Many things might be throwing us off this week

This seems like the longest short week ever.

This seems like the longest short week ever

It's been a weird week. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

Good morning commuters!

It's cold again, or still. I forget. I think it's again.

Anyway, it's cold and February never ends and you probably had to wrangle your kids Monday and will probably have to wrangle them again Friday, Eugene Melnyk is hanging out with Mel Gibson and you're not sure if Family Day messed up your garbage collection schedule or not, so you'll just watch the neighbours to see what they do.

And try not to seem creepy.

And maybe bring the green bin inside for a few hours so it's not frozen up like Neptune.

(By the way, waste pickup was indeed delayed a day this week).

A compost bin is emptied in Chelsea, Que., last January. Or at least, they're trying to empty it. (CBC)

No, it's not Friday yet.

Yes, this is a short week.

No, none have ever seemed longer.

Yes, windshield washer fluid is that expensive now. 

Can I make my own?

Better not.


Have a great day!


Doug Hempstead

CBC Ottawa's traffic specialist

Doug Hempstead is CBC Ottawa's traffic specialist and can be heard on CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning and All In A Day. Sometimes, he even sleeps. Originally from the Ottawa Valley, he is a musician and family man - married with two daughters. Doug is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience in the region covering all types of news. He welcomes your input on traffic issues and can be called directly while the shows are airing at 613-288-6900. Tweet him at @cbcotttraffic or @DougHempstead. His e-mail is


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