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I'm feeling in more of a contemplative mood rather than a celebratory one today. No interest in going to Parliament Hill to endure the weather, the crowds and the security theatre at all, for one thing. For another, there's the ongoing concerns of the indigenous peoples about the consequences of how Confederation got built, upon whose bones and so on.

We are still not yet the nation we could become, and it behooves us all to remember that fact.

Leaving it at that for now. I don't know if I'll have anything more worth saying right now...
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Some of you regular readers already know of my work with Spacing Ottawa documenting the backstories of the street names of Ottawa. CBC's got an installment of Cross-Country Checkup on Radio One this upcoming Sunday that we will all want to listen to.

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/checkup/should-canada-change-the-names-of-streets-and-monuments-that-honour-contentious-figures-1.4049368
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Courtesy of the Toronto Star:



Something to strive for.
dewline: (public broadcasting)
Check this interview from 2013. It's a bit more sombre than we're used to from him, but it does show us something of the inner man in a good and helpful way.

http://www.broadcastingcanada.com/the-interview-blog/stuart-mclean
dewline: (education)
Randy links to a tale of quieter heroes...

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] rfmcdpei at [URBAN NOTE] "How construction barriers are bringing downtown's gritty past to life"
CBC News' Lorenda Reddekopp looks at how archeologists are uncovering the history of Toronto's infamous Ward, a neighbourhood that was an early center for immigration.

Mavis Garland clearly remembers the sign stuck in the window of her stepdad's barbershop: "No Discrimination."

That was back in the early 1950s. Garland's mother, a white woman and British immigrant, made the sign. Her Chinese stepfather wanted clients of all races to know they were welcome.

Garland says it worked.

Her family's story is one of six depicted in an art project — called Picturing The Ward — on the wooden construction hoardings surrounding what will eventually be a new courthouse in downtown Toronto, at 11 Centre Ave., northwest of city hall.

The street art covers two blocks, recounting life stories from the gritty, impoverished area that used to be known as "The Ward." It was a first home for new immigrants to the city dating back to the 1800s.
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I'm listening to a guy complain about a squirrel stealing broccoli from his garden at the ByMUG meeting right now, speaking of what he's done to avenge the theft. "Avenge" is strictly my choice of verb for it, mind you. It entertains me to listen to such things, as well as family misadventures in an Israeli desert, discussions of various software compatible with more recent iterations of Mac OS X and on and on it goes.

I'm on [livejournal.com profile] warrenellis' "Orbital Operations" mailing list, and from there, I read this interview on tor.com about life on the Internet of today. Disturbing, yet hopeful. Maybe we - as a species - manage to salvage enough of whatever else is trying to survive us living on this planet, maybe not.

Last night, I rummaged through YouTube and found that The Agenda's people salvaged a 1976 interview from The Education of Mike McManus with the late Mel Hurtig. It's a bit of video history archeology in action there, dating back to when a kid in grade school in Saskatchewan wouldn't have a hope in Heaven or Hell of seeing a TVOntario show without some expensive intervention from either CBC or the local school board or public library. VHS and Beta were just starting their fight at the time, I think, right?

More as it occurs to me.

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So there's this article on Fast Company's design section today that Todd Maffin pointed out via the CBC Fan Club's Google Plus feed. It's about the CBC's logo redesign from 1974, as engineered by the team led by one Burton Kramer. The reworking of the visual style of CBC's brand was hitting the airwaves back when I was getting settled into Regina after my father got transferred from Selkirk. Space: 1999 was also premiering on the Ceeb around the same time here in Canada. So, small wonder that, between those factors and others, I started getting hooked on typography and graphic design around that point, despite not having clue one what those things were until I got into high school and one of my arts teachers introduced me to Letraset catalogues.

Anyway. Back on point.

To quote:

"Now, following the unlikely trend of republishing vintage standards manuals, a group of design-loving Canadians are trying to bring Kramer's 1974 CBC Graphic Standards Manual to Kickstarter."

The details of the Kickstarter campaign are here. CBC is interested, according to the guy working on pulling this together - a gentlebeing named Adrian Jean - but they want to know how widespread that interest is. first. I've already signed onto the pledge (despite not being sure that I'll be able to put up the money when the time comes), and I'm hopeful that interest will go well beyond the extent needed for a "limited edition" reprint. This is a piece of Canadian cultural and graphic design history we're talking about here. I want to see this in regular bookstores, in public and school libraries, far and wide, across the country.

How about it?

