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Read and share your own stories about Canadian digital content, its importance and impact.

Read and share your own stories about Canadian digital content, its importance and impact.

 

What do you love best about Canadian culture & creativity?

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  • My Baba’s Stories

    by molly anne warring, about 3 years ago

    When I was a child I grew up with my grandparents as we all lived together as an extended family. My most precious memories are about my Baba Palahia, after supper was over and the dishes were washed, I used to crouch by my Baba’s chair and she would rub my back and tell me stories about the “old country” and about their pioneering days when they immigrated to this great country of Canada in 1903. They were such poignant stories about their hardships in what was then Austria, and why they decided to immigrate to a country which spoke... Continue reading

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  • Canadian artists have been short changed by government

    by Janet Hudgins, about 3 years ago

    It's a curious thing that, historically, Canadian governments of all stripes have never supported its constituents in the Arts. Other countries contribute mightily to those entering the literature, music and art fields but that's never happened here. And there is a general public attitude that falls in with this as so many people seem to think that this talent and skill should come to them gratis.

    I'm a writer. I can't remember how many times someone, usually a man, has asked me to 'help' him with his memoir, free of charge. And, how many times have you heard someone imply... Continue reading

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  • Aboriginal Culture

    by Theresa, about 3 years ago

    Being a published Aboriginal author has opened a door for creating a new way of sharing culture. I have spent many years conducting cultural awareness to various groups and although a great way to share the information, it was still not capturing everyone. Writing and technology has taken my cultural sharing to a new level and is able able to reach a larger audience. The best part is knowing, my sharing can hopefully inspire others to do the same thing and will continue on long after I am gone. Theresa Meuse - Mi'kmaw Author - Nova Scotia

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  • My love affair with words, became my life

    by Overanddonewith, about 3 years ago

    When I was five years of age, I wrote my first story and drew pictures and coloured them to go with the story. My mother helped me make this into a tiny booklet with scribbler paper and yarn for binding.

    The story was called, The little Duck who ran away. Sadly, I did not save that, but that is when my love of writing began. I started reading newspapers as soon as I could read, by age 6 I was a fast reader.

    At age ten I sent my own handwritten letter to a newspaper, the Weekly Star so I... Continue reading

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  • Diversity

    by Gertrude Katz, about 3 years ago

    I'm 87. What motivated me to start writing in the 60's was anger at the general sexist attitude and limited opportunities for women. The expected role for a woman was to marry, have children, cook and clean house: or, she was labeled as either a bad, good girl or a good, bad girl. Double standards ruled. Since I was married with two children and worked with my husband as his partner, writing time was limited. I found poetry, which I considered a short-hand of prose the best way to express myself. Evening courses with Irving Layton at Concordia honed my... Continue reading

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  • Creative Outlets

    by Mandy Eve-Barnett, about 3 years ago

    I have been creative my whole life and enjoyed numerous forms of artistic expression. It was not until I moved to Canada that my writing career began and has flourished. A writing group, Writers Foundation of Strathcona County and local publisher, Dream Write Publishing have enabled me to become published in record time. My passion for this particular art form surmounts all others and I am proud to be an integral part of the foundation and its mission to aid all writers, any age, any stage of their writing career.

    Without these organizations my writing talent would have remained latent... Continue reading

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  • CBC is my soundtrack

    by May Q Wong, about 3 years ago
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    I grew up listening to the radio. The local news buzzed me up in the mornings before school and throughout my working life. Retired now, whether I am creating something at home or travelling on the road, listening (via satellite) to CBC takes me through the day.

    Whether it is comedy, insightful interviews, science programming, music, a regional show from across the country, or a news report, this is how I identify as Canadian. I laugh, I learn, I relax; enjoying the familiar voices.

    I like that our comedy can make fun of our different cultures and still be kind.... Continue reading

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  • Adventures in Creative Writing

    by Eloise, about 3 years ago

    I always wanted to be a writer. Digital technology has made the process easier. I recall using carbon paper to make copies--and since I had taught myself touch typing and was less than proficient, I made the occasional mistake of putting the carbon in backwards & having to start over. I now have 26 published titles--bios, short story collections, novels, children's books, and, the creative area I like most, poetry. I do wish Canadian schools would use more writings from Canadians. And I wish this country's publishers would be more accessible. I found a publisher only when I sent my... Continue reading

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  • Crossing Genre Boundaries

    by Sean Arthur Joyce, about 3 years ago

    In a time when crossing gender boundaries and reinventing them is a relevant social issue, the same is true of crossing genre boundaries. I began my writing career as a poet 30 years ago, when the path to recognition as a poet was very limited—a prescribed set of literary journals in what was in Canada a very small literary community. Now with the advent of digital technology, especially affordable High Definition video, poets such as myself are able to branch out, seek new audiences and develop our craft in a way previously unthinkable.

    Let me explain. In 2001, with a... Continue reading

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  • Support for Independent Publishers in Canada

    by shanejoseph, about 3 years ago

    After a successful career in business, which I gave up to pursue writing, I graduated from the Humber School for Writers in 2002 and realized that, at the age of 47, I had arrived at the CanLit party too late. I was too old to be picked up by an agent or a mainstream publisher and too removed from the established literary community. I ended up self-publishing my first novel that was recommended by my mentor at the Humber School to its in-house literary agency, but which wasn’t picked up by that agency. My next two works, a collection of... Continue reading

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