Posts by Mark Nelson

Summer Reading

June 14, 2017 • Written by

It’s summer and it’s time for a vacation! During your summer holidays, why not take some time for yourself and read one of the many excellent books available in Red River College’s Library.

We have placed a selection of books in the Notre Dame Campus window display. Check it out or view a complete list of all books in our display. If you see something you like, just come to the Notre Dame Campus Library and inquire at the Circulation Desk.

Here is a small sample of some of the recommended titles we have on display.

 

All that man is / David Szalay

Nine men. Each of them at a different stage in life, each of them away from home, and each of them striving–in the suburbs of Prague, in an overdeveloped Alpine village, beside a Belgian motorway, in a dingy Cyprus hotel–to understand what it means to be alive, here and now. Tracing a dramatic arc from the spring of youth to the winter of old age, the ostensibly separate narratives of All That Man Is aggregate into a picture of a single shared existence, a picture that interrogates the state of modern manhood while bringing to life, unforgettably, the physical and emotional terrain of an increasingly globalized Europe. And so these nine lives form an ingenious and new kind of novel, in which David Szalay expertly plots a dark predicament for the twenty-first-century man.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=128518

 

Do not say we have nothing : a novel

An extraordinary novel set in China before, during and after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989–the breakout book we’ve been waiting for from a bestselling, Amazon.ca First Novel Award winner. Madeleine Thien’s new novel is breathtaking in scope and ambition even as it is hauntingly intimate. With the ease and skill of a master storyteller, Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations–those who lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the mid-twentieth century; and the children of the survivors, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square in 1989, in one of the most important political moments of the past century. With exquisite writing sharpened by a surprising vein of wit and sly humour, Thien has crafted unforgettable characters who are by turns flinty and headstrong, dreamy and tender, foolish and wise. At the centre of this epic tale, as capacious and mysterious as life itself, are enigmatic Sparrow, a genius composer who wishes desperately to create music yet can find truth only in silence; his mother and aunt, Big Mother Knife and Swirl, survivors with captivating singing voices and an unbreakable bond; Sparrow’s ethereal cousin Zhuli, daughter of Swirl and storyteller Wen the Dreamer, who as a child witnesses the denunciation of her parents and as a young woman becomes the target of denunciations herself; and headstrong, talented Kai, best friend of Sparrow and Zhuli, and a determinedly successful musician who is a virtuoso at masking his true self until the day he can hide no longer. Here, too, is Kai’s daughter, the ever-questioning mathematician Marie, who pieces together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking a fragile meaning in the layers of their collective story. With maturity and sophistication, humour and beauty, a huge heart and impressive understanding, Thien has crafted a novel that is at once beautifully intimate and grandly political, rooted in the details of daily life inside China, yet transcendent in its universality.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=128504

 

Hot milk / Deborah Levy

“I have been sleuthing my mother’s symptoms for as long as I can remember. If I see myself as an unwilling detective with a desire for justice, is her illness an unsolved crime? If so, who is the villain and who is the victim? Sofia, a young anthropologist, has spent much of her life trying to solve the mystery of her mother’s unexplainable illness. She is frustrated with Rose and her constant complaints, but utterly relieved to be called to abandon her own disappointing fledgling adult life. She and her mother travel to the searing, arid coast of southern Spain to see a famous consultant– their very last chance– in the hope that he might cure her unpredictable limb paralysis. But Dr. Gomez has strange methods that seem to have little to do with physical medicine, and as the treatment progresses, Sofia’s mother’s illness becomes increasingly baffling. Sophia’s role as detective– tracking her mother’s symptoms in an attempt to find the secret motivation for her pain– deepens as she discovers her own desires in this transient desert community. Hot Milk is a profound exploration of the sting of sexuality, of unspoken female rage, of myth and modernity, the lure of hypochondria and big pharma, and, above all, the value of experimenting with life; of being curious, bewildered, and vitally alive to the world”–

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=128498

 

The wonder / Emma Donoghue

An English nurse is brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child’s life. Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale’s Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl. Written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, THE WONDER works beautifully on many levels–a tale of two strangers who transform each other’s lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=128483

 

The girl who drank the moon / Kelly Barnhill

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule — but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her — even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=129203

 

Check out the complete list of all books in our display.

TEDx Winnipeg Live Stream – Tuesday 6 June 17 – Notre Dame Campus Library

June 1, 2017 • Written by

TEDxWinnipeg holds a one-day event each year in Winnipeg, MB. TED is all about spreading great ideas and we don’t want Red River College Staff and Students to miss out… which is why the library will be live-streaming this year’s TEDxWinnipeg!

