Creating Our Story
Why we care
Who we are
What we are doing
What are some of the questions that seem to be the biggest, most recurring themes that you are curious about?
“The curiosity centres around this diversity of human beings. All the different kinds of civilizations and cultures that have been created and how they fit together. How do these different cultures interact with one another? What has been the influence of one on another?
Because now in western intellectual thought, our ideas about cultural evolution have broken down. We really do not see it as a steady climb up from primitive life to savagery to barbarism and finally to civilized western world. We have broken this down but we haven’t exactly come up with another model that simplifies the story of world history, of global culture.
How do these things fit together? And what is the relationship of all these different kinds of people? If it is not just a simple evolution, then how do all the tribal peoples fit together with all the great civilizations in the world?
The world is an incredibly rich place when you look around, when you visit different countries and see the great creations of human beings, it is really amazing and sometimes we live in such an isolated world, and we think about all we have today, television and radio and instant news from around the world all the time.
And yet in some regards I think we are becoming more isolated intellectually because we have an evermore limited pool from which we are drawing information and evermore limited topics we are looking at, rather than going around to all the different cultures in the world and including information about them.”
Investing in creating a community that cares
Cosmetic companies are shifting ad dollars from traditional television and print platforms to Instagram and YouTube. Trips to exotic locations that were once reserved for editors from glossy magazines now go to influential social media personalities from all over the world who have thousands or even millions of subscribers hanging on their every post. And brands that once partnered with actresses or models to create a new shade of lipstick or blush are now collaborating with these influencers.
“How do we work for influencers and have them not bash our products?”
Creating Opportunities for Youth
Creative Fashion for Youth
Centre for Social Responsibility
Investment in algorithms
Facebook’s powerful algorithms are designed to present stories, photos and videos that you just can’t help but share with your friends. But they also help create an intricate profile of you as a Facebook user. Recent research by ProPublica found that there are more than 52,000 categories Facebook uses to microtarget ads at interests and desires users may not even know they have. Facebook’s booming ad business shows that combination of precision and scale is compelling and lucrative. In its most recent quarter, Facebook reported there were more than six million advertisers a month bidding for our attention.
But not all of those categories are simple consumer preferences, such as “people who like gummy bears.” Another ProPublica investigation found that Facebook enabled advertisers to target those interested in anti-Semitic and white supremacist messages.
According to eMarketer, since 2013 Facebook’s advertising revenue has soared from $6.9-billion to a projected $38-billion in 2017. Over the same period, the year-over-year revenue growth rate has been spectacular but is finally slowing down – from 63 per cent in 2013 to 43 per cent in 2017. The projection by eMarketer suggests 2018 and 2019 may see growth closer to 20 per cent. By comparison, revenues for Google’s more mature ad business went from $38-billion in 2013 to an estimated $72-billion in 2017 and never saw growth rates higher than 18 per cent.
In a blog dated Sept. 12 on the project website, Trans Mountain describes the “innovative use of snow fencing” in streams to protect spawning salmon and trout.
It says its biologists had temporarily laid plastic fencing on the bottom of some sections of five streams through mid-August 2017 in preparation for pipeline construction there in early 2018, adding it had identified a total of 26 streams in British Columbia and Alberta where the mats would be used prior to spawning season.
“By excluding fish from spawning in specific areas of a stream that may be within our proposed construction footprint, or immediately downstream within the zone-of-influence during construction activity, we then know we will not be disturbing redds or incubating eggs at the time of construction, if our construction timing will overlap with incubating eggs,” said Trans Mountain fisheries biologist Calum Bonnington, in the company’s blog.
In an email, Trans Mountain spokesman Ali Hounsell says the spawning deterrents were considered a “preventive measure” to minimize environmental impacts of construction, adding the company is working on a response to the NEB order.
National Observer publishes tough investigative reporting, exclusive special reports, and daily news coverage you won’t find anywhere else. With reporters in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, and freelancers nationwide, National Observer’s mission is excellence in public benefit journalism. We were founded in 2015 to solve a problem: journalism.
