Making the grade, meeting deadlines, and other great dilemmas

March 20, 2014 • Written by

It’s a push to get to the end of the term. The stress is mounting as you face a pile of assignments and tests, accompanied by anxiety about how to get everything done and actually attain your goals for success. See below for some short videos geared toward students like you. A few small changes in how you study and handle your time can make a big difference!

VIDEO SERIES FEATURE:
Academic success: smart tips for serious students

This video series features five videos, each about 10 minutes long and divided into bite-sized segments. It’s so easy to get a little inspiration on the go! Just click on the image, go the Library web page, click the play link, and log in with your RRC username and password to view. The series is also available on DVD.

Studying and test-taking

Studying and test-taking

Studying and test-taking

Researching, reading, and writing

Researching, reading, and writing

Researching, reading, and writing

Time management

Time management

Time management

 Active listening and note-taking

Active listening and note-taking

Active listening and note-taking

 Values and goals

Values and goals

Values and goals

RRC Library is here to help you

Red River College Library staff want to help you succeed. Come by for a visit or contact us by phone or email with any questions you have to ask us.

Red River College Authors

March 5, 2014 • Written by

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Several Red River College Instructors, Staff, Students and Alumni have written and published books in the past.  In our current Notre Dame Campus Library window display, we proudly present some of these works.  Check it out!

Click here for a complete list of all titles/authors on display:
http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

Here is a small sample of the items currently on display:

Gift ecology : remaining a sustainable world

Gift ecology remaining a sustainable worldAuthor: Peter Denton (Red River College Instructor)
Synopsis:In this thought-provoking work, Peter Denton argues that the attitudes and values associated with the economics of exchange are in part to blame for our current situation. We need to rediscover what it means to live in a universe of relations, not merely in one that can be counted and measured. The more we are able to replace an economy based on transactions with an ecology based on gifts, the more likely a sustainable future becomes for all of Earth’s children.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=119024

Global citizen : river of love & other essays

GlobalCitizenCover250Author: Stan Chung (Red River College Staff)
Synopsis: Global Citizen came to fruition as a newspaper column in October of 2006. I chose the title because global citizenship is a seductive yet contradictory term. Some prefer the concept because it recognizes the transnational character of our problems. If our problems cross national boundaries, then surely solutions require a mobilization beyond national scope. However this transnational view of the world is problematic for the average citizen. While we know that many economic, social, and environmental issues require collaborative solutions, it remains difficult for thoughtful people to know what to do. Should we look to keep our own doorways swept clean as Goethe suggests, or go across the ocean and get busy on someone else’s doorway? To be a global citizen may sound like good thing but how exactly does one choose to behave? How do you make a difference to people who are uneducated, malnourished, victimized by patriarchy and colonialization, make destitute by desertifcation, without becoming seduced by our own colonizing tendancies? Will our actions make a difference? Or is the concept of individual action just another way in which true power and authority divert us from the truth? (From the author)

Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=121153

In search of the blue lotus : a feminist counter-narrative to the dominant hegemonic disourse

blue lotusAuthor: Sandra Sukhan (Red River College Staff)
Synopsis: Many of us move from childhood to adulthood without much thought of how the events of our childhood impact our lives today. Some memories are happy; others sad or traumatic. Some we remember – childhood play days, the earthy smell of rain after a dry spell, and the feeling a new mother gets when she holds her baby; others we wish to or choose to forget – thick black smoke from riots, feelings of fear because of death threats, and the uncertainty of life in another country. In this very personal diary, Sandra, through a first-person reflexive narrative, shares some of her memories of growing up in a politically charged time of Guyana’s fight for independence in the 1960s, her immigration to Canada for an arranged marriage at the age of 16, her life as a journeyperson hairstylist, and her scholarly trajectory toward a doctoral degree. She shares her growing awareness of some of the issues that affected and impacted her life – issues such as racism, gender, democracy, freedom, class struggles, privileges, unequal power relations, resistance to colonial politics, and ultimately her own complicity in, and efforts to challenge the normative discourse of the dominant ideology.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=122601

