Posts By: Karl Low

Alek Golijanin

Alek Golijanin is an Athabasca University alum. He has represented Athabasca University at a number of competitions both at the Provincial and International level. Alek’s articles revolve around his passion for learning and innovation, as he summarizes research and presents it in ways that compels readers and continues the tradition of life-long learning, and some of the articles are even inspired by investigative journalism shows like CTV’s W5, CBC’s The Fifth Estate and Marketplace, and CBS’ 60 Minutes.

“Every now and then a man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. 1858.

The Foreign Interference Commission Update

On May 11th, 2024, a bombshell report by The Bureau’s Sam Cooper broke a news story about how illegal casinos were leveraged as a tool for blackmail and to carry out foreign interference.  It highlighted how during the Covid-19 pandemic a policing investigation titled “Project Endgame” concluded with a raid that was conducted on a… Read more »

Do Shared Identities or Shared Values Matter More?

What is it about shared identities that people often find themselves obsessing over, identities that are often meaningless if they are not connected by an underlying set of shared values?  Much of it may have historical roots, but, as deep as those roots may stretch, they will get ripped out over the slightest of lines… Read more »

The Race to Become Green

When it comes to the topic of pollution and climate, many people are unfamiliar with what lies behind many of the more attention-grabbing statements.  Whether it is reading headlines or listening to talking points, those statements often get repeated by others, over and over again, despite that a few sentences have never been sufficient at… Read more »

John “Duke” Wayne in the Golden Age of Hollywood

The most famous cowboy of all, John “Duke” Wayne, was best described in comments that were made after his passing, as being someone that embodied what the masses wished that cowboy history was all about. A great actor with humble beginnings, Wayne’s journey was full circle, from humble beginnings and growing up in a small… Read more »

The Foreign Interference Commission–Part III

On April 8, 2024, stage one, week three of the Public Inquiry into Foreign Interference in Federal Electoral Process and Democratic Institutions (The Commission) began.  The three days of hearings featured testimonies provided by senior public servants, parliamentary advisors, Ministers, and the Prime Ministers. Senior public servants are invaluable during “writ periods”. During the thirty-seven… Read more »

Diplomacy in the 21st Century Through A German Lens

“Sensibility”, “restraint”, and “cooperation” are words that would likely never get attributed to the Germany of the 1900s after what transpired during World War 1 (WW1) and World War 2 (WW2).  Instead, words that would have been more closely associated with that Germany would likely have been words like “radical”, “war”, and “extermination”.  Some of… Read more »

The Foreign Interference Commission–Part II

On April 2nd, 2024, stage one, week two of the Public Inquiry into Foreign Interference in Federal Electoral Process and Democratic Institutions (The Commission) began.  The four days of hearings featured testimonies provided by national party chairs, current and former Members of Parliament, and leaders from the security and intelligence community. Some of the issues… Read more »

Generative AI Has Begun to Redesign Newsrooms as well as the World at Large

The Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Association of Journalists recently organized a discussion on the integration of Generative AI in the newsroom.  The event’s speaker was Florent Daudens, the director of national and international news gathering and deployment at CBC/Radio-Canada, who teaches digital journalism at the University of Montreal.  Some of the attendees included journalists… Read more »

The Land Without a Master Narrative—Part III

Canada’s health care system is considered by many to be its single-most defining national characteristic and Tommy Douglas is who Canadians have to thank for it.  Prior to Douglas’ universal health care system, it was not uncommon for Canadians to get sick and only be able to turn to their family, neighbors, or church.  Trained… Read more »