Kita Szpak

Editor Tracey Tong and her family: husband Kyle, and daughters Millie, left, and Ellie. Photo Credit Anastasia KrachkovskayaEditor Tracey Tong and her family: husband Kyle, and daughters Millie, left, and Ellie. Photo Credit Anastasia Krachkovskaya

From the editor

I enjoyed winters in Ottawa long before I became a resident. My dad and my uncle Andy spent their early adult years here, attending the University of Ottawa and Carleton University respectively. My parents were married here in 1977. After […]

The editor learns the art of Cricut -- an essential for ensuring school items don't end up in the lost and found -- from an expert. Photo Credit David K. Simpson

From the editor

As much as we’ve been enjoying summer, heading back to school has been a major topic of discussion in our house for weeks now, and for very good reason. Not only are the kids back in class—older daughter Millie is […]

At QCH from left: clinical manager Shannon Adams, pediatrician Dr. Kelley Zwicker and RNs in the special care nursery Stephanie Nause and Judy Gula. Photo Courtesy of QCH

No place like here

New parents — and their preemies — are in good hands here in Ottawa. We take a tour of four organizations you need to know Expecting? There’s no better place to be in than the National Capital Region, home to […]

Evelynn O'Grady, age 5 (left) and her sister Ellie O'Grady, age 3. Photo Courtesy Sarah O'Grady

A novel idea

For local homeschooling mom Sarah O’Grady, a strategically chosen side hustle allows her to mix business and pleasure   Sarah O’Grady is busy. As if the stay-at-home mom homeschooling four kids under the age of 11 didn’t have enough on […]

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 […]