#wct2017 Interior Savings weekly update

Interior Savings Western Canada Basketball

2017 Interior Savings Western Canada Basketball Tournament


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ONE(1) WEEK we can’t wait….Feb 2-4, 2017 at Kelowna Secondary School. 1079 Raymer Ave, Kelowna, BC. http://www.kss.sd23.bc.ca/ http://tinyurl.com/c3k4czu

Kelowna Secondary School is pleased to be hosting the 44th annual Interior Savings Western Canada Basketball Tournament. This year’s tournament features eight quality teams, all of which currently rank in the top ten in their respective provinces.

BC teams include the Kelowna Owls, Walnut Grove Gators, Oak Bay Bays, Semiahmoo Totems, and the South Kamloops Titans. To round out the field, making the trek to the Interior from outside BC are the Raymond Comets from Raymond, Alberta, the Campbell Collegiate Tartans from Regina and the Oak Park Raiders from Winnipeg.

Participating Teams
1. Kelowna Owls, Kelowna BC
2. Oak Bay Bays, Victoria BC
3. Semiahmoo Totems, Surrey BC
4. Oak Park Raiders, Winnipeg MB
5. South Kamloops Titans, Kamloops BC

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Aboriginal identity and the arts- a cultural lens

With the recent alleged exposure of Joseph Boyden’s identity by the APTN , the whitewater ripple in Canada is growing. I’m no expert. I’m just a reader and retired librarian but the storm is as chilling as our cold winter. 

As a librarian I read, purchased and advocated Joseph Boyden books. Why? Literature but also cultural relevance mattered. In an age where Canadians are tackling reconciliation matters legally and socially , embracing the pursuit of point of view and discourse led us to literature. 

Like the storm around Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code or Jonathan Earl Franzen’s Opra plagiarism fiasco, librarians struggled with the fallout. I don’t think censoring Boyden titles based on assertions is sound but even if this issue eventually is proven, authors of fiction should not be banned. 

I harken back to the Gray Owl biography. Canada and the world embraced his tales of Canada’s wilderness life. Culture even cheered his ‘indianness’ despite his true story exposing him as just a charismatic white man. 

These narratives may ultimately serve the genuine need for change in Canada’s racial problems if by exposure only. I pass no judgement on Boyden at this early stage but , as always, I do prompt my colleagues to consider their selections with the context in mind. Just providing book titles does not indicate prejudice but being informed is always part of a defensible plan. 

Joseph Boyden is a great writer and whether his identity issues do expose deception, I still posit that his body of work deserves reading. Perhaps this specific issue, even if true, may help us all address what racial identity in a multi-cultural society means? 

“Author Joseph Boyden’s Shape-shifting Indigenous Identity.” APTN National News. 23 Dec. 2016. Web. 05 Jan. 2017.

“Indigenous Identity and the Case of Joseph Boyden.” CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 05 Jan. 2017. Web. 05 Jan. 2017.

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Labour movement/ class/ it’s about ethical practice 

Can labour movement survive? 

a significant scale. Nothing in American politics compares with the civil-rights crusade, the movement against the Vietnam War, or the labor wars of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Could that change? Might the future possibly hold a resurgence of the indignation about class disparities—and about the labor and economic circumstances they reflect—that was once focused on the workplace?


Globalization and technology have gutted the labor movement, and part-time work is sabotaging solidarity. Is there a new way to challenge the politics of inequality?


With employment data that overwhelmingly speaks of the loss of ‘good jobs’ I’m so angered that we still see new low paying temp jobs as progress. My generation has abandoned our children by choosing short term profit over longevity and righteousness. We have set the stage where our kids cannot own a home or property. We raised them with entitlement but failed by preaching an ethis that crippled their practical financial world. When my educated son who has few options and huge debt at age 30 when I was already working, buying a home, paying taxes, and saving money, I am distraught. I feel ripped off not entitled. I lived in an era where as a firstborn in my family who received a degree. To find my family aspirations have been high jacked by a scam I get so frustrated. It’s not the millenials who have been sacrificed but the pos-war generation that worked so hard. Now as a frustrated retiree who feels the middle class has been scammed how do I tell my children there is hope? 

