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E21: Anand Giridharadascolor>: Giving, Getting, and Glorification Are we equal in our praise for philanthropic acts? When you read news about support for something you believe in, how often do you read about the small acts of kindness? The contributions that may seem tiny when compared to what an sports star or a soft drink…

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E21: Anand Giridharadascolor>: Giving, Getting, and Glorification
Are we equal in our praise for philanthropic acts? When you read news about support for something you believe in, how often do you read about the small acts of kindness? The contributions that may seem tiny when compared to what an sports star or a soft drink company CEO can give, but are significant to the person who gives. Anand Giridharadascolor> is a former columnist for The New York Times and writer of three bestselling novels.

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E20: Kim Samuelcolor>: One Year of Social Isolation
For many of us, this week marks a full year of social isolation. Urged to stay home and keep our in-person interactions to a minimum we continue to rely on technology to stay connected. Some research even shows that isolation is just as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes per day. Now that we have all experienced 365 days of isolation and the loneliness that comes with it, why would we ever purposely impose such hardship on other people and how do we create a society where everyone belongs? Kim Samuelcolor> has some ideas. She taught the first-ever university course on social isolation and social connectedness.

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E19: Sally Armstrongcolor>: The Power of Inclusivity
With the majority of research conducted by men, it’s no surprise that most research favours men. So much that even the crash test dummy is man and a study, originally for the menstrual cycle, was cancelled when viagra was discovered through it. On this International women’s day, it seems like a good time to ask: how can women gain a seat at the table when they aren’t even in the room? Sally Armstrongcolor> is a journalist, author and human rights activist.

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E18: Graham Greenecolor>: Better Living through Kindness
While Canada is far from a Utopia, we are trying to be peaceful and green and right our wrongs. We are trying to offer safety and clean water and homes. We are trying to be a better country, but first, we must be kind. In his talk from 2017, award-winning Canadian actor Graham Greenecolor> discusses how we can live better through kindness.

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E17: Irwin Adamcolor>: Your Mouth is Transforming the World
What do you eat? Your choices can transform the world. This applies to everything from the news you take in to the stores you shop at. But this is particularly true when it comes to the food you eat. Irwin Adamcolor> urges us to look at what happens before our meals are on our plates. The process is rather inefficient. What can we do to change this? Flour made from insects? Edible packaging? Tasting Data? We need to reimagine the way we taste and consume. Irwin Adam is a Creative Scientist and Food Futurist and he spoke at The Walrus Talks Disruption in 2017.

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E16: Aimee Louwcolor>: What Would Life be like Without Ableism?
Accessibility often doesn’t take into account different needs — if it is accessible for one person it might not be for another. Accessibility is not universal, but according to Aimee Louw it can be harmonised across our country. In her talk, activist and podcaster Aimee Louwcolor> advocates for a future where accessibility isn’t treated as a favour or charity but as justice and equality. Where people are paid a living wage, where taking care of yourself is prioritised, and where ableism is abolished.

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E15: Siri Agrellcolor>: How to Get Laid Without your Phone
In 2018, Siri Agrellcolor> spoke at The Walrus Talks Humanity about the important steps in human connection that can be lost in the virtual world. That Talk lead to a new book by Agrell, that is out in February 2021, and deserved an update from the author about how this pandemic and isolation influenced her writing. How to get Laid Without your Phone is available to order at www.withoutyourphone.com.

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E14: Terry O’Reillycolor>: Putting the Vice back into Advertising
It feels like branding and marketing goes in cycles of themes, from earnest to snarky to authentic to sarcastic. At the beginning of the pandemic it all felt very earnest: that banding together, we’re all one human race, let’s get through this together. But as often happens, the cycle … cycled, and we started to get the juicy sarcastic stuff again. A few years ago, Terry O’Reillycolor>, gave his Walrus Talk about vice — are we cycling back up to marketing vice again? Is that even possible in isolation? It was time for an update from the master of advertising himself.

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E13: Sandy Hudsoncolor>: Why Am I Waiting for Somebody Else to Do This?
It’s hard, separated from each other, living under the threat of a pandemic, witnessing unrest and argument, to feel empowered. But the truth is that each of us has power. Over ourselves for sure. Over our situations, often more than we think. If you’re feeling at the low-end in terms of empowerment, Sandy Hudson – organizer, writer, and the founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto – is about to give you the boost you need.

