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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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  • Navigating the Ever Changing Digital Landscape

    by Don Outdoors, almost 3 years ago

    Don H. Meredith

    I’ve been at this freelance writing business for nearly 40 years. I am an outdoor writer and photographer who has published many articles, columns and photos in Canadian magazines and newspapers. I have published two young adult novels, and edited and provided content for several non-fiction books. I have also done contract writing for businesses, governments and non-profit organizations.

    It’s amazing how things have changed over the course of my career. When I started back in the 1970s, I wrote in longhand on foolscap and typed my later drafts on a heavy, manual, desk typewriter that I... Continue reading

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  • Pioneering Novels

    by Dorris Heffron, almost 3 years ago

    Somehow, around the age of 7, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I got an old calendar journal from my Dad and began to record the life around me. It was clear from the start my focus was not on myself or the world of fantasy, but what actually happened in my community, Canada and the world. I was hooked on realistic fiction. After reading Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne and Avonlea novels, I looked for other realistic novels about young people. There were none to be found back then in the fifties. So, I decided I would try... Continue reading

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  • Why must we REPEAT this 'data gathering' AGAIN?

    by Margaret Lindsay Holton, almost 3 years ago

    In 2009, the then government-of-the-day held an on-line symposium addressing MANY of the topics now swirling around in here. That symposium was very active, engaging, enlightening and also, at times, frightening, (because advocates of FREE content were bullying all creators & their supporters ... )

    For sake of expediency, I am now supplying a link to my final contribution to that symposium. Yes, the figures are now slightly dated, but the basic content is not. It encapsulates my perspective about an 'unprotected' digital environment for genuine Canadian creators within the larger 'global internet sphere'..

    To be sure, successful communication of... Continue reading

  • Secrecy in our Justice System

    by tracy mclaughlin, almost 3 years ago

    I am a freelance courts/crime and legal issues writer and photographer.

    After writing about issues arising out of our Canadian justice system for the past 20 years, I have come to realize how crucial it is to have writers in our courts system.

    However newspapers have limited funds and many editors can no longer afford placing their writers in the courts. This poses the danger that no one is watching what goes on in our courts. In many cases its the 'little man' who is convicted while often 'important people' such as politicians, the rich and police officers get away... Continue reading

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  • How a Canadian writer survives in a digital world.

    by CDNc2016, almost 3 years ago

    My answer: wonderfully. Indeed, never better. The digital world, beginning with my first computer, has transformed my life.As a university student and, later, a museum curator early in my career, I worked in a non digital world, writing with a #2 pencil on yellow, narrow-lined paper, later a manual typewriter, and pulling books and journals off the shelves of libraries, often lamenting what was not available. Today, from a small lakeside village, seasonally a resort community, hours from any city, I can work in the very heart of the Information Age. All because of the digital world. I can access... Continue reading

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  • Rink Burgers

    by Todd Devonshire, almost 3 years ago

    This is a story that happened while I was writing my book, Rink Burgers. My book was about a young boy coming of age through the game of hockey in the 1980s in Saskatchewan. I was trying to remember the boy from the Canadian Tire commercial back in the 80s...the one where he gets picked last and then he dreams of the crowd yelling his name at a game. Alan? Austin? Aden? I couldn't remember the name. This was pre-Youtube and the internet wasn't helping so I did what I thought would be best; I called Customer Service at Canadian... Continue reading

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  • Canadian stories have roots around the world

    by Carol Tulpar, almost 3 years ago

    During a long career as a teacher of academic English to newly arrived members of our multicultural community, I had the great privilege and responsibility of choosing Canadian-made material for my students to read and discuss. The process of selection was a joy because the field of Canadian content was so rich and varied.

    For newcomers, reading the work that other Canadians have produced is a great opportunity to gain insight into the society they've decided to join. Novelists like Joseph Boyden, Esi Edugyan, Vincent Lam, Emma Donoghue, Carol Shields, Richard Wagamese, Madeleine Thien and Karim Alrawi give readers deep... Continue reading

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  • A Wilderness Dweller's Canada

    by chris czajkowski, almost 3 years ago

    I am a Wilderness Dweller and have been for 35 years: before that I lived and travelled rurally - I have never resided in a town or city in my life. I am now 70 years old.

    Even as a child, solitude has always been very important to me. In 1982 I walked for a day and a half into the British Columbia wilderness and built my first log cabin. Friends told me I should write to Peter Gzowski's Morningside on CBC Radio as he was conducting a series of listeners' letters called: "Why I live where I live." I... Continue reading

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  • Avoid the System: Do it yourself

    by duncanweller, almost 3 years ago

    I spent over $50,000 dollars printing five books in the last four years. The money for the first printing took a while to save up, but money for the next four books came in fast and furious from the sales of the first and subsequent books. I have sold out of other books I printed, a poetry book and a book of short stories for adults. All printing is done in Winnipeg and has been paid for, so I now earn eleven to twenty dollars per book depending on where they are sold. I use one book as a lost... Continue reading

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  • Canada's vibrant SFF community

    by Vanessa Ricci-Thode, almost 3 years ago

    Stories have the power to change hearts and change minds, to offer enrichment and teach empathy. This is especially true in stories told from a Canadian perspective because our diversity is our strength. We have storytellers from all over the world with the capacity to bring hope through story to every corner of the globe. Just as we have a diversity of authors, we have a strong diversity of genres as well. Canada has a vibrant but often overlooked SFF (science fiction and fantasy) community with just as much power to enrich.

    I have been a storyteller my whole life,... Continue reading

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