Category Archives: Language usage

Language usage, which is related to story management, is concerned with how we use language for specified purposes. The category includes topics related to the intersection of language and power, and the capacity of power and authority to distort language usage. Language usage, like story management, also concerns itself with the distinction, in everyday life, including in matters concerned with civic engagement, between rhetoric and reality. As well, the category is concerned with the formal, systematic study of rhetoric, and with humanity’s attempts to define reality, and the attempts to position the history of humanity within the context of the history of the universe.

When I visit the USA, I adopt the mindset of “the foreign correspondent”

Update As noted in a comment at the end of this post, the flippant tone of my review of the Chicago Tribune “gentrification” article is perhaps not warranted. Accordingly, a tentative bottom line that occurs to me, influenced by the … Continue reading

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My father’s photo album from 1936 Berlin Olympics drives my interest in reading Richard J. Evans’ trilogy about Nazi Germany

I have long been pondering how to approach the writing of a post about my late father’s 1936 Berlin Olympics photo album. The photo on the right was taken in Tartu, Estonia in 1936 or earlier. The photo, which is available … Continue reading

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Humber Bay Park Project – Building Concept

I’ve recently received a notice about a CCFEW Bird Walk. The notice includes a reference to the Humber Bay Park project. The text in the message refers to an Oct. 30, 2017 meeting about the Humber Bay Park architectural component. … Continue reading

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Alfred Ramcharan served as administrator at early 1960s External Aid Office conferences, while he studied education at Macdonald College and McGill

The Alfred Ramcharan story is fascinating – including the information that, before he became a  highly regarded math teacher at Malcolm Campbell High School, he taught elementary and secondary school in Trinidad for several years, without a formal secondary school education. … Continue reading

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Byung-Chul Han is author of In the Swarm: Digital Prospects (2017) among other recent books

I have been reading In the Swarm: Digital Prospects (2017) in recent weeks. Today I need to return it to the Toronto Public Library. I look forward to placing a hold on again in future, so that I can read … Continue reading

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Humber Bay Parks – Architectural Project Public Meeting Mon., Oct. 30, 2017 Mimico Library

Following message is from CCFEW (an organization that would hugely benefit from having a shorter and catchier name): Humber Bay Parks – Architectural Project Public Meeting Monday, October 30 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Mimico Centennial … Continue reading

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Hansard transcript of Oct. 17, 2017 hearing at Queen’s Park regarding OMB Reform is now available

The Hansard transcript of the Bill 139 (OMB Reform) hearing at Queen’s Park on Oct. 17, 2017 hearing is now available. A transcript of the hearing on the same legislative topic, held the previous day on Oct. 16, is also available. By way … Continue reading

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Oakville mayor, Mississauga deputy city solicitor, and former Toronto chief planner speak out at Oct. 17, 2017 OMB Review hearing

Update A recent post is entitled: Hansard transcript of Oct. 17, 2017 hearing at Queen’s Park regarding OMB Reform is now available [End]   I was very pleased to have the opportunity to attend a committee hearing at Queen’s Park on Oct. … Continue reading

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Hansard transcript of Oct. 16, 2017 Bill 139 committee hearing at Queen’s Park regarding Bill 139 (proposed OMB Reform legislation)

You can access the transcript here: Committee Documents: Standing Committee on Social Policy – 2017-Oct-16 – Bill 139, Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 Previous posts about OMB and Bill 139 Click here for previous posts about Bill … Continue reading

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Of stories & frames: Oct. 18, 2017 New York Times article highlights research by Amy Cuddy about body language & related topics

An Oct. 18, 2017 New York Times Magazine article is entitled: “When the RevolutionCame for Amy Cuddy: As a young social psychologist, she played by the rules and won big: an influential study, a viral TED talk, a prestigious job at … Continue reading

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