Saults & Pollard to Pollard Banknote: a century in print

Author: Dave Williamson (Former Red River College Staff)
Synopsis: The year 2007 marks the 100th anniversary of Pollard Banknote Limited. It’s unusual for a family-owned company to last that long; it’s even more remarkable that it has grown so dramatically in the last twenty years. Beginning as a general printer called Saults & Pollard, the company has become one of the world’s largest printers of lottery tickets, supplying customers all over the globe. From its humble start in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Pollard has earned an enviable international reputation for security and integrity. Four generations of Pollards have presided over astounding growth, but, as this history shows, the company’s success was made possible by the dedication of the people who work there.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=101508

Construction estimating : professional reference

Construction estimatingAuthor: Adam Ding (Red River College Instructor)
Synopsis:The DEWALT Construction Estimating Professional Reference guide is essential in helping the professional successfully bid on construction projects. Based on real-life experience in bidding hundreds of different types of jobs, this guide walks through every step of the bidding process — from receiving a set of drawings to the post-bid review.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=108920

Finding Gloria

finding gloriaAuthor: Marianne Curtis (Red River College Graduate)
Synopsis: It tells the story of a woman given up at birth and adopted by a family who eventually settles in Southern Manitoba. Finding Gloria exposes the author’s upbringing in an abusive home where she was beaten and starved, until she runs away. As a ward of Child and Family Services, the author struggles to find herself after years of emotional and physical abuse. … Finding Gloria chronicles the authors rise out of the ashes of abject misery to the point of discovering that everything she grew up believing about herself was lies. Only she could change her future into a glori-ous life of her own choosing, whatever that may be.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=119102

From fire to flood : a history of theatre in Manitoba

Kevin LongfieldAuthor: Kevin Longfield (Red River College Instructor)
Synopsis:From Fire to Flood explores how Manitoba theatre got to where it is today, and why it didn’t go somewhere else. It examines Manitoba theatre from its beginnings, placing theatre in its social and historical context. A key question is how our theatrical past can help us complete the final piece of the puzzle: a unified, indigenous theatre that explains us to ourselves and to the rest of the world.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=86271

Sacred learning : establishing a model for Native education

Sacred learning  establishing a model for Native educationAuthor: Anita L. Keith (Red River College Instructor)
Synopsis: At present, the future of Native North American education is in crisis. many return to the mainstream educational system where they are provided with the same curriculum content that once failed them. First Nations children, like all other children, are gifted learners, and educators are beginning to recognize that the process of learning is critically important. In Sacred Learning, Anita Keith puts forth a vision to ensure that our First Nations children have access to an education characterized by excellence of instruction and appropriate academic content. It must also be provided in a safe and culturally relevant learning environment that is grounded in the traditions, teaching and holistic approach of the Native knowledge and that respects the vision of tribal communities.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=103217

Tatsea

Tatsea4Author: Armin Wiebe (Former Red River College Instructor)
Synopsis: Winner of the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award (Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards). Set in Canada’s Subarctic in the late 1700s, a time when the Dogrib people were under constant threat of attack by raiders supplied with European weapons. After Ikotsali saves Tatsea and her father following a huntingaccident, Tatsea is obliged to marry their strange-looking rescuer. One day when Ikotsali is away from camp, raiders arrive and kill everyone. The only lives spared are those of Tatsea, who is captured, and their infant daughter, whom she has hidden. When Ikotsali returns to find the carnage, the story of their struggle to survive and be reunited begins.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=86164

Freedom to Read Week

February 25, 2014 • Written by

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Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This year it is from February 23-March 1, 2014.

Reference: http://www.freedomtoread.ca/

Censorship in Canada

Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Schools and libraries are regularly asked to remove books and magazines from their shelves. Free expression on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.

Would you like to see a list of the works that have been challenged in Canada
http://www.freedomtoread.ca/challenged-works/

Freedom to Read Week Video

This inspiring Freedom to Read Week video was made by Julia and Danika from the Calgary Science School, who won the Calgary Public Library Teen Freedom to Read Week Video contest.

Items in our Collection

You too can learn more about censorship by searching our library catalogue.  Here are a few items that the Red River College Library currently has in it’s collection:

120 banned books : censorship histories of world literature
Throughout history, nations, peoples, and governments have censored writers and their works on political, religious, sexual, and social grounds. Although the literary merit of the majority of these books has been proven time and time again, efforts are still in place today to suppress some of them. From Animal Farm to Ulysses, this book examines the struggle 120 of these works faced to be read.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=95189

Dear sir, I intend to burn your book : an anatomy of a book burning
In 2011, Canadian writer Lawrence Hill received an email from a man in the Netherlands stating that he intended to burn The Book of Negroes, Hill’s internationally acclaimed novel. Soon, the threat was international news, affecting Hill’s publishers and readers. In this provocative essay, Hill shares his private response to that moment and the controversy that followed, examing his reaction to the threat, while attempting to come to terms with the book burner’s motives and complaints.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=121454

forbiddenfruitForbidden fruit : banned, censored, and challenged books from Dante to Harry Potter
From the New Testament to The Diary of Anne Frank to current objections to the Harry Potter series–dubbed the most frequently challenged books of the 21st century by the American Library Association–the tradition of banning, censoring, and challenging books has been remarkably enduring.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=112230

Literature suppressed on political grounds
Throughout history, tyrants, totalitarian states, religious institutions, and democratic governments alike have banned books thought to challenge their beliefs or question their activities. This book profiles the censorship of works banned because they were perceived as threats to governmental security or challenges to widely held political values, or simply because they presented truths embarassing to authorities.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=99785

Freedom To Read Week Display

At our downtown campus, at the John and Bonnie Buhler Library in the Roblin Centre, there is a Freedom to Read Week display, which includes many more related items from our collection.

Video Feature: National Film Board

February 21, 2014 • Written by

National Film Board of CanadaAs Canada’s public film producer and distributor, the National Film Board (NFB) is considered an essential part of Canada’s cultural heritage. Founded in 1939, they produce world-renowned films that are recognized for their distinctive, relevant and innovative qualities.

The NFB film collection comprises documentaries, animations, experimental films and fiction. They showcase films that take a stand on global issues of concern to Canadians—environmental issues, human rights issues, international conflict, the arts, etc. The NFB has produced over 13,000 productions and have won over 5,000 awards, including 6 Webbys, 12 Oscars, and over 90 Genies. (Sources: National Film Board of CanadaWelcome to NFB.ca)

For more info on the NFB, check them out at the National Film Board website.

NFB Films at RRC Library

RRC Library holds nearly 225 films by the NFB. These are valued for their enduring educational value and Canadian focus. Here is a taste of some streamed titles that we offer (click the images to log in and view).

Grievance

Grievance

Illustrates the orderly processing of a grievance through several stages of negotiation between union and management, showing how the rights of a worker with a genuine grievance are protected under the union’s contract. (1954, 29 min.)

Out: stories of lesbian and gay youth

Out

An intimate exploration of the struggles and victories of gay and lesbian youth in Canada. Delving into the emotional, societal and familial conflicts lesbian and gay youth often face, this film breaks the damaging silence surrounding sexual orientation and sexual differences. (1994, 40 min.)

Justice denied

Justice denied

Donald Marshall, a Micmac Indian, was only 17 when he was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder he did not commit. He spent 11 years in a maximum security prison until the real murderer was discovered. Based on the true story of this tragic and controversial case as recorded in the best-selling book by Michael. (1989, 98 min.)

 A house divided: caregiver stress and elder abuse

House dividedThrough four moving portraits, A House Divided sheds light on the tragedy of caregiver stress and elder abuse. With great sensitivity, this film portrays the emotional complexity of family relationships that can lead to abuse of the elderly, the anguish and isolation of its victims, and the tremendous need for community understanding and support.
(1988, 35 min.)

 

If you have any questions, please contact Media Services at Red River College Library:

  • Notre Dame Campus Library: media@rrc.ca or 204-632-2231
  • Exchange District Campus Library: pscmedia@rrc.ca or 204-949-8370

Louis Riel Day – February 17th

February 11, 2014 • Written by

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Since this Monday is Louis Riel Day, this week’s Library Blog post is all about one of the most controversial historical Manitobans.

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:

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

booklouisrielfirebrandLouis 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

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.
Streaming Video, converted from VHS videocassette.
Available to current Red River College staff and students only.
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 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/

8 Simple Solutions to Ease Your Stress

February 5, 2014 • Written by

Stressed studentThe assignments are piling high, money is tight, and the deadlines just keep coming. When things get overwhelming, there are small things you can do to counteract the stress in your life. Below are eight simple suggestions taken from Deborah Davis’s book, Adult learner’s companion (pages 28, 29), which can be borrowed from Red River College Library by presenting a valid RRC ID card.

 

 

1. Take deep breaths

Deep breathing calms you and helps you think more clearly.

Look further:

6 Breathing Exercises to Relax in 10 Minutes or Less

2. Think before you speak

Listening and thinking before speaking allows you to respond to others calmly and appropriately, which results in better feelings all around.

3. Find some physical activity

Any form of exercise is a stress-reliever. Even a ten-minute walk during break is beneficial. Exercise also tires you and helps you sleep better.

Look further:

Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress

4. Make a date

Connect with others, get out of yourself and have a few laughs.

5. Eat slowly

It is better for digestion, you will enjoy your food more, and it may help you lose weight.

Look further:

Eating slower may help trim your waistline, study suggests

6. Turn off the TV

Some people use TV to zone out, as a way to avoid dealing with their stress. This may make you feel better temporarily, but in the long run it actually adds to your stress.

7. Eat stress-reducing foods

The right foods have the power to calm you, lower stress hormones, build up the immune system, and lower blood pressure. Sunflower seeds and oatmeal are among foods that can help fight stress.

Look further:

Foods That Help Relieve Stress

8. Change your perception

Changing how you look at something can completely change your experience of it. Taking control of your thoughts is a powerful stress reliever.

Look further:

Reframing and Stress Management

For more information…

For more information on stress management and other resources at RRC Library, stop by the Library desk or contact our reference staff at:

Also check out Red River College’s Student Success Website for various student supports and additional info on managing stress.

Looking for a job? Here are some RRC Job Search Resources

January 27, 2014 • Written by

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With the 2014 RRC Career Fair about to get underway and with our Winter Convocation occurring next week, we thought it was a good time to point out some great RRC job search resources.

RRC Student Employment Services

This has to be your first stop in your job search! Student Employment Services provides a full range of employment services and supports targeted at RRC students, recent graduates, and employers.  If you are not aware of what RRC Student Employment Services can do for you, then you should definitely get familiar!

Check out the web page: http://www.rrc.ca/employmentservices/

Student Employment Services posts employment opportunities exclusively for Red River College students and alumni on jobcentral.rrc.ca. To register as an RRC student on Job Central log on to jobcentral.rrc.ca and follow the instructions.

RRC’s Student Employment Services also provides a link between businesses and their future employees found in the College’s student body through job postings and job alerts, on-campus presentations and recruitment initiatives.

Would you like to know more about these opportunities? Student Employment Services has offices at both the Notre Dame Campus and also at the Exchange District Campus. (Look here: http://www.rrc.ca/employmentservices/)

RRC Career Fair: 29-30 Jan 14

CAREER-FAIR-PSTER_web-696x1024Presented by the RRC Students’ Association, the Career Fair is not to be missed!  This year it is being held at the Notre Dame Campus on 29-30 January from 9am-2pm.

Some helpful tips for the career fair: Bring your resume, ask lots of questions, look presentable and take your time.

Also, you should be aware that there are different employers on each day, so you might want to attend both days.  Just check out the list of employers to map out your plan: http://rrcsa.ca/career-fair-2014/

Library Resources

We have many great resources in our collection, including online videos.

We have many great resources in our collection, including this video series available online!

The Red River College Library maintains many “Job Search” resources in our collection.

A particularly useful group of items may be the videos in the “Complete Job Search System” series.  These are available to current RRC students both on DVD and via streaming video.

Check out the list of titles below.

Complete Job Search System Video Series:

Evaluating different careers
On Demand:  http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=111213

Finding a job
On Demand http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=111216

Interviewing for a Job
On Demand http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=111220

Right Job for your personality
On Demand http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=110076

Succeeding on the job
On Demand http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=111222

Other Online Resources

The Library web site maintains a selection of “Jobs, Resume Writing, Career Planning” resources in a category on our online resources page: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Online-Resources.aspx

Just scroll down to “Jobs, Resume Writing, Career Planning”.

Good Luck!

The RRC Library would like to wish good luck to all of our current and future graduates.  We know that your dream job is just around the corner!

National Non-Smoking Week – 19-25 January 2014

January 16, 2014 • Written by
RRC Library has many smoking related items in its collection, including many self-help books on the topic of quitting smoking. Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display.

RRC Library has many smoking-cessation related items in its collection, including many self-help books. Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus Library window display.

Mid-January is the perfect time to revisit your New Year’s resolutions. If you’ve already let them slip, don’t worry too much as it is never too late to begin a life altering change to any bad habit. If one of your resolutions is to quit smoking, this is a good time to start as National Non-Smoking Week (NNSW) is January 19 to January 25.

National Non-Smoking Week is a yearly event in Canada. Since 1977, it continues to be observed on the third full week of January. Canada is a world leader in tobacco control. Smoking is at an all-time low in Canada and the number of Canadians that smoke on occasion has dropped to 17%. As well, the rate of Canadians who smoke on a daily basis is even lower at 14%.

Despite this achievement, tobacco use continues to be the most important cause of premature death in Canada. It is a leading cause of preventable lung disease, including lung cancer, and is also a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It has negative effects on nearly every organ of the body and is responsible for more than 37,000 premature deaths every year in Canada.

Not to mention… smoking is a very expensive habit. Are you a millionaire? Maybe not… then why not quit today?

“Weedless Wednesday” is on 22 Jan 2014

The Wednesday of National Non-Smoking Week is termed “Weedless Wednesday”.

Quitting smoking may be easier said than done, right? A great suggestion is to take advantage of “Weedless Wednesday” to kickstart the process of quitting smoking.

Top Tips for Quitting Smoking

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According to the Canadian Centre for Tobacco Control (CCTC) some of the top tips for quitting smoking include:

  • writing a “break-up letter” to tobacco
  • keeping track of when and why you smoke each cigarette
  • making it public, by declaring your intentions to your family and friends
  • using the 4-D method when you feel a craving for a cigarette:
    1. take deep breaths,
    2. drink water,
    3. distract yourself, and
    4. delaying. (Realize that the craving will pass)
  • managing stress in ways other than with cigarettes
  • rewarding yourself
  • reminding yourself of all the good that you’re doing by quitting

Reference: http://www.alive.com/posts/view/219/let_national_non-smoking_week_help_you_quit_smoking

The Library has Smoking Cessation Resources

allen-carr's-easyway-to-stop-smoking-msuqmh8tRRC Library has many smoking related items in its collection, including many self-help books on the topic of quitting smoking.

Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display.

Online Resources

Are we ready for the next pandemic?

January 14, 2014 • Written by

Unlike the seasonal flu virus, “the pandemic influenza virus can cause severe complications, such as pneumonia and death in people who were otherwise healthy. For unknown reasons, influenza pandemics generally occur three to four times a century” (source: Public Health Agency of Canada). In fact, pandemics of various kinds have killed more people than all wars combined. Now… are we ready for the next one?

Videos from RRC Library

With the H1N1 business in the news lately, perhaps you want to delve further into the subject. Check out the videos below to learn about pandemics and get a glimpse of what a modern scenario would look like.

Outbreak: anatomy of a plague / National Film Board of Canada, Discovery Channel Canada, Radio-Canada Television.

Outbreak: anatomy of a plague / National Film Board of Canada, Discovery Channel Canada, Radio-Canada Television.

Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague

Juxtaposing a 21st-century scenario against the 1885 smallpox epidemic in Montreal, Outbreak features interviews with leading experts to trace the possible trajectory of a modern plague.

(2010, 86 min.)

 

 

 

 

 

Killer flu / Educational Broadcasting Corp.

Killer flu / Educational Broadcasting Corp.

Killer Flu

Discusses the 1918 flu pandemic, its deadly consequences and the possibility that a similar strain could occur today.

(2004, 60 min.)

 

 

 

 

Black dawn: the next pandemic / Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Black dawn: the next pandemic / Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Black Dawn: the Next Pandemic

Features leading epidemiologists, doctors and emergency planners who envisage the impact of avian flu spreading around the world. The scenario is a fictional account, but based on scientific fact and actual research and pandemic preparedness efforts.

(2006, 52 min.)

 

 

 

If you have any questions or want to find related media on the subject, please contact Media Services at the Notre Dame Campus Library at media@rrc.ca or 204-632-2231.

RRC Library Acquires New Video Series: Economics USA

January 6, 2014 • Written by

Economics USA: 21st Century Edition

This new video series on micro- and macroeconomics recently arrived at Red River College Library. Each of the 28 titles spans 30 minutes and focuses on a specific aspect of economics. Viewers are offered a discussion, historical background, commentary and analysis, along with input from experts in the field. The award-winning series comes “highly recommended” in a review by Michael J. Coffta, Business Librarian at Bloomsberg University of Pennsylvania.

Below is a snapshot of one title from the series called “Federal Deficits: Can We Live with Them?” Both Video on Demand and DVD formats are available.

Snapshot of “Federal Deficits” from Economics USA Series…

During World War II, America's national debt more than quadrupled. The government encouraged citizens to buy war bonds and federal stamps to help defray the costs.During World War II, America’s national debt more than quadrupled. The government encouraged citizens to buy war bonds and federal stamps to help defray the costs.


In 1960, President Eisenhower achieved a surplus. President Nixon argued that a growing economy actually required a deficit, and many economists agreed. In reality, the budget surplus was holding money out of the economy causing workers to lose their jobs.

In 1960, President Eisenhower achieved a surplus. President Nixon argued that a growing economy actually required a deficit, and many economists agreed. In reality, the budget surplus was holding money out of the economy causing workers to lose their jobs.


Economic analyst Richard Gill discusses counter-cyclical policy: the idea of producing budget deficits in bad times and budget surpluses in good times in an effort to stabilize the economy.

Economic analyst Richard Gill discusses counter-cyclical policy: the idea of producing budget deficits in bad times and budget surpluses in good times in an effort to stabilize the economy.


After a large tax cut, three wars, a down market, and expensive entitlement costs, the deficit and the national debt reached unsustainable heights. Increases in spending and decreases in taxes have been funded through borrowing... but borrowing has a cost to it – interest.After a large tax cut, three wars, a down market, and expensive entitlement costs, the deficit and the national debt reached unsustainable heights. Increases in spending and decreases in taxes have been funded through borrowing… but borrowing has a cost to it – interest.


How to fix the deficit and how to balance the budget are complicated questions. The deficit is staggering and the mission to find a solution is urgent and still unsolved.

How to fix the deficit and how to balance the budget are complicated questions. The deficit is staggering and the mission to find a solution is urgent and still unsolved.


Politics make reducing the deficit tricky because no one wants to see cuts to programs that benefit their lives. Everyone has to sacrifice but no one wants to. Can a compromise on the budget ever be reached?

Politics make reducing the deficit tricky because no one wants to see cuts to programs that benefit their lives. Everyone has to sacrifice but no one wants to. Can a compromise on the budget ever be reached?


Conclusion: The Situation is Urgent and Unsolved

America’s deficit is staggering and the mission to find a solution is urgent and still unsolved. Every year, the USA uses a good part of their annual budget just to pay the interest on the debt, but they also keep accumulating debt. In 2011, the Treasury Department asked congress to increase the nation’s debt ceiling to over 14.3 trillion dollars. Can the USA continue on this course? Absolutely not. Are deficits always bad? No, they are not.

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