Happy Canada Day from Twitter Canada

By Rory Capern

Twitter turned 10 in March of this year and to celebrate, we shined a spotlight on everyday Canadians doing amazing things on the platform — those stories show not only the versatility and velocity of Twitter, but also its unique ability to connect us coast-to-coast.

In the weeks since, we’ve watched as Canadians continue to dazzle us with their ingenuity in using Twitter to make big impacts in their communities. With Canada Day almost upon us, the timing seemed perfect to once again thank the millions of Canadians who use Twitter every day and share 10 more “Made in Canada” stories.

Fort McMurray, Alberta: As fires spread across Fort McMurray this spring, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s Twitter account (@RMWoodBuffalo) became a key source of live information for local residents. Staff maintained the account around the clock, sharing regular updates and videos with Wood Buffalo residents. Twitter became key public safety tool during the evacuation process.

Guelph, Ontario: The Upper Grand District School Board (@ugdsb) has launched the Summer Reading Twitterfest for the summer months of 2016. The program aims to keep families reading during their summer vacations. Twitter users are encouraged to take part in the Twitterfest all summer long through the hashtags #ugdsbreads and #WmwReads.

Kelowna, BC: In mid June 2016, Kelowna mayor Colin Basran (@Basran) became the latest Canadian mayor to harness the power of Twitter for a live #ImagineKelowna Twitter chat with his constituents.

Kingston, Ontario: Senior members of the Frontenac Paramedic Services (@FPSParamedics) and Kingston Fire and Rescue (@KtownFire) held a live Twitter chat for local residents in May 2016. In honour of Emergency Preparedness Week (#EPweek), officials fielded a wide range of questions from local students and residents about safety in their homes and communities.

Knutsford, PEI: Morgan Smallman (@MorganSmallman) is a potato farmer at J and J Farms in the small community of Knutsford, Prince Edward Island. Using his iPhone and a bit of post production, Morgan shares amazing photos and videos of his day-to-day dealings at the farm, garnering a worldwide audience and raising awareness for the life of the modern farmer in the process.

Orleans, Ontario: The first #MensMHchat for Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day was a major success in June 2016. Led by Orléans resident Jean-François Claude (@JFClaude_GoC), the Twitter chat had participants from across Canada and around the globe, all sharing questions and answers about depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges.

Toronto, Ontario: Five-year-old Jackson Ryan Bennett and his father, Lanrick Bennett Jr. (@myonlinelifenow) love books! In fact, the Toronto father/son combo love books so much that they’ve made it their mission to visit all 100 libraries in the Toronto Public Library (@torontolibrary) system. Follow the #JacksLibraryTour to follow their progress week-to-week.

Toronto, Ontario: Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital (@StMikesHospital) are using Tweets from Canadian users to gauge mood and levels of happiness in Canadian urban centres. The study is called Tweets in the Streets and is led by social epidemiologist Ketan Shankardass.

Vancouver, BC: The Chief Judge of the BC Provincial Court, Thomas Crabtree, hosted a Twitter town hall in April 2016. Using the hashtag #AskChiefJudge, BC residents had a rare opportunity to connect with Chief Judge Crabtree in real time and ask questions about recent cases and legal preceedings in the province.

Vancouver, BC: Known for his ability to “rock a bowtie” with the best of them, the 15th President and Vice Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, Santa J. Ono (@ubcprez), issued a unique challenge to #UBC students in June 2016. President Ono asked for students to Tweet photos of themselves wearing bowties with the first eight response receiving an exclusive invite to a dinner party at the President’s house.