It’s a somewhat breathless title, but I understand why the producers chose it since we are all unwitting witnesses to the end of a lot of cultural practices and the quite sudden destruction of an ecosystem that humans have been living on for thousands of years.
I’m not going to opine on the particulars since this is a set of issues that I’m just learning more about myself. I think it would be a good thing if a lot more Canadians in the South watched this video. It’s put together by the guys who run the AsapSCIENCE channel, though they’ve chosen to keep this video separate from their primary content which is a general science education channel and doesn’t usually delve into political issues.
It’s essentially about climate change and how it’s already beginning to seriously impact Inuit people, which most Canadians should already be aware are one of the most marginalized and most poorly served communities in the entire country. It has been produced in collaboration with Greenpeace, but don’t let that scare you off, if they did have a say in the production it was a very light touch and regardless of the conclusions or the call to action, the video itself helps to build more knowledge on the topic.
The short documentary is a deep background to a video featuring Bill Nye on as part of their normal science topics discussing Arctic ice melting as it relates to climate change and changes in the Arctic Ocean basin. It’s also a good watch.
If you’re interested in signing the petition mentioned in the documentary it can be found on the Greenpeace website here.
It can be tedious working for a crown corp and the CBC certainly has its moments, just like any other job, but then there are things like this that you just don’t get to see anywhere else.
It’s pretty strange to be at a point in your life where pop heroes from your childhood are now being retread as kids entertainers of your middle age. But it was still pretty neat to see the parents almost as excited as the kids!
Sorry for the bad quality, I didn’t expect to see Maestro, let alone be taking video of Let Your Backbone Slide so I wasn’t exactly prepared.
So for the first time at home I have what until relatively recently would have been viewed as LAN speed for my Internet service, and with an unlimited, and reasonably managed bandwidth policy. I’m not an abusively high user, I’ve almost always stuck inside my current cap on my DSL service, but I do appreciate that a good service provider should manage their networks during extreme congestion.
My experience with Teksavvy has been positive enough over the years, I’ve been a customer since 2006, and I’ve only ever had one provider that was better and this was back in the .com bubble days when Ottawa was crawling with technically savvy and responsive providers! So I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt that they will not do anything naughty with their traffic shaping policies. Continue reading →
There are a lot of symbolic things that Trudeau and his new government have done today, especially when it comes to telegraphing that they will be serious about issues which have faced aboriginal Canadians. But the best soundbite of this morning’s ceremonies was his answer to the question of why the cabinet should be comprised of 50% women and 50% men.
“Because it’s 2015.”
I’m fairly realistic, I don’t expect this new government to be that dramatically different from other Liberal governments in the past, but it is pleasant to see them bowing to reality and facts for a change. The fact that women are underrepresented in leadership positions is something that was within their power to address at the top level so it is refreshing to see some action.
As a follow up to my previous post about Steve Paikin, The Agenda had a great election wrap-up show with excellent guests. Well worth the watch if you’re interested in the inside game of federal politics.
This is an interesting article linking the NDP’s fate to their stance on C-51. While undoubtedly this is one of the worst pieces of legislation that has been proposed since I have been a qualified elector, I’m a bit surprised that Mulcair appears to be benefiting from taking a strong position here.
I’m going to keep my eyes on it, depending on where things go this could become a single issue election for me.
As I mentioned, I went on a recent camera gear bender and bought a couple of lenses which I’ve had my eye on for a long time. One of them, a fast telephoto lens, I decided to buy used on eBay from Japan. It was a stressful decision since I was worried about all kinds of things (am I going to get ripped off, will it be damaged, etc.) but one thing not to worry about is shipping. The seller shipped it using Japan Post’s Express Mail Service and between them and Canada Post it’s been nothing short of amazing.
The package was dropped off on the 13th at 20:13 local in Tokyo and I came home tonight to a Canada Post slip on my door saying they tried to deliver but needed a signature. It landed at Pearson this morning at 08:46.
Considering this cost less than $20 shipping that’s pretty much as good as it gets. Anybody who tells you that we don’t get a great service from Canada Post doesn’t really know what they’re talking about. In fact over the past few years, something I’ve noticed consistently is that the national postal services in the countries I’ve shipped to and from (Germany, UK, Sweden, US, Canada, and Japan) are near the top every time and their ability to ship between services and across borders is every bit as good as any commercial parcel service.