Brainstorm

Nepean MP Chandra Arya hosts a federal pre-budget consultation at the Walter Baker Sports Centre on Feb. 8 to give area residents an opportunity to share their suggestions for the government as it prepares to table a new federal budget.

Quick dip

Ottawa polar plunge organizer Insp. John McGetrick climbs out of icy water during the 2015 polar plunge at TD Place, with help from some fellow officers. The Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics will take place again this year, hosted by Algonquin College on Feb. 27.

Solar rooftop

Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op employees and others celebrate the completion of a solar panel installation atop Maurice Lapointe French public school last September. The project was marked as the 1,000th solar rooftop in Ottawa, and the co-op has since won an award for its work.

Pink Lounge opens

Carrie Irvine, left, marketing director at the St. Laurent Shopping Centre, Trina Fraser, Bust a Move co-chair, Nicole Burris, Bust a Move honourary co-chair, Melissa Shabinsky, co-chair, and Krista Kealy, co-chair, cut a ribbon to open up the Bust a Move Pink Lounge at the St. Laurent Shopping Centre on Feb. 6. The lounge is a decorated space dedicated to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation event.

Giving back

CHEO patient and Nunavut resident Monica Sheapik, 15, shows a photo of her puppy dog to Melinda Currey, right, girlfriend of Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson. Several of the players’ wives and girlfriends made pre-Valentine’s Day crafts with patients during their first group visit to the hospital on Feb. 10. It wasn’t Currey’s visit to the hospital. As a child growing up in the Billings Bridge community of Alta Vista, Currey and her parents often visited CHEO kids.

Contortion

A contortion performance is just one of 29 performances in the Echoes of Winter variety show supporting CHEO on Feb. 13 at Kailash Mital Theatre at Carleton University.

National Arts Centre revitalization project

An ice sculpture of what a revitalized National Arts Centre will look like was on display at a groundbreaking press conference for the project on Feb. 9.

Family Day at city hall

The Sens Rink of Dreams at city hall will be the place to be for family fun on Family Day on Monday, Feb. 15.

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