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Emily Cordonier

Features Writer

Emily is a freelance journalist and former professional volleyball player and member of Canada's National Team. As a mother of two young children she is diving head first into all the fun Ottawa has to offer families. You can check out her blog www.embracingottawa.com and follow her on twitter @EmilyCordonier.
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A Child Author with His Sights Set On Changing the World

A Child Author with His Sights Set On Changing the World

Photos by Emily Cordonier He’s an award-winning author, a Child Ambassador for the United Nations, and an accomplished speaker who has stood up in front of large crowds all over the world – and he’s only eleven years old. Ottawa’s Jona David has already accomplished more [...]

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The Culinary Competition Will Be Fierce at Ottawa’s Food Fusion

The Culinary Competition Will Be Fierce at Ottawa’s Food Fusion

Things in the kitchen are heating up and it’s all in the name of charity. On March 30 four local businesses are forming teams and putting their cooking skills to the ultimate test. The culinary competition is part of the first annual Food Fusion in support of The United Way Ottawa. In the days [...]

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In Search of Something Sweet at The Great Canadian Maple Festival

In Search of Something Sweet at The Great Canadian Maple Festival

Photos by Emily Cordonier After a relatively mild start to 2017, the first weekend in March gave Ottawa residents a sharp reminder that winter isn’t done with us just yet. Temperatures dipped as low as -31 degrees with the wind-chill on Saturday, and that wasn’t good news for organizers [...]

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The Ultimate Guide to Ottawa’s Sugar Bush Destinations

The Ultimate Guide to Ottawa’s Sugar Bush Destinations

The days are getting longer, and the weather is getting warmer and that means the maple sap is starting to flow. Sugar Bush season is upon us! For a west coaster, such as myself, getting to visit a sugar shack and sit down with a big plate of pancakes and farm fresh maple syrup, is still exciting. It [...]

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Ottawa’s Human Chain Sends a Cross Border Message of Inclusion and Diversity

Ottawa’s Human Chain Sends a Cross Border Message of Inclusion and Diversity

Photos by Andre Gagne It was a powerful visual as more than one thousand people joined hands to form a human chain stretching down Sussex Drive and wrapping all the way around the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa. Monday’s event was quickly organized to protest the executive order signed just days [...]

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Learning to Live Well With the Ottawa Health and Wellness Expo

Learning to Live Well With the Ottawa Health and Wellness Expo

It was an impressive turn out for this year’s edition of The Ottawa Health & Wellness Expo. Hundreds of people poured into the Shenkman Arts Centre, with their “free swag” bags hanging from their arms. Seeing the interest and enthusiasm from all those who attended, it is evident [...]

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Showing Solidarity: Why We March

Showing Solidarity: Why We March

Photos by Emily Cordonier “Love trumps hate” was the message echoing through Ottawa’s downtown core Saturday morning as thousands of people took a stand for women’s rights. I arrived along with my husband and two kids at the Ottawa Human Rights Monument, and I was immediately [...]

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Chateau Montebello is a Perfect Winter Family Getaway

Chateau Montebello is a Perfect Winter Family Getaway

Photos by Emily Cordonier The Fairmont’s Chateau Montebello is a wonderful place to go with the family at any time of year, but in the winter it seems extra special. For anyone who hasn’t been, Montebello is a small Quebec town around an hour drive from Ottawa. While the town is small [...]

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Where Parents Go to Get Fit

Where Parents Go to Get Fit

Images by Emily Cordonier, Jules Hillier and Sarah Thompson. It’s the start of a new year and people everywhere are making (and probably already breaking) resolutions. New year’s resolutions often revolve around getting more exercise, particularly if you’re a new mom (or dad) trying [...]

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Ottawa’s Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Events

Ottawa’s Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Events

2017 is sure to be a special year for Canada, marking 150 years since confederation. Here in the capital this monumental year will be welcomed in style. Ottawa is offering plenty of family friendly and free options for ringing in the new year. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best. Parliament Hill [...]

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