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.

Alek considers himself a gentleman first, a scholar second, and a combat sports fanatic third. In that order.

Defunding the Police? Part III

Last time in The Voice Magazine, I wrote about how I submitted a criminal complaint to the Ottawa Police Services Board (the Board) focusing on organized crime and an illegal online gambling ring, and how I subsequently identified shortcomings with how the Board had ‘handled’ my initial criminal complaint. By the end of this article,… Read more »

Defunding the Police, Part II

Last time in The Voice Magazine, I wrote about the importance of understanding the key structures around policing which contribute to many of the grievances that people have with policing.  But by shifting the focus from police budgets to the shortcomings of the structures around policing, that is the most effective way to address the… Read more »

Defunding the Police, Part I

Around Christmas time, I happened to be scrolling through my Twitter feed and I came across a defence lawyer’s tweet that was criticizing the eligibility requirements to sit on a municipal police services board. The issue at hand had to do with defence lawyers being ineligible to sit on police services boards. It was a… Read more »

“Rats Get Shot! Snitches Get Shot!”

When people say that they want to start the new year with a bang, nobody is thinking of gun violence.  One way or another, I always seem to find myself in the most bizarre situations that a person can find themselves in.  Let us start by getting one thing straight, life in Ottawa South can… Read more »

Mindsets—The Importance of Positivity and Curiosity

How important can having a positive or curious mindset really be? According to Chris Voss, a retired FBI hostage negotiator with over 20 years of experience and who now trains other professionals while also teaching at Harvard, it is critical.  Chris quotes research that has shown that a positive mindset and the positive emotions associated… Read more »

A Hair-ific Experience

Every single one of us has had a bad hair experience.  Sitting in a hair salon or barbershop while someone has worked on our hair and it resulting in us regretting our decision to ever show up. How we respond to something as simple as a bad haircut has a lot to do with our… Read more »

Buying a Brand-New Car in Ontario? Aftermath.

Last time in The Voice Magazine I wrote about a car sales dealership that was trying to oversell me on things I didn’t want.  My experience with that Nissan dealership was terrible and it resulted in me filing a complaint with the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC).  My decision to file a complaint was… Read more »

Buying a Brand-New Car in Ontario?

If you or someone you know is looking to buy a brand-new car from a dealership in Ontario, this personal story should serve as a good starting point on how to wheel and deal your way to a great deal on a brand-new car. My educational background and experience may be diverse, but I am… Read more »

Getting Positive about Climate

There are many reasons to get positive about climate change.  The world’s biggest polluters are changing their ways.  The ozone layer is slowly repairing itself.  Electric vehicles are slowly becoming the norm.  Technology is being leveraged to clean up the oceans.  Single-use plastics are in the process of being phased out in first-world countries.  Most… Read more »

Wanted: Robert Baldwin and Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine

If you or someone you know has seen or knows the whereabouts of Robert Baldwin and Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine it is important that you come forward with that information.  Not. Now, I have a feeling that most people are as unfamiliar with “not jokes” as they are with Robert Baldwin and Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, and while “not… Read more »