In 1950 a war broke out on the Korean peninsula that claimed millions of lives and left the region in ruins. More than 500 of the 26,000 Canadians deployed were killed and it was one of the deadliest conflicts in Canadian history.
And yet it has been called Canada’s forgotten war despite its status as a major military action. One that included significant triumphs, such as the Battle of Kapyong.
The Military Museums Foundation is proud to host Korea: The Other War on Thursday, 4 April. Calgary historian and author Norman Leach will examine the buildup to the Korean War, and the impact of the delicate ceasefire that followed.
He will explore Canada’s role in the conflict, which was the country’s first military action of the Cold War. As a best-selling author of Canadian history, Norman will bring an historical perspective to the recent flare-up of tensions in the region, and what the situation means for Canada.
Though often overshadowed by the First and Second World Wars, The Korean War continues to shape international politics. We are reminded of its significance by the frequent threats of renewed conflict that come out of the region, and the plausibility of this scenario is subject to much speculation.
Norman Leach is an award-winning author specializing in Canadian Military history. He has written several books, including Passchendaele: Canada’s Triumph and Tragedy on the Fields of Flanders, and Canadian Peacekeepers: Ten Stories of Valour in War-Torn Countries.
A Central-Canadian gal learns to love Edmonton
I have a confession to make. Back in 2008, when my husband and I had just finished our degrees and the world economy was in a downward spin, he was offered a job. Good news. Great, even. But — and it’s tough to admit — this central-Canadian girl swallowed hard when she heard it would mean moving to Edmonton. Edmonchuck. Deadmonton.
They are unfortunate nicknames that don’t fit the city I now know, love and, yes, champion (pun intended) to people around the world.
So it might be the most northerly metropolis in North America, but it’s certainly not a Siberian gulag or sleepy backwater. In fact, Edmonton combines the best of the different places I’ve lived, creating a wonderful geographic fusion.
It’s the same size and feel as Ottawa — my childhood home — with its abundant parks, government workers, and festivals. But it’s also a little libertarian like Wyoming, where I hung my hat for two years.
There are times I swear I’m back in Dawson City, Yukon, where I spent half a winter writing in Pierre Berton’s childhood home. It’s especially strong when I’m walking my dog through the snowy back alleys of Mill Woods and smell a wood fire, or happen to catch a glimpse of the northern lights, while hanging out in a backyard hot tub.
And if I squint just right looking at Whyte Avenue, I’m back at university in Montreal. On a rainy fall afternoon, I could easily be in the Kerrisdale or Kitsilano neighbourhoods of Vancouver.
Edmonton also indulges my international tastes. Missing France? I head to Duchess Bake Shop. And I promise you won’t find better butter chicken in Leeds than at one of our great Indian restaurants.
After two years of enjoying all this city has to offer, I have a new nickname for it: Home.
Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is the author of For the Love of Flying. She is currently working on two books, Polar Winds: A Century of Flying Canada’s North (forthcoming from Frontenac House), and a Second World War-era novel, Chasing Skies. She is a member of Avenue’s Top 40 Under 40, class of 2012.
Nominees announced for Edmonton Mayor’s Arts Awards
Edmonton Journal article by Elizabeth Withey
EDMONTON — Roots musician Corb Lund, circus performer Annie Dugan and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra are three of eight artistic “ambassadors” nominated for a new Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts award.
Their names were among dozens announced Friday morning by the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton for the annual mayor’s arts awards, to be handed out April 29.
The new ATB Financial Ambassador of the Arts Award recognizes an individual or organization that has succeeded, on a national or international level, in enlightening audiences and promoting the Edmonton, cultural, performance or visual art scene in an extraordinary way. The winner gets $2,500.
Also on the shortlist for the new award are musicians Ben Sures and Tommy Banks, Rapid Fire Theatre, Wishbone Theatre’s Michael Peng and Chris Bullough, and Jonathan Christenson of Catalyst Theatre.
For the 2013 Edmonton Book Prize, which will be given out at the same event, fiction, poetry and a history of denim will duke it out for the $10,000 prize.
Up for the city’s book prize are Tim Bowling for his novel The Tinsmith (Brindle & Glass), Nora Gould for her debut collection of Prairie poems, I see my love more clearly from a distance (Brick Books), and Catherine Cole for Piece by Piece: The GWG Story (Goose Lane Editions), a history of the Great Western Garment Company, which started in Edmonton.
Edmonton Journal arts reporter Fish Griwkowsky is one of five nominees for the John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts. Also on that shortlist are Edmonton philanthropist Sir Francis Price, Citadel marketing director Joyce Labriola, CBC RadioActive’s The In Crowd columnists and Ania Sleczkowska.
There are 14 nominees in the emerging artist category, including Harcourt House artist-in-residence Alexis Marie Chute, non-fiction writer Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, Edmonton Public Library writer-in-residence and rapper Omar Mouallem, and Jason Lee Norman, writer and creator of the 40 Below Project, an anthology on winter.
Citie Ballet’s Francois Chevennement, Northern Light Theatre’s Trevor Schmidt, Opera Nuova’s Kim Mattice Wanat and Theatre Yes’s Heather Inglis are all up for the Dialog Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction.
