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April 2013 Archives

The King of Centennial

Andrew Robulack on neighbourhood resident Mike Tribes, an entrepreneur who has watched Porter Creek turn into a vibrant Whitehorse community....

Ian Williams takes the Magic 8

Griffin Poetry Prize finalist Ian Williams answers questions from the Canadian literati on the questions no one has ever asked him, when he knows a book is finished, and if...

Veux-tu une biere? Villeray says yes.

The corner of Saint-Denis and Liège used to be another of Villeray's cosy backwaters but it's changing, and nobody sees that more clearly than Carl Péloquin....

The Big Picture: Hyperlocal at the NFB

Sean Embury and the NFB Digital Studio teamed up to develop the overall creative approach to the Hyperlocal interactive project. ...

Hyperlocal Q&A with Lisa Moore

Author Lisa Moore gives us a glimpse into her neighbourhood. She is one of the judges of the Hyperlocal competition, which ends on May 3rd, 2013. Put your story on the map for...

The Red-light District by Heather O'Neill

In her evocative look at change around the Montreal intersection of St. Catherine and St. Laurent, Heather O’Neill observes that in eradicating the ugly, you inevitably rub out some of...

Hyperlocal Q&A with judge Ian Hanomansing

CBC's Ian Hanomansing tells us about his neighbourhood. He is one of the judges of the Hyperlocal competition, which ends on May 3rd, 2013. Put your story on the map for a...

Hyperlocal Q&A with judge Jeremy Mendes

The NFB's Jeremy Mendes tells us about his neighbourhood. He is one of the judges of the competition, which ends on May 3rd, 2013. Put your story on the map for a...

When people become places

Andrew Robulack on who Stan McCowan was, and what he might have done to earn his name a permanent place in Whitehorse....

The Christmas House

Jason Lee Norman on the shutting down of North Edmonton's Christmas House, located in a part of the country where people take down their decorations in April put them back...

Community, creativity and conservation

Willow Yamauchi on three of the things she loves that come together right outside her front door....

Hyperlocal: Meet the jury

The Hyperlocal challenge ends on Friday, May 3rd. (That's next week—time to get those submissions in!) Before the competition closes, we'd like to introduce you to the three talented...

Claiming Victoria Park

Andreae Callanan with a photo essay on St. John's Victoria Park, a place she used to scurry past but now wants to claim as her own. ...

David McFadden takes the Magic 8

Griffin Poetry Prize finalist David McFadden answers questions from the Canadian literati on what keeps him writing, who he wants to come back from the dead to edit his drafts,...

Community forum

Allison Sparling on The Halifax Forum, as place where beer league hockey players and well-coiffed shoppers rub elbows....

Hyperlocal: put your story on the map

HYPERLOCAL is an interactive story map that brings together true personal stories of changing neighbourhoods from Canadians across the country, guest bloggers and well-known writers, all found at cbc.ca/hyperlocal. In an exciting, innovative...

A tale of two towers

Trevor Pritchard on the social minefield that is Hintonburg's condo boom....

Under the buffalo sign

After moving to Regina, Paul Dechene felt surrounded by aboriginal culture in a way he hadn't in other cities. But why did it take so long for aboriginal-owned stores to open in...

James Pollock takes the Magic 8

Griffin Poetry Prize finalist James Pollock answers questions from the Canadian literati on what makes him dare be a writer, the best writing advice he's ever received, and the ethical...

Spring wheels

Intrepid blogger Zoey Duncan doesn't let a few flurries stop her from strapping on rollerskates and checking out what's new in her part of town. ...

Apartment buildings are where Toronto's at

The mid-century midrise building that Shawn Micallef calls home might be the most "Toronto" place he's ever seen. ...

Painting the hood

Mark Leger with a photo essay on New Brunswick artist Sarah Jones, who has been doing a painting every day of Saint John's South End. ...

Meet me at the bell tower?

A recent string of violent crime in Winnipeg causes neighbourhood kids to rally together to take back their streets....

A walk in the park

Montreal blogger Kate McDonnell with an aural introduction to Jarry Park....

