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    May 30, 2018
    Friend, graphic designer 'extraordinaire' and co-author Robert L. Peters and I are extremely proud and very excited to launch our book 'Natural Reflections' on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at McNally Robinson Booksellers. The launch begins at 7:00 PM in the Atrium of the Winnipeg store in Grant Park Mall. We invite you to check out the Facebook Page called 'Natural Reflections' to read more about the book as well as browse some sample pages.


    Rob and I met back in 1990 when he joined the young enterprise called 'Praxis Photographic Workshops' along with commercial photographer Paul Martens, Naturalist/Photographer Celes Davar and I, Forestry Technician/Photographer. Together we provided photographic instruction to the local community for a couple of years before our full-time jobs and family responsibilities made it simply unsustainable to continue. Celes and I had young families and challenging positions with the Federal Government while Paul serviced commercial clients in Winnipeg and abroad and Rob managed a small team of graphic designers at Circle (Design) designing work for clients around the world.


    Early on, Rob and I recognized that we had similar publishing interests and we began working on the framework that would become 'Natural Reflections'. Through a number of all-night stands after busy work days, we drafted the outline of five chapters and made extensive notes that became the ideas for each chapter. On and off, as time permitted, we reviewed the draft documents, made revisions and edited images. We pledged that some day we would see this project to fruition. Finally, in the summer of 2016, I met publisher Don Gorman of Rocky Mountain Books at an American Writer's Conference in Missoula, Montana and, after some brief communication, he commissioned 'Natural Reflections' for a future publication.

    We are both looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible to the upcoming launch on June 21, also coinciding with the Summer Solstice (First Day of Summer) and the National Indigenous Peoples Day. Mark your calendar!
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    May 7, 2018
    If you are a CREATOR - a visual artist, writer, editor or translator - please lend your support to ACCESS COPYRIGHT ! Whether you are a Creator with much experience or just starting out, please come out to the formal hearings and public, open-mic sessions for the statutory review of the Copyright Act in 5 cities across Canada this coming week from May 7 to 11, 2018. I will be there at the Winnipeg Hearings this Thursday in Winnipeg. Please see the schedule for hearings in the different cities below.


    This is what it's all about. Most of this information has been gathered from the Access Copyright website, newsletters and email messages I received as an AFFILIATE OF ACCESS COPYRIGHT. Access Copyright is a collective voice for creators and publishers in Canada. As a non-profit, national organization, it represent tens of thousands of Canadian writers, visual artists and publishers, and their works. Through agreements with sister organizations around the world, Access Copyright also represents the works of hundreds of thousands of foreign creators and publishers. This rich repertoire of content is highly valued, by educators, students, researchers, corporate employees and others who need to copy and share content. Access Copyright licenses the copying of this repertoire to educational institutions, businesses, governments and others. The proceeds gathered when content is copied, remixed and shared are passed along to the copyright-holders. These investments help to ensure the continued creation of new and innovative works.


    The addition of “education” as a fair dealing exception to Canada’s Copyright Act in 2012 has led the majority of Canadian universities, colleges and school boards outside Quebec to adopt “fair dealing” content use guidelines that set out the education sector’s interpretation of what can be copied without compensation to creators or publishers. A study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) - engaged by Access Copyright to conduct an independent economic assessment of the impacts of the education sector’s “fair dealing” guidelines on the Canadian market for educational content - determined that the education sector's "fair dealing" guidelines have already significantly harmed the educational publishing industry in Canada and that the negative impacts are expected to continue. The guidelines and weak market are expected to cause educational publishers to reduce their investments in Canada; meaning fewer Canadian titles and less content variety. The guidelines also significantly lower incentives for creators to create content for the educational publishing market.


    This week is our opportunity to show our support for Access Copyright and attend in person the formal hearings and public, open-mic sessions hosted by The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. The Committee invites individuals and organizations from all industries and sectors, experts and non experts alike, to participate in these events. To participate, individuals must register on location: arrive 30 minutes in advance and bring a piece of identification. Participants will be given two minutes to express their views. The Committee will hear participants until the session runs out of time.


    These sessions are a critical opportunity for you to speak directly in front of committee members conducting the critical Copyright Act review to share your personal story of how you have been impacted by 2012 amendments to the Act.


    Open-Mic Schedule

    Monday, May 7 – Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Time: 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
    Location: Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
    1919 Upper Water Street
    Room: Nova Scotia AB

    Tuesday, May 8 – Montreal, Quebec
    Time: 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
    Location: Delta Hotels by Marriott
    475 Président-Kennedy Avenue
    Room: Opus

    Wednesday, May 9 – Toronto, Ontario
    Time:7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
    Location: Courtyard by Marriott
    475 Yonge Street
    Room: Courtyard Hall AB

    Thursday, May 10 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Time: 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
    Location: Radisson by Canada Inns
    288 Portage Avenue
    Room: Ambassador A

    Friday, May 11 – Vancouver, British Columbia
    Time: 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
    Location: Coastal Coal Harbour Hotel
    1180 West Hastings Street
    Room: Coal Harbour


    If you are not in a city where the Committee will be traveling, there are still many ways to get involved.

    Visit IValueCanadianStories.ca to send a letter to the members of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology and the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage who are collectively responsible for the current Copyright Act review.
    Share on social media using the hashtags #IValueCdnStories #CreativeCanada #ValueGap #INDU #cdnpoli
    Encourage your friends to get involved too.
    Prepare a written submission (maximum length of 2,000 words) to indu@parl.gc.ca

    Every action you are able to take will make a difference !!!


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    December 2, 2017
    The 2018 'Winnipeg' calendar features my photographs from more than 30 years of exploring the City of Winnipeg since I moved here in 1985. I feel that I live in one of the most underrated Canadian cities and, over the years, I have photographed numerous architectural projects for various architectural firms as well as photographing slices of the urban environment. The calendar was 1 of 8 published by Wyman Publishing featuring my photography exclusively. Thank you kindly in advance for supporting my work! Enjoy!
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    January 28, 2016
    THE GREAT ICE SHOW, Winnipeg's Winter Wonderland, opened January 25, 2016.The ice sculptures were created by fifty specially trained Chinese ice artisans. Sculptures include life-size dinosaurs, an ice replica of Manitoba’s legislative building, huge sliding toboggan runs, an igloo and dozens of smaller sculptures of various wildlife, etc. The pilot project, The Great Ice Show, is the brainchild of Paul Kostas, the owner of Humphry Inn & Suites, Andy Zhao, general manager at the Hampton Inn by Hilton Winnipeg Airport, and Vivian Jiao of Humphry Inn & Suites. The Great Ice Show will run as long as the ice can be maintained intact. Have a look at some of my images.
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    April 19, 2015
    The 'Save Our Seine' organization (SOS) is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015! To mark this important milestone, SOS is running a series of educational and recreational events and activities highlighting the natural, cultural, and historical features found along the length of the Seine River greenway from the city limits / floodway to the mouth of the river where it enters the Red River. I am honoured to be the first presenter at this series of talks. I will be presenting some of my images made along the Seine River this coming Wednesday evening - EARTH DAY - at the St. Boniface Library (55 Provencher Blvd) in Winnipeg, starting at 7 PM.
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