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Len Webber Hopes Organ Donations Bill Can Be ‘Unifying’ Moment In New Parliament

Len Webber Hopes Organ Donations Bill Can Be ‘Unifying’ Moment In New ParliamentThe Calgary MP’s earlier bill passed unanimously in the House but died in the Senate.

'You are the lion': Why one Regina woman values her Chinese culture and traditions

'You are the lion': Why one Regina woman values her Chinese culture and traditionsHelen Chang isn't a rat — in the literal sense and in terms of animal signs on the Chinese zodiac. But the director of the Chinese Cultural Society of Saskatchewan is still happily ringing in the Year of the Metal Rat — even if her zodiac sign is the Wood Rabbit.Saturday marked the Chinese Lunar New Year, a celebration which is held on the first day of the Chinese calendar; often between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20 on the Gregorian calendar. Chang's parents immigrated from China to Canada before she was born. But she holds Chinese traditions close to her heart. Growing up in Regina, Chang and her brother were the only Chinese students at their elementary school. She witnessed the stereotypes people put on her culture. "It felt like you really had to let people know that there was more to Chinese people than just egg rolls and fried rice," she said, adding the stereotypes still exist."Every time you see an action move, if they're in Chinatown, there's a lion dance happening."Chang has passed Chinese traditions down to her own children, including her 11-year-old son — whose zodiac sign just happens to be a rat."You can totally see it in him," she said. "He's sporty; he's athletic."Chinese traditions started at a young age Chang began kung fu lessons when she was about 15 at the encouragement of her mother. She's been doing it ever since and is now a senior level teacher at Chung Wah Kung Fu in Regina. Kung fu, she said, ties closely with lion dance, another common Chinese tradition. Lion dance was traditionally performed by kung fu schools because it took significant physical strength to do it. The lion, Chang explained, has special significance to Chinese New Year celebrations."Lions are magical creatures in Chinese folklore," she said. "The lion has a horn [and] a special mirror. All these things help it to dispel bad energy and bring in good luck." Numerous celebrations highlight new year in Saskatchewan Chang and her family will be taking part in celebrations throughout the next couple of weeks, including one being held by the Chinese Cultural Society of Saskatchewan at Lee's Chop Suey on Feb. 8. The event features a traditional 10 course meal and is open to everyone. Tickets are available by calling 306-525-5027.Chang will also get the opportunity to take part in a lion dance throughout the next couple of weeks. On Sunday, her group will perform at Dosu Wok restaurant in Pilot Butte. It's an experience that's always meaningful to her."Once the drum's going and the music's playing, your heartbeat just pushes you along," she said. "You are the lion."

Yukon's only church pipe organ, damaged by fire, gets a new lease on life

Yukon's only church pipe organ, damaged by fire, gets a new lease on lifeMembers of Whitehorse's Trinity Lutheran Church believed their beloved pipe organ was beyond repair. It was damaged in a fire at the church in 2017.But Jason Barnsley, a restoration specialist from Calgary, says it can be rebuilt. It needs a new console and wiring, but the rest of the organ's parts survived the fire. This past week, Barnsley and his small crew of three were at the church in Whitehorse dismantling and boxing up the many pieces of the mechanically complex, century-old organ. They'll spend the coming months restoring the various parts in Calgary."It's like a jigsaw puzzle constructed by a crazy person," said Barnsley."I actually know where everything goes, but if a layperson were coming into this they would go, 'I think you're nuts trying to put this all together ... there are a million and one pieces here.'"Barnsley can even guess what started the fire inside the organ — its aging control centre."Those are all modern now, using solid-state control systems versus the original hardwiring and a lot of electricity, which is ultimately what caused it to catch fire — because there was so much wiring inside," he said.He says the pneumatic pipe organ's inner workings are as complex as those of fine Swiss watch.Barnsley says the organ's analog electrical systems were ahead of their time when it was built in 1926. He compares it to "very early, early computing."From Pennsylvania to WhitehorseThe pneumatic pipe organ's 762 individual pipes plus numerous parts originally made their journey from Pennsylvania to Whitehorse 40 years ago.Whitehorse church members had seen an ad in a magazine, and ended up buying the organ for a dollar. The organ's previous owner, a church in Pennsylvania, wanted the organ to have a northern home.The organ filled Trinity Lutheran with glorious sound for decades — and it's hoped that will continue soon.Once all the parts are at Barnsley's shop in Calgary, he'll fix it up with modern wiring. It will likely be returned to Whitehorse and rebuilt in about a year."We are hoping that by revitalizing the pipe organ we will be able to offer a really fine instrument in an intimate concert venue to the larger Whitehorse community," said Deb Bartlette, a minister at Trinity Lutheran Church.

