Christine Maki is a radio and digital journalist at CBC Ottawa.
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A song for uncle Fausto
Thanksgiving was one of Fausto Fontil’s favourite holidays to visit with his extended Haitian-Canadian family. This spring, the 63-year-old died suddenly of complications due to COVID-19. Now, two of his nieces are teaming up to honour him through song.
Religious shrine in Ottawa man's bathroom took on a life of its own
'The Grotto,' as it became known, began with two statuettes from an antique store, and soon grew into one of Ottawa's weirdest attractions.
Portraits of the Pandemic: Boom in old-fashioned window lettering sign of the times
You've likely seen Pascale Arpin's artistry around this city, and if it's working, it's helped guide you to a pickup window at a local business.
Reclaiming Ritchie: Photo project aims to change the reputation of Black men in west-end neighbourhood
Faisa Omer and her brother Abdullahi teamed up to take portraits of young Black men in the Ritchie Street neighbourhood where they grew up. The goal, Omer says, is to show that despite the area's negative headlines, its young men are just regular people, many of whom have faced discrimination related to their address.
Artist creates 'wash your hands' posters in 21 Indigenous languages
Colleen Gray answered the UN's call for art to stop the spread of COVID-19 with posters that recommend washing your hands in 21 Indigenous languages.
Portraits of the Pandemic: City archives wants your lockdown artifacts, no matter how mundane
Before you discard those drawings your kids made during the lockdown, or purge those posters thanking front-line workers, you might want to consider their potential place in history.
Portraits of the Pandemic: Cheerful Instagram illustrations depict life under lockdown
CBC Ottawa reached out to local artists and photographers who are capturing this unusual time visually, for a series we're calling Portraits of the Pandemic. This week, we highlight whimsical Instagram illustrations that depict both the lockdown's more banal moments and the sometimes overwhelming anxiety of this time.
Portraits of the Pandemic: Perth gallery chronicles COVID-19 on canvas
CBC Ottawa reached out to local artists and photographers who are capturing this unusual time visually, for a series we're calling Portraits of the Pandemic. This week, we're showcasing a Perth gallery's project to 'capture this moment like war artists do.'
He came as a refugee with no English. Now he's valedictorian
When Even Araya arrived in Canada in 2017, the refugee from Eritrea spoke no English. Now, just three years later, he's sharing his wisdom with his Hawthorne Public School classmates as valedictorian.
Portraits of the Pandemic: Family 'porch-raits' from Ottawa's suburbs
CBC Ottawa reached out to local artists and photographers who are capturing this unusual time visually, for a series we're calling Portraits of the Pandemic. This week, we share family porch portraits organized by four moms in Riverside South as a fundraiser for the food bank.
Portraits of the Pandemic: Small town turns ghost town
CBC Ottawa reached out to local artists and photographers who are capturing this unusual time visually, for a series we're calling Portraits of the Pandemic. This week, we're sharing photos of small town Almonte, Ont., by local photographer Ryan Gordon.
Seed sellers see business bloom as pandemic pushes demand
Seed sellers in the region are seeing a sudden surge in business thanks largely to novice gardeners who have decided to plant their own food to see their families through the current crisis.
From split ends to 'pandemic beards,' hair stylists offer up virtual advice
Before you get out the kitchen shears, you might want to listen to the online advice some eastern Ontario stylists are offering on how not to butcher your look ahead of your next Zoom meeting.
Single moms helping single moms through the pandemic
Natasha Rose knows what it's like to be a struggling single parent, and that was before the pandemic. Now she's started a Facebook group that connects women who need support with women who can offer it.
Dating at a (social) distance
It's hard to get to know a potential mate when you have to stay two metres apart. But singles and those in the dating industry say social distancing has set the stage for an interesting social experiment as romance moves online.