Twig Talk – January 2021

We extend a warm welcome to our newest member, Nora Adshade, in Halifax. This brings us to 44 members in all three Maritime provinces. We averaged 10 more members in 2020 over 2019. We are all looking forward to the day when we can meet in person!

On Friday, January 22, Canada Revenue Agency representative Charbel Saab gave a re-offering of an online presentation on tax tips for small businesses, which was originally presented in November 2020. By request, we opened up this session to our fellow members in Toronto and 16 of them joined in. A PDF of the presentation was emailed to attendees, along with a link to a short CRA survey.

Of special interest to our student affiliates will be Editors Canada’s Claudette Upton Scholarship. This is a $1,000 scholarship to help support continuing professional development in editing.

Editors Canada is seeking to draw upon members’ experiences and thoughts to inform strategies for seeking equity within the organization by asking members to complete a short survey.

On Friday, February 19, Editors Saskatchewan is hosting a free Zoom webinar, Accurate Estimating: The Key to Making Money as an Editor. This session will run from 3:00 to 4:00 pm Atlantic time. Email to register.

Saturday, February 27, 11:00 am: Raya Morrison will be talking to us about applying editing and quality assurance techniques to web material for increased accessibility. Raya is co-chair of Editors Toronto and editor-in-chief of Blood & Bourbon Press. Details of this event will be forthcoming via email and Facebook.

Saturday, March 27 we are planning an in-house discussion of culturally sensitive editing for authors writing about Indigenous peoples, to be followed on Saturday, April 24 by a more detailed presentation on the topic with Kaitlin Littlechild. She is a member of Editors Canada and is located in Moncton.

The Vine’s topic for February 4 and 6 is Plain Language: Challenges and the New International Standard, presented by plain language specialist Gael Spivak, past president of Editors Canada.
Visit the members’ area for the schedule of upcoming meetings. If you would like to be added to the Vine’s participant list to receive login details for meetings, or if you’d just like more information, please email the Vine moderators, Nicola Aquino and Lenore Hietkamp.

Let us know your thoughts and ideas. Contributions are welcome. Shoot us an email any time at Keep an eye on your email (be sure to check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page, Editors in the Maritimes, for announcements regarding lunches, meetings and other goings-on. Engage in conversation on the Facebook pages Editors’ Association of Earth and Business + Professional Development for Editors, as well as Editors/Réviseurs Canada and Editors Canada Student Affiliates.