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Jennifer Hartley

Features Writer

Jennifer Hartley is senior features writer, travel writer and copy editor of Ottawa Life Magazine. Previously she was theatre editor for Ottawa Xpress and the original Metro newspaper in the capital. She has written articles for a variety of magazines across the country and abroad in the United Kingdom on arts, life and everything in between.
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J & J's Gibberish: Art Therapy - Catch BESSYART Show

J & J's Gibberish: Art Therapy - Catch BESSYART Show

One mother's weekly journey in raising her special needs children. I have heard that painting and drawing can be a therapeutic endeavour, easing anxiety and stress. As one without one ounce of artistic talent, I actually find it to be the opposite because everything I produce looks like crap. [...]

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Ordinary Days Extraordinary at GCTC!

Ordinary Days Extraordinary at GCTC!

Ordinary Days… is exactly that, an ode to the every day and some of the challenges of love, living life day-to-day and dealing with just run of the mill life frustrations. Well, except for one thing, it is put to music and the music and tunes are anything but ordinary. There are two basic [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: Booty Banter

J & J's Gibberish: Booty Banter

One mother's weekly journey in raising her special needs children. Since J & J's Gibberish appears in the Health section, I figured I could write about something other than mental health and focus on the other end: the toosh. Here is a piece I wrote five years ago but given it is [...]

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J and J's Gibberish: Hockey Talk and Mental Health Movember

J and J's Gibberish: Hockey Talk and Mental Health Movember

One mother's weekly journey in raising her special needs children. With all the celebrity shaming going around (rightfully so I might add!!!) for atrocious predatory and vile male behaviour, I thought I would use this week’s J and J Gibberish to launch a series about celebrities using their [...]

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Say Hello to Leonard Cohen with No Way to Say Goodbye

Say Hello to Leonard Cohen with No Way to Say Goodbye

Even though I feel very unCanadian, I have to admit that before No Way to Say Goodbye, Songs of Leonard Cohen, a production currently at the Gladstone until November 4, the only Cohen songs I knew were the usual "Hallelujah" and "Suzanne" and maybe one other. I went in to the show [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: Autism Advocates

J & J's Gibberish: Autism Advocates

One mother's weekly journey in raising her special needs children. Autistic kids have some big names in Canada advocating for them, and this is a good thing. Tireless advocates like Senator Jim Munson and Mike Lake MP keep the topic on the front burner on the political front. In the Senate [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: Heading out on the Highway with Jacob

J & J's Gibberish: Heading out on the Highway with Jacob

One mother's weekly journey in raising her special needs children. Sometimes you choose holiday destinations for the oddest reasons. Driving 1600 km, motivated by a visit to an alligator sanctuary, so far takes the cake for me. Life and travel with a special needs kid can take you on journeys [...]

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Perfect 10 at the NAC! Sir John A.: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion

Perfect 10 at the NAC! Sir John A.:  Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion

The NAC has pulled off a theatrical perfect 10 in Drew Hayden Taylor’s Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion. It is a thought-provoking play about various issues such as First Nations relations, the struggles of youth, reconciling with history, justice and finding your place in [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: The World According to Jacob

J & J's Gibberish: The World According to Jacob

One mother's weekly journey in raising her special needs children. This week is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Awareness week. I don’t have it but my son Jacob, (the other J) does. And it is a bad case. So, instead of me writing stuff and statistics about it, I leave you to read The World [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: Get to the Heart of Issues on The Pulse on Accessible Media Inc.

J & J's Gibberish: Get to the Heart of Issues on The Pulse on Accessible Media Inc.

One mother's weekly journey in raising her special needs children. Are you an avid CBC Morning listener? If so, then between 2011 and 2014, as you made your way to work, it was his voice that guided you through the streets and highways during the traffic report. His name is Dave Brown and you [...]

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