The Kitchissippi Times is locally-owned and operated by Great River Media and has been part of the Ottawa community since 2003. You can read more about KT right here.

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Dave Allston’s passion about the neighbourhood and its history began in early grade school and continues to grow. Dave studied history at university but it remains primarily a hobby through his articles in the Kitchissippi Times, his blog, The Kitchissippi Museum, and the house histories he produces for clients. Although he dreams of working full time in the history field, his career is at the Department of National Defence, while also holding the position of Ottawa Centre Returning Officer for Elections Ontario. He proudly lives in Wellington Village with his wife and three kids, who are officially 7th-generation residents of Kitchissippi. You can read some of his articles he’s written for KT right here.

Judith van Berkom
Judith is semi-retired, living in Westboro with her husband and little dog, Charlie. Training early on in nursing and later as a library and information specialist led to a series of careers associated with the medical sciences – nursing, and managing a small, specialized medical library for 17 years. Her interest in literature, and languages, resulted in an Arts BA in Teaching English as a Second Language. Proofreading reinforced her life-long passion for writing, and led to training in copy editing. In 2009, she started her own business, translating Dutch to English (Dutch being her second language), copy editing and proofreading for businesses here and abroad, and using her library skills to conduct detailed literature searches, and index medical journals. You can read some of her articles right here.

Ellen Bond
Ellen has Bachelor degrees in Physical Education and Education, and a Masters of Science and has recently completed her photography diploma at Algonquin College. Ellen is a freelance photographer for the Kitchissippi Times and also takes photos for the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group and their Commercial Partnerships. You can see her on the sidelines of Ottawa RedBlack, Ottawa Fury, and Ottawa 67’s games. For the past year, Ellen has been one of the photographers for the Algonquin College Thunder Varsity Athletic teams. She is a three-time participant in the Sour Toe Cocktail in Dawson City, Yukon. Ellen has traveled extensively across North America and loves exploring new places. Iceland, Hawaii, and Ecuador are on her travel bucket list. Take a look at her website right here.


Anne Boys-Hope
Anne Boys-Hope is a storyteller at heart and has spent the past 20 years working as a writer and editor. It’s a job that never gets boring – she’s interviewed soldiers about life on deployment in Bosnia, astronauts about space travel, and municipal governments about going green. She studied technical writing at Algonquin College, English literature at Carleton University and social science at the University of Edinburgh (where she happily spent her days reading and writing in a 300-year-old office at the top of a winding staircase). She lives in Westboro with her husband and daughter, and writes about her love of books and bookstores at You can read some of her articles right here.

Andrea Cranfield
Andrea graduated with a BA from Carleton University in 2003, where she studied sociology and anthropology. She received a college diploma in journalism from Centennial College in 2009. She is also working on obtaining her Social Media Strategist Certification from the Social Media Academy. Andrea has written articles for numerous publications including Ottawa Family Life Magazine, Ottawa Outdoors Magazine, and Exclaim! Magazine. Since 2009, she has been editor of The Equity, a small town newspaper in Shawville Quebec where she covers a wide variety of different topics in the beautiful Pontiac region. Andrea has won several photography and writing awards from the Quebec Community Newspaper Association awards competition. You can read some of her past articles here or on her website.

Bhavana Gopinath
bhavanaGopinathBhavana is a freelance writer and editor and edits Capital Letters, the blog of Editors Canada’s Ottawa-Gatineau branch. She has an MBA and has worked for a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate in business development and marketing. Over the course of her career in three countries, she has written and edited advertisement and packaging text, speeches, annual reports, briefing documents, and magazine and newspaper features. When not tapping away at her laptop, she devours books, and loves, loves her local library. She can be reached at Some of her articles for KT can be found here.

Jacob Hoytema
Jacob Hoytema is a freelance journalist and a graduate of Carleton University’s school of journalism, and is originally from Carleton Place, ON. He enjoys local food, music, beer, politics, art, and playing the piano. You can read some of his articles he’s written for KT right here.

Shaun Markey
Shaun Markey, with his son's dog, Tony. Sept. 02, 2015 (PHOTO: Jana Chytilova) A long-time resident of Westboro, Shaun Markey has been collecting Canadian antiques and folk art for the past 35 years. His specialties are country furniture, traditional and contemporary folk art. Shaun has written articles on various aspects of antique collecting for the major trade publications in North America. Last year, he penned a memoir about his antique adventures titled Folk Art in the Attic. You can share in Shaun’s hunt for fascinating antiques and folk art by following him on Facebook and on his blog. Read his past columns and articles right here.

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Originally from Atlantic Canada and self-designated a political and public affairs junkie, Alyson now calls Ottawa home. Alyson has held senior communications roles in government and the private and not-for-profit sectors for over fifteen years but is a storyteller at heart, also freelancing for publications like the Kitchissippi Times. You can read some of her stories here.

Paula Roy
Paula Roy has been proud to call Kitchissippi home for almost 30 years, having lived in many other places while growing up in a large military family. A teacher by training, she chose instead to pursue freelance writing, a path that allowed her to stay home to raise her kids and become an active volunteer in the school system. Paula’s true passions are food and travel, activities she enjoys sharing with her husband and two grown children. She enjoys her work as food editor of Ottawa At Home magazine and happily offers recipes and cooking tips on local television programs, including her own show on Rogers Ottawa, Paula Roy’s Favourite Foods. An ardent advocate for local, sustainable food, she feels fortunate to live in an area of the city that is blessed with an abundance of tasty options for home cooks and diners alike. Always glad to shine a spotlight on food happenings in our community, Paula has been a regular contributor to Kitchissippi Times since the very first issue; you can read some of her articles here. In addition, you can find many of Paula’s delicious recipes on her own blog, Constantly Cooking, as well as on the national lifestyle site

Andrea Tomkins, Editor and Associate Publisher
Andrea has been part of the Great River Media team since 2013. She’s an informavore with a passion for social media, community building, and multimedia storytelling. She has a long history in the Ottawa area and has written about diverse topics including the Canadian parliamentary system, poison dart frogs, home decor, explosives testing facilities, and many other weird and wonderful things. She’s the person behind KT’s Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts.

Bradley Turcotte
A graduate of Algonquin College’s journalism program, Bradley has written for many publications including 24 Hours, Soundproof Magazine and Xtra as well as appearing as a guest host on the radio show. Bradley works as an intellectual property administrative assistant and as a scopist, a specialized form of legal proofreading.  Additionally, Bradley is working on a novel and produces a pop culture trivia and cocktail recipe podcast, Queers, Questions, and Cocktails. In his spare time, Bradley enjoys baking, reading, PS4 gaming and playing softball with Ottawa’s LGBT league.

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