January 25, 2010

don't leave it to beaver

A Canadian History Magazine changed its name. Too bad that students won't find out about this change through this blog. Why? Because the word "beaver" is blacklisted on school computers.

More here:

OTTAWA — In 1920 when the Hudson's Bay Company began publishing a magazine for its 250th anniversary, The Beaver: A Journal of Progress probably seemed to be a good title. The company, which controlled much of the landmass that is now Western and Northern Canada, owed much of its early fortune to the trade in beaver pelts. The Beaver... evolved into a respected magazine about Canadian history. The Bay, as the company is commonly known, shifted from fur trading to department stores. And last week Canada's National History Society, the nonprofit group that now publishes The Beaver, decided that the Internet required the magazine to undergo a name change. To be more precise, the title was doomed by a vulgar alternative meaning that causes Web filters at schools and junk mail filters in e-mail programs to block access to material containing the magazine’s name..." ‘Beaver’ is one of those key words students are denied access to on the Internet.”

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