Twig annual general meeting – Saturday, April 10, 2021

The 2021 AGM of the Nova Scotia twig is scheduled for Saturday, April 10. Up for discussion are several motions to update Editors Canada governance documents. These can be sent to members for preview upon request.

We’ll welcome new members, review the year, and preview what’s on the horizon.

Also on the agenda will be a vote for a new co-chair. Co-chair Becky Skillin will be moving to Jordan in June and Molly Rookwood has agreed to take over the role; however, a formal vote is required and members will receive a ballot prior to the meeting. We’re also looking for a second volunteer to take over for the second co-chair, Margo Grant.

Those wishing to attend the AGM should email the twig for a link to the Zoom meeting.

 

WEB Lunch

On Wednesday, March 10, the Wolfville Editors’ Bunch gathered in the Zoom room for a friendly chat. It’s hoped that with COVID-19 restrictions gradually being eased in Nova Scotia, these events can take place in person again very soon.

Twig Talk – February 2021

WHAT’S NEW
•  We extend a warm welcome to our newest member, Catharine Lailson, in Halifax.

•  Registration is now open for the Editors Canada 2021 national conference, Editors 21: Editors Transform, scheduled for June 12 & 13. This is Editors Canada’s first all-online conference.

COMING UP
•  On Saturday, February 27, 11:00 am, we’ll be hosting a presentation by Raya Morrison in the Zoom room. Raya will be talking to us about editing digital content for reader accessibility. She is co-chair of Editors Toronto and editor-in-chief of Blood & Bourbon Press. Those members interested in attending can receive the link by emailing the twig at novascotia.twig@editors.ca.

•  Hone your skills with Editors Canada’s latest webinar, Beyond STEM: Academic Editing in Social Sciences, Humanities and Education, with Letitia Henville, Saturday, March 6 at 2:00 pm.

•  Saturday, March 27 we are planning an in-house discussion of culturally sensitive editing for authors writing about Indigenous peoples, led by Candida Hadley and Anne Curry. Please bring your questions from March’s discussion to April’s chat, which will be led by fellow twig member Kaitlin Littlechild. These questions will guide the discussion. Kaitlin is a member of Editors Canada and is located in Moncton.

EDITORS’ VINE
The Vine for Thursday, March 4 (8:00 pm) and Saturday, March 6 (2:00 pm) will be a panel discussion on workflow or time management.

Visit the members’ area of the Editors Canada website 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.

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Let us know your thoughts and ideas. Contributions are welcome. Shoot us an email any time at novascotia.twig@editors.ca. 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.

Keep in the loop on the latest national news by subscribing to The Editors’ Weekly, Editors Canada’s official blog.

Editing web material for increased accessibility

Saturday, February 27, 11:00 am

Editors Canada Toronto member Raya Morrison will be sharing her knowledge with regard to applying editing and quality assurance techniques to web material for increased accessibility, i.e. how to edit digital content with considerations for visually impaired people, the deaf and hard of hearing, those with motor disabilities and cognitive impairments.

Those members interested in attending this Zoom session should email the twig and we’ll send a link.

Twig Talk – January 2021

WHAT’S NEW
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.

COMING UP
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 saskatchewan@editors.ca 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.

EDITORS’ VINE
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 novascotia.twig@editors.ca. 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.

Twig Talk – December 2020

Congratulations to Antigonish twig member Nicola Aquino on being Editors Canada’s featured volunteer for December! Nicola co-administers the Editors’ Vine that meets online monthly. Find out more about Nicola from our December 16 Facebook posting.

A warm welcome to our newest member, Margo Wheaton, and to Sue MacLeod, who recently transferred from Quebec. Both are in Halifax.

Margo’s timing is good (!) because Editors Canada fees are going up. But considering all of this year’s shuffling, we’re thankful/amazed that it’s only a $6 increase. A one-year membership will now be $298, a two-year membership will be $566, students will pay $56, and emeritus fees will be $149.

On December 12, our twig hosted a social get-together on Zoom on the theme of
Gratitude as a Business Model. A lively discussion unrolled about local vendors and how we write to them, either real letters or e-cards. Some folks receive gifts and others send them. This is clearly Nicola Aquino’s lucky month, as she was the winner of the random draw of this cool book! She’ll be well-armed for any upcoming trivia battles.

Coming up
On Friday, January 22, 10:00 am–12:00 pm, CRA representative Charbel Saab will be re-offering an online presentation on preparing for tax season, which was originally given on November 25. Let us know if you’re planning to attend and we’ll send you the link.

Saturday, February 27: 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 these events will be forthcoming.

Editors’ Vine
The Vine’s topic for December 3 and 5 was Gifts for Editors, a discussion of resources and tools editors find useful (and might also like to give or receive as gifts). The topic for January 7 and 9 will be Making Smart Choices, presented by national executive council treasurer Michelle Weitzman, and Jess Shulman of Editors Toronto.
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 novascotia.twig@editors.ca. 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.

And with that, your twig co-coordinators Becky Skillin and Margo Grant would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and restful holiday, and all the best for a new & improved 2021!

Tax Help for Small Businesses

Editors Nova Scotia will be hosting an online presentation by CRA liaison officer Charbel Saab on Friday, January 22, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Topics discussed will include business tax deductions, common tax filing errors, and general bookkeeping concepts and best practices, as well as helpful tools and services offered by CRA.

This presentation will be a repeat of the one made on November 25, 2020.

Login details will be available to members via twig email.