Tag Archives: Ottawa

Cap City’s Xmas Lights Shine Tonight!  How’s this for a light show? Every night, starting tonight and continuing through January 7, Cap City will glitter and shine as more than 300,000 dazzling Christmas lights illuminate the heart of Ottawa–Gatineau. Why … Continue reading

International Children’s Festival

Treat the kids to an extra-special outing to the 2015 Ottawa International Children’s Festival. The popular annual extravaganza for the younger set is returning to Lebreton Flats Park and the Canadian War Museum from May 4 to 13 with great … Continue reading

Summer To-Do List

1. Do Ottawa, with all your senses. See, hear, smell, taste and feel the magic of the city’s festivals, food trucks, eateries, markets, shops, hot spots and splash pads. 2. Add some sparkle to your summer at Creatures of Light: … Continue reading


by Pam Dillon If I’ve been lucky enough to connect with you online, you probably know I’m a showoff. Shameless, really. On Facebook, Twitter and especially on Instagram, I crow about Ottawa’s many distinctions all. the. time. From Sparks Street … Continue reading

#OttawaFit150 – Fitness for the Family

Take the #OttawaFit150 challenge! For Canada’s 150th birthday, 150 events are on tap at local rec centres, from Yoga Under the Stars to Family Boot Camp. Do the #150birthdayswim too. Continue reading

10 Ways to Make your Recipes Healthier

When it comes to healthy living, one of my main philosophies is that I don’t believe in diets or quick fixes. I believe in learning, every day, to make healthy choices that lead to living a healthy lifestyle. Continue reading

2-1-1 Day

February 11 is 2-1-1 Day. It is also a good time to remember that you can easily connect to the right community and social services by dialing 2-1-1. Continue reading

3 Little Monkeys

1150 Bank St
Ottawa ON K1S 3X6
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4-H: 100 Years Of Learning By Doing

by Barb Duncan

Did you belong to the 4-H Club when you were a kid? After all these years, it’s still going strong. Continue reading

6th Annual Taste of Wellington West

Do you love sidewalk sales, free workshops, family activities and food samples?

On Saturday September 15th from 11:00am – 5:00pm Wellington West businesses are showing off. Continue reading

A Camp for Every Kid

Creative, Computer, Sports, Spy and Much More

Whether your camper is a future sports star, a budding artist, a burgeoning scientist or a thrill seeker, there’s a camp out there that will earn high fives. Continue reading

A Family Pet: Is Now The Right Time?

by Andrea Simmons

Pets enrich our lives and are as much a part of the family as your mom, dad, sister or brother. However, before you bring home your own pet, you need to know if the time is right, and you need to know how to choose the best pet to add to your current family. Continue reading

A Healthy Backyard

Tips for eco-friendly lawn and landscape care, compiled by R. Legault with files from The Educational Research Foundation. Continue reading

ABC’s of Back to School Preparation

Assignment: Get your whole family ready for the start of the new school year. Deadline: Tuesday, September 3, the first day of school for most Ottawa kids. (Aim for a gold star!) Continue reading

About Bullying: Don’t wait for it to get better, make it better

by Jeremy Dias

I go to a different school to talk about bullying almost every single day of the school year and there is one group of people that sends me a ton of emails. I’m not talking about youth; they Facebook and tweet. I’m talking about parents. And the number one question I get is this: What can I do to prevent my child from being bullied? Continue reading

Academie de la Capitale, IB World School

1010 Morrison Dr, Suite 200
Ottawa Ontario, K2H 8K7
Telephone Number: (613) 721-3872
Web: http://www.acadecap.org/ Continue reading

Act II Barrhaven Consignment Fashions

3500 Fallowfied Road
Nepean, ON K2J 4A7
High End Labels, Designer Purses
Coach, Burberry, Michael Kors. Continue reading

Act II Fashions

471 Hazeldean Road
Kanata, Ontario
Quality up-to-date re-sale
and new fashions. Continue reading

Adults, Are You Listening?

Megan Laundry is a 17-year-old Ottawa artist. The young writer and poet makes her own videos and this one, her latest release, is pretty powerful. If you have three minutes—just three minutes—be sure to watch. It’s called Wallpaper and it will make you think. Continue reading

AMH Style

1440 Wellington St. West
www.amhstyle.com Continue reading


ANGELCARE® Video and Sound monitor AC1100 Giving you the peace of mind you need.   The world of parenting is just a little easier, just a little more reassuring with the AC1100. As the most versatile baby monitor by Angelcare, … Continue reading

Are You Motivated to Get Healthy?

I can give you all the advice, healthy recipes and meal ideas in the world, but you have to be at a point where you want to help yourself. Continue reading

Ashbury College

362 Mariposa Avenue
Ottawa Ontario, K1M .T3
Telephone Number: (613) 749-5954 Continue reading

Au Naturel Spa at Brookstreet

525 Legget Drive
Ottawa Ontario, K2K 2W2
Telephone Number: (613) 271-3393 Continue reading

Avoid the Freshman 15, even if you’re not in school

If you’ve gone to college or university, you probably understand what it means to gain the “Freshman 15.” It’s the inevitable weight gain that happens as a result of being away from your mom’s cooking, and thrown into the world of cafeteria food, late-night take-out, beer and sleeping late. Continue reading

Baby Gourmet

Helping mothers change how they feed their children All of our products start out in Jen’s own kitchen — not in a lab or a factory. We have strict specifications and are very picky about using only the freshest organic … Continue reading

Back to School: The Next Big Holiday Season?

By Crystal McLeod

It is most definitely that time of year: Back to School!  The evidence is everywhere – on TV, the radio, in stores, newspapers, flyers, magazines … It’s as though the kids’ return to class has become the next holiday! Continue reading

Barrhaven Child Care Centre

101-A Malvern Dr.
Nepean, ON, K2J 2S8
www.barrhavenccc.org Continue reading

Bayshore Shopping Centre

100 Bayshore Drive
Ottawa Ontario,
Telephone Number: (613) 829-7491
Web: bayshore.shopping.ca Continue reading

Be an Effective Work-from-Home Mom

By Emily Schmidt

During the past 15 years, working from home has become more and more commonplace. Why? For up to 90 percent of moms, a desire to spend more time with the kids is the number one reason to work from home… Continue reading

Be Part of Kindness Week in Ottawa

What’s happening in Ottawa today? Well for one thing, folks arriving in town are in for a pleasant surprise. Kind Ottawa Chair Rabbi Reuven Bulka and other local religious leaders will be welcoming passengers arriving at Ottawa International Airport. (They’ll … Continue reading

Beauty of made-in-Ottawa décor

There’s nothing better than beautiful, made-in-Ottawa items for your home. Makers across the region are crafting unique decor pieces that are lovely. Continue reading


39 Robertson Road
Nepean, Ontario
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Biagio’s Italian Kitchen

1394 Richmond Rd.
Ottawa Ontario, K2B 6R8
(613) 828-0770
Web: www.biagios.ca Continue reading

Billings Bridge Plaza Shopping Centre

2277 Riverside Drive East,
Ottawa Ontario,
Telephone Number: (613) 733-2595
Web: www.billingsbridge.com Continue reading

Billings Estate Museum

2100 Cabot Street
Ottawa, ON K1H 6K1
Phone: 613-247-4830
Email : museums@ottawa.ca
http://ottawamuseumnetwork.com Continue reading

Book Talk

Local authors Jennifer J. Bergin and Ruth Latta have come up with entertaining stories for young booklovers. Mom and dad will be happy with these tales too. Continue reading

BookFest 2016 at Elmdale Public School

  Everyone’s got a story about Elmdale’s Annual BookFest, from the kids attending the public school now to folks much farther away—both in time and distance. The mammoth used-book sale at 49 Iona Street February 19 and 20 not only … Continue reading

Brandy McDevitt, Registered Dietitian


203 Oneida Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario K2J 0M3





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Broody Chick Eco-Natural

Broody Chick Natural products is a Canadian company based in Victoria BC. It was created by a mother of 3 young boys who became tired of trying to find earth friendly chemical free products for her children, products that contained … Continue reading

Brown Bear Day Care

Brown Bear Day Care
1079 Carp Rd.
Stittsville, Ontario, K2S 1AS
(613) 831-0774
Brown Bear Day Care
1572 Main St., P.O. Box 395,
Stittsville, Ontario
K2S 1A5
(613) 831-2272
e-mail brownbear_daycarecr@bellnet.ca Continue reading

Bullies R Us?

