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This Canada Day long weekend the family paid our nation’s capital, Ottawa, a visit. One of the places we visited was the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat. It is the only delegation in Canada. A delegation represents a group of people in a particular country but is different than an embassy.
Here are some photos of this award winning, Fumihiko Maki designed masterpiece:
On December 3 2015, Scott Weiland was found dead. He will be best remembered as the frontman of the successful rock band Stone Temple Pilots. Weiland’s recognizable voice and dark lyrics were part of my high school days along with the music of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden (to name but a few).
Just before he finished working with Flight Centre as it’s global head of social media, Gregg Tilston and I sat down to chat about music, touring, Toronto, travel, social media and lots of other things.
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The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, in Hamilton, Ontario is a Canadian aviation museum and has over 30 military jets, propeller-driven aircraft and helicopters on display. However, it is so much more than a display. With the amazing volunteers, staff, exhibits, and workshops, the Museum is a fascinating place for kids (and adults) of all ages and interest levels.
This past weekend our Cub Scout pack visited the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum for a special Night Ops event. Outside of accompanying my son (who is a member of the Cub pack) my real desire was to talk to someone who could shed a little light on the whole Avro Arrow mystery. I have my theories. 😉
It was a wonderful event and I’m glad I went. Here are some photos for all of you to enjoy.
The biggest acts of 2013 remodeled the standard album rollout into a highly engaging blockbuster event, shattering any preconceived notions of hype. Some explored new sounds by collaborating with an eclectic mix of talent. Others took risks to deliver an elegant, challenging, and important record. A handful did both. But only one reached above and beyond.
My latest article for the Catalyst blog is all about how brands are using their packaging in fun and innovative ways. Packaging? Yup. You know, the stuff that holds the other stuff we bought.
You can read about how brands are thinking ON the outside of the box here.
Weekend in Stratford in pictures via Google+
Ever wonder how Spider-Man developed the technology to shoot webs? Wonder no more. The following Wired.com post explains everything you need to know about Spider-Man’s webs.
The Physics of Spider-Man’s Webs -> http://ow.ly/wkuMA
This past month’s Coffee Lounge session featured the most inspiring and engaging speaker to date in this short series. Khalil Shariff is the CEO of Aga Khan Foundation Canada and a self-professed champion of civic engagement.
Khalil opened up his 40 minute talk with a long pause before stating: “We are currently living in a world where there is lots of instability.” Thus started a very thought provoking and inspiring discussion.
Here are some notes from the session this past weekend:
What should we understand and how should we react to this fragile global situation is our problem and possibility.
While the rest of the world might take different routes, we, as Ismaili leaders, can influence the path so that the results are peace and plurality for the world.
- Aga Khan still educates people on the difference between philanthropy and duty, “the mandate of the office of Imam to improve the quality of worldly life for the concerned communities.” Speech by Aga Khan in Germany
- Encouraged all of us to watch the address by Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter to the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat.
Being a Canadian Ismaili has both opportunities and responsibilities. We have the responsibility to use our talents, education, and status in the world as Canadians and in Canada as Ismailies to make this world a better place through tools such as institutions.
Canadian Ismailies don’t throw their hands up but they respond. How? They take action: Whether through the Partnership Walk. Volunteer assignments and even travelling abroad to work and serve in developing communities.
There were so many more points. More than can fit into a short blog post.
Here’s what I strongly recommend: If you’re in Toronto and you know that there is a Coffee Lounge with the Ismaili leadership do everything you can to connect and attend.