The industry is in turmoil. Traditional revenue sources are dwindling. Decades of disruption have devastated newsrooms and saddled corporate owners with debt.
The practice is under siege. News coverage is starved for resources. Journalists are squeezed to produce more content and compromise quality — and sometimes integrity.
And this does have a place as context for exploring what we can do, – for
ourselves, for one another, and for our future.
The Misk Global Foundation
which positioned their interest and enterprise and contribution as “How do
we create a future that works for all of us?”
We need to elevate our thinking and we could all benefit from learning how
to create community around our common interests and the interests we have in
common, – learning how to practice community behaviour and demonstrate
leadership behavior, – learning how to hold one another accountable for our
behaviour, – learning how to create a culture of community, – and learning
how to excite creative leadership and creative community enterprise around
our overarching common human interests.
The quantum idea, – why and how and what we can do to create an environment
for the future so we can create a future for our environment, – on which we
and all life depends. I listened to myself in the filming of the story
session for native Roots and heard myself observe on how the fundamental
idea that drives the behavour of our indigenous cultures is the idea that we
belong to the earth, we are part of the earth, – the earth does not belong
to us, – or something like that, – so working with nature and creating with
nature and creating with our nature and exploring our nature and creating
our culture and creating with our culture all become a nice string of
exploration for creative ideas and creative connections.
Sockeye salmon recommended for listing under Species At Risk Act
Cancelling the Site C dam will be a tough pill to swallow – but alternatives are harsher
The housing question must always be: What’s best for the community?
Domain spoofing: The advertising industry fights back
Public editor: The fight against ‘fake news’
Research and Innovation
When concentrations of successful, innovative-driven companies and their partners align efforts, they are proven to attract talent and investment dollars, and propel innovation and economic growth.
“By combining the capabilities of post-secondary education and research institutions to generate ideas and inventions, and the business community’s ability to market and scale them, we gain bigger returns on investment.”
Roseann O’Reilly Runte
President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation
Zero Carbon Buildings
Canada Green Building Council
The new measure of building innovation in Canada
Zero carbon Building Initiative
The problem of youth unemployment: Predicting the changing future of work
The gig economy is here – and we aren’t ready
Is Facebook a threat to democracy?
Postmedia Content Works
Solving the Content Marketing Conundrum
The need for compelling content has never been greater as Canadian marketers race to meet the insatiable need for engaging experiences that connect their brand messages to audiences across a myriad of touch points. Postmedia Content Works, launched today, brings together the best of Postmedia’s offerings and custom-tailored solutions. Postmedia Content Works collaborates with clients to create, deploy and measure content marketing programs that transcend existing platforms and networks.
“Simply put, we are breaking the mold of a traditional media company selling its own brands and audiences to advertisers,” said Mike Pilmer, SVP, Postmedia Content Works. “The conversation is now about telling our customers’ stories to their target audiences on any platform. We begin with metrics and objectives without any creative constraints.”
Postmedia Content Works brings together Postmedia Works, Postmedia Labs and Infomart – the company’s media measurement platform – and allows for a more holistic approach to custom content development.
With content creation as a core expertise, we are poised to service the exploding world of content marketing and management,” said Yuri Machado, SVP, Postmedia Content Works. “Our efforts are focused through the lens of the creation, deployment and measurement of content providing Canada’s leading brands with end-to-end content marketing services.”
With access to vast content resources, Postmedia Content Works can package and serve programs seamlessly to clients’ ‘owned’ channels (websites, social, employee communications). Postmedia Content Works provides a comprehensive understanding of the landscape of content engagement through the insights gleaned from producing and delivering editorial on a daily basis to measuring the efficacy of content engagement through the services provided.
Elevating content through science
Sponsored by UBC
Joel Schlesinger, Postmedia Content Works
Green benefits: UBC is not just a leader in research for smart cities, it’s leading by example
The fabric of our land: Salish Weaving
For generations Salish peoples have been harvesting the resources of their territories, transforming them into robes of rare beauty and power. Symbols of identity they acted as legal documents and were visible signifiers of the presence of knowledge holders and respected people.
