Sunday, July 27, 2014

La Belle Mixtape music list

 This is the La Belle Mixtape music I listened to:

1. La Belle Mixtape | Sunny Days | Henri Pfr

A picture of a silhouette of a woman behind a curtain.

2. La Belle Mixtape | Summer Memories | Henri Pfr

A picture of a woman in a white robe and she’s walking in the woods.

3. La Belle Mixtape | Spring Awakening | Gamper & Dadoni

A picture of a woman in a black top, without any pants.  She’s leaning on a balcony.

Digital Media and IT/ hospitality management

Jun. 23 NAIT: I’m looking into NAIT now.  I will look into the Media and Design section first.

Digital Media and IT: I had a friend of a friend go into this program.  After a yr, he graduated and he didn’t make a career out of it.  That was like 10 yrs ago.

“Graduates may find employment in applications development, game design and programming, visual communication, web design and development, video production, business analysis, systems administration and other related fields.”

I may go into a Student for a Day to check it out.

Graphic Communications: This is the program I did a year at.

Photographic technology:

“In preparation for professional photographic careers, students learn to handle both the technical and aesthetic requirements of quality photographic image production including camera, lighting and pro­cessing. They develop skills in portrait and wedding photography, commercial and industrial, photojournalism, fine art photography and digital image capture and processing.”

Photographic technology courses: This is the evening classes.  I’ve never really been interested in photography.

Hospitality management:

“The focus of this program is the accommodation and food and beverage segments of the hospitality industry. Students gain business and customer service skills in food and beverage service techniques, front desk check-in procedures, financial accounting, economics and written communications.”

I’m interested in this because I work at a restaurant.  I may check this one out in the Student for a Day.  There may be math involved since there’s “financial accounting.”

Host 1160 Front desk applications:

“Through the use of the Opera Property Management System, students will receive front desk agent's hands on experience by focusing on guest relations and customer service skills such as: telephone skills, sales techniques, security and guest safety.”

Jun. 24 Hospitality Management with English Language Training:

“(Formerly HOSM101) is a one year program that is designed for individuals who wish to study Hospitality Management Year 1 along with extensive English language training.”

Hotel and Restaurant Supervision Certification: 

"Whether you are looking to update your skills and knowledge or just beginning to explore a career in the Hospitality industry, these courses may work for you.

Continuing Education and the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts is introducing the new online Hotel and Restaurant Supervision Certificate program. The program consists of five core business courses from the JR Shaw School of Business and up to nine hotel or restaurant specific courses.

• Complete individual courses for transfer credit or personal interest.
• Complete ten courses consisting of five online or face to face JRSB Business courses plus five online American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA) Educational Institute specialization courses (independent study) and qualify for a NAIT Hotel and Restaurant Supervision Certificate with a specialization in Food and Beverage or Rooms Division.
• Complete all fourteen courses and qualify for a NAIT Hotel and Restaurant Supervision Certificate with the option to transfer to Year 2 of the NAIT Hospitality Management Diploma program."

My opinion: There is Introductory Accounting 1.  I’m not good at math.  Also, I don’t really have an interest in managing a restaurant.  I like working in one.

“This course introduces students to the basic principles of the accounting cycle including journal entries, adjusting entries, closing entries, trial balance and financial statements. Accounting for service and merchandising activities, cash controls, current and capital assets is introduced. Generally accepted accounting principles are discussed throughout the course, as they relate to the specific subject areas.”

Producer Emergence Program: This used to be a course at NAIT.  It turns out I wrote about it on my blog in 2012:

Here’s the link and it doesn’t work.  I guess this program isn’t here anymore: 

Recreation and Outdoors: There is a section here, and there is only one program for it and it is this:

Landscape Architectural Technology:  I don’t have an interest in architecture.

Jun. 25 Animal Studies:

Animal Health Technology:

"This popular program, accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, focuses on practical skills used in both small and large animal practice. Students train in laboratory work, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, medical and surgical nursing, surgical assisting and veterinary office management."

Veterinary Medical Assistant:

"The Veterinary Medical Assistant program will give you the skills required to provide support in both the reception area and the treatment room of a veterinary facility."

My opinion: I never really had an interest in being a vet.  The Medical Assistant seems to be more office assistant.  There is some medicine and science with this.  I don’t want to work with animals because you can’t really talk to them and ask: “What’s wrong?” 

If it was human, a human can list his or her symptoms to you and then you can diagnose.  The pet owner can list the symptoms. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A beautiful moment of reconciliation

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 Dear Tracy,

As a frequent participant in our online actions, we hope you'll appreciate this update on a few of our biggest stories -- from South Sudan to Egypt to Canada.
You can stay in touch this summer by following daily news releases and more ways to take action on our website, and by following us on twitter and facebook.
We're here for you and all supporters at or 1-800-AMNESTY (1-800-266-3789), and welcome your financial support by phone or through our secure website, in keeping with your ability to give as a monhly donor, fundraiser, or making an occasional gift when your heart moves you.


A touching moment in South Sudan

197136_south_sudan_armed_conflict_-_ethnic_tensions_300.jpgA beautiful moment of reconciliation was captured when Mary & Ayor -- from two ethnic groups at the centre of the conflict in South Sudan -- insisted on holding hands in a photograph for Amnesty International researchers.

As the women said about the road ahead for this young country, only 3 years old: "It starts right here."

Read accounts from the field by Amnesty International Canada's Secretary General, Alex Neve, who just returned to Canada from Sudan this week.

Read Alex's South Sudan human rights mission blog

Help give journalist Mohamed Fahmy his freedom back! 

Mohamed Fahmy_300x.jpgCanadian-Egyptian journalist Mohamed Fahmy remains in detention in Egypt.

Why is he detained? For doing his job: reporting the news, and challenging the "official version" presented by authorities.

Half a year has passed.

Join human rights supporters worldwide who believe journalists like Fahmy and his colleagues, Australian Peter Greste, and Egyptian Baher Mohamed, should never have been detained, and should be released immediately, unconditionally.

Check out Amnesty International's action and send an email message to Egypt's Minister of Justice

Meriam's detention while pregnant for "apostasy" has captivated attention like few other human rights stories

Mariam_family_baby_300.jpgMeriam Yehya Ibrahim was jailed in Sudan and sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her religion.

Over 1 million Amnesty supporters spoke up in outrage against the death sentence.
Meriam's baby was born in prison. Then, she was released by Sudanese authorities following massive, unprecedented pressure from around the world. 
When Meriam and her family  tried to leave Sudan, they were detained by officials at the airport. Meriam has now been charged with attempting to travel with false documents. The family is living in the US Embassy in Khartoum while these new charges are addressed. Meriam may be out of prison but she is not yet truly free.

Learn more about this remarkable story

Great News! Historic Supreme Court decision a crucial step for Indigenous peoples in Canada

Northern_Gateway_FB_300.jpgOn June 26, a unanimous decision by the Supreme Court of Canada found that the Tsilhqot’in people continue to hold legal title to some 2000 square kilometres in the heart of their traditional territory in central British Columbia.

Critically, the Court found that development on land owned by Indigenous peoples requires the consent of those nations.

It’s hard to overstate the importance of this historic ruling, both for the Tsilhqot’in people, who first went to court to protect their land rights more than 20 years ago, and for other Indigenous nations across Canada.

Much of the route of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline crosses territory where there are no treaties with Indigenous peoples and the underlying issue of Indigenous land title has never been resolved. These issues were excluded from the mandate of the public review on which the government says it based its decision to approve Northern Gateway.

Learn more about this historic decision

Canadian torture survivors: In their own words

Listen to the voices of Canadian torture survivors telling their personal stories

Together we will stop torture, everywhere and forever!

