2017 September

What contributes to and what militates against our creative community interests? What are our creative community interests? Who is our creative community?


Politicization is, or should be, about consciously making an issue political and bringing it into surface conversation so that it can be dealt with. Politicization should be about agenda setting and a societal conversation about taking action. It does not have to equal partisan recrimination, which is how it is often portrayed.

This is especially how it feels in North America around climate change because there is still a partisan divide, at least amongst elected officials. Public opinion polls show that there is broader agreement on the need for climate action amongst the populace. Politicization, in this kind of environment, is seen as a game of “gotcha” or “I told you so” when it needs to be a process of coming to grips with the challenges that society faces and doing so with a sense of urgency.

Politicization is important because politics is how we get things done — and we desperately need to get things done on climate change. We need a massive ramp up around mitigation and de-carbonization to at least try to ensure that this kind of disaster is not the new normal.

Matthew Holman
from Hurricane Harvey is a disaster. It is also political — here’s why.
Open Canada

A politicized issue or hot-button issue is a social, economic, theological, spiritual, scientific or legal issue which has become a political issue, as a result of deliberate action or otherwise, whereby people become politically active over that issue.

A contemporary example is abortion, an emotive and moral issue which has become a highly contentious legal and political issue in many countries. Terminology relating to such issues often takes the form of loaded language which contrasts with the pejorative terms used in reference to opponents. For example, those who think that abortion should be a legal medical option describe their views as pro-choice, and may label their opponents as “woman haters” or “anti-choice”. Similarly, those opposed to legalized abortion describe their views as pro-life, and may label their opponents as “baby-killers” or “murderers”.

Heavily politicized issues are often called “hot-button issues” because almost any position taken is sure to please one group of people and offend another. Politically active people and organizations will often employ a ‘litmus test’ to evaluate a candidate. For example, a candidate for political office who shares the same view on abortion as a political organization may receive their endorsement regardless of the candidate’s views on other subjects.

Sometimes the term “politicized” itself becomes a negative label. A group holding one opinion on an issue will sometimes accuse their opposition of “politicizing the issue”. The implication is that they are honestly dealing with the issue on the merits while the opposition is bringing the issue up purely for political gain.

Public choice economics teaches that any issue where any group has a substantial financial stake is likely to be politicized.

Other politicized issues include global warming, curing autism, separation of church and state, feminism, same-sex marriage, elimination of poverty, war, gun control, welfare, capital punishment, and embryonic stem cell research.


Politicizing Climate Change

Ezra Levant confronts David Suzuki on the climate change hoax
Suzuki’s Manifesto

Political Economy
Why Study Political Economy


Creative connections

Creating with Our Nature
Creating with Our Experience
Centre for Democracy
Democracy in Canada
Creating Our Community

Science and ideas

David Suzuki Fellowships

There is no real bridge between the work and findings of science research and everybody else. It would be really nice if there was some kind of platform to help bridge those two worlds. We should be able to work on what we love to do and how we are going to make a difference and if there is enough of us all working on our own little piece then we can connect the dots and that will be the big picture.
Sarika Cullis-Suzuki

Intangible: Memory and Innovation in Coast Salish Art

Six contemporary artists make profound statements about Indigenous rights, land, and sovereignty through their work. This exhibition celebrates a distinct yet intangible connection between contemporary practice and the traditional Coast Salish art of the past.

Marvin Oliver (Quinault / Isleta Pueblo) is an innovator in contemporary glass work and embeds symbolic knowledge in glass Spirit Boards.

Tawx’sin Yexwulla/Aaron Nelson-Moody (Squamish) invokes family knowledge of traditional copper use and combines it with contemporary techniques.

lessLIE (Cowichan, Penelakut and Esquimault) focuses on enlarged Salish design elements to magnify issues of identity and colonialism.

Sesemiya/Tracy Williams (Squamish) explores land sovereignty by experimenting with plant, animal, and mineral components and employing them in her cedar weavings.

