Here is 'a little about me', as I think this could be a good place to meet other Ottawa people. ;)
I'm a mom to a 17 month old, and now 4 months pregnant. Thinking to tandem nurse. (Just ordered 'Adventures in Tandem Nursing' book - looks like a great resource!). Nursing has been the greatest surprise of parenthood, as I had no idea what an enormous commitment it was. Friends and family of mine nurse for varying lengths of time, and I definitely recognize & appreciate the trade-off's and limitations involved.
I own a natural baby and children's toy + home store with my husband. My interests include research into ecologically-friendly best practices; renewable energy, as well as other energy sources; sustainable homes & buildings; math, physics, future of human civilization in space (the long view ;> ), chemistry, and biology; education; and building better societies, local, national, global. I'm an agnostic secular humanist, but my husband grew up with excitement over 'baby Jesus' in the nativity set on Christmas day, ;) and we aspire to raise our children with understanding of the power of symbolism and rituals, and rhythms and connections to one's values through spiritual practice that includes honouring those values through one's own traditions.
Politically, I'm not aligned strongly with one political party, and see virtues in each of our political parties in Canada. However, to my mind, environmental capitalism, that is a free market economy that takes into account financially the hidden costs such as future environmental impacts, seems to be the best solution. I am saddened by many of the decisions and practices of the current Harper government in terms of their disdain for democratic traditions and communication and disclosure with the public. I know they do it in the name of what they believe is right, but it is often not representing what I see as logical, realistic, and noble for the greater and individual good.
My univ studies were in physics, with grad studies in Germany in renewable energy engineering. I did a B.Ed. here in Ottawa, which sorry to be a downer, but it was the saddest example in itself of education that I'd ever seen or experienced, except for a couple of shining star organized, intelligent, and inspiring teachers! I strongly encourage parents to be very involved in their child's education, and get to know the teachers at their school and what goes on in the classroom well! If you can, volunteer at the school as an opportunity to know what's happening and who the staff members are. Be involved in their course selection. Know the teachers they'll have the year ahead and be aware of potential issues. Voice concerns to the teachers, department heads and VP. Fight the good fight for your children, and offer loads of support for the education, socially and academically, as well as support for the noble efforts of good teachers and educators. (Ok, I'm done now ;>).
After my children are a bit older, I'd like to return to the sciences, either in research or policy, or in education at the high school level.
We've lived in Ottawa for 5 years now. Our close friends and family are Toronto-ward and we visit regularly. We really like living in Ottawa though! I am always happy to meet other like-minded folks in town. :)