2017 February

2017.02.02 February

1. The Journal

2. 2017 Creating the Story

3. 2017 On the Stage
This is how I am entering the story. This is how we can enter the story, – the story I am telling, – the story I am creating, – the story I am imagining, – the story we can create

4. The York Theatre
Exploring the story for creative connections, creative interests, and creative ideas
What questions does it excite?
The Story of the York
The connection to exploring the future of Vancouver as a centre for the arts on Creative Vancouver
Vancouver Arts Forum
Exploring the future of Vancouver as a centre for the arts
Exploring the future of the arts
Exploring the Future of Theatre in Vancouver

The Future of Heritage Theatres


Pantages Theatre

Vancouver Arts and Culture Forum


Vancouver Arts Forum

5. Me and Theatre

The world is my theatre, as I see my experience of life and my opportunity to create a part for myself in creating my experience and creating my story and make my contribution to creating the world I am part of and as I see the world from my point of view.

I am writing, directing, and performing a monologue in the form of a creative installation, an imagination of a creative conversation of monologues.

I see life as an interactive theatre and the stage I am creating for our theatre of a new world is for interactive theatre with opportunities to create an immersive experience in our URL theatres and in our IRL theatres.

These are my ideas about theatre and ideas, breaking the fourth wall, and creating connections with theatre.

One of my monologues is my story as a journal, – my journal of my experience of life and my response to my experience

My point of view is a series of monologues from when I have been asked for my point of view or when I have contributed my point of view because I had an interest in making a contribution

Some monologues are stories from my experience with observations on how I see the experience in the context of the monologues and theatre and I am creating now

I am telling a story with my monologues. Some are stories to explore for creative connections and for ideas and opportunities for creative conversation and creative enterprise.

The future of theatre in Vancouver, which could be of interest to the creative community in Vancouver if creative Vancouver is interested in creating a future for Vancouver as a centre for the arts, – keeping in mind as I overheard someone say that it is not hard to build a theatre but it is hard to build standing room only audiences.


Exploring our heritage

Chanie Wejack (misnamed Charlie by his teachers) was a young boy who died on October 22, 1966. He was trying to walk home, along the railroad tracks, trying to escape the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School. Chanie’s home was 400 miles away. He didn’t know that. He didn’t know where his home was, nor how to find it. But like so many kids from residential schools, – more than anyone will be able to imagine, – he tried.

Chanie Wenjack haunts us. His story is Canada’s story. We are not the ountry we think we are. History will be rewritten. All of the residential schools will be pulled apart and studied. The next hundred years are going to be painful and unsettling as we meet Chanie Wenjack and thousands like him, – as we find out about ourselves, about all od us, – and when we do, we can truly call ourselves Canada.

Proceeds will be donated to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is dedicated to preserving the history of the residential schools in Canada, making their history known, and moving our country forward on the path to reconciliation.

Gord Downie
Secret Path

Gord Downie’s The Secret Path
CBC Arts, Film and panel discussion
Streamed live on Oct 23, 2016

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Imagine a Canada
A National Arts and Communication Initiative for Youth


The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first museum solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. Our aim is to build not only a national hub for human rights learning and discovery, but a new era of global human rights leadership.

Creating inspiring encounters with human rights, we will engage Canadians and our international visitors in an immersive, interactive experience that offers both the inspiration and tools to make a difference in the lives of others. We will welcome our visitors as partners on a journey to erase barriers and create meaningful, lasting change.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first national museum to be built in nearly half a century, and the first outside the National Capital Region.


Published 2017.02.03

To Paul Alexander

I thought about you when I read this article last week


Then yesterday I ran across an event notice I had sent out when I was trying to get the community interested in talking about creating Vancouver as a centre for the arts

The Emperor of Atlantis

And then today, as I created a spot for the Secret Path as a good way to start exciting interest in exploring our heritage in 2017 and listened to the discussion at the end of the showing of the film, I discovered the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation was also based in Winnipeg


All about creating connections and empathy with the experience if we are to reach acceptance and appreciation, – reconciliation with our evolution so far for our creative and cultural evolution in the future

Hope all is well with you.

Canadian Journalism


Will fake news provide an excuse for the feds to help Canadian media solve their real financial woes?

The Shattered Mirror: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age. Written by Edward Greenspon, a former editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail who later worked for the Toronto Star and Bloomberg News, the report notes that Thomas Jefferson urged the U.S. citizenry to be given “full information of their affairs through the channel of the public papers, and to contrive that those papers should penetrate the whole mass of the people.”

the report says Mr. Jefferson was insisting on “the importance of common pools of information in governing a democracy with informed consent.” Canada, it adds, “has been contriving for generations to provide its citizens with common pools of information through public-policy initiatives – from the creation of the CBC to the addition of Section 19 to the Income Tax Act to the Canada Periodical Fund – that are designed to counter an economic logic that has favoured the importation of information from large media entities to the south.”

Simon Houpt
The Globe and Mail, 2017.01.26

Canada’s media industry needs major federal cash injection: report

According to PPF president Edward Greenspon, the move would free up $300-million to $400-million that could be “dedicated” to a new Journalism & Democracy Fund, which would be managed independently from the government. The fund would reinvest the money in “digital innovation” and seek to foster “civic-function journalism,” especially local news, investigative journalism and indigenous news operations, the report said.

The move would tap into the ballooning amount of advertising money that is spent on foreign digital platforms, and compensate for the fact a large majority of Canadians don’t want to pay for news.

The PPF commissioned a poll by the Earnscliffe Strategy Group that found little interest in the media’s problems.

“The notion the news is imperilled runs contrary to [the public’s] experience – 93 per cent say they get more news today, quicker, in a more timely fashion, from more diverse sources, than they ever had in their life,” pollster Allan Gregg said. “That said, they do recognize that news is foundational to democracy.”

Daniel Leblanc
The Globe and Mail, 2017.01.26

How to fix the ever-weakening state of the news media


At last, a much-needed debate is breaking out in Canada about the threat to democracy of the ever-weakening state of the news media. Even before the recent U.S. presidential election, Canadian governments were concerned about the weakened ability of the news media to inform the public about their democracy. The subsequent controversies about filter bubbles and fake news have added a layer of anxiety that fabricated news, which is cheap to produce, will chase out fact-based news.

Since 2010, about 225 weeklies and 25 dailies have closed or merged, touching more than 200 federal ridings. Those communities are losing a public good in keeping with libraries and safe streets and clean water.
You can’t get far in a discussion of news these days without attention to rivers of falsehoods and hate polluting the media ecosystem. We urge caution in not overreacting to these provocations. Separating fact from fiction is the job of electors, not the elected, though publishers – and that includes search and social firms – must take responsibility, too.
The CBC needs to be part of the solution, as it has always been when Canada’s news system is at risk. We join in the call for CBC to get out of digital advertising, not because of the dubious proposition that these revenues would flow to newspapers, but because their pursuit creates a distraction to CBC’s core mission of serious journalism. We also recommend the public broadcaster begin becoming a digital-age public news service by moving to open its content to other participants in the Canadian media ecosystem. CBC already regularly posts its journalism to Facebook and YouTube. Next, it should adopt a Creative Commons licence to promote the widest dissemination of this publicly-funded and reliable journalistic source.
The mirror in which Canadian citizens see themselves, their communities and their public institutions has been shattered by the technologically-induced decimation of news media revenues and fragmentation of audiences. Our greatest hope is The Shattered Mirror will stimulate a necessary debate and ultimately necessary actions.
Edward Greenspon
The Globe and Mail, 2017.01.26
Edward Greenspon is president and chief executive officer of the Public Policy Forum in Ottawa. He is a former editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail.