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E12: Deb Sauciercolor>: The Glass Steeple Chase of Academia
Most of the discussion when it comes to education these days is whether students should be in classrooms or learning virtually, but who they are learning from is an ongoing issue, one that needs to be fixed at the root level. Or it will continue to effect both learners and teachers post-pandemic. Who is teaching? Who gets to go to University? Who gets tenure? And who is leading academia? Deb Saucier is the President and Vice-Chancellor of Vancouver Island University and she spoke at The Walrus Talks Inclusion in 2019.

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E11: Samra Habibcolor>: Owning our Identities
We all decide how we want to show ourselves to the world. But who gets to define who you are? In her talk, Samra Habibcolor> wants us to own our identities–even if it means not always being accepted by the greater community we belong to. As a queer Muslim woman, she’s reimagined her community to go beyond geographical borders. And at a time where we’re online more than ever, community connections linking people to distant places in the comfort of their own homes, have become commonplace.

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E10: Carol Offcolor>: This Campfire that is Canada
Everybody has their own origin story. Whether that was crossing a sea, or moving around Turtle Island, we each have our own beginning that brought us here. So why we do we make anyone feel like an outsider? In her Talk, Carol Offcolor> urges us to take a step back and look at where we came from. In this time when we can’t get on a plane, travel to see loved ones, or start our next adventure, we can stay connected by sharing stories from different times and different places. To identify with a stranger and help make life a little easier. Carol Off is a journalist and host of CBC’s As It Happens.

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E9: Teva Harrisoncolor>: Appreciating the Small Everyday Successes
In a world obsessed with instant gratification, Teva Harrison reminds us that there is potential in the quiet moments, the ones without goals or deadlines. She urges us to look at nature and appreciate the small successes of each day: the kindness of a stranger, a chance to do a good deed, a laugh shared with a friend—these are all achievements. Harrison compares the realization of our potential to flowers that grow after the snow melts away, our actions determining when we will blossom. Teva Harrisoncolor>, was an award-winning writer and graphic artist and she spoke at The Walrus Talks Success in 2018. Though we lost her to cancer in 2019, she continues to inspire with her words and her art.

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E8: Andrew Boozarycolor>: Housing and the Pathologies of Poverty
Is there a straight line between healthcare and housing in Canada? Andrew Boozarycolor> is a primary care physician who has an on the ground perspective on healthcare in Canada as we navigate this pandemic. In his Talk, he has a lot to say about that line, where we fall short and the magnification of these failures when faced with a pandemic. Boozary is also the Executive Director for social medicine and population health at the University Health Network.

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E7: Valérie Plantecolor>: Is there Privilege in Pandemic Times?
As the weather outside becomes snowier and the holidays approach, it gets easier to recognize privilege – right in front of our eyes. The warm home, family gatherings (no more than 10), the ability to give gifts. But, what’s not so easy to see are the full shelters, the nursing homes that can’t have visitors, and long lines for the food bank. At a time when we’re all suffering at different levels, do we have capacity to dig deeper for those that are suffering more? Valérie Plantecolor> is the mayor of Montreal and she spoke at The Walrus Talks at Home at the Broadbent Institute’s 2020 Progress Gala in November.

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E6: Shari Austincolor>: We Need More Canadians
Canadians represent 0.48% of the global population, and we’re on track to get even smaller on the world’s stage. In her talk, Shari Austin proposes that Canada’s population needs to triple in less than 100 years. If it doesn’t the country could be facing an onslaught of economic problems. So what do we do? Shari Austincolor> is a consultant and former CEO of Century Initiative, she spoke at The Walrus Talks Disruption in 2018.

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E5: Hilary Blackcolor> and the Fight to Legalize Cannabis
It wasn’t that long ago that cannabis was illegal in Canada. To many detractors, it was seen as a drug that promotes laziness, rather than a legitimate medicine that can reduce suffering. But tens of thousands of Canadians have regained their ability to function because of medical marijuana. People who were once bedridden are now going outside, playing with their kids, and sleeping at night. So called “normal” activities are made possible again through legal use of medical marijuana. Hilary Blackcolor> is the Chief Advocacy Officer at Canopy Growth.

