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.

Bringing U.S. RICO Laws to Canada

In dealing with organized crime in British Columbia, two of the most important recent events were the releasing of the German Report and the completion of the Cullen Commission.  If there was one thing to remember from the German Report, it is that retired RCMP commissioner turned academic, Dr.  Peter German, stated that the silence… Read more »

Which Was It?—A War on Drugs or A War on Addicts

One of the most famous sayings might be, “war on drugs”, and for all the wrong reasons.  Was this “war on drugs” ever a war or drugs? Or was this “war on drugs” label used to give the impression that a war was being waged on drugs when the war was being waged on addiction… Read more »

Get Familiar with Kidney Health

Every single living creature on earth that has a backbone, known as vertebrates, also has kidneys.  Whether they live on land or under water, they are guaranteed to have kidneys, and some may even have more than others.  However, not a single one of these mammals, reptiles, amphibians, or birds can survive without functioning kidneys,… Read more »

Radicalization and Terrorism, Part III

Why do terrorism laws exist? It may sound like a stupid and insensitive question given all that has transpired after the terrorist attacks in Southern Israel, but there is merit to this question.  The reason it is a valid question has nothing to do with the seriousness of terrorism and everything to do with the… Read more »

Radicalization and Terrorism, Part II

The terms “radicalization” and “terrorism” are distinct but interconnected.  “Radicalization” describes a process by which a person becomes conditioned to hold radical views regarding political and societal issues, while “terrorism” describes the act of committing a violence to create a climate of fear in a population.  Vulnerability and desperation are two conditions required to be… Read more »

Orphan Diseases

Orphan diseases are diseases that are so rare that most people have never heard of them and the prevalence of some of the rarest orphan diseases can be counted on one hand.  Most orphan diseases are the result of genetics, and they stick with a person for the entire duration of their life.  It is… Read more »

Radicalization and Terrorism

The world became a less safe place after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001, and even more so after the terrorist attacks in Southern Israel on October 7, 2023.  The terrorist attack in 2001 saw just under 3,000 Americans lose their life that day and… Read more »

The “Kissing Disease” Can Lead Towards Deadlier Diseases

Hearing someone say “kissing disease” may invoke images Pepe Le Pew, the skunk who goes around trying to kiss every female skunk he can get his paws on.  It is precisely the fun-sounding lovey-dovey nature of mononucleosis’ nickname that has taken away from just how serious this viral infection truly is, with research seeming to… Read more »