Thank you for taking action to stop torture and joining the growing global movement, from Australia to Zimbabwe, determined to stop torture everywhere and forever.
By standing up for the victims and survivors of torture, you are shining a light on  horrific human rights violations that happen most often behind closed doors. You are giving a voice to those who are silenced.
Please watch and share our video of Canadian torture survivors telling their stories in their own words.
Thank you for being part of the global movement to stop torture.
Your actions can save lives.

Meriam Released Thanks to Your Help

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Meriam arrives in Rome on July 24, 2014 (AFP/Getty Images).
Action by people like you helped pressure the government of Sudan to release Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman sentenced to death.

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Dear Tracy,

Great news! After constant campaigning and unwavering support on the part of more than a million Amnesty activists like you, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman sentenced to death because of her religious beliefs, is free and arrived in Italy with her family yesterday.

I would like to thank all of you who took action and contributed to this massive showing of support. The letters you sent showed the Sudanese authorities that people around the world were outraged by Meriam's ordeal.

Our work isn't over. Amnesty will continue to urge the Sudanese authorities to repeal provisions that criminalize apostasy and adultery so that no one in Sudan has to endure what Meriam experienced. We will also campaign for Sudan's government to establish a moratorium on executions as a first step towards abolishing the death penalty in Sudan.

This is great news to share and to celebrate. Thank you for being part of this movement.


Margaret Huang
Deputy Executive Director, Campaigns and Programs
Amnesty International USA

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Simon Davidson/ Women in the TV industry

Jul. 9 Simon Davidson: I cut out this National Post article “I wondered if this was all about money” by Katherine Monk on Mar. 2, 2012.  I copy and pasted the whole article and bolded the parts I really liked: 

Simon Davidson isn’t really a betting man, but he made his biggest wager ever on The Odds — a dramatic Canadian feature set against the backdrop of teenage gambling. The Odds is Davidson’s first feature, and while the Vancouver-based director had turned out several successful shorts, he wasn’t sure if he was ready for the full-length gambit.

“It took me over a year to write the script, and when I finished, I wasn’t sure if it was all that good,” he says.
To hone his voice, Davidson says he made another short film. “For the feature, I knew I wanted to make something crime-y,” he says. “Then I read this story of a guy who bet on NBA games with his friends. He became a sort of bookie, and, at first, it was all for fun. But when his friends started to lose, he still wanted to get paid.”
Eventually, the bookie takes it to the bloody end: He kills his friends when they default on their debts.

“I was fascinated by this story, because it was true,” says Davidson, a University of Calgary English literature grad who went on to study at the Vancouver Film School (VFS). “I actually wrote the treatment for The Odds right after VFS, but left it. It wasn’t until three or four years later, when I was in Costa Rica, that I thought I should go back to it again and write a new draft.”

Davidson says he’s finally become comfortable with the creative process, no matter how frustrating or repetitive it can get, because some projects ripen at different times. And you can’t force it if you want good results. “Each story has to come out of you. And the ‘why’ of it is important to me,” he says. “That’s why I love making movies in Canada, because it’s such a different approach. We have a small and very passionate community of filmmakers in this country, and because it’s so hard to make movies here, the people who do it are committed.”

Davidson, who used to cut Flash Gordon episodes, says he has friends editing big movies in the U.S., but they’re not reaping the same life rewards as he is in Canada. “They may be working on an $80-million movie, but they have no real role in how it turns out. They’re just a very small part of a very big machine,” he says. “In Canada, the machine is that much smaller, and the financing is that much harder, but you can make the movie that’s in your heart — as long as it doesn’t require dolly tracks or a crane shot.”

Davidson says teen gambling yanked him by the aorta, because it touches on the ambiguous thread of teen morality and next-generation entitlement.
“I think this is a new trend in North America, not just Canada, so it resonates beyond our borders,” he says. “I met teens who were involved in this world. They were honest. And I realized a lot of this reminded me of my own story and my own teen hero. I fictionalized some of it to make it about gambling, but I think the central themes stand.”

Davidson says the coming-of-age theme is dominant, but really, the monolithic topic boils down to making decisions, moment by moment.
“I wondered if this was all about money, when I started writing the script,” he says. “And obviously, money has something to do with gambling. But the addiction and the compulsion come from someplace else. It’s about a feeling of control.”

He says it all makes for a good metaphor on the art of growing up and assuming responsibility for your actions, but he hopes his movie reflects some of the particulars of our current reality.
“If you’re really engaged in the game, you may not be engaging in your own life. … So even if you’re winning at the table, chances are, you’re losing somewhere else far more important.”

Women in the TV industry: I cut out this Globe and Mail article “You’ve come a long way- maybe” by Kate Taylor on Oct. 8, 2011.  Here are some excerpts:

The most recent employment numbers from the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) found that women made up only 28 per cent of TV writers between 2005 and 2009. And the numbers appear to be getting worse: A survey by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University estimates that the number of women writers dropped to 15 per cent in 2010-11 from 29 per cent the previous year.

Currently only 32 per cent of the active members of the Writers Guild of Canada are women.

“You have an industry that is incredibly intense in terms of pressure to produce,” says Darnell Hunt, the UCLA sociology professor who crunches the WGAW numbers. “You make a TV show, you don’t have many opportunities to get it right. Show runners [head writers, who oversee the rooms] hire teams they feel extremely comfortable with, people who look like them. Nine times out of 10 that means white men are hiring white men. You may have a token woman or a token minority, but women and people of colour are having a hard time being welcomed into the club.”

Alexandra Zarowny, like Hunt, argues that it’s all about comfort: “There is a big cone of silence that drops over a story room. People can say anything to each other. Guys have said to me they feel constricted if there is a woman in the room: How honest can they be about their thought process?”

The trick women learn – especially in the notoriously competitive field of comedy, where women are stereotyped as being less funny than men – is to go straight for the dirty jokes and erotic content. “There is a tendency to go blue right away,” says Rebecca Addelman, a Canadian comedy writer working in Los Angeles, “to prove right away that you are not some wallflower who can’t handle a joke about a hand job, to prove you are there to be funny, to do what they are all doing.”

But aside from telling dirty jokes, do women behind the scenes deliver less-stereotypical female characters on the screen?

“There seems to be a demand for female characters, and strongly written female characters are doing well on television,” notes Adrienne Mitchell, the executive producer and director of Bomb Girls.
Tassie Cameron, who has created the Global hit cop series Rookie Blue with two other women, Ellen Vanstone and Morwyn Brebner. The show about neophyte police officers in Toronto follows as many female as male characters.

“The cop shows, the lawyer shows, they want to make sure they have a woman in the room for character development, for story development,” Cameron says, adding about her own show, “Whether we are addressing big issues of discrimination or not, a traditional male world like policing is interesting to explore from a female perspective, the rookie female cop. There is even more tension.”

On programs with no female writers, women made up 39 per cent of the characters; that number rose to 43 per cent when there was at least one woman in the room.

Still, female TV writers know there is no rule of good writing that says you have to have the same gender as your characters. “It’s up to the individual. I know women who create women who are only appendages and victims,” says Hollywood writer Nancy Miller, the creator of the title character on Saving Grace.

Conversely, women can create very powerful fictional men. It was three women, Mitchell, Janis Lundman and writer Laurie Finstad Knizhnik, who created the violent Canadian series Durham County, starring Hugh Dillon as deeply flawed cop Mike Sweeney. The fact that women had created such a dark show caused much comment when Durham County first appeared in 2007.

“For centuries male writers have been able to show women themselves. Now when you have women create strong male characters, it is a bit of a shock,” observes Lundman, producer on that series and on Bomb Girls.

The reality is that most TV shows, written by groups of writers rather than single authors, are formulaic: TV writers are often working with characters they did not create themselves, and have to be ready to write whatever they are handed.