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E4: Julie S. Lalondecolor> and the (uncomfortable) Canadian Conversation
Canadians sometimes congratulate themselves on being “better” in comparison to other countries… More democratic, less violent, more open to new ideas… but…when topics like racism, violence against women, and sexual abuse get brought up, the room – and the Zoom, goes silent.Julie S. Lalondecolor> is a women’s rights advocate and public educator.

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E3: Cherise Burdacolor> and the Cost of Location, Location, Location
Our thinking about where people live and why has been entirely flipped by this pandemic, but it could just as easily flip right back if a vaccine becomes readily available. In 2015, people were rushing to the city, giving up big houses and spacious yards for small condos and convenience. The cost of their time spent commuting to and from the city outweighed the benefits of living in the suburbs. Now, mid-pandemic, people are leaving the city in herds. Remote work has changed the way people live, and ultimately, where they live. What is the true cost of where you live, and what will you give up in order to save time and money? Cherise Burdacolor> is the Executive Director of City Building, at Ryerson University.

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E2: Kaite Burkholder Harriscolor> and the Context of the Homeless
You can’t talk about homes and housing without talking about homelessness. It’s a problem that has plagued Canada for too long. Short term solutions cannot eradicate a problem so deeply rooted in our society. In her talk, Kaite Burkholder Harriscolor> says that the solution is to look at fixing the context, instead of the person. Burkholder Harris is Executive Director of the Alliance to End Homelessness in Ottawa.

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E1: Yann LeCuncolor> Artificial Intelligence VS Cats
We train machines for a particular task and they can be very good at this particular task, in fact, better than humans sometimes, but you modify the task just a little bit and they fail. Intelligence, it turns out, is hard to recreate. Yann LeCuncolor> is a CIFAR fellow, an AI Engineer and a VP at Facebook.

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Season Two Teaser

Season Two of The Conversation Piece launches this week, and with The Walrus Talks at Home in full swing, we have even more ideas (in less than 10 minutes) to treat your ears to. This season we’ll hear from the longest serving International Olympic Committee member, Dick Pound, CBC’s Carol Off and Vice President and Chief Artificial Intelligence scientist at Facebook, Yann LeCun.

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E30: Adrian Owencolor> on the Line Between Life and Death
It’s hard not lose ourselves in our own thoughts, especially in an extended state of isolation with no end in sight. How many friends have you lost touch with since this all started? How are you keeping hope alive until we’re be able to feel those connections again? This is CIFAR fellow and UWO professor Adrian Owencolor>.

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E29: Atom Egoyancolor> on Assimilation and the Wondrous Gift of Canadian Citizenship
People from all over the world call Canada home, weaving together cultures from across the globe to create the Canadian identity. But, with this blended cultural identity that we are so proud of, what does it mean to understand your own cultural history? Is it time to redefine multiculturalism? Filmmaker Atom Egoyancolor> spoke at The Walrus Talks National Tour: We Desire a Better Country in May of 2017.

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E28: Paige Raibmoncolor> on Personal Identity
Learning requires exploration of one’s identity, and according to our next speaker, this is a First People’s principle of learning that applies to all of us. So on this international day of translation, and at this time when we can’t greet each other in person and with physical contact, this is an opportunity to communicate better with each other. To identify each other and ourselves with clarity and humility. This is Paige Raibmoncolor>, CIFAR fellow and professor in the Department of History at UBC and she spoke at The Walrus Talks Boundaries in 2019.

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E27: Dr. Deena Hinshawcolor> on the Network of Humanity in the Face of a Virus
We’ve all had to change and adapt in different ways during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Deena Hinshawcolor> is the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of Alberta and has been the trusted voice for Albertans during the pandemic, calmly delivering daily briefings on the virus. And telling Albertans what measures they should take to prevent the spread of COVID-19. One of the biggest lessons of these past several months has been how a public health crisis can impact the way we live. Dr. Deena Hinshaw was the keynote speaker at our recent Leadership Forum event.

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E26: Brenda Andresscolor>: Women Belong in Sports
Sports is a universal language in the world. From Halifax to Hydrabad, Nunavut to Nairobi. And what also seems weirdly universal is the support of men’s teams over women’s. Instead of wallowing in this vast discrepancy, Brenda Andresscolor> wants us to see it as a place to grow from. A rallying cry to mobilize in support of women in sports. Brenda Andresscolor> is the former commissioner of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, she spoke at The Walrus Talks Women of Distinction.

