Category: Academics


Super computer on Burnaby mountain: BC Hydro.

There is a new bird on the perch at Burnaby Mountain, a state of the art academic computer. The project replaced transmission control center and is a asset in the quiver of Simon Fraser University as well as the country.

Simon Fraser University’s Cedar supercomputer is the most powerful of its kind in Canada, and it comes with some impressive green credentials.

“It’s one of the most energy-efficient data centres in North America, and in the world for that matter,” says former BC Hydro media spokesperson Geoff Hastings, now a CTV news anchor in Edmonton. “It’s an intellectual juggernaut that really puts SFU and the Lower Mainland on the map when it comes to research computing. And it’s an opportunity to really advance our civilization in a lot of ways.”

Data linked to CERN collider in Switzerland.

The project has a manager and is a partnership between BC Hydro and SFU.

On this Day: January 8th 1800

Victor of Aveyron is found wild after 7 years.

Three talks in November

Peter Clark from Kingvale south of Merritt BC Ca and the former pumping station manger home of Trans mountains only permanent employee here is giving three talks at the Public Library in Merritt.

Other library programs available.

Come and see programs for all ages as well as public borrowing of media items and lots of others.

Editors Note: Peters Clarks image is available at

On this Day: October 29th 1967

The worlds fair in Montreal closes.

TGIF-Computer Security Day

 Giving by those that have received File Photo KDG

Since 1988 today has been computer security day. Recommended day for updating malware etc.

On this Day: November 30th 1886

.Folies Bergere opens

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47% change in leadership…

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Polling station Merritt BC file photo: KDG

New mayors, councilors:

The provinces 162 municipalities had a healthy change of elected public servants for the 2018 election.  There are 73 new mayors and 395 newly elected councilors a 47 and 48.8 percent change factor overall. Vancouver bucked the trend electing 16 of 21 new mayors to its municipalities.

The high level of turnover on Councils and Boards with each election was one of the motivating factors for the creation of the Local Government Leadership Academy in 2007. The academy’s mission is to provide local government and First Nations elected officials and senior administrators with comprehensive, timely and dedicated leadership development opportunities throughout their terms of office or employment in the interest of improving governance. The LGLA’s 2019 elected official seminars have been announced and once again will be made available in regions throughout BC.

For the full details on the 2018 local government general election, please visit CivicInfo.

Source UBCM

Regional directors:

There was a similar turnover for regional directors.  Fifty-Seven Electorial area directors were new a 37.7% change.

Merritt BC changed 5 of  6 councilors and elected an incumbent councilor mayor.

On this Day: October 24th, 2003

The last commercial flight of the Concorde supersonic airliner.

TGIF – Youth ambassadors

 

The ladysmith team for the BC Youth Ambassador presention photo KDG

The Ladysmith team for the BC Youth Ambassador presentation
photo KDG

The ladysmith ambassador team ,pose for pictures ,at the Merritt Civic center last weekend. The team and support were given credit by a New Denver mom for placing high in a several categories including being one of the three BC Youth Ambassadors to represent the province.

 

On this Day: August 26th 2012

The 2002 Earth Summit in South Africa is held.

 

 

Election done, onwards and upwards

Its been more then 5 years since stock markets had so much trouble, good luck to the newly elected and those running for office.

Animation of the blood moon September 28th photo KDG

Animation of the blood moon September 28th
photo KDG

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On this day: October 20th 1970

The Nepal Stock exchange collapses.

Truth is stanger then fiction

Most of as quite comfortable when attending the big screen and watching a story sometimes based on truth but usually enhanced with some fiction. However it is difficult to accept the bare un bridled truth especially when you are directly involved. The path to delusion is often lined with waypoints marked with unattractive truth. Since few of use get the opportunity to write our own scripts for our life a taste fro the truth and an ability to apply it in context with out damage is a good life-skill. Who wants to have to live the consequence of someone else’s delusion.

Below is a standard that journalists use in publication:

1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth

Democracy depends on citizens having reliable, accurate facts put in a meaningful context. Journalism does not pursue truth in an absolute or philosophical sense, but it can–and must–pursue it in a practical sense. This “journalistic truth” is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts. Then journalists try to convey a fair and reliable account of their meaning, valid for now, subject to further investigation. Journalists should be as transparent as possible about sources and methods so audiences can make their own assessment of the information. Even in a world of expanding voices, accuracy is the foundation upon which everything else is built–context, interpretation, comment, criticism, analysis and debate. The truth, over time, emerges from this forum. As citizens encounter an ever greater flow of data, they have more need–not less–for identifiable sources dedicated to verifying that information and putting it in context.

2. Its first loyalty is to citizens

While news organizations answer to many constituencies, including advertisers and shareholders, the journalists in those organizations must maintain allegiance to citizens and the larger public interest above any other if they are to provide the news without fear or favor. This commitment to citizens first is the basis of a news organization’s credibility, the implied covenant that tells the audience the coverage is not slanted for friends or advertisers. Commitment to citizens also means journalism should present a representative picture of all constituent groups in society. Ignoring certain citizens has the effect of disenfranchising them. The theory underlying the modern news industry has been the belief that credibility builds a broad and loyal audience, and that economic success follows in turn. In that regard, the business people in a news organization also must nurture–not exploit–their allegiance to the audience ahead of other considerations.

3. Its essence is a discipline of verification

Journalists rely on a professional discipline for verifying information. When the concept of objectivity originally evolved, it did not imply that journalists are free of bias. It called, rather, for a consistent method of testing information–a transparent approach to evidence–precisely so that personal and cultural biases would not undermine the accuracy of their work. The method is objective, not the journalist. Seeking out multiple witnesses, disclosing as much as possible about sources, or asking various sides for comment, all signal such standards. This discipline of verification is what separates journalism from other modes of communication, such as propaganda, fiction or entertainment. But the need for professional method is not always fully recognized or refined. While journalism has developed various techniques for determining facts, for instance, it has done less to develop a system for testing the reliability of journalistic interpretation.

4. Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover

Independence is an underlying requirement of journalism, a cornerstone of its reliability. Independence of spirit and mind, rather than neutrality, is the principle journalists must keep in focus. While editorialists and commentators are not neutral, the source of their credibility is still their accuracy, intellectual fairness and ability to inform–not their devotion to a certain group or outcome. In our independence, however, we must avoid any tendency to stray into arrogance, elitism, isolation or nihilism.

5. It must serve as an independent monitor of power

Journalism has an unusual capacity to serve as watchdog over those whose power and position most affect citizens. The Founders recognized this to be a rampart against despotism when they ensured an independent press; courts have affirmed it; citizens rely on it. As journalists, we have an obligation to protect this watchdog freedom by not demeaning it in frivolous use or exploiting it for commercial gain.

6. It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise

The news media are the common carriers of public discussion, and this responsibility forms a basis for our special privileges. This discussion serves society best when it is informed by facts rather than prejudice and supposition. It also should strive to fairly represent the varied viewpoints and interests in society, and to place them in context rather than highlight only the conflicting fringes of debate. Accuracy and truthfulness require that as framers of the public discussion we not neglect the points of common ground where problem solving occurs.

7. It must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant

Journalism is storytelling with a purpose. It should do more than gather an audience or catalogue the important. For its own survival, it must balance what readers know they want with what they cannot anticipate but need. In short, it must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant. The effectiveness of a piece of journalism is measured both by how much a work engages its audience and enlightens it. This means journalists must continually ask what information has most value to citizens and in what form. While journalism should reach beyond such topics as government and public safety, a journalism overwhelmed by trivia and false significance ultimately engenders a trivial society.

8. It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional

Keeping news in proportion and not leaving important things out are also cornerstones of truthfulness. Journalism is a form of cartography: it creates a map for citizens to navigate society. Inflating events for sensation, neglecting others, stereotyping or being disproportionately negative all make a less reliable map. The map also should include news of all our communities, not just those with attractive demographics. This is best achieved by newsrooms with a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives. The map is only an analogy; proportion and comprehensiveness are subjective, yet their elusiveness does not lessen their significance.

9. Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience

Every journalist must have a personal sense of ethics and responsibility–a moral compass. Each of us must be willing, if fairness and accuracy require, to voice differences with our colleagues, whether in the newsroom or the executive suite. News organizations do well to nurture this independence by encouraging individuals to speak their minds. This stimulates the intellectual diversity necessary to understand and accurately cover an increasingly diverse society. It is this diversity of minds and voices, not just numbers, that matters. source : http://www.journalism.org/resources/principles-of-journalism/

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On this day: April 8th 1908

Harvard University votes to have Harvard Business School:

 

 

School days

Graduation parade, school district 58  file photo KDG

Graduation parade, school district 58
file photo KDG

The school system seems back to normal today with young people walking to the local high school and noon hour parading for lunch across Coutlee Avenue and on.
School district 58 includes Merritt, Lower Nicola, the Nicola Valley, and Princeton a small community an hour to the west of Merritt. Richie Gage a trustee says that there are over 3000 students in the system here.

Today in history: September 26th 1969
Abby Road the last Beatles album is released.

Sharon McIvor

Sharon McIvor

The local community college has a speakers series, its first event of the season last night featured a local member of their faculty, Sharon McIvor. Sharon has an activist’s bent to her career. She is A lawyer but generally refuses income from her place on the bar.  Does not like to practice criminal law,she has however a couple of presidents to her credit including O’Connor vrs Canada were she got on going revisions to the way victims statements are reviewed in sexual assault cases and the McIvor amendment to the Indian act that brought 46,000 grand children of the  Indian women that lost their status over time  through marriage. The women were restored in the 1980s by legislation but their grandchildren were not at that time.

Sharon voiced concerns on poverty oppression and missing or murdered women. she has a voice at the UN through a couple of committees .Sharon also voiced concerns about the relationship of First Nations with the Police. she also said that if it were proportional to population there would be about 19,000 missing or murdered non aboriginal women.

She feels that the way government is addressing issues is by providing money for training to groups, personal safety is the one she took ownership of for her people. She alluded to it being something but seemed less than satisfied.

Sharon McIvor says she was born in the Nicola Valley and can trace her mother’s side as always being here.

Today in History: November 5 1943

The World War Two bombing of the Vatican

Graduation

Scides  the distant education center, and the Kengard learning center at the Kengard School at the end of Merritt Avenue graduated 42 young people here in Merritt.

The program had a quote on the last page from Diaraku Ikeda ” While it is important to win, it’s even more important to remain undefeated no matter what happens.”

To those that are undefeated and and grads Kudos:

N. Anders-Valdiva, W. Brown, B Christainson, D Clarke,

L Cresswell, A Dennis, B Fletcher, A Granberg, D Green,

D Hagel, L Harland, J Harpe, P Johnson, N Jylha, P Johnson,

N Morton, J Nemeth, J Smith, M Smith,M Smith, L Turner, J Veronneau.

D Allen, M Brynojolfson, D Collier, M Dasilva, A Dawson, J Fell, A Greenaway,

J Harder, S Hefer, K Hopkins, E Karlson, B Manke, J Miller, B Mizen, A Patterson,

C Steele, C Sitryd, R Tancsa, W Thompson, A Welch.

Congrats from the Proprietor Review.

 

Today in history: June 10th 2013

Tax Freedom day in Canada, the day that people are working for themselves: Source: The Fraser Institute. (EN: finished paying for their government services).

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