Native Roots
There is a fire burning over the earth taking with it plants and animals, ancient skills, and visionary wisdom. At risk is a vast archive of knowledge and expertise, a catalogue of the imagination, an oral and written language composed of the memories of countless elders and healers, warriors, farmers, fisherman, midwives, poets, and saints, – in short, the artistic, intellectual, and spiritual expression of the full complexity and diversity of the human experience. Quelling this flame, this spreading inferno, and rediscovering a new appreciation for the diversity of the human spirit as expressed by culture, is among the central challenges of our times.

With these words, the anthropologist Wade Davis distilled his mission as Explorer-in-Residence with the National Geographic Society. In response to the anticipated loss of half the world’s languages within a single generation, and the threats faces by indigenous peoples everywhere, the Society asked Davis to help change the way the world viewed and valued culture.

The myriad of cultures in the world, with their own traditions and beliefs, are not failed attempts at modernity, let alone failed attempts to be us. Each is an inspired expression of our collective genius, each a unique answer to a fundamental question: What does it mean to be human and alive? All have an equal claim on reality, just as none has a monopoly on the route to the divine. Every culture has something to say, and each deserves to be heard.

Wade Davis
BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk
University of British Columbia
From the dust jacket of Wade Davis, Photographs, 2016

Vancouver Arts Forum

The Vancouver Arts Forum is a centre for our creative community to explore our interests and where we are now as a community, what we can do which could contribute to our interests, what ideas we can pursue, and what opportunities we can create to excite creative enterprise and contribution to the evolution of Vancouver as a centre for the arts.



Why Theatre

– “…you raved and you bitched when you came home about the stupidity of audiences. The goddamn ‘unskilled laughter’ coming from the fifth row. And that’s right, that’s right, – God knows it’s depressing. I’m not saying it isn’t. But that’s none of your business really. That’s none of your business, Franny. An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s. You have no right to think about those things, I swear to you. Not in any real sense.”

J.D. Salinger
from Franny and Zooey

Theatre is not a place. Theatre is action. Theatre is breathing life into people, stories, and worlds on stage. Theatre is where we create the story. Theatre is where we perform. Theatre is creating the experience with other performers. Theatre is creating the experience for our community. Theatre is how we break the fourth wall in the creative experience.

Me and Theatre

What I like about theatre is the idea of theatre as a way to approach the experience of life. When we see life as theatre, as a creative experience, as the art of living with our imagination and our reality, our world as we know and experience it becomes our theatre and we have the opportunity to create a part for ourselves, – and if we are fortunate many parts, – and create our experience and our story, – and make a contribution to creating the world and worlds we are part of. Seeing life as a creative experience is a powerful way to live with the only thing we have, – our ability to choose who we like to be, and what we choose to do, and how we choose to play our part.

Theatre has always been a great love for me and I have taken a few acting workshops and was part of a group of working actors and directors called Actors Anonymous for several years. Asked once about my acting experience, I explained that although I didn’t have any acting credits, I did work as a management consultant for many years, which I thought qualified as acting experience. It has allowed me to see life as an interactive theatre and I have been creating a stage in our theatre of the new world where I am now writing, directing, and performing a monologue in the form of a creative installation, with the idea of creating immersive creative experiences in URL theatres for us to explore for ideas and stories we can bring to our IRL theatres, in real life as gamers refer to time spent away from their virtual worlds. It is keeping me out of the pool halls.

Here is my story about theatre. This is what happened. And what happened after I left the stage I was asked if I could fill in and play the part of the professor in Oleanna because someone had dropped out. My experience with Actors Anonymous, which lasted several years, began.

My Debut with Mamet

And to the challenge “How can we peacefully co-exist without a better understanding of the world we live in?” We can’t. So creating more theatre and more opportunities to explore how rich our life is for all of our diversity and differences, and to increase our understanding and our appreciation of our different contributions to our experience of life is the creative game we can take on if we care to find the divine.

Why Theatre

For Canadians, the highest rated benefits of the performing arts in communities are energy and vitality. Exposure to different cultures eventually leads to better intercultural understanding. Pride in one’s community and a sense of belonging are fostered through these shared experiences. The performing arts enhance the quality of life of Canadians in communities from coast to coast, and contribute to greater health and well-being, social cohesion, and creativity.
from The Ripple Effect of the Performing Arts
Canada’s Performing Arts Alliance

Canada’s Performing Arts Alliance

Global Affairs

Canadian Cooperative Association

About Me

I am a very fortunate person. I love music. I love literature. I love logic. I love nature. I love laughter. I love appreciation.

If spiritual is the experience of connectedness, the experience of appreciation for life, the experience of caring, then I am spiritual. The experience of empathy is the experience of connectedness, the connection with the common human experience, the experience of community.

Community Banks
Directing my contribution to the community interest I want to support – Tru Value Foods

The role and future of Canadian Museums

The role and future of Canadian Journalism

The value of Canadian Journalism

Unfounded: Why police dismiss 1 in 5 sexual assault claims as baseless

In a 20-month-long investigation into how police handle sexual assault allegations, The Globe and Mail gathered data from more than 870 police forces. The findings expose deep flaws at every step of the process.

Robyn Doolittle
The Globe and Mail, 2017.02.03


Every year thousands of people are coming forward to police and reporting sexual assault. They just aren’t being counted


How The Globe collected and analyzed sexual assault statistics to report on unfounded figures across Canada
Robyn Doolittle
The Globe and Mail, 2017.02.03

When Canadian police officers close an investigation, they give it a code to signify the outcome. One of those closure codes is “unfounded,” a term that means no violation of the law occurred or was attempted. Once a complaint is classified as “unfounded,” it is no longer considered a valid allegation. So for example, if a police service received 100 sexual-assault complaints in a year, and 20 were determined to be unfounded, the service would report that it had received 80 allegations of sexual assault. Unfounded statistics for sexual assault have historically been dramatically higher than for all other types of crime.


Inside the Globe’s 20-month-long investigation into how police handle cases of sexual assault. 873 police jurisdictions. 250 freedom of information requests. 100 crime and counseling centres. 54 cases examined.


The story behind The Globe’s Unfounded series
Robyn Doolittle
The Globe and Mail, 2017.02.03

The first time I spoke with Ava, she was whispering to me on her cell phone from a commuter train west of Toronto. She was nervous. Outside of her immediate circle and her therapist, she had never discussed that night with anyone. But when she discovered that a reporter from The Globe was working on an investigation into how Canadian police services handle sexual assault cases, she agreed to be interviewed one evening in June, 2016.


Will the police believe you?
Robyn Doolittle, Michael Pereira, Laura Blenkinsop, and Jeremy Agius
Globe and Mail, 2017.02.03

Sexual assault victims are more likely to be believed in some areas of the country than in others. One of the most obvious patterns in the unfounded data was that West Coast police services, whether they were RCMP detachments or independent municipal services, tended to have below average rates. The other clear picture to emerge from the data was that Southern and rural Ontario unfounded rates were much higher than the national rate


Ontario’s London police to launch review into handling of sex-assault cases
Robyn Doolittle
The Globe and Mail, 2017.02.05


London Police to audit every incident that was dismissed as ‘unfounded’ going back to 2010

Two federal cabinet ministers and Justin Trudeau’s chief of staff emphasize need for fair treatment of victims

Mandatory specialized training for officers, Crown attorneys and judges called for at Tory leadership debate

Ontario’s London Police Service will conduct a sweeping review of how its officers handle sexual-assault allegations, an audit that will include probing hundreds of cases dating back to 2010 that were dismissed as unfounded – a police term that means the detective believes the complaint is baseless.