Between Here and Gone by David Bezmozgis

In Toronto, David Bezmozgis reflects on the evanescence of the Russian-Jewish neighbourhood of his youth....

In the middle of everything

The biggest change in 14 years in Mount Pleasant is the unreasonable housing prices. Willow Yamauchi writes about finding solutions so that her kids will have a place to live...

Porter Creek homes: Then and now

Andrew Robulack with a photo essay on the biggest change in his neighbourhood—condos, and lots of them....

Milk, grape leaves, and figs

Jason Lee Norman on the Elsafadis, a Lebanese-Canadian family whose investment in a strip mall in Edmonton has breathed new life into the neighbourhood....

Young in spirit

A photo essay from Allison Sparling on how Young Street changes as it travels through North and West End Halifax....

A Villeray dynasty

Kate McDonnell on the Italian family who has lived in the same post-war duplex for four generations....

Maximum variety

A photo essay from blogger Shawn Micallef on the dramatically different landscapes around the area of Yonge and Bloor where he lives....

The new guys and the secret weapon

Colleen Simard writes of how the opening of a new pizza joint on Selkirk Avenue sparked a North End pizza war where only one slice would come out on top....

Learning to love @MarbleHydrants

Trevor Pritchard on how the mysterious Twitter account created to poke fun at Hintonburg's marble hydrants are actually giving a voice to the rapidly-gentrifying neighbourhood....

Bulking up

Andreae Callanan on the neighbourhood bulk food-buying club she started, and how $34 for ten kilos of lentils is only a bargain if you're going to eat that many lentils....

Building Something by Joseph Boyden

Joseph Boyden offers this story of new hope in the wild lowlands of James Bay...

Canada re-writes: David McGimpsey and 10 myths about poets

We are knee-deep in Poetry Month, and to celebrate we thought we’d ask Canada’s most irreverent poet to pen a fresh introduction to his list of misconceptions about his ilk...

Land of dreams

Mark Leger looks out of his children's bedroom window and imagines the barren patch of asphalt and scrubland transformed into a lively public space....

My neighbourhood wish list

Zoey Duncan combines her talents of complaining and making to-do lists to come up with a wish list for her neighbourhood. ...

Integrating Past and Present in Interactive Design

Behind the Scenes of Hyperlocal at the NFB...

Is bigger better?

Paul Dechene on the upcoming Cathedral Village Arts Festival, and how the modest neighbourhood celebration might be the perfect size after all....

Traffic by Lisa Moore

An NFB Interactive adaptation of Lisa Moore's story on the recent influx of johns and prostitutes outside her front door in downtown St. John's. View the interactive here: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/hyperlocalnfb-moore.html ...

Clem: community truck

Willow Yamauchi writes about the 1946 Studebaker that several city residents have provided her community with to help out around the neighbourhood....

Hope on Rosemount Avenue

Trevor Pritchard introduces us to community advocate Vicky Small, whose plans for a social service hub in Hintonburg hope to offer a common space for local residents. ...

A child’s first trip to the convenience store

Whitehorse resident Andrew Robulack on giving his son Cole his first taste of independence by allowing him to walk by himself to the local convenience store....

A little tough love

Shawn Micallef with four ways his beloved Church Street/Yorkville area could be improved....

Creating community, unplugged

Andreae Callanan on the live entertainment (and baked goods) her aunt and uncle are bringing to a stretch of Water Street West otherwise known for its junk shops....

Estate sale

Jason Lee Norman on the arrivals and departures from his neighbourhood, and how elderly Mrs. Ash at 87 can show him and his girlfriend how to really grow a garden....

Patrick Lane takes the Magic 8

Poet Patrick Lane answers questions from the Canadian literati on his writing routine, his room with a view, and what he thinks about the upheavals in writing and publishing. ...

Uncle Kenny: superhero of the North End

Colleen Simard on the passing of her uncle, the super hero of the neighbourhood who also went by the name “The Lone Wolf”. ...

Joining in

Who says you need a mortgage to care about where you live? Zoey Duncan on making a list of the three things you can do to make your community a...