Now mostly stored away in museums these masterworks are rarely seen. They have much knowledge to share and many stories to tell. Musqueam asked the Museum to bring these weavings to inspire weavers and share part of this rich legacy with all of us.
Salish weavers selected ten blankets from the 1800s to be part of this unique exhibition. Returning from Finland, Scotland, England and the eastern United States this is the first time that these blankets have been seen in Vancouver.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the unique design of Salish blankets up close and to learn the rich history and significance of weaving in this region. The exhibition takes you on a journey through the past two hundred years of Salish weaving from the early 1800s through to today’s vibrant renaissance.
Google Has Picked an Answer for You—Too Bad It’s Often Wrong
Going beyond search, the internet giant is promoting a single result over all others, and many are contentious, improbable or laughably incorrect
Wall Street Journal, 2017.11.16
Google handles 90% of the world’s internet searches, and it increasingly is promoting a single answer for many questions. Here’s how the algorithms are—and aren’t—working.
Google became the world’s go-to source of information by ranking billions of links from millions of sources. Now, for many queries, the internet giant is presenting itself as the authority on truth by promoting a single search result as the answer.
The Meaning of Life According to Google
Buzzfeed Falls Short of Targets
Publisher is part of a new wave of new-media upstarts struggling to satisfy investors
Amol Sharma and Lukas I. Alpert
The Wall Street Journal, 2017.11.17
Across the industry, digital media companies are finding that lines of business that caught fire for them early on, – like creating custom content for brands, – are becoming harder to scale up. Meanwhile, with each passing year, Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. are tightening their grip on the online-ad market. The duopoly is expected to command a combined 63% of U.S. digital ad spending in 2017, according to eMarketer, boosting competition among everyone else for what is left.
BuzzFeed CEO: Why Algorithms Won’t Solve Fake News
BuzzFeed Founder and CEO Jonah Peretti talks with WSJ’s Christina Passariello about whether algorithms can combat concerns about fake news. They speak at the WSJ D.Live conference in Laguna Beach, Calif.
FCC Rolls Back Limits on Local Broadcast Ownership
Move likely would spur new wave of consolidation
John D. McKinnon and Joe Flint
2017.11.16 Wall Street Journal
New changes in federal media ownership rules approved Thursday are likely to touch off a wave of deal-making, reordering the local-TV landscape. The new relaxed rules could open the floodgates to more consolidation among television station owners, particularly so-called super groups that have arisen in recent years. Democratic commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said the agency’s action “sets its most basic values in fire and I am hard pressed to see any commitment to diversity, localism or competition”
The Books that Captured our Imagination
The Best Canadian Fiction and Poetry of 2017
The Best Canadian Non Fiction of 2017
The Best Canadian Non Fiction Films of 2017
The Best Canadian Features of 2017
The Globe 100
E.P.A. Scrubs a Climate Website of ‘Climate Change’
New York Times
A new analysis made public on Friday found that an E.P.A. website has been scrubbed of scores of links to materials to help local officials prepare for a world of rising temperatures and more severe storms.
The site, previously the E.P.A.’s “Climate and Energy Resources for State, Local and Tribal Governments” has been renamed “Energy Resources for State, Local and Tribal Governments.” About 15 mentions of the words “climate change” have been removed from the main page alone, the study found.
Among the now-missing pages are those detailing the risks of climate change and the different approaches states are taking to curb emissions. Also edited out were examples of statewide plans to adapt to weather extremes.
Fostering Change is an initiative of Vancouver Foundation to improve policy, practice and community connections for young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood. We’re working in collaboration with a growing set of partners to achieve our goal – that every young person leaving foster care has the opportunities and support needed to thrive as adults.
