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 […]

Bear with me

March 9th, 2018 by Emma Durand-Wood

Warning: stream of consciousness ahead. I will eventually get to something related to a point. For what feels like many years, I kept a LiveJournal. One of the original blogging social networks, I guess. I started it in college and wrote there regularly solidly for four years before moving on to my first “real” blog, […]

A Rant

October 14th, 2017 by Emma Durand-Wood

This morning I made a mistake. When the kids spotted the “snow” on the ground, they were euphoric with excitement and insisted on suiting up to go play. By the time they were dressed for outdoors, the snow had basically melted, but no matter – such is the magic of the first snowfall, right? The […]

Getting to know you….by bus and by foot

March 8th, 2017 by Emma Durand-Wood

Last year our ’99 Ford Escort finally kicked the bucket. Yep, we’d been happily driving a practically vintage vehicle, maintaining it diligently so as to squeeze out every last possible kilometre, until finally we got a $2000 transmission repair estimate that we couldn’t justify – that was worth way more than the value of the […]