Facts still matter !


NZDoug
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Barack Obama addresses 6,000 young people in Toronto, congratulates Canada for being a country where ‘facts still matter’
Former U.S. president Barack Obama is calling on young people in Toronto to embrace the creative skills that will help them stand out in a rapidly changing world economy.
Obama made the pitch while addressing a crowd of about 6,000 young people from across the GTA who gathered Thursday at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
“Anything that’s replicable, anything that’s repeatable, some machine is going to do better,” the 44th president of the United States told the audience.
Obama said young people need to think about things that have not been done before, and skills that include interacting with other human beings. Creativity, analytical thinking and team building are the types of skills that will continue to be vital in a future full of job automation, he said.
Success requires building a team that is diverse, not just in race but also in viewpoints, skillsets and mindsets, he said, citing the example of how the Toronto Raptors have been successful because team president Masai Ujiri surrounds himself with people who “know how to solve problems.”
“I had to have people who had values that I believed in,” Obama said of his eight years in the White House.
“Having said that, for the young people who are here, you still have to do your math,” he said. “You’re not off the hook. Hit your books, people.”
The gathering was part of the #CreateFate event organized by the Economic Club of Canada under the theme of exploring the future of work and the new economy. It’s one of a four-part series of events the club is putting together in partnership with the Global Institute for Conscious Economics.
Obama’s conversation with Economic Club of Canada president Rhiannon Rosalind focused on future skills, with the goal of inspiring new ways of thinking about society, economy and work.
In a wide-ranging conversation with Rosalind, Obama touched on issues of anxiety and depression that are becoming increasingly prevalent among young people. He said society used to deal with these issues through religion, family or community associations, but now those methods have been replaced by “fragile” interactions on the phone leading people to feel even more isolated.
“The more followers you have does not equal having real friends,” he told the crowd.
Obama also talked about the importance of being authentic as a leader, noting he came into politics at a time when technology was quickly advancing and he had to be more visible and present than many of his predecessors.
“I was basically the first digital president,” he said, adding there were millions of videos and photographs taken and shared during his time in office. That constant presence required him to be more authentic, he said.
On the issue of climate change and how the world is addressing it, Obama said it’s a pity people are still not on the same page, even after all the scientific evidence. He said it’s going to require every sector to take responsibility for “what’s going to be an enormous challenge.”
Governments, businesses and individuals are going to have to play their part in helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, he said, insisting it’s especially important for citizens to put pressure on big institutions and hold them accountable for their pollution habits.
Young people need to emulate Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg who “speaks to a generation that’s going to deal with this mess,” Obama said.
Obama had some praise for Canada, saying Canadians are “reasonable” people and, while there may be some political divisions here, at least it’s a country where “facts still matter.”
“You should preserve that,” he said.
Speakers at Thursday’s event included Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, who talked about gender and equality as well as how innovation and human capacity building need to be part of everyday life for young people.
“One thing for sure is that the world is changing fast, and we have to adapt in how we do work,” she said.
A number of local spoken word and music artists, including Grammy nominee Jessie Reyez, performed at the event.
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https://www.thestar.com/business/202...reativity.html
Back in the 60s, me and my brother had Star, Telly and Globe routes, and delivered fish'n'chips at night!
And went to Canadian Martyrs Catholic School and I worked in the summer holidays as brick layers assistant to extend the school.
Run those bricks up the plank, dego!
 
taxslave
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O bummer always ha a loose relationship with facts.
 
B00Mer
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To long, didn't read.
 
Hoid
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I have always liked masonry. There is something very satisfying about fitting pieces of rock and stone together
Last edited by Hoid; 4 weeks ago at 02:55 PM..
 
Twin_Moose
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

I have always liked masonry. There is so.ething very satisfying about fitting pieces of rock and stone together

Something, I believe is the word you were looking for

Obama still trying to interfere with Canadian governance, interesting
 
Hoid
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Obama still trying to inspire and encourage young people
 
Twin_Moose
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Influencing their future decisions within Canada "Interference"
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Twin_Moose View Post

Influencing their future decisions within Canada "Interference"

OK, now THAT's pure comedy gold!

Yeah, pretending to object to "interference" and "influence."
 
