Dear Ottawa public board: Go ahead, close 6 schools

A Note To … Parents protesting the proposed closures of at least six Ottawa public schools. Feel your pain, but it’s time to bite the bullet. Read More …

In defence of Ottawa’s awesome Rideau Canal, and Canal Skateway

So Tyler Dawson doesn’t think much of the Rideau Canal, nor the Rideau Canal Skateway. The “Deputy Editorial Pages Editor” of the Ottawa Citizen devoted Read More …

Ode to a friend: My ancient Coleman canoe

It’s orange. It’s a bit ugly. It’s heavy. It paddles like a tank. But I love it. I don’t know exactly when my aging, 16-foot Read More …

ClearWater Design Inuvik Angler: It’s 2 kayaks in 1

When my wife and I set out last spring to buy “his and hers” kayaks, we juggled a list of competing demands. I wanted a Read More …

Writing for online? A formula for BRIEF webtext

Practising what I am about to preach about web copy, this post is 350 words. Exactly. The case for not writing 1,000-word pages, especially for Read More …

An Ottawa Christmas: Alight at Night, Upper Canada Village

The glow of almost a million lights provides a stunning backdrop for Alight at Night at Upper Canada Village, If Christmas really is your favourite Read More …

Rideau River: Where to launch your canoe, kayak

The Rideau River and Canal between Kingston and Ottawa is a national treasure … and it has one huge advantage if you are a paddler Read More …