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E25: Annie Kiddercolor> on Creating Resilient Communities Through Education
As many kids head off to school – in whatever form that takes for them in the midst of a pandemic – it’s easy to pass off the issue of education to the actual humans involved – the parents, the kids and the teachers. But according to Annie Kiddercolor>, we all need to be thinking about educating the next generation of Canadians. Annie Kiddercolor> is the Executive Director of People for Education and she spoke at The Walrus Talks Resilience in 2014.

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E24: Noor Nagacolor> and the Muslim Mistress
Writing is a responsibility in many ways, perhaps none more so than when we think about the cultural expectations inherent in writing as a minority – of any kind. As a woman, as LGBTQ, as a person of colour, as a person with a disability. As writers, what is our responsibility to the rest of our culture? And why does it seem so much heavier than that of CIS-male writers? Noor Nagacolor> is a writer and a poet and she spoke at The Walrus Talks “The Future of the Arts,” in 2018.

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E23: Corb Lundcolor>: Desire Trumps Natural Talent
Natural talent is overrated – at least according to singer-songwriter Corb Lundcolor>. He works hard to create it and believes that work – that constant challenge to focus and refine – is what separates the artists from the rest. And that art itself needs to be accessible to everyone, even the people that don’t see country music as art.

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E22: Emma Donoghuecolor>: Seven Ways Creativity is Like Sex
We’re all creative creatures, but what can we do when our creativity feels stalled? Join us in this hilarious pillow talk with the muses as Emma Donoghuecolor> shares the playful, demanding, sexy, unexpected sides of creativity and the ways we can strengthen our connection to making the things we love. This is Emma Donoghuecolor> from The Walrus Talks Creativity in London, Ontario.

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E21: Lauren Voisincolor> on Creating Access to Technology for Young Minds
Lauren Voisincolor> was a scientist, innovator, entrepreneur, and all before she graduated high school. When she was only 8 years old, Lauren founded her own robotics company. By age 13, Lauren was a U.N. speaker. She was a champion of inexpensive access to technology and stable internet for Canadian youth. She believed in introducing kids to subjects like robotics and coding early on. She passed in April, but with the Lauren Foundation, her legacy continues to inspire young women to innovate and create.

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E20: Waneek Horn-Millercolor> the Hope-Maker
It’s hard, as we go into the triple digits of days that some of us have been at home, isolating from friends and society, to maintain hope. When Olympian Waneek Horn-Millercolor> talks about the health issues endured by the Indigenous people of Canada, she emphasises that hope is what gets her through. Her mother taught her that. She was a Hope-maker.

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E19: Bif Nakedcolor>: a Failing Kidney and a Lifetime of Optimism
Anger is one of those emotions that transcends age, race, and political affiliation. Everyone is angry. Feeling trapped in a global pandemic will do that to you. But we can get so caught up in expressing our anger. To balance that, maybe our optimism has to be outrageous. Almost unreasonable… because the bad things in our lives are more reasonable than we know, teaching us lessons we may not see. Here’s singer-songwriter Bif Nakedcolor> at The Walrus Talks Quality of Life.

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E18: Ritu Bhasincolor> on Noticing Differences and Asking About Them
The barriers to building inclusion can feel insurmountable. Especially when people are trying to be politically correct by ignoring differences. According to inclusion professional Ritu Bhasincolor>, we need to notice the differences between us and learn about them, rather than deny that they exist.

Ritu Bhasincolor> is a speaker, author, and a Leadership & Inclusion Specialist and she spoke at The Walrus Talks Resilience.

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E17: Mustafa Ahmedcolor> and the Invisible Disabilities
Maybe it was easier to avoid heated debates before we were all living under pandemic rules. Or maybe this is just the result of our small bubbles of safety, but when we have different opinions.. getting caught up in Twitter arguments or disagreeing with family members, it’s easy to forget about what the other person is going through. In this talk, Mustafa Ahmedcolor> reminds us that human rights begin with human and that just because disabilities like mental health are seemingly invisible, they are still very much disabilities we need to be aware of.

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E16: Zita Cobbcolor> on Economics for Belonging
Something that gets brought into stark focus at a time like this is the value of things. The value of being able to hug a friend you haven’t seen in a long time. The value of being able to work from home and stay positive. The value of adapting to this new environment. Zita Cobbcolor>, founder & CEO of the Shorefast Foundation, spoke about the inherent value of things versus what they are financially valued at and the importance of belonging.