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Seeing the completion of the CN Tower live on TV as a child was as big a deal to me as the launch of the Apollo-Soyuz mission or the Montréal Olympics' opening ceremonies.

Noting Spacing Toronto's coverage on the 40th anniversary...

In Memorium

Dec. 6th, 2015 09:46 am
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] jkahane at In Memorium
A sad day in history.

Remember the 14

Geneviève Bergeron (b. 1968), civil engineering student.
Hélène Colgan (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Nathalie Croteau (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Barbara Daigneault (b. 1967), mechanical engineering student.
Anne-Marie Edward (b. 1968), chemical engineering student.
Maud Haviernick (b. 1960), materials engineering student.
Maryse Laganière (b. 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique's finance department.
Maryse Leclair (b. 1966), materials engineering student.
Anne-Marie Lemay (b. 1967), mechanical engineering student.
Sonia Pelletier (b. 1961), mechanical engineering student.
Michèle Richard (b. 1968), materials engineering student.
Annie St-Arneault (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Annie Turcotte (b. 1969), materials engineering student.
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (b. 1958), nursing student.

'Nuff said.
dewline: (canada)
It's the day after Remembrance, and the day is grey and wet. I was expecting the day itself to be that way, and there was that brief bout of rain running from 930 to 1030 AM, but it didn't stick around.

We didn't get the helicopter squadron flying over the square this time. That was part of the changes that I found welcome. The most obvious part, in fact.

The last part of the ending, the part called the "Vice-Regal Party Departure" - which unofficially includes the Prime Ministerial party, truth be known - was far more relaxed. Sure, they made for the north-side "back door" of the War Memorial, but there were those crowds, so the new guy did his meet-and-greet thing. Which lasted close to a quarter-hour so far as I know. If you watched the ceremonies on TV or the Net, you might have a better idea of the exact time elapsed before they finally got into their cars.

No, I didn't go to look at all the wreaths this time out. After three hours' standing, I needed to just sit for a few minutes and then made my way up to the Peacekeepers' Monument. And then slowly back down to the Rideau Centre for lunch...and then off to Beechwood Cemetery. My family's got a plot in the Cremation Gardens, so I've got a nice and convenient excuse for visiting on a semi-regular basis.

But no. I wanted to do a walking tour of the place, west to east, and had been wanting it for a couple of years. Much of this was due to pure historical and design curiosity. The first excuse was to see the grave of Peter Henderson Bryce, whose death may have gone relatively unremarked when it happened. But there's the story of how he argued with Duncan Campbell Scott over the fate of kids forced into the Indian Residential Schools who'd come down with tuberculosis.

The story is better told by Charlie Angus, MP and musician. Or maybe Cindy Blackstock. Simply put, Dr. Bryce was a whistleblower and a hero. Neither he nor those he defended got the respect that was their right at the time.

From there, I wandered at whim through the rest of the cemetery, taking pictures as it suited me. I may post some of them on Flickr some day...
dewline: (canadian media)
I didn't even know this was a thing in the works. Proof that I don't pay nearly enough attention to what goes on throughout my country, I'd say. And this after getting home from a talk by Wab Kinew on what he learned from his family in order to write The Reason You Walk earlier tonight.



What parts of Canadian history should we be taking a closer look at?
dewline: (canadian media)
Just got home from my second viewing of Hyena Road. The first time, I left the cinema feeling shocked. Tonight, I left in a state of anger.

And I'm not quite sure of where to aim that anger.

Does that make sense?
dewline: (canadian media)
Seeing as the Bay's in the process of taking down all the "old" signage featuring "the Bay/la Baie" wordmark with the stylized "B" looking like a ribbon and replacing it with a wordmark more appropriate to the side of a passenger rail car circa 1900 or so - check railfonts.com, particularly their "Railroad Roman" family to see what I mean - I was wondering about this: back in 1965, when the Bay was unveiling that earlier wordmark, there must have been TV ads promoting the then-new corporate identity. Has any of the footage from those ads survived into the present?
dewline: (Grief)
Details here, what there are of them:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/blacks-camera-stores-across-canada-closing-aug-8-1.3106137

The first camera I've ever owned was a film camera from that chain of photography shops. It was a Christmas present from my parents. I cannot for the life of me remember the exact year, but I still have the bundles of photos and developed film as well as the camera.
dewline: (canadian media)
I am pleased to note the 50th anniversary of the adoption of Canada's current national flag today. Long may it wave, and may joy ever be found in that.

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