Karen Temple

Art Director & Web Editor

Karen Temple is an award-winning graphic designer and the web editor for Ottawa Life Magazine. 
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Thomas Mackay: The most famous Ottawan no one knows about.

Thomas Mackay: The most famous Ottawan no one knows about.

(Photo of Thomas Mackay: Dictionary of Canadian Biography.) Thomas Mackay: The Laird of Rideau Hall and the Founding of Ottawa Author: Alastair Sweeny Publisher: University of Ottawa Press Paper ISBN: 9780776636788 In 1792 Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada John Graves Simcoe invited American [...]

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Coupons are a great tool to help families save money and fight inflationary prices

Coupons are a great tool to help families save money and fight inflationary prices

Canada's inflation rate is now at 7.7%, which is the highest point it has been at since 1983. More troubling is that consumer prices rose at their fastest pace in almost 40 years in the year up to the end of May 2022, as the cost of just about everything-fuel, home heating, gas, utilities, and food [...]

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How Will Ontario Sports Betting Change on April 4th?

How Will Ontario Sports Betting Change on April 4th?

Sports betting in Canada has made news headlines for the last few months. Why? In August 2021, single-event betting was finally legalized in Canada, ending decades of parlay bets as the only legal option in the country. Single-game bets were legalized by amending the Criminal Code to make it lawful [...]

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Travel is back, and it is not as scary as you might think

Travel is back, and it is not as scary as you might think

ABOVE: The RIU Dunamar Playa Mujeres, Mexico has adapted to ensure the safety of guest including daily cleaning all of the lounge chairs. In early September, my daughter and I decided to escape to the beaches of Mexico for a week of R&R. It was a last-minute decision made easier by the vacation [...]

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Florist Maggie Freitas is filling Ottawa homes with blooms of love

Florist Maggie Freitas is filling Ottawa homes with blooms of love

Tucked behind the construction-filled corner on Richmond Road at Woodroffe Avenue is the small trip mall that is home to Flowers by Maggie. On the day I visited, owner operator Maggie Freitas was busy making bouquets for a multitude of clients. Maggie is like the Jean-Paul Riopelle of flowers. To the [...]

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Fressy Bessie’s ‘Ice Lolly’ is taking Canada by storm

Fressy Bessie’s ‘Ice Lolly’ is taking Canada by storm

Finally, a frozen treat you can feel good about. Fressy Bessie Foods Inc. has developed a healthy and very tasty organic popsicle called the “Ice lolly.” Rather than use unhealthy artificial sugars, preservatives and additives, ice lollies are made with all-natural fruits and vegetables. [...]

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EMMA Mattress makes sense and cents!

EMMA Mattress makes sense and cents!

I was recently out to pub with a good friend of mine and he was telling me how relieved he was to have ordered a new mattress. I almost fell out of my chair when he told me he paid $3k for it and they threw in delivery because he bought it at a showroom. He has back issues and I get that the mattress [...]

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Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel 

Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel 

Ottawa's Three Sisters Theatre Company & SevenThirty Poductions opened their adaptation of revered Irish playwright, Brian Friel's award winning Dancing at Lughnasa, directed by John P. Kelly. Dancing at Laghnasa is the story of five spinster sisters who share the family home with their [...]

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Protect your home from the deep freeze –Tips from Enercare

Protect your home from the deep freeze –Tips from Enercare

Be Winter Warm with Winter Care at Home With the coldest temperatures of the year expected in Ontario tonight, it’s important for homeowners to ensure they’re staying safe and warm. Whether you’re skating on the canal, playing shinny on a local rink, taking in Winterlude or skiing, [...]

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The Huawei P30 Pro might just be the best camera you’ve ever owned

The Huawei P30 Pro might just be the best camera you’ve ever owned

The easy choice when shopping for a new phone is get the new version of the same old phone. Makes sense, right? You already have charger cords to spare. In fact, there is one in practically every room of your house and backup-battery packs in every purse or jacket pocket because your old phone – [...]

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