Last week as part of our Ontario Lakes Project series we created a blog post on Attawapiskat Lake. Shortly after that newsbroke that the residents of the Attawapiskat First Nation had declared a state of emergency. The Red Cross has now stepped in to help but shamefully neither our Federal or Provincial governments have committed to helping this community. XSPACE Cultural Centre is taking donations until Monday December 5th and as we hear of more events and donation points we’ll be updating this post. If you have any more info about helping the Attawapiskat First Nation please leave it in the comments.
In 2010 Americans (now the second fattest nation on earth) spent 40 BILLION dollars on the diet industry. With their economy crumbling around them and unemployment the highest it’s been in years, they still found a way to spend billions of dollars on weight loss and they’re still the second fattest nation on earth. Cognitive dissonance anyone?
There is a massive food desert in many places in North America. Many children go hungry in this city and across this country every day and yet we’re taught to find fat so repulsive we’d rather spend money on making people skinny than feeding those hungry kids. We’re starving our future. Does this make any sense to anyone?
Full disclosure, I’m fat and not just a little. I’m morbidly obese, (according the the BMI I’m death fat wheee! But has anyone updated the BMI since the 19th century, or figured out if it really works? Hint: nope!) And for a long time doctors have been threatening me with all of the terrible things that are going to go wrong with me because of it. Everything from sprained ankles and knee problems to diabetes, and anything that did go wrong was easily solved if only I was willing to lose “the weight“.Because skinny people are always completely and uniformly healthy all the time, they never have joint problems or any health related problems at all ever.
Let me let you in on a little secret, humans have been fat since forever, not just since the introduction of corn syrup into any all pre-packaged and processed food. Human bodies come in all kinds of wonderful shapes, sizes, and abilities. It’s one of the most beautiful things about the human body, our ability to be so incredibly different and yet so achingly similar.
What we’re doing right now isn’t working. We need to take a very close look at what we’re doing to our food system, the automation of work, how drugs and hormones in our food are affecting our metabolisms. GMOs, corporate farming, and how our food has become much less nutritious. And we need stop celebrating a person’s size and instead celebrate their work towards health no matter what their size or ability.
Astolabe Lake is where in 1867 a 14 year old Cobden, Ontario farmboy named Edward George Lee found Samuel de Champlain’s long lost Astrolabe presumably lost 254 years earlier. At least that’s what we’ve been lead to believe.
The famed astrolabe is now in the Canadian Museum of Civilization‘s permanent collection. It was acquired by The Department of Communications in 1989 from a New Yorker for $250,000. But poor Edward Lee never saw a cent of its value. Charles Overman, the captain of a local steamboat paid the boy 1 dollar, which Lee’s father kept all to himself.
Beyond the astrolabe’s monetary value, the veracity of the astrolabe’s origins is important to a lot of folks. The lake (previously named Green Lake) was renamed for the famous find and there’s a big ‘ol plaque commemorating the event.
Given all this, we seriously hope the fact-checkers knew what they were doing.
But, apparently, the facts surrounding the providence of the astrolabe are not clear cut. In fact, there’s good reason to believe that the object in question was never used by Mr. Champlain at all.
Wondering if Champlain employed the Cobden astrolabe on the Upper Ottawa is like wondering if Mike Weir could drain a twenty-foot putt with a sand wedge during the Master’s. It might be doable with an awful lot of practice and some luck, but why on earth would Weir not just use a putter?
In other words that particular astrolabe wouldn’t be the right instrument for Champlain to use to navigate his canoe to the new world. This leads Hunter to conclude:
Flesh-and-blood Champlain may not have dropped the Cobden astrolabe, but a historic Champlain, a creature of modern imagination, deftly picked it up.
Given all that he’s contributed to Canadian history–real and imagined–we think it’s only appropriate to pay homage to Edward George Lee, the young Cobden boy who found the astrolabe and who has been overshadowed by Champlain, who as far as we can tell, never even touched the thing.
Here’s a video produced by the Museum of Civilization about the Astrolabe when it was acquired in 1989
The eagerly anticipated launch of Google+ Business pages has so far been met with resounding “So what?” And right now I’d have to agree with that. The page set up is frustrating, the concept isn’t new or innovative and frankly it’s just another space for your community manager to post the same info as Facebook and Twitter and YouTube and Linked-In and Tumblr and Quora and possibly Storify, not to mention your blog.
As community managers we’re going to need to come up with another twist on posting in yet another conversational space without recycling the same old thing. And this is essentially, what the protesting is about. We don’t want to grow again because growth is hard especially in a space that is constantly asking for more. More information, more customer interaction, more transparency, deeper conversations, better ROI and we have to be funny, and we have to be topical and we have to be fast. Faster than we’ve ever been, not to mention keeping up with the changes that being in all of those spaces forces on us every two to three months.
And the reason for all of those changes? New social media networking platforms, or changes to the relevant player platforms. Evolution of one causes the whole group to change. Evolve or become irrelevant (my_space, friendster, hi-5).
And so this is what leads me back to Google+ and how in a year from now (or even less) we’ll all be using it and working on more innovative and creative ways to utilize it. Because I am sure by then that Google will have found a way change it and grow it into a fabulous tool in the social marketing space. (See Google reader, Gmail, Google docs, ignore Google wave, Google buzz).
And we all appreciate good tools to get in on the conversation our customers are already having, don’t we?
Agnew Lake is located just outside of Sudbury, ON. It was created completely by accident in the early 1920′s when INCO (International Nickel Company of Canada) put a power dam into the Spanish River. This caused the river to flood and form Agnew Lake. It is named after John Lyons Agnew who was the President of the company at the time.
The area around the lake supported 5 diamond mines until the mid-1980′s; even though originally the area was to be mined for uranium. Uranium mining didn’t start until the late 70′s.
Agnew Lake is an excellent fishing lake which supports healthy populations of Smallmouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Walleye, Whitefish and Perch.
I am a proud Apple fangirl. From my iPhone to my Airport my electronic and computing life is completely mac. It is a love affair that started 7 years ago when my ex gave me the first generation iPod nano for Christmukka. Shortly after that I moved into a career with Apple retail, and that’s how I discovered Steve Jobs.
When I heard he had passed away last night I cried. And I thought as I was snuffling through yet another of his keynotes at 1 in the morning, am I crazy to be reacting this way? He was a CEO of company I worked for, and someone I admired but I’d never met him. His words and innovations though had a huge impact on my life.
Before I worked for Apple I was a technophobe. I used to date people who were computer savvy so that they would take care of my technology for me. I had a palm trio and I used it to text, but the calendar was too confusing and I took only the occasional grainy photo. When I started working at Apple they spent over a month training me and getting me up to speed. It opened up a whole new world to me and made me unafraid of technology. Let me repeat that because I think that is at the heart of what made Steve so innovative, Apple made me UNAFRAID of technology.
After years of owning PCs and going to computer stores where I was talked down to and treated like an idiot here was a place I could learn and ask without fear. And as an added bonus everything was pretty. This was relatable innovate technology available to most people and I got to sell it. It was as with most jobs not without it’s flaws but I learned a lot working for Steve. As did my co-workers and most of our customers in the store. The Apple fans who used to come in and just rave about their laptops and iPods; People who just wanted to talk about how much better Apple products had made their lives were a testament to how Steve Jobs was much more than just a CEO of a good technology company. You just don’t see that anywhere else, have you ever seen a bunch of people in Best Buy talking about how awesome their Lenovo ThinkPads are?
As a person, he was far from perfect, and he did make some mistakes with Apple but he didn’t let those failures stop him. He was incredibly savvy, inspirational, brilliant, influential and we’ll be feeling the impact of his loss for a very long time. Good bye Steve and thanks.