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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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  • Securing an independent voice

    by Cliff Burns, over 2 years ago

    I became an independent publisher by choice.

    And note that I use the term "independent publisher", rather than "self-publisher" because the distinction is an important one.

    I have dozens of professional credits and make great efforts to ensure my writing is innovative, literate and original. I place the bar high, aesthetically speaking, straining to always meet the highest possible literary standards. My books are meticulously edited, carefully vetted. THAT'S what makes me an "independent publisher".

    A "self-publisher" writes poems about a beloved pet chihuahua or fan fiction based on their favourite idiotic TV series.

    I was forced to publish my... Continue reading

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  • My Story

    by Mary Mason, over 2 years ago

    Writing has always been what I do. As an undergrad on The Varsity in the old days when we published the paper ourselves overnight on the U of T press in the basement of the Chem building, then as an art, music and drama critic on the Hamilton Spectator, on and on as a contributing editor to a few magazines, Canadian and US, a commissioned biography of Samuel Weir Q.C. and then an award winning book about my father, the composer Healey Willan, published by Words in Print.

    Upon finding an English translation of a short history, published in Montreal... Continue reading

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  • Reflections on digital technology, government and the loss of cultural space to entertainment.

    by Jose Latour, over 2 years ago

    The problems that Canadian culture confronts, in my opinion, are identical to those that the cultures of many other countries meet head-on. One issue that almost everyone accepts but it is insufficiently explored, or never mentioned, is that numerous forms of entertainment have displaced and occupied a huge part of the space that literature, the arts and classical and neo-classical music, opera and theatrical productions occupied a hundred years earlier. To provide a rationale for that point I find it necessary to (1) extend the analysis beyond Canada and (2) go back in history.

    In the late 19th century, in... Continue reading

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  • Wrong Question?

    by Munroe Scott, over 2 years ago

    The question could be “What do you not love about Canadian Culture?”I have read the Consultation Paper and cannot help being transfixed by an underlying paradox that verges on the hypocritical. Yes, I love Canadian culture and for almost sixty years as a freelance filmwriter/playwright/author I have attempted to both display it and enhance it. It is tempting to philosophize about where we should go in the brave new digital world, but digital or non-digital it may be more helpful if I tell one small anecdote about one small book.Several years ago I wrote a creative non-fiction book about our... Continue reading

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  • Lest we forget

    by Mumbles, over 2 years ago
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    You may not recognize him. He doesn't always wear his uniform. We're not always at war. Not always. He raised the flag on Canada Day and looked through me. I was immediately taken away from that moment looking into his eyes and these three words resonated in my memories in class talking about the struggles of war and the horrors of living through it. People love this man, but there is a part of him that is damaged and I get the feeling he too knows why we must never forget.

    Dulce bellum inexpertis.

    War is sweet that have not... Continue reading

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  • Vimy

    by Barbara DeLory, over 2 years ago

    The Vimy Monument had its beginnings in 1920 with a competition for a monument that could incorporate some sculpture. The Canadian Battlefields Memorial Commission announced its winner, Walter Allward on October 1921. The site would be Vimy Ridge. Allward was well know sculptor, having worked on Toronto’s Northwest Rebellion monument and Boer War Memorial in 1910. He envisioned the Vimy Memorials quickly – one reads as in a dream. There would be twenty symbolic figures of virtues associated with war-faith, justice, peace and hope.

    Laura Brandon tells us in her essay “Making Memory: Canvas of War and the... Continue reading

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  • Second life for an unknown writer

    by John F Brooke, over 2 years ago

    This is not a particularly Canadian-culture story per se – my fictional cop Inspector Aliette Nouvelle is French. But I am a Canadian writer, from Toronto, living in Montreal, fortunate to have published 8 books. The message I would like to share is that for those of us who are not supported by major Toronto publisher PR budgets: The best way forward is LOCAL.

    My books are published by a small publisher in Winnipeg, operating on an accordingly small PR budget. Being far away in Montreal and never been great at “selling myself”, there is too... Continue reading

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  • Their Story, Our Story : Yiddish Women Writers

    by frieda johles forman, over 2 years ago

    Thanks to Canada's respect and support for diverse cultural expression, the works of Yiddish women writers were introduced, in translation, to a large Anglophone readership. Two published volumes of stories featuring Canadian Yiddish writers established Canada's reputation as a pioneer in multi-cultural literary exploration and creativity.

    It must be noted that these translations of women's literature from Yiddish are the first such collections and are included in university curricula across the globe.

    Our translating group could not have done it without the encouragement and funding we received from Canadian arts councils.

    The collections mentioned: :

    "Found Treasures : Stories by... Continue reading

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  • Oh Canada You are not my native land, but Oh Canada you are my considered Home Land.

    by Peggy Godfrey, over 2 years ago

    There is little more for me to say, only my body to age.There was exciting time that I enjoyed along the wayWhile there are days that perhaps the opportunity may come my wayto train as a helicopter pilot would be great.I would like to control that magnificent, noisy machine, flyingup high then descending to help those who desperately need a rideAssisting, helping taking them far awayfrom where battles and despots’ use people as prey.Bringing them to safety, so they in turn can learn to computeand write things that memories complete their time in lifeFor in the past I loved my... Continue reading

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  • Future Generations of Canadian Storytellers

    by Lisa Dalrymple, over 2 years ago

    I’m an author. I tell students that I’ve been an author since I was 8 years old as, even then, I was always writing. In Grade 7, I was fortunate to attend Whitby Senior Public School in Ontario (which was soon to become Leslie McFarlane PS) where we had a librarian who regularly brought in Canadian authors to work with students to help develop our writing craft. Through these visits, I was inspired to think that I could one day write books that would be published. With much perseverance, a little luck, and the passage of time (over 30 years!),... Continue reading

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