Student reacts to Millenium Scholarships report

HALIFAX (CUP) — Helen Tremethick doesn’t care what the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation’s report says, she can’t afford to go to school this year. Last week a federal paper entitled “The Price of Knowledge” was released outlining the state of post-secondary education in Canada. Among its conclusions: the price of tuition does not stop people… Read more »

Atlantic Canadian grads earn less

HALIFAX (CUP) — Atlantic Canadian university graduates seeking work may have to venture outside the region if earning potential is their top priority. A report issued by the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation indicates that Atlantic Canadian university graduates earn “significantly less” than counterparts in other provinces. According to the report’s co-author this discrepancy is a… Read more »

Province seeks input in review of Landlord and Tenant act

EDMONTON (CUP) — If you’ve got problems with your landlord, now’s the time to speak up. The Alberta government is asking for public input to help review the Landlord and Tenant Act. The provincial Landlord and Tenant Act governs the relationship between landlords and renters in Alberta, providing a framework for the rights and responsibilities… Read more »

Watching the Skies

[Photo provided by The Insider: Dr. Tsuruda shows off the antenna he uses for studying the aurora’s radio emissions.] Dr. Koichiro Tsuruda from Japan was a recent visitor to AU Central to study auroras in Athabasca and Fort McMurray. AU’s Professor Martin Connors assisted for four days of the two weeks that Dr. Tsuruda observed…. Read more »

AU for the Birds?

(Photo provided by The Insider: Science Technician Elaine Goth-Birkigt shows off the AU bird collection) Robert Holmberg, Associate Professor, Biology, shares what’s new with birds at AU: This summer with the help of summer lab assistant Alex Robert we were able to do considerable work on the AU Bird Collection. This collection is used primarily… Read more »

The Harried Student: The Wisdom of the Baba

They say she was a gypsy. I’m fairly certain she wasn’t a spy. Her birth certificate says she was born in Alberta. But the year is scratched out. She had this thick Russian accent. And a distinctively folksy Slavic farmer chic about her. She wore a purple babushka, kept a flask of vodka in her… Read more »

Meditation for a Healthier Us

There are many factors which affect the quality of our lives, and we all desire to improve our existence. We would like to have a positive influence over things like our stress, our health, our intelligence, and our world. There are many different methods we can undertake to create better lives for our fellow humans… Read more »

Dear Sandra: The Advice Column

Dear Sandra, I’ve just started my first course at Athabasca University. It’s hard, but I’m really enjoying it. I’d like to take more courses, but money is a big problem. Are there any suggestions you can give me? Happy but Poor Dear Happy but Poor; Have you ever seen a well-off university student? The majority… Read more »

Worth a Second Look – Food Safety Part II

Safety in production is vital to keeping our food chain free from contamination. It is just as important to store and prepare food properly at home. At their website,, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recommends the following steps to prevent food contamination at home: Check food before purchasing it. If the package leaks,… Read more »