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Towards World Oceans’ Day: June 8 – Remote Airlie Beach

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World Oceans Day is an opportunity for you to incorporate environmental stewardship as a way of life and balance ecological and economic considerations. There is little room to give a detailed account of the problems here, and the reading list may stimulate your thinking about the planet on which we live.  This audiovisual presentation provides you with images of remote Airlie Beach (Queensland Health, 2021). Airlie Beach is over three hours drive from Townsville in Queensland, Australia. Furthermore, Lee Kernaghan and Robby X bring you pictures from the Australian coast and more. Australians Lee and Robby provide illustrative examples of country music, including reflections from an island nation that shows their unique style (Holland, 2019).

The following paragraphs are a touchstone to enhance your awareness of a few critical issues connected to our oceans and the broader environment. Our communities of nations conduct trade and commerce, and these activities need to hold at centre focus oceans and the earth. Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, and other countries share trading and diplomatic bonds as suggested by the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (Government of Canada, 2019). Human activities, including commercial, have adverse implications for the oceans’ sustainability and the right to live in a healthy environment. Our oceans are generally unhealthy, and their capacity to lessen human poverty and disadvantage is limited. See the World Bank (2014) for more information on oceans and commercial impacts.

Market forces, including globalization and technological acceleration, have increased inequality and the oceans’ well-being. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified divisions outside nations, exacerbating economic and political divisions (International Monetary Fund, 2021). Examples of problems at work, study, and home include:

  • apathy and mistrust,
  • decreased quality of life and distress,
  • environmental degradation
  • commercial, ethnic, and political tensions,
  • inadequate health conditions,
  • unemployment and underemployment.

Increasing inequality gives the public, including policymakers and legislators, social, economic and environmental challenges. Commercial and environmental law and policy boundaries become blurred as we manage and oversee policies and practices. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is an example of international environmental law (Bates, 2006). The Convention is designed to safeguard the oceans and sets out states’ rights and duties to access and manage these.

Human responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have had mixed implications for the environment (Rume & Islam, 2020). While air and water quality may be improving in and around our cities, there is inappropriate disposal of medical and chemical wastes. Brittanica (n.d.) indicated that “the ocean is downstream from nearly every terrestrial location.” Think about how you will discard such items as your face masks, disinfectants, and plastics, and these often reach the oceans. You can make a difference and contribute to healthy, sustainable and vibrant oceans and environments on World Oceans Day and beyond!

Further Reading

Brittanica (n.d.). Plastic pollutions in oceans and on land. Retrieved from

Campos, R. (2021). Exploring Different Forms of Engaging Different Publics With Environmental Sustainability in Source Handbook of Research on Cultural Heritage and Its Impact on Territory Innovation and Development. Retrieved from

Convention on the Law of the Sea, Dec. 10, 1982, 1833 U.N.T.S. 397.

Government of Canada (2019). C.P.T.P.P. partner: Australia.  Retrieved from Government of Canada

Holland, T. (2019). Lee Kernaghan and Robby X invite you to be in their music video. Retrieved from

Karnaghan, L & X, R. (2019). Where I Wanna Be. Retrieved from

Queensland Government (2021). Rural and remote areas. Retrieved from the Queensland Government

Rume, T. & S.M. D. Islam (2020). Environmental effects of COVID-19 pandemic and potential strategies of sustainability. Retrieved from US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health Search

Stiglitz, J. (2021). Conquering the Great Divide. Retrieved from the International Monetary Fund

World Bank (2014) Ocean Sector Results Profile. Retrieved from the World Bank

Marking Victoria Day: If Queen Victoria was alive today!

This Victoria Day Weekend marks Canada’s partly British heritage. Our democratic nation may draw strength from its citizens, residents, including seniors, neighbouring states and global communities. Please see Information exchange and networking takes place at many entry points. Eternal vigilance to foster democracy respects media and information systems incorporating inputs and outputs from bottom-up, middle-down, middle-up, and top-down Human Resources. 