Still, those who want to see more balance in the writer’s room believe it will affect how women and minorities are depicted on TV, adding not only a diversity of characters but different storylines and new points of view. “This is not just entertainment. This is about how a nation presents itself,” Hunt says.

“Broadcast regulators need to step in and demand progress.”

Hunt also says the networks tend to say the diversity problem can be solved only by the autonomous show runners, who pick their own writers. The show runners, meanwhile, say the networks, whose money is on the line, breathe down their necks, vetting what writers they choose.

NBC’s prime-time entertainment president Angela Bromstad – who has since been shown the door at NBC – to make his writing room half female. “I think we have to stop thinking of it as a quota thing and think of it as a common-sense thing,” he told the website A.V. Club, explaining that, while he had to hunt harder to find women writers, they brought a new energy to his writing staff that he really appreciated.

My opinion: It was a good and informative article.  It discusses how there have been lots of progress with women TV writers, but still a lot of struggle.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rob Ford/ blood donor/ Neighbor Centre

Jul. 4 Rob Ford: I was reading in the Metro on Jun. 30, 2014 that Toronto mayor Rob Ford is out of rehab.  On Jul. 2, 2014, I read in the Metro that Ford was in the Canada Day parade.  There were some cheers and some boos for him.

Blood donor: I was reading in the Metro on Jun. 30, 2014 “Canada Day affecting blood-donor turnout.”  The most common blood types are A and O.  They profiled Shaun Doyle, 59 who gives his blood every 7 weeks.  I read a Globe and Mail article about blood donations recently.

Metro: “The Edmonton blood donor clinic is located at 8429 114 St. and is open Mon- Fri.”

School closures: I’m sure all of you heard about schools are closing down in Edmonton.  I read in the Metro on Jun. 30, 2014 “Bricklayer remembers building St. Brendan School.”  Richard Hartley is 79 yrs old and he built the St. Brendan School.  As he was talking about, he got teary-eyed.

Cannibal cop: I read in the Metro on Jul. 2, 2014 called “‘Cannibal cop’ released from jail.”  I remember writing about it on my blog:

Judge Paul Gardephe ruled that Gilberto Valle, 40 who was planning to kill, kidnap and eat women was insufficient evidence.  Valle’s lawyers said it was all fantasy and that he didn’t plan on actually committing murder.

Djamshid Popal: I read in the Metro on Jun. 30, 2014 “Afghan man sorry he left Canada after heart surgery.”  Djamshid Popal was 9 yrs in 2004 when he made headlines in Canada because he got heart surgery here.  Popal is now 19 yrs old and gets constant nosebleeds as he struggles to get an education in his village outside of Kabul.

His family is also gets death threats from the Taliban because Popal got surgery in Canada.  Major Americo Rodrgiues, the army doctor who treated him.

After surgery, Popal got homesick for his family.  There were a lot of supporters like Saddique Khan of Hamilton who financed the journey.  Popal’s father Shafiullah respected Popal’s wish to go back home and they went back to Afghanistan.

Popal gets nosebleeds because he takes warfarin, the blood-thinning medication that he needs to stay alive.  Popal’s father gets threats from the Taliban, so he has to find work by breaking rocks to sell from the mountains around his village.

Popal: “If I knew this would be my situation, I would never come back to Afghanistan again and would stay (in Canada) to continue my studies.  I can’t go to school regularly because it’s almost two hours’ walk up and down the hills.  And my nose bleeds and I feel so scared because the bleeding doesn’t stop very easily.”

My opinion: I hope his supporters out there could help pay so he and his family could come back to Canada.  He should start trying to get back to Canada by filing for refugee status or something.  At least this is in the national news.

It does make you appreciate living in Canada and your health. 

Min. wage: I thought this could be in my job email, but I feel like it’s happening all over the world, so it should be in my news email.

Ikea: In the Metro on Jun. 27, 2014, “Ikea hikes hourly pay by 17% in the US.”

