Hallowed Halls


Ottawa, Personal

When I was a kid, my Gramps tried to convince us that the work my mother did on Parliament Hill included setting the Peace Tower clock. Like leaning out of the Peace Tower and moving the hands on the clock. What she actually did was research for Mr. Gordon Fairweather, MP for Fundy-Royal. She spent […]

December 12, 2018

End of an era


Ottawa, Personal

Wong’s Palace opened in 1978. That same year my grandparents started going there to eat. When my daughter was born we took her there and put in her the same high chairs I used as a baby. It has been our family place my whole life. Every Christmas Eve dinner, birthdays and other celebrations. When […]

November 24, 2018

The E minus


Issues, Ottawa

During the 2008 federal election I was the first to arrive at the office. I would get there around 6 am, relieving the overnight media monitoring, who was always much peppier than I was – me having just woken up, and him being full of caffeine and adrenaline. Upon arriving at the office, I had […]

June 7, 2018

For Laurie


Ottawa, Personal

Before this year I had read one Agatha Christie mystery in my life. I read And Then There Were None when I was a kid. My friend Laurie challenged herself last year to read as many Christie’s as she could. When Laurie died earlier this year the Facebook group that she created drafted a bingo […]

March 3, 2018

Living out loud


Ottawa, Personal

My friend Laurie passed away this week. It was not unexpected, but still devastating to know that such a kind soul has left the world. She was a dear lady, kind and friendly. Every evening I’ve been thinking about Laurie, about her boys who she loved fiercely, about her husband and how quiet things must be […]

January 11, 2018

Ottawa


Ottawa

I love this city. I am proud to be from here. I am glad to have grown up here. I love the resources we have here, the museums, and Parliament. I am thrilled to have grown up with Parliament in my backyard. Being the capital, Ottawa has been the centre of a lot of the […]

December 26, 2017

Exploring Science and Tech


Ottawa, Parenting

I grew up in Ottawa and I have vivid memories of visiting all the city’s museum – and since we’re the capital we get a few. Science and Technology was one of my favourites – the trains, the crazy kitchen – and I took my kid there a couple of times before the museum had […]

October 23, 2017

Taking An Opportunity


Canadiana, Ottawa, Parenting

My husband went out on Friday night and the kid was feeling restless. I wanted to just lie down and read my book, but she wanted to do this or that. Finally at around 6:30 pm I started googling and I decided we would go on an adventure, the kid and me. I picked out […]

October 10, 2017

Into Nature


Ottawa, Personal

We spent part of the March break at Montebello, which was my idea. I took the kid there once before and we rather enjoyed ourselves, and I thought it a great place to get away, but not too far away. Turns out Montebello is quite popular during March break, and they appreciate the business so […]

March 20, 2017

#MFO16


Ottawa, Parenting

My daughter has reached an age where she still has many questions, but she is exhausting the ones I can actually answer. This is why I’ve started using outside sources and calling in favours. Last year I planned on taking her to Ottawa’s Maker Faire but things didn’t work out (I think we all ended up […]

October 10, 2016