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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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The National Arts Centre Brings Family Programming Alive

The National Arts Centre Brings Family Programming Alive

Ottawa Life’s Festival City Series is back! We'll provide a unique look at some of your favourite events. We’ll go beyond the music with artist interviews, volunteer profiles, concert reviews and spotlights on the tastes, sights and sounds of the festival season. Your city! Your [...]

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Canadian Men’s Volleyball Looking to Build on Olympic Success

Canadian Men’s Volleyball Looking to Build on Olympic Success

Photos by FIVB and Emily Cordonier It’s a little-known fact that the best volleyball players in Canada can be found right here in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Considered superstars in their sport elsewhere in the world, the Canadian men’s volleyball team keeps a pretty low profile here [...]

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Get Critical Vaccination Information with the CANImmunize App.

Get Critical Vaccination Information with the CANImmunize App.

The vaccination information you need to keep you and your loved ones safe can now be found right in the palm of your hand. CANImmunize is a new mobile app that tracks your immunizations on a smartphone. This innovative app is the brainchild of Dr. Kumanan Wilson, a physician researcher at The Ottawa [...]

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The Children’s Festival Provides a Colourful Experience for Kids of All Ages

The Children’s Festival Provides a Colourful Experience for Kids of All Ages

Ottawa Life’s Festival City Series is back! We'll provide a unique look at some of your favourite events. We’ll go beyond the music with artist interviews, volunteer profiles, concert reviews and spotlights on the tastes, sights and sounds of the festival season. Your city! Your [...]

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Ottawa’s Food Fusion Serves Up a Delightful Evening

Ottawa’s Food Fusion Serves Up a Delightful Evening

Photos by Emily Cordonier and Dave DiUbaldo Excellent food and some friendly competition proved to be a winning combination at The United Way’s inaugural Food Fusion event. Ottawa’s Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute hosted the creative fundraiser, which pitted five corporate teams [...]

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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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