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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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  • Memories

    by Richard, over 2 years ago

    People’s memories are only pertinent with the living and those memories no matter how trivial they seem to be are lost forever, gone, evaporated, when that person passes. We lose not only personal memories but historical and important ones that could have influenced our understanding of events. All memories are important and through writers telling their stories or the stories of others they provide an invaluable source, securing memories into history. I write from memories of my past and my fathers and those memories not only get to be in print but are in the data cloud for... Continue reading

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  • Preparing our Children for an Uncertain Future

    by Celia Godkin, over 2 years ago

    I’ve been writing and illustrating children’s picture books with environmental themes since the late 1980s. By focusing on stories that show the regenerative power of nature and its capacity to heal itself following a disruption, I give my audience a positive message of hope. All my books show how everything in nature is connected, an understanding that underpins the science of ecology.

    It took me 17 years to get my first book published. The publishers I approached early on told me environmental stories were no longer of interest. I knew that, interested or not, humanity could not ... Continue reading

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  • Cross-Country Cultural Sharing

    by Gordon A Long, over 2 years ago

    My most recent experience of this sort was musical, but it applies to all the other arts as well. I went to a ceilidh at a small village in Cape Breton, only to discover that it was exactly (down to the cast of characters) the same as an evening get-together in the small farming community where I grew up in northern British Columbia. I get the same feeling with the Canadian writers I communicate with on the Internet. We really do have a cultural identity!

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  • Art is a Mirror

    by Ira Nayman, over 2 years ago

    Years ago, I was in a theatre watching a film called Palais Royale. It was a frothy little nothing, so forgettable that I can't begin to tell you what it was about (although I do believe that it starred Kim Cattrall). The audience was as indifferent to the film as I was, except for one sequence, which had them cheering. Was it a great dramatic twist? The perfect punchline to a joke? An exquisite image? No,

    It was three seconds of a TTC streetcar driving through the frame.

    This brought home to to me a truth that should be... Continue reading

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  • Bringing Unknowns to Light

    by Agnes Toews-Andrews, over 2 years ago

    At the tender age of 14 in 1962, I watched a sunset in rural Abbotsford, BC. I was mesmerized by the light and sat down to write a poem that was scheduled due at the end of the week for a grade eight English class at MEI, Mennonite Educational Institute. This poem won the Canadian private schools poetry contest that year and the prize presenter said, “We hope you never stop writing!” What, me stop writing? That was preposterous.

    I knew at a very early age that my future career would revolve around writing. One of my... Continue reading

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  • People Along the Way

    by Esther, over 2 years ago

    I am a published author. At the time I wrote my first book, I had been off work due to illness and had very little money. My book was written on an old computer a group of students put together from the bits and pieces they had around the classroom.I also belonged to a great writers group who gave me much support and encouragement Three great lessons.

    One, The kindness of others

    Two, If you have a story to tell, let nothing get in your way.

    Three Writers are a great breed of people who rejoice in the accomplishments of... Continue reading

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  • Me: The Story

    by Marcia Mandel, over 2 years ago

    I remembered hearing years ago on a radio show, that humans are genetically 91% exactly the same. When i went to research this memory, i found i was wrong. Humans are 98% the same: only 2% of our genetic code accounts for our hair, colouring, shape, etc. So how can we all be so different? My conclusion is, who we are is based on the stories we tell ourselves. What do we read, who do we watch, where do we find comfort? Stories are like loving parents: they motivate and inspire us, they hold our grief and steady our hands,... Continue reading

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  • What I love

    by Anna Quon, over 2 years ago

    As a creator of poems and stories, visual art, and video, I love the diversity of Canadian voices and have benfitted from both federal and provincial grants from the support for emerging artists with disabilities. I identify as a Mad, mixed-race person and aspiring full-time artist, who just likes to make things, because they make me happy and make sense to me. Art, and making art, brings home to me the things that are important to me about myself, this nation and the world. They make visible people's pain and struggles and triumphs, happiness, beauty,and loss. They help us honour... Continue reading

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  • Echoes Down Th Years

    by dorothy T, over 2 years ago

    When I was 15, I already knew I wanted to be a writer. That summer, I was too young to get a job, so I decided to go to a private business college to learn how to type. The secretary there was a kind person who listened to my story of hopes and dreams. After a few weeks, when I could type reasonably well, she came to me and said that she could get me a job for the r est of the summer at the local radio station where the school advertised. I went for an interview, and worked... Continue reading

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  • Writing - A Way to have my voice and give hope

    by Nikki, over 2 years ago

    I love reading and listening to people stories, especially ones in which they detail how they overcame life’s difficulties.

    In 2008, I finally wanted to share my story, In the Eye of Deception, with the intent to give people hope and show that overcoming some of life’s worst experiences are possible.

    I was surprised to find out my story won The Word Guild Award and received an Honorable mention of the Grace Irwin Award. Although my story was self-published, it has sold all over the world and two years ago was translated into Russian and now being distributed in the... Continue reading

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