Jan 03, 2006 — Ottawa's Rideau Canal is still not open for the season. But it won't be long before thousands of people hit the ice there -- businessmen with briefcases, moms with kids, tourists. The canal runs from the edge of the city, Dow's Lake, all the way downtown -- about five miles. While waiting for the ice to thicken, Lucy Martin spoke with Jasmin Simard, the owner of Figure Eight Skate Specialist, in Ottawa. With 30 years of experience in outfitting customers, he had some tips for a good skate -- when the green flags are flying.