By Pam Dillon

No Passing the Buck: Bullying is a shared social problem that takes a whole community to tackle

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Bumbleride Flyer

Buying a stroller is similar to buying a car… it takes a lot of research and comparison shopping before you can decide. There are so many different options, brands, and types of strollers out there today.  We wanted to review … Continue reading

C-c-crazy for Cranberries

Don’t wait ‘til Thanksgiving dinner to enjoy cranberries. Ruby-red gems, they’re nutritional powerhouses, packed with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber. These yummy cranberry muffins serve up a taste of the season as well as a major hit of nutrition. Pop them in the freezer, in individual containers, and pull them out for lunches next week. Continue reading

Capital Tutor

162 Nora St.
Ottawa, Ontario
K1Z 7B3
(613) 680-6010
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Carefree Life at the Cottage

by Julie Harrison

If your normally busy neighbourhood street suddenly no longer has the sounds of bicycle bells and gleeful kids shouting, then you know cottage season has officially hit. On Friday evenings, you’ll often find Ottawa families vacating the city and heading out to their lakeside cottages for weekends filled with the magic of campfires, fireflies, waffle breakfasts and boat rides. Continue reading

Cauliflower Mash

Lately I’ve heard a few people say they’re in a dinner rut. They make the same go-to meals every week and have run out of ideas. In truth,  there is a variety of seasonal vegetables available at this time of year that you shouldn’t forget about! Continue reading

Cauliflower Mash

Move over, spuds. Next time the fam damily is craving mashed potatoes, shake up the dinner fare by using cauliflower instead. Continue reading

Cedar Closet Boutique

335 Lisgar Street
Ottawa, Ontario
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Cedarhill Golf & Country Club

56 Cedarhill Drive
Ottawa Ontario, K2R 1C5
Telephone Number: (613) 825-2186
Web: www.cedarhillgolf.com Continue reading

Celebrate Museum Month at Ottawa’s Local Museums!

May is Museum Month in Ottawa

Discover this area’s fascinating bygone days by participating in special events and visiting the exhibits at the Ottawa Museum Network’s ten local museums Continue reading

Celebrating Diversity and the Day of Pink

  Today, April 8, is International Day of Pink. People across Ottawa, around the country and beyond are wearing pink, speaking up about discrimination and standing up against bullying. Join in this Ottawa-based effort to make a difference and help … Continue reading

Centrepointe Theatre

Ben Franklin Place – 101 Centrepointe Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 5K7
613-580-2700 Continue reading


401 Smyth Rd.
Ottawa, ON, K1H 8L1
Main: (613) 737-7600 Continue reading


401 Smyth Rd.
Ottawa, ON, K1H 8L1
Main: (613) 737-7600 Continue reading

Choosing to Stay Home

by: Nina Potvin-www.ottawavalleymoms.com

I am really glad I chose to stay home with my kids. As they grow older, I am truly appreciating the time I get to spend with them each week, no matter how tough it gets some days! Continue reading

Christmas with Wee Ones

By Pam Dillon
Baby’s first Christmas? TIMBEEEEER! Just kidding. But folks? Keep an eye on that tree.
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City of Ottawa offering fun times ahead

Christmas Holiday Activities Register now for holiday camps for children or plot your swimming outings using the Christmas Holiday search feature on the Public Swim and Skate schedules. Don’t Hibernate – Join a class! For indoor fun this winter, the … Continue reading

Come one, come all for Villagefest

Stittsville is gearing up for a party – and you’re invited. Once all the beach towels and sand toys are put away and the kids are back in school, the west-end locale is gathering young and old for a celebration. Continue reading

Community Child Care

2 MacNeil Court, Kanata, ON, K2L 4H7
Phone: 613-592-4636 Fax: 613-592-9146
http://communitychildcare.ca Continue reading

Conversation Pieces

1 Cleopatra Drive – Unit 9
Ottawa, Ontario K2G 3M9
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Cord Blood Bank a First

by Lynn Rees Lambert

In the heat of the moment, it will barely register for new parents. But for someone out there, someone who has been waiting for a life-saving match, this new arrival will do more than register—it will offer hope for a cure or a longer life. Continue reading

Countdown to March Break

  What do you get when you put a baby, a toddler, a teenager, a couple of hip young parents and three… ahem… slightly older parents in two vehicles and travel about 1000 miles? You guessed it: The March Break … Continue reading

Counterpoint Academy

149 King George Street
Ottawa Ontario,

(613) 748-1052 Continue reading

Cracking Up the Capital

How’s this for laughs? Rick Mercer, Mary Walsh, Patrick McKenna and a slew of other hilarious performers are in the lineup for the Cracking-Up the Capital Comedy Festival (CUTC) February 5 through 8. Continue reading

Cracking Up the Capital Comedy Fest … #FTW

Laugh and laugh some more at this summer’s Cracking Up the Capital Comedy Festival. Gather your friends and frenemies, peeps and neighbours, sibs and ‘rents, and anybody who could use a few chuckles … and head out to some of the … Continue reading

Crane Cool Mist Humidifier

Since 2005, Crane is the first to put the “fun” into functional ordinary looking cool mist humidifiers. Immediately we knew we hit upon a great concept! While humidifiers are one of the best ways to relieve nasal congestion during cold … Continue reading

Crockpot Shredded Beef

It’s perfect weather to enjoy warm, hearty meals. This family-friendly version of roast beef is super easy and always a hit with the kids.  Prepare it in less than 10 minutes, stick it in the crockpot  to cook for the day – and you’re done. Continue reading


1325 Gaultois and 2345 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1C 6G5
p. 613-824-0828
e. info@ctyc.ca Continue reading

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

2940 Old Montreal Road
Cumberland, ON K4C 1E6
Phone: 613-833-3059
Email: museums@ottawa.ca
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Danielle Lynn Photography

Ottawa, Ontario
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DARE YOU! To spring into action

Take that leap. Reach out of your comfort zone and try something different. Tackle an unfamiliar activity, start a new hobby, head out to some local events and go ahead: do the happy dance. Since the days are getting longer and warmer, it’ll help melt the ice from your eyebrows. (Winter’s on the way out of Ottawa, eh?) Continue reading

Dear Rachel Harper

Dear Rachel   There are some pretty big changes going on in your life right now, but I do want to thank you and your family for your efforts to make our country and our city, Ottawa, better. I know … Continue reading

Dentistry At Main

1261 Stittsville Main St
Stittsville Ontario, K2S 2E4
Telephone Number: (613) 836-9084
Web: http://www.dentistryatmain.com/ Continue reading

Detox Time

Remember the refined sugar and fat from holidays sweets? The deep-fried, fatty and processed appetizers? The alcohol? As a result, our bodies are overloaded with toxins. That being said, anybody can be toxic at any time of the year due to poor eating habits, stress or their environment. Continue reading

Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum

3911 Carp Road,
Carp, ON K0A 1L0
Phone: 613-839-0007
Toll Free: 1-800-409-1965
Email: administration@diefenbunker.ca
http://www.diefenbunker.ca/ Continue reading


Radian R120 The RadianR120 is a highly versatile car seat that could be the only seat you’ll ever need. It comfortably seats rear-facing children from 5-45 lbs, forward-facing children from 22-65 lbs in 5-point harness, then converts to a booster … Continue reading

Diono Rainier

The New Diono Rainier is the ultimate in car seat safety with new extra deep side walls providing complete side impact protection taking Diono car seats to a whole new level. Continue reading

Don’t miss Ottawa’s MOSAIKA

Have you seen MOSAIKA? If your family hasn’t yet experienced this spectacular show at Parliament Hill, it’s a great way to cap off the summer in Ottawa. Described as “Canada Through the Eyes of its People” Mosaika is the story … Continue reading

Don’t Miss Lisgar CI’s Book Sale

Looking for a good book? Students at Lisgar Collegiate Institute are hosting the school’s first ever Used Book Sale this month. A vast collection of items—ranging from books of all genres to magazines and records—will be sold and prices begin … Continue reading

Elizabeth Fulton Photography

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Elmwood School

261 Buena Vista Road
Ottawa Ontario, K1M 0V9
Telephone Number: (613) 749-6761
Web: http://www.elmwood.ca/ Continue reading

Encouraging Students to Change the World

Province Launches Seventh Annual Youth Volunteer Challenge Continue reading

Enjoy your fresh Christmas tree

Christmas is just around the corner and for many families, a visit to a local Christmas tree farm is a wonderful part of the family tradition.  Freshly cut Christmas trees are just like plants and children: give them tender loving care and they will give you joy in return. Continue reading

Equality in parenting?