Jinentonix
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

Obama still trying to inspire and encourage young people

At $400,000 per speech.
 
Twin_Moose
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

OK, now THAT's pure comedy gold!
Yeah, pretending to object to "interference" and "influence."

We don't want any of your Global community thinking around these here parts, you hear?
 
NZDoug
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

To long, didn't read.

Most enlightening comment....
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by NZDoug View Post

Most enlightening comment....

Best response I could muster to a lot of useless garbage

http://forums.canadiancontent.net/sh...highlight=Hump
 
NZDoug
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

Best response I could muster to a lot of useless garbage
http://forums.canadiancontent.net/sh...highlight=Hump

How would you know?
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Twin_Moose View Post

We don't want any of your Global community thinking around these here parts, you hear?

You do an admirable job of avoiding thinking.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix View Post

At $400,000 per speech.

Reagan got 2 mil per.

Bet you were OUTRAGED! by that too, enit?
 
Hoid
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Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix View Post

At $400,000 per speech.

fake news
 
AnnaEmber
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Quote: Originally Posted by Twin_Moose View Post

Something, I believe is the word you were looking for

Obama still trying to interfere with Canadian governance, interesting

By suggesting to students to use their heads for "creativity, analytical thinking and team building"?
Give it a rest.
 
Twin_Moose
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Quote: Originally Posted by AnnaEmber View Post

By suggesting to students to use their heads for "creativity, analytical thinking and team building"?
Give it a rest.

I guess I should have used /s for you to understand sarcasm, sorry my bad
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Twin_Moose View Post

I guess I should have used /s for you to understand sarcasm, sorry my bad

Many a true word is spoken in jest.
 
Jinentonix
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Reagan got 2 mil per.

Bet you were OUTRAGED! by that too, enit?

Soooo... merely pointing out the hypocrite's speaking fee is now outrage? I dunno, I find it funny that at a talk that also dealt with inequality, there'd be some goof charging $400,000 to talk for an hour or less.
 
Jinentonix
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

fake news

Google it asshole. I won't bother linking it this time because you won't learn anything unless you do the work yourself.
 
Twin_Moose
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Many a true word is spoken in jest.

I agree and I don't really care who speaks (outside of it being an appropriate topic for the targeted audience) as long as an opposing speaker is not blocked to speak as well on the same issue or point of view.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

Obama still trying to inspire and encourage young people


No doubt rich young people. The cost for a seat at these things is usually hundreds of dollars in order to pay for the usual huge appearance speaker fee.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix View Post

Soooo... merely pointing out the hypocrite's speaking fee is now outrage? I dunno, I find it funny that at a talk that also dealt with inequality, there'd be some goof charging $400,000 to talk for an hour or less.

Yep, it's the tu quoque fallacy at its finest. Thanks for providing such a perfect example of this particular type of flawed thinking.
 
Hoid
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiing View Post

No doubt rich young people. The cost for a seat at these things is usually hundreds of dollars in order to pay for the usual huge appearance speaker fee.

Article says 275 was the highest ticket price and lots of kids were let in free
Or you could google it for fake news more to your liking
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

Article says 275 was the highest ticket price and lots of kids were let in free
Or you could google it for fake news more to your liking

Give 'em credit. Their reasoning may be wrong, but their facts are false.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Well I googled "Obama appearance fee" and the first article indicates $400K is his going rate. I am sure the few free entries was a nice PR stunt but probably a lot more of the $275. That is even out of my price range as a comfortable middle class person. I would probably pay $50 to see him. He is an incredible speaker. Of course it would be a different event as it has been decades since I could be considered a youth.



Here is the first article on the google list:

https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...racial-justice
 
Hoid
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiing View Post

Well I googled "Obama appearance fee" and the first article indicates $400K is his going rate.

the white natty to a tee
 
AnnaEmber
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Quote: Originally Posted by Twin_Moose View Post

I guess I should have used /s for you to understand sarcasm, sorry my bad

(shrugs)
 
AnnaEmber
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiing View Post

No doubt rich young people. The cost for a seat at these things is usually hundreds of dollars in order to pay for the usual huge appearance speaker fee.

I'd rather pay hundreds for a seat at a concert.
 

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