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It’s been almost a year since my post about Dr Eric McLuhan’s passing on.

I’m writing on the occasion of Eric’s son, Andrew McLuhan, screening the recording of the last lecture Eric gave just several hours before he passed on.

This post is also tasked to refer you to the YouTube channel of

where Eric’s lecture will be made available to the public – said Andrew at the screening.

Andrew being the founder of TMI, was one of a number of scholars and non-academic contributors to the area of Media Ecology who received a MEA Award

  • at the MEA2019 Gala Dinner, held at St. Michael’s College

So, i’ll also take the opportunity to refer you to the Conference website:

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just missed this one, but there will be more

From the UnifyToronto email Call for Participants – for a Monthly Event Series scarily but appropriately titled “Indigenize or Die”:

I.O.D #7


 Last month we had the pleasure and honour of being welcomed by Naadmaagit Ki Group (NKG), Helpers of the Earth, as our co-hosts, to A Celebration of Seeds Planted. Together we honoured and celebrated the efforts of NKG and many others at Emmett Avenue Communal Garden* who are doing the very important re-indigenizing work of reclaiming our food sovereignty.

For those who weren’t there, we had a marvelous tour of some of the re-indigenized orphan lands, with the plant medicines and food plants arranged according to the teachings of the elders. We learned how families from the Indigenous community are adopting lands and working in relationship to maintain their adopted area for the generations to come. We also learned about the sophisticated technology traditional of the mounds for the three sisters companion planting that predate permaculture by thousands of years.

We also shared some delicious food provided by the participants, and we danced, sang and told stories around the fire. Special thanks to Kevin and Doug who organized, to the Indigenous community members who tended the lands, and to Moyo and his son for the beautiful African music.

This month, we will continue the experiential path we have embarked upon. On July 27th we will have the opportunity to work alongside the NKG group to experience and learn together in our evolving connection with all creation. We’ll have a chance to get to know each other and the place, tell a few jokes, listen to the land, make ourselves useful.

There’s lots to see and learn together.

Come out and help when you can get there (we’ll start about 4, but even if you come at 6 that will help) until 7 or 7:30, then we’ll share a meal.

Wear long pants and shoes with socks, as there’s some poison ivy and worse…  

  • Wednesday July 27, 101 Emmet Ave (directions below)
  • 4-7 pm: digging, conversing, planting, joking, listening, getting to know each other.
  • 7:30-9:30 pm: Potluck Picnic and Circle
  • $15 suggested donation to cover travel and other expenses of our guest hosts.
  • Students/unwaged PWYC. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Please bring:

  • your own plate, cup and utensils
  • a potluck picnic dish to share
  • lawn chair and/or blanket if possible

How to get there:
The event will take place at 101 Emmett Avenue (near Jane and Eglinton), accessible by TTC via buses from Jane Station or York University (35 or 195 express) to Jane and Eglinton + 8 min walk, or Eglinton West Station (32 D takes you right to the site). Check the TTC Trip Planner for bus times and routes and Google Maps for more directions.

By car: Emmett Avenue runs North off of Eglinton, West of Jane. There’s a big sign at Eglinton and Emmett saying West Park Health Centre. Turn N on Emmett and go down the hill. Stop at the first parking lot on your left, There is a children’s playground across the street on the right. The communal garden is behind a fence just South of the playground, and North of the public washrooms. We are gathered in front of it by some picnic tables.
Note that the parking lot closes at 9 pm.

*The Emmett Avenue Communal Garden is a cooperative venture involving NKG, the Black Farmers Collective, the Afrocentric School collective, Social Planning Toronto, City of Toronto Parks and Recreation, and communal garden volunteers. Grown communally rather than in individual plots, the garden is used for sustainable food production and distributed to low income families as a contribution to food justice. NKG have been reclaiming the area in an around the Humber (Tanaouate) River, including in this Garden, restoring indigenous responsibilities to the land and water, and supporting indigenous cultural learning on the land in the city. They are growing Three Sisters mounds (corn, beans and squash), a sophisticated and sustainable system that will provide long-term fertility and a healthy diet, in a generational project that will see families taking up responsibility for the mounds for Seven Generations.

“Indigenize or Die” is honoured and excited to be building a collaborative relationship with these front-line warriors who are on the ground, doing the re-indigenizing work about which we have been dialoging.
For information on previous sessions in the series, see

Well, this one was supposed to have been posted on the day of…

On a Sunday afternoon, speakers came up to the mike, and spoke.

The Toronto organizers: The Toronto Climate Action Network (TCAN)

TCAN  leaders — mark the names of the organizations they represent:

Current members of the Steering Committee:

Chair: Paul Antze (Green Neighbours 21)
Treasurer: Kathryn Tait (Post Carbon Toronto)
Secretary: Judy Vellend (Green Neighbours 21)

Per their label – “General Members”

  • Michael Brothers (Council of Canadians, Toronto Chapter)
  • Peter Jones (For Our Grandchildren)
  • Amelia Rose Khan (Zero Carbon Ontario)
  • Patricia Warwick (Zero Carbon Ontario)


To give you a visual taste of the march:

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H2O Statement at Climate March

A closer look at the People’s March attendees — and what their Slogans Say:

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Whether you marched or not…


Well, no, Dr Jagger did not go all the way back to the City of the Sun, but the way I interpreted her PES2014 Kneller Lecture earlier this year, there was a clearly discernible implication to expect more and better from how theory can “reasonably” translate into practice.

Dr Jagger’s Kneller Lecture “Designing Realistic Educational Utopias Using (Mainly) Non-Ideal Reasoning”: 1 page handout .

The intro paragraph there reads:

In Anglo-American political philosophy, the terms “ideal theory” and “non-ideal theory” currently refer to competing methodological approaches for justifying normative conclusions. Each term is used in multiple ways. This talk will disentangle several versions of ideal and non-ideal theory with a view to determining which elements may be helpful in designing models of real-world justice that are contextually relevant, morally adequate, and practically feasible.

Tommaso Campanella (b. 1569, Stilo, Italy – d. 1639, Paris, France), was a Dominican monk, straddling the c. 1600 divide, when some expected a major (you might say metaphysical) world change, not unlike the radical-change expectations at the turn of the 2nd millenium in our time. In addition to a number of treatises, a good number of which produced during 27 years of incarceration, he wrote “A Poetical Dialogue between a Grandmaster of the Knights Hospitallers and a Genoese Sea-Captain, his guest”, known as The City of the Sun.

This (what I’d term) “civic-governance-by-knowledge utopia”, is perhaps Campanella’s most famous work. Some might find it difficult to attach the qualifier “realistic” to  it, but many might be fully able to relate to the “Tell on, I pray you! Tell on! I am dying to hear more” refrain in the recurring paraphrases of the “Grandmaster”.

To give you a taste of Campanella’s epistemological imagination:

On the interior wall of the first circuit all the mathematical figures are conspicuouslypainted — figures more in number than Archimedes or Euclid discovered, markedsymmetrically, and with the explanation of them neatly written and contained each in alittle verse. There are definitions and propositions, etc. On the exterior convex wall is firstan immense drawing of the whole earth, given at one view. Following upon this, there are tablets setting forth for every separate country the customs both public and private…

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Campanella HERE

City of the Sun in English: HERE

Since I’ve been working on economical thesis expression, here’s one more genre, 3MT. Apparently, the practice was launched by the University of Queensland, and this is the second year UT is holding a 3MT competition. Watch 3MTs from around the world.

The single PowerPoint slide allowed:

update March 24

Some References

Atleo, E. Richard [a.k.a. Umeek] (2011) Principles of Tsawalk: An Indigenous Approach to Global Crisis. Vancouver & Toronto: UBC Press.

Bateson, Gregory & Margaret Mead (1942/1962) Balinese Character: A Photographic Analysis. New York, NY: New York Academy of Sciences. Reprint 1962.

Bateson, Gregory (1987) Steps to an Ecology of Mind Collected Essays in Anthropology,Psychiatry, Evolution, and Epistemology Northvale, NJ & London: Jason Aronson Inc. (Originally published by Chandler Pub. Co., San Franciso, 1972.)

An Ecology of Mind  A documentary movie by Nora Bateson containing interviews with Gregory Bateson (2010).

Bingham, Charles & Alexander M. Sidorkin (2004/2010) No Education without Relation. With a foreword by Nel Noddings, pp. vii-viii. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Blenkinsop, Sean et al. (2012) Maple Ridge Environmental School Project – Interim Report. Ecolearning
 Group, Faculty
 Education, Simon Fraser

Code, Lorraine (2006) Ecological Thinking: The Politics of Epistemic Location. Oxford, UK: OUP.

Dewey, John ([1916] 2009) Democracy and Education. Merchant Books.

Dei, George Sefa J. (2011) Indigenous Philosophies and Critical Education: A Reader. New York, NY & Frankfurt, Germany: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

Low, Alaine & Soraya Tremayne, eds. (2001) Sacred Custodians of the Earth: Women, Spirituality, and the Environment. Berghahn Books.

Pratt, Scott L. (2002) Native Pragmatism: Rethinking the Roots of American Philosophy. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.

Radford Ruether, Rosemary, ed. (1996) Women Healing Earth: Third World Women on Ecology, Feminism, and Religion. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.

Turok, N (2012) The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos. Toronto: House of Anansi Press.

Vokey, Daniel (2001) Moral Discourse in a Pluralistic World. University of Notre Dame Press.

Update: March 18, 2014

The pivot of my thesis is profound relatedness – to Self, Other, All Existence. Bringing together cultures and paradigms I argue for parallel “un-colonizing”: to decolonize Indigenous belief systems world-wide and to de-dichotomize Euro-American mainstream philosophy releasing invidious hierarchies. In Western thought, founder of educational philosophy Dewey, feminist philosopher of science Haraway, heurmeneuticist Gadamer among many others have argued against opposing human to nature, mind to matter, truth and science to experience, and so forth. Instead of these persistent Western binaries, so-called Third-world or Aboriginal or Indigenous knowledges — as a rule, rely on social-ecological relatedness.

I’d insist that colonization colonizes both colonizer and colonized. Therefore, the loss of relational Indigenous knowledges is Canada’s loss. Conversely, inviting Indigenous knowledges – as Daniel Vokey, a.o. does with Buddhism, Scott Pratt with Native Philosophies, for example – can help emancipate our human species from colonizing and self-colonizing effects. This would re-energize the Love-of-Wisdom image of Philosophy, now, wouldn’t it?

Our globalized world does need a consciousness shift, and the probability is high where millennial relatedness wisdom meets the quantum physics view of cosmic interdependence.

I propose “Eco-sonance” — Ecological attunement Ecosonance is a psycho-physical phenomenon, a philosophy, and practice, i.e. Being Thinking and Doing — all about ubiquitous interrelatedness and how to do our human best within it and for it. How to make the world a home for each other. Using Einstein’s formula E=mc^2 as a metaphor

  • E for Ecosonance, eternal, but changing form, like Energy, within and between cosmic cycles in the spirit of Steinhart&Turok’s cyclic uni hypothesis
  • equals M, the set of members of an ecosystem
  • animated by C, the Constant of Change (per Gregory Bateson), squared for emphasis, you could say

Now, that was the cosmo-philosophy, how about practice? Consider a loaded notion like “Social Justice”.

By ecosonic lights, social justice is peace and happiness. Profound relatedness compels us to strive to relax invidiousdichotomies and hierarchies, not reverse them. In theory or practice. To grow by Deweyan democracy-as-a-way-of-life and, in turn, by education-for-&-as-democracy. So, my bottom line hypothesis: Ecosonance can change the world through Wisdom’s Love.

To prove it:

Imagine – along with The Beatles – that Lovingkindness Is All We Need …

… and practice

YouTube credit: uploaded by JohnLennonMusic Oct 1, 2008

YouTube credit: uploaded by TheBeatlesVEVOHQ Oct 30, 2011

From: Artscisalon mailing list | |
Sent: Feb 19, 2014


Arts and science practitioners – from across Canada and abroad – are invited to contribute to the formation of a temporary body of water in a gallery space by gathering snow samples this winter as a form of extrinsic artistic practice about place and precipitation.

In April 2014, the resulting reservoir of snowmelt will be convened into an immersive, elemental water installation in Toronto.

Entitled Vernal Pool, this season-based, participatory art project references the ephemeral wetland ecosystems that form in springtime from melting snow and rainwater. Following the exhibition, the pool will be returned to the earth through a collective watering of gardens and urban greenspaces.

A participatory art project about place + precipitation: Produced by Karen Abel with Jessica Marion Barr, the project will be exhibited at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto as part of Grow Op: Exploring Landscape + Place, curated by landscape architect Victoria Taylor. View + download the PDF here.

Opening Reception Fri April 25 2014 | 7-10pm Gladstone Hotel | Toronto ON

For more information visit|

Stephen Morris
Department of Physics
University of Toronto
(416) 978-6810

The panel on Forgiveness was a sobering experience.

Cat Criger, First Nations Elder UTM, Moderator

Samantha Lawler, Forgiveness Project Story Contributor

Ken Noma, President, National Association of Japanese Canadians

Douglas Sanderson, Assistant Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, U of T

Vera Schiff, Holocaust Survivor

I leave the rest to your heart-imagination…

Just to give you a taste of ways in which 1st nations human/natural world knowledge(s) can be of enduring value, I’m copying below an announcement from the FNHL list:

Thursday, July 18th: Medicine Harvesting Workshop

The UBC Institute for Aboriginal Health (IAH) is hosting a Medicine Harvesting Workshop at the Institute for Aboriginal Health Garden at the UBC Farm. Come learn about harvesting medicine plants and help prepare them for a medicinal salve-making workshop later in the spring. To cover the costs of supplies, participants are asked to bring a donation of $5-20, sliding scale based on what you can afford. If you have any questions about this or concerns about accessibility, please contact Hannah Lewis (see below). Come dressed for the weather, and bring a lunch or snack. No experience necessary!

Space is limited, so please RSVP to:

Thursday, July 18th, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Institute for Aboriginal Health Garden
3461 Ross Drive

A 2005 oldie, but perhaps worth re-posting:


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