Weekly News Recap: August 3, 2018

Lawson Craddock is seen finishing the individual time trial on Saturday, assuring his ability to finish the Tour de France in Paris on the next day. Benoit Tessier/Reuters

The world is wide, and I will not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum. -- Frances E. Willard (American educator, temperance reformer, and women's suffragist)


  • Lawson Craddock's Amazing Last-Place Finish In The Tour De France (NPR) "A fractured shoulder blade, cobblestone roads, the Alps and Pyrenees: None was enough to stop U.S. cyclist Lawson Craddock from finishing the Tour de France on Sunday. Wearing number 13, he suffered a bad crash on the race's first day — and refused to quit." And he managed to raise $225,000 for his home velodrome in Houston that was damaged during Hurricane Harvey. Lawson, you have all of our respect. #lanternerouge 7/30/18


  • 30 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1988 (The Atlantic) These are awesome. Prince. George Michael. The Calgary Olympics. It's all here. "Three decades ago, the Winter Olympics took place in Calgary and the Summer Olympics were held in Seoul, candidates Michael Dukakis and George Bush competed for the 1988 U.S. presidential election, the Soviet Union withdrew its troops from Afghanistan, NASA’s Space Shuttle program resumed launches following the 1986 Challenger disaster, a passenger aircraft was brought down by a terrorist bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland, and much more." 7/25/18
  • 2018 Audubon Photography Awards (The Atlantic) Gorgeous! "The winners of the the ninth annual Audubon Photography Awards competition have just been announced. Photographers entered images in three categories: professional, amateur, and youth. More than 8,000 images depicting birdlife from all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces were judged." 7/9/18


  • Calgary doctor who survived 'silent killer' Hep C urges adults get tested (CBC) CALGARY STORY So very grateful that this amazing human is now healthy. "Greg Powell, co-founder of STARS, has 'tremendous desire to pay it forward' after years of illness. After nearly dying from a liver-destroying virus, Dr. Greg Powell remembers the moment when he put his foot on the floor and said, 'Oh my goodness, I feel normal.'" 7/28/18
  • Young dino lover from Colorado chooses Alberta over Disney World (CBC) ALBERTA STORY I am with you Remy! "When Remy Rodriguez grows up, he wants to be a famous paleontologist and a tow truck driver. When the five-year-old from Colorado Springs could choose where to go for his birthday, he opted for the dinosaur attractions of Alberta over Disney World." 7/27/18

The First Peoples of Canada

  • Bellegarde wins another term as AFN national chief on 2nd ballot (CBC) CANADIAN STORY Congratulations to National Chief Perry Bellegard. "Perry Bellegarde won a second term as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) on Wednesday amid allegations a federal minister interfered in the election. Bellegarde clinched the victory after receiving 328 votes which pushed him over the 60 per cent threshold needed to win." 7/25/18
  • Does the AFN need an overhaul? Leaders say it needs to represent all First Nations people, not just chiefs (CBC) CANADIAN STORY "Now that the race for the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is over and Perry Bellegarde has been re-elected, some leaders and candidates are calling for change within the organization. Critics argue the person elected to head the AFN tends to only reflect the views of the chiefs who do the voting, rather than Indigenous population as a whole, including those who live in urban centres." 7/25/18

Life and career hacks

Uncommon knowledge

  • Here's How America Uses Its Land (Bloomberg) Yes. It really is the United States of cows. "There are many statistical measures that show how productive the U.S. is. Its economy is the largest in the world and grew at a rate of 4.1 percent last quarter, its fastest pace since 2014. The unemployment rate is near the lowest mark in a half century." 7/31/18
  • INSIDE THE 23-DIMENSIONAL WORLD OF YOUR CAR’S PAINT JOB (Wired) Way way more information on paint jobs than you will ever need but...fascinating. "Hue. Saturation. Luminance. Sparkle. Fixing a door ding is about way more than color. (Also: Why the sky is blue and clouds are white.)" 7/25/18


  • Charities are supposed to push for change. The cap on political activity made no sense (CBC) CANADIAN STORY "Finally. That has to be what many people employed in the Canadian charitable sector thought earlier this month when Ontario's Superior Court decided a case in favour of a charity called Canada Without Poverty (CWP) – and against a government agency that is used to getting its way, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)." 7/28/18

Philanthropic personalities

Philanthropic controversy

  • Arts Common to go ahead with controversial Jordan Peterson event (The Star) CALGARY STORY "Art groups in the city have penned an open letter to Arts Common raising concerns about an event featuring controversial academic Jordan Peterson, but the organization said the July 27 talk won’t be cancelled. The University of Toronto professor and author made headlines in 2016 when he criticized Bill C-16 — which provides transgender protections to the Canadian Human Rights Act — and refused to use gender-neutral pronouns." 7/26/18

Trends and shifts

  • Helping Philanthropy Understand and Connect With Native American Communities (Inside Philanthropy) "Native peoples and their issues, cultures and histories are frequently overlooked or misunderstood in American discourse. Philanthropy is no exception—one study from 2011 (even research on the topic is limited) found that just 0.3 percent of total foundation giving went to Native American causes." 7/31/18

Large gifts

  • Illinois Retirement Home Gets Surprise $2.4M Donation (U.S. News) "Officials of an Illinois retirement home that received a surprise $2.4 million donation say the funds will be used enhance the home's facilities, programs and services. The faith-based, nonprofit Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac received the donation from the estate of E. Ruth Harris, who passed away last year at the age of 103." 7/31/18
  • Humanities division to honor faculty, rename building after major donation (Daily Bruin) "UCLA announced Monday it will rename the Humanities Building after one former and one current faculty member after receiving a $25 million donation in their name. The university announced it will rename the building Renée and David Kaplan Hall after their son, Jordan Kaplan, his wife, Christine Kaplan, and Jordan’s longtime business partner, Ken Panzer, made the donation in their honor. Renée Kaplan was a clinical professor of psychology and David Kaplan is a professor of philosophy." 7/30/18

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