A nation-wide celebration is currently under way as Canada turns 150. Staff at CBC have curated special collections of video and radio productions to commemorate Canada’s Sesquicentennial. What better way to celebrate than to watch and listen to quality Canadian programming on CBC’s Curio? (RRC network log in required)
This collection focuses on cultural awareness, traditional knowledge and the contemporary challenges facing Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples across Canada as we begin to explore reconciliation together.
Drawing on CBC’s archive of documentaries and news reports, this is a collection of big events throughout Canada’s first 150 years. Curio staff will keep adding to this collection as the year goes on. Let us know your suggestions!
This collection presents some of the great moments that have marked the history of business in Canada and highlights some of the issues that have had a significant impact on the country’s economic development.
Immigration is one of the central themes in Canadian history. While many came to Canada to pursue economic opportunity, others arrived because of an urgent need to flee persecution. Hear the diverse stories of the many who have come to Canada in search of a new home.
Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 200 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. We work through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, held in the USA, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.
On Earth Day 1970 twenty million Americans displayed their commitment to a clean environment. It was called the largest demonstration in human history, and it permanently changed the nation’s political agenda. More than 1 billion people now participate in annual Earth Day activities. The seemingly simple idea—a day set aside to focus on protecting our natural environment—was the brainchild of U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. It accomplished, far beyond his expectations, his lifelong goal of putting the environment onto the nation’s and the world’s political agendas. The life of Nelson, a small-town boy who learned his values and progressive political principles at an early age, is woven through the political history of the twentieth century.
Gaylord Nelson is known and respected throughout the world as a founding father of the modern environmental movement and creator of one of the most successful and influential public awareness campaigns ever undertaken on behalf of global stewardship: Earth Day. Now in his eighties, Nelson delivers a timely and urgent message with the same eloquence with which he has articulated the nation’s environmental ills through the decades. He details the planet’s most critical concerns—from species and habitat losses to global climate changes and population growth. In outlining his strategy for planetary health, he inspires citizens to reassert the environment as a top priority. A book for anyone who cares deeply about our environment and wants to know what we can and must do now to save it, Beyond Earth Day is a classic guide by one of the natural world’s great defenders.
Biodiversity on our planet is in trouble. Plant and animal species are going extinct at a rate unprecedented in earth’s history. Some scientists believe that if nothing is done, between a third and half of all species on earth could disappear by the end of the century. The series 1000 Days for the Planet offers a troubling overview of the situation. Following the journey of the oceanographic schoonerSedna IVand its crew, the series captivates viewers with footage that is strikingly beautiful and spectacular, but also brutally hard to watch at times. Ultimately, however, the accounts of scientists engaged in a never-ending struggle to save our planet’s species make for a truly inspiring story for all citizens of the world.
These personal narratives of greening college campuses offer inspiration, motivation, and practical advice. Written by faculty, staff, administrators, and a student, from varying perspectives and reflecting divergent experiences, these stories also map the growing strength of a national movement toward environmental responsibility on campus. The authors of Sustainability on Campus report from a diverse group of institutions ranging from two-year community colleges to famous research universities. They tell of environmental stewardship on campus, curriculum changes, green building design, working with local communities, and system-wide initiatives.
This short documentary is a celebration of life on planet Earth. Made from haunting visual images selected from 50 years of NFB productions, the film looks at human beings, their place on earth, and their deep interconnection with all other beings. Evocations of forces that threaten the planet and all its inhabitants also offer avenues for reflection. Musical score by Loreena McKennitt.
Who doesn’t use a search engine? In fact, a search engine is statistically the first web page most people see when they go online. An average user is not a search expert and they likely use a search engine in its simplest form… just typing in a few search terms and going from there.
But, search engines can do much more than you might think!
In this blog post we have posted a handful of really cool tips that we just know you will love. Please note: In these instructions we are primarily referring to Google. However, these tips will work in other search engines as well.
Let’s get started!
Searching an Explicit Phrase:
Lets say you are looking for content about the Winnipeg Jets. Instead of just typing Winnipeg Jets into the Google search box, you will be better off searching explicitly for the phrase “Winnipeg Jets”. To do this, simply enclose the search phrase inside quotation marks.
Lets say you are searching for a quote (or a song lyric) and you are not sure of one of the words. Replace the part you’re not sure of with the wildcard character (* – an asterisk). For example if you knew only part of a quote “Life is wasted on” from an unknown source or the lyric “Heard it from a friend” from an unknown song, you could use this search method to discover the source.