Fostering Change developed out of our long-standing interest in strategies to address youth homelessness. Given over 40% of homeless youth have been part of the child welfare system including adoption and foster care, Vancouver Foundation has committed to strengthening the support systems available to youth as they leave government care and transition into adulthood.
B.C. foster kids benefit from Vancouver Foundation’s foresight
A $1.1-billion philanthropic organization has gone to extraordinary lengths to give youths leaving government care a better chance at success
Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight, 2017.11.29
Shrink your carbon footprint
Green Living: Pembina Institute’s Glen Murray says carbon calculator can help shrink your footprint
Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight, 2017.11.15
Presented by Toyota
Creating Sustainable Communities
Racebook under Fire
It’s time for Facebook to grow up
At 13, Facebook is a very rich, powerful, secretive teenager. But governments around the world are no longer excusing its mistakes and blind spots as youthful ignorance. The regulations being shaped today – and the way the world’s largest social network responds – could hamper its growth and dramatically change the way it operates in the future.
Facebook’s algorithms – which reward and promote posts that keep users sharing and caring and “engaging” – can shape public debate and change the fate of a business overnight. But those same tools have also been used to spread fake news, amplify hate speech and connect bigots of all kinds. They were used by agents of the Russian government to stoke division and help tilt the 2016 U.S. presidential election toward Donald J. Trump. That election, of course, was won by Mr. Trump last November on the strength of narrow victories in a handful of swing states, despite losing the popular vote by nearly three million.
Governments are calculating the social costs of an unaccountable publishing platform and are lining up to wrest back some of the control that Facebook has collected.
Some of the large brand advertisers who provide its incredible profits are questioning whether it has all been money well spent. And some projections suggest the digital ad market is reaching saturation – that Facebook’s incredible growth may be on the verge of slowing.
Technology Reporter, Report on Business
The Globe and Mail, 2017.11.04
The Future of Community News
Postmedia, Torstar to swap and shutter dozens of local newspapers
The Barrie Examiner, Orleans News, the Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin, Metro Winnipeg, Our London and the Orillia Packet & Times are among the local newspapers shutting down after the deal between Torstar and Postmedia.
The local news market is being reshaped, with Canada’s two largest newspaper companies striking a deal to swap a total of 37 community newspapers and four free commuter papers – and then shutting most of those newly acquired publications in regions where they compete with existing papers.
Susan Krashinsky Robertson
The Globe and Mail, 2017.11.27
Torstar’s papers moving to Postmedia (* = slated for closure)
Central Hastings News*
Exeter Times-Advocate and Exeter Weekender
Ottawa East News*
Ottawa South News*
Ottawa West News*
Quinte West News*
St. Lawrence News*
St. Marys Journal-Argus and St. Marys Weekender*
St. Thomas/Elgin Weekly News*
Stratford City Gazette*
West Carleton Review*
Postmedia’s papers moving to Torstar (* = slated for closure)
24 Hours Toronto*
24 Hours Vancouver*
Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin*
Fort Erie Times*
Inport News (Port Colborne)*
Niagara Falls Review
Orillia Packet & Times*
St. Catharines Standard
Thorold Niagara News*
The Art of Reconciliation
Full recognition of UNDRIP is a necessary step toward reconciliation
The Globe and Mail, 2017.11.30
Trans Mountain pipeline project still lacks hundreds of permits
Justine Hunter and Ian Bailey
The Globe and Mail, 2017.11.30
Remembering Barry Lord
JULY 8, 1939 – MARCH 9, 2017
Putting People First
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Barry Lord, co-founder of Lord Cultural Resources, pioneer in museum planning and arts management, and celebrated author.
Born in Hamilton on July 8, 1939, Barry graduated from Delta Secondary School and McMaster University, and studied at Harvard University. He enrolled in the National Gallery of Canada museum training programme, launching a career that would transform our thinking about museums and cultural organizations.
