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.

Ontario’s Institution of Policing – “Not All Internal Policies Are Drafted. Grandfathered Policies May Be Verbal.”

The controversial practice of police carding individuals and carrying out random street checks was said to have stopped with new provincial legislation. However, those original challenges may have morphed into something far more dangerous because Ontario’s institution of policing lacks standardization.  Just how bad can it be? Well, how does hearing multiple policing stakeholders confirm,… Read more »

Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity

Job cuts and layoffs are constantly on the news cycle.  Canada may be better insulated against extreme financial hardships from global financial conditions.  The majority of the world is not so lucky.  One example of extreme financial hardships across the ocean can be found with Lebanon, which finds itself in a triple financial crisis.  Lebanon’s… Read more »

Black History Month—The Prophet of Freedom

Black History Month has passed, but this final installment of the Black history month series was intentionally left for March 1st, 2024, because Black history is global history and should be celebrated year-round.  And the third and final installment highlights one of humankind’s greatest ambassadors, if not the greatest, the Honorable Frederick Douglass. Douglass’ life’s… Read more »

Why do Indigenous Canadians Feel So Strongly Towards Pipelines?

Pipelines and protests are two things that are synonymous with one another in Canada.  When it comes to protesting pipelines, Indigenous Canadians are prepared to spend serious jail time to have their voices heard.  Few Canadians are likely to be aware of everything their historical grievances involve, apart from maybe general suggestions of uprooted communities… Read more »

Athabasca University versus The World

Athabasca University (AU), dubbed “Canada’s fastest growing university”, is Canada’s premier university when it comes to providing long-distance learning.  The origin story began in 1970, in Athabasca, Alberta, and some of its milestones include signing an agreement with Correctional Services Canada to provide learning opportunities to federal inmates and provide them with the skills to… Read more »

Black History Month—The Father of the Underground Railroad

Black history month is a unique month.  It allows different societies to reflect on one of the cruelest crimes against humanity ever perpetrated, one which lasted around 250 years in the U.S., and there were even moments in Canadian history that involved some elements of slavery.  However, what makes the U.S.  and Canada stand out… Read more »

The Path to Becoming An Academic Investigative Journalist

Out of all my personal stories, none might be less believable than my path to becoming a “academic investigative journalist”, a term I coined as a result of my academic approach to investigative journalism, which often focuses on public policy matters.  What began from a desire to improve my writing and to get into a… Read more »

The Craziness of the Digital World: Hacking and the Dark Web

Before transcribing the digital footprints imprinted over the digital world, sharing with the world how they translate to tell the story of Canadians as being the most eccentric, ballsiest, and greatest hackers to ever walk the digital world, some absolute truths need to be established first.  To start, hacking is extremely illegal in Canada, and… Read more »

The OHRC’s “From Impact To Action” Report

On December 14th, 2023, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released their final report on its inquiry into anti-Black racism by the Toronto Police Service (TPS) titled, “From Impact to Action”.  The report included over 100 recommendations for actions that could be taken by the TPS to improve culturally-sensitive interactions for Black communities’ members when… Read more »