The move follows an investigation by The Globe and Mail into the handling of sexual-assault cases by Canadian police forces. The investigation revealed that officers are closing sexual-assault allegations as unfounded at a rate much higher than other serious crimes.

Unfounded: Police dismiss 1 in 5 sexual assault claims as baseless, Globe investigation reveals

Trudeau pledges action as police unite to reform sex-assault probes
Daniel Leblanc and Robyn Doolittle
The Globe and Mail, 2017.02.06

Public Safety Minister Goodale calls for review of sexual-assault cases across Canada
Patrick White and Robyn Doolittle
The Globe and Mail, 2017.02.07

National strategy for handling sex-assault cases in the works
Daniel Leblanc
The Globe and Mail, 2017.02.09

Scale Up Ventures

Creating a future for our community. Creating community for our future

The Future of our Major Contributing Institutions to our community and our community well-being and to our future as a community lies is not in competition. It lies in Leadership. Universities. Museums. Arts Presenters. Communities.

Leadership creates community. Creative leadership excites creative leadership.

My Story

About me

I am not alone. I am on my own. I have no right to expect of others. I have no right to expect how my world will respond. I have no right to expect I am doing the right thing or doing things right. I have to make my own choices, and make my own calls on how well I am doing, and how I am feeling about what I am doing.

My time is my choice. How do I want to spend my time? How do I want to spend my time? How do I want to experience my time? Observing consciously on my time is my time between the scenes, – between the focus of the action on the story that gives me purpose and appreciation for my time, and for the story I am creating for my life, – the story I will remember, – the story of my experience, – what I did, and how I felt, and what happened, – and what I enjoyed, and what I learned about how things are or appear to be, – and how I am.

And this is my story so I have no right to expect others to be interested. I am interested. I am interested in the experience of telling my story and creating my story. I have no right to be interested in the outcome of the story I am imagining we can create, or the outcome of the story I am creating and imagining, – about how we can create stories as communities.

My journal

It is snowing, soft and gentle against the trees and what has become a wintry sky. Beautiful. With a warm fire and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, it is a good time to pull my focus from what I think to my context, – to what I see and feel and have the good fortune to be experiencing, and to enjoy the creative story as well as the creative enterprise. I am not an academic, or a writer, or an actor. I am just another human being who is happy to be alive, with a lively imagination and some big ideas, and a huge appreciation for my experience of life,, who wants to make a contribution, like so many other people who are making a contribution, and who have contributed to my experience and my appreciation.

I have had sadness. I have had trials. I have even worked hard from time to time. But this is where my life has brought me and this is what I am doing now. And if I feel alone, I can not feel lonely. I carry with me all the love and memories of so many who made my life rich, close family, close friends, close colleagues, and people I feel close to and care about. They are my life. They gave me my life. This is my life I am giving back. This is my appreciation. This is my story. This is my gift, – my appreciation for the wonderful, rich contributions you gave to my experience of life, and my caring.
My journal

I must stop thinking about outcome, or progress, and just think about things done. I must stop making this the focus of my life. It’s just a job, and apparently a dead end job at that. The sun is shining. There is firewood that needs splitting and stacking. I can’t make things happen. I can only play my game. I don’t feel vulnerable. I just want to make good plays. So maybe I could stop talking to myself and talk to the people I am talking to.

I am putting my ideas for creating a media system out on a stage for our creative community for conversation. The big idea is to create a community media system to explore ideas for creating possibilities as a community. I can’t create the conversation but I can publish insights, ideas, and opportunities to explore related to the big idea, and to ideas that contribute to creating possibilities around our creative interests.

We create the experience of community, and see demonstrated evidence of community, when we are part of a creative community enterprise, – whether a business, a community service, or a government enterprise, – and we are focused in common enterprise on creative interests and ideas and possibilities we all care to contribute to and invest in for our own benefit. The experience of community is the experience of connectedness. Creative contribution to how we feel about our experience is how we create appreciation and community.

My journal

The York Theatre

I played a small part in the story but I wanted to demonstrate how an online forum to keep everyone informed in our communities of interest about an opportunity which contributes to our community interests could excite interest in our community in contributing to creating the possibilities we imagine for our community. The community has the opportunity to contribute to creating the story, making the story possible. The story that makes the story possible is the creative story. What, why, and how. Telling the story is how we create the story. Telling the story contributes to creating our story as a community. Every story has an ending. How wonderful when the ending is the beginning of a story we imagined we could create.

It is possible that without the conversation focusing community attention on the concern and the opportunity, the communication of information of ideas the York Theatre might have been lost to the community, the life of the Vogue, and with a little more attention and exploration of ideas the Pantages might still be with us, and the Vogue might have been playing a different role. It was clear before decisions were made about the future of the Vogue Theatre that the community valued the Theatre as a heritage resource, as a community resource, and as a creative resource.

It could be said I was leading the conversation, – or at the very least putting contributions to the conversation and to creating the story on the whiteboard. I have done that all my life. Now I am doing this for our community rather than a corporate, government, business, community service, or personal enterprise.

Digital Story Telling

In our digital world telling the creative story around a common interest can create a story as it allows everyone to explore the story wherever they enter the story, to follow the story, to create connections with the story to others who could have an interest, and to contribute to creating the story as it excites creative connections, creative interests, creative contributions, and creative enterprise.

Placing information in the context of interests in the creative story is one way to contribute to understanding – knowledge and insight, –

What I am doing

I have been exploring the hypothesis for demonstrated evidence, I have been exploring for demonstrated interest in creating common and creative enterprise around our creative interests, and I have been exploring ideas and opportunities for creative community enterprise around creative possibilities and ideas I think we have in common, – from my point of view. These are my stories, my observations, and my ideas

I am beginning to see my journal as the bridge between my imagination of the digital world we can create, where we can all connect and explore possibilities with one another, and my real world experience. This is, at the moment, only my theatre of a new world, and even though I imagine how I can invite others to play a part in creating the stories I am imagining we can create, this is still a monologue, – a one man show, – and perhaps that is all it will ever be.

I am no more able to see where this story is going than I am able to see where my story is going. But I am looking now for how I set the stage, and even though I am anxious to see how the story plays itself out, I can only play my part as my imagination, my ideas, and my intuition about my next initiative present themselves as I create with my experience.

And I can only play my part by trusting my imagination, my ideas, my intuition, and my ability to create with my experience. The unskilled laughter coming from the fifth row is none of my business. The wall I create between my experience, and my imagination of the experience, and the story, I am creating, is.

My journal

Transformational Leadership

The ability to frame and champion a compelling narrative is central to the work of transformational leadership. Great leaders are first and foremost creators of stories that galvanize others, – stories that can invest distant and challenging goals with meaning and appeal. Recent research in neuroscience has shown how human beings are hard-wired for stories. We have story-pattering brains, both constructing and attending to meaning in narrative form. But even without the brain-mapping confirmation of this, the powerful force of stories is evident throughout cultures and throughout history.

Compelling stories capture our imagination, engage us emotionally, and move us. Narrative logic is not the same as factual logic. There is little room for moral appeal in a business case that builds a rational argument around a value proposition. But there is no compelling story, – or convincing call to purpose, – in a narrative that does not appeal in some way to our moral sensibilities. In fictional stories we are drawn into the challenge faces by the characters. In the stories transformative leaders craft, we are drawn into the challenges we collectively face. As George Akerloft says, “The confidence of a nation or of any large group, tends to revolve around stories… Confidence is not just the emotional state of an individual. It is a view of other people’s confidence, and of other people’s perceptions of other people’s confidence.”

