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[NEWS] Ten #cdnpoli links

  • CBC looks at the internal splits within British Columbia, between the Liberal-leaning coast and the Alberta-leaning interior, here.
  • The legal departure of oil company EnCana from its Alberta headquarters is the cause of great upset. CBC reports.
  • Will Andrew Scheer survive as leader of the Conservative Party, with challengers like Peter MacKay? The National Observer reports.
  • People in Lloydminister, on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, reflect the frustrations of the populations of the two provinces. CBC reports.
  • Philippe Fournier at MacLean’s writes about the sharp rural-urban political split in Canada.
  • Green Party Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin is interviewed by the National Observer about her goals, here.
  • The Treaty 8 chiefs have united in opposition to the separation of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Global News reports.
  • CBC reported on the multiple MP candidates who, genealogist Darryl Leroux found, falsely claimed indigenous ancestry.
  • Jessica Deer reported for CBC about the near-universal boycott by the Haudenosaunee of #elxn43, and the reasons for this boycott.
  • Scott Gilmore recently a href=”https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/the-u-s-is-sinking-maybe-its-time-for-canada-to-jump-ship/”>suggested at MacLean’s that, noting American instability, Canada might do well to secure itself and promote its multilateralism by seeking to join the EU.


[NEWS] Five #indigenous links: Nunavut, Haisla, Ken Hill, McGill Redmen, New Richmond

  • This MacLean’s feature examines how, twenty years after the formation of Nunavut, some Inuit are considering new ways to make governance work in their interests.
  • This National Observer article looks at how one Haisla band government sees hope in the construction of a pipeline, one that would provide the community with needed revenue.
  • This Toronto Life feature by Michael Lista looks at the struggle by Six Nations-based businessman Ken Hill to avoid paying child support, using Indigenous sovereignty as a barrier.
  • This National Observer article looks at the successful campaign, led by student Tomas Jirousek, to get McGill University to drop the name McGill Redmen for their sports team.
  • CBC Montreal looks at the efforts to improve Indigenous representation on school curricula in the Gaspésie community of New Richmond.

[NEWS] Five Indigenous links: Toronto housing, Kahnawake, Mohawk language, archive, Wilson-Raybould

  • CBC reports on the exceptional problems facing Indigenous people hoping to rent housing in Toronto.
  • The Mohawk community of Kahnawake is divided by a new proposal to open up slot machines. CBC reports.
  • Kanesatake has a new app aiming to promote knowledge of the Mohawk language among its users. CBC reports.
  • An Edmonton man is trying to compile an archive of Indigenous audiovisual material for future generations, Global News reports.
  • This article at The Conversation places Jody Wilson-Raybould in a tradition of Indigenous women who were tellers of truths to power.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Indigenous links: film and TV, Mohawk, Iroquois food, Gaspésie, Beothuk

  • NOW Toronto reports on the potential of Indigenous films and television shows to gain international markets, so long as they get needed funding.
  • Activists seeking to promote the Mohawk language and culture have received needed government funding, Global News reports.
  • CBC Montreal notes the visit of a chef from the Six Nations of the Grand River to Montréal to share Iroquois cuisine there, and more.
  • A Mi’kMaq community in Gaspésie does not want to preserve the Maison Busteed, a historic house belonging to an early settler who reportedly cheated them of their land, to the dismay of some local history activists. CBC reports.
  • The remains of Nonosabasut and Demasduit, two of the last of the Beothuk of Newfoundland, are going to be transfer from Scotland to a new home in Canada, at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau. CBC reports.

[NEWS] Ten Christmas links (#christmas)

