Louis Riel Day – February 20th

February 15, 2017 • Written by

Since this Monday is Louis Riel Day, we’d like to take a moment to encapsulate some of the important resources available to our patrons regarding one of Manitoba’s most controversial historical figures.

Who was Louis Riel?

Louis Riel, a leader of his people in their resistance against the Canadian government in the Canadian Northwest, is perhaps the most controversial figure in Canadian historiography. His life and deeds have spawned a massive and diverse literature.

He was born in the Red River Settlement (in what is now Manitoba) in 1844. A promising student, he was sent to Montreal to train for the priesthood, but he never graduated. An attempt at training as a lawyer ended similarly, and by 1868 Riel was back in the Red River area. Ambitious, well educated and bilingual, Riel quickly emerged as a leader among the Métis of the Red River.

Read More: http://library.usask.ca/northwest/background/riel.htm

Why Commemorate Louis Riel?

Louis Riel is recognized as an advocate of justice for the Métis people, but he represents much more. He helped lay the framework for minority rights and cultural co-operation, and is regarded as a founder of Manitoba. It is very important to remember Louis Riel’s contribution to Canada and specifically to recall that he was executed for being a persistent advocate for the rights of his people. (Reference: http://louisrielday.com/)

In 2008, Manitoba schools were invited to name our province’s newest holiday and 114 responded with suggestions that reflected Manitoba’s citizenship, history, culture, arts, sports and significant individuals from our past. Eleven schools submitted the winning entry and received $1,000 grants to purchase materials for their school library. (Reference: http://louisrielday.com/louis-riel-day-origins/)

Louis Riel Books and Videos

The Red River College Library has dozens of “Louis Riel” related items in our collection. Here is a sample:

Riel’s Defence : Perspectives on His Speeches (eBook)
In 1885, Louis Riel was charged with high treason, found guilty, and consequently executed for his role in Saskatchewan’s North-West Rebellion. During his trial, the Métis leader gave two speeches, passionately defending the interests of the Métis in western Canada as well as his own life. Riel’s Defence studies these speeches, demonstrating the range of Riel’s political and personal concerns. Link: EBSCOhost eBook

Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont
Louis Riel, a controversial Metis mystic and visionary, fought for his people’s rights against an encroaching tide of white settlers. Hunter and Metis leader Gabriel Dumont, a man tested by warfare, was, in contrast, a pragmatic realist of the land. Celebrated novelist Joseph Boyden explores the tumultuous year when Riel and Dumont united the Me´tis while dividing a nation. Could Dumont have forseen the impact on the Me´tis cause when he brought Riel home? While making rational demands of Sir John A. Macdonald, Riel seemed increasingly overtaken by a messianic mission. His controversial execution by the Canadian government in 1885 still reverberates today. Catalog Record: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=112056

Louis Riel : firebrand
Louis Riel devoted his life to the Metis cause. A fiery activist, he struggled against injustice as he saw it. He was a pioneer in the field of Aboriginal rights and land claims but was branded an outlaw in his own time. In 1885, he was executed for treason. In 1992, the House of Commons declared Riel a founder of Manitoba. November 16 is now designated Louis Riel Day in Canada. Catalog Record: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=100518

Louis Riel : a comic-strip biography
Told with dispassionate precision by the legendary cartoonist Chester Brown, this is the story of the charismatic, and perhaps mad, nineteenth century Metis leader, whose struggle to win rights for his people led to violent rebellion on the Canadian frontier. Catalog Record: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=87977

Louis Riel
Champion of a people or traitorous rabble-rouser? Political visionary or religious lunatic? Louis Riel is one of the most ambiguous figures in Canadian history, a man who stood and fell for the Métis nation. Read about the fascinating western icon in this well-paced biography. The doomed struggle of Louis Riel and his Métis people against the new Canadian government is a story rich in drama and cultural change. Catalog Record: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=86278

Riel (Video)
1979 Dramatization of the Riel Rebellion of 1885. Under their leader, Louis Riel, the Metis rise up against the government of Sir John A. MacDonald. Stars Raymond Cloutier as Louis Riel. Also includes Roger Blay, Maury Chaykin, Arthur Hill, Leslie Nielsen, Christopher Plummer and William Shatner in supporting roles.Catalog Record: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=32674

Louis Riel Quotes

“We must cherish our inheritance. We must preserve our nationality for the youth of our future. The story should be written down to pass on.” – Louis Riel

“I am more convinced everyday that without a single exception I did right. And I have always believed that, as I have acted honestly, the time will come when the people of Canada will see and acknowledge it.” – Louis Riel, 1885

“Yes, I have done my duty. During my life I have aimed at practical results. I hope that after my death my spirit will bring practical results. All that I have done and risked… Rested certainly on the conviction that I was called upon to do something for my country I know that through the grace of God I am the founder of Manitoba.” – Louis Riel, May 6, 1885, Batoche, N.W.T.

