CBC: Alberta’s searchable teacher registry to go live this week

CBC: Alberta’s searchable teacher registry to go live this week. “Starting later this week Albertans will be able to search an online database and find out the names and professional standings of 162,000 teachers and teacher leaders dating back to 1954. The province’s new teacher registry will have information about what certificates teachers hold, what the status of those certificates is and when they were issued.”

Calgary Herald: Volunteer group launches interactive database of police misconduct cases in Alberta

Calgary Herald: Volunteer group launches interactive database of police misconduct cases in Alberta. “The interactive database went live Tuesday with information on more than 400 incidents of misconduct involving about 500 officers over the past 30 years — and its designers are hoping Albertans use it as a tool for holding police officers accountable for their actions.”

University of Calgary: Digital collection of Alberta flora launched at University of Calgary

University of Calgary: Digital collection of Alberta flora launched at University of Calgary. “Understanding global change in living systems requires knowledge of baseline biodiversity. Thanks to a collaborative project between the University of Calgary’s herbarium and Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR), a new digital resource collection of every species in the flora of Alberta is now available to researchers and naturalists across the globe.”

Database of Information on Canadian Oil Sands Advertising

Now available: an archive of advertising about Canada’s oil sands. And if you, like me, have neglected your geology students and don’t know what oil sands are, you can get a good overview here. “‘The premise of my work is that media is a site of social struggles,’ [Patrick] McCurdy, an associate professor in the department of communications at the University of Ottawa, told DeSmog Canada. ‘It’s a battle for our imaginations and what we think about a certain topic and the actions we’re willing to take. I wanted to try to map that.’ Working with a two-year grant from the Social Sciences and Humanity Research Council, McCurdy and his team identified all the different stakeholders involved in the oilsands (of which there are many: corporations, industry associations, media, environmental non-profits, Indigenous groups), combed their websites and created an Excel database with the links.”

Web Site Provides Climate Information for Alberta, Canada

A new Web site provides 60+ years’ worth of climate data for Alberta, Canada. Climate, not weather: “Weather is the atmospheric condition that can be observed and measured at a location, such as temperature, precipitation, wind or sunshine, while climate is the long-term statistics of weather, typically a 30-year average of weather.” And there’s your vocabulary for the day. Also: “The information on six climate indices is now available to the public through the Alberta Climate Records website. The measures include growing season, heat waves, days over 25 C, frost days, full days below 0 C, and days below -25 C.”