My Husband Gets to Vote on our Kids’ Education, But I Don’t — Please Sign Our Petition!

October 6th, 2014 by Emma Durand-Wood

If your spouse has the right to vote on your kids’ future school trustees, shouldn’t you also have the right to vote? Is there an instance where parents of the same children should be afforded different voting rights? That is the question my husband and I have been grappling with over the last couple of […]

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Honey Dill Sauce

January 25th, 2014 by Emma Durand-Wood

Over the years I’ve been contacted several times by members of the media because of my blogging. Socials, family finance, my neighbourhood of Glenelm, having a baby at St. B hospital, the Winnipeg patio scene — I don’t know how interested anyone is, but I have given my humble opinions about many things for the […]

My Beloved Sherlock

March 5th, 2013 by Emma Durand-Wood

No, Mum, this post isn’t about Sherlock Holmes. Sorry to disappoint! It is about the spiral-bound Sherlock’s brand Winnipeg city map book that lives in our car, and my love for it.  The last time I grabbed our trusty Sherlock’s to look something up, I remembered that when former WoMHer Aaron first moved here, his […]

Dead Giveaways: How To Pronounce Things The Winnipeg Way

December 14th, 2012 by Emma Durand-Wood

I laughed out loud reading Citizen Sourpuss’s recent post, You’re Not From Around These Here Parts: Winnipeg Edition, where she describes being mocked about her mispronunciation of Pembina, Keewatin, and Tec Voc. She says, despite having lived here for more than 2 years, “I still get outed as being an import when I open my fool […]

Words on Winnipeg

December 5th, 2012 by Emma Durand-Wood

Confession: I have had a draft of this post sitting in my dashboard for at least 2 years, and Little Gray Bird’s post on Manitoba books was the nudge I needed to finally finish it. She writes, “When I moved to Manitoba I really didn’t know much about the province. One way for me to […]

Quintessential Winnipeg Terms, Expressions, and References

October 26th, 2012 by Emma Durand-Wood

The other day, I heard a new-to-me Winnipeg word. At first I thought I was just not following the conversation properly; one minute we were talking about gardening, the next, soup. But it turns out that folks here call our clay-rich soil “Manitoba gumbo”. And voila – even after 4+ years here, there are still […]

Questionable, Yet Compelling Facts About Winnipeg & Manitoba

September 19th, 2012 by Emma Durand-Wood

Have you guys seen the hilarious Twitter account @Stats_Canada? It’s a tongue-in-cheek look at some little-known facts about our great country. I’m not sure who the geniuses are behind it, but they may be involved with CBC’s This is That? (Or just working with them?) Anyways, over the last couple months a few of their […]

Sign Up for Life

May 15th, 2012 by Emma Durand-Wood

Just saw Ace Burpee’s tweet: Which prompted me to get on it, already. My aunt is alive today because of someone else’s heart. It takes all of two minutes to sign up – and you’ll be leaving the legacy of a lifetime. So please, consider signing up for life!

What (Else) to Expect When You’re Expecting in Winnipeg

May 7th, 2012 by Emma Durand-Wood

It’s been almost two years since I wrote a post called “What to Expect When You’re Expecting in Winnipeg” – which is the #3 most popular post I’ve ever written (two years later, I’m still getting comments on it)! There are a few new things around town to report on, so I thought it would […]

Music & Lyrics

March 13th, 2012 by Emma Durand-Wood

One of the things that drew me to Winnipeg was its reputation as a musical mecca. I don’t know where I first heard this, but my interest was probably piqued in high school, when a friend of mine passed through Winnipeg and brought me back a poster for Hayden in concert at the West End […]