The breaking down of barriers to men’s lockers rooms happened for women in 1975. Yet today we find that fathers are not given access to change rooms for their daughters. Equality in modern parenting has a way to go. Continue reading


Children’s Sunscreen Erbaviva’s mission has been to create an all natural sunscreen, one with the highest possible SPF, without using any synthetic ingredients. This is a cream you can feel completely safe in applying to your childrens, skin, and not … Continue reading

Estrogen Dominance

Hormones play such an important role in our health and how we feel. A hormonal imbalance can trigger everything from acne to anxiety. Often times people will complain that they “feel off” or “just don’t feel like themselves.” Usually those feelings can be attributed to a hormonal imbalance, and for women aged 35 – 50; estrogen dominance may be to blame. Continue reading

Excellent Adventures at the NAC

By Lynn Reese Lambert

If the National Arts Centre’s Family Adventures series is a good gauge by which to measure, the answer is a cymbal-pinging, timpani-rolling YES! Continue reading

Explore the world of traditional dance

Are you homeschooler looking for an enriching activity for your crew? Plan to attend an intergenerational dance gathering called All Join Hands! It’s taking place Friday, January 25 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the main hall at Sandy Hill Community Centre, 250 Somerset Street East. Continue reading

FAB Baby Gear

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Fabulous Moms

From Ordinary to Extraordinary
by Loukia Zigoumis Continue reading

Fall Fashion Show Celebrates the Beauty of Cancer Survival

It’s the kind of fashion show you don’t want to miss. Uplifting and inspiring, this fall fashion event at The Wholesale Outlet, 1877 Innes Road, is a celebration of style and life and cancer survival. Continue reading

Family Fall Weekend Getaways

Adventures That Are Sure to Please
story by: Michele Peterson

There’s so much to do near Ottawa – from exciting attractions to stunning natural landscapes— kids can’t get bored if they tried. Continue reading

Family Finds – Unique buys for today’s family

Featuring the Fuzzy Flyer, Mark-My-Time Digital Booklight and the SodaStream Source. Continue reading

Family Fun at an Ottawa 67’s Game

By Stephen Johnson We had not been to an Ottawa 67’s game since Lansdowne Park had been renovated.  The final weekend of Winterlude was the perfect time to visit.   On Sunday, Febraury 15, I was pleasantly surprised by the … Continue reading

Family Fun at Gatineau Park

Have you been to Gatineau Gatineau Park lately?  Just a short drive from Ottawa, this natural wonder offers incredible views and plenty of family friendly fun. Summer is the ideal time to visit Gatineau Park when outdoor activities like horseback … Continue reading

Family Programs at the Ottawa Art Gallery

by Melinda Buijs As a parent of a three-year-old daughter, I’m always on the lookout for fun things to do in Ottawa. So when I joined the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) as a staff member this year, I was delighted … Continue reading

Family Reset

Helping Parents Adopt a Healthier Lifestyle for Kids with Weight Issues

Worried about your child’s weight and health? There are reasons parents are uneasy. Loads of kids — nearly one in three in Ontario — are dealing with excess weight or obesity, meaning they’re at a higher risk for medical problems, bullying, self-esteem issues and depression. Continue reading

Fancy-Pants Caramel Pears

This fall party dessert, based on a recipe from Epicurious.com, looks as good as it tastes — and it tastes amazing! Since it can be made ahead of time, then reheated and assembled at the last minute, it’s an ideal addition to a holiday dinner menu. There’s no fuss or muss and no worry about results. It dazzles every single time.  And that’s something else to be thankful for! Continue reading

First Words

Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre
1365 Richmond Road, 2nd Floor  Ottawa, ON  K2B 6R7
(613) 688-3979
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Fish Market Restaurant

54 York Street
Ottawa Ontario, K1N 5T1
Telephone Number: (613) 241-3474
Web: http://www.fishmarket.ca/ Continue reading


Get fit, sleep better and have fun with fitbit! This amazing little device tracks steps, distance, and calories burned. At night, it tracks your sleep quality and wakes you silently in the morning. Just check out the lights to see how you stack up against your personal goal and enjoy the many online and mobile tools to motivate you to get out and be more active. Continue reading

Five Fun Indoor Activities to Stave Off Winter Boredom

As we move into mid-February, and closer to March Break, parents may start running out of ideas for things that they can do with their children. These five fun indoor activities you can do with your kids should help banish those winter blahs. Continue reading

Flavours of Home

By Chloé Taylor

Join Chloé as she rediscovers hometown eats and treats in Ottawa, all on a shoestring budget. Continue reading

Focus Programs zero in on engaging students

How’s this for creative thinking? The Ottawa Catholic School Board has put on its institutional thinking cap to come up with some pretty compelling and positive options to appeal to different types of learners. Continue reading

For the Thrill of the Game…. and More

Ottawa Valley Ambassadors and Capital City Condors provide the thrill of hockey for all players

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Forest of Elves

by Lynn Rees Lambert

Sending letters to Santa Claus has never been quite like this: Children can hand-deliver their wish list to the CEO—that’s Chief Elf Officer—who guarantees it will go straight to the North Pole. Continue reading

Foster Homes Needed

Foster Parenting can make a Big Life Difference for a Local Children and Families

By Iris Winston; Photos by John Major

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Fun #Ottawa Events for Adults and Kids

Jazz Fest Benefit Concert and Auction The Ottawa Jazz Festival is presenting Susie Arioli and the All the Way Trio at its 17th annual benefit concert and auction Thursday, November 6. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. at Library and … Continue reading

Fun concerts for both grownups and kids

Looking to get into the spirit of the season?  Get tickets to a special holiday event. There are two concerts on tap this week that will have you snapping your fingers, tapping your toes and humming along. Continue reading

Fun Ideas to Shake off Cabin Fever

Baby, it’s cold outside. You might be going a tad stir crazy if you and the kids have been cooped up indoors. So get moving, eh? It’s time to come out of hibernation, kick up your heels and enjoy some special winter activities. Continue reading

Fun with Pancakes

Breakfast for dinner? Absolutely, especially when it’s Shrove Tuesday. Have pancakes—and have fun with pancakes. Continue reading

Fun with…Kids in the Capital

Ottawa and its surrounding area has a wealth of family-friendly things to do, but how do you know if they are appropriate for your children? Find out at Kids in the Capital (www.kidsinthecapital.ca)

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Funatorium Explorium Inc.

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Funcore or hardcore, 5K Foam Fest no obstacle to adventure

by Lynn Rees Lambert | A million and a half cubic feet of foam is a lot of white stuff. And all the better to zip through. At least that’s what thousands of Canadians—from fitness buffs to adventure-seeking families—have discovered when they’ve run headlong into a pit of foam and slid down a 55-foot inflatable slide. Continue reading

Future guide dogs need loving homes

A new litter has arrived! Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is pleased to announce the birth of our latest litter of puppies. Within several weeks, these puppies will require foster homes to learn what it takes to be a ‘good dog’ before entering formal training to become guide dogs to help someone in need. Continue reading

Gabriel Pizza

62 Stonehaven Drive
(613) 310-7777
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Garmin 2013 products

Go on an adventure, find your way and explore and play. It’s easy with Garmin, whose products are user friendly and built to last. Check out these featured Garmin navigation systems and sports watches: Continue reading

Get Set for Day of Pink

It’s time to talk about bullying, homophobia and transphobia. That’s the theme for Day of Pink Wednesday, April 13. So let’s wear pink and keep talking about it.
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Get Your Child Engaged In Learning

Have you ever wondered if it’s just you? Well it is! Every brain is wired differently but we can train our brains to work better.

Learn more at a free information session on getting your child engaged in learning. Continue reading

Giving Kids the Chance 2 Dance

One Small Charity is Making Big Dreams Come True

Story and photos by Lindsay Ruck

Since putting on her first pair of ballet shoes at three years old, Janice Crowe found a lasting relationship with dance that spans six decades Continue reading

Glebe Community Centre

175 Third Avenue, Ottawa
K1S 2K2
613 564-1058 Continue reading

Global Child Care Services

1714 Montreal Road
Ottawa (Gloucester), ON
K1J 6N5
Telephone: 613-742-5500
Fax: 613- 742-7500
Email: info@gccs.ca Continue reading

Gluten Free Utopia

Do you or somebody in your family need to live a gluten-free lifestyle? Then you don’t want to miss Gluten Free Utopia. Slated for Saturday, April 5, at the National Library and Archives, 395 Wellington Street, it will showcase more than 50 regional vendors specializing in all things gluten-free. Continue reading


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GO Ottawa! The Haunted Walk

It’s FRIGHT NIGHT in the City

Enjoy some chills, thrills and an historically spooky time visiting Ottawa’s “haunts” Continue reading

GO Ottawa! To the Mint…

Royal Canadian Mint, 320 Sussex Drive
613 993-8990

www.mint.ca/store/mint/customer-service/faq-1100010 Continue reading

GO Ottawa! Valleyview Little Animal Farm

Valleyview Little Animal Farm
4750 Fallowfield Road, 613-591-1126


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Got Your Shot?

