Riley Hunt enjoys the snow with his grandparents' mini goldendoodle, Charlie. Photo Credit Angela Jacques

Winter of discontent

Batten the hatches! You don’t need weather to experience a cold front—just a child in his pre-preteen years Winter is coming. In fact, it’s been festering within my walls since the summer. One of the subtle truths I’ve learned about […]

It's tradition: Riley Hunt perches atop a rock for a photo. Photo Credit: Angela Jacques

Ugh, dad!

Embarrassing your kid is practically a rite of passage This column was meant to be completely different.  It was supposed to be a delightful and amusing narrative describing my son’s infatuation with spending his summers with his grandparents. Specifically, it […]

Chris Hunt (with son Riley) enjoys ice cream on a warm day. He's looking forward to the spring and more of these moments. Photo credit Angela Jacques

Gimme a break

March Break holds special charms for Chris Hunt. Here’s why it ranks over Christmas and New Year’s When I was a boy, I didn’t appreciate March Break for what it really was. Being your typical self-absorbed adolescent, I was grateful […]

It's not the Carbide Ruins, but Chris Hunt's son, Riley, enjoys a hike nonetheless_Photo Credit Angela Jacques

The ruins

Nudists, caterpillars and blisters, oh, my! It’s all in a day’s hike for this columnist When asked where my favourite place to hike around Ottawa is, I’ll usually lie and say Hogsback. Don’t get me wrong, I love Hogsback. There’s […]

Riley Hunt, right, with his grandparents. Photo Courtesy Chris Hunt

It’s the little things

It doesn’t take much to teach kids how to give back My son Riley was kneeling in a sea of shredded Christmas paper and discarded ribbons.  In front of him, a small mountain of toys loomed.  Nestled around him was […]