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I Can't Think of a Creative Title for this Piece
May 25, 2001
{Author: eBerg Staff}



  The National Post (www.nationalpost.com) is reporting that Canada is in a creativity crisis.

  "Canada is not a very creative culture. Traditionally, it hasn't been." These are the words of David Bentley, professor of English at the University of Western Ontario. Mr Bentley is also author of the principal recommendations of the report.

  The report, released yesterday at the annual Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, is the result of two years of study and was published by the National Research Council. This report says that we as a people are not as creative as other countries, and that we are not original thinkers.

  Mr. Bentley states that Canada has "tended to be a receiver, a secondary culture." The official report states that "Canada's governments, educational institutions and granting agencies must work in concert to foster and support the creativity and innovation upon which success increasingly depends in the brave new world of DVDs, Auto-CAD, [and] bioengineering."

  So what does the National Research Council suggest we do? They say we need a National Task Force on Creativity, Inventiveness and Innovation. On the other side of the coin, historian Pierre Berton publicly voiced his opinion in an interview yesterday, concerning the study.

  "I think Canadians are as creative as anybody. I think our whole past history suggests that." Mr. Berton went on to say, "I don't think this kind of task force does anything but spend a lot of money and do a lot of talking."

  Mr. Bentley's proposed task force would include scientists, businessmen, writers, engineers, filmmakers, even fashion designers.

  So what does the National Research Council suggest we do? They say we need a National Task Force on Creativity, Inventiveness and Innovation. On the other side of the coin, historian Pierre Berton publicly voiced his opinion in an interview yesterday, concerning the study.

  His plan - "Get them together and let them study the question of why Canada is perhaps not being as innovative and creative as it might be and the steps that need to be taken in the educational system and the funding [research] councils, in the universities, to promote a culture of creativity."

  Is this Report justified? Are we capable of Independent thought? OR Should there be a special task force set up to see to it that Mr. Bentley does no more studies?

  We here at eberg.ca would like to know what you think. Mail Us.