Posts Tagged ‘Films/Videos’

Using Wikipedia wisely

Do you use Wikipedia? Of course you do, we all do! But do you use it wisely? Here’s a short YouTube video explaining how to make the best use of Wikipedia. It is meant to show you how to use it, not as a final source, but as a stepping stone to further research.

View “Using Wikipedia wisely” here.



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Planting a community garden; making a welcome map for newcomers to your neighborhood; or collecting trash in your area and making an art project with it are just some of the activity ideas for Geography Awareness Week 2011 — Nov. 13-19 — with its theme of:

“Geography: The Adventure in Your Community.”

Here are some new materials in the Carleton library collection that focus on Community:

Our Ontario – (Database) Discover people, places, events and objects about Ontario and from Ontario organizations. Its’ easy to find photographs, maps, videos, audio recording, governments documents and other media – instantly @ your fingertips.

Community Development in Canada – (Book) Community development happens within a community, it does not happen to the community.  It’s about empowering a community to develop from within. This text, developed by Canadian professors for Canadian classes, fills a gap.  Brown and Hannis bring a unique Canadian perspective with this all-Canadian textbook.

Life on the Reserve (DVD) – This is a documentary film that follows a few members of the Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (Gull Bay First Nations) community as they take us through what their daily life consists of. Life on Gull Bay Reserve is difficult compared to living in a big city. The don’t have clean drinking water, so they have to get bottled water shipped in.

Two Indians talking (DVD) – This is a humorous, uncensored conversation between two First Nation men who are about to take part in their community’s roadblock. Each man wants fiercely to do the right think but struggles with the question “When you do something for the right reasons, does that make it the right thing to do?”

Community Organizing – (Book) by Joan Kuyek suggests that most of our attempts at change and community-building fail because we cannot get along with each other. Community Organizing starts at the community level to describe how we can work together and create organizations based on dignity and respect. It provides strategies to build movements from the community to assert democratic political power and tools to create a culture of hope in this time of despair. This book offers the means to reclaim political power in Canada.

Poverty by postal code 2: vertical poverty – Declining Income, Housing Quality and Community Life in Toronto’s Inner Suburban High-Rise Apartments – (Book) Published by United Way Toronto, this is a sobering new report on the continuing growth of poverty concentration in Toronto. Vertical Poverty paints a very clear picture – the geography intensification of poverty continues to grow – and is still most severe in the inner suburbs.

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The CIW Canadian Index of Wellbeing was released yesterday. It measures the overall well being of Canada. According to their press release, since 1994, the starting point for the CIW, Canada’s well being has seen an overall improvement of 11 percent, paling in comparison to the 31 per cent growth in the country’s GDP over that same time frame.

If you’re interested in learning more about the new Canadian Index of Wellbeing, watch this CIW video.

Source: CAGList

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As Dr. Suzuki turns 75 today, the cities of Ottawa and Vancouver are both declaring March 24, 2011 David Suzuki Day.

In their appreciative prononucements both Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson recognized David’s contributions as a science educator and broadcaster, the 52 books he’s written, and the important work done by the David Suzuki Foundation which David co-founded.

Here are links to some of his most famous books and videos that can be found in the library’s collection:

 The Big Picture; reflections on science, humanity and a quickly changing planet

From Naked Ape to Superspecies; humanity and the global eco-crisis

The Sacred Balance; rediscovering our place in nature

Arctic Mission

Lost in the Suburbs

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Over 1,200 records of National Film Board of Canada (NFB) films are now available online through the library Catalogue. As a result of a public performance rights consortial deal, the Carleton license includes classroom use and public performance rights on campus, provided no entry fee is charged. Films are also open access for personal viewing.

To see what is available, do an Author search for “National Film Board of Canada” and limit by “All e-resources” or do a Title search by the NFB title of your choice.

The National Film Board of Canada produces and distributes social issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and digital content from a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB has made a wealth of material available at http://www.nfb.ca as part of their mission to make their vast collection accessible to Canadians.

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Watch Waterlife, a new film produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and Primitive Entertainment, Inc. The film tells the epic story of the Great Lakes and how they provide the earth with 20 percent of its fresh water!

The NFB’s website for Waterlife includes interesting facts, such as that 40 percent of bottled water is really just bottled tap water, or the plastic used in water bottles is made of polyethylene terepthalate (PET), a chemical derived from crude oil.

Perhaps more alarming, and even timely, is the fact that 1.5 million barrels of oil are needed to manufacture a year’s worth of bottled water. That amount could fuel 100,000 cars.

Our brain is composed of 70 percent water, our lungs 90 percent, and we lose half a litre of water each day through breathing. What is water? It’s everything.

Source: National Film Board and Canadian Geographic

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Marina of the Zabbaleen Enter the extraordinary world of seven-year-old Marína, as she lives in the Muqqattam garbage recycling village in Cairo, Egypt.

Home Safe Toronto Home safe Toronto is a documentary that deals with how Canadian families with children live with the threat and the experience of homelessness.

Food, inc. Lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing how our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profits ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment.

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