Products like Scribble Scrubbie Pets are an alternative gift to the traditional crayon and marker sets. Photo Courtesy Crayola

The gift of creativity

During the holiday season, parents and caregivers — and anyone with children in their lives — will be looking for gift-giving ideas. Although gifting has long been trending towards the experience-based, many kids and traditionalists (hello, Grandpa and Grandma) alike […]

Editor Tracey Tong and daughters Ellie, 3, and Millie, 8. Photo Courtesy Tracey Tong

From the editor

  One of my favourite things about winter in National Capital Region is the abundance of things to do. Ottawans are a weather-hardy bunch, and a bit of snow doesn’t bother us. It’s rare that events are cancelled due to […]

Kita Szpak (left) and her mother, Irena Szpak. Irena, who moved to Ottawa in 2015 to be closer to family, died at age 95 in January 2022. Photo courtesy Kita Szpak

Looking ahead, moving forward

Columnist Kita Szpak offers her favourite advice as we enter 2023   Susan Cain is a former lawyer-turned-writer whose book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” was one I read with great appreciation a […]