Peg Gratitude: Day 6 – MTYP

December 6th, 2019 by Emma Durand-Wood

When I moved to Winnipeg and people were baffled, there was one indisputable fact I knew I could trot out to quell some of negative comments: Winnipeg has an incredible arts scene. 11 years in, I can’t say I have really partaken much of the arts lately. I seem to have been sucked into a […]

Peg Gratitude: Day 5 – The Crusty Bun

December 5th, 2019 by Emma Durand-Wood

Today’s “Winnipeg thing I’m grateful for” is an easy one. I *love* The Crusty Bun bakery cafĂ© on St Mary’s. Over the years it’s been a go-to place for breakfast meet-ups with the wonderful women in my extended family. Their bread is amazing (the pumpkin seed bread is my all-time fave) and I enjoy every […]

Peg Gratitude: Day 3 – Winnipeg Nonprofits

December 3rd, 2019 by Emma Durand-Wood

When I woke up this morning and remembered it was Giving Tuesday, I knew Winnipeg’s many amazing nonprofits would be the theme of today’s gratitude post. Throughout the city, volunteers give generously of their time, energy, resources – their all, really – in support of nonprofits, foundations, and charities that support almost every cause imaginable. […]

Peg Gratitude: Day 2 – Trees (& Tree People)

December 2nd, 2019 by Emma Durand-Wood

I can’t, I won’t imagine my neighbourhoor and city without trees! Winnipeg is fortunate to have the largest remaining urban elm forest in North America, thanks to our amazing urban forestry department, Trees Winnipeg and previous councils who recognized the importance of funding the fight to protect our elms. I am grateful for every tree […]

Peg Gratitude: Day 1 – Rainbow Barricades at Portage & Main

December 1st, 2019 by Emma Durand-Wood

It’s been a long month. I’m not feeling great about Winnipeg these days, and I know I’m not alone in this. Although Twitter has been an invaluable place for connecting with other like-minded folks, it’s also the place I turn to for venting. Between me and the other adult in my household, there has been […]

A Pretty Nice Job for a Tree

September 19th, 2019 by Emma Durand-Wood

September 20, 2019 My tree will die today. I knew the day was coming but saying the words feels funny, overly dramatic in some sense. I fell in love with an elm in my neighbourhood two summers ago. It was a tree I passed by on a regular basis, sometimes many times a day. I’d […]

Dear EPC: We Need Safe Speeds

July 8th, 2019 by Emma Durand-Wood

A letter I sent to the members of the Executive Policy Committee, who will be voting on enacting Winnipeg’s new speed limit by-law at tomorrow’s meeting. Good morning, Mayor Bowman and members of Executive Policy Committee I’m unable to attend the EPC meeting as a delegation tomorrow morning, but I wanted to submit my feedback […]

Let’s Pretend We’re a Big City

November 28th, 2018 by Emma Durand-Wood

When I was a young adult, and still living in Alberta, I visited Vancouver with my mum and sister, where we stayed with old friends of my parents’ at their beautiful home in Kits. One afternoon, we were getting ready to go out shopping when I was caught off-guard by our friend saying we’d take […]

Doing Something About Portage & Main

October 15th, 2018 by Emma Durand-Wood

When I moved to Winnipeg by choice 10 years ago, I thought it was just angry grumps that hated this city. But naturally, within a few years, I admitted the bloom was off the rose, having come to terms that Winnipeg does indeed, have major problems. I spent a few years in the blur of […]

The Suite (of Options) Life in Winnipeg

August 28th, 2018 by Emma Durand-Wood

This past week, my family embarked on something of a new adventure. We sold our car! Yes, I put an exclamation mark there. (I think I mean it.) Why would we, a family of five who can easily afford a car, and who used to use their car regularly, do such a thing? Well, it’s […]