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Back in Class (Masks and Civility)

What happens when you don’t feel relief after getting double vaxx? As Fiona, Jaque and Dallas talk we name a kind of anxiety that washes over as we move back, in micro ways, to in-person outdoor and indoor gatherings. There are reminders to be patient and civil at grocery stores, medical spaces and restaurants. Front […]

Reflections on Returning to School in Fall 2021?

Thoughts from Fiona Green and Dallas Cant What a wild time to be living through. This phrase, like many other pandemic ‘taglines’ I’ve picked up over the last year and a half, has been routinely on my tongue. When thinking about the return to school and teaching, it’s the first thing that comes to my […]

Back to School in the 4th wave

Just when we thought it was safe to go out again, hoping for a return to some sense of normalcy in the September school term, we are hitting a red alert about rising Delta variant numbers. For parents of school age children this marks the third school year that will likely offer students restrictions rather […]

Pollinators + Climate Justice

In “Fire and Ice,” Jaque asked whether or not there is any Climate Justice of Hope? As I gaze out of my little apartment to the smoke filled skies, I find myself asking the same question, will we see Climate Justice? As communities and reserves across Treaty One are evacuated, I recognize the privilege of […]

Another small cautious step toward reconciliation

Today, the Senate of Canada in a vote of 61-10, approved a bill C-15 to implement UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). It’s been a long time coming. The UN declaration, endorsed by Canada in 2010, affirms the rights of Indigenous Peoples to self-determination and to their language, culture and traditional lands. […]

Settlement small step in reconciliation

A settlement of $10,000 in a class-action law suit involving hundreds of people left out of residential school compensation is to be paid by the Canadian Federal Government to each “day scholar” who attended residential schools during the day and returning home each night. The Federal Government is also providing a $50 million into a […]

215 lost souls

Emotions overwhelm me as I grapple with the horrendous news of the undocumented remains of 215 Indigenous children as young as three years of age at a former residential school in Kamloops, BC on the traditional lands of the Secwépemc. The Kamloops school, once the largest in Canada’s Indian Residential School system, was operated by the Catholic […]

Under constant Surveillance

Video Doorbell Yikes! Reading The Guardian’s article “Amazon’s Ring is the largest civilian surveillance network the US has ever seen” by Lauren Bridges, solidified my long standing suspicion that we are increasingly under surveillance and that law enforcement agencies will be able to use personal video recordings without warrants. It comes on the heels of […]

Why Am I So Tired?!

In these weeks? Months? Years? Of Covid isolation and prairie winter blues, tech has kept me *working* *connected* *distracted* *comforted*. It has been my solid constant through all the pandemic feels! With this, I’ve noticed some serious shifts in my relationship to technology, both in how I use it and how I talk about it […]

algorithmic culture: music streaming and privacy

Article: New Spotify Patent Involves Monitoring Users’ Speech to Recommend Music “The [Spotify] patent outlines potential uses of technology that involves the extraction of “intonation, stress, rhythm, and the likes of units of speech” from the user’s voice. The tech could also use speech recognition to identify metadata points such as emotional state, gender, age, […]

On Covid, Privacy, and the Internet: Reflections from a gen z/millennial

Just last week I came across Greg Ferenstein’s Medium article about the “Birth and Death of Privacy.” In it, Ferenstein notes that privacy, as it is generally understood today, is a relatively new concept and the desire to keep certain aspects of our lives with ourselves or those very close to us is a desire […]

Family Zooms and COVID Holidays

Oh what a year it’s been with COVID-19 raging around the world and in our communities. We’ve been responding and pivoting to the ever changing demands of trying to stay safe for months now. For many of us over the holidays, this has meant keeping to ourselves separate from family members and friends we usually […]

Find Family Blog Lines on Facebook!