Reference: http://www.mmf.mb.ca/louis_riel_quotes.php

Louis Riel’s grave-site, located next to the St. Boniface Basilica.

Louis Riel Tour

Are you looking for a long-weekend activity? Here is a wonderful web page that lists the Louis Riel commemorative locations in and around Winnipeg: http://louisrielday.com/louis-riel-tour/

 

 

 

 

 

Viola Desmond: A Story of Courage

February 13, 2017 • Written by

In February 2008, Senator Donald Oliver, the first Black man appointed to the Senate, introduced the Motion to Recognize Contributions of Black Canadians and February as Black History Month. It received unanimous approval and was adopted on March 4, 2008. Since then, February is an official time to celebrate Black Canadians – their experiences, stories, achievements and contributions.

Learn more: Government of Canada – Black History Month

VIOLA DESMOND (1914-1965):
Entrepreneur and Defender of Social Justice

The 2017 Black History Month poster (pictured right) shows Viola Desmond as an example of the courage and strength shown by so many Black Canadians throughout history.

Watch, listen and read about how Viola Desmond and other Black Canadians have taken a stand against racial segregation in Canada.

 


Heritage Minutes: Viola Desmond (Historica Canada video)

The story of Viola Desmond, an entrepreneur who challenged segregation in Nova Scotia in the 1940s. The 82nd Heritage Minute in Historica Canada’s collection. (1 min.)


Living in Hope: Viola Desmond’s Story (CBC Radio broadcast)

A dramatized account of a pivotal moment in Canadian race relations. On November 8, 1946 Viola Desmond refuses to move to the upstairs balcony in the Roseland Theatre, and is forcibly removed from the theatre and thrown in jail. The resulting legal battle was taken all the way to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. (RRC network log in required)


Viola Desmond’s Canada : a history of Blacks and racial segregation in the promised land (Book)

Most Canadians are aware of Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on a racially segregated bus in Alabama, but Viola Desmond’s act of resistance occurred nine years earlier. However, many Canadians are still unaware of Desmond’s story or that racial segregation existed throughout many parts of Canada during most of the twentieth century. On the subject of race, Canadians seem to exhibit a form of collective amnesia. Viola Desmond’s Canada is a groundbreaking book that provides a concise overview of the narrative of the Black experience in Canada. (Available to borrow from RRC Library)

 


Journey to Justice (NFB video)

“This documentary pays tribute to a group of Canadians who took racism to court. They are Canada’s unsung heroes in the fight for Black civil rights. Focusing on the 1930s to the 1950s, this film documents the struggle of 6 people who refused to accept inequality. Featured here, among others, are Viola Desmond, a woman who insisted on keeping her seat at a Halifax movie theatre in 1946 rather than moving to the section normally reserved for the city’s Black population, and Fred Christie, who took his case to the Supreme Court after being denied service at a Montreal tavern in 1936. These brave pioneers helped secure justice for all Canadians. Their stories deserve to be told.” – NFB website

 

CBC News in Review: January 2017 Edition

January 31, 2017 • Written by

Here is a round-up of the latest edition of CBC News in Review – a closer look at current events. (RRC network log in required to view.)

Europe’s Discontent: The Backlash of Populism

“The results of the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom and the U.S. presidential election in 2016 may have caught many by surprise, but those who study political philosophy say it’s all part of an anti-establishment backlash. It indicates a return to so-called “populism,” where the people want more say in the direction of their country. And that could spell major changes for the leaders of many European nations in the near future.” — CBC News in Review, Current Edition on Curio.ca

Revealing Selfies: The Consequences of Sexting

“Sharing a sexy selfie with your latest crush may seem harmless, but once online those images live forever. Recently six male teens found out the hard way that sharing intimate pictures of their female schoolmates was also against the law. CBC reporter Ioanna Roumeliotis went to a high school in Nova Scotia to talk to teens about the pressure to share those intimate photos, and steps being taken to help kids understand the consequences.” — CBC News in Review, Current Edition on Curio.ca

Fidel Castro: Brutal Dictator or Visionary Revolutionist?