Ronnie Dean Harris/Ostwelve (Sto:lo / St’at’imc) will use multimedia to explore traditional Salish territory within the urban environment.

Roxanne Charles (Semiahmoo) is a fibre artist, who frequently incorporates live performance to engage the public in contemporary issues.

Intangible: Memory and Innovation in Coast Salish Art – Film

The Bill Reid Gallery is home to the Simon Fraser University Bill Reid Collection. All current Simon Fraser University students receive free admission to the Gallery.

My Point of View

My experiences, observations, ideas, and stories are my self portrait. This is who I am. This is what I see, think, feel, and appreciate from my point of view. This is the context that creates my point of view about our world, about how we are and what we care about, about what I imagine is possible, and about what we can do to improve our ability to create possibilities. These are the dots I see. These are the dots that contribute to creating my point of view. These are the dots I am creating connections with.
The contributors I am drawing attention to are creative leaders with opportunities to increase their creative contribution and increase the contribution from our creative resources, our creative communities, and our opportunities for creative community enterprise.

The Fourth Wall

We break the fourth wall when we find a connection with the interests of our audiences, our friends, our community, the people we care about, the people we are creating experiences with, the people we are creating experiences for, the people who are contributing to our connectedness and our appreciation for the creative experience. Creating connections with our experiences, creating experiences with our connections, is a creative experience.

Old Vancouver

What to experience in Old Vancouver. How to experience Old Vancouver

Does this make sense?

Creative entrepreneurship

We are not limited to doing things through established enterprises. We can do things with established enterprises which contribute to interests we have in common in our common interests, – our common interest in increasing our ability to create connections, create relationships, and create community around our enterprises, – and in increasing the size and contribution of the communities of common interest and common enterprise we are contributing to creating.

Focusing on the Top Line

If we are earning profit to create a return on investment for our shareholders, our owners, our top line is to increase our revenue, – to increase spending, – to increase transaction activity, – to increase the number and contribution of our customers to our top line.

Creating Our Food Systems

Q. How can we create resilient, sustainable, and just food systems in a changing world?
A. By working with the small-scale farmers who sow the seeds of our survival. Through the use of agroecology and by fostering seed diversity, these people hold the keys to our food sovereignty.

USC Canada
How we grow our food matters.

Creating Our Social Systems

Rethinking Refugee Policy in a Changing World
Jonathan Kay: Why Canada’s refugee policy may actually be doing more harm than good

Only about one in every 200 refugees is selected for formal resettlement in a developed country. Even counting the hordes who migrate spontaneously as asylum-seekers, the proportion is less than one in 10. The other 90 per cent exist in an endless limbo as residents of refugee camps, or as an undocumented underclass in large cities.

In theory, the camps offer a short-term refuge, from which families can soon return to their native country, or to safe permanent homes. But the reality for most is that these camps are the permanent homes: Over half of the world’s refugees exist in what is known as “protracted refugee situations” — and for this group, the average length of stay is more than 20 years. During this time, refugees typically are unable to work, gain citizenship, travel freely or start legal businesses. As Betts and Collier emphasize, these “humanitarian silos” represent an epic waste of human capital.

The refugees who make it to Canada typically will have much better lives than those who don’t. But this comes at the expense of humanitarian funds that might be spent to better effect — and with greater efficiency — on the far larger number of refugees who still languish overseas. According to the authors’ numbers, “for every US $135 of public money spent on an asylum-seeker in Europe, just US $1 is spent on a refugee in the developing world, (and) fewer than one in 10 of the 4-million Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan receive any material support from the UN.”