The “jelly bean” buildings and other restoration projects

Mark Leger on the efforts of his community to save and restore heritage buildings in downtown St. John, New Brunswick....

8 Canadian poets on how to make your poetry better

From fresh air and a balaclava to scissors and 1970s pop—eight Canadian poets share their surefire tips on crafting powerful poems....

More from: Writing Tips

Walking with Purpose by Allison Sparling

Our Halifax blogger on  Walk With Them, a city program where citizens can engage with female politicians on a casual stroll through different neighbourhoods....

The Condo-fication of Cathedral by Paul Dechene

Our Regina blogger on the downside of the economic boom his city is enjoying. "If you don’t own your home, you’re vulnerable."...

The Past and Future Side by Side by Kate McDonnell

Our Montreal blogger presents a photo essay—three shots taken during a stroll down Rue de Castelnau in her neighbourhood of Villeray....

Meet the Neighbours by Jason Lee Norman

Our Edmonton blogger on being in a young unmarried couple with no kids living in a neighbourhood where everyone else has been for more than twenty years....

My Hometown by Miriam Toews

An NFB Interactive adaptation of Miriam Toews' story on startling changes to Steinbach, Manitoba, the Mennonite prairie village of her childhood....

Oysters and Pickled Eggs

An Ottawa institution turns from a gritty drinking spot into an oyster bar. Blogger Trevor Pritchard finds the one thing still on the menu....

Us chickens

Vancouver blogger Willow Yamauchi on how chickens are replacing pit bulls as the pet of choice in her gentrifying neighbourhood....

Riding the "Loser Cruiser"

Halifax's Allison Sparling on the ridiculous “did I miss my bus?” two-step that is a common dance among her city's transit users....

A local landmark remade

Regina's Paul Dechene on one of the last examples of the aviation-hangar style Safeways turning into a more typical, suburban-style grocery store....

Lettuce, New Houses, and the Buzz at the Corner Store

Newfoundlander Andreae Callanan on the hydroponics warehouse down the street (it's not what you think) and how—in the event of a zombie apocalypse—she's good for omelets. ...

A night out in Porter Creek

Andrew Robulack performs a formal comparison of his local watering holes in Whitehorse, and finds the bar down the street is taking a step towards becoming Vancouver Junior....

New on Main Street

Colleen Simard mourns the passing of the friendly neighbourhood grocery story in Winnipeg's North End before checking out the vivid paintings and buckskin dresses at the new grocer on Main...

Changes on Church Street

Shawn Micallef on the changing face of Toronto's gay village, and how Church Street can no longer take for granted its customer base....

Losing one hub and gaining another

St John blogger Mark Leger was relieved to hear the church down the street would not be turning into condos. Instead it would be occupied by a group with a...

Espresso wakes up sleepy Villeray corner

Montreal blogger Kate McDonnell on how a figure familiar to Mile End’s Café Olimpico took over part of a laundromat in Villeray and opened up a vital business. Read the...

Hip-adjacent in Sunalta

Calgary blogger Zoey Duncan  the abdomen that is her neighbourhood of Sunalta - and why it is ripe for an upgrade.Read the story on Hyperlocal....

Introducing Hyperlocal: an interactive story map

HYPERLOCAL is an interactive story map that brings together true personal stories of changing neighbourhoods from Canadians across the country, guest bloggers and well-known writers, all found at cbc.ca/hyperlocal....

The NFB goes Hyperlocal

The Hyperlocal project is a collaboration between the National Film Board of Canada and CBC Canada Writes. The NFB’s challenge was to create a collection of interactive stories based on...

Hyperlocal Q&A with Trevor Pritchard

Trevor Pritchard is one of 12 bloggers who'll be telling his neighbourhood's stories on Hyperlocal - Canada Writes' interactive story map, launching April 3rd. Trevor lives in Hintonburg, Ottawa.Find out more...

Hyperlocal Q&A with Zoey Duncan

Zoey Duncan is one of 12 bloggers who'll be telling her neighbourhood's stories on Hyperlocal - Canada Writes' interactive story map, launching April 3rd. Zoey lives in Sunalta, Calgary.Find out...






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