Jan 162017
 

Reply to Blake, his email below: . . .   It’s interesting how close-minded people are on this topic.  We’ve been taught for more than half-a-century that we’ve been saved by vaccines,  like being saved by God or Jenner, Pasteur and Salk. As I see it, what we know about the world has changed in the […]

Oct 202016
 

The Police Officer will do a good job.  But at the root?   it’s not actually his job.   The growth of gangs is a symptom that tells us we are failing.  So how do we get a passing grade? A fundamental responsibility of our communities is to provide the stew to nourish our individual toddlers into […]

Oct 032016
 
2016-10-02   Excerpt from interview with winner of 2016 Pulitzer Prize, Vietnamese-American author Viet Thanh Nguyen. his book "The Sympathizer".

The interview by Eleanor Wachtel is far-ranging and informative. I transcribed the short portion (appears below) in which Vietnamese-American author,  Viet Thanh Nguyen,  discusses a perception of American wars that is not universal.   I think this other perception with its variations is spreading.  (Ref  2016-03-22 There are two sides to the story. Why do we hear only one? (Terrorists & Context: CIA […]

Aug 262016
 
2016-08-10   Teachers investigate whether University of Calgary is in bed with Big Oil,  National Observer

This is a back-up copy in case the original disappears.   You may wish to go to the URL (copy & paste):   http://www.nationalobserver.com/2016/08/10/analysis/teachers-investigate-whether-university-calgary-bed-big-oil   By Christopher Adams in Analysis, Politics University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and a student at the University of Calgary on April 15, 2015.  File photo by The Canadian Press. […]

Jul 142016
 
2016-07-12   University:   Canadian researchers who commit scientific fraud are protected by privacy law.  Toronto Star.   AND response.

The publicly funded agency responsible for policing scientific fraud is keeping secret the details surrounding these researchers. Their names, where they worked, and what they did wrong is protected under privacy laws.   MY RESPONSE, FOLLOWED BY THE ARTICLE  This is an extremely important article.    It opens a door through which more information can flow.   Many […]

May 062016
 
2016-04-25  Acne drug Accutane's harm to fetus a worry despite prevention efforts, CBC

From articles appended: Added to the lawsuits related to depression and suicide brought on by Accutane,  ones on bowel disease. These are just a few of the 7,000-plus lawsuits that have been filed against Roche over the debilitating side effects of Accutane. Accutane is now a generic drug sold under various names. annual Accutane sales […]

Mar 202016
 

Interview, Alberto Manguel by Michael Enright on the Sunday Edition, March 20, 2016 http://www.cbc.ca/radio/popup/audio/listen.html?autoPlay=true&clipIds=&mediaIds=2685567527&contentarea=radio&subsection1=radio1&subsection2=currentaffairs&subsection3=the_sunday_edition&contenttype=audio&title=2016/03/20/1.3497648-alberto-manguels-unquenchable-curiosity-&contentid=1.3497648 At  9:30 Q:  Have you ever met anyone who says or who seems to be not curious about anything? A:   Of course.   Again our society blunts curiosity,  our education systems  try to smother the curiosity that is natural in children because […]

Feb 132016
 

FROM THE VISIONING COMMITTEE The University of Saskatchewan has recently launched an initiative to renew our university’s vision, mission and values. President Stoicheff has formed a committee composed of members from across our community, on campus and off, to help with the development of a new vision, mission and values statement for the university. The […]