Sofia Donato

Features Writer

Sofia Donato is journalism student at Carleton University in OttawaWhen she's not writing, you can find her teaching at her karate dojo or reading a book by the fire.

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Cheryl Wilcox is the mom behind Mom's Homemade salsa

Cheryl Wilcox is the mom behind Mom's Homemade salsa

Cheryl Wilcox first began making salsa when a co-worker gave her a recipe. She spent the next few years adjusting, taking out and adding ingredients until she found a taste that she and her family loved. Jump ahead 16 years, Mom's Homemade is available in three spice levels and sells out regularly [...]

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Award-winning Employable Me releases season 3 

Award-winning Employable Me releases season 3 

Photo: Outakes from Employable Me - Episode 6 Employable Me is an honest and emotional six-part documentary series featuring job seekers who are determined to overcome their disabilities and prove that their health conditions shouldn’t make them unemployable. They may have Down Syndrome, be [...]

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Ottawa restaurant community provides meals for women in need

Ottawa restaurant community provides meals for women in need

Photo: Jeffrey Radbourne Cornerstone Housing for Women wants to thank, but most of all, recognize the support from the incredible Ottawa restaurants and suppliers who have been providing meals for their frontline staff and clients. Throughout this pandemic, twenty-four local restaurants have supported [...]

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Ice cream company brings the traditions of Damascus to Ottawa

Ice cream company brings the traditions of Damascus to Ottawa

Above: Cousins Ruba and Weam started Adas Bekdash, a company making Syrian-style ice cream. Foods vary by culture but there are many that share similar qualities and flavours despite a large cultural difference. All over the world, there are many different styles and forms of ice cream. In Syria, Bakdash [...]

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Artist honours nephew with fundraiser for the Ottawa Hospital

Artist honours nephew with fundraiser for the Ottawa Hospital

Dragonfly Ascending Into Twilight, by Darlene Kulig Ottawa-born artist Darlene Kulig started raising funds in support of cancer research after the loss of her beloved nephew Craig to cancer. In response to the Covid pandemic, Darlene has partnered with BYOM to produce masks featuring her art and is [...]

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Check out YUNAL, the Canadian-made COVID-19 prevention app

Check out YUNAL, the Canadian-made COVID-19 prevention app

COVID-19 has unexpectedly changed the lives of many people around the world but a local Ottawa entrepreneur has released a free software application that offers a sense of stability while informing people about the virus and how to follow preventative measures. Designed to keep your family safe, the [...]

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Let your taste buds take you to a dream destination

Let your taste buds take you to a dream destination

Our feet might be stuck at home but since cuisine and cooking styles change as we travel the world, take a virtual trip by cooking up some dishes or mixing some drinks from your favourite destination. From bustling streets and cries from local vendors to the rhythmic echo of the ocean, let yourself be [...]

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Check out comedian Graham Kay’s new special on Crave!

Check out comedian Graham Kay’s new special on Crave!

A good sense of humour is often described as an important skill to leading a fulfilling and successful life. For Ottawa native Graham Kay humour is a lifestyle and career. As an award-winning stand-up comedian, actor and TV writer, Kay has been described as “quick, clever, deliciously sarcastic [...]

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Ottawa lawyers help make charity non-tournament a success 

Ottawa lawyers help make charity non-tournament a success 

Above: The Lawyers for Kids Charity Hockey Tournament 2019 raised $33, 500 for the Ottawa YMCA-YWCA. Each year, the YMCA-YWCA of the Nation’s Capital Region hosts several fundraising events to help support programs and services that make a meaningful difference in the lives of children, youth [...]

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Honouring fallen soldiers online in tribute to VE Day

Honouring fallen soldiers online in tribute to VE Day

On May 8, 2020, the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) was commemorated. To honour this day, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) launched an online initiative to help Canadians learn more about, recognise, and pay respects to our war dead from the First and Second World Wars. [...]

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