Here are some photo highlights of our 2nd annual mini-golf tournament at Red River College Library, Notre Dame Campus. A big thank-you goes to Bettina Allen for planning the event and to all of the Library staff who volunteered to make it happen. It was great to see RRC staff and students having so much fun in the Library!
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.
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)
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Go on a journey of joy as this episode of the Nature of Things unveils the secrets of contentment. Available on DVD or online from CBC Curio. Go on a journey of joy as this program unveils the secrets of contentment.
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).
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).
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.)
“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)
“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)
“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)
“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)
“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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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.
Table settings and decorations set the scene for a special occasion and create an atmosphere of hospitality, conviviality, and style. In TableInspirations, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s a sample of seasonal table decorating ideas on the Web: