January 2017

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/