  • When: Tuesday June 6 2017 – 8:30AM to 4:30PM
  • Where: Notre Dame Campus Library Classroom
  • Who: Students and Staff are welcome to drop in anytime between 8:30AM and 4:30PM.
  • Additional Info: Available on the TEDxWinnipeg website.

Tentative Programme of Speakers

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

  • DENE SINCLAIR Indigenous Tourism
  • MIKE LUND The Time of Your Life
  • JOHANNA HUME Design Economics
  • RYAN MAYBERRY The Future History of Art

10:00 – 10:45AM – Break

10:45AM – Noon

  • SONYA BALLANTYNE If I don’t see myself, how do I know I exist?
  • TATJANA BRKIC Social Innovation in Business
  • JON WALDMAN Swimming Aimlessly: Getting Men to Talk about Infertility
  • JOEL CARTER Storytelling at the End of Life

Noon – 1:30PM – Lunch Break

1:30PM – 2:45PM

  • ALI SAEED The Barefoot Man is Coming (Warning: Graphic images & Content)
  • RANA BOKHARI Leadership: Breaking Traditional Gender, Age, and Religious Barriers
  • MIKE JOHNSTON A Synonym for Science is Poetry

2:45PM – 3:15PM –  Break

3:15 – 4:30PM

  • ALYSON SHANE The Positive Power of Digital Communities
  • ANDREA KRAJ Smart Cities Begin With You
  • STEVE LANGSTON Goal Smashing

Come Play Mini-Putt Golf in the Library

May 30, 2017 • Written by

The Notre Dame Campus Library will be holding a mini-golf tournament on on Thursday 8 June 2017 from 11:00AM to 1:00PM. It takes about 15-20 minutes to play the course, no registration is necessary, equipment is provided, it’s free and no actual golf skills are required. Anyone who completes the course will be eligible to win a prize.

Where: Notre Dame Campus Library

When: 11:00AM to 1:00PM – Thursday 8 June 2017

Come and have some fun in the Library!

Earth Day – Saturday 22 April 2017

April 12, 2017 • Written by

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.

Reference: http://www.earthday.org/about/

 

Learn More: Books and videos from our collection

We have chosen items from the RRC library collection to help you to learn more about this topic. Most items require login.

The Man From Clear Lake : Earth Day Founder Senator Gaylord Nelson

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.

 

Beyond Earth Day : Fulfilling the Promise

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.

1000 Days for the Planet

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.

Sustainability on campus : stories and strategies for change

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.

 

Mother Earth

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.

 

Great Googling

March 9, 2017 • Written by

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.

Search phrase: "Winnipeg Jets"           --> try it

Using a Wildcard within Quotes:

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

Excluding Words

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.

Search phrase: Justin -Bieber        --> try it

A Site Specific Search

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.

Search phrase: winnipeg ~employment         --> try it

Searching for a Specific Document Type

Performing a Filetype Specific Search

Performing a Filetype Specific Search

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

Conclusion

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.

Changes to Student Email coming in March

March 1, 2017 • Written by

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 “username@academic.rrc.ca” 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.

For further information and help please refer to:
http://blogs.rrc.ca/its/help-resources/

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/

 

 

 

 

 

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/

Veterans’ Week #RememberThem

November 1, 2016 • Written by

remember-them

Veterans know the price paid for our freedom and they want all Canadians to share in this understanding. They are passing the torch of remembrance to us, the people of Canada, to ensure that the memory of their efforts and sacrifices will not die with them, and that an appreciation of the values they fought for will live on in all Canadians.

Are you planning a social media tribute?

Every year in November, we stop to remember, salute and honour Canada’s Veterans and active duty personnel. This year, we hope that Canadians from coast to coast will join in to pay tribute to our heroes for their service and sacrifice. Let’s start a social media movement that tells our Veterans we #RememberThem.

poppy-iconYou can even dress up your online profile with social media ready pics and graphics:

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/get-involved/remembrance-day/social-media/acts-of-remembrance

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

first-world-warThe First World War

The origins of the First World War, both diplomatic and social, are discussed thoroughly examined. The reader is then taken through the major battles on the Eastern and Western fronts, and is given insight into the eventual Allied victory. The war at sea, on the home front, and in distant theaters is carefully examined. The war as it was experienced by the men in the trenches is also explored.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=80305

 

 

suicide-batallionSuicide battalion

Meet the men of the 46th Canadian Infantry (South Saskatchewan) — the raw recruits who would earn a reputation as the finest fighting soldiers of the First World War. Over 91 percent would be killed or wounded, They would never retreat, and they would never fail their country.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=13944

 

 

war-ended-peaceThe war that ended peace : the road to 1914

The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress, and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict that killed millions, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe’s dominance of the world. It was a war that could have been avoided up to the last moment—so why did it happen?

