Now that winter is in full swing, many Ottawans have been asking the same question: “When will the Rideau Canal Skateway reopen?” In previous years, the world-renowned outdoor rink has been fully operational by January, leading locals to wonder what has gone wrong in 2020? Now, staff behind the frozen waterway have created a rap to explain what’s happening, and it’s so bad that it's brilliant!\nOttawa’s Rideau Canal Skateway is the world's largest outdoor ice rink, and this year it should be celebrating its 50th anniversary.\nUsually, locals can start skating on the historic site from early January and can keep gliding into late February or early March.\nSadly, however, the canal has been out-of-operation so far in 2020, thanks to unusually mild winter temperatures in the capital city.\nLocals and tourists alike have been left disappointed by the lack of frozen surface in Ottawa so far this year, so staff at the National Capital Commission (NCC) have made a hilariously cheesy rap to explain exactly what is going on.\nThe video, which was originally posted on the NCC Twitter account, opens with the commission's CEO, rapping to the tune of Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby."\nHe explains, "Stop. Collaborate and Listen. The ice is back but it's not in position..."\nIce, Ice, Maybe? Curious about why the #RideauCanal Skateway hasn’t opened yet? Our CEO @tobi_nussbaum investigates, with some help from the maintenance team. Watch now!👇p.s. the skating season will launch once ice conditions are safe & weather permits. Stay tuned!#ottawa pic.twitter.com/obMTZ9F5bw— RideauCanalSkateway (@NCC_Skateway) January 15, 2020\nThe video goes on to explain that while staff are trying to flood the surface, there must be at least 30 centimetres (12 inches) of ice thickness before it is safe for skaters.\nMeanwhile, fellow staff members chant, “ice, ice, maybe ... ” in the background.\nThe hilarious clip goes on to say that staff "don't know" when the ice will be operational, explaining, "To the extremes, we've got no consistent range ... it's why we've got to fight this climate change!"\nView this post on Instagram More than 1 million people a year visit the canal. Are you one of them? Share your canal pictures and videos with us using #cbcottawa.⠀ ⠀ Thanks to @lilyslensonlife for the awesome capture. ⠀ ⠀ #canalmoments #1million #myottawa #ottawalife #rideaucanalskateway #skating #ottawawinter #skatingrink #explorecanada #cbcottawa #lovecbc A post shared by CBC Ottawa (@cbcottawa) on Jan 29, 2018 at 2:42pm PST\nSwitching to French, staff then go on to rap that there's plenty of other local places to visit safely, including, "SJAM, Greenbelt and Gatineau Park."\nThe clip concludes by saying, "Thank you for your patience. The NCC will launch the skating season as soon as the ice conditions are safe!"\nWhen you realize the #RideauCanal Skateway still isn’t open yet… pic.twitter.com/bRiljEJgHr— RideauCanalSkateway (@NCC_Skateway) December 30, 2019\nWithin an hour of the clip being posted on Twitter, it had already received more than 160 likes and more than 70 shares, suggesting their message is coming across loud and clear to Ottawans.\nWhile locals will have to wait a little longer until they can get out on their beloved canal again, at least this silly video might just cheer them up!\nYou can keep up-to-date with the operation status of the world's biggest skateway by clicking here.