Mary Delong

Mary is a first-year student in Professional Writing at Algonquin College. For most of her life, she has lived in a small town near Toronto. Lately, she has made Ottawa her new home.

An avid chocolate-lover, she enjoys ruining her eyes with books, spending time with her bizarre gaggle of friends, and watching a good tear-jerker. Although she has a long way to go, Mary hopes to write something that will make a difference in the world. (And put a few coins in her pocket!)



in a Square

Confessions of a chronic chocoholic and a look into the world's greatest invention.


My Chocolaty Moments

Here I am, at my desk, nibbling on a chunk of Lindt chocolate, blogging about chocolate. I must admit that I’ve learned a lot about chocolate so far. I also had a lot of fun running around, finding chocolate shops and sampling various treats in Canada’s capital. I’ve never eaten so much chocolate in such a short period in my life.

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Feature: Not All Treasure is Silver and Gold

Lara Vaarré is the owner of Truffle Treasures, a chocolate business located in Ottawa, Ontario. She is highly respected, and has won numerous awards for her superior chocolate. In addition, she has travelled all over the world to learn about how chocolate is made. Vaarré has opened up two shops, one in Westboro Village, and the other in the Glebe, on Bank Street. She spends her days surrounded in her chocolate treasures.

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Column: A Writer's Journey

Why do I write? This is a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately. It’s not always easy to get words down on the page. Sometimes it’s downright impossible.

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Organically Fair

Many people today are not aware that chocolate is usually produced under poor labour conditions. The fact is that it costs a lot to produce a small amount of cocoa, and the selling price doesn’t always cover the price of production. As a result, employees are exploited and given inadequate wages. This is where Fair Trade steps in.

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Review: You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier

One thing this book did for me was make me think about what would happen if the Internet ceased to exist one day. Millions of people would lose their jobs, and there would be a world-wide depression. Our world has become so reliant so quickly on such a fragile thing, which is more than a little scary.

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