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2015 CBC Massey Lecturer will be Margaret MacMillan -CBC

MacMillan is an expert on World War I and frequently lectures on the subject in conferences around the world.(CBC)

CBC is proud to announce that the 2015 CBC Massey Lecturer will be Margaret MacMillan, historian and renowned author of the international bestsellers The War that Ended Peace, Nixon in China, and Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Samuel Johnson Prize.

Massey Lectures

Massey Lectures

MacMillan’s lectures will be about the roles individual men and women have played in history. She says, “I want to make a highly personal selection of those historical figures, women and men, who stand out for me and explain why; how they fit in their times and how they reflected prevailing values and attitudes, and where, like Luther or Marx, they challenged and changed them. I’m interested in personality traits and emotions, and among other things I’ll be looking at such things as curiosity, daring, ambition, vision, stubbornness and integrity. I’m interested in great rulers, elected leaders and generals, whose personalities and decisions made a difference in history, and in writers, explorers and thinkers whose voices also speak to us across the centuries.’


“Margaret MacMillan 2015 CBC Massey.” CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 4 Aug. 2014. Web. 21 Nov. 2014. <;.

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Organic food? Really? -CBC News #eng12ap


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Love each other or perish -Auden . What do we owe our future?

“Love each other or perish” – W.H. Auden

CBC Sunday with Michael Enright hosts a fascinating Canadian program on planning our future. What kind of Canada do we wish for? How do we get there? The cities need billions of dollars to fix their crumbling urbanscapes yet hundreds of km north, our Canadians have contaminated water and no housing. How do reconcile food banks and 1% multi millionaires in a civil society with an unsustainable resource economy?

What do we owe the future? (at 04:16)

ScreenCBCAs we contemplate the approach of another new year, we will look beyond 2014 – way beyond – to what we owe the future. Michael talks to three eminent and thoughtful panelspeakersCanadians; Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada; David MacDonald, a United Church minister who was a long-time Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament, and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. They have a wide-ranging conversation about our obligations to the future generations we will never meet.


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Enright, Michael, and Susan Mahoney, prod. “Michael’s Essay; Our Debt to the
Future;.” Sunday Edition. CBC, 29 Dec. 2013. Web. 29 Dec. 2013.

WH Auden Quotes., n.d. Web. 29 Dec. 2013.

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Lest We Forget… Honour

It’s Armistice- Remembrance Day. There are few teachers more humble than I during this Holiday. My uncle and namesake, lies buried in Italy, killed at age 20. My father(1917-1983) was a four year veteran of the Europe campaign. (For another post ) We should also remind ourselves that war has many faces and textures. While we honour memories of Canadians who sacrificed their lives, or their youth, in the cause to suppress tyranny, war is found in our nation’s collective persona in other ways too. It brings out our values, prejudices and political character. History and libraries and archives preserve these records so others may learn from the past. Librarians archive those items that others perceive as old junk or protect what some people wish would simply be forgotten. Isn’t it wonderful that things aren’t just thrown out into the dumpster because they are old? Isn’t it special that someone cares for our collective soul enough to make it a life work to curate our nations past. Sometimes ugly. Sometimes heroic. Libraries and their librarians or archivist serve our needs when our consumerism mania cherishes only the new. Be thankful we had courageous photojournalist scrambling in the mud, next to our soldiers, documenting the unequivocal truth of war.
Support your local and national libraries. Support your local veterans. Support your Red Cross. Learn about the past because it isn’t just a human story, it’s an inoculation against future foolishness- even if only just one- you.
Lest we forget. Nov. 11th.


20131103-051218.jpg(ALA) For Memorial Day, a World War I poster from our collection of world war posters: “Knowledge Wins…Public Library Books are Free”. This is one of several posters commissioned by the American Library Association. This particular poster was designed by Daniel Stevens, an American illustrator originally from Philadelphia, who was best known for his depiction of Western Americana scenes. During WWI, ALA created the War Service Committee, which established more than 30 libraries at training facilities and other encampments for soldiers.