Why refugee camps are not enough

Why refugee camps are not enough: An excerpt from the book Refuge, by Paul Collier and Alexander Betts

Today, 54 per cent of the world’s 21.3 million refugees are in such situations. UNHCR is responsible for refugees in 32 separate protracted refugee situations around the world, with an average length of exile of 26 years. Twenty-three of these have lasted more than two decades. In principle, refugees should have timely access to “durable solutions”: a pathway towards permanent reintegration into the state system. But in practice they are getting trapped in indefinite limbo without even the most basic sources of autonomy and opportunity. In 2015, for instance, fewer than 300,000 of the world’s refugees received access to either resettlement, or repatriation, or local integration. The rest were forced to remain in limbo for another year; the majority without even the right to work. They risk becoming perpetual refugees.

Human Flow

Message from Filmmaker Ai Weiwei

Creative connections

Community Development Centre
Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship

Centre for Learning

Why think tanks are more important than ever before
Think Tanks and Civil Societies

Creating Community Interests
Salish Sea
What is the GDP of the Salish Sea?

The Art of Reconciliation

What will reconciliation look like when it’s been achieved?

My personal opinion is that reconciliation means Aboriginal people will be able to experience the same quality of life afforded to all Canadians. All of those socio-economic gaps are closed: health, housing, water, justice, education. For the broader Canadian population, the aspiration should be that we become a country where these disparities no longer exist.

Ginger Gosnell-Myers
Aboriginal planner and Aboriginal relations manager
City of Vancouver

Creative Relationships



MLSE will also benefit from Scotiabank’s efforts to use digital and mobile technologies to communicate with the bank’s customers – using its insights to connect to fans both at the rink and watching at home, Mr. Hopkinson said. The bank can also give MLSE access to its analytics team to assist in crunching large sets of data to better understand hockey fans, Mr. Doig said, and the deal will give MLSE a window into Scotiabank’s Scene loyalty program. Many of those are young people who the NHL has an interest in courting as future fans.










Salish Sea

Canada has one of the world’s most robust wild-salmon conservation policies, but has largely failed to execute its plan even as many B.C. salmon populations have fallen into crisis, according to a new study.



Book Community Network




September Media


Informed citizens are key to Canada’s energy future



Through a series of regional dialogues this September and October, the SFU Centre for Dialogue will convene 150 citizens who reflect the diversity of all Canadians. Coming from different home towns, perspectives and backgrounds, these participants will sit down to hear about one another’s values and how they relate to energy.


This new approach begins by laying all the information on the table. Too much of what we read about energy in Canada contains cherry-picked facts that build the case toward some predetermined outcome. The discussion guide we have just launched provides a unique and original resource for this critical discussion, exactly because it surfaces multiple perspectives without censorship.


Just as important as fact-based information are the values that guide our decisions. Experts, campaigners and even lobbyists all have important roles to play, but it would be a mistake to think that they can replace the functions of citizens in a democratic society.


This initiative will mark the first time ever that randomly selected citizens have come together to deliberate and advise the federal government on energy policy. This work is funded by the federal Department of Natural Resources, which deserves credit for placing citizens front and centre in its decision-making process.


The results will be unprecedented: A set of recommendations showing what citizens – coming from all corners of the country and different walks of life – can agree upon when they search for common ground on energy.


No one’s saying this conversation will be easy. Participants will have to imagine themselves in the shoes of others and will consider the same constraints and trade-offs faced by their elected representatives. But working through the hard questions is something we desperately need as a country and the citizen dialogues will provide a reference point to inform future pathways in national policy.


Along the way, we expect a robust discussion. There will almost certainly be moments of disagreement. That’s healthy in a democracy.


What we can’t afford is to squander another opportunity to listen deeply and improve the conversation about energy. Energy is central to our lives – and the family of Canada is too important.



Canada’s move to keep fishing Chinooks is short-sighted

Misty MacDuffee and Greg Taylor

The Globe and Mail

August 28, 2017




Despite its own evidence, and despite the recommendations of First Nations and salmon conservation groups such as the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Watershed Watch Salmon Society to curtail fisheries that affect these populations, DFO has allowed Chinook fisheries to continue. Yet, fisheries that catch these threatened Fraser Chinook persist as they are considered a small percentage of the catch – because there are very few of them left.