The recent Trump era where reactionary policy has beaten the moral class hope is so devastating because we know fascism isn’t a sustainable option. 


The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company. Web. 05 Dec. 2016

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Let’s Get Focused!

Think, Ask & Reflect

In his video Single -tasking is the New Multitasking, James Hamblin talks about how we as a society are:

“developing an inability to focus because [we] never focus on things” – Hamblin

Perhaps Hamblin is onto something here with #tablessthursday but the idea of a whole day without having multiple “tabs” opening and running at one time is more than just a little bit overwhelming for me! In part I feel like I need to have multiple “tabs” open to be doing my job well.

I am going to try to paint a little bit of a picture here for you to explain why I feel that way!

As a grade 2 teacher I will tell you that my days are never boring and I wouldn’t have it any other way! I don’t think it matters what grade you teach but for the point of my story today, we are going…

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WikiLeaks vs. Watergate

Diane Ravitch's blog

I read/heard two interesting reflections on the election this morning.

First, I heard someone (name unknown, surely a Democratic spokesperson) ask the question on the radio: Why is breaking into the email of John Podesta different from the Watergate burglary where Republican operatives broke into the Democratic National Committee offices to steal its documents and plans?

Then I read this article in the Washington Post written by a professor of international relations who read the transcripts of Clinton’s speeches to Goldman Sachs and found them unremarkable.

Since the future of our nation is at risk, I can’t stop thinking about what is at stake if a sociopathic billionaire wins the Presidency, and what is at stake as he crisscrosses the country telling his followers that our electoral system is “rigged.” He offers a choice: Elect me and I will jail my opponent, or if I lose, the entire electoral system…

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Bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese with sun-dried tomatoes

Savoury Foods

Bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese with sun-dried tomatoes

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From Rockies to Wild west coast…

August, as usual in beautiful British Columbia is the month of great outdoors. The options for outdoors activity are endless. I’ve been trekking, mountaineering, fishing or paddling for more than 30 years in BC or neighbouring regions. I have been blessed with friends two groups of long term friends who enjoy various treks into the wilderness. One group prefers paddle trips the other backpacking and mountaineering. We’ve been at this summer adventuring together for 25+ years now. The Pacific Northwest is a stellar part of the world to secure friendships and discover our amazing outdoors.

Our Rockies trip this year was less adventure but full of spectacle. We hiked the beautiful area of Lake O’Hara, Yoho National Park. It may just be the best alpine venue anywhere. We started it off with the daunting climb to Abbott Pass where we met many fascinating people at the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) hut. The hike up is full of eye opening vistas but includes a grinding scramble up a steep rocky scree chute that can be dangerous. I took a falling rock off the knee so helmets are essential gear. 

The hut sits teetering on the great divide straddling BC and Alberta border. It’s a busy but wondrous alpine haven. This year the stars and meteors were a treat! 

After slugging it back to OHara campground, we trekked the alpine circuits above the gem main lake. We averaged 15km/3000 vertical feet per day it the vantage points are spectacular. The Rocky Mountains and many Canadian parks offer so many mountaineering trips from simple hikes to world class climbs. The traverses near Banff are spectacular. Although very busy and sometimes crowded, the Lake OHara area is truly stunning. There is something for everyone- not a typical case.

After returning home for a few days, I headed out to the west coast to kayak the remote and beautiful Broughton Archipelago. We took the safe and convenient option of water taxi across the Queen Charlotte strait. The traffic, currents and wind make the crossing hazardous so we chose to keep it simple departing from Port McNeil. 

After setting up a wilderness camp on an outcrop of rock , we enjoyed the remote west coast surroundings. We struck out late each morning, waiting for the fog to lift. We can manage our navigation, via chart readings, compass and a GPS , but it’s more enjoyable if a paddler can see. Broughton is a beautiful area with its multiple islands and tidal areas. Waterfowl, sea lions and humpbacks were around. Paddlers need to plan or be willing to rough it because beaches are very rare. 

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