Interview: Douglas Roche, Peacemakers

If you polled the average person about the state of the world today, chances are the response would be built around catastrophes, from climate change to financial collapses to human rights violations. Relatively few would jump to the fact that the global extreme poverty rate has been cut in half since 1990. Developing countries are developing faster. Infant mortality rates are dropping. So are disease rates. Last month, the World Health Organization declared that 10 Asian countries, including India, are now officially free of polio. (Measles has returned to Alberta, but that’s a different story.)

This week’s column is about Canada’s most decorated peacemaker, and the good news we won’t let ourselves believe.

Read the whole thing here.

beatonna
beatonna:

Here is a sketch comic I made called Ducks, in five parts.
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Ducks is about part of my time working at a mining site in Fort McMurray, the events are from 2008.  It is a complicated place, it is not the same for all, and these are only my own experiences there.  It is a sketch because I want to test how I would tell these stories, and how I feel about sharing them.  A larger work gets talked about from time to time.  It is not a place I could describe in one or two stories.  Ducks is about a lot of things, and among these, it is about environmental destruction in an environment that includes humans.  Thank you for taking the time to read it.
-Kate

Good lord, yes. Fort McMurray is a real difficult place to write about. Should’ve known Kate would knock it out of the park.

beatonna:

Here is a sketch comic I made called Ducks, in five parts.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Ducks is about part of my time working at a mining site in Fort McMurray, the events are from 2008.  It is a complicated place, it is not the same for all, and these are only my own experiences there.  It is a sketch because I want to test how I would tell these stories, and how I feel about sharing them.  A larger work gets talked about from time to time.  It is not a place I could describe in one or two stories.  Ducks is about a lot of things, and among these, it is about environmental destruction in an environment that includes humans.  Thank you for taking the time to read it.

-Kate

Good lord, yes. Fort McMurray is a real difficult place to write about. Should’ve known Kate would knock it out of the park.

Anonymous asked:

Why did so many reviewers like Five Star Billionaire? We will be discussing it in our book club next week. I found it tedious and written like a poor self-help book! Ha! Booker nominee, liked by NYT, q the Guardian, Independent, etc. etc. Is the whole thing meant to parody a self-help book? If so, big deal. What think you? I did read your G&M review which wasn't damning enough for my liking. Nan Williamson, Peterborough, ON. Cheers.

Woof. I have no idea. I’ve basically given up on trying to understand those kind of larger aesthetic patterns, to be honest. All I can do is hold my own feet to the fire.

But I agree with you, obviously. Here’s hoping the rest of your book club hated FSB, too.