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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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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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J and J's Gibberish: Star Wars The Last Jedi?  Thankfully Not!

J and J's Gibberish: Star Wars The Last Jedi?  Thankfully Not!

NOTE: Some spoilers abound so if you haven't seen the film yet read with risk, you will! We may not have the chance to wear Chewbacca socks to meetings with international leaders like our Star Wars fanatic Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, but Jacob and I are nevertheless enormous Star Wars fans. [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: Cops and Autistics Part II - MEA CULPA

J & J's Gibberish: Cops and Autistics Part II - MEA CULPA

One mother's weekly journey in raising her special needs children. OK, so sometimes things are not exactly as they seem. Last week I reported on a service to register your autistic kid so in the event he or she takes off and gets into a sticky situation, a cop can look them up in a database. [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: Cops and Autistics

J & J's Gibberish: Cops and Autistics

One mother's weekly journey in raising her special needs children. So, anyone with a special needs kids at one point or another has probably had a situation where cops have been contacted about your kid’s meltdowns or activities. It is almost a rite of passage. What is really impressive [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: Thor v Justice League

J & J's Gibberish: Thor v Justice League

One mother's weekly journey in raising her special needs children. Jennifer: Two hero movies are in the theatre right now. Thor Ragnorak and Justice League. Jacob decided to review both. Over to him. Hi. It’s me Jacob. I have to be honest and tell you that I love superhero movies, [...]

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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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