CBC gets 'hyperlocal' with Sunalta for new project

A new CBC website is asking Canadians to share stories from their own neighbourhoods. Zoey Duncan will be blogging about her neighbourhood, Sunalta. She tells us about the Hyperlocal project.

The interactive story map aims to get people to write about life in their changing communities

CBC Writes, in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, has started a new hyperlocal project. Calgary's Zoey Duncan will be blogging about her community of Sunalta. (CBC file photo)

A new CBC website is asking Canadians to share stories from their own neighbourhoods.

Hyperlocal, a collaboration between CBC Books and the National Film Board of Canada, will feature 12 bloggers across Canada sharing their personal reflections on the changes they see in their neighbourhoods and inviting other Canadians to join the conversation.

Local journalist Zoey Duncan will be blogging about her Calgary neighbourhood, Sunalta, during the five-week project. In her first post, Duncan describes her new neighbourhood's opportunities for change.

"Sunalta life is ripe for an upgrade — in theory, at least, because in December, Calgary Transit opened a brand new Light Rail Transit (LRT) station here."

  • Click on the audio link to the left to hear Duncan's conversation with CBC Eyeopener host David Gray.

Calgary-based writer Will Ferguson is a featured writer on the site.

Ferguson writes that people live not just in cities, but in specific communities.

"Calgary is really just the backdrop. I make my home on a tree-lined street in the community of Garrison Woods," writes Ferguson.

"Every family in Garrison Woods is new to the neighbourhood. The entire place was reinvented just 14 years ago. There is no ‘old guard.’ We come from everywhere, from Cape Breton and Vancouver Island, from England and Japan — and all points in between. What we share, what we have in common, is our neighbourhood. Our street."