“The death of Fidel Castro in late November 2016 had Cubans mourning while expats were celebrating. He was a polarizing figure, larger than life and an enigma. He’s been a long-time friend of Canada thanks to a friendship with former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, and an arch enemy of America — at least until former U.S. president Barack Obama tried to end that Cold War. Now incoming President Donald Trump will likely end any agreements made and Cuba’s future is uncertain once again.” — CBC News in Review, Current Edition on Curio.ca

Disinformation and Lies: The Dangers of Fake News

“When a man walked into a New York pizza parlour in December 2016 with an assault rifle and said he was checking out the story that there was a child sex-trafficking ring in the basement, run by former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the world took notice. It was a fake news story called “Pizzagate”, planted online, that went viral. Now it’s getting harder to tell truth from fiction on the Internet. But why has “fake news” spiked?  Some say it’s because there’s money to be made. Others say it’s foreign countries trying to manipulate the outcome of important events such as the U.S. presidential election. Whatever the case, “fake news” has gone viral.” — CBC News in Review, Current Edition on Curio.ca

NFB presents… Award-winning Animation

January 23, 2017 • Written by

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB)—Canada’s public film producer and distributor—has achieved global recognition for delivering innovative and highly creative media productions. Much of the NFB’s output is serious in nature, however a lighter side is revealed in their fantastically creative, highly entertaining animated shorts. I’m sure the students learning animation in RRC’s Digital Media Design program would find inspiration in this award-winning animation (please note that RRC network log in is required to view).

Me and My Moulton

Torill Kove, National Film Board of Canada

“This animated short by Torill Kove marks the NFB’s 73rd Oscar® nomination! With a bright palette and witty dialogue, the film tells the charming story of a seven-year-old girl and her sisters, who ask for a bicycle knowing full well that their loving yet unconventional parents will likely disappoint them.”—NFB website. Winner of 2 awards and 3 nominations.


Ryan

Chris Landreth, National Film Board of Canada

“This Oscar®-winning animated short from Chris Landreth is based on the life of Ryan Larkin, a Canadian animator who produced some of the most influential animated films of his time. Ryan is living every artist’s worst nightmare – succumbing to addiction, panhandling on the streets to make ends meet. Through computer-generated characters, Landreth interviews his friend to shed light on his downward spiral. Some strong language. Viewer discretion is advised.”—NFB website. Winner of 27 awards and 2 nominations.


Gloria Victoria

Theodore Ushev, National Film Board of Canada

“Recycling elements of surrealism and cubism, this animated short by Theodore Ushev focuses on the relationship between art and war. Propelled by the exalting “invasion” theme from Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony (No. 7), the film presents imagery of combat fronts and massacres, leading us from Dresden to Guernica, from the Spanish Civil War to Star Wars. It is at once a symphony that serves the war machine, that stirs the masses, and art that mourns the dead, voices its outrage and calls for peace.”—NFB website. Winner of 1 award and 7 nominations.


Madame Tutli-Putli

Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski, National Film Board of Canada

“This stop-motion animated film takes viewers on an exhilarating existential journey into the fully imagined, tactile world of Madame Tutli-Putli. As she travels alone on the night train, weighed down with all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past, she faces both the kindness and menace of strangers. Finding herself caught up in a desperate metaphysical adventure, adrift between real and imagined worlds, Madame Tutli-Putli confronts her demons.”—NFB website. Winner of 12 awards and 6 nominations.


The Danish Poet

Torill Kove, National Film Board of Canada

“This Oscar®-winning short animation follows Kasper, a poet whose creative well has run dry, on a holiday to Norway to meet the famous writer Sigrid Undset. Kasper attempts to answer some pretty big questions: can we trace the chain of events that leads to our own birth? Is our existence just coincidence? Do little things matter? As Kasper’s quest for inspiration unfolds, it appears that a spell of bad weather, an angry dog, slippery barn planks, a careless postman, hungry goats and other seemingly unrelated factors might play important roles in the big scheme of things after all.”—NFB website. Winner of  9 awards and 2 nominations.