And the Edmonton International Film Festival producer Kerrie Long is in the running for the Syncrude Award for Excellence in the Arts, along with Miki Andrejevic (Festival of Ideas), Linda Huffman (ArtsHab), Tom McFall (Alberta Craft Council) and Ritchie Velthuis (sculptor).
John Mahon, the Edmonton Arts Council’s executive director, has been nominated for the Atco Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement, alongside Douglas D. Barry, a visual artist, teacher and arts visionary with the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension.
The Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts happens Monday, April 29 at the Winspear Centre. Mayor’s award categories are worth $1,000 and sponsored awards are worth $2,500. Tickets to the event range from $15 to $80 and can be purchased at winspearcentre.com.
Update: I didn’t win, but had a fabulous time with nominator Natasha Deen and my hubby! Congrats to Omar Mouallem, who took the prize in our category.
Since 2010, I have co-organized a monthly mixer group in Edmonton for creative women professionals. I am constantly amazed by their expertise and experience, and thought I would do Q&A’s with them to get their stories – and tips!
Erinne Sevigny is an editor out of Edmonton, AB.
This spring she’s embarking on a behind-the-scenes tour of Canadian publishing that you can follow at www.thegreatcanadianpublishingtour.com (and, while she’s still not sure about the Twitter, at @TGCPT and @erinnesevigny).
What kind of background do you have?
I enrolled in the Professional Writing program at MacEwan after I decided late that storm chasing probably wasn’t going to work out. I wasn’t passionate about writing, but I was good at it. In PROW I was prompted to join a local literary journal where I volunteered, first as secretary then as president and managing editor, for about seven years. This is where my passion for story, editing, and publishing bloomed. I learned by doing (and by making a ton of mistakes). Now, I’m looking forward to being a student again for a short period of time in Humber’s Creative Book Publishing Program.
What’s the best thing about your job?
Helping people. Whether it’s providing them with their first publishing credits, workshopping a story with them, connecting them to the right person or opportunity at the right time, publishing a story that I know will have a positive effect on its readers, I’m stoked if at the end of the day I’ve made someone feel good.
Also, a lot of the opportunities I receive involve working with youth, and I am very fortunate for this. There is nothing more inspiring, nothing that feeds the creative soul more, than interacting with young writers. They are talented. They are intelligent. They are kind. They are inspiring. Nothing fuels me more.
What’s a challenge you’ve overcome? How did you do it?
A challenge that I am attempting to overcome right now is monkey brain. This is when you have so much going on in your head that you can’t even finish a thought before being interrupted by another. If I let it get out of control, this paralyzes me. The best solution so far has been to write very detailed lists that I can tackle one task at time. It’s not: manuscript evaluation. It’s: read MS, outline eval, write eval, email eval. The important thing is to get everything down on paper, because monkey brain is a result of worrying that you’ll forget about something. Counter to this is if the list gets too long, it can be overwhelming and I’m back to being paralyzed. This is where family and friends come in.
How do you network? What works best for you?
I haven’t really had a strategy in networking. I was turned off to it by a bad experience at a conference when I was 20. A woman cut me off mid-phrase, abruptly turning around after deciding that I wasn’t going to be a useful connection to her. At another event, I stood at a table and exchanged business cards with folks who seemed to be on a timer. No matter where the conversation was heading, somewhere between 4 and 7 minutes they found a reason to excuse themselves and move to another table. The idea of “networking” has since seemed robotic and disingenuous to me. I like the word connect better, and I do that by putting myself in as many places as possible, by getting involved in any way I can in a variety of industries where my skills might be useful.
This twitter thing… those who know me know I’ve never been a fan and remain skeptical. But I’m trying and learning and it’s becoming easier with every tweet. I just really wish it had started with a lexicon that didn’t seem so ridiculous. I don’t find the ‘ee’ sound very appealing.
How do you prioritize your work and life commitments?
I find it interesting that work isn’t simply part of life when talking about commitments. For me there are just commitments and if one begins to feel like a “work” commitment, I know that something is off balance and I need to adjust it.
One of the earliest conversations I can remember is one with my father who was explaining the importance of balance between schoolwork and socializing. I am a huge advocate for balance, recognizing that it doesn’t mean the same thing for everyone.
That said, I easily fall into a mode where all I do is tackle tasks from my lists. It helps to have a dog. He’s my canary. When he starts acting up, I know I need to take a break (and take him out for a walk).
Women and girls get in FREE to the Alberta Aviation Museum on Sunday, March 10th as part of Women in Aviation week. Doors open at 10 a.m.
11 a.m. Women in Aviation (Polaris chapter) member will speak about getting her private pilot’s licence and her experiences in the sky
- Katherine Stinson: aerobatic demonstrations in 1916
- Eileen Vollick: First Canadian woman pilot
- Vi Milstead: First woman bush pilot
- Rosella Bjornson: First female jet captain in Canada and first female pilot hired by a Canadian airline
- Beyond the cockpit, women have been maintenance engineers, aircraft builders and servicers and held key high technology positions since the Second World War.
Jean Lauzon (780-451-1175)
Assistant Executive Director