Equipment on the Beach at Normandy. The Normandy campaign became a brutal battle of attrition. The Allies tried to push inland. The Germans, holding the high ground, tried to throw them back into the sea. Both sides suffered terrible casualties. Progress was frustratingly slow, and battles often ended in stalemates.(George Metcalf Archival Collection)

Canadian Troops in Campochiaro. Under sniper fire, personnel of the Carleton and York Regiment advance up the steep main street of the mountain village of Campochiaro, Italy, 21 October 1943.
(Library and Archives Canada, )

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20131103-060354.jpgBritish Columbia, 1940. Canadians enlisted by the thousands when Canada declared war on Germany on 10 September 1939. The Canadian military grew to over 60,000 members in less than one month and individual regiments had little difficulty recruiting. Virtually each one represented a new family separated by war.(Library and Archives Canada)



20131103-053551.jpgPropaganda on the Home FrontLoggers in Quebec sit down to eat breakfast. The two posters on the wall encourage them to focus on the war effort.(Library and Archives Canada, pa-123533)

Works Cited

“Knowledge Wins–American Library Association Advocacy during World War I.” – Pictures & Conversations. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Nov. 2013.

“Remembrance Day Toolkit.” Canadian War Museum – Remembrance Day Toolkit. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Nov. 2013. .


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Story Matters indeed…

Nice column! Amen! The story matters indeed. The Library Book by Dave Obee, is a story of service but in many ways an ethnography too. Since the campfire, the story is our humanity. It makes perfect sense that when we moved from oral tradition to written record that someone( librarians) found ways to not just preserve that vast collection if stories, fact or fiction, but provide ways for everyone to access them regardless of background, race or creed. I recall as a little boy having an aunt expose me to books on her shelf and my mother who was willing to be dragged to the small public library downtown so I get the Zane Grey title not in her set! Then again finding the renewed love for libraries I saw in the relationship of my English teacher and school librarian. This bond and sense of service toward books and literacy only made me inspired to seek out the glorious old Main Library at UBC. The story of stories could be found in all these venues. Obee has a wonderful volume.

20130514-192637.jpg KSS Library , Al Smith 2013

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Creation of Hope- actions into stories

Eric Walters, author, activist, and speaker kept a crowd of teens focused with a very compelling delivery today. A hybrid of book talk, travelogue, NGO mission statement all worked with a craft that clearly demonstrates a man with passion for kids, stories and humanitarianism. At times he was provocative, such as his rant against the value of Twilight; to humorous, such as his teasing of boys and girls in the audience, but ultimately he was passionate about poor children. Whether poverty and care of orphans in Kenya or Toronto, he practices what he preaches and then crafts his research and actions into writing stories and that process has to be respected.  There is no writing books from a luxurious city office here.

Kilimanjaro and Giraffe

Check out some Eric Walters titles here.

Read about his orphanage school Creation of Hope.

“…This project began with a chance meeting with a young boy in a marketplace and the discovery that he was one of over 500 orphans in and around Kikima – a small rural community in Kenya. These children live in the most desperate of situations – situations that for many seem to be hopeless. The program features an outreach component – with over 350 orphans residing with extended family members given monthly support – a residential component with 37 orphans and 19 orphans who are funded to go to residential high schools.” ( Creation of )

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SI mag exploits swimsuits and villagers…?

It is SPorts Illustrated magazine swimsuit edition season. The magazine that launches model’s careers and often finds itself in hot water because of stereotyping is in the pot again. Should primitive villagers be in shots with supermodels, half-naked or not? What has a NY fashion model have to do with hunting in the desert anyway? Nothing? What is your thought? Exploitation? Or just silly fun? Read more at Huffingtonpost>

The second controversial shot, featuring Emily DiDonato in an African desert, also include a tribal-looking, half-naked man carrying a spear:

These shots tap into the West’s past obsession/fetishization with so-called savages, jungle comics and the like. Again: In a visit to seven continents, this image is what Sports Illustrated is using to represent the continent of Africa.