Ric Young
from Transformational Leadership

Creative Story Telling is not about telling a story creatively. It is about telling a creative story.

PUBLISHED to http://www.rogerchilton.com/quantum-centres/centre-for-creative-storytelling/ – exploring the power of story, – and to http://www.creativecommunitycentre.com/creative-community-centres/centre-for-creative-storytelling/

Centre for Creative Storytelling
Creating connections with stories
Creating community with stories

Published http://www.centreforcreativeleadership.com/story/

Creating places for Canadian Journalism

It is not enough to write the first draft of history. The job of journalism is also to recall and reflect on our shared history, to capture or at least help channel the currents of our times, and to help us imagine what sort of society we wish to invent for ourselves and for those who come after us. Yes, debates happen in this country’s legislatures, our rules of conduct are enforced in the courts, and our commerce is carried out, sometimes in public, often in private, and most of the system works for most of the people most of the time. But not always, and not for everybody, – which is why our public square needs to include spaces where we can challenge the status quo, encourage dissent, listen at the margins, and champion new ideas, new ways of doing things, new ways of seeing the world, new ways of understanding our place in it. We need new places to share those stories in multiple and evolving ways.

To do all that, good journalism needs a home, many homes actually, but in Canada we’ve failed to keep our media house in order, and our public square is shrinking fast. Canadian journalism is on life-support, – not because Canadian reporters don’t know how to do journalism, but because there are so few places to put it anymore.

Ian Gill
from No News is Bad News

Integrity BC

Canada 150

Igniting the innovator

Innovation150 is a nationwide program from five leading science organizations that celebrates Canada’s innovative past and sparks the ideas and ingenuity that will propel our future. The interactive, yearlong program offers awe-inspiring experiences in science, technology, and innovation across the country for Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Innovation150 engages Canadian youth, families, and communities across the country through travelling science exhibitions, a mobile makerspace, innovation festivals, a digital storybook, and more.

The concern is not so much that Trump lies. The bigger concern is that he believes what he is saying
My Point of View

How to trump Trump
Globe and Mail editorial, 2017.02.03

Mr. Trump’s words and actions are an approach to politics; a technique for gaining and keeping power used by those who are otherwise unsuited to a job in high office. If you can see Mr. Trump’s madness for the rather commonplace method that it is, he might become less of a four-year migraine and more of a dull, on-again-off-again ache behind the eyes.

The President follows four rules: knowingly lie; denigrate your enemies in cartoonish terms; flood the media with your bombast; and never, ever stop doing the first three things. It matters not a whit whether they are expressions of his tangled id or are in fact a conscious strategy. What matters is that they work, and that it is in everyone’s interest to break them down, understand their purpose, and focus on the best response.

So that’s the choice for his legions of opponents. Either throw up your hands in despair, or recognize the game Mr. Trump is playing and refuse to join in. Smile and sigh at his little tricks the way a parent does when a child caught in a lie throws a tantrum, and they will lose their effectiveness.

That’s not to say Mr. Trump is a toddler. He is a man in full command of his faculties who is employing dangerous brinkmanship to keep the world, and Congress, one step behind him. He must be challenged in the courts, in public and in legislatures everywhere.

That will take gigajoules of energy. Don’t waste any on the wrong things.
How to trump Trump


Trump, truth and the journalistic endeavour
Sylvia Stead Public Editor
The Globe and Mail

We are living in a new world for journalism and it is time for journalists to rethink how they work. Readers of The Globe and Mail have said what they want to see.

1. Point out lies and falsehoods.

2. Headlines matter.

3. Don’t be distracted by trivia.

4. More non-Trump coverage, please.

5. Do original Canadian work.

6. More transparency.

7. Be clear what is opinion.

Readers need to be brought into the tent more on the journalistic process: we need to provide details of how many people were interviewed for a story, a description or links to evidence that something is false or seriously exaggerated, more relevant details on the background of people interviewed, avoid anonymous sources where possible and show, not just tell, the facts, so readers can make up their own minds.


Centre for Canadian Film

How to decode the Canadian filmmaking formula
David Bezmozgis
The Globe and Mail, 2017.01.30


SFU Public Square
Researching the City – DVBIA

Community Summit 2017
Canada’s Role in the World
Researching the Globe – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7U4REkpFvqU
Culture/Diplomacy – http://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/community-summit/2017-summit/culture-diplomacy.html
Metro Vancouver’s Global Impact – http://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/community-summit/2017-summit/city-conversations/

The Role and Contribution of Community Media

Why create a community media system.
To improve our ability to explore ideas and opportunities to create community and creative enterprise around our common interests and our common enterprise as a community

Why Community media – the role

Community Media Centre
To keep the community informed
To ensure media published contributes
To ensure media published is contextualized
To ensure media published is connected

How – the contribution

Community Journalism
Creative Storytelling
Creative Community Centres of creative interests
Creative Community Network distribution

Why Create Community

Creative Community Enterprise

How Creative Community Enterprise

Focus our attention on critical and creative exploration of our experience
Conscious observation of what we can learn and what we are learning and what insights and ideas we can appreciate and create with
Focus on learn how to create with our experience
Focus on the Pareto Principle
Focus on the top line
Focus on investment at the margin
Focus on the economic argument
Focus on creating opportunities for creative contribution

This is the idea

Create and connect community media
Connect our creative resources for exploration
Connect our creative communities around our creative community interests
Connect our creative conversations
Create our community culture
Create our government systems
Create our communication systems – what is happening – what we could be concerned about, – what we could be appreciative of knowing – what we are learning
Focus on the creative experience
Creating with our nature, with our culture, with our experience, with our expression, with our enterprise
Create connections to opportunities to contribute to creating a story
Creating connections with opportunities to contribute to creating a story

Focus on our top lines. What are the metrics of progress?

How this will contribute to well-being
The experience of connectedness
The experience of freedom
The experience of creative contribution
The experience of appreciation
The experience of caring

How this will contribute to creating a better future
Atlantic Monthly, – this or that?

Think Tanks

Creative Canada

Canadian Global Affairs Institute
Canada’s best thinkers

The Canadian Global Affairs Institute is a federally registered non-profit organization with charitable status. It is funded mainly by corporate, foundation and individual donations and sponsorships. These sources share the belief that an informed electorate will in turn produce an informed polity. Dissemination of information will lead to the drafting, implementation and support of innovative and comprehensive Canadian policy in the areas of foreign affairs, defence and international development.

The Institute’s policy research and education materials are authored by former practitioners and academics throughout Canada and abroad. Program advice comes from a multi-disciplinary council and governance is provided by an experienced board.

Canadian Global Affairs Institute is consistently ranked amongst the top think tanks in international affairs by the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Think Tank Index Report.

Canadian Council for the Americas


Think Tanks and Public Policy

In April 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt sent the US Congress the following warning: “The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism.” It is a warning we would do well to remember.

George Monbiot
from How corporate dark money is taking power on both sides of the Atlantic
The Guardian, 2017.02.02

My Point of View
Think Tanks

Think Tanks are useful from my point of view for their contribution to exploring the business case for ideas, policies, and courses of action, creative interests and creative enterprise to pursue for governments or in today’s world, the world of corporate enterprise, media, and community enterprises.