The sooner you get your flu shot, the better. It takes about two weeks for it to provide full protection and it lasts for six months. Who needs it most? Continue reading

Great Ottawa Gifts: Lost Beneath the Ice

Do you have readers in the family? Lost Beneath the Ice is a brand new book you’ll want to put on the holiday shopping list. And if you have history buffs to buy for, you might want to pick up two or three copies.

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Great Reads

Ottawa family time includes books. Snuggle up by the fireplace with these great reads. Continue reading

Green camping essentials

By Tovah Paglaro, David Suzuki’s Queen of Green

Like so many of you, my family’s on a never-ending mission to reduce our overall carbon footprint and live as harmoniously as possible with the earth. Enter camping! Continue reading

Greensmere Golf & Country Club

1717 Bear Hill Rd. R.R. 2
Carp Ontario, K0A 1L0
Telephone Number: (613) 839-7772
Web: http://www.greensmere.com Continue reading

Growing Up Organic

By Chelsea Brunette and Samantha Brazeau-Wilson

Kids don’t always realize gardening can be one of life’s pleasures. And parents might be surprised how helpful it is in the development of good eating habits. Continue reading

Hair Junkie by Fads

200 Laurier Avenue West,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 6M7.


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Halloween Fun

Halloween season in Ottawa is coming to get you.  And there’s no end of opportunities to scare yourself silly. (Or is theeeere?) Continue reading

Haute Mama


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Hazeldean Dental

Hazeldean Mall
Kanata, ON K2M 1C9
(613) 592-2900
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Head Injuries: Learn the facts

Want to learn more about head injury prevention and concussion management? The Ottawa Carleton District School Board is offering a free public presentation Wednesday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Adult High School, 300 Rochester Street. Continue reading

Healthy “Fried” Chicken

One of the best parts about cooking healthy food is when you make something that tastes like it should be bad for you. Continue reading

Healthy Baking = Love from the Kitchen

Winter Snow Days and Valentines celebrations are the perfect occasions to bake something special and show our nearest and dearest we’re sweet on them. Who doesn’t love a treat that’s still warm from the oven? The delectable aroma in the … Continue reading

Healthy Baking with Bananas

The next time you’re grocery shopping buy double the amount of bananas you normally would. Let one bunch get nice & ripe, and than pop them in the freezer. Continue reading

Healthy Cottage Snacks

For me, the perfect cottage weekends are filled with morning runs or bike rides followed by swimming in the lake, tanning and reading mags on the dock with friends and family, kayaking, boat cruises at sunset, camp fires, and of course delicious meals and snacks. Continue reading

Healthy Holiday Baking

If you’re in the baking mood I have a great list of delicious and healthy Christmas baking recipes that you’ll be eager to make and share this Christmas season. The best part? You can tell people they’re healthy, and they won’t believe it! Continue reading

Healthy Homemade Salad Dressing

I always encourage my clients to make their own salad dressing instead of buying it at the store. Most pre-packaged, store-bought dressings are full of preservatives, sugar, salt and unhealthy oils. Continue reading

Healthy Popcorn

I recently discovered something truly amazing –  how to make my own healthy microwave popcorn using organic kernels and a brown paper lunch bag. Trust me. This is really exciting for all the health-conscious popcorn lovers out there. Continue reading

Healthy Soda and the Weekly Health Tip

We just spent a weekend up at the cottage, and I was excited to see there was a new kitchen gadget to play with: the Soda Stream. Continue reading

Help Thy Neighbour

Christmas Exchange Program is a Local Tradition
by Rebecca Stanisic Continue reading

Hintonburg Community Centre

1064 Wellington st., Ottawa
K1Y 2Y3
613-798-8874 Continue reading

Holtz Spa

2ND Floor 45 Rideau St
Ottawa Ontario,
Telephone Number: (613) 241-7770
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Home Products by T-Fal

Looking for family friendly products for 2013 – T-Fal as some of the most innovative on the market today. Nutricook The NutriCook®, is an innovative new product from T-fal that uses pressurized steam to prepare a variety of healthy and … Continue reading

How to Hug a Porcupine

Book Helps you Tackle the Oh-So-Prickly Tween Years Continue reading

How To Recharge Your Whole Health in 1 Month, Part III

By Trinity Chiropractic

Welcome back! Feeling refreshed yet? We’re doing a special three-part series on revitalizing your entire well being by working on all six aspects of your health over the course of 1 month (mental, social, spiritual, environmental, emotional and physical). The goal? To feel revived, refreshed, and healthier than before! Continue reading

If the Walls Had Ears…

History at The Rideau Canoe Club

By Iris Winston Continue reading

Instant Kids

Say hello to jam hands and a plushie avalanche

by Jordan Danger

What happens to kid-free individuals who meet, fall in love and forge relationships with single parents? We develop a bewildering condition called Instant Kids. Continue reading

Is this an eating disorder?

By Barb Duncan

In the summer between Grade 9 and Grade 10, Sara Cameron* registered for a learn-to-run program. Pretty soon, she was covering five kilometres with ease. “She talked about trying a half marathon,” her mom, Liz, recalls. Continue reading

Is Your Frying Pan Safe?

It can be overwhelming enough to keep track of which food and drinks are healthy, and now I’m talking about your cookware too. I feel the same frustration when I hear about yet another common food, drink or everyday item that’s no longer considered healthy or safe to use. Continue reading

It’s easy to show your ♥

Sure, roses and truffles and diamonds are nice. But you don’t need to empty your wallet to show your favourite peeps how much you care. Your time, attention and TLC are the best Valentine’s Day gifts of all. Continue reading

It’s Fire Prevention Week – do you have 2 ways out?

Every family should have a fire escape plan for every room in the home and also a backup plan in case the main exit is blocked. Continue reading

Jennifer Bailey Photography

Ottawa, Ontario
(613) 322-1123
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JJ Cole Bundleme

Keep Baby Warm this winter with the JJ Cole Bundleme Collection. JJ Cole brings you the Original Bundleme! With a plush inner faux shearling and luxuriously soft outer thermaplush™, your baby will enjoy maximum warmth and comfort. • use with … Continue reading

Join the Conversation

By Pam Dillon

Let’s talk about family living in Ottawa Continue reading

Join the Great Canadian Chill

This polar bear dip helps stop kids’ cancer cold! Continue reading

Join the July 1st Fun, Eh?

Join the red and white brigade Sunday and celebrate our country’s birthday in fine Ottawa style. Wave a flag. Wear a temporary maple leaf tattoo or a festive T-shirt. Catch a beaver (just kidding…) Continue reading

Jules Hilliker: Motivating Mothers Through Fitness

  by Alyssa Delle Palme             When Jules Hilliker was pregnant with her first baby, she tipped the scales at 340 pounds. She was shocked to read the words “morbidly obese” in big black letters at the top of her … Continue reading

Kanata Dentistry

Dr. B K Saran & Associates
3-450 Kanata Ave.
Kanata, ON K2T 1K5
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Kanata Leisure Centre and Wave Pool

70 Aird Place, Kanata
K2L 4C9
613-591-9283 (WAVE) Continue reading

Kanata Theatre

Kanata Theatre
1 Ron Maslin Way
Kanata, ON
K2V 1A7
http://www.kanatatheatre.com Continue reading

Kayla Kicks Like a World Champ

Kayla Maduk kicks like a girl – a girl who is the best on the planet at her chosen sport.  How’s that for kicks? Continue reading

Keen For Quinoa

What’s all the fuss about quinoa?

Chefs, foodies, healthy eaters and home cooks are mixing it into everything from granola to sushi. Pronounced KEEN-wah, the grain-like seed is a star on the recipe scene, probably because it’s versatile, naturally gluten-free and super nutritious. Continue reading

Keeping Fit While Having Fun This Winter!

By Nina Potvin www.ottawavalleymoms.com

Don’t get me wrong, it would be great to cuddle up by the fire some days, but it would be more rewarding after draining some of the kids’ energy on outside activities. Continue reading

Kids, Head Hits and Rowan Stringer

By Pam Dillon

Every weeknight at this time of year, the playing fields in my neighbourhood are full of kids.  Right now, there are little ones playing T-ball and soccer. They have knobby knees and wee, toothpick legs. While parents in lawn chairs look on, the players’ younger siblings whip down slides and hang from the monkey bars at the playground. Continue reading

Kind Ottawa Hospital, Thanks to Lucie Filteau

By Pam Dillon Ottawa? A small world? Don’t I know it. So does Lucie Filteau. In a sprawling city of over 900,000, I keep veering into this local mom in the most diverting places. At the scene of a car … Continue reading


3289 Kodiak St.
Ottawa, ON, K1V 7S7
(613) 739-7589
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PO Box 514, Ottawa ON K4M 1A5
http://www.glebekumoncentre.com Continue reading


  Based in Ontario, Canada, with U.S. headquarters located in Niagara Falls, New York, Kushies® creates and provides an innovative collection of quality baby products and accessories.  Trusted by moms since 1987, Kushies offers more than 350 superior baby products … Continue reading

La Maison D’Or Bridal Showcase

The question has been popped (or is about to be!) and now you need…well everything. But first you’ll need the perfect rings. Canada’s Largest Designer Engagement and Wedding Band Show and Sale is just the place to see spectacular designer collections from 8 major manufacturers Continue reading

Le Nordik Spa-Nature

16 Chemin Nordik
Chelsea, QC J9B 2P7
(819) 827-1111
www.lenordik.com Continue reading

Lessons of the season

By: Pam Dillon
The annual Christmas holiday serves up a feast of teachable moments outside the classroom. Besides the concerts, crafts and activities at school, valuable learning opportunities pop up in the community and right within the family. Continue reading

Let’s Talk

It’s Springtacular! Let the fun begin.

