Our Canada Storytellers

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If there’s one thing the Our Canada community knows how to do, it’s to spin a good yarn.

Today I watched this Ted Talk called “The clues to a great story” from Pixar’s Andrew Stanton. I love great stories, well, everyone loves a well told tale, and that’s what’s so great about working at Our Canada. I get to dabble in wonderful stories and storytelling all day.

Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2014-12-12 2:12pm

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Looking Back on 2014

As another year winds down, I decided to look back and take stock of the year that was. While every year has its share of highs and lows, I want to file away the best moments, the times that made me smile. Most—but not all—of them involved spending time with my family.

Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2014-12-12 2:12pm

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Wacky Winter Fun

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OC editor Gary shares a bit of wacky winter fun captured on video.

As my fellow Montrealers can attest to, we just received our first major deposit of snow this week, which is now in the process of turning to slush, making the navigation of city streets and sidewalks a slippery-sloppy adventure. But reports have it that the snow is sticking to the ground up north, so it looks like we might be in for a white Christmas up there this year. I certainly hope so, because when the white stuff is piled high,  our circle of family and friends and dogs always has a great time up there over the Christmas holidays.

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2014-12-12 11:12am

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Ski Season Approaches

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What's your winter sport of choice?

Every time it gets cold and the first snow falls and sticks so that my boots crunch away while I walk the dog, I think of Christmas at Grandma’s. I also think snowboarding season, although with slightly less pleasure.

Admittedly, I’m not as big of a fan of hitting the slopes as my husband, but it is a winter activity we can do together when we’re both awake at the same time on the same day (thank you opposite schedules).

Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2014-12-05 3:12pm

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O Christmas Tree

I miss having a real tree at Christmas. Sure, the artificial ones can be beautiful and you can leave them up longer and there are no messy needles to clean up—but oh I miss that heavenly scent of pine permeating the room.

Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2014-12-05 10:12am

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The Best Medicine

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OC editor Gary believes a good chuckle goes a long way in relieving stress.

Okay, so it's been quite the week – we're in the midst of our busiest period at work, having to produce three issues of the magazine prior to the Christmas break to meet our printing deadlines; a scary number of shingles blew off our roof at home in Laval during a wind storm earlier this week, exposing the plywood beneath to the elements and necessitating the search for a roofer willing and able to do a major patch job at this time of year; and, last night, I got a phone call (thanks Gail and Kelly) informing me that a severe windstorm at our place up north had left one of our trees hanging

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2014-11-28 4:11pm

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Finding the Funny

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A meandering blog post, but hopefully there's something in there for everyone.

The other day I was heading home from work and went down to the metro. I guess I was thinking about something rather intensely because I tried to walk right through the turnstiles without using my pass and was stopped in my tracks rather abruptly.

Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2014-11-28 4:11pm

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All Aboard!

There’s something about train travel that evokes a feeling of nostalgia and romance, especially in winter. I love the image of a lone train wending its way along the tracks as a light snow falls and the whistle sounds…

Which is why I was so intrigued when I heard about the brightly decorated CP Holiday train that’s making its way right across Canada. It began here in Quebec last Wednesday and will end in Coquitlam, B.C., on December 18. It stops in cities and communities across the country along the way.

Posted by: Maryanne on Tue. 2014-11-25 11:11am

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Hannah's Planet

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One person can ideed make a difference in this world

I've probably mentioned this so many times that you're tired of hearing it, but, nevertheless, here I go again: what I like most about my job at Our Canada magazine is that I get to find out about all the incredible things everyday Canadians across the country are up to. I'm frequently amazed, sometimes humbled and, occasionally, inspired by what lands on my desktop.  A story that we're working on for the January issue of More of Our Canada actually hit home on all three fronts.

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2014-11-21 5:11pm

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Too Soon?

It's only a little more than a month to Christmas. That will have some people squealing with delight, while others are muttering about how it’s too soon and they don’t want to think about it yet. I must confess, for the first time in years, and mostly due to dumb luck rather than any strategic planning on my part, my Christmas shopping is finished—even I’m shocked.

But now I’m itching to put up the tree…my question is this, is November 22 just too early?

Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2014-11-21 3:11pm

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