However we define a national community, there can be little doubt that its existence and, ultimately, its success, will hinge on a social process of communication. This process allows for the exchange of ideas about the nature of the nation and deepens a sense of its norms, values, cultural markers and symbols. This edition of Canadian Issues contains a wide range of papers on this important subject and provides readers with a wealth of information and scholarship about the world of communication in the shaping of our nation.Contributors: Marco Adria, Michel Filion, Magda Fusaro, Colin Hoskins, Stuart Mcfadyen, Adam Finn, Graham Longford, Rowland Lormier, Robert Rabinovitch, Enn Raudsepp, Alexandre Sevigny, Leslie Regan Shade, Tracy Summerville, Riached Sutherlend, Mary Vipond
Contributors: Jean-Benoit Nadeau, Dyane Adams, Rodrigue Landry, Martin Murphy, Annie Bedard, Aharon Mccully, Marc Johnson, John Kalbfleish, Sylvain Lafrance, Armand Caron, Bernard Asselin, Andre Larocque, Andrew Phillips, Patricia Pleszczynska, Serge Paquin, Jack Jedwab
Although Canada ceased being a rural society a long time ago, many of the remaining rural communities are in danger of disappearing. With the depletion of many of the resources such as fish and minerals and the tremendous changes in agriculture, many communities have simply lost their reason to exist. Whether in Newfoundland, Cape Breton, the Gaspé, across the Prairies or in British Columbia, communities that have depended on the resource sector are vanishing. This issue of Canadian Issues/Thèmes Canadiens examines this important Canadian problem.Contributors : Steven High, Anthony Davis, David Frank, John C. O’donnell’ Judy Piercey, Pat Chamut, Dan Edwards, Cherly Wilson, Melvin Baker, Johanne Castonguay, Rick Beaton, Ingeborg Boyens, Leonard J. Evenden
For a journalist and writer of popular history, these are pretty exciting times. Background information that used to take many hours or even days to com- pile can now be gathered online in mere minutes. Instead of roaming library shelves, interviewing experts or semi-randomly scrolling through micro- film of 19th-century newspapers, I can instantly, directly and efficiently tap remarkably rich veins of research through Google Books, newspapers. com, biographi.ca (that’s the digital version of the wonderful Dictionary of Canadian Biography), thecanadianencyclopedia.ca and, yes, the much- mocked but incredibly useful Wikipedia. Then there’s Library and Archives Canada’s amazing web portal to so much of the country’s digitized documentary heritage, including countless historical photographs and other vintage images. Toss in a few other treasure troves — the Virtual Museum of Canada, canadiana.ca, ancestry.ca, archive.org — and it’s no exaggeration to say that, today, the nation’s and even the world’s history is essentially at my fingertips.
Contributors: Randy Boswell, Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Dr. Jaigris Hodson, Moysés Marcos, Benjamin C. Storm, Dr. Stéphane Lévesque, Anthony Wilson-Smith, Jack Jedwab, Ian Milligan, Deborah Morrison, Dr. Nancy Salay, Robert Cassidy
Contributors: Victor Rabinovitch, Jacques Bensimon, Joy Cohnstaedt, Marcel Fournier, Will Straw, Darin Barney, Michael Geist, Marco Adria, Jack Jedwab, Karen Yigit, Minelle Mahtani, Michael Rushton, Martin Rose, Katherine Watson, Nicolas Gachon
Contributors: Marion Beyea, Marcel Caya, Lara Wilson, Ian E. Wilson, Hervé Déry, Normand Charbonneau, Lois K. Yorke, Ancestry.ca, Tom Nesmith, Michel Banville, Luciana Duranti, Corinne Rogers, Jack Jedwab