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Let’s raise our voices about mental health

Just days ago, in a crowd of Ottawa families, I was chatting with some people when the volume of the conversation dropped to whisper-level. I found out later that a fellow parent – friend, neighbor, beloved individual – had committed suicide. Continue reading

LGBT Lanark County the first LGBT Civitan Club in the world!

The Smiths Falls Civitan Club is making history. Just days ago, the club invited LGBT Lanark County to join forces, in a move that will see LGBT Lanark County become the first LGBT Civitan Club in the World. Continue reading

Little Lotus Yoga

by Samantha Brazeau-Wilson

Yoga? For wee ones? Absolutely! Little Lotus Yoga offers classes throughout the Ottawa and Gatineau areas that the whole family can enjoy — right from the start. Amanda DeGrace, the self-proclaimed yoga lover behind LLY, believes everybody can and should have the opportunity to do yoga. “All are welcome and no yoga experience is necessary,” she says. That means all ages too. Continue reading

Loch March Golf & Country Club

1755 Old Carp Road
Kanata Ontario, K2K 1X7
Telephone Number: (613) 839-5401
Web: http://www.lochmarch.com/

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Love Mustard

I love mustard. Do you? There are a few reasons you should make mustard your condiment of choice: Continue reading

Make it a Date!

One of the tricks to healthy baking is to find a natural, unrefined sweetener to substitute for refined sugar. Ripe bananas, unpasteurized honey, coconut palm sugar, real maple syrup and dates are my top choices. Continue reading

Making the Most of Retirement

The fulfillment of enjoying life at your own pace
Story and photo by Pam Dillon

“Both John and Judy say they enjoy the freedom retirement affords them. “If it doesn’t get done today, then maybe tomorrow, and if not then the next day.” Continue reading

Manderley on the Green

5920 Prince of Wales Drive.
Ottawa Ontario, K0A 2T0
Telephone Number: (613) 489-2092
Web: http://www.manderleygolf.com Continue reading

Maple Mustard Glazed Salmon

Planning to invite people for a barbecue? Unless it’s the Little League team (avec siblings), skip the burgers and dogs. Treat your guests and yourself to this irresistible salmon that’s a cinch to prepare and always a hit. Continue reading

Maple Syrup: What’s Not to Love?

It’s that time of year. It’s not quite spring but it’s not quite winter and we’re experiencing the best – and the worst – of both worlds.

How can we make the best of this situation? Two golden words my friends: maple syrup. It’s mesmerizing – the way it flows, smells, looks, tastes. How versatile it is as a food. It can be enjoyed on fresh snow or on piping hot-off-the stove top pancakes. Continue reading

March Break

What are your favourite March Break memories? And what are your tips and plans for fun on the week-long holiday?

Me? I say, “GO FOR IT!” – whatever your circumstances or budget. Let the good times roll, en famille.

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March Break and spring fun in the city

The countdown is on for March Break. In just days, students will be off school for a week. YIKES! What are you going to do? Just because they get a break, it doesn’t mean you do. Continue reading

Melting for Chocolate

Chocolate has also been linked to a number of health benefits, particularly reduced risk of heart disease. Read on for some delicious chocolatey recipes that will bring smiles to the whole family. Continue reading

Mental Health is a Community Issue

By Amanda Jetté Knox

Nine-year-old Maya suffers from an anxiety disorder, one of the most common mental illnesses faced by Canadians. “She has good days and bad days,” explains her mother. “But school is a trigger for her. Continue reading

Merivale Mall

1642 Merivale Road
Ottawa Ontario,
Telephone Number: (613) 226-1290
Web: www.merivalemall.ca Continue reading

Metropolitan Dental

1366 Clyde Avenue, Suite 1
Ottawa Ontario, K2C 3Z4
Telephone Number: (613) 224-7930
Web: http://www.metropolitandental.ca/ Continue reading

Midway Family Fun Park Birthday Parties

2477 Kaladar Avenue
(613) 526-0343

www.midwayfunpark.com Continue reading

Moving into Fall Wardrobes

By Crystal McLeod

As much as I love fall, I was not ready for it to come on so strong this year! It feels like immediately after the Labour Day long weekend, the warm weather disappeared and fall fully took over! Continue reading


Munchkin, Inc. develops clever, innovative products that excite and delight parents, children and pets. The company was founded in 1991 on the premise that it could anticipate and serve parents’ needs by developing uncomplicated baby products that make parenting – … Continue reading

Music for Young Children

Music For Young Children
514.696.0008 Continue reading

Musical Taste of Our Heritage

What a way to mark Family Day Weekend! Odyssey Showcase is presenting Canada Roars: A Musical Taste of Our Canadian Heritage February 16 at the Algonquin Commons Theatre. Continue reading

My Kind of Family


OFL blogger Chloé Taylor takes a look at what the word family means these days                       

I’m one of those annoying career women who waited until their early 30s (okay, late 30s, but who’s counting?) to consider getting married and having a family… 

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My Part of Town Is Manotick

by Danielle Donders

Manotick is a wonderful place to visit in any season, but it’s an even better place to raise a happy family. Continue reading

My Part of Town is Orléans

by Loukia Zigoum

When I got married and my husband and I were looking for a new house to buy, I never imagined we’d go east. However, we quickly fell in love with the neighborhood of Chapel Hill in Orleans, and now, ten years later, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Continue reading

My Sister’s Closet Consignment Fashions

1112 March Road
Kanata, Ontario
www.mysisterscloset.ca Continue reading

Napolis Cafe

1300 Stittsville Main Street Ottawa, ON K2S 1C3
(613) 836-7722
www.napoliscafe.com Continue reading

Nepean Museum

16 Rowley Avenue
Nepean, ON K2G 1L9
Phone: 613-723-7936
Email: reception@nepeanmuseum.ca
www.nepeanmuseum.ca/ Continue reading

Nepean Sportsplex

1701 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1W2
Tel. 613-580-2828
Fax: 613-580-2717 Continue reading

New Beginnings Consignment Boutique

2034 St Joseph Blvd.
Orleans, Ontario
613-837-4106 Continue reading

Nursing Gear for Mom

Below is some must have nursing gear for mom. The basic necessities to make mommy and baby feeding go smoothly. Nursing Pillow Specifically designed to support both Mom and baby during breastfeeding, the My Brest Friend nursing pillow is the … Continue reading

Oceans Apart at the Fringe Festival

There’s still time to check out a thought-provoking new Ottawa play that has been generating lots of buzz. Take a Jump in it Theatre is presenting Oceans Apart at Ottawa Fringe Festival through June 29. This production offers a look … Continue reading

Oh Baby!

Fun gift ideas for the wee ones; The Sleep ‘n Cuddle Wrap and  Tail Wags helmet covers Continue reading

On the Go for MS

With Just a Little Magic, Great Things Can Happen…
Over 1,400 people, including 135 teams and all sorts of funky costumes, were part of the 2012 MS Walk in Ottawa Sunday.  At the end of the day, close to $275,000 was raised in support of multiple sclerosis research, programs and services

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Opera Lyra Ottawa presents Puccini’s La Bohème

How about a little Romance and Entertainment?
(La Bohème at the NAC)

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Operation Come Home

Preventing homeless youth from becoming homeless adults When Audrey Hayes was 17, she slept on her friends’ couches. “I’ve spent a couple nights on the streets,” the young Ottawa woman reveals, “but I mostly was in shelters and couch-surfing.  It … Continue reading

Orpheus Musical Theatre

17 Fairmont Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K1Y 1X4
(613) 729-4318
http://www.orpheus-theatre.ca Continue reading

Orpheus Presents LEGALLY BLONDE The Musical

Ready for a fun night out? Orpheus Musical Theatre Society is presenting Legally Blonde The Musical at Centrepointe Theatre from November 22 to December 1.  It will be a show full of all things pink, with passion and purpose in the story and the performance. Continue reading