Bob’s Birthday

David Fine & Alison Snowden, National Film Board of Canada

“This film took home an Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film. When Margaret plans a celebration for her husband Bob, she underestimates the sudden impact of middle age on his mood. A witty, offbeat animated portrait of a frustrated dentist wrestling with the fundamental issues of life proves that birthdays (and surprise parties) can be very tricky indeed.”—NFB website. Winner of 3 awards and 3 nominations.


The Big Snit

Richard Condie, National Film Board of Canada

“This poignant and hilarious animated film perfectly captures the intersection of a domestic quarrel and a global nuclear war. An Oscar® nominee enjoyed by millions of fans, this film is a classic example of Richard Condie’s off-the-wall humour.”—NFB website. Winner of 4 awards and 3 nominations.


LOOK FURTHER:
⇒ Explore NFB’s animation collection
⇒ See a sample of students’ work in the Digital Media Design and 3D Computer Graphics programs at RRC:

 

 

Prime Cuts: Books About Meat

January 18, 2017 • Written by

Last week, Jill Wilson wrote about a renewed interest in butchers and locally-sourced meats in a Free Press article entitled Riving an Art. In addition to talking to butchers from the newly opened Bouchée Boucher and established businesses like Denny’s Meats, the college’s Culinary Arts gets mentioned for expanding their repertoire by using whole animals in meat cutting courses, plus a brand-new second year course.

As usual, the library continues to support this, and other programs, with our collection. Below are selected titles from our collection yet these ‘prime cuts’ represent a fraction of culinary titles with topics already profiled in past posts. (What can we say, we like food as much as books.)

Books

 

 

Butcher’s Apprentice: The Expert’s Guide to Selecting, Preparing, and Cooking a World Of Meat
Authors: Eliza Green and Steve Lagado (Illustrator)

 

The masters in The Butcher’s Apprentice teach you all the old-world, classic meat-cutting skills you need to prepare fresh cuts at home. Through extensive, diverse profiles and cutting lessons, butchers, food advocates, meat-loving chefs, and more share their expertise. Inside, you’ll find hundreds of full-color, detailed step-by-step photographs of cutting beef, pork, poultry, game, goat, organs, and more, as well as tips and techniques on using the whole beast for true nose-to-tail eating.–From the Online Catalog


Eat This Book: A Carnivore’s Manifesto

Author: Dominque Lestel

If we want to improve the treatment of animals, Dominique Lestel argues, we must acknowledge our evolutionary impulse to eat them and we must expand our worldview to see how others consume meat ethically and sustainably.–From the book jacket

 

 

 


Meat: Everything You Need To Know

Author: Pat LaFrieda

Pat LaFrieda, the third generation butcher, and owner of America’s premier meatpacking business presents the ultimate book of everything meat, with more than seventy-five mouthwatering recipes for beef, pork, lamb, veal, and poultry.For true meat lovers, a beautifully prepared cut of beef, pork, lamb, veal, or poultry is not just the center of the meal, it is the reason for eating.–From the Simon and Shuster Website

 

Meat: Identification, Fabrication, Utilization
Author: Thomas Schneller

Kitchen Pro Series: Guide to Meat Identification, Fabrication, and Utilization is the definitive guide to purchasing and fabricating meat cuts for professional chefs, foodservice personnel, culinarians, and food enthusiasts. Part of the CIA’s new Kitchen Pro Series focusing on kitchen preparation skills, this user-friendly, full-color resource provides practical information on fabricating beef, pork, veal, lamb, game, and exotic meats. Helpful storage information, basic preparation methods for each cut, and recipes are included to give professional and home chefs everything they need to know to produce well-primed cuts of meat. For anyone who believes that butchery is a lost art, The Culinary Institute of America’s Chef Thomas Schneller counters that notion by providing a close examination and explanation of the craft in this clear and concise book.–From Amazon.ca

Streaming Videos

Meat [Video on Demand]
Author: Cordon Bleu

Meat Technology[Video on Demand]
Author: Ontario, Ministry of Agriculture

Braising and Stewing[Videon on Demand]
Author: California Culinary Academy

Need something more specific? Try searching by subject for things like “charcuterie”, in our online catalog. Not only will your search term show up in a title or subject line of a record, but it might also be part of an item’s table of contents. Contact the library for more search tips, help with streaming video or one-one help to support your career path.

 

 

Winter Pick-Me-Ups

January 12, 2017 • Written by

Image credit: CC0 Public Domain image from Pixabay (pixabay.com)

Winter got you down? It’s no wonder with all of the cold, snow and limited sunlight we cope with these days. Below are a few suggestions to help you escape the winter blahs and blues.