University of Victoria takes lead on Holocaust graphic novel project

University of Victoria takes lead on Holocaust graphic novel projectAn international project to bear witness to the stories of child Holocaust survivors will be led by a team from the University of Victoria. Charlotte Schallié, a Holocaust historian and the current chair of the university's department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, says the medium of the graphic novel was chosen to create a multilayered, rich narrative.'If you read a graphic novel, it is as if you're watching and reading a movie at the same time," Schallié told host Kathryn Marlow on CBC's All Points West, adding that the combination of graphics, narrative, speech bubbles, sound effects, and visuals create a deep engagement between the reader and the text."Visual storytelling in graphic narratives is especially effective for life stories and memories of survivors who were children during the Holocaust, as images often tend to be so deeply imprinted in a child survivor's memory."In fact, one of the most famous examples of the graphic novel genre, Art Spiegelman's Maus, is a depiction of Spiegelman's father's experiences as a Holocaust survivor."That was one of the texts that I've been using in my classroom," Schallié said. "And at the end of the class, when I ask which was the text that most profoundly moved you or impacted you, it was very often Maus."The four survivors who are part of the project include David Schaffer of Vancouver; Emmie Arbel in Kiryat Tiv'on, Israel; and brothers Nicole and Rolf Kamp in Amsterdam, Holland.Each survivor is paired with a graphic artist, and the team works together to create the story. "It was very important for us, to begin with, that graphic novelist were not just illustrators but were actively co-producing the history with the survivors," said Schallié."Most of the visual documentary and documents we have from the Holocaust are documents produced by perpetrators, so it's extremely important to have survivors tell their own stories."Miriam Libicki, a graphic novelist based in Vancouver, is working with Schaffer, who survived the Holocaust as a boy in Romania after his family was deported to Transnistria.Libicki, whose own grandparents were Holocaust survivors, says the project has a great deal of urgency. Her own grandfather died three years ago and she wishes she had got a chance to talk to him more about his experiences."We have fewer and fewer survivors left, and I think it's really important to have the stories first and to not only have them as documents, but to know what the survivors themselves think is important about their stories, what they care about, what are the lessons or the facts they want future generations to take from this story," she said. Schallié says the graphic novels will be completed by 2022. International Holocaust Remembrance Day is on Jan.27.

Atlantic: Round of freezing rain leads into cold week ahead

Atlantic: Round of freezing rain leads into cold week aheadTravel is discouraged for parts of the Maritimes on Sunday amid icy conditions.

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Vancouver 2010 Omlympics

Vancouver 2010 Olympics


Vancouver 2010 Olympics

Norm Letnick, BC Liberal MLA, Kelowna-Lake Country
Official closing of the 2010 Olympic ceremonies at the Rutland Centennial Hall.Game time starting at 12:15 p.m. at Rutland Centennial Hall on February 28 and is expected to end at about 3:30 p.m., but everyone is invited to stay, or come back and watch the 2010 Olympics Closing Ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. Bring both your Olympic and Canadian spirit, and dress in red to watch the men’s gold medal hockey game live on the big screen.

Admission is free and Rotary volunteers will be hosting a silent auction, 50/50 fundraiser as well as a concession to raise funds for the 2011 International Children’s Winter Games. Stewart Tulloch’s pride in Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics shines through in a roadside hockey shrine he set up outside his farm in Winfield‘ Tulloch will be cheering on Canada in the gold-medal men’s hockey game today, starting at noon‘ Central Okanagan residents can gather to watch the game for free at Rutland Centennial Hall and Seating is limited, so those who would like to attend are asked to pre-register. The festivities will continue until the Olympic Closing ceremonies at 5:30 p.m Preregister to watch at the Rutland hall by calling 250-765-8516.

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