CBC: New Cree language app targets students, teachers and newcomers. “More than 150 elders from five northern Alberta First Nations have contributed to a new tool designed to preserve Cree words and phrases. The free app, KTCEA Elders Speak, is a product of the Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council Education Authority, which oversees six schools within five northern Alberta First Nations: Peerless Trout First Nation, Whitefish Lake First Nation, Loon River First Nation, Lubicon Lake Band, and Woodland Cree First Nation.”
My Yellowknife Now: Library and Archives Canada funds projects to help preserve Indigenous culture and language recordings. “Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is providing $2.3 million to support 31 projects by First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation organizations. As part of the Government of Canada’s reconciliation efforts, LAC is supporting Indigenous communities as they seek to preserve and make accessible their existing audio and video heritage for future generations.”
Auto Remarketing Canada: Canadian government uses Amazon’s Alexa to enhance consumer vehicle recall knowledge. “Late this summer, Transport Canada announced it was utilizing Amazon’s Alexa for a safety-based service that engages the Amazon tool in a new way — making sure consumers stay up to date on the latest vehicle recalls that impact their regular day-to-day use vehicles.”
Kottke: A Free-to-Use Library of Very Canadian Stock Photos. “Cira, the organization that manages the .ca top-level domain, is offering a free stock photo library featuring typically Canadian scenes, like ‘lumberjack and hockey player discuss quarterly numbers’ (above). They also have their version of the distracted boyfriend photo (‘hockey player checks out lumberjack while woman in Canadian tuxedo looks on in disbelief’).” These are adorable. I apologize to any offended Canadians.
New Westminster Record: Mounties defend social-media profiling after assembling portrait of activist . “The RCMP is defending its practice of profiling people by scouring their online social-media presences, saying the national police force lawfully obtains information with the aim of protecting Canadians. A Toronto activist concerned about mining-industry abuses recently learned the Mounties compiled a six-page profile of her shortly after she showed up at a federal leaders debate during the 2015 election campaign.”
Canada’s National Observer: Exclusive: Canada’s government underestimated Pinterest’s disinformation problem. “With all eyes on tech giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google, the Liberal government appears to have overlooked another key contributor to the spread of disinformation as it prepared for the 2019 election. The Canadian government thought Pinterest wouldn’t be vulnerable to political disinformation, in part because government officials believed the image-sharing platform doesn’t use an algorithm to promote content, according to a briefing obtained by National Observer.”
CBC: ‘Learn how to read English’: Kijiji discrimination case highlights human rights law online. “Eight years after the complaint was made, a decision has come down in a St. John’s human rights case that centres on discrimination in the world of online commerce. The decision in Zaid Saad’s case appears to be one of the first of its kind, according to the Human Rights Commission of Newfoundland and Labrador, which explicitly states a person cannot be discriminated against on online commerce websites, like Facebook Marketplace, Kijiji or NL Classifieds.” I’m going to be thinking about this one a long time.