An Extreme Cold warning continues this morning.

Exposed skin can freeze within minutes of exposure in a windchill like we are experiencing this morning.

Hypothermia can also set in for those outside and not properly dressed for the weather.

Ottawa public health says you should wear several layers even if your outside exposure is only expected to be a few minutes, in case you wind up being outside longer than anticipated.


Class will be in session at most of Ontario’s elementary schools today however it is a PA day for all Catholic and public elementary schools in Ottawa.

But the union representing the province’s elementary teachers is still holding one-day strikes at three boards as part of its ongoing labour dispute with the provincial government.

All four of Ontario’s major teachers’ unions have been without a contract since last august and are holding strikes to protest what they describe as unreasonable proposals and education cuts from the government.


The prime minister says the government is keeping a close eye on the situation after anti-pipeline protester blockades forced CN Rail to shut down its entire network in eastern Canada.

Via Rail has cancelled passenger service across the country- this includes Via trains in and out of Ottawa.

Federal transport minister Marc Garneau also has a series of meetings scheduled in hopes of curtailing the blockade action behind the disruptions.

The demonstrators say they’re standing with those opposed to the coastal Gaslink pipeline, which crosses the traditional territories of the Wet’suwet’en first nation


Family Day weekend means some changes to your regular routine.

All LCBO, Beer store, and grocery stores are closed Monday.

Rideau Centre remains open 10-6

All Ottawa city client service centres are closed.

No garbage, green bin, or recycling pick up Monday, that moves ahead one day next week.

Buses and trains will run on a reduced weekday schedule.

A complete list is at Ottawa matters dot com


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Germany today, where he will address the Munich Security Conference and urge global leaders to accept that a changing world requires more effort to bring economic prosperity for all.

Before delivering his speech, Trudeau meets with an American delegation led by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, as well as the prime ministers of Niger and Albania and the president of Kazakhstan.

The P-M’s speech comes on the heels of a week long trip to Africa and Kuwait.


A Canadian professor working with the World Health Organization on the international response to the novel coronavirus outbreak says he’s proud of Canada for not imposing any travel restrictions on people coming from China.

In a commentary that appears in the medical journal — The Lancet — Steven Hoffman and other health law scholars say the restrictions on travellers who’ve been in China are driven by “fear, misinformation, racism and xenophobia.”

The group also noted that travel restrictions prevent needed supplies from getting into regions affected by an outbreak.


China’s National Health Commission says 121 more people have died from the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of dead to 13-hundred-80.

The number of reported cases has been rising more quickly after the hardest hit province changed the way it tallies the illness.

There are now 63-thousand-851 confirmed cases in mainland China, with officials in Hubei province now including cases based on a physician’s diagnosis and before they have been confirmed by lab tests.


New indictments have been filed in the U-S, targeting the Chinese telecom giant, Huawei.

The U-S Justice Department accusing the company of a brazen scheme to steal trade secrets from competitors in America, as well as provided surveillance equipment to Iran.

The new allegations come as the Trump administration raises national security concerns about Huawei as it aggressively lobbies Western allies to bar the company from wireless, high-speed networks.

Canada has been embroiled in a dispute with the tech company since arresting a top executive more than a year ago at the request of the Trump Administration.


House Democrats frustrated over the Senate’s acquittal of U-S President Donald Trump are turning their oversight efforts toward the Justice Department.

The move comes after Attorney General William Barr overruled prosecutors sentencing recommendation for Trump friend, Roger Stone, who was convicted of lying to congress.

Yesterday, Barr offered a rare public rebuke of Trump’s recent tweets about Justice Department prosecutors and cases.


Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) was among the candidates on stage at a presidential town hall in Las Vegas last night.

The event was hosted by the League of United Latin American Citizens and Telemundo, as the Democrats addressed Nevada’s Latino voters.

Buttigieg was asked about his sexual orientation and says he’s running to be a “president for everybody.”

The Democrats are trying to engage with Nevada’s Latino voters ahead of the state’s caucuses later this month.


A pair of Jehovah’s Witnesses have been convicted of extremism in Russia and four more arrested, one of whom reported being tortured in custody.

The married couple were handed fines for engaging in extremist activities related to their membership in the religious group.

Earlier this week the police raided homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses in southern Siberia and arrested four members of the group.

Russia officially banned Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2017, declaring the group an extremist organization.

Crackdown have since intensified.

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