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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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J & J's Gibberish: Time for Action on Autism

J & J's Gibberish: Time for Action on Autism

Feature photo: Jaden and Mike Lake A wonderful thing happened last week. At a town hall meeting Prime Minister Trudeau hosted in Nova Scotia, a mother stood up and shared her struggles of trying to raise an autistic child. While it was immensely sad to hear how she had to give up her job to care [...]

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Perfect 10 for 887 at the NAC

Perfect 10 for 887 at the NAC

Photos by by Erick Labbé It is always an absolute joy to see a play written by Robert Lepage but to have the chance to see him live in person working his magic on stage is almost a religious experience. To even try to write about him and his genius seems grossly inadequate because words are [...]

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Loving Mr. Shi and His Lover at the NAC

Loving Mr. Shi and His Lover at the NAC

Photos by Erik Kuong and Etang Chen It never ceases to amaze me what an incredible place a stage can be. It is where you can be deeply moved by a story, by the talent of actors, by the beauty of music, where you can admire clothing, the set designs and be transported to a completely other world. [...]

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J and J Gibberish: Forget Resolutions that Stress You Out. Focus on Mental Health This Year

J and J Gibberish: Forget Resolutions that Stress You Out. Focus on Mental Health This Year

Forget resolutions, forget self-improvement projects this year. Focus on you. Focus on happiness, on your family’s happiness… on peace. Yeah, sure ok, I can hear you laughing at the thought of trying to do that in our crazy era of going fast. But seriously, there is a lot to be said on [...]

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Desperately Seeking Stewart in Magnificent Myrtle Beach

Desperately Seeking Stewart in Magnificent Myrtle Beach

Photos by Rachel Ammon, Joe Carr and Colleen Balzotti Life and travel with a special-needs kid can take you on journeys you never imagined. Motivated by a visit to an alligator sanctuary, we hopped in the car and road tripped the 1,600 kilometres to Myrtle Beach to visit Stewart, an alligator who [...]

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J and J's Gibberish: Star Wars The Last Jedi?  Thankfully Not!

J and J's Gibberish: Star Wars The Last Jedi?  Thankfully Not!

NOTE: Some spoilers abound so if you haven't seen the film yet read with risk, you will! We may not have the chance to wear Chewbacca socks to meetings with international leaders like our Star Wars fanatic Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, but Jacob and I are nevertheless enormous Star Wars fans. [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: Cops and Autistics Part II - MEA CULPA

J & J's Gibberish: Cops and Autistics Part II - MEA CULPA

One mother's weekly journey in raising her special needs children. OK, so sometimes things are not exactly as they seem. Last week I reported on a service to register your autistic kid so in the event he or she takes off and gets into a sticky situation, a cop can look them up in a database. [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: Cops and Autistics

J & J's Gibberish: Cops and Autistics

One mother's weekly journey in raising her special needs children. So, anyone with a special needs kids at one point or another has probably had a situation where cops have been contacted about your kid’s meltdowns or activities. It is almost a rite of passage. What is really impressive [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: Thor v Justice League

J & J's Gibberish: Thor v Justice League

One mother's weekly journey in raising her special needs children. Jennifer: Two hero movies are in the theatre right now. Thor Ragnorak and Justice League. Jacob decided to review both. Over to him. Hi. It’s me Jacob. I have to be honest and tell you that I love superhero movies, [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: Art Therapy - Catch BESSYART Show

J & J's Gibberish: Art Therapy - Catch BESSYART Show

One mother's weekly journey in raising her special needs children. I have heard that painting and drawing can be a therapeutic endeavour, easing anxiety and stress. As one without one ounce of artistic talent, I actually find it to be the opposite because everything I produce looks like crap. [...]

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