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=122467

 

Learn More Through Streaming Video

Front Lines (National Film Board)

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A tribute to the combatants in the First World War, this film traces the conflict through the war diary and private letters of five Canadian soldiers and a nurse. Hearing them, the listener detects between the lines an unspoken horror censored by war and propriety. The film mingles war footage, historical photos and readings of excerpts from the diary and letters. The directorial talent of Claude Guilmain breathes life into these 90-year-old documents and accompanying archival images so that we experience the human face and heart of the conflict.

 

Billy Bishop Goes to War (Curio)

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More than 30 years after first mounting their celebrated stage production of Billy Bishop Goes to War, Eric Peterson says he and musical accompanist John Gray have lost none of their ardour for the war hero’s tale. Nearing the end of his life, an aged Bishop (Peterson) recounts the triumphs and horrors of The Great War, “the war to end all wars”. Through raucous stories, haunting memories, and vibrant song, Bishop traces his journey to becoming the top flying ace of the British Empire. A story of the human cost of war on a scale the world had never seen before, this is an intimate and powerful portrait of a man who continues to capture the imagination.

 

Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear (Curio)

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For Canada the stakes are unprecedented. More than a billion dollars in aid has been promised to Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime. And with close to 100 Canadian soldiers killed, the military mission in the war-torn country has exacted a considerable human toll. As the mammoth task of rebuilding Afghanistan continues, it’s time to address a contentious question: is all of this effort making a difference to the lives of Afghans? Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear takes viewers into the heart of a country that has been the subject of such intense debate and asks whether or not the lives of ordinary citizens are improving. In order to gain unique access to Afghans living in remote and particularly dangerous areas, the CBC engaged local journalists and camera crews. Through a series of intensely personal stories delving into a range of topics, the program examines the big issues: is the country descending into further instability? Or is real progress being made?

 

Consider these EBSCOhost e-Books

canada-in-world-war-i-outstanding-victories-create-a-nationCanada in World War I : Outstanding Victories Create a Nation

This fascinating book describes Canada’s coming of age during World War I on the battlefields and at home. When Britain declared war on Germany, it meant that Canada was at war, too. Most Canadians supported the war, but the government faced opposition about conscription from French-speaking Canadians who did not feel a particular loyalty to Britain. In the air, the incredible feats of Canadian flying ace Billy Bishop made him a hero back home. On the battlefield, Britain came to rely on Canadian soldiers, who had a formidable reputation for taking and holding military objectives when other troops had failed. Find out how the victories of Canadian “shock troops” in battles at Ypres (where they faced mustard gas poisoning), the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, and Passchendaele helped give Canada a presence on the world stage.

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padresPadres in No Man’s Land, Second Edition : Canadian Chaplains and the Great War

Padres in No Man’s Land is the compelling story of brave and deeply committed army chaplains who brought faith and courage to Canada’s troops during one of history’s most devastating wars. Tracing the growth of the Canadian Chaplain Service from its chaotic and controversy-ridden early days to its maturation as an efficient field force, Duff Crerar highlights both the role of the Service on the battlefield and the personal experiences of the chaplains. Refuting the widely held view that chaplains serving overseas were cloistered from front-line realities, Crerar describes the padres’experiences in camps, hospitals, and on the battlefield. He examines how they maintained their faith in the face of death and destruction, and explores the bonds forged between chaplains and troops. Padres in No Man’s Land concludes in the postwar era with the decline of the chaplains’hopes for spiritual renewal upon their return to Canada – their dreams dashed not by the war, but by the subsequent peace.

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ghost-of-heroes-pastGhost of Heroes Past

Thirteen-year-old Johnny Anders is something of a misfit, with no friends and a poor school record, but all this begins to change when he is awakened one night to find a soldier-ghost in his bedroom. Johnny is taken back to meet a series of unusual heroes in Canada’s war history. These include Joan Bamford Fletcher, who commandeered Japanese soldiers to take hundreds of wounded civilians to safety through the jungles of Indonesia, and the much-decorated Raymond Collishaw, through whom Johnny learns that Canada played a role in the Russian Revolution. Even as he is making his discoveries, Johnny becomes close friends with Casey Collishaw, the great-granddaughter of Raymond Collishaw. Together the pair set about uncovering why it is that Johnny has been chosen to be a witness to Canadians at war.

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