“The pay increase will take effect Jan. 1.  It will translate to an average wage of $10.76 US an hour, a $1.59 increase from the previous $9.17.  About half of Ikea’s 11,000 hourly store workers will get a raise.” 

Montreal: I read in the Metro on Jun. 30, 2014 “Montreal forum on minimum income aims to raise interest.”  “Rob Rainer, a campaign direct for the Basic Income Canada Network envisions a country where everyone is assured a minimum of $20,000 annually to make ends meet.” 

Germany: I read in the Edmonton Journal and the Globe and Mail about Germany is going to raise the min. wage.

CBC: This could fit in my media or job email, but CBC is very Canadian and is national news.  They’re planning to lay off 20% of their staff and will be going from radio and TV to more digital and mobile services.  1000- 1,5000 positions will be ended.  There is 7,500 employees right now.  A lot of these positions will end by retirement.

Jul. 11 India gang rape: I read the Metro article “Women alleges village council ordered gang rape” on Jan. 24, 2014.  She said the rape was ordered because she fell in love with a man from a different ethnic group.  She had lost count of how many men raped her and is now in the hospital in serious condition.  12 suspects have been arrested.     


The village council ordered the man to pay 25,000 rupees and the man’s family did.  The woman’s family was too poor so the council ordered the gang rape.  This is called the West Bengal case.

“In Oct, a teen was gang raped on two consecutive days in a Kolkata suburb.  She was later set on fire when she refused to withdraw a police complaint against the men who had raped her.  She died in a hospital last month leading to widespread protests in the city.”

“Earlier this month, a Danish tourist was gang raped in New Delhi by a group of men when she stopped to ask them for directions to her hotel.”

Annie Raja, general secretary of the National Federation of Indian Women (discuss local councils): “They are dead set against giving basic human rights to women.  These are non-constitutional bodies and the West Bengal government should take stringent action against them.”

India’s supreme court has discussed this before and several legal organizations are trying to get Parliament to pass laws that make edicts by local councils illegal.

India budget: In the Metro on Jul. 11, 2014 “Plans to build colossal, costly statue causes uproar.”  India is planning to build a 182-metre tall Indian independent leader Vallabhbhai Patel.  It costs more than the $25 million for women’s safety nationwide and $16.5 million for girls’ education.

Thailand rape: In the Metro on Jul. 11, 2014 “Junta fires railway chief after furor over rape, killing of girl.”  The head of Thailand’s state railway was fired by the country’s military govt. over the rape and murder of a 13 yr old girl in her berth on an overnight train.

State Railway of Thailand governor Prapas Chongas-nguan to leave his post because he didn’t make his railway more orderly.  Police arrested a railway worker for the rape and murder.  He had confessed to it and that he tossed the body from the car.  There was a public outcry for capital punishment for rape. 

Neighbor Centre: I cut out this Edmonton Journal article “Campaign aims to shine lights on poverty” on Dec. 14, 2013.  It’s about charity and inspirational.  Here are some excerpts:

All proceeds from the $10 kits will be donated to the Neighbour Centre, a small resource centre for homeless and at risk adults in Old Strathcona.

"For Christians, this whole season before Christmas is all about waiting, the light of hope for the world is shining," said Pastor Rebecca Craver. "It makes a lot of sense that we would put out lights to remind everyone that there is hope for a world that's full of better things for all of us ... that we can make it a reality right now."

"It's really an awareness of the fact that we do have people in Edmonton who are living homeless, who are at risk of being homeless, who live at the tipping point ... and they're living and struggling with issues of poverty," Knutson said.

"I really feel it's much bigger than us. It's bringing awareness to an issue that continually needs to be brought to the forefront."

"We've always been, one way or another, community-minded. The idea is that God is not known simply through the high and holy act of worship, but really through the everyday ordinary life of living and working beside the people we live with," she said.

"The more we do, the more energy we have for it. I think there's a passion building because of the connection we have with our neighbours and with the work that's going on here," Craver said.