In Courting The Tim Hortons Voter, Susan Delacourt says most of us are no longer citizens who build a society for the good of all although each one of us is usually fiercely loyal to one party, but are now consumers who ask, What’s in it for me? and shop around in our politics (more coffee and vote and stuff here). (thanks to sh)
• has the world gone barking mad (my new favourite phrase)? yes, and no. it’s oct 1st, 2013. ads are on cbc radio! the u-s government has shut down. they’re drilling for oil and gas in the arctic, they’re destroying chemical weapons in syria. i started atwood’s the year of the flood. yes, it’s mad, but it’s been that way probably for millennia, so no, it’s just changing (see wednesday). always has, always will. guesthouse board meeting tonight, followed by one last fun ice cream run, and home in time to catch precision and mighty mississippi (tonight we’re mostly in memphis), both on tvo.
Changes are in store. In Learning 2030 (here optimized for tablets, though the links below are PC-based), host Steve Paikan of TVO’s The Agenda broadcasts live all week long. What might education look like for our children and grandchildren? At the end of the week a communiqué is produced, summarizing some key ideas. In preparation, The Agenda previewed the issues. Also, producer Mary Taws talked with teacher Corbett Ball.
Monday, Paikan introduces the topic ‘Disengaged and Excluded‘.
Tuesday explored learning without teachers.
Wednesday explored living in a science-based world.
Thursday explored laptop learning.
Friday panelled the collective key ideas in the communiqué.
• we saw before midnight (pictured) at the galaxy; friends were there. after we got home, we watched charlotte uhlenbroek search the impenetrable jungle for mountain gorillas in the secret life of primates.
‘Since we are supervised by local authorities [government ministries] there is the danger of letting the institutional aspects of L’Arche (good management, good pedagogy, etc.) take over from the community aspects. We want so much to be competent, to make things work, that we forget some fundamental elements that touch upon community life.’–Vanier, Letter to My Brothers and Sisters in L’Arche (1996), 27
• played shuffleboard at brain injury services‘ (bis) day program at the north simcoe sports & rec centre. although i was a newbie, people from all walks of life were very encouraging. in the evening sue and i watched first a doc on asian carp coming up the mississippi and about to invade the great lakes watershed, and then a doc on the future of zoos, which had compelling arguments for and against zoos (more zoo stuff).
In response to Canada’s non-response to the Summary of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Elizabeth May writes, ‘Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq used the occasion of the IPCC report to attack the Liberals for inaction and to claim the NDP proposals would hurt the economy. Unless media reports omitted something from her statement, she didn’t appear to say anything about the threat of global warming, or the significance of the report. Strangely, her so-called statement is not to be found on Environment Canada’s website. There is no response to the IPCC report on Environment Canada’s website. (Did she never make the statement? Or was it pulled?)’ David Suzuki, 350, and others are alarmed, too.
Besides monarch butterflies’ prettiness, they are an important food source. Their absence indicates possible trouble, upstream and down. David Suzuki asks, ‘What can we do about [their] mysterious decline? … The best thing is to plant more milkweed and nectar-producing native flowers, like wild bergamot, New England aster, and black-eyed Susans–especially ones with yellow, pink, orange and purple flowers. Adding these plants to our gardens, balconies, parks and green spaces will help the monarchs stay healthy and well-fed. Find out more about how to create your own butterfly garden here.’
Raffi sings ‘an ode to the love of the game’–hockey, what else, eh?
• today [2013-10-07] is the 250th anniversary of the royal proclamation that legally mandated canada to recognize indigenous land rights. today is also the day that the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, james anaya, begins an official visit to canada to examine the human rights situation of the indigenous peoples.