Canada 150 apologies
What was the biggest news to come out of Alberta’s celebration of Canada 150? Was it the fireworks that got the most attention? The awesomeness of Canada? Or the fact that half-a-billion dollars was spent on fun, when it could have been spent helping those in need? None of the above. It was Prime Minister Trudeau’s gaff when forgetting to mention Alberta in his Canada Day speech.
I could elaborate on how I feel, but instead, I’ll use the words of Mr. J Fowler instead.
You see, after the years of working in the bar industry, Fowler has talked with a lot people about how positive representation of minority groups in the media matters. These conversations usually end up with those people dismissing what he says as a social justice warrior topic of the week.
“These same people are whining and pissing and moaning that their province simply wasn’t mentioned in a speech,” Fowler says in a recent social media post. “A faux pas for sure, and of course in a somewhat different context, but perhaps these same folks will understand and be able to empathize now, [as to] why being mentioned and included in the narrative matters.”
Big bears don’t care
Various news agencies have been reporting that tourists are risking life and limb to get close up shots of bears in various Alberta national parks. This is problematic on a couple of levels.
First of all, bears aren’t evil. Although we tend to personify them with words like ‘attack’ or ‘maul’ or ‘completely fucked a person up’, bears don’t think in that way. They are animals. They don’t sit around fantasizing about how they are going to kill a few people in front of their kids. They are instinctual, reactionary and on the perpetual verge of survival. If threatened, they respond. They are like fire in that regard; the closer you get, the more likely you are going to get burned.
Secondly, approaching a bear in its habitat is fairly abusive towards the animal.
If Sean Penn punches a photographer in the face, we might say, ‘That is so Sean Penn.’ Yet, we are shocked when a bear disembowels someone for getting too close.
Humans, I tell ya.
Renowned Canadian artist receives the Order of Canada
On the 50th anniversary of the Order of Canada, renowned Fort Chipewyan multi-media artist and speaker Jane Ash Poitras was adorned with the award.
Poitras, a seasoned sessional instructor at the University of Alberta, has travelled all over North America as a guest lecturer and mentor. Her work has been shown all over the world and has been purchased by many reputable collectors such as The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), The National Gallery of Canada, The Canadian Museum of Civilization, Royal Alberta Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, and many others.
While her work can take many shapes and sizes, some of it is humongous.
The ROM purchased Potato Peeling 101 to Ethnobotany 101 (2004), a work portraying the narrative of preserving aboriginal cultural knowledge through years of forced assimilation. It is a triptych 7.62 meters long by 2.7 meters high.
Also receiving the award on that day were the former Dean of Nursing for the U of A Anita Molzahn and hockey player Mark Messier.