Adding to conservation concerns, endangered southern resident killer whales are also feeling the lack of salmon. Southern residents enter the Salish Sea in the spring to feed on Chinook salmon returning primarily to the Fraser River. The low abundance and availability of Chinook is a key factor limiting their population growth. Their ability to successfully hunt salmon is also hindered by the acoustic and physical disturbance of vessels, including those that are concentrated in their feeding grounds.


Recent announcements from the federal government about action for hungry southern resident killer whales rings hollow when fisheries on their dwindling food supply are routinely authorized.




Creative Broadcasting Centre


Canadian Media Producers Association



The Directors Guild of Canada



Streaming Wars: The escalating battle for Canadian Screens

A deep roster of streaming options is about to get deeper. What does this mean for Canada’s broadcasters, producers and viewers?

Susan Krashinsky Robertson

Globe and Mail




Salish Sea

A protected place and a long-awaited victory for the Inuit

A historic agreement will make the Lancaster Sound marine conservation area the largest protected region in Canada, ensuring that no one will drill for oil in the Northwest Passage.2017.08.18

Margaret Wente



Vancouver Community Housing Centre

For the solution to B.C.’s vacant-housing situation, look to Paris






The Canadian Press

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Changing history

Educators and experts say efforts to revamp provincial history lessons are going beyond just updating content and mark a deeper, more significant shift – one that involves taking a hard look at the stories Canadians tell themselves about their country and those who were on the land before them, Wendy Stueck and Caroline Alphonso report



Restoring Our Oceans

The oceans need our protection – and our lives depend on them


Oceans Canada



Protecting the World’s Oceans


Oceana Canada, an independent charity established to restore Canadian oceans to be as rich, healthy, and abundant as they once were, is proud to be affiliated with the international family of Oceana organizations.


Surfing Lessons



Think Vancouver



Recovery Systems



Links from emails


About – JHR



Wild Salmon Advocates Protest Fish Farms Outside of DFO Offices | The Tyee


Mike Harcourt Joins Calls to Halt to Site C Dam | The Tyee


David Suzuki Fellowships


Japan’s Biggest Dance Party: Awaodori Experience ? ONLY in JAPAN – YouTube

CityHive Vancouver | About Us

About Us | Burrard Arts Foundation

BBC – Culture – The 100 greatest comedies of all time

Five issues that should decide the future of the Internet – Theatre of the new world

Welcome To Intersections Media | Intersections Media Opportunities For Youth Society

Reject Site C as a Fiscal Nightmare for Taxpayers, Says Former BC Hydro Head | The Tyee

Looking Back from 2037: How Canada’s Food Revolution Began | The Tyee

How Do We Ready Kids for the Next Generation of Fake News? | The Tyee

Haida Gwaii artist gets international attention with works at Met and British Museum – British Columbia – CBC News

The Centre for Digital Media

Hurricane Harvey is a disaster. It is also political – here’s why

Amphibia | Centre A

Is There a Better Way to Farm Fish? | The Tyee

Why Is a Norwegian Disease on a BC Fish Farm Such a Big Deal? | The Tyee

Ottawa Still Weak on Fish Farm Risks, Says NDP | The Tyee

How the CBC Can Save News in Canada | The Tyee

Our Roots | Canadian Roots Exchange

Winnipeg 2017 Conference | Canadian Roots Exchange

ArtStarts Artists in the Classroom Directory | ArtStarts in Schools

About ArtStarts in Schools | ArtStarts in Schools

The Uninterrupted Journey

About | the whale trail

About the Bus | Pender Island Community Bus

Moving Around Pender Home Page

Pender Islands Farmers Institute – since 1924 | Working together

USC Canada – Our Approach

The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security – About us

Seed Map – Films

About | WildWhales

Climate Action Network

The Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Change and Clean Growth is a game-changing move for Canada.

climateactionnetwork – pdf