Wintertime activities and events kept residents busy, indoor and out, over the weekend.




Ravens forward Aaron Chapman drives the hoop against the U of O's Gee Gees during the Capital Hoops Classic at Scotiabank Place Saturday night. Carleton beat out University of Ottawa in both women’s (53-43) and men's (70–66) games of the annual meeting of Ottawa’s university teams.

Cynthia Reynolds had her head shaved Friday night during Shave for a Cure, a cancer relief fundraiser. The University of Ottawa-developed event was held during the intermission of the Ottawa 67's game with 59 students, professors and community members losing their locks to raise over $45,000 for Candlelighters.

Community members rallied in Ottawa on the weekend to write letters protesting the deportation of American war resisters in Canada. The protesters wrote letters of concern to local MPs and marched to a postal box to mail them.

Abigail Cockert, 5, pets Sam the RCMP horse on Saturday as the Mounties opened up their stables at St. Laurent Boulevard to the public, showcasing their horses, emergency vehicles and equipment.

The National Capital Commission deemed the Rideau Canal’s ice thick enough for skating between Bank Street and Fifth Avenue Friday and officially opened a portion of the world's longest skating rink for a 38th season.

The NCC’s Alain Nantel demonstrates the core drill used to determine the ice thickness on the Rideau Canal before officially opening the canal to skaters.