Blog by Chloe Cartwright, BSW, RSW, ABR

100 Interesting facts

December 21st, 2011

To get everyone in the Christmas mood here is some easy reading for the festivities.    100 Things you may not know about Canada and its wonderful people:

  1. Youtube megastar Justin Bieber was born and bred in Ontario.  He is the first artist to have an amazing seven songs from a debut album on the Billboard Hot 100 (US singles chart).
  2. The tallest peak in Canada is Mount Logan in the Y ...


November 22nd, 2011

With the Christmas festivities fast approaching you might be interested to know that the Canadians celebrate with style.  From street parties to lights that can be seen from space.  Calgary has plenty to offer those that enjoy Christmas for all it’s worth.

It starts to get cold from October onwards so Christmas lights begin to appear just after Halloween (nobody wants be up a ladder wh ...

What I Miss Most about the UK

October 25th, 2011

Whenever I speak to people who are about to make the big move to Canada or my friends back home, the one thing they always want to know is what I miss about UK. My homeland for thirty something years is always going to be close to my heart so there are some things that I really do pine for sometimes, but I have found alternatives.  Most things are attainable, if they are really wanted or ...

Giving Thanks

October 9th, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Enjoy.

Rugby for Cochrane Kids

April 24th, 2011
I have just finished building a website for the Cochrane Coyotes Rugby & Athletics Association and am proud to say I am sponsoring their efforts to garner more players, volunteers and spectators and heighten awareness of this friendly, healthy sport.
If you have a child interested in playing 2 times per week in this non-touch league please have a look at their site at  Re ...

Another bleep, bleep election!

March 25th, 2011
So I am only out of the country a short while and find the Bloc Quebecois and the NDP both supported the Liberal non-confidence motion and have joined forces to bring down a well functioning (albeit not perfect) Conservative government.  It annoys me that this is going to be our 4th election in 7 years!  What a cost to the taxpayers. 

Frankly I see this as a greedy grab for power.  What am I ...

Driving in Canada

March 14th, 2011

Things you need to know before driving in Canada

Here’s the scenario: you’ve just landed at YYC, collected your cases, picked up your hire car and now you’re off on a great adventure.  Whooooaaaaaa!!!!  But why the heck is that guy driving straight at you??!!

Okay, okay, I’m sure most people arriving from UK, Australia, South Africa or New Zealand already know that in Canada you drive on the ri ...

A Brit discovers . . .Fran's Two Cents

February 18th, 2011

Okay so you’re visiting Canada for the first time. What do you need to know?  Where do you need to go?  What’s important?  What’s not?

My first visit to Canada was some years ago now.  My family had already gained permanent residency and we needed to find somewhere to call home.  We visited several towns and cities all over the country and wherever we went, we noticed there were some Canadiani ...

Movies & Films Made Here! Fran's Two Cents

February 8th, 2011

Movies & Films made in the Calgary & Surrounding Areas? Believe it or not Alberta has a fair few connections to the silver-screen, featuring in some major award winning Hollywood movies and for this London City transplant it is great knowing there is so much going on here.  I thought I was going to be isolated but actually I am much busier here than I was back in London.  I will write more on ...


February 5th, 2011

     Kermit the Frog once sang “It’s not easy being green”, but he’d obviously not been to Alberta (that’s puppets for you!).  The province has a multitude of ways to reduce, reuse and recycle to help keep the environment clean and to help you “do your bit”.  This program and the anti-litter campaigns help to keep Alberta's roadways and public parks looking shiny.  In comparison to the UK and ...

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