Think tanks are not useful when they see their role to be to support, justify, reinforce, and be an advocate for a point of view as the right point of view.

Every contribution from a point of view is conversational. What is important in the contribution is clarity, relevance, veracity, and value.

Think tanks can explore the world we are experiencing and what is happening and what is changing and what is contributing to the interests we are thinking about…

Free enterprise in a free market economy

The Fraser Institute is a registered charitable organization, which means that under federal tax rules it is exempt from paying tax on its income and can issue tax receipts for the gifts it receives, which means its donors get a tax reduction too.

In 2011, the most recent year for which the Fraser Institute financials are listed on the Canada Revenue Agency website for registered charity information returns, it handed out tax receipts on $3.2 million on donations and its revenue report records $3.7 million in gifts from other charities.

The Fraser Institute has 51 full-time employees and paid a total of $5.6 million on compensation. Twenty per cent of its full time staff members earned salaries that put them in the top 10 per cent of all Canadian income earners. About 10 per cent earned incomes in the top one per cent.
Stephen Hume
Vancouver Sun, April 1, 2013


Opportunity to explore the media

The point of view from a context of the interests, intentions, and culture of an enterprise as communicated, perceived or assumed.

A model of a self-sustaining enterprise contributing to the point of view and increasing the size of a community with a common interest in a free market economy, working with the systems that are available and creating opportunities for researchers and creative thinkers to increase their earnings and the value of their contribution.
Roger Chilton

So here we have charitable organizations which are exempt from paying taxes on their revenue, paying themselves generous salary scales while giving each other tax-exempt gifts so they can produce reports complaining that too many single moms and minimum-wage dads don’t pay sufficient taxes and are a threat to our democratic way of life.
Stephen Hume
Vancouver Sun, April 1, 2013

Exploring the media

“Well, all I know is what I read in the papers.”
Will Rogers
American Humorist

Theatre of the New World

The Bad News – The Concern

War Goes Viral
How social media is being weaponized

The Good News – The opportunity

The Democratization
Journalism in the new world
Not a judgement or an opinion to agree or disagree with but enough information and context and connection to community and creative interests for critical and creative exploration, with demonstrated evidence of concern and opportunity and demonstrated interest in creative enterprise with active contributors and investors

The democratization
In business, ownership of the resources, of the market or customer base, or of the ability to access either is what makes a business profitable, sustainable, and successful. Now access to sources, access to the market, and access to the ability to create connections is available universally

The Theatre

Canadian Journalism

The bad news – the concern

The good news – the opportunity

The community

The contributors

Centre for Media Literacy
Centre for Community Journalism
Community Media Centre

Creative Canada 2017
Canada 150

The birth of modern Canada

In 1967, change in Canada could no longer be stopped. We like to believe it was a series of political decisions, parliamentary votes, royal commissions and court rulings that remade Canada in its centennial. However, Doug Saunders writes, in its 100th year, the country was officially reflecting realities, ideas and notions of identity that had been brewing beneath the surface for two decades

“Once you begin to question whether Canada is really one homogeneous nation, if it is in fact two nations, or an aboriginal nation and two founding nations, or many nations sharing common values, then your focus has to shift to the individual citizen.”

Doug Saunders
The Globe and Mail, 2017.01.02

Creative Canada 2017

Our descendants need protection from us
Trevor Hancock
Times Colonist, 2017.02.08

But we need to go further in ensuring that we act responsibly to protect future generations. For this, we could follow the example of Wales, which in 2015 adopted a Well-Being of Future Generations Act. The act recognizes that “sustainable development is about improving the way that we can achieve our economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being.”

The act places a legal duty on all public bodies, including ministers, to carry out sustainable development, including setting and publishing well-being objectives, which they must pursue. They are also required to publish annual progress reports and respond publicly to recommendations from the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales. Accountability is further ensured by requiring ministers to set national indicators and report publicly on progress.

Finally, the act requires ministers to publish a “future trends report” within 12 months of an election containing “predictions of likely future trends in social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales,” taking into account “the UN’s sustainable-development goals and the impact of climate change on Wales.”

Adopting such legislation both provincially and federally would be a suitable 150th-birthday present for Canada, and a commitment to protecting the well-being of the next seven generations.

Dr. Trevor Hancock is a professor and senior scholar at the University of Victoria’s school of public health and social policy.


Well-Being of Future Generations Act
Centre for Initiatives in Education

Columbia Institute
The Columbia Institute fosters individual and organizational leadership for inclusive, sustainable communities. This work is rooted in our belief that communities who value social justice, the environment, and their local economy are healthier, happier places to live. We help build capacity in communities through lifelong learning scholarships and key partnerships. We also nurture strong local leadership, and support community leaders with cutting-edge research on emerging issues through our Centre for Civic Governance. The Institute works with shareholders and investment decision makers on research and education for responsible investing, in partnership with the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE). The Columbia Institute is a national charitable organization established by Working Enterprises.

Creating Opportunities for Children

How Christy Clark talks to kids about taxes
Centre for Literacy
Centre for Democracy

“There’s always one child, no matter where I talk to kids from in the province, who when I ask them what they’d like to do, what their wish would be if they could be Premier, is they say, ‘We should stop cutting down trees,'” Clark said in an April 8 speech to the Council of Forest Industries convention in Kelowna.

“I’m glad they say it, because it’s a chance for education,” Clark said. “I get a chance to say to them, ‘You know, if we don’t cut down trees in British Columbia, we have to take more money from your mom and dad.'”
“It’s kind of a troubling over-simplification,” said Ben West, an environmental activist and the executive director of Tanker Free B.C., when reached by phone. “I think kids are pretty sophisticated, and it’s not as black and white as whether you cut down trees or not.”
There’s a big difference between logging the last of the province’s old-growth forests and creating a more sustainable industry, he said. “Perhaps a little more nuanced conversation would be more appropriate.”
The province has growing tech, film and green development industries, he said. “There are many things we could be doing to create jobs in the province besides forestry,” West said. “The province could be doing a lot more than just chopping down trees.”
Clark’s remarks show an out-dated way of thinking, he said. “It’s talking in this very old way of looking at the B.C. economy being about nothing but resource extraction.”
“What we need is a shift to sustainable practices that ensure ecological health and jobs into the future,” he added. “There will be no jobs or revenue to pay for government services once the last tree is cut down.”

Ideas to Explore
Creating Our Economic Systems
Exploring the Business Case


You’ve heard the saying, “”It’s never too late.” We say, “It’s never too early!” Even children can be introduced to basic business principles and the rewards of entrepreneurship.

Our goal with Kidpreneurs is to outline some basic tools and strategies kids can use to gain some valuable experience in starting, managing, and growing a successful business venture. Through easy-to-understand basic principles and a creative approach, we outline some key techniques that will have a powerful and positive impact on your child’s ability to understand entrepreneurship.

Using kid-friendly design and illustration, we break down some of the major points of entrepreneurship, so your child can have fun as he or she learns.

Jazz in Vancouver
Bright Moments Series
Jan 28 – Mar 10, 2017

Coastal Jazz and Blues with Western Front New Music spotlight the newest shakers and movers in the Jazz world with the Bright Moments Series.

British Columbia and Canada
Daphne Bramham: It's time to turn your attention to politics at home

Come May in British Columbia, all it takes to have a say is to ensure that you’re on the voters’ list and that you show up.

We live in an open — if imperfect — democracy. Unlike Americans, our differences are often less obvious because we tend to value consensus so much that at times it stifles debate.

