Canadian Fed Watch News Across The Nation …

Costs of the Royal Treatment Manitoba has released (See: the preliminary estimates on how much it cost to host the Queen and Prince Phillip for an overnight stay. So far, the total has come to just over half a million dollars. So what does $505,000 purchase these days? Apparently it purchases staging, talent, and… Read more »

New Tool For AU PSYC Students: History of Psychology Timeline

The Athabasca University Psychology Centre website recently added the History of Psychology Timeline – an exciting new interface for the psychology department’s existing Glossary of Psychological Terms. The Timeline (which can be accessed through is based on data from the glossary, but uses an innovative graphical interface to display the terms and definitions in… Read more »

A Bug In Your Ear… NEW COUNSELLING RESOURCE: How To Write A Term Paper

Julia Nielsen of AU’s Counselling Services Unit [CSU] has created a fantastic resource to help students prepare term papers, available at: The interactive slideshow website takes students step by step through the process of planning, researching, writing, editing and documenting a term paper. Also included are links to sites describing the most popular citation… Read more »


CLASSIFIED SPACE: Students of AU may print classifieds in The Voice free of charge (maximum three per issue) as long as they are not representing a company or product. Classified ads must follow the direct guidelines and ethics stated in the Voice Policy and should be submitted to the editor at with “?CLASSIFIED AD’… Read more »


Dear Sandra, Four years ago my daughter’s father left us. She is now seven, and her dad is rarely in the picture. Once or twice every six months he may drop in and deliver a present, but he’s in and out of the door before she even has a chance to spend any time with… Read more »

How’s Your Hygrometer?: A New Year Challenge!

It took me a while to learn what the thing is on my living room wall that reads my room’s humidity. It’s called a hygrometer. It’s obvious that it watches the humidity in our home but it isn’t obvious how much humidity we have or should have. I only know that when I start getting… Read more »


I’m not a feminist (at least not in the more negative sense that word has taken on over time), but I do believe in as much equality as can be had between two such disparate species as men and women. What turns me off feminism as a system of belief and practice are the rabid,… Read more »

From My Perspective – Understanding Suicide, Part Two

Last week I discussed some of the causal factors underlying suicidal behaviour. Suicide occurs when multiple stressors and loss deplete an individual’s internal resources. A person’s basic needs of safety, love and self-esteem are not being met. This leaves them in intolerable psychological pain; hopeless, helpless, and feeling completely alone. Suicide becomes the only solution… Read more »