In his early career at National Museums of Canada, Barry perceived the need for a more systematic approach to planning museums. Museum planning as a profession, however, didn’t exist — so he invented it. In 1981, with his wife Gail Dexter Lord, he founded Lord Cultural Resources, and in 1983 published the world’s first book on museum planning, Planning our Museums/Planification de nos Musées. The approach was elegant in its simplicity with three sections: Planning for People, Planning for Collections, and Planning for Facilities. Putting the public first was a new idea at the time and has been the hallmark of the firm, its publications and its practice ever since.
This message resonated with museum professionals around the world. Barry’s thirst for knowledge and care for peoples’ cultures inspired him to engage deeply and tirelessly with museum planning projects in every province and territory of Canada, throughout the US, the United Kingdom, Europe, and South, East, and West Asia.
Barry believed that sharing knowledge leads to new knowledge. That’s why he wrote and involved colleagues in writing the books that would become the core texts for the museum world: The Manual of Museum Planning (2012; 2003; 1999; 1991), The Manual of Museum Management (2009; 1997), The Manual of Museum Exhibitions (2014; 2001), and The Manual of Museum Learning (2015; 2007). Speaking at conferences and lecturing on museum studies were an important part of Barry’s practice. He loved teaching and his students loved him! In his last year, Barry was thrilled to be awarded an honorary LLD from his alma mater, McMaster University.
Jake Shearer Fuel Barge
Heiltsuk proposes plan to take strong leadership role in central coast oil spill prevention and response
With an initial investment of $11 million by January 1, 2018, the IMRC’s base operations, fleet, and crew could be in effect by summer 2018.
Nov 15, 2017
Stranded fuel barge near Bella Bella now safely under tow
Fuel barge ’emergency’ off B.C. coast renews concerns
Canadian Coast Guard on scene after fuel-loaded barge splits away from tug in Queen Charlotte Sound
Jake Shearer barge recovered from B.C. waters with coast guard reporting no environment damage
Rescue tug pulls away stranded fuel barge near Bella Bella
Help arrives for massive fuel-laden barge stranded near Bella Bella, B.C.
Stranded barge safe and under tow heading north from Bella Bella
Official Gov Report:
POTENTIAL: Tug Jake Shearer SW of Bella Bella Incident Description
US vessel stranded in ocean with millions of litres of diesel and petrol on board
Threat reduced to B.C. coast as breakaway fuel barge gets towed
Barge carrying fuel in distress off B.C. coast near Bella Bella
Jake Shearer barge recovered from B.C. waters with coast guard reporting no environment damage
10,000 Ton Tanker public Facebook group
Journalism in Canada
Another day, another depressing headline about Canadian media. Yesterday, news broke that Postmedia and Torstar, Canada’s two largest media companies, have struck a deal to swap 41 community newspapers. Also part of their plan is to shutter most of these publications, eliminating nearly 300 jobs and drastically reducing service to communities.
This is just the latest chapter in the story of the beleaguered Canadian news media, limping towards what many see as a total collapse of what we know as journalism in this country. Consolidate, cut, worry. Repeat. What lies on the other side of that collapse, nobody knows.
To media watchers in this country, it seems like the writing is on the wall.
But what if the story of Canadian media could be different?
It’s no secret that publishing public interest news – not the sexy click-bait articles that drive huge traffic, but the documenting of systemic issues, and decisions by people in power and how those decisions affect the rest of us – is not a particularly profitable endeavour. Not anymore, at least.
The old business model for journalism isn’t holding up anymore. Advertisers have found new platforms to get to their audiences in more targeted, cheaper, and direct ways. The trouble is, that’s what used to pay for the public service of journalism.
So what now?
Since 2003, The Tyee has been attempting to carve out a new narrative for Canadian media. Our guiding belief has been that if we offer quality reporting by paid, professional journalists, who are given license to cover what matters to them and the wider community, that might be something that people value. And, that a certain number of people might be willing to pay for it.
As it turns out, that’s true, to some extent. The Tyee has been experimenting with crowdfunding reporting projects for years, and we’ve consistently been blown away at the willingness of our community to back independent journalism that is offered without a paywall, to anyone who wants to read it.