But this is not a time for keeping quiet or being distracted by other country’s politics. We have challenges enough here — an aging population, immigration and, yes, even greater economic pressures because of Trump’s America First policies.

Finding solutions requires engaged citizens unwilling to leave it to demagogues to determine what our country becomes.


It was in New England in the 1830s that Horace Mann framed the modern concept of the secular public school:

knowledge is the basis of freedom
the public should pay for, control, and maintain education
children from varied backgrounds must be included
their education should be nonsectarian
their education should be based on principles of a free society
professional teachers should provide this education

Such public schools have always had their problems, but they educated generations that would have had no chance for an education at all. Such schools were a “virtuous circle”: as the public grew better educated, the public schools kept improving. Families with strong religious views and upper-class families could send their children to private schools and pay for the privilege.

Private schools could assimilate their pupils into a religious or class community, but the public schools assimilated theirs into the larger community. As immigrants poured into the country between the Civil War and the First World War, their children spoke German or Italian or Yiddish at home and English at school — and then at work.

Crawford Killian

Are we investing more? Are we becoming more efficient or more contributive? Are we investing enough? Is there an argument for government schools?


Does it make sense to tell our story to the community of common interest and common enterprise we are part of and contributing to creating? Does it make sense to tell our story as a creative story, the hypothesis of creative possibilities we are pursuing? Could this excite more creative contribution and innovation from the people and enterprises that are involved in creating our success in pursuit of our creative interests as an enterprise?

Exploring the Creative Experience

New Aesthetics Performance Intensive
A two-week summer intensive for mid-career artists

New Aesthetics is about bringing the world’s top performance makers to Vancouver for two weeks and inviting them to shake up our expectations, invoke change, confirm suspicions and invigorate our practices as makers and artists. As participants, it’s about giving over control and running blind with others who have similar appetites for the new — whatever that may be. As hosts, it’s about creating pairs of performance leaders that can, in combination, bring us to places where we actively question whatever it is we think we’ve been doing. These questions might arise in-studio (or at the beach) during the two weeks, or they might pop up the next time we get to making something.

We are now approaching our 4th instalment of New Aesthetics. We’ve had some incredible people come through the room and we are learning about how to keep the program strong and growing. We know we’ve got to keep actively working on making the experience relevant and challenging. We want to be a part of how conversations around art making in our city and community are changing — we want to be a part of how art is changing, and projects like New Aesthetics help us to do this.

And we are certain we should keep doing it.


Each year a pair of international artists are invited to share their practice with a group of twenty working artists from around the world. New Aesthetics is produced by Theatre Replacement with our community partner, Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts.

New Aesthetics 2017

July 17-28, 2017

Viviana Tellas (Argentina)
Miguel Gutierrez (USA)

New Aesthetics 2017 combines the work and vision of two amazing artists and teachers committed to using the personal in the creation of performance. Viviana Tellas, the originator of Biodrama in her home country of Argentina, has a decades long history of creating dramatic works that explore the personal lives of both maker and subject. Her creations move from film to installation to theatre in the constant pursuit of the authentic. Miguel Gutierrez, called “one of our most provocative and necessary artistic voices” by Eva Yaa Asantewaa at Dance Magazine, is nearly impossible to attach to any specific discipline as he moves from video to large group works to solo performance. What is consistent in his creative practice is an unapologetic adherence to personal impulse, be that in the words he generates or movement he places on himself and others. The pairing of Tellas and Gutierrez is an intentional collision of generation, method, form and culture, and one that recognizes both artists’ histories of using the subjective as a primary energy in creation. The combination of the physical (Gutierrez) and text-based (Tellas) practices will offer an interdisciplinary environment suitable for individuals working in dance, theatre, film, education and/or any place in between.

Vivi Tellas Program:

My focus as a creator of performance has constantly moved towards something I like to call the ‘unintentional theatre’. The workshop will go from the personal and private sphere to the public intervention.

In ‘Family Theatre’ participants will explore, through their own biographies, the ‘great theatrical themes’, such as love, death, secrets, disappointments and frustration. We will turn the family plot into poetic material. Is the family the first theatre where we perform? Why do different family members have different versions of the same event? What genre is our family? How can we make a living portrait of our family and stage it in a performance?

Later on participants will explore Vancouver searching for natural stages, looking for theatricality outside theatre on the theme of ‘Found Theatre and the urban ready-made’. I define ‘urban ready-mades’ as existing things (persons, events and places) that become theatrical once looked at in a certain manner or framed in a specific way.

Miguel Gutierrez Program:

I am thinking about how to make live performance that is vital right now. I am thinking about the intersection of aesthetics and social justice and liveness and vibrancy. I am thinking about how we are products of an economic and artistic exchange system that we have to resist, co-opt, reject, re-form and destroy and I am wondering if that is actually possible. I am watching a lot of YouTube videos online and wondering whose art belongs to whom. I am thinking about how we are all geniuses maybe and I am wondering what it means to be “good” at something.

I bring people together and am good at getting them going on various questions and lines of action that relate to these questions and that get them to deal with the real, bold and also subtle “truths” that ignited their interest in performance in the first place. I bring everything into the room – my experience, my insecurities, my frustrations – and I let my body-in-action surprise me with solutions. My strategies tend toward the intersectional, the queer and the magical. But I live in the city and I like bluntness, humor and irreverence. I like it when things are mixed up.


Exploring the Business Case


Community Health Centre

Prosperity: the condition of being successful or thriving especially economic well-being

Thrive: 1. To grow vigorously, to flourish 2. To gain in wealth or possession, to prosper, 3. To progress toward or realize a goal

Well-being: the state of being happy, healthy, or prosperous, welfare

Welfare: the state of doing well especially in respect to good fortune, happiness, well-being, or prosperity.

Exploring the hypothesis

A creative exploration with creative leaders
Live music and food
April 21, 2017
Opportunity Cost: $500

I am inviting you to this experience to say thank you for your contribution to my experience of life, and to my imagination, my thinking, my ideas, my interests, and my enterprise. I thought it would be nice to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada by giving you the opportunity to introduce yourselves and create connections with one another and for one another with an exploration of creative possibilities, creative ideas, and opportunities for creative enterprise which could excite creative leadership, entrepreneurship, and contribution from the creative communities in Canada and our world who are contributing to and care about creating a better future for our world.

Progress, defined as an action, is to move forward, to proceed, to develop to a higher, better, or more advanced stage. Creative, defined as an action, is to make use of new ideas, new findings, or new opportunities. Accelerating our creative evolution, from my point of view, is how we can accelerate our cultural evolution and our progress in creating a better world and a better experience of life for everyone.

Negotiating the Giant hairball
Gordon Mackenzie

Brand New World
Talking Business

A hundred years ago only a handful of global brands were household names but the explosion in online retailing has led to a proliferation of brands around the world. At the same time consumers are becoming more fickle and harder to reach. In this week’s Talking Business, Tanya Beckett hears from leading brand and advertising experts in London on the future of brands in a digital age.

Meet ups in Vancouver

2017 Community Summit
Canada’s Role in the World
An inspirational evening and celebration of SFU research activities that have or may have global impact.

Researching the Globe

Looking to Share your Research?

Researching the Globe is now accepting submissions! Presented by SFU Vancouver and SFU Public Square, Researching the Globe, part of the 2017 Community Summit ‘Canada’s Role in the World’ is an inspirational evening and celebration of SFU research activities that have or may have global impact.

If you are an SFU student, alumni, faculty or staff member, or a community partner with a connection to SFU, there are three ways to participate: Poster and/or Display, Storytelling or both.