Colouring for Stress Relief

Adult colouring has become a popular way to relieve stress. It is calming in the way it causes the brain to focus on the moment, making other thoughts subside. Knitting is another therapeutic task, which has the same quality of  “predictability” that colouring offers. Why not escape the mental tension and try out a few of these colouring pages?

Free Printable Adult Colouring Pages:

Read more: The Therapeutic Science Of Adult Coloring Books: How This Childhood Pastime Helps Adults Relieve Stress

Pursuit of Happiness

Another obvious way to beat the blues is to actively pursue happiness. There are lots of self-help resources out there, but these excellent titles are free for all RRC staff and students to borrow from the Library.

Stumbling on happiness (book)

In this brilliant, witty, and accessible book, renowned Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions.

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re so smart, why aren’t you happy? (book)

Takes readers on a fun and meaningful tour of the best research available on how some of the very determinants of success may also come to deflate happiness. Raj Raghunathan explores the seven most common inclinations that successful people need to overcome, and the seven habits they should adopt instead.

 

 

 

 

 

Advice from an Expert

Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal is the world-renowned researcher and psychiatrist who first diagnosed Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and light therapy to treat it. His book, Winter Blues: Everything You Need to Know to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder describes the benefits of light therapy. He offers practical advice, answering just about every question you could think of on the subject. Other ways to help yourself include getting more light, taking a winter vacation, doing exercise, and modifying your diet. Check out this e-book for more information. (RRC network log in required to view).

Build an Igloo!

How to Build an Igloo (video)

This classic short film from the National Film Board shows how to make an igloo using only snow and a knife. Not only is it an activity to get you moving, but it’s also provides a warm place to hang out. (RRC network log in required to view).

 

 

National Non-Smoking Week – 15-21 January

January 9, 2017 • Written by

Come check out our window display at the Notre Dame Campus Library.

National Non-Smoking Week (NNSW) has been observed during the third week in January for more than 37 years. With a wide variety of activities and participants across the country, National Non-Smoking Week is one of the most important events in Canada’s ongoing public education efforts on controlling tobacco-use.

Reference: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hc-ps/tobac-tabac/res/nnsw-snsf-eng.php

Weedless Wednesday

The Wednesday of National Non-Smoking Week is termed Weedless Wednesday. Smokers are urged to refrain from smoking on this day. The intention is to kick-start the process of quitting smoking as well as gaining media coverage.

Weedless Wednesday focuses on the benefits of cessation and promotes the community resources available to help smokers quit. It takes a “one day at a time” approach to quitting smoking, a concept appealing to many smokers who may be discouraged at the thought of an entire week — or lifetime — without cigarettes, but who may be able to cope with one smoke-free day.

Do you want to quit? Use Smokers Helpline!

Smokers’ Helpline is a free, confidential service operated by the Canadian Cancer Society offering support and information about quitting smoking and tobacco use.

Connect to quit with Smokers’ Helpline – Learn about Smokers’ Helpline free phone, online and text services from real Quit Coaches.

Smokers’ Helpline serves five provinces and one territory in Canada, including: PEI, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Yukon. For quitline services in other provinces, visit www.cancer.ca/quitlines. Funding varies by province/territory, so services may also vary.

Notre Dame Campus Window Display

Check out the Notre Dame Campus Library window display, which highlights books and materials chosen to help you to learn more about this topic. We have included a sample of the items below, however to view a complete list of books in the window display click here: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

Kicking butts : quit smoking and take charge of your health.

You Can Do It. Each year over a million people stop smoking. You can be one of them. Why Read This Book? If you are worried about the effect of smoking on your health or the health of those around you, you can take action with the help of the experts at the American Cancer Society. The Support You Need. We’ll help you outline your quitting plan and show you how to set up the support you may need. We’ll also guide you through living a nonsmoking life in the days after you’ve quit.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=86387

 

Complete idiot’s guide to quitting smoking

You’re no idiot, of course. You know smoking is bad news. It can cause lung cancer, heart problems, respiratory ailments– not to mention what it does to your teeth. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Quitting Smoking has the tips, strategies and advice you need to give up cigarettes for good. Learn how to set goals, identify and break smoking habits, choose nicotine patches and medications, design a long-term health plan, find support networks and deal with stress and depression– without lighting up.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=86388

 