Since The Tyee pioneered independent online journalism in Canada in 2003, we’ve published over 15,000 stories including likely the most read piece by any news source during the last federal election (listing Stephen Harper’s abuses of power). Tyee total pages views are scraping 100 million. We sparked a global movement by launching the 100-Mile Diet. Our reporters have again and again exposed secret harm done by governments and corporations, and provided thousands of solutions stories, many taken up by policy makers. We don’t just envision a day when we are fully reader funded, we work to earn that independence every day.
We’re now in a position where direct support from readers is our fastest-growing revenue stream. And our supporters that give to us on a monthly basis, around 1,600 of them, are a big part of what makes The Tyee possible today.
Our operation is incredibly lean. We dedicate as much money as we can to producing original, quality journalism that broadens the public conversation.
The next chapter of Canadian journalism will be about reader-funded publications. There are lots of small experiments that are very promising, as The Tyee’s founding editor David Beers recently wrote. But they require your support.
Will you join 1,600 other Tyee readers and become a monthly Tyee Builder?
Tyee Builders is a special program for supporters of independent media who want to help The Tyee thrive and grow. Since 2009, Tyee Builders have fully funded our Ottawa correspondent, Jeremy Nuttall, supported coverage of many elections, funded a series on youth in BC, and more. Sure, Tyee Builders get special perks, like discounts on Tyee Master Classes and events, book and event ticket giveaways, special insider reports, and a fancy custom Tyee lapel pin. But the real benefit of being a Tyee Builder is being a part of the next chapter of public interest journalism in this country.
For those interested in making big bucks publishing the news the old way, it’s looking pretty bleak. But for those who are committed to publishing quality, hard-hitting journalism about the issues that matter, and can prove their worth to a community willing to back it with their dollars, there’s nothing but opportunity.
So, what do you say? Will you join Tyee Builders now?
Jeanette, Robyn, David, and the whole Tyee crew
PS. Independent media can thrive, but we need your help. Will you join over 1,600 monthly supporters and join Tyee Builders today?
Further reading: https://thetyee.ca/Mediacheck/2017/11/27/Postmedia-Torstar-Media-Monopolies/
Kinder Morgan Anti-spawning mats
DFO clarifies relationship with NEB on fisheries protection along pipeline routes
Kinder Morgan Transmountain pipeline route map
KM’s point of view:
Innovative use of snow fencing protecting spawning salmon and trout
Kinder Morgan appeals NEB ban on spawning deterrent mats
Kinder Morgan drops spawning mat request
Awareness and backlash:
NEB warns Trans Mountain pipeline builder to stop installing anti-spawning mats
Another obstacle for salmon? Snow fencing causes anxiety
Kinder Morgan’s illegal anti-spawning fences – YouTube video
Fish may stall Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
NEB cracks down on Kinder Morgan for disrupting streams on pipeline route
NEB warns Trans Mountain pipeline builder to stop installing anti-spawning mats
Kinder Morgan Canada: ban on fish mats may delay pipe expansion
Kinder Morgan still blocking spawning beds after warning from NEB
Kinder Morgan’s Salmon Spawning Prevention Mats Removed
Warriors Remove Illegal Kinder Morgan Anti Salmon Spawning Mats – YouTube video
Watching Our Whales
Trans Mountain and Salmon Spawning Grounds | Watching Our Whales
Only the community, through its elected representatives, can provide the authority that can guide the image of our city. That image will, of course, be quite different from old European places but, nevertheless, one that can be loved by future residents. The questions are; Do we know what that could be? Do we care? Are we happy wth where it is going? Do we think it is worth giving it more thought?
From the media
Current trends suggest that by mid-century the weight of plastic in the ocean could surpass the biomass of all fish. Join Moderator, Jim Downham, and this panel of global leaders as they discuss what’s at stake, and spotlight the latest global developments to keep plastics out of our ocean and in our economy.
Clinton and Bush on Trump