March 2018

World Water Day 2018: Thursday, March 22

March 20, 2018 • Written by

World Water Day is an annual event celebrated on 22 March. The day focuses attention on the importance of universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in developing countries.

World Water Day 2018: Thursday, March 22

The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.

Damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption. Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 commits the world to ensuring that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, and includes targets on protecting the natural environment and reducing pollution.

Reference: http://worldwaterday.org/

Library Resources

The Red River College Library maintains items related to “water” and “clean water access” in our collection; patrons are encouraged to search our online catalogue for resources. In addition, please check out our window display at the Notre Dame Campus Library where we have placed related resources.

You may view a list of items in our window display here:
http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

Below you will find a selection of the resources we have in our display. If you see something you like, just come to the Notre Dame Campus Library and inquire at the Circulation Desk.

 

Back to the well : rethinking the future of water

Water is a renewable resource, but what are its limits? Between drawing down our resources of fresh water at ever-increasing rates and continuing to pollute water that should have been cleaned up decades ago, are we entering upon a global crisis? Is water a human right? Who owns water? Who is responsible for keeping it clean and ensuring it gets to the people who need it most? Is privatization of ownership and supply networks an unmitigated evil? Marq de Villiers tackles these questions and more in Back to the Well, the refreshing follow-up to his Governor General’s Award winning book, Water (1999). De Villiers’s clear-eyed analysis assesses the state of water on Earth today and looks at the ways its use and abuse encompasses intersections between our daily personal water use, agriculture, energy policy, climate change, national security, and global conflicts. Back to the Well examines these issues and the ways they impact each other and how political ideologies and competing priorities often obscure underlying issues or make the best solutions unpalatable to vocal and influential, but ideologically blinkered, actors. De Villiers urges us to cut through the hype to see not a global crisis, but myriad local and regional problems that can be solved in different ways through local actions.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=126488

Blue future : protecting water for people and the planet forever

In her bestselling books Blue Gold and Blue Covenant, world-renowned water activist Maude Barlow exposed the battle for ownership of our dwindling water supply and the emergence of an international, grassroots-led movement to reclaim water as a public good. Since then, the United Nations has recognized access to water as a basic human right-but there is still much work to be done to stem this growing crisis. In this major new book, Barlow draws on her extensive experience and insight to lay out a set of key principles that show the way forward to what she calls a “water-secure and water-just world.” Not only does she reveal the powerful players even now impeding the recognition of the human right to water, she argues that water must not become a commodity to be bought and sold on the open market. Focusing on solutions, she includes stories of struggle and resistance from marginalized communities, as well as government policies that work for both people and the planet. At a time when climate change has moved to the top of the national agenda and when the stage is being set for unprecedented drought, mass starvation, and the migration of millions of refugees in search of water, Blue Future is an urgent call to preserve our most valuable resource for generations to come.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=121451

 

Boiling point : government neglect, corporate abuse, and Canada’s water crisis

We bask in the idea that Canada holds 20% of the world’s fresh water, confident that we will always have enough. Water crises face other countries, but not ours. We could not be more wrong. Maude Barlow lays bare the issues facing Canada’s water reserves, from long-outdated water laws to our unmapped and unprotected groundwater reserves, from agricultural pollution to industrial-waste dumping, from boil-water advisories to the effects of de-forestation and climate change. This will be the defining issue of the coming decade, and most of us have no idea that it is on our very own doorstep.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=129156

 

High and dry : meeting the challenges of the world’s growing dependence on groundwater

Groundwater is essential for drinking water and food security. It provides enormous environmental benefits by keeping streams and rivers flowing. But a growing global population, widespread use of industrial chemicals, and climate change threaten this vital resource. Groundwater depletion and contamination has spread from isolated areas to many countries throughout the world. In this accessible and timely book, hydrology expert William M. Alley and science writer Rosemarie Alley sound the call to protect groundwater. Drawing on examples from around the world, including case studies in the United States, Canada, Australia, India, and Sub-Saharan Africa, the authors examine groundwater from key scientific and socioeconomic perspectives. While addressing the serious nature of groundwater problems, the book includes stories of people who are making a difference in protecting this critical resource.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=130719

 

Water in Canada : a resource in crisis

With a foreword by world-renowned water expert Dr. David Schindler, Water in Canada makes it crystal clear that the quantity and quality of our freshwater resources are diminishing at an alarming rate. Environmental journalist Hanneke Brooymans examines the effects of human activities on our water, and presents a thought-provoking analysis of our water issues.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=113117

 

 

 

International Women’s Day 2018 #PressforProgress

March 6, 2018 • Written by

International Women’s Day is coming. Let’s get ready. March 8, 2018

#PressforProgress

With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more – there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

And while we know that gender parity won’t happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day. Plus, there’s indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support.