We’ve recently set up a Facebook page for Ta[l]king Care: Family Blog Lines. Like the page for updates and notifications about new blog posts and info about the upcoming, M/I/K collection! Whether you loathe Facebook (or the folks behind it all), find it a useful platform to keep connected with those you love, or spend […]

mini-matrix: controlling and surveilling kids’ online activity

Internet safety and your kids – Kayte Thomas Kayte Thomas explores setting boundaries with her kids surrounding their internet use and presence online in blog post, Internet safety and your kids (linked above). Perhaps specific to the times to the generation I was born in, I learned about ‘stranger danger’ on the internet at the […]

Covid Curiosities Pt. 2

In the context of Covid, how has your relationship to technology shifted? COVID, STOCKHOLM SYNDROME, and TECH: What happens to Blame in cases of Need  Covid has changed its meaning to me. Back in June, in Winnipeg MB, I thought of it as a global pandemic that seemed to have missed us as its mark. […]

Covid Curiosities

How has technology impacted your Covid experience? Oh what a question this is! Since the onslaught of COVID-19 and the incessant pivoting of adjusting to the ongoing series of closings, openings, lock downs and shut ins, technology has enabled me to remain safely at home while also connected to others and earning a living. I’m […]

data privacy… laws and our lives online

COVID-19 pandemic reveals major gaps in privacy law, says watchdog As previously separate realms merge into the confines of a single screen, how can Canadians ensure their data is being protected? Government response lags behind the rapid digitization of our lives. Complacency reaps consequences.

probing products : what are we buying? drink flavor enhancers

I switched to zero-cal water flavor enhancers a few years ago– surely a nominal change–better for health than soda and coming in a small bottle so not producing mounds of plastic or glass in packaging. The more I have grown to like these things–orange, cherry and grape–the more my resolve to take a deeper look […]

SodaStream revisited

A bit of research shows that SodaStream is not without controversy. First developed in 1903, owned by various UK companies, and solely owned by Cadbury Schweppes in 1985, it was sold in 1998 to Israeli company Soda-Club. In 2012, a line of soda machines was designed emphasizing sustainability and SodaStream was rewarded with approval from […]

On track: USING my media, not theirs

As a cycling enthusiast, I feel ill-prepared and incomplete without my little computer attached to my handlebars that monitors my distance, speed, cadence and time. Unlike my fellow cyclist friends who have accounts with the cloud to record and share online recording of routes, distance, speed and other stats, I prefer the privacy of keeping […]

SodaStream seems safe (Where’s it made? What does it replace? What niche/need create?)

While recently hosting a small family get together and observing physical distancing and careful food sharing practices during these COVID-19 days, I realized how much I depend upon and find pleasure in my sodastream fizzy water maker. I love the sparkle it puts into my tap water and the instant refreshing feeling I experience with […]

Media inventory and critique: What is gained and lost if I use_______?

We write this blog committed to working out (the changing/adapting) media values that guide our quotidian practices: not too much browsing or tv, limited or no social media, anti-consumerist activities (not new , but  re-used), following all the sign posts to doing the right thing.  Like many others, we are trying to behave in responsible […]

Smart appliances be gone: BUT we still lean on other tools & media

I don’t have any smart gadgets in my kitchen and discourage acquisition. I’m a competitive person and want to be the smart one—at least in my kitchen!  It is also true the list of available gadgets is not too compelling at this stage. Check this out as a gadget for those with time on their […]

what’s up when you recognize privilege?

When we began writing a decade ago we were interested in joining a dialogue with mothers to share ideas instead of consulting the experts. Over the years, we had stopped blogging except to comment on our status as mothers of older children, to notice there was not much written from this parenting perspective. Coming back […]

Thomas Wolfe said You Can’t Go Home Again–and created a character that took to travelling and built a new life. For us? The word is “go home and stay home”

Changing days and roles: what has struck me, as a mother of 2 adult daughters–learning from them and from my young adult students–is how much is changed: so much life is online, so many jobs dissolved. Recently ordered by authorities to “go home and stay home”, many had to define where/ what home might be. […]

Starting Over

As the current social media climate that is given to concerns about Covid-19, anti-racism protests and police violence and reform rages around us, we are returning to our blog to think of how these matters influence families and their online presence and privacy. In the following months we plan to canvass the question of which  […]


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