Some Up: Sept 27th – Oct 3rd

This week, Canada officially recognized the first official day for Truth and Reconciliation. Some were initially concerned that this would be taken as just another day off, but the discussions lead by a Vancouver based man encouraged those who were able to make a financial equal to a day’s pay instead, and at time of writing, this initiative has raised over $400K.

It was disappointing to see that prime minister Trudeau used the day as an opportunity to enjoy a surfing holiday.

Long form podcast: Thunder Bay (Canadaland)

I found this podcast to be a nuanced look at the challenges facing indigenous youth today. It faces a lot of the common sentiments directed towards the youth, and the host rebuts these beliefs from an emotional and a statistical perspective.

Article: The boy behind the cruel nickname (CBC News)

The heartbreaking work of piecing together the life of these young people is tragic work, and this is just one of the lives lost.

List: 48 books by Indigenous writers to read to understand residential schools (CBC Books)

I appreciate the CBC collecting this comprehensive list of stories to help us learn more.

Article: Why I hope my kids never read Roald Dahl (CNN Opinion)

This is a nuanced discussion of how it feels to consider the works of Dahl in the face of the writer’s anti-Semitic remarks right up to his death.

If you didn’t read it: no, he’s not suggesting we take every Ronald Dahl book out of every library

Article: Sarah Everard case: people stopped by lone officer could ‘wave down a bus’, says Met (The Guardian)

Sarah Everard was tragically murdered by a plainclothes police officer. This advice doesn’t help allay fears, nor does it address the root cause of violence against women. This… just isn’t helpful.

Long form podcast: The Fake Paralympians (BBC Documentary)

The Fake Paralympians follows the scandal of the Spanish Paralympic gold basketball team and the fallout for intellectually disabled athletes in the aftermath.

I knew very little about this history before this podcast and I appreciate the effort to shed some light on this sad history.

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Article: When the world actually solved an environmental crisis (Vox)

I know I have posted this before, but it gives me hope in the face of our climate crisis to know that we were able to pull together and do the right thing.

Movie: The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)

Man, this movie was excellent! The acting, the direction, makeup and costuming… I would say a few Oscar nods are forthcoming!

Article: How televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker became an unlikely ally in the AIDS crisis (NBC News)

This week, for example, I also learned about Tammy Faye Bakker’s compassion and empathy towards victims of the AIDS crisis during a time when the church was turning away and ramping up vile dialogue.

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