By Matthew Slevin, Capital Current, February 28, 2023
...on Feb. 24, the National Capital Commission officially announced that, for the first time since it debuted in 1971, the Rideau Canal Skateway would not open.
The unprecedented situation has environmentalists and citizens alike concerned for the future of the iconic Ottawa landmark.
...“It’s a bit of a gut punch,” said William Van Geest, a program coordinator at Ecology Ottawa. “I think folks think about Ottawa in terms of winter, and folks think about Ottawa winters in terms of the canal.”