Ottawa Art Gallery / Galerie d’art d’Ottawa


phone: (613)233-8699
email: info@ottawaartgallery.ca
Website: http://ottawaartgallery.ca
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OttawaArtG Continue reading

Ottawa Children’s Gala

  It’s the dress-up event of the season for the younger set and their parents. The 2015 Ottawa Children’s Gala is taking place Saturday, February 21, at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre. This year’s theme is Ever After, so … Continue reading

Ottawa Family Cinema

710 Broadview Ave. Ottawa, ON
(613) 722-8218 Continue reading

Ottawa Gardening 101

Are you capable of killing impatiens with just a glance (plus full sun and zero water)? You, too, can flex your green thumb and—slowly, carefully—transform your grass into a garden. Mary Ann Van Berlo of Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton provides expert answers to common questions. Continue reading

Ottawa Gymnastics Centre

294 Elmgrove Ave.
www.ottawagymnasticscentre.ca Continue reading

Ottawa Lebanese Festival

Just say, “YUM!” The Ottawa Lebanese Festival is on! Celebrating its 24th year in the region, it showcases the rich diversity of the Ottawa-Lebanese community with five days of marvelous food, Middle Eastern entertainment and heritage. Running through July 21 … Continue reading

Ottawa Montessori School

(613) 521–5185
335 Lindsay Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 0L6
www.ottawamontessori.com Continue reading

Ottawa Music Academy

Ottawa Music Academy
Phone: (613) 739-5757
Fax: (613) 739-5757
E-mail: info@ottawamusicacademy.com

Kanata Music Academy
Phone: (613) 591-8638
Fax: (613) 591-8638
E-mail: info@kanatamusicacademy.com
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Ottawa School Day Nursery

20 Rossland Avenue
Nepean, ON
K2G 1H6
Phone: (613) 225-5115
http://www.ottawaschooldaynursery.com Continue reading

Ottawa School of Music

Ottawa School of Music
(613) 254-9888
50 Colchester Square, Kanata, ON Continue reading

Ottawa Speech and Language

2948 Baseline Rd, Suite 210
Ottawa, Ontario
K2H 8T5
ottawaspeechandlanguage.com Continue reading

Ottawa? Boring?

By Pam Dillon

Ottawa has been called the place fun forgot. Labeled Coma City.  And “dissed” as a bland, white-bread burg that rolls up its streets as soon as the “suits” go home to the suburbs at 5 or 6 o’clock.
Harumph! (Are these critics from the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce?) Continue reading

Ottawa’s Youth Need to be Home Safe

There’s no place like home – especially when you’re a kid who doesn’t have one. In Ottawa, lots of kids don’t have one.  There are young people from Kanata and Orleans, south Ottawa and other neighbourhoods who don’t have the … Continue reading

Ottawa’s Active Living Club

Outside, Social and Healthy On a bright Friday morning, people are streaming into the foyer at Bell Arena on the outskirts of Bells Corners. Dianna Thompson is one of them. A smiling lady in a powder-blue jacket, she’s here to … Continue reading

Ottawa’s Going to the Dogs

Chewy and Shep are taking centre stage in the city this week at The Ottawa Kennel Club’s All Breed Championship Dog Show. Come and celebrate the 126th edition of this spectacular canine show from Friday, November 15, through Sunday, November 17 at the Ernst & Young Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive. Continue reading

Outstanding Principal

“Rene Bibaud is the finest principal I have known and the best role model I can imagine…” Continue reading

Oxford Learning

3619 Innes Road
(613) 841-7321 Continue reading

Oxford Learning

1433 Woodroffe Avenue
(613) 226-6022 Continue reading

Oxford Learning

359 Saint Laurent Boulevard
(613) 288-2138 Continue reading

Parc Omega: “Super Cool”

By Stephen Johnson

My son, David, loves animals.   He dreams of visiting the Amazon Rain Forest or the Great Barrier Reef.   Unfortunately, our pocketbook does not extend as far as his imagination so we visit places closer to home to see animals.  One spot that I thought would be a hit with David was Parc Omega. Continue reading

Parent Support

90 Harmer Ave North, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 0T9
p. (613)793-6618
e. Joanne@parentsupport.ca
w. http://parentsupport.ca Continue reading

Parenting a Child With Autism

by Kathleen O’Grady   It was an ordinary summer day.  People were milling on the main thoroughfare, bikes zig-zagging through traffic, cafés and pubs spilling onto the sidewalk, patrons sipping their way through a lazy Friday afternoon. We were ordinary … Continue reading

Parents Rally to Keep St. Martin’s Nursery School Open

Local mom Johanna Plamondon got some bad news lately. Johanna is the mother of five children, aged two to nine, and her family lives in west Ottawa’s Britannia Village, where the two youngest attend St. Martin’s Nursery School. The older … Continue reading

Party on MacDuff

32 Fable Street, Ottawa, Ontario K2J 2A6
p. 613-983-8276
e. pa.petitpas@gmail.com
w. www.partyonmacduff.com Continue reading

Past the due date

by Barb Duncan

After months of anticipation, you can wind up feeling a little nonplussed when your due date comes and goes. The baby’s room is complete, you’ve washed, folded and counted the sleepers numerous times and everything is ready— except Junior. Your little one may be rocking and rolling in your tummy, but there’s no indication he or she is about to come out to play. What do you do now? Continue reading

Pay it Forward and Recycle

Now’s your chance to share your stuff with people who could really use it and appreciate it.  The City of Ottawa’s Fall Give Away Weekend is taking place this Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October 27, all across town. Continue reading

Pedal for a Good Cause at Moffat Farm Cycle Club

  Want to do yourself and the community some good? Sign up for classes with the Moffat Farm Cycle Club. Launched last December at 430 Rahul Crescent in the Moffatt Farm area, this club provides indoor cycle classes with 100 … Continue reading


About pediped® Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort and distinctive styling have made the award-winning company one of the fastest-growing children’s footwear brands in the United States. pediped® footwear has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the … Continue reading

Philips ​​BEARDTRIMMER Series 7000 Vacuum beard trimmer

Want a great trimming experience without the mess? This handy trimmer has a vacuum chamber, works for long and short beards and even has a perfect stubble setting! Continue reading

Phoenix Homes

18 Bentley Ave. Ottawa, ON K2E 6T8
Phone: 613-723-9227
Fax: 613-723-2235
http://phoenixhomes.ca Continue reading

Pinhey’s Point Historic Site

270 Pinhey’s Point Road
Dunrobin, ON K0A 1T0
Phone: 613-832-4347
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Pink Power

Join the International Movement and the Conversation Continue reading

Place d’Orleans

110 Place d’Orleans Dr.
Ottawa Ontario,
Telephone Number: (613) 824-9050
Web: www.placedorleans.com

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Potential? Unlimited

by Tammy Culhane

There are well-traveled paths to success for post-secondary students with disabilities.

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Protect The Children in Your Life

Do you know how to protect the children in your life? Are you sure you do? Be sure by attending one of the upcoming prevention programs offered by Voice Found.  An Ottawa-based organization dedicated to childhood sexual abuse prevention and … Continue reading

Putting Edge Birthday Parties

5 Roydon Place, Unit 1
Nepean, ON
Phone: (613) 224-4887

www.puttingedge.com Continue reading

Queensway Carleton Hospital

3045 Baseline Road
Ottawa, Ontario K2H 8P4
613-721-2000 Continue reading

Radio Flyer EZ Fold Stroll ‘N Trike

The EZ Fold Stroll ‘N Trike™ is designed to fold in one easy step so you can store or take it anywhere. This 4 in 1 trike is a great grow-with-me trike offering the many features and  fun for kids 9 months to 5 years. Continue reading

Real Maple Syrup

If you’re still buying Aunt Jemima’s butter flavor “maple syrup” it’s time to stop because there’s nothing local, natural or nutritious about it. Make the switch to real maple syrup that’s produced in Ontario and 100 percent natural and healthy! Continue reading

Red Chair Kids

1318 Wellington Street West
Ottawa, ON  K1Y 3B7
Tel: (613) 798-5437
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Red Lobster Restaurants

1499 St Laurent Blvd
Ottawa Ontario,
Telephone Number: (613) 744-7560 Continue reading

Revolution SE by BOB Gear

Designed for all of your adventures. Perfect for jogging or walking with its front swivel wheel, the all-terrain Revolution SE is the way for families to be active together, no matter where they end up. Continue reading

Richcraft Homes

2280 St. Laurent Blvd, Suite 201
Ottawa, ON  K1G 4K1
Phone 613-739-7111
Fax 613-739-7102
info@richcraft.com Continue reading

