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Went to an Earth Strike protest yesterday. Marched around downtown, talked to some people, grabbed some pamphlets and had some hot food with them, which was a welcome addition with all the cold weather we got recently. Went on my way after about an hour, before the protest headed for the office building of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, which they supposedly occupied for a little while before the police cleared them out.
Perhaps it was just me expecting something slightly different, but the focus was mostly on the Indigenous issues, primarily the Wet'suwet'en Nation's resistance to the new pipeline being put through their territory. A lot of talk about 'spiritual awakening' and 'Mother Earth', and a lot of protesters who came to protest the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the government in general, rather than ecological issues. The protest didn't strike me as a highly organized or thought-out one - it was rather disjointed, with some speakers talking about our spiritual connection to Gaia, and some calling for the workers to rise up. I am glad I went, but overall it did not strike me as something that has much potential unless something changes by the next planned Earth Strike.
There is something incredibly calming about his music to me.
- no one has adequately explained to me what the fuck Voronezh was about
Completely unrelated to the argument at hand, but never before did I think I'd see my hometown being mentioned on Hubski.
Finally received my last grade for a vibrations class, which means I'm all set to graduate in the fall. This means that I need to start looking for a proper engineering job instead of working as a cook at a nearby pizza place - the student loan payments are set to kick in around November, and I don't want to take the full fourteen years to pay it back.
There is also some sort of a low-grade anxiety that's constantly spread over everything I do and feel - perhaps it is just the fact that my life is rapidly changing, for better or for worse, but it's far from pleasant. It's like I'm finally coming face to face with some responsibilities of an adult, and I'm just not used to it yet.
On a positive note though, the heat wave that has been around for the past two weeks has turned to pouring rain that is set to continue for at least the next few days. It feels nice to not be afraid to burst into flames every time I step outside.
Right, I definitely agree with the necessity of having a professional welder be properly trained, no matter how long it takes.
However, coming back to what moslydeaf was talking about, what I'm actually interested in is a program for those inner city kids, and not for people who would necessarily want to graduate with a degree in Welding and Fabrication. For example, something like a BAJA SAE competition is a fairly complex project (certainly harder than most public art installations), that has the weld samples from the vehicle's roll cage being checked by the tech inspectors before the competitions due to the danger that would otherwise be present to the drivers. The welders, however, do not need to be licensed - a good number of my own friends participated in working on the vehicles in the last few years, most of them having received the same minuscule amount of MIG and TIG welding training as I have. A program for projects like that would be a quick and fairly painless introduction for people wanting to learn the basics, but unfortunately I'm just not aware of any public entity in my city that would provide it.
That's great to hear! There is only a handful of colleges and universities in the city, and they certainly don't publicize whatever scholarships they have for their welding and fabrication programs. Then again, it might be different here in Canada, but I'd think that the government would provide a lot of the learning tools for free, seeing as how the student loans and grants are already comparatively generous.
Reading up more on it, it turns out that most (all but one, actually) of the votech schools in my city have been closed or converted during the 90s, citing things like lack of funding and low enrolment. The one school that is currently operational was also closed down from 1996 to 2001, and has only been able to expand and upgrade its program through a fundraising effort from local businesses back in 2010 since the public school board refused to pay for it. I would also assume that it provides the tools needed to learn things like welding, but the information on their website is extremely scant, and I wasn't able to find whether there actually is a program to learn this one particular skill without having to be enrolled for the full school year.
The non profit sounds fascinating - as someone who is just about to graduate university I would love to do something like that in my community. My city does have programs that would help people get some hands-on experience with welding and the like, but most of those that I know of are limited to the local universities, and are thus non-accessible to lower-income families, plus there are only a few in the public schools in the area. Building some kind of a hacker/maker-space or at least a program to teach MIG/stick welding would be a lot of fun, and, I'd imagine, very rewarding.