Poster and/or Display: 6:00 – 7:00 PM

We are looking for 40 – 50 participants to share their research with a poster, display or other medium of communication in our public gallery. Successful applicants are asked to:

Explain the purpose of their research in lay language and particularly focus on the impact your work has, or could have, on the global community.
If you are a community member, explain how this research has impacted you and could have impact in the world.

Co-presenting of researchers and community members is not only welcomed, but encouraged.

This is an opportunity to share your research in a relaxed, conversational setting with a diverse audience: from peers to potential employers, community partners, and the broader public.

Storytelling: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

We are looking for 8-10 speakers from a variety of backgrounds to share their research impact stories in front of our audience. Each speaker will have 5 minutes to share a story about the impact of their research in a rapid-fire style presentation. If time allows, we may take a question or two from the audience after each presentation.

Storytelling Workshop: Connecting your Research to Your Audience: Tips and tricks for storytelling at Researching the Globe

We will be organizing a workshop to identify the elements that make up a good story, how to frame out your presentation to maximize its impact and tips and tricks to help you really connect with your audience and demonstrate the impact of your research in an evocative and emotional way.

Criteria for Selection

We are encouraging as many SFU students, alumni, staff, faculty and SFU-linked community members as possible to submit posters/displays and stories for this event. The considerations for selection include the following:

Relevance to Theme: Canada’s Role in the World. How does your research/project serve the broader community? What impact has it had or may have on a global scale?

Inclusion: We seek to ensure a variety of SFU faculties, departments, programs, institutes, centres and partnerships are represented. Community members who have participated or been impacted by research are welcome to present or co-present with SFU researcher.

Diversity: We are looking to showcase a range of different types of research and projects, non-traditional research is welcome.

Quantity: We have limited space for display posters and storytellers, but we will do our best to accommodate as many as we can.

How to Apply

Creating Our Financial Systems

Creating Connections with Film

Creating our economic systems

The Daily News
Keeping our community informed
Making people feel they are there

Site C

A National Festival of Politics, art, and ideas

The US Presidential results caught many people in this country – and around the world – by surprise. Yet, we have seen echoes of the same far-right, populist, anti-immigration language in our own Conservative Party of Canada leadership campaign as well as in France and other European nations. The tragic events in Quebec City are a terrible reminder that Canada is not immune to the impact of hateful rhetoric. Spur explores the recent US Election, the implications of Russia’s involvement in North American politics, and what that means for Canada, given the massive inter-connectivity of the modern world.

Alternative facts. Fake news. A newly combative media. What role has journalism traditionally played in speaking truth to power, and how has that been impacted by the digital tsunami that turned media on its head, and the geopolitical tsunami that has changed the world order. A panel of Canadian and US journalists including Daniel Dale, Toronto Star Washington Bureau Chief, will debate the issues.


Flash floods in Toronto. Raging wildfires in Fort McMurray. The threatened Big One on the West Coast. Severe weather events have increasingly dominated news reports, given their unpredictable appearance and the huge cost to individuals and communities, both financially and in terms of human misery. Our world’s climate patterns are surely changing; Spur explores what are the costs and policy implications for these types of activities and what can we do to best protect ourselves?

This Spur event is supported by SSHRC, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Literary Review of Canada

The Literary Review of Canada is the country’s leading forum for discussion and debate about books, culture, politics and ideas.

Community Housing Centre

Home for Good




About Us

Housing should be seen as a human right, not a commodity

Home for Good
Bold Solutions for Secure, Affordable Rental Housing

Out of control housing costs for both ownership and rental aren’t just a Greater Vancouver phenomenon. Many B.C. and Canadian communities are experiencing a worsening, wickedly complex housing crisis that has been decades in the making. Shelter insecurity has seeped into the middle and even upper-middle class, and across all age and cultural demographics.

The wealth and social gap between renters and owners is also widening. High rents, renovictions and low vacancies make many tenants insecure. Government policies often favour homeowners, offering less support for renters who can account for half of urban residents, or more.

On Feb. 22, join us for an engaging series of conversations with renters and experts in the field, as we identify bold solutions for building the desirable, affordable and secure rental and co-op housing that BC and the rest of Canada need. This event is part of The Tyee and Tyee Solutions Society’s Housing Fix project.

Reserve your tickets now`

Three separate dialogues will include:

(Full bios here)

Leilani Farha: UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, and executive director of Canada Without Poverty. A lawyer by training, Farha has worked the past 20 years internationally and domestically for the implementation of the right to housing for marginalized groups.

Kishone Tony Roy: CEO of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association, and board member for Encasa financial – a mutual fund company owned by the affordable housing sector.

Michael Mortensen: Urban planning and development professional with a 20+ year career in the private sector and in public service. Currently working with Intergulf Development on the planning for their 14 acre Oakridge Transit Centre site in Vancouver.

David Podmore, O.B.C.: Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Concert Properties, which develops and manages rental, condo and retirement properties throughout BC, Alberta and Ontario and is owned by a number of union pension funds.

Dena Kae Beno: Housing and Homelessness Coordinator for the City of Abbotsford, previously with the City of Richmond.

Tiffany Duzita: Director for the Community Land Trust Foundation of BC, whose mission is to acquire, create and preserve affordable housing for future generations.

Andy Broderick: Co-founder and Investment Committee Chair at New Market Funds, and VP Impact Market Development at Vancity.

Karen Sawatzky: Vancouver renter, member of City of Vancouver’s Renters Advisory Committee, and author of a SFU thesis on Airbnb’s impact on rental stock.

Yuri Artibise: Co-op member, elected director of the Cooperative Housing Federation of BC, and Executive Director of the Vancouver City Planning Commission.

Kris Archie: Secwepemc and Seme7 mother and aunty currently renting in Burnaby, and managing the Vancouver Foundation’s Youth Homelessness Initiative by day.

Jenelle Davies: Richmond renter, third-year distance studies history student, and Secretary-Treasurer of the BC Federation of Students.

Luke Lazarevic: Manager of Housing Services for S.U.C.C.E.S.S., former employee with Little Mountain Residential Care and Housing Society and North Vancouver School District #44.

This event is proudly co-presented with SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Vancity Credit Union, Canadian Housing & Renewal Association, SFU Urban Studies, and BC Non-Profit Housing Association. This event is also supported by the Real Estate Foundation of BC, McConnell Foundation, Catherine Donnelly Foundation, UBC Applied Science, and BC Federation of Students.

Tickets are $10 (early bird)/$15 for general admission. Student/senior rate: $5 (early bird)/$10. Tyee Builders get an additional 50% discount (discount code sent via email).

Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. To learn about subsidized tickets, email jageson@thetyee.ca.

The event will be recorded, and the recording will be posted to the Tyee website following the event.

321 Main

312 Main

Jim Green Memorial Lecture 2017: Cooperative Social Innovation
March 01, 2017

For the 5th annual Jim Green Memorial Lecture, Ashley Proctor explores the cultural impact and complexity of collaboration between residents, activists, artists and entrepreneurs as the coworking movement expands around the globe. As one of the original voices of the movement, Ashley is now leading the 312 Main project, working to build Canada’s largest and most inclusive collaborative workspace built on cooperative values, in partnership with this vibrant and diverse community of engaged citizens and organizations.

The lecture will be preceded by a live performance from local musician Corbin Murdoch. Following the talk will be a reception featuring a live choir performance by the Woodward’s Community Singers, a free, drop-in, non-auditioned weekly community choir.

