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Damira Davletyarova

Contributor

Damira Davletyarova is a columnist with Ottawa Life Magazine. She likes to write about interesting people in the National Capital Region. She has a BA in Journalism and Human Rights from St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB. In her monthly columns, she brings stories of individuals who aspire to change their lives, and inspire others to do the same. If you are searching for a life-altering interest, this is a column worth reading to get ideas from and satisfy your curiosity. Damira Davletyarova worked for CBC New Brunswick in Fredericton for two years before moving to Ottawa.
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Positive Environmental Forecast from an Unlikely Place

Positive Environmental Forecast from an Unlikely Place

Sylvain Bouchard, Polyform’s representative, holds plastic crystals made of recycled waste. The company recycles 5 million kg of plastic waste annually. All photos by Damira Davletyarova. I don’t own a cottage, or a house, so it was the free tickets and mere curiosity that brought me to Ottawa’s [...]

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Smells like Pancakes: Russian Community Celebrates Maslenitsa in Ottawa

Smells like Pancakes: Russian Community Celebrates Maslenitsa in Ottawa

Head Sister Irina Shiraeva poses with dancers from Ottawa's School of Modern Dance and their teacher, Anna Kamsha. All photos by Damira Davletyarova. A little parish on 412 Booth St. smells like blini. You might call them pancakes or crêpes. It’s getting hotter in the kitchen. Flour particles disperse [...]

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Black History Month's 20th Anniversary Shines on Accomplishments and Challenges

Black History Month's 20th Anniversary Shines on Accomplishments and Challenges

All photos courtesy of Damira Davletyarova. Kika Otiono smiles shyly while onstage. She is facing a full auditorium at the Black History Month kick-off event at Saint Paul University. Otiono is about to receive the 2016 Youth Builder Award for her leadership and work that makes Ottawa a more diverse [...]

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Before the National Inquiry: Countering Stereotypes Through Education, Employment and Art

Before the National Inquiry: Countering Stereotypes Through Education, Employment and Art

Aboriginal community members at the annual Sisters In Spirit Candlelight Vigil in Ottawa in October. Photo by Damira Davletyarova. "I embrace you my sisters; and myself too We will go forward with strength anew Our friendships will travel with us down the road Fortified by the stories we now hold..." [...]

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Future Energy: It's Time for Canada to Lead

Future Energy: It's Time for Canada to Lead

Over the past decades, oil became everything for Canada. It was sign of economic stability, new jobs and progress. Today, oil’s low cost is dragging down the country's economy. Environmental concerns are only rising. The new reality seems here to stay. On the bright side, Canada is now on the threshold [...]

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Donbass Refugees: Unwanted War

Donbass Refugees: Unwanted War

Photo courtesy of Valeriy Melnikov / RIA Novosti.  One day residents of Donbass woke up to nothing. People had no jobs. Kids had no school to go to. Banks closed their doors. Food became scarce and expensive. This is how Olga describes life after the war in the eastern Ukraine began. Another refugee, [...]

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Kazakhstan: A Land of Opportunity

Kazakhstan: A Land of Opportunity

Photo credit: ninara on flickr What Canadians Can't Miss It’s raining reforms in Kazakhstan. The Kazakh government’s recent economic reforms are preparing the soil for better business conditions. More Canadians should be there, among other nations, seeding their business ideas on Kazakh lands. Since [...]

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Native History with Pulse: Inspiring Journey of Thousand Years

Native History with Pulse: Inspiring Journey of Thousand Years

Global Savages represent the members of the Anishnaabeg family: Debajehmud, Chibiabos, mother Sky Woman and Mudjeekwis (left to right). Photo courtesy of Ron Berti. Have you heard the rowing of canoes? Public participates in the smudging ceremony Because Global Savages were here to tell their 18,000 [...]

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Canada Skips Dialogue of Leaders of World Religions in Astana

Canada Skips Dialogue of Leaders of World Religions in Astana

Photos provided by the Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions Kazakhstan's capital Astana is hosting an international conference gathering leaders of world religions and politicians from dozens of countries across the world. Canadian officials, however, will not be present. The Congress [...]

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WWII: Nothing is Forgotten, No One is Forgotten

WWII: Nothing is Forgotten, No One is Forgotten

In post-Soviet countries, there is no family left untouched by WWII. Over the four years, from June 22, 1941, until May 9, 1945, the Soviet people lost over 27 million lives in the world fight against fascism. These 1418 days of confrontation against Nazi Germany became known as the Great Patriotic War, [...]

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