Rideau Centre

50 Rideau St.
Ottawa Ontario, K1N 9J7
Telephone Number: (613) 236-6565
Web: www.rideaucentre.net

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Rikochet Resale

255 Richmond Rd.
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Ronald Mcdonald House

407 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M8
Tel. (613)737-5523
Fax. (613)737-5524 Continue reading


by Alan Viau

You want your kids to become successful adults. I certainly encouraged mine to be the best they could become in their chosen fields. But what approaches have proven to be winning strategies for success? Continue reading

Salamander Theatre

Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6E2
Tel: 613-569-5629
http://www.salamandertheatre.ca Continue reading

Salute to the OWGK Major Pee Wee Champs

The red carpet was rolled out at Barbara Ann Scott Arena a few nights ago to honour the champions from the Ottawa West Golden Knights (OWGK) Major Pee Wee team. Continue reading

Salvation Army Santa Shuffle

Made-in-Ottawa Magic Want to make the upcoming holiday season extra special and meaningful? Start it off on the right foot—two feet, actually—at the Salvation Army Santa Shuffle. The popular community run/walk is slated for Saturday, December 5, and registration is … Continue reading

Say No for Nick

By Pam Dillon

What’s new? “Nothing.” So when the youngest came home from his final exam a few weeks ago, I wasn’t expecting any revelations. How did it go? “Good.” Was it hard? “No.” He sat down. I looked over. “Mom,” he said, “Nick Cody died.” Continue reading

SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! Musical Mysteries

Want to enjoy a special family treat? SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! Musical Mysteries is a SPOOKtacular show that’s onstage at Centrepointe Theatre Wednesday, April 9, and Thursday, April 10. Continue reading

See The Lights!

Get your family all bundled up and head to Parliament Hill Thursday evening, December 6, for some yuletide magic. Continue reading

See what’s on the runway at Ottawa Fashion Week

Are you a mom who loves fashion? Treat yourself to spree of creativity and style, courtesy of Ottawa Fashion Week (OFW), February 8 to 10 at the Ottawa Convention Centre. Continue reading

Shift the focus to healthy behaviours

By: Barb Duncan

Are you worried about the size of your children? The latest report from Statistics Canada shows about a third of Canadian kids are overweight or obese. That fact has parents wondering what to do, since excess weight in childhood can lead to a host of health issues. Continue reading

Shoes to Fit

By Pat Ross

It was near the end of August when Joanie had the meltdown. At the time, we were 10-year-old cousins in the midst of a back-to-school shopping trip. The day was hot, the excursion was seemingly endless and there were four of us kids with just one adult, my uncle. When Joanie saw the platform heels in the middle of the shoe section at the department store, she had to have them. Continue reading

Sick Health Policy

Why are Ottawa’s recreation facilities and hospitals contributing to obesity?
By Pam Dillon Continue reading

Six Steps to Healthy Dinners

Cooking an easy, healthy meal doesn’t have to be complicated; it’s all about how you approach it. You can put together a different healthy meal every night simply by switching up your combination of ingredients. Continue reading

Slick and spectacular, Edward Burtynsky: Oil is a must-see

By Pam Dillon

Wow. The Edward Burtynsky: Oil exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature is amazing. And mind-boggling. Continue reading

Smiles on Us

Meeting the Need for Family Dental Health Care

by Pam Dillon Continue reading


Getting around Ottawa in a wheelchair even on a nice, sunny day can present a few obstacles. Picture construction, inaccessible sidewalks and streets, plus fellow pedestrians who don’t pay attention to where they are going.  Add a few inches of snow to the mix and things get a whole lot more chaotic. Continue reading

SnowPasses for Kids in Grade 4 and 5

Do you have kids in Grade 4 or 5? Give them a gift of fun this winter. The Canadian Ski Council (CSC)’s SnowPass program offers them hundreds of opportunities to get out of the house and onto the slopes over the next few months. They’ll have a blast! Continue reading

Snowsuit Smarts

Buying a snowsuit for a little one this winter? Here are some tips to keep in mind: Continue reading

Solving Those Math Homework Problems

Worried about supporting your kids to do their math homework?  You’re not alone. Last night, the parents of kids at Navan’s Heritage Public School went back to math class. Say what? Continue reading

Something Special for Single Dads

Ottawa photographer Mark Cooper is offering a special life opportunity for single dads and their kids. Check it out. Continue reading

Soothing the baby

By Alan Viau

Is the thing we put in a babies’ mouths called a soother or a pacifier? Frankly, it really doesn’t matter as long as it calms them down. Sometimes it’s called a thumb. Continue reading

St. Laurent Shopping Centre

1200 St.Laurent Blvd
Ottawa Ontario,
Telephone Number: (613) 745-6858
Web: www.stlaurent-centre.com Continue reading

Staycations – Stay put for the best vacation of all

Looking for an amazing vacation with your family that doesn’t break the bank? Pssst: You’re here! Continue reading

Step away from that lucky charm

Pregnant women are often the centre of public attention. There’s nothing like the swell of growing human life — covered in a maternity dress — to elicit comments from strangers. Continue reading

Stop bullying? Really

by Jeremy Dias Guess what? The best research from universities and ministries of education has made it clear: a presentation on bullying does not work. All those slides? The graphs and statistics? Zzzzzz. Kids tune out—and fast. After all, why … Continue reading

STOP IT! Speak Up About Bullying

Did you know more than half the time when a bystander stands up to bullying, it stops within seconds?
By Pam Dillon

Last night was the Ottawa premier of BULLY, an acclaimed documentary that puts a spotlight on the social epidemic – and devastating consequences – of bullying. BULLY is a call to action, a plea for us to speak up, step up and do something to stop bullying. What next?  Continue reading

Stressed Out

The signs were subtle. One day Jen Pilon glanced down and noticed her daughter Sara had been chewing her nails. This was new. Not wanting to draw attention to it, mom didn’t comment. Instead, she filed this development in her brain’s What’s Up? department for future reference. Continue reading

Stressed Spelled Backwards is Desserts!

Stressed Spelled Backwards is Desserts: A Healthy Coping Strategies Night for Youth

On October 15th from 4-8pm, head down to Dominion Chalmers United Church (355 Cooper Street) for a free event (with free desserts and snacks too)! Continue reading

Struggle to pay for an education

By Alan Viau

More post-secondary students than ever before are working at part-time jobs. As a result of the increasing costs of education, students work up to 20 hours per week. But is this a good thing or a bad thing? Continue reading

Summer Solstice 2014

Aboriginal arts fest and powwow offers family fun (and a major learning opportunity)! Did you know June is National Aboriginal History Month? Not only that, June 21 is National Aboriginal Day. Join the festivities, with your family, and take the … Continue reading

Supplemental Insurance

Planning to add to your family? Whether a pregnancy test has already revealed you’re expecting or you’re finally ready to try and conceive, you want to be certain you and the baby-to-be are getting all the nourishment you need. Continue reading

Sweet Gifts

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Sweetest Halloween treats are swim or skate tickets

Drop that bag of chocolate bars. Move away from those boxes of serving-size potato chips. Run as though a zombie is chasing you to the nearest Ottawa recreation centre.  And keep going until you fill up on the sweetest of Halloween treats: Trick or Swim or Skate Tickets. Continue reading

Sylvan Learning

15-471 Hazeldean Rd
Ottawa, ON  K2L 4B8 Continue reading

Sylvan Learning

1547 Merivale Road  Ottawa, ON K2G 4V3
(613) 727-5785 Continue reading

T-fal Easy Pro Deep Fryer

Deep fry like a pro! Designed with family sized capacity, the new Easy Pro Deep Fryer can hold up to 2.2lbs of food. Continue reading

Take a Hike, Eh?

Looking for something fun to do during these last days of summer? Take a hike and explore the beloved green spaces in Ottawa’s Mississippi Valley watershed.

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Tales Come Alive™ children’s parties, Inc.


