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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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Fill your Soul with The Clean House at the Gladstone

Fill your Soul with The Clean House at the Gladstone

Photos by Robin Guy There are four days left to The Clean House and if you can, head to the Gladstone to see it. It almost feels like cheating when, as a theatre writer, you walk in to see a Pulitzer Prize-winning play because you know the content of the play will be extraordinary. Add to that [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: It is Valentine’s Day.  Show the love… and get off your phones

J & J's Gibberish: It is Valentine’s Day.  Show the love… and get off your phones

One mother's weekly journey in raising her special needs children. There is absolutely no question that technology and devices are taking a toll on human interactions and connections. Go to a restaurant and you will see couples sitting there both on their phones ignoring the other. Or better [...]

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Head South to Saintly South Padre Island, Texas

Head South to Saintly South Padre Island, Texas

While most people don’t think of Texas as a winter hot spot, it actually has some of the most beautiful beaches you could ever dream of. Located on an ecodiverse stretch of island chock full of activities is Texan paradise, South Padre Island. As someone who likes to think of herself as somewhat [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: Well Done #BellLetsTalk

J & J's Gibberish: Well Done #BellLetsTalk

You would have to live under a rock not to know that today is #BellLetsTalk mental health day. It is wonderful that Bell is putting money where its mouth is. So far, since 2010 when Bell started Let’s Talk, $86.5 million has been donated to mental health initiatives across Canada. 492, 058 [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: Wonderful Insight from Spectrum Insights

J & J's Gibberish: Wonderful Insight from Spectrum Insights

Photos by John Anderson As a parent of an autistic kid, I am always looking for new ways to help my son integrate better into society and to learn important life skills he will need to survive. Parents can’t do it alone. While nobody else knows our kids like we do, having outside assistance [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: Time for Action on Autism

J & J's Gibberish: Time for Action on Autism

Feature photo: Jaden and Mike Lake A wonderful thing happened last week. At a town hall meeting Prime Minister Trudeau hosted in Nova Scotia, a mother stood up and shared her struggles of trying to raise an autistic child. While it was immensely sad to hear how she had to give up her job to care [...]

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Perfect 10 for 887 at the NAC

Perfect 10 for 887 at the NAC

Photos by by Erick Labbé It is always an absolute joy to see a play written by Robert Lepage but to have the chance to see him live in person working his magic on stage is almost a religious experience. To even try to write about him and his genius seems grossly inadequate because words are [...]

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Loving Mr. Shi and His Lover at the NAC

Loving Mr. Shi and His Lover at the NAC

Photos by Erik Kuong and Etang Chen It never ceases to amaze me what an incredible place a stage can be. It is where you can be deeply moved by a story, by the talent of actors, by the beauty of music, where you can admire clothing, the set designs and be transported to a completely other world. [...]

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J and J Gibberish: Forget Resolutions that Stress You Out. Focus on Mental Health This Year

J and J Gibberish: Forget Resolutions that Stress You Out. Focus on Mental Health This Year

Forget resolutions, forget self-improvement projects this year. Focus on you. Focus on happiness, on your family’s happiness… on peace. Yeah, sure ok, I can hear you laughing at the thought of trying to do that in our crazy era of going fast. But seriously, there is a lot to be said on [...]

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Desperately Seeking Stewart in Magnificent Myrtle Beach

Desperately Seeking Stewart in Magnificent Myrtle Beach

Photos by Rachel Ammon, Joe Carr and Colleen Balzotti Life and travel with a special-needs kid can take you on journeys you never imagined. Motivated by a visit to an alligator sanctuary, we hopped in the car and road tripped the 1,600 kilometres to Myrtle Beach to visit Stewart, an alligator who [...]

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