An Afternoon On The Town

April 3rd, 2013 by Emma Durand-Wood

My best friend and former co-WoMHer Aaron came out from Alberta for a visit over the Easter weekend and despite the continued snow and wonky weather, we had a wonderful time. The highlight of his visit, for me anyway, was the afternoon we spent on the town. Since my life is more or less comprised […]

Memories in the Making

January 18th, 2013 by Emma Durand-Wood

I love, love, love this passage from a recent post on Kathryne Grisim’s Food Musings blog: “When you live on the Canadian prairies, blizzards are not unexpected.  I have experienced some lollapaloozas in my memory but not surprisingly, the most precious one was when I was little.   In the midst of the storm, we […]

A Big Small Town

November 8th, 2012 by Emma Durand-Wood

Heads up right off the bat: this post isn’t completely about Winnipeg. Partly it’s just reflections on a trip I took this summer, and partly it’s observations, comparisons and random thoughts resulting from those travels. It involves imperial cookies, public transit, and concrete jungles, and the admission of my continued low-grade identity crisis. You’ve been […]

Band Together

September 11th, 2012 by Emma Durand-Wood

A news release from the city reminded me that it’s time to band our trees again! The city “strongly recommends that you band your elm, ash, maple and ornamental (basswood, cherry and apple) trees as soon as possible.” Banding trees results in some pretty unsightly trunks, but it helps prevent cankerworms from wreaking havoc on our beautiful […]

Happy Birthday, Portage & Main!

June 1st, 2012 by Emma Durand-Wood

As you may have heard, Portage and Main is celebrating its 150th birthday tomorrow, and Christian Cassidy suggested we blog our birthday wishes. The intersection has been mentioned here on WoMH before, but my favourite post was Aaron’s “All Roads Lead to Portage and Main” – somehow the spot where these two streets meet is […]

Just Slow Down

February 10th, 2012 by Emma Durand-Wood

That’s the name of a local public awareness campaign, which aims to “help drivers understand the relationship of excessive speed to traffic collisions, injuries and fatalities.”  I’ve been turning this phrase over in my mind and mouth for weeks. It started with a tweet from @diesellibrarian, who lives in my hometown of Lethbridge. It said, “Concerned […]

The Bloom Is Off The Rose

January 6th, 2012 by Emma Durand-Wood

“Winnpeg? Why WINNIpeg?” is what everyone said when I announced I was moving to this fair city. No matter how I tried to explain it (friends and relatives nearby, summer lake life, affordable housing, arts, culture, music, NDP government, etc.) no one seemed to believe that I knew what I was doing, and that Winnipeg […]

Come From Away

November 1st, 2011 by Emma Durand-Wood

In Atlantic Canada, folks who aren’t from the area are labelled “come from away”. Since moving here, I’ve often thought of myself as being the Winnipeg equivalent. I get a surprising amount of web traffic from visitors who are searching for blogs about moving to Winnipeg… people want to know what it’s really like to […]

Winnipeg’s New Birth Centre: Safe for Women & Babies

September 28th, 2011 by Emma Durand-Wood

I was nine days overdue with my first baby when I went to an information session on Winnipeg’s future birth centre last June. After several years in the works, this amazing community facility is set to open sometime in the next couple of weeks. When I turned on the radio one morning last week, I […]

Are You a Manitoban by Choice?

May 12th, 2011 by Emma Durand-Wood

Today is Manitoba Day, and over at The View from Seven, the question is this: If you came to Manitoba from elsewhere, how did you end up living here and how do you feel about life in Manitoba — good, bad or both — after living here for a while as a “Manitoban by choice”? […]