Across the border at the Tyee:
Things to consider, I suppose.
We'll see how things go.
Some of these may be more to your liking than others. But I put the link forward to promote curiosity.
"When it comes to holiday food, most people probably think of turkey. But in Indigenous communities, the choices can be as diverse as the individuals who prepare them.
From canned moose to rabbit stew, here are just a few of the meals that Indigenous people are sitting down to this holiday season."
I've mentioned thoughts of mine on the subject of funding the Ceeb before, right? The entry's four years old, but the idea of just putting a "Point of first sale" levy on everything capable of receiving, storing, replaying, retransmitting, copying, printing out CBC content and leaving the garage sales, second-hand stores, pawn shops and whatever else out of it still strikes me as a logical and relatively non-intrusive one as opposed to the BBC's annual license fee system.
I do like the idea of expanding the range of coverage of the news division, not to mention making the CBC a cultural ambassador-brand to the rest of the planet. It's as good a goal as promoting national unity within Canada.
Will return to this topic again at some point, no doubt.
At least it'll be on a more hopeful note next time.
( ...that is certainly in speculative/spoiler turf... )
And I'll just leave that there behind the cut. I'll probably edit that out in about a month after original posting, if that's alright.
Following that was Canada Live, featuring Stars' live concert at CBC's Studio 211. Among the songs performed in that session was "Are You OK?"
Go check for the lyrics if you don't already have them at hand.
It may not be the context intended by Torquil Campbell and Amy Milan, but I can't see Campbell not paying attention to the timing if it's ever pointed out to him, accident though it was.
The cover only begins to hint at the stuff inside, projects and images, ideas and debates, all about what makes a city - any city - work, and what might make a city work better. If you're reading this entry - not just in the cities named on the cover, but in Ottawa and Regina, Halifax and Victoria, Guelph and Serfaus(across the Atlantic in Austria!)...well, there's a lot of ground to cover.
No, I don't have any material in this one. But you might want to take a good look anyway.
If you do, let them know what caught your attention?
Back to other stuff in a little while...
And for some reason as yet unclear to me, I find myself wondering if she's ever been a Star Trek fan to any degree at all.
Because I'd like to see her try her hand at writing a novel set in those worlds.
Looking forward to reading her memoirs ASAP, because I've been reading good things about that particular book in several quarters...
Meanwhile, some closing thoughts of his on Canada's pending 2015 federal election struck a chord with me. Six things that he considers desirable in a political party, in candidates for public office, that I will quote for your consideration:
"I will vote for any party that supports stable and generous funding for the national public broadcaster.
I will vote for any party that will commit to developing public policy based on evidence rather than ideology.
I will vote for any party in support of fully funded, forward-thinking health care.
I will vote for any party with a plan for national public daycare, a national housing strategy, a national harm reduction strategy, a guaranteed annual income, enhanced safety in the workplace, and status of the artist legislation.
I will also vote for any party that puts green energy research ahead of oil-and-gas research.
And...I will vote for any party that restores door-to-door mail delivery."
One major caveat: I'm not sure about "Status of the artist" legislation despite my continuing ambitions to be a full-time writer and illustrator. It would be good to have a much better sense of what that will entail.
As to the rest of it, I hope that I can find such a party to support. I suspect that I have, but a certain degree of skepticism is useful at times.
Recently, this one fellow's been popping up this past week or two and making noises about how we've expanded our horizons as a nation too far for their liking. Anglophilic, Monarchist, doesn't think we know how good our ancestors - of the proper ethnic extractions, of course! - had it back in the 19th Century and that we threw away too much.
I don't agree with that.
So I wrote the following by way of reply:
I was born in the age of the Maple Leaf, the Pearson Pennant.
Multiculturalism, diversity...these are part of my birthright as a Canadian: the opportunity to learn from the histories, the languages, the traditions of the First Nations of this land, and those of the nations beyond the borders of this land as well.
The chance to try to take the best of all of those and learn to build something upon them for those who come after me. Even if they never learn my own name and story.
I am not a subject of any empire. I am a Canadian citizen. By birth and by choice.
And that is one of the reasons why I am here in this group.
So...did I go too far there?
What examples of space opera focused on journalism/reportage do you know of? Which ones would you recommend seeking out?