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2894 Findlay Creek Drive
Ottawa, ON
(613) 247-0081 Continue reading

Tammy’s Awesome…

This bright, talented Ottawa resident cares — and it shows in the cards she creates Continue reading

Tartan Homes

126 Spartina Way
Ottawa, ON K1T 0G5
Phone: (613) 822-2855
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Teens Behind the Wheel in Winter

Teaching your teen to drive can be a nerve-wracking experience at the best of times, but throw in our winter weather and you might be tempted to hide your car keys.
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Thai Shrimp Salad Recipe

I think most of us feel a little sluggish at this time of year and we could certainly use a break from rich, heavy food. Continue reading

Thai Zucchini Noodle Salad with Sesame Peanut Dressing

The other day I bought an awesome new kitchen gadget: the OXO Julienne Peeler (available at The Bay for $10.99). It works like a regular peeler, but the blade is serrated to form long, skinny strips of whatever you’re peeling. Continue reading

The Community Calling

by Julie Harrison
photos by John Major

As an entrepreneur, wife, mother and, last but not least, community advocate, Denise Siele is a woman who makes things happen. and the community of Ottawa is better off for it. Continue reading

The Distress Centre – here to help

If you or someone you know is struggling to cope, we can help. Call today 613-238-3311 or 1-866-676-1080. Continue reading

The Family That Skis Together

    by Pam Dillon By a fireplace in the Holland family’s west Ottawa home, there’s an artwork that is as compelling as it is fitting. In oil on canvas, freestyle skier Alexandre Bilodeau’s gold-medal performance at the 2010 Vancouver … Continue reading

The Goodluck Assembly at the Shenkman

How’s this for a fun night out? Shenkman Arts Centre’s Richcraft Theatre will be transformed into a nightclub next Friday, February 7, when two Ottawa bands hit the stage. Continue reading

The Great Beyond

by Samantha Brazeau-Wilson and Chelsea Brunette

For kids and parents, the jump up to post-secondary school is a big one. Continue reading

The Marshes Golf Club at Brookstreet

320 Terry Fox Dr.
Kanata Ontario, K2K 3L1
Telephone Number: (613) 271-3370
Web: http://www. marshesgolfclub.com/ Continue reading

The Marvelous Wonderettes Coming This Weekend

By Alan Viau

How about a dinner theatre show your whole family can enjoy? Suzart Productions is serving up a new entertaining musical, The Marvelous Wonderettes! It’s onstage tonight, August 16, tomorrow, August 17, and August 22 to 24 at Britannia United Church. Continue reading

The Mom Conference is this Saturday!

The Mom Conference is this Saturday, March 5, at the Holiday Inn in Kanata. Starting at 8 am and ending at 5:30 pm, it’s dedicated adults-only “you time.” Continue reading

The Next Lorde? Ottawa’s Megan Landry

By Emily Hutton Got a minute? Sit down at your computer and google the name Megan Landry.  Instantly, half a dozen YouTube videos will pop up, followed by news profiles and feature stories. Click on Megan Landry Stronger, the music video … Continue reading

The Perfect Day… My Way

I realize to outsiders reading this that my perfect day might not seem that perfect given the amount of planning and preparations I need to do.  However, what makes the day perfect to me is the fact that, to quote Frank Sinatra, “I did it my way.” Continue reading

The Skin You’re In

I have noticed that young people have a lot more tattoos than I ever expected to see. Not only are the tattoos clearly on display, they are large and intricate. Many are beautiful and meaningful pieces of art, while others are, well … not. Continue reading

The Spa Day Retreat

26 Castlefrank Road
Kanata, Ontario K2L 4B4
(613) 836-5913
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Thera Wise

DpR Natural Baby Diaper Ointment Babies Bottoms Rejoice DpR Natural Baby Diaper Ointment has plant based ingredients that allow the skin to breathe properly, while providing soothing and regenerative properties to reduce skin irritation in the diaper area. Additional highlights … Continue reading

Things to See and Do in Ottawa

There are plenty of activities and events to enjoy in Ottawa, even though it feels like February in November. Get out and enjoy the city!  Breeding Champions – E.P. Taylor and Windfields Farm Do you love horses? Check out Breeding … Continue reading

Thinking Outside (and Inside!) the Box

At W.O Mitchell Elementary School.

The biggest, most elaborate, most colourful brand-name play castle or ride-on toy will sit gathering dust while the little dudes have a blast with cardboard. Now, an Ottawa school is taking the idea a big — and wonderful — step further. Continue reading

This March Break Camp is Going to the Dogs

(and cats, and rabbits and…) by Lynn Rees Lambert  “I’m going to be a vet!” For parents who have heard that declaration more than once, and for those with children who love getting close to our four-legged friends, there are … Continue reading

Thrill of the Game Extends Beyond Fitness for These Kids


Hockey For Everybody! 
Ottawa Valley Ambassadors and Capital City Condors provide the thrill of hockey for all youth

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The idea to name the company “Thula” comes from an African lullaby — “Ukuthula” is the Zulu word for peace. To minimize our eco-footprint and to keep the local economy humming, materials & manufacturing will be sourced close-to-home whenever possible. … Continue reading

Top 10 better back-to-school tips

Savvy eco-bloggers and expert parents have joined David Suzuki’s Queen of Green, Tovah Paglaro, to offer these top ten tips for setting green back-to-school habits. Continue reading

TummyThyme Yummy Time

By Lindsay Ruck

These two Ottawa moms share their passion for nutrition and help growing families eat better. Now that’s delectable! Continue reading

Twice the Celebration (Not Double the Trouble)

by Caroline Wissing
photos by John Major

For most of us, the holidays are a busy time of year, taken up with decorating, baking, buying and wrapping gifts, cooking, and generally making spirits bright. But imagine if your family celebrated two different holiday traditions. Continue reading

Unleashing Potential; Harnessing Possibilities:

How the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is leading the way to creativity and innovation
By: Jane Daly
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Upper Canada Village

When Ally and Bobby Montminy first arrived at Upper Canada Village during their 2011 summer break, they knew it was going to be an unforgettable week. Continue reading

Venta Preparatory School

2013 Old Carp Road
Ottawa Ontario, K0A 1L0
Telephone Number: (613) 839-2175 ext. 240
Web: http://www.ventapreparatoryschool.com/ Continue reading

Vinny Might Like Eggplant Parm

There are loyal Sopranos fans in these parts, so in honour of the new pooch and “membro della famiglia” here’s a recipe for Eggplant Parmigiana straight from The Sopranos Family Cookbook. (It’s good. Really!) Continue reading

Walter Baker Sports Centre

100 Malvern Dr.
Nepean K2J 2G5
Phone: 613-580-2788
Fax: 613-825-6762
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We Day-Canada is April 9 at Canadian Tire Centre

Canadian Tire Centre is the place to be April 9. Youth by the busloads will be streaming into 1000 Palladium Drive for the second annual We Day-Canada event. Talk about a pep rally! Continue reading

Weathering Winter

It’s a Family Health and Safety Issue. Know what really bites? Frostbite, hypothermia and realizing, a half an hour after your kids hopped on the bus, that they’ve forgotten their mitts or snow pants in the hall closet. Continue reading

Westboro Academy

Westboro Nursery School

411 Dovercourt Ave.
Ottawa, ON

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Westboro Station Dental

Dr. Dan Hwang
599 Byron Avenue
Ottawa Ontario,
Telephone Number: (613) 728-8988
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What to get Dad? Try the Five Ts

By Alan Viau

Father’s Day gifts always seem a little awkward. They tend to fall into four T categories: Ties, Tools, Technology and Treats. Continue reading

What’s On, Ottawa?

Bullying Prevention and Titty Talks 

What’s up in the city? Plenty! Two public events over the next few days will focus on awareness of bullying and another two will focus on celebration of womanhood.  It’s all good! Continue reading

WHOOSH! Cooking Lesson Up in Flames

It was what they call one of those “teachable moments.” I looked over at my son, just a couple of feet away, as the wok he was holding burst into flames.  WHOOSH! Continue reading

Woo Hoo! It’s Winterlude

Let’s get the winter party started! The 35th edition of Winterlude is ready to roll, with tons of fun activities, events and treats on tap for families. From February 1 to 18—including Family Day—there’s a dazzling seasonal showcase of Canadian culture and tradition. Continue reading

World-Changing Mom

World-Changing Mom Lindsey Barr is on a mission to build community and a better future for our kids, one act of kindness at a time. Continue reading

Yamaha Music School

Yamaha Music School
1412 Bank Street Ottawa, ON K1H 7Y9
613-731-5678 Continue reading

Yay for Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa!

Ninety years young, the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa provides kids with a fun and supportive place to belong, believe and achieve. Continue reading

You and Fido can walk to support training of guide dogs

Calling all dog owners in the Ottawa area!  You and your dog can go for a walk to support the training of guide dogs and assistance dogs. On Sunday, May 31, participate in Dollars for Dogs, a fundraiser in support … Continue reading

Youth Connexion

by Samantha Brazeau-Wilson

Do your teens need to disconnect from their tech toys and reconnect to the outside world? If you live in the west end, Youth Connexion might be the perfect outlet. It’s a City of Ottawa program that encourages young people aged 12 to 18 to get more involved in the community and to fulfill their potential. Continue reading

Youth Suicide and the Mom Beside Me

Truth is, thousands of families in this city are dealing with the challenges of mental illness. Truth is, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people. Truth is, the mom I met might be your neighbor or your child’s teacher or you. That’s why I’m supporting D.I.F.D.’s 2013 Power to the Purple Challenge. Continue reading

Zanon Speech Therapy Services

Lisa Zanon M.Sc., SLP(C), Reg. CASLPO
Speech Language Pathologist
Ottawa, Ontario
Phone: 613.851.0506
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194 Robertson Road Ottawa, ON K2H 9J5
(613) 721-0227
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