Canada 150

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: A Rant on The Sting of the Green Hornet

J & J's Gibberish: A Rant on The Sting of the Green Hornet

One mother's weekly journey in raising her special needs children. City parking in Ottawa remains a nightmare. Whether you overstay your hour-long welcome on a downtown street, are at a hospital or maybe leave your car overnight on a city street because you have had one too many to drive, [...]

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J and J Gibberish: Top 10 Survival Skills For Parents of a Special Needs Kid

J and J Gibberish: Top 10 Survival Skills For Parents of a Special Needs Kid

When I began my journey with Jacob into the world of institutions, wait lists, systems and red tape years ago, I wish someone had sat me down and said, “Ok, you’re in for a ride. It is a long one. It is not like a cold or flu and quick. Buckle up. It is not easy but you will survive.” [...]

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J and J's Gibberish: The Journey Begins

J and J's Gibberish: The Journey Begins

Feature image by Jennifer Hartley Here we are. Day one. Welcome to J and J Jibberish (short form for Jacob and Jen’s Jibberish), a new Ottawa Life weekly blog that will focus on life in Ottawa (and beyond) with kids with special needs. Survival skills, tips, services, and lots of stories, [...]

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Crazy for the Fools

Crazy for the Fools

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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Summer Theatre in Strathcona

Summer Theatre in Strathcona

Photos by Megan Hoskins One of the great things about summer is the chance to explore new worlds that theatre can offer, all in the beauty of the outdoors. Odyssey Theatre is one of those summer treats that should not be missed. Last week Odyssey began its summer run and not surprising, Odyssey [...]

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Amazing City, Amazing People

Amazing City, Amazing People

Amazing People, the brainchild of Kimothy Walker while on CTV Ottawa News, was a show that shone a spotlight on incredible, yet unsung, community leaders. Today, Amazing People continues to celebrate special people nominated by friends, colleagues or admirers but is also a vehicle for fundraising to [...]

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The Wonders of Waterloo

The Wonders of Waterloo

School’s out and the summer of Canada 150 is finally here. There are so many ways to celebrate Canada this year and one way is to hit the road and explore. You don’t need to go too far. One hour past Toronto is one of them: the Waterloo-Kitchener region. The area is chock full of adventures [...]

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Orlando — MORE THAN JUST MINNIE AND MICKEY

Orlando — MORE THAN JUST MINNIE AND MICKEY

When you think of Orlando, visions of Mickey and Minnie — or some other Disney characters — likely jump into your head. There is good reason for that of course, and there is no question that Disney is a lot of fun and will bring out the kid in everyone. However, the reality is there is a [...]

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Escape March Break Madness in Montreal Museums

Escape March Break Madness in Montreal Museums

You are sick of winter, the kids are driving you crazy by now, the end of March Break and you need a quick getaway. Like now. Head to Montreal and visit some incredible museums, brush up on your history. This year may be Canada’s 150th but it is also Montreal’s 375th. This is the year [...]

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The Marvels of Miramichi

The Marvels of Miramichi

Feature image by Brian Atkinson It is never too early to start planning for summer holidays and this year, there is something quite magical about the idea of traveling within Canada during Canada 150. What better place to start than Atlantic Canada and particularly in New Brunswick, a founding [...]

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