  • CBC Indigenous reports on how Kahnawake Mohawks celebrate Christmas with a Mohawk-language radio program.
  • Craig Desson at CBC reports on how the Québec cheese-making Orthodox monastery, Virgin Mary the Consolatory, was preparing to meet Christmas.
  • Jason Vermes at CBC’s Cross-County Checkup has a report taking a look at the importance of chosen family for queer people at Christmas time, featuring the experiences of (among others) author Nathan Burgoine.
  • Samantha Allan at The Daily Beast reports on how LGBT bars in the United States often remain open on Christmas, to provide community and family for queer people excluded from said.
  • Carrie Jenkins, writing at Global News, notes how difficult it can be for people in polyamorous relationships to have both (or all) their partners recognized in holiday celebrations.
  • Adam Wallis at Global News reports on some unexpected holiday albums, starting with the Star Wars Christmas album and going through drag and metal, for starters.
  • Adam Gaffney at Jacobin Magazine makes the case for seeing Santa Claus as a hero of the left, doing his best to work wonders within a structurally unequal capitalism.
  • Stephen Maher at MacLean’s makes the case for “Fairytale of New York” by the Pogues being the best Christmas song, ever.
  • Noisey makes the case for the Darlene Love original of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” being the best Christmas song.
  • A Jamie Lauren Keiles interview at Vox with Rabbi Joshua Eli Plaut explains how, exactly, American Jews came to make eating at Chinese restaurants a marker of their Christmas day events.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Bad Astronomer notes the grooves of Phobos, and describes the latest theory behind the formation of this strange feature on the largest Martian moon.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the first detection of helium in an exoplanet atmosphere, from hot Neptune HAT-P-11b.
  • D-Brief notes how new dating technologies, drawing on artifacts from Toronto sites, reveal that European contact with the Iroquois came at a much later date than previously thought.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that Russia has pushed its plans for a crewed Moon landing back a decade, to 2040.
  • Gizmodo notes that the Large Hadron Collider is going to be shut down for a couple of years, for repairs and upgrading.
  • JSTOR Daily took a look at how forest fires work in Finland, particularly in contrast to those of California.
  • Roger Shuy at Lingua Franca notes, looking at a famous American legal case, how the way we ask questions really does matter.
  • Marginal Revolution notes, in passing, the economic stagnation of Portugal in the past two decades, with very little growth over this time.
  • The NYR Daily shares an interview with the late sociologist Zygmunt Bauman in which he talks about how our era has trivialized evil.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes how disagreements between different scientists using different methods to measure the expansion of the universe reveal that, somewhere, something is incorrect. But what?
  • Daniel Little at Understanding Society looks at corruption as a sociological phenomenon.
  • Arnold Zwicky considers the idea of the ongoing insect apocalypse.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Markham, Seattle, Tijuana, New York City, Hong Kong and Shenzhen

  • A new neighbourhood in Markham is going to make use of geothermal energy to heat hundreds of homes. CBC reports.
  • CityLab reports on how a census of the giant Pacific octopus in the waters of Seattle is going to be conducted.
  • Some residents of Tijuana are protesting against the thousands of Central American refugees now sheltering in their city. Global News reports.
  • A new exhibit at the 9/11 Museum in New York City tells of the contribution of Mohawk steelworkers to the construction of the megalopolis’ skyline. CBC Indigenous reports.
  • Officials in Hong Kong and Shenzhen are having problems drawing a boundary through a garden plot on their mutual border. The SCMP reports.

[NEWS] Five indigenous links: Innu, Kahnawake, Cree, genetics, Andes

  • CTV News reports on how Kahnawake, a Mohawk reserve near Montréal, is trying to learn from mistakes with tobacco in legalizing marijuana sales.
  • La Presse reports on a case lodged before the Surpeme Court of Canada by an Innu group regarding their homeland on the Québec-Labrador border.
  • CBC reports on efforts to preserve the Cree language as a vibrant community language in northern Québec.
  • Enlisting indigenous groups in studies of their genetic history is becoming imperative for scientists active in the field. CBC reports.
  • Scienceblog reports on a study of DNA from indigenous populations in the Andes that reveals not only how they adapted to the extreme environments of the area but resisted Eurasian diseases better than other groups in South America.

[NEWS] Five first nations links: tobacco, yaupon tea, Kahnawake cannabis, Cree fiddling, Indigenous

  • D-Brief notes evidence that indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest smoked tobacco long before Europeans arrived.
  • Atlas Obscura looks at “yaupon tea”, a caffeinated beverage brewed from the leaves and stems of the cassina plant of the southeastern United States popular among indigeous peoples but mysteriously neglected in recent years.
  • The Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake is facing a referendum over whether or not to legalize the sale of cannabis products. CTV reports.
  • Cree fiddler Byron Jonah is the first person to win a new fiddling award of Eeyou Istchee, the Cree region in northern Québec. CBC reports.
  • Mathieu Landriault at The Conversation looks at how, in the Justin Trudeau era, the term “Aboriginal” has been replaced by “Indigenous”.

[NEWS] Five First Nations links: John A MacDonald in Scotland, Onondaga, Québec Innu, stat holiday

  • The legacy of John A. MacDonald is also coming into question in his native Scotland, as Scots reckon with their country’s role in the business of the British empire. CBC reports.
  • The Vintage News reports on the rent, in money and apparently in salt, that the Onondaga of New York receive for their lost lands.
  • CBC talks about the quiet revolution brewing among the Innu of the Lower North Shore of Québec.
  • This account, by Hélène Clément in Le Devoir, of a train trip through Innu country tells of a fascinating experience.
  • A Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq leader thinks that the federal government’s move to create a new statutory holiday commemorating the residential school system a good idea, a much-needed public recovery of memory. Global News reports.