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E15: Amanda Parriscolor> on the Fear of Being Forgotten
Amanda Parriscolor> is a playwright and the host of CBC’s, Exhibitionists and Marvin’s Room and she spoke about her fear of being forgotten by a culture that seems to prefer to forget stories like the ones that she tells and amplifies. How does denial affect us in our individual lives, and what can we do to remedy Canada’s Collective Amnesia?

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E14: Eva Greyeyescolor>: Diversity and Inclusion Are Not the Same
We’ve been talking about Inclusion and Diversity as a society for what feels like forever, with limited success in addressing either. But 2020 is shaping up to be a year of action and as Eva Greyeyescolor> will tell you, it’s time to stop looking to the past, and focus on the future – Resurgence rather than Reconciliation. Eva Greyeyescolor> is Nêhiyaw, from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, and was a grade 11 student when she gave this talk.

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E13: Brittany Andrew-Amofahcolor> on Stories of Marginalization in a Rapidly Growing City
As Canadians from Halifax to Vancouver protest against police brutality and racial discrimination, many are asking how do we make the necessary leap from calls for justice to a tangible change in policing that saves lives? In 2019, Brittany Andrew-Amofahcolor> spoke about the power of local government that is often overlooked — and underestimated. If cities involve marginalized communities in their systems of governance, could we end police brutality in this country forever?

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E12: Desmond Colecolor> on a Future Without Police
Across the country, Canadians are taking to the streets, protesting police violence. And while some are calling for reforms, others are questioning the need for police altogether. Journalist, activist and author Desmond Colecolor> recently tweeted that when he gave this talk in 2017, he was scared to propose a cop-free future in a room that included the Governor-General and members of the armed forces, RCMP, and local police.

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E11: Samantha Reuschcolor> on Inviting Young People to the Table of Democracy
It’s impossible to miss the common thread in the images of protest on all our screens these days. People have reached their limit. And despite a global pandemic, they are gathering in protest. Criticism will always follow protest, and much of the criticism is aimed at the so-called youth. Samantha Reuschcolor> from Apathy is Boring spoke about including young people in civic discussion and looking around for who is not in the room.

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E10: Rupi Kaurcolor> on the Bridge Between Authenticity and Resilience
Resilience can be about coming to terms with the obstacles in front of you. As we minimize touching and practice social isolation, it’s starting to feel like at least part of this experience will have to become part of our forever experience. Rupi Kaurcolor> spoke about the power of resilience in her own life.

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E9: Janice Pricecolor> on How the Arts Are Our Lifeboat
Artists can’t give you a vaccine or tell leaders how to reopen the economy. But they do give you Netflix to binge-watch, music for your daily walks and books to distract you. Janice Pricecolor>, president of the Banff Centre, talks about why we turn to the arts in times of crisis. 

E8: The Mother of all Episodes
These are some of our Walrus Talks that remind us of the powerful role mothers play and how their love can shape our future. Writer Lisa Moorecolor> talks about conversations between mothers and daughters, musician Pierre Kwenderscolor> reflects on the power of the matriarchs in his life and with her baby in her arms, artist Lido Pimientacolor> describes the future of the arts.

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E7: Kamran Khancolor> on Infectious Diseases and an Early Warning
Can we innovate through adversity? Dr. Kamran Khancolor> thinks so. He’s the founder of BlueDot, a tech company that works with doctors and AI to predict outbreaks and track the spread of infectious disease. He knows what it takes to adapt to an uncertain future and the kinds of questions we need to consider before we make our next moves.

E6: Margaret Atwoodcolor> on the Future of Everything, or Lack Thereof
When Margaret Atwood’scolor> dystopic worlds begin to appear in our real lives, we know we’re in trouble. Canada’s oracular writer has written some of the scariest scenarios for our future. But she herself has hope. Something that we need when confronted with a world-wide pandemic with no end in sight.

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E5: Vivek Venkateshcolor> on Coming to Terms with Hate
Physical distancing has real-world repercussions, and sometimes that comes out in expressions of fear or hate. Concordia University’s Vivek Venkateshcolor> lost his cousin in the bombing of Air India Flight 182 in 1985 so he understands why people embrace extremism and hateful rhetoric. He also understands what it takes to become accepting and compassionate.