So we can’t be complacent. Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A strong call to #PressforProgress. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

International Women’s Day is not country, group or organisation specific. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. So together, let’s all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity. Collectively, let’s all Press for Progress.

Reference: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Theme

 

RRC Library Resources

The Red River College Library maintains items related to “Gender Equality” and “Gender Parity” in our collection; patrons are encouraged to search our online catalogue for resources. In addition, please check out our window display at the Notre Dame Campus Library where we have placed related resources.

You may view a list of items in our window display here:
http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

Below you will find a selection of the resources we have in our display. If you see something you like, just come to the Notre Dame Campus Library and inquire at the Circulation Desk.

 

Lean in : women, work, and the will to lead

Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In this book the author examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential. She is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune magazine’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=126441

 

Canadian women and the struggle for equality since 1867

The lives of girls and women have seen an astounding degree of transformation over the last 150 years. At the time of Confederation, females were not considered persons, legally or in many respects even socially. Today, while there is still a considerable distance to go, the opportunities available to women have grown exponentially. Lorna R. Marsden-sociologist, past Canadian senator, and activist-explores social change in Canada’s unique setting. The stories of how women seized opportunities to advance their status are both surprising and compelling, and reveal as much about Canada as a country as they do about the long road toward equality that women have travelled. Chapters provide absorbing insights into how change takes place over a range of topics, including the law, demographics, work, and social institutions; substantial advancement also took place in the wake of two world wars. Book jacket.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=118138

 

About Canada: Women’s rights

About Canada : women’s rights introduces readers to some of the many women who changed Canada through their efforts to secure greater equality. While a few are well known, many of these women and the battles they won have been forgotten. They deserve a greater place in Canada’s history.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=126362

 

 

Women and business since 1500 : invisible presences in Europe and North America?

This volume surveys the role women have played in various types of business as owners, co-owners and decision-making managers in European and North American societies since the sixteenth century. Drawing on up-to-date scholarship, it identifies the economic, social, legal and cultural factors that have facilitated or restricted women’s participation in business. It pays particular attention to the ways in which gender norms, and their evolution, shaped not only those women’s experience of business, but the ways they were perceived by contemporaries, documented in sources and, partly as a consequence, viewed by historians.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=127125

 

Making space for Indigenous feminism

The 2007 first edition of this book proposed that Indigenous feminism was a valid and indeed essential theoretical and activist position, and introduced a roster of important Indigenous feminist contributors. The book has been well received nationally and internationally. It has been deployed in Indigenous Studies, Law, Political Science, and Women and Gender Studies in universities and appears on a number of doctoral comprehensive exam reading lists. The second edition, Making More Space, builds on the success of its predecessor, but is not merely a reiteration of it. Some chapters from the first edition are largely revised. A majority of the chapters are new, written for the second edition by important new scholars and activists. The second edition is more confident and less diffident about making the case for Indigenous feminism and in deploying a feminist analysis. The chapters cover issues that are relevant to some of the most important issues facing Indigenous people–violence against women, recovery of Indigenous self-determination, racism, misogyny, and decolonisation. Specifically, new chapters deal with Indigenous resurgence, feminism amongst the Sami and in Aboriginal Australia, neoliberal restructuring in Oaxaca, Canada’s settler racism and sexism, and missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=130795

International Women’s Day: Videos Now on Display

March 5, 2018 • Written by

Thursday, March 8, 2018 is International Women’s Day, an annual event celebrating women’s achievements and promoting gender equality.

AV Services, NDC Library, has put together a collection of videos that deal with a range of issues related to women. These videos are freely available to all staff and students at RRC. Come check out the display outside AV Services, or view some of our online selections below.

Available Online (log in required):

Gender Matters: A Virtual Discussion on Violence Against Women

As part of the Young Women’s National Leadership Summit, the YWCA and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) invited participants aged 17+ from across North America to take part in a conversation with three outstanding role models and leaders in the fight for women’s rights. Focusing on the subject of gender-based violence, the panellists discussed the issues that women are facing today, and how we can work together to create a fairer and safer society for all. (2017 | 48 min)

 

 

The War at Home

Across Canada, a woman is killed every six days by her intimate partner. Another 3,000 flee their homes each night, seeking refuge in shelters. This must-see documentary offers an intimate look at a private battlefield, one where thousands of Canadian women live in fear in the one place they should feel safe – their homes. Warning: this program may contain mature subject matter and coarse language. Viewer discretion is advised. (2016 | 44 min)

Questions or suggestions?

If you have any questions about AV materials, or you are an instructor and would like to suggest a purchase, please contact AV Services:

Notre Dame Campus

Phone: 204-632-2231
Email: av@rrc.ca

Exchange District Campus

Phone: 204-949-8370
Email: av_edc@rrc.ca