Jennifer Chen

Jennifer Chen is a journalist and digital/radio producer at CBC Ottawa. Previously, she worked as a radio producer at CBC Vancouver for 14 years.

Latest from Jennifer Chen

How do you imagine Ottawa's downtown after COVID-19?

If you've made the trip to downtown Ottawa recently, you've likely noticed the desolate streets and empty storefronts. CBC asked an architect, an urban planner and geographers what would bring people back to the city’s core after the pandemic

How to keep Halloween happy, even in a pandemic

Ottawa's medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches has nixed trick-or-treating this Oct. 31. So now what's a ghoul to do?

Mother, daughter reunite after COVID-19 kept them apart for months

After nearly four months of separation, an Ottawa mother was recently reunited with her 13-year-old daughter, who lives with a foster family in Quebec. Roxanne and Kalie say despite talking on the phone every day, nothing compares to being able to hug each other in person.

Ottawa's restaurants give each other 'a big community hug'

While some restrictions on restaurants were lifted more than a week ago, it's not so easy for everyone to pick up where they left off before COVID hit. Where some people in the industry are struggling, others are coming in to lend a hand. 
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Isolated and disconnected: teens with social challenges share their pandemic experiences

Kathryn and Sophia met through a program for teens with social challenges, including ADHD and autism. After COVID-19 arrived in Ottawa in March, nearly all in-person activities shut down. CBC Ottawa asked the teens to share what it's been like for them during this pandemic.

These local businesses are thriving in the time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult — but with people remaining close to home and looking for ways to stay busy, some businesses are doing well. They've weathered some of the early challenges and now say they're seeing customers come back, both physically and virtually. 

Get back in the swing of things with the kids this summer

It's the height of summer and the kids are feeling restless. As restrictions are further relaxed in Ottawa, here are a few ideas for keeping the little ones entertained.

Staycationers booking up cottages, campsites at unprecedented pace

As Ontario continues to loosen pandemic restrictions, cottage owners and campsite operators in eastern Ontario are seeing bookings surge. That means hopeful holidaymakers could be out of luck if they haven't already snatched up a spot — especially on weekends.

Kayaks, dumbbells, hot tubs: Recreational items in short supply during pandemic

Business owners are seeing "unprecedented" demand for certain recreational items this summer as supplies dwindle and demand skyrockets.
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It ain't easy but it's so worth it: Family camping from Vancouver to Toronto

A Canadian family visited five national parks and five provincial parks in five provinces this summer from B.C. to Ontario, with two children under the age of 4.

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