Articles by: Claire TremblayClaire Tremblay
Claire Tremblay is a lawyer and feature writer for Ottawa Life Magazine. She has ten years experience as a journalist in Canada and Australia including five years as the municipal affairs reporter at a major Sydney metropolitan newspaper. She made her start in journalism in outback Australia covering cricket and horse and dog races. Since then she has written for The Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Business Journal and The Sydney Morning Herald. Claire has travelled to 22 countries mostly in Europe and Asia.

Swedish Film Masterpiece to Be Screened on Friday Night at Library and Archives Canada

February 5, 2013 11:20 am
Swedish Film Masterpiece to Be Screened on Friday Night at Library and Archives Canada

It’s a rare coming-of-age movie that appeals to the heart and mind, but that is exactly what the latest Swedish contribution to the Baltic-Nordic Film Festival sets out to do – and achieves magnificently. Simon and the Oaks (2011), to be presented by Swedish Ambassador Teppo Tauriainen, is a satisfying film […]

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Pensions & Peace of Mind: To Pool Or Not to Pool?

August 2, 2012 10:07 am
Pensions & Peace of Mind: To Pool Or Not to Pool?

To pool or not to pool? That is the question – at least among Canada’s retirement experts. Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs) were proposed last November by the federal government and are intended to provide workers within small and medium-sized businesses — as well as the self-employed — with a simple low-cost, way to save for retirement. But are they right for you?

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Affordable Pharmacare: The Case for Generic Drugs

August 1, 2012 4:33 pm
Affordable Pharmacare: The Case for Generic Drugs

If you are going to be sick in Ontario, it pays to get the “right” disease. Take John Colmar of Belleville, for example. In July 2010, Colmar was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer and prescribed Sorafenib. Typically, Health Canada steps in to cover part or all of the costs of medication – but Colmar was out of luck.

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Beyond Old Age Security

June 21, 2012 8:56 am
Beyond Old Age Security

Explaining OAS and GIS and pensions terminology, what do changes under the budget mean?

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Education Series: Dr. Agatha Sidlauskas

June 20, 2012 9:28 am
Education Series: Dr. Agatha Sidlauskas

Meet Dr. Agatha Sidlauskas of Carp. A force to be reckoned with and truly inspirational, she is definitely a woman of wonder. Dr. Sidlauskas, a spritely 98, may not have biological children of her own but she has influenced the lives of countless children as a child psychologist and pioneering child educator.

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Greenstream Series: From Knowledge to Action

June 12, 2012 3:54 pm
Greenstream Series: From Knowledge to Action

A recent poll showed 80 per cent of Canadians agreed that “northern research can help make informed decisions about the potential impacts of developmental progress in the North.” With Canada being one of the first Northern countries to feel the brunt of Arctic climate change, such research is needed now more than ever.

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An Evening of Nordic Music

June 4, 2012 3:50 pm
An Evening of Nordic Music

Opera Swedish style is coming to Ottawa with a performance this week by one of that country’ most talented young opera singers.

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A Business with Pop and DNA!

May 31, 2012 6:08 pm
A Business with Pop and DNA!

It began like many good ideas do – idling around the office printer. Ottawa-born-and-bred whiz kids and lifelong best friends Adrian Salamunovic and Nazim Ahmed had already come up with one genius multi-million dollar business idea. And while waiting for a picture to emerge from a printer from the home office of their first business, they came up with a second.

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Health Care Series: Canada’s Prescription Drug Imbroglio – GIVE ME SOME COVERAGE!

May 23, 2012 4:38 pm
Health Care Series: Canada’s Prescription Drug Imbroglio – GIVE ME SOME COVERAGE!

When it comes to buying prescription drugs in Canada, some provinces are more equal than others. Buy prescription drugs in Quebec and you are in luck. The province provides universal coverage to all residents who do not have private health insurance.

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Dalai Lama Visits Ottawa

May 1, 2012 5:34 pm
Dalai Lama Visits Ottawa

The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet may have come with a serious message, but His Holiness started his public address to the City of Ottawa last Saturday with characteristic humor. With a twinkle in his eye and placing a red baseball cap upon his head before an audience of 7,000 people at the Ottawa Civic Centre at Landsdowne Park, the Dalai Lama began his much awaited address.

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Controversial Public Servant Cuts Coming – Canada’s Magic Shrinking Trick

April 27, 2012 4:03 pm
Controversial Public Servant Cuts Coming – Canada’s Magic Shrinking Trick

What will Canada look like if tens of thousands of public sector jobs are lost by the end of this year? That is the question plaguing economists, unions and political analysts alike. These potential job losses follow the federal Conservative government’s announcement to freeze wages and deliver $8 billion in cuts over the next five years.

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The Baltic-Nordic Film Festival: The Tree Lover

April 20, 2012 11:34 am
The Baltic-Nordic Film Festival: The Tree Lover

Strange things occur in the woods of northern Sweden. That’s the media teaser for Swedish movie The Tree Lover set to feature at the Bright Nights: The Baltic-Nordic Film Festival tonight at Library and Archives Canada. The Festival runs from April 19 to April 28, 2012.

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Greenstream Series: Polar Expert – Dr. Peter Harrison

April 13, 2012 9:02 am
Greenstream Series: Polar Expert –  Dr. Peter Harrison

Dr. Peter Harrison has devoted his career to understanding Canada’s northern and Arctic oceans. And as global warming threatens the planet, his knowledge on the subject is needed now more than ever.

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Maple Magic

April 12, 2012 8:38 am
Maple Magic

April means maple syrup and according to National Geographic, the best sticky stuff in Ontario is in Lanark County just outside Ottawa, in Ontario’s Highlands. Known as the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario, Lanark’s maple syrup was ranked first in a list of top ten foods to eat in Ontario.

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GreenStream Series: The Human Face of Climate Change

April 11, 2012 10:16 am
GreenStream Series: The Human Face of Climate Change

In April, the world’s top polar scientists will descend on Montreal to answer the world’s most pressing question – how is climate change affecting our planet and what should we do about it?

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No Silver Lining to Golden Years

April 4, 2012 2:45 pm
No Silver Lining  to Golden Years

Retirement issues are hot these days. The Tories’ muse about increasing the retirement age and the words ‘pension reform’ are loaded ones. There is no question Canada is facing a pension crunch. In the coming years, the number of Canadian retirees will dramatically increase as Boomers age and there will be fewer working age taxpayers to support them.

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Healthcare Series: Medication Costs – A Barrier to Health

March 26, 2012 8:34 am
Healthcare Series: Medication Costs – A Barrier to Health

If you get sick in Canada, for the most part, you’re in luck. Canadians enjoy universal health care which means pre-paid access to a doctor or specialist in a taxpayer-funded health care system. However, receiving a diagnosis is only half of the equation. The other half is access to medication.

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