bad:

Ski season: It was enough snow to get skiers out on local cross country trails. Camp Fortune was open for a second weekend, with more runs expected to open  up later in the week as more snow arrives, CTV reported

  • Before the snow arrived Sunday, the NCC was forced to close ski trails in Gatineau Park because of icy conditions, the Ottawa Citizen reported

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🚨 34: The number of years a North Grenville man has been driving without a licence. OPP stopped the 55-year-old at a RIDE check for suspected possession of cocaine, and charged the man with impaired driving and several other counts. [CTV]

🏢 8,360: The number of federal public servants added to the workforce in the last fiscal year. There are 130,611 people working for the public service in the National Capital Region as of March, the most recent figures available. [CBC]


Check out the new open positions in Ottawa.

  1. Kitchen designer at House of Fine Carpentry

  2. Senior manager of telecommunications design at Glass Consulting Services

  3. Senior systems administrator at Kyndryl

  4. Design manager at Kott

  5. Kitchen manager at 3 Brasseurs 

Local jobs are selected by the Lookout team and are not paid ads, unless specifically noted. 


🚃🚃 Starting today, all weekday trains on the LRT line will be back to running double-car service. The city said an interim fix to the trains’ axles means more trains can be out on track without maintenance risks. [CBC]

🏎️ Alta Vista residents said Edge Hill Place, where an elderly pedestrian was killed by a driver last week, is a dangerous stretch of road for pedestrians. Drivers speed through the route to get around Bank Street traffic, and there are no sidewalks for locals to walk on. [CTV]

💐 A man in his 60s died after a fire in a Kanata senior’s home. At the scene rescue workers were able to get the man’s pulse back with CPR, but he died of his injuries in hospital. [CTV]

🧊 A bystander helped save the life of a driver whose vehicle broke through the ice of the Ottawa River. The vehicle got about 30 metres from shore near Dunrobin. [CTV]

🟩 Those forest green parliamentary shuttle buses downtown may soon be getting a bit greener, as the House of Commons looks to electrify the fleet. [CTV]

🙀 All but one member of the board for the Lanark Animal Welfare Society resigned in protest over what they said is inadequate care of the animals at the shelter, causing suffering. The remaining board member said the allegations of poor treatment are untrue. [CBC]

🏊‍♂️ The City of Pembroke closed its community pool until at least the fall, as council decides whether or not to replace or repair the building. The pool was closed for structural safety reasons as it nears the end of its life. [CTV]

✈️ Three of Canada’s biggest airlines — Air Canada, WestJet, and Air Transat — said they were unaffected by a US Federal Aviation Administration order to ground 737 Max 9 aircraft because they do not operate that model of the plane. An Alaska Airlines flight had a side panel of one of the planes blow off mid-flight, causing the groundings. [CTV]

🩺 Doctors at Queen’s University are starting a program to give additional care to people suffering from terminal illnesses. The program would see weekly visits to the patients to help with their mental well being. [CBC]


Your weekly guide

📖 Hunting Monsters book launch with author Eric Emeraux, Wednesday 6:30 pm: In conversation with journalist Paul Wells, the former colonel in charge of the French Central Office for the Fight against Crimes against Humanity details his time hunting some of the world’s worst war criminals for the launch of the English translation of his book, Hunting Monsters. At Perfect Books, 258 Elgin St. Free event.

🎨 Wilfrid Flood - A Passion For Pictures, Until Feb. 4: A painter in his off hours, Wilfrid Flood was a prolific cataloguer of the city through the 1930s and 40s, as the city went through significant changes in the Depre4ssion and through the war. At the Ottawa Art Gallery, 50 Mackenzie King Bridge. Free admission.

🕺 Inclusive Latin Dance Preview, Wednesday 7 pm: All are welcome at this preview event teaching Latin dance, brought to you by the folks who do Salsa at City Hall. It’s a warm up for their winter season! At the Lansdowne Park Horticulture Building. Tickets $5.

🎹 Duelling Pianos, Saturday 6 pm: Two pianists and a guitarist duel through tons of classic tunes, and take your requests! At Sens House, 73 York St. Tickets $21.

🍾 Ottawa Malanka 2024, Saturday 6:30 pm: A traditional Ukrainian “Old New Year” celebration with everything you’d expect. Music, drinks, dinner, and more. At Café Ukraine, 913 Carling Ave. Tickets $50.

🎻 Siaka Diabaté & Raphael Weinroth-Browne, Saturday 8 pm: A double-bill night of dynamic collaborations, starting off with the unique sounds of Diabaté and Weinroth-Browne, followed by two DJ sets. At Club SAW, 67 Nicholas St. Tickets $14.

🪩 Targ Dance Mix ’97, Saturday 9 pm: Want to head back to the mid-to-late 90s for a night of dancing and glow sticks? This is the dance party for you. At House of Targ, 1077 Bank St. Tickets $12.

  • Ready to get out those skates? This weekend the rink at Rideau Hall opens for skating! [NCC]

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  • Another brutal season of Sens hockey continued, as the team lost 3-1 to Edmonton, at the mercy of a Zach Hyman hat trick. The team continues to sit last in the division with a 14-21-0 record. [The Canadian Press]

  • The local film industry is thriving, with TV and film shoots continuing throughout the region. [CTV]

  • Val Grenier of St. Isidore won the giant slalom World Cup event in Slovenia over the weekend. [The Canadian Press]

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Congrats to everyone who got last week’s Ottawa Wordle. The answer was ICIER, as in the Canal...hopefully someday soon.

With that in mind, for today’s quiz, we want to know how thick the ice on the Rideau Canal needs to get for the skateway to open up to the public? The first five people to write in with the correct answer will get their names mentioned in the next issue.