David Leonard, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at Washington State University, told Yahoo! Shine he understands why some might find the pictures offensive.

“These photos depict people of color as exotic backdrops,” Leonard said. “Beyond functioning as props, as scenery to authenticate their third world adventures, people of color are imagined as servants, as the loyal helpers, as existing for white western pleasure, amusement, and enjoyment.”(Huffingtonpost)

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Open Culture (@openculture) Franco poem for Obama

open_culture_white_normal.jpg Open Culture (@openculture)
2013-01-21 6:27 PM
James Franco writes poem for the inauguration. Read “Obama in Asheville,”

James Franco is an actor and writer. He is the author of the poetry chapbook “Strongest of the Litter” and the short story collection “Palo Alto.” His poetry collection, “Directing Herbert White,” is scheduled to be published next year. He received a Best Actor nomination in 2011 for his role in “127 Hours.”

Obama in Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina, is the birthplace of Thomas
Wolfe and the sometime residence of F. Scott Fitzgerald
When he visited Zelda at her institution;
He stayed at the Grove Park Inn, a grand stone edifice.
On the phone once, Cormac McCarthy lamented
The two added wings and the spa, and marveled
At the original structure, They pulled the stones
From the mountains and brought them down on mules.

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Lights out- April 22 school board challenge…

Climate change is already being felt around the world, with the world’s most vulnerable people shouldering the brunt of its consequences. Do your students feel empowered to take action?
Lights Out Canada ( is an annual event, during which schools turn off their lights and follow lesson plans we provide on climate change and how youth can take action. Our materials seek to engage students with the science of climate change andempower them to take action. Participants lend their efforts to a national movement for change involving hundreds of thousands of students, teachers and administrators across Canada.
This year’s Lights Out Canada will be held on April 22, 2013.
Our resource packages (K-12) are available online in English and French and will be sent to registered schools. The materials include posters, a press pack, lesson plans and step-by-step instructions for how to organize Lights Out. We understand if turning off the lights is not possible in darker areas of your school.

Register online at for the 8th annual Lights Out Canada, to be held onApril 22, 2013. The full Lights Out project summary and more information can be found at under “Downloads”.
School boards across Canada are challenging all of the schools in their districts to sign-up. Why not be the one to lead the challenge in your district?

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Oscar season and the again

It’s Oscar season and our Canadian arts creators are alive and well again.  Many of these talents started their journey in high school programs.

Sunday by NFB

Wild Life



On a grey Sunday, a young boy resorts to placing coins on a nearby train track to entertain himself. Picking the coins up after the train has run them over, he discovers that an amazing transformation has taken place. Presented from a child’s vantage point, this cartoon is a nod to childhood and to the things kids do to escape boredom on Sunday afternoons.


In 1909, a dapper young remittance man is sent from England to Alberta to attempt ranching. However, badminton, bird watching and liquor get in the way of cattle wrangling, and many misadventures ensue. A film about the beauty of the prairie, the pangs of homesickness and the folly of living dangerously out of context

The NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won more than 5,000 awards at festivals, including 12 Oscars. With more Academy Award nominations than any production company or organization outside of Hollywood, the NFB continues to be a pioneer in Canadian cinema.

The NFB garnered its 71st and 72nd Oscar-nominated film with Sunday by Patrick Doyon, and Wild Life, by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby. This marks the 8th time in the NFB’s history that the institution gets a double nomination in the same category.

In Canada, Wild Life and Sunday are available for free streaming on the NFB’s Youtube channel. Not in Canada? Sunday and Wild Life are available for download in our Digital Boutique and on the Animation Express 2 DVD compilation.( NFB)

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