Allen Carr’s easy way to stop smoking

This classic guide to the world’s most successful stop smoking method is all you need to give up smoking. You can even smoke while you read. There are no scare tactics, you will not gain weight and stopping will not feel like deprivation. If you want to kick the habit then go for it. Allen Carr has helped millions of people become happy non-smokers. His unique method removes your psychological dependence on cigarettes and literally sets you free. Accept no substitute. Ten million people can’t be wrong.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=87842

 

 

Climate Change: This Changes Everything

January 4, 2017 • Written by

There is a scientific consensus that does in fact warn us how climate change is a tangible threat, and is advancing in a way that portends to change everything.  If you are unsure of how climate change affects you, maybe it is time to educate yourself. For your interest and education, we present a selection of streaming videos and books that may be found in our collection.  Learn before you discern!

 

This Changes Everything (NFB Video)

Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

Link: https://www-nfb-ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2047/film/this_changes_everything/

 

Why we disagree about climate change : understanding controversy, inaction and opportunity (Book)

Climate change is not ‘a problem’ waiting for ‘a solution’. It is an environmental, cultural and political phenomenon which is re-shaping the way we think about ourselves, our societies and humanity’s place on Earth. Drawing upon twenty-five years of professional work as an international climate change scientist and public commentator, Mike Hulme provides a unique insider’s account of the emergence of this phenomenon and the diverse ways in which it is understood. He uses different standpoints from science, economics, faith, psychology, communication, sociology, politics and development to explain why we disagree about climate change. In this way he shows that climate change, far from being simply an ‘issue’ or a ‘threat’, can act as a catalyst to revise our perception of our place in the world. Why We Disagree About Climate Change is an important contribution to the ongoing debate over climate change and its likely impact on our lives.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=108948

 

Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century (Book)

Global climate change is one of the most important issues humanity faces today. This updated, second edition assesses the sensible, senseless and biased proposals for averting the potentially disastrous consequences of global warming, allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions on switching to more sustainable energy provision. Burton Richter is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who has served on many US and international review committees on climate change and energy issues. He provides a concise overview of our knowledge and uncertainties within climate change science, discusses current energy demand and supply patterns, and the energy options available to cut emissions of greenhouse gases. Written in non-technical language, this book presents a balanced view of options for moving from our heavy reliance on fossil fuels into a much more sustainable energy system, and is accessible to a wide range of readers without scientific backgrounds – students, policymakers and the concerned citizen.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=125211

 

The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning (Curio Video)

This devastating documentary offers a huge reality check on climate change in Antarctica. It outlines the scary recent phenomenon of suicide among penguins, the imminent rise of the world’s sea level due to ice melting, startling new data on the ozone hole and how vegetation is now growing in the world’s largest desert. These new discoveries were considered so valuable that this film became the only one invited by the United Nations to screen to world leaders during the COP15 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, December 2009.

Link: http://curio.ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2048/en/video/the-antarctica-challenge-a-global-warning-1425/

 

Climate Change: Worst-Case Scenario (Curio Video)

Meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe explains the latest research on melting sea ice.

Link: http://curio.ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2048/en/video/climate-change-worst-case-scenario-7115/

In the Holiday Spirit: Films for the Season

December 15, 2016 • Written by

In the Holiday Spirit

For many of us, the holiday season is associated with eating and entertaining, celebrating with friends and family and going to parties. RRC Library’s “In the Holiday Spirit” series highlights resources from RRC Library’s collection that honour these festivities. 

Happy holidays! The staff at RRC Library wish you a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season. Below are some festive films to cozy up to on a cold winter night. (RRC network log in may be required.)

Seasonal Films from NFB

From Naughty to Nice

“This short film, featuring the work of the internationally-renowned Old Trout Puppet Workshop, is a playful cautionary tale about the consequences of selfishness and greed. The film’s greedy boy-king, Santa Claus, has everything he could ever want, including a castle brimming with toys, but the path of the greedy has only one end: to wind up alone, without a single friend. Santa only wants more and more—until he discovers the gift of giving.” (Source: NFB Website)

NFB’s Ho Ho Holidays Channel

Enjoy the holidays with the National Film Board’s own fun collection of family films.

 

 

 

 

Jingle Bell Rocks!

