Articles by: Simon VodreySimon Vodrey
Simon Vodrey, an Ottawa native, holds a Master’s degree from Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. Simon’s journalistic and research interests include American politics, the historical development of professional journalism in North America and crisis communication in both the public and private sectors. He continues to be an avid observer and commentator on national and international affairs. Please contact: svodrey@hotmail.com

Want the Best Pizza in Ottawa? Head West to Stittsville & Kanata

June 12, 2014 2:20 pm
Want the Best Pizza in Ottawa? Head West to Stittsville & Kanata

Horace Greeley, the nineteenth-century politician, author and proprietor of the then extremely influential New York Tribune newspaper, famously offered this sage advice: “Go west, young man.” One could argue that Greeley’s reasoning could also apply to the quest for gourmet pizza. Why you may ask? Summer is upon us and […]

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Tragedy Touches Lac-Mégantic

July 16, 2013 10:20 am
Tragedy Touches Lac-Mégantic

Just over a week ago, the picturesque Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic entered the public lexicon for all the wrong reasons. On Saturday, July 6, at 1:14 a.m., an unmanned runaway freight train belonging to the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic (MMA) Railway Ltd. derailed in the heart of the town. But […]

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Why You Should Never Turn Your Back on the Sea

July 11, 2013 5:33 pm
Why You Should Never Turn Your Back on the Sea

In our continuing series on the Canadian Coast Guard we look at some rescues and learn some valuable lessons about the power of the sea. “Never turn your back on the ocean” is an old Hawaiian saying. It is sage advice for any mariner. Most sailors are aware that the […]

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The Most Valuable Commodity in Health Care

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The Most Valuable Commodity in Health Care

In Oliver Stone’s 1987 film Wall Street, Gordon Gekko, the ruthless corporate raider played by Michael Douglas, explains that when picking stocks, “the most valuable commodity I know of is information.” This same mantra should apply when it comes to the serious business of making health care decisions — but […]

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Gatsby, the Roaring Twenties and the Road Ahead

May 30, 2013 10:51 am
Gatsby, the Roaring Twenties and the Road Ahead

Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of The Great Gatsby opened the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, prompting a return to the collective consciousness of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel and the era in which it is set. The public’s interest has been heightened by the film’s pioneering a new frontier in movie marketing with […]

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What’s Inside the Coast Guard’s Toolbox?

May 29, 2013 12:30 pm
What’s Inside the Coast Guard’s Toolbox?

There are many sides to the Canadian Coast Guard. To start with, there is a fleet of approximately 118 vessels, a figure which includes not only ocean-going vessels ranging from icebreakers to SAR lifeboats, but also almost two dozen helicopters which are used on a daily basis for many services […]

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From Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast

April 9, 2013 12:04 pm
From Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast

Canada is a maritime country which generates a substantial amount of its GDP from exporting natural resources in today’s increasingly interconnected global economy. Its waterways serve as the maritime transportation network that contributes to the health, vitality and prosperity of the Canadian economy. Without safely navigable oceans and inland waterways, […]

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In the Line of Fire: Long-Term Disability Insurance Coverage

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In the Line of Fire: Long-Term Disability Insurance Coverage

Few things in life are guaranteed, including long-term disability (LTD) insurance plans. While long-term disability protection may be offered through an individual’s employer, not all plans are created equal. Basically, there are two types of LTD. The first is the Insured Benefit LTD where the plan sponsor (the employer) pays […]

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The Winds of Change and Canada's Health Care System

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The Winds of Change and Canada's Health Care System

The 2011 Census of Canada revealed that continued immigration is changing the face of our country. Not only is Canadian society increasingly multicultural, we are becoming one of the fastest-growing populations in the G8. Wendy Nicklin is the President and CEO of Accreditation Canada, a not-for-profit organization that develops and […]

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Matthew Stapley: An Insider’s Perspective on the Psychic Profession

March 11, 2013 11:19 am
Matthew Stapley: An Insider’s Perspective on the Psychic Profession

Eighteenth-century French philosopher Julien Offray de La Mettrie claimed that “everyone is born with psychic abilities; it’s just a matter of learning how to access them.” Ottawa-based psychic-medium Matthew Stapley would tend to agree. In an exclusive interview with Ottawa Life Magazine, Stapley was quick to point out that the […]

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America’s Fiscal Albatross

February 11, 2013 1:35 pm
America’s Fiscal Albatross

The inaugural celebrations are over and a new Congress has been sworn in. Washington, D.C. is returning to business as usual with the status quo being largely upheld. The White House and the Senate remain in the hands of the Democrats and the House of Representatives in the hands of […]

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Andrew Cash: Not Your Typical Member of Parliament

January 23, 2013 12:22 pm
Andrew Cash: Not Your Typical Member of Parliament

Andrew Cash, New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for Toronto-Davenport, serves as the deputy critic for Canadian Heritage and sits on the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, but he is unlike many of his predecessors who have held this position in the past. Prior to his running for public office […]

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A Unique Private Sector Solution to Protect Canadians’ Prescription Drug Coverage

January 21, 2013 12:30 pm
A Unique Private Sector Solution to Protect Canadians’ Prescription Drug Coverage

With the widespread benefits arising from continuing advancements in the efficacy of prescription medications used to treat acute and chronic medical conditions, it is easy to lose sight of an important side effect which often accompanies the undeniable benefits these medications provide. That side effect is their cost. And due […]

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Lainie Towell: Raising a Ruckus Over Unfair Treatment

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Lainie Towell: Raising a Ruckus Over Unfair Treatment

Love can hurt. Few people know this better than Lainie Towell, an independent dance artist and a respected member of Ottawa’s arts community. Duped by a man who lied to her and to immigration officials in order to gain permanent residency status, she decided to fight back and through her […]

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The Uncertain Road Ahead: The Ontario Liberal Party Unexpectedly Searches for a New Leader

January 18, 2013 12:00 pm
The Uncertain Road Ahead: The Ontario Liberal Party Unexpectedly Searches for a New Leader

On October 15, 2012, Dalton McGuinty unexpectedly announced his intention to retire, signaling the end of his nine-year reign as the Liberal Premier of Ontario and more than two decades as the Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Ottawa South. While McGuinty’s announcement caught many Ontarians by surprise, an even […]

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An Ever-aging Population and its Challenges for Canada’s Health-Care System

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An Ever-aging Population and its Challenges for Canada’s Health-Care System

No society is static and Canada is no exception to this rule. As is the case in other countries, the makeup of Canada’s population is changing with time. Canadian are getting older and with that comes increasing strains and high demand for health-care services. Our system in the coming years […]

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In Their Own Words: Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidates Weigh in on SARP and Other Issues of Concern

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In Their Own Words: Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidates Weigh in on SARP and Other Issues of Concern

In December 2012, Ottawa Life Magazine interviewed candidates in the Ontario Liberal leadership race (Sandra Pupatello and Harinder Takhar were unavailable and Glen Murray has since bowed out) on the issues that are of concern to Ontarians. A fuller discussion of the candidates’ opinions can be found on here.   […]

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