Media and information systems have their roles in supporting democratic societies. Healthy inclusive dialogue between the public, including journalists and academics alike, needs to be supported. Each person and group have a role in maintaining and improving checks and balances against the misuse of power and control that neglects seniors, people of differing ethnicities, educational and work levels, the environment and other characteristics. It is crucial for media and information services to value, for example, freedom of speech and accessibility.

Images can be an essential part of media and information systems and encourage environmental awareness and stewardship Deer Walk.  See:

Victoria Day 2021 and

Victoria Day 



Mother’s Day at Kananaskis, Alberta.


Mother’s Day at Kananaskis. This day is often celebrated on the second Sunday of May and is a time to reflect on the mothers, parents, other family members, mentors, or friends in our lives and our experiences together!American singer-songwriter Jennifer Judy “JJ” Heller seems to give an autobiographical account of her family experiences in A Mother Like You. Gratitude for people, places, and life’s golden moments is of critical importance, including during a pandemic. This audiovisual presentation features Kananaskis.

Kananaskis is nestled in the Rockies Mountains, and it is about 99 kilometres from Calgary. This location’s valleys date back at least 12,000 years, and the mountains are predated to around two million years (Alberta Parks, 2018). During the story of our earth, we have had avalanches, floods, earthquakes, and the like! Humankind has survived natural, and human-made disasters. COVID-19’s effects have been with us relatively speaking for the “blink of an eye.” The COVID-19 pandemic is not likely to be infinite, although it may test your capacities to bounce back, plan your short- and long-term goals and daily activities. The COVID-19 pandemic is life-threatening and, for the foreseeable future, seems to be an ongoing situation.

Mothers, parents, family members, mentors, or friends on this special day and other times of the year often try to support and shelter us from extreme events and contexts. In the absence of others, we have opportunities for self-nurturing activities to replenish our mind, body, and spirit! Stress management can be both unique and a shared process and is a step towards cognitive and physical health, lessening blood pressure levels, cardio, lung, and musculoskeletal challenges and increasing equilibrium (John Hopkins University, 2020). As part of a rudimentary and continuing resilience toolkit to develop or restore physical and cognitive fitness, please remember to:

– Focus on your deep breathing.

– Envision that each “cloud has a silver lining.” If you have difficulty in believing this, nurture a hopeful mindset.

– Walk a mile in another’s shoes and have social and self-empathy.

– Be receptive to new experiences. For example, immerse yourself in the green and notice what you can see, hear, touch, smell, and taste.

COVID-19 has engendered or exacerbated feelings of being alone, even in crowded rooms. This period is a time to read and reflect on how you can letter write, phone, and virtually communicate with others through email, text, and listserv. Ongoing stress is often tiring (Rau & Fanselow, 2007)! Life during a pandemic often heightens fatigue, and it at such a time that you pause to smell the roses and to ponder upon the beauty of blue skies and white puffy clouds!

Read More


Mother’s Day. On The Trail.

Mother’s Day at Jasper, Alberta.

ANZAC Day and Conflict Management

Nathan Lay is an Australian opera singer, and he gives a touching version of the song, ‘And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda.’  Two of Nathan Lay’s grandfathers fought during World War I (Kelly, 2017).   Lay’s grandfathers and other fallen and wounded soldiers paid with their lives to keep Australians and others safe. Australians service personnel often fought beside their allies, and their persistence and sacrifices are remembered on April 25, and this is ANZAC Day!

The image above is of an Australian Digger who stands guard at Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia.

Conflict management methods do not need to be limited to armed conflicts and wars. The binding decisions of arbitrators may determine disputes that occur in connection with domestic and international agreements.  A judge is a kind of arbitrator who presides over proceedings.   In arbitration, the parties who have a distinct legal association agree to arbitrate their disputes. An arbitrator often hears the parties’ positions, receives evidence, and makes findings.

