Editorials

Finding Friends on Facebook

Finding Friends on Facebook

“Friends are as friends do,” as the old saying goes. We all need friends, most people would agree. Friends help define our identity and shape our personality. Good friends look after us, support our efforts, and they tell us what’s what without hurting our feelings. And most of us, unless we have a psychological disorder, want to be liked –…

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Ten Years

Ten Years

A little over ten years ago, we had this crazy idea to launch a magazine for and about Italians in Canada – a magazine, we hoped, that would distinguish itself by quality writing, images and design. Our aim was (and remains) to publish stories that raise the bar and push the boundaries – that impart a universal theme. We wanted…

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Taking the Next Step

Last week my neighbours moved to a retirement home. They built the house next door 50 years ago, and raised their three children there. We had watched one another go about our daily lives for nearly twenty years. Over the last few months, from my patio table I watched as fifty years’ worth of belongings went into the recycling bin…

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The Year That Was

The end of the year is always a time to look back and assess what we have accomplished – and what we plan to do in the future (the stuff that didn’t get done in the year that just ended because we… ran out of time). For us at Accenti, 2011 was an exciting year, despite the difficult economic climate, and…

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A Summer of Celebrations

A Summer of Celebrations

As this issue goes to press, summer has finally arrived, the school year is over, and everyone is thinking about the coming holidays. If you got this magazine at home or at the office, it means that the postal strike is finally over, which is one more reason to celebrate. In keeping with the celebratory mood, the Ontario and British…

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The First One Hundred Fifty Years

The First One Hundred Fifty Years

An Italian colleague asked me recently how people view Italy from the North American vantage point. I thought about it for two seconds and then blurted out “chaotic.” Afraid that I might have inadvertently offended him, I quickly added that, in spite of this, people marvel at how things seem to work out for Italians. I was reminded of typical…

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Coming Together Around the Idea of Italianess

I was delighted and at first a little surprised when I received an invitation to speak at Villa Maria High School, an all-girls’ school in Montreal – delighted because I always enjoy talking about my work to young people; surprised because the invitation came from the school’s Italian club – “Mondo Italia.” I didn’t think that high school students today would organize such…

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Visiting the Old Town

There used to be one reason, really, to visit Italy. Brothers and sisters, parents and grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends – all those who opted out of the great migration of the 1950s and 1960s. Last October was the first time I ever visited Italy in the fall. In my previous journeys, five in all, I had gone in the…

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Canada Sucks at Soccer

Canada Sucks at Soccer

In a National Post piece titled "Canada Doesn't Deserve The Boot To Be Kicked Around" (June 27, 2006), columnist Peter Kuitenbrouwer takes exception to the words of nine-year-old Michael Latartara. The boy, "...who was wav[ing] an Italian flag while walking down St. Clair Avenue West at Dufferin Street [in Toronto] following Italy's defeat of Australia [during the World Cup], said…

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Minister’s Forum on Diversity and Culture

Last April I was privileged to be invited to the Minister's Forum on Diversity and Culture, a two-day affair organized by the Department of Canadian Heritage. The event brought together heritage department functionaries and representatives of the so-called ethnic media, ostensibly with the purpose of initiating a dialogue between the two parties. In plenary sessions and in smaller discussion groups,…

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Why a Magazine About Italian Canadians?

Why a Magazine About Italian Canadians? Why in English? Why Accenti? Many people have asked me these questions in one form or another in the months leading up to the launch of this Magazine. While the answers seem self-evident, to the skeptics I can only say that there is a vibrant Italian community in Canada, and that this community is…

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