The following is an excerpt from The Toronto Star (2017-02-04), which in turn is an excerpt from The New York Times:

No society is immune from acts of terrorism, especially a lone wolf driven by deep hatreds. When they strike, the measure of a society is how it responds.

On Sunday, Quebec City was struck when a man walked into a mosque and killed six people.

The shock across Canada was immediate and tangible: Tolerance is a proud theme in Canadian identity–the country has taken in nearly 40,000 Syrian refugees since 2015, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took office.

Now Canadians were wondering how this could have happened and what it means–a question made more acute by their wide-spread revulsion at President Trump’s actions to block Muslims from the United States.

The response of Quebec’s premier, Philippe Coutard, is worth noting. ‘Every society has to deal with demons,’ he said. ‘Our society is not perfect. None is. These demons are named xenophobia, racism, exclusion. They are present here. We need to recognize that and act together to show the direction we want our society to evolve.’

That was what Canadians sought to do. Thousands gathered at memorial services across the country. Speaking to Parliament, Trudeau addressed the more than one million Muslim Canadians. ’36 million hearts are breaking with yours. Know that we value you.’

In sad contrast, the reaction from Trump’s White House was to use the shootings to justify its anti-immigrant policies.

Canada is not perfect; it too has its demons, as Coutard said. But the response of a democratic society must be to reaffirm its fundamental faith in freedom, including the freedom to practise one’s faith and cultural traditions. In Quebec, the demons took a terrible toll, but Canada’s commitment to inclusion was, if anything, strengthened.

<sounds>’s top one hundred tracks.

#39. Dizzy Gillespie, Salt Peanuts.

loreena-mckennitt-for-the-webLoreena McKennitt, Greatest Hits.

garfish-coverThe Vampires, Mandala.

eskimo-curleweskimo curlew. There is no sound for the eskimo curlew. The last one was seen more than thirty years ago. They are possibly extinct. Fred Bodsworth published Last Of The Curlews in 1954.

ahmad-jamal-2Ahmad Jamal, Stolen Moments.

Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall performs onstage during her Glad Rag Doll World Tour at the Grand Opera on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Wilmington, Del. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

Diana Krall, The Girl in the Other Room.

luc-and-lagrene2Lagréne And Luc, Sonny.

paul_desmond2Paul Desmond, Bossa Antigua.

Monday, 2017 February 6

julia-gillard-1watched the agenda, with former australian pm julia gillard.

florence-luscomb‘The tragedy in the lives of most of us is that we go through life walking down a high-walled lane with people of our own kind, the same economic situation, the same national background and education and religious outlook. And beyond those walls, all humanity lies, unknown and unseen, and untouched by our restricted and impoverished lives.’–Florence Luscomb (1887-1985)

Tuesday, 2017 February 7

richard-b-wright-2001richard b wright (1937-2017) died. born in midland, he was head of english at my high school while i was there, though i never had him. he also was a published author, with many books to his credit. one of them, clara callan, won a governor general’s award for fiction. watched rmr, 22, and breakthrough: the age of aging.

Wednesday, 2017 February 8


‘One day or night fourteen thousand years ago, a man or woman or boy or girl had brought a rare and precious object [a shell] into this cave and propped it on its edge in a fissure expecting it would remain there for all eternity–and it has.’–The Cave Painters, 177.

rob_stewart_cfc_2012Rob Stewart (1979-2017) filmed Sharkwater. ‘Helping to protect sharks, changing government policy, and inspiring the creation of shark conservation groups, Sharkwater is considered one of conservation’s success stories, resulting in shark finning being banned worldwide. In the film, Stewart filmed current attitudes about sharks, and how shark-hunting industries are driving them to extinction.’ Stewart died making his next film.


my latest art, ‘forest

spy-slothwatched south pacific (fragile paradise) and spy in the wild (intelligence–the sloth on the left is not real).

Thursday, 2017 February 9

two-stags‘The cave painters may or may not have had the idea of art as we understand it, but when they chose to draw an appealing line instead of an awkward one, they were thinking and acting like artists in our sense of the word. That’s why it’s valid for us to respond to the cave paintings as art, not merely as archeological evidence’. The Cave Painters,228.

barbatian-artwatched the nature of things (the great wild indoors), africa and britain: a forgotten history (freedom), and the dark ages: an age of light (what the barbarians did for us).

Friday, 2017 February 10

toiletooopps. slipped and broke the toilet.

Saturday, 2017 February 11

tt-thepoolTom Thomson (1877-1917).

tree-kangaroo-and-babywatched wild australia (jurassic jungle) and coast australia (norfolk island).

Sunday, 2017 February 12

emily-carr-showEmily Carr (1871-1945).

hunted_640watched the hunter and the hunted.

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