Beyond 150 years
Film and indigenous people

Beyond 150 Years: An Acknowledgement of Cinematic Territory

ArtsBC Slocan Valley

Kootenay Art Gallery

Plant Memory
Tsunkeo Kokubo
March 3 – April 15

Opens March 3 at 7:00 pm, – everyone welcome.
New works by Tsuneko Kokubo. A series of large paintings exploring edible and medicinal plants as living archives – repositories of history and culture in the Columbia Basin – and as metaphors for the migration of peoples

The inspiration for this exhibition of large size paintings is based on the artist’s own family history. Kokubo’s family spent time in the internment camps in the Slocan Valley. The plants in her mother’s garden originated from BC Coastal communities and before that from Japan. This realization led to an exploration of the connection between the origins of plants and the movement of immigrants as they came from Europe to eventually settle in the Kootenays. The paintings not only depict images of plants but also reference what historical or cultural story they may tell.

Kootenay Art Gallery
120 Heritage Way, Castlegar, BC
The Kootenay Gallery of Art, History and Science, located in Castlegar, is a public art gallery that serves the entire West Kootenay Region with a variety of exhibitions and public programming for all ages and is operated by a Board of Directors and staff who strive to accomplish the goals set in our mission statement.

It is one of the 28 original exhibition centers built in the 1970s so that rural people could enjoy the great works of art, sourced regionally, nationally and internationally as well as provide a professional venue for regional artists to show and sell their work.

The Kootenay Gallery is a non-profit institution, governed by a Board of Directors and financially assisted by the Government of BC through the BC Arts Council, the City of Castlegar, corporate sponsors, members and donations.


Tsuneko Kokubo

I was born in the Year of the Ox in Steveston BC, eldest daughter of a fisherman and a cannery worker. Fraser River was at low tide. My mother gave birth to me in the local Nikkei Fisherman’s Hospital. My childhood years were spent in Japan, stranded by the vagaries of war. I was raised there by my grandma. I always knew I wanted to be a painter – I painted everything I saw. Returning to Canada in my late teens, I studied Fine Arts for four years at Vancouver School of Art, – now Emily Carr College.

From the need to survive I took various mundane jobs, then a prince disguised as a clown arrived on the back of an ass and swept me off my heels. After that I worked extensively in theatre as a performer and costume designer, but for the past twenty years, along with growing vegetables and flowers, I paint every day. I work mainly in oils and acrylics and draw inspiration from my forest garden and mountain home.

Falling from the Sky
Dance Performance
Artist Tsuneko Kokubo (Koko) shares the story of her childhood in this film. Though born in Steveston BC, daughter of a fisherman, she moved to Japan with her grandparents and ended up staying there throughout WWII. In this piece, Koko performs an interpretation of a dance created and choreographed by Hiromoto Ida as a tribute to his grandmother.

Telling the Stories of the Nikkei
Telling the Stories of the Nikkei – 10 Student Films
Telling the Stories of the Nikkei: Behind the Scenes
As part of their Social Studies and English classes at Lucerne Secondary School, students created 10 short films under the guidance of their teachers Terry Taylor and Gary Parkstrom and filmmakers Moira Simpson and Catrina Megumi Longmuir over the course of just a few days.

The students had been learning about their local history in New Denver of the Japanese Canadian Internment during WWII. Many were shocked that something like this could happen in Canada. Through visits to the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre, interviews with Japanese Canadian elders who still reside in New Denver, and research, they made a total of 10 short films. These were shared and showcased at a community screening at the Bosun Hall in New Denver to honour the history and the elders in the community.

This film provides an intimate behind the scenes look into the students’ journey of digging deep into the history of their community, providing context for their short films. It includes interviews with the youth reflecting on their learning, the process of making a film and uncovering more through this process, and the rewards and outcomes of their work.

TELLING The Stories of the Nikkei – Behind the Scenes

Lucerne Elementary Secondary School
New Denver, British Columbia

In 1941, Japan attacked the American Naval Base at Pearl Harbour. The Japanese Canadians in British Columbia had nothing to do with the attacks. But they were stripped of their rights and their property and interned in camps throughout the interior of British Columbia. The only camp remaining at the end of the war was in New Denver. After studying the internment of the Japanese in English and Social Studies the students are ready to begin making their films.

The assignment that was given to us was to make a video.

We had a minute to ninety seconds to create a film and it could be on any aspect of the internment.

You can’t help but grow from the project because we are so close to it

We are getting the opportunity to relearn what happened here.

I think this is a very good time to make a documentary now because there are very few people left who were actually there.

The project we did for the Japanese internment was about propaganda. We wanted to focus on why it was so easy for Canadians to go against them. We are not born with the mentality of racism. Someone puts it in your head.

Japanese cultures are all through our area and our generation needs to know how that came to be

Our project focuses on youth and how they feel. People don’t really think about the youth perspective

Our project was about capturing the emotional side of the internment and the effect the internment had. Nobody comes out of a situation like that unchanged.

Our film tells us about our town and our community and it would have made a difference if the Japanese weren’t in our town but seeing how they are it changed our entire community quite a bit

Our project was about never again. We don’t want to ever have this happen again.

Our project was to show what the New Denver Society put together to commemorate the Japanese internment and what it does for the community in the modern day today. The fact we have a memorial centre means we can go down through generations. Something like this should be remembered.

Showing our generation how bad it was and how terrible it was we can put our foot down and take the initiative to never let it happen again.

Youth and the community can learn from doing things like this

The finished films were shown at the local meeting hall. They all had different messages but they all came together in the end. The community gathered to witness and honour the remaining Japanese Canadian elders, acknowledge their struggles and pain, and thank them for the positive contribution they have made to the community

The New Denver Kyowakai Society
Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre

The History Education Network
UBC Faculty of Education
National Association of Japanese Canadians
Japanese Canadian National Museum
Valhalla Fine Arts Society
Artstarts in Schools
Eleanor Rix Rural Education Professorship
Lucerne Elemenatry Secondatry School
Recreation Commission #6


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The Power of Music
Music in Our Schools



Mongolian Cultural Evening featuring Khusugtun
March 21st, 2017 7-8:30pm
Heritage Hall
3102 Main Street

Please visit our Facebook event page and find out how you can purchase a ticket (with no fee) using INTERAC. https://www.facebook.com/events/714340695406555/

We cordially invite you to join us for a Mongolian Cultural Evening featuring the world renowned Khusugtun. KHUSUGTUN band is an internationally recognized band that performs traditional music from Mongolia, the home of Chinggis Khan. They are especially renowned for their a capella arrangements using khöömei or throat-singing, an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Consisting of six members, the band also performs horsehead fiddle, zither, flute, lute, open-ended flute and various jaw harps. Notable performances include the following:

1. Out of 900 artists from 15 different countries, they won 2nd place at the Asias Got Talent 2015 show, organized in Malaysia and Singapore.

2. War Song Before Battle an original composition for the hit TV show Marco Polo (Season 1, 2014). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s41oR6_Jb3Y

3. At the festival Rain Forest World Music Festival(RWMF) in Malaysia, one of the top 20 international festivals, they were recognized as the most distinctive group in 2012. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEVTOo7SgoY

4. In 2011, they performed at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK for the BBC Proms Human Planet concert, together with the BBC Concert Orchestra and bands from the Sakha Republic, Papua New Guinea, Greenland, and Zambia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQkrsdjJB2s

This is Khusugtun’s first time performing in Vancouver, BC. We hope you can join us for this special evening. All sales are final.


Creating Our Energy Systems

Creative British Columbia
Pacific Wild Alliance
Peace River Dam
Peace Valley Environment Association