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: Happy Autism Day on the Hill!

J & J's Gibberish: Happy Autism Day on the Hill!

One mother's weekly journey in raising her special needs children. Photos courtesy of Quick Start Early Intervention Autism Day 2017 Today is the 6th Annual Autism Day on the Hill. (April is Autism Awareness Month and April 2 which fell on Easter this year, is International Autism Day). [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: The Power of Pink

J & J's Gibberish: The Power of Pink

Yesterday, and every April 11th, was “International Day of Pink” marking an awareness day for anti-bullying, anti-discrimination, anti-homophobia and anti-any kind of bad treatment. Whenever I hear about coloured clothing days I cringe, wondering if they really make a difference. As the [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: Special Needs Get a Nod from Queen’s Park

J & J's Gibberish: Special Needs Get a Nod from Queen’s Park

Photo credit: Pixabay In case you missed it, on March 26th Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced an investment of more than $300 million to will help children with special education needs. The funding will add more education workers and specialized support staff to classrooms, and will work [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: The Wonders of the Movie Wonder

J & J's Gibberish: The Wonders of the Movie Wonder

This week for March Break, Cineplex Odeon is having movie days --- cheap good, family movies for $2.99 so if you are looking to get out of the house, check them out. Jacob, his sister and I went to see Wonder yesterday. It was a very moving story with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. In the movie, [...]

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Fall in love with How Black Mothers Say I Love You

Fall in love with How Black Mothers Say I Love You

Photos by Andrew Alexander There is a lot going on in How Black Mothers Say I Love You. Given it is the work of the incredibly talented playwright Trey Anthony, this is no surprise. It opened at the GCTC last night and it is, as was expected, phenomenal. The basic plot is that Daphne, mother [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: The Power of Animals and Healing with Horses

J & J's Gibberish: The Power of Animals and Healing with Horses

Like a true ADHD person, I know I was supposed to offer you part 2 of ADHD is Real but actually this week I want to talk about the calming effects of animals. Part 2 of adult ADHD will be next week. Maybe. If I don’t get distracted. Ok, bad joke. If you are a regular reader of J and J Gibberish, [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: ADHD -- It IS a Real Thing -- Part 1

J & J's Gibberish: ADHD -- It IS a Real Thing -- Part 1

One mother's weekly journey in raising her special needs children. It was with great fascination that I have been learning about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I have to be honest here and say that I had been extremely cynical about the whole ADHD thing. For starters, and [...]

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Fill your Soul with The Clean House at the Gladstone

Fill your Soul with The Clean House at the Gladstone

Photos by Robin Guy There are four days left to The Clean House and if you can, head to the Gladstone to see it. It almost feels like cheating when, as a theatre writer, you walk in to see a Pulitzer Prize-winning play because you know the content of the play will be extraordinary. Add to that [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: It is Valentine’s Day.  Show the love… and get off your phones

J & J's Gibberish: It is Valentine’s Day.  Show the love… and get off your phones

One mother's weekly journey in raising her special needs children. There is absolutely no question that technology and devices are taking a toll on human interactions and connections. Go to a restaurant and you will see couples sitting there both on their phones ignoring the other. Or better [...]

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Head South to Saintly South Padre Island, Texas

Head South to Saintly South Padre Island, Texas

While most people don’t think of Texas as a winter hot spot, it actually has some of the most beautiful beaches you could ever dream of. Located on an ecodiverse stretch of island chock full of activities is Texan paradise, South Padre Island. As someone who likes to think of herself as somewhat [...]

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