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Episode date 19 February 2013
Interviews and reports
Repair Cafe comes to Canada
(cbc vid grab)
Let’s face it, we’ve become a throw-away society. 

When the toaster  or the hair dryer, or other small appliance stops working, our tendency is simply to toss them in the garbage and buy a new one.  We have lost the knowledge of how basic things work, and how to attempt to repair them. 

Unfortunately if a new toaster costs $30, but a repair shop has to charge $40, then you’re almost certainly going to buy a new one.  The old appliance goes in the garbage, and the landfill, and the environment.  With electronic items, there is sometimes toxic materials in there as well, and even if plastics eventually break down into smaller and smaller pieces over many decades, the polymers will last virtually forever.

The answer is to keep items out of the garbage in the first place.  Much of the time when these things stop working its because of something relatively simple.

As mentioned, most of us don’t know how dto do simple repairs anymore.  But there are people who do know, and all you need to do is connect the need with the ability.
That’s the idea behind “Repair Cafés”.  A group of people handy with repairs get together and people who have things needing repair bring them in.

It’s originally a European idea, but now its spread to Canada.
Snowshoeing becoming more popular
(Sébastien Larose)
Snowshoeing is becoming more popular in North America. Europeans first discovered this way of getting around in deep snow from the aboriginals. Devices resembling tennis rackets were made of hide and wood and strapped on to the feet. With their weight distributed over a bigger surface, the wearer does not sink into the snow. Now people use modified snowshoes to amble or scramble around the countryside as a leisure activity and as a way to enjoy the long winters.

Due to high demand for information, the Eastern Townships region of the province of Quebec has created a map illustrating more than 3,000 kilometers of the most popular snowshoeing and hiking trails. The map has three parts. The first has snowshoeing trails for those who want to trek up to summits to see the views. These are longer and steeper trails for those who are more experienced and fitter. A second part has trails which are gentler for the less experienced and families. Another section offers winter hiking trails that don’t require snowshoes.
Black History and Immigration Featured at Pier 21
Image from Stacey Tyrell courtesy of the Wedge Collection/Pier 21
The exhibit opened in January at Pier 21, the museum of Canada's immigration history, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Pier 21 was the place where over a million people first set foot in Canada between 1928 and 1971, when most made the journey by ship.  The exhibit is titled ‘Position as Desired’ / Exploring African Canadian Identity: Photographs from the Wedge Collection.

The title comes from a work by photographer, Stacey Tyrell.  She tells the story of finding the polaroid photo of her mother and some friends' knees, taken in London, England, before Stacey was born.  The instructions in the old cellophane pages of the photo album, said “carefully lift cover and position as desired.”  The phrase, position as desired, resonated with Stacey Tyrell on both a humorous and artistic level.  The collection features work by other photographers such as Dawit L. Petros and Christina Leslie.  From the early black settlers of the 18th and 19th centuries to the more recent waves of Carribbean and African immigration, the exhibit offers images of the varied and evolving black-Canadian identity.

Curator, Dr. Kenneth Montague, a dentist in Toronto, has put together his Wedge Collection over the last 15 years.  This name comes from the wedge-shaped space in his loft home, where his carefully chosen pieces were originally hung.  Now the initiative has grown into Wedge Curatorial Projects created to promote alternative prespectives on community and culture.  Photos from his collection have been positioned as desired in other exhibits, such as the recent one at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

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Coming Soon, Commercial Flights into Space
Image coutesy of Uniktourspace.com
Phillipe Bergeron, founding president of Uniktour, will be the first Canadian to experience a suborbital space flight this December. [...]
Paper, old fashhioned, but still works!
(Domtar)
You have to love imaginative advertising, especially when there’s a grain of truth to it. Domtar Corporation is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. It’s one of the largest producers of uncoated freesheet and papergrade pulp in the world. [...]
NHL Brand Loses Value
Image courtesy of CBC
The effects of the four-month lockout by the National Hockey League are now becoming apparent. According to a report by consultancy firm Brand Finance, the NHL will lose nearly US$328.2 million in brand value in 2013 as fans spend less money onthe gamein the coming year. [...]
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