Monday Moose Roundup: June 6

Five of the best Canada-related links turning our heads and occupying our minds over the last week.

Read the original post on Medium.

The rise of privacy policies in big tech

The Walrus delves into the Canadian contribution to the rise of privacy settings, and the increased level of control over who sees and uses our data, and why — and who really doesn’t care about what we’re up to at all.

The TSO’s nifty new approach to showing people what they’re hearing

Even classical music is leaping into the future these days: the Toronto Symphony Orchestra made headlines in the international design world with its (very cool!) new listening guides that use a kind of morse code-like notation to help listeners figure out just what they’re hearing.

Québec’s crazy swears

Tabarnouche! Proof that just when you think you have all those Québecois expletives nailed, shifting societal mores go and change them on you. A fascinating deep dive from Atlas Obscura into the origins and shaky future of Québec’s uniquely Catholic profanity. (NSFW, obviously.)

A song and dance for Fort Mac

Try this next time you’re in an airport with 300 colleagues: visiting South African firefighters who had landed at Edmonton airport to assist with the wildfires around Fort McMurray made quite the impression, musically speaking, by spontaneously bursting into jubilant song. (And in return for their work, and singing perhaps, they’re getting a surprise pay raise.)

A (slightly) different O Canada

This week, an overwhelming number of MPs voted in favour of striking three controversial words from the national anthem in favour of a more gender-neutral set of lyrics. While not a done deal, the change is expected to pass in time for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

And speaking of Canada Day…

Tickets are now available for our two biggest events of the year, a Canada Day picnic on June 26 and All-Alumni Reception on June 29. We hope to see you there!