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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Take a ride on the Underground Railroad

Take a ride on the Underground Railroad

Above: Maryland State House. (RIGHT) Artist Michael Rosato's giant mural of Harriet Tubman on the side of the Tubman Museum and Educational Center, in Cambridge MD. Credit Maryland Office of Tourism With the new school year being a bit (well, a lot) different, maybe you are still wondering what [...]

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With school going back mid-September, there's still time for a getaway

With school going back mid-September, there's still time for a getaway

I was shocked to read that flying, as it turns out, is not a huge transmitter of COVID. Is it risk free? No but with all the precautions that airlines (Air Canada in particular) are taking to ensure optimum safety, it is not as bad as you might have thought and by giving airlines the summer to get their [...]

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The Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight and the weather looks good

The Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight and the weather looks good

Tonight is the night, the show of the summer sky so gather up the kids and head outside somewhere dark where you can see the stars to witness the Perseid meteor shower. It peaks tonight and the weather forecast looks good. The Perseids, named after the Perseus constellation, are bits of the comet Swift-Tuttle [...]

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Virtual summer theatre programming for kids

Virtual summer theatre programming for kids

Unfortunately, all theatres are closed for the time being and I can only imagine what that is doing to their revenue. While stages are quiet and seats empty, the show must go on. Some organizations have created online programming that is phenomenal. Some have a cost, others are free but in all cases, [...]

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Fun summer history activities for kids

Fun summer history activities for kids

Installment number two of MOM I’M BORED is all about history. We are so lucky to live in Ottawa and have access to some of the best museums, such as the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of History. But there is also the Bytown Museum that offers fantastic insight into the history [...]

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Fun summer science activities from Quirk's host Bob McDonald

Fun summer science activities from Quirk's host Bob McDonald

Summer is here, online schooling is over and you're probably asking yourself what to do with the kids that doesn't involve plunking them down in front of a screen with a video game (as tempting as that is). Save yourself a brain drain trying to come up with creative ideas that don't involve [...]

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London Calling

London Calling

ABOVE: Image of the Tower Bridge courtesy London and Partners British 18th Century poet Samuel Johnson once wrote: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” He was absolutely right — and the city has only gotten better [...]

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Brilliant Brault on Breau in 5 O'Clock Bells

Brilliant Brault on Breau in 5 O'Clock Bells

If there is anyone who can pull off a one-man show playing seven (kind of eight – it is complicated) different characters, it is definitely Ottawa acting superstar Pierre Brault. Not only is he an amazing actor, he is a fantastic playwright who lyrically tackles subject matter that is always fascinating [...]

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Sharpen your mind and soul with Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools

Sharpen your mind and soul with Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools

Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools opened last night at the Great Canadian Theatre Company and it is an uncomfortable, unsettling, powerful, raw and absolutely beautiful piece of theatre. It is part concert, part conversation between two women and the audience, part magical journey through the North and Inuk [...]

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Succulent San Francisco

Succulent San Francisco

Decadent. That is the first word that comes to mind when trying to describe San Francisco. It is a mecca for well, everything good. Beauty, vitality, fine dining, joie de vivre, eclectic night life, diversity and acceptance – and chocolate (Ghirardelli chocolates is based there). It is a vibrant [...]

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