Governor General Michaëlle Jean held a special ceremony on the grounds of Rideau Hall to unveil the Olympic torch to be used for the 2010 Vancouver Games.
There are three Olympic mascots. Miga, a young sea bear.
Sumi, an animal spirit.
And Quatchi, the young sasquatch.
Quatchi is Transport Minister John Baird’s favourite mascot.
The minister is seen here with a grade-three class from Leslie Park Public School, which is located his Ottawa riding.
The kids went snowshoeing.
The GG got in on a snowball fight at the end of the event.
The Olympic torch.
Later that day the NDP celebrated the Liberals 50th vote supporting the Conservatives.