Hello! My name’s Charlotte Santry. I’m a British journalist in Toronto who moved here from London, UK,  in July 2012. I love unearthing news stories, writing, exploring, eating and being outdoors.

This blog’s about relocating to Canada. It also tries to highlight some of the fun stuff you can do in and around Toronto, especially for people who share my passion for skiing, hiking, camping, cycling, wildlife-spotting and generally being out in the fresh air.

Maybe you’re thinking of making a similar move abroad, or maybe you just enjoy reading about Toronto. Or perhaps you know me and want to see how I’m getting on *waves*.


My journalism:

I started out as a trainee reporter on local newspapers in Enfield and Haringey, north London, covering everything from local celebrities to council politics. When our local hospital’s emergency unit was threatened, I led a campaign to save it and organised a protest march attended by 5,000 people.

From local papers, I moved to weekly magazine Health Service Journal (HSJ), working my way up to Chief Reporter for both HSJ and Nursing Times. This involved writing and news editing articles for print and online on topics including health policy, management and clinical practice.

*One of my HSJ investigations, into GP opening hours, is here ($).

*My exclusive on how England’s lowest paid nurses would be hit by planned pay changes is here ($).

I’ve also written about the construction sector and green issues ($). I news edited Construction News before moving to Toronto.

When I’m not researching articles, riding my bike or tweeting, I absolutely love eating out and have written food and drink reviews and blogs for FluidLondon.co.uk and Torontoist.com.

Since moving to Toronto, I’ve worked as a freelance writer for newspapers, magazines, websites and corporate clients in the UK and Canada, including Telegraph.co.uk, the British Medical Journal, the Sunday Telegraph, Canadian Immigrant and Canadian Healthcare Network.

Update Feb 2013: Most recently, I’ve started as a writer on Canadian Lawyer and Law Times, reporting on and analysing the latest legal developments.

I hope you enjoy my blog; please let me know what you think and get in touch if you have any suggestions for future articles or blog posts (see Contact page).

8 Responses to “About”

  1. DadinBlighty August 7, 2012 at 5:00 am #

    *waves back*

  2. expatlogue August 28, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    Hi Charlotte (and hello Charlotte’s Dad!) welcome to Toronto! I moved out here from the UK in 2010 with my husband and three children. It’s been an experience 🙂 but definitely one that we’ve never regretted. I hope you settle in easily and don’t experience too much of a culture shock.
    Although I suspect we’re in very different domestic set-up’s, if there’s anything you think I can help you with, let me know.
    As a hopelessly disorganised new writer struggling to earn a crust, I just had a look through your clips and now I want to move to Camden. One of those Suicider Mojitos wouldn’t go amiss either! Best of luck 🙂

    • torontonewbie August 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

      Thanks Aisha! It’s such a great place. The main cultural barrier I’m facing at the moment is getting the hang of the baking lingo; can’t find caster sugar, whipped cream or self-raising flour here (though have spotted the latter at a British bakery)! Really enjoyed your blog posts, both as an ex-pat and a health journo 🙂

      • expatlogue August 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

        I’ve yet to find castor sugar and I’ve been here two years! You should be able to find whipping cream in the dairy section of the supermarket at a heart-stopping price (all dairy is expensive here; have you seen the cheese??), apparently they have self-raising flour at Bulk Barn – I’ve yet to go, I just get through tonnes of baking powder instead (4tsps for every 8oz of plain flour – but you probably already know that!). Thanks for the follow and let me know if you find out the weight equivalent of “a stick of butter”…

  3. torontonewbie August 29, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Ah yes I meant double/single cream, not whipping cream, oops. Know what you mean about the cheese, plus it all seems to be ORANGE (just plain wrong). Do love it here though, despite the strange/different dairy products!

  4. Rachael October 31, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    Hi Charlotte, your Mum was telling me about Toronto and the wolf-howling today when I saw her. She also gave me the blog address. Looks like you’re enjoying Canada very much!
    Best wishes from Rachael next door!

    • torontonewbie November 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

      Hi Rachael, good to hear from you! Hope all’s well in Crouch End!

  5. milkoaa January 9, 2015 at 8:21 am #

    I’m delighted I came across your site and was wondering if you or any of your readers can give me some advice about recruitment in Canada. I’m working for a company that is looking to expand into Toronto and was wondering if anyone had any advice on the best places to advertise locally. We are looking for English speaking businessmanagers so any advice would be greatly appreciated. We’ve advertised on Linkedin and Monster.com but haven’t had much luck attracting the right applicants.

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