Being LGBTQ2S+ in Edmonton: with Janis Irwin

These are the show notes to accompany the October 2, 2019 episode of the Welcome to Town podcast: Having heard that moving to Alberta as an LGBTQ2S+ person can be extra challenging, I sat down with one member of that community who's thriving here, MLA Janis Irwin, to get her perspective and advice on how [...]

By |2019-10-04T11:11:05-06:00October 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Where to eat in Edmonton

These are the show notes to accompany the September 18, 2019, episode of the podcast Welcome to Town: A conversation with veteran Edmonton food blogger Sharon Yeo, packed with great info for foodies. Sharon tells us about her favourite places for comfort food, where to fill up without breaking the bank, great eateries for special [...]

By |2019-09-18T14:10:25-06:00September 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to hang on to self worth when life changes

One night in late August of 2001, I stood in a dive bar in Jasper, Alberta, surrounded by the friends and coworkers and neighbours who had been my world for 2 years. I was about to change my life, leaving the mountain town, and my job at a high end resort, to move to Ottawa [...]

By |2019-09-18T08:51:54-06:00September 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Edmonton versus Calgary

These are the show notes to accompany the September 4, 2019 episode of the Welcome to Town podcast: Isn't it weird that there's supposedly such an Edmonton versus Calgary rivalry when tons of people have lived in both places? On this episode, I talk with my good friend, actor Chantal Perron, about her experiences moving [...]

By |2019-09-04T13:39:57-06:00September 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Moving within Canada: Advice from a reluctant expert

These are the show notes to accompany the August 21, 2019 episode of the Welcome to Town podcast: Is relocating in Canada tough to do? You bet, but when I asked for suggestions of who's doing a great job of it, everybody said to talk to Winnipeg native and new Edmontonian Jason Syvixay. On this [...]

By |2019-09-04T11:47:05-06:00August 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Potholes, infill and transit: Edmonton, why you gotta be like that?

This is the blog post/show notes to accompany Episode 2 of the New In Town podcast: Potholes, infill and transit: Edmonton, why you gotta be like that? Potholes, infill, and the state of Edmonton transit are among the things that seem to get people riled up in this town. If you're new, you might be [...]

By |2019-08-19T14:51:15-06:00August 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Location, location, location: where to live in Edmonton

This is the blog post to accompany Episode 1 of the New In Town podcast: Location, location, location: where to live in Edmonton On this episode I interview Janelle Smaill, my own personal realtor and friend, about the different neighbourhoods in Edmonton and how to choose the right one for you. Along the way, in [...]

By |2019-07-30T14:57:38-06:00July 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Hate your new city? Managing culture shock can help

When I moved to Guanajuato, Mexico from Ottawa at the age of 26, I loved it. At first, everything about moving to a new city was so cool, so interesting, exotic and rich and new and omg, ah-mazing (gimme a break, I was 26). Soon I found a place to live and a job, and the weather [...]

By |2019-06-07T11:26:45-06:00July 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What I wish you didn’t need to know to meet new people

Meeting neighbours is harder than it should be I have a friend who moved into my community last summer from Turkey. She can't get over how tough it is to meet the neighbours. Apparently in Turkey when someone new moves on to your street, you bring over some food. This is such a given that [...]

By |2019-06-07T10:59:33-06:00June 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to deal with loneliness: are you making this common mistake?

Loneliness suuuuuuuucks. I should know, I've had more than my share of lonely stretches. Moving to a new city is one way to get lonely quick I'll never forget this one time after I finished university and moved back to my home city of Edmonton after 7 years away. I was living in a shabby [...]

By |2019-06-03T14:04:08-06:00May 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments