An American Tragedy by David Remnick

Read David Remnick’s article in the New Yorker about Donald Trump’s election in the US:

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An American Tragedy by David Remnick.

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Language Learning Funnies

Thanks to Steve the vagabond and others for underlining that there is nothing funnier than learning other languages:

 

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From the National Post

Don’t undermine Elections Canada

A group of professors explains why the government’s proposed changes to our election laws are a threat to Canada’s democratic traditions We, the undersigned – professors at Canadian universities who study the principles and institutions of constitutional democracy – believe that the Fair Elections Act (Bill C-23), if passed, would damage the institution at the heart… Continue reading

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Jamie Oliver exposes pink slime in McDonald’s hamburgers

Did you know that McDonald’s used pink slime in their hamburgers?  Read the fascinating article in the National Post.  Does it make you wonder who else is using pink slime?

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Why is the UN holding an emergency summit?

Climate change has been the topic of many summits in the past.  What’s the rush?

Click on the article from Rolling Stone magazine below for some of the background leading up to this summit. According to insideclimatenews.org, this article lead to the “Do the Math tour” in the United States and a movement for Clean Energy called 350.org.

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math

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Climate change report: The good and bad news for Canada – Quirks and Quarks

One report that it would be best not to ignore.  These predictions are coming from the UN committee reporting on climate change.

Climate change report: The good and bad news for Canada – Quirks and Quarks.

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Have municipal politics got you down?

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Check out a timely video about a great city: http://morethanford.com/

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Three Cheers

While I never had the good fortune of having Bill Exley as an English teacher at Elmira District Secondary, my two sisters did. Even second-hand, he stands out to me as a role model for teaching:

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http://www.thestar.com/life/2013/10/29/malcolm_gladwells_high_school_teacher_inspired_many_other_greats.html

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Beavers as role models…

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Our national symbol, the beaver, has a new job saving our planet. Who else will clean up pollution, prevent flooding,  conserve water, and not demand a paycheck?

There are so many stories of environmental disasters and irreversible damage, it means a great deal to hear any story of hope. As unconventional as working with beavers sounds, last year’s episode of the Nature of Things shows that making space for wildlife does not necessarily mean hands off.

Maybe “The Beaver Whisperers” can remind us of our responsibility to play a role in protecting the environment.

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A Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

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Who would have thought that the place of space and time in theoretical physics would be disputed? Natalie Wolchover has an interesting look at some new thinking in her article, A Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics in Quanta Magazine.

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