Grace Giesbrecht

Grace Giesbrecht is a third-year Media and Communications student at Trinity Western University, where she was the news editor for the student newspaper. Originally from northern British Columbia, she enjoys playing hockey, photography, and snowboarding. 
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In your corner: Academic Advisor Melanie Hotte on helping students handle university

In your corner: Academic Advisor Melanie Hotte on helping students handle university

Melanie Hotte enjoys helping people understand complicated systems—particularly, the often-difficult and rarely clear-cut world of university. Hotte is an academic advisor with St. Paul’s University, a small bilingual university in Ottawa. As the first face student see when looking for [...]

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His students call him professor: Alp Oran on an unfair dichotomy between university educators.

His students call him professor: Alp Oran on an unfair dichotomy between university educators.

All tomorrow’s innovators, doctors, and scientists start their higher education journey somewhere. For most, a large part of that beginning is in a undergraduate lab, learning the practical skills necessary to further their education. Who teaches these students these important skills? It varies [...]

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Making a difference in special ed: Andrew Williams

Making a difference in special ed: Andrew Williams

Photo: iStock High school can be a difficult place for many students, but rarely is it harder than it is for students with disabilities. Support for students handling anything from learning disabilities to severe autism falls in the realm of special education—a position in which Andrew Williams, [...]

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Seize the day: Jet It private aviation arrives in Canada

Seize the day: Jet It private aviation arrives in Canada

A private jet experience unlike any other has landed in Canada. After taking off in the United States, Jet It is expanding its Harvard-studied business model. The company grew from from a single jet and two employees to a fleet of ten airplanes and a workforce of 65 in the US, and intends to grow [...]

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Best of Chinatown: Comforting, home-cooked Indian cuisine at Mehfil

Best of Chinatown: Comforting, home-cooked Indian cuisine at Mehfil

As I climbed the steps to Mehfil Indian Cuisine at 792 Somerset to order takeout on a quickly cooling April evening, the tantalizing smell of classic Indian food hit my nose, and I smiled. There is no smell more comforting to a hungry stomach than that of hot, fresh food. Mehfil Indian Cuisine fuses [...]

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Ottawa influencer’s divorce TV series takes off

Ottawa influencer’s divorce TV series takes off

It’s not the end of the world, just the end of your marriage! There are dozens of TV shows that centre on every glamorous facet of a wedding. There is only one show, so far, that examines, explains, and, yes, celebrates, divorce. Ottawa influencer and TV producer Katrina Turnbull’s new [...]

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Best of Chinatown: Variety and flavour at New Pho Bo Ga La

Best of Chinatown: Variety and flavour at New Pho Bo Ga La

New Pho Bo Ga La in Ottawa’s bustling Chinatown at 763 Somerset serves big, delicious flavours in a variety of different Asian cuisines. When I visited on a bright, sunny afternoon unseasonably warm for spring in a Canadian city, I was treated to a big, hot bowl of spicy Thai Tom Kha soup. One [...]

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Best of Chinatown: Yangtze Dining Lounge's elevated Chinese classics

Best of Chinatown: Yangtze Dining Lounge's elevated Chinese classics

The Yangtze Dining Lounge is a staple of the restaurant scene in Ottawa’s Chinatown. Yangtze has treated its customers to the highest quality service and authentic Szechuan and Cantonese cuisine since opening in its iconic building at 700 Somerset in 1982. With a long menu and plenty to choose [...]

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Best of Chinatown: Special, spicy Sri Lankan food at Karuna Cafe 

Best of Chinatown: Special, spicy Sri Lankan food at Karuna Cafe 

Natalia and Alita, a pair of sisters from Ottawa, opened the Karuna Cafe four years ago to share the Sri Lankan food and culture they love with the world—or, at the very least, with their city. “We love making food,” Natalia said, “And we want people to know about our food.” [...]

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Best of Chinatown: Explore new flavours with Rangoon’s delicious Burmese cuisine

Best of Chinatown: Explore new flavours with Rangoon’s delicious Burmese cuisine

Rangoon Restaurant, at 634 Somerset, is very hard to miss: look for bright lime-green porch railings and electric blue accents on a red brick storefront on your next trip through Ottawa’s Chinatown. In the summer, bright flowers will burst from the flower boxes on the patio’s edge and pink [...]

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