Monthly Archives: October 2015

Alice in Wonderland -Maguire’s After Alice is wicked

My current reading selection is a creative inspiration from Wicked author Gregory Maguire. Listen/watch Piya’s interview on CBC Q.  http://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/schedule-for-monday-october-26-2015-1.3288383/after-alice-gregory-maguire-follows-new-girl-down-the-rabbit-hole-1.3288394     After Alice  A Novel by Gregory Maguire SYNOPSIS Down the rabbit-hole, where adventures await . . . When Alice … Continue reading

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Public libraries are many things- not a business 

http://seattlereviewofbooks.com/notes/2015/10/21/public-response-to-spl-survey-sharply-against-city-librarian-marcellus-turners-rebranding-plan/  Public libraries are reflections of ourselves. A library’s health reflects our community health. The survey report from Seattle is an example of a library administration, with zealous marketing influence, are trying to grow by ‘sales’ not service. (Holiday) The … Continue reading

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 Bruised idealism or hope but please vote

‘Power to the people’. Peace signs. Raised fists. Interlocked hands or arms. Lying in front of bulldozers or police. People, especially the young used to campaign for social change. They were inherently idealistic. Idealism is just an engagement with the … Continue reading

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Central Okanagan electoral map for 2015

Hello could you comment on the boundary amendments please? Here or email… I didn’t attend the 2012 hearings… Thxhttp://elections.ca/res/cir/maps2/mapprov.asp?map=59005&lang=e As per my questions to Chris Gorman….. So…on new map, the dogleg across the bridge and into downtown was purely a … Continue reading

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‘Teach for Canada’ is just another style for privatization public education

http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/canada/thunder-bay/teach-for-canada-opens-the-door-to-privatization-teachers-union-says-1.3190363 Currently First Nations-run schools, which are federally funded, receive one-third to nearly one-half less funding per student compared to provincially-funded schools. “Our understanding is the under-funding of Aboriginal education has really opened the door to this privatization,” Smith said. … Continue reading

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October baseball memories 

When I was a kid ( million years ago) I was a ball player. I practiced for hours. During my ‘spring training’, I threw balls against our garage with snow in the ground. My old coach Hank Tostenson used to … Continue reading

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@Bookfin YA book chat 

http://bookfin.blogspot.ca/2015/10/questions-for-never-always-sometimes.html?m=1 Check out Dayna Hart’s blog post for her #YAbookchat Twitter chat and poll.    

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