E4: Jennifer McGrathcolor> on Where You Live and How That Effects You
How well do you know your neighbours? Probably way better than you did a few months ago. According to Concordia’s Jennifer Mcgrathcolor>, your neighbourhood can have a surprising impact on your health. And she should know. She’s an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Pediatric Public Health Psychology Lab at Concordia University (www.pphplab.org) and holds the PERFORM Centre Chair in Childhood Preventive Health and Data Science.

E3: Christa Couturecolor> on the Un-Optimized Life
Everywhere we go, we’re confronted by the language of betterment. Everything in your life needs to be optimized. Your Insta stories, your smoothies and even your days off need to be filled with wellness. But what if feeling better is not an option?

E2: Shelagh Rogerscolor> on Being a Better Listener
In a time when we’re confining ourselves to our homes to stop a quick-spreading virus, we need to stay tuned in to what our communities are saying. Shelagh Rogerscolor> is a veteran of CBC Radio, who has been at the forefront of Canadian arts, culture and society for decades. But in the Talk you’re about to listen to, she explores one specific example of listening that goes beyond regular conversation.

E1: André Picardcolor>: Loneliness is the Greatest Poverty
André Picardcolor> has been a health journalist for The Globe and Mail for more than three decades, and has written about SARS, MERS and many other health threats. He’s also talked about a health issue that may be collateral damage as we all self-isolate from COVID-19: the lethality of loneliness.

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Logic Pros Live Loops Launchpad Diary: Mapping Remix FX to your controller, is it even worth it?

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After looking at how to quickly move timeline-based projects over to a Live Loops setup and some nice price drops previously, today we are talking about mapping Remix FX to Launchpad. Apple’s GarageBand multi-FX unit gone pro made its debut inside Logic Pro for the first time as part of the flagship app’s major overhaul…

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After looking at how to quickly move timeline-based projects over to a Live Loops setup and some nice price drops previously, today we are talking about mapping Remix FX to Launchpad. Apple’s GarageBand multi-FX unit gone pro made its debut inside Logic Pro for the first time as part of the flagship app’s major overhaul last year. A particularly useful and creative tool, especially in concert with Live Loops, Remix FX houses a number of multi-touch ready FX units from filters and repeaters to down samplers and interesting tape stops to add some serious flavor to your compositions. But with direct and multi-touch control available via Logic Remote already, and some tricky X/Y pads to deal with, is it really worth the trouble mapping Remix FX to Launchpad?

X/Y multi-touchpad control over a range of built-in FX (2x) ready for any genre, reverse effects, multi-mode filtering, and simple automation recording via Live Loops directly into your composition, Remix FX is not to be overlooked. With such potential in a single FX unit and now that we are attempting total hands-on physical control over our precious Logic Pro suite, mapping Remix FX to our Launchpads seems an obvious path to take. At first. 

We previously took a look at how to create custom mappings for your Launchpad grids using Novation Components. It’s a simple and quick way to create custom control surfaces filled with faders and triggers, housed within the “Custom” menu bank on your Launchpad. A seemingly obvious place to start for taking hands-on control over Remix FX, in several attempts to create a complete recreation of the Remix FX unit in a Custom control surface, it just doesn’t seem to be worth the trouble. You can easily create sort of quick keys to various elements housed within Remix FX, and this has been quite useful. But with the X/Y touch controls and seemingly finicky access to every mouse or touch-controllable parameter on the unit, a full-on control surface clone has been thus far out of reach for me. You can create single buttons to turn on the X/Y pads and then a pair of faders to control each access, or even get fancy with the map scaling for an all-in-one fader approach, but accessing both sides of the, say, dual tape stop, reverse, and scratch buttons along with some others has alluded me thus far. 

After you have created a series of faders and buttons on a Custom layout within Components (as we detailed previously), the trusty command L to bring up Logic’s Learn function to map them to Remix FX seems like a good place to start. And it is, for the most part. For some reason it doesn’t seem to play nice with EVERY singly parameter available on Remix FX, so it has only been able to take me so far through the process. Moving down to the more detailed and involved Smart controls Parameter Mapping has yielded a far direct access to just about every parameter, but again it just doesn’t seem to work as smooth as the touch display and controllers with more options like rotary knobs and the like.

