Weekly News Recap: March 3, 2017

Repsol Sport Centre CEO Jeff Booke says 1.5 million people use the facility every year and it needs some major upgrades, but it's going to take funding from all levels of government to make it happen. (Scott Dippel/CBC)

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.— Chinese Proverb


  • ATP makes urgent call for donations after 77% dip in corporate funding (CBC) CALGARY STORY "Alberta Theatre Projects says its future is in jeopardy if it doesn't come up with $200,000 in new donations by May 1. The 45-year old Calgary theatre company has launched what it calls an urgent fundraising campaign to make up for a 77 per cent drop in corporate sponsorships. 'Ultimately, the economic downturn has affected us,' said ATP executive director Vicki Stroich[.]" 3/1/17

  • Remai Modern Art Gallery receives $3M from federal government (CBC) SASKATOON STORY Nice, and well deserved. "Ottawa gave Saskatoon's Remai Modern Art Gallery a $3.1-million boost this morning. [T]he one-time grant will go toward finishing construction on the "Marquee" and "Feature" galleries. A portion of it will also be used to buy specialized equipment for handling art. The money brings Ottawa's contribution to the project to $16 million, and comes from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund." 3/1/17

  • Alberta economy will grow modestly in 2017 — and energy sector won't fuel it, analysts say (CBC) ALBERTA STORY "Alberta's economy will return to modest growth in 2017, but it won't be fueled by the energy sector, according to ATB Financial's latest outlook. The report forecasts GDP growth of 2.2 per cent this year — led by agriculture, agri-food and tourism — after a 2.7-per cent contraction in 2016." 3/1/17

  • Neuroscientist named president of MacEwan University (CBC) EDMONTON STORY Welcome to Edmonton Dr. Saucier. "Neuroscientist and university administrator Deborah Saucier has been named the next president of MacEwan University in Edmonton. Saucier starts her new position July 1. Saucier comes to MacEwan from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, where she is the provost and vice-president, academic and the former dean of science." 3/1/17

  • Non-profit aims to preserve the hidden history of video games (engadget) Makes sense. Video games are part of our culture. "It's relatively easy for developers to preserve classic video games through emulators, museums, remasters and retro consoles. But what about the culture that surrounded it, such as ads, boxes, magazines and gamers' own experiences?" Enter the Video Game History Foundation. 2/28/17

  • Repsol Sports Centre needs $120M to fund expansion (CBC) CALGARY STORY "The Repsol Sports Centre is planning a major expansion that could top $100 million, but one major hitch is whether it can get government money for the plan. The complex, formerly the Talisman Centre and Lindsay Park before that, has been a key Calgary athletic facility since the early 1980s." 2/26/17

Honours and awards

Trends and shifts

Philanthropic controversy

  • PayPal's donation tools stiff some charities, new class action lawsuit alleges (CNBC) It appears this is the PayPal not giving fund. "When charitable accounts are not set up correctly, PayPal continues to accept donations on their behalf, the suit alleges. Instead of notifying donors and nonprofits of the error, PayPal takes the money after six months and redirects it to another charity." 2/28/17

  • Second security breach at Full House Lottery has organization concerned about sales (CBC) EDMONTON STORY "Lottery officials learned on Jan. 29, 2017, that hackers had accessed an email list of people who had supported the lottery in the past. Those people were sent emails that directed them to a fake website, where they were told they could buy tickets for this year's lottery." 2/27/17

  • Ivy League Slavery Links Expose Dangerous History of Corporate “Philanthropy” (Nonprofit Quarterly) "Quartz India examines this link through the lens of MIT professor Craig Steven Wilder. Wilder’s book Ebony and Ivy exposed how the very foundations of major American universities are deeply 'rooted in the barbaric slave trade.' As Quartz puts it, 'Wilder calls the 18th-century American academy the third pillar of a civilization based on bondage, along with the church and state.' Wilder observes that many presidents of schools like Harvard, Yale, and Brown 'were sons or sons-in-law of merchant traders and themselves owned slaves.'" 2/24/17

  • Georgia Charities Risk Losing Millions to One Philanthropy’s Risky Investment Strategy (Nonprofit Quarterly) This is nuts. Foundation boards be warned. "If a friend told you to put 85 percent of your retirement savings in the stock of one corporation, you would probably think he or she was crazy. [...] Unfortunately, the charitable organizations of Georgia are going to lose out on millions of dollars in donations this year—and possibly every year for the foreseeable future—because the trustees of the region’s largest private foundation have chosen a foolhardy investment strategy. They have more than 85 percent of the foundation’s assets invested in Coca-Cola stock, according to the tax documents they file with the IRS every year." 2/23/17

Life and career hacks

Uncommon knowledge

  • One billion hours of YouTube are watched every day (engadget) "That’s a lot of bottle flipping videos." Indeed. For reference, Netflix usage is estimated at approximately 20% of that (and rising). 2/28/17

  • Why Nova Scotia museums are turning down most artifact donation offers (CBC) NOVA SCOTIA STORY Grandma's collection of hairpins might be historical but they also might not be collection-grade. Museums are regularly inundated with "offers" from well-meaning citizens. Items have to meet the collection mandate and they have to be stored and they cost money to take care of -- all considerations made by modern museums. 2/26/17


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