The written arbitration agreement may be contained in a contract or stand independently from this. Deals are preferably in writing; the parties should retrieve an ‘electronic communication’ for their future reference.   If arbitrators are selected often, they will be impartial.  They may be members of good standing of an association and appear in a directory of arbitrators.   The arbitrator’s authority is a derivate of this agreement. Unlike a judge, the arbitrator generally does not have inherent jurisdiction to adjudicate’.  Arbitration and litigation are kinds of adjudication.  Arbitrators may consult and depend upon earlier cases in the development of arbitration clauses.

Arbitration could be applied to address complex content and to develop procedural safeguards, including confidentiality.  Non-parties to the agreement are not bound by arbitration.  Arbitration awards could become frustrated by including others and matters outside the scope of the initial agreement.  The arbitration may occur online, potentially bringing arbitrators and parties together across nations to manage disputes.   A contract to arbitrate can be autonomous from another agreement or be included as part of a central accord.  The costs of war to human life and the planet are unbearable, and conflict management methods that do not involve wars or armed conflicts are options of choice. (Kernaghan, 2018).

Also see:

Further Reading

Allan Edward Barsky, Conflict Resolution for the Helping Professions (2000, Wadsworth) 10.Boulle, Laurence, Mediation Principles Process Practice (2nd ed, 2005, LexisNexis Butterworths).

Boulle, Laurence, Mediation Skills and Techniques (2001, Butterworths).

Commercial Arbitration Act 2010 (NSW) s 7

Fran Kelly, RN Breakfast

Gabrielle Kaufman-Kohler, Arbitral Precedent: Dream, Necessity or Excuse? (2006) 357.

Innersense International Inc. v Manegre, 2000 ABQB 424 s 28.

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, Approved Providers for Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution, Policy Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Jonette Watson Hamilton, ‘Arbitration” in Julie Macfarlane (ed), Dispute Resolution Readings and Case Studies (WordsWorth Communication, 2nd ed, 2003) 615,623.

Lee Kernaghan, Oh Passchendaele

Lee Kernaghan, The Unbearable Price of War

Nathan Lay, And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda.

National Alternative Dispute Resolution (NADRAC), Alternative Dispute Resolution <>.

Sourdin, Tania, Alternative Dispute Resolution (2nd ed, 2005, Lawbook Co) 231.



Celebrating Mother Earth

Such countries as Australia, Brazil, China and Mexico have a rich biodiversity. This audiovisual material includes parts of the coastal area and The Glass House Mountains in Queensland.

Beach Beerburrum & Glass House Mountains, QLD

Lyster, Lipman, Frankin et al. noted in 2007 that the surface area of Australia, Brazil, China and Mexico is but one-tenth of the earth’s surface but holds seven-tenths of this planet’s biodiversity. In 2007 eight tenths of Australia’s florae and animals were unique to this nation. Our focus in this post and website is to provide you with images from  Canada, Australia, and the United States.

Biodiversity fluctuates and is not fixed (The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, n.d.). Perhaps each year, our ‘furred’ and other animal friends suffer from loss of territory through human agency, including the mismanagement of environmental assets, alterations to waterways and the forces of nature, including winds and erosion. When you visit your favourite lake, mountain, ocean, or river, please remember to bring nothing with you but memories and leave nothing behind but footprints to help protect our earth!

You can travel from the highest peaks to the deepest caverns in your mind’s eyes and enjoy reflections from our continuing and breathing earth and its supporters.


John Denver – Earth Day Every Day

John Denver – Thank God I’m a Country Boy

Lee Kernaghan – Flying with the King

Read More:
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Australian Government, Threatened Species Under the EPBC Act

Rosemary Lyster, Zada Lipman, Nicola Franklin et al., Environmental & Planning Law in New South Wales, The Federation Press (2007).

See also:
In commemoration of Earth Day 2021: Hillarys and Mullaloo

Towards Earth Day on April 22, 2021