Forget it and stick with Logic Remote?
Considering how simple it is to download Logic Remote for free and use your iPhone as a sort of always-on, heads-up display, solely for Remix FX, alongside your Launchpad, I’m still not sure any of this is worth the trouble anyway. As much as I would like to have this one, single Logic Pro controller instrument in front me that I can completely master, and ignore as much of everything else as possible, Launchpad’s touch-button toggles and faders just don’t seem to be able to keep up with Apple’s remote multi-touch screen control. I get it, with Logic Remote you can be flipping and waving your fingers across the iPad, automatically and simultaneously engaging and adjusting various FX with immersive touch and swipe movements. And it all just works immediately and always with no mapping needed. 

But call me a petty artist, an annoying grid controller enthusiast, or whatever fits here. I just want everything on this one controller surface, launching loops, playing vertical slices of songs as instruments, automating FX with my hands on the fly, recording new parts, and digging my fingers into the pads to control Apple’s Remix FX too! While it would be nice to integrate Remix FX into this new, single controller we have in front of us, unless some one out there has a better way of getting Launchpad to play nice with Apple’s multi-FX unit, the particularly fantastic iPhone we already have in your pockets and the free Logic Remote app will have to do. 

Has anyone had any luck creating useable and practical Launchpad maps for Apple’s Remix FX, X/Y touchpads, and dual-function parameter buttons? Or is it simply just not worth the trouble at all anyway?

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This week’s top stories: Find My expansion, iPhone 13 Pro dummy unit, Samsung iTest, more

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In this week’s top stories: Apple officially opens Find My to third-party products, iPhone 13 dummy unit leaks, Tim Cooks talks on his future at Apple, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top Apple stories. Find My expansion After teasing the expansion back at WWDC 2020, Apple this week officially announced that…

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In this week’s top stories: Apple officially opens Find My to third-party products, iPhone 13 dummy unit leaks, Tim Cooks talks on his future at Apple, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top Apple stories.

Find My expansion
After teasing the expansion back at WWDC 2020, Apple this week officially announced that third-party products can now integrate with the “Find My” network and app. Find My has historically been used for locating iPhones, iPads, and other Apple products. Now Find My can be used to locate non-Apple products that integrate with Apple’s locator platform.

An all new Items tab is now available in the Find My app, which is where users can track other products.

Find My for non-Apple products is launching with support for several products, including two VanMoof e-bikes, an upgraded version of an existing Chipolo item tracker launching in June, and the previously announced Belkin earbuds that also launch in June.

Get a closer look at this experience in our full coverage right here.

Tim Cook interview
Tim Cook joined Kara Swisher for an in-depth interview on a wide-range of topics. One of the more notable comments came when Swisher asked Cook if he thinks he will still be at Apple in 10 years’ time.

Notably, Cook responded and said that he probably won’t be running Apple in 10 years, although the “date is not in sight.”

The Apple CEO also touched on the future of augmented reality, as well as his thoughts on Tesla and CEO Elon Musk.

iPhone 13 dummy unit
A new iPhone 13 Pro dummy unit emerged this week, offering a clear look at the redesigned notch that has been rumored. The notch will reportedly measure in at 5.35 mm in height, compared to the 5.3 mm of the iPhone 12 Pro’s notch.

In terms of width, the iPhone 13 Pro notch reportedly measures 26.8mm versus 34.83 mm on the iPhone 12 Pro. This means that iPhone 13 Pro notch will likely be smaller in terms of width, but slightly taller.

You can see a hands-on video with this iPhone 13 Pro dummy unit right here.

Samsung iTest
Finally, Samsung launched a new “iTest” website as part of its efforts to convert iPhone users to Galaxy devices. iTest allows iPhone users to “get a little taste of Samsung” through a web application that simulates the Android experience.

The experience is actually pretty impressive and does a good job of replicating the Android and Samsung Galaxy experience through a web app running on an iPhone. You can find our coverage right here.

