Fake news – UK Parliament

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry into the phenomenon of fake news
— Read on www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/digital-culture-media-and-sport-committee/inquiries/parliament-2017/fake-news-17-19/

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Sweden calls on citizens to prepare for war, terror attacks — and fake news | CBC News

Sweden is one of the first nations to directly warn its citizens, in plain language, about the perils of false information in the modern age — and to provide concrete advice on how to avoid falling for it.
— Read on www.cbc.ca/news/world/proaganda-terrorism-1.4685607

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About The Elders | The Elders

About The Elders | The Elders
— Read on theelders.org/about

An organization that inspires hope!

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Doing better at pushing for the truth

In this post, I talked about the importance of supporting Aymen Derbali.  To save others, Aymen put himself in the line of fire during the Québec mosque shooting in January 2017.

Instead, we still have Québec politicians arguing over where to put Moslem cemeteries and whether Moslem women should be forced to remove their hijabs.  Also, as of January 24th at least, no provincial or federal politician has recognized Aymen Derbali for the hero he is!

Lastly, I am disgusted by this report that Right-wing outlets spread disinformation in wake of Quebec mosque shooting.  Hours after the shooting, these sites were spreading a statement that it was Syrians who were responsible.  We know now that the shooter was homegrown and Caucasian.

We need to do better at finding ways to call out people and organizations who spread these false reports! At best they are misinformed and not following appropriate journalistic standards.  At worst, they are deliberately trying to advance an agenda, no matter what the facts.

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Remember the Children in Québec

The GoFundMe campaign for the Humboldt Broncos has raised $11.4 million to date.  It is the largest GoFundMe campaign in Canadian history and it is still going.  Many people have been touched by the deaths of the young hockey players – most directly, all those who play hockey and sit in rinks watching their kids play.  Even if your child does not play hockey, any parent who has put their kid on a bus and hoped that the driver would get them back home safely has been affected.  This bus crash and those who died in it have entered into Canadian history. How we do things will change because of what happened.

On January 29th, 2017 a gunman walked into a Québec Mosque.  He killed six men who also left behind grieving families.  Those families included seventeen children.  Aymen Derbali, himself a father of three, intentionally drew the fire of the gunman in order to protect others in the mosque.  He survived but will live as a quadriplegic for the rest of his life.  A recent crowdsourcing campaign for Aymen raised enough money to buy a house for him and his family, and another one (still open) continues to collect money for Aymen’s living expenses.  He can now, at least, live with his family again.

From what I can determine, it seems that the crowdsourced funds for the Québec shooting victims still pale in comparison to those raised for the Humbolt Broncos.  I can only hope that there have been private donations to the families of the mosque victims.  I do not want to take anything away from those affected by the Saskatchewan tragedy.  Still, I am disappointed by the disparity between the responses to these two events.

We need to do more by stepping up to support the families affected by the Québec Mosque shootings!



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Which comes first – Reconciliation or Experiencing Indigenous Cultures?

This past week, the teacher in charge of my daughter’s high school reconciliation committee decided to cancel this years’ Indigenous Arts event.  The explanation given was that people in the Indigenous community feel that non-Indigenous people need to reconcile before they are allowed to experience Indigenous culture.

It seems that feelings in Indigenous communities are pretty raw after the recent Coulton Boushie and Tina Fontaine cases.  This is understandable.  Still, I think that movement away from cultural sharing is a mistake.  Experiencing indigenous culture is a way in, at least for people like me!

First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures are rich and worthy of exploration.  I believe I came to where I am today BECAUSE I experienced them.  A big part of my reconciliation process involved reading the work of Thomas King, watching North of 60, collecting Inuit carvings and wall hangings, sleeping in an igloo, attending pow wows, listening to First Nations stories, eating Muktuk, bannock and bullet soup, attending plays like Salt Baby, and exploring First Nations practices like smudging.

This is NOT to suggest that experiencing Indigenous cultures is enough on its own.  There are other things that need to be done too – learning and accepting our shared history being one of them.  For example, try reading Clearing the Plains. It is an eye-opener!

Experiencing Indigenous arts provides an esthetic, affective route to reconciliation though that reading history can never do!

Am I really reconciled??? While I like to think I am, no one has ever pronounced on that.  Who would be qualified to do that anyway – an elder or elder’s helper, I suppose.

Still, we non-Indigenous people need to be patient around this.  First Nations people are dealing with a lot of issues!  I believe a reluctance to share Indigenous cultures will only be temporary because the benefits of doing so outweigh the costs.




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Is Canada’s democracy ready for a dire new age of weaponized news? – Politics – CBC News

Democracies around the world now have to contend with the threat of ‘political warfare,’ a collection of cybercrime tactics and weaponized fake news designed to cripple representative systems. Canada may not be prepared.
— Read on www.cbc.ca/beta/news/politics/political-warfare-russia-hacks-1.4560505

…not quite as bad in Canada as you might think but consider this quote … “Genuine journalism must now compete with content that mimics it and dresses deceit in a cloak of credibility, while society must adapt to a world in which fact and falsehood are increasingly difficult to tell apart,”

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