“Starring an eclectic cast of characters – musicians, DJs composers, collectors & critics – plus two dozen amazing & original songs, Jingle Bell Rocks! is a trippy, cinematic sleigh ride into the strange & sublime universe of alternative Christmas music. Featuring: Run DMC, The Flaming Lips, Bob Dorough and Miles Davis, and many more!” (Source: NFB Website)

 

Seasonal Films from Curio.ca

The Secret of the Nutcracker

“This delightful Christmas tale tells the story of 12-year-old Clara’s mystical journey on Christmas Eve to find her father who is fighting as a pilot in World War II. She receives unexpected help from the mysterious Drosselmeyer who befriends Clara and encourages her to believe that she can create magic. The Secret of The Nutcracker is directed by Eric Till and features the music of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and John Estacio, performed by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.” (Source. Curio.ca)

Walter and Tandoori’s Xmas

“It is just before Christmas in the village of Hart’s Landing and an ominous shadow threatens the tiny town. That’s right, Bill Counter, a wealthy, unscrupulous businessman, is building a huge department store right in the middle of town. With a thousand tricks up his sleeve, nothing appears to be able to stop him. “Buy, Buy and Always Buy” seem to be his favorite refrain. But after he makes friends with Walter and Tandoori, they are quick to realize the dishonest nature of dear Bill Counter! A major challenge awaits our hero Walter. With the help of his faithful sidekick Tandoori, he must save the village whose quality of life is being severely tested.” (Source: Curio.ca)

The Nativity

“Ideal for Religious Studies, The Nativity is not simply a retelling of the story of the birth of Jesus. Shot over two years in Morocco, this visually stunning international production explores the search of the Magi, the tyranny of Herod, and the earthly troubles of lowly shepherds. But at its heart, it is about two people — Mary, a young girl frightened by the momentous gift bestowed upon her, and Joseph, the kind man who loves her, but struggles to accept his own role in the greatest story ever told. The Nativity brings the story to life, rooting the action in a world we can all recognize and understand more than two millennia after the star first shone over the stable in Bethlehem.” (Source: Curio.ca)

 

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In the Holiday Spirit: Entertaining with Style

December 12, 2016 • Written by

In the Holiday Spirit

For many of us, the holiday season is associated with eating and entertaining, celebrating with friends and family and going to parties. RRC Library’s “In the Holiday Spirit” series highlights resources from RRC Library’s collection that honour the season’s festivities. Today’s topic provides sources of ideas for stylish table settings.

Entertaining with Style

Table inspirations : original ideas for stylish entertaining

Table settings and decorations set the scene for a special occasion and create an atmosphere of hospitality, conviviality, and style. In Table Inspirations, stylist and interiors writer Emily Chalmers offers an abundance of delightful ideas for stylish settings and decorations for every occasion, from the simplest weekday suppers to classic celebratory dinners, or informal family lunches eaten al fresco.

 

 

Table settings : stylish entertaining made simple

Features 20 themed occasions, ranging from festive meals to simpler events, such as dinner for two or a lazy weekend breakfast. You don’t need family-heirloom china or silverware to recreate these appealing settings–fresh flowers, twinkling tea lights, and quirky decorative touches are enough. For easy reference, there is also a visual directory of international place settings. Designed for people with busy lifestyles, these stunning ideas by stylist Emily Chalmers are quick and easy to create.

 

Table magic : how to create fabulous table settings

Packed with over 100 creative and inspirational ideas for dressing the dining table, this book will help you set the scene for your dinner parties or special occasions.

 

 

 

 

 

The art of napkin folding

This book offers a diverse collection of 35 easy-to-do napkin designs, from classic favorites such as the Swan, to new creations such as Fanci Frills or the Happi Coat. Many of the designs will serve double duty: the Lazy Susan contains little compartments for serving nuts and snacks and the Roll Wrap keeps bread rolls warm from the oven. Following the carefully crafted step-by-step instructions, readers will discover how easily and effortlessly they can make memorable table decorations.

 

Napkin folding for every occasion

A well-dressed table is incomplete without an expertly folded napkin adorning each diner’s place, giving guests an enticing hint of the culinary delights to come. Now anyone can experience a touch of elegance, whether on a lavish holiday spread or to dress up everyday meals. The dozens of lovely forms displayed here range from the classic Roll with Tip to the extravagant Ice Bird, from the sophisticated Lying Lily to the voluptuous folds of the Shell. Using simple instructions and the detailed drawings, these small works of art can be formed from either fabric napkins or everyday paper, providing that little something extra that will really set your table apart.

 

Look Further…

Here’s a sample of seasonal table decorating ideas on the Web:

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