These and the rest of this week’s top stories below.

iOS |
Apple officially opens Find My network to third-party products as AirTags launch looms
When might Apple release iOS 14.5 to the public?
iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 beta 7 now available to developers
How to install iOS 14.5 beta w/ Apple Watch Unlock, new emoji, Siri voices, battery recalibration
Sketchy rumor claims iOS 15 will offer redesigned Control Center, support for requiring both Face ID and Touch ID authentication
Opinion: AirTags might be a liability for Apple, and that’s why they’re shoring up Chipolo to be another big player
iPhone |
Alleged iPhone 13 Pro dummy unit shows smaller notch, repositioned selfie camera
Samsung launches ‘iTest,’ a new web app for turning your iPhone into a Galaxy device
Hands-on: Here’s how iPhone battery recalibration works in iOS 14.5
Review: Mophie’s 4-in-1 wireless iPhone and AirPods charging mat is perfect for families
Apple Watch |
Apple sets new Apple Watch Activity Challenges for Earth Day and International Dance Day
Mac and iPad |
Leaker says new Apple Silicon iMac will feature an even larger display, exceeding 27 inches
Intel shows off MacBook Pro in an ad for a processor Apple doesn’t use
M1 Mac RAM and storage can be upgraded after purchase, but it’s not easy
Should you buy the iPad Air or the 11-inch iPad Pro?
Tips and tricks to free up disk space and hidden storage on your Mac
Official support for Linux on the M1 Macs could come as soon as June
Opinion: The M1 Macs underscore the need for a lower-priced Apple Display
Microsoft continues uninspired anti-Apple ad campaign with new iPad Pro vs Surface Pro video
Top Apple stories, retail |
Rumors about second Apple Store in Berlin gain traction with new construction pictures
COVID-19: Which Apple Stores have reopened?
Apps |
Personal data from over 500M Facebook users leaked online
PSA: Was your personal data leaked from Facebook? Here’s how to check…
Watchsmith for Apple Watch gets major update with new complication styles and more
Apple Music vs Spotify: Are you considering switching? [Poll]
Opinion: Apple Arcade just went from a potential flop to a likely success
Opinion: First impressions after migrating from Apple Music to Spotify
WhatsApp is testing chat history migration between iPhone and Android
‘Hey Spotify’ in-app virtual assistant now rolling out on iPhone
Apple TV |
tvOS 14.5 beta code suggests 120Hz support coming to a new Apple TV model
Apple TV+ plans to increase rate of original film production, hires ex-WarnerMedia film executive
Tech Industry |
T-Mobile officially debuts 5G home internet with no data cap or contract from $60/month
Verizon 5G Home Internet now available in 30 cities with average speeds of 300 Mbps
Review: Sonos Roam packs an impressive punch with portable design, AirPlay, Qi charging, more
AAPL Company |
Tim Cook says he ‘probably’ won’t be at Apple in 10 years’ time
Tim Cook says he has never spoken to Elon Musk, but has great admiration for Tesla and their lead in electric vehicles
Epic v. Apple discovery details ‘Project Liberty’ scheme to skirt App Store with Fortnite

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Images show ‘extremely rare’ iPhone 11 Pro misprint with misaligned Apple logo

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We see quite a few iPhone prototype images nowadays, but something that is rare is to see an iPhone misprint or some sort of production error. New images shared on Twitter this week show an iPhone 11 Pro misprint, which could be as rare as 1 in 100 million. The images were shared by the…

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We see quite a few iPhone prototype images nowadays, but something that is rare is to see an iPhone misprint or some sort of production error. New images shared on Twitter this week show an iPhone 11 Pro misprint, which could be as rare as 1 in 100 million.

The images were shared by the Internal Archive account on Twitter, which regularly shares images of rare Apple prototypes and accessories. The iPhone 11 Pro here features a misaligned Apple logo on the back, as it is slightly more to the right side than it should be.

The Internal Archive account claims that this misprinted iPhone 11 Pro could be as rare as 1 in 100 million, or “possible even rarer.” According to the account, this device recently sold for $2,700 — drastically more than a normal iPhone 11 Pro would sell for nowadays.

What’s interesting is that not only was this a production mishap, but it’s one that made it into the wild. In general, misprints such as this are destroyed during manufacturing to avoid them getting into the hands of collectors and users.

We saw something similar to this back in 2015, when a rare manufacturing error left an iPad Pro with a gold Touch ID ring and silver back, making for an extremely rare color combination. This iPad was shipped to a user, seemingly making it through all quality control checkpoints.

What do you think of this iPhone 11 Pro misprint? Have you seen other Apple products with similar production errors? Let us know down in the comments.

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