A Soggy Saga of Rafting the Ottawa River

My old university housemates had been talking about it for years. We have to go! they would plead "Rafting is so much fun." It wasn't that I was against rafting - I had been once before in Rotorua, New Zealand - but my friends lived in Ottawa, a stone's throw from the Wilderness Tours rafting …

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Running Sucks

For years I had loved running, but during my last high school cross-country race, everything changed. I can still remember shuffling along the wet, frost-covered path in my old Asics, my lungs burning from the cold and my legs tightening with every step I took. Finally, when the pain from the Stitch in my side became …

Green Buildings a Hit with Owners and Occupants

OTTAWA - In the lobby of the Ottawa Paramedic Service headquarters, you’re more likely to be struck by the amount of natural light pouring in through the skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows than the tiny round plaque at the entranceway. But the plaque, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, is the building's crown jewel. …

This scrappy mom fighting for kids’ care

When Sarah Hodgkinson's infant daughter stopped breathing, the Children's Hospital at the London Health Sciences Centre gave her another chance. Three years later, little Ema still seeks treatment there for her rare skin disorder, Congenital Ichthyosis Erythroderma. Because her body produces too many skin cells, Ema's skin is always extremely dry, itchy and sore.  She sheds …