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Perhaps in response to an earlier post, a friend emailed me this interesting article which defends our ol boy at the helm.

I think Linwood, as usual (insert boneheaded burlington wanna be cool guy insult here), is missing the point.

It’s not about Stephen Harper being able to relax and choose what he reads. It’s about educating the ol boy that the Arts matter and that Mr. Martel is using it as a public awareness tool about how little the gov’t contributes to the Arts either monetarily or in any other form of lack lustre support.

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I hope this documentary is as good as all the hype. There’s even a facebook group for it.

I feel this is such a prominent topic amongst us librarians, it’s about time someone stopped whinging about it and started filming it:

hollywoodlibrarian.wordpress.com

The trailer shows a number of older (not that there’s anything wrong with that) librarians.  Here’s hoping they included us younger folk too, otherwise it will simply perpetuate precisely what this film is trying to break: librarian stereotypes.

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Yann Martel (author of Life of Pie (2001), Self (1996)) has recently started a project called:

What is Stephen Harper Reading

In one word: awesome.

Someone should be recommending books to our Prime Minister, if nothing else, that means maybe he can discuss something intellectual (insert gawf) about the Arts with some of his cronies, despite the fact he doesn’t fund them.

Fashion falls under the Arts too, right? That should also be considered:

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I listened to a CBC Radio 1 program called Ideas and their topic tonight was on the recently (as in, the last 30-40 years) coined phrase “Social Entrepreneurship“.

Briefly the show is described by CBC as:

THE KINGS OF PHILANTHROPY
Some have called it the natural fall-out of a hyper-capitalist society — billionaires who’ve made more money from media and technology enterprises than anyone in human history. There’s Bill Gates, the creator of Microsoft; Jeff Skoll, the founder of e-Bay; Larry Page, a partner in Google; and then, of course, Warren Buffet, who has been dubbed the “Oracle of Omaha.” Now, they’ve reinvented themselves as philanthropists, giving away billions to help the poor. Freelance broadcaster Richard Phinney asks: can they re-make the world?

This is something i really hope when my colleagues and myself make our millions* that we will actively pursue.

Though some argue it is contentious (tax breaks, who ‘really’ benefits, i will only support my “crusade” b/c it’s my money etc.) the ultimate goal is helping others far less fortunate than those of us in the Western world.

As cliche as this sounds, I have felt a huge desire to volunteer and contribute more to this meagre world since watching “Blood Diamond“.

Student debt, jump starting a career, learning more about others, and life in general (obviously none of which are excuses) have basically prevented me from beginning any sort of serious pursuit of helping the numerous organizations out there.

But with the rise of the P3 (Public Private Partnership), i wonder if this will extend much further into spreading the wealth and helping those less fortunate.

Perhaps too this means information professionals will be needed now more than ever to help facilitate this relationship and ensure success.

Here’s hoping we can help any way we can.


*millions: relatively speaking

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