Search phrase: "Life is wasted on *" --> try it
Search phrase: "Heard it from a friend *" --> try it
Lets say you want to search for info about the name Justin, but you want to exclude the results that may be included that have info about Justin Bieber. Simply use the minus (-) sign in front of a keyword you want to exclude from your search results.
Often, you want to search a specific website for relevant content. Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. Simply use the “site:hostname.com” modifier. For example, to search the tsn.ca website for information about the Winnipeg Jets:
Search phrase: Winnipeg Jets site:tsn.ca --> try it
A Synonym Search
Let’s say you want to include a word in your search, but you also wish to include results that contain similar words or synonyms. To do this, use the tilde (~) character in front of the word. For example, you could search for “Winnipeg Jobs” and then also search for “Winnipeg Employment” and get two different results. However if you search for “Winnipeg ~employment” you should get all results for Winnipeg and all synonyms of employment included.
If you’re looking to find results that are of a specific type, you can use the modifier “filetype:”. For example, you might want to find only PDF files related to the Red River College:
Search phrase: Red River College filetype:pdf --> try it
Searching for This OR That
By default, when you do a search, Google will include all the terms specified in the search. If you are looking for any one of one or more terms to match, then you can use the OR operator. Please note that the OR has to be capitalized.
Search phrase: "winnipeg jets" OR "manitoba moose" --> try it
There are dozens of tips which can be used with Google, but this is all for now! We will post more in a future blog entry.
Here are some quick and easy solutions to help you counteract the stress in your life. These are borrowed from Deborah Davis’s book, Adult learner’s companion (pages 28, 29), available at Red River College Library.
⇒ Take deep breaths
Deep breathing calms you and helps you think more clearly.
Music has long been recognized for its ability to trigger memories. Dr. Anne Fabiny says, “Some people, who had seemed unable to speak, proceed to sing and dance to the music, and others are able to recount when and where they had listened to that music. The music seems to open doors to the residents’ memory vaults” (Source: Music can boost memory and mood, Harvard Women’s Health Watch. Mar2015, Vol. 22 Issue 7, p7-7. 2/3p.).
Alive Inside: Music Reawakens Souls
Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music.
View the trailer here:
To view the full video, click here: Alive Inside (RRC network log in required)
Music for Motor Skills and Pain
Music and dance have been used to improve movements and motor skills in patients with Parkinson’s for years. One such patient, Larry Jennings, would be debilitated by Parkinson’s at one moment, and dancing and singing to music at the next. View the transformation on CTV News here: ‘Instantaneous results’: How music transformed a man with Parkinson’s.
Not only does music trigger memories and improve motor skills, “Listening to music is known to raise people’s pain thresholds, so much so that in some cases, it can be used to reduce the need for morphine-like painkillers,” says Penny Sarchet in Brain on music kills pain of workouts (New Scientist. 8/8/2015, Vol. 227 Issue 3033, p10-10. 1p. 1). Listening to music can also reduce the perceived amount of effort in exercise, can enhance mood and impact our immune system.
An Investigation by The Nature of Things
I Got Rhythm: The Science of Song (RRC network log in required) is an episode of The Nature of Things which investigates the effects of music on human beings: “Why do we sing? Are we hardwired for melodies? Scientists and musicians explore the many ways that music profoundly affects the human body, the brain and human emotions. It’s one of the oldest forms of communication, and like language, music seems an essential tool employed by humans for multiple needs.” (Source: Curio.ca)
During the month of March, Red River College IT Solutions will be moving into the next phase of enhancements to the Student Email system, moving Student Mailboxes to Office 365 in the Cloud.
Students will access the Student Email service in the same manner that they have in the past, by using HUB, and will have the additional benefit of mobile access on their phones or tablets using Microsoft’s Apps. Student Email using Office 365 will have a similar look and feel to the existing Student Email system, with slight changes in colours and enhanced features. The email addresses for all students will continue to use the “email@example.com” format, allowing for a smooth transition into the new system and ensuring that communication from Faculty and Staff will continue to flow without issue.
Students will be notified by email of the upcoming change through an All Student email. Additionally, students will receive an email from ITS on the day prior to their mailbox moving to make them aware of the imminent change. No action is required by the students for this change to occur.
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.
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
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.
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)
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)
Click the image to view the movie on the National Film Board website.
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
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).
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.