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Excuse me, While I Slip Into Something More Comfortable

 

Boots.

 

Just thinking about that word congers up that famous bass guitar riff devised by famous session musician Carol Kaye, of the internationally famous Wrecking Crew. You know Carol’s work. She created the most famous part of Nancy Sinatra’s pop tune, “These Boots Were Made for Walking.” You know, the chords that come after Nancy Sinatra  growls, “These boots are gonna walk over you.” I found the link to the short clip Ms. Sinatra posted on her website here. Ms. Daughter-of-the-Chairman-of-the -Board’s recording of her iconic song turns 50 this year. Ironically this birthday comes at the same time we are  uploading to Air Canada’s in-flight entertainment system (Search for CanadianMade)  our refreshed two-hour long podcast for Air Canada that includes our story about

 

Canada’s Cougar Shoe Companycanuck_sleeknylon_white_1

We had a wonderful conversation with Cougar’s President and CEO President Steve Sedlbauer. We talked via SKYPE while he was in his Burlington, Ontario offices.  He explained how his father and uncle created the company, after the company they worked for got them out of Czechoslovakia in 1948, shortly before the communist party took over the country.  He then told me about when the name Cougar was adopted by his company and why.

 

Sedlbauer says Cougar sells millions of pairs of boots to places all over the world, where there’s harsh icy-cold weather. He’s proud that Canada has that rugged terrain and weather reputation, and that people around the globe embrace what his company stands for.  To quote Cougar.com

 

” Freedom is imagination, aspiration, expectation and perspiration. It’s making
waves and never, ever backing down, especially from a little ill weather. Since
1948 our family has kicked heels, splashed puddles, stomped mud and never taken a step without recognizing just how small we are in this vast and great and
beautiful drift we call home.”

“As a Canadian company, every winter boot we design must conquer the harshest
elements. After all, it’s hard to feel fashionable if you can’t feel your toes. That’s why three generations of our family are still working hard to keep your
family warm, dry and always in style.”

 

So, listen to our story and enjoy learning more about Canada’s own Cougar Boots

 

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FIRE ON THE MTN + Elvis & Kresse

Fire on the Mountain

Photo Credit: Stuart Palley, @stuartpalley

CanadianMade Audio sends our heartfelt empathy to those in the western Canadian provinces, as well as those in the western portions of the U.S. who’ve suffered from the effects of this summer’s wildfires. We acknowledge all the hard work of every North American fire fighter combating the arduous wildfires and recognize that for the residents of the western provinces the complications of these fires are an ongoing concern.

John Reischman & the Jay BirdsWe reflect on all who are fighting fires at this time, by offering an excerpt of the song “Fire On The Mountain.”  Just last week Canadian firefighting agencies were currently sharing 488 personnel, 505 power pumps, and 826 km of fire hose along with a variety of other equipment. In the United States, they’re fighting some very large fires burning in Alaska, Arizona, California, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.  hose_4_web_2__97627With all the fires, we thought our excerpt would be appropriate. And, Canadian Made Audio is in the process of preparing our next two hour program, which will be heard on board Air Canada this coming fall and winter. 

KressHere’s an excerpt of our interview with Kresse Wesling, who is a native of Alberta (a western province of Canada).  Kresse is one half of Elvis & Kresse, a fashion accessories company which she set up with her long time companion and best friend,Elvis. New Yellow Accessories

Elvis & Kresse are environmental designers whose social enterprise manufactures  beautiful red hot (or yellow) accessories, luggage, bags, wallets, and belts from recycled fire hoses.   

They prevent more than TEN TONS of hosing a year from being sent to a dump, or in the case of the city of London, England, coiled up by the thousands of the roofs of buildings.

Elvis & Kresse donate 50% of their profits to a firefighters charity as a social investment, by giving back to those who work hard to save lives, fighting fires.

We’re hoping that as autumn rolls into winter, Kresse will be on board Air Canada, as she flies back to Canada from England.

You can follow Elvis & Kresse on Twitter @elvisandkresse. And, here’s a link explaining their great social enterprise and how they got started. People are on fire about social enterprise,and also talking about Elvis & KresseYou can also read another recent article written about their business by the Telegraph.

[The music for our podcast excerpt features Trisha Gagnon from British Columbia. She performs with a Blue Grass group, John Reischman and the Jay Birds, from the album Stellar Jays, and the song is called “Fire On The Mountain. If you like the music please tell John Reischman that Rita Rich sent you. You can write him via www.thejaybirds.com or www.johnreischman.com.  

And, our feature photo is of a current fire on the mountain, which was taken by Stuart Palley, @stuartpalley, a Los Angeles photographer covering the CA droughts, wildfires, back-roads, night sky]

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Written by: Alice M. Fisher

Soulful Sweet 16-Nikki W (Part 2)

nikki w2Nikki Whitehead (NIKKI W) is a London, Ontario based singer, songwriter and pop recording artist. This is Canadian Made Audio’s second podcast of a four part series about Nikki W, Take a few minutes to hear the perspective of a very honest sweet 16 year-old, right here.  This London, Ontario high school student explains in this personal interview about the trials of coping with the stresses of being at the bottom of the food chain, when she entered eight grade. Her powerful, yet vulnerable voice touches on love, doubt, sex, self-harm, and alienation – all themes common to Nikki and her peers.

“Transparent Hands” is her impressive debut single. Her songwriting is strong, with lyrics like, “Don’t know who to trust and who to doubt” and “Someone like you is much too wonderful, lovely for someone as sad as me.”  She voices her generation’s anxiety with honesty and poignancy, as can be seen in her video “Transparent Hands.”

This 16 year-old Canadian artist’s full length Extended Play (EP) album is called “Sad Generation,”, (produced by Gavin Brow) and it is out now.

She’s been compared to British pop singer Adele, with the soulful way she sings her own compositions.  Her big voice also harkens back to the day of women with guitars like Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks or Patti Smith.

She speaks on behalf of “gypsies, wallflowers, and those without a voice” about love, doubt, sex, self-harm, and alienation. Nikki describes her music as “pop music with cuts, tattoos, and honesty. Nikki projects an emotional honesty and wisdom beyond her years.

If by some small chance you missed Part I of this series of interview series with Nikki W, the following is a link to that first interview.

Steven Cornish, Exec. Dir. of Doctors Without Borders

Group Medcins Sans FrontieresAn ebola podcast interview with Steven Cornish, Exec. Dir. of Doctors Without Borders [Médecins Sans Frontières Canada]. A much more extensive interview will be available on board Air Canada. But, you do not have to fly very far to listen to Mr. Cornish as he reacts to recent news about the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision for West African sufferers of Ebola to be treated with experimental pharmaceuticals and treatment protocols.

As most people are aware, the Ebola epidemic currently sweeping through West Africa has proven to be the most devastating single outbreak in history. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working to help contain the outbreak. However, the organization has warned that it had reached the limits of what its teams can do, and has called for a coordinated international effort to help fight the epidemic.

Mr Cornish weighs in with his thoughts on the most recent decisions to not run any blind trials for treatment. Cornish indicated “they have joined the conversation, and are moving to treat patients without any placebo trials. A consortium including European universities and medical groups plans to give experimental drugs to West African Ebola patients without assigning some to a placebo group, touching off an intense trans-Atlantic quarrel over what is ethical and effective in treating the virus.

Academics and medical groups in the U.K. and France, such as Oxford University, the Welcome Trust, Doctors Without Borders and Institut Pasteur of France, have decided to give the drugs to sick African patients without randomly assigning other patients to a control group not getting the medicines. They say that in a ghastly such as this current epidemic, it is unethical to hold back treatment from anyone.

MORE ABOUT MSF

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 70 countries. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. Some 30,000 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) from all over the world provide assistance to people in crisis. They are doctors, nurses, midwives, surgeons, anaesthetists, epidemiologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, logistics experts, water and sanitation engineers, administrators and other support staff.

MSF reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, to challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols.

MSF teams in West Africa are still seeing critical gaps in all aspects of the response, including medical care, training of health staff, infection control, contact tracing, epidemiological surveillance, alert and referral systems, community education and mobilization. MSF has been responding to the outbreak since March, and currently has a total of 3,340 staff working in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali, treating an increasing number of patients. Since the response began, 24 MSF staff have been infected with Ebola, nine of whom have recovered. The vast majority of these infections were found to have occurred in the community.

MSF’s West Africa Ebola response started back in March of 2014, and counts activities in Guinea, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone. MSF currently employs 263 international and around 3,077 locally hired staff in the region.

The organization operates six Ebola case management centres (CMCs), providing approximately 600 beds in isolation, and two transit centres. Since the beginning of the outbreak, MSF has sent more than 700 international staff to the region and admitted more than 5,600 patients, among whom around 3,500 were confirmed as having Ebola. More than 1,400 patients have survived.

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Blackberry’s Passport Design Inspired by TD Building

The New Visually Pleasing Blackberry Passport

The New Visually Pleasing Blackberry Passport

The Toronto-Dominion Centre, (TD Building) is one of the  inspirations behind the Blackberry Passport’s design. Listen to our Canadian Made audio report about the BlackBerry to learn what else inspired this new device, with the classic push button QWERTY keyboard.

BlackBerry Limited, formerly known as Research In Motion Limited (RIM),is a Canadian telecommunication and wireless BlackBerry Logoequipment company best known to the general public as the developer of the BlackBerry brand of smartphones and tablets, but also well known worldwide as a provider of secure & high reliability software for industrial applications and Mobile Device Management (MDM).