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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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  • I want to tell MY stories

    by Tim Burns, over 2 years ago

    All I know is that I'm Canadian. I've lived in the US at times, I've travelled, and wherever I go, it just makes me more aware that I am a Canadian at heart -- whatever the heck that means.

    But having worked as a writer in TV and film for the last 30 years, I rarely get the chance to tell my own stories for the screen. Good Canadian culture and creativity has that 'Northern Stamp', and that doesn't mean it has to be about hockey or Tim Hortons or Mounties or the Parliament Buildings. You don't have to try... Continue reading

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  • Flying for Her Own Reasons

    by Lynda Williams, over 2 years ago

    I've long resisted the little voice whispering "give up, you're not big enough" by reminding myself everyone has the right to fly for her own reasons: the ones she finds personally motivating. For me, this includes Canadian perspectives. You might not think my genre, science fiction, has a sense of place but art always comes from somewhere. In fact, speculative fiction (whether science fiction or fantasy) reveals more about beliefs and values than mundane art. In epic SF, in particular, one gets to redesign whole worlds! I believe my creation of the arbiter administration of Rire, in particular, reflects the... Continue reading

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  • Know Your Passion

    by Gloria Troyer, over 2 years ago

    Know Your Passion

    Submitted by Gloria Troyer November 25th

    I started writing when I was eight years old. It was the year that I learned cursive writing. This is a perfect example of where handwriting has almost disappeared from the school curriculum due to technology.

    My parents bought a ten acre hobby farm when I was five years old. I lived in an idyllic countryside home where I was allowed to come and go as I pleased. Living with access to open fields, forests, streams, and hidden ponds in the woods, provided me with an overabundance of stories.

    At that... Continue reading

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  • Digital - Boon and Bust

    by Graham, over 2 years ago

    I consider myself a fortunate artist/writer by virtue of having been published by a New York publisher 28 years ago. "Watercolor and How” was printed conventionally by a lithograph printing press. I have just finished a self-published book, "Let There Be Light”, an autobiography with over 461 illustrations, ranging from watercolours, drawings, printmaking, sculpture and Japanese moku hanga (woodblock prints) of my work spanning the past 70 years. I spent several years endeavouring to find a publisher and finally I bit the bullet and went to self-publishing. I learned to use a desktop publishing application to writeand design the book... Continue reading

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  • Fear and Possiblity

    by A Dolman, over 2 years ago

    As a poet and fiction writer, digital content means a number of positive things:

    -My work published digitally stays accessible longer.

    -My work is more easily searchable.

    -Presentation options, both by me and by the publisher, are more dynamic.

    And all of that is great. But, when work is available electronically, particularly when it is only published electronically and not in a simultaneous or subsequent print edition, suddenly I lose any options for revenue through copyright, the work is ineligible as a path to joining a number of the writer's unions or associations that could offer me funding and work... Continue reading

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  • Not a Love Story : Can Canadians Create Systems to Promote Canadian Culture in the 21st Century?

    by dougwork, over 2 years ago

    I represent a Canadian based motion picture digital distribution initiative that has been in the works in Vancouver, B.C. since late 2008. The company, mediAm digital distribution, was incorporated in 2009 with a mandate to build a world class, world wide, community based, distribution portal — designed to promote, facilitate and monetize professionally produced Canadian motion picture content of all kinds — and to provide a worldwide distribution platform for all Canadian culture(s) and for a range of diverse audiences from large to small.

    Over our first 6 years we attempted to engage various agencies of the Harper government in... Continue reading

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  • Canada - The Land

    by Sybil E.Sewell, over 2 years ago

    Canada - The Land by Sybil E. Sewell

    I grew up in a bombed suburb of London, England at the end of WW II, and always looked forward to summer holidays which provided a stay of several weeks with an aunt who lived in the country. I loved farms and all livestock to be found there. On the death of my Dad, my Mum, sister and I (about age thirteen), eventually emigrated to Quebec to stay with relatives. There I completed the last three years of high school and a B. Ed. at McGill. Throughout those years I enjoyed the... Continue reading

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  • Helping the world to understand our Canadian sensibility

    by Susan Alexander, over 2 years ago

    As a Toronto-born writer, I’ve had poetry and short stories published and I wrote a regular column for a Canadian labour magazine in the 1990s.

    Two of my current fiction projects are primarily digital and particularly Canadian: The Mammalian Daily and the online literary journal Agnes and True.

    I call The Mammalian Daily “satirical fiction in newspaper form.” But to me, it’s much more than that. It’s also a tribute of sorts to the Canadian commitment to multiculturalism and equality. It chronicles the lives of a group of animals who live in and govern their own park. These animals have... Continue reading

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  • Canada's Culture Past and Present

    by cbcrook, over 2 years ago

    I am a writer of historical fiction and dramatized biography. I’ve always had a special interest in Canadian history, as my ancestors were Loyalists who fled to Canada after the American Revolutionary War from 1775-1783. I first heard about those times from an elderly great grandfather who lived with us and sang old ballads to me as a young child. Much later, as a teacher in Ontario’s secondary schools for thirty years, I found that history texts often were difficult and boring for students and not at all like those stories sung to me by my Grandpa-pa. So, in my... Continue reading

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  • Writing This Place

    by Government consult, over 2 years ago

    When I was growing up in Canada in the 1960s, our own stories seemed always to be secondary to American and British stories. Only after 1967 did our role in significant cultural expression increase. That gave me courage to write my books, to write about my place, Calgary and the west, and I have done so in my fourteen books. Being Canadian means that we need to see our stories reflected, we need to see ourselves reflected in every possible avenue, print, visual, and most